Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Closing Reception and Open House
April 19, 2014 4-7 pm
Not an Exit Gallery at Bread and Salt
1955 Julian Avenue, San Diego 92113

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

FIG Artist Terrilyn Quick's Uterus Flag Project at CSUSM

FIG artist Terrilyn Quick's Uterus Flag Project is currently on view on the 3rd floor of the Kellogg Library at California State University, San Marcos, through May 20.

Integrating the power of art and the ideals of feminism, The Uterus Flag Project highlights craftivism as an alternative way of giving voice to social justice. The installation is the result of a collaborative social-practice art project, empowering participants to work with fiber arts to alter consciousness about women’s health concerns.

The Uterus Flag Project encourages the viewer to interact, participate, and contemplate their views about our medical system. If you are interested in participating in the project, there is more information on Terrilyn's blog.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

FIG Artists Participate in Labor-Migrant-Gulf

Several FIG artists are participating in the exhibit Labor-Migrant-Gulf at Southwestern College in Chula Vista, California, which closes April 10.

FIG artists include Jennifer Bennett, Daphne Hill, Anna Stump, Prudence Horne, Bhavna Mehta, Kim Niehans, Ginger Rosser, and Anna Zappoli.

Labor-Migrant-Gulf is a group art exhibit coproduced by Southwestern College and Protea Gallery in San Diego. This exhibit coordinates with Gulf Labor Coalition based in New York City, whose commitment is to bring awareness to the migrant working poor in the Persian/Arabian Gulf and throughout the world.

Gulf Labor, based in New York City, is a coalition of artists and activists who have been working since 2011 to highlight the coercive recruitment and deplorable living and working conditions of migrant laborers in Abu Dhabi's Saadiyat Island (Island of Happiness). Their campaign focuses on the workers who are building the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, Louvre Abu Dhabi, and the Sheikh Zayed National Museum (in collaboration with the British Museum).

52 Weeks is a one-year campaign that started in October 2013. Artists, writers, and activists from different cities and countries were invited to contribute a work, a text, or action each week that relates to or highlights the unjust living and working conditions of migrant laborers building cultural institutions in Abu Dhabi. The group exhibit, based in Southern California - San Diego County, "Labor Migrant Gulf" is part of the “52 Weeks” campaign assigned to weeks 21 – 25. To learn more visit:

Doris Bittar, curator for the show, writes that Labor-Migrant-Gulf explores migrant workers' struggles throughout the world with pointed emphasis on workers from Central and Southeast Asia who work in the Arabian/Persian Gulf, Mexican workers on the US-Mexican border, and California’s migrant history. The exhibit at Southwestern College in Southern California joins artists from around the world to bring awareness to the human struggles of the world’s poorest laborers. A sub-theme is the artist’s identification with migrant laborers. Perhaps the artist may be one or two rungs above the world’s poorest labor pools. The exhibit was organized in two parts: One part is a traditional group exhibit of about a dozen artists. The other part is collective wall of pieces made up of art from about 50 artists to form the shape of large boteh or paisley designs. The boteh/paisley is a significant ornamental design that has religious, historical, colonial, counter culture, and labor meaning and inferences. With the boteh/paisley designs, the artists honor Asian migrants that precipitated and inspired this art exhibit.

The gallery hours are M-TH 10:30-2:00 and W & TH 5:30-8:30. The gallery is closed on school holidays. Admission is always free, but parking is not.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

G. Pasha Turley's I Like to Tell Stories Series

G. Pasha Turley writes that her artwork has mainly been concerned with exploring the human condition and social issues. In this sequence of black and white photographs, she used infrared film to photograph the images and titled the series, “I LIKE TO TELL STORIES….”

Indian Woman, Infrared photograph, 33"w x 27"h

Because the film records the infrared rays rather than normal ambient light, the photographs appear ethereal, dreamlike, and unreal. After developing the infrared film, they were scanned digitally, enhanced, and altered in Photoshop. The changed images did not reflect Turley's original intention. They seemed to have their own story to tell.

