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Bird, Nest, Nature

September 22 - December 31, 2020

Venue
Bedford Gallery at the Lesher Center for the Arts

Location
Walnut Creek, CA

Untitled by José Nuñez, 2017, marker and colored pencil on paper, 29 x 26 inches

Despite being closed, the Bedford Gallery has moved it's epic avian-themed group show, Bird, Nest, Nature, online. CE's own José Nuñez was invited to show one of his bird-themed drawings in the show.

Head over to the Bird, Nest, Nature viewing room to see read more about the exhibition, see and shop the art, and explore the physical installation virtually. Also, check out the associated virtual events and classes hosted by Bedford Gallery celebrating the exhibition.

Read more about the exhibition here.

Home Makers

September 15 - October 31, 2020

Venue
SAGE Studio

Location
Austin, Texas

Untitled by Enkh-Amar Shagdarguntev, 2019, marker, graphite, ballpoint pen on paper, 21 x 19 inches

Lien Nguyen and Enkh-Amar Shagdarguntev are featured in a group exhibition at SAGE Studio in Austin, Texas.

Dedicated to connecting contemporary artists with disabilities to Texas’ broader arts community, SAGE Studio is proud to present its first virtual exhibition featuring work from 18 artists with intellectual and developmental disabilities from across the world. While the art ranges in style and medium, the pieces are all connected by the central theme of home.
The exhibition will launch on September 15th at 10 AM and will run through October 31st.  This year, nearly every person has experienced some degree of shift in the way we live our lives and how we relate to the idea of home. For some, home is a place of comfort. For others, it is more complicated. 
The concept of isolation is one that has become ubiquitous over the course of the passing months, but for people with disabilities already at higher risk of being compartmentalized and contained, this pandemic hit differently.HOME MAKERS features work that was created at home during the quarantine, when so many artists had to quickly shift their practices, alongside home-themed pieces that were made prior to the pandemic but resonate in new ways when looking at them through our current lens. 
For many artists with disabilities that work out of progressive studios across the world, those spaces have become a home of sorts over the years. Beyond providing artists with materials and technical support, the community of people is invaluable. HOME MAKERS examines what happens when those artists have to pivot suddenly to working solo or remotely; how does it reflect in their work? Other pieces in the show feature depictions of home that the artist created years ago; how do we see this work now after months spent at home?
 
Pure Vision Arts and YAI Arts in New York City, Tierra Del Sol in Los Angeles, Debajo del Sombrero in Madrid, and Project Onward in Chicago are showcasing artists in the exhibition as well.
September 11 - November 3, 2020

Venue
Creativity Explored

Location
San Francisco, CA and Online

Untitled (Uncle Sam Hat Pig) by Miyuki Tsurukawa, 2018, glazed ceramic sculpture, 7.25 x 4.5 x 5 inches | Stars in exhibition title by Lucinda Addison

What does it mean to be a good citizen?

Who is the we in "We the People"?


The Good American
 is a celebration of the American spirit, featuring the work of Creativity Explored artists with developmental disabilities. Bookended by the anniversary of 9/11 and Election Day, November 3, the exhibition reflects on the people who made our country what it is today while providing uplifting, and sometimes satirical, commentary on the 2020 election cycle.

To celebrate the participatory nature of our republic, Creativity Explored is offering a series of programs and guerrilla activities with CE artists and the public. CE artists and community members will join to spark interest in civic participation, with art as a medium to mutual understanding and inclusion

Program topics include disability rights, accessibility, the 2020 census, voter registration, and an activist art-making project with Ana Teresa Fernández about immigration, identity and self-representation.

Artwork included in the exhibition will be available for sale on the CE Artsy page from September 11 to November 3, with 50% of proceeds benefiting artists directly.

