Michael Murphy‘s (previously featured here) work is currently showing at the Wonderspaces pop-up event in San Diego. “Come Together,” an installation made of 2,200 descended parts, appears as a closed fist at certain angles. The fist is what the artist calls a “perceptual shift” sculpture. Stand in the right spot, and the piece shifts from an abstract collection of suspended cylinders to a fist.
San Diego-based Kelsey Brookes has shifted his focus to explosive, kaleidoscopic paintings that fuse his fascinations with microbiomes, Buddhist philosophy, exotic plant life, and human desire. His meticulous compositions include bright colors and repetitive patterns resembling abstract mandalas, psychedelic tessellations, and energetic fields.
“The brain and its product, the mind, are a fascinating subject; I question existence, both philosophically and scientifically, and because of my background, a good place to start my interrogation of life is through the material science of the brain.” Kelsey Brookes
Brookes masterfully melds a deep knowledge of cognitive science and art to create bright, intensely detailed paintings that abstract drug compounds, molecules, atoms and hallucinogenic states to heighten a viewer’s sensory perceptions and reactions. His two main bodies of work — molecules and aesthetic abstractions — are created with a rigorous process of attentiveness. A process of focusing awareness on the paint that is lost from the brush as it is applied to the surface of the canvas, then refocusing attention as the mind wanders away; which provides visual evidence of both an artistic process and meditation in practice.
PangeaSeed’s Sea Walls: Murals for Oceans project in San Diego teamed up with 8 high-profile international street artists such as Daleast (China), Phlegm (UK), Tatiana Suarez (Miami, USA), Persue (San Diego, USA), Zio Ziegler (San Francisco, USA), Exist 1981 (San Diego, USA), Fintan Magee (Australia) and Nosego (Philadelphia, USA). We take a closer look at PHLEGM’s stunning mechanical shark with photos from our friend and managing director of the program, Tre’ Packard.
In early November, PangeaSeed’s Sea Walls: Murals for Oceans project teamed up with 8 high-profile international street artists who came San Diego to celebrate the oceans and highlight the plight of our seas. The featured artists who came from around the world were Daleast (China), Phlegm (UK), Tatiana Suarez (Miami, USA), Persue (San Diego, USA), Zio Ziegler (San Francisco, USA), Exist 1981 (San Diego, USA), Fintan Magee (Australia) and Nosego (Philadelphia, USA). Checkout the results of this beautiful and ambitious project working to beautify cities and raise awareness on key issues such as overfishing, shark finning as well as highlighting the importance of sustainable seafood choices.
About SEA WALLS: MURALS FOR OCEANS:
Sea Walls: Murals for Oceans is a groundbreaking street art project created by PangeaSeed (PangeaSeed.org) members and supporting artists to help bring the beauty and the plight of the world’s oceans into streets around the globe via art and activism.
By collaborating with internationally renowned artists, we create large-scale public murals and organize community-based educational efforts that focus attention on major environmental issues the oceans are currently facing and promote the importance of long-term sustainability of natural resources.
Showing at this week’s San Diego Surf Film Festival is this apparent gem, Through the Whiskey Barrel: A Film About Surfing In Scotland. The film will be shown on Saturday evening, May 12, but there is a ton of good programs happening all weekend long. Take a look at the link above…
The best part about this series from San Diego MFA student, Noah Doely, is that these are made in 2011 and not 1865. According to Juxtapoz, Doely’s “recent body of work titled ‘A Natural History’ constructs fictional narratives derived from prominent figures such as Charles Darwin and their research around life sciences. Beginning first by carefully crafting scenes that the artists constructs himself, Doely then uses the ambrotype photographic process with a wet collodion plate to capture an image that feels as old as the subject matter he investigates.”
Coming up this week in San Diego is Sezio’s Four Day Weekend. Four Day Weekend is a concert series of four consecutive nights, with headliners including Real Estate, Lord Huron, Peter Wolf Crier, and Dirty Gold.
San Diego designer, photographer, and director Charles Bergquist shot this promotional video that features a San Diego friend, Dylan Ousley (who recently moved out to New York) enjoying some California sun.
Double Break is excited to announce Horror Days, a solo exhibition of works by Gunsho (a moniker for the Providence, Rhode Island-based artist James Quigley). His ongoing series Demonology is a modern interpretation of the seventy-two demons classified in the occult text known as the Goetia. This series of screen prints began in 2006 as part of a continuum of autobiographical cartooning that began very early in his childhood.
The show opens tomorrow evening (October 7th). Be sure to stop by.
Charles Bergquist is a very talented director, designer, and photographer based in San Diego, CA, and he put this amazing video together for Matthew Dear. As Charles put it, “The lyrics drove the photography and the sound drove the texture and slices. For most of the edit and post-production work, I let the track dictate the visuals.” The video seamlessly blends with the track to create a experience that seems more wholesome than most music videos.