|A few of the newly installed art panels on the North Park Parking Garage.|
Tuesday, September 24, 2019
URBAN EXPLORER / PARKING STRUCTURE’S NEW CLOTHES
If you haven’t noticed already there’s new artwork adorning North Park’s parking structure at 30th & North Park Way. Gone are the popular (but weather faded) art panels created by San Diego artist Blair Thornley in 2008.
Welcome 16 new panels by artists Kris Moore and Don Masse.
The new installations will be celebrated with a public invited meet the artists reception atop the garage. Entertainment and refreshments will be available for the Sept. 29th event, which will begin at 5 pm.
The project is being managed by North Park Main Street with funding from Civic San Diego.
Kris Moore’s work addresses current events, social
engagement, and protecting the natural world.
Ms. Moore began her photographic career in 1971 as a
self-taught artist. Her formal studies began in 1975 at
Indiana University. She pursued her practice in New York
working as a portrait artist, photojournalist, and fine art
Her work expanded to include commercial
video production, copy writing, and video editing in New
Mexico as the owner of High Fire Productions.
In 1990, Moore returned to her passion for still
photography while transitioning from film to digital. She is
an accomplished digital color printer and Photoshop expert.
From 2014-16 she taught portrait workshops for teenagers
at the nonprofit Outside the Lens in San Diego.
She has exhibited her work in galleries throughout the
country. In 2019 her work was featured in a two-person
exhibition at The Photographer’s Eye gallery in Escondido,
California and in a group show at Davis Orton Gallery.
She co-produces Open Show San Diego for the Museum
of Photographic Arts in San Diego. She is a co-founder
of Snowcreek Collaborative and founder of Strong Strong
Women both photography collectives in San Diego.
My earliest art-related memory is getting in trouble for
drawing on one of the mint green walls in the family room
with a bright red crayon. Since then, my love for the
language of visual art has never waned.
I am motivated to create by a desire to leave a positive mark, whether transient or long lasting, on the people in my life and the communities that I am part of. This could take the form of creating drawings and paintings large and small, apparel designs, or guiding students through the language of art on a daily basis.
I have taught at Zamorano Fine Arts Academy, a large
and diverse public elementary school in San Diego since
2001 where I am firmly committed to introducing my
students to the work of contemporary artists (including
numerous ones in San Diego) from a variety of backgrounds
and creative fields.
I do this because students become better
engaged with visual art content and design challenges when
they can see these elements being applied by diverse artists
working in today's world.
When I am not in the classroom, you can often find me
with a piece of chalk in my hand, either drawing in the
street or in the safety of my own living room.