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Exhibition

Outsider Art Fair, New York

January 29 - February 1, 2015

Venue
Center 548

Location
New York, NY


 Two CE artists are represented in Fleisher/ Ollman Gallery's booth at the Outsider Art Fair, New York.

John Patrick McKenzie and Evelyn Reyes are presented by Fleischer/Ollman Gallery, in conjunction with Creativity Explored at the Outsider Art Fair, New York, January 29 - February 1, 2015. Fleisher/Ollman Gallery, located in Philadelphia, PA, will be one of over 40 featured galleries from 23 cities and 7 countries. The Outsider Art Fair has played a pivotal role in establishing the importance of folk, outsider, and self-taught artists. 

For more information, please visit the Outsider Art Fair

Thursday
3 – 6 pm Early Access
6 – 9 pm Vernissage

Friday 11 am – 8 pm
Saturday 11 am – 8 pm
Sunday 11 am – 6 pm

Center 548
548 West 22nd Street
New York, NY 10011
T +1 212 337 3338
E info@outsiderartfair.com

Exhibition
January 15 - March 4, 2015

Venue
Creativity Explored

Location
San Francisco, CA

Detail of Josephine Baker Earthquake Thunder by Daniel Green © 2010 Creativity Explored Licensing, LLC, marker and colored pencil on wood, 23 x 14 inches

Daniel Green's first solo exhibiton.

Days of our Lives is the first solo exhibition of work by San Francisco native, Daniel Green, opening January 15, 2015. Green (b.1985) joined the studio on a full-time basis in 2008, and is one of the youngest artists working at Creativity Explored. Featured will be Green’s signature work that conveys an intense and playful fascination with American entertainment and popular culture. The exhibition will be on view through March 4, 2015.

Most of the works are drawings with ink on wood, in which Green meticulously catalogs text often incorporating imagery as well. His pieces feature figures from television, politics, sports, or history, and then carefully list dates, titles of shows and songs, cities, and names. Sometimes visible within the extensive listings are words like “Smile,” “Now Eric,” “Shut Up Gilles,” “No More Treasure Island Movin’ Back,” which reveal direct and personal commentary on his immediate environment and concerns.

Green’s process of methodically indexing his everyday life, American entertainment, and popular culture, combine in his work, I Have the Dream, Dr Martin Luther King Jr, 2014, 17.75 x 16 inches. While upon first glance the text may seem to be random, really the work is a way for Green to organize, archive, and process information from his day-to-day life. In this ink on wood, Green lists dates like “September 1987,” the names of TV channels like “KQED TV Channel 9 PBS,” and of a menu with prices such as “Turkey Burgers $6.00.” He also references the competitive fighting video game, Street Fighter by listing street fights that occur in the video game, such as “Ryu vs. E. Honda, New York City.” Green juxtaposes the text with images of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. not as a political statement, but rather a personal reflection. Green emphasizes the phrases “Be Yourself” and “I have the dream” in silver metallic ink as though reminders to himself. Infused with nuanced references, the work of Green demonstrates how to remain contemplative in the distraction of daily life.

Green's work was featured in several prominent exhibitions including Create, a traveling exhibition curated by Lawrence Rinder that originated at University of California Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive in 2011, This Will Never Work at Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA, in 2013, Outsider Artists, Oakland International Airport, Oakland, CA, in 2013, Faces at the Jack Fischer gallery, San Francisco, CA, in 2011. 

Curated by Eric Larson.

Opening Reception

January 15, 2015
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Music mixes by DJfact50

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

A Beautiful Place To Be

January 6 - March 1, 2015

Venue
Environmental Education Center Tilden Nature Area

Location
Berkeley, CA

Untitled (Rooster) by Yolanda Ramirez © 2014 Creativity Explored Licensing, LLC, color pencil and watercolor on paper, 16 x 17.25 inches

Artworks by Creativity Explored artists at the Environmental Education Center Tilden Nature Area, Berkeley, CA. 

Creativity Explored artists interpret the many wonderful plants and animals at the Tilden Nature Area and Little Farm through painting and drawing. This show began with a field trip and tour of the Tilden Nature Area and Little Farm, where CE artists sketched the animals and plants. The exhibition features work by artists that attended the field trip, as well as Creativity Explored artists who did not attend but were inspired by the theme. 

Meet Creativity Explored artists and try your hand at animal sketching during a reception on Friday, February 20, 2015, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. Drawing materials and light refresments will be provided. 

Participating artists include: Camille Holvoet, Merna Lum, Yolanda Ramirez and others.  

