Brian and Ryan | A Porto Vista Hotel Kitschmas Special
December 6, 2018
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
On view through January 6, 2019
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Porto Vista Hotel
1835 Columbia Street
San Diego, 92101
In collaboration with the Porto Vista Hotel, 1805 Gallery is pleased to present A Porto Vista Hotel Kitschmas Special by the collaborative art duo Brian and Ryan. Brian and Ryan will construct an installation that celebrates Christmas designs from mid-century to present. The installation explores the season’s unabashed twinkling lights, impulse shopping, glittering excesses, holiday television specials, and most importantly, the endless interpretations of countless artists, filmmakers and designers trying to capture the Christmas Spirit for the shopping public. Artists Brian Black and Ryan Bulis describe Kitschmas as “that childhood moment of excitement when you wake up on Christmas morning and unwrap a mountain of plastic toys including that one offbeat toy from your great-great aunt. And it’s that feeling of euphoria you get as an adult years later when you once again come across that same toy from your childhood at a rummage sale.” Brian and Ryan use the power of Kitschmas to elicit an emotional response from viewers transporting them to a place of comfort, humor and familiarity.
Brian Black and Ryan Bulis have been working collaboratively in Southern California since 2004. This artist team appropriates iconic activities and challenges preconceptions of masculinity, athleticism and identity. By adjusting the familiar and pushing the level of absurdity in their art making, they invite the audience to reconsider the sanctity and boundaries of the art institution.