Deconstructed: An Interview With Optimus Volts

Deconstructed: An Interview With Optimus Volts

By deconstructing and incorporating discarded cans and other materials Optimus Volts, a.k.a. Isaac Coronado, creates a unique style of visually striking, bold and colorful art. His is a unique style that stands out in galleries and exhibitions. Optimus Volts has a dedicated following and avid collectors. He routinely sells most of his works at each show. His solo show at Basic Urban Kitchen + Bar downtown, “Kill Bitches, Volume 1”, a take on the “Kill Bill” duo of films, was…

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Contemporary Contributions

Contemporary Contributions

   It is possible that we could look back on the mid-to-late 2010s as one of the most important periods for modern art in San Diego. We now stand at the onset of uncertainty and change that will drive art expression for years to come. As we have seen in the past, In response to the recent events, artists will inevitably be inspired to create impassioned art that reflects the sentiment, mood and scenes of this time.    The exhibition…

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Unique Spaces/Unique Shows

Unique Spaces/Unique Shows

With only a little diligence, or by simply looking at the Current page at Art Guide San Diego (hint), you can find something new and fun that is visual art related every weekend, and sometimes almost every day, in San Diego county.  There are the exhibitions that are in established spaces like museums and galleries, but there are other shows that are in unexpected spaces.  Some have become fairly established and run for weeks and there are others that run…

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Capturing the Physique – A Live Demonstration by Anna Stump at Sparks Gallery

Capturing the Physique – A Live Demonstration by Anna Stump at Sparks Gallery

On October 14th, Anna Stump, an accomplished San Diego based artist and educator, gave a live drawing and painting demonstration at Sparks Gallery, which I had the good fortune to attend. I got there a little early and was able to peruse the current Physique exhibition, where Anna is represented, and the reason for the demonstration with live models. I was near the back of the gallery when I heard the music start. As I approached the front of the…

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The Flow of an Artist’s Soul

The Flow of an Artist’s Soul

When you experience a piece of art created by Erin Bowman, you see the artist. Everything you need to know is there before you: emotion, compassion and soul. There are themes of nature and connectedness, there is symbolism reflecting observations and connections. The patterns she uses expresses movement and the color she uses gives the art vibrant life. Erin’s work is a celebration of life in the positive playfulness that everyone responds to. You can’t help but feeling uplifted by…

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The Possibilities of Paper

The Possibilities of Paper

With all the varied surfaces that art is being created on, it was nice to see an exhibition that was centered around paper. The idea of art on paper may seem simple, but the detail, creativity and work that went into the pieces at the Art On Paper exhibition at Mike Hess Brewing, North Park, and presented by Art By Kami, was impressive. Many variations were represented and there were surprises as well.   Graphite on paper was represented exquisitely…

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The Serenity of Sea Strolls

The Serenity of Sea Strolls

If you have ever been able to take a nice walk on the beach, with the sound of the waves crashing and feeling the calm and peacefulness that it brings, then you will enjoy the exhibition “Sea Strolls” by Gabriela Domville displayed at Hammond’s Gourmet Ice Cream in North Park, and presented by Arb By Kami. Gabriela finds her inspiration by taking those strolls and observing the textures, patterns and colors found in the waves, sand, scenery and objects she…

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The Harmony of Materialized Meditations

The Harmony of Materialized Meditations

The exhibition “Materialized Meditations” by Matthew Agcolicol, shown at VISUAL in North Park, is a cohesive grouping of style and graceful design.  There are flowing lines, weaving in and out, building on each other and then receding into infinity. The pieces with single subjects have a graceful, natural organic feel.  They work well on their own, and, set against a white background, they float like a cosmic flower. Other pieces have the theme of interaction, where two entities are reacting…

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Trying, Failing, Waiting and Building at Low Gallery

Trying, Failing, Waiting and Building at Low Gallery

The current exhibition at Low Gallery, “Trying, Failing, Waiting, Building,” by Philip Petrie, is at once easy to look at, with it’s intriguing shapes and forms, and fascinating in its complexity and meaning. When we view the work we can find what we are looking for, but also what we do not expect to find. There are dichotomies of shape that are geometric and fluid, flat and deep, yet familiar and foreign. The thin line between knowing what you see…

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An Art Show That Is A Family Affair

An Art Show That Is A Family Affair

The Art Show currently on display at Kent Karras Chiropractor, and presented by Art by Kami, is a family affair. The three featured artists, Anna Van Fleet, her sister Kate Borders and Kate’s husband Braniff Borders are family, but their individual styles are unique and striking. Anna has a beautiful classic style, creating environmental, portrait and still-life pieces that would be at home in a museum of classic art as they would in the homes of the discriminating collector. She…

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