"Labor-Migrant-Gulf"

It is the last week to view the "Labor-Migrant-Gulf" exhibition at Southwestern College. My new work "Continuous Evolution" will be on view from 5:30- 8:00pm!  

Check out Jim Chute's article in the Union Tribune below.

Artists and workers unite

Doris Bittar's Southwestern College exhibit raises issues about treatment of both

By James Chute3:49 P.M.MARCH 12, 2014

Some of the elements that dozens of artists have contributed to the "Labor-Migrant-Gulf" exhibit at Southwestern College. Photo: Doris Bittar

“Labor-Migrant-Gulf”

When: Opens March 13 (opening receptions at 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; 5:30-8 p.m.; continues through April 10

Where: Southwestern College Art Gallery (900 Otay Lakes Road, Building 710, Chula Vista)

Admission: Free

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If you were in New York a couple weeks ago and visited the Guggenheim Museum, you might have encountered a group of artists and demonstrators unfurling banners and chanting “Who’s Building the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi?”

The answer to that question is an uncomfortable one for the Guggenheim and the other museums erecting monumental new outposts in the United Arab Emirates, including the Louvre and the British Museum.

“I’ve seen the workers,” said San Diego artist Doris Bittar, who visited the UAE to participate in the Sharjah Biennial. “They work long hours in the scorching heat with little water, they aren’t cared for if they are sick, they can’t quit and they can’t leave, their passports are confiscated,” she said. “Some of them die.”

And the pay — “if they get paid; most of them are in debt,” she said — is next to nothing.

“Is this the future of art?” Bittar asked. “That it’s going to be on the backs of migrant workers?”

Bittar is already tired of the past and present of art being built largely on the backs of artists, who are often expected to give their work away for the honor and exposure of having it in a museum.

In solidarity with the plight of migrant workers in the Emirates, Bittar joined hundreds of other artists in the Gulf Labor Coalition, which is protesting the Guggenheim and other museums’ behavior.

Now she’s bringing the fight and the issue of migrant workers home with “Labor-Migrant-Gulf” at the Southwestern College Art Gallery, today through April 10.

The collaborative exhibit encompasses works by more than 100 artists from San Diego and beyond, ranging from high-profile names like Eleanor Antin (San Diego) and Sam Durant (New York) to students and less established artists.

Many of them have created small pieces that Bittar combined into two large boteh (also known as paisley) designs, while others have their work exhibited more conventionally.

If the provocative exhibition is certain to raise awareness of the situation of migrant workers in the UAE and elsewhere, including the San Diego border region, Bittar hopes the act of doing something together also will be beneficial for the artists, who typically are more comfortable working in solitude.

“My experience with any kind of collective activity is something comes out of it,” Bittar said. “No one individual is important in this; it’s the collective strength in us as artists, and not just in San Diego.

“We’re linking arms with other artists in Chicago and Toronto, Tijuana and other parts of Mexico, Berlin, Paris, Milan. … I think it’s just the beginning.”

Art Above: Spring 2014

Photo Credit: Lauren Conroy

Art Above Exhibiting Gallery: Meyer Fine Art

Eighteen o Five is pleased to announce that Meyer Fine Art will be exhibiting the works of artist, Clay Walker and handmade jewelry by Elicia Meyer.

Perry L. Meyer has been a private art dealer for over 30 years, specializing in original graphics, limited edition prints, and other works on paper from the 18th century to contemporary works. With a keen eye and knowledge that he has acquired through his life-long love and passion for graphics and works on paper, Meyer opened a public gallery space, Meyer Fine Art, Inc., in June 2006, located in the booming Art and Design district in Little Italy in the historical Studio Arts Building on Kettner Blvd.

Meyer offers his expert consultation services to assist novice and seasoned collectors who have an interest in original graphics. His reputation is based on integrity, professionalism, and extensive knowledge to provide his clients with the assurance and confidence needed to build a world-class art collection. The gallery provides full art consulting services for purchasing and selling artwork, including framing, shipping and restoration.

