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May 9 - July 11, 2019

Venue
Creativity Explored

Location
3245 16th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

Untitled (Three Dogs) by Zachary Adams, 2015 © Creativity Explored Licensing, LLC, mixed media on paper, 15 x 14.75 inches

The dog trots freely in the street
and has his own dog’s life to live
and to think about
and to reflect upon
touching and tasting and testing everything
investigating everything
without benefit of perjury
a real realist
with a real tale to tell

-Lawrence Ferlinghetti

We are pleased to present Bitchin’, a dog-themed exhibition for humans and dogs. In homage to San Franciscans’ appreciation for their pets, the exhibition includes original portraits of 'good dogs' by over two dozen CE artists.

Heartwarming and eclectic, Bitchin’ invites viewers to reflect on companionship and the joyful relationship between our species as we live our best “pug life.” The show acts as a celebration of the bond between species and ultimately a reflection around the artistic representation of canines, their stories, breeds, and personalities. Through original drawings, paintings, and sculptures Bitchin’ provides a platform for dogs to steal the show.

Part of the gallery will be transformed into a dog’s eye-level exhibition about some favorite canine things. Because dogs love art, food, humans, (and butts) and we do too.

Throughout the exhibition Creativity Explored will host adoption days with Family Dog Rescue and Muttville Senior Dog Rescue, local nonprofit shelters uniting dogs with forever homes. In celebration of the exhibition, Creativity Explored is partnering with Bark Magazine to promote and host related programming, including a unique panel discussion about the role of dogs and companionship in the arts with panel moderator Cameron Woo, co-founder and publisher of Bark Magazine. More details about programming and the adoption day events to come soon.

Curated by Cléa Massiani

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Opening Reception - Dogs Welcome!
Thursday, May 9, 2019
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Donor Preview*

6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

*To become a donor, click here.

Music by Resident DJ Sergio Fedasz (Go BANG!, San Francisco)

FREE parking available during the opening reception at Mission Dolores Church (enter on Church Street) from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.


 
Related Programming

Raise the Woof Adoption Day with Muttville Dog Rescue
Saturday, May 18, 2019
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Raise the Woof Adoption Day with Family Dog Rescue
Saturday, June 15, 2019
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

May 3-5, 2019

Venue
204 F Street

Location
Davis, CA

Untitled (Luchador) by Kevin Roach, 2019 © Creativity Explored Licensing, LLC, glazed ceramic sculpture, 13.5 x 9 x 7 inches

We are pleased to be showing at this year’s California Conference for the Advancement of Ceramic Art (CCACA) hosted by John Natsoulas Gallery. Each year the conference highlights the best of contemporary ceramic art including over 40 galleries, art centers, and schools.

In an intimate setting, you can interact with top artists in a way not possible at other venues. UC Davis, home to the late sculptor Robert Arneson, was instrumental in defining a new direction for ceramic art. Enjoy delightful downtown Davis and be inspired by nationally recognized ceramic art talents.

Demonstrations, lectures, shows—no other event delivers more inspired knowledge of ceramic sculpture. Meet face-to-face with distinguished ceramic sculptors, plus see and hear from the artists what makes them top in their field.

Creativity Explored will debut at CCACA with selected ceramic works by:
Peter Cordova
Ricardo Estella
Paul Gee
Joseph “JD” Green
Nubia Ortega
Kevin Roach
and more!

“This is the kind educational, intellectual event one expects from museums or universities, but which public institutions seem less and less able to provide.” – ARTWEEK

To register and learn more click here.

March 18 - May 18, 2019

Venue
Peephole Cinema

Location
San Francisco, CA

Still from Paul's Drag Race by Paul Pulizzano, 2018 © Creativity Explored Licensing, LLC

We are proud to announce that three animations by CE artists will be featured in a new collection at Peephole Cinema.

The collection is titled I Wanna Dance in a Moment Like This and was curated by Sarah Klein. The collection features short films that pay tribute to popular movies, television personalities, and pop stars. Each piece radiates with devotion as the artists reconstruct or pay homage to their favorite pop sensations. Original animation films by Mack Mesler, Paul Pulizzano, and Makeya Kaiser are included.

