Patricia by Patricia

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Patricia by Patricia

Friday, December 26, 2014

State of the Arts 2014: Are these the Questions for 2015? by Patricia Frischer

The State of the Arts series is about a wider vision of what is happening in the art world. At the end of 2014 we look forward to 2015 not so much with answers but with a list of questions which I think may be important to ponder, discuss, and perhaps give us inspiration for action.

1. The San Diego Art Institute SDAI has a new director Ginger Porcella. She has to turn an almost dead organization into a thriving innovative art destination. How is she going to do this?  What are the changes needed. How does she balance old with new? SDAI has the prime location in Balboa Park for contemporary artists and the potential to be amazing. Porcella is a highly motivated and articulate young woman from New York. She came up with the idea of a new job description for a staff member at SDAI: Director of First Experience. So instead of a PR person, a fundraiser, an education director, you would have someone who was responsible for the first impression of the institute; how is the institute branded before you even walk into the building and how do you first get involved as an artists or a visitor. This question of the future of the non-profit arts organizations and how they need to change seem particularly important in the year we almost lost the Opera and where the SD Foundation and the Commission for Arts and Culture both have new leadership and as we struggle to establish a SD County Arts Council.

2. Reading about 10x talent agency in the New Yorker (The Programmer's Price), I was impressed with the idea of Rock Stars of Tech. It is fascinating to see how creativity is so sought after. Musician, producers, actors and now software designers all want to be thought of now as “Artists”.  That seems to symbolize that they are innovative. As technology and the arts are tied more and more closely together, what can we expect to see in the future? Besides the development of new ways to make 3-d, video and multi-media fine art, there will probably be algorithms to compute metrics for audience involvement, funding and sales.

3. This leads me to the more specific questions of what are the new trends in commercialization of art on line? SDVAN just joined an online second hand goods fundraising site called WebThriftStore. You can take all those holiday presents that disappointed you and sell them online as a tax donation for SDVAN. They let you upload an image directly from your phone, they even send you a shipping label when the item is sold and the shipping is paid by the buyer. Our very successfully accessory exchange happens only once a year when old favorites are given new homes. Now we hope you will try this out anytime during the year that you clean out your closets. You can sell anything so don’t forget that work of art that may not inspire you any longer but will appeal to someone new. And if you are not the artist selling your own work, you get a nice tax deduction.

4. A question we have been pondering for the last year, is who are the new art patrons? Or maybe we now need a new word for those who support the arts. How do we define the teams that will take the arts into un-chartered waters? Are these Artists as Art Patrons? How do we transition young art attendees into young art supporters? What do the emerging foundations look like and why should they support the arts? Social Networks with Cloud Funding are already fast becoming patrons but they don’t necessarily think of themselves in that role. When we make Cross Collaborative projects aren’t we really patrons of each other? As innovation is seen as a key economic driver, can we expect to see the Politician Patron rising?

Your can read all the past State of the Arts addresses by Patricia Frischer at this link. Please blog back and watch for future opportunities through SDVAN to join in the conversation.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Mural by Paola Villasenor at SDAI and Art Fair Miami

I had a chance to view the mural by Paola Villaseñor Panca at San Diego Art Institute gala fundraiser and found myself very, very attracted to it. I was not put off by the subject matter, but instead attracted to the wonderful colors and the excellent composition. So I had to ask myself why I was not more put off by the view of naked women eating a fallen companion. This really intrigued me. Why did I like this so much?

I started to analyze what I was seeing and realized that the almost cartoon nature of the drawing eliminated the serious nature of the content. We all see cartoons like Superman and Spiderman where blood is graphically depicted and looses some of the realistic nature that would make it scary.

The subject of women with blood is one which women deal with from puberty and the site of blood and the female is a very natural one, Women bled almost all of their lives. I think that is another reason I could accept this subject matter with all women in the image. The absence of men seems significant.

I had a bit more trouble wondering about the eating aspect, and I know that could be a challenge to many. But art should challenge us. I am an optimist and I choose to see the subject in a positive way. I saw women surviving by devouring the wisdom of the group.  I heard others say it was a metaphor for the blood of Christ but I am not Christian so this did not resonate with me. Someone else thought it was reflective of the recent be-heading in the middle-east. And I think many others have made other suggestions.  These ideas including my own are more reflective of the viewer than the artist perhaps, but once a work it made and put on view, then it is in the domain of the viewer.

