Xicana: Katie Ruiz Interview

“The blanket pattern was important because I made a choice to use blankets that I owned or that were specifically Mexican textiles. Then I started to learn about the textiles and did a residency in Oaxaca to learn traditional back-strap weaving. There I learned about the symbols woven into the tejido (weaving) to create stories of the town or personal life experience. After that I paid much more attention to what the textile narrative means and how it affects the narrative of my work.  Now, several years later I have been on a journey of self-discovery and identity. These new paintings are about my ethnicity as a Mexican-American Woman. They are about how I tried to cover up when I was young. I wanted to have lighter skin and be red haired with freckles. There was a girl on the Disney channel who I wanted to be like. So these new paintings I am covered by the Mickey blanket which is a very "American" symbol but my Mexican-ness is still showing in the form of Otomi Pattern "thoughts" coming out of my head.” - 1805 Gallery Artist in Residence Katie Ruiz

Xicana: Katie Ruiz  

Exhibition On View: May 30, 2019 - June 22, 2019  

Artist Reception: May 30, 2019, 6-9PM 

Free Admission with RSVP

Food provided by Chicano Soul Food

1805 Columbia Street, San Diego, Ca 92101 

Film by Holly Jane Sutor

Produced by 1805 Gallery

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