Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Recent FIG Artist Exhibits

Quite a few of our FIG artists have been in shows recently, so many that it's hard to keep track of all of them. Here's some highlights from recent shows...

Anna Stump had a solo show, Chula Vistan, at Art Produce in the fall, featuring work about her hometown, Chula Vista, and its relationship to the Mexican/American border.

Daphne Hill also had a solo show, Worth a Shot, at Art Produce recently, featuring mixed-media work on HPV, the cancers we can prevent with a vaccine, and how denial and misinformation often hinder efforts to make life better for pre-coital youth.

FIG artist Bhavna Mehta recently had a solo exhibit, Gush, at the Oceanside Museum of Art. Made entirely out of cut paper, Gush refers to ideas flowing out in a rapid stream, and effusiveness and enthusiasm that was shown by all of the participants.

Anne Mudge created this video of Mehta's exhibition, showing her process and the final product.

Stacie Birky Greene had a solo show, Archive, at the Point Loma Library this fall as well. The exhibit combines three major threads of the her work, all referring to the natural world in various degrees of distress, including part of Greene's ongoing series of endangered birds drawn on handmade paper made from recycled junk mail, and pieces from her "extinct" series, drawn on reclaimed wooden rectangles and presented in a fragmented grid. Each of the birds shown has gone extinct since 1970.

This is just a selection of the FIG art that's been out there. More information on the artists above is available to the right in the artist website listing.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Women at War Opening

FIG's newest exhibit is Women at War, currently at the Grossmont College Hyde Gallery through April 23. The gallery is open from 10-6 Monday through Thursday. The theme of the exhibit is a look at how women deal with conflict.

“`War’ is a metaphor for our battles and everyone has a different take on their own personal wars,” said Hyde Art Gallery Director Prudence Horne, who curated the show. “Some people are at war with themselves, some people are at war with the way women are treated, some people are at war with society. This is a personal response to the conflicts we call war."

More than two dozen pieces from 22 professional female artists are on display, from ceramics and quilts to paintings and installation pieces.

Below are some photos from the opening itself.

In the background is Jeanne Dunn's Where Can They Go, with Terrilyn's Out of Circulation to the right and Jennifer Anne Bennett's Indy 500 - For Simona.

Here is a shot of Dunn's piece...

And here is a closeup of Terrilyn's piece.

Bennett's Indy 500 is on the left with Hill&Stump's Battle at Dawn and Battle at Dusk to the right.

This is a wider view of the larger room, with Linda Litteral's ceramics pieces, titled My House, in the foreground and Terri Hughes-Oelrich's large piece Home, A Participatory Project in the background.

One of Litteral's pieces is in front of Cindy Zimmerman's series on Joan of Arc, Joan's Voices.

Here's another view of that section...

And a detail of one of Zimmerman's pieces...

Nilly Gill, FIG artist, is seen here discussing her three paintings with a gallery visitor.

Here the paintings are, from left to right: Kutno-Dreamscape, Not-A-Movie, and Once Upon a Time and Now.

This area shows Kathy Miller's Girded on the left, then Split Infinitives just to the right of it, Kim Niehans' Thursday Man and Jindaiko (War Drum) on the wall to the right, and Stephanie Bedwell's sculpture Internal Struggle on the pedestal to the right.

Here is another view of Bedwell's piece, with Lauren Carrera's Women in the Crosshairs: Collateral Damage, An Offering on the wall to the left.

Here is another shot of Carrera's piece on the wall...

Here is a closeup of Miller's two pieces...

And Niehans' work nearby.

Bhavna Mehta's piece Scarlett Tide hung away from the wall so you could see the shadows behind...

Shown here...

Here is another view of Hughes-Oelrich's piece with one of Litteral's ceramic sculptures to the right...

And some detail shots of the the tags hanging off Home...

Another detail...

On the wall is Daphne Hill's Parasitic Twins on the left and Ginger Rosser's Don't Be a Pin-Up Girl on the right, with Litteral's sculptures in front.

Here's a closeup of Rosser's piece...

On the left is Irene Abraham's piece Memory, with Hill's piece to the right and Litteral's piece in front.

Here is a closeup of Abraham's piece...

This is a view of Zimmerman's pieces with Lynn Susholtz's piece Fortunes of War/SmartBomb in the back corner.

Susholtz's piece is shown here close up.

Here is Susholtz's other piece Looting Series (Untitled Kouros) to the right of Fortunes of War with one of Litteral's pieces in front.

Below is Therese Rossi's Untitled.

With other art in the background, here is Pasha Turley's It Was a Slow Escape.

Lisa Hutton's drawings of lingerie billboards on war landscapes hung together. Here are Roadside Bombshells 1, 2, and 3.

Here is Anna Stump's Weapons.

Here are Moya Devine's pieces Gladiatress and Poison Apple...

And Devine's Epiphany...

Here's a closeup of one of Litteral's pieces...

Here is Dunn's work in the background with Kathy Nida's Absolutely Nothing on the far right.

It's an impressively varied show and definitely needs a visit in person. Find some time this month to stop by and see our work. 

Thanks to Gary Miller, Moya Devine, and Kathy Nida for providing photographs for this post.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Helen Redman and Six Decades of Art...

FIG member Helen Redman is presenting two exhibitions in upcoming months. The first is The Other Side of Birth, six decades of art devoted to the “lifelines” of her children and grandchildren. 

San Diego Mesa College Art Gallery’s opening reception is Thursday, March 12 from 5-7 PM. It has taken her a year to birth the catalog to this exhibit—a visual and written memoir featuring 80 art reproductions from 1962-2014. Essays by Amy Galpin, Alessandra Moctezuma, Malia Finnegan Serrano, and Redman's family capture the spirit of this venture.
Helen Redman: The Other Side of Birth  
San Diego Mesa College Art Gallery Exhibition: March 10 — April 14, 2015
Opening reception: Thursday, March 12 from 5-7 pm
Artist’s lecture at 7 pm, immediately following reception in G101
Conversation with the Artist at gallery: Friday, April 10, 1:30 pm

A slightly different selection of works, also curated by Alessandra Moctezuma, will be shown at the
Women's Museum of California: April 23 — May 31, 2015

Helen Redman: Through a Mother’s Eye

Stay tuned for more information about the second show...

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Hello, My Name Is...

FIG member Lynn Susholtz presents her art exhibition called "Hello, My Name Is..." in collaboration with The New Arrival Center students at Crawford High School. The opening reception is Friday, February 6, from 5-7 PM, at Bread & Cie Bakery & Café, 350 University Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103.

“Hello, My Name Is...” tells the stories and dreams of travel, relocation and growing up. Students from the New Arrival Center worked with Lynn Susholtz and their teachers to create art that tells stories of their travels from their home countries.

The New Arrival Center serves immigrant and refugee students providing a solid foundation in oral and written English for students who are new to the United States. Across the New Arrival Center at Crawford, most of the students have had some form of interrupted formal education and have experienced varying degrees of violence and trauma. These students have already overcome enormous obstacles in their young lives and are now learning a new language, culture, social, and educational system. They strive to achieve their goals and better their lives with a level of sincerity and enthusiasm that belies the awful situations that many of them have escaped. That they are now able and ready to share their stories is a testament to their will to survive and now thrive.

The exhibit continues through March 1.