September 21, 2001


The Travel Journals of Artist Raul Guerrero on

View at the Athenaeum

Between September 22 and October 27, visitors to the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library's gallery will enjoy a very special journey. The title describes it closely: Location/Location/Location; The Travel Journals of Raul Guerrero/Paintings, Drawings, Prints, Photographs, Artist's Books, 1972-2001.

In this exhibition, San Diego multi-media artist Raul Gue-rrero draws from a body of his work spanning almost thirty years to create a visual narrative expressing aspects of transition and movement, in a variety of media.

First the paintings. In what the artist describes as a "journey of thoughts," the paintings follow the paths of two travelers through time and space. The first journey begins in the 12th century, and takes the traveler on a land journey from South America, through Central America, and Mexico, ending up in Southern California, circa 2000. The second traveler leaves Independence, Missouri (a major departure point for the Far West circa 1832), and journeys through the plains of the Midwest, the Black Hills of South Dakota, and crosses the rocky Mountains... before arriving in Southern California.

In Location/Location/Location, Raul Guerrero will display components of a lengthy and ongoing project. In fact, he describes the exhibition as "the umbrella I'm working under with my current artwork." He goes on to explain, "The work in the show is a collection of images reflecting my impression of various locales I have visited... but also impressions of places that I have imagined."

In addition to the paintings, the exhibition also includes drawings, prints, and artist's books depicting his travels to Mexico, Spain, Nicaragua, Berlin, New York, Tanjier, Paris, and other... locations. Much of the work —both early and recent— has never been shown.

Raul Guerrero was born in Brawley, California, and grew up in National City, before receiving a BFA from the Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles. He has been a major artistic presence in San Diego for the last twenty years. Recently, his work has been shown at the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; and he was part of the exhibition, "Made in California: Art, Image, and Identity 1900-2000" at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. His work is found in public collections, including those of MOCA, the Long Beach Museum of Art, and the Phoenix Museum of Art. In addition to his almost limitless range of traditional media, Guerrero is noted for his many public art projects, both in San Diego County and other locations in Southern California.

Meet Raul Guerrero at the opening reception on Friday, September 21, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. On Thursday, September 27, the artist will give a lecture about the exhibition and his work. The lecture is at 7:30 p.m., and is free.

Athenaem Music & Arts Library is located at 1008 Wall Street, La Jolla, Ca. (858) 454-5872.

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