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YBCA BAN7 reception photos

Posted on July 21, 2014

The opening reception for Yerba Buena Center for the Arts' Bay Area Now 7 exhibition was a packed event. Guests bounced between the many compartmentalized exhibition areas, including Creativity Explored's exhibit The Next Big Thing which features CE artists Christina Marie Fong, Anthony Gomez, and Marilyn Wong. (BAN7 includes 15 local organizations, rather than individual artists, at this iteration of YBCA's triennial exhibition.)

Fong's Sexy Diva’s in the House cardboard installation of her ideal bedroom includes life-sized, representational components from her actual room including LPs, a record player, a framed family photo, her pet cat, dirty laundry, and posters all embellished with the artist’s lavish drawings. Fong was present at the reception earlier in the evening, drawing portraits of guests and giving away free posters featuring her artwork.

Gomez's wall-mounted sculptures brought action and dimensionality to the space. In particular, Different Colors features works on paper intricately painted and sewn together over the course of a year. Green, an animation by Gomez, is projected onto the large sculpture adding even more movement to this monumental work. Gomez's pieces drew attention to areas of the gallery that may have been overlooked, up high in corners, or above doorways as a special treat for those who looked for them.

Meanwhile, Wong's series of new abstract paintings were enveloping in their scale and sense of depth. Some canvases feature silver leaf and neon colors while other works on paper are more intimate and quiet. Wong attended the opening reception and showed her proud brother the lineup of new paintings, including one sculpture centerpiece.

Creativity Explored Visual Arts Instructors Vanesa Gingold and Grace Rosario Perkins curated the CE section of BAN7. The primariy focus of the presentaiton was to showcase large-scale, ambitious works by “outsider” artists to support the contextualization of their work within the broader contemporary art world.

“What’s particularly exciting about this exhibition is that we’ve been given space to present monumental installation works,” said co-curator Gingold. Co-curator Perkins added, “These mixed-media installations allow Creativity Explored and its artists to utilize the museum space as a means to solidify their roles in the contemporary art world at large.”

Check out the opening reception photos below and Kenneth Baker's review of BAN7 in the San Francisco Chronicle which features an installation photo of Wong's work.

Installation view of Christina Marie Fong's Sexy Diva’s in the House
Installation view of Anthony Gomez's sculpture titled All Black
CE artist Christina Marie Fong
Christina Marie Fong draws a visitor's portrait
A crowd waits to get their portraits drawn
Detail of Christina Marie Fong's installation
CE artist Marilyn Wong with her brother at the opening reception
Marilyn Wong with CE Visual Arts Instructors and co-curators Grace Rosario Perkins and Vanessa Gingold

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