My suggestion is to go and see the image yourself. SDAI has arranged a wonderful changing light that make the work glow with energy. The work is up for only a few months and then I understand there are plans for a whole series of artist to create murals in this fabulous space. SDAI is the premier display site for living artists in Balboa Park.

We would’ve gotten you a Warhol but your grades weren’t good enough. Lisa Levy's "Thoughts in my Head # 50 (Warhol)" 2014 at Schroeder Romero

December in Miami is art fair month and I had a blast looking at the images from the different fairs. I had no idea there were so many as you have about 10 just in Miami Beach including the grand daddy Art Basel Miami Beach plus Aqua, Scope, Select Untitled etc. and then all the mainland fairs as well  I have decided to post a selection of some of my favorite works and there is a complete list of fair with links and some more slide shows at the end of this blog. 

From Art Basel:

Alison Knowles Four Shours, 2011

Broadway 1602

Franklin Parrasch Gallery.

Galerie Rodolphe Janssen

Hirschl & Adler Modern.

Hrair Sarkissian Homesick, 2014

MOT International

Nathalie Djurberg Bonute with Purple Glaze 2013

 Plaster raindrops by Urs Fischer give Sadie Coles's

Take Ninagawa

 Two Palms

Will Cotton Elle with Cupcakes, 2014

From Spectrum

Sarah Steiber with Sergott Contemporary Art

From Red Dot

Sergott Contemporary Art

From Design Miami
Carolline Van Hoeck

Gallery Antonella Villanova

Magen H Gallery.j

From Miami Projects
Kasher Potamkin Gallery Maurizo Galante, porcelain, hand embroidered cockator parrot freathers of organza with glass meads.jpg

ProjectsMargaret Bowland at Driscoll Babcok Galleries
From Pulse

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Poulsen, Jean  Pierre Roy Macraherence

Bransten Gallery Munlz, album Booting

 From Scope
 Inner State Gallery

Primo Marella Gallery

Rush Arts Gallery
From Untitled
plaster-on-books sculpture by Jonathan Callan at Josée Bienvenu

Marco Maggi's Putin's Pencils at the Josée Bienvenu Gallery

Marlborough Chelsea tony Mateilli, Arrangement 3, 2014


Miami Beach Art Fairs Enjoy this video of 60 views in 60 seconds at Art Basel Miami Beach   |   Aqua Art Miami   |    Design Miami   |   Ink Miami   |  Enjoy this video of 60 views in 60 seconds of NADA Art Fair PULSE Miami   |   SELECT   |   Scope Miami   |   Untitled. Art Fair Miami Beach
Miami Art Fairs Art Miami   |   ArtSpot   |   Concept-Fair   |   CONTEXT   |   Fridge Art Fair   |   Miami Photo Salon   |   Miami Project   |   Miami River Art Fair  |  Pinta  |  PRIZM  |  Red Dot Miami  |  Sculpt Miami  |  Spectrum

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Raymond Elstad captures SDVAN Holiday Potluck Lunch

Raymond Elstad managed to capture the flavor and feeling of our annual 2014 SDVAN Holiday Potluck Lunch in this series of images he is sharing with us.

Kaz Maslanka

Patricia and Darwin's home, rather shabby chic

Cellephane fish from Sea Changes: Act with additional works by Patricia Frischer

Happy feel of Michelle Kurtis Cole with new shoes from the accessory exchange

Huge spread of food as always with special birthday wishes for Rosemary KimBal

Painting with sculpture inspiration by Patricia Frischer

Another painting with found object inspiration, this time a pitcher

Champagne cork greetings in the form of a wreath

Birthday girl Rosemary KimBal with baby Jesinoski

Patricia Frischer Bottomless Pits sculpture with Michelle Kurtis Cole glass plate

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Turn on, chill out and Pop up

Turn on, chill out and Pop up

In this time of holiday cheer, I am glad to pop a cork or two and celebrate the season and all for which we are grateful. Our pop culture seems to be pop crazy this year with pop up shows popping up all over the county. I have no idea what the difference is between a trunk show and a pop up exhibition or even a visitor curated display. But in each case, I think the shows just appear without to much advance notice even if the same dedication goes into their planning. Here is a list of three self declared pops to pep you up this month.

