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Small Works Big Ideas Panel Discussion

April 24, 2019
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Creativity Explored

3245 16th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

Artwork: Twin Castle Express by Isaac Haney-Owens, 2015 © Creativity Explored Licensing, LLC, mixed media diorama, 36 x 25 x 4 inches

Even the smallest artwork can evoke big concepts. Creativity Explored, in partnership with In/Visible Talks, invites you to explore the process of working on a small scale with three contemporary artists who maximize the miniature.

Join CE artist Isaac Haney-Owens and visiting artists Lisa Swerling and Amy M. Ho as they discuss what it means to work on an intimate scale with big ideas. Moderated by Dava Guthmiller, co-founder of In/Visible Talks, the panel will examine the artists’ unique practice of working small drawing on their recent projects. Read more about the panelists and their work below.

As part of her Glass Cathedrals project, Lisa Swerling recently collaborated with CE artist José Nuñez to create a diorama featuring Nuñez’s artistic world -- a world he both creates and imagines. The box featuring Nuñez’s art, including a miniature of Nuñez himself, will be on display during the event.

After the discussion, stick around and enjoy Five and Two Others in the CE gallery, curated by Mildred Howard -- a show dedicated to small artworks that make a big impact.

The event is free and open to the public.


Isaac Haney-Owens
CE Artist & Panelist

Born in 1991 in Oakland, CA and raised in Emeryville, Isaac Haney-Owens doesn’t recall how he initially became interested in photography, but he does remember he’s been taking pictures since early childhood. Haney-Owens used a film camera for his first photographic practices, but has since switched over to a digital format because he enjoys the immediacy of seeing his images instantaneously.

Haney-Owens currently lives in San Francisco and enjoys photographing structures and vistas in his environments such as the Golden Gate Bridge, landscapes, buildings and neighborhoods. His artwork depicting San Francisco icons is featured by Recchiuti Confections on their signature Burnt Caramel Truffles -- get your box here. One of his most well-known projects involves recreating old signs as miniature dioramas. Read more about that ongoing project here.

Amy M. Ho

Visiting artist & Panelist

Amy M. Ho builds video and spatial installations that bring attention to our existence as both physical and psychological beings. Amy completed her undergraduate degree in Art Practice at UC Berkeley and her MFA at Mills College.

In 2017, she was selected as a KQED Woman to Watch. Amy received a Zellerbach Family Foundation Community Arts Grant in 2016, a San Francisco Arts Commission Individual Artists Grant in 2013 and was included in Yerba Buena Center for the Arts' Bay Area Now 7 in 2014. Amy was a 2013 fellowship artist at the Kala Art Institute and has been in shows at the San Jose Institute for Contemporary Art, Elmhurst Art Museum in Chicago, The San Diego State University Downtown Art Gallery, and at the Walter and McBean Galleries at SFAI in San Francisco.

She is currently the studio director at Real Time and Space, an art instructor at San Quentin State Prison and a public education instructor at San Francisco Art Institute. 

Lisa Swerling

Visiting artist & Panelist

Born and raised in Cape Town, Lisa Swerling moved to London as a teenager. She studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Oxford University (1991-4), followed by Art at Central St. Martins (1995) in London.

In 2003 Lisa started the Glass Cathedrals concept was born. Glass Cathedrals are a series of miniature scenes in boxes -- each one containing a sparkling parallel world, reflecting the poignancy, absurdity and beauty of our own.

The ideas behind Glass Cathedrals are based on thoughts Lisa has had since she was a child: “What exists beyond the stars?  Can glitter be as precious as gold?  Is a zebra more magical than a unicorn?  How can I feel so huge and so small at the same time?”

Since 2010, and several hundred Glass Cathedrals later, Lisa lives with her husband and two daughters in San Anselmo Marin, Northern California.

Glass Cathedral Projects were exhibited at: Mixx Gallery, Telluride CO, Rare Device, San Francisco CA, Anthropologie Gallery, Kings Rd, London, Headlands Center for the Arts Auction or Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, CA

Dava Guthmiller

Co-founder In/Visible Talks & Panel moderator

Dava is the Founder and Chief Creative Officer at Noise 13, a branding and design agency that focuses on lifestyle brands. She has over 20 years experience leading strategy and design projects with clients such as Uber, Tile, Planet, Twitter, Pacific Catch, World Wrapps and Paso Wine.

Dava is also a board member for Slow Food California and advisor for Good Food Awards. She occasionally gets her hands on fine art, and lectures about brand for business. She has been featured in publications such as HOW, Communication Arts, Forbes, Huffington Post, and Print Magazine.

About In/Visible Talks

In/Visible Talks’ mission is to build community through conversation about the process, inspiration, and challenges behind the creative practice. Founded by Dava Guthmiller and CE Board Member Arianna Orland, In/Visible Talks celebrates the art of design and creativity. Learn more about In/Visible Talks here.


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