What's Coming


Joseph Clayes III Gallery


Antonio Adriano Puleo

February 17-March 24, 2018

Opening Reception: Friday, February 16, 6:30-8:30 PM

 

Antonio Adriano Puleo will present a series of collages, paintings, and sculptures at the Athenaeum’s Joseph Clayes III Gallery. His current body of work investigates what the artist calls “the space in and in-between” artworks. Paleo responds to physical and historical space through choreography of color, material, and pattern. His formally charged work is informed by the history of collage, specifically The Cut Outs of Henri Matisse and Robert Motherwell’s surrealist inspired collages from the 1940’s and 50’s. Puleo references Matisse’s late practice, using gouache to create monochromatic color fields on watercolor paper, which are then cut into and layered. His abstract, geometric works contain different surfaces and reveal themselves as functioning objects within the exhibition space. Puleo arranges the shapes and forms (a lexicon the artist has been developing since 2009) informed by negative spaces of previous works. He then finishes the collages by working in a layer of oil paint onto the surfaces, fragmenting and fracturing the space further. 

 

Born in Boston, Puleo currently lives and works in Los Angeles. He received his MFA from UCLA in 2003 and has exhibited at LAXART, the Luckman Gallery, CalState LA, Cherry and Martin, and the East Gallery at Claremont Graduate University. His work has been featured in many publications including Artforum, The New Yorker, the Los Angeles Times, and Flash Art.

 
 

Rotunda Gallery


Kraig Cavanaugh: Aesthetic Engineering

February 17-March 24, 2018

Opening Reception: Friday, February 16, 6:30-8:30 PM

 

Local artist/art critic Kraig Cavanaugh will present a thoughtful assortment of his most recent sculptures and wall works, as well as a few artworks by well known artists that inspire him, in the Athenaeum’s Rotunda Gallery. Aesthetic Engineering unfolds as a metaphorical sketchbook that reveals Cavanaugh’s creative impulses, thought processes, and influences.

 

Kraig Cavanaugh is an art critic, art educator, artist, author, and curator. Receiving both his BFA and MFA from California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), he trained with such artists as Michael Asher, John Baldessari, Mary Kelly, and Mike Kelley. Kraig was an art critic and contributing editor for SanDiegoStory.com from 2013 to 2017, and he wrote criticism for such print-magazines and online journals as Artweek, Gallery News, SanDiego.com, and Selvedge (UK). He was also invited in 2011 as a member of the Association Internationale des Critiques d'Art (USA chapter), which was founded in 1949 as an NGO of UNESCO.

 

The recent stuff I have made explores the possibilities of what ambient air currents, paper, paint, small clock motors, and/or wire can do together. Each of these elements and materials have both endless possibilities and extreme limitations, and I get much joy trying to push each of them beyond normal expectation. (I’ve therefore enjoyed many failures and some successes.) The surviving residue of my making activity is all that I can exhibit.

 

Kraig Cavanaugh

 

TRIO: Richard Allen Morris, Allan Morrow, Tom Driscoll

March 31-May 5, 2018

Opening Reception: Friday, March 30, 6:30-8:30 PM

 

The Athenaeum is pleased to present a group show of three of San Diego’s most well-respected artists, Richard Allen Morris, Allan Morrow and Tom Driscoll. The three will present recent drawings (Morris), paintings (Morrow) and sculpture (Driscoll) in the Athenaeum’s Joseph Clayes III and Rotunda galleries.

 

Richard Allen Morris, born in Long Beach 1933, has lived in San Diego for many years. For the Athenaeum, Morris presents his most recent abstract black and white drawings. As described in the Daros Catalog for the exhibition Painted! in Zurich Switzerland, the work of Richard Allen Morris is “disrespectful, bold, downright fresh and always full of painterly bravura, he transforms his own, sometimes bizarre, world theater into painting and drawing.” Richard Allen Morris is represented by: R.B. Stevenson Gallery in La Jolla, California USA

 

A native of San Diego, Tom Driscoll has exhibited at Quint Gallery, MCASD, Ice Gallery among many other institutions. He will exhibit most recent Knot Series of sculpture. Tom comments, "Most of us often tie a knot or two for utilitarian purposes, except I got a little carried away. Sitting in an arm chair with several feet of foam coil material I would “go to town” - working the coil in and out, under and over, ending with a cinch. After one of these tying sessions, I would have a pile of knots on the studio floor. The use of tools is not part of the process."

 

Allan Morrow was born in Spokane, WA and relocated to San Diego in 1953. He started drawing at an early age painted and silk-screened ribbons and banners in high school and was recruited by the Art Center College of Design. In 1970, he was drafted by the U.S Army and served with the 101st Airborne 2/506 Infantry in Vietnam.

 

After his Honorable Discharge, he pursued his desire to create Art at Mesa and City College. He graduated with a B.A. in painting and printmaking from San Diego State University. His art has been exhibited internationally and in nationally recognized institutions such at the Oceanside Museum of Art, Athenaeum Music and Arts Library, and the San Diego Central Library.

 

Allan will present his Baja Series of paintings. He remarks, "The Baja series of paintings and drawings began in1975 after several fishing trips to Bahia de Los Angeles, Baja California, Mexico. The “Baja” series was in part inspired by the desert landscape to and from LA bay as well as all the trips into the deserts of the southwest. The aerial perspective was influenced by hundreds of helicopter flights with the 101st Airborne in Vietnam. Using an aerial perspective and removing the horizon line flattens the picture plane. In effect the landscape is transformed and flatten into a abstracted painting that represents the visual sound of the desert."