Noel-Baza Fine Art is doing a pop up at Art Produce Gallery called Render and featuring Marianela de la Hoz Bhavna Mehta and Lynn Susholtz Reception: Sat, Dec 13th 6-9pm and showing until Jan 14, 2015 (3139 University Ave, SD 92104)  More info: 619-584-4448

Eric Phleger  is popping up in Del Mar Plaza (street level, suite 106) on December 5th from 5 until 8 pm. It will feature the black and white photography of Carolyn Guild. Work will also be available for viewing Dec 6th and 7th. More info: 760.415.1787.

San Diego Center for Jewish Culture presents Pop Goes the Culture, The first of three pop-up style art gallery exhibits of original art designed to encourage appreciation of San Diego's artistic community and to introduce the topic of art collecting. Theme: Tikkun Olam - a Hebrew phrase that means "repairing the world". Wine Steals in Cardiff. Free! Refreshments will be provided.  The evening is geared for 21 - 40 year olds but maybe those young at heart can join in. Dec 4 at 6:30 pm.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Incubator for Innovation - final 9 teams for San Diego

Nan Renner, director of the San Diego Incubator for Innovation for the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership was our host for this evening where we got to preview the final 9 teams for the San Diego Incubator for Innovation project produced and funded by The Art of Science Learning initiative through the National Science Foundation. She introduced Harvey Seifter and all the team participants.
"We're definitely looking for further expertise," says Judit Hersko, an artist and professor who helped create the Sculptural Dew Collectors. "We're dedicated to continuing on."

The other two incubators are in Chicago Ill.  and Worchester Mass. In the year ahead, the Art of Science Learning will compile results from all three incubators and will share what they have learned through articles, presentations, and a traveling exhibition opening in the summer 2015 at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center.


Kate’s Place Water Innovation Center integrates a water-wise house and garden featuring technologies old and new. Named in honor of Kate Sessions the “mother of Balboa Park,” the Water Innovation Center will invite community members to innovate new solutions to our water challenge.


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Water Drops Portable Water Supply  is a lightweight, portable, solar-powered machine that extracts water from air for backpacking excursions and emergency situations. Their atmospheric test chamber, created for testing their product, will be used for dynamic science learning. 

Built Environment Innovation Connection provides curricula for college and high-school AP students to collaboratively plan and develop water-neutral built-environment projects using modern Building Information Modeling technologies and Integrated Project Delivery business processes.

BeeLite encourages water-wise gardening while providing shelter for endangered insect pollinators. It uses solar energy to power a soil moisture meter in an artistic housing that attracts solitary native bees.

The Epic Water Game is a simulation-based computer game designed for young students to experiment with our regional water system through time, manipulating variables to see the consequences.

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Sculptural Dew Collectors are biologically inspired sculptures that harvest water from the atmosphere. Accompanying active learning programs will explore the microphysics of water, including molecular polarity, and hydrophilic and hydrophobic materials.


En Plein Aire App is a mobile application designed to inspire beautiful and water-smart landscape designs embodying San Diego lifestyles. En Plein Aire will also provide links to landscaping resources and planning tools.

DIY EcoLab is an art-science kit that integrates scientific inquiry with creative artistic expression. DIY EcoLab will grow into a series of kits, all designed to promote scientific and artistic experimentation.
 Banana Copper Lab

Trash to Paradise is a low-cost mid-size water treatment plant that transforms sewer water into water for irrigation. The design involves recycled materials and wetland plants, executed by engaging local communities in the Tijuana River Watershed.

You can learn more about and connect with San Diego Incubator for Innovation teams at:

See photos and news stories from the Innovation Launch here:
If you can’t wait until 2015 check out the innovation conference Tijuana Innovadora which presents 200 innovators in technology, health, education, cross-border business, food, fashion