Studio Arts Faculty Present Their Work

Studio Arts Faculty Present Their Work


Exhibit on view September 2 – 25, 2014

Reception: Thursday, September 4, 5 – 7 pm
Gallery D101 and Gallery Courtyard

Presentation by Brian Dick and Lisa Hutton, 7 pm in G101


Join us to view artworks by the San Diego Mesa College studio arts faculty in a variety of media, sculpture, painting, digital, photography, printmaking, installation.

Participating artists:

Angel Adame – Brian Benfer – Nathan Betschart – Kraig Cavanaugh – Patricio Chavez – John Chwekun – Brian Dick (with Christen Sperry-Garcia) – Lynn Engstrom – Christopher Ferreria – Misty Hawkins – Lisa Hutton – Wendell Kling – Mario Lara- Georgia K. Laris – Jim Machacek – Alessandra Moctezuma – Amy Paul – Omar Pimienta – Jacqueline Ramirez- robyko – Barbara Sexton – Juan Carlos Toth – Sandra Wascher – Leah Younker – Cindy Zimmerman

There will be a lecture following the reception. Brian Dick and Lisa Hutton will talk about their recent projects.

Brian Dick will speak about the Nationwide Museum Mascot Project (NWMMP), a collaboration with Christen Sperry-Garcia which promotes art museums through custom made, sports team-like mascots that engage with passersby, visitors and staff. Since 2008, NWMMP has appeared in museums across the globe including the Center George Pompidou, Paris, Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit (MOCAD), Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, MOMA, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, The Whitney Museum of American Art and Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City.

This exhibit offers glimpses onto the work produced by our instructors covering a myriad of topics. Our professors don’t shy away from controversial topics: Christopher Ferreria’s alluring photographic mandalas of leather jackets are a meditation on social taboos and the dark sensuality of seduction. Sandra Wascher collages organic materials to weigh on the perceived benefits and harmful effects of hemp. Barbara Sexton’s intriguing sexually charged images center on ideas of power and control, speaking to gender expressions and the coded communications that help define us. And, Lisa Hutton’s delicate drawings reflect the manipulative language of real estate advertising and contrast it with images from the natural world that our urban spaces constantly encroach upon.

Other artists in the exhibit deal with the “remains of the day” and the inevitable passage of time. In a series of ceramic works titled Residue, Brian Benfer focuses on physical remnants and decay and their relationship to memories. Amy Paul explores the line where sacred meets mundane; in her artwork leftover paint palettes are woven together connecting the past to the present in a kaleidoscope of color. Three videos on view are part of Mario Lara’s ongoing Ocular Submissions Project, their subject varies depending on ideas that emerge from day to day.

Places real and imagined also play a role in the exhibition. Wendell Kling’s A Piece of Moonworld, a sculptural piece embedded with colorful panels of scissor-cut imagery, chronicles a series of alien abduction dreams where modern cities and ancient ruins of an alien planet came into view. Leah Younker meanwhile paints views of a street near her house using impressionistic strokes to hint at the beauty and richness of ordinary lives lived on El Cajon Boulevard. Cindy Zimmerman’s artist book includes photographs that reflect on the artist’s personal connection to Oklahoma and the relationship with her mother.

The surface of paintings comes alive in various interpretations, from Lynn Engstrom’s gorgeously layered canvases to Georgia K. Laris’ intimately scaled works. Laris transforms the support of the paintings rendering a surprisingly elaborate material surface. In an elegant figurative style, Misty Hawkins’ intense portraits suggest personal narratives and capture the intimate emotions of a subject.

The ever-present San Diego-Tijuana Border influenced Angel Adame’s painting which also gives a nod to the historical legacy of the arts collective Royal Chicano Air Force. Omar Pimienta transcends La LInea with Pasaporte Libre: a community-based project that grants the participants Colonia Libertad citizenship and guarantees free movement across the entire earth’s surface. Your new passport is infinite but it requires the exchange of your expired passport, which will become part of the Archive of Ciudadanía Libre, part of which will be on display.

Gallery Hours: M – Wed 11– 4 pm and Thurs 11 – 8 pm. Closed on weekends, Fridays and school holidays.



Author: SDMesa

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