Contemporary art fair brings ‘Creative Collisions’ to Balboa Park

Mexican-born, San Diego-based artist Becky Guttin will welcome fairgoers with her vibrant red carpet installation, ‘We can work it out.’ Courtesy

If you go
■ What: Art San Diego
■ When: 7 p.m. Nov. 7 Opening Night VIP Party benefitting MCASD, $65; noon-8 p.m. Nov. 8-9; noon-5 p.m. Nov. 10
■ Where: Balboa Park Activity Center, 2145 Park Blvd., San Diego
Admission: $10-$15
■ Schedule:

By Lonnie Burstein Hewitt

Now in its fifth year, San Diego’s contemporary art fair, Art San Diego, is gearing up for its best showing yet. The theme this time is “Creative Collisions,” setting the scene for a mix of disciplines, nationalities, street-artists and art institutions coming together at the Activity Center in Balboa Park Nov. 7-10.

Founder/director Ann Berchtold said the four-day event is expected to  attract more than 13,000 visitors from San Diego and beyond, and will include 60 local, national and international exhibitors. Berchtold, who grew up in a family of artists, spends much of her time scouting art fairs in other cities for new talents to bring to Art San Diego.

Among this year’s finds are Drew Tal, an Israeli-born, New York City-based photographer, whose most recent body of work, “Worlds Apart,” celebrates the beauty in a diverse range of societies, cultures and religions. His background in fashion and travel photography, combined with a love of digital experimentation and enriched by a hope for mutual understanding, gives a haunting quality to his pieces.

From Mexico City comes CORE (COnditions REcycled), a project specially commissioned for the fair. A joint venture by a trio of Mexican architects and designers  — Hector Esrawe, Alejandro Tapia and Sebastian Beltran — who are dedicated to extending the borders of architecture, interior and product design, CORE explores new ways of transforming the spaces in which we live.

But many of the notables in ArtSD13 are San Diegans, like artist-provocateurs Debby and Larry Kline. Besides bringing a number of their creative works to the fair, they will offer interactive performances, including a tour of the exhibits and a demo of “3Doodler,” a 3-D pen that writes in hard plastic.

“It’s great to have the Klines onboard,” said Berchtold. “They combine an intellectual approach to art with such a sense of fun. The 3Doodler company donated a couple of pens for them to play with, and they’ll give fairgoers a chance to play, too.”

The Klines are also onboard as winners of the 2013 San Diego Art Prize, along with James Enos, James Hubbell and Brennan Hubbell. Berchtold co-founded the Art Prize seven years ago with artist Patricia Frischer, and all of this year’s prizewinners will have works on display at the fair.

Another featured local is Becky Guttin, whose installation “We can work it out,” a colorful reimagining of symbols from her Mexican childhood that was originally shown at the Oceanside Museum of Art in 2011, will be the red-carpet entry piece to ArtSD13.

There will also be installations from local museums and the NewSchool of Architecture and Design, whose students helped design, in cooperation with Noble Environmental Technologies, the café and lounge in the heart of the art fair. Operated by chef/caterer Giuseppe Ciuffa, known to La Jollans as owner of the Museum Café, the lounge will be a great place to meet, eat and relax from the hectic pace of art fair activity.

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1 Comment for “Contemporary art fair brings ‘Creative Collisions’ to Balboa Park”

  1. Jude Mathis

    As a local San Diego artist, it is disappointing to read that we are bringing in artists from other US cities, some as far away as New York when we have so many brilliant artists here and so few quality venues and opportunities to show. We have to go to LA or San Francisco and beyond to find additional exposure. It would be great if San Diego supported local artists more than they do.

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