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'Surface Tension'

Courtesy of ICA San Diego
Caroline Monnet's "Like Ships in the Night," 2018.
Every week from March 25, 2022 until June 19, 2022.
Sunday: 12 PM - 5 PM
Thursday: 12 PM - 5 PM
Friday: 12 PM - 5 PM
Saturday: 12 PM - 5 PM
Institute of Contemporary Art San Diego – Central

The next exhibition to take over the new ICA San Diego Central gallery in Balboa Park will feature the immersive multi-media video work of seven artists from around the world, including San Diego-based Pinar Yoldas. Each work studies the relationship of humans to the ocean, ranging from our reverence towards the ocean to our abuse and destruction of it. The exhibition opens with a reception on Friday, Mar. 25 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. RSVP here.

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From ICA San Diego:
Surface Tension is an immersive multimedia exhibition that explores our relationship with ocean environments through its consumption, degradation, and beauty. Artists from around the world tell a story of their vision of our oceans through unique video presentations. The title, a reference to a property of water that allows it to resist an external force, reflects the ocean’s ability to act as both a support system for humans as well as a form of powerful opposition.

As the largest mass on our planet and the source of life, oceans control the weather and provide food and products for humanity. However, it also acts as a receptacle for the disposal of plastics, oil, and sewage. For millennia, the ocean has been a connective tissue between cultures while also facilitating their destruction through mass colonization. The artists of Surface Tension evaluate these layered dimensions of our historic links with the ocean.

Divided into two sections, the exhibition presents six artists who explore both our connection to and resistance to oceans. Artists bring their unique cultural identity to envision the ocean from a global perspective rather than one that functions within a local ecosystem.

Together, all of the artists in Surface Tension explore the multi-species experience with ocean ecosystems, adopting historical and present-day tragedies while leading us down a path of contemplation and reevaluation. Where do we go from here? How can we atone for hundreds of years of ocean plundering? This exhibition has no answers – it is you, the viewer, who must make your own decisions on how you will consider your future relationship with the ocean.

This exhibition will feature work from Marina Zurkow (B. 1962, US), Charles Atlas (B. 1949, US), Ulu Braun (B. 1976, Germany), Pinar Yoldas (B.1979, Turkey), Caroline Monnet (B. 1985, Canada), Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley (B. 1995, UK).

Opening reception:
Friday, Mar. 25, 2022
5:30-8:30 p.m.
Free / RSVP here

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Institute of Contemporary Art San Diego – Central

1439 El Prado
San Diego, California 92101
(619) 236-0011

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