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.”





JUNE 7- JUNE 16, 2018 | ARTIST RECEPTION:  JUNE 7, 2018 |  7-9P

1805 COLUMBIA ST. 92101

Residency work by Kurosh Yahyai 2018

Residency work by Kurosh Yahyai 2018

While in residence at 1805 Gallery, Kurosh Yahyai has produced a new body of work that explores anxiety as a universal human condition. Yahyai paintings and sculptures challenge traditional notions of portraiture as a truthful representation of an individual and offers an alternative visual language to discuss a shared psychological condition. 

How has anxiety affected your life and art practice?

(KY)  Anxiety has always been an interest of mine. When I was a child I remember not really knowing what the term anxiety meant, yet I remember having thoughts and feelings that I would later associate to the term or definition of anxiety. I also understood that it is such a fundamental/primal mental state that all humans experience. It doesn’t matter what experiences, background, ethnicity, social status people come from. It is all relative and anxiety is a common thread that makes us all very human. In my life I have learned to understand the things I can control and not worry about the rest. This is easier said than done. My art practice has helped me understand my thoughts and mental process when working through anxieties in my own life. It is a tool that always to pour out my thoughts and feelings when my mind is full.

How do your expressional figures effectively approach anxiety?

(KY) Whether I am painting in a representational or abstract style, the figure is generally expressionless. These expressionless faces allow the viewer to place their own feelings and potentially anxieties into the work. I understand that not everyone will feel this way, but I do believe that everyone has anxiety in some form or another. I also feel that the viewer expects to see a face when looking at a “portrait” and when the face is blank it creates a sense of discomfort or anxiety because the faceless figures do not satisfy the viewer. 

Untitled, 2016. Oil on canvas mounted on panel. 4.5' x 6.5'.

Untitled, 2016. Oil on canvas mounted on panel. 4.5' x 6.5'.

In your previous body of work, you were exploring representational imagery of the figure while your current work employs more abstract aesthetics. How has this transition supported your practice? 

(KY) Representational painting vs abstract painting has taught me a lot about my examination of anxiety. I only understood the difference when I would show the two types of paintings to an audience. It evokes two different reactions.  A representational figure will almost always be associated with the viewers own experience with someone that looks like that person. For my own intention as an artist that can be distracting. At the same time, it does allow for different psychological effects, for example,  the figure staring out at the viewer can create a sense of tension and discomfort. The ambiguous facial expressions allow the viewer to place their own feelings into the mind of the figure they are looking at which can create the potential for a visceral response. In contrast, an abstract figure or abstract painting has a different set of pros and cons. An abstract painting can be difficult to resolve, can be left too open-ended where the artist intention is lost. With my own abstract work, I enjoy the ambiguity as I want the viewer to put their own experiences into them as well as have an intuitive feeling rather than a logical response.

Do you listen to music, videos, audiobooks or podcasts while working?  

(KY) I do! I listen to all kinds of music to inspire me while I work. I’m especially into the underground rap music. Like Atmosphere, Sage Francis, Jonwayne to name a few. I also listen to podcasts regularly including Radio Lab, Snap Judgment, Invisibilia, Hardcore History, Joe Rogan Experience, and More Perfect.

What is your daily routine and how do you incorporate time for art making?

(KY) My daily routine Monday through Friday consists of waking up at 5 am to work out and then I work at the New Children’s  Museum Downtown from 9am-5: 30 pm. After work, I usually head home to do some smaller paintings at my apartment or try to work on art related things. During the weekend or days I am not working at the museum, I am in the studio for 8 hours until my brain stops working.

Where do you find inspiration? 

(KY) I find most of my inspiration from the subtleties of everyday life. Not only including my own life but the stories and experiences I hear of the people around me or on a broader level. Finding interesting connections between social and private lives is very interesting to me especially in a modern society with social media being a large part of our communication.  

Kurosh Yahyai's residency work will be on view through June 16, 2018 at 1805 Gallery in Little Italy.

For inquiries regarding Kurosh Yahyai's work please contact Gallery Director Lauren Siry lsiry@1805gallery.com





Conveyor: Daniel Barron Corrales

Artist Reception: Thursday, April 19, 2018, 5-7PM

Location: Porto Vista Hotel, 1835 Columbia Street, San Diego, CA 92101

San Diego, CA - In collaboration with Porto Vista Hotel, 1805 Gallery is thrilled to announce the launch of Conveyor, an exhibition series that takes place inside the elevators at the Porto Vista Hotel in Little Italy, San Diego. Curated by Lauren Siry, select contemporary artists will create art installations that respond to the intimate and often overlooked space. 

Daniel Barron Corrales will be the first featured artist in Conveyor, producing an installation composed of tinted, textured and reflective materials that explore transcendence and infinite space. Corrales will transform the constrained space of an elevator into an ever-expanding portal. In conjunction with Conveyor, the artist will have an exhibition of works on view in the hotel’s gallery located in the Lobby of the Porto Vista Hotel. The Lobby Gallery exhibition will be on view from April 19 through July 29, 2018. An opening artist reception will be held on Thursday, April 19, 2018, from 5-7PM. The art installation in the elevator will be on view through April 2019.  

Daniel Barron Corrales is a San Diego based artist that intuitively responds to the unique nature of environments, heightening the experience of space, light, color, and architectural elements through mixed media interactive sculpture and installations. Composed of mass-produced textiles and everyday construction supplies, Corrales’ work aims to visually engage audiences while renewing their perception of everyday materials and spaces. Corrales has exhibited work at the San Diego Art Institute, Mingei International Museum of Art and Ted X San Diego. 

About 1805 Gallery

Founded by artist Lauren Siry in 2012, 1805 Gallery is an open artist studio and exhibition space with a mission to encourage meaningful dialogue and art appreciation. The gallery curates exhibitions, artist residencies and events that feature emerging and mid-career artists who explore unique concepts through visually stimulating aesthetics. In addition to exhibition and residency programming, 1805 Gallery offers curatorial services that include researching, acquiring, commissioning and framing works of art for personal and professional spaces. 

1805 Gallery is located at 1805 Columbia Street, San Diego, CA 92101

For more information visit 1805gallery.com

Contact: Lauren Siry   619.888.8288 lsiry@1805gallery.com

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Melissa Walter: San Diego Film Awards

1805 Gallery is pleased to announce that A New Stellar Order, a documentary featuring Melissa Walter's residency project at 1805 Gallery, has been nominated for best documentary short at the San Diego Film Awards.   

While in residence at 1805 Gallery, Melissa Walter a graphic designer and science illustrator for NASA, completed an installation of black threads that burst from points within the pristine white gallery wall fanning out toward the large square window.  The installation explored the concept of dark energy, a hypothetical form of energy that permeates all space and exerts a negative pressure that causes the universe to expand at an ever-increasing rate. Walter’s installation of intersecting and overlapping threads translates the challenging concept of the Universe into a visual and physical experience.   

Click HERE to purchase tickets to the San Diego Film Awards ceremony on April 8, 2018. 


Image stills from A New Stellar Order courtesy of the Artist Odyssey