Simay: Director: Simayspace
Gallery and Co-founder:The
Art Academy of San Diego
painting has always carried with it the two most important qualities
of painting (Doug's theory): craft and an emotional/spiritual response.
I have increasingly seen portraiture being presented in the re-contextualizing
art world of the 21st century. Think of People magazine, society pages,
reality TV - we increasingly view the lives of others while reflecting
on our own. A well done portrait painting offers the chance to observe
mastery of technique (not necessarily how photographic-like) while engendering
an emotional, empathetic, spiritual, reflective response." From
his Holland trip blog, March 18, 2008
#1 What is your highlight Visual art experience from the last year?
"Exhibitions of John Sonsini paintings at ACME, LA., Lael Corbin
at Luis de Jesus, San Diego, Karl Benjamin at Oceanside Museum of Art,
Matthias Weischer at the Gemeentemuseum, den Hague, Ferdinand Hodler
at Musee D'Orsay, Paris, Karsten Konrad at Arndt & Partner, Zurich,
Pipilotti Rist, public art, St. Gallen, Switzerland."
#2 What is your vision of the future of the Visual arts for San Diego?
#2 "For audience attendance to swell; demand that 'visual' be put
back into the term visual arts."