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Not Quite Nothing: Day Trip to the San Diego Art Institute

More “copy and paste” journalism by yours truly~~ all you socal artnerds ought to jump in the car and head south to The San Diego Art Institute (SDAI) exhibition opening of “Not Quite Nothing” tonight!!! For any of you that don’t know, the SDAI is a hidden gem visual arts center that has a programmatic vibe similar to MOMAPS1 and collaborates from time to time with the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) also well-located in the center of the lush Balboa Park.  “Not Quite Nothing: a collection of work by Don Edler, Gordon Holden, Matt Nichols, Chantal Wnuk, and SDAI artists-in-residence Brian & Ryan opens at San Diego Art Institute on Friday, August 19, 2016 6:00-8:00pm

See you there! x LA

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Gallery view of The San Diego Art Institute (SDAI)

The San Diego Art Institute (SDAI) is pleased to present “Not Quite Nothing”, a collection of sculpture, video, installation, and performance work by local artists Don Edler, Gordon Holden, Matt Nichols, Chantal Wnuk, and SDAI artists-in-residence Brian & Ryan. “Not Quite Nothing” displays a fascination with the esoteric, the road less traveled, form versus (dis)function, and a quiet, contemporary primitive aesthetic. These artists from Southern California are all engaged in a dichotomy of seriousness and play—and at times playfulness—that is seen in work that brashly celebrates an unconventional minimalism all their own. “Not Quite Nothing” opens to the public at 6pm on Friday, August 19 at San Diego Art Institute and runs through September 22.

Still from “The Father, The Sun, and the Holy Road” by Don Edler

Still from “The Father, The Sun, and the Holy Road” by Don Edler

About Don Edler’s “The Father, The Sun, and the Holy Road”

“The Father, The Sun, and the Holy Road” is a short experimental documentary that juxtaposes a conceptual pilgrimage to Robert Smithson’s “Spiral Jetty” (1969) and the artist’s father’s evolving relationship to religion. Shot over the past two years, the film began as a means of exploring Edler’s own artistic practice as a pseudo religion. Through the course of filming, Edler became interested in better understanding his own feelings towards faith in art, and how it relates to other faith-based practices. As the project developed, Edler began to see various connections between the stories and experiences of his past, specifically the teachings and personal philosophies of his father, and hisapproach to art. By juxtaposing his father’s narrative with Edler’s religious pilgrimage to a holy site in post-modern art history, Edler could articulate an abstracted representation of himself through two influential experiences that have informed him and his artistic practice.

Don Edler holds an MFA from New York University, and a BFA from the University of Florida. Born in Germany, Edler now lives and works in Los Angeles.

On Thursday, September 15 at 7pm, SDAI will hold a special screening of “The Father, the Sun, and The Holy Road” alogn with a Q&A with artist Don Edler.

 

Gordon Holden, Fruit Fur, 2015 Gordon Holden, Neon Clique Fleece Blanket #3, 2016

Gordon Holden, Fruit Fur, 2015 Gordon Holden, Neon Clique Fleece Blanket #3, 2016

About Gordon Holden’s “The Nature of Us”

Gordon Holden creates work that captures visual and tactile expression through the backwards mishmash of an osmosis of pop culture and personally-derived abstract apprehension, through the self-reflective style of a “teenage caveman”. This complex marriage of playful curiosity and cynical observation produces works that are both whimsical and thought- provoking. He describes his creations as “a collection of things to like and things to dislike”. For this exhibition, Gordon forests the gallery in ridiculously adorned fake plastic trees to address the notion of human nature in its progressive and simultaneously regressive state in order to survive the contemporary social climate that we have constructed.

Gordon Holden has a BA from the University of Vermont and lives and works in Encinitas. He is currently represented by Paul Loya Gallery in Los Angeles.

On August 26 and September 2 from 5pm-8pm, Brian and Ryan will help gallery-goers arrive to SDAI in construction-grade style. Their collaboration Wheelbarrow Valet puts the gallery visitor in the seat of a decked-out whellbarrow and transports them directly into SDAI. Look for Brian and Ryan’s complementary service throughout Balboa Park.

On August 26 and September 2 from 5pm-8pm, Brian and Ryan will help gallery-goers arrive to SDAI in construction-grade style. Their collaboration Wheelbarrow Valet puts the gallery visitor in the seat of a decked-out whellbarrow and transports them directly into SDAI. Look for Brian and Ryan’s complementary service throughout Balboa Park.

 

About Brian & Ryan: “Sports, Games & Leisure in Balboa Park”

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. Their assisted sculptures are exaggerated archetypes taken from the workplace, sports, and pedestrian life. 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. Their collective work allows their independent objectives and concerns to converge into what has simply become known as Brian & Ryan.

During their San Diego Art Institute Residency, this duo is exploring the many facets of Balboa park and has created a series of limited-edition postcards to document their excursions around the park. Their Park Interventions include images of the artists interacting and repurposing areas throughout Balboa Park for both sport and leisure.

For this exhibition, Brian and Ryan will have three competition-based installations. Halfpipe is a fully-functional skateboarding halfpipe. It has several modular components that can be added or removed for different competitions and feats of strength. Teeter-Totter is an oversized, fully-functional teeter-rotter that also have several modular components that can be added or removed for a variety of competitions. Trophy Case will include awards from the SDAI residency competitions as well as their many competitions over the last 12 years.

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