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April 22, 2010


(Sunday, April 11, 2011) It has seemed like a particularly American obsession, even if it took a French artist, Marcel Duchamp, to set this phenomenon in motion. It’s the compulsion to make art with an industrial look ” art that would seem equally, if not more, comfortable outside the confines of a gallery or museum. MORE

April 22, 2010


Luis De Jesus is very pleased to present DAVID ADEY: "John Henry", on view at our new location in Bergamot Station from April 10 through May 15, 2010. An artist’s reception will be held on Friday, April 9th, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Named after the larger-than-life character from American folklore, “John Henry” combines hardcover books, clamps, sawhorses, and steel with logic defying engineering.   more

In “John Henry”, David Adey implements the traditional principles used in bridge design to brace two elevated rows of books between the walls of the gallery. Everything used to guide the structure of this installation, including trapezoidal keystone blocks that push the books upward and thin wooden shims that reciprocate the pressure downward, is visible and marks the “backyard experiment” element of the process. As with Adey’s previous works, in which long hours were spent learning the physics of specific materials and developing a successful method of exercising them, it is always the ideas that carry from piece to piece”not always the material.

“John Henry” exemplifies a conceptual process that is informed by a particular set of constraints the artist establishes in a match between opposing forces (success and failure), each time rendering something new and unexpected. “Once it’s under way, I’m not so much making aesthetic decisions on an intuitive level as trying to fulfill an idea,” says Adey. The finished work speaks of futility, pressure, and spectacle, feats of strength, absurdity, faith, poetry, and death. An appropriately heroic interpretation of this enduring American legend, “John Henry” represents the human sense of purpose derived from working towards understanding and accomplishment, whether out of necessity or curiosity. The exhibition will include several large-scale drawings.

David Adey is a graduate of Cranbrook Academy of Art (MFA, 2002) and Point Loma Nazarene University (BFA, 1994). He is a recipient of the 2010-2011 San Diego Art Prize in the Emerging Artist category and this coming June his work will be included in Here Not There, a survey exhibition being organized by Lucia Sanroman at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. Most recently, his work was seen at the La Jolla Athenaeum of Music and Arts Library, ZOOM, at the Torrance Art Museum, and Cut: Makings of Removal, at Wignall Museum of Art, Chaffey College. David Adey has participated in exhibitions in Los Angeles, New York, Berlin, Miami, and San Diego.

In the adjunct gallery, Luis De Jesus Los Angeles will present a group show featuring paintings, photographs, and mixed-media works by Miyoshi Barosh, Chris Engman, Tara Giannini, Steve Gibson, Nava Lubelski, and Gail Roberts.

Miyoshi Barosh is currently the first artist-in-residence at San Diego’s New Children’s Museum where she is exhibiting a monumental interactive installation. She will be having her second solo exhibition with Luis De Jesus in 2011. She is a graduate of California Institute of Arts (MFA) and Rhode Island School of Design (BFA). She lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

Chris Engman received his BFA in photography from the University of Washington in 2003. He has exhibited at The Henry Art Gallery, Seattle Art Museum Gallery, Photographic Center Northwest, CMA Gallery, Jacob Lawrence Gallery, and Greg Kucera Gallery (where he will have his third solo exhibition next fall), and is a member of Seattle’s SOIL artists’ cooperative. His photographs are included in the collections of The Henry Art Gallery, Houston Fine Arts Museum, Microsoft Collection, and Sir Elton John Collection. Chris lives in Seattle and makes his work in his “giant outdoor studio” of Eastern Washington.

Tara Giannini is a graduate of Hunter College, New York (MFA, 2005) and the Cleveland Institute of Art, OH (BFA). She has had solo exhibitions at Jack the Pelican, NY, and the Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art, and has been featured in numerous group exhibitions, including at Acuna-Hansen Gallery, Los Angeles, Heather Marx Gallery, San Francisco, Torpedo Center for Contemporary Art, Alexandria, VA, and Creative Time Salon Show, New York, among many others. Tara lives and works in San Diego, CA, where she is an Adjunct Professor at Southwestern College.

Steve Gibson is a graduate of The School of The Art Institute of Chicago (MFA) and San Diego State University (BFA). An award-winning master printmaker with over 30 years experience, his colorful encaustic paintings, prints, and works on paper have been included in many prestigious exhibitions and venues worldwide, most recently at Luis De Jesus Seminal Projects, San Diego, and Quint Contemporary Art, La Jolla, CA. This coming summer he will take part in Sensory Overload at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., and Here Not There, at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. Steve will have his first solo exhibition at Luis De Jesus Los Angeles in 2011.

