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Exhibition

People's Biennial

September 12, 2014 - January 5, 2015

Venue
Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit

Location
4454 Woodward Ave, Detroit, Michigan


Creativity Explored artist Lance Rivers chosen for People's Biennial at MOCA Detroit.

People's Biennial is an exhibition series conceived by artist Harrell Fletcher and curator Jens Hoffmann in 2009. It examines the work of artists and other creative individuals, who operate outside the conventional art world. As such it recognizes a wide array of artistic expression present in many communities across the United States. In covering the little known, the overlooked, the marginalized, and the excluded, the project offers a view into a diverse range of creative practices in America today. The People’s Biennial also proposes an alternative to the standard contemporary art biennial, which mostly focuses on art from a few select cities (New York, Los Angeles, occasionally Chicago, Miami or San Francisco). It questions the often exclusionary and insular process of selecting art that has at times turned the spaces where art is exhibited into privileged havens seemingly detached from the realities of everyday life.

Following the People’s Biennial 2010, which focused attention on underrepresented artists from five diverse non-art center geographical regions in the United States (Portland, Oregon; Rapid City, South Dakota; Winston-Salem, North Carolina; Scottsdale, Arizona; and Haverford, Pennsylvania), the People’s Biennial 2014 will attempt again to showcase artwork that might otherwise not be shown in a museum context.

For the second iteration of this exhibition series the curators have asked 17 recognized artists based in a wide set of locations around the United States to connect and collaborate with creative individuals they personally know who are not part of the art world in any way. These solo presentations will each be displayed in free-standing structures within the refurbished Woodward Gallery of the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit creating a creative community of the unknown, overlooked surprising. 

About the curators:

Harrell Fletcher has produced a variety of socially engaged, participatory projects since the early 1990s for institutions, museums and exhibitions around the world. He received his BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and his MFA from the California College of the Arts. He studied organic farming at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He went on to work on a variety of small farms, which impacted his work as an artist. He participated in the 2004 Whitney Biennial and is the 2005 recipient of the Alpert Award in Visual Arts. In 2002 Fletcher created Learning To Love You More with Miranda July, a participatory website now in the collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Fletcher is an Associate Professor of Art and Social Practice at Portland State University.

Jens Hoffmann is the Deputy Director and Head of Exhibitions and Public Programs of The Jewish Museum, New York and guest curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. He has curated more than 50 exhibitions internationally since the late 1990s, including the 2nd San Juan Triennial (2009), the 12th Istanbul Biennial (2011) and the 9th Shanghai Biennale (2012). He was the Director of the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts in San Francisco (2007–12) and Director of Exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London (2003–7).

Participating Collaborations:

  • Jennifer Allora & Guillermo Calzadilla and Roberto Rabin & Nilda Medina
  • Carson Ellis and Hank Meloy
  • Dara Friedman and Ishmael Golden Eagle
  • Wendy Ewald and Denise Dixon
  • Lee Walton & Harriet Hoover and Mr. Coopers
  • Colter Jacobsen and Lance Rivers
  • Liz Magic Laser and Wendy Osserman
  • Sharon Lockhart and Fearless Fred
  • Cary Loren and Jimbo Easter
  • Rick Lowe and Jonathan the Plant Man
  • Ken Lum and Dave Lane
  • Jeffry Mitchell and Vic Oblas
  • Scott Reeder and Xav Leplae
  • Alec Soth and George Wurtzel
  • Hank Willis Thomas and Baz Dreisinger
  • Transformazium and James Kidd
  • Steven Yazzie and Jonathan Bond



Co-Curated by Harrell Fletcher and Jens Hoffmann

Opening Reception

September 12, 2014

Exhibition
August 14 - October 1, 2014

Venue
Creativity Explored

Location
San Francisco, CA

Shoes by Laron Bickerstaff © 2014 Creativity Explored Licensing, LLC. Oil pastel and graphite on paper, various sizes.

A Creativity Explored artist-curated exhibition featuring outrageous shoes in all colors, shapes, and sizes.

For centuries, shoes (and shoemakers) have inspired artists. Now the public can experience how sneakers, slippers, clogs, boots, pumps, and other forms of footwear have similarly inspired Creativity Explored’s artists in Shoerageous.

