Art doesn’t hang itself. We’ve got a talented crew of preparators who work ’round the clock to install and make perfect, our exhibitions. Here now are some pics we’ve taken of the 15th Annual Monotype Marathon (MM) show “going up.” Many thanks to the talented installation team of Mike Oechsli (our in-house preparator and facilities manager, artist and MM artist too), Colin King-Bailey and Justin Marsh (also artists) for making the ICA, the artists and their work, look absolutely fantabulous. Hats off guys, it’s coming together and almost here! BTW -Monotype Marathon opens on July1. The Closing Reception and Auction happen on Saturday, July 18th. Over 100 monotypes/works-on-paper on view and on sale. Contact us to become a sponsor and bid in the Auction.
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Didn’t get to the Irvine Museum liked I had hoped but had 5 hours to myself on recent trip to San Diego. I checked out MCASD in La Jolla and spent a few of those hours checking out MIX: Nine San Diego Architects and Designers exhibition – showcasing work of innovative architects and designers in SD county, thru Sept 6. The 7 project rooms, one for each firm – reveal processes that often lie hidden behind the material and stylistic facade of architecture.
Most impressed with work by Teddy Cruz called “Radicalizing the Local: 60 miles of Transborder Conflict.” Provides a stunning visual narrative of impact of cross-border dynamics on architectural practices. GREAT interview with Cruz loaded on iPOD you pick up at front desk that really adds depth to work on view.
When I heard Stanford’s MFA exhibition would be a collaborative effort of its five graduates, I was very interested and totally inspired. I’ve never heard of this type of collaborative model happening at an MFA show in the Bay Area and it caused me to wonder: are we stronger when we work together?
I think this may be an inspiring case. While each graduating artist approaches their artmaking in a different way, they worked together to make something representative of their collective skills and ideas, resulting in an experience that was truly surprising and yes, wonderful. The artists included Reed Anderson, Michael Arcega, Kazumi Shiho, Cobi van Tonder and Jina Valentine.
Here is what it looked like when you entered the space – you saw a beautiful inflated sculpture.
I think the entire object was inflated by one small household fan. I loved that you had to take off your shoes to go inside.
When you entered the inflatable and turned the corner, you were confronted with a miniature version of the actual gallery space.
How can I even describe this experience? A meta-museum? A studio space packaged as a cabinet of curiosities? I would call it a successful collaboration – where the artists chemistry coelesced to make something extraordinary, weird and unexpected for the viewer while preserving the unique interests and curiosities of each of them.
After presenting a dunk tank and a hot dog vending cart at the SubZero festival two weeks ago, I am now scheming as to how to include a cotton candy machine in a future ICA program. A friend sent me the link to a show called Global Street Food curated by Mike Meire at the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, Germany. The show happens to include a stunning cotton candy display.
Though I am not going to Germany anytime soon, I am so excited about this exhibition which includes improvised kitchens typically found in public places from around the world as readymade art objects in a gallery. Check it out.
I’ll keep you posted with my cotton candy schemes, let me know if you have any thoughts.
Here are the latest shots I’ve taken of Jose Arenas’ mural on South First Street and San Salvador. Jose’s colorful work draws from his experience of moving between San Jose and Mexico when he was growing up. In addition to his paintings and drawings that you may find here, Jose made an amazing print for the ICA’s upcoming Monotype Marathon. Stay tuned, it will be on our flickr stream soon.