Past Exhibitions

Exhibition: “Resonance” / A Group Show

Exhibition: Resonance

“RESONANCE” / A GROUP SHOW

OPENING RECEPTION: SATURDAY, MARCH 19, 2016 – SIX TO NINE PM
SPARKS GALLERY 1 YEAR ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
Live guitar performance by Alex Guillen

29 San Diego artists present their non-figurative work in an all-abstracts show. Without figurative grounding, vibrations, rhythms and energies in each work emerge. The movement of the painter’s brush stroke comes into focus… paint is pushed or pulled across each canvas differently in every piece. Light through a lens is captured without knowing subject or place. Colors stand boldly; lines are drawn; patterns repeat.

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Exhibition: David Fokos Solo Show: “The Book Pages Project”

ARTIST STATEMENT:

The first decade of the 21st Century will be remembered for the radical paradigm shift brought about by the introduction of a vast array of portable, personal, information technology.

On Monday, July 19, 2010, Amazon announced that for the first time, it had sold more e-books the previous quarter than hardcover books.

This project is an homage to books. “Real” books. Books with covers and dog-eared corners; books with pulpy paper and yellowing pages. Musty smelling books fading into history. Continue reading

Exhibition: “Verdant” / A Group Show

“VERDANT” / A GROUP SHOW

OPENING RECEPTION: SATURDAY, JANUARY 16, 2016 – EIGHT TO TEN PM

In San Diego, we are lucky to have a diverse set of habitats: Beach, Chaparral, Mountains, Desert, and more. This selection of artwork by San Diego artists is a celebration of the diversity not only of San Diego flora, but also of vegetation outside of our local environment. With this selection of contemporary scenes of plant life, we observe and capture visions of bountiful greenery. Continue reading

Exhibition: 10×10 – Small Works / Sparks Gallery Holiday Party

A NEW EXHIBITION AT SPARKS GALLERY

“10×10 – SMALL WORKS” / A GROUP SHOW

OPENING RECEPTION: FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11, SIX TO NINE PM

This December, please join us at Sparks Gallery in your finest holiday attire for the Opening of “10×10” – Small Works. Complimentary beverages sponsored and supplied by California Fruit Wine, and as always, floral arrangements presented by Adorations Botanical Artistry. Continue reading

Exhibition: David Wing “A San Diego Retrospective”/ A Solo Show

David Wing: “A San Diego Retrospective”/ A Solo Show

Opening Reception: Friday, October 2, 2015 6pm – 9pm
Exhibition on view October 2, 2015 – December 6, 2015

David Wing was born in California in 1947 and has been photographing the life and landscape of the American West for the past fifty years. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Museum purchases of his work include the Museum of Modern Art, New York, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Getty Research Library. In addition to several limited-edition portfolios, he has published the monograph “Death Valley: The Ambiguous Landscape.” Continue reading

Exhibition: “Together” – James and Brennan Hubbell

James Hubbell & Brennan Hubbell Exhibition

“TOGETHER”: JAMES AND BRENNAN HUBBELL

Opening Reception: Saturday, August 1, six to nine pm

Exhibition on view August 1 – September 22, 2015

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Father/Son artist duo James and Brennan Hubbell will release brand new works – available exclusively through Sparks Gallery. Continue reading

Exhibition: “Persona” – A Group Show

PERSONA” / A GROUP SHOW

An exhibition of portraits by San Diego artists: a selection of faces and figures, both real and fanciful.

// 18 Talented San Diego Artists
// Nationally recognized installation artist Cathy Breslaw’s suspended installation, entitled: “Above, Below, and Beyond”
// Trunk show: Erin Fader jewelry
// A chance to revisit acclaimed photographer Bil Zelman’s “Isolated Gesture” solo show on our upper mezzanine Continue reading

Exhibition: Bil Zelman’s “Isolated Gesture”

Bil Zelman - Isolated Gesture

BIL ZELMAN: “ISOLATED GESTURE” / A SOLO SHOW
ON VIEW MAY 31 – JULY 28, 2015
OPENING RECEPTION: SUNDAY, MAY 31, FIVE TO TEN PM
RSVP Required – email events@sparksgallery.com or call (619) 696-1416 to be on the list. Or RSVP on Facebook.

