A Porto Vista Hotel Kitschmas Special by Artist Duo Brian & Ryan

Brian and Ryan |  A Porto Vista Hotel Kitschmas Special  

December 1, 2018 - January 6, 2019

Artist Reception: Thursday, December 6,  6PM - 8PM 

Porto Vista Hotel Lobby , 1835 Columbia Street, Little Italy

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In collaboration with the Porto Vista Hotel, 1805 Gallery is pleased to present A Porto Vista Hotel Kitschmas Special by the collaborative art duo Brian and Ryan.  Brian and Ryan will construct an installation that celebrates Christmas designs from mid-century to present. The installation explores the season’s unabashed twinkling lights, impulse shopping, glittering excesses and holiday television specials. 

The work will be on view in the Lobby of the Porto Vista Hotel from December 1, 2018  through January 6, 2019. An artist reception will be held on Thursday, December 6, 2018 from 6PM to 8PM.  Guests are invited to enjoy live music, cookie decorating, and refreshments provided by the GlassDoor restaurant. This event is free and open to the public.

The installation explores the season’s unabashed twinkling lights, impulse shopping, glittering excesses, holiday television specials, and most importantly, the endless interpretations of countless artists, filmmakers and designers trying to capture the Christmas Spirit for the shopping public.  

Artists Brian Black and Ryan Bulis describe Kitschmas as “that childhood moment of excitement when you wake up on Christmas morning and unwrap a mountain of plastic toys including that one offbeat toy from your great-great aunt. And it’s that feeling of euphoria you get as an adult years later when you once again come across that same toy from your childhood at a rummage sale.”  Brian and Ryan use the power of Kitschmas to elicit an emotional response from viewers transporting them to a place of comfort, humor and familiarity.


In conjunction with the art reception, The Porto Vista Hotel is holding a Toy Drive through December 14th for New Alternatives, a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation that works with foster children who have suffered and been traumatized by abuse, neglect, and abandonment. Bring Joy with a Toy! Don't worry about wrapping, unwrapped gifts are preferred. 

About the Artists

Brian Black and Ryan Bulis have been working collaboratively in Southern California since 2004. This artist team appropriates iconic activities and challenges preconceptions of masculinity, athleticism and identity. By adjusting the familiar and pushing the level of absurdity in their art making, they invite the audience to reconsider the sanctity and boundaries of the art institution.

Jenessa Goodman @ Porto Vista Hotel

Jenessa Goodman @ Porto Vista Hotel

October 10 - November 24, 2018

Images by Holly Sutor

Goodman’s series of gouache and ink paintings are inspired by the mystical and spiritual aspects of everyday life. Her work is composed of imagery derived from dreams, nature and patterns of human movement.

Jenessa Goodman (b. 1979) received a BFA from The San Francisco Art Institute and is a candidate for a Masters in Counseling Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute. She has exhibited at The La Jolla Athenaeum,  Lux Art Institute in Encinitas and Kit and Ace in San Diego. Additionally, she has shown work in New York, Chicago, and San Francisco. 

For more information please contact 1805 Gallery Director Lauren Siry lsiry@1805gallery.com

Opening Reception: To Do • A Mending Project

To Do • A Mending Project | Opening Reception October 4, 2018

A collaborative residency with artists Michelle Montjoy, Anna O'Cain and Siobhán Arnold

Photography by Holly Sutor

Corey Dunlap: San Diego CityBeat

Corey Dunlap’s sculptural seduction

Local artist combines abstract photography and digital reliefs

by Seth Combs


There’s something immediately unnerving about the works of Corey Dunlap. The Alabama native seems to acknowledge this fact even while perusing his own works at the 1805 Gallery. He glances at “Coming ‘Round the Mountain,” one of the more scintillating and bright pieces at his solo exhibition that’s on display through July 27 at the Little Italy gallery.

“The material surface is seductive and the colors are seductive, but the forms themselves are somewhat repulsive,” Dunlap says. “Well, maybe not repulsive.”

Even with his more aesthetically pleasing pieces, Dunlap’s abstract, digital photographs are still jarring. Evolved over years of experimenting with digital modeling software programs, Dunlap’s pieces are unique in that they manage to seamlessly incorporate a variety of mediums. This fact is not immediately evident, but the more time the viewer spends with Dunlap’s works, the more evident it is that he’s much more than an abstract photo artist. He’s a sculptor, as well as a photographer; a digital artist, as well as a luminist. 

“I always wanted the work to be about that visual seduction. How you seduce people into being interested in that you’re doing,” Dunlap says. 

His talents have not gone unrecognized. In addition to shows at UC San Diego, where Dunlap was working on his MFA, his art was recently on display at Bodies in Trouble, an exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. In the pieces, tubular, almost intestinal-like sculptures rest and recline on rigid boxes and in front of a dueling backdrop. In pieces such as “The Coronation” and “Folie a Deux,” the main, explorative dichotomy is certainly between the sculpture and the what/how/why in which it’s displayed.

“I just didn’t want there to be a division between the main object and the stand or support… what is the real subject? Is it the print? Is  it the tube? The background?”

Still, the way in which the sculpture is lit within the photo itself is just as important. Shadows fall on just the right places, working to both highlight particular aspects of the sculpture and almost working to make the viewer believe that they’re actually looking at a photograph of a real sculpture. The fact that the pieces are framed in textured, homemade frames—almost sculptures within themselves—only adds to the many contrasting elements.

“The ultimate goal was to have a photograph and really think about it that way,” says Dunlap, who describes the works as “digital reliefs.” “But I like the idea of people thinking that there was a sculpture and lights and a camera I position… it’s like they’re created specifically for a camera.”