Meyer Fine Art, Inc. presents its 6th exhibition for artist Clay Walker (1924 – 2008). Clay Walker: “Beyond Traditional Boundaries” consists of artwork from the late 1940s to pieces from his contemporary years. For info on exhibitions please visit the Meyer Fine Art website.

Walker was a prolific mid-century abstract expressionist who spent many of his later years in north San Diego county.  He was a friend of Pablo Picasso and an active member of the post-World War II art movement with Andy Warhol, Robert Rauchenberg, June Wayne, Mark Rothko and Jackson Pollock.

 

Art Above San Diego will occur March 15, from 2-8pm on the rooftop of the Porto Vista Hotel.

The Porto Vista Hotel is located on 1835 Columbia Street in Little Italy .

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Art Above SD Exhibiting Gallery: Noel Baza

Noel Baza

Eighteen o Five is pleased to announce that Noel Baza will be an exhibiting gallery at Art Above San Diego. The gallery features work by San Diego artists,20th century master prints and works on paper by internationally known artists.  

Noel baza will be featuring the works of Kim Reasor, Bhavna Mehta, Theresa Vandenberg Donche and other local San Diego Artists.

March 15, from 2-8pm on the rooftop of the Porto Vista Hotel.

The Porto Vista Hotel is located on 1835 Columbia Street in Little Italy .

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Art Above SD Exhibiting Artist: Sheila Daube

Sheila Daube

Eighteen o Five is pleased to announce Sheila Daube as an exhibiting artist at Art Above San Diego, March 15, from 2-8pm.

Fascinated by the echo of myth and religion in art, Sheila Daube untilizes vintage magazines that explores the recurring themes of gods, goddesses and the powers they possess as they reappear in different historical eras.  Daube also love chickens, so there you have it: myth, whimsy and pure abstract frenzy, depending on the day of the week.  

March 15, from 2-8pm on the rooftop of the Porto Vista Hotel.

The Porto Vista Hotel is located on 1835 Columbia Street in Little Italy .

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Art Above SD Exhibiting Artist: Jenessa Goodman

Jenessa Goodman

Eighteen o Five is pleased to announce that Jenessa Goodman will be a featured artist at the Spring Edition of Art Above San Diego at the Porto Vista Hotel. 

Jenessa Goodman's artwork is the result of lots of gathering. She takes textures and geometry from nature, then reinvents and dissolves them. Goodman find images in dreams and archetypal mythology. She study plants, colors, and patterns of human movement. Her intuitive paintings are primarily in ink and gauche. 

Goodman is inspired by the concepts of micro and macro as they relate to nature and to human consciousness. Her work often visually documents the movement of a tiny speck as it grows into a field of pattern. Repetition pulses through the composition then changes into something new. Matter is balanced with nothingness. Looming shapes blossom from clouds, and ferocious (or are they playful?) animals make appearances. Goodman is fascinated by dreams, Jungian psychology and the concept of a collective unconscious. Through art, she seeks to strengthen the links between different realities. 

Jenessa Goodman will be exhibiting works from her ink and gauche series at Art Above San Diego on Saturday March 15, from 2-8pm on the rooftop of the Porto Vista Hotel.

The Porto Vista Hotel is located on 1835 Columbia Street in Little Italy of San Diego.

For more information on Art Above San Diego please contact info@EighteenoFiveSD.com

Art Above SD Exhibiting Artist: Bret Barrett

Bret Barrett

The kinetic art and paintings of Bret Barrett, Alternate Realist artist, explores life, sex and death.

"I love painting and sculpture. I use paint, motion, collected forms and diverse materials to explore visions of the moment".-Bret Barrett

Art Above SD Exhibiting Artist: Angela Gonzalez

ANGELA GONZALEZ

Eighteen o Five is pleased to announce Angela Gonzalez as an exhibiting artist at Art Above San Diego this Spring.  Angela Gonzalez, a Tijuana based artist, is passionate about dance and painting. She first began her training in the arts as a professional dancer and as a 19th century German and French porcelain doll-maker. Gonzalez is currently a cultural promoter and founder of Atelier 109.

