5:00 -9:00 p.m. Giuseppe’s Bar Service
5:00 -9:00 p.m. It’s getting darker…and darker and darker, a sound installation by Joe Yorty and Kelly Eginton
5:00-9:00 p.m. Ad sense, an installation by Tim Schwartz
6:00-8:00 p.m. The Quilt Conversation, with Ann Olsen and Andrew Printer
6:00-7:00 p.m. Art-Making Activity: Record Art
7:00-8:15 p.m. Get Mad at Sin! A Message to the Young People of Today By Evangelist Jimmy Swaggart, As Preached at the First Assembly of God in Van Buren, Arkansas, a performance by Andrew Dinwiddie
Join Daniela Kelly, Museum Educator, for an art-making workshop that is sure to be fun and engaging for all ages and skill levels.
Get Mad at Sin!
Nationally recognized performer Andrew Dinwiddie will re-enact a sermon from Preacher Jimmy Swaggart. The performance, based on a now out-of-print-vinyl recording of Swaggart’s 1971 speech in Arkansas, ironically attacks popular culture, especially show business, even though Swaggart is an iconic performer himself and is the cousin of rocker Jerry Lee Lewis. While Dinwiddie breathes new life into Swaggart’s words, they inevitably mean something different to us then they would have originally 40 years ago.
It’s getting darker…
Artists Kelly Eginton and Joe Yorty will present a sound installation in which several Jimmy Swaggart records will play throughout the museum for the duration of the evening. The artists will also engage in impromptu sound mixing by playing several records simultaneously in proximity to one another.
Thursday 7:30 pm at Space4Art
A touring program of recent San Francisco Bay Area Shorts, featuring work by Caitlin Denny, Gregory Kaplowitz, Jen Kirsten, Alex S. Lukas, Jessica Miller, Dan Olsen, Skye Thorstenson, Virtual Pubes, and Nightmare City.
Space 4 Art
May 11 & 12, 2012
Calit2 Auditorium, Atkinson Hall
Phase 2 of the DRONES AT HOME project takes the form of a two-day conference organized by the gallery@calit2. The conference consists of a series of panels, screenings, and open sessions that explore issues related to the “domestication” of drones — whether in the context of warfare, science fiction, design, cultural studies, regulatory policy, or distributed and embedded intelligence. These various events, mobilizing conversations among artists, engineers, and other scientific and creative researchers, are geared toward the development of new research initiatives, analytical concepts, and experimental forms.
For the complete event agenda and speaker bios, please see this link: http://www.calit2.net/events/
All gallery events are FREE and open to the public.
Mujeres Mixtecas, CAFE and Cog•nate collective invite you to share in a night of exchange! Mujeres Mixtecas, a female Mixtec sewing co-op will share their language and culture as they will unveil a sewn mural created in collaboration with cog•nate collective, and give a short talk on their history and culture. The event is a way of inciting dialogue between the various ethnic and economic groups at the border.
There will be music and the co-op will prepare a Mixtec meal for everyone. $7 donation suggested for lunch. Our hope is that each of us will teach a bit of our own language(s) as we learn a bit more Mixtec, Spanish, or English through conversation and social exchange.
Located between the northbound lanes of traffic at the Mercado de Artesanias, Linea in the San Ysidro Port of Entry, Cog•nate Space/Espacio Cognado has hosted various arts and cultural events since its inception last year.
Directions to Cog•nate Space:
The space is located at the foot of the pedestrian bridge on the Mexican side of the border on the median between border car lanes.
From the US:
Cross the border, continue straight through the turnstiles. There will be a set of turnstiles to your right, DO NOT GO RIGHT. Instead, continue straight ahead until you cross a set of turnstiles that will lead you to “La Concha,” a silvery shell-like building that will be on your left. Walk past the building toward the taxis, which should be in front of you. Before reaching the taxis make a left onto a footbridge that will take you to the port of entry. Cross the bridge and walk down at the first exit point as you walk east on the bridge. The market is the set of red stalls on your right.
Go to the San Ysidro port of Entry and take the pedestrian bridge that goes over the cars west. Exit the bridge before you get to “La Concha”. The market is the set of red stalls on your left.
For more information about cog•nate collective’s collaboration with Mujeres Mixtecas visit:
Tu’un davi / Español / English : Language Exchange at Cognate Space
Saturday April 28
11am – 4pm
LAXART: 2640 S. La Cienega Los Angeles, CA 90034 and CABINET: 300 Nevins Street Brooklyn, NY 11217
A one-night, bicoastal screening of video works by Skowhegan alumni spanning nearly 15 years of Skowhegan alumni.
The Double is primarily a visual phenomenon making video a natural medium for its exploration. The earliest silent films recognized the inherent doubling that occurs through picture, investigating notions of an uncanny second self in films such as the The Golem and The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. Through doubling or mirroring, one is confronted with the illusion of wholeness, a dispersion of the self, and perhaps revelations or repressions of fears and desires kept hidden within the body. The Double can also represent an alter ego, a copy or forgery, or a false twin or Doppelganger. However, doubles are not exclusively physical in a bodily sense. Doubling may also be traced to the mode of production of the work, reminding us that the replication and dissemination of image is physical in its duplication as well. This lack of the original and multiplication of the double across the screen is exemplified in the bicoastal screening of The Double at LAXART in Los Angeles and Cabinet in New York.
Featuring works by:
Mike Calway-Fagen ’11
Jonathan Ehrenberg ’11
Amy Finkbeiner ’01
Victoria Fu ’06
Meredith James ’11
Andrew Ellis Johnson ’99
Siobhan Landry ’11
Sarah Lasley ’04
Dan Levenson ’09
Ann Oren ’09
Chris Sollars ’98
Cheryl Yun ’03
Bryan Zanisnik ’08
Space 4 Art is a thriving community-designed, volunteer-built art space that provides 37 affordable studios for San viagra canadian pharmacy Diego’s finest artists, designers, and craftspeople. The facility has an abundance of natural light, spacious galleries, multiple community spaces, a multi-level stage, and performance areas.
In our ongoing effort to present innovative and varied exhibitions, the all volunteer curatorial committee has decided that it is imperative to generate funding for these exhibitions and gallery improvements. All the work thus far has been accomplished on a absolute shoestring budget.
Kickstarter is a relatively new online fundraising platform that provides an accessible and engaging interface for would-be donors. Our proposed campaign highlights the merits of Space 4 Art, our past programming, community outreach, and future projects.
The 2012 exhibition season will consist of six shows spanning varied media, geographic locations, styles, and conceptual interests. The current exhibition, Immaterial Ergonomics, brings together four artists from both coasts who share an affinity for material transcendence. Their innovative, contemporary work represents a range of hybrid practices: sculpted canvases, painted videos, printed sculptures and digital processes, which turn traditional mediums on their head. The artists, Maria Walker, Ryan Perez, Brice Bischoff, and Matt Sheridan, head toward representational objects, only to sidestep the familiar at the last moment. And drift past.
Future shows in 2012 will include a survey of Southern California MFA candidates, an exhibition that coincides with Comic-Con, a major two-person exhibition, and many other exciting projects still in development. It is our desire to offer artists a nominal honorarium to offset their costs and recognize their efforts. This is a sizable gesture in our continued upward trajectory as a leading non-profit art entity in Southern California.
A lesser portion of the funding will go toward ongoing gallery maintenance and improvements. Planned improvements include a floor to ceiling wall that will give the gallery a complete and less transitory feel. It will also afford the inclusion of further works in each show. We will outfit the gallery with additional lighting that will significantly improve work’s presentation. A “video box” that consists of a large flatscreen tv housed in a movable wooden kiosk will expand our ability to show mulit-media works.
Author Mark Dery will discuss and sign copies of his new book, I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts: Drive-by Essays on American Dread, American Dreams, at Southwestern College in Chula Vista, CA on Thursday, April 19th at 11:00 AM in Rm L238.
From the cultural critic Wired called “provocative and cuttingly humorous” comes a viciously funny, joltingly insightful collection of drive-by critiques of contemporary America where chaos is the new normal. Exploring the darkest corners of the national psyche and the nethermost regions of the self, Dery makes sense of the cultural dynamics of the American madhouse early in the twenty-first century.
“Always provocative, often humorous, Dery has a keen eye for absurdity, tragedy, and everything in between. ” —Publishers Weekly]]>
eat.here.now is an investigation into how we can re-imagine our cities to be near food. Built-out communities like North Park have few open spaces waiting to become urban farms. What if the capacity to grow our own food is hiding in plain sight? What if the public reclaimed public space?
What if streets + roofs + yards = food?
And local food = fuel savings + water savings + healthier communities + social justice? We can start right here, right now.
Sezio & LWP Group are teaming up to present COLLIDE, a one-night take over of a newly-renovated
1912 apartment building on 9th & Broadway in San Diego’s East Village. Art, music, craft beer & cocktails
will fill the hallways and rooms of the five-story Community @ Carnegie building on Saturday, April 14th.
Vintage apartments will be transformed into art installations, pop-up shops, and mini bars.
There will be
beer bars from Karl Strauss & Stone Brewing, cocktails from El Dorado, and street-side grub from MIHO.
Here’s the complete artist roster: Exist 1981, Spenser Little (pictured below), Charles Bergquist,
Michael Delaney, Neko, Walker McCullough, DieKuts, James Noland, Angella d’Avignon, Matthew
Bradley, DOUBLE BREAK, Wes Bruce, Morgan Manduley, YELLER, Louis Schmidt, Christina Tsui,
Mike Maxwell, Abel Guzman, Katherine Powers, & FEELIT.
The event will last from 6-10pm and will be open to all ages. There will be a $5 cover charge that will go
directly to Sezio, helping us continue to feature San Diego art & music on our website and at our events.
We hope to see you there!
