Courtesy of Griselda Rosas, San Diego.
Courtesy of Stephen Mangione, San Diego.
Courtesy of Pat Clark, San Diego.
Courtesy of Aren Skalman, San Diego.
Courtesy of BA Harrington, San Diego.
Courtesy of Chelsea Herman, San Diego.
Rizzhel Mae Javier
Courtesy of Rizzhel Mae Javier, San Diego.
One Dimentional Motion
Courtesy of Jim Cavolt, Carlsbad.
Courtesy of Adam Manley, San Diego.
Courtesy of Andrew Hunter, San Diego.
SDSU Downtown Gallery
Art in the Dock features the work of graduate students from the SDSU School of Art, Design, and Art History. With an emphasis on sculptural installation, each artist transforms the Downtown Gallery’s loading dock into a space of exploration and experimentation.
April 18 through May 6
Friday, April 18, 5-7 PM
“Formally, my work is engaged with the direct experience of the viewer through spatial perception that plays into the subconscious understanding of space and memory.”
We live in a world of constant rapid growth. Within the last century the built environment has grown taller and denser. The world as we know it is now physically framed through multiple architectural lenses. We experience architecture daily through doors, columns, windows, voids, screens, and fences. These architectural frameworks create a layered, fragmented view of the world around us. We embody this practice of layering by constructing and deconstructing on a regular basis constantly striving for the “ideal” living environment.
Conceptually, my work is concerned with this fragmented process of architectural layering and perceptions of the space in which we imbue. Culturally our perceptions of the living environment vary, however the one thing that remains constant is the motivation to improve and add. Formally, my work is engaged with the direct experience of the viewer through spatial perception that plays into the subconscious understanding of space and memory. By breaking logical perspectives I create objects of transportation that shift viewpoints to non-places.
Vincent is a third year graduate student completing his MFA in the field of furniture design.
March 22 through April 8
Friday, March 22, 5-7 PM
“I try to materialize abstract communication into objects of desire, objects of art…”
Clairvoyance is to see beyond ordinary perception. The performing act of making art, for me, is a gesture of clairvoyance. Creating art is a consensual experience of the material world with the use and transformation of language, aesthetics, culture, and the artist. I grew up in Tijuana, Mexico where noise is a routine occurrence; I am accustomed to color, chaos, movement and to a culture of constant migration between the US and Mexico. The wholeness of my modus vivendi and life experience can be defined by semiotics, which is the study of signs. And signs are the most prevalent constant in my life as an artist, as a woman, and as a Mexican. Most of my sculptures are amorphous wall objects made of household materials: flour, bar soaps, baked bread, and other synthetic elements. I am unsure if my work is for the pure deliberation of the mind, but I make flour objects, and my mother makes flour tortillas. I strive for a consensual experience with the act of contemplation.
“Preconceived notions of health and stability are mere assumptions of well being with in a genetic time bomb of disease that is life”
Stephen Mangione is a third-year graduate candidate at San Diego State University in the Ceramics Program and is working on his master’s thesis. He received a BFA in studio arts from California State University Chico, and an AA Degree in Culinary Arts Management. He was born in 1982 in Palm Springs, California. His background in Culinary Arts is no coincidence as his last name literally translates to “the gluttonous one.” His healthy love of food has been an incredible source of irony, as the quality of ingress equals the quality of egress. His artistic inspiration stems from genetic health concerns, the food industry, medical imagery related to the gastrointestinal track, and a healthy fear of the unknown.
“The appeal of cinema to me lies in its ability to explore complex issues through infinite perspectives.”
Pat Clark is an award winning artist and filmmaker currently living in San Diego. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Master of Arts in Television, Film and New Media from San Diego State University. Currently, he is pursuing a Master of Fine Arts with an emphasis in Multimedia from San Diego State University. While his narrative and documentary work explores a wide range of subjects, his films, which have screened at festivals across the country, often present focused views of larger events.
“I endeavor to make objects without the constraint of a political or commercial agenda, perhaps outside the realm of rational thought.”
Aren Skalman is an MFA candidate in Sculpture at San Diego State University. He earned his BA in Visual Art from Point Loma Nazarene University. Aren is a San Diego native who spent his high school years in Vermont. His work explores authenticity and artifice, direct perception and mediated experience through process-based experimentation with commonplace materials. Skalman was awarded a 2012–2013 Fulbright-Nehru Scholarship and will be traveling to Bangalore, India in December to embark on a collaborative sculpture project.
