Missions statements can be pretty lame. Typically, they're hyped-up, starry-eyed accounts of what an organization strives to be—not anything I could or would ever quote or refer to in an article or blog post.
But San Diego's new Art Fist Collective's mission statement is edgy and gutsy enough to be interesting:
"Somewhere, someone decided art shows should be somewhat unmemorable and stale," they write on the info section of the Art Fist Facebook page. "Our mission in this new art collective venture is to jolt the art scene with a dose of cool and give it a much needed enema. So grab a latex glove and join us, why don't you?"---
Art Fist Collective is made up of CityBeat's own nightlife columnist Enrique Limon plus Zoltron and Kittytron, the duo behind San Diego band, Lion Cut. The collective's debut exhibition, B-Side, is happening at 7 p.m. this Friday, July 1, at Jett Gallery and features art by San Diego musicians, some who've never really shown their artwork publicly before and others who are pretty well-established as both artists and music makers.
"It's a rag-tag cast of rock 'n' rollers," said Limon. "We wanted to see what they could comeup with."
"The idea came reallyeasy because the title of the show is B-Side and it's the idea of musicianssplitting their time fifty-fifty," added Zoltron. "It's fun to see how many musicians actually do fifty-fifty—most of the people really do go back and forth between music and art every day."
So keep an eye on the so-called Art Fisters, and try to hold them to their promise of ramming the San Diego scene with some "Rad art, low-brow events and swag shindigs."