With a thirst for learning, she explores drawing, painting, printmaking, metal handling and object art .
She has participated in over 70 solo and group exhibitions in Mexico , USA, Argentina , Italy, Spain and China. In Tijuana Gonzalez has exhibited at IMAC , ICBC and CECUT

Gonzalez creates abstracted figurative expressions that question the limits of sexuality.  Her provocative compositions of fragmented objects made of beeswax, cloth, metal and wood, establish a narrative for the viewer to decipher.

Angela Gonzalez will be exhibiting her multi-media works on panel at Art Above San Diego Saturday, March 15, from 2-8pm on the rooftop of the Porto Vista Hotel.

The Porto Vista Hotel is located on 1835 Columbia Street in Little Italy .

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Art Above SD Exhibiting Artists: Hill & Stump, Marshall Vanderhoof

MARSHALL VANDERHOOF

Marshall Vanderhoof is a fine art urban/landscape photographer based out of San Diego, CA. While Marshall shoots at many different locations, he is most excited while shooting in the Southern California/San Diego area. His hope is to evoke emotion and provide inspiration through his photography. Whatever the future holds for Marshall, he expects that photography will be a part of the journey.  He earned a Certificate of Photography from San Diego City College, and has won multiple awards in photography.

 DAPHNE HILL & ANNA STUMP

"Cherry Branch Triptych", mixed media on panel, 10" x 26"

"Cherry Branch Triptych", mixed media on panel, 10" x 26"

Daphne Hill and Anna Stump are pleased to present their collaborative paintings. Acrylic color and metallics float between layers of epoxy resin, creating depth and shifting brilliance, with references to Japanese motifs, Rococo foliage, gilt decoration, and Impressionist movement. 

Hill&Stump work together in their studio in San Diego, and are represented in Los Angeles by MLA Gallery, and in San Diego by Sonya Sparks Gallery. Ms. Hill earned her MFA from Claremont Graduate University. Ms. Stump, a Senior Fulbright Scholar, earned her MFA at San Diego State University. Both artists teach studio and art history courses in the San Diego Community and the Grossmont/Cuyamaca College Districts.

Hill&Stump share a studio in Barrio Logan with Marshall Vanderhoof Photography.

Hill, Stump, and Vanderhoof will be exhibiting at Art Above San Diego on Saturday March 15, from 2-8pm on the rooftop of the Porto Vista Hotel.

The Porto Vista Hotel is located on 1835 Columbia Street in Little Italy of San Diego.

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Art Above SD Exhibiting Artist : Sean Brannan

SEAN BRANNAN

Eighteen o Five is pleased to announce Sean Brannan as an exhibiting artist at Art Above San Diego Spring 2014.

Originally from New England, Southern California artist Sean Brannan comes from a family of artists and academics. It is this closeness that fostered an early critical appreciation for the arts. As a youth Sean traveled extensively, living in South East Asia, and throughout the United States. His contact with diverse cultures left an indelible impression on him. Exposure to the richness of these different cultures and their use of art as a visual language has informed his own art throughout his career. In the early 90’s Sean went to work as an illustrator & designer. As a designer he honed a highly developed sense of color and composition, which led to his path back to painting. In his current work making collages with an imported photo fabric paper as his medium he uses color theory, repetition, and illusory space to create nonrepresentational abstractions that breathe and vibrate. His award winning art continues to evolve as he explores the psychological effects of interacting color, geometry and perception.

Sean holds a B.A. in art & design, from Plymouth State University, NH, and a M.A. in counseling psychology, from National University. CA.

Sean will be exhibiting works from his photo fabric collage series at Art Above San Diego on Saturday March 15, from 2-8pm on the rooftop of the Porto Vista Hotel.

The Porto Vista Hotel is located on 1835 Columbia Street in Little Italy of San Diego.

For more information on Art Above San Diego please contact info@EighteenoFiveSD.com