BA Harrington trained as a traditional furniture-maker at the North Bennet Street School in Boston. She received her MFA in wood, and a Master’s degree in Art History, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her three-fold practice investigates feminized early American furniture forms, and more specifically, what is implied by their now empty interiors. Harrington resides in Madison, Wisconsin, where she teaches, writes, and builds sculptural work. She is currently the Spring, 2011 Windgate Artist-in-Residence at the School of Art, Design, and Art History at San Diego State University.
“I am interested in the relationship between fleeting, momentary experience and the entirety of what we know as individuals.”
Chelsea Herman is a second-year graduate student at San Diego State University in the Painting and Printmaking Program. She grew up in Santa Cruz, California where she studied painting at Santa Cruz Studio School. She received her B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Colorado at Boulder and has taken coursework in drawing and painting at Cabrillo College, the University of Minnesota, and Minneapolis College of Art and Design.
Exposed and subterranean geological forms in the natural landscape provide metaphors for the human condition. Herman’s recent work explores the temporality of what we know through the structure of the book and the multilayered, revision-based process of collage and painting.
“My work examines perception and the way in which people understand their emotions and behaviors.”
Rizzhel is a native San Diego artist, student and educator. She received her B.A. in Studio Arts from Humboldt State University in 2007 and is currently working on her M.F.A. at San Diego State University. Her interests lie in the technical, historical, and contemporary uses of the photographic medium while integrating three-dimensional forms. Rizzhel has taught courses at SDSU and currently teaches photography in the Art Department at Point Loma Nazarene University.
“Sight is such an important aspect with art, but I want a more whole body experience. I want the viewer to feel what is happening around them when experiencing my pieces.”
Jim Cavolt was born in 1959 in Upland, California. He received his B.A. in 1989 from San Diego State University and is currently working on his M.F.A. in Sculpture. From 1991 to the present, he has worked as an equipment technician in the School of Art, Design and Art History at SDSU. He also serves as the Gallery Coordinator of the Flor y Canto and Everett Gee Jackson student galleries at SDSU. Cavolt has been awarded several scholarships and awards while pursuing his M.F.A. He has exhibited work in the Oceanside Museum of Art as well as the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. He has also collaborated with fellow artist Neil Kendricks making a short film that has been accepted to numerous film festivals across the country, including the Latino Film Festival in San Diego, California and the Athens International Film Festival in Athens, Ohio. An interest in sensory perception informs the artist’s sculptural installations, which often are characterized by the controlled use of light. Cavolt currently resides in Carlsbad, California.
“My artistic interests lie in familiar, recognizable form references and the way in which those forms are linked to our sense and perception of place.”
Adam Manley is a third-year graduate student at San Diego State University in the Furniture and Woodworking Program, beginning work on his Master’s thesis. His background is in furniture design and construction, as well as non-functional art and object making. Manley was born in 1983 and moved to San Diego from Upstate New York, where in 2008 he received his B.A. from the State University of New York at New Paltz. He has since begun to realize sculptural and large-scale works built primarily, but not exclusively, of wood. The landscapes and environments of his upbringing in the Adirondack Park of New York State have had a strong influence on the artist’s work, which combines a distortion of scale with unexpected objects to create a sense of tension between the work and the viewer. Since 2004, Manley’s work has been included in solo and group exhibitions, and he has received several scholarships and awards. He currently teaches in the Furniture Design and Woodworking department at San Diego State University.
“As one who must dabble, there is a constant struggle for me between the excitement of learning how something works and the bitterness of seeing through its mystery; viewing the extraordinary as a predictable event.”
Andrew Hunter was born in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1978. He received a B.S. and B.F.A. from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and is an M.F.A. candidate in Sculpture at San Diego State University. Hunter’s work, which combines the elegance of form with an appreciation of scientific processes, has been included in several solo and group exhibitions, including the Indiana State Museum, the Chelsea River Gallery in Michigan, and Agitprop Gallery in San Diego. In 2006, he completed a public commission for the Indianapolis Arts Council. Hunter has held faculty positions at the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology and the Indianapolis Art Center, where he taught courses in three-dimensional animation and design, as well as bronze, aluminum, and iron casting. Currently, Hunter works for San Diego State University as a Graduate Teaching Associate in the School of Art, Design, and Art History.