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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Temporary image

San Diego-Paris, 2009, 20x35 inches (49x89 cm)

Image sent today to Ivan in Paris, to be put on a special door in the street, in his neighborhood. It's Ivan's idea and I like it! Right now there is one of his images there. I guess we will alternate. Eric participates too.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

My contribution to the association "Une Vie, Un Arbre"

envelope, 9x12 inches

I sent yesterday my envelope to participate to the annual mail art exhibition of the French Association "Une vie Un Arbre". All of the proceeds from the sale go to the association, which helps children affected by serious diseases and facing long hospital stays.
My friend Ivan told me about the possibility to participate a few months ago, but I waited a lot before to do my project and the deadline is April 4th. Hopefully my envelope will fly fast and arrive in Vienne on time!
Ivan participated to the show last year. He is a special guest this year, along with 11 other artists. He will be in Vienne to show some mail art and more.

- Update, March 29: Gilbert Fanjat, the director of the association, says everyone can still send envelopes to the association (see the address below). All the envelopes which arrive (in Sainte Colombe, France) before April 18 will be displayed.

Exposition "Artistes et Art Postal"
Salle des Fetes de Vienne (Isere)
Samedi 18 avril de 14h-20h
Dimanche 19 avril de 10h-18h

Association Une Vie Un Arbre
R├ęsidence Hermitage
130 Route D├ępartementale 386
69560 Sainte Colombe

Thursday, March 26, 2009

REDCAT: Atelier Bow Wow, small case study house / Art Run Los Angeles / part 2

After the MOCA, we went to the Disney Concert Hall. It was my first visit to REDCAT, where the show was: "Atelier Bow Wow, small case study house". An impressive structure, where one feels like taking a nap, or spending some quiet time. Heavy and sturdy. At the same time warm and inviting.

"Atelier Bow Wow, small case study house"
January 31, March 29, 2009.

Roy and Edna Disney / Calarts Theatre
631 West Second Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

213 237 2800

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

MOCA: "A changing Ratio: Paintings and Sculptures from the collection" - Art Run Los Angeles / part 1

Rothko - a view of the room where are displayed
a series of his paintings from the 50s and 60s.

John Chamberlain, Red Beatts, 1988,
painted and chromium plated steel


Rauschenberg, Interview, 1955
oil, fabric, photographs, found painting,
found drawing, lace, wood, envelop, found letter,
printed reproduction, toweling and newspaper
on wood structure with brick, string, fork,
soft ball, nail, metal hinges and wood door.

Rauschenberg, Small Rebus, 1956 Combine: oil, graphite,
paint swatches, paper, newspaper, magazine clipping,
black and white photographs, U.S. map fragments,
fabric and 3 stamps on canvas.

Art run in L.A. last Sunday. The show "Dan Graham: Beyond" at MOCA is extremely dry and repetitive. I may have miss something!
Fortunately there is another exhibition,
"A changing Ratio: Paintings and Sculptures from the collection" with a magnificent surprise: an entire room of Rothkos.

"A changing Ratio: Paintings and Sculptures from the collection"
03.01.09 - 06.29.09

"Dan Graham: Beyond"
02.15.09 - 05.25.09

Moca Grand Avenue
250 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012

University of San Diego (USD) Art Department Faculty Exhibition 2009

Room 1
In the back, in the alcove, the series of drawings by Iana Quesnell

Iana Quesnell, "The Blue Danube Waltz" (animation cells)
graphite on paper, 2009.


Since the Circa Series at the MCASD La Jolla in 2007, where I first saw her drawings, I am always very interested to see what Iana Quesnell is working on.
"The Blue Danube Waltz" consists in 60 drawings of 60 poses so far. I was already very intrigued by the series of drawings as it is, but I got the chance to talk to Iana at the opening and she told me more about this project in progress. Now I am very curious to see the result in a few months. This is fascinating. She took a video of herself, re-enacting a scene of 2001 Space Odyssey (where the primate uses the bone as a weapon for the first time). She then started to draw each frame from the video. In the end there should be 600 drawings (10 times what is displayed in this show!). They will be animated and the audio will be "The BLue Danube Waltz", featured in 2001 Space Odyssey when the spaceship is travelling.


John Halaka, "A Journey with no Return",
2007-2008, oil on canvas, quadryptique.

Christopher Adler, "Hector Mine, 2 channel audio 6:46", 2004.

