Christen Sperry-Garcia & Brian Dick

I’m interested in something that’s energetic, and I think human beings, when we’re doing something together…whatever that looks like, to me that energy is a lot more energetic than any particular art object…. I value that kind of energy even though its very temporal.

Brian Dick was born in Las Cruces, New Mexico and raised in Southern California.  He received his B.A. from UCLA and, after graduating with an MFA from the University of California, San Diego in 1995 Dick accepted a six-week residency at Arteleku in San Sebastian, Spain.  Shortly thereafter he was invited to an extended residency through The American Center in Paris where he stayed for two years. He appeared in several group shows including shows at The Center George Pompidou, The Musée d’art moderne and in spaces in Denmark and the Netherlands. Additionally, he had solo shows at Gallerie Chez Valentin, Paris, France and Gandy Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic.  He also appeared in two of the first ever web-based shows in France.  Since returning to San Diego, he has participated in shows and film festivals in San Diego, Dallas, Houston, Reno, Kyoto, Japan and Berlin.  In 2007/2008 Dick had solo shows at Spacecraft Gallery and Luis de Jesus Seminal Projects. Also in 2008 he participated in the group show Inside the Wave (with Christen Sperry-Garcia) at the San Diego Museum of Art as well Childsplay at The New Children’s Museum, San Diego.  In 2009 Dick, along with his partner Christen Sperry-Garcia, participated in Bushwick: SITE FEST, a performance fair in Brooklyn, NY. Dick also guest curated the show POST Card at Sushi Urban Arts Space, San Diego, CA., and is a recipient of the San Diego Artist Prize.  In 2010 Dick will participate in Here Not There at the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, and The California Biannual at the Orange County Museum of Art. Dick’s work is represented in the collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego. Dick lives and works in Southern California.

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Christen Sperry-Garcia was born in San Diego, California, and raised in Milwaukee, WI.  Her father is a psychiatrist, writer, and professor, and mother, a Mexican-American therapist and dancer.  Both have strongly influenced her work and interests.  Sperry-Garcia received her B.S. at the University of Wisconsin- Madison in 2000.  After graduation, she worked in the private and public education systems in New Mexico and California. She spent three of those years as founder and director of a mentoring program for underserved students at a private, tuition-free middle school in San Diego.  In 2009, Sperry-Garcia received her Master’s of Fine Arts degree in Visual Art from California State University, Long Beach.  She currently works for video artist Bill Viola, and is co-founder of the Nationwide Museum Mascot Project (NWMMP). Her work has been presented in various venues and museums including Sushi Performance in San Diego, NADA Hudson, NY, Highways in Santa Monica, CA, San Diego Museum of Art, San Francisco Art Institute and the Orange County Museum of Art. Sperry-Garcia lives and works in Los Angeles with her collaborator and husband Brian Dick.