Exhibition provides view 'Through the Eyes of the Artist'

 

Bringing binational unity to the San Diego art scene, Studio Door in North Park presents the second annual exhibition of "Through the Eyes of the Artist." Organized by Studio C artists, Laura Lehman and Carlos Castrejon, the show displays artists from both sides of the border of the United States and Mexico and their personal artistic messages.

Featured artists include Luis Alderete, Debra Babylon, Laurie Bezer, Carlos Castejon, Kenda Francis, Therese Cipiti Herron, Kris Daniels, Frank Higley, Nancy Jacobsen, Laura Lehman, Judy McClain, Judy Pike, Patric Stillman and Jose Strimling.

A reception, being held at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 8, will usher in the opening of HYPE at Studio Door, situated next door to the main gallery. In perfect artistic alignment, the popular North Park event Ray at Night runs the same night, along with additional artist receptions at OBR Architecture and Karras Chiropractor. In other words, art lovers, get your peepers ready, this isn't an evening you will want to miss.

(Editor's note: Ray at Night is the longest running monthly art walk in San Diego. It is held the second Saturday of every month, from 6-10 p.m. Art lovers, music fans, and foodies come out to peruse 15 galleries and business for their art fix, while swaying to live music, and munching on goodies from local food trucks.)

"By bringing together artists from across the region and the border, we create a stronger creative bond." - Carlos Castrejon

Look for Kendra Francis' work Juma, which portrays a leopard surrounded by a halo of machine guns. Its bright colors of blue, pink, and teal oscillate somewhere between happy and peaceful while the guns, spikes, and stars are reminiscent of Cold War Russian propaganda posters. Its blending of multiple imagery has us pondering ideas of peace, current politics and social issues, animal rights and poaching, and our own views of gun control.

Judy Pike's Texting is a starkly rendered image of our obsession with texting. A mixture of drawing and painting, with a subdued palette of tans, blacks, and greys, the image is not joyful, but withdrawn and a bit sad. An isolated, poor-postured gentleman looks downward at his phone while letters, numbers, and punctuation float in midair near his head. It directs us to think about the 1s and 0s of data and our digital world, and our allegiance to the computer. The background of this man's life isn't green and alive, but bleak and absent, giving us pause about our own world that exists beyond the digital.

The exhibition runs through April 30 and is open noon to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

3750 30th St., North Park, 619.255.4920, thestudiodoor.com

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