to Jul 8

Artifacts: Allied Craftsmen of San Diego - OMA Exhibition

Cheryl Nickel is in a wonderful group show at the Oceanside Museum running February 17 through July 8, 2018.

"Part of the Big Read partnership with Oceanside Public Library, this exhibition is connected to themes in the book Station Eleven that revolve around the “artifacts” of a recently collapsed early 21st-century Western society. Members of the Allied Craftsmen of San Diego explore artistic interpretations of commonplace objects that give viewers the experience of artifacts from another time or place. Artwork will be in a wide variety of forms and materials, including ceramics, furniture, fabric, metals, glass, and the exciting intersections where a variety of media converge, creating a collection of curiosities that may inspire viewers to wonder about the strange and wonderful world these objects may have come from."


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Terra Infirma

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Space 4 Art unveils Terra Infirma, a multimedia project about environmental degradation and climate change.

Get a Sneak Peek of Space 4 Art’s future Permanent Home on Market Street in Sherman Heights

San Diego— Space 4 Art presents Terra Infirma, a multimedia production that addresses the overwhelming existential threats that human action and inaction pose to the environment and future life on planet Earth. A collaborative project featuring live music, visual art, and original choreography, the event will take place from 6-9 p.m. June 9, 2018 at the site of Space 4 Art’s future home at 2529 Market Street in Sherman Heights. The event is free, and the public is invited to attend.

“As artists, we are highlighting and critiquing the ways in which the planet is at risk of environmental destruction,” said Space 4 Art resident artist Siobhan Arnold, who is curating and contributing her own work to Terra Infirma. “We’re at a critical tipping point for the planet.”

Terra Infirma is a creative collaboration led by visual artists Arnold and Robert S. Leathers; composer Chris Warren; and four local choreographers led by Justin Morrison. Joining these Space 4 Art resident artists for the project are student artists from San Marcos College, San Diego State University, and High Tech High, Chula Vista. A trio of woodwinds, led by Space 4 Art resident Ariana Warren, will also perform at the event.

A highlight of the evening will be a real-time community art project dubbed “Dump Trump,” which takes aim at administration policies that pose a direct and dire threat to the environment. Guests are encouraged to bring a choice piece of trash and/or message of hope to contribute to the project, which will be unveiled during the event.

“Trump is a disaster for the planet,” said Leathers, who spearheaded Terra Infirma after a summer trip to the wilds of his native Maine. “I want my grandchildren to know the beauty of nature. I want their grandchildren to have a planet to live on.”

The show also spotlights the site of Space 4 Art’s Permanent Home, set to break ground sometime between Fall, 2019 and Spring, 2020, and to open in 2022. After eight years of operating out of rented warehouses in the East Village, Space 4 Art is developing the Market Street site in Sherman Heights to house a 32,000-square-foot, centrally located, cutting-edge arts center and creative incubator where artists can come together to live, work, and share their work through artistic events, community engagement, and educational outreach to local schoolchildren.

“We’re really excited to take the next step,” said Jennifer de Poyen, Space 4 Art’s executive director. “We will have a permanent facility on Market Street with more than 40 artists living and working on-site, as well as an art gallery, amphitheater, event space, and multipurpose room to serve the community and support our educational outreach.”

Envisioned as a multidisciplinary center where artists can affordably live, work, exchange ideas, and share their work with the broader community, Space 4 Art’s Permanent Home represents a unique opportunity for San Diego to join the ranks of world-class cities that nurture artists and other innovators who form the basis of the creative economy, which produces dividends ranging from increased tax revenues to enhanced community engagement to increased opportunities and outcomes for residents of all socio-economic levels.  

The new Space 4 Art will have 19 live-work units housing up to 30 artists, 19 work-only studios, a large indoor gallery, a covered outdoor 180-seat amphitheater, outdoor pop-up galleries, an indoor community event space with roof garden, two classrooms with extensive outdoor work space, and a wood and metal shop. Five of the artist units will open directly onto Market Street— a major transportation artery connecting downtown San Diego to surrounding mixed-use and residential neighborhoods —and provide high-visibility retail opportunities for those tenants.  

