FROM ATHENAEUM REPORTS
For the fourth year, the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library will present the work of the San Diego Art Prize winners, April 5-May 3 at the library, 1008 Wall St. The exhibition will open with a public reception 6:30-8:30 p.m., Friday, April 4.
San Diego Art Prize (a project of the San Diego Visual Arts Network) spotlights established San Diego artists together with emerging artists. A panel of local art administrators selects the established artists and they, in turn, select an emerging artist.
In 2013, the winners are James Hubbell with emerging artist Brennan Hubbell, and Larry and Debby Kline with emerging artist James Enos.
■ James Hubbell studied design and painting at Whitney Art School in Connecticut, and then served in Korea. Returning home, he studied painting and sculpture at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. Hubbell has designed hundreds of commissions, including doors, sculptures, fountains and gardens. He has created restaurants, homes, chapels, schools and parks, but is best known for the chapel at Sea Ranch, Calif., and the Palace Doors of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.
He has become increasingly interested in parks and gardens as a way to link the human world to the world of nature. Some of his most recent work is the Gazebo Park in Shelter Island, a fountain at the City Complex on Coronado, and a large forged- iron gate at the Julian multi-use library.
Hubbell and his wife, Anne Stewart, created the Ilan-Lael Foundation, an arts education nonprofit that creates “a space to connect people, art and nature for a more sustainable and harmonious world.”
■ Brennan Hubbell began creating art as soon as he could walk. Even as a kindergartener, he helped build Ilan-Lael, the art and nature center, which is now home to his parents and Hubbell Studios.
His work is wide-ranging, from large public sculptures to smaller commissions in a variety of materials, including mosaic, wood, and iron, and often featuring water and light.
He also works in video documentation. Hubbell attended Webb Academy in Claremont and then went on to major in fine arts at St. Olaf College in Minnesota. In his 20s, Hubbell studied permaculture in Oaxaca, Mexico, under the instruction of Chuck Marsh, the North Carolina– based permaculturalist and designer.
■ Debby and Larry Kline are collaborative artists with a focus on issues of justice. They pose provocative questions, challenge preconceptions “and generally screw with context to make a point.”
The Klines have been featured in many solo exhibitions, including those at Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts (San Francisco), California Center for the Arts Museum, La Casa del Túnel art center (Tijuana), Southwestern College Art Gallery, Mesa College Art Gallery and the Athenaeum.
Their work was featured in Nature/Nation, an international exhibition of environmental artists at Museum on the Seam (Israel), which involved traveling to Jerusalem and creating a one-ton adobe structure on the roof of the museum. They have participated in The Center
for Land Use Interpretation’s residency program and were highlighted artists at the Beyond the Border International Contemporary Art Fair and the Art San Diego 2013 Contemporary Art Fair.
■ James A. Enos is an artist and architectural designer producing narrative works that offer an alternative imagination of urban space.
Focusing on questions of civic identity and collective strategies for social change, he offers a poignant critique toward addressing what he describes as the “fundamental aesthetic challenges facing North American cities.”
By way of institutional performances and public programming, and via interdisciplinary visualizations, Enos pairs “our erroneous and irrational conceptions of the 21st century landscape with provocations of reciprocity.”
He is the co-founder and director of The Periscope Project, a collaborative project platform, urban think-tank, and former alternative space, and has served as the North American project director of Port Journeys for the Spiral (Wacoal Art Center), Tokyo, and Zou-no-hana Terrace, Yokohama.
Enos has exhibited in the architectural exhibition at the U.S. Pavilion in the 13th Venice Biennale, among other international institutions.
■ IF YOU GO:
The reception is free and so is admission to the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library exhibition 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays; and 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays. The library is closed Sundays and Mondays. (858) 454-5872.