Organized by James Wilson, Tilden Nature Area Naturalist
Curated by Mara Poliak, Creativity Explored Visual Arts Instructor & Volunteer Coordinator

Reception

February 20, 2015
11:00 am to 12:00 pm 

Exhibition

They are full of holy...

December 13, 2014 - January 10, 2015

Venue
Arc Gallery

Location
San Francisco, CA

Tricycle by Pablo Calderon © 2012 Creativity Explored Licensing, LLC, acrylic and marker on wood, 27.5 x 32 inches.

Exhibition of artwork by six veteran CE artists at the Arc Gallery, San Francisco. 

Work from the Creativity Explored archives will be on view at the Arc Gallery, San Francisco, in They are full of holy..., a group exhibition highlighting the work of six artists who have worked in the studio for almost a decade or more. The selected artists have exhibited internationally and nationally and represent a diverse range of subject matter such as shoes, trucks, bikes, cakes, portraits, poetry, and personal experiences.

Laron Bickerstaff (b.1971), a studio artist at CE since 2007, is influenced by pop culture and brands. His love of brands translates into drawing through radiant and colorful renderings of shoes. 

A CE studio artist since 2002, Pablo Calderon (b. 1952) is fascinated with forms of transportation creating elegant, vivid depictions of bicycles and large, bird’s-eye views of trucks flattened out into map-like abstraction. 

Deceptively sweet, Camille Holvoet’s (b. 1952) work draws on remembrances of life’s anxieties and forbidden desires. Her luscious oil pastel drawings of cakes, pies, and pastries are an expression of her relentless introspection. Holvoet has been a CE studio artist since 2001. 

Vincent Jackson (b.1961) is one of the most prolific and longest practicing artists at Creativity Explored working in the studio since 1984. In his oil pastel's of figures and faces, Jackson breaks the human form into geometric shapes filled with heavy impasto of layered color.

Text functions as the basis of of John Patrick McKenzie’s (b.1962) practice, and is used for both its visual and scriptural qualities. The crowding and shape of the closed and filled intricacies of his calligraphy add depth and material to the work, and allow it to serve simultaneously as a visual image and as poetry. McKenzie has been a CE studio artist since 1989. 

A CE artist since 1988, James Miles (b.1957) is known for his ink drawings of miniature scenes that tell stories from everyday life. His miniature scenes unusually combine perspectives, blurring the limits of inside/outside, near/far, small/large, male/female, and past/present to entice the viewer/listener into the paradoxically immense spaces of his diminutive artwork.

In exhibiting work by six prolific veteran Creativity Explored artists, They are full of holy... at the Arc Gallery, showcases the dynamic artists working at CE. 

In conjunction with the exhibition, the Arc Gallery produced a catalog, which can be viewed here

For a review of the exhibition on The Leadtime, please click here

Opening Reception
Saturday, December 13, 2014
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm 

Donor Preview*

6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

*To become a donor, click here

Catalog Release/Closing Reception
Thursday, January 8, 2015
6:00 to 8:00 pm  

Arc Gallery
1246 Folsom Street
San Francisco, CA 94103 

Arc Gallery Hours
Wednesdays and Thursdays, 1:00 to 6:00 pm
Saturdays, 12:00 to 3:00 pm

Closed on Wednesday, December 24, Thursday, December 25, Wednesday, December 31, and Thursday, January 1. 
 


 

Exhibition

Shoes at 455 Market

December 8, 2014 - January 2, 2015

Venue
455 Market Lobby Gallery

Location
San Francisco, CA


Artworks included in Shoerageous on view at the 455 Market Street Lobby Gallery. 

Selected works from the recent exhibition, Shoerageous, will be on view at the 455 Market Lobby Gallery (December 8, 2014 - January 2, 2015) in an exhibition organized by Bonnie Earls-Solari, Art Advisory Services. The exhibition titled Shoes, showcases how sneakers, slippers, clogs, boots, pumps, and other forms of footwear have inspired Creativity Explored’s artists. A wide arrray of footware in a variety of media (ceramic, air dry clay, cardboard cutouts) are displayed in several vitrines located throughout the lobby.

Celebrate the season with music, champagne, and light hors d'oeuvres at the opening reception on Tuesday, December 9, 2014, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.

Opening Reception
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
5:00  to 7:00 pm

455 Market Lobby Gallery 
455 Market at First Street
San Francisco, CA 94105  

Exhibition

BOOKWORKS: Text and Images 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 Images 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

People's Biennial

September 12, 2014 - January 5, 2015

Venue
Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit

Location
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

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