A DOUBLE BREAK EXHIBITION ANNOUNCEMENT
Everything, All the Time, Always
New work by Sadie Barnette
Opening Reception: Friday, April 13, 2012 (6-10PM)
Double Break is thrilled to announce Everything, All the Time, Always, a solo exhibition of new work by Sadie Barnette. Using drawing, photography, and objects, Barnette constructs “a visual language system out of sub-culture codes and West Coast vernacular, economic formalism, text, and abstractions.” Her work stems from an investment in place and location, though it is the notion of specificity itself, rather than any specific locale that she is most compelled by. Projecting outwards from a place, say Oakland, California, she is invested in the study of location, the “weight and content of the specificity of the local.” This study begins in one place, but it can go anywhere. Specificity is universal; Barnette’s findings are urgent. The poetics of her gesture and the fineness of her line illuminate this urgency, these fragile yet tenacious binaries. It is within the sumptuousness of brilliant, saturated color in a lush tumble of sneaker-laces; the allure and impossibility of a sky made of glitter; the harsh perfection of the grid, flexible but absolute; and the velvet, tactile softness of graphite that an uncompromising yet generous commitment to the real and the specific lie. In Barnette’s work, what is at stake is “the gravity of the urban as fantasy; extra-legal economies; luxury as drug; counterfeit capitalism; glitter as hypnotic; outer space as head space; the everyday as gold, family, and lived identity experience; and the party.”
For Everything, All the Time, Always, Barnette will take over the entirety of Double Break–from front window to back wall–filling the space with a combination of large-scale graphite drawings, color photographs, site-specific wall-works, editioned multiples, and discreetly altered found objects. Furthering her explorations of place and location through the specificity of the gallery/shop context,Double Break–gallery and shop, local arts venue and regional/national cultural space, microcosm and macrocosm–will serve as an “inset” of focused investigation within the territory of Barnette’s broader personal and cultural purview. In taking over the space entirely, she will highlight and attend to the symbiotic nature of the gallery/shop relationship, creating a unique viewing experience unlike anything yet seen at Double Break.
Sadie Barnette is from Oakland, CA. She received her BFA from the California Institute of the Arts in 2006, and is currently an MFA candidate in Visual Arts at the University of California, San Diego. Her work has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego. Recent shows include More Real Than Life at Southwestern College (San Diego), Last Time It Was Gray at Park Life (San Francisco), and Light/Weight at Zughaus Gallery (Berkeley, CA). She was a 2011 artist-in-residence at UCSD’s Thurgood Marshall College, and her book Plus Onewas released in 2010 by San Diego-based publisher Gravity and Trajectory.
Opening Reception: Friday, April 13, 2012 (6-10PM)
Exhibition runs through Saturday, May 12, 2012
Free and open to the public!
Drawing Jam #2: Monday, April 30, 2012 (8PM-Midnight)
Ten local artists, including Sadie Barnette, will be at the Tin Can Alehouse all night drawing, listening to music, chatting with the crowd, and selling their creative labors for affordable prices!
Special Closing Party with Broken Heart Tattoo: Saturday, May 12, 2012
1821 5th Ave
San Diego, CA 92101
If you teach, please bring, or send, your class.
For more information about Matthew Coolidge and the Center for Land Use Interpretation (CLUI): www.clui.org
Matthew Coolidge is the founder and director of the Center for Land Use Interpretation, an education and research organization based in Los Angeles, established in 1994. The CLUI takes a broadly interdisciplinary approach to the investigation of land use, drawing on the natural sciences, sociology, art, architecture, and history in order to increase and diffuse knowledge about how land in the United States is apportioned, utilized, and perceived. The Center produces public programs such as tours, lectures, and events, publishes books, and web resources, including a web site with a searchable database of “unusual and exemplary” land use in the United States. The work of the Center has been presented in museums, universities, and noncommercial exhibit spaces across the United States, and Europe. Coolidge teaches in the curatorial practice program at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. He is the author and editor of several books, including Overlook: Exploring the Internal Fringes of America with the Center for Land Use Interpretation, and The Nevada Test Site: A Guide to the Nation’s Nuclear Proving Ground.
Kartik’s CD “Sublime Ragas” was named one of the Top of the World Top 10 CDs by Songlines magazine. The Washington Post has praised his music for its “expressive beauty, rich tonal sensibility, and rhythmic intricacy.”
Kartik collaborates with world-renowned artists including Philip Glass, and he is dedicated to authentic Indian classical music as introduced to America in the sixties by his mentor Ravi Shankar.
Kartik is a prolific composer whose Concerto #1 for Sitar and Chamber Orchestra received its world premiere in San Diego last October. He heads the Indian Classical Music program in the Department of Music at UCSD.
For tickets to the April 11 concert, call the Department of Music Box Office: (858) 534-3448.]]>
Architect Luis Aldrete is from Guadalajara, Mexico. He established Luis Aldrete Arquitectos in 2007. His practice comprises of a body of work related to public and residential comissions and international competitions. Particular projects include a public shelter building along the traditional La Ruta del Peregrino pilgrimage in Mexico. The work is series of contemporary concepts taking advantage of traditional materials and methods of construction.
Saturday, March 24, 2012
6:00pm until 10:00pm
As an artist working in the field of repurposed electronic devices, I usually work with second-hand or found objects. An old suitcase gets filled with the chopped innards of a boom box and becomes a cold war karaoke machine. A World Atlas with a walkie talkie hidden in it’s hollowed out pages becomes an oversized talking text. While transporting these hand-held devices from place to place, I am often asked to explain my creations to concerned authorities or curious passersby.
As one might imagine, reactions range from amusement to alarm. This installation features an array of custom-made gadgets (known as “snuitcases”) and the stories of how they have traveled far and wide to get to where they are now.
fmath lorenz is an educator, veteran, and technologist.
Wines, Snacks. The usge.. ;p
1925 30th st SD CA 92012 ~ unLocation.com]]>
Tuesday March 20, 2012 at 7pm
Art North Room 412, SDSU
Product Etcetera™ Brands, Gangs, Teams & Clans
Opening Reception: March 22, 2012 (6—10pm)
Double Break is very excited to announce an exhibition by San Diego’s own Product Etcetera™.
Showcasing Product Etcetera’s latest in-house brands and products. Brands, Gangs, Teams & Clans investigates branding, its role in society and personal identity. On display will be original paintings of Product Etcetera’s newest marks, as well as a preview of their upcoming line of product. Their influences range from sports pageantry, corporate identity, religious iconography, national symbolism, gang graffiti, and a general study of semiotics.
Product Etcetera™ is a San Diego-based design studio that specializes in full service design and branding. Operating in all forms of visual communication (web, print, broadcast, and the fine arts) their client projects widely range from brand development for small business to institutional identity systems.
When not designing for their clients, Product Etcetera can be caught producing artwork, stirring up passion projects for their San Diego community, and designing merchandise under their PRDTetc™ label.
Originally born in 2004 as a place to house Jordan Stark’s portfolio online, it wasn’t until he teamed up with Tony Martinez in May 2009 that Product Etcetera officially launched as a commercial design studio. A year later, after developing an exclusive project for a high-profile New York boutique retailer, they launched their PRDTetc™ label and first line of graphic T-shirts and hats.
Since launching their first line of product in June of 2010, Product Etcetera has developed pop-up shops in boutique retailers throughout the West Coast and has collaborated with other high profile brands, stores, and organizations to produce exclusive projects and events. In March of 2011, Product Etcetera organized and launched the Bring Back The Brown campaign, which is an ongoing campaign created with the grand objective of fostering a stronger loyalty to San Diego and its sports culture.
Opening reception: March 22, 2012 (6—10pm)
(With music and refreshments)
Show runs March 22—April 7, 2012
1821 Fifth Ave
San Diego, CA 92101
Thursday, March 8th, 7:00 pm
UC San Diego, Visual Arts Facility Performance Space on Russell Lane, La Jolla, California 92093
Free and Open to the Public.
Chris Kraus will read from her 2011 book WHERE ART BELONGS, that examines recent artistic enterprises that reclaim the use of lived time as a material. Expanding the argument begun in her earlier book, VIDEOGREEN, Kraus argues that “the art world is interesting only insofar as it reflects the larger world outside it.”
Moving from New York to Berlin to Los Angeles to the Pueblo Nuevo barrio of Mexicali, Kraus examines the uses of boredom, poetry, privatized prisons, community art, corporate philanthropy, vertically integrated manufacturing, and discarded utopias, revealing the surprising persistence of microcultures within the matrix. For all its faults, she concludes, the art world remains the last frontier for the desire to live differently.
The Glasgow Review of Books describes WHERE ART BELONGS as “an incitement to find art, to read in a heroic way, and to create a moment;” Bookforum has praised its “poeticism and daunting theoretical undercurrents.” “In WHERE ART BELONGS,” Alina Astrova writes, “art theory becomes political philosophy … a means of establishing a way of life outside capitalist conventions.”
Chris Kraus is the author of four novels and two books of art essays. The recipient of a Frank Mather Award in Art Criticism and a Warhol Foundation art writing grant, she has been described by Holland Cotter in the New York Times as “one of our smartest and original writers on art and culture.”
For questions, contact VALS Coordinator Jessica Sledge at firstname.lastname@example.org]]>
“Home” is understood at multiple scales—at the level of the individual, backyard, community, border region, and homeland. The San Diego region is featured prominently and regional issues are explored as exemplars of global phenomena. The exhibition also departs from any strict interpretation of the form that a drone must take; the project expands on the “unmanned” nature of the drone as symbolic of a larger condition–ecologies where the status of the human is called into question, distributed and embedded in a wider field of shared intelligence.
Drones at Home will be presented in three phases. Phase 1 includes an exhibition; Phase 2 consists of panels and a workshop; and Phase 3, which continues through the summer, will include the creation of new drone projects in collaboration with invited artists and research groups at Calit2. Co-curated by Sheldon Brown, Jordan Crandall, and Ricardo Dominguez, this first phase will feature the work of Matthew Battles, Trevor Paglen, The Periscope Project, Alex Rivera and Angel Nevarez, along with additional work drawn from research in the field.
Matthew Battles is a poet, writer, and co-founder of HiLobrow.com. His forthcoming books include Letter by Letter (W. W. Norton), a sentimental and natural history of writing, and a short story collection, The Sovereignties of Invention (Red Lemonade). He is a research fellow with metaLAB, an academic and creative collaborative devoted to the exploration of technology in the arts and humanities, hosted by Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society .
