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Ritual/Habitual

October 6 - November 19, 2010

Venue
Creativity Explored

Location
San Francisco, CA

Curly Ropes by Andrew Bixler © 2010 Creativity Explored.

linking object, context and action

This engaging and thought-provoking group exhibition explores the ways in which "ritual" and "habitual" objects, and/or activities, can become indistinguishable and interchangeable. The lively display of drawings, paintings, and fiber art showcases works of art that portray a wide range of aspects of daily life, from personal items of grooming to holiday celebrations to the routine activities that take place in a village plaza. In addition, the show features a video that records and provides insight into an element of the creative process as practiced habitually by one of the studio artists.

The exhibition is organized on the premise that the routine and ordinary, or "habitual," can become "ritual" according to the attention we give it. For example, habitual artworks focus on objects that are used repeatedly, such as a toothbrush or comb. In these works, the subjects assume greater meaning, sometimes appearing to take on epic proportions.

Says Kelley Kerslake, Creativity Explored instructor, artist, and curator of the exhibition, "the process of art making itself transforms these objects and activities so that they're perceived in a different way. They then also seem to reveal certain patterns of action that people engage in as part of the creative process, or simply as part of their daily lives; but either way, they can be viewed as windows into people's consciousness."

You can read the press release here.

The opening reception features live music by Steve Dood.

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

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