This Spring, Sparks Gallery will revisit our esteemed Gallery Selections exhibition with a new format and an even tighter curation of the top local talent we think collectors should know now. For year two we’ll exhibit just six artists, a mix of emerging and established talent, and show eight original works from each spread across two “chapters” – a total of 42 original works for collectors to discover over the course of five months.
San Diego artist Gloria Muriel teases at our subtle, curious states of mind by depicting natural phenomena in her urban art, fine art, and installation art. With brush, spray can, and roller, Gloria’s intention is to awaken hearts and open minds to the raw novelty of the present moment. Muriel is a notable artist, muralist, installation artist, and graphic designer. Her murals can be found in Mexicali, Tijuana, Guadalajara, Mexico City, San Diego, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Miami.
San Diego artist Anna Stump began her Large Nudes body of work while she was a Fulbright Scholar in Turkey. The artist would paint in her spacious Turkish studio, enlarging 20-minute gouache studies into formalized works. Each painting was started upside-down, then turned to the side, the other side, and finally finished upright.
For her solo exhibition at Sparks Gallery, Stump returns to this central practice with an interesting twist. In addition to the traditional live models she works from, Stump has begun incorporating found imagery as source material, focusing specifically on deconstructing the male gaze present in the photographic imagery of vintage men’s magazines.
// Exhibition on view MAR 18, 2017 – MAY 13, 2018
Alexander Arshanksy’s paintings tumble onto the canvas directly from his subconscious. A kaleidoscopic compendium of inanimate objects made with his self-proclaimed “biomorphic cubism” style, the works form a narrative sparked by the observer’s imagination. The subjects of Arshansky’s paintings seem to “read” us while also providing a point of departure for reflection. It therefore comes as no surprise to learn that Arshansky is trained in the art of chiromancy – or palmistry.
Illuminated – a selection of seventeen featured works by Arshansky – explores the states of spiritual ecstasy and communion with the divine, in nature as well as within oneself. Let “Kundalini” awaken your primal energies, fall under the intoxicating spell of “Botanik,” and allow “Don’t Jinx Monsoon” to embolden and empower you. On view at Sparks Gallery January 27th through March 22nd, 2018. Continue reading
Take a trip into the unconscious mind of 21 Southern California artists as they transform the everyday mundane into thought provoking explorations of the body, relationships, emotion, form, and inanimate objects. Photography, sculpture, painting, and illustration are all masterfully employed to create otherworldly expressions of each artists’ innermost thoughts.
// Exhibition on view JANUARY 6 – APRIL 8, 2018
// OPENING PUBLIC RECEPTION: SATURDAY, JANUARY 6, 2018 – SIX TO NINE PM Continue reading
It is fitting that “Quest” solo artist Lenore Simon will celebrate her 90th birthday on International Women’s Day (March 8th) over the course of her exhibition at Sparks Gallery. A survey spanning one wondrous woman’s prolific artistic practice, “Quest” honors a life lived creatively. Simon’s artwork will be on view from December 9, 2017 – March 11, 2018.
OPENING RECEPTION: SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2017 – SIX TO NINE PM
// Exhibition on view DEC 9, 2017 – MAR 11, 2018
Thirteen Southern California artists will exhibit artworks featuring places and cities across the globe in “Wanderlust: / A Group Show”, opening November 4, 2017. Discovery abounds in this exhibition as, not only will selected works transport viewers to exotic locales, but one-third of the featured artists are showing at Sparks Gallery for the first time.
// Exhibition on view NOVEMBER 4 – DECEMBER 30, 2017
// OPENING PUBLIC RECEPTION: SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2017 – SIX TO NINE PM Continue reading
Sparks Gallery is pleased to present San Diego artist Alexandra Hart and Los Angeles fashion designer Tea Ninkovic this Fall. The exhibition, symbiosis, is a manifestation of the artists’ interpretation of jewelry as wearable art, and will feature collaborative talks and demonstrations throughout the duration of the show.
OPENING RECEPTION: SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2017 – SIX TO NINE PM
// Exhibition on view SEP 30 – DEC 3, 2017
For “Gallery Selections 2017 / A Group Show”, each staff member at Sparks Gallery has hand-selected 3 artists and their artworks to feature in this year’s new annual tradition. Though vastly different in style and medium, the group exhibition will showcase over 30 pieces of contemporary art from a diverse, yet selective group of artists from San Diego.
// Exhibition on view AUGUST 3 – OCTOBER 29, 2017
// OPENING PUBLIC RECEPTION: THURSDAY, AUGUST 3, 2017 – SIX TO NINE PM
“This exhibition is a great opportunity to purchase a small piece of art from one of your favorite San Diego artists, priced $200 and under,” notes gallery owner Sonya Sparks. “We will have a wide variety of styles, techniques, and color palettes on view, all in ‘mini’ scale.”
// OPENING RECEPTION: SATURDAY, JUNE 17, 2017 – SIX TO NINE PM
// Exhibition on view JUNE 17 – SEPT 24, 2017 (with a break for Comic Con from July 10 through August 2)