Nov. 17 2015 04:29 PM

David Peña, Ash Eliza Smith and Chantel Paul hip us to new artists, shows and works

In this semi-regular department we ask some of our favorite local artists and curators what new shows or artists are worth checking out. Whether it's a particular piece, an entire exhibition or just a current obsession, here are some artsy options from eyes we trust.


A panel from Historia Incorrecta by Toni Larios
Image courtesy of the artist

David Peña
Curator and Co-founder of Out Here

"I came across the work of Tijuana artist Toni Larios recently. He's does sculptural work, but it's his drawings and paintings that resonate the most with me. His work on the site Historia Incorrecta features these hand-illustrated comics showing Tijuana through his own personal lens. There's just something about the textures he uses and people he chooses to portray. He has this chaotic, digital way of portraying the city: the police cars, the dogs and cats, the plastic bags everywhere, and even the very specific architecture. There's a lot of attention and detail in the work that just speaks to me as someone who lives there."


Ash Eliza Smith
Artist and UCSD Associate Director for Art & Technology

"I am super excited about the performance series this Thursday inside of Magpie Collective's domed 'Nomadic Atelier'. The acoustics alone induce goosebumps and it is part of a larger UCSD exhibition series, 3 x 3, that is up in ARTifact Gallery and features mixed-genre collaborations from graduate and undergraduate students. Some standouts from Ship in the Wood's Convergence show at Cabrillo National Monument this past Saturday were Kim Schreiber's 'Affective Meditation' performance on the cliffs and Mike Calway-Fagen's mythical plane flight over the ocean."


Chantel Paul
Program Coordinator, SDSU Downtown Gallery

"I was really impressed by the exhibition, Size Matters, at Low Gallery in Barrio Logan (1878 Main St.). It's all about celebrating small photographs, focusing on works that are no bigger than 10 inches. Richmond-based artist and publisher, Gordon Stettinius, juried the show and included an array of photographic approaches. Some of my favorite pieces were tiny portraits, about 1.5 by 2.5 inches, by Amy Friend. She uses vintage photographs and reworks them, piercing holes in each image to 'reuse' light as part of the way the pieces are displayed. I've known about Amy's work for some time, but had never seen it in person and was captivated by their intimate size. It's great to see this work by emerging and established national photographers in one exhibition in San Diego."

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