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Visions et Créations Dissidentes

September 30 - December 3, 2017

Venue
Musée de la Création Franche

Location
Bègles, France

RIP Ali 1942-2016 (Detail) by Daniel Green © 2016 Creativity Explored Licensing, LLC, marker, watercolor, and ball point pen on paper, 16 x 22 inches

Artwork by Daniel Green featured in international exhibition of outsider art

Musée de la Création Franche presents its eighteenth annual exhibition of outsider art, Visions et Créations Dissidentes, featuring nine artists from around the world. Each of these artists works in an artistic language that is resolutely personal and nonconformist. Free from the influence of academic rules and aesthetics, the unchained creators with work in this exhibition offer their own emancipated visions of the world.

Creativity Explored artist Daniel Green is the only American artist showing work in this exhibition, with twenty-one of Green's works on paper on display. Also included are works by Belgian artists Solange Knopf and David Houis; French artists Orane Arramond, Olivier Daunat, Viginie Van der Notte; Dutch artist Bertho Virant; and Swiss artists Jonas Konrad and Clemens Wild.



Exhibition Dates
September 30 - December 3, 2017

Exhibition Location
Musée de la Création Franche
58 Avenue Maréchal de Lattre de Tassigny
33130 Bègles
France

 

 


 


Bruce Lee Kung Fu Karate by Daniel Green © 2016 Creativity Explored Licensing, LLC, colored pencil and marker on matte baord, 14.5 x 18.5 inches


Jeff Smith Gourmet by Daniel Green © 2016 Creativity Explored Licensing, LLC, colored pencil, marker, and ball point pen on chipboard, 19 x 26 inches


Movie Sister Act, Whoopie Goldberg by Daniel Green © 2017 Creativity Explored Licensing, LLC, marker and colored pencil on chipboard, 11 x 13.5 inches

Flying Like a Rock

September 7-28, 2017

Venue
Pacific Northwest College of Art Center for Art and Contemporary Culture

Location
Portland, OR

Untitled (Detail) by Kate Thompson © 2017 Creativity Explored Licensing, LLC, acrylic and paint pen on canvas, 11 x 14 inches

Work by Elana Cooper, Kaokrew "Yah" Kakabutra, Edita Membreno, Vanessa Ruffin, and Kate Thompson included in first annual Self Taught Artist Fair at Pacific Northwest College of Art

The Center for Contemporary Art & Culture at PNCA and Public Annex are proud to announce the first annual Self Taught Artist Fair, Flying Like A Rock, hosted by Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) on view in the Commons Gallery.  Artwork by CE artists Elana Cooper, Kaokrew "Yah" KakabutraEdita Membreno, Vanessa Ruffin, and Kate Thompson is included in this exhibition.

As a non-profit organization in the Portland area, Public Annex’s mission “is to break down systemic barriers that prohibit marginalized populations from inclusivity by building a community around accessible farming and art programming.” Public Annex currently offers weekly art classes, urban farming, lectures and workshops, and artist representation. In an extension of this programming, PA is excited to launch The Self-Taught Artist Fair, which draws together artists from a myriad of backgrounds and practices beyond an institutional art community.

Flying Like A Rock, the first exhibition under this umbrella, aims to include works from artists who identify as ‘self-taught,’ who make work independent from formal training in the arts, and whose work resonates with this year’s theme. The title, Flying Like A Rock, comes from a Portland-based artist who coined the phrase to describe his feeling of being unseen by society at large. He urges us all to make eye contact. This show seeks work that makes contact as an expression of how the artist wants to be seen, touched, heard, or felt as an individual flying in full self-expression.



