Words & Images by Kara Goldfarb

“It almost has a Tim Burton feel doesn’t it?”

“How beautiful.”

“Haunting.”

-Overheard

The above were just some overheard excerpts at La Bodega Gallery Facebook, located on the corner of Logan and Sampson St. in Barrio Logan, on January 30th at the Black and White Group Photography Show. The show, featuring black and white photographs from 80 artists, was a crowded event with a buzzing energy. La Bodega owner Chris Zertuche, who was floating around taking pictures and socializing with guests, said that after posting a call out they received over 200 submissions. The 80 artists were accepted on a first come first serve basis and ranged from amateurs to professionals.

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Despite a certain connotation that may be associated with an entirely black and white exhibit, the varying responses from attendees was a clear indication of the versatility amongst the pieces. Gritty, grungy, striking, abstract. Strong contrasts, rich textures, interesting subjects. A wood frame, a sleek black frame, no frame, a shiny gold frame. One photograph was turned into a working ticking clock. Seeing the thoughtful ways artists were able to add distinctive elements to their photographs without the play of colors was a highlight of the exhibit.

la-bodega-art-photography-show“That looks like a classically epic rock concert.”
-Overheard at LBG

What else was going on: a makeshift bar serving soda, beer, wine and tequila shots (accompanied by salt and lime). Hovering above all on a small second level was a rad DJ spinning tracks like the Pixies’ “Where is My Mind” and Built to Spill’s “Carry The Zero.”

Alhough the overall vibe was artsy-cool, the crowd was as eclectic as the work displayed. attendees were young and old. There were groups of friends, families, couples. People mingled with one another while fluttering around and flittering in and out, grabbing tacos at the equally as lively ¡SALUD! Taco shop right next door.

la-bodega-art-photography-showThe space itself, a funky warehouse which also serves as studio spaces to a number of artists, has been active since 2014. It fits in perfectly with the Barrio’s emerging creative scene and has a promising future as a landmark addition, as it manages to elevate the neighborhood’s vibrant art community while maintaining self-awareness on the risk of over-gentrification.

All-in-all the show was a rad one and if you missed the opening the photographs are still on display until February 6thCheck it out.

La Bodega Gallery is located at 2196 Logan Ave, San Diego, CA 92113.
They are open 9-5pm Monday-Friday, and have events often in the evening. Check out their upcoming events on Facebook. 

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