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Measurements of Progress featured artist, Alexandra Neuman presents Mother Goddess Creature Complex, a single-channel vi...
05/29/2021

Measurements of Progress featured artist, Alexandra Neuman presents Mother Goddess Creature Complex, a single-channel video that opposes the upright ‘human being’ through the figuration of an alien becoming. Alien becomings are allied with the grotesque—“vaginal openings, intestinal worms, bodily fluids, voluptuous swamps, reptilian secretions—“anything too close to the fecundity of life, anything that carries the potential to disrupt the boundaries of self, anything possessing a slithering primordial power. This figuration unleashes the song that has been buried in matter since the beginning of the universe. Animal, vegetal, and mineral coexist using the mud of the planet as moisturizer.

Measurements of Progress is an exhibition in partnership with Lux Art Institute and runs until tomorrow, May 30 at the San Diego Art Institute in Balboa Park. To RSVP a time to visit the exhibition before it closes, visit: https://www.sandiego-art.org/new-events/2021/4/23/measurements-of-progress.

About the Artist
Alexandra Neuman is an interdisciplinary reptile currently based in Brooklyn, New York. She is an MFA candidate in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of California San Diego and received a BFA in Visual Arts and Anthropology from Sam Fox School of Art at Washington University in St. Louis. She has participated in the Arteles Residency in Haukijarvi, Finland; the PRAKSIS Residency in Oslo, Norway; and the Saas-Fee Summer Institute of Art in Berlin. Her films have been shown at Anthology Film Archive, Museum of the Moving Image, and the Eyeslicer. She is a Webby Award Honoree as well as the recipient of the Initiative for Digital Exploration of Arts and Sciences (IDEAS) grant at Calit2.

Drawing on ideas from multi-species feminism and process philosophy, Neuman’s recent work focuses on mutating the identity of “human” by reshuffling naturalized systems of classification. In her practice, she cultivates ways to visualize, narrativize, perform, and facilitate speculative metamorphoses from ‘human being’ to ‘alien becoming’. She is interested in the category of ‘human being’ as a historically-situated and ideologically specific identity that serves to uphold millennia of patriarchal positionings, including the separation between mind/body, nature/culture, male/ female, self/world, same/other. By perforating the concept of ‘human being’ she is coaxing out an alternative identity that is characterized instead by liquidity and continuous transformation, where each ‘individual’ is reimagined as a co-emergent process with the ecologies and temporalities in which they are enmeshed.

Alexandra Neuman, Mother Goddess Creature Complex, 2021, single-channel video

Measurements of Progress featured artist, Lauryn Smith presents Field Study, a large-scale textile installation that evo...
05/27/2021

Measurements of Progress featured artist, Lauryn Smith presents Field Study, a large-scale textile installation that evokes the movement, feel, and experience of a field of dry grass, transporting memory to a new place that is familiar yet faded around the edges.

Measurements of Progress is an exhibition in partnership with Lux Art Institute and runs through May 30 at the San Diego Art Institute in Balboa Park. To attend this Saturday’s artist symposium and closing event and to RSVP a time to experience the exhibition, visit: https://www.sandiego-art.org/.

About the Artist
Lauryn Smith is an American artist based in Southern California. She is an MFA candidate in the Department of Visual Arts at UC San Diego. Smith was born and raised in rural Northern New York and received her BFA in Fine Arts from Cornell University in 2018.

Smith works with textiles alongside various sewing techniques and applications to create sculpture. Her practice is based around craft and material as well as concepts of memory, landscape, and phenomenological experiences. The process of making is essential to her practice, and while the work demands repetitive and laborious construction, the small details within each piece are carefully selected for their overall contribution to the work. Each work deals with its own set of concepts, but all of them are connected to craft, traditional practices of quilting, the body, movement, and the natural environment.

