Art Labs

2017 Art Labs

Welcome to Art San Diego Art Labs—featuring special curated projects by several leading San Diego-based art institutions, alternative spaces, and universities within the show. Art Labs showcase the thriving art landscape of San Diego.

Art Lab 1: Rainbow Ribbon Magic

Entrance and Booth 408

Sarah Stieber premieres Rainbow Ribbon Magic, a contemporary art exhibition of paintings, installation, dance, and video at Art San Diego 2017, creating a visual language that spans artistic mediums in the service of sisterhood and creative empowerment. Informed by the show’s curatorial theme [FUSION], Rainbow Ribbon Magic reflects the colorful, energetic, and vibrant culture of Southern California and creates a magnificent entrance to Art San Diego.

Comprising the Art Lab are a collection of paintings featuring inspiring female creatives, a 50-foot-long goddess flag installation, a ribbon-wrapped tunnel inviting visitors to walk through the empowered world of Rainbow Ribbon Magic and see themselves in the chrome female forms who hold the structure up, and a performance by professional dancer Adelaide Marcus, designed to break the barrier between the artwork and reality.

Rainbow Ribbon Magic premieres with the dance performance Sept. 28 at the Art San Diego Opening Night Preview Party.

Art Lab 2: Metamorphosis of the Migrant Era

Booth 203

Take in the conceptual creations of José Hugo Sánchez, a multidisciplinary artist living between Mexico and the United States, at Metamorphosis of the Migrant Era, an evocative Art Lab considered to be a cartographic border beyond limits.

Sánchez works in the fields of performance art, monumental printmaking, sculpture, ready-mades, and new media technologies. His current body of work deals with global, cross-border migration, exploring why humans are forced to leave their countries to escape from war and violence.

Made up of monumental woodcut sculptures, the Art Lab is exploratory in nature, tied to Sánchez’s background living between two countries—Mexico and the U.S.—a living experience in which he is still immersed and that is the bulk of his hard-drive as a border crosser. The sculptures are a geographical immanence of his life as an artist and citizen in both countries. Sánchez refers to these works as his “conceptual map in which I can experiment and recreate many identities out of my memory.”

Art Lab 3: San Diego Art Prize and San Diego Visual Arts Network

Booth 114

The San Diego Art Prize Art Lab features the work of six talented San Diego artists. Now in its 11th year, the San Diego Art Prize, presented by the San Diego Visual Arts Network, is dedicated to the idea that the visual arts are a necessary and rewarding ingredient of any world-class city. Conceived to promote and encourage dialogue, reflection, and social interaction about San Diego’s artistic and cultural life, this annual award honors artistic expression.

The winners of the 2017 San Diego Art Prize, which includes a cash prize as well as exhibition opportunities, are Rizzhel Javier and Alexander Kohnke. In addition to the two winners, four artists who were nominated for the San Diego Art Prize will be featured as the 2017 New Contemporaries at Art San Diego. They include Michelle Montjoy, Cathy Breslaw, Miriam Gabriela Garcia Aguirre, and Rebecca Webb.

The San Diego Art Prize exhibition is being curated by Patric Stillman, Director of The Studio Door, San Diego.

2017 Theme [FUSION]

[FUSION]: The merging of artistic mediums, of exhibitors and collectors, and of the countless galleries and artists who come together to showcase their work. It informs each of our special installations, talks, and events.

Special Curated Projects

We have a great itinerary planned for this year’s show. Our 2017 Art Labs will be posted shortly. Take a look back at 2016’s Art Labs below!

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