Two new cyanotypes by Oriana Poindexter have been accepted for the (S)Light of Hand alternative processes exhibit. The show will be hosted at The Photographer’s Eye Collective, opening on October 12, 2019.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16TH, 7-9PM
The University Club atop Symphony Towers will be hosting a three month exhibit of the Treasures from the Scripps Collections show, with an opening reception scheduled for Wednesday, October 16th 2019. Invitation only.
Twenty one of Oriana’s Marine Specimens images are included in the Birch Aquarium’s newest exhibit, Oddities: Hidden Heroes of the Scripps Collections, and will be on display for the next year in an interactive format. An on-going exhibit, Oddities is created in partnership with the team from the Scripps Oceanographic Collections, where millions of specimens allow scientists to understand some of the amazing adaptations marine creatures have developed to survive. The Aquarium is open to the public daily from 9-5.
Learn more about visiting the exhibit at the Birch Aquarium here: https://aquarium.ucsd.edu/visit/exhibits/oddities
SATURDAY, JUNE 29th, 6-9PM
The newly opened Juneshine Ranch location will be hosting a weekend exhibit of the Treasures from the Scripps Collections exhibit, with an opening reception scheduled for Saturday, June 29, 2019. Live music by Kevin Childs and Stephen Ray. Open to the public, 21+.
Two pieces from Oriana’s Pacific Dreamstates series have been donated to Surfrider San Diego for their Art Gala & Silent Auction.
To attend, purchase tickets at the link below:
SATURDAY, JUNE 15th, 6-9PM
The Hill Street Country Club will be hosting a two week exhibit of the Treasures from the Scripps Collections exhibit, with an opening reception scheduled for Saturday, June 15, 2019. Open to the public.
Q & A with artist, Oriana Poindexter
What are you currently reading, listening to or looking at to fuel your work?
The most artistically inspiring book I’ve come across lately is Archiving Eden by Dornith Doherty - a gorgeous, well-researched monograph exploring seed banks around the world in several mediums, including cyanotypes and x-rays. It’s sort of a terrestrial analogue to these marine collections I’ve spent so much time inside, and the representation of these spaces and the priceless life forms they protect is very significant to me. The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century (Kirk W. Johnson) and The Lost Species: Great Expeditions in the Collections of Natural History Museums (Christopher Kemp) are both gripping non-fiction stories from natural history collections that have motivated me to look deeper into the stories behind each of these specimens. In terms of music - I’m usually inside my headphones when I’m creating, and The Black Angels at high volume are my favorite choice to get my creative production flowing.
What are your biggest challenges to creating art and how do you deal with them? How do you navigate the art world?
One of the biggest challenges for me has been finding the time and mental space to create art and pursue opportunities in the art world with a full time job and a surf habit. The collections at Scripps contain literally millions of specimens, and there is no way I could ever photograph all of them - sometimes making me feel like I’m not working hard enough if I’m not photographing in there all the time. The ocean itself is even bigger, obviously, and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the immensity of attempting to illustrate something so much larger than yourself.
What mediums do you work with? How would you describe your subject matter?
I use photography to illustrate the marine realm, both in and out of the water. I see this project as a type of contorted underwater nature photography -- I’m photographing animals that were found somewhere in the world’s oceans, and now live on in the libraries of the sea at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. I am also a diver, and take a more conventional approach to underwater photography by actually immersing myself and my camera in the ocean.
When people ask you what you “do”, how do you answer?
I’m an artist and a scientist. At the moment, my scientific work is more of my ‘day job’, but the art and the science are intertwined and informed by each other and I wouldn’t be as productive or motivated without a foot in both worlds.
Describe a childhood memory that has influenced your artwork
I was lucky enough to grow up near the beach and spent more than my fair share of time poking around in tidepools. The experience of finding new creatures all the time and being able to pick them up, poke them, or chase them around set me up to remain curious about the different shapes life can make. I also spent a lot of time in libraries as a kid, wandering around in the quiet hallways, pulling out books that caught my attention. My approach to selecting specimens in the collections at Scripps is sort of similar -- there are millions to choose from, so I choose a hallway for the day and pull out jars that catch my attention.
Has there been a shift or change in your life or work that has led to what you’re making now? Do you see your work as autobiographical at all?
When I moved back to Southern California after four years at college in Princeton, New Jersey, I saw the ocean with a fresh perspective. While I had previously only really thought about the ocean as a recreational area, when I returned from a four year hiatus, I felt the pull of the ocean in a new way, and saw the potential for a career in the marine realm as well. I finally started photographing underwater, and began working as an intern in the collections at SIO, which was the beginning of the journey I’m on now. I view my artistic work as more experiential than autobiographical.
What is your personal message to your artwork and how does that connect to a communal and universal message?
I hope the message people receive from my work is a renewed sense of wonder and curiosity about the ocean and the life it holds. If they’re motivated to get in and explore for themselves, even better! Universally, any increase in awareness and respect for the ocean is a positive change with the threats it is facing today.
Do you intend your work to challenge the viewer?
People fear the unknown - and as the least explored area of the planet, the ocean elicits fear and anxiety for many. While a healthy respect for the ocean and the power it contains is critical, I want my work to challenge people to see the ocean in different ways - as a place of infinite wonder. On a simpler level - I was expecting it to be challenging to get these images of pickled dead fish & sea spiders onto walls, but have been pleasantly surprised by the interest in this work!
Is the creative impulse driven by a personal need to ease pain and/or satiate desire?