Exhibition Dates
September 7 - 28, 2017

Exhibition Location
Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design Commons
511 NW Broadway
Portland, Oregon, 97209 
(503) 226-4391

Free and open to the public 


 


Untitled by Elana Cooper © 2017 Creativity Explored Licensing, LLC, acrylic on vellum paper, 37 x 80 inches

 


Untitled by Elana Cooper © 2017 Creativity Explored Licensing, LLC, acrylic on vellum paper, 37 x 80 inches


Untitled (Blue Geode) by Kaocrew "Yah" Kakabutra and Vanessa Ruffin © 2016 Creativity Explored Licensing, LLC, mixed media paper mache sculpture, 5 x 11 x 8.5 inches


Untitled (Pink Geode) by Kaocrew "Yah" Kakabutra and Vanessa Ruffin © 2016 Creativity Explored Licensing, LLC, mixed media paper mache sculpture, 8 x 7 x 6 inches


Untitled by Edita Membreno © 2017 Creativity Explored Licensing, LLC, acrylic on paper, 30 x 79 inches


Untitled by Kate Thompson © 2017 Creativity Explored Licensing, LLC, acrlyic and paint pen on canvas, 11 x 14 inches

 

REBEL CLAY

September 7 - October 7, 2017

Venue
Cavin-Morris Gallery

Location
New York, New York

Maya by Ricardo Estella © 2011 Creativity Explored Licensing, LLC, glazed ceramic sculpture, 10 x 10 x 8 inches

Cavin-Morris Gallery in NYC includes work by Peter Cordova and Ricardo Estella in REBEL CLAY.

Creativity Explored is proud to have the artwork of Peter Cordova and Ricardo Estella included in Cavin-Morris Gallery's exhibition of non-mainstream ceramics titled REBEL CLAY. This exhibition will be the first of its kind in the country.

Clay is a direct way for the artist to sing his or her ideas directly with no traditional references. The clay becomes language, a voice of individual intentionalities, a narrative device. The stylistic range is very wide, from the whimsical to the mysterious, from cultural resistance to spirit and conjure, from Art Brut to beyond mainstream.


Exhibition Dates
September 7 - October 7, 2017

Exhibition Location
Cavin-Morris Gallery
210 Eleventh Ave, Suite 201
New York, NY 10001

Opening Reception
Thursday, September 7, 2017
6:00 to 8:00 pm

For further information please contact info@cavinmorris.com or call 212-226-3768.



Red Face by Peter Cordova © 2017 Creativity Explored Licensing, LLC, glazed ceramic sculpture, 11.75 x 9.75 x 7.5 inches


Indian Face I by Peter Cordova © 2013 Creativity Explored Licensing, LLC, glazed ceramic sculpture, 10.5 x 6 x 7 inches


Indian Face II by Peter Cordova © 2013 Creativity Explored Licensing, LLC, glazed ceramic sculpture, 11.75 x 7.75 x 5.5 inches


Indian Head Tail by Peter Cordova © 2017 Creativity Explored Licensing, LLC, glazed ceramic sculpture, 14 x 10 x 9 inches


Skull I by Ricardo Estella © 2013 Creativity Explored Licensing, LLC, glazed ceramic sculpture, 5.5 x 11.25 x 8 inches


Skull II by Ricardo Estella © 2013 Creativity Explored Licensing, LLC, glazed ceramic sculpture, 6 x 10.25 x 8 inches


Buddha by Ricardo Estella © 2013 Creativity Explored Licensing, LLC, glazed ceramic sculpture, 10 x 12.5 x 7.5 inches

Exposed

August 3 - September 28, 2017

Venue
Creativity Explored

Location
San Francisco, CA

Exercising (Detail) by Thomas Pringle © 2016 Creativity Explored Licensing, LLC, watercolor and charcoal on paper, 24 x 18 inches

Exposed is an exploration and celebration of the human form.

Exposed highlights the work of six artists who routinely represent the nude figure in various media. Gallery and Exhibitions Manager Amy Auerbach and Gallery Associate Stephanie Rudd say that the exhibition’s theme was particularly inspired by Antonio Benjamin, whose extensive work in the genre was recently recognized with a book, Book of Nudes, published by Books for All Press. The exhibition also includes artwork in a variety of media by Andrew BixlerCamille HolvoetJosé NuñezThomas Pringle, and Kate Thompson.

