In this semi-regular column, we ask some of our favorite local artists and curators what new art shows or artists are worth checking out. Whether it's a particular piece, an entire exhibition, or just a new obsession, here are some artsy options from eyes we trust.
Gallery Director, San Diego Mesa College
"I highly recommend Becky Guttin's A Tiny Space of Silence on view at Low Gallery in Barrio Logan. Guttin is an artist alchemist who shapes metal and fiberglass into large, highly textured artworks that evoke geological forms. The piece, 'Hunger for Sound,' with its vivid orange surface, looks like molten lava in its glowing and most destructive state, while the lustrous bubbly black surface of 'Palpable Evidence of Time' resembles volcanic rock. The all-white 'Stain of Memory,' appears to be a cross-section of the earth's crust, where every deliberate environmental change is forever engraved. Gorgeous and intense!"
Ginger Shulick Porcella,
Executive Director, San Diego Art Institute
"The best show I've seen recently was A Ship in the Woods' Here | Hear at Space 4 Art. It's one of those shows that I was kind of jealous that I didn't curate myself. The piece 'You Deceived Me and I was Deceived' by Adam Belt really stuck with me. I really like how the piece distorted my sense of depth perception. I felt like I was able to literally walk into the work, and be encompassed by it simultaneously. I love works that distort our sense of reality, and that use seemingly simple physics or artistic tricks to create a very complex and meaningful viewer experience. It was a piece that I could spend a lot of time with. It was actually the first time I was introduced to his work. I'm just continually impressed by the level and quality of work being made right here in San Diego."
Artist and curator, SPF15
"Vabianna Santos' work in her new show, Floodplains, at Helmuth Projects uses language to guide us into places of feeling rather than thinking. Her predominantly text-based works hit your emotional center with collisions of narrative and form. The show is very moody, dark, and often sexy. These affects are sometimes undercut with a sense of absurdity, breaking you from feeling like you're peering into the artist's journal. Speaking with the artist during the opening, a fella approached and asked to speak with her about the work in the show. He was looking for an entrance into them; to finding their truth. She responded that she wasn't sure she could help. The answer was literally written on the works."