This group exhibition includes work by more than two dozen of the organization’s artists, who render shoes in all shapes and sizes, from a ceramic cupcake-tiered high heel to two-dimensional drawings of branded athletic footwear.

Curated by Creativity Explored artists Joseph "J.D." Green and Gerald Wiggins (with assistance from Visual Arts Instructor Paul Moshammer), this sole-searching exhibition literally puts the viewer “in their shoes.” Through all matter of media (ceramic, air dry clay, digital prints, cardboard cutouts, papier maché, acrylic, and oil pastel), the wide array of shoes depicted in Shoerageous is suggestive of the personality of each artist who has selected footwear that is personally appealing, exotic, or just plain practical.

Shoes can communicate so much about the wearer: athletic, flamboyant, casual, professional. Green said, “Gerald and I got the idea for this show from looking at everyone’s shoes – all the styles and brands.” Wiggins commented on Green’s and his curatorial role: “We pick what artwork goes into the front gallery and the windows, choose the backdrops, decide on frames and arrangements – we’re in charge of the whole thing, which is really fun.”

Shoerageous boldly shows how wonderfully diverse self-expression can be while also showcasing some lesser-known talents of Creativity Explored studio artists, including curating skills.

Join us at the opening reception, and be sure to wear your most outrageous shoes!

Participating artists include: Ian Adams, Zachary Adams, Antonio Benjamin, Laron Bickerstaff, Andrew Bixler, Elana Cooper, Christina Marie Fong, Joseph "J.D." Green, Nita Hicks, Camile Holvoet, Eva Jun, Hector Lopez, Berhta Otoya, Paul Pulizzano, Yolanda Remirez, Ethel Revita, Emma Reyes, Clementina Rivera, Ka Wai Shiu, Miyuki Tsurukawa, Kathy Wen, Gerald Wiggins, and Doris Yen.

Curated by CE artists Joseph "J.D." Green and Gerald Wiggins.

Opening Reception

August 14, 2014
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Music by Douce Ambiance.

Donor Preview*

6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

*To become a donor, click here.

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

Exhibition

West Coasts

June 27 - September 7, 2014

Venue
Museum of La Creation Franche

Location
58, avenue du Marechal de Lattre de Tassigny 33130 Begles, France


Cotes Ouest (West Coasts) exhibition in France features eight artists from Creativity Explored.

The Musee de la Creation Franche hosts an exhibition of "outsider" artists from Creativity Explored (on the west coast of the United States) and artists from within their arts center near Bordeaux (on the west coast of France).

Featured CE artists include: Andrew Li, John Patrick McKenzie, Christina Marie Fong, James Miles, Peter Cordova, Kate Thompson, Antonino Benjamin, and Zachary Adams.

 

 



Exhibition

Dogs and Cats are Our Friends

February 14 - September 1, 2014

Venue
SF SPCA

Location
San Francisco, CA

Ariadne by Yukari Sakura © 2013 Creativity Explored Licensing, LLC. Acrylic on wood, 16 x 20 inches.

The San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is hosting Dogs and Cats are Our Friends, a solo exhibition of Creativity Explored artist Yukari Sakura’s work at the Leanne B. Roberts Animal Care Center Gallery.

An animal lover her entire life, Sakura express her concerns about the well-being of dogs and cats, climate change, endangered species, and good nutrition for everyone through her paintings.

The exhibition series is based on photographs that the artist took on a visit to the San Francisco SPCA. Sakura also relied on memory and imagination to create paintings that depict dogs and cats in “elegant backgrounds.”

Sakura hopes that these paintings will help to enlighten others to the plight of animals in need. She explains about Ariadne (pictured at left), "It's a Fox Terrier. This painting shows how dogs need more love. And also it shows how dogs are being loved by people. This painting means that there should be no more mistreating of animals."

San Francisco SPCA
201 Alabama Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
415-554-3000 

Opening Reception

Saturday, March 1, 2014
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

NOTE:  Dogs and Cats are Our Friends will be on view during the San Francisco SPCA's Third Annual Be Mine Adopt-a-Thon Celebration (February 14 - 16). This three-day event will include fee-waived adoptions all weekend, an open bar cocktail party, tattoos, food trucks, free dental health checks, a book signing, and animal behavior workshops.

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