Tra Bouscaren is a post-disciplinary installation artist/neo-cave painter engaged with American spectacle at the intersection of waste culture and the surveillance state. For this pop-up at SDAI, Bouscaren will present a multi-media interactive installation inspired by the ARTS Young Artists in Harmony program and the San Diego/Tijuana border.
This exhibition, curated by artists Stephanie and Ken Goldman, highlights the historic impact that model Pam Whidden had on San Diego’s art modeling community.
This exhibition is a culmination of Collective Voices’ third year of participatory photography programming as a collaboration between The AjA Project and The United Women of East Africa. This program aims to provide East African youth arts programming, provide outlets for creative self-expression, and offer an opportunity to ignite critical conversations around culture and social justice.
Eleanor Antin, Wayne Martin Belger, Adam Belt, Michelangelo Buonarroti, Einar de la Torre, Jamex de la Torre, Stephen Douglas, Steve Eilenberg, Scott Froschauer, Dave Ghilarducci, Cole Goodwin, Ichiro Irie, Beliz Iristay, Paula Levine, Maria Munroe, Cheryl Nickel, Sean Noyce, Ruben Ochoa, Erika Rothenberg, and Kristine Schomaker.
Curated by Debby and Larry Kline.
SDAI presents immersive video work by Sam Falls and Joe Zorrilla in its main floor Project Space from August 28-December 31. Over the Moon is a contemplative piece focused on 11 minutes of the moon's journey through the vantage point of a viewer on the ground.
The exhibition features works on paper, sculpture, and video work created in SDAI’s 200 square foot studio during the months of June and July. The pieces created during the residency function as a continuation of D’Urso’s practice that investigates how certain bodies, such as the queer female body, move through the contemporary physical and emotional landscape.
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TENDREMENT, a pop-up exhibition, is an exploration of the aesthetic tension between past, present, and future. SDAI invites viewers to navigate a posthuman environment mired in traces of what once was, and what is to come- with artwork alluding to sentiments of intimacy, nostalgia, pain, and identity.
U.S./Mexico-based multimedia artist Roberto Romero-Molina takes us deep into the world of perception, peeling back layers of cultural expectation to reveal the wonder and mystery of everyday sounds and images. In collaboration with the exhibition is cutting edge Art + Music + Technology Event Series.
The exhibition 27 Horses is the result of a year of exploration into the questions raised by the 2016 horse racing season at the Del Mar Racetrack where an alarming number of horses died. Chris Travers, a photographer and museum professional for most of her life, and an animal-lover for all of her life, explores horse racing in her own backyard, through photography and graphic illustration.
Armando De La Torre seeks to communicate through found objects, audio and video recordings, and harvested materials washed ashore in the bay. Through the process of developing the installation, De La Torre will be informed by the materials to express “Who Are We Anyways.”
Employing performative strategies to establish an association of spectacle inspired by traditional boxing matches, the internal struggle of artists living between two countries will be displayed through gesture and illustrative documentation translating the complexities of border politics.
As an attempt to develop a new way of representing the environment. Ana Andrade has abstracted the smallest fragment of the landscape, which were later developed by a microscope, making visible the most invisible particles of Playas de Tijuana.
Millennial Pink is an exhibition dedicated to the evolution of queer aesthetics, with an emphasis on imagery that is both intrinsically beautiful, natural, fluid, and celebratory.
Artists: Alexia Arani, Debra Barrera, Erica Cho, Zackary Drucker, Kevin Freligh, Carlitos Galvan, Marina Grize, Jesi Gutierrez, Riain Hager, Billy Hawkins, Rizzhel Mae Javier, Yony Leyser, Mario Mesquita, Mauricio Muñoz, Jaime Ramos, Vabianna Santos, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Orlando Soria, Patrick Staff, Wendy Stumman, Ivette Vallejo, Dylan Wilde, and Joe Yorty.
San Diego is not only known as one of the top three biotech capitals in the world, thanks to the presence of research centers like the Salk, Scripps, and the Stanford Consortium, but it is uniquely situated next to the creative hotbed that is Tijuana. Extra-Ordinary Collusion celebrates this rich cultural heritage by fostering innovative exchange between two of San Diego’s great cultural strengths—our thriving scientific and artistic communities.
In Manch’s new body of work the artist explores the relationship between parent and child and the ideas, objects, and traits that are passed from one generation to the next. Text, images of the natural world, and material symbols combine to illuminate themes of protection, discovery, and courage. What's Mine is Yours presents a series of Manch’s new, mixed-media fabric works with watercolor, hand embroidery, and appliqué.
Olivas explores childhood memories, gender roles, and contemporary gender stereotyping through this project, “la/el/ellas/ellos/usted quinceañera/o”. The completed work will manifest itself in the form of a quinceañera dress installation made from atypical materials.
The group exhibition “Diverge/Convene: Contemporary Mixed Media” highlights artists of all media working in the liminal spaces not easily defined by traditional collage or assemblage work. The artists in “Diverge/Convene” have all developed and share an understanding of contemporary collage as a medium and a genre, employing disparate elements through the use of materials and/or content. This exhibition celebrates artists both locally and nationally that are not only working in traditional 2D/3D mediums, but also in sound sculpture, video, photography, installation, and alternative processes. The exhibition is organized by Ginger Shulick Porcella, Exeuctive Director of SDAI, and Kate McNamara, Director of Galleries and Exhibitions for the Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis College of Art and Design.
Boiling Process 5: Mythodologies is a group exhibition that unites promising and emerging artists from San Diego, Tijuana and Los Angeles. With this exhibition, the curators suggest a narrative that serves as an alternative to the one told by the big auction houses, major art fairs and biennials, and mega-galleries. This is a narrative that has developed on a much more personal level, whose fragmented contours are not defined by discipline, city, or nationality.
Nick Mansfield has created an environment where sensory inputs produce the same kinds of emotions, anxiety, heightened sensitivity, and general stress that is felt by those living with PTSD, offering the viewer a unique look into a world often unexplored and misunderstood by the general public, raising awareness of what the world behind the curtain of PTSD looks and feels like
“Consume” provides a playful response to the abundance of discarded materials in our culture of consumption. The work juxtaposes the handmade with the machine-made, transforming junk into an aesthetic entity. The exhibition seeks to initiate a dialogue regarding abundance, post-consumer products, and the frivolity of mass production. Select projects in “Consume” include Plarn House, a large-scale, crocheted structure completely covered in used plastic bags. This piece provides visitors a tactile and immersive experience, reminiscent of makeshift shelters, albeit displaying a resourcefulness and playful ingenuity. Additionally, Charge invites viewers to create their own credit card and collaborate in completing the installation while enabling them to play the role of consumer. In Consumed, visitors will be able to walk through a hanging installation of black, plastic bottles.
For the past four decades, San Diego Art Institute has been hosting a biennial featuring juried and invitational work by artists living and working between Los Angeles and Tijuana. This international exhibition—juried by Anthony Graham, Assistant Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego—features work in a range of mediums including photography, installation, painting, video, and sculpture. The night of the opening, five cash prizes will be awarded, including the $1,000 Juror’s Choice award. Additionally, SDAI will award the 7th Annual “Community Impact” award to Anthony LoBue, aka “Tony the Vet”. This award is given to an individual in honor of their generosity of spirit, dedication, and support of the visual arts while in pursuit of their own artistic excellence. Also opening on December 10th is an installation in SDAI’s stairwell, designed by Sosolimited, a San Diego-based art and technology studio that specializes in interactive environments and data-driven design.