“It’s vital that we as an arts community go forward, not backward,” de Poyen said. “San Diego will benefit tremendously from this new arts center.”

Doors open at 6 p.m., and the production will run from about 6:30 ’till sundown. For safety and security at this still-in-construction site, guests will enter at a checkpoint on the south side of the fenced property at 2529 Market St., which can be accessed from an alley off 26th Street. Due to limited parking near the entrance off the alley, please consider parking on Market Street or using a ride-share service.

For more information about Space4Art’s mission, programs, and Permanent Home project, visit us at www.sdspace4art.org, on Facebook @sdspace4art, or on Instagram at sdspace4art.

To receive hi-res images or set up interviews with the artists, students, and program coordinators, please contact Alexis Negron (619.269.7230 or alexis@sdspace4art.org).

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LIVE/WORK : A group show of new performance/installation works

 LIVE/WORK A group show of new performance/installation works  Featuring artists: Lyndsay Bloom Stefani Byrd Monica Camacho Victor De La Fuente Armando De La Torre Francisco Eme Molly Gabbard Haydeé Jiménez Nick Lesley Leslie Leytham Justin Morrison Jonathan Piper Meghann Welsh  This event invites artists to make work in dialogue with the porousness of the artist live/work space, where the domestic, creative, and professional blur, react, and speak to each other. At Space 4 Art there is a palpable permeability between which spaces are designated for 'work' and which are for 'living.' This group show of new performance installation works seeks to reposition domestic space as performative space: recasting bed, bath, kitchen, and laundry beyond their quotidian function, beyond notions of gendered acts, beyond the private, into sites of exploration and exposure.

A group show of new performance/installation works

Featuring artists:
Lyndsay Bloom
Stefani Byrd
Monica Camacho
Victor De La Fuente
Armando De La Torre
Francisco Eme
Molly Gabbard
Haydeé Jiménez
Nick Lesley
Leslie Leytham
Justin Morrison
Jonathan Piper
Meghann Welsh

This event invites artists to make work in dialogue with the porousness of the artist live/work space, where the domestic, creative, and professional blur, react, and speak to each other. At Space 4 Art there is a palpable permeability between which spaces are designated for 'work' and which are for 'living.' This group show of new performance installation works seeks to reposition domestic space as performative space: recasting bed, bath, kitchen, and laundry beyond their quotidian function, beyond notions of gendered acts, beyond the private, into sites of exploration and exposure.

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Artist Reception at The Frame Maker - Observations Elizabeth Washburn

Paintings by Elizabeth Washburn
On Exhibition through April 2018

The Frame Maker
Gallery Hours
Weekdays 9:00am - 5:30pm
Saturdays 10:00am - 4:00pm 


Artist’s Statement

I am a representational painter who likes to experiment with contemporary art practices that combine my love of drawing and the formal elements of picture making with subject matter that is personally relevant. I have spent a great deal of time experimenting with art materials such as *encaustic wax, collage, stained glass, and LED lights to create visual effects that inspire a viewer to stop and look closer.

The collection of paintings in this exhibit is a culmination of three different series of work that I have explored over the past eight years. Each piece utilizes oil paint and *encaustic wax in its construction, and contains both literal and ambiguous storytelling elements.

The newest work represented here are the lightbox paintings, which can be identified by their black frames. Each piece is painted on Plexiglass and has a RGB LED lighting system inside. The LED lights are controlled by a remote where the illuminated color can be selected to stay in a static mode or set to slowly transition through a 7-color palette.

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to Mar 31

Relics of the Hypnotist War



Relics of the Hypnotist War evokes one of the most tragic epochs in human history:  the hypnotist invasion and subsequent sleep epidemic that ravaged civilization.  In this unorthodox experiment—equal parts museum, cabinet of curiosities, microtheater, and speakeasy—six participants will be given rare access to the relics and their curator, whose speaking dream conjures all those lost during this sad and terrible time.  

Available dates:  Saturdays March 10th, 17th, and 31st. 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.     

Seating limited to six participants per show.  

Admission is free.  Donations accepted.   

Contact:  Ryan Griffith at ryangriffith0@gmail.com


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Open Studios

Come join us for our open studios event, Saturday December 9th!

