March 8, 2017
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Night Gas Station (Here’s a Truck Stop Instead of St Peter’s)
La Jolla Exhibition Questions Artists’ Responsibility For Gentrification
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – San Diego artist Kevin Inman, known for plein air landscape paintings, has an exhibition of new work in La Jolla in conjunction with the Athenaeum School of the Arts.
New Paintings, at Girard Gourmet through April 28, contains works from two recent series. Urban landscapes, from the series Gentrification and its Discontents, explore the process of development and change in central San Diego. Still lifes, from the series White Paintings, explore issues ranging from the existential to the political through a personal iconography.
Inman is an instructor at the Athenaeum and recipient of the 2015 San Diego Art Prize. “Artists get flak for moving to cheap neighborhoods and gentrifying them,” he shares, having lived in the downtown neighborhood of Sherman Heights for four years. “At least one arts nonprofit in LA has closed because of anti-gentrification protests. But artists aren’t developers. We aren’t the ones putting up high rises. Most of us are middle class folks trying to make a living.”
“Western art is a philosophical space,” says Inman. “We use the picture plane to explore issues that matter to us and to ask serious questions. Who are we, what is our culture, how should we live? But aesthetics are important too. I think a painting should look good when you hang it on the wall.”
Ghosts by Kevin Inman, 2016, 14 x 11 inches, oil on linen.
Contemporary in style, the oil paintings are created using the centuries-old Venetian painting method. This layered approach, developed in the 1500s, creates translucent, varied, enamel-like veils of color in the surface of the artwork. Inman teaches this classical painting technique, as well as simpler alla prima approaches, at the Athenaeum in Logan Heights.
The artist will host a wine and cheese reception on Friday April 7, from 5:30 to 7:30 PM at Girard Gourmet, 7837 Girard Avenue, La Jolla. Inman’s work can be viewed online at kevininman.com.