"Chronologically presented sonifications of seismic event data from Southern California between October 3 and November5, 1999, surrounding the 7.7 magnitude earthquake "Hector Mine" of October 16, 1999, centered in the Mojave Desert. The work plays on loop."

Room 2
On the left, Joe Yorty's prints.

Joe Yorty, Untitled (camper shells),
6 ultrachrome prints on cotton paper.

Adam Belt
top: "Sight and Sounds, Voyager", watercolor on paper, 2008.
bottom left: "Sight and Sounds, PARI radio telescopes",
watercolor on paper, 2008.
bottom right: "Sight and Sounds, VLA radio telescope",
watercolor on paper, 2008.

Allison Wiese, "Every man a king but no one wears a crown", high intensity sheeting on aluminum, 2007. "Root Hog or Die", high intensity sheeting on aluminum, 2006.

University of San Diego Art Department Faculty Exhibition 2009
Christopher Adler, Adam Belt, Neal Bociek, Andy Cross, Adriana Cuellar, John Halaka, Bill Kelly, Maryann Luera, Duncan McCosker, Saba Oskoui, Iana Quesnell, Mike Rich, Bekkah Walker, Allison Wiese and Joe Yorty.
March 18 - May 24, 2009

Fine Arts Galleries
Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice

5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA, 619/260-4261

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

Thursday, March 19, 2009

New Contemporaries II - critique by Kevin Freitas

Omar Pimienta, "Our Lady of Libertad" (detail)

Kevin Freitas (Art As Authority) wrote an extensive, documented and detailed critique about the show New Contemporaries II. You can read those two very interesting articles at:
"Faite comme d'habitude" or the Culture of Me Me Me New Contemporaries II - Part III
"Faite comme d'habitude" or the Culture of Me Me Me New Contemporaries II - Part IV - FINAL

New Contemporaries II
Noel-Baza Fine Art
2165 India Street
San Diego CA 92101
(619) 876 4160

Sunday, March 15, 2009

New Contemporaries II opening - last Friday

The entrance of the gallery,
Jim Yuran
's painting.

Omar Pimienta's piece: "Our lady of Libertad",
from the outside of the gallery.

A lot of people came to the opening of "New Contemporaries II" during Kettner Nights and I was thrilled to see so many friends. My mom and her friend were there - they arranged their trip from France to come to the opening.
I had a great time talking about my work in a very nice atmosphere. And the pleasure to talk to some of the artists.
Did not take many pictures.
"New Contemporaries II" ends this Saturday, March 21.

Noel-Baza Fine Art
2165 India Street

San Diego CA 92101

(619) 876 4160

Thursday, March 12, 2009

San Diego Museum of Art - Contemporary Art Committee

Jen Trute

Matt Stallings

The Contemporary Art Committee from the San Diego Museum of Art came to Noel-Baza Fine Art last Monday night, on the occasion of the show "New Contemporaries II". Matt Stallings, Marisol Rendon, Jen Trute and I were invited to talk about the pieces we present in the show.

Marisol Rendon

The Contemporary Arts Committee's purpose is to educate by presenting contemporary art and artists in the area. Meetings are held on the second Monday of each month at 7:15 p.m. in private homes, galleries, and art institutions. For more information, call Bill Stern at (858) 720-0097.

"New Contemporaries II" at Noel-Baza Fine Art opens this Friday, March 13, between 6 and 9pm.
Noel-Baza Fine Art
2165 India Street
San Diego, CA 92101

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Daniel Ruanova: Defend Security / Constructs of a people fearing society

I went to Seminal Projects last Saturday to listen to Daniel Ruanova's talk about his show "Defend Security / Constructs of a people fearing society". Daniel lives and works in Tijuana. There are two pieces in the show: one mural-size painting where on can read the word "security" and one large metallic sculpture.
His sculpture is very strong and beautiful, but despite the title of the show, I do not feel threatened by it. It is a very attractive/seductive piece.

Daniel Ruanova during his talk at Seminal Projects

Daniel Ruanova is one of the 13 artists participating in "New Contemporaries II" at Noel-Baza.
Opening this Friday during Kettner Nights, from 6 to 9 pm.

Noel-Baza Fine Art
2165 India Street
San Diego CA 92101

Seminal Projects

2040 India Street
San Diego, CA 92101
619 696 9699

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