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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Michele Guieu at Project X and Judy Chicago at SDMA by Patricia Frischer

From SDVAN / Peeked Raw Peeled / December 2010

Michele Guieu: Defragmentation
comes back early to SD from SF to paint the walls at Project X: Art (320 So. Cedros Avenue, Suite 500, Solana Beach, 92075) for her opening reception: Dec 11, 6-10 PM and show until Jan 14. More info: Chris Martino 858.792.9685

Michele Guieu is now living near San Jose but has returned to Solana Beach for this exhibition. We have watched Ms. Guieu go from strength to strength and this latest show is the best ever and not to be missed. She has managed to balance her strong graphic design skills with the slightly abstracted selection of her intimate memories. Three walls of the gallery have been enhanced directly with her painting and a multitude of rectangular paintings are laid over this mural work. The fourth wall is a more balanced but no less interesting collection of similar works. The color palate is limited adding clarity to this vision. Various video frames have morphing colored images giving added information but still allowing us to make our own interpretation of the work. Or better, yet, just let the imagery wash over us. The large scale of this installation encourages this and I was happy to float in Michele Guieu’s world.

Judy Chicago lecture on Frida Kahlo on Wed. Dec 8, 7 pm at the San Diego Museum of Art (1450 El Prado, Balboa Park, SD 82101) More info: 619.232.7931

The world of Frida Kahlo according to Judy Chicago is, of course, a study in feminism. Judy always delivers an education and what was wonderful to me was the audience for this lecture at the SDMA was way ahead of that game. In fact, the questions from the audience were stimulating and impressive and even Ms.Chicago commented on their quality. They were probing and brought a balance to the evening. We heard how history had viewed Kahlo through the eyes of her famous husband Diego Rivera until recently. Of course, San Diego’s cognoscenti has long been aware of the value of Kahlo’s art even it if it took the rest of the world time to catch up. There was lots of comparisons between Chicago’s own work and Kahlo as one would expect. But the interesting idea of how this in-depth study of Kahlo has influenced Chicago’s work is still unclear.

1 comment:

Jane is a said...

That was an unusually well-expressed review. She described 'Defragmentation' to a tee.