Alex Rivera is a New York based digital media artist and filmmaker. His first feature film, SLEEP DEALER premiered at Sundance 2008, and won two awards, including the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award. Rivera is a Sundance Fellow and a Rockefeller Fellow. His work, which addresses concerns of the Latino community through a language of humor, satire, and metaphor, has also been screened at The Berlin International Film Festival, New Directors/New Films, The Guggenheim Museum, PBS, Telluride, and other international venues.
Angel Nevarez is an artist, musician, and DJ. He has produced works which investigate contemporary music, dissent, and public fora, and move between the spatial simultaneity of performance and enunciation, reflecting upon the projection of political agency through transmission and song. His interests lie in the formation of mobile, performative, and discursive-based social spaces, along with the re-articulation of communicatory systems within such locales. Nevarez is also a faculty member of MIT’s Art, Culture, and Technology Program.
Trevor Paglen’s work deliberately blurs lines between science, contemporary art, journalism, and other disciplines to construct unfamiliar, yet meticulously researched ways to see and interpret the world around us. Paglen’s visual work has been exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Tate Modern, London; The Walker Arts Center, Minneapolis; The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; Institute for Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams; the 2008 Taipei Biennial; the Istanbul Biennial 2009, and numerous other solo and group exhibitions.
The Periscope Project is a space and co-operative based in downtown San Diego committed to the transdisciplinary nexus of art, architecture, and regional urban issues. Operating by the efforts of its resident practitioners; Drone Readymade represents the first discreet project (outside of The Periscope Project itself) undertaken collaboratively. The project’s primary authors are James Enos (M.Arch, NSAD, MFA UCSD, Visiting Assistant Professor, FSU), Molly Enos (M.Arch NSAD, AIA), Charles G. Miller (MFA UCSD), Keith Muller, Andrea Ngan, David Kim, Jon Barth, Jason Durr and Jay Ojeda; with key contributions from Jon Zuppan. For Drones at Home, The Periscope Project is collaborating with Owen Mundy (MFA UCSD, Assistant Professor FSU).
All gallery events are FREE and open to the public.
Please RSVP to Trish Stone, Gallery Coordinator, email@example.com
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March 8-April 12 at Southwestern College Art Gallery
This exhibition will present 11 contemporary artists, from California to France, currently using scissors and glue rather than a mouse and a printer to create works that question our perceptions of common reality and provoke discussion about collage’s increased relevance.
Public Reception: Thursday, March 8
Artist Talk 6-8 p.m.
Light refreshments provided
Public Reception: Tuesday, March 13
Artist Talk 12 p.m., Reception 11-1
Light refreshments provided
Collage in Context: A Symposium: Thursday, March 22: 11:00-1:00 p.m.
Collage in poetry, Mark Wallace: 11-11:20
Artist Talk, Joshua Tonies: 11:25-11:40
Roundtable Discussion: 11:45-12:15
Q&A with Audience 12:15-12:30
This symposium program will present collage as a strategy both in art and literature, as well as position the practice within a larger context of current analogue approaches in art. The first presentation, from Mark Wallace, will discuss the collage practices of William S. Burroughs and their continued legacy. Wallace is the author of more than fifteen books and chapbooks of poetry, fiction, and essays, and won the 2002 Gertrude Stein Poetry Award for Temporary Worker Rides A Subway. The second presentation will feature artist Joshua Tonies speaking about his own collage work. His contributions to the exhibition highlight some current approaches to utilizing both analog and digital collage within a single work, and how the two differ or complement each other. The last presentation will consist of a roundtable discussion between Michael Trigilio, Alexander Jarman and May-ling Martinez. May-ling Martinez is featured in the exhibition. Besides creating analog collage, she has built outdated or impractical machines from old mechanical engineering manuals as part of her art. Michael Trigilio is a Professor at University of California San Diego and a multi-media artist who has worked extensively with sound. His independent radio project, Neighborhood Public Radio, has been featured at The Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles and the 2008 Whitney Biennial.
Sadie Barnette http://www.
Mike Calway-Fagen http://
Troy Dugas http://troydugas.com/ Based in Lafayette, Louisiana.
Lola Dupre http://loladupre.com/ Based in Avignon, France.
Chris Kardambikis http://www.
Gordon Magnin http://gordonmagnin.
Morgan Manduley http://
May-ling Martinez http://www.
Arturo Medrano http://convulsive.
Jason Sherry http://www.jasonsherry.
Joshua Tonies http://www.joshtonies.
The Southwestern College Art Gallery is located in Rm 710B
900 Otay Lakes Rd, Chula Vista, CA 91910.
Gallery Hours are Monday through Thursday 10:30am-2:00pm,
Wednesday & Thursday 5:30pm-8:30pm.
Tel. 619-421-6700 x 5568
Fax 619-421-6700 fax 5368
Free parking is available in Lot J on the days of the related events]]>
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21 @ 5:33 – 7:06 PM
CAMINO HALL 153
Hasan Elahi (born 1972, Rangpur, Bangladesh) is an interdisciplinary artist whose work examines issues of surveillance, simulated time, transport systems, and borders and frontiers.
His work has been presented in numerous exhibitions at venues such as SITE Santa Fe, Centre Georges Pompidou, Sundance Film Festival, Kassel Kulturbahnhof, and at the Venice Biennale. Elahi recently was invited to speak about his work at the Tate Modern, TED Global, The Einstein Forum, and at at the American Association of Artificial Intelligence. His work has been supported with grants and sponsorships from the Creative Capital Foundation, Ford Foundation/Philip Morris, and the Asociación Artetik Berrikuntzara in Donostia-San Sebastián in the Basque Country/Spain. His work is frequently in the media and has been covered by The New York Times, Forbes, Wired, CNN, ABC, CBS, NPR, Al Jazeera, Fox, and has also appeared on The Colbert Report.
Currently, he is Associate Professor of Art and Director of the Digital Cultures and Creativity Program at the University of Maryland. In 2010, he was an Alpert/ MacDowell Fellow and in 2009, he was Resident Faculty and Nancy G. MacGrath Endowed Chair at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.
This event is co-sponsored by USD’s Social Justice Living and Learning Community]]>
The Center for Urban Ecologies (CUE) at UCSD and
the FWF Science Fund research project ‘Other Markets’
INFORMAL MARKET WORLDS
an international research forum on the trading places of urban informalities
Thursday, February 16, 2012, 10am-7pm
Friday, February 17, 2012, 10am-7pm
at Calit2 Auditorium, Atkinson Hall
University of California San Diego
Informal markets have emerged as a vital part of cities around the world, from the new mega-cities of the Global South to the old centers of political and economic power. Spurred by deregulation and accelerating global flows, they are commonly tolerated as shock-absorbers of widening social divisions. Yet, whenever these markets show signs of establishing realms of their own official rhetoric paints them as threat to social and economic order, often followed by governmental actions of demolition, re-location or privatization.
Debating the spatial culture of informal markets as an arena of negotiation between multiple political demands, social actors and environmental constraints, ‘Informal Market Worlds’ departs from the question of how we can build more equal participation in the space of economy vis-à-vis the economy of space. In what ways can the spatial practices and cultural mechanisms that sustain informal markets help us in articulating progressive policies more adapt to the transnational realities of today’s populations?
A two-day event of presentations and discussions, ‘Informal Market Worlds’ will bring together research on the architecture and visual culture of informal markets with a range of case studies from across the Americas and beyond. In addition to input from theorists in the fields of urbanism and political economy, the meeting will include presentations by architects, artists and activists on a range of markets such as the La Salada market in Buenos Aires, the Tri Border Area of Ciudad del Este, the Dominican border markets, street markets in the US or the informaleconomies of El Tepito in Mexico City.
Raul Cardenas, Teddy Cruz, Julian D’Angiolillo, Laurent Gutierrez, Alfonso Hernandez, Hou Hanru, Rick Lowe, Peter Mőrtenbőck, Helge Mooshammer, Alfonso Morales, Gerald Murray, Valerie Portefaix, Fernando Rabossi, Ananya Roy, Ignacio Valero, Matias Viegener, and others.
This research gathering at UCSD is part of an itinerant series of conferences world-wide and will be followed by meetings in Hong Kong/Shanghai (fall 2012) and Istanbul (spring 2013). Outcomes of these gatherings will be published in an atlas and a textbook by NAi Publishers, Rotterdam in 2013.
For a detailed program please refer to: www.othermarkets.org
This event is free and open to the public.
No registration required.
UCSD – Visual Arts Department, Calit2 & Center for Global Justice
Goldsmiths College London
FWF Science Fund
The Center for Urban Ecologies, CUE, at UCSD has been recently co-founded by Teddy Cruz and Kyong Park, seeking new critical interfaces between top-down urban policies and bottom-up community activism, while enabling new forms of public culture through urban pedagogy and the visualization of socio-political and economic processes. CUE is affiliated with the Division of Arts and Humanities and Visual Art Department. Because it just began operations, there is currently no accessible website. For more information, though, CUE was responsible for The Political Equator 3, an itinerant event across the San Diego-Tijuana border: www.politicalequator.org
The international research project ‘Other Markets: Networked Ecologies in 21st Century Urban Transformation’ investigates the architectures and cultural logics of informal markets as a decisive yet often overlooked theatre of urban transformation. By engaging directly with the modalities of spatial production of informal economies it seeks to expand the debate currently divided along the question whether informal structures are first and foremost the low-cost equivalent of global deregulation or whether they provide the space for the emergence of alternative social formations. ‘Other Markets’ is led by Helge Mooshammer and Peter Mőrtenbőck, based at Vienna University of Technology and Goldsmiths College, London and is funded by the FWF Science Fund. For further information please visit the project website: www.othermarkets.org
Between 1810 and 1820 Spanish artist Francisco de Goya y Lucientes (1746-1828) created the Disasters of War series, a set of 80 prints created through the etching and aquatint processes. Often arresting and horrific, the subjects for these prints arose from Goya’s direct encounter with the effects of the Peninsular War in Spain. Due to the disturbing nature of these prints and their tacit challenge to authority, the series was not published until 1863, thirty-five years after the artist’s death. Thanks to a generous gift from Robert and Karen Hoehn, this landmark in the history of printmaking serves as a cornerstone of USD’s permanent collection.
