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TV and Me

March 11 - April 21, 2009

Creativity Explored

San Francisco, CA

Three Friends by Alan Ku © 2008 Creativity Explored.

Don't touch that dial! Coming up next at San Francisco's Creativity Explored Gallery is a new group exhibition of original artworks all about the joy of TV. In TV and Me, studio artists pay homage to their favorites shows from Mister Ed to McHale's Navy and the memories they evoke.

Curator and Creativity Explored Artist Instructor Larry Morace was struck by the intensity of TV fandom amongst the artists at the studio when he first began working there. "Everyone here has a real TV awareness," he says. "Some artists live and breathe certain shows. We had one artist here who was really immersed in the life of Captain Kirk. All of his art was about reinterpreting this Star Trek character."

For Tonya Lewis it's all about ER. Her portrait of the main actors focuses exclusively on the male hunks in the show. But for older artist Betty Benard, her fondest memories involve The Andy Griffith Show and Don Knotts in particular. Benard contributes a portrait of Knotts, reimagined as an African American man, framed by a wood cut out she made of an antique TV set. Michael Bernard Loggins, Creativity Explored's well-known author of Fear of Your Life and Imaginationally, riffs in a text-based piece about his favorite show, Three's Company calling it "my perfection kind of show."

Amani Swalim, like many of the artists at Creativity Explored, has roots in another culture and brings her dual Arab/American identity to the exhibition with several pieces about the cast of the popular Turkish soap opera Noor alongside an eight-panel work on the Simpsons.

For Peter Cordova, the show presented an opportunity to remember some of the good times he had in front of the tube with his father and mother. In one intricate piece, Cordova creates several panels that depict his father's love of watching political newsmakers like Ronald Reagan. Another piece recalls the laughs that he and his mother shared over an episode of I Love Lucy. James Miles similarly contributes a piece called On Monday at 5:30 Kiya sat next to me while we chatted and watched Brady Bunch on TV.

South African artist Albert Meyer dispenses with the actual shows and zeroes in on the remote control. Five colorful abstract works explore the beauty of push button pleasure.

Creativity Explored
3245 16th Street (at Guerrero Street)
San Francisco, CA 94103

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