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December 16, 2019 - April 15, 2020

Venue
Parc 55 Hotel

Location
Union Square, San Francisco

A preview exhibition at Parc 55 Hotel for our annual gala, Art Changes Lives.

Creativity Explored is partnering with Parc 55 Hotel in Union Square on a new exhibition featuring exceptional work by artists with developmental disabilities working in our studios. Part of their “Art at the Parc” program, the exhibition welcomes visitors and locals to center the personhood and artistic vision of Creativity Explored artists, celebrating the power of art to change lives.

Named in honor of our annual gala, Art Changes Lives (taking place April 17, 2020 in San Francisco), the exhibition includes pieces that will be available in the silent auction at our fundraising event. Drop by the hotel to preview these auction artworks and other work that is available for sale to the public.

Save the date for our big event on April 17, 2020! Tickets will be available in 2020.

Art Changes Lives: The Exhibition, includes artwork by:
Pablo Calderon
Elana Cooper
Samedi Djeimguero
Daniel Green
Vincent Jackson
Andrew Li
José Nuñez
Sara O’Sullivan
Selene Perez
Evelyn Reyes
Hung Kei Shiu
Charles Stanberry
Joe Yuen 

Community Reception
TBA

March 6 - April 26, 2020

Venue
*CLOSED* SFAI Main Gallery - Pier 2 at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture

Location
San Francisco, CA

Untitled (House) by Enkh-Amar Shagdarguntev, stills from animated digital illustration

***San Francisco Art Institute and Of Here From There | De Aquí Desde Allá is closed to the public until further notice. Please refer to sfai.edu for up to date information.***

 

Creativity Explored, SFAI (San Francisco Art Institute), and Ana Teresa Fernández present Of Here From There | De Aquí Desde Allá, the first large-scale project featuring CE artists with developmental disabilities.


Created in partnership with Ana Teresa Fernández, the immersive installation surrounds visitors with fantastical, large-scale sculptures on which animated and time lapse videos are projected. Sculptural surfaces seem to undulate and pulsate, providing an exhilarating experience of the unique art and mark-making processes of almost 50 CE artists.

The videos capture the artists’ drawing processes, from Jose Nuñez’s dense repeating bird figures to the growing labyrinths of lines of Roland Record. These images multiply and spread quickly over the white surfaces of the giant flowers, clouds, floating boat, and dragon sculptures designed by CE artists in the installation.

Fernández, who received her MFA from SFAI in 2006 and taught at SFAI, facilitated more than 15 art making workshops in 2019 at Creativity Explored as a visiting artist-in-residence, exploring ideas of movement, migration, home, and place with the artists. But she became increasingly interested in their very personal visual vocabularies and intricate mark-making.

“Their voices are their marks, their depictions,” Fernández notes. "Their work is how they narrate or explain how it is they see the world. And through this collaboration, we wanted to recreate their magical landscape. A moment where we can be and exist in that world of marks."

Fernández documented the artists as they painted on translucent vellum, videotaping their brushstrokes from the other side of the easel as they worked and then creating time lapse videos of the developing images. Other artists worked on iPads so that the images could be rendered into digital animation. Examples of the 70 videos that will be used in the installation are available through Creativity Explored’s Instagram profile. More videos and information about the process behind the exhibition are documented on the Creativity Explored Tumblr.

At the free opening reception on Friday, March 6 the installation will be activated with performances by poet Leticia Hernández Linares, dancer Vanessa Sanchez (La Mezcla), and musician Tommy Guerrero

Join us as we celebrate CE artists’ first large-scale public art project at our inaugural installation for Of Here From There | De Aquí Desde Allá. The installation will be on view from March 6 to April 26, 2020 at SFAI Fort Mason Campus, Pier 2. The opening reception will take place on Friday, April 6 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm with performances beginning at 7:00 pm.

Of Here From There | De Aquí Desde Allá is generously supported by Kenneth Rainin FoundationGrants for the ArtsNational Endowment for the ArtsKoret Foundation and California Arts Council.



Opening Reception
Friday, March 6, 2020
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Performances begin at 7:00 pm 

General Information

Of Here From There | De Aquí Desde Allá will be on view through April 26, 2020.

San Francisco Art Institute – Fort Mason’s galleries are open to the public Wednesday - Sunday 11am - 7pm and are located on Pier 2 within Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, 2 Marina Blvd., San Francisco, CA. 

Galleries are free to the public. For more information, the public may visit sfai.edu or call (415) 749-4563.



About Ana Teresa Fernández

Ana Teresa Fernández, born in 1981 in Tampico, Mexico, lives and works in San Francisco. Her work explores the politics of intersectionality through time-based actions and social gestures, translated into masterful oil paintings, installations, and videos. 

Within her work, performance becomes a tool for investigation as strong feminist undercurrents flow together with post-colonial rhetoric. Through her work, the artist illuminates the psychological and physical barriers that define gender, race, and class in Western society and the global south.

Fernández has exhibited at the Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO, the Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV, Arizona State University Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ, the Grunwald Gallery at Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, Humboldt State University, Eureka, CA; the Tijuana Biennial, Tijuana, Mexico; Snite Museum at Notre Dame University, Notre Dame, IN; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA and The Oakland Art Museum, Oakland, CA. 