Nava Lubelski studied at Wesleyan University (BA, Russian Language, Literature and History) and most recently was featured in SLASH: Paper Under the Knife, at the Museum of Arts & Design, New York. She is represented by LMAK Projects, New York, and has exhibited widely throughout the US and Europe, including the CUE Art Foundation and the Queens Museum of Art, New York; Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC; Gustavsbergs Konsthall, Gustavsberg, Sweden; and Kunstraum Richard Sorge, Berlin, Germany. Nava lives and works in New York City.

Gail Roberts earned her BFA and MA from the University of New Mexico and is the recipient of the 2010-2011 San Diego Art Prize in the Established Artist category. Her work has been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; California Center for the Arts Museum, Escondido, CA; Riverside Art Museum; Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery; Musee Rochefort-en-terre, Brittany,France; and Museo Nacional, San Jose, Costa Rica, among many others. She will have her second solo show with Luis De Jesus in 2011. Gail lives and works in San Diego, CA, and teaches at San Diego State University.

For further information, please call 310-453-7773 or email

March 26, 2010


(March 25, 2010) - The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego opens four new exhibitions tomorrow, featuring new commissions made specifically for MCASD. The shows:

Lael Corbin: This show is part of the museum’s “Cerca Series,” aimed at using art to deal with issues pertinent to Southern California and Baja California. For this show, the San Diego-based Corbin will turn the Strauss Gallery into a makeshift airplane hanger.   more

He is represented by Luis De Jesus Los Angeles.

Ruben Ochoa: Born and raised in Oceanside and now based in Los Angeles, Ochoa’s show will feature a 70-foot-long corridor filled by 16 individual rebar and shipping pallet sculptures ” his largest exhibition so far.

Lærke Lauta: MCASD commissioned the Danish artist to create a video installation specifically for the Foster Gallery in the Jacobs Building. The show will feature two works presented as a diptych: “Floating Female” and “The Accident.”

Mara De Luca: Also part of the “Cerca Series,” the Los Angeles-based artist brings a 14-painting installation to the museum. De Luca’s long-term project “Stations” (2006-2007) will be on view for the first time.

Opens Friday, March 26; runs through June 20. Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacobs Building, 1100 Kettner Blvd., downtown. (858) 454-3541 or

March 26, 2010


(March 11, 2010) - In one way, it’s simple. David Adey’s installation at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library consists of two very long rows of books: one slicing north and south across the gallery space and the other east and west. In another way, it’s complex, a feat of improvised engineering.

The artist hasn’t counted the books. They number at least in the hundreds and perhaps more than a thousand. And they appear as if they are arranged on shelves. But ... there are no shelves.   more

There are only keystones and clamps, along with a few sawhorses delicately balanced between the floor and the elevated rows. These are holding the books in place, along with wedges strategically placed for additional tension.

The rows are akin to a pair of suspension bridges, done through much trial and error. The technology is old, of course, the stuff of ancient bridges going back to the Greeks and refined by the Romans. But the style says “home improvement store.”

This is off-the-shelf stuff used in an marvelously outlandish way.

No wonder Adey decided to name it after that larger-than-life character from American folklore, “John Henry.” The legend defies logic and so, in some measure, does this construction.

Adey, who is on the art faculty at Point Loma Nazarene University, often works smaller, taking images from familiar sources ” cover shots from celebrity magazines and fashion ads ” and reconstructing the person in the picture using hundreds of craft punches.

“John Henry” might seem like a departure, but the artist doesn’t think so.

Here’s what he has to say about this and other concerns connected to this arresting construction:

QUESTION: Was this piece a real departure for you from the images that you have exhibited in recent years?

ANSWER: Some people have told me they think of it as one, but I don’t see it that way. It developed naturally, coming out of my sense of developing a set of parameters for the creation of work and following through, as I have with the reconstructions of photographs. Once it’s under way, I’m not so much making aesthetic decisions on an intuitive level as trying to fulfill an idea.

QUESTION: But realizing this idea was more unpredictable than making images, wasn’t it?

ANSWER: I’ve never experienced so much anxiety in my life while installing an exhibition. Though I had done a trial version over the summer, there was always the possibility that it wouldn’t work, that it wouldn’t stay up. It’s essentially backyard physics. Some friends, two architects and a physicist, looked at it and told me just do what you’re doing if it works. There are no tricks here. And every single thing in it is necessary for it to stay in place.

