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JULY 2017

THE MONTHLY

I Am What I Am by Patric Stillman


BROTHERHOOD TAROT Major Arcana: The Fool by Patric Stillman


THE MONTHLY ISSUE 29 JULY 2017

COVER I Am What I Am (Detail) by Patric Stillman Acrylic 27” x 21”

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Project 55: Year 41 by Patric Stillman Mixed Media 6” x 6”

CONTENTS 002 Table of Contents 004 Welcome to The Studio Door 005 HYPE at The Studio Door 007 PERSON PLACE OF THING

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015 MAKING OF BROTHERHOOD TAROT 017 Artist Development & Workshops 018 Call for Artists: ARTISTRY THROUGH DEAF EYES 019 August: GALLERY ARTS 021 3rd Annual OPEN STUDIOS SAN DIEGO 023 The Studio Artists of The Studio Door 024 Milkshake is on the Auction Block

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025 Picture Perfect 027 In The News 028 Community Partners

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JULY 2017 3750 30TH STREET • NORTH PARK • SAN DIEGO • WWW.THESTUDIODOOR.COM • 619.255.4920 •

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After two and half years running The Studio Door, I decided it was time for me to put the attention back on my work as an artist. I have filled the gallery with my own paintings, sculpture and photographs in the PERSON PLACE OR THING exhibit for the month of July. Regardless of the movement of time, the personal impact of the AIDS epidemic continues to fuel my creative drive. As a gay man who came of age during the late 70’s, my entire world was put askew. I felt lost without the elders of the community. Creative mentors of my generation were robbed of their voices. It was incredibly difficult to enter into adulthood when my community was extremely guarded with their emotions due to the endless loss of friends and surrounded by a confused society, which seemed especially cruel. Now, as a mature man, the sadness and anger of the past has forged into a desire to step up as a creative mentor of a sort. I have a burning need to create art that presents my truth honestly and openly in hopes that it will offer a sense of continuity and connectedness for others to accept themselves so that they can explore all that they can be. In spite of progress in human rights issues for the LGBTQIA community, coming to terms with one’s own identity is still a personal struggle. PERSON PLACE OR THING places a spotlight on gay male identity using the visual iconography of film noir. Extraordinarily stylized, noir is the perfect vehicle to express the ideas within my work. The heavily shadowed black and white worlds represent a heightened form of reality. It brings the psychological themes of obsession, sexuality, disillusionment and alienation. Tripped by fate, hardboiled anti-heroes are placed into the night, which make a perfect allegory for homosexuals while also reversing the genre’s poor representation of the community as victims and pansies. I’m also excited to share my creative origin story with a look at THE MAKING OF THE BROTHERHOOD TAROT. I hope that you can join me in the studio and on-line this month as I share my work and my thoughts during this exhibit. Thank you to Visual AIDS, Danné Sadler, Claudia & Paul Paparella and the studio artists of The Studio Door for their financial and emotional support in creating these new works. Keep Living Art!

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JULY 2017 JULY 7 -30, 2017 EXHIBITION DATES JULY 8, 2017 RECEPTION DATE

Local Artists exploring the Gallery lifestyle Local Artists exploring the Gallery lifestyle This month featuring artwork by CAYCE HANALEI EVELYN LOSS ARDEN PLANK NANCY PLANK ASTHA SAINI PATRIC STILLMAN and more!

HYPE at The Studio Door 3758 30th Street, North Park - San Diego, CA 92104 GALLERY HOURS: Friday 12 Noon - 7 PM Saturday 12 Noon - 7 PM Sunday 12 Noon - 4 PM Gallery Reception: Saturday, May 6, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

HYPE AT THE STUDIO DOOR by NANCY PLANK 60” x 70” Oil

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Patric Stillman’s PERSON PLACE OR THING THE MONTHLY PREVIEW JULY 5 - 23 EXHIBITION DATES JULY 8, 2017 RECEPTION DATE

“Where there is no light, one cannot see; and when one cannot see, his imagination starts to run wild. He begins to suspect something is about to happen. In the dark, there is mystery.” - from Painting with Light (1949) by Cinematographer John Alton

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I AM WHAT I AM • 2017 • ACRYLIC • 27” X 21”