Our amazing artists will be opening up their studios and displaying all types of work from photography to sculpture. Come and see some of the most unique and beatiful studios in San Diego. We will have a taco truck and bar, as well as a live concert by one of our musicians.

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Final Gallery Exhibition and Open Studios


Chris Warr Returns to San Diego with a New Body of Work Embracing Uncertainty

For over six years, the all-volunteer curatorial committee at Space 4 Art has coordinated dozens of exhibitions featuring nationally and internationally recognized artists as well as emerging local artists. Unfortunately, the sale of Space 4 Art’s current home to a developer has led to the loss of its gallery spaces and some artist studios. Although this is the final gallery exhibition, it is not the end of Space 4 Art. The organization will maintain four live/work and sixteen work studios at the current location while they continue the ongoing project of building their permanent home in Sherman Heights. 

For this final exhibition, the curatorial committee invited Space 4 Art co-founder and former curator, Chris Warr, to exhibit work he has developed since moving from San Diego to Los Angeles last year. 

SHIFTER features paintings and sculptures that embrace uncertainty and genuine curiosity. A carpenter by trade, Chris Warr’s work has been known for its physicality and the occasional use brute force on stubborn materials. For the last year, he has abandoned force and allowed himself to move freely through a variety of methods and media to produce new work. He has painted, photographed, carved, cast, built, and disassembled objects from image to abstraction and abstraction to structure. Moving between multiple projects and not forcing outcomes, has resulted is refreshingly honest work showing a softer more relaxed relationship with the materials and, perhaps, himself. 

This event will feature Open Studios and will be the last opportunity to tour the entire facility. Aztec dancing group, Calpulli Mexihca of Barrio Logan, will be selling tacos and refreshments to fundraise for their participation in Chicano Park Day.

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Opening Reception: Friday March 3

Exhibit Run: March 4-12th

Gallery Hours: 11am-4pm Wednesday - Friday
Facbook event

Medium | .me·di·um | ˈmēdēəm (noun)
The intervening substance through which impressions are conveyed to the senses or a force acts on objects at a distance.

“Physiologically, man in the normal use of technology (or his variously extended body) is perpetually modified by it and in turn finds new ways of modifying his technology. Man becomes, as it were, the sex organs of the machine world, as the bee of the plant world, enabling it to fecundate and evolve ever new forms.”
- Samuel Butler, Erewhon: Or, Over the Range, 1872

The technologies that connect information across the globe have become so vastly encompassing as to be difficult to see. These global networks have begun to obliterate boarders of all kinds including the boarders that constitute the self. In order to gain new perspective on some of these mediums of information I transform modern technological imagery into human scaled environments. These environments themselves become a medium for expressing the conflict of identity as the Self distorts, multiplies, and dissolves into the collective consciousness.

Snacks will be provided. Drinks will be available.

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Virtually There Opening Reception

Virtually There

OPENING RECEPTION: 6-9pm, Saturday, January 28

Exhibit Run: January 28 - February 26

Gallery hours: 11am-4pm Wednesday - Friday

Virtually There presents six emerging San Diego artists whose work inhabit virtual spaces. Exploring how individual and societal identities are shaped by the connectivity possibly through digital and network technologies. Featuring the work of Stefani Byrd, Gabi Schaffzin, Rebekah Blesing, Zachary Kaiser, Jessica Frelund, and Jessica M Buie.

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Artist Biographies:


Gabi Schaffzin is pursuing his PhD in Art History with an Art Practice concentration at the University of California San Diego. His art and research consider a technologically mediated world dominated by a privileging of data over all else. He is a recovering capitalist who spent years working in the commercial world. These experiences inform his practice, which draws on the imagery and rhetoric of advertising and product design. You can see the emerging dialog between his research and artistic practice at utopia-dystopia.com.


Zachary Kaiser is Assistant Professor of Graphic Design and Experience Architecture at Michigan State University. Prior to his current appointment, Zachary co-founded Skeptic, a Boston-based research and design studio, and served as a visiting lecturer in various design schools in Boston. Much of his work is spent in the pursuit of interrogating the preferred situations manifest in the designed world in which we live, asking for whom (or what) these situations are preferred and why. Zachary seeks to offer his students and others the opportunity to question the hegemony of the preferred situations created for them, to problematize the designed systems and artifacts that privilege a certain worldview, and to propose alternative visions. Zachary regularly exhibits and lectures both in the U.S. and internationally.


