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Double Break, ICE Gallery To Close Doors

Two of our favorite artist-run spaces in town are closing their doors this month, Double Break gallery and shop in Bankers Hill and ICE Gallery in North Park.  We're sad to see them both go, but also praise their effort and their extremely important contribution to San Diego's creative scene.  

Double Break is having a huge sale on all remaining merchandise until December 15th, so swing by and snag a holiday gift for someone special!  ICE Gallery will be closing things down with a solo installation this Friday by Tom Driscoll.  Cruise out and support before these great spots are no longer...

Posted By zack | 12/4/2012 | 8:09 PM | Add a Comment

Joshua Krause : Simple Ways

Joshua Krause has been preparing for a diverse solo show, opening this Friday at Subtext Gallery.  Featuring artwork formed from collaged book fragments to experiments with laser cutting, "Simple Ways" sounds like a bit of a misnomer for the show.  Regardless, it will be well worth checking out!  Swing by 2479 Kettner Blvd. on Friday night between 6-10pm for the opening reception.

Posted By zack | 11/29/2012 | 8:41 PM | Add a Comment

Wes Bruce : Polar Explorers

Wes Bruce has been holed up since is grand opening at LUX in October, creating a series of winter-inspired works for back to back openings in December.  Bruce will take over Coffee & Tea Collective in North Park on Saturday, December 1st and then Bottlecraft is Little Italy on Saturday, December 8th.  Cruise out to the art show in two parts, and pick up a unique holiday gift or just treat yo' self... Details on both openings can be found here.

Posted By zack | 11/28/2012 | 6:34 PM | Add a Comment

Amnesia & Moonlight : Art Happenings

Downtown this Saturday, both Space 4 Art and Helmuth Projects are promising a cerebral weekend featuring openings with works that range from dark and dense to illuminative and rhythmic.

Starting at 6pm, Space 4 Art will present Jamais Vu, featuring the work of accomplished Los Angeles artists, Michelle Carla Handel and Michael Arata, and locally renowned artist, Ernest Silva. Carefully selected works of sculpture, photos, and paintings will transfix viewers into a state of paramnesia or Jamais Vu which is a disorder of memory characterized by the illusion that the familiar is being encountered for the first time. Studios will also be open at this time, along with live onstage multimedia performances and of course, refreshments.

Nearby at Helmuth Projects, from 6-10pm imported artists Colin Tuis Nesbit and Bill Conger will debut The Strawberry Thief, their mysterious and multilayered exhibit. Named after 19th Century textile artist William Morris’ wallpaper pattern of the same name, this show intends to capture a moment in time wherein sculptural objects curated by Conger will enhance the experience of Morris’ pattern within a light-based work that attempts to recreate the visual sensation of moonlight as engineered by Nesbit.

Intrigued? You’re not the only one. Both shows promise mind-bending experiences atypical of your average art opening. For more information visit their sites at and

Jamais Vu -
Space 4 Art is located at 325 15th Street San Diego, CA 92101.

The Strawberry Thief -
Helmuth Projects is located at 920 E Street, Suite 103 San Diego, CA 92101.

Posted By angella | 11/8/2012 | 9:22 PM | Add a Comment

Kelsey Brookes : Serotonin

We've been following Kelsey Brookes' Instragram account throughout the summer (@kelseybrookes), and have been continually amazed at the amount of paintings this North Park resident has been cranking out.  Considering the detail and precision involved in his work, it's not a surprise Brookes jokes about the onset of carpal tunnel.

Kelsey has been preparing for a massive solo show at Quint Contemporary Art, entitled Serotonin; Happiness and Spiritual States. The opening went down on Saturday the 10th of November, but the show will be up until December 29th!

Our good friend Kelly Bennett at Voice of San Diego has a great interview and studio visit with Kelsey here.

Posted By zack | 11/7/2012 | 12:12 PM | Add a Comment