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October 9 - November 23, 2014

Creativity Explored

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

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