5 Artworks to See in San Diego in February
Duke Windsor: “Let’s Eat”
On view at the Oceanside Museum of Art (OMA) through March 13, 2022
Playing with reverence is part of the magic of Duke Windsor. The San Diego-based artist uses gold leaf in unexpected places, like puddles in alleyways, the sky dotted with telephone poles, or even the portraits of hamburgers. It elevates the everyday, adding golden glamor to everyday landscapes, everyday neighborhoods and – in this new exhibition, “Nothing is impossible”, everyday foods. Hanging on the walls in ornate frames, Windsor contrasts burgers with still lifes of traditional cooking, drawing on the influence of traditional Dutch still life painters as well as wood panel iconography.
For “Let’s Eat”, a portrait of a single cheeseburger in its “Burger Series“, the invocation of the title is a cheeky version of reverence. Realistic reflections of light on crisp red onions, plump tomatoes, the glistening cheese oozing on the table and an almost delicate curl of crispy bacon are all placed on a bright gold foil background Fair warning: try not to visit while hungry.
OMA is open to the public Thursday through Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside. [Exhibition details]
Melissa Walter: “Gravitational Lens”
On view at the Cannon Gallery until February 5, 2022
This one is closing very soon, so make your plans to see it now. Walter’s exceptional large-scale paper-cut installation piece, “Gravitational Lensing”, is part of the 2021 Cannon Invitational.
Each time Walter installs this work, it looks different, whether because of the environment or the positioning and orientation. You may have seen her original installation at Bread and Salt in 2017 or San Diego City College in 2018, but she also installed it in Denmark in 2019 wrapped around a metal column. “Gravitational lensing” refers to the astrophysical phenomenon when huge amounts of matter (a black hole or clusters of galaxies, for example) block or distort a light source and cause the light to bend.
Walter also has brand new artwork to go along with the sculpture, and the other invite artists are Samantha Barrymore, Griselda Rosas, Brad Maxey and Jiela Rufeh.
The Cannon Gallery hours of operation are 12-7 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and 12-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 1755 Dove Ln., Carlsbad. [Exhibition details]
Andrés Hernández: “My faith will not move mountains, but my desire builds bridges across the Mexican border to stand by your side”
On view at Hill Street Country Club until February 28, 2022
Tijuana-based artist and writer Andrés Hernández opened a solo exhibition, “Crying on the Blue Line Trolley” at the Hill Street Country Club (HSCC) in January, his first solo exhibition. It’s multidisciplinary, though at the center of the exhibit are oversized prints of analog photographs taken of its journey back and forth across the US-Mexico border, mostly on the trolley. In this way, it is difficult to choose only one work – each one seems to be a pause, a breath, a journey.
Hernández’s work is intensely vulnerable and specific, though in these images of bridges, overpasses, tram seats and landscapes she manages to offer her deeply personal story in a universal form.
This work, “My Faith Won’t Move Mountains But My Longing Builds Bridges Across The Mexican Border To Be By Your Side” brings together so much in a relatively sparse scene, washed in an analog softness: a border separating two partners and a suggestion of the agony of separation and a long and volatile history on the frontier.
An artist talk with Hernández and regional poet and teacher Karla Cordero will take place on Saturday, January 29 at 1 p.m. (RSVP for the talk here).
HSCC presents the exhibition of appointment only, Friday-Sunday 12-6 p.m. 530 S. Coast Hwy., Oceanside. [Exhibition details]
Marie Watt: ‘Blanket Stories: Continuum (Book I/Book III)’
On view at the University of San Diego Gallery from February 4 to May 13, 2022.
The sculptural artwork in Marie Watt’s blanket series is deep, powerful and eye-catching. Huge towering pillars of folded and stacked blankets, set indoors or outdoors, some curving and clinging to shapes, others a simple column.
The University of San Diego will present a mid-career retrospective this month of the artist, who is a registered member of the Seneca Indian Nation and draws on the history and influence of the Iroquois and natives in his work. But rather than his sculptural works, they focus on his remarkable career in printmaking.
The exhibit is titled “Storywork: The Prints of Marie Watt,” drawing from the collections of the Jordan D. Schnitzer Family Foundation.
This work, a six-color lithograph with chine collé – a type of thin, multi-layered paper used in printmaking – is a companion to his works on the covers, and to the stories and traditional rites of passage or transitions these covers depict. Etched on the paper are countless words and phrases, woven together like the fibers of a cloth.
Many of his prints served as sketches or designs for larger installations, but are works of art on their own. In her printmaking, Watt has collaborated with the Tamarind Workshop, the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology and more. Many of Watt’s exhibitions have included some of his printmaking, and while this USD exhibit will also include some of his striking sculptures, this exhibition will be the first to feature his printmaking as a primary focus.
The USD Hoehn Family Gallery is located in Founders Hall, and hours of operation are Monday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m., with closures during college vacations. Watt will be on hand to give a talk on February 16. Founder’s Hall, 5998 Alcalá Park, USD. [Exhibition details]
Tatiana Ortiz-Rubio: “Intrinsically asymmetrical”
On view at City College Gallery from February 5 to March 1, 2022
The latest Charcoal Cloud piece by muralist Tatiana Ortiz-Rubio will be part of a group exhibition in the newly reopened City Gallery at San Diego City College. In this new large-scale work, she is informed by time and its complex physics and philosophies. In his artist statement, Ortiz-Rubio writes: “I examine the experience of time as both linear and circular, as finite and infinite, of the impossibility of defining it while always striving to capture it. “
The work focuses on what separates the past and the future, and an increased awareness of the present: transitions and moments, moments that go away long after we even start trying to document them. Ortiz-Rubio’s massive works are always absolutely mesmerizing. You can also see his recent work on marigold (part of the California Department of Public Health’s #StopTheSpread outreach program) on the side of the Bread and Salt silo.
At the City Gallery, Ortiz-Rubio will exhibit “Inherently Asymmetrical” alongside works by Dakota Noot, Catherine Ruane and Vicki Walsh. There are two receptions, one to open the show on February 5 and another to close it on February 26, both from 5-7 p.m. Arts & Humanities Building AH314, 1508 C St., Downtown. [Exhibition details]