The Art Disposal Service Ceremony and Press Conference

03/15/2013 - 12:00pm

Art Disposal ServiceDave Hampton will assume the leadership of Art Disposal Service this month, taking the reins from Bob Matheny in a ceremony to be held on the Ides of March.

Hampton is serious about problems of crowding and overpopulation that stem from the creative impulse. "I mean, look around you," he says, leaning forward in his chair. "Art is all over. Museums are full, galleries and collectors are overwhelmed... who's going to clean up the mess?"
Hampton plans to begin where Matheny, an artist and former art instructor at Southwestern College, left off.

In 1969 Matheny entered into a contract to operate a San Diego franchise of the Art Disposal Service with artist John Manno, who founded the service in Los Angeles. Manno is said to have parked his van, adorned with prominent ADS signage, in front of busy La Cienega Boulevard galleries, making himself readily available to potential clients. "Matheny's had this racket sewn up since I was four years old," exclaims Hampton. "It's time to give someone else a piece of the action!"

The ceremony will be held at high noon at the artist enclave Bread & Salt. Matheny will pass the art disposal torch to Hampton, and they will sign a new contract ensuring the longevity of the Art Disposal Service. After the ceremony, they will be available to field questions from journalists and the public.

"Bob will continue to guide us as Director Emeritus," Hampton says. "He's deeply concerned, but some artists have a tough time taking responsibility. They agree that there's a problem, but then they just go around the corner and start making more art."

A specially commissioned piece of music called Fanfare For Paperwork by local composer Chris Fulford-Brown will also make its public debut during the ceremony. "Music comes first," says Hampton. "It's a critical part of our service, but there's no room for sentiment in this business," he adds. "We look forward to working with top-notch artists and collectors as soon as possible."

Get more information, or RSVP on Facebook here.

Bread & Salt
1955 Julian Street, San Diego, CA
Scott Ehrig-Burgess, ADS Media Liaison 858.997.4374

Thumbprint Gallery : Dualism of Love

02/11/2012 - 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Godoy and Lopez-Chavez describe this dualistic thinking through the metaphysics of their work. In this exhibition, the gallery forms a union of two separate creative energies with the expression of unifying the dualism of Love. The artists embrace their thoughts and emotions in a tone of abstract expressionism.

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Location: Thumbprint Gallery (Map this)

About Thumbprint Gallery:
Thumbprint Gallery is the premiere destination for urban contemporary art in San Diego, CA. Relocating to La Jolla in 2011, Thumbprint Gallery maintains its involvement in supporting talented local artists, curating monthly exhibitions at its associated gallery, Sudden Art Gallery as well as one night exhibitions at Bar Basic, both located in downtown San Diego. Paul Ecdao and Johnny Tran founded the gallery in 2009 with a commitment to furthering the urban art movement that stems from outsider art, low/new brow art, street art and graffiti as well as support both established and emerging artists within the genre.


Art and the City

There are so many exciting events around town this weekend as part of Art San Diego Contemporary Art Fair! We're excited about all of them, and will be making the rounds tomorrow night including stops at Orchid nominee The Periscope Project and Set & Drift's show Current at The Bakery in beautiful Barrio Logan. This is a perfect weekend to get out there and drink in some innovation and art!!


Assorted Happenings + Various Misgivings

09/04/2010 - 4:00pm - 10:00pm

Periscope Project
Assorted Happenings + Various Misgivings is an informative look into the making of 2010 Orchid nominee the Periscope Project, with video footage by Andrea Ngan. Artist Louis M Schmidt will feature work from his "No One Gets Out Alive (Nobody Wins)" series. Music is provided by DJ Snake Hips, Steve Tuttle, Tristan Shone and Il-young Son, powered by the A&P Soundsystem. A pop-up will provide Project paraphernalia with custom shirts by Weve Clothing.

Join the Periscope Project for art, architecture, fellowship and community exchange takes part in the East Village "Open Spaces" Art Walk and shines a flashlight on the neighborhood to reveal a glimpse of greater things to come!

Set & Drift presents CURRENT at The Bakery

09/04/2010 - 12:00pm - 09/05/2010 - 10:00pm

Set & Drift presents CURRENT: An exhibition of hand-crafted design, featuring the West Coast debut of internationally acclaimed Korean designer *Kwangho Lee,* along with MERCANTILE, a pop-up shop showcasing limited edition design objects by 9 American designers and artists including furniture pieces, prints, and hand-stitched textiles with works by Miki Iwasaki, Josh Higgins, Neko Burke, Gabriel Salcedo, Casey Lurie, Philipp Bosshart, and Bells & Whistles.

