Here Not There: San Diego Art Now will offer a stimulating and provocative view into the variety, strength, and vitality of work being produced by contemporary artists living in San Diego County. The exhibition will focus on emerging artists -- serving as the first museum exhibition for many -- as well as under-recognized mid-career artists, and will include artworks in a wide range of genres, from painting, drawing, and sculpture to installation, video, new media, conceptual and performance art, by the following artists and collectives:
David Adey, Agitprop, Adam Belt, Susannah Bielak, Brian Black and Ryan Bulis, Kelsey Brookes, Sheldon Brown, Micha Cárdenas and Elle Mehrmand, Brian Dick, Tom Driscoll, Kelly Eginton, Electronic Disturbance Theater/b.a.n.g. lab, James Enos, Steve Gibson, Brian Goeltzenleuchter, Matthew Hebert, John Brinton Hogan, Jeff Irwin, Glenna Jennings, Wendell Kling, John Oliver Lewis, Lev Manovich and William Huber, Heather Gwen Martin, May-Ling Martinez, Jessica McCambly, Gretchen Mercedes, Patricia Montoya, Ingram Ober, Christopher Puzio, Andy Ralph, Marisol Rendon, Allison Renshaw, Jason Sherry and Matt Hoyt, Tristan Shone, The Border Corps (Armando de la Torre, Anthony Vasquez, Endy, Perry Vasquez, and Shondra Dawson), Stephen Tompkins, Michael Trigilio, Robert Twomey, Zlatan Vukosavljevic, Vicki Walsh, and Allison Wiese.
The participating artists were selected based on artist submissions as well as a sustained period of research and studio and gallery visits. The curators also looked into the social networks through which individual artists are coalescing with greater frequency -- not just universities or colleges, but commercial and alternative gallery spaces, collectives, and artists’ groups. This approach parallels MCASD’s highly regarded 1985 group show, A San Diego Exhibition: Forty-Two Emerging Artists, which marked an important moment in the local art scene. For Here Not There, the final selection of artists emphasizes multiplicity and diversity over the uniformity of a single curatorial viewpoint or style. The exhibition is organized and curated by MCASD Associate Curator Lucía Sanromán.