Aug. 8 2016 02:47 PM

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Tecture’s piece for NEWDesign Expose

DESIGNING MINDS

For nearly five years, Tecture has been at the cutting edge of local design and fabrication. The Barrio Logan based company (they prefer to be known as a collective) has an extensive and varied list of clients, including George's at the Cove and Kettner Exchange, as well as big guns such as Qualcomm and the San Diego International Airport.

Even with its growing and impressive resume, Tecture's nine members are still artists at heart, which is what makes the inaugural NEWDesign Expose particularly exciting. When it comes to tangible design, most folks are used to seeing the finished design or product and not so much the fabrication and planning process.

"The overall theme of the show is 'nude.' New, nude and exposed so everyone's work hasn't been shown before and is also bare. It celebrates the material and the connection to the material," says Tecture's Brittany Guarino, who works in marketing and design, but is quick to point out that no one at Tecture has an official title. "You can really see how the fabrication process works."

Tecture reached out to its friends and colleagues for the Expose and have lined up an impressive who's-who list of exhibitors, such as homeware creators Helvey Design Studio, eyeglass designers Knotty Woods and wire artist Spenser Little. There will be more than a dozen pieces to peruse inside Tecture's huge space, which also includes a large fabrication studio.

"The materials used are going to be all over the place," Guarino says. "There's another artist who is working with glass. There will be a lot of wood and steel. I'm very excited about [architect] Miki Iwasaki's piece, and there's two pieces that will actually be suspended from the ceiling."

The NEWDesign Expose takes place on Saturday, Aug. 13, during the Barrio Art Crawl from 6 to 11 p.m. The Tecture studio is located at 1861 Main Street in Suite B. The night also includes light bites, the That's What Cheese Said food truck and a Tecture-designed portable art cart serving up Jägermeister and cocktails. tectureinc.com


Cityfest
Photo by SD Pix

HOT IN THE CITY

From music festivals to Pokemon hunting, San Diego has a plethora of outdoor activities to choose from during the summer. Still, we'd be hard-pressed to think of an event that packs as much entertainment per block as the annual Cityfest, taking place on Sunday, Aug. 14. In its 32nd year, this Hillcrest festival features hundreds of artists, an international food court, a kids' zone, carnival rides and, of course, a beer garden. Starting at noon, the main stage will showcase a variety of local musicians, including AJ Froman, Rip Carson, The Paper Days and more. Getting a good night's sleep on Sunday not your thing? After sundown the intersection of University and Fifth turns into an all-ages dance party, hosted by local Hillcrest DJs until 10:30 p.m. Admission is free. fabuloushillcrest.com


“Uncovered” by David Quintanilla
Image courtesy of the artist

UNDEREXPOSED

As seen at the 2016 Oscars, popular film raises dust about excluding minorities. In the art world, David Quintanilla argues gay men of color are particularly marginalized. In his new photographic exhibit, Redemption, he puts such men in the spotlight. Photographing them in scenes that often include nudity, Quintanilla draws attention to the way their idealistic physiques continue to escape status quo idealism. The shots also convey the exclusion gay men of color feel from religion and conservative culture and their personal struggle to overcome it. The exhibit will be welcomed into the Museum of Photographic Arts (1649 El Prado) with a wine reception on Thursday, Aug. 11, at 7 p.m. and it will stay on display until Sunday, Aug. 14. Entry is free for MOPA members and up to $8 for general admission. elevatevisualart.com

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