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May 20 - June 30, 2017

Venue
San Francisco Peephole Cinema

Location
San Francisco, CA

Tribute to Whitney Houston (still) by Makeya Kaiser © 2016 Creativity Explored Licensing LLC, animation, 5 minutes

Short films by four Creativity Explored artists on view at the San Francisco Peephole Cinema.

The San Francisco Peephole Cinema is pleased to present E FOR EVERYONE. The title of the show originates from Creativity Explored artist Trevor Cartmill-Endow, who summarizes his work as being, "Rated E for Everyone," saying, "I really want everyone to see it." So consider this your invitation to visit the Peephole Cinema, a free public cinema showing media-based works 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, through a dime-sized peephole in the Mission District of San Francisco.

Don't miss these fun and fanciful films on view in a most intriguing venue!



-- Trevor Cartmill-Endow's "Kevin & Derk: Mystical Creations," 2016, a story full of physical humor as two frenemies play out a game of cat and mouse.

Cartmill-Endow's current work focuses primarily on his use of animation, specializing in the use of stop-motion and Flash. He has spent approximately ten years developing a series of over 20 characters, used in short animated videos that Trevor has been uploading to the Internet since 2008. The nature of Trevor’s work including both his animation and his drawings on paper are extremely lighthearted and comedic. 

-- Allura Fong's "Hearts and Flowers," 2015, in which the viewer floats above a painted, 3D landscape while artist Allura Fong sings “You Are My Sunshine” and shares heartfelt ideas about love and acceptance. The camera glides past abstract sculptures that are awash with color, set against ethereal drawings, reflective solids and densely layered paintings.

Fong typically works with an assemblage process. She cuts out parts of her drawings and paintings and collages them together to create a colorful, expressive visage. The layering in Fong’s artwork produces a floating effect that adds to the dreamy quality of her subject matter of hearts and organic shapes.

-- Makeya Kaiser's "Tribute to Whitney Houston," 2016, captures her deep love and appreciation for the pop icon, adding her own unique twist on Whitney’s famous ballad "I Will Always Love You." Each scene is a hybrid of locations combining props and costumes inspired my Houston’s video catalogue with 3D paintings of people and places in Kaiser’s own life. The result is a montage - weaving the celebrity with the fan, the private with the public, and performance with intimate moments. Makeya describes the video as “a statement of her love for Whitney and Whitney’s most well known love song”.

Kaiser's multi-media approach to her films is paralleled in her 2D and 3D work. She moves fluidly through a variety of techniques from painting, drawing, papier-mache and collage.  The final compositions often have little concern for negative space, with the shapes crowding and pushing around over busily washed backgrounds. Kaiser is always willing to take risks in her art, and this engagement with an experimental process gives all her work a defining frenetic quality.

-- In Kevin Chu's "Halloween Animation", work-in-progress 2017, he is developing a series of animation loops set within a spooky graveyard and a devilish underworld. Inspired by Disney’s early “Silly Symphony” films, all the animation  sequences are made using the traditional method of hand drawn cels with watercolor backgrounds. This film is a work in progress, Chu plans to populate “Halloween Animation” with 32 characters each providing their own unique movement to the steady overarching rhythm of his film. 

According to Chu, dragons are always smiling, as are vultures, while penguins are happy to offer a tired swimmer a lift across the sea. A glance at his artwork confirms this enthusiastic and vibrant worldview.

The narrative that can be read throughout his work is reflected in his calm, sensitive demeanor. Chu’s bold line and lively palette animate the pieces and link the joy felt in their content to his process. Like a wish for friendship and understanding, Chu’s artistic vision is earnest and motivated by the need for connection between all life-forms, regardless of species.


 

Peephole Cinema was founded by Laurie O'Brien in 2013 and is part of a miniature cinema collective with satellite projects in three cities: San Francisco, Brooklyn, and Los Angeles. In wach lcoation, silent film shorts are screened 24/7 through a dime-sized peephole installed in a public location. The San Francisco cinema is curated by Sarah Klein

San Francisco Peephole Cinema
280 Orange Alley (off of Valencia and 26th)
San Francisco, CA 94110 

Open and available to the public 24/7 

Sugar Circus

May 3 - August 19, 2017

Venue
C + M (Coffee and Milk) War Memorial

Location
San Francisco, CA

Untitled by Camille Holvoet © 2016 Creativity Explored Licensing, LLC, mixed media on paper, 15 x 22 inches, Gene Wilder by Yukari Sakura © 2017 Creativity Explored Licensing, LLC, acrylic on canvas board, 20 x 16 inches

SFAC Galleries presents Sugar Circus, a two-person exhibition by Camille Holvoet and Yukari Sakura.

Camille Holvoet is San Francisco native who joined the Creativity Explored studio in 2001. Deceptively sweet like her work, Holvoet’s practice tends to draw on remembrances of life’s anxieties and forbidden desires.