Goya’s Disasters series participates in a tradition of the visual representations of the horrors and traumas, as well as the glories and triumphs, associated with war. Following the precedent of seventeenth-century French etcher Jacques Callot, who depicted in unflinching detail the destruction and human cost of war, Goya documented the violence of war and, at times, its more gruesome aftermath.
Artists working today continue to develop the themes that Callot and Goya so dramatically engaged. The current exhibition features invited student responses to Goya that testify in their different ways to the power of Goya’s legacy. Goya’s subtle use of printmaking techniques, his combination of text and image, and his innovative treatment of the subject of war all continue to provoke and challenge the artists and art enthusiasts of today.
University of San Diego
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110
RECOLLECTION is an art exhibition that includes the video installation GULF (2009-2012) by Anna O’Cain and Richard Keely
Reception will be this Friday, February 3, 2012 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm
This exhibition will be on view though July 30, 2012.
SDSU Downtown Gallery, 725 West Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101]]>
Thursday, February 2, 4-7pm
Free and open to the public
February 2-March 31, 2012
ARTifact gallery, housed in the public spaces in and around the offices of Academic Programs at UCSD’s Sixth College, showcases artwork conceptually related to the courses in the Culture, Art & Technology program.
This winter, ARTifact presents Mapping Occupations, an exhibit that explores our preoccupations with space through the practices of mapping, diagramming, modelling and speculating. Curated by Eliza Slavet, the exhibit features the work of cog•nate collective, Teddy Cruz, David Kim, Matt Hebert, Stephanie Lie, Charles Miller, The Periscope Project, Hermione Spriggs, and Patricia Stone.
All are invited to the opening reception on February 2, 2012, 4-7pm, featuring the work of students from High Tech High Media Arts: “Complexcity” will be projected onto the walls inside and outside the exhibit on the 2nd floor of Pepper Canyon Hall on the campus of University of California, San Diego.
**Make it a double feature!: Tactical Bio-artist, Gail Wright, speaks at CalIT2 Auditorium, 7-9pm, as part of the Visual Arts Lecture Series and gallery@calit2 series.**]]>
Movement by Rob Duarte (book release party) with musical performances by Author & Punisher and starvelab/EVERYTHING IS UP.
Friday, January 27, 2012 (6-10pm)
Please join us this coming Friday, January 27, 2012 (6-10pm) as we celebrate the release of Movement, a limited-edition artist book by San Diego-based artist Rob Duarte. The evening will also feature exhilarating performances by San Diego –based artists/musicians Author & Punisher and starvelab/EVERYTHING IS UP.
MOVEMENT is a machine performance that documents the activities of a heap of small contraptions and mundane mechanical movements, in an effort to remind its audience of the wonder to be found in the physical, the tactile, the small and the overlooked. The accompanying catalog documents moments from the performance as well as other related works by artist Rob Duarte. The text of the catalog expands on the issues embedded in these works, from the relationships between technology and culture to the increasing distance between art and the human body.
Rob Duarte is a sculptor currently obsessed with the sleight of hand, half-truths, and disinformation that blur the lines between fact and fiction in the history of culture and technology. His work takes place at the intersection of artistic production, pseudo-scientific research and lighthearted terrorism. Rob earned a BFA in Sculpture from the Massachusetts College of Art & Design, a BS in Information Systems and Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts, and an MFA in Visual Arts from the University of California San Diego.
Author & Punisher (Tristan Shone) is an industrial doom and drone metal, one man band utilizing primarily custom fabricated machines/controllers and speakers. He has performed and shown these machines in festivals and exhibitions in the United States and abroad extensively, releasing his 4th album entitled “Ursus Americanus” in April, 2012 on Seventh Rule Records, played exclusively on his most recent creations, Dub Machines.
Michael Trigilio is starvelab/EVERYTHING IS UP. Trigilio describes his project like this: long-form analog-modular synthesis performance soundING like orbiting satellites celebrating an acid-orgy. Who wouldn’t want to check THAT out?
All this is happening amidst our current exhibition of works on paper by Ruben Ortiz-Torres, which runs through February 12, 2012 and features over 70 new and old drawings by the critically acclaimed conceptual artist.
Great Art, Great Music, Ample Refreshments. Please join us!
1821 5th Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101
The Urban Ecologies of Global Justice
The Center on Global Justice, the Center for Urban Ecologies and social service NGO Casa Familiar in the border neighborhood of San Ysidro -through the UCSD Community Stations Initiative- will develop a series of collaborative public programs addressing pressing bio-regional and global socio-economic, urban and environmental issues. These meetings will focus on a critical analysis of local conflicts in order to re-evaluate the meaning of shifting global dynamics, across geo-political boundaries, natural resources, shifting cultural demographics, urbanization and social justice.
The first part of the program will include a three-presentation series by three major figures in the fields of architecture and urban research, sociology and cultural analysis, Andrew Ross, Richard Sennet and Eyal Weizman. These programs will be followed by ‘Informal Market Worlds,’ an international research forum on informal markets, investigating the spatial practices, cultural mechanisms and informal economies that can provide important references for articulating urban policies more adapt to the transnational realities of today’s populations.
These programs are co-organized by Fonna Forman-Barzilai (Center on Global Justice) -Political Science Department / Division Social Sciences, Teddy Cruz (Center for Urban Ecologies) – Visual Arts Department / Division of Arts and Humanities and Keith Pezzoli -Urban Studies Program, in partnership with Casa Familiar’s The FRONT a collaborative of arts, culture, design, & urbanism. These events will primarily oscillate between UCSD in La Jolla and Casa Familiar in San Ysidro, as well as other alternative cultural spaces in San Diego, including a special collaboration with The PERISCOPE PROJECT in Downtown San Diego.
Paulo Nazareth is an artist who has been walking from Brazil and the rest of Latin America to bring the dust of these places to the United States where upon arrival Paulo sold bananas from Guatemala out of a van at the Art Basel Fair in Miami Beach, 2011. Paulo Nazareth´s work occurs through his exploration of cities and subsequent translation of social issues through observing and enacting social experiments, which create trans-cultural connections between distinct societies. His processes are participatory as he walks, establishing himself for a short time within a space. Through his process, artistic contemplation takes place at any moment of the day. “I clean your bathroom for a fair trade” is a sign that Paulo Nazareth has been carrying with him, to which he says –“It is true, It is my business, I am a business man”- he has carried this sign throughout the city, beaches, as well as art shows. The result: looks of disappointment – Acting as a mirror to those around him, Paulo begins to connect, in our minds, to an image of a unique portion of this society- the unemployed and those without resources. Represented by a sign, poverty holds a very negative connotation here in Southern California, where being poor brings with it a “Guilt” – A guilt held by those who live it sent from the eyes of others and the blindness from those who intend not see it. It is true, poverty exists in the United States and it is devastating because there is no structure of support or rehabilitation to change this reality. The individual that is poor is alone and he or she wears “guilt” for their decisions.
Sala de Espera reactivates its activities with Paulo Nazareth – first artist in residence
Paulo Nazareth (Governador Valadares, 1977) lives and works in the Metropolitan Region of Belo Horizonte/Minas Gerais/ Brazil. Graduate in Drawing and Engraving at Escola de Belas Artes da UFMG/2003. Student of Linguistics at the Facudade de Letras, UFMG. Student of Mestre Orlando artist and popular professor from Bahia, located in Belo Horizonte. Listening to his mother and talking with friends is part of his process. Awards and exhibits include: JACA residence in Canada, Jardim Art Center and Technology Nova, 2010, Member of collective Kaza Vazia Traveling Art Gallery. Art Basel Miami Beach 10th Edition Art Fair 2011 participant with the piece“Banana Market/Art Market”. Currently, he is developing the project: “Noticias de America”, which consists of his route and travel from Brazil to the United States.
Taller zona Imaginaria residence 2011 Buenos Aires / AR
Familia Calel residence 2011 San Juan Comalapa/GUATEMALA
Taller Multinacional residence 2011 DF/MEX
Sala de Espera residence 2012 San Diego/ USA
“Banana Market/Art Market”/ New York Times
Sala de Espera
Sala de Espera
1515 Ninth Ave Apt E
San DIego CA 92101]]>
Thursday January 26
11-1 & 6-8
SWC Art Gallery
Sponsored by the SWC Foundation
Thursday January 26
Matthew Bourbon & Vincent Falsetta
The Southwestern College Art Gallery presents “Big and Bright: New Work from Texas”, curated by Jessica McCambly . With the title taken from the song, “Deep in the Heart of Texas”, this exhibition is a regional survey that highlights the diverse range of work being created in Texas today.
Despite the massive size of the state of Texas, there is a close community that exists amongst the artists who live and work across the state. They know each other.. or of each other.. and are usually fans of each other.
The strength of this community of artists and the scene that they contribute to seems to defy the obvious geography that physically isolates them from the LA/NY art centers. With the presence of strong academic programs along with the support of regional cultural institutions, artist-run spaces, commercial galleries and virtual, cultural outlets that bridge the distance, these artists work and interact within unique and fertile conditions. This, along with the prevailing ethos, results in a vibrant and important art scene filled with complex and distinct work that stretches across Texas.