Lauryn Smith, Field Study, 2020, chiffon and thread

Featured artist for Measurements of Progress, Alan Skelton presents Display Unit 1, Display Unit 2, and Garment Hooks (S...
05/26/2021

Featured artist for Measurements of Progress, Alan Skelton presents Display Unit 1, Display Unit 2, and Garment Hooks (Souvenir). This series of objects questions how society consumes both goods and knowledge. With the internet, mass producing information, and consumerism ever expanding, his sculptures mimic the adaptability and ever changing environment in which we devour discriminatorily and with fetishized fervor.

Measurements of Progress is an exhibition in partnership with Lux Art Institute and runs through May 30 at the San Diego Art Institute in Balboa Park. To RSVP a time to experience the exhibition, visit: https://www.sandiego-art.org/new-events/2021/4/23/measurements-of-progress

About the Artist
Alan Skelton was born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1983. He received his BFA and BA in Art History from the University of North Texas. Skelton is an MFA candidate in the Department of Visual Arts at UC San Diego. 


Skelton’s work explores the transmission and reception of objects, images, and materials. With a focus on the mass production of consumer goods, Skelton considers how ways of displaying, sales, and distribution have a seductive and magical allure. He utilizes appropriated and found images, materials, and objects in his work and strives to better understand life by laying bare the underlying systems within consumer culture that guide our behavior.

Alan Skelton, Garment Hooks, 2021, concrete and epoxy resin casts

Alan Skelton, Display Unit 1, 2021, steel, aluminum, inkjet print on acetate, hardware

Alan Skelton, Display Unit 2, 2021, peanut butter, BBQ, chicken “Nyla Bones,” climbing holds, steel, aluminum, inkjet print on acetate, hardware

Measurements of Progress featured artist, Carolina Montejo presents a 3-channel installation based on her film Rizomas, ...
05/25/2021

Measurements of Progress featured artist, Carolina Montejo presents a 3-channel installation based on her film Rizomas, which outlines a framework of justice, utopia, and revolution that seeks to confront diverse systems of oppression, while elevating the materiality of nature. Through an eclectic fusion of documentation, performance, and animation, Montejo’s piece includes multiple voices and landscapes that flow between memory, virtuality and possibility.

Measurements of Progress is an exhibition in partnership with Lux Art Institute and runs through May 30 at the San Diego Art Institute in Balboa Park. To RSVP a time to experience the exhibition, visit: https://www.sandiego-art.org/new-events/2021/4/23/measurements-of-progress

About the Artist
Carolina Montejo is a Colombian-American artist based in Southern California. She is an MFA candidate in the Department of Visual Arts at UC San Diego. Montejo has exhibited at ArtBo international Art Fair in Bogotá, Colombia; ArtexArte Gallery in Buenos Aires, Argentina; San Diego Art Institute, CA; CAA 108 Annual Conference, Chicago, IL, and the San Diego International Airport amongst others. She is a member of Green New Deal at UC San Diego and is a Teaching Assistant in the Writing Department at Thurgood Marshall College.

Using film & video, performance, and installation, Montejo’s works are concerned with feminist eco-pluralistic thought, as well as human and more-than-human embodiment and intersubjectivity. Her work is informed by future and ancestry, by psychedelic experience, and intellectual inquiry. Her films shift through groundedness and speculation seeking to reestablish broken links between life forms, as well as building new environments for them to inhabit. The outcome takes shape through visual and literary poetics that decenter the self without denying determination, and experiment with form and concept in the spirit of renewal.

Carolina Montejo, Rizomas, 2021, single-channel video projection

Join us this Saturday, May 29 for an exclusive in-person symposium and closing event for Measurements of Progress at the...
05/25/2021

Join us this Saturday, May 29 for an exclusive in-person symposium and closing event for Measurements of Progress at the San Diego Art Institute in Balboa Park. The symposium features artists from the exhibition and is composed of four 45-minute panel conversations running from 1pm to 5pm and a closing reception to follow from 5pm to 6pm. To reserve a seat for this free event, visit https://www.sandiego-art.org/upcoming.

