Despite what those psychic hotlines of the 1990s told us, it's impossible to know what the future holds. Even so, artists from San Diego and Tijuana were challenged to think about the future and present art that articulated their hopes, fears and beliefs of what's to come.
Those predictions will be on view at Art Produce Gallery in North Park (3139 University Ave.) starting Thursday, April 4, in Altered Horizons, an exhibition that explores the changing urban landscape. San Diego Mesa College museum-studies students, under the guidance of Mesa College Art Gallery director and museum-studies professor Alessandra Moctezuma, teamed up with Art Produce to curate the exhibition.
The project aims to teach students about the curatorial process, from finding a venue to choosing a theme and artists to exhibit. In the past, Mesa College students have created exhibits for the now-defunct ICE Gallery, Voz Alta, Garage 4141 and others.
For Altered Horizons, students held an open call for artists on both sides of the border and eventually chose seven, including Cesar Vazquez, Qais Al-Sindy, Luis Alderete and Jennifer Bennett.
"The students specifically wanted to reach out to Tijuana artists," Moctezuma says in an email. "One of the students crosses [the border] every week to take my class, and he offered to reach out to galleries and artists in TJ. They were interested in finding artwork that complemented the mission of Art Produce, the concern with connecting the urban fabric with community and constantly shifting demographics. I really loved this idea because our art department is interested in binational collaborations, and I have invited Tijuana artists to show in our college gallery."
The art ranges from two-dimensional works to video and installation pieces all exploring contemporary space and offering a multicultural glimpse of what the future might hold.
"Through these various artists' exploration of how humans have an impact on their surroundings, the students wanted to give us a glimpse into our continually altered horizons," Moctezuma says.
An opening reception for Altered Horizons will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 13. The exhibition runs through May 18.
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