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March 21, 2009

THE IMAGE COLLECTOR, SAN DIEGO CITYBEAT FEATURE ON PERRY VASQUEZ

From collages to documentary film, no art medium is off limits to Perry Vasquez.

By Katherine Sweetman

Remember when cut and paste involved scissors and glue? Local artist Perry Vasquez extends the genre of collage toward something akin to school-room activity. Vasquez often sits in a large empty classroom at Southwestern College surrounded by stacks of thick reference books, hundreds of loose photocopied pages and tiny, intricate, black-and-white, cut-up pieces of paper.   more

He is in the midst of creating a series of collage amalgams for an upcoming exhibition of work he calls Mythologies that will be held at the Luis De Jesus Seminal Projects gallery in May. Read the rest of this story : http://www.sdcitybeat.com/cms/story/detail/the_image_collector/7801/

March 17, 2009

ARTSCENE RECOMMENDATION/MARCH 2009: DANIEL RUANOVAS DEFEND:SECURITY

Daniel Ruanovas giant (ten feet tall and thirty feet long) metal sculpture more than fills the space available. Its projections, constructed from metal studs, ram into the wall, scraping away its smooth surface. Is it an oversized toy? A space vehicle? A weapon?

It is the accompanying large painting, with Security embedded in the pattern of metal-like ribbons, that directs the viewers reading of the sculpture. The embedded pentagonal shapes are intentionally symbolic, not just structural.   more

In the smaller gallery, Gustavo Velasquez constructions, made mostly from cast-off materials (used tea bags, old yarn, well-worn or charred wood), provide a contrast in size and sensibility. CLICK ON LINK AND SCROLL DOWN TO THE BOTTOM TO SEE THE REST

March 17, 2009

THE POSTCARD SHOW @ SUSHI, OPENS SAT MARCH 21

The POSTCARD Show, curated by Seminal Projects artist Brian Dick, opens Saturday, March 21, from 7-10 pm at SUSHI’s new downtown space. In The POSTCARD Show, fourteen artists make work in the context of cheap, disposable, anachronistic postcards. Participating artists include Eleanor Antin, BULBO, Kelly Coyne, Randall Christopher, Nina Katchadourian, Wendell Kling, Erik Knudsen, Jean Lowe, Hugo Lugo, Kim MacConnell, Irma Sofia Poeter, Einar and Jamex de la Torre, and Allison Wiese.

Postcards are purveyors of visual information.   more

Often times the brief missive on the stamped side of the card references the image on the other side: “Wish you were here!” or “X” marks the spot.. It’s a short curt and a snap shot. Postcards are, so to speak, the original “Text Message”; a way to say that you are thinking of someone; a friendly wave at a distance. At this point postcards may seem anachronistic–a vestigial tail on snail mail. But, like vinyl records, Super-8 movies and V-8 engines, they have a resilient charm and poetic resonance that seems to resist the march of insistent progress. Bring your stamps!

LOCATION:

SUSHI A Center for the Urban Arts

390 11th Avenue @ J Street

www.sushiart.org

DATE/TIME: Saturday, March 21, from 7 to 10 p.m.

Telephone: 619.235.8466 www.sushiart.org

March 12, 2009

MARCH 12: PREMIERE OF PERRY VASQUEZ’S “FOTOAKTION!” @ 2009 SAN DIEGO LATINO FILM FESTIVAL

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ris “Boris” Berman is the subject of FOTOAKTION!, a documentary film directed by Perry Vasquez that traces her evolution from teen-age Austrian pop star to avant-garde photographer and San Francisco art noiz diva.

Fotoaktion is the term Berman used to describe the interactive events she first staged as an art student at San Francisco City College in 1981.

TIME: Thursday, March 12 @ 6:30 pm

LOCATION: UltraStar Cinemas Hazard Center, 7510 Hazard Center Drive, San Diego

ADMISSION: $9.50

Perry Vasquez’s debut solo exhibition opens at Seminal Projects on May 7th. 

March 11, 2009

BRIAN DICK PERFORMS @ BUSHWICK SITE FESTIVAL 09

Brian Dick takes his theatrical/interventionist entourage to this year’s Bushwick Site Festival 09, March 7 & 8, performing his “NATIONWIDE MUSEUM MASCOT PROJECT” at sites throughout the neighborhood of Bushwick, greater Brooklyn and Manhattan. More info available at: http://artsinbushwick.org/

March 10, 2009

Art Review by Robert Pincus: “FEAR FACTOR / Provoking Thought with DEFEND:SECURITY”

Daniel Ruanova, a gifted painter and socially critical provocateur, is having his first solo exhibition in San Diego, “Defend: Security – Constructs of a People Fearing Society.” If you look closely at the lone painting on view, emblazoned with the word “SECURITY,” you’ll be able to tell that Ruanova can really paint. But for this show, the emphasis is on provoking thought more than seducing the eye. Click to read: http://www3.signonsandiego.com/stories/2009/mar/05/lz1w05rpincus182657-fear-factor/?uniontrib

March 09, 2009

Daniel Ruanova Artist Talk

Daniel Ruanova spoke about his installation, “DEFEND:SECURITY: Constructs of a People Fearing Society”, on Saturday, March 7th, at 2:00 p.m. About two dozen people gathered to hear him explain his conceptualizations of ‘fear’ as a determining factor in personal and social constructs. Discussions included talk on Mexican-American border politics, The Futurists, death, and evolving mobile systems of personal security.
 

March 09, 2009

Allison Wiese Upcoming Shows

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addition to her debut at Seminal Projects, opening on May 7th, Allison Wiese will be featured in these upcoming two-person / group exhibitions:

ANGLE OF REPOSE

ALLISON WIESE

March 14 - April 18, 2009

Opening Reception: Saturday, March 14, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Optical Projects, 1125 East 11th Street, Houston, TX 713/863-7112

Gallery Hours: Saturdays 12:00 - 5:00 pm or by appointment

www.billdavenport.com/opticalproject/opticalproject.html

ALLISON WIESE: THATS ALL IT TOOK

MARISOL RENDON: ONCE UPON A TIME A REFRIGERATOR

March 10 - April 16, 2009

Opening Receptions: Tuesday, March 10, 11:00 am & 6:00 pm

Southwestern College Art Gallery, 900 Otay Lakes Road, Chula Vista, CA

Gallery Hours: Mondays - Tuesdays 10:30 am - 2:00 pm, Wednesdays - Thursdays 5:30 - 8:30 pm

www.swccd.edu/eventscalendar





UNIV. OF SAN DIEGO ART DEPARTMENT FACULTY EXHIBITION

March 18 - MAY 24, 2009

Opening Reception: Wednesday, March 18, 5:00 - 8:00 pm

Fine Arts Galleries, Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice, 5998 Alcal? Park, San Diego, CA, 619/260-4261

Gallery Hours: Wednesdays - Thursdays 12:00 - 6:00 pm, Fridays - Saturdays, 12:00 - 4:00 pm

Christopher Adler, Adam Belt, Neal Bociek, Andy Cross, Adriana Cuellar, John Halaka, Bill Kelly, Maryann Luera, Duncan McCosker, Saba Oskoui, Iana Quesnell, Mike RIch, Bekkah Walker, Allison Wiese and Joe Yorty