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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

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Peter Scheidt, Kurb-Side Spoons, 2017 (pictured: the artist working); modified Specialized Stumpjumper; courtesy of the artist Peter Scheidt, Kurb-Side Spoons, 2017 (pictured: the artist working); modified Specialized Stumpjumper; courtesy of the artist

Experience Movement in Every Which Way

“Every Which Way” is the third in an annual series of exhibitions inspired by SDSU’s campus-wide initiative, Common Experience.
By Lizbeth Persons Price

From Saturday, Feb. 11 to Sunday, April 9, the San Diego State University Downtown Gallery will showcase “Every Which Way," an exhibition of artwork created by faculty and students from the SDSU School of Art and Design exploring the theme “Experience Movement” through multiple disciplines and interpretations. Exhibition approaches in “Every Which Way” range from participatory and playful to works that examine political and social issues as catalysts for historical and contemporary movements.

Visitors to “Every Which Way” can can interact with a piece by Arzu Ozkal made of handcrafted movable magnets, and see the art-making process revealed with Peter Scheidt’s mobile woodworking shop. Historical and contemporary social issues are visible in various works including graduate student Mary Cale A. Wilson’s video exploring an event that occurred in the American South during the Civil War, and as wearable art created by jewelry students addressing current events and topics.

“Every Which Way” is the third in an annual series of exhibitions inspired by SDSU’s campus-wide initiative, Common Experience, and includes works by Ozkal, Schiedt, Wilson, Richard Burkett, Scott Wyss, Claudia Cano, and David Fobes, among others.

Different approaches

Alongside the exhibition, the SDSU Downtown Gallery will host a series of pop-up programs, creating a multi-sensory experience.

“The work encompasses audience participation and kinetics, as well as connection to social and political movements,” said Chantel Paul, exhibition curator and SDSU Downtown Gallery program coordinator. "I've created a dedicated space within the exhibition that will host a changing series of pop-up programming: from crowdsourced mini exhibitions, to art-making activities, to performing arts. I hope that it adds a provocative and dynamic layer to the visitor experience throughout the run of ‘Every Which Way.’”

An up-to-date schedule of events is available on the gallery’s Facebook page.

Personal experience inspires artists

Wilson’s “Betrayal at Ebenezer” was made on June 9, 2016, in the Ebenezer Creek, a black-water creek in the artist’s home of Effingham County, Georgia. The work was made in response to an incident during the Civil War, wherein freed slaves were abandoned by Union Troops during Sherman’s March to the Sea.

“My work explores my Southern heritage in search of my own understanding,” she said. “I am interested in themes of gender, class, and race as I explore both the privileges and burdens of my cultural heritage. Personal intuition and play are driving forces in the act of creation, and I rely on rebellion, memory, and nostalgia as fuel.”

Kelly Temple, a graduate student in the School’s Jewelry and Metalsmithing program, has two pieces in the exhibition.

“I have spent many years traveling alone, and have ever been inspired during the accent or descent of a flight,” she said. “At this distance, everything simplifies into a line drawing; some changes are abrupt while others are well integrated. We as individuals are in constant change and rely on movements from ourselves, and the space around us.”

Where and what

The SDSU Downtown Gallery, located at 725 West Broadway in Downtown San Diego, is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday through Monday. The gallery is open to the public and admission is free. For parking information, visit the SDSU Downtown Gallery website.

“Every Which Way” is organized by the SDSU Downtown Gallery. Support for the exhibition and events are sponsored by the Common Experience, the School of Art and Design, the College for Professional Studies and Fine Arts, and Arts Alive SDSU. Additional support is provided by the SDSU Art Council.

Events and pop-up programming

As part of the exhibition, the SDSU Downtown Gallery will host events and a series of pop-up programs. All events and pop-ups programs are free and open to the public.

5-8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 16
Opening Reception with DJ Mike Turi and Screen Printing Activity with School of Art and Design faculty, Scott Wyss

Meet the artists and mingle as you view the exhibition and listen to the musical stylings of. DJ Mike Turi, who will be spinning a curated set. Visitors can make their own custom screen prints for a crowdsourced pop-up exhibition with imagery created by SDSU graphic design students. Downtown at Sundown is a partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCASD), Stone Brewing Company, and The Flight Path Wine Bar & Bistro, and is held on the third Thursday of every month.

11 a.m.-4 p.m., Feb. 17 to 27  
Temporary Exhibition: Professor Scott Wyss, School of Art and Design and Graphic Design Students

The crowdsourced pop-up exhibition of screen prints was made during our opening reception with graphics created by School of Art and Design graphic design students.

12-1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 18
Durational Practice as Performance
School of Music and Dance professors and SDSU dance students

School of Music and Dance faculty members Leslie Seiters and Jess Humphrey and SDSU dance students will perform a "durational practice" in the gallery. The performance requires physical commitment to a single activity for one hour. This is part of a series supported by Arts Alive SDSU.

11 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 25
‘Kurb-Side’ Workshop Hours
Peter Scheidt, Graduate Student, School of Art and Design

Scheidt will be working from his mobile bike studio on display in the exhibition, to carve spoons from discarded furniture.

1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., Friday, March 3 and Saturday, March 4
Puppetry Performance: Nao Kobayashi, Graduate Student, School of Theatre, Television and Film

Kobayashi will share the art of puppetry for two days in the gallery, which will feature Kobayashi’s original puppets as a method of storytelling with three unique performances inspired by the seasons.

Friday, March 10, time TBD
Women’s Resource Center at SDSU

The Women’s Resource Center comes to the Gallery to present a program centered on self-care and identity.

12-3 p.m., Saturday, March 11
Women’s Reproductive Rights (WRR) Craft Collective
Aleya Lanteigne, Graduate Student, School of Art and Design

Lanteigne will lead a clay workshop around the theme of women’s reproductive rights. Female participants are invited to converse and sculpt as a group.

12-3 p.m., Sunday, March 12
Embroidery: A Means for Generating Interculturality
Claudia Cano Graduate Student, School of Art and Design

Enjoy café de olla (Mexican style coffee) and learn about embroidery as cultural artifact. Participants will create their own embroidered piece in this workshop.

5-8 p.m., Thursday, March 16
Downtown at Sundown
The AjA Project

Join us for a conversation with transborder artist Omar Pimienta and Borderclick participants, on the ins-and-outs of life on both sides of the border, documentation as a tool for social justice, and a preview of their interactive data visualization. Borderclick is a digital living archive exploring the complexities of the daily transborder aesthetic experience. This event is presented in collaboration with The AjA Project and the California Arts Council.

Saturday, March 18, time TBD
Molly Gabbard, Graduate Student, School of Art and Design (Performance)

Gabbard will present a performance in character inspired by her work, “Defying Gravity,” on display in the exhibition.

12-3 p.m.,Saturday, April 1
(un)Ravel It : Hand Spinning Demonstration and Artist Talk
Professor Kerianne Quick, Jewelry and Metalsmithing, School of Art and Design

Quick and the San Diego County Hand Spinners, will demonstrate the ancient hand spinning process of converting combed sheep’s wool to yarn. The demonstration will be accompanied by an artist talk from Quick.

11 a.m.-4 p.m., April 6-9
Installation in Station B (gallery loading dock)
Professor Matthew Hebert and Furniture and Woodworking students, School of Art and Design

For the final week of “Every Which Way,” Hebert and his students will install a class project made with CNC-cut wood pieces, comprising a Rube Goldberg-inspired contraption.