Holvoet’s process is an endless discovery, in which – through repeatedly drawing in oil pastel her sacred objects: dessert, Ferris Wheels, and crossed eyes – the pressures of the past are relieved by the joy of the creative process. When Holvoet combines text with imagery, the resonance between the two is powerful. Her beautiful, vibrant renderings of cakes and pies are often overwritten with recollections of nightmares, fears, frustrated sexual feelings, and religious doubt. The artist also often includes herself in portraits of personally influential people from her past, such as Andrew and Camille which is a loving portrait of Holvoet and her former therapist. Holvoet’s artwork has been exhibited both nationally and internationally.

Yukari Sakura works with great focus on what she calls her “very own stories,” gathering inspiration from mythological tales, animated films, and video games. Sakura works primarily with watercolor, colored pencils, and paint, rendering graphic illustrations of these characters with vibrantly colored accessories. The artist also pays homage to prominent cultural icons and historical events in very unexpected ways. For example, upon first glance, what looks like a set of delicious puff pastries actually depicts Baby Sea Lion Éclair Pups Cream Puffs made in dedication to the plight of this endangered species. Similarly, D.L. Vader Skywalker’s Chocolate Fudge Star Cake shows us how a traditional cake can transform into a cultural icon. Sakura’s paintings have been featured in numerous local and national exhibitions.

This exhibition is presented with support from Patina Restaurant Group and C + M (Coffee and Milk) War Memorial.

SFAC @ C+M is an exhibition series organized by SFAC Galleries at C+M War Memorial, a cafe located on the ground floor of the War Memorial Veterans Building. The location of C+M is also the site of the former SFAC Galleries, from 1996-2013.

 

Exhibition Dates
May 3 - August 19, 2017

Opening Reception
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
6:00 pm to 10:00 pm 

Exhibition Location
C + M (Coffee and Milk) War Memorial
401 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 110
San Francisco, CA 94102

Open Hours
Monday - Friday
7:00 am to 4:00 pm

Free and open to the public

facia obscura

April 8 - May 27, 2017

Venue
Jack Fischer Gallery

Location
San Francisco, CA

Untitled #166 acrylic on magazine page, 10.75 x 8 inches, Untitled #165, acrylic on magazine page, 13 x 10 inches, Untitled #169, acrylic on magazine page, 10.75 x 8 inches. All works © 2005 Creativity Explored Licensing, LLC

Jack Fischer Gallery presents a solo exhibition of works on paper by Douglas Sheran.

Douglas Sheran worked at Creativity Explored from 1993 until 2008 where he would render his preferred subjects (figures and animals) in pencil, ink, pastels, acrylics, watercolors, and ceramics. Sheran’s drawings capture the strength and essence of the subject rather than the minute detail. He is able to employ a few lyrical lines to convey form and movement.

Playing with the human form, Sheran created a series of works in which he painted over female figures found in magazines. Gestural yet subdued, in each work, Sheran captures the shape of the female figure with minimal strokes.

Sheran also developed a suite of portraits of the crew of the Enterprise from Star Trek. These bold, graphic images suggests Andy Warhol’s silk screened grids of celebrities. Working in acrylic on sheets of acetate placed over reference images of the characters, Sheran arrived at an approximate yet expressive and singular version of each personage. These colorful images were then overlaid onto backgrounds of illustration board that the artist hand painted with washes of acrylic paint.

Selections from these bodies of work will be on view at the Jack Fischer Gallery April 8 to May 27, 2017. To see images, click here.

Opening Reception 
Saturday, April 8, 2017 
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Jack Fischer Gallery
1275 Minnesota Street Project
San Francisco, CA 94107

Gallery Hours
Tuesday through Saturday
11:30 am to 5:30 pm
(First Saturdays open until 8:00 pm)

 

FULL STOP!

March 16 - May 4, 2017

Venue
Creativity Explored

Location
San Francisco

Untitled (collaborative artwork) by Claus Groeger, Corine Raper, and Hung Kei Shiu © 2017 Creativity Explored Licensing, LLC, mixed media, 23 x 24.5 inches

An exhibition exploring mark making as a visual language by nonverbal artists, Claus Groeger, Corine Raper, and Hung Kei Shiu.

FULL STOP! is an exploration of the ways three artists use mark making to experiment, communicate vision, and collaborate. This exhibition of work by Claus GroegerCorine Raper, and Hung Kei Shiu features diverse techniques of line making and deliberate gestural abstraction.

All three artists are, for the most part, nonverbal, and use mark making as a mode of expression. Visual Arts instructor and Co-Curator, Hannah Grace Lilly remarks, “there is something so quiet about the three artists, but something so incredibly loud about their artwork.”

The artists’ respective methods may appear as an impulsive mark, but upon closer examination they demonstrate a deep understanding of composition, color, and movement. For example, Groeger’s lines often flow off the paper functioning as an extension of his curiosity, while Raper keeps her gestural line work within the boundaries of the page serving as a reflection of her concentration. In contrast, Shiu delicately crafts dreamy colored fields of line work into assembled patterns. 

Curated by Amanda Eicher and Hannah Grace Lilly

Opening Reception

Thursday, March 16, 2017
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Music by Andrew Galpern and Joseph McGovern of Sonic Code 

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. 

 

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