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July 18, 2019
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Venue
Creativity Explored

Location
3245 16th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

Untitled by Charles Stanberry, 2017 © Creativity Explored Licensing, LLC, pencil and marker on paper, 11.25 x 13.75 inches

Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody. --Jane Jacobs

The artist’s unique perspective has often found a warm welcome in cities. As hotbeds of imagination and creative thinking, urban centers have long fostered artists and artists have long contributed to their visionary and innovative spirit. This symbiotic relationship has been visioned expertly and often by so many Creativity Explored makers. Cityscape, curated by CE artist Isaac Haney-Owens, is an exploration of this timeless call and response and features works by eleven Creativity Explored artists.

Haney-Owens says, “The urban environment is fascinating to me because of the variety of architectural styles, the different types of people it attracts, and the amount of cultural diversity there is in a city.” Prompted by the radical creativity found in the city he calls home, Haney-Owens plans to re-work the Gallery into a simulated urban environment (including transforming our gallery desk into a classic outdoor newsstand). The space will house an array of urban-themed paintings, drawings, and sculptures which mirror the magnetic and eclectic energy of the real-life city just beyond.

Within Cityscape, San Francisco plays a starring role, while general urban aesthetics are explored as well. Exquisite architectural drawings by Lance Rivers promote a sense of memory and track changes to the urban landscape. The pure beauty of movement and the patterned flows of people, cars and traffic through the city are impressionistically represented in the drawings of Andrew Li and Kate Thompson, and a playful architectural sculpture by Lucinda Addison personifies an intimate relationship to San Francisco’s colorful vibrancy.

Artists have been captivated by the lure of the urban for centuriesthe nonrural environment as muse having been explored in artistic histories from fresco painting to contemporary cinema. The artists included in Cityscape, aim to build upon this rich legacy through their own unique and personal artistic visioning.

A new issue of the long-running zine project Whipper Snapper Nerd (WSN) will be released into the urban wilds at the Cityscape opening reception. WSN 11 features the art of Isaac Haney-Owens. Haney-Owens regularly constructs sculptural re-creations of signs from historic small businesses. His detail-oriented and handbuilt models act as memento minisculo, recording urban changes and building social memory.

Curated by CE artist Isaac Haney-Owens

Cityscape Title Illustration by Yukari Sakura



FREE parking available during the opening reception at Mission Dolores Church (enter on Church Street) from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

Opening Reception - Thursday, July 18, 2019
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Donor Preview*

6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

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Music by Resident DJ Sergio Fedasz (Go BANG!, San Francisco)



Opening Reception Sponsor:

The Kelsey Logo

The Kelsey is a Bay Area nonprofit creating inclusive communities where people of all abilities, incomes, and backgrounds live, play, and serve together and partnering with organizations and entities who seek to do the same. Their first buildings are in development in San Jose and San Francisco. They also work on local and state advocacy to increase inclusive housing access in all communities. www.thekelsey.org

Opening Reception In-Kind Sponsor:

Philz Coffee

 

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