// Curated by Bil Zelman (View Available Works Here)
// Isolated Gesture Books available with purchase of print: oversized 9 1/2″ by 12″, 144 pages of Duotone plates, hardbound linen cover with foil stamp on spine, slipcover with cover image and title, stitched “Smyth sewn” seams.

“For twelve years I obsessively carried a heavy, modified Nikon film camera with a powerful flash on it everywhere I went. I traveled to small town fairs, parades, public gatherings- Shot on the street and snuck my way into parties and gala events everywhere I could.

I never looked through the camera, but rather placed it near the scene with my outstretched arm, clicked the shutter and popped the flash. I don’t know any of the people in these pictures and I never asked anyone if I could shoot and people’s responses over the years varied from great interest and feelings of total flattery to invasion of privacy, near violence and even an unwarranted arrest.” Continue reading

Un Amour du Noir Exhibition

Noir - San Diego Art

“UN AMOUR DU NOIR / A LOVE FOR BLACK” / A GROUP SHOW

ON VIEW MAY 2 – JULY 3, 2015
OPENING RECEPTION: SATURDAY, MAY 2, SIX TO TEN PM – RSVP to the gallery at (619) 696-1416 / events@sparksgallery.com or on Facebook.

// Storefront Installation by Li Huai
// A chance to revisit “Forces Unseen” – artwork by Jill Joy, Hill&Stump, & Steven Florman

Rich monochromatic tones emphasize the story within each piece in “Un Amour du Noir / A Love For Black”. Continue reading

FORCES UNSEEN Exhibition

Forces Unseen Sparks Art Gallery San Diego

“FORCES UNSEEN” / A DEDICATED EXHIBITION

ON VIEW APRIL 4 – MAY 26, 2015
OPENING RECEPTION: SATURDAY, APRIL 4, SIX TO TEN PM
RSVP required – RSVP on Facebook or call/email the gallery to be on the list: (619) 696-1416 / events@sparksgallery.com

// Art by Hill&StumpJill Joy, & Steven Florman
// A chance to revisit “One on One” – 54 San Diego artists, plus new pieces added after the opening
// Harp performance by Tasha Smith Godinez 7:30-9pm

Each subject is shaped by forces that are invisible to the viewer: In Hill&Stump’s florals, the branches may bend towards sunlight, water plumps the leaves from roots below, or perhaps they are shaped by the wind. Like a strummed chord on a guitar, we see pulses of activity in Jill Joy’s Consciousness Series paintings. It may be sound or pure emotions that we observe in these works. Perhaps the colorful strata are created by water or wind… in Steven Florman’s sculptures, we see a pull towards something, or a push away, but always there is a solid grounding. The interaction and relationship between the wood and metal shows a clearly defined boundary in each piece. The growth, the rhythms, and the movement are all results of forces that are unseen in these works. Continue reading

Special Event: New Contemporaries VI – June 2013

Sparks Gallery  New Contemporaries VI

We’re happy to announce that the Sparks Gallery will be opening for a special event during the month of June. The building will be presented in its raw form for this exhibition, before all of the major building renovations are completed at the end of the year. This is an opportunity to see this historical space in its “before” stage FOR ONE MONTH ONLY in a special preview showing.

We are honored to partner with the San Diego Visual Arts Network (SDVAN) for this exhibition and to host their “Emerging Artist” nominees for the annual San Diego Art Prize: New Contemporaries Exhibit.” Established Artists James Hubbell and Debbie & Larry Kline will select the winner this year. The SD Art Prize Mission is one that fits well with our own: Fusing Energy for San Diego Visual Arts: Mentorship, Education, Recognition, Collaboration.

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NCVI 2013 Artists Exhibiting:

Jennifer Anderson
Irene de Watteville
James Enos
Brennan Hubbell
Michelle Kurtis Cole
Sonia López-Chávez
Franco Mendez Calvillo
Marie Najera
Timothy Earl Neill
Griselda Rosas
Ilanit Shalev
Anna Stump

The catalog can be viewed here.

Save the Dates:
Exhibition Dates
: June 1 – June 30, 2013
Private showings by appointment only: June 1 – June 8
Opening Public Reception: Saturday, June 8, 7-10 pm. YOU MUST RSVP to be on the guest list. RSVP on Facebook (click “Going” at the top of the page). Or you may RSVP here: http://www.eventsbot.com/events/eb064735487
For additional information or to book a private showing, please contact Sonya Sparks at sonya@sparksgallery.com
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