 
 

TRIO: Richard Allen Morris, Allan Morrow, Tom Driscoll

March 31-May 5, 2018

Opening Reception: Friday, March 30, 6:30-8:30 PM

 

The Athenaeum is pleased to present a group show of three of San Diego’s most well-respected artists, Richard Allen Morris, Allan Morrow and Tom Driscoll. The three will present recent drawings (Morris), paintings (Morrow) and sculpture (Driscoll) in the Athenaeum’s Joseph Clayes III and Rotunda galleries.

 

2017 San Diego Art Prize Recipients

May 12-June 9, 2018

Opening Reception: Friday, May 11, 6:30-8:30 PM

 

For the eighth consecutive year the Athenaeum presents the work of the San Diego Art Prize winners. The San Diego Art Prize spotlights working San Diego artists. A panel of local art administrators selects two artists and they, in turn, select two more artists with whom they wish to collaborate. In 2017 the prize recipients are Rizzhel Mae Javier with Cy Kuckenbaker and Alexander Kohnke with FU/RICH (Victoria Fu and Matt Rich).

 

Rizzhel Javier is an artist and educator from San Diego and the Founder of BRIDGE. She is an advocate for arts education and is always looking for opportunities to bring visual arts into the community. Rizzhel uses photography in her work, which exist in sculptural forms, to make objects that explore memory, human interaction and relationships.

 

Cy Kuckenbaker is an experimental filmmaker and photographer. He received his MFA in film direction from the California Institute of the Arts in 2006, was the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship in 2004. His experimental videos have been shared broadly online by platforms such as The Atlantic magazine, Designboom, Journal Du Design and more. The themes of Kuckenbaker’s work vary but include American identity; time based narrative; bureaucracy and capitalism; and human vision. Cy Kuckenbaker is a full time faculty member at San Diego City College where he teaches film.

 

Alexander Kohnke’s work observes and visualizes the underlying, raw forces of life in our everyday existence. Kohnke works in drawing, photography, printmaking and video to create work that is both personal and universal. He was born in Germany, lived in Belgium and Switzerland before moving to Los Angeles in 1994 and San Diego in 2014. He holds a BFA from Art Center College of Design, Pasadena. The art work of Alexander Kohnke has been shown in San Diego and L.A., most recently at a solo exhibition at Airlock Gallery in San Marcos.

 

FU/RICH is collaboration between artists Victoria Fu and Matt Rich. Fu works primarily in video and image-based installation, while Rich is a painter. Their collaborative practice is a coming together of aesthetic sensibilities and working processes, visible through the combined palettes and textures--from film-grained gradients and painted brushstrokes to frayed canvas threads. Fu (b. Santa Monica, CA) received her MFA from CalArts, MA in Art History/Museum Studies from USC, and BA from Stanford University; Rich (b. Boston, MA) received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a BA from Brown University.

 

The San Diego Art Prize is a project of San Diego Visual Arts Network.

 
 

16th Annual SDSU Art Council Scholarship Exhibition

May 12-June 9, 2018

Opening Reception: Friday, May 11, 6:30-8:30 PM

 

The Athenaeum presents for the sixteenth consecutive year an exhibition of artwork by scholarship winners of the San Diego State University School of Art, Design and Art History. The SDSU Art Council selects students from the upper division of the undergraduate or graduate programs. Each of the award winners receives the opportunity to present their artwork or thesis paper in the Athenaeum's Rotunda Gallery.

 

Las Plantas

June 16-July 28, 2018

Opening Reception: Friday, June 15, 6:30-8:30 PM

 

The Athenaeum is pleased to present, in conjunction with inSite and Casa Callina in Mexico City, a celebration of the garden in the Clayes and Rotunda Galleries. Artist Mariana Magdaleno will exhibit drawings, artist’s books and paintings of plants and flowers native to La Jolla and North County, including the Athenaeum’s front garden (curated and maintained by botanist John Alexander), alongside plants from Casa Callina in Mexico City. The plants, themselves, will also be exhibited.

 

Las Plantas

June 16-July 28, 2018

Opening Reception: Friday, June 15, 6:30-8:30 PM

 

The Athenaeum is pleased to present, in conjunction with inSite and Casa Callina in Mexico City, a celebration of the garden in the Clayes and Rotunda Galleries. Artist Mariana Magdaleno will exhibit drawings, artist’s books and paintings of plants and flowers native to La Jolla and North County, including the Athenaeum’s front garden (curated and maintained by botanist John Alexander), alongside plants from Casa Callina in Mexico City. The plants, themselves, will also be exhibited.

 

27th Annual Juried Exhibition

August 2018

Opening Reception: Friday, TBA, 6:30-8:30 PM

 

The Athenaeum's Annual Juried Exhibition is one of the most prestigious juried shows in San Diego. Selected artists will exhibit their work in our galleries, receive excellent exposure, and mingle with both artists and art-lovers at a jam-packed opening reception. The call for entries will begin in March 2018. Deadline to submit is in June 2018. Check back in March 2018 to download the Call for Entries form.

 

Next year's jurors are TBA.