Columnist Misael Diaz contibutes to this week's edition of Around the Counties.
A frequent commuter between both San Diego County and Tijuana, Diaz tells us about his favorite art places and spaces, as well as emerging art trends displayed in both areas.
Lastly, the founding member of an art collective recommends an ongoing event taking place in a small but active location of San Diego.
What makes San Diego County so attractive?
The intense juxtaposition of military bases and utopic artificial environments--aka theme parks--and the amazingly beautiful beaches.
What's attractive about Tijuana?
[The] Intense juxtaposition of militarized border and utopic artificial environments, plus the eclectic pastiche culture and resilient people.
What are some of your favorite art venues in San Diego County?
- Periscope Project: Great space with very innovative projects relating to public space, urban development and architecture.
- Double Break: Lovely bookstore and gallery showcasing 2D work by amazing artists from the region.
Which Tijuana art venues do you enjoy?
- El Grafografo: Amazing bookstore supporting the booming local literary scene by hosting readings, conferences, festivals and publishing quarterlies.
- Espacio Cognado: A must for me (because I work there), the workshop/residency space I co-founded with Amy Sanchez as part of cognate collective, in an artisan market at the San Ysidro Port of Entry.
Mercado de Artesanias, La Linea Garita de San Ysidro, Tijuana
Which art event did you last attend in San Diego County?
Slab. Sand. Cloud. Grid. exhibition featuring new work by Sam Kronick and Hermione Spriggs and Perspectives: Mexican American Art Today at MCASD La Jolla.
What about Tijuana?
Do you see any art trends in San Diego?
New gallery/residency hybrid spaces, supporting interesting work, much of it in "public" space.
Do you see any art trends in Tijuana?
Lots of community oriented collaborative artistic practices, and the development of independent cultural infrastructure to provide alternative forms of citizen engagement to strengthen civil society and confront the consequences of violence and corruption.
Can you recommend an art event to the Artbound audience that's taking place this weekend?
The exhibition Good Grief by Matt Coors and Louis M. Schmidt at Double Break Bookstore/Gallery.
Good Grief at Double Break (June 22 through July 21)
1821 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101 619-238-2325
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