Lino Lago’s Crash exhibit includes his works “Fake Abstract (Orange on Horace Vernet),” “Crash (Yellow on Vermeer)” and “Fake Abstract (Light Blue on Roslin).” PHOTO BY NADER ESSA PHOTOGRAPHY
International artists start local dialogues this fall at leading San Diego art museums.
Contemporary Mexican designers Héctor Esrawe and Ignacio Cadena created the lively new Los Trompos art installation, coming to The New Children’s Museum in mid-October PHOTO BY: HÉCTOR ESRAWE AND IGNACIO CADENA
Lino Lago’s Crash and Anne-Sophie Øgaard’s Perception of Light at Madison Gallery A woman-owned and -run contemporary art gallery in Solana Beach, Madison Gallery spotlights leading global artists. Open through Oct. 8, Crash is the gallery’s third solo exhibit on Spain-born artist Lino Lago—who imposes “peekaboo gestures” on realistic oil painting portraits by master painters of bygone eras, to juxtapose the old with the new. “On one hand, I include the past,” Lago said in a statement. “On the other hand, we find it is negation, a daring explosion which destroys and changes everything. A new light.” Opening Oct. 22 and running through Dec. 17, Norwegian artist Anne-Sophie Øgaard’s Perception of Light uses materials such as paint, sand, cement and plaster to explore the boundaries of where a painting ends and sculpture begins. Whereas paintings look the same no matter the vantage point, she believes with sculptures, which open the door to magic, things can appear or disappear depending on where you’re standing. Noted Øgaard, “People’s perception and response to the space will be manipulated as the light changes in that space, and the impression of my work will change as well.” madisongalleries.com
Carolina Caycedo: Aesthetics of Commodity at The Institute of Contemporary Art, San Diego The 2022-2023 exhibition season at ICA San Diego, titled Limitless Growth, Limited World, explores human consumption—something central to the work of regional artist Carolina Caycedo, whose striking show will open the season. Born in London to Colombian parents, the esteemed L.A.-based artist’s exhibit Aesthetics of Commodity, open through Oct. 30 at ICA San Diego/ North, is a study of Puerto Rico’s paper bonds, examining how they reflect the colonial past and have played a role in the country’s debt crisis. Through digital collages, featuring overlapping 19th and 20th century stocks and bonds from the commonwealths of Puerto Rico, Virginia and Pennsylvania, Caycedo calls out text and imagery that represent the consumption of land and the social systems established by the sale of these bonds. Historical documents are further used to create borders, vignettes and tableaus— bringing themes of Manifest Destiny, slavery and capitalism to light. icasandiego.org
Carolina Caycedo’s “Charm Bonds” (2021) from her Aesthetics of Commodity exhibit at ICA San Diego. PHOTO BY: RUBEN DIAZ/COURTESY OF THE ARTIST AND COMMONWEALTH AND COUNCIL, LOS ANGELES
Héctor Esrawe and Ignacio Cadena’s Los Trompos at The New Children’s Museum In a joint commission with the Bay Area Discovery Museum in Sausalito, The New Children’s Museum in San Diego enlisted contemporary Mexican designers Héctor Esrawe and Ignacio Cadena to create the lively new art installation Los Trompos, which will be displayed at both museums. Following its run in the Bay Area, the colorful Los Trompos exhibit of life-size spinning tops moves to the park across from The New Children’s Museum in mid-October and will remain on view through Jan. 2023. Children are invited to climb inside and team up to spin the tops, encouraging interaction and collaboration. “The concept behind Los Trompos is based on an approach of traditional toys, their colorful expression and the way they are constructed,” said Esrawe and Cadena in a statement. “We wanted to talk about the traditions and skills of the craftsmen in Mexico, and an inheritance of our culture. We like the idea of translating these techniques into new symbols.” thinkplaycreate.org