||The California Center for the Arts, Escondido Museum is pleased to present Quint: Three Decades of Contemporary Art. The exhibition, based on the program of one of San Diego County’s most influential galleries, will open on August 15th and continue through December 31st, 2009. Works in the exhibition, the majority of which have been borrowed from Southern California museums and private collections, present an extraordinary survey of the range of regional, national, and international artists supported and promoted by Quint Gallery over nearly thirty years.
Since opening his first gallery in La Jolla in 1981, Mark Quint adopted a unique, almost nomadic approach to the business of contemporary art. Rather than establishing itself in a permanent location and then expanding over time, Quint Gallery would more often adapt its spaces and program according to the needs of the artists it was interested in presenting. From formal gallery and raw open spaces in downtown San Diego, to large industrial workspaces for artists near Miramar Naval Air Base, to unexpected (and often elegant) spaces secluded in back alleys in Hillcrest or La Jolla, Quint Gallery has maintained the flexibility to represent artists employing a wide variety of practices, mediums, and formats.
Additionally, Quint Gallery was one of the first commercial venues in the United States to develop a residency program through which, artists were invited to make new work in the course of extended visits to the San Diego region. Through the residencies, Quint Gallery worked with an outstanding group of international artists–often presenting exhibitions of now- renowned artists for the first time in the US or on the West Coast.
Quint’s interest in bringing international talent to local audiences complimented his deep commitment to artists based in the region. Of the more than 45 artists represented in Quint: Three Decades of Contemporary Art, the largest contingency is formed of artists who have been key to the sustained development of the San Diego art scene. Among others, these include Wick Alexander, Adam Belt, Robin Bright, Kenneth Capps, Stephen P. Curry, Roman de Salvo, Tom Driscoll, Manny Farber, Raul Guerrero, Jay Johnson, Jean Lowe, Kim MacConnel, Richard Allen Morris, Patricia Patterson, Marcos Ramirez ERRE, Allison Renshaw, Ellen Salk, Italo Scanga, and Ernest Silva.
Also included in the exhibition is work by artists whose early careers were formed in San Diego or Southern California, including Robert Ginder, Byron Kim, Gary Lang, Roy McMakin, Matthew Offenbacher and Derek Stroup. Bryon Kim grew up in La Jolla and has taken elements of surf culture with him to Brooklyn where he currently lives and works. Roy McMakin was an art student at UCSD in the late 1970s and early 1980s and took with him the notion of experimental art-making practices that were passed down to him by professors such as Manny Farber, Allan Kaprow and Eleanor Antin.
Nationally and internationally recognized artists with whom Quint Gallery has worked include Mel Bochner, Elinor Carucci, Tara Donovan, R. Luke duBois, Lee Materazzi, Ryan McGinness, Ruth Pastine, Lincoln Schatz, Aaron T. Stephan, Birgir Andresson, Peter Dreher, Hreinn Fridfinnsson, Johannes Girardoni, Thomas Glassford, Simon Linke, Roman Opalka, Melanie Smith, Eric Snell and Jan van Munster.
Complimenting the museum exhibition, Mark Quint, together with artist Jean Lowe, will be intervening in the California Center for the Arts, Escondido Museum Store with a curated exhibition of works for sale. Unique items will be available, created by some of the artists featured in the exhibition, as well as artists Brian Dick, Steve Ilott, Perry Vasquez and Jimmy Nocito of Retrofit Designs.