Featuring work by:
John Adelman * Susan Barnett * Iris Bechtol * Christine Bisetto
Paul Booker * Matthew Bourbon * Candace Briceno * Jim Burton
Rodolfo Choperena * Matt Clark * Shelby Cunningham * C.J. Davis
Eric Eley * Vincent Falsetta * Thomas Feulmer * Garland Fielder
Anna Fritzel)Shows * John Frost * Lily Hanson * Stephen Lapthisophon
Annette Lawrence * Dameon Lester * M * Margaret Meehan
Renee Nunez * Kim Cadmus Owens * Harmony Padgett * John Pomara
Ryder Richards * Rusty Scruby * Noah Simblist * Charlotte Smith
Terri Thornton * David Willburn * Sarah WIlliams
Curated by: Jessica McCambly
A graduate of the University of North Texas, College of Visual Arts and Design and former Texas artist, Curator Jessica McCambly is an artist currently living and working in San Diego, California. She also serves as Assistant Professor of Art at Crafton Hills College in Yucaipa, California.]]>
New Queer Perspectives on the Western Edge
A Pacific Standard Time Participating Gallery Exhibition
CURATED BY DARIN KLEIN & FRIENDS
JANUARY 28 – FEBRUARY 25, 2012
Artists Reception: Saturday, January 28, from 6 – 9 PM
Opening-Night Performance by OUR LADY J
Brandon Andrew | Zackary Drucker = A. L. Steiner | Deanna Erdmann | Matt Greene
Abel Baker Gutierrez | Lia Halloran | Danny Jauregui
Matt Lipps | prvtdncr & bodega vendetta | Christopher Russell & Halle Tate
George Stoll | Suzanne Wright
Luis De Jesus Los Angeles is very pleased to present TILT-SHIFT LA: New Queer Perspectives on the Western Edge, a Pacific Standard Time Participating Gallery Exhibition. Curated by Darin Klein & Friends, the exhibition features 15 local Los Angeles contemporary queer artists and will be on view at the Gallery from January 28 through February 25, 2012. An artists’ reception will be held on Saturday, January 28, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., and a series of free programs will be presented at the gallery during the run of the exhibition, including an opening-night performance by Our Lady J, followed by ‘Zine Fest 2012!, Sunday, February 12th; anditch dance, Saturday, February 18th.
“Tilt-shift” refers to the use of camera movements typically employed in creating a simulated environment or miniature scene. The term in this context is well suited to Los Angeles-based queer artists who do not shy away from exploring and exploiting the visibility of a specific timeframe and geographic location, skewing and adjusting concepts of queerness to illuminate individual ideals. Acknowledging the ongoing “gay vs. queer” dialogue, this exhibition comprises artists and artworks that resist the boundaries and representations of confrontational “in your face” sexuality in favor of a broad range of ideas concerning the politics and aesthetics of marginalized bodies, cultures and identities.
In his introduction to the exhibition, Darin Klein writes:
As queer artists, we navigate a city that may have been built on illusion but is being held together by individualized histories. Our bodies and our intellects seek harmony with or rebel against the disparate confluences of our surroundings while gleaning information and inspiration. Our art proposes pragmatic solutions to, fantastic alternatives for, or straightforward documentation of the world as we experience it at the western edge of western civilization. …Because the ground we stand on is unstable – literally and metaphorically – the fortification of our psychological landscape is of utmost importance. There is no singular viewpoint on important issues that are certain to affect entire communities where nature and man threaten to wipe out the bedrock of our collective and varied efforts and hopes. Piece by piece we work to ensure that each of our voices is heard, confident that our contributions must strengthen the foundation of a future historical dialogue as it will pertain to queer artists living and working in Los Angeles right now.
Much of the art in Tilt-Shift LA has been created specifically for this exhibition, while key pieces from the past half-decade were sourced from the artists’ studios, and several recent works not exhibited previously will now be on view for the first time.
A symbolic representation of celebration, play, andrituals that punctuate the passing of time, Brandon Andrew’s neon sculpture points to the precariousness of the human experience and references exuberant moments of the absurd. Zackary Drucker and A. L. Steiner collaborate (Zackary Drucker = A. L. Steiner) to produce staged photographic tableaux wherein their bodies are positioned in opposition of traditional gendered representations. The digital video animations ofDeanna Erdmann collapse time by weaving together found and original footage in specific sequences. In her latest work, a tranquil river voyage shot on a trip to Southeast Asia unfolds as a mesmerizing Rorschach test. Folklore, cultures of fluid or interchangeable gender, self-representation and psychedelia are threads connecting Matt Greene’s earlier paintings to the new work on view here, featuring stark ghoulish figures set against dark fields.
Abel Baker Gutierrez’s work is concerned with the overlapping systems that shape perceptions about the archetypal male. Inspired by rock music’s aesthetic trends, Scout culture and Old Master paintings, Gutierrez mined his diverse archive of source material to create the two new paintings presented in this exhibition. Painter, photographer and skateboarder Lia Halloranplumbs the depths of her subjects of interest to the fullest extent of research and personal submersion. Science, nature and sexuality are explored and represented as poetic manifestations in her latest suite of works in custom ink on Duralene. Danny Jauregui’s paintings of long-shuttered Silverlake bathhouses propose new forms of “documenting” or “recording”-deeming traditional documentary film and photography insufficient at capturing loss, absence, marginalization and invisibility. Matt Lippsdescribes his practice as being “in, with and alongside photography,” as he encounters found historical and popular images and appropriates them into three-dimensional compositions to be re-photographed and recontextualized.
Highlighting gaps in queer representation, intentional or unintentional homoerotic pop references, and the obvious but unspoken in mainstream media, prvtdncr & bodega vendetta will present a site-specific installation of mixed media works and personal objects from their homes and studios. Christopher Russell and Halle Tate will present a unique hand-made collaborative artist book of short texts as well as a call-and-response photographic installation that plays on the traditional mentor/protégé relationship. George Stollrenders everyday objects as deliberately handcrafted works of art. Source materials such as fast food wrappers, toilet paper, sponges and Tupperware are carefully recast and imbued with his unique sense of humor. Suzanne Wright’s sculptures and works on paper incorporate explicit queer concepts and rainbow hues while critiquing cultural standards with their placement of the female body in positions that question power and control.
TILT-SHIFT LA: New Queer Perspectives on the Western Edge is part of the Getty initiative Pacific Standard Time: Art in LA 1945-1980. This unprecedented collaboration brings together more than sixty cultural institutions and selected private galleries from across Southern California for six months to tell the story of the birth of the L.A. art scene.
About the curator:
With an ever-expanding network of friends, Darin Klein curates and organizes exhibitions and arts programming, simultaneously creating, collecting and promoting artists’ publications and independent media. Recent and upcoming endeavors include the traveling film programs Dirty Looks: Long Distance Love Affairs (with Bradford Nordeen) and New Skin for the Old Ceremony (with Lorca Cohen); a series of exhibitions and related public programs at Amy Adler’s Echo Park Studio, Los Angeles; and Hammer Projects: Christopher Russell at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles.
Schedule of Special Programs:
Saturday, January 28, 2012, 6 to 9 pm: Opening artists reception and performance by Our Lady J
Sunday, February 12, 2012, 2 to 6 pm: ‘Zine Fest 2012!
Saturday, February 18, 2012, 6 to 8 pm: itch dance performance
For further information, please call the Gallery at 310-838-6000, or email: email@example.com.
IMAGES, top to bottom:
Suzanne Wright, Galactic Glory Hole (Red), detail, 2010-2011, acrylic paint on birch plywood, 86 x 24 x 2 in.
Brandon Andrew, Keep Ya Head Up (In memory of my cousin Trevor), 2011, glass tube, neon gas, electrical hardware, shelf, 14 x 12 x 8 inches
Abel Baker Gutierrez, Observation Point, 2012, oil on panel, 36 x 24 inches each
Danny Jauregui, Disguised Ruin #10, 2010, gouache on hand cut paper, 22 x 30 inches
prvtdncr and Bodega Vendetta, 2011-12
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“Every life has its tipping points–those moments when multiple future paths are laid out and decisions must be made. In an anthology curated by Colin Farstad and filled with writing by Tom Spanbauer and alums of his Dangerous Writers workshops, local writers confront The Frozen Moments of their lives in essays, fiction, poetry and non-fiction.”
–MARIANNA HANE WILES
The Frozen Moment: Contemporary Writers on the Choices that Change Our Lives, is a short story anthology involving fiction, poetry, essays and narrative non-fiction by emerging and established writers exploring the pivotal moments and choices that change the direction of our lives.
The Frozen Moment features twenty seven stories from authors such as award winning novelist Tom Spanbauer, Push Cart Prize winning essayist Akhim Yuseff Cabey, Push Cart Nominated writers Liz Prato, Tori Malcangio and Nora Robertson, Literary Fellowship recipients David Hernandez and Margaret Malone, Lamda Literary Fellowship winner David Ciminello, along with writers Gigi Little, Judy Reeves, Mitchell Jackson, and Michael Sage Ricci. The collected stories will make you laugh and break your heart as each writer explores their frozen moment.
San Diego Writers who will be reading from their stories in the anthology:
Nicole Vollrath earned her MFA at Emerson College in Boston. Her recent short fiction can be found in A Year in Ink and San Diego City Beat. She teaches Creative Writing at UCSD Extension and cohosts “Room To Write” at San Diego Writers, Ink. is her favorite website.
Judy Reeves is a writer, teacher and writing practice provocateur who has published four books on the craft including A Writer’s Book of Days, which won Best Nonfiction in the 2011 San Diego Book Awards. She lives in San Diego and is cofounder of San Diego Writers, Ink. Find her at http://
Tori Malcangio is a freelance advertising copywriter, mom, etc. in San Diego. Winner of 2010 Waasmode Fiction Prize her work has appeared in ZYZZYVA; Passages North; Smokelong Quarterly; Pearl Magazine; Literary Mama; The San Diego Reader; VerbSap; the 2010 anthology, A Year in Ink. She has a story forthcoming in Cream City Review and is a MFA candidate at Bennington College. Oh, the blog: halfassedmom.com.
Andrew Printer is a British artist and writer now based in San Diego. Printer’s videos and photographs have been exhibited internationally and his work is included in several collections. Printer is currently working on several projects including a short novel. http://
Electronic Disturbance Theater/b.a.n.g. lab
Opens January 22, 2012
Opening Reception: Sunday, January 22, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The city of San Pedro is one with a rich cultural history. As with most port cities, a state of flux is the constant. San Pedro is no different. From it’s inhabitance by the Suag-na peoples, to its colonization by the Portuguese explorer Juan Rodriquez Cabrillo, to its growth as development into a bourgeoning port city and military fortification site, to its annexation by the city of Los Angeles, to its pioneering efforts relating to racial and sexual equality, San Pedro is a place of continual growth and rich history.
