Luis Ituarte's studio, “La Linea Curva,” will be open on Friday December First for a reception from 4:00 to 10 PM. The studio will be open Saturday and Sunday 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. (all artists participating on the tour are especially invited) Music and refreshments will be available.
236 W. Mountain St. Suite 116 Pasadena CA. 91103323; PH:(323) 574-9197
Spherule II, Stainless steel wire, 68" x 40" x 36"
Spherule II is currently showing at Quint Gallery and will be included in an exhibit of Mudge's work opening on February 10, 2018.
Quint Gallery, 5171 H Santa Fe St., San Diego, CA 92109
Perishables is a visual meditation on the “Lettuce Curtain” and other facets of the agricultural tapestry of the Salinas Valley. In this era of vigorous debate over our country’s lack of clear immigration policy and severe climate factors, many of us are actively wondering, “what is the true cost of growing food in this country?" What if we were to compensate these (tax-paying) workers more fairly and create honest paths to citizenship? And what if we were to, as a community, vigorously and conscientiously protect the crucial water table beneath our feet?
Opening: Friday, November 10, 5:30 – 7:30 pm, with an appearance by the Art Ranger
Exhibit dates: November 10 – December 1, 2017
Open Ground Studios, 1230 Fremont Blvd., Seaside, CA 93955
Update: Robin Brailsford, Wick Alexander, and Doris Bittar collaboration on “Star Streams” for "Un:Hidden"
Doris Bittar writes: “Amazing work by the brilliant Robin Brailsford with Wick Alexander on Star Streams - Threshold Tessellations. Our first accepted work together for the California Center for the Arts front entrance. I love how deep it looks, and the bone-like feel. This is the first of Public Address' project "No Longer Hidden" for the entire museum opening (at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido, CA) in one year.
“And check out the genius inventor, Robin Brailsford at LithoMosaics. All this inspired by our desire to work on a bigger project for the American Embassy in Beirut.”
"Secured Windows 1" made of security envelope windows, 60" diameter, 2017 Doris Bittar.
I am pleased to announce art exhibits and talks I am participating in now and upcoming. Two are in San Diego (UCSD and City Community College), Governors Island with the Dysfunctional Theatre in NYC with LA artist, Joyce Dallal, and upcoming in Paris, France is a group exhibit that celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Institut du Monde Arabe. Next month I am on a panel at the New School on November 4. November 9th I give a talk on Migrant Mountains, a project on labor and migration at New York University's Social & Cultural Analysis Department. I hope you can view some of the exhibits, and join me at the talks.
Details are below:
An Open Eye On the Arab World - Exquisite Corpse, January-April 2018, Institut du Monde Arabe -The Arab World Institute, 30th Anniversary Exhibit with 200+ artists, Paris, France
Art in The Age of X, Nov 11–Dec 14, 2017, City Gallery, San Diego City College, San Diego, California. The pieces, Migrant Mountains: Latin American 1, and a Collaborative animation projection, Autocratic Autocorrect with Nada Shalaby.
Hannah By the Window with Joyce Dallal & Doris Bittar show their pieces; Secured Window seen above acting like a moon above Joyce's Refuge, a pup tent made of random maps. Oct 7 – Oct 29, 2017, Open weekends 12-5 p.m. House 8B Dysfunctional Theater Collective, Governors Island, New York, NY
Provoking Change, Two large maps of Europe and the Arab World made out of security envelope patterns are shown with UCSD alumni and faculty, Oct 12 - Dec 7, 2017, University Art Gallery (UAG), University of California San Diego, La Jolla, California
TALKS FOR NOVEMBER 2017:
The House We're Building, panel of Vera List Award Finalists, Gulf Labor with Greg Sholette and Nitasha Dillon, Nov 4, 2017, The New School, Theresa Lang Community Center, 55 W 13th St, New York, NY 10011
Migrant Mountains: Statistical Realms, Nov 9th at Social and Cultural Analysis, 20 Cooper Square, 4th Floor, New York University. New York, NY
Robin Brailsford and Wick Alexander install "Deep Sea Tondos" for the Long Beach Convention Center.
ENGLISH AND SPANISH
I AM THE CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE
I remember that on one occasion my father mentioned something with relation to the size of things, that they can be larger than you or smaller than you. I should confess that I do not remember the context in which he told me those words, but they have had a tremendous impact in the way I see life in general.
Those words gave me the sense that I am the measure of things not only physically, but also in the spiritual and intellectual space, that even when I am not very tall or very gifted in intelligence or spiritually, I am the measure! And that makes me the center of the universe, which is to say that in my own perception as a living entity with conscience of my own existence, I am the center of all the things that surround me.
Now, this simplicity with which each one of us as human beings can use to justify an exaggerated narcissism (Hitler), can also be utilized to justify humility (Mother Teresa) or a sense of extreme responsibility, "I am responsible for all what happens in the universe" (Gandhi).
The fact that each one of us is the center of the universe is the base of human individuality that gives us permission to judge according to the limit of our experiences, which allow us to decide what is good and what is not, many times against what functions in the natural rhythm of the universe.
We cannot deny that what gives us the awareness of our own existence lives in the body of an animal, and that as animals we have a series of instincts that are outside of our control and some that we can modified; those that we can modified are intimately related to education in the sense that we know what they do, how they function and how they can be manipulated for good or bad for them or for us.
One of our stronger animal instincts is that of socialization which compels us to live together and requires us to protect each other, the man to woman, the mother to son, the men to family, the warrior to tribe, the priest to spirituality and the king who is responsible for all (?).