The show will screen at the Peephole Cinema in the Mission District from March 18 to May 18, 2019. It is presented in partnership with Intersection for the Arts as part of the Intersect SF series and is supported with funds from Grants for the Arts.

The collection will be on view 24-hours a day, 7 days a week, so be sure to take a peek when you're in the neighborhood. Then come drop by the CE gallery and studio located a short walk away!

For more information about the Peephole Cinema and the show, please visit their website.



Peephole Cinema
280 Orange Alley
(Off 26th Street near Valencia Street)
San Francisco, CA

About Peephole Cinema

The Peephole Cinema is a free, public cinema showing media-based works, 24 hours a day and seven days a week, through a dime-sized peephole in the Mission District of San Francisco.

Peephole Cinema, founded by Laurie O’Brien in 2013, is a miniature cinema collective with satellite projects in three cities: San Francisco, Brooklyn and Los Angeles. At each location, silent film shorts are screened 24/7 through a dime-sized peephole installed in a public location. The San Francisco Peephole Cinema is managed by Sarah Klein

About the Curator

Sarah Klein is a San Francisco Bay Area artist, curator and educator. She began curating for the San Francisco branch of the Peephole Cinema in 2015. Klein is the co-organizer of the Croatian Animation Cultural Exchange and has curated at Root Division Gallery in San Francisco, CA, Present Group’s Art Micro Patronage and the New Jersey Center for Visual Art in Summit, NJ. In 2008 she founded the internationally touring screening program Stop & Go which showcases animations by visual artists and filmmakers. Her work has screened at the Mill Valley Film Festival in Mill Valley, CA, Tweetakt Festival in Utrecht, NL, Anthology Film Archives in New York, NY and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb, HR.  In 2018 she was a Media Arts Residency Fellow at the Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, CA.



Featured Artists and Films

The Burning Birds by Mack Messler, 2018
The Burning Birds by Mack Mesler, 2018 © Creativity Explored Licensing, LLC

The Burning Birds by Mack Mesler pays homage to the film Mad Max and features a rivalry Max has with a gang of penguins. In Mesler’s version, the clever penguins are always three steps ahead of Max, outsmarting and outwitting in several slapstick scenarios.

Mack Mesler works primarily as a digital illustrator and renders painterly landscapes and comic drawings that mobilize humor, bight color fields and digitized effects to create his recognizable body of work. His digital landscapes have a turn toward the contemporary and feature bright pixel deserts, neon cacti and electric sunsets. He is best known for his character group The Burning Birds, a roving band of penguins that go on adventures all over the world while defending themselves from an overblown penguin hunter.


Paul's Drag Race by Paul Pulizzano, 2018
Paul's Drag Race by Paul Pulizzano, 2018 © Creativity Explored Licensing, LLC

Paul Pulizzano spends his creative energy focused on rendering human subjects from pop culture, history, and elsewhere. In his piece Paul’s Drag Race the artist pays tribute to the television show RuPaul’s Drag Race by creating a new character, Candy Delight. Pulizzano makes all his characters and environments in the animation by hand. His style has a simple boldness, with surfaces that are worked assuredly but sparingly, just enough to capture certain mysterious characteristics of his models.

There is a seriousness of purpose in Paul Pulizzano that comes through in his artwork. Whether working with acrylic–his preferred medium, charcoal, colored pencil, orpapier-mâché there is always something striking about a Pulizzano portrait.


A Moment Like This by Makeya Kaiser, 2019
A Moment Like This by Makeya Kaiser, 2019 © Creativity Explored Licensing, LLC

In A Moment Like This the artist Makeya Kaiser pays tribute to Kelly Clarkson and adds her own unique twist on Clarkson’s hit “A Moment Like This”. In the piece, Kaiser answers what she would do in her moment and like many of her music videos she weaves the celebrity with the fan, the private with the public, and performance with intimate moments.