Featured Artists: Zachary Adams*, Lucinda Addison, Ming Choi, Whitman Donaldson*, Ricardo Estella*, Christina Marie Fong, Daniel Green, Joseph "JD" Green, Isaias Gomez*, Nita Hicks, Camille Holvoet, Jesus Huezo*, Walter Kresnik, Ade Lewis, James Miles, John Patrick McKenzie, Jason Monzon*, Thomas Pringle*, Joseph Omolayole*, Sara O'Sullivan*, Irene Rivas*, Kate Thompson, Miyuki Tsurukawa, Rory White, Mignon Wilson*

Register for the exhibition to get immediate access when it goes live!

Get our Community Action Kit

Register above to receive access to the digital Good American Community Action Kit, including artful downloadable activities, accessible information about voting and the census, social media graphics, Zoom backgrounds and more!

The Community Action Kit will go live online when the exhibition launches on CE's Artsy page on September 11.

Registered guests will receive an email with links to the kit when the exhibition goes live.

Schedule of Events

All events are free but donations are encouraged. Registration for each event is required. Follow the links below to get tickets and see more information.

VIRTUAL DONOR PREVIEW & CURATOR TALK

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 | starting at 5:30 PM (PDT)

Creativity Explored donors will receive a special invite to join curator Cléa Massiani and the CE community for an exclusive live virtual preview of the exhibition. Participating donors will get early access to a curated lot of artwork before the exhibition goes live on the CE Artsy page.

Already got your invitation with your VIP Donor Code? RSVP here.

COME TO YOUR CENSUS ARTISTS PANEL DISCUSSION

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 | starting at 1:00 PM (PDT)

Join us for a conversation about the role of art in the most democratic process our country offers – the census.

Panelists include artist and CE collaborator Ana Teresa Fernández, Art+Action Coalition representatives Amy Kisch (Founder + Artistic Director of Social Impact) and Brittany Ficken (Executive Producer and Project Director), Adrienne Pon (Executive Director of San Francisco's Office of Civic Engagement and Immigrant Affairs), and a special guest from the San Francisco Mayor's Office on Disability.

Moderated by exhibition curator Cléa Massiani

RSVP for the Panel Discussion on September 15

IMAGINATE SATURDAY WORKSHOP: SOMOS / WE ARE

with ANA TERESA FERNÁNDEZ

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 | starting at 1:00 PM (PDT)

Join Creativity Explored artists and teachers for an interactive art-making workshop with artist and CE collaborator Ana Teresa Fernández. Fernández will lead us in a special art-making project centering immigration, identity and self-representation. Participants can use any art materials on hand to join in. All ages and abilities are welcome.

RSVP for the SOMOS Workshop on September 26

 

July 31 - September 14, 2020

Venue
Rare Device

Location
San Francisco, CA and Online

Cable Car by Kevin Chu, 2019, mixed media on paper, 22.25 x 15.25 inches

We are pleased to announce a new gallery exhibition at Rare Device called Local Lens.  This exhibition includes the work of seven CE artists featuring their portrayals of their hometown of San Francisco.

This gallery show can be viewed and purchased online at raredevice.net. Some of the pieces will be on display at the Rare Device gallery at 600 Divisadero Street, although the store and gallery are only open and visible curbside at this time.

Swing by to peek at the show and pick up some stylish wares from one of SF's favorite boutiques!

Featured Artsts
Kevin Chu
Delia Liu
James Miles
Lien Nguyen
Lance Rivers
Kate Thompson
Gerald Wiggins

 

June 25 - September 3, 2020

Venue
Creativity Explored

Location
San Francisco, CA and Online

Untitled by Douglas Sheran, 2005 © Creativity Explored Licensing, LLC, mixed media on paper, 16 x 16 inches

And as you learn the magic, learn to believe it
Don’t be ‘surprised’ when it works, you undercut
your power.
– Diane di Prima, Revolutionary Letter #46

How great a surprise can you tolerate?
How small a surprise can you recognize?

The work of Creativity Explored artists is full of surprises, large and small.

Join us as we fall down the rabbit hole and explore a rich selection of artworks from over 20 past and present CE artists with disabilities in a group exhibition curated by artist and Visual Arts Instructor Ajit Chauhan.

Including a guest appearance by Bay Area painter Alicia McCarthy.

