From Bushmiller to hubcaps
The premise: Make a list of some 21 artists and give them one of three possible assignments. They can do a cut-up, essentially a mixed-media piece that includes a line of found text; a readymade, an everyday object redefined by its gallery context, à la Marcel Duchamp; or a color fact, an exercise defined by its theory-based use of color. The result, co-curated by Eric Brandon, Linda Jolley and Beth Jones, is Cut-Ups, Readymades and Color Fact, now showing at JayJay, at 5520 Elvas Avenue, through August 7. The show includes some local names familiar to patrons of JayJay—Roger Yogis, Mark L. Emerson, Peter Stegall, Joan Moment, Galelyn Williams, S.R. Jones and more—and outsiders like San Diego resident David J, best known as the bassist for English goth icons Bauhaus and Love and Rockets. For simplicity, it’s hard to top Jack Nielsen, whose readymade piece is nothing more than a chrome and red enamel hubcap from an old Plymouth.