Art Beat


By Patricia B. Dwyer

3/8-4/6: Trash Metropolis by GMONIK
Thumbprint Gallery
920 Kline St., La Jolla
This painter/drawer/graffiti artist finds inspiration for his graphic imagery in pop culture, urban decay and society’s discarding of the “old.”

3/1: “Art in the Garden”
The Tear Residence
6112 Waverly Way, La Jolla
North Park-based Ray Street Artists will showcase their works of varied mediums and styles in this daytime event at a private residence.

3/1-4/27: “Glamour at the End of Time” by Alexia Markarian
Art Produce
3139 University Ave., North Park
Local jewelry-maker and painter Alexia Markarian will display stereotypically feminine items combined with objects representing the strength of modern womanhood, i.e. high-heeled shoes with blades hidden in the heels.

3/5-4/5: “Curious Garden” by Kelly Vivanco
Art Hatch
317 E. Grand Ave., Escondido
See playful paintings rooted in the magnificence of childhood as Art Hatch features “one of Escondido’s most beloved artists.”

3/6-3/9: “Film Forward: Advancing Cultural Dialogue”
Museum of Photographic Arts
1649 El Prado, Balboa Park
Eight films that explore communities in conflict comprise this traveling series put on by the Sundance Institute. Screenings will be accompanied by moderated discussions and artist roundtables.

3/8-3/29: “Edge Conditions”
Bread & Salt Main Gallery
1955 Julian Ave., Barrio Logan
A group of female artists are showing their work to celebrate Women’s History Month.

3/8-3/29: “Whither Properties” by Lisa Hutton
Not an Exit Gallery at Bread & Salt
1955 Julian Ave., Barrio Logan
Local artist Lisa Hutton’s simple drawings juxtapose real estate marketing slogans with images of nature.

3/8-4/7: “Cosmosis”
3776 30th Ave., North Park
Geometrically inspired, psychedelic works by Jetter Green, and the surreal art of Teddy Pancake promise to make this an otherworldly exhibition.

3/15: “Art Above San Diego”
Porto Vista Hotel
1835 Columbia St., Little Italy
See contemporary works by local artists at this free, open-air art fair on the rooftop of Little Italy’s Porto Vista Hotel.

3/15-7/8: “Muxima” by Alfredo Jaar
San Diego Museum of Art
1450 El Prado, Balboa Park
Chilean artist Alfredo Jaar is known for his installations, photographs, video and public projects that often focus on societal themes. Jaar’s short video “Muxima” explores themes of life in Angola.

3/21-4/13: “Femme Fatale”
1475 University Ave., Hillcrest
Local artists display their moody portraits of feminine figures.

3/22: Transannual
Adams Ave., between 32nd St. & 34th St., Normal Heights,
This “anti-art fair” features what organizers call “Transmedia” (Installation, Sound, Video and New Media) created during the fair by local artists.

3/22-8/17: “A Golden Age of Marketing Design: Huyler’s Pure Delicious Chocolate, 1876-1925”
Mingei International Museum
1439 El Prado, Balboa Park
Magazine ads, cocoa tins and other vintage treasures illustrate the five-decade marketing and advertising design history of a company that was once the nation’s largest chocolate manufacturer.

3/22-6/6: Kenneth Capps
Oceanside Museum of Art
704 Pier View Way, Oceanside
Follow accomplished artist Kenneth Capps’ creative path, from his early ink-on-paper works to his current abstract steel sculptures.

3/29-9/9: “Spanish Sojourners: Robert Henri and the Spirit of Spain”
San Diego Museum of Art
1450 El Prado, Balboa Park
This will be the first museum exhibition of American painter Robert Henri’s portraits of bullfighters, gypsies and peasants he painted while in Spain in the early 1900s.