QUESTION: And what was the genesis of the title?

ANSWER: It came to me while this was in progress. I always loved that tale when I was a kid, and of course, there is the folk song about John Henry. Bruce Springsteen did it, Johnny Cash and lots of other people. It has that Industrial Revolution metaphor in it, about his struggle to outdo the machine.

I thought that idea seemed right when the piece collapsed into a pile of pieces during the summer and I had to begin again.

QUESTION: Does this piece encourage you to do something similar?

ANSWER: I’ll never do anything like it again. But I do have to put it up one more time. As soon as I take it down, me and my assistant have to take it to Los Angeles, where it opens April 9 at Luis de Jesus’ new space.

Robert L. Pincus: (619) 293-1831;


“John Henry,” a new installation by David Adey

When: Through April 3. Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; except Wednesday, when it’s to 8:30 p.m.

Where: Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St., La Jolla

Cost: Free

Phone: (858) 454-5872


February 12, 2010


San Diego, CA (Feb 1, 2010) - The San Diego Visual Art's Network, and the Art San Diego Contemporary Art Fair are the proud sponsors of the San Diego Art Prize now in its fourth year. The Prize is given annually to several established and several emerging artists who have exhibited outstanding achievement in the field of Visual Arts. The Prize recipients will receive a cash grant and new this year, a booth exhibition for three days at the Art San Diego Contemporary Art Fair September 2-5. 2010. The opening night tickets Thurs.   more

Sept 2 from 7 to 9 pm will benefit the SD Art Prize. Each exhibition will pair an established artist with an emerging artist.

This year recipients are Gail Roberts who has chosen David Adey as the emerging artist to share her exhibition. read more

January 12, 2010


Sunday, January 10, 2010. Robert L. Pincus, critic, The San Diego Union Tribune

Seminal Projects, which in its two-year presence in Little Italy became one of San Diego's leading locales for contemporary art, is relocating to Los Angeles. But that doesn’t mean it will be leaving behind the local artists it has featured.

“We plan to keep our presence alive in San Diego,” said Luis De Jesus, who directed the space in San Diego and will do so in Los Angeles.   more

“The quality of the artists in San Diego is very high, and we will continue to work with our core artists.” test read more

December 08, 2009


David Adey's sculptures are currently on view in the Torrance Art Museum's first ZOOM exhibition, through December 19, 2009. ZOOM is a survey of contemporary art practices from California, Arizona, Nevada and Baja artists. David will also be having a solo exhibition at the La Jolla Atheneaum, opening February 26, 2010. 

December 08, 2009


We are very happy to announce that Heather Martin and Steve Gibson have both nominated for the 2010-2011 San Diego Art Prize in the Emerging Artist category. The San Diego Art Prize is awarded annually to local established and emerging or under-recognized artists. Artists are nominated and selected by a group of peers that include museum directors, curators, collectors, artists and critics. The Prize includes a monetary award and a solo exhibition. Winners will be announced in the spring of 2010. 

October 08, 2009


"STRETCHED, STITCHED AND STUFFED - AN EXHIBITION OF SOFT SCULPTURE", is currently on view at Col Boehm Gallery, Palomar College, through October 20, 2009. The show features the works of nine artists, including Sandra Doore, Vanessa Madrid, Nicola Vrumink, Brian Dick (Seminal Projects), Mely Barragan, Rebecca Tice, John Dillemuth, Zac Monday, and Marisol Rendon.

Boehm Gallery, Palomar College 1140 W. Mission Rd., San Marcos, California 92069.   more

For further information, please visit, or call 760-744-1150, ext. 2304. 

October 08, 2009


Wendell Kling’s installation, “A Piece of the Moon”, is currently on view at The Rotunda Gallery of the La Jolla Athenaeum of Music and Arts Library, through November 7, 2009. For this exhibit, Kling uses a series of sculptural objects, simple digital animations and scissor-cut imagery to chronicle a series of alien abduction dreams that he had in 1995, in which he encountered and explored the geography of an alien planet as well as interacted with highly evolved alien beings.   more

On Friday, October 18, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., the artist will reprise the light and sound performance that was featured at the opening reception. La Jolla Athenaeum of Music and Arts Library, 1008 Wall Street, La Jolla, CA. For more info, call 858-454-5872.