Dec. 27 2012 12:00 AM

Gallerists, curators and artists share anticipated shows, people to watch and art trends in the New Year

"The Mooring of Scarlet" by Pamela Wilson, who'll be at Distinction Gallery in February

Besides asking San Diego's in-the-know creative set to share their favorite pieces of artwork for this week's Art Struck in 2012 feature, we threw in a bonus question about the year ahead, asking artists, gallerists and curators to talk about the people, events and trends in local art they'd like to see more (or less) of in 2013. Mark your calendars, take some notes and add some ideas to the conversation.  ---

Jimmy Ovadia, surrealist painter and album-cover artist: 

For events to look forward to in 2013, I'm personally looking forward to California Roots Music and Arts Festival with amazing headliners Slightly Stoopid, Rebelution, Matisyahu and more. My good friends STRANGER (just wrapped the new album cover for them) will be playing this event, as well as myself. I have been asked to be one of nine featured artist who will be painting live throughout the three-day festival on stage with musicians. May 24-26th, check out the line up. Trends to look for: I'm really digging themed art shows that call to any artist. It allows the up and coming artist to show the world what they're made of.

Spenser Little, wire sculptor:

For my art in 2013, I want every moment to not be a repeat. I want to continually put my head on the chopping block, sticking my neck out into the new, avoiding form and the boring world of icons. Exploring completely and keep training on my medium.

Jill Dawsey, associate curator, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego:

My forecast for 2013: watch what local artist collectives and artist-run spaces do [Agitprop, Cog•nate Collective, The Periscope Project, There Goes the Neighborhood, Torolab]. In other news, MCASD is organizing Approximately Infinite Universe, an exhibition of artists inspired by science fiction, for summer 2013.

Dane Cardiel, founder of Manor House Quarterly:

In 2013, I'm looking forward for more critical engagement between artists and art enthusiasts within San Diego. If something is bullshit, we need to be the kind of community that says so in a tactful and explicitly public way. Because we lack a public forum for discourse, without any useful commentary on the art being created in San Diego, I believe we are severely limiting our influence. 

Amy Galpin, curator, Behold! America:

A person to watch in 2013 is scott b. davis. He is a terrific photographer who is helping our city grow through his Medium Festival. Last year was the inaugural year of the festival during which photographers from around the country gathered to present, learn and network. I am excited to attend next year's festival and see how davis adds to the high quality program he and his colleagues put together last year.


Wes Bruce, recipient of the San Diego Foundation's Creative Catalyst Fund:

Once the spring hits, my wife Emi and I will be making our way to other places for the rest of the year. First out to Colorado for a community art project and family time, then to my hometown to be in the woods with my mom and dad, then out to Hawaii for 4 or 5 or 6 months for a solo show at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center. Then in October, we will have in front of us the wide question of where to go next.

Paul Ednacot Ecdao, co-owner and director of Thumbprint Gallery:

In 2013, I'd like to see even more creative collaborations and less nonconstructive criticism. The SD art scene could improve with a local blog/publication dedicated to nothing but the urban art scene with more in-depth articles and videos showcasing artists' lives. A San Diego version of would be awesome! In 2013, I think there will be more artists taking curating into their own hands, but I do wish some artists focused on their art/craft and leave it to experienced gallerists and curators to handle putting on an exhibition. As usual, I look forward to all the upcoming local art shows at almost every kind of venue-galleries, cafes, bars, festivals, etc., and especially new driven talent.

Ann Berchtold, founder of Art San Diego Contemporary Art Fair:

I would be remiss if I did not say Art San Diego 2013-the fifth edition. This gets the majority of my attention! I will also be paying close attention to how things are shaping up for the 2015 Centennial Celebration in Balboa Park. 


Scott B. Davis, director of exhibitions and design at the Museum of Photographic Arts, founder of the Medium Festival of Photography:

I'm already getting excited for an exhibition opening in the fall at MOPA, called Staking Claim. I'm lucky to have had the privilege of seeing the shortlist for this exhibition of contemporary California artists. There's an undue amount of mind-blowing, innovative work that will make this exhibition a must-see for anyone interested in contemporary art. 

Chris Zertuche, gallery manager/curator at The Spot in Barrio Logan:

I'll have to say that I'm looking forward to the 2nd annual The Perfect 10 art show we will be having at The Spot in May. It going to be awesome. I'm super stoked to see all the galleries and artists spaces poppin' up in Barrio Logan. It will be the Art District of San Diego! 

Melissa Inez Walker, owner of Distinction Gallery and founder of non-profit ArtHatch:

We have 12 exciting shows lined up for 2013, and one that I am quite excited about is Pamela Wilson. We'll be hosting a solo show titled Electric Sugar, opening February 9. Her dark and often isolated subjects come to life and engage the viewer, often head on due to the scale. Pamela's imagination is endless and she often draws inspiration from real life events in her childhood.


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