We have a new exhibit open in the Rose Art Gallery! Eva Struble, a professor at SDSU and local painter, has installed a recent series of paintings titled “Cover Crop.” The show runs from March 26 – May 4. There will be a public artist reception on Thursday April 5 from 5-7pm.
Struble’s paintings typically deal with landscape through the lens of social and environmental histories, and in this body of work she undermines traditional viewpoints with an experimental approach to the material surface and by pulling frames from her past. Created on top of unfinished canvases from various periods, she adds imagery referencing small farms in the San Diego area, blending in previous scenes of her everyday life, television stills, textile patterns, and landscapes. “Cover crop” refers to a farming process for fallow periods in which a simple crop is seeded into the earth to enrich the soil, and here the underlying paintings create the fertile base from which new work emerges. The artist has previously explored the landscape as a site for troubled labor practices in San Diego agriculture, EPA superfund projects, and militarized activity, and here she continues using her paintings as a vehicle to physically explore new territory while recognizing the layers of history that affect her contemporary view. Cover Crop is inspired by small organizations that are able to feed and educate the community despite unfavorable odds and circumstances, while paying homage to multiple histories in adjacent landscapes.
Eva Struble received her MFA in painting from Yale University and is an Associate Professor at San Diego State University. Recent projects have been exhibited in Converge/Diverge at the San Diego Art Institute, Heavy Grass at the Japanese Garden in Balboa Park, and Emblema, at the UVA’s School of Architecture. Struble’s project, Produce, was displayed in a solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego in 2014. Her work has been shown at the Cleveland MOCA, at Lombard Freid projects in New York, Angles Gallery in Santa Monica, among others. Selected residencies include the Vermont Studio Center, the Headlands Center for the Arts, and the Andratx Cultural Center in Mallorca. Her work has received praise in Art In America, The Village Voice, the San Diego Union Tribune and other publications.