Igoe and Puna Press
Ted Washington is an artist. author, actor, poet and reluctant businessman.
Specializing in pen and ink, his art has garnered local, national and
international awards. He is the founder and CEO of Puna Press, a San
Diego, CA based publisher of poetry and art that features several San
Diego writers and artists. Washington also is a founding member of the
performance art group Pruitt
Igoe, who have performed in San Diego and Los Angeles area galleries
and music venues. Pruitt Igoe was awarded a Synergy Foundation grant
and performed in Harlem, New York City. Puna
Press participated in the 2009 San Diego Comic-Con and Ted Washington
won the BRAND 37 purchase award in 2008 with the Glendale Library acquiring
one of his artworks for their permanent collection.
is your vision of the future of the Visual arts for San Diego?
"San Diego is rich with talent in many of the creative fields however
it is hard to get the audience to support artists with purchases. I
don't know if it is a lack of belief or faith in local artists. The
art world is and should be DIY (do it yourself). This is a punk mentality
but it is the art mentality as well. Passion feeds solutions. San Diego
needs a few artist co-op gallery/performance spaces to ensure exhibition
and experimentation without the pressure of selling. Selling is good
but San Diego is a tough market. Give me time, I'm on it."