Daniela Calandra, From São Paulo to San Pedro, Cabin #90, 2011
Immigrant/Emigrant will explore the negotiation of art practice from an “outsider’s” perspective. This can refer to non-traditional art practices that challenge more traditional modes of art practice in terms of medium and/or subject matter. It may also refer to practices that take place outside of the traditional exhibition space or work within it in a non-traditional way. Work may also adopt more literal approaches to the title and address issues of immigration or emigration directly.
Immigrant/Emigrant will negotiate terms of difference under the inclusive umbrella of contemporary art.
Lara Bullock is a writer, contemporary art historian, and curator currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Contemporary Art History at the University of California, San Diego. She received her B.A. in Art History with Honours from the University of British Columbia, with an English Minor (2005) and her M.A. in Art History, Theory, and Criticism with scholarships from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2007). As a critic, she has published for a variety of print media from STEP Inside Design Magazine to THE Magazine. She has composed numerous catalogue essays for both galleries and museums, most recently for the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego’s catalogue for the exhibition Viva la Revolucion: Dialogue with the Urban Landscape. As both a curator and scholar, Lara is interested in cultural criticism, DIY aesthetics, and “art” as a malleable and ever changing term, especially as it is accepted in the world of galleries, museums, and the academy. She is currently writing her dissertation on contemporary Street Art.
On Friday, January 13, 2012 [7-10PM], The Periscope Project will host a presentation by Andrew Ross in context of his new book “Bird on Fire: Lessons from the World’s Least Sustainable City.” This event is open to the public and light refreshments will be provided.
About Andrew Ross
Andrew Ross is a Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis at the New York University (NYU). A prolific writer, Ross contributes to Artform, The Nation, the Village Voice, and has authored Nice Work If You Can Get It: Life and Labor in Precarious Times (2009), Fast Boat to China: Corporate Flight and the Consequences of Free Trade-Lessons from Shanghai (2006), Low Pay, High Profile: The Global Push for Fair Labor (2004), No-Collar: The Humane Workplace and its Hidden Costs (2002), The Celebration Chronicles: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Property Value in Disney’s New Town (1999), Real Love: In Pursuit of Cultural Justice (1998), The Chicago Gangster Theory of Life: Nature’s Debt to Society (1994), and many more. His writing and areas of research center around his interests in labor, urban and suburban studies, intellectual history, social and political theory, science, ecology and technology, as well as cultural studies.
About “Bird On Fire: Lessons from the World’s Least Sustainable City”
Thoughtful people look to cities for evidence that progress is being made in the fight to avert climate change. The “sustainable cities” movement is thriving all across the world, and mayors compete for the title of “greenest city in America.”
In this lecture, drawing on his own research in the metro Phoenix area, Andrew Ross shows that the key solutions are more social than technical in nature. Marketing a green lifestyle to affluent residents will create showpiece sustainable enclaves, but will not alter the patterns of “eco-apartheid” that afflicts most large U.S. cities.
Ross’s new book, Bird On Fire, based on extensive interviews in the region, looks at some of Phoenix’s biggest challenges–water management, urban growth, immigration policy, pollution, energy supply, and downtown revitalization–in light of his arguments for policies that promote environmental justice. (source)
Opening Reception on Friday, January 13, 2012, 6-10pm
January 13 – February 12, 2012
Double Break, 1821 5th Ave, San Diego, California 92101
Double Break is very excited to announce a solo exhibition of drawings by Rubén Ortiz-Torres. A prolific and accomplished artist known for his work in a variety of media, Ortiz-Torres revisits his roots with this exhibition, which brings together over 70 early portrait drawings, completed between 1983 and 1990, as well as a number of “updated” portraits completed on a recent trip to Mexico City. Combining academic studies, sketches of friends and family and a number of self-portraits, these drawings act as a springboard for viewers to gain insight into the career of this acclaimed conceptual artist. Though his current work is primarily sculpture, installation, painting and video, this belies his deep history with drawing as a medium and his keen sensitivity for traditional works on paper. Double Break is incredibly honored to host this exhibition- an occasion not to be missed by San Diego!
Rubén Ortiz-Torres was born in Mexico City in 1964. Educated within the utopian models of republican Spanish anarchism soon confronted the tragedies and cultural clashes of post colonial third world. Being the son of a couple of Latin American folklore musicians he soon identified more with the noises of urban punk music. After giving up the dream of playing baseball in the major leagues, and some architecture training (Harvard Graduate School of Design) he decided to study art. He went first to the oldest and one of the most academic art schools of the Americas (the Academy of San Carlos in Mexico City) and later to one of the newest and more experimental (Calarts in Valencia CA). After enduring Mexico City’s earthquake and pollution he moved to Los Angeles with a Fulbright grant to survive riots, fires, floods, more earthquakes, and proposition 187. During all this he has been able to produce artwork in the form of paintings, photographs, objects, installations, videos, and films. He is part of the permanent Faculty of the University of California in San Diego. He has participated in several international exhibitions and film festivals. His work is in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art in New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the California Museum of Photography in Riverside CA, the Centro Cultural de Arte Contemporaneo in Mexico City and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid Spain among others.
Something to do with crossing…
UCSD VAF 404 Gallery
December 6 – 9, 2-6pm
Opening Reception Dec. 7 @ 6pm
For some, migration requires blending into the desert geography while crossing the border, and, once in the United States, blending into the urban landscape. Clothing allows for the latter: the appropriate outfit will divert attention and suspicion from authorities. This has led migrants to take articles of clothing they find hanging on clotheslines in yards of houses near the border, to make themselves inconspicuous. Something is left in the place of what is taken, creating a system of informal exchange in neighborhoods like those near the border in Calexico, CA.
This informal system is replicated in the gallery space, as visitors are encouraged to exchange a photograph of clothing hanging on a clothesline, for a piece of actual clothing that will take its place. The clothing collected at the end of the exhibition will be photographed and serve to replicate the installation at a later date, in a different context.
Please bring an article of clothing if you would like to participate in the exchange.
The gallery hours will be from 2pm-6pm from Tuesday to Friday. On Wednesday, it will be open until 9 pm for the reception (which starts at 6pm). And it will also be open by appointment, by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.]]>
DOUBLE BREAK EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT
DECEMBER 11, 2011 (4-7pm)
Closing Reception for our Double Breaks group exhibition!
PLUS Live Performance!! Sun Foot (feat. Ron Burns, Chris Johanson and Brian Mumford)
Darin Klein & Friends touch down at Double Break in San Diego for the release of the latest in the ongoing Box of Books series. This unique and affordable boxed set of 20 artist-made ‘zines is perfect for collectors and gift-givers alike! A limited edition of 100, don’t miss your chance to grab one.
Box of Books, Vol. IV showcases the work of Heather Benjamin, AA Bronson & Ryan Brewer, Julia Dzwonkoski & Kye Potter, Brennan Gerard & Ryan Kelly, Abel Baker Gutierrez, Darren Ankenbauer (Handbook Magazine), Johanna Jackson, Chris Johanson, Christopher Kardambikis, Dawn Kasper, David Larsen, Sarah Locke, Jeaneen Lund, Francesca Mirabella, Zac Monday, Erwin Ong, Davy Rothbart, Jen Smith, Chris Vargas & Greg Youmans, and e war.
Portland, OR and Los Angeles based trio Sun Foot create barely amplified, feel-good vibes on electric guitar and bass nicely intertwining with analog and digital percussion. At live gigs, they deliver spare, honest jams filled with friendly humor to appreciative audiences. Join Sun Foot on the San Diego leg of a California tour supporting their new LP, Songs in the Key of R, B & C, on Awesome Vistas/Teenage Teardrops. Recent appearances include a Quiet Fruit Party in the Los Feliz Hills and legendary venue The Smell in downtown LA; Breeze Block Gallery in Portland, OR; and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Oh – did you know that one time they even played on a barge at Art Basel, Switzerland? Sun Foot members are Ron Burns (IS and Amen, again Amen), Brian Mumford (IS, Collectivo and Dragging an Ox through Water), and Awesome Vistas record label founder and Box of Books, Vol. IV contributor Chris Johanson (IS, Deepthroats and Tina, Age 13).
Tonight is also the closing party for the fifth Double Break exhibition, Double Breaks. Co-curated by artists Jay Howell and Louis M. Schmidt, Double Breaks brings together 30 artists working in nearly as many styles. The show features a slew of fantastic artists, including Box of Books, Vol. IV contributor Christopher Kardambikis, 80’s skateboarding legend Neil Blender, iconic comics artist Bill Griffith (creator of Zippy the Pinhead), plus widely exhibited artists like Thomas Campbell, Mel Kadel and Travis Millard.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2011 (4-7pm)
Box of Books, Vol. IV Release Party
Live Performance: Sun Foot
Exhibition Closing Party: Double Breaks
1821 5th Ave
San Diego, CA 92101
Book Release Party!
Reflection, Refraction, Projection, by Ela Boyd
*DJ Set with Jamuel Saxon!
DECEMBER 2, 2011 (6-10pm)
Please join us on December 2 (6-10pm) to celebrate the release of Reflection, Refraction, Projection, a new (very) limited edition book by artist Ela Boyd!
The 80 pg. full color limited edition artist book features images of Boyd’s light installation work, full bleed images of the prism series and an accompanying text. The essay details theories of visual perception, spatialized imagery and the ontology of the decentralized object as mediated through consciousness and media. A limited edition of 25 numbered and signed books will be sold in deluxe packaging with a signed print included.
DECEMBER 2, 2011 (6-10pm)
Reflection, Refraction, Projection, by Ela Boyd
*DJ Set with Jamuel Saxon!
