Joseph Clayes III Gallery
2017 San Diego Art Prize Recipients
May 12–June 9, 2018
The San Diego Art Prize spotlights working San Diego artists. A panel of local art administrators selects two artists who, in turn, select two more artists with whom they wish to collaborate. This is the 8th consecutive year the Athenaeum has presented the San Diego Art Prize recipients: Rizzhel Mae Javier with Cy Kuckenbaker, and Alexander Kohnke with FU/RICH (Victoria Fu and Matt Rich). San Diego artist and educator Rizzhel Mae Javier uses photography in her sculptural work, to make objects that explore memory, human interaction and relationships. Experimental filmmaker and photographer Cy Kukenbaker utilizes varied themes in his work, including American identity; time-based narrative; bureaucracy and capitalism; and human vision. German-born Alexander Kohnke works in drawing, photography, printmaking and video to create work that is both personal and universal. FU/RICH is a collaboration between artists Victoria Fu and Matt Rich. Fu works primarily in video and image-based installation, while Rich is a painter. Their collaborative practice is a coming together of aesthetic sensibilities and working processes, visible through the combined palettes and textures—from film-grained gradients and painted brushstrokes to frayed canvas threads.