THE ART SHOP is Vanguard Culture’s new initiative designed to support the region’s visual arts community. By using our platform of 7,000 – 8,000 monthly website visitors and 15,000+ weekly newsletter followers, we hope to provide artists the needed visibility and sales to support them through the pandemic and beyond. It has become more and more clear with recent events, just how important the arts are during moments of crisis. If you have the means to do so, now is the time to support the arts by purchasing original artwork by regional artists. 25% of each sale goes towards events and programs that work to advance San Diego’s creative industry workforce. Learn more about Vanguard Culture’s mission and vision HERE.
This month’s featured artist is:
Join us on WEDNESDAY, September 30th from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. PST as we kick off The ART SHOP with a chat featuring BETH MARINO, Associate Director of Museum & Visual Arts at California Center for the Arts, Escondido and this month’s featured artist, BRIDGET ROUNTREE.
ABOUT THE ARTIST: Making art is a way to create meaning, to question systems of thought, and to communicate relationships outside the limitations of spoken language. I engage art historical images as a way to point towards the ideas and philosophies that constitute a visual language, an integration of old and new, nature and culture, thought and action; a revitalization of images as a generative possibility. I am currently interested in researching how thought creates form, the form becoming or manifesting itself as an object. Looking at how an object suggests how we think, what we believe, and how we live. An inquiry into the way physical forms and patterns become representative of what we know of ourselves, the relationship between the self, the objectified, and nature. Looking at the everyday world with the idea that we are not only passively interacting with the environment, we are actually actively thinking it. What kind of environment is built from the ideology of something specifically made to be consumed, bought, or sold? Using objects that are found, discarded, or deemed no longer useful is important in questioning the foundations of what is deemed valuable in contemporary culture.