Makeya Kaiser’s multi-media approach in her films is paralleled in her 2D and 3D work. She moves fluidly through a variety of techniques like painting, drawing, papier-mache and collage.  Kaiser is always willing to take risks in her art, this engagement with an experimental process gives all her work a defining and bold quality

 

March 14 - May 2, 2019

Venue
Creativity Explored

Location
3245 16th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

Untitled by Vincent Jackson, 2019 © Creativity Explored Licensing, LLC, marker and colored pencil on chipboard, 8.25 x 8.25 inches; Title Text by Vincent Jackson, 2019 © Creativity Explored Licensing, LLC, marker on paper

We are proud to announce Five and Two Others, a new group exhibition curated by Mildred Howard.

Acclaimed artist Mildred Howard believes, “Art is art, regardless of who makes it.”

In this forthcoming group show, Howard presents selected artworks of five Creativity Explored artists, Vincent JacksonJames MilesSelene PerezEvelyn Reyes, and Lance Rivers, alongside two contemporary Bay Area artists, Oliver Lee Jackson and John Moore. Addressing inequities in curatorial practices in the art world, Howard aims to open up a dialogue about artistic representation by presenting groupings of small format works by artists with and without developmental disabilities, with an egalitarian vision and exceptional grace.

Mildred Howard worked as a Visual Arts Instructor in the Creativity Explored studio in the late 1980s during the formative years of the organization. Since that time, Howard has become known for her activism as well as intricately designed installations uncovering what is seldom seen in the realm of art history with a critical focus on race, social justice, and identity. Recently, Howard unveiled a new installation at the Oakland Museum of California entitled Tap: Investigation of Memory.

In returning to the Creativity Explored studio, Howard was struck by the incredible talent and vision of artists with developmental disabilities, and thus, the lack of representation of these artists in the world of contemporary art. Working with the exhibitions team at Creativity Explored, Howard hand-selected small works of five artists, each representing unique visual vocabularies, artistic styles, and personal backgrounds.

In an effort to level the playing the field, Howard has included works by John Moore and Oliver Lee Jackson to share walls of the Creativity Explored gallery, a space typically reserved for artwork produced in the studios. Five and Two Others poses challenging questions to the art world: Why is art produced by artists with developmental disabilities relegated to spaces like Creativity Explored? When will institutions simply appreciate, collect, and exhibit “good art” for what it is?

At the opening reception, Creativity Explored will release a new catalog of Five and Two Others, memorializing Howard’s activist vision and this groundbreaking exhibition. The catalog will include additional artwork not featured on display as well as a curatorial statement from Howard outlining her process and vision. Catalogs will be available for purchase at the event and available in the gallery and on the website.



Opening Reception
Thursday, March 14, 2019
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Donor Preview & VIP Meet & Greet with Mildred Howard*

6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

*To become a donor, click here.

Music by Resident DJ Sergio Fedasz (Go BANG!, San Francisco)

FREE parking available during the opening reception at Mission Dolores Church (enter on Church Street) from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

Join us as we celebrate Howard’s new exhibition, steeped with a contemporary activist aesthetic. Creativity Explored donors will enjoy a VIP Meet & Greet with Howard from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. 

Artwork on display by Creativity Explored artists will be available for sale to the public with 50% of proceeds benefitting the artists directly. Inquiries for works by John Moore and Oliver Lee Jackson will be directed to curator Mildred Howard.



About Mildred Howard
Mildred Howard (b. 1945), installation and mixed-media artist, teacher and educator has received numerous awards including, the 2004/2005 Joan Mitchell Foundation Award, the 2003 California Arts Council Artists Fellowship, Flintridge Foundation Award for Visual Arts, Anonymous Was a Woman Fellowship, An NEA Grant in sculpture, a Rockefeller Artists Fellowship to Bellagio, Italy a Lila Wallace Readers Digest Fellowship to Oaxaca, Mexico, and the Fleischhacker Fellowship. 