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BRILLIANT CREATURES • 2017 • ACRYLIC • 36” X 48” BRILLIANT CREATURES This image portrays the interaction between a dancing man clad in leather and a cigar smoking man seated in a dark nightclub. The Viewer can see several movie posters on the wall behind a pool table, figures moving in the light that filters in from outside and a bartender cleaning glasses. Music, dive bars and unexpected liaisons provide the backdrop for propelling a personal story forward, whether it is in small town America or the noir films of the past. The key words that I would use to describe this work is ‘Promises in the Dark.’ The title is a reference to a song by Marc Almond, which is about the emotional ramifications of a short lived love between strangers.

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SMALL TOWN BOY • 2017 • ACRYLIC • 36” X 48” SMALL TOWN BOY This image portrays a late night incident in Los Angeles. The viewer can see our anti-hero, wearing a dress, casually talking to someone we cannot see. A police car is stopped nearby with its lights illuminating the scene. Shadows cast along the street and storefronts provide cover for several undefined figures and shapes. Outsiders, police, crime, nightscapes and urban streets pull in the noir-inspired style. The dress is inspired by Chinese fabrics, which also ties to the common use of Chinatown as a noir locale. The key words that I would use to describe this work is ‘Outsider’s Confidence.’ The title is a reference to the song by Jimmy Sommerville, which addresses family rejection, homophobia, loneliness and bullying. I use the song as a direct reference to the possibility of what happened to the boy who ran away from home.

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NOTHING LIKE A FIRE • 2017 • ACRYLIC • 36” X 48” NOTHING LIKE A FIRE This image portrays two men poolside in Palm Springs. The viewer can see our anti-hero sitting naked alongside a bag of money and a gun. Another man is flagging, a dance style that incorporates the spinning and waving of flags in a rhythmic fashion to music. A well-lite house is in the background under the night sky and San Jacinto Peak. The characters are contemporary spins on the noir archetype of the gangster and his moll (a noir term for a gangster’s girlfriend). The desert is a locale that is often seen in noir films as a place outside of the urban core to represent seclusion. The key words that I would use to describe this work is ‘Temporary Satisfaction.’ The title is a reference to a song from the musical Thrill Me, which is about gay crime couple Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb; the so called “thrill killers.” The lyrics play upon arson and sexual desire.

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WHO WANTS TO LIVE FOREVER • 2017 • ACRYLIC • 36” X 48” WHO WANTS TO LIVE FOREVER This image portrays two men in a house at night. The room is lite by an external source outdoors. The viewer can see our anti-hero draped across a chair sitting at a table of medical pill bottles. Another man is dressed casually, looking out a window while surrounded by open boxes and a picture frame. The unusual perspective is similar to noir’s cinematographic technique of ‘deep focus’ and unconventional camera angles. The reflection of the anti-hero in the glass table top is also a direct nod to film noir’s visual vocabulary that indicates a character’s hidden nature. The key words that I would use to describe this work is ‘Rock Bottom.’ The title is a reference to the song by Queen from the soundtrack Highlander. In addition to the movie’s sequence, the song is particularly poignant due to the fact that lead singer Freddie Mercury died due to complications from AIDS and wrote several songs about his struggle.

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METAMORPHOSIS KOKORO In order to realize this unique piece for the exhibit, DannÊ Sadler worked with and on me during the month of June to create a life-sized canvas. The pictures here show the development of the sculpt. During the reception, Metamorphosis will be given life through projection mapping. Noir -inspired imagery, 35mm home videos and photo collages from my personal archives will reveal the mystery between what we see when we look at someone and their hidden psyche. Throughout the month-long exhibit, I’ll be working on the sculpt as I collage images, texts and paintings upon it to create my own doppelganger.

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Metamorphosis is a reference to a song by Pet Shop Boys, which is about the struggle of being who you are told you are and accepting the truth about yourself. ‘Once a caterpillar, now a butterfly.’ Kokoro is a Japanese concept that may be best described as a combination of the words ‘heart’ and ‘mind.’ It is a reference to all human activity affecting the outside world through intention, emotion and intellect. In essence, this is the spirit of my creativity.

