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5 works of art to see in San Diego in February

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Duke Windsor
Duke Windsor's "Let's Eat" is currently on view at Oceanside Museum of Art through Mar. 13, 2022.

Duke Windsor: 'Let's Eat'

On view at Oceanside Museum of Art (OMA) through Mar. 13, 2022

Toying with reverence is part of Duke Windsor's magic. The San Diego artist uses gold leaf in unexpected places, like puddles in alleyways, telephone pole-studded skies or even hamburger portraits. It elevates the quotidian, adding gilded glamor to everyday landscapes, everyday neighborhoods and — in this new exhibition, "Nothing's Impossible," everyday foods. Hung on the walls in ornate frames, Windsor pits burgers against traditional food still life paintings, drawing on the influence of traditional Dutch still life painters as well as wood panel iconography.

For "Let's Eat," a portrait of a single cheeseburger in his "Burger Series," the title's invocation is a cheeky spin on the reverence. Realistic glints of light on crisp red onions, plump tomatoes, the glistening cheese oozing onto the table, and an almost dainty curl of crisp bacon are all set against a luminous gold leaf backdrop. Fair warning: try not to visit while hungry.

OMA is open to the public Thursday through Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside. [Exhibition details]

Melissa Walter: 'Gravitational Lensing'

On view at Cannon Gallery through Feb. 5, 2022

This one closes very soon, so make your plans to see it now. Walter's exceptional large-scale paper-cut installation piece, "Gravitational Lensing," is part of the 2021 Cannon Invitational.

"Gravitational Lensing" by Melissa Walter (cut paper)
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Melissa Walter's large-scale cut paper installation, "Gravitational Lensing," shown installed at Bread and Salt in 2017. The work is installed in a variation at Cannon Gallery in Carlsbad through Feb. 5, 2022.

Each time Walter installs this work, it feels different — whether from the surroundings or the positioning and orientation. Maybe you saw her original installation at Bread and Salt in 2017, or San Diego City College in 2018, but she also installed it in Denmark in 2019 wrapped around a metal column. "Gravitational lensing" refers to the astrophysical phenomenon when huge amounts of matter (a black hole, or clusters of galaxies, for example) block or distort a light source and cause the light to bend.

"Gravitational Lensing" by Melissa Walter, created during her artist residency at Bread & Salt in 2017.
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"Gravitational Lensing" by Melissa Walter, created during her artist residency at Bread & Salt in 2017. A variation of the work is currently installed at Cannon Gallery through Feb. 5, 2022.

Walter also has some brand new works to accompany the sculpture, and the other artists in the invitational are Samantha Barrymore, Griselda Rosas, Brad Maxey and Jiela Rufeh.

Cannon Gallery hours are noon to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, and noon to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 1755 Dove Ln., Carlsbad. [Exhibition details]

Andrés Hernández: 'My Faith Won't Move Mountains But My Longing Builds Bridges Across the Mexican Border To Be By Your Side'

On view at The Hill Street Country Club through Feb. 28, 2022

Tijuana-based artist and writer Andrés Hernández opened a solo show, "Crying on the Blue Line Trolley" at The Hill Street Country Club (HSCC) in January, her first solo exhibition. It's multidisciplinary, though at the center of the show are oversized prints of analog photographs taken from her route back and forth across the US-Mexico border, mostly on the trolley. In this way, it's hard to pick just one work — each seems like a pause, a breath taken, on a journey.

Hernández's work is intensely vulnerable and specific, though in these pictures of bridges, overpasses, trolley seats and landscapes she manages to offer her deeply personal story in a universal form.

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Andrés Hernández
"My Faith Won't Move Mountains But My Longing Builds Bridges Across the Mexican Border To Be By Your Side" by Andrés Hernández is on view at The Hill Street Country Club through Feb. 28, 2022.

This work, "My Faith Won't Move Mountains But My Longing Builds Bridges Across The Mexican Border To Be By Your Side" packs so much into one relatively sparse scene, washed in an analog softness: a border dividing two partners, and a suggestion of the agony of separation and a long and volatile history at the border.

An artist talk with Hernández along with regional poet and professor Karla Cordero will take place Saturday, Jan. 29 at 1 p.m. (RSVP for the talk here).

HSCC is showing the exhibition by appointment only, Friday through Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. 530 S. Coast Hwy., Oceanside. [Exhibition details]

Marie Watt: 'Blanket Stories: Continuum (Book I/Book III)'

On view at University of San Diego Gallery Feb. 4 through May 13, 2022.

Marie Watt's sculptural blanket series works are profound, powerful and eye-catching. Huge, towering pillars of folded and stacked blankets, installed inside or outside, some curving and hooking into shapes, others a simple column.

University of San Diego will show a mid-career retrospective this month of the artist, who is an enrolled member of the Seneca Nation of Indians and who draws on Iroquois and indigenous histories and influence in her work. But rather than her sculptural works, they're focusing on her remarkable career in printmaking.

The exhibition is called "Storywork: The Prints of Marie Watt," pulling from the collections of the Jordan D. Schnitzer Family Foundation.

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"Continuum (Book I/Book III)," 2007, by Marie Watt, from the USD collection.

This work, a six-color lithograph with chine collé — a type of multilayer tissue-thin paper used in printmaking — is a companion to her blanket works, and the stories and traditional rites of passage or transitions that those blankets represent. Etched into the paper are countless words and sentences, woven together like fibers in a cloth.

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Detail of Marie Watt's "Blanket Stories: Continuum Book I/Book III," which will be on view at University of San Diego gallery Feb. 4 through May 13, 2022.

Many of her prints served as sketches or designs for larger installations, but stand alone as works of art. In her printmaking, Watt has collaborated with the Tamarind Workshop, the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology and more. Many of Watt's shows have included some of her printmaking, and while this USD show will also include some of her striking sculptures, this exhibition will be the first to feature her printmaking as the primary focus.

The USD Hoehn Family Gallery is located in Founders Hall, and hours are Monday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m., with closures during university holidays. Watt will be onsite to lecture on Feb. 16. Founder's Hall, 5998 Alcalá Park, USD. [Exhibition details]

Tatiana Ortiz-Rubio: 'Intrinsically asymmetrical'

On view at City College Gallery Feb. 5 through Mar. 1, 2022

Muralist Tatiana Ortiz-Rubio's latest charcoal cloud piece will be part of a group show in the newly reopened City Gallery at San Diego City College. In this new large-scale work, she's informed by time and its complicated physics and philosophies. In her artist statement, Ortiz-Rubio writes, "I examine the experience of time as both linear and circular, as finite and infinite, of the impossibility of it being defined yet always striving to capture it."

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"Intrinsically asymmetrical," by muralist Tatiana Ortiz-Rubio, will be on view at City College Gallery Feb. 5 through Mar. 1, 2022.

The work focuses on what separates the past and the future, and a heightened awareness of the present: transitions and instants, moments that are gone long after we even begin to try to document them. Ortiz-Rubio's massive works are always absolutely mesmerizing. You can also see her recent marigold work (part of the California Department of Public Health's "#StopTheSpread outreach program) on the side of the Bread and Salt silo.

At City Gallery, Ortiz-Rubio will show "Intrinsically asymmetrical" alongside works by Dakota Noot, Catherine Ruane and Vicki Walsh. There are two receptions, one to open the show on Feb. 5 and another to close it out on Feb. 26, both from 5-7 p.m. Arts & Humanities Building AH314, 1508 C St., downtown. [Exhibition details]