He read her name and he remembered, Infrared photograph, 33”w x 27”h

She waited and looked and listened and when the images spoke to her, she wrote their stories.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Irene Abraham: Reception

Irene Abraham will be showing In and Out (below)

and other works in a solo show, Outside/Inside, at the Solana Beach City Hall Gallery.  The show runs from February 16 to March 31, 2014.  There will be a reception for the show on Thursday, March 20, 5:30-7:30 PM.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Redman in Through the Eyes of the Mother

At last, motherhood by women artists is a topic that is being given fine arts consideration.Helen Redman's latest version of "The Other Side of Birth" (originally conceived in 1994) is currently on view at the Korean Cultural Center of Chicago. The exhibition Through the Eyes of the Mother combines works by women artists in Korea and the United States during the February 8-15 Women’s Caucus for Arts and College Art Association conferences.

The Other Side of Birth by Helen Redman is a mixed-media, wrapped canvas, cut-out piece, 55"x25"x5".

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

FIG Artists in Lure

Lure: all is not what it seems is the current exhibit at the Mesa College Art Gallery in San Diego, California. FIG members Susan Myrland and Alessandra Moctezuma were involved, Susan as guest curator and Alessandra as Gallery Director for the gallery on the college campus. The exhibit opened last week and continues through February 27. FIG members Stephanie Bedwell and Moya Devine have work in the show, and Anna Stump was involved in the opening with her group Mid-Air Trio (Stump as painter, Joyce Rooks as composer, and Natalia Valerdi as dancer), which performed that night, despite the weather.

Myrland's statement starts with a description of seduction: From the Siren songs of Anthemoessa to the ping of an incoming message, humans fall prey to being seduced. Color, light, sound and movement lure us into paying attention. What do we receive in exchange? Are we rewarded and fulfilled, or have we been led astray?
In Lure, 24 artists examine ideas of temptation, attraction, deception, repulsion, satisfaction and satiation. Belief systems are questioned and the curtain is pulled away--or is it? The most powerful seduction is never obvious.
Lure explores new forms of Light and Space art within the framework of the exhibition's theme, accentuating interactivity and engagement. The reception included projections from San Diego artists Moya Devine and Omar Lopex along with performances by Mid-Air Trio plus the international experimental audio collage group Mannlicher Carcano. Video of these performances will be included in the exhibit.
Moya Devine with Kiss during the opening...

Inside the gallery, visitors will find an array of works ranging from the cool, minimalist polish of Kim Garcia's Devoid, which uses lenses and prisms to push the viewer away, calling attention to the loss of intimacy in today's society--to Dave Ghilarducci's interactive Procrastination, a playful look at our blind obedience to technology--to Bret Barrett's dark kinetic sculpture, The Unbearable Uniqueness of Conformity, a piece of pure motion filling the front window of the gallery and referencing, among other things, The Burghers of Calais and Abu Ghraib--to Miri Chais' mesmerizing mirrored Plexiglass sculptures, the Rabbit Holes, shimmering, colorful voyages to imaginary and symbolic places that exist between the virtual world and the natural one.
Stephanie Bedwell inside her piece, Bower...

Lure is a new venture for Mesa College Art Gallery, expanding the gallery's reputation for presenting challenging experimental work by local and national artists.
There is a wide variety of work in the exhibit...
 Artist Moya Devine experiences a selfie in Bedwell's sculptural piece...
 A detail of Bower, by Myrland...
Mid-Air Trio, formed in 2010, improvises in the intersection of three artforms: music, dance and painting. Painter Anna Stump creates live portraits...
as dancer Natalia Valerdi alternately moves and poses.
Composer and timekeeper Joyce Rooks mixes the soundscape in real time.
As Valerdi reads, Stump paints...
with the audience participating in the work with their presence.
The gallery is open Monday-Wednesday, 11-4 PM, and Thursday 11-8 PM. It is closed Fridays, weekends, and school holidays. Susan Myrland will give a curator talk Thursday, February 20, at 11 AM at the gallery. Myrland was pleased that so many FIG members came to support the exhibit and our participating artists. One of the topics we discussed at our last meeting was the support that female artists can bring to each other, and this is evidence of our commitment to that goal, because traffic and weather were not conducive to getting to the opening. If you haven't seen the show, stop by in the next few weeks!

Many thanks to Michael Field, Susan Myrland, Moya Devine, Leah Younker, and Anna Stump for providing info and photos for the exhibit. Both Flickr sites have photos of other artists' work in the exhibit, for those who are interested.