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‘Crossing The Divide’ at Distinction Gallery

The work of San Francisco-based artist Jenn Porreca is a surreal and stunning blend of cultural iconography, religious iconography as well as her own personal narratives. With dreamlike strokes and mysterious undertones, the work of Porreca draws inspiration from many sources, both cultural and personal—from San Francisco street art and Manga to European silhouette and folklore artists of the early 1900s to the religious iconography of her own childhood. All these sources of inspiration work together in an eclectic way, breathing new life and meaning into Porreca’s forms and layers. ...more...

‘Brands, Gangs, Teams and Clans’ at Double Break

A featured work from Product Etcetera's latest show at Double Break.

On Thursday, March 22, the relatively new gallery and store, Double Break, located in Balboa Park, will open its latest show Brands, Gangs, Teams and Clans. The show will feature the work of local graphic design-based studio, Product Etcetera. Since 2004, the San Diego-based design studio has been producing work for both professional clients as well as their …more…

Dynamic Duo At Subtext Gallery

Some of the works by Tocayo and Exist1981 to be featured in Subtext Gallery's 'Dynamic Duo.' Credit: Subtext Gallery

“Dynamic Duo” is the first new show of the year to open at San Diego’s Subtext Gallery. Part art gallery, part bookstore, Subtext Gallery in downtown San Diego has made quite an impact on the local art scene in its young six-year run. Located between historic music venue, The Casbah, and …more…

Identical Twins Jazz Up San Diego

Photo courtesy of Andrew Paynter

Identical twin jazz duo, the Mattson 2, have been taking the San Diego jazz scene by storm with their contemporary take on the genre. The pair, namely Jonathan and Jared Mattson, are crossing boundaries with their distinct sound and even more distinct fashion sense.

The duo has been on the jazz scene for a few years now under the Indie label, Galaxia …more…

Surf Scene At Space 4 Art

“Hydrodynamica: Remember the Future” is part of the Getty Museum’s larger Pacific Standard Time arts initiative, which started last October and features more than 60 Southern Californian cultural institutions showcasing the birth of the L.A. art scene. “Hydrodynamica” will feature early surfboard design, much of which was born in San Diego in the late 1940s and early 1950s, and later had a phenomenal impact on the birth of modern surfing and skateboarding. ...more...

‘Shapes And Smiles’ At Subtext Gallery

Part art gallery, part bookstore, Subtext Gallery in downtown San Diego has made quite an impact on the local art scene in its young six-year run. Located between historic music venue, The Casbah, and the lively Little Italy neighborhood, Subtext has emerged as one of many galleries in San Diego’s contemporary art scene that pushes the envelope. The gallery features contemporary art from all over the world, many of it surfacing from street art and design culture. ...more...

San Diego’s Latin Take on Jazz

When I think of Thanksgiving, I think of a calorie-filled holiday complete with loud music and even louder family members. It is a time for loved ones to enjoy each other’s company following a hectic year. With that being said, jazz is perhaps the most dynamic genre of music that is applicable to this time of year. It has the ability to calm or liven a party, which …more…

‘Infinite Balance’ Creates A Global Buzz

“Infinite Balance: Artists and the Environment,” currently on view at San Diego’s Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) seeks to address global concerns around sustainability through an eclectic mix of small and large scale photography. “Infinite Balance,” in fact, is also the first U.S. presentation of artists shortlisted for the Prix Pictect, the world’s leading prize for photography and sustainability. It’s no wonder then that the diverse backgrounds of the artists featured, from China to Germany, speaks to the larger message of the exhibition at hand. ...more...