Bay Ho isn't exactly known for being a hotbed of culture. It's probably best known for the RV park people see from Interstate 5 and industrial spaces up and down Santa Fe Street. In between Pacific Beach and Clairemont, it's a bit of a no man's land. So on the surface, it seems like an odd place for an established contemporary art gallery to open up a new space, but that's exactly what Mark Quint (of La Jolla's Quint Gallery) has done.
"Yeah, it's kind of an odd location," says Quint Gallery associate director Sarah Trujillo-Porter about the recently opened Quint Projects (5171-B Santa Fe St.). "The space became available and we just wanted to go back to that warehouse thing of having an open space and seeing what can be done. It's kind of fun."
Quint leased the building space a couple months ago, which was previously used as a storage facility. And while the facade isn't particularly glamorous, once inside it's easy to see the potential of the space. Large and cavernous, it has an industrial feel that's perfect for installation and site-specific work. The first work the Quint team decided to showcase was a 2004 sound piece from Icelandic artist Finnbogi Pétursson called "Dream" consisting of water inside an acrylic bowl which is then vibrated using sound and illuminated from the bottom. Instead of having the standard evening exhibition openings, Quint and company settled on a "Morning Stop" program where the space will be open on three Saturdays in a row from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
"The space is a little more accessible if you're out and about," says Trujillo-Porter, who says about 40 people showed up for the first April 2 opening (there will be two more on April 9 and 16). "It makes sense to have evening openings at the gallery in La Jolla, because people are already out to dinner or in the neighborhood. Here, we're a little off the beaten path so why not try to do something different?"
Other than the "Morning Stop" openings, Quint Projects will be open by appointment only (see quintgallery.com for phone number). The next show, set to open May 23, will feature local installation artist and Ice Gallery owner Michael James Armstrong.
"There will be skylights and he's going to continue with the thread work that he's been doing," Trujillo-Porter says. "He wants to do three of those pieces so this will be the second. It's going to transform the entire space."