Generously hosted by Mindgruve and housed within a historic bi-level warehouse, the exhibition will feature paintings, installations and cinematic art from over forty San Diego-based artists. Spanning across a variety of mediums, Parachute Factory will feature a diverse body of work where navigation throughout the space is highly encouraged to get its full potential. Along with the art, guests will also be able to enjoy live music, craft beer from Karl Strauss and bites from MIHO Gastrotruck. There will be a $5 cover at the door to help cover material and promotion costs, and the event will be open to all ages.
Featuring the art of Alli Bautista, Bradford Lynn, Brent Sandor, Bujwah Stangers, Carly Ealey, Celeste Byers, Chandu Reading, Chris Bilyeu, Chris Konecki, Christina Liu, Dane Danner, Dave Persue aka Bunny Kitty, DieKuts, DNZA, Dolan Stearns, Dusty Dirtweed, Elliott Moeller, Eric Whitman, Eric Wixon, Exist 1981, Heebiejeebies, Honkey Kong, Jordan Josafat, Josh Hunter, Joshua Krause, Katherine Brannock, Kyle Miller, Michael Tussey, Nate Banuelos, Neko, Product Etcetera, Saratoga Sake, Sean Dejecacion, Senz Wen, Taylor Johnson, Tyler Cristobal, That Kid Peep, Surge, Tocayo, and Wes Bruce.
Sounds provided by the West Ivy Warehouse Crew: DJ ill spectre, gEars, CutMod, and Tenshun. Visuals by CutMod, mystery cave, and Matt Coors.
The exhibition’s title references the venue’s former purpose as the old factory and headquarters for Pacific Parachute Co.—a San Diego manufacturing company that was started in 1942 by two African-American businessmen: Eddie “Rochester” Anderson, a famed comedian and actor, and Howard "Skippy" Smith, a skillful aviator during a time when only few African-Americans held pilots' licenses. The company that the two men started would eventually go on to play an integral role in the manufacturing and distribution of parachutes for American paratroopers during WWII.
Unfortunately, along with the end of the war would also come the end for Pacific Parachute Co. In addition to its contributions for the war, the factory would also be remembered as a pioneer in promoting racially-integrated employment within the United States defense industry.