Her work has been collected by institutions such the Denver Art Museum, the Nevada Museum of Art, and Kadist Art Foundation. The Headlands Center for the Arts granted Fernández the Tournesol Award in 2008 and her films have been screened at festivals internationally including, but not limited to, MADRID International Film Festival, Madrid, Spain, Claremont Film Festival, Claremont-Ferrand, France, the International Frauen Film Festival, Dortmund, Germany, the Female Eye Film Festival, Toronto, Canada, the San Diego Latino Film Festival, San Diego, CA, and the Honolulu Film Festival, Honolulu, HI. In 2018, Fernández’s solo exhibition for Gallery Wendi Norris’s offsite exhibition in Miami will travel to the Grunwald Gallery at Indiana University and be accompanied by a publication.

anateresafernandez.com
Instagram: @anateresafernandez

About San Francisco Art Institute 
Founded in 1871, SFAI is one of the country's oldest and most prestigious institutions of higher education in the practice and study of contemporary art. As a diverse community of working artists and scholars, SFAI provides students with a rigorous education in the arts and preparation for a life in the arts through an immersive studio environment, an integrated liberal arts and art history curriculum, and critical engagement with the world. Committed to educating artists who will shape the future of art, culture, and society, SFAI fosters creativity and original thinking in an open, experimental, and interdisciplinary context. 

sfai.edu
Instagram:@sfaiofficial

March 26 - May 15, 2020

Venue
CE YouTube page

Still from Tribute to Whitney Houston by Makeya Kaiser, 2016, Creativity Explored Licensing, LLC

What You Do is Creativity Explored's first all video and digital exhibition, curated by Dena Beard, Executive Director of The Lab.

Part 1 will be available on CE's YouTube page starting Thursday, March 26.

Digital Premieres:
Paul's Drag Race
by Paul Pulizzano (2018)
Work it Out by Christina Marie Fong (2020)

From the Archive:
Star Trek: The New One by David Jarvey (1994)

This first half of the exhibition also includes a funky trio of music videos by Makeya Kaiser, a short film called Home by Laron Bickerstaff, and experimental films by Kaocrew "Yah" Kakabutra, Anthony "Tony" Gomez, and Hahn Chau.

View Part 1 here:

Part 2 will be available on CE's YouTube page starting Thursday, April 16.

Digital Premieres:
Birdwell and the Seven Little Boys by Kevin Chu (2019)
JohnLaddin by Kevin Chu (2019)
The Many Adventures of John Darling 
by Kevin Chu (2019)
Kevin & Derk: The Mystical Creatures by Trevor Cartmill-Endow (2016)
Walk in the Park by James Miles (2019)

From the Archive:
Love to Me by Michael Bernard Loggin and Douglas Sheran (1997)
Ova Art Lab: The White Project Rave and Mariachi by Unknown (1998)


About the Exhibition

Diving into the Creativity Explored archive of digital media, film, and animations, Beard presents an exhibition of durational media, video and digital artwork created by artists with developmental disabilities. 

What You Do celebrates the artistic and collaborative processes behind CE’s digital media and animations department. CE artists have created original films, animations, digital artworks since 1999. This new exhibition includes a wide selection from the archive as well as recently completed works by current artists. 

“Programs like Creativity Explored challenge received ideas about how to evaluate a work of art. Each artist I encountered was irreducible in their ways of creating, although it is clear that there is a very strong and inspiring community at Creativity Explored,” Beard reflects. 

In preparation for the exhibition, CE and Beard coordinated the documentation of archival footage and artwork stored on VHS tapes in the archive. Special thanks to our partners at BAVC (Bay Area Video Coalition) for their services and assistance in the digitization process and to our in-kind sponsor, Metromile.

Featured Artists
Laron Bickerstaff
Trevor Cartmill-Endow
Hahn Chau
Kevin Chu
Christina Marie Fong
Anthony "Tony" Gomez
David Jarvey
Makeya Kaiser
Kaocrew "Yah" Kakabutra
Michael Bernard Loggins
James Miles
Paul Pulizzano
Douglas Sheran


About the Curator
Dena Beard is Executive Director of The Lab in San Francisco. She received her M.A. in Art History, Theory, and Criticism from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and was previously Assistant Curator at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. She believes it is important to constantly question perceptual and organizational models, deeply engaging with new modes of thinking around the arts. Beard has organized projects with artists such as Lutz Bacher, Sadie Barnette, Tongo Eisen-Martin, Ellen Fullman, Dora García, Jacqueline Gordon, Anna Halprin, Asher Hartman, Fritzia Irízar, Norma Jeane, Annea Lockwood, Barry McGee, Silke Otto-Knapp, Brontez Purnell, Wadada Leo Smith, and Apichatpong Weerasethakul.

 

Featured Events

Part 1: What You Do Curated by Dena Beard
March 26 - April 30, 2020
Available March 26

What You Do is Creativity Explored's first all video and digital exhibition, curated by Dena Beard, Executive Director of The Lab. Part 1 will be available on CE's YouTube page&nb...


Imaginate Saturdays - CANCELED until further notice
April 11-30, 2020
CANCELED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

**The Imaginate Saturdays program for people of all ages and abilities at CE1 16th Steet Studio is CANCELED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE for artists and members of the public. Pl...


Part 2: What You Do Curated by Dena Beard
April 16-30, 2020
Available April 16

What You Do is Creativity Explored's first all video and digital exhibition, curated by Dena Beard, Executive Director of The Lab. Part 1 will be available on CE's YouTube page&nb...


Art Changes Lives 2020
April 17, 2020
**POSTPONED**

As you might have guessed, we have made the difficult decision to postpone Art Changes Lives indefinitely. While we were eagerly looking forward to celebrating with you and over 450 community members ...