This instinct, with its complexity, has been the most abused in the history of humanity by narcissists, shamans and extremist rulers who have excluded others’ right to be the center of the universe, and have converted the present times into the fascist excesses in which we are living.
Protecting our individuality is the most important human task of the post-modernity.
C. Luis Ituarte Mendívil
SOY EL CENTRO DEL UNIVERSO
Recuerdo que en una ocasión mi padre menciono algo con relación al tamaño de las cosas, que ellas pueden ser más grandes que tu o mas chicas que tu. Debo confesar que no me acuerdo del contexto en que me dijo esas palabras pero han tenido ellas un impacto tremendo en como veo la vida.
Esas palabras me dieron el sentido de que yo soy la medida de las cosas no solo físicamente sino también en el espacio intelectual y espiritual, que aún cuando no soy muy alto ni muy dotado en inteligencia o espiritualmente, ¡yo soy la medida! Lo que me hace el centro del universo, o sea que en mi percepción como un ente viviente con conciencia de mi propia existencia, soy el centro de todas las cosas que me rodean.
Ahora, esta simplicidad con que cada uno de nosotros como seres humanos podemos usar para justificar un narcisismo exagerado (Hitler), también puede ser utilizado para justificar una humildad (madre Teresa) o un sentido de responsabilidad extremos, “yo soy responsable de todo lo que pasa en el universo” (Gandhi).
El hecho de que cada uno de nosotros es el centro del universo es la base de la individualidad del ser humano que nos da permiso de juzgar, de acuerdo con el límite que nos dan nuestras experiencias, lo que es bueno y lo que es malo, muchas veces en contra de lo que funciona en el ritmo natural del universo.
No podemos negar de que lo que nos da la conciencia de nuestra propia existencia vive en el cuerpo de un animal y que como animales tenemos una serie de instintos que están fuera de nuestro control y otros que si podemos controlar, aquellos que si podemos controlar están íntimamente relacionados con la educación en el sentido de que sabemos que es lo que controlan, como funcionan y como se pueden manipular para bien o para mal de ellos mismos o de nosotros.
Uno de nuestros instintos animales más fuertes es el de socialización que nos compele a vivir juntos y nos exige protegernos, el hombre a su mujer, la madre al hijo, el hombre a la familia, el guerrero a la tribu, el sacerdote la espiritualidad y el rey que es el responsable de todos.
Este instinto con su complejidad ha sido el más abusado en la historia de la humanidad, por narcisistas, chamanes y gobernantes extremistas que han excluido a los demás de ser el centro del universo, y convertido a la actualidad en el exceso fascista en que estamos viviendo.
Proteger nuestra individualidad es la tarea humana más importante de la post-modernidad.
C. Luis Ituarte Mendívil
Poetry Within Reach Reading Series
The inaugural “Poetry Within Reach” Series took place July-August 2016 and provided an important civic consciousness about the importance of poetry as a connector to accessibility of this art form. Through “Poetry Within Reach in Unexpected Places,” Border Council of Arts and Culture/Consejo Fronterizo de Arte y Cultura (COFAC) I created the Pasadena Rose Poets who brought diverse cultural backgrounds that represents the diversity of our community. We are a group of citizen poets committed to weaving poetry into our everyday lives. Professional and skilled poets at the “top of their game” who could be our neighbors, attend the same church, shop at the same stores, gather at City Hall—within reach. We have a vested interest in serving as citizen poets to bring poetry out of the shadows and on to center stage—the Town Square that City Council represents. We are unique and put their words together in ways that can ease difficult conversations one word at a time, round sharp corners and offer “food for thought.” Poetry is the key to creativity that promotes awareness, access to new experiences, which inspires understanding and reflection.
Poetry Within Reach at Pasadena City Council Meetings
In February 2017, I developed weekly poetry readings at City Council Meetings, a rarity. After six month we were invited by Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek with the support of the Council to continue on a regular basis, which we continue to do. By providing our poetry we underscore our civic mindedness and unveil poetry as an art form that is available to the public, for example, in restaurants, businesses, outdoor and pop-up underutilized spaces throughout the City. Our goal is for the City of Pasadena to be known as the home of the Pasadena Rose Poets who serve as ambassador poets for the City. We have read at the Pasadena Museum of California Art, Book Show Bookstore, Avenue 50 Studio, Pasadena Libraries, private gardens, parks, workplaces, Flintridge Center, Open Studio Art Collective, Altadena Library District and John Muir High School.
For more about the exhibition at SLOMA please visit their website:
Nicki's sculpture currently showing at SLOMA
Iron Sight: A Portrait of Brandon Powell
By Nicki Sucec
Helicopter blade (stainless steel) and mild steel
Iron Sight is one of four portraits made of helicopter blades featured in a body of work by Sucec called Ascension first shown in Seattle, WA. Through the metaphor of flight the work in this exhibition explored the ways in which humans attempt to recover from and move beyond extreme life challenges. The portraits (inspired by personal interviews) embody who the subjects are and how they survived what they went through.
In October 2004, twenty-year-old Brandon Powell was deployed to Iraq. Two months later he was paralyzed from the neck down. A sniper’s bullet from a Dragonov rifle made it through a small gap in Brandon’s armor instantly severing his cervical spine.
Brandon gets through each day with his great sense of humor and with the help of his brother who he says, “gets me up in the morning, puts me to bed at night, bathes me, feeds me...does everything for me that I cannot do for myself.”
Brandon paints models with small brushes he holds in his teeth and still goes shooting. His buddies set up a special rifle mount for him and a trigger he can “pull” by blowing into a straw.
Here is a photo of Brandon with his models taken in 2012
For more info about Ascension and to see images of the other portraits in that body of work, please visit Nicki's website (not mobile friendly):