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'Untitled Selections': Christian Garcia-Olivo

  • WHEN Ongoing from now until August 30, 2021[days & times]
  • WHERE Porto Vista Hotel, 1835 Columbia St., San Diego
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  • AGES Not available
  • COST Free

From "5 Works Of Art To See In San Diego In April" (KPBS)
Christian Garcia-Olivo: 'Untitled White and Pearlescent Green on Nacreous'
On view at Porto Vista Hotel from Apr. 1 - Aug. 30, 2021
If you missed Christian Garcia-Olivo's solo show at Bread and Salt this winter, you have another chance to see a solo show by this incredible, process-based local artist. Garcia-Olivo renders textures, light and shapes by pushing the boundaries of what paint can do and what art might be made from. Expect to see plenty of his unmistakable paint sculptures that look like shiny sheets mid-billow, appearing fragile enough to blow over, but this work takes another approach. Looped and net-like, the fibers, still manifested from acrylic paint, form a work that almost seems part optical illusion, part textile. This work is fairly large, 48" x 48", and transforms as you maneuver towards, away from or around it — a darkened swath of subtle green takes shape from afar. This show is called "Untitled Selections," and is curated by 1805 Gallery's Lauren Siry of works created by Garcia-Olivo in 2020.

Details: Exhibition information. Viewable 24/7 in the lobby of the Porto Vista Hotel, 1835 Columbia St., Little Italy.

From the gallery:
In collaboration with the Porto Vista Hotel, 1805 Gallery is pleased to announce Untitled Selections: Christian Garcia-Olivo. The exhibition showcases a selection of Garcia-Olivo’s most recent works created in 2020 exploring issues of race, gender and identity.

Garcia-Olivo manipulates paint into forms that resemble textiles; folding, draping and weaving the material into organic shapes that cling to the surface of the canvas. The artist merges the characteristics of paint and textile to blur the boundaries between fine art and craft.

Garcia-Olivo’s work expands on a larger dialogue regarding craft history and the marginalized demographics that were overlooked within historical fine art narratives.

The exhibition is curated by Lauren Siry. It is Christian Garcia-Olivo’s first solo exhibition with 1805 Gallery and Porto Vista Hotel contributing to the Arts Program at the hotel.

About The Artist

Christian Garcia-Olivo (b. 1988) received his BA in studio arts from San Diego State University (SDSU) in 2015. Christian was an Artist In Residence at Bread & Salt, San Diego, July through September 2020. Past shows include C-Note at San Diego Art Institute; Site Unseen at the Latin American Art Fair; Palm- Sized Oceans at Permanent Storage Projects in Los Angeles, CA.

About Porto Vista Hotel

Porto Vista Hotel is a boutique hotel in San Diego, California that showcases contemporary local and international artists throughout the hotel, creatively activating unusual and unlikely spaces.

About The Curator
Lauren Siry is an Artist, Curator and Art Consultant based in London, England and San Diego, California.

Siry collaborates with emerging artists and organizations to enhance everyday experiences with artistic interventions. She specializes in creating custom Arts programs for museums, hotels, property groups, and shopping centers. Her curatorial projects and Arts programs feature artists working in painting, photography, digital, video, performance, sculpture and installation. Siry aims to strengthen the ties between the Arts community and local businesses in an effort to provide a platform for diverse voices and spaces for critical thinking.

Website: Email: Instagram: @1805Gallery @LaurenSiryArt

Dates and times of events are subject to change without notice. Always check the event organizer's website for the most updated schedule before attending. Check local COVID-19 restrictions and updates.

Promotional photograph of "Untitled White Skin, 2020" by ...

Above: Promotional photograph of "Untitled White Skin, 2020" by Christian Olivo-Garcia (acrylic paint skin over polyethylene, on wood panel, 48 x 48 x 10"), courtesy of Porto Vista Hotel and 1805 Gallery.


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