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BOOKWORKS: Text and Art from the Creativity Explored Archives

October 18, 2014 - January 15, 2015

Venue
San Francisco Public Library - Main Branch

Location
San Francisco, CA

Selection of original Creativity Explored artist zines

BOOKWORKS: Text and Art from the Creativity Explored Archives features a number of books and zines CE artists have produced over the years. This broad survey artist books will be on view in the Grove Street display cases.

BOOKWORKS is divided into three sections: Zines, One-of-a-Kind Books, and Published Works. Zines include the original version of Michael Bernard Loggins’ popular Fears of Your Life zine, which was published by local literary press, Manic D Press. Also included is a collection of Loggins’ other lesser-known zines, as well as Edana Contrera’s somewhat paradoxical “imageless comic,” The Legend of Earl.

CE artist Douglas Sheran’s multi-layered, hand-drawn and painted books as well as Daniel Li’s elegantly minimal compendium of public transportation vehicles rendered in elaborate linework are included in the One-of-a-Kind Books section.

Published Works includes a collection of the larger-run, mass-produced books that showcase the immense creativity of individual studio artists. A unique featured published work is the Tell You What series of mini-zines that recount Creativity Explored artists’ philosophies on art and living as told to New York Times bestselling author Beth Lisick.

For more information, visit the SFPL website.

San Francisco Public Library
100 Larkin Street (Grove Street Display Cases)
San Francisco, CA 94102

Exhibition
October 9 - November 23, 2014

Venue
Creativity Explored

Location
San Francisco, CA

Exotic Alphabet by Richard Wright © 2014 Creativity Explored Licensing, LLC, acrylic on canvas, 78 x 96 inches.

Creativity Explored artists investigate individual letters and alphabets as art objects in their own right.

Featured artworks include meticulous studies of the symbols and graphics found within everyday written languages. Illustrated large and small, many of these visual renditions of common linguistic characters are elevated to the artistic realm of landscapes or portrait subjects. According to the curator, Visual Arts Instructor/Studio Manager E. Francis Kohler, "Letters are just as valid a subject matter as a vase of flowers or a bowl of fruit."

Many of the hand-drawn fonts act as personal reflections of the artists who made them. At the same time, the artists' practice of spelling out letters dispels some of the stereotypical assumptions that people with disabilities can't communicate using a written language.

In addition to works on paper, one artist created an animated film whose sole characters are letters that crawl, swoop and bounce across the screen accompanied by the sounds that these letters might make if they could. The only formal words included in the exhibition will be abecedarian signage identifying disability-related terms and the stereotypes associated with them, beginning with "A is for Autism" and ending with "Z is for Zellweger Syndrome."

Curated by E. Francis Kohler.

Participating artists: Laron Bickerstaff, Gabriel Maduena, Richard Wright, Ann Yamasaki, Joe Yuen, and several others.

Opening Reception

Thursday, October 9, 2014

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Music by The Slow Poisoner 

Donor Preview*

6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

*To become a donor, click here.

Exhibition

Juried Exhibition

October 8 - December 12, 2014

Venue
Sunnyview Hospital Foundation

Location
Schenectady, NY

Detail of NATURE by Thanh Diep © 2012 Creativity Explored Licensing, LLC, charcoal on paper, 17.5 x 24 inches.

Creativity Explored artist Thanh Diep is featured in a juried exhibition at the Sunnyview Hospital Foundation.

The work of Creativity Explored artist Thanh Diep will be featured in Art for the View, a special juried art exhibit of artists with disabilities from all over the world at the Sunnyview Hospital Foundation, Schenectady, New York. Art for the View celebrates creativity, vision, and the ability to persevere through life's obstacles.

Thanh Diep's work Nature, 2012, charcoal on paper, 17.5 x 24 inches, included in the exhibition, addresses prejudice as it relates to her disability. Diep was the first graduate of The Bridge School in Hillsborough, and is the first Bridge School alumna to graduate from college. Diep received her BA in 2005 from San Francisco State University where she majored in Liberal Studies.

Art for the View will be on view October 8 through Decemeber 12, 2014, and the opening reception will take place on November 7, 2014, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Proctor's Theatre. 

For more information, please visit Sunnyview Hospitral Foundation.



 

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

Bay Area Now 7

July 18 - October 5, 2014

Venue
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Location
701 Mission Street San Francisco, CA 94103


Creativity Explored artists Christina Marie Fong, Anthony Gomez, and Marilyn Wong are featured in YBCA's Bay Area Now 7 exhibition.

Through the work of artists who capture the spirit of "now," YBCA's signature triennial, Bay Area Now 7, brings to life current perspectives for both this art center and the regional art scene. In its seventh edition, BAN7 is experimenting with a new approach to curating that highlights collaborations with our region's artists and arts organizations and pushes beyond presentation toward a multidisciplinary celebration of the diversity of artistic practices in the Bay Area.

BAN7's core idea is to decentralize the curatorial process, and centralize the public presentation of some of the most exciting artistic voices in the region today.

For more information about BAN7, click here.  To see CE artists creating work for the exhibition, visit our blog.



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