san diego fire

Michael Carini Presents “Reign Upon Sonrise”


June 2-Sept 22 @ Martha Pace Swift Gallery

Historic Building 201 | 2820 Roosevelt Rd | San Diego 8am-8pm Daily

Free Parking | Free Admission


*Meet the artist first Friday of each month (5-8pm) for duration of exhibition

In August 2012, at the age of 28, I was reconnected with the biological family I never knew. At that time, I learned that my father, also named Michael, did not die in a car accident as I had always been told. Rather, I came to find out that he took his own life on my mother’s 21st Birthday, just shortly before I turned a year old. He did not leave a note. Almost 30 years later, in my most personal and emotional creation to date, I wrote that note for my father. Written through our collective heart, eyes, and hand, that piece of our soul is “Michael’s Note.”


“Michael’s Note” was followed by half a decade of critical introspection, reflection, and expression in the form of a visual history paradoxically representing a singular moment, time, and experience as well as momentum, time, and experience in their totality. Completed in the Spring at the age of 33 and given life in conjunction with the Summer Solstice, “Reign Upon Sonrise” is a five year meditative reflection of a simple complexity, or “simplexity.” A 49 canvas polyptych with a myriad of possibilities and experiences, this meditation is a personal and elemental narrative veiled under the umbrella of a fractalized spectrum of sub-narratives called “Reigndrops.” Peering into the human soul with no definitive beginning or end, may you enjoy your journey across the “Reignbough” and discover the enlightenment you seek in the “Reign Upon Sonrise.”


Dedicated to the father I never had the honor and privilege to know-

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raw footage of the carlsbad fire in San Diego today. (this was less than a mile from my house)

The Cleveland Elementary School shooting took place on January 29, 1979, in San Diego, California. Shots were fired at a public elementary school. The principal and a custodian were killed. Eight children and a police officer were injured.

A 16-year-old girl, Brenda Ann Spencer (born April 3, 1962), who lived in a house across the street from the school, was convicted of the shootings. She was tried as an adult, and pled guilty to two counts of murder and assault with a deadly weapon. She was given an indefinite sentence and remains in prison.

During the shooting, a reporter phoned houses near the school looking for information about what was going on. He reached Spencer, who freely admitted that she was the one doing the shooting. When asked why she was doing what she was doing, one of the things she was said to have told him was: “I don’t like Mondays.” The alleged comment was widely publicized; Spencer later said she did not recall making the remark.

(Via: murderpedia.org)

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For all that are involved in the San Diego, California fires: Please stay safe. I am so worried about these fires because they're so unpredictable and doing so much damage. Pack food, water, important documents and your most treasured items packed and ready to go just incase. Thank God for the brave men and women fighting the fires to protect SD communities right now. I pray for all of your safety and that these fires will be stopped soon.
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Footage captures chaos, danger of San Diego wildfires

The raging wildfires in Southern California have forced hundreds of residents in San Diego County to leave their homes.

One of them, Jeb Durgin of Carlsbad, Calif., uploaded a video shot by his co-worker, Byron Bauman, showing a chaotic scene that resembled something out of a video game: windswept flames racing along a road; fire and smoke turning the sky blood orange; people frantically fleeing in cars and RVs; a helicopter dropping flame retardant over a row of hillside homes. Read the full story.