On Saturday, November 17th, Sparks Gallery will open a show within a show – a selection of featured works by artists Scott Polach and Eva Struble, former Space 4 Art residents – as part of the ongoing “Convergence” exhibition. Each artist’s practice has continued to flourish in their post-Space 4 Art tenure and includes exhibitions at institutions such as the Museum of Photographic Arts, Oceanside Museum, San Diego Art Institute, and Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.
For Giving Tuesday, Sparks Gallery will bring a cross-section of voices who represent a multiplicity of experiences together for a panel discussion on the subject of perseverance in San Diego’s arts & culture community. Led by Kinsee Morlan, newly appointed as Podcast Producer at KPBS and most recently the arts & culture and engagement editor at Voice of San Diego, leaders from unique disciplines will come together to share their insights in a wide ranging conversation.
Sparks Gallery owner & curator Sonya Sparks will host as well as participate in the panel. Sonya will be joined by Lynn Susholz, citizen artist and Executive Director of Art Produce, Jennifer de Poyen Executive Director of Space 4 Art, and Curator Jill Dawsey from the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.
Each panel participant represents organizations at important inflection points — the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego with their in-progress expansion, Sparks Gallery on the precipice of celebrating its fourth year, Lynn Susholz as she strives to pilot a new public arts initiative in North Park, and Space 4 Art as they fundraise to build their future home.
Panelists will share how they are all moving forward — collectively and independently — and what the future can hold for the arts in San Diego, resulting in a sharing of ideas that will empower people to feel a sense of agency in leading the arts and culture community forward.
Beyond the Age of Reason features artists who contemplate how faith meshes with contemporary life, the role of ritual and symbolism, and the metamorphosis of traditional symbols as they become immersed in popular culture. Using materials and principles of design that place them firmly in the world of contemporary art, this show incorporates both traditional media and modern technologies.
This exhibition is multicultural and addresses many faiths, as seen through the filter of artists who pose questions, make comparisons, find commonalities, challenge customs and encourage discussion. Some viewers may find parts of these works irreverent, but the presence of religious iconography in contemporary art indicates that questions of faith are still relevant. Throughout history, artists and their images have played an integral part in shaping religion and religious leaders have found power in pictures, often commissioning artists to create works to validate or nullify beliefs. Beyond the Age of Reason acknowledges these historical underpinnings of faith-based iconography as the exhibition’s individual artists put this iconography through its full range of plastic possibilities.
Curated by Debby and Larry Kline
Eleanor Antin, Wayne Martin Belger, Adam Belt, Michelangelo Buonarroti, Einar de la Torre, Jamex de la Torre, Stephen Douglas, Steve Eilenberg, Scott Froschauer, Dave Ghilarducci, Cole Goodwin, Ichiro Irie, Beliz Iristay, Paula Levine, Maria Munroe, Cheryl Nickel, Sean Noyce, Ruben Ochoa, Erika Rothenberg, and Kristine Schomaker.
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."
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.
Paintings by Elizabeth Washburn
On Exhibition through April 2018
The Frame Maker
Weekdays 9:00am - 5:30pm
Saturdays 10:00am - 4:00pm
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.
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 email@example.com
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.
SPACE 4 ART TO FEATURE CO-FOUNDER IN ARTIST RUN GALLERY’S FINAL EXHIBITION
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.
Opening Reception: Friday March 3
Exhibit Run: March 4-12th
Gallery Hours: 11am-4pm Wednesday - Friday
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.
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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GABI SCHAFFZIN -
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 -
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 -
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.
JESSICA FRELUND -
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 -
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 -
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.
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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