The park "a darling walk for the mind" is dedicated to long-time CE artist José Campos, who passed away in May 2020. 

The exhibition will be on view virtually with artworks available for purchase on the Creativity Explored Artsy page beginning June 25.

Through September 3, any supporters who purchase any artwork from Creativity Explored or make a donation of $5 or more, will be mailed a limited edition booklet commemorating the exhibition. While supplies last!

Featured Artists

Mary Belknap, José Campos, Anne Connolly, Linda Davenport*, Samedi Djeimguero*, Walter Kresnik, Claus Groeger, Jay Herndon*, Makeya Kaiser, Melody Lima*, John Patrick McKenzie, James Miles, Paul Moshammer, James Nielsen, Yolanda Ramirez*, Evelyn Reyes, Lance Rivers, Douglas Sheran, Hung Kei ShiuAna Maria Vidalon

*Online exclusive

About the Exhibition

Curator Ajit Chauhan describes the exhibition as “a collection of shared intimacies.” In the spirit of intimacy, the exhibition is physically installed in the gallery space at Creativity Explored – it's tradition – despite facilities being closed. The act of installation is an act of intimacy and understanding, and that is something our community needs now more than ever. Though the public will have limited access**, the storefront window on 16th Street offers an installation of selected artworks for passersby.

The exhibition was conceived of as a mixtape made for a friend. Careful selection of contrasting works intend to take the viewer on a kind of journey with peaks and releases, not a single emotional note. Punctuating the wall space, Bay Area artist Alicia McCarthy offers a light sprinkling of marks and gestures that informs all of the work.

The artworks in the exhibition are ethereal and meditative; the selection explores various phases in past and present artists’ careers with some works dating back 20 years. Chauhan’s careful curatorial process was “mostly intuitive.” Diving into the Creativity Explored archives and exploring work by former artists, Chauhan had a unique opportunity to make the archival novel again – plus, our once bustling studio, a sacred space in and of itself, was empty.

The meditative curatorial process informs how we might experience the art. He continues, “Choosing a compelling work of art feels like it’s speaking to you in some really personal way… It’s not just something on the wall. It’s also looking back at you, and there is a really powerful experience that feels completely external and internal at the same time.”

Each artwork in the exhibition beckons the viewer to slide deeper into the artists’ minds and individual practice. A Walter Kresnik drawing with a black and white cat in a field acts as a prompt to the show, much like the white rabbit in Lewis Carroll’s classic. Bold shapes and carrots by Evelyn Reyes remind one of the suits from playing cards. Reyes would create her iconic designs with intricate rituals – taking the artwork to all four compass points in the studio before declaring a piece finished.

A work by Hung Kei Shiu feels like “painting the roses red” scene from Alice in Wonderland with hatched lines and circles of red and green that build a field of color into a garden. An illustrated book created by Douglas Sheran acts as an abstract travel journal. Claus Groeger's enveloping abstractions fold in on themselves creating textured layers, and fibrous drawings by Mary Belknap are a literal walk for the mind and heart.

The curation establishes a dialogue between the artworks. A piece by Evelyn Reyes, Fence with Bell, placed next to James Miles’ Circus is a pairing that transforms Reyes’ fence into a circus tent under which Miles’ performers perform. Ana Maria Vidalon mirrors José Campos’ dissolving surfaces that seem to disintegrate before our eyes like cotton candy - colorful and playful, but also metaphysical. 

The exhibition invites everyone to center the practice of artists with disabilities by giving space for contemplation and reflection. We hope you let the artwork and artists hold your metaphorical hand as we take a walk together, looking at one another in recognition.

Virtual Curator Talk and Exhibition Tour with Ajit Chauhan
Creativity Explored's YouTube page and Instagram (IGTV)


 

About the Curator

Ajit Chauhan lives in the sanctuary city of San Francisco. He reads a lot, listens to music, plays with cats, and practices tai chi. He is part of a small collective of poets and painters "SF's #1 Gallery! 'Right Window'" as forever member Kevin Killian would say. You can view Ajit's website here.


 

 

 

 

 

The park "a darling walk for the mind" by