Rebekah Blesing recently received her MFA from Michigan State University where she was the 2016 recipient of the College of Arts and Letters’ Varg Sullivan Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts. Her work has been presented both nationally and internationally including the presentation of Mined Intervention at the Detroit Institute of Arts as part of the 2014 Dlectricity Light Festival and as a presenter at the 2015 Vancouver International Symposium on Electronic Art. She teaches part-time at Kalamazoo College and Michigan State University.


After spending her formative years in New Mexico and Minnesota, Jessica Frelund went on to receive her BFA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2005 and is currently a MFA candidate at the University of California, San Diego in the department of Visual Art. Engaged in experimental practice and boundary-work, she investigates normative behavior, relationship networks, and structures of presence. Frelund actively pursues new avenues of materialization through sculpture, performance, video, drawing, writing, and collaborative installation. Her work has been exhibited in galleries, alternative spaces and non-traditional public forums through lectures, interventions, and partnerships in such spaces as Fort Houston in Nashville, TN, Overture Center in Madison, WI, San Diego Art Institute, The Grunwald Gallery, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, NY, and A SHIP IN THE WOODS, San Diego, CA. Frelund’s first exhibition-review will be published in Number Magazine later this month. She has been awarded residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, FLOAT, and IdeaXFactory. Frelund has been a teaching assistant at the University of California San Diego, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, and at the University of Wisconsin - Madison.


Jessica Buie is a photographic artist based in Southern California. Born in 1991 in San Antonio, Texas, she pursued her undergraduate B.A degree in Studio Art at St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas. She is currently enrolled in the Visual Arts Masters of Fine Arts program at the University of California San Diego. Buie has participated in numerous exhibitions across the US and recently completed an artist in residence program in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. She is currently producing a photo book to be published in early 2017.


Stefani Byrd's practice includes video, new media, and interactive technologies. She is most noted for her interactive temporary public art installations that are a hybrid of video and performance art. Her current work focuses on the creation of interactive and immersive media environments. The larger focus of Byrd’s practice is to shed light on the complicated nature of communication within a contemporary culture where social stereotypes often define our interactions. Her work confronts or undermines these stereotypes by turning the tables on traditional power relationships and is described as a hybrid of biting social satire and sociological experimentation.

Humans learn through experience and her work explores how empathy, often something we assume is innate, can be learned. As a technologist, she also focus on how the mediating effect of technology alters the ability to internalize the process of experiential learning as well as emotional fluency in interpersonal relationships.

She has received grants and support from groups such as: Creative Capital of New York, Flux Projects, the San Diego Art institute, the San Diego Art Fair, Atlanta Celebrates Photography, and Idea Capital. Her work has been featured in such places as Public Art Review Magazine, the Huffington Post, the Atlanta journal Constitution, the Hunter Museum of American Art, and Art Papers Magazine. Byrd's work is held in the permanent collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia and the Columbus museum of American Art. Her work is also archived as a part of the Public Art Database project. Stefani Byrd received her BFA degree in Photography from Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, in 2008. In 2016 Byrd earned her MFA degree from the University of California San Diego in New Media / Art + Technology, where she is currently a Lecturer in the Interdisciplinary Computing and the Arts (ICAM) program.

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A Mystical Journey: My Evolutionary Experience

by Barbara Gothard

Gallery Hours: 11am-4pm Wednesday-Friday(Not Saturday)

Other days by appointment only.

Barbara Gothard is a Palm Springs, California-based artist whose approach to her artworks, and life, is evolution. Her complex paintings investigate contradictions, organic juxtaposed with abstract visual concepts. The contrasts reflect the cross-disciplinary linkages emanating from her global business and educational experiences. Themes include dream-like metaphors of hurdles, which convey the painting’s “story” of introspection, reflection and hope, by the viewer and the artist, a “fighting optimist”.

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