My creative impulse is driven more by the desire to satiate my personal curiosity regarding the types of life below the surface of the ocean. Luckily - that life is nearly infinite and still very much unknown, so the font will not run dry any time soon.
What three things never fail to bring you pleasure?
Getting in the ocean, a plate of fresh fish, and a good book to get lost in.
What’s your motto?
Mostly salty, pretty fishy.
The Mission Hills Wine Cellar will be hosting a four day exhibit of the Treasures from the Scripps Collections exhibit, with an opening reception scheduled for Saturday, June 1, 2019. Open to the public.
Friday May 10th, 9-10:30 AM with Pinpoint Cafe
Eckart Building (First Floor), Scripps Institution of Oceanography - 8755 Biological Grade, La Jolla, CA 92037
Exhibit on view May 6 - May 29, 2019
The exhibit Treasures from the Scripps Collection will be shown at the Qualcomm Headquarters in San Diego as a part of their Earth Week Celebrations.
Join Oriana at JuneShine for an exhibition of underwater photography. Oriana will be showing fifteen images from her Pacific Dreamstates series at Juneshine, the world's first hard kombucha bar. These photographs are all made while freediving with a Nikonos camera and 35mm film, and offer a unique perspective from underneath the surface of our local waters. Prints will also be available for purchase. This event is free to attend and open to the public. Come support local artists and stay for the locally brewed hard kombucha!
BONUS: Hakuna Wear will be doing a pop-up during the show, come check out their stay-put wetsuits and swimwear! AND we've got a pile of some of the last copies of Sea Together Magazine Issue 001 available for sale as well.
We exist to be a creative light in the community through art + music. Join us Friday night for an evening of local artist and be inspired by either the art, music or conversations! Kids are welcome so bring your whole crew and we will have interactive art for the kids.
National Geographic produced a four episode mini-series, San Diego in the Spotlight, covering all the things that make San Diego the amazing city it is.
Oriana is featured in Episode 4, City of Diversity, which airs nationally on the National Geographic Channel on Thursday 11/8 at 4pm PST, and Saturday 11/10 at 6am PST.
The San Diego Tourism Authority is hosting a viewing party for Episode 4 at Stone Brewing in Liberty Station on Thursday 11/8 from 7-8pm PST. Hope to see you there!
Additional information from the San Diego Tourism Authority and coverage from San Diego Union Tribune and ABC10.
You can watch episodes online after they air at National Geographic TV.
A sneak peek of Episode 4 is available here on National Geographic TV’s Facebook page.
The goal of S3 is to provide a platform for Scripps graduate students to present and discuss their research with colleagues from all curricular groups, to foster interdisciplinary collaboration amongst the student population, and to introduce the new first-years to the wide variety of research Scripps has to offer. The presentations should be designed to be understandable not just to specific fields, but to the broader Scripps community.
Thanks to all the folks who joined us to celebrate the San Diego launch of Sea Together Magazine, hosted at Juneshine in North Park! Read about the event on the Sea Together blog here.
Oriana will be showing some of her work alongside three other contributors to Issue 001 -- Corina Rose Barnick, Maggie Higgins, and Megan Barrett, while Brooke Gudenau will be doing a live surf painting. The Aloha Collection and Psychedelic Honey will be doing a pop-up, and Kirby Ai will be playing a live set. Sea Together will also be raffling off goods from Manda, The Aloha Collection, Psychedelic Honey, and Leap Coffee, along with a surfboard from Foamy surf!
Oriana was one of six invited panelists to speak at this Behind the Scenes event at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Other panelists included Kelly Fukushima (commerical fisherman, FV Three Boys), Dr. Heidi Dewar (NOAA SWFSC), Dr. Jen Smith (SIO), Samantha Murray, JD (SIO), and Chef Davin Waite (Wrench & Rodent Seabasstropub). The event was covered by the San Diego Union Tribune, with photographs below by Sam Wells of Chef Epic.
A drone pilot, free diver, and film enthusiast are teaming up to bring a multi-varied perspective on the coast to the Misfit Gallery on Pearl. Sponsored by Karl Strauss.
Oriana Poindexter [BELOW] - California and Baja from below with the Nikonos iii
Laura Walsh [SEA LEVEL] - California and Baja landscapes on 35 mm film with the Contax T2
Shayna Brody [ABOVE] - Coastlines from above with a Phantom 4 Pro drone
Opening Reception: August 23, 2018 from 5:30-9PM
Closing Reception: September 8, 2018 from 5-8PM
The exhibit will be on display through September 10, 2018
Join us for this exciting evening of live presentations and lively conversations. A curated selection of five local visual storytellers—photographers, filmmakers, and multimedia producers—will share their projects in an interactive, supportive, and dynamic format. Audience members are encouraged to give feedback and ask questions of the presenters, both formally and in a social setting.
Open Show #9 presenters are:
• Larry Caveney
• Audra Jessup
• Oriana Poindexter
• Gabriella Muttone
• Cy Kuckenbaker
The schedule for the evening is as follows:
6:00–6:30 pm in the Atrium: Check in, view MOPA exhibition, meet the Open Show artists
6:30–8:15 pm in the Theater: Open Show presentations by the 5 artists (15-minutes each), with raffle prizes between each presenter
8:15–9:00 pm in the Atrium: mingle with the artists
General admission tickets are $10.
Student tickets are $3 (buy your ticket here, but be sure to bring your student ID to the event).
Free to current MOPA members (get your ticket here, but be sure to bring your MOPA membership card to the event).