Sunday, 17 September 2017 // 2-5PM

North Torrey Pines State Beach
N. Jetty Rd, San Diego, California 92109

SPF15 is thrilled to invite you to the 14th exhibition with work by Nevine Mahmoud, Chantal Wnuk, and John Zane Zappas

An endless wandering in an attempt to find a place to rest. Take respite here, in the shade. Dip your toes. Dine with us. Let the juice drip from lip to chin without napkin and without concern.

Our legs are weary too. The sun is strong and our shade is weak. The fruit has rotted to the core in this heat. The place we sat our butts, a seat previously firm, solid, immovable even, begins to wobble. In this new landscape our foundation is sinking. No seed, no folded up napkin, no slight shifting of weight will settle it now. It was bad soil to begin with. Sand.


Nevine Mahmoud was born in 1988 in London and now lives and works in Los Angeles. She studied at Byam Shaw School of Fine Art, London; Goldsmiths , University of London and the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. Recent group exhibitions include ‘The Poet the critic and the Missing’, Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA); ‘The Lasting Concept’, Portland Institute of Contemporary Art (Portland, OR);‘ This is Presence’, Ballroom Marfa (Marfa, Texas); and ‘ Dreamers Awake’, White Cube (London, UK). Her solo exhibition opens November 4th 2017 at M+B Gallery Los Angeles.

Chantal Wnuk is a painter and sculptor currently living and working in San Diego, CA. She was born in Houston, TX and received her BFA from the University of Texas at Austin. Using found materials and imagery, she focuses on the vulnerability of being alone versus that of being bound to another human or object. In 2012, she received the Undergraduate Professional Development Travel Grant, resulting in Girls Gone West at the Visual Arts Center in Austin, TX in 2014. More recent exhibitions include Wouldn't It Be Nice at Eastfield College (Mesquite, TX), Having a Coke with You at Helmuth Projects (San Diego, CA), and Not Quite Nothing at SDAI (San Diego, CA).

John Zane Zappas was born in Torrance, CA in 1985, he currently lives and works in Los Angeles. Zappas makes practical sculptures that exist in the fuzzy terrain between Ikea, your favorite rock, and a Shaker chair. With sections cast, carved from found wood or charred to an intense carbon black, the hooks, stools and ashtrays are accommodating in their suggested functionality and resolute in their visual form. His current oil stick drawings offer another vantage point - aimed at a plurality of spatial and extra-linguistic readings, the black line serves as a lyrical record of a discrete bodily impulse. Zappas received his MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2012 and has attended residencies at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and Bemis Center for Contemporary Art. His work has been exhibited at BBQLA (Los Angeles, CA), Interface (Oakland, CA),, Vacancy (Los Angeles, CA), Arturo Bandini (Los Angeles, CA), Bb (Baltimore, MD), Grin (Providence, RI), City Limits (Oakland, CA), Primetime (Brooklyn, NY), and Good Weather (Little Rock, AR).

This is SPF15's 14th exhibition on the beaches of San Diego. SPF15 was envisioned as a 15 part nomadic exhibition series under a 10' x 10' pop-up canopy. It will be the last for a while as we hit the road and take time to assess the project with some distance and time before coming to any conclusions on how the project can either end or expand. In the mean time, we hope you can hit the beach, recognizing it as just as much creative space as public space, or recreational space, or natural space.

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Image is courtesy of Artist and Curator Morgan Mandalay.