This year we have two Artists in Residence, Jason Rogalski and Cat Chiu Phillips, as well as a Team Artist in Residence (Joan Green and Ann Chaitin). Listed below are some information about each of them.
Jason Rogalski is a conceptual artist who combines obsessively practiced traditional techniques with compulsively explored experimental media. He uses a scientific understanding of these materials to create work that is structurally sound & archival.
Rogalski is a lifelong artist and a graduate from the San Francisco Art Institute. Through years of practicing social sculpture combined with life art, he achieved his master’s in education. He now teaches both fine art & science at the high school level in classes that twist both together. Much of his art reflects these interests in art, science & education.
His current art follows three main branches of exploration: Walk-in-Paintings, 2-dimensional mixed media and traditional Baja-style mosaic. These branches curve, knot and smaller side branches sprout everywhere.
Cat Chiu Phillips
I create installation and community art projects using various recycled products. This may include unusual mediums including plastic grocery bags, counterfeit designer bags, and other recovered items such as VHS tapes. I believe that post-consumer plastic improper disposal can be averted. With public awareness and active involvement, one can promote its source as a sustainable product. The process of upcycling involves the conversion of waste materials into a new matter. Through this process of transformation, I hope to question the consumer's responsibilities regarding plastic waste disposal, pollution, and ecological concerns.
Cat Chiu Phillips has exhibited through California including the San Diego Art Institute, Torrance Art Museum, Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, Pico House Gallery in Los Angeles, and Thoreau Center for Sustainability Gallery in San Francisco. She also has several public art commissions in Southern California including the San Diego International Airport, Riverside Art Museum, Westfield Horton Plaza, City of Vista, City of Solana Beach, and City of Pasadena. She received her Masters of Fine Arts from the San Francisco Art Institute. Cat Chiu Phillips was born in Manila, Philippines, raised in Toronto, Canada, and lives and works in San Diego, California.
My intention as an artist working in this space, is to bring awareness to the plastic ocean pollution problem through my art. I’m passionate about creating with reusable materials. I would love to collect reusable materials found on the park’s grounds and then repurpose them into works of art. I can imagine colorful plastics, interesting metals, wooden pieces, and more, all ready for a new life in my art. I’m interested in the materials that are in the park’s waters, those that wash up on the park’s shores and what is found on land. I’d also like to reuse materials that would usually be discarded from the Monument’s daily business. I would collect reusable materials from the different activities and departments of the park such as the visitor center, bookstore, construction areas, etc. Then these things that would usually be thrown away could now be repurposed into art. My artwork will depend on which materials I find, but will most likely be sculptural and three-dimensional.
Mixed media lends itself to working with varied textures and multiple layers, thus becoming a metaphor for the diversity and complexity of our own lives and our environment. The relationship of art and memory has been central in my work, thus much of my work is a series of reflections and connections with people and places, culled from the past and looking toward the future. For me, various natural objects often bring to mind a moment in time, and speak to me of the timeless, elemental nature of home. Our connection to the world around us, the places we seek as touchstones, those that remind us of the glory of nature and the peace of untouched spaces, is an underlying element in my mixed media pieces. Current work with a variety of handmade papers, paint, and found objects strives to express a subtle, harmonious richness that indicates depth, without sacrificing an underlying simplicity, exploring the use of these layers and textures to express the ever-changing nature of personal landscape.
Tim West AIR 2014