We are pleased to announce the upcoming EXHIBITIONS at the Athenaeum:
— ON THE MONEY, an exhibition by San Diego native WICK ALEXANDER;
— PIÑATA/DRONE/BUST by Anna Stump;
— Books from Booklyn in Brooklyn: Artist’s Books from the Athenaeum Collection.
The works will be on view from January 6 through February 10, 2018. An opening reception will be held on Friday, January 12, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
Joseph Clayes III Gallery
WICK ALEXANDER: ON THE MONEY
Wick Alexander will present a recent series of drawings depicting images from currency around the world. The drawings explore common social tropes and both cultural and color values in design. The series incorporates pages from Syst-O-Color, a book by Dutch designer Paul Schuitema. Wick will also present an installation, Walking Inside a Painting, as well as other drawings.
Since 1980, San Diego native Wick Alexander has been producing distinctive paintings, sculptures and public artworks. Awards for his paintings have been presented by the National Endowment for the Arts, the California Arts Council and the Ford Foundation. His paintings are included in many private collections and museum permanent collections including the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, and the Banff Center of the Arts, Alberta, Canada.
Along with his partner, Robin Brailsford, he developed LithoMosaic, a patented decorative concrete technique used in floors and walls in both interior and exterior environments. Wick is currently working on two public projects in Los Angeles.
ANNA STUMP: PIÑATA/DRONE/BUST
Anna Stump is an artist and arts educator living in San Diego. She earned her bachelor’s degree at Occidental College and her master of fine arts at San Diego State University. She was a Senior Fulbright Scholar to the Fine Arts Department at Anadolu University in Eskisehir, Turkey, from 2006 to 2007. Anna teaches studio and art history courses at San Diego City College and Grossmont College.
Anna’s New York Times–reviewed blog of three years, Kloe Among the Turks, examines the art scene in Southern California and Turkey, as well as issues of arts education. In 2009 she curated an exhibition of 130 artists from Southern California and Turkey, which she presented in San Diego, Los Angeles, Istanbul, and Ankara. In 2017 she was awarded a residency at Cill Rialaig Arts Centre in County Kerry, Ireland, where she produced work for her Terrarium series.
Anna is the founder of the San Diego Feminist Image Group, and one half of the painting collaboration Hill&Stump. She is a member of Mid-Air Trio, an improvisational group that combines painting, dance, and soundscapes in live performances.
North Reading Room
Books from BROOKLYN in BROOKLYN: Artist’s Books from the Athenaeum Collection
Visit the North Reading Room to see our cabinets filled with books from Booklyn, a publisher and distributor located in—yes—Brooklyn that has been fighting the good cause for artists’ expression in book form since 1999. Among the books we have acquired are many by Marshall Weber, Collection Development Curator & Artist. The latest from him is Maple, composed of maple tree leaves collected from the Evergreen Forest in Olympia, Washington, where he lives. The leaves were slow cured, then brush pen calligraphed (with a poem), and sewn into maple leaf collaged book boards. Another project of the poet-artist in our collection is Street Our Street, for which he travelled about San Francisco, pulling a wagon filled with poetry and reciting verse in an attempt to play with public and personal space.