Lux Art Institute
UC San Diego

Join us this Saturday, May 29 for an exclusive in-person symposium and closing event for Measurements of Progress at the San Diego Art Institute in Balboa Park. The symposium features artists from the exhibition and is composed of four 45-minute panel conversations running from 1pm to 5pm and a closing reception to follow from 5pm to 6pm. To reserve a seat for this free event, visit https://www.sandiego-art.org/upcoming.

Lux Art Institute
UC San Diego

Oscar Magallanes, featured artist for Measurements of Progress, presents The Creation of Race. The work draws upon cultu...
05/21/2021

Oscar Magallanes, featured artist for Measurements of Progress, presents The Creation of Race. The work draws upon cultural and popular iconography, along with pre-colonial to contemporary barrio and Chicano signifiers, which serve to simultaneously delineate and demarcate through visual vocabularies. This is reflected in the work’s use of iconography that cannot, through a western lens, be entirely or even at times partially understood in regard to the original meaning. While the entirety of the images are at first glance seemingly disparate, every image is carefully researched and every line in the work designed with a specific intent: there is much that can be read into the connections that are made by the individual viewer.

Measurements of Progress is an exhibition in partnership with Lux Art Institute and runs through May 30 at the San Diego Art Institute in Balboa Park. To RSVP a time to experience the exhibition, visit https://www.sandiego-art.org/new-events/2021/4/23/measurements-of-progress.

About the Artist
Oscar Magallanes is a Los Angeles-based artist. He is an MFA candidate in the Department of Visual Arts at UC San Diego and received his BA in Art from UCLA. His work has been exhibited at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, NC; Museo CEART de Baja California Mexicali, Mexico; the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago, Illinois; the McNay Museum in San Antonio, Texas; and is part of the permanent collections of the National Museum of Mexican Art, La Salle University Art Museum and the McNay Museum. In addition to his solo practice, Magallanes in 2016 founded 3B Art Collective that focuses on large-scale site-specific and public artworks. He has also curated several exhibitions including two for the Getty’s LA/LA initiative.

Magallanes’ paintings, sculptures, and mixed media are influenced by the cultural and social elements of his upbringing in a Mexican-American barrio east of downtown Los Angeles. Mixed with colonial period Mexican codices, texts, and artworks his work is drawing parallels to the plurality of existences.

Oscar Magallanes, The Creation of Race [La creación de la raza], 2019, mixed media on wood

Measurements of Progress featured artist, Işık Kaya presents Crude, a single-channel video that investigates the United ...
05/19/2021

Measurements of Progress featured artist, Işık Kaya presents Crude, a single-channel video that investigates the United States’ relationship with oil. The hunger for this resource has defined the nation’s politics for decades and has poisoned landmasses around the world. In Los Angeles and its vicinity, home to the country’s largest urban oil field and refineries, America is being transformed into a bizarre engine, the pacemaker of the passing age of petroleum. The installation Crude depicts this engine as a complex web of constantly working machines. It is an audiovisual meditation on the conundrum of progress and self-destruction that is inherent to capitalist societies.

Measurements of Progress is an exhibition in partnership with Lux Art Institute and runs through May 30 at the San Diego Art Institute in Balboa Park. To RSVP a time to experience the exhibition, visit: https://www.sandiego-art.org/new-events/2021/4/23/measurements-of-progress

About the Artist
Işık Kaya is an mfa candidate in the Department of Visual Arts at UC San Diego and holds a BA degree in Photography & Videography from Istanbul Bilgi University where she studied with the support of a full scholarship. She is the 2021 David Antin Prize awardee and has participated in exhibitions at the Royal Geographic Society in the UK; Die Digitale Dusseldorf in Germany; Kunsthalle Darmstadt in Germany; CEAAC in France; Galerie de L’Escale in France; CICA Museum in South Korea; and Soho Photo Gallery in the United States among others.