The Opening is Saturday, September 4 (7-10 pm, free), along with a photography exhibition opening across the street at Voz Alta Gallery and open studios at the beautiful Glashaus just a couple of blocks away, including Device Gallery's Creatures of Industry. Should be a happening night in the Barrio!

A private Patron's Night will also be hosted on Wednesday, Sept 1, from 7-10 p.m., fully catered by the celebrated MIHO Gastrotruck (gourmet street food) with a hosted bar and an intimate live roots-Americana music performance by members of The Silent Comedy. Set & Drift is offering their Patrons first dibs on the amazing limited edition design objects at the pop-up shop (hand-crafted jewelry, furniture accessories, prints, & more) and will have surprises from a host of fantastic local businesses.

Patrons’ Night
Wed. Sept 1, 2010, (7-10 pm, $50 Patrons’ Circle donation)
A special gathering with the Current designers, featuring MIHO Gastrotruck, hosted bar and live roots-Americana music by members of The Silent Comedy. More details here.

Opening Reception
Sat. Sept 4, 2010 (7-10 pm; free – RSVP)
With sounds by Will Redd and DJ Claire
Saturday night will be host to Artist Openings throughout the Barrio Logan neighborhood.

Open Gallery at The Bakery
Current will be available for viewing throughout the ART SAN DIEGO Contemporary Art Fair
Fri. Sept 3 (12-7 pm)
Sat. Sept 4 (12-10 pm)
Sun. Sept 5 (12-5 pm)

The Bakery
1701 National Avenue, Barrio Logan
San Diego, California USA 92113

Coffee & Donuts @ The Bakery

06/26/2010 - 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Join Woodbury faculty and others for an exhibition of thier work at
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As a sequel to the ‘Shaken, not Stirred’ show in June 2009, a group of local San Diego designers, architects, artists and educators are getting together once again to showcase recent individual projects and ideas that they have been working on. The exhibition will include a variety of media including, sculptures, drawings, digital fabrications and models.

Artists whose work is included in this show are Ted Smith & Kathleen McCormick; Rinehart/Herbst; Hector & Adrian Perez; Miki Iwasaki; Rene Peralta; Megan Willis; David White; Jim Darroch; Christopher Puzio; Jose Parral & Tasi Paulson; Philipp Bosshart; Andy Ralph; Brian Dick; Jon Linton; Michael Hoffman; Daniela Deutsch; Cameron Crockett; Adriana Cuellar & Marcel Sanchez-Prieto; and Nathan Colkitt

Art in the City Conference

09/04/2010 - 8:00am - 5:00pm

The Art in the City Conference, part of the Art in the City Contemporary Art Fair, is intended to inspire a vibrant dialogue, and ensuing action, about the opportunity for arts and culture to make beautiful and meaningful places, provide a significant economic stimulus, and enrich our civic life.
Conference Mission: To establish a Forum on the most successful Arts & Culture initiatives nationwide that leads to implementation of the best ideas for San Diego. With the panels and session topics they have lined up, they're sure to make great progress - and we're excited to learn what becomes of it.

Fred Hocks - Dean of the San Diego Moderns

06/19/2010 - 10:00am - 06/20/2010 - 4:00pm

A Sale Of Works On Paper By Artist Fred Hocks On A Scale Not Seen Since His 1976 Retrospective At SDMA!!

Objects USA, an online gallery and resource for mid-century San Diego art and design, and Priscilla Spitler of the Paula Hocks Archive, announce a weekend-long sale of approximately one hundred works on paper by Fred Hocks (1886-1981).

Ronis Fine Arts
1946 Broadway, San Diego, CA. 92102
Free Admission - Cash, check or payment via Paypal accepted, no credit cards
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05/28/2010 - 7:00pm - 05/30/2010 - 5:00pm

objects-usa-spring-2010.jpgWhat better way to observe the start of spring on a long weekend than to to join our friends at Objects USA for their OBJECTS: SPRING 10, the latest in a continuing series of sales exhibitions.

Items for sale are all vintage, from the '50's, '60's and '70's, and include paintings, sculpture, pottery, furniture and functional objects for indoor and outdoor use.

Whether you're a seasoned collector or just curious, you don't want to miss checking out these unique, super cool, one-of-a-kind items!
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How Many Billboards


In our unplanned, ongoing series of cool cities doing cool things, have a look at Los Angeles' MAK Center for Art and Architecture's exhibition of "How Many Billboards". billboard_kori_newkirk.jpg Read more »

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