Dec. 19 2012 01:46 PM

From sculpture to screen prints for the holiday season

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“Life on Life” by Celeste Byers

CityBeat caught up with Celeste Byers this past summer when she and artist pal Jonny Alexander created an extra-planetary landscape on the side of M-Theory Music in Mission Hills. At the time, Byers wasn't sure if she'd stick around or hit the road in her "cave," a trailer that she converted into a trippy mobile-home-slash-sculpture with stalagmites drooping from the roof, stalactites jutting out from its walls and shag carpet for a comforting touch.

Byers now tells us that she's staying in San Diego and that she'll sell her art through Jan. 15 at Gregg's Art and Surf Co. (4827 Voltaire St. in Ocean Beach).

The surrealist's recurring aesthetic is an outerspace twist on nature scenes, like in her coral sculpture "Life on Life," which is something you'd expect to see during a psychedelic snorkeling trip. Beady-eyed barnacles and magic mushrooms appear to be growing outward, with swirling, underwater patterns painted on the coral. Frogs, insects and magical-looking mushrooms don't live in the ocean, but in Byers' world, they do.

Byers also has screen-printed T-shirts, tanks and sweatshirts bearing her wild designs for sale at Gregg's, as well as original paintings and illustrations that she's had published.

Toward the end of 2011, Byers had six of her drawings printed in the foodie-cult quarterly journal Lucky Peach that famed restaurateur David Chang is behind, along with regular contributor Anthony Bourdain. The inspiration for the series, Byers revealed in her interview with the publication, was human disorder and disease, but applied to plants and vegetables. The most hilarious—and disturbing—are peeled-back, inflamed bananas penetrating overripe, gushing wedges of cantaloupe. That original is for sale, too, although it would probably look best hanging somewhere away from the kitchen.

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Calendar

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  • The renowned Mexican black and white photographer presents an exhibition exploring the principal themes within three groups: "Bestiarium"," Fantastic Women" and "Silent Natures."
  • Debunk some of the stereotypes surrounding cannibalism at this new exhibition that takes a hands-on approach to the subject. Includes video games and interactive activities where patrons will have to decide...
  • A mass action against the closing of the UCSD University Art Gallery. Participants will meet at the Silent Tree (located near the Library Walk) and march together toward the Gallery
  • Local science illustrator Melissa Walter presents new abstract works that are literal interpretations of astronomical theories
  • So Say We All invites listeners to hear stories about real life, the internet, the ways those places intersect or the way they don't intersect at all, told by seven locals
  • The author, comic book writer, and son of Stephen King will sign his new apocalyptic thriller, The Fireman
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