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Occupy San Diego Tomorrow!

Occupy San Diego Tomorrow!

I recently came across the below excerpt from a talk given by Noam Chomsky in which he mentions the current state of affairs of the UC system and its’ systematic dismantling through deliberate policy decisions from once being the best public higher education system in the world into a system that more closely resembles Ivy League...
Poem for Dita

Poem for Dita

On September 10, 2011 Dita von Teese performed her burlesque show at MCASD’s Monte Carlo fundraising event. POEM FOR DITA Dita’s in the art (museum) Doing illicit things America Divine intervening trance-angel Dancing imploring titillating attracting Devotion – is this Art? Devolution? Innovation? Transcendence? Adult Disneyland? Intelligentsia take aim! Diotema in the alley Daring imitation...
Into the Temple of Art

Into the Temple of Art

OF TIME AND SPACE, ART’S ASSUMPTION INTO THE MARKETPLACE AND WERNER HERZOG’S CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS It is the Monday night after the close of Art San Diego 2011 contemporary art fair and time to reflect on my pilgrimage to the ad hoc temple of art at the Hilton Bay Front. Four days of initiation...
5 from 1: Jill O'Brien & Trish Igo

5 from 1: Jill O’Brien & Trish Igo

5 from 1 presents the work of one artist in conversation with five images that are driving their studio practice. The rest is up to you. Jill O’Brien & Trish Igo (link) Puppy, Animals and Objects, 2011 Taxidermy, Mixed Media, Polymer Clay, Found Objects 16″ x 9″ x 9″            ...
5 from 1: Damien Gilley

5 from 1: Damien Gilley

5 from 1 presents the work of one artist in conversation with five images that are driving their studio practice. The rest is up to you. Damien Gilley (link) Masterplexed, 2011 Wood, Drywall, Vinyl, Latex Paint Installation – Linfield College Dimensions Variable              
The Designated Voyeur

The Designated Voyeur

  The following images are commercial advertisements from mainstream publications (both print and online). The three exceptions — a 16th-century painting, vintage comic strip panel, and contemporary pornograph — are from art/performance web sites and John Berger’s classic Ways of Seeing. The images share a common image schema, and the schema itself begs several questions...
MEDITATING WITH YOUR XBOX?

MEDITATING WITH YOUR XBOX?

Deepak Chopra, has a new video game out. You think I’m kidding? Ok, well it well it’s not out quite yet, but it will be soon. The spiritual advisor and self-help guru (to the stars as well as to anyone with 10$) can now help gamers relax, work on their breathing, and play. The title...
5 from 1: Brian R. Jones

5 from 1: Brian R. Jones

5 from 1 presents the work of one artist in conversation with five images that are driving their studio practice. The rest is up to you. Brian R. Jones (link) Railings, 2011 Earthenware, Glaze, Plywood, Magnets 16″ x .75″ x 24″                            ...
Joe Yorty: The Art of Boredom

Joe Yorty: The Art of Boredom

We all know what it feels like to be stuck in a line. In the supermarket, at the bus stop, or at the doctors office. You find yourself slowly surrendering to the situation and becoming reconciled to doing nothing, feeling nothing, saying nothing, being nothing. Time passes so slowly it starts to become physical. Your...
Adult Puppet Cabaret (next one's fri 7/29)

Adult Puppet Cabaret (next one’s fri 7/29)

The last time that I stepped into the Adult Puppet Cabaret (a previous rendition), I had one of those, “Jesus Christ, is this really San Diego?” moments. The unmarked warehouse located in a quiet, unassuming, industrial part of town, seemed as if it had been teleported from… well, lets just say from a larger, more...
Artists' Drugs

Artists' Drugs

A good hearty meal, all in one pill that can be carried in a vest pocket, is the dream of scientists of today, according to Hugh S. Cummings, surgeon general of the public health service. (Rock Valley Bee, August 17, 1923) Whereas the visual arts of the past were strictly material (stone, canvas, paper, pigment),...
Defining what a city needs

Defining what a city needs

What does a city need? That is the question the curators of the Summer Salon Series at the San Diego Museum of Art are asking this season. Fundamentally a city needs a sense of place and a population able to harmonize with the characteristics that are imposed by geography, culture and politics. However, from these...
5 from 1: Matthew Bourbon

5 from 1: Matthew Bourbon

5 from 1 presents the work of one artist in conversation with five images that are driving their studio practice. The rest is up to you. Matthew Bourbon (link) A Bucketful of Lies, 2010 Acrylic on Canvas 64″ x 64″                              ...
Where's the Dignity in Labor?

Where’s the Dignity in Labor?

In the sense that I have continued to dwell on the “Dignity of Labor,” I would say that it was a success. Featuring work by artists Brian Zimmerman and John Dillemuth installed amongst SDMA’s collections and spaces, a screening of the documentary Class Dismissed: How TV Frames the Working Class and a live performance by...
Age Change

Age Change

Age change is a legal act, recognized in practically all legal systems, which allows a person to adopt an age different from their age at birth. The procedures and ease of an age change depend on the jurisdiction. In general, common law jurisdictions have rather loose limitations on age change, while civil law jurisdictions are...