**art books and refreshments will be available!
1821 5th Ave
San Diego, CA 92101
For those of you who missed the opening or would like to see this work one more time; heres your chance.. come say hi/bye! ;p
Saturday Nov. 12, 7pm
Architects by Force
Photography Installation by
Maria Teresa Fernández
Oct. 8 – Nov. 27, 2011
Art Produce Gallery 3139 University Ave. San Diego
From Art Produce website:
“Need is what makes them “Architects by Force.” An elementary knowledge of building, along with bold and contradictory components, are precisely the raw materials for these houses in Tijuana. Some of these “Architects,” with their unfulfilled American Dream, now fight for their survival in any open space, fearlessly claiming their forbidden grounds. In order to protect themselves from the forces of nature, they ingenuously battle with whatever materials come across their path. Upon the disheveled and torn walls there is a sense of serenity and coexistence with nature. Like weeds, these homes bloom and spread across any existing territorial opening. They use objects such as tires, garage doors, springboard mattresses, refrigerator doors, planks of wood, iron, plastic, metal sheets, and waste from the maquiladoras to construct their homes.
They do not use these materials as environmentalists, but merely as architects facing the harsh fact that they have no other alternative. “Architects by Force” is an architectural style never taken into consideration by mainstream culture. Mexican architecture is being promoted in beautiful books and magazines, but no one looks to the originality and creativity of these “Architects by Force”.
The photographs depict a dialogue between form and material, between the patterns and textures, all of which combine with the wild range of colors to create a cacophonous dialect. These factors confirm the notion that a piece of discarded material is no longer a piece of trash; the colors, the patterns, and the textures conjure up the vitality and imagination required to convert trash into a home. These constructions summon the spirit and creativity of those Mexican Architects who solely want to achieve their objective; a tranquil and covered space for their family to feel protected: a HOME.
They have my respect and admiration.”
The SATELLITE Project will be culminating in “PACHANGA ORBITAL” on Saturday November 12, and we would like you to come celebrate with us at the border!!! All of the work produced by participating artists–Constanza Camelo, Adaptive Actions, Cognate Collective and En Masse–will be on view between 1pm and 7pm. Elizabeth Chaney will be leading a kite-building workshop using recycled plastic bags that will result in an intervention with children, and there will also be poetry reading by Tijuana’s Collectivo Intrasigente, and a musical intervention spun live by DJ Ganas (aka Gary Garay). As always, there will be plenty of Mexican food to feast on and refreshments to imbibe. All of this is happening at the Mercado de Artesanias de la La Linea, located in the San Ysidro Port of Entry in Tijuana, B.C., Mexico (Directions included below).
For more information about the event and the artists participating, please visit:
Misael & Amy
If you are Walking across (our suggestion):
Take the 5 South, and exit on “Camino de la Plaza” (last U.S. Exit) and park in one of the lots in San Ysidro near the border. The closest ones are right off the exit “Camino de la Plaza”, one to the right of the intersection (which is $7) and one that is closer that you can reach by going straight past “Camino de la Plaza” on “Camiones Way”. You will walk down “Camiones Way” until you get to the entrance of Mexico, where you will walk past a set of revolving metal doors/turnstiles to enter Tijuana. You will keep walking straight, passing a small checkpoint for people with baggages, and you will KEEP STRAIGHT when you come upon a fork in the paths to get to the streets. You will see that there is a path that diverts you, to your right, leading to a corridor that exits onto the street near a McDonalds. DO NOT TAKE THIS PATH, KEEP STRAIGHT. You will pass another set of revolving doors, and to your left you’ll see a building with a silver-shell-like roof. Pass that building, ritght before getting to the TAXIS (immediately behind the public phones), you will find a pedestrian bridge that will lead you over the street and cars coming into Mexico, and also over the cars waiting to cross into the US. That bridge will connect you to the market, which is the set of small red shops with billboards on the roof beside the lanes of cars waiting to cross into the US. To get to the market, you will take the path from the bridge that descends past the small fenced off park. You made it!
If you are Driving across (we only suggest this if you are familiar with the city):
Take the 5 South, and exit into Mexico. After you pass under the first bridge move to the right most lane. As you are passing under the 2nd bridge, there will be a street on your immedate right that you will need to take (DO NOT FOLLOW THE LANES THAT TAKE YOU UP THE RAMP). You will then come upon a triple fork in the road, you will have to take the middle lane, so NOT the one to your far left (to the left of the concrete division), and NOT the one that will take you to the street to the right. If you take the middle lane you will pass under a bridge and see a large (strange) mural with icons of the city, and come to a stop sign. Continue straight until the following intersection (at the corner of the Pueblo Amigo Hotel), where you will have to turn left. On this street you will pass a parking lot to your right and a Salon de Fiestas will be on your left. You can park in this lot, but it is a farther walk to the market. So if you want to park closer, continue onto the following intersection, a very large one. You will be able to turn left into one of three lanes: you will want to turn into the one farthest from you, the one closest to the parking lot on the corner (DO NOT TAKE THE MIDDLE LANE–THAT IS THE LINE TO CROSS BACK INTO THE U.S.). The entrance to the lot is off the street to your right (It is $2 for up to 5 hours, and $3 for the entire day). From here, you will walk across the street, and be able to see the lines of cars waiting to cross. Follow the cars north towards the US exit and you will see the market to your left, across the traffic. To get there, you will have to take the pedestrian bridge tha goes over the cars, or you can weave through the cars. You made it!
If you have any questions, ask Misael at email@example.com, he will draw you a map.
Visual Arts Department Visiting Artist Lecture Series Presents:
Thursday, November 10th, 2011, 4-6PM
UC San Diego, Visual Arts Facility Performance Space (Russell Lane)
Free & Open to the Public
Jeffrey Vallance’s work blurs the lines between object making, installation, performance, curating and writing. Critics have described his work as an indefinable cross-pollination of many disciplines. For research, Vallance has often traveled to meet with appropriate officials in the field. Often an installation is exhibited in a site-specific museum location. Examples of this procedure include such projects as burying a piece of meat (chicken) at a pet cemetery in California, traveling throughout Polynesia in search of the origin of the myth of Tiki, having an audience with the King of Tonga, meeting with the President of Iceland, creating a Richard Nixon Museum, traveling to the Vatican, Turin, and Milan, Italy to study Christian relics, installing an exhibit aboard a tugboat in the Västerbotten Maritime Museum in Umeå, Sweden, curating shows in the fabulous museums of Las Vegas, such as the Liberace Museum, Debbie Reynolds Casino, Cranberry Museum and the Clown Museum, and initiating a campaign for ”Preserving America’s Cultural Heritage,” a federal bill that would establish a benefit fund for all living visual artists in the United States. Vallance curated the first art world exhibition of the Painter of Light™ entitled Thomas Kinkade: Heaven on Earth. In addition to exhibiting his artwork, Mr. Vallance has written for many publications and journals including Art issues, Artforum, L.A. Weekly, Juxtapoz, and Fortean Times. He has published five books: Blinky, the Friendly Hen, The World of Jeffrey Vallance: Collected Writings 1978-1994, Thomas Kinkade: Heaven on Earth, My Life with Dick, and Relics and Reliquaries.
Please direct inquiries to V/A/L/S Coordinator Jessica Sledge at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Co-Curated by Jay Howell and Louis M Schmidt
November 11, 2011 (6-10PM)
With an After Party at Tin Can Alehouse! (10PM-Close)
Double Break is very excited to announce our fifth exhibition, Double Breaks, a group show co-curated by LA-based artist Jay Howell and Louis M Schmidt. Throwing together 27 artists with nearly as many styles, Double Breaks will leap from painting to graffiti, from drawing to illustration, from comics to fine art, then turn in on itself to create a vacuum of lawless, unadulterated aesthetic chaos. Or something like that… The show will feature a slew of fantastic artists, including 80’s skateboarding legend Neil Blender, iconic comics artist Bill Griffith (creator of Zippy the Pinhead) plus widely exhibited artists like Thomas Campbell, Mel Kadel, Travis Millard, Mark Mulroney, Russ Pope, Deth P. Sun and many more!
Exhibiting artists include:
Jesse Balmer, Neil Blender, Rich Bott, Thomas Campbell, David Cook, Matt Coors, Jim Dirschberger, Bill Griffith (Zippy the Pinhead), Rob Helmstetter, Jay Howell, Michael Hsiung, Christopher Kardambikis, Mel Kadel, Deth Kills, Thomas McMahan, Travis Millard, Mark Mulroney (pictured), Russ Pope, Tim Presley, Remio, Louis M Schmidt, Sean Stout, Chris Sullivan, Deth P. Sun, Ruth Swanson, Mark Whalen (Kill Pixie), Marco Zamora
Opening Reception: November 11, 2011 (6-10PM)
After Party at Tin Can Alehouse (1863 5th Ave) from 10PM-Close!
Bands selected by artist Sean Stout!
Show runs November 11- December 11, 2011
1821 5th Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101
* images courtesy of Mark Mulroney and Jay Howell
art, science & business/workshop: »Chronicles of Work 1. Work without Qualities«
24. November 2011 through 26. November 2011
Akademie Schloss Solitude
A Workshop: Discussions, Film Screenings, Performances
With its new central topic, “Chronicles of Work,” Akademie Schloss Solitude initiates a comprehensive interdisciplinary discussion regarding the consequences of the change in work organization within contemporary societies. The workshop “Chronicles of Work 1. Work without Qualities” introduces the topic with the goal of addressing legal professionals, sociologists, economists, philosophers, anthropologists, and artists of all disciplines. During the three-day program, a series of roundtable discussions and presentations will interweave various notions of work processes, work conditions, and work mutations in the context of artistic practices and procedures, as well as, in the fields of economics and law.