Benjamin first began to create his iconic nude drawings – most often in chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry “flavors” – “because I wanted to show people what bodies look like without clothes on them.” In conjunction with the exhibition, Creativity Explored will introduce a new product, a set of enamel lapel pins featuring Benjamin’s “flavored” breasts.

Rudd points out that while historically, art has been a vehicle for idealizing mainstream notions of female and male beauty, much of the artwork in this show challenges those norms. “I don’t draw people skinny,” Benjamin explains, “I want to make people just how I see them.”

One of Benjamin’s large-scale works in the show features a woman “with huge legs and these thick ankles,” Auerbach describes, “There’s a fascinating sense of scale and weight.”

Benjamin’s work, like that of all of the other artists except for Thomas Pringle, is created without using models or reference images. Bixler, whose set of ceramics depicting vintage naked ladies” was also a major inspiration for the show, explains, “I’ve already seen [live nude figure models] before, when I took a college art class. I just draw from my head.”

Camille Holvoet’s artwork perhaps most closely reflects the curators’ vision for a show that considers the vulnerability of being naked. Describing the wooden cut-outs she created, including one based on an earlier self-portrait, Holvoet says, “I made a male and a female just by my imagination – and a fat goddess from my [self-portrait] from January 2013. I want to make another one that is 180 [pounds], a skinny one of me, Camille.” Laughing, she adds, “Maybe 170 [pounds], like a little, little skinny one!” 

While the exhibition is not overtly sexual per se, Auerbach and Rudd do hope that audiences will consider the experiences of people with developmental disabilities vis-à-vis nudity and sexuality. “People might not necessarily expect artists with disabilities to think about this topic, but there’s no reason why having a developmental disability stops you from thinking about sexuality and nudity,” Auerbach says.

For Thomas Pringle, the reason to paint nudes is clear, “I like to paint naked women because they’re prettier than men,” he says. “I don’t know why so many artists have done naked women, but I have an idea: I think they have the same reason as me.”

Exposed is a robust exhibition that is sure to provoke thought. "Everyone is born like this, naked, with private parts," Holvoet advises. "Put that in the newspaper, and tell people to come to the show."



Opening Reception

Thursday, August 3, 2017
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Featuring live DJs, Romus Gobson and The Bye n' Bye 

Donor Preview*

6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

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Art and Advocacy

June 15 - September 17, 2017

Venue
California Museum

Location
Sacramento, CA

Disability People and Teaching Aides (Detail) by Kate Thompson © 2016 Creativity Explored Licensing, LLC, mixed media on paper, 22 x 30 inches

Artwork by eight Creativity Explored artists featured in Art and Advocacy, an exhibition at the California Museum in Sacramento.

Peter CordovaJoseph "JD" GreenCamille HolvoetJohn Iwaszewicz, Gordon ShepardKate ThompsonGerald Wiggins, and Marilyn Wong each have artwork included in Art and Advocacy: To Be Developmentally Disabled (TBD) at the California Museum.

The exhibit features original works by California artists with developmental disabilities. It is presented in partnership with the California Disability Community Action Network (CDCAN) and Choices Person Centered Services with the California Person Centered Advocacy Partnership, Claraty Arts, and The Art of Autism.

The exhibit challenges assumptions about people with developmental disabilities. It coincides with the 50th anniversary year celebrations marking the establishment of the community-based system of services for people with developmental disabilities in California that resulted in the landmark 1969 legislation that is now known as the "Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Services Act."

For more information, click here.



Exhibition Dates
June 15 - September 17, 2017

Opening Reception
Hosted by Choices Person Centered Services
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
To attend, contact Kasey Dillard at 916-822-8707 ext 118 or kdillard@cts-choices.org.

Location
California Museum
Archives Plaza
1020 O Street Sacramento, CA 95814

Hours
Monday, Closed
Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday, 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Admission
Adults (18+), $9.00
Students and Seniors (65+) w/ID, $7.50
Youth (6-17), $6.50
Children (5 and under), FREE
(For $2 off admission, email Ellen Dahlke at ellendahlke@creativityexplored.org.)

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