posted on: 10/28/2012 - 2:29pm by mdougherty
Ariel Plotek, Assistant Curator at The San Diego Museum of Art, discusses his research into American Post-Impressionist Artist Charles Reiffel and the San Diego artist experience
Ariel Plotek sits with his cup of coffee on the shaded west side of Giuseppe’s Sculpture Court Cafe. With his fitted linen shirt, mustache, and shades tucked neatly into his collar, you might think he’s fresh out of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, or some hip arrondissement of Paris. But like Charles Reiffel, the artist he has been researching for the past two years, Plotek came to San Diego to make his mark in a community that’s far from the more concentrated artist circles in New York and Europe.
“There are certain things that are more easily done when you are out of the center than when you are in it,” Plotek says. He studied in London and earned his Ph.D. from New York’s Institute of Fine Arts before moving to California.
“Having lived in New York, there’s a sort of myopia that sets it and it’s actually very provincial to be focused on one’s own place. Maybe being aware of where you are is a healthier state of affairs than to believe that the world revolves around you and your scene. I don’t think anyone in San Diego really believes that -- and that’s alright.”
As Plotek talks, I wish that Reiffel were here to offer his perspective on San Diego’s art community as it was 80 years ago, when he was one of the region’s most acclaimed visual artists. A leader of...Read The Rest