Kaya’s lens-based practice explores the ways in which humans shape the contemporary landscape. She focuses on traces of economic infrastructures to examine politics in built environments and how man’s dominance over nature finds its manifestation in everyday architecture. She erases the physical distance in between existing structures and creates dense compilations of industrial fragments to construct new landscapes that look both alien and familiar. By framing her subjects exclusively at night, she aims to accentuate these artificial and uncanny qualities of urban environments.

Işık Kaya, Crude, 2020, single-channel video

Measurements of Progress featured artist, Kirstyn Hom, presents Sutured in Sweetness, a series of embroidered fabric pan...
05/19/2021

Measurements of Progress featured artist, Kirstyn Hom, presents Sutured in Sweetness, a series of embroidered fabric panels inviting multiple readings of a poem that deals with holding grief and embodying joy. This piece is influenced by Frances Chung’s book of poetry, Crazy Melon and Chinese Apple, in which she plays with words and their corresponding images to articulate notions of belonging. Working with gestures of stitching and fraying allows Hom to create the in-between spaces that she occupies across language, culture and time.

Measurements of Progress is an exhibition in partnership with Lux Art Institute and runs through May 30 at the San Diego Art Institute in Balboa Park. To RSVP a time to experience the exhibition, visit: https://www.sandiego-art.org/new-events/2021/4/23/measurements-of-progress

About the Artist
Kirstyn Hom is an interdisciplinary artist based in Southern California. She is an MFA candidate in the Department of Visual Arts at UC San Diego, received her BA in Art Practice from UC Berkeley, and studied abroad at Leeds University’s textile department in the UK.

Hom’s practice reflects on her grandmother’s experience as a seamstress in the apparel industry and larger conversations around intergenerational trauma. She constructs sculpture, installations, and performances to explore the relationship between language and textiles. Her process consists of long durational sewing, which parallels writing through gestures of repetition, layering, and erasure. Hom’s work questions how subverting craft methods can offer ways to navigate memory and loss.

Kirstyn Hom, Sutured in Sweetness, 2021

05/19/2021
Grace Grothaus: These Delicate Lines (that divide us)

Grace Grothaus, featured artist for our current exhibition, Measurements of Progress, presents These Delicate Lines (that divide us). The installation is a flag that presents a warning image of a potential future for our world: one in which all the polar ice has melted. The work asks us to reconsider our worldview as we look closer to our planet instead of what is beyond. Additionally, the flag is a deconstruction of nationalism and instead proposes a new perspective on the approach needed as a global society.

Measurements of Progress is an exhibition in partnership with Lux Art Institute and runs through May 30 at the San Diego Art Institute in Balboa Park. To RSVP a time to experience the exhibition, visit: https://www.sandiego-art.org/new-events/2021/4/23/measurements-of-progress

About the Artist
Grace Grothaus is a mfa candidate in the Department of Visual Arts at UC San Diego. She was amongst those that represented the United States in the 2012 World Creativity Biennale. Furthermore, she exhibited and is in collections both nationally and internationally. She received a merit award from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts and the Art365 Fellowship. Her art has been featured on the cover of Art Focus magazine and This Land Press.

Grothaus is an interdisciplinary computational media artist. Her practice-based artistic research encompasses physical computing, environmental sensing, algorithmically generated imagery, and speculative futurity. She is deeply concerned with fostering empathetic relationships between human beings and our more-than-human environs in order to address our current critical climatological issues, particularly the pressing ecological crisis of biodiversity loss.

Grace Grothaus, These Delicate Lines (that divide us), 2020

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Thank you for calling out Artist Almanac in your recent newsletter. Looking forward to an incredible program, especially the presentation by Larry Baza that you mentioned! Cheers from The Studio Door.
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Don't miss 2018 Kyoto Prize Laureate in Arts and Philosophy Joan Jonas, Thursday, March 21 at the University of San Diego. Visit: www.sandiego.edu/kyoto to learn more.
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