SDSU Downtown Gallery Presents Energy: Made in Form


Contact: Lizbeth Persons Price
SDSU Public Affairs for the Arts
SDSU Downtown Gallery Presents Energy: Made in Form
New exhibition explores the intangible concept of energy, visualized through the creative process.
(San Diego, CA) The SDSU Downtown Gallery presents Energy: Made in Form, February 4 – March 27, 2016, an exhibition inspired by San Diego State University’s current campus-wide Common Experience theme “Experience Energy.” From 19th century technology to handmade craft and the fantasy of science fiction, Energy: Made in Form explores the intangible concept of energy, visualized through the creative process. Varying approaches examine the amount of energy required in creating art, energy as a social issue and energy as a state of being.

Energy: Made in Form brings together works by SDSU School of Art + Design students and faculty with regional artists from California and Arizona including David Emitt Adams, Dia Bassett, Kevin Cooley, and TML Dunn. The exhibition highlights artists working in diverse media, showcasing art making that yields impeccable craft, calls on our participation or kinetics to demonstrate energy, and explores conceptual approaches that challenge our definition of energy.

“Putting together Energy: Made in Form has been an incredible opportunity to see new work from SDSU faculty and students, all of which are very unique interpretations of the idea of ‘energy,’” says Chantel Paul, Downtown Gallery Program Coordinator. “I’m especially excited about combining regional artists from San Diego, Los Angeles, and Phoenix with SDSU student and faculty work. This element adds a very interesting layer and conversation among the individual works and approaches. There is a great variety of work from photography to sculpture, painting, and mixed media using unconventional materials.”

Exhibition events include an opening reception on Thursday, February 4, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. with music by DJ Professor Shadow, and Downtown at Sundown with the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD), on Thursday, February 18 and Thursday, March 17, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

“We are thrilled to partner with MCASD’s downtown location for Downtown at Sundown, their new after-hours offering on the third Thursday of every month” says Chantel Paul. “It’s a great opportunity for us to connect with the San Diego community by bringing in dynamic programming from SDSU artists and performers as well as local DJs and visual artists. We’re livening up our area of downtown through grass-roots collaboration.  In addition to us and MCASD, Stone Brewing Company and The Flight Path Wine Bar & Bistro are offering specials.”

Energy: Made in Form runs Thursday, February 4, 2016 through Sunday, March 27, 2016 at the SDSU Downtown Gallery, located at 725 West Broadway, San Diego, 92101. Hours are Thursday through Monday, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The gallery is open to the public and admission is free. For parking info, visit the event webpage:

Energy: Made in Form is organized by the SDSU Downtown Gallery, in collaboration with SDSU Common Experience. The exhibition and events are sponsored by the San Diego State University Art Council. Additional support is provided by the School of Art + Design, the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts, the fund for Instructionally Related Activities, and Arts Alive SDSU.

For more information, visit the SDSU Downtown Gallery website or contact Chantel Paul, Downtown Gallery Program Coordinator at


  • Thursday, Feb. 4, Opening Reception, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • DJ Professor Shadow will be spinning sounds inspired by the exhibition theme.
  • Thursday, Feb. 18, Downtown at Sundown (every 3rd Thursday), 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • ‘:AKA wear it’ an interactive event from the SDSU Jewelry and Metalworking Program
  • Thursday, March 17, Downtown at Sundown (every 3rd Thursday), 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Artist-led gallery tour

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IMAGE CREDITS: High resolution images available on Press Room page

David Emitt Adams; Navajo Refinery, Artesia, New Mexico, 2015, wet plate collodion tintype on 55-gallon oil drum lid, courtesy of the artist

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Anca Segall and Arzu Ozkal, Microbial Life (detail), 2015, woodcut letters, bacteria, agar, plastic tray in incubator, photograph by Laura Weinbrenner, courtesy of the artists

Kevin Cooley, NROL-65 Spy Satellite Launch, 2013, archival pigment prints ©Kevin Cooley, courtesy of Kopeikin Gallery, Los Angeles


Cathedrals: Jeff Ray
April 7 – May 29, 2016
San Francisco-based artist, Jeff Ray creates a site-specific, multi-sensory installation of his current project, Cathedrals, at the SDSU Downtown Gallery. Realized through sculpture, sound recording and video, the project explores large, cavernous spaces, such as Chicago’s Union Station. The work sofuses on the sounds made in these structures and shaped by their architecture.

The SDSU Downtown Gallery is a part of the School of Art + Design within the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts at San Diego State University dedicated to engaging students, faculty, artists and the public through innovative and scholarly presentations of contemporary art and design. Located off-campus in metro San Diego, the SDSU Downtown Gallery creates an important link between the School and the art community. A yearly calendar of exhibitions, lectures, performances, and artist-driven programming fosters new ideas and dialogue about art making as a critical facet of society and our diverse cultural landscape. Since 2010, the Gallery has hosted a range of exhibitions highlighting regional, national, and internationally recognized artists working in all media. The SDSU Downtown Gallery continues to focus on programming and partnerships that provide educational and experimental opportunities for collaboration.

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