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Tuesday, May 19,2015
Summer guide

Where to take your hip friends this summer

Skip the tourist traps and treat them to tacos, TNT and Turista Libre tours

By Seth Combs
I'm lucky in that I have friends spread throughout the world. I suppose I'm also lucky that said friends, for the most part, remain single and spawnless. So when they come to visit, I do feel it's my duty to show them the real San Diego.
Tuesday, May 19,2015
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Future uncertain for UCSD’s University Art Gallery

After nearly 50 years, faculty and staff fear next two shows will be the last for a while

By Seth Combs
Merete Kjaer received her notice on April 15. The assistant director at the UC San Diego University Art Gallery is being let go, because, as she tells it, the visual arts faculty and the new dean of Arts and Humanities couldn't agree on a way to keep funding for the gallery. 
Tuesday, May 12,2015
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Noè Olivas channels his automotive love into a kid-friendly art space

The third in our series on the artists awarded grants through the Creative Catalyst Fund

By Seth Combs
Noè Olivas has always had an interest in all things automotive. Way before becoming a full-time artist, he was considered a life as a mechanic.  "I actually didn't want to go to college at fir
Tuesday, May 12,2015
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Grant Kester is ready to get critical

The UC San Diego prof’s new journal and website focuses on the mediums outside the standard gallery spaces

By Seth Combs
To hear Grant Kester tell it, he's been planning this for decades. "I've been writing about various forms of activist and socially-based art forms for probably 25 years," says the UC San Diego professor of art history, who also has a background in art journalism.
Tuesday, May 5,2015
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Arzu Ozkal’s 'Home Affairs' is about more than motherhood

The media artist/designer wants women to challenge the idea of what’s expected of them

By Seth Combs
Arzu Ozkal's journey thus far has been one of artistic defiance. Most of her video work, graphic design and performance pieces have been decisive statements against male-centric totalitarianism and patriarchal value systems.
Monday, April 27,2015
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Kim Stringfellow finds beauty in an otherwise bleak landscape

The photographer and videographer’s 'Mojave Project' is chosen for a Guggenheim Fellowship

By Seth Combs
When the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation announced this year's fellowship grants, three San Diego artists were on the list.
Monday, April 27,2015
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Drawing from within

Andrew McNamara’s subjects are aesthetically beautiful, but it’s what’s inside that counts

By Seth Combs
As almost any artist can attest, inspiration can strike at the most unexpected time. To hear La Mesa artist Andrew McNamara tell it, there was a time where he wasn't sure if he wanted to pursue a career in drawing.
Tuesday, April 21,2015
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Andrea Chung pays homage to working class heroes

The mixed-media artist addresses the political, historical and controversial in her subtly broad works

By Seth Combs
Andrea Chung is used to the misconceptions by now. Take her name, for example. She admits that when people first meet her, they often think they'll be meeting someone who looks, well, more Asian. 
Tuesday, April 14,2015
Notes from the Smoking Patio

Gletscher make prog-rock suitable for the masses

Local guitar hero shines on 'Die Einöde'

By Seth Combs
Die Einöde is rounded out by a nice rotating cast of bassists that includes Kenseth Thibideau (Sleeping People, Rumah Sakit), Brad Lee (The Album Leaf, Mr. Tube) and Tool's Paul D'Amour, but there's never any doubt that Concepcion is the star.
Tuesday, April 14,2015
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'La Mona' shows her true colors

The iconic Tijuana statue gets a colorful makeover, but not for long.

By Seth Combs
Armando Muñoz Garcia has always had a reputation for doing what he wants. Back in 1987, Garcia, then an eager art student, approached the city of Tijuana about building a statue of a giant nude woman to commemorate the city's centenary. 
 
 
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