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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Iana Quesnell / Moving Point: Contemporary Drawing in Southern California @ William D. Cannon Art Gallery

Four of the six drawings by Iana Quesnell
shown at Cannon Gallery

I am an aficionado of Iana Quesnell's work. I do not think I missed one of her shows since I first saw her work at the MCASD in La Jolla in 2007 (Cerca Series). I did not go to CECUT in Tijuana to see her installation with the penciled walls and the long white tablecloth, "Limited Difusos", but I saw the video at UCSD. Quesnell lives and works in Tijuana. She teaches Foundations and Form, a sculpture class in the undergraduate Visual Arts department at USD.

Her work shown at the Cannon Gallery, which consists in a series of 6 drawings (pencil on paper), stroke me as the most interesting work in the show, it is almost like her drawings were glowing.

I love Belt and Silva's work. But Belt's work feels cold when I see Quesnell's work close to his, although the way he uses the space is stunning and the details are exquisite. I could feel the strength of Silva's work, but could not dive into it.

Quesnell's series is based on images taken of the burros painted as zebras one can see on Avenida Revolucion in Tijuana, with images of the gods and goddesses of the pre-colonial Mexico
in the background. Iana is pictured in each image, sitting on a different burro, smiling and wearing each time a different sombrero.
The photos I took are not good, I encourage you to go see the drawings to enjoy them!

"Bonita Lucy"

"Cisco Kid"

"Drunk Again"

"Sexy Girl, Monica"

"Oh Boy! Barney"

"Pancho Villa, Ruben"

For those who do not know about the touristic attraction Iana Quesnell is picturing in her drawings, here's an image:

Courtesy Felixe

"Moving Point: Contemporary Drawing in Southern California"
August 30, November 1rst, 2009

Karen McGuire, Curator of Exhibitions

Adam Belt
Joseph Biel
Tom Morgan
Enjeong Noh
Iana Quesnell
William Riley
Ernest Silva
Pat Warner

William D. Cannon Art Gallery
Carlsbad City Library Complex
1775 Dove Lane
Carlsbad, CA 92011
(760) 602 2021

Monday, September 28, 2009

San Diego Art Journal

courtesy San Diego Art Journal

I met John Lidot, owner and publisher of the San Diego Art journal, on the occasion of "Meet the Press" an interesting talk which took place at Art Produce Gallery in North last Saturday. I did not know about this website, specialized in videos about the San Diego art scene.

From the SDAJ website:
"Our mission: Build a visual journal into one of the fastest growing art scenes in this country. Build a foundation where communication between emerging artist and collector is enhanced. Build an incubation platform for emerging artists. Build a window with perspective for the savvy art collector.

In short we strive to build a place where art collectors can look closer into the making of San Diego's emerging artist and where artists can find access and insight to critical commentary and resources."

Publisher - John Lidot

San Diego Art Journal
contact john Lidot:

Joshua Allen Harris' Inflatable Bags

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

News from "Trade Show / California-Turkey", now showing in Istanbul

At Isik University, Istanbul, Turkey.

Anna Stump, artist and curator (on the left),
presents the Trade Show project during the opening,
Isik University.

Anna Stump, organizer and curator of "Trade Show/California-Turkey" sent photos from the opening night which was yesterday in Istanbul, at Isik University. Anna says it was a great success! I do not know exactly how many artists in total (from Turkey and from California) participated to the project, but it is a lot.
It's nice to think that all the paintings made in California traveled to Turkey to be shown there and vice-versa.

At the Garage, in San Diego

Trade Show / California-Turkey was first on view at The Garage in July 2009
The Garage
4141 Alabama Street #4
San Diego, CA

more info here about the show

Then the show traveled to L.A., at Edgar Varela Fine Arts in August 2009.

Edgar Varela Fine Arts
542 S. Alameda Street, 2nd floor

Los Angeles, CA 90013

Notes from Miramar Landfill, San Diego

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Saturday morning at the Swap Meet Market, Sports Arena, San Diego

Isabelle Jenniches: Webcam Works @ Cabrillo Gallery

Webcam Works: Isabelle Jenniches
Cabrillo Gallery / Cabrillo College
October 2 – November 6, 2009
Reception: Thursday, October 1, 4:30-6:00
Artist Talk following the Reception: 6:00pm

"Jenniches’ fascination for webcams (public cameras on the internet) began over a decade ago. Since then, this technology has evolved from tiny grainy pictures to high resolution imagery, and from rarity to ubiquity. Jenniches utilizes webcams in theatre and online performances, in realtime collaborative creation and photographic series. This practice culminates in the creation of monumental collages of webcam pictures, the main focus of her first solo exhibition."
more info

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Mail Art from Ivan Sigg

It is always a beautiful surprise to receive a mail from Ivan! Merci!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

"The Essence of Daedalus Rimes: The Journey Begins", by Howard W. Lewis

"A Woman", 2005, acrylic on canvas, 54"x54" [150cm x 150cm]

A few months ago, I was contacted by Howard W. Lewis, who was interested in reproducing one of my paintings, "A Woman", on the cover of his book, "The Essence of Daedalus Rimes: The Journey Begins". He was truly enthusiastic about the painting. I read some excerpts of the book he sent to me, and I thought it was an interesting match.

Howard H. Lewis:
"It's a science fiction thriller about alien abduction, memory transference, and the complexities that would develop if the minds of two individuals found themselves trapped in a single body. "
More about the book here.

This is the first book of a trilogy and it is now available.

Howard Lewis' website

About the painting

Beyond the Border International Contemporary Art Fair @ The Grand Del Mar: some photos of the event

(copyright The Grand Del mar)

So it happened. Despite the difficulties of the times and the uncertainty in the economics: the very first "Beyond The Border Contemporary Art Fair" took place in San Diego in September 2009. Precisely at the Grand Del Mar, a luxury resort. The fact that it happened, is in itself very impressive, and for a first shot it was a good one.

There were 50 booths, including 8 booths dedicated to spotlight artists: Tomas Rivas, Michael Arata, Iana Quesnell, Hoon Kwak, Gale Fulton Ross, Jose Ricketts, Miguel Cordera and Sophie Matisse.

Kim McConnel, Brian Dick and May-Lynn Martinez represented the San Diego Art Prize in the SDVAN booth. You will find here what Patricia Frischer wrote about the art fair in her A + Art blog.

The interesting crossing of lines between the walls and the impossible-to-miss carpet!
All in all, A LOT of paintings were presented!

"The Poetics of Genealogy": Iana Quesnell's project on the stage of the theatre inside the Grand Del mar, where the contemporary art fair took place. Unfortunately I missed Iana and her mom during the performance - Iana was drawing on a white paper on the table and her mom was sewing (the small table on the left with the lamp). I hope it was recorded!

Spotlight Exhibit: "The Bird Series Project" by Paint Night Group (30 artists)

Beyond The Border International Contemporary Art Fair
September 2-4, 2009, San Diego
Ann Berchtold / Executive Director

Monday, September 14, 2009

"welcome Friends" @ Project X Art: some photos of the show

Chris Martino

Geoff Ballard

Kristi Cherundolo

Matthew Forderer

Project X Art
320 South Cedros Ave
Suite 500
Solana Beach, CA 92075
(858) 792-9685

Gallery Hours:
Tuesday - Friday: 11am – 5pm
Saturday: 12 - 4pm
Sunday-Monday: CLOSED