Photos: Tom Abbott
(Editor’s note: Some of the art might require parental guidance and might not be safe for work)
July 26, 2014 (San Diego) The Exhibit at the Bimbo Factory at 121 14th Street is running concurrently with San Diego Comicon. Some of the artists are exhibiting at the two venues.
The show was brought to San Diego for the first time by an artist collective that includes some students. Artists come from all around the country. We talked with Lisa Derrick, Editor of Cartwheelerart.com, who also selected the section on Dark Progressivism.
Derrick told Reporting San Diego that Cartwheel was “invited to Art Expo to represent the artists that we write about.”
Dark Progressivism “developed out of Los Angeles, it comes from the blood on the streets, to the art on the gallery walls.” This genre developed during the 1980s and 90s, when there were gang wars in the streets in both Los Angeles and San Diego. These included race motivated crack downs, she told us.
“People were caught up in it. They came out of graffiti and gangs using art as a medium to progress, and to show that there is hope and there is change.”
Dahlia Jane, who put up the art from women and for women, said “It was important to me because San Diego Comicon is on right now and there is sort of an image of women in comics where they are sexualized, where they are victims or they are heroes, I wanted to show the female form in a different way.”
The pictures on the wall were very different from what at times we see in popular culture. Some if it reminded me of the work of Frida Kahlo, and some had a different aesthetic.
The work of Christopher Ulrich especially reminded me of that aesthetic.
Some of the artists, such as Mathew Levine, Lara Dawn and Ulrich exhibited at both shows.
This is a national show, that was attracted to San Diego due to the growth and cultural importance of Comicon.