Egon Amman, publisher, Berlin
Olaf Bach*, economist, Zurich
Manuel Boutet*, sociologist, Paris
Halton Cheadle, jurist, Cape Town
Bojana Cvejic, dramaturg and performer, Brussels
Tacita Dean, artist, Berlin
Corinne Diserens, curator, Berlin/Brussels
Patricia Falguières, art historian, Paris
Leontxo García, sports journalist and chess commentator, Madrid
Bernardo Gouthier-Macedo, economist, São Paulo
Tamar Guimarães*, artist, Copenhagen
Xavier Le Roy, dancer and choreographer, Berlin
Stefano Mirti, designer, Milan
Mariko Nagai*, writer, Tokyo
Berno Odo Polzer, curator and dramaturg, Brussels
Matthias Sauerbruch and Louisa Hutton, architects, Berlin
Elia Suleiman, filmmaker, Paris
Jalal Toufic, thinker, writer and video artist, Berlin/Beirut
Christophe Wavelet*, performer and curator, Paris
*current or future fellows of Akademie Schloss Solitude
It is indeed the mark of all laboring that it leaves nothing behind, that the result of its effort is almost as quickly consumed as the effort is spent. And yet this effort, despite its futility, is born of a great urgency and motivated by a more powerful drive than anything else, because life itself depends upon it.
The chief defect of all hitherto existing materialism (that of Feuerbach included) is that the thing, reality, sensuousness,
is conceived only in the form of the object or of contemplation, but not as sensuous human activity, practice, not subjectively. Hence, in contradistinction to materialism, the active side was developed abstractly by idealism – which, of course, does not know real, sensuous activity as such. Feuerbach wants sensuous objects, really distinct from the thought objects, but he does not conceive
human activity itself as objective activity.
The arrow of time is broken: in an economy under constant restructuring that is based on the short-term and hates routine, definite trajectories no longer exist. People miss stable human relations and long-term objectives.
Only an interruption in the flow of temporality can change subjectivity, which can in turn be reoriented. At that moment a new process begins, a constitutive process out of which a different form of subjectivity arises. We have to consider the instruments at our disposal to create these partial interruptions in temporality. It’s
essential that we break out of the market’s temporality.
… The question is to give a voice to the body – the body that is usually asked to keep quiet, or not to use another language than this of the gestures prescribed by the tradition of ballet.
Lygia Clark constantly questions the stable identities of the author, of the object and of the spectator of the aesthetic equation, and defines the radical nature of the work by its potential to bring the capacity of transforming the consciousness of its recipient.
The conference fee, catering included, is 50 euros/ 30 euros (students). The number of participants is limited to 50.
Please register by November 14, 2011:
Karoline Weber, +49 (0)71199619134, email@example.com
Akademie Schloss Solitude
Fax +49 (0) 711 99 61 95 0
Tel. +49 (0) 711 99 61 91 35
*Photo credit: “La Pantinoise,” produced in a French tobacco factory, during an occupation by the workers (1982–1983). The package was offered along with a support voucher. The picture is taken from the catalog “Trente-neuf objets de grève présentés par Jean-Luc Moulène.” © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2011]]>
Thursday, October 27, 2011 : 7:00pm
University Park Campus
Harris Hall (HAR)
Gin D. Wong Conference Center
Reception with live music to follow.
Admission is free.
Join us for a provocative evening of performance, media art and rebel phones. The event will highlight three extraordinary projects that support immigrant communities in Los Angeles through the use of mobile-phone devices. The controversial Transborder Immigrant Tool, a mobile-phone app by the Electronic Disturbance Theater 2.0/b.a.n.g lab, helps sustain those crossing the border into the United States by assisting with directions to water and poetry. Voces Móviles/Mobile Voices (VozMob), a collaboration between USC’s Annenberg School and the Institute of Popular Education of Southern California, helps day laborers record and share their stories using cell phones. The LA Flood Project delivers a locative media narrative about crises in Los Angeles—both historical and imagined. These stories, located across the Southern California landscape, are mapped via GPS. The evening will also include photographs by Maria de Lourdes González Reyes, a reading by Roberto Leni-Olivares and a discussion moderated by USC Annenberg professor Josh Kun.
Organized by Mark C. Marino (Writing Program) and Roberto Leni-Olivares (Anthropology). Co-sponsored by the Institute for Multimedia Literacy, the Center for Transformative Scholarship, the Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration, El Centro Chicano and the Latina/o Student Assembly.
For further information on this event:
Masters of the Obvious Create
San Diego Premiere Oct. 29
Landscape frames our days: trees or flowers, sidewalks and walls, city parks or private gardens. But who envisions this framework for our daily lives? Women in the Dirt is an award-winning, feature-length documentary about seven landscape architects. Women in the Dirt reveals how these self-described “masters of the obvious” create the sublime: sustainable and beautiful.
The film will debut in San Diego Saturday, Oct. 29, at the San Diego Museum of Natural History. Director Carolann Stoney will be present for Q&A, together with several of the women featured in the film. The event begins at 6:30 pm with a reception. Tickets range from $15 to $30, with discounts for students and members of our local partner organizations.
Special thanks to our local partners: San Diego Botanic Garden, San Diego Floral Association, San Diego Horticultural Society, San Diego Chapter of APLD, Women’s Museum of California, San Diego County Flower & Plant Association, Mo`olelo, and San Diego Women’s Chorus.
What Viewers Are Saying
“Women in the Dirt reveals landscape architecture’s unique status as a modern profession founded by both men and women. This history is graciously deepened by vignettes of seven contemporary women landscape architects. Director Carolann Stoney has selected top landscape architects whose contributions to American landscapes will now receive their due. Just as anyone can enjoy histories of women artists, Women in the Dirt is gendered in its subject, but not its audience. This movie reawakens us! Everyone watching will remember their own sacred places.”
–Katie Kingery-Page, Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture, Kansas State University
“I really love the visuals, the choices of what you covered, the women who spoke (and the stories they told and the way they told them). I am overwhelmed! This is an important film for design students to see, but also for everyone else.”
–Sarah Kinbar, Former Editor-in-Chief, Garden Design Magazine
“In a masterful work, Carolann Stoney introduces us to seven, talented, articulate, passionate women who design our landscapes. Every young person in search of a career should see this film; it’s that inspiring!”
–Karen C. Hanna, Professor of Landscape Architecture, Cal Poly Pomona
About the Film
Women in the Dirt focuses on seven women: Cheryl Barton, Andrea Cochran, Isabelle Greene, Mia Lehrer, Lauren Melendrez, Pamela Palmer, and Katherine Spitz. Their projects highlight their architectural and landscape principles while passionately advocating sustainability, safety and beauty. The film recognizes their contributions as both artists and scientists, as it documents the beautiful, practical and eco-conscious works they create. Though some of their work can be found in various publications, this is the first documentary to bring the collective works of landscape architects to a larger audience.
Each woman is interviewed in her office and in gardens or parks she has designed. The film explores personal aesthetics and approach to the discipline. Some of the gardens featured in the film are among the most photographed in the world. We visit Greene’s famousValentine Garden, designed for a private client, and Melendrez’ magnificent project for the Los Angeles Staples Center. Women in the Dirt shows that, beyond the squares of lawn and concrete in suburban sprawl, a new landscape approach is being adopted. It is elegant and beautiful, and most importantly, sustainable.
Women in the Dirt debuted in Asheville to a sold-out audience. Screenings continue across the USA, in the UK, and Spain. Please contact us if you are interested in booking the film for a screening.
These three events will be free and open to the public.
Featured Events to be held in the UC San Diego Literature Building, Rooms 155 and 138
&NOW is a biennial traveling festival/conference that celebrates writing as a contemporary art form: literary art as it is practiced today by authors who consciously treat their work as a process that is aware of its own literary and extra-literary history, that is as much about its form and materials, language, communities, and practice as it is about its subject matter.
&NOW brings together a wide range of writers who are interested in exploring the possibilities of form and the limits of language and other literary modes and who are interested in literature that emphasizes text as a medium, that investigates the essential emptiness of language, and that articulates an assumption that literary form both reflects and emerges from its location in time, forming multiple associations within competing matrices of power and value.
The &NOW Festival of New Writing remains invested in the idea that aesthetics are political, cultural, and interpersonal, articulating convictions about how the world works, including the literary world. Unlike much literature sold for mass appeal, this is a type of literature that by its nature tends to keep generic and even disciplinary definitions unresolved.
Sometimes called experimental, conceptual, avant-garde, freaky, hybrid, surfiction, inaccessible, radical, slip-stream, neo-baroque, hyperfeminine, afro-futurist, postmodern, self-conscious, paradiscursive, gimmicky, and most especially at this moment in history “innovative,” literary art is writing (most often made of words), whose aesthetic often shares an ethos with contemporary concerns and modes of both resistance and exhaustion. This is a literature that often takes its own medium as part of its subject matter and sometimes works against the dominant/dominating assumptions about what literature is and does by employing a variety of linguistic games, slippages, puzzles, parodies, annihilations, needs, historical disjunctions, discursive juxtapositions, visuals, appropriations, spatial play, extra-diagetic codes, and other rhetorical strategies and constraints. Literary art may draw attention to modes of performance, distribution, and reception—from the visual coding of the book and page—to other aspects of literary staging, including the author’s identity matrices, as this influences how (and if) a text is perceived and received. Contemporary literary art is as invested in its own medium, materials, practices, and engagement with others as it is engaged with the rest of the world.
By bringing together all kinds of writers who are interested in literature as a contemporary art form, &NOW fosters friendships, love affairs, arguments, new writing projects, collaborations, fabulousness, (sometimes all of these at once), the polar opposite of these previous terms, and of course, the means of its own undoing.
Oct. 13 “The Future’s History”
Our Lady J and her Gospel for the Godless
Carole Maso (keynote)
Presented by Connie Samaras
Oct. 14 “Matters of Mind”
Presented by Miranda Mellis
Oct. 15 “Always Almost Always-Already”
Black Took Collective
Presented by Ricardo Dominguez
Send questions, comments, or concerns to: andnow2011 [at] gmail [dot] com
Thursday, October 13 · 1:00pm - 8:00pm
Palomar Community College 1140 West Mission Road, San Marcos, CA 92069 Telephone: 760.744.1150
Oct 11th- Nov 9th
Opening Reception Thurs. October 13th, 1pm to 3pm & 6pm-8pm
Gallery Talk: Thurs. October 13th 2:00pm-3:00pm