National Veteran Artist Collective Exhibit New Work in San Diego
Upcoming exhibition Local Color will features Ehren Tool and members of the Dirty Canteen, a national veteran artist collective. Installations from the collective will give the viewer an idea of what our soldiers are going through as they try and return to civilian life and what ‘getting back to normal’ feels like for soldiers. The challenges they face are extreme and the general public can become aware of these issues by viewing the exhibition. The Dirty Canteen’s, including Ehren Tool, Berkeley, Mike Dooley and Giuseppe Pellicano, Chicago, Jessie Albecht, Iowa City, and Thomas Dang, Glendale will be exhibiting new work.
Local Color also invites regional artists and veterans to submit one piece of art for the upcoming exhibition Friday and Saturday June 14 and 15th between 11am – 2pm at the Escondido Municipal Gallery. The exhibition has an emphasis on clay and ceramic mediums, but is open to all media. Entry fee is $20 for members and $30 for non-members. The Municipal Gallery is located at 262 E. Grand Ave., Escondido 92025. http://www.escondidoarts.org/
Local Color will open July 12 through August 3, 2013. An opening reception with the artists will be Saturday, July 13 from 5:30 -8:00pm.
“I was so enamored with Ehren Tool’s ceramic installations in LA at the Craft and Folk Art Museum; It was the most powerful ceramic statement I have ever seen. I knew at that moment EAP had to bring him to San Diego” – from the EAP executive director, Wendy Wilson
It happens by a stroke of scheduling luck that the Municipal Gallery will show the work of Ehren Tool July 12 – August 3, 2013. Also exhibiting will be members of the national Dirty Canteen veterans collective from across the country. We are looking for sponsorship for traveling veterans coming in to show work from Chicago, Iowa City, Berkeley, and Glendale. Their participation will make for a rich and detailed story by each soldier.
What is life like for our returning soldiers? This exhibition will give viewers a good idea of what our soldiers are overcoming in order to return to ‘normal.’ Ehren makes hundreds of ceramic cups which he freely breaks as he talks about how he misses the friends he lost in the Gulf war. You get the idea that the cups symbolize all of the friendships and relationships gained and lost during wartime.
A component of the exhibition will be the opportunity for local veterans and artists to submit one piece into the Local Color exhibition, which has an emphasis on clay and ceramics. This exhibition is a great way to open up public dialogue about how to help returning veterans. Attached are pictures and below are links to the Dirty Canteen and individual artists websites.
Ehren Tool: http://www.ceramicsnow.org/page/19
Dirty Canteen Veteran collective: http://www.dirtycanteen.com/
Mike Dooley: http://mikedooley.tv/2012/11/frustration/
Jessie Albrecht: http://www.jessealbrecht.com/