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Black White

May 11, 2017
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Venue
Creativity Explored

Location
3245 16th Street

Black White by Laron Bickerstaff © 2017 Creativity Explored Licensing, LLC, digital print, 5 x 7 inches

Creativity Explored artists examine contrast and interconnection.

Black White is a group exhibition that explores the sharp distinction between black and white and the many nuanced ways of blurring it.

Co-curated by Creativity Explored’s long-time Executive Director Amy TaubBlack White celebrates the impossibility of strict divisions. Taub will retire at the end of June, after more than 35 years working in the field of developmental disability. “Nothing is ever completely black and white, ability and disability are shades of gray,” Taub explains.

The show’s inspiration, though, is less conceptual and more about creating an opportunity for artists to experiment with a monochromatic palate. Many of the artists participating in the show have never worked with black and white, and doing so opened possibilities for new ways of seeing and looking. Co-curator and prominent art consultant/co-founder of Creative Rescue Susan Kay remarks, “Looking at black and white art always leaves just a little bit more room for the imagination.”

Black White includes work from over 30 artists, from miniature sculpture to large-scale banners, ink drawings to mixed media collage. Featured artworks include large, playful line drawings by Steven Liu that float in the gallery window on translucent paper; multiple drawn transportation books, a signature of Daniel Li; one of Elena Cooper’s grand, floral silhouettes; and, a haunting, imaginative landscape painted by Richard Wright. Also included are painted vases by Kate Thompson, adorned with the dancer motif that corresponds with the mural she recently mounted just outside the gallery doors.

The final exhibition of Taub’s tenure at Creativity Explored, Black White provides a dazzling demonstration of the complex and profound possibilities that exist between black and white.

Curated by Amy Taub and Susan Kay



Opening Reception

Thursday, May 11, 2017
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Featuring live music by SONECA 

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6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

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Note: There is no parking available for this event.

 

Sugar Circus

May 3, 2017
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Venue
C + M (Coffee and Milk) War Memorial

Location
401 Van Ness Ave #110, San Francisco, CA 94102

Untitled by Camille Holvoet © 2016 Creativity Explored Licensing, LLC, mixed media on paper, 15 x 22 inches, Gene Wilder by Yukari Sakura © 2017 Creativity Explored Licensing, LLC, acrylic on canvas board, 20 x 16 inches

SFAC Galleries presents Sugar Circus, a two-person exhibition by Camille Holvoet and Yukari Sakura.

Join us for a fun evening of colorful artwork by two beloved Creativity Explored artists who have a fondness for all things sweet and wacky.

Camille Holvoet is San Francisco native who joined the Creativity Explored studio in 2001. Deceptively sweet like her work, Holvoet’s practice tends to draw on remembrances of life’s anxieties and forbidden desires.

Holvoet’s process is an endless discovery, in which – through repeatedly drawing in oil pastel her sacred objects: dessert, Ferris Wheels, and crossed eyes – the pressures of the past are relieved by the joy of the creative process. When Holvoet combines text with imagery, the resonance between the two is powerful. Her beautiful, vibrant renderings of cakes and pies are often overwritten with recollections of nightmares, fears, frustrated sexual feelings, and religious doubt. The artist also often includes herself in portraits of personally influential people from her past, such as Andrew and Camille which is a loving portrait of Holvoet and her former therapist. Holvoet’s artwork has been exhibited both nationally and internationally.

Yukari Sakura works with great focus on what she calls her “very own stories,” gathering inspiration from mythological tales, animated films, and video games. Sakura works primarily with watercolor, colored pencils, and paint, rendering graphic illustrations of these characters with vibrantly colored accessories. The artist also pays homage to prominent cultural icons and historical events in very unexpected ways. For example, upon first glance, what looks like a set of delicious puff pastries actually depicts Baby Sea Lion Éclair Pups Cream Puffs made in dedication to the plight of this endangered species. Similarly, D.L. Vader Skywalker’s Chocolate Fudge Star Cake shows us how a traditional cake can transform into a cultural icon. Sakura’s paintings have been featured in numerous local and national exhibitions.

This exhibition is presented with support from Patina Restaurant Group and C + M (Coffee and Milk) War Memorial.

SFAC @ C+M is an exhibition series organized by SFAC Galleries at C+M War Memorial, a cafe located on the ground floor of the War Memorial Veterans Building. The location of C+M is also the site of the former SFAC Galleries, from 1996-2013.

Exhibition Dates
May 3 - August 19, 2017

Exhibition Location
C + M (Coffee and Milk) War Memorial
401 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 110
San Francisco, CA 94102

Open Hours
Monday - Friday
7:00 am to 4:00 pm

Free and open to the public

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