She has exhibited widely nationally and internationally. Exhibitions include Townhouse Gallery (Cairo, Egypt), Neuberger Biennale in Public Art (Purchase, New York), Walcott Chapel (Bath, England), Museum of the African Diaspora (San Francisco, CA), and Gallery Paule Anglim (San Francisco, CA). Her work is included in collections of the De Young Museum, Oakland Museum of California, San José Museum of Art, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art (Hartford, Connecticut), Washington State Art Commission and the San Francisco Arts Commission.

Howard received her MFA degree from John F. Kennedy University in Orinda, CA. She is known for her large-scale installations invoking both collective history and persona narrative, such as Tap: Investigation of Memory, Blackbird in a Red Sky, AKA Fall of the Blood House and the 1991 Adaline Kent Award, for which she created her moving tribute to the children of the Soweto massacre, Ten Little Children Standing in a line (one got shot, and then there were nine). In January, 2019, Howard received the Wanda Otey Westheimer Distinguished Visiting Artist Chair from the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art of the University of Oklahoma.

About Oliver Lee Jackson
Oliver Lee Jackson (b. 1935, St. Louis, Missouri) is a painter, sculptor, draftsman, and printmaker, whose works are grounded in figuration. He has collaborated with musicians, writers, and dramatists who include Julius Hemphill, Marty Ehrlich, Quincy Troupe, Paul Carter Harrison, Michael Harper, and others. His works are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art and Metropolitan Museum (New York, NY), National Gallery of Art (Washington, DC), Portland Art Museum (Portland, OR), Seattle Art Museum (Seattle, WA), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, and numerous other museums. A solo exhibition at the National Gallery of Art (Washington, DC) in 2019 features recent paintings. Since 1982, Jackson’s studio has been in Oakland, California.

About John Moore
John Moore (b. 1938, Vicksburg, Mississippi) moved to Oakland at the age of three and has lived in North Oakland since 1957. A prolific artist who eschews the gallery system, Moore rarely shows his work publicly. He was included in a group exhibition at Fiber Works Center for the Textile Arts in the late 1970s alongside contemporaries Raymond Holbert, Arthur Monroe, E.J. Montgomery, and Raymond Saunders; his work also appeared in a 2006 exhibition at Santa Rosa Junior College focusing on the collection of artist Mildred Howard, who curated both of the aforementioned shows. A monograph of his work with an essay by Nick Stone was published in 2018. Moore currently lives and works in Oakland, CA.

Featured Events

Small Works Big Ideas Panel Discussion
April 24, 2019
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Even the smallest artwork can evoke big concepts. Creativity Explored, in partnership with In/Visible Talks, invites you to explore the process of working on a small scale with three contemporary arti...


Art Market San Francisco 2019
April 25-28, 2019

Creativity Explored is excited to partner with Art Market San Francisco again this year as a cultural partner. A selection of Creativity Explored art products will be available at the Open-Editions po...


Bitchin' Opening Reception
May 9, 2019
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

The dog trots freely in the streetand has his own dog’s life to liveand to think aboutand to reflect upontouching and tasting and testing everythinginvestigating everythingwithout benefit of per...


Watercolor Artmaking Pop-up at LinkedIn InCommon Community Space
May 15, 2019
12:00 PM to 5:30 PM

To help provide support for Bay Area nonprofits, LinkedIn has launched InCommon, a dedicated space in their San Francisco office for local nonprofits to use for events, meetings, and programs at ...


Raise the Woof Adoption Day with Muttville Senior Dog Rescue
May 18, 2019
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

In celebration of Bitchin’, our new exhibition for humans and dogs, Creativity Explored is hosting Raise The Woof Adoption Days at the CE studio and gallery. Join us and meet dogs...


Raise the Woof Adoption Day with Family Dog Rescue
June 15, 2019
12:00 PM to 4:00 PM

In celebration of Bitchin’, our new exhibition for humans and dogs, Creativity Explored is hosting Raise The Woof Adoption Days at the CE studio and gallery. Join us and meet dogs from Family Do...