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THE MAKING OF BROTHERHOOD TAROT

In addition to PERSON PLACE AND THING, THE STUDIO DOOR looks back at the creative origins of Patric Stillman with his groundbreaking gay Tarot deck.

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“Patric Stillman’s BROTHERHOOD TAROT filled a specific niche in the Tarot world when it came out, and expanded the available choice of decks for those reading for clients that were either gay, or connected strongly with the gay world.” - Bonnie Cehovet, Author from her Aeclectic Tarot review

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ARTIST DEVELOPMENT

w/ PATRIC STILLMAN

ART TO MARKET INCUBATOR LAB Business skills and lab time for the artist interested in creative commerce. Designed as a next step for career artists. Each mentored session starts with a business and marketing lecture followed by lab time to focus on personal goals with professional guidance. Artists start by setting short-term and long-term goals for achieving success as a professional artist.

WEDNESDAYS Monthly 1 PM - 4 PM $120 per month Business skills and lab time for the artist interested in creative commerce.

OPEN PAINT NIGHT • INTRODUCTION TO ACRYLICS Introduction to Acrylics is a 6-week workshop series that is paired with Open Paint Night. Each evening starts off with a half hour instruction session and is followed by individual mentored guidance while participants work on their own projects and body of work. Support each other’s artistic endeavors. Artist Hang out.

THURSDAYS Monthly 1 PM - 4 PM (Day Session) 6 PM - 9 PM (Night Session) $120 a month $35 Drop in rate - Come by and try it out to see if its for you.

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CALL FOR ARTISTS OPEN CALLS

ARTISTRY THROUGH DEAF EYES SEPTEMBER 1 - 24 JURIED, NATIONAL EXHIBIT

Call for Artists Deadline: July 28 - 11:00 PM PST Reception: Saturday, Sept 9, 2017 • 6 PM - 9 PM Juried by Jon Savage, Jon Savage Gallery Watch this:

ARTIST SERVICES

ARTIST TO ARTIST Expanded possibilities exist at The Studio Door for the public. Consider hiring us to help you with your next career move. • • • • • •

Gallery Events Gallery Exhibitions Creativity Retreats Creative Incubator Lab Professional Development Customized Opportunities

Saturdays Art-to-Market workshop series and new art classes will pick back up in September. Look for more information as it breaks online and in the next issue of THE MONTHLY

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UNTITLED (Detail) by Alexander Salazar Oils

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FOCUS ON GALLERY ARTS AUGUST

The Studio Door, Whitebox Contemporary and Sparks Gallery have pulled together a month of programming to celebrate visual arts galleries.

EXHIBITION Showcasing invited artists alongside of artwork by two of San Diego’s gallery owners who are also visual artists.

ALEXANDER SALAZAR PATRIC STILLMAN EXHIBITION DATES RECEPTION DATE

AUGUST 4 - 27, 2017 SATURDAY • AUGUST 5, 2017

6 PM - 9 PM

FREE LECTURE Panel discussion exploring the relationship between artists and galleries with:

JESSICA AMAYA • SPARKS GALLERY EMILY KNAPP • SPARKS GALLERY ALEXANDER SALAZAR • WHITEBOX CONTEMPORARY PATRIC STILLMAN • THE STUDIO DOOR LIMITED SEATING

SATURDAY • AUGUST 5, 2017

10 AM - Noon

PRIVATE ARTIST REVIEW $75 per 20 minute session Private, one-on-one portfolio review with lecture panelists to discuss what you need to do to become ready to approach and work with art galleries. LIMITED AVAILABILITY

SATURDAY • AUGUST 12, 2017

1 PM - 4 PM

* Additional galleries have been approached to participate. Confirmations will be posted online.

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Exhibition Dates at The Studio Door Artist Reception at The Studio Door Artist Studio Tours

October 6 - 29, 2017 Saturday, October 7 Weekend, October 14 and 15

SAVE THE DATE

ARTISTS PARTICIPATION INFO

6 - 9 PM 10 AM - 5 PM

Open Studios San Diego is a self-guided tour Open Studios San Diego is a free event to the of studio artists throughout greater San public. Participating artists, galleries and Diego. museums pay a fee to help cover the costs of the marketing, the reception, the exhibition, The event kicks off with an opening reception participating street signs and tour maps. at The Studio Door in North Park from 6 9 PM on October 7, 2017, where you can The event continues to grow every year. familiarize yourself with local studio artists, Last October, artists in the County included see the variety of work available and pick up Fallbrook, Rancho Sante Fe, Encinitas, the special events schedule for the following University City, Chula Vista, Jamul and La Mesa. weekend. Perfect party to figure out which Meanwhile in the city of San Diego, artists artists and galleries you wish to visit, locate in the neighborhoods of North Park, Little them on the art map, and plan your self- Italy, East Village and Downtown opened their guided art adventure. studios. Find out how you can get involved this year and be a part of the only county-wide On the next weekend, participating studios event of its type. and galleries will be open to the public from 10 - 5, Saturday and Sunday, on • Individual Artists participation fee $ 175 October 14 and 15, 2017. You’ll will find • Non-Profit or Arts Center fee $ 250 different experiences at every studio that • Art Gallery fee $ 300 you visit including a look into the unique process of where and how artists work, art For more information and list of benefits, demonstrations, refreshments, and other visit the Open Studios San Diego website at special activities. Best of all you will get the OpenStudiosSanDiego.com. opportunity to purchase art directly from the artist.

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CHRIS SMITH AT ART PRODUCE New Works • Solo Show JUNE 16 - JULY 29, 2017 “Must See” - Seth Combs, San Diego CityBeat Editor

CHRISTINA ILENE THOMAS AT EMERALD C FEATURED ARTIST FIRST FRIDAY JULY 7 6 - 8 PM Free to the public

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The Gem By The Sea 1331 Orange Avenue Coronado Christina’s works can also be seen at the La Jolla Sports Club throughout the summer

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STUDIO ARTISTS

DENNIS DIZON dadiartist.com

HYACINTHE KULLER BARON hyacinthebaron.com

AUCTION IN PROGRESS Patric Stillman’s sculpture MILKSHAKE is in auction through July 13, 2017 along with the rest of the herd of cows commissioned by GOT MILK? for Camp Ronald McDonald For Good Times. Bidding for Good

https://www.biddingforgood.com/auction/ auctionhome.action?auctionId=272566339

EVELYN LOSS evelynloss.com CRISINDA LYONS crisinda.com DIXIE MCCARTHY dixiemccarthyart.com DANNÉ SADLER dannesadler.com CHRIS SMITH hooliganarts.com PATRIC STILLMAN my-reality.com STEFAN TALIAN stefantalian.com CHRISTINA ILENE THOMAS christinailenethomas.com

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PICTURE PERFECT

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• 1 • Studio Artist brings the disco to the gallery for PROUD • 2 • John Keasler, RD Riccoboni and Patric Stillman at PROUD AT PRIDE • 3 • US Navy Certificate of Appreciation for participating in the Coronado Naval Air Station’s Pride Event • 4 • Patric Stillman talks about his work at Expressive Arts at 32nd and Thorn’s Artists of North Park • 5 • PROUD Reception • 6 • Evelyn Loss and patron at HYPE at The Studio Door • 7 • Behind the scenes with Patric Stillman at the Coronado Naval Air Station’s Pride Event • 8 • Remembering the 49 by Mac McCusker held extra significance on June 12th, the anniversary of the Pulse tragedy • 9 • PROUD Reception • 10 • Angela Landsberg of North Park Main Street and California State Senator Toni Atkins at the small business awards held at The Studio Door•

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THE STUDIO DOOR IN THE NEWS MEDIA COVERAGE • JUNE 2017

Click on article summaries to read The Studio Door’s latest media coverage.

• San Diego CityBeat - PROUD Spotlight • San Diego CItyBeat - Must See Summer Art Exhibits [Chris Smith at Art Produce] • Pacific Magazine - Pulse - PROUD Spotlight • San Diego Union Tribune - ‘PROUD’ to add his voice and work to celebrate LGBTQ community [Best in Show artist Patrick N Brown] • FILMOUT San Diego - Festival Program [PROUD and PERSON PLACE OR THING] • GAY San Diego - Artzine: Art Around Town - [PROUD and PROUD AT PRIDE]

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PROJECT 55: Year 41 by Patric Stillman, Mixed Media, 6” x 6”

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