Talking ink: Low Gallery in Barrio Logan at a mid-summer show during ComicCon
by Reviewer Rob
I had both my Nikons hanging on my neck this night with the goal of playing around with their capabilities. The D5200 and D5300 were set on their fastest ISOs for a shoot at Meegan’s art gallery/performance venue Low. I’d come to see a couple of bands play, Lisa Carver’s Suckdog and The Vaginals (Vaginals sounded great, by the way). It had been a couple of years since I’d last seen Meegan and I noticed she’d gotten a couple of new tattoos.
Meegan Nolan is the stylish owner and proprietor of Low Gallery. She’s all about art — the appreciation as well as the business of it — and only now while ‘shopping this pic did it dawn on me that she was wearing a stylin’ cartoon t-shirt (is that the Tazmanian Devil?). Classic, it was, after all, the weekend of the famous San Diego International ComicCon. Yes as a fashionista Meegan is also a triple threat. On this night her shiny gold pants were amazing. But these classic-era style tattoos were what I really liked. The symbolic “Black Rose” is on her right forearm and a standing nude ‘a la Sailor Jerry adorns her left.
I shot this while the bands were setting up for the show and Meegan was standing against the back wall of the space. No flash was used, just ambient light, so it’s grainy. Like I said, I was pushing what the low light ability of the cameras could do. I think at 1/100th of a second it’s pretty decent. Photoshop brought out more contrast and color from the original RAW image.
Image file info:
Tamron lens 18-270mm F3.5-6.3 DiII VC PZD B008N
Focal Length 18mm (in 35mm: 27mm)
Exposure: 1/100 sec; f/3.5; ISO 12800; Manual; Pattern Metering
Flash: Did not fire
reviewed here by Chase Lisbon from his page at facebook.com/chaselisbon
It’s been a couple of weeks since I got my issues of “Weltworld” in the mail. I love Scott Harrison. If you are a tattooer and don’t know who he is, than you are wrong. If you know Scott and haven’t been in an argument with him, than you are also wrong, you don’t know Scott. I’ve never seen anything like Weltworld before. I was expecting to look at some doodles for a few minutes and then forget them. Instead i found myself questioning my entire life, while trying not to throw up. At times I could relate to the internal battle that was so clearly coming out on the paper, and at other times I found myself unexpectedly laughing. I have no idea how he put such high frequency thoughts into such a low brow vehicle, but it’s a truly fascinating mix, albeit disgusting at times. Most importantly to me, it’s great to see an artist doing something they are truly passionate about. It’s funny how quickly most of us will spend $6 on an impulse buy for cheap plastics at a corporate franchise, but we will think twice before supporting an artist that puts his soul into his work.
YOUR MOM is up now through May 25th. Closing reception on Friday, May 25th, 6-10pm at Zepf Alt.
The Art Fist Collective (Jim Garry, Leanne Garry and Enrique Limón) have put together their 5th, kick-ass exhibition. The meticulously curated show, titled YOUR MOM features mother-themed works that range from traditional-style portraits to giant spray paint cans to videos to performances and everything in between. Come see Zepf Alt transformed into a work of maternal curatorial art.
I got to ask one of the members, Enrique Limón, a little about the show and a little about the collective. Included here are image from the opening of YOUR MOM.
Interview with Enrique Limón E.L interviewer K.S.
K.S. Enrique, tell me about Art Fist Collective. What’s the real mission behind this collective?
E. L. Art Fist is a curatorial experiment with three people at its core whose mission, as stated in our website, is to give the local art scene a much needed enema.
We certainly didn’t invent the scene, but we are staunch supporters of it.
K.S. You have a show that’s up now at Zepf Alt, that went up the Friday before Mother’s Day, a show Friday, titled, “Your Mom.” How did this idea come about, and what are some highlights of the show?
E. L. It was my fellow Collective member Leanne Garry’s idea. It started with the name and the general concept, and soon evolved to a group show almost forty strong. The idea behind our exhibits is to allow up-and-commers to show alongside established local legends—like say master muralists Mario Torero or Victor Ochoa, and also to give attendees a different, memorable experience that hopefully encourages them to start their own personal art collection.
K.S. You have had 5, so far that were curated by Art Fist Collective, right? Which was your favorite?
E. L. It’s going to sound so cliché, but being that we’ve never half-assed a show, they all have a special place in the pedestal. We started with “B-Side” which featured visual art by musical tastemakers; had a great coup with our B.Y.O.A. (Bring Your Own Art) show, broke new ground with our all Latino/all Virgin of Guadalupe show, and of course, our Pony show that helped the Save Our Heritage Organisation’s efforts to save downtown’s historic Caliente racetrack mural.
K.S. Alright, tell me about the name, “Art Fist Collective”, it’s revolutionary in tone, but you have a few slogans that reference or allude to fisting (“…a sexual activity that involves inserting a hand into the rectum” — as Wikipedia informs me). Please explain, does the art world or San Diego art world in particular need this rectal awakening? And why do we need it?
E. L. Leave it to Wikipedia to get my juices flowing! The name, along with our slogans have a clear tongue-in-cheek connotation, but to the best of my knowledge no actual fisting has ever occurred in any of our shows. Heavy petting sure, just no fisting.
Historically, the clenched fist image is also a sign of protest, and in us forming Art Fist, we were protesting an array of boring, stale shows that were taking over and becoming the norm in our oh so conservative town. San Diego has a great edge to it, and a strong emerging art scene that not everybody is aware of.
One thing you’ll never see in one of our shows is a generic Shamu watercolor; unless, of course, someone wants to get fisted atop of it, then we can kill two birds with one stone by calling it performance art and finally living up to our namesake.
* I (Katherine Sweetman) should mention that I am in this group show. But I won’t mention it until the end of the interview with a little asterisk.
If you want to see the video I put in the show, with plastic rats dancing to Danzig’s “Mother”, you can see it here.
Art Fist Collective presents “Your Mom,” a group art show with a Freudian twist.
Friday May 11th, 6-11pm, Zepf Alt Gallery, 1150 7th Ave. Downtown San Diego
with live performance by Granny Pearl
mom-inspired works by: Mark Adams, Dan Allen, Amy Baca López, Bret
Barrett, Zac Buddenberg, Sean Brannan, Randy Conner, German Corrales,
Angella d’Avignon, Danger Pig, Bd Dombrowsky, Carly Ealey, Mari Flores,
Jason Gould, Jeff Graves, Abel Guzman, JFeather, Pamela Jaeger, King Al,
Jorge Macfarland, Paola Mandujano, Terri Beth Mitchell, Monty
Montgomery, Heather Rae Morton, Neko, Victor Ochoa, Kira Palmer, Erika
Paniagua, Mark Richmond, Brandon Roth, Lizeth Santos, Katherine
Sweetman, Jona Téllez-Girón, Perry Vasquez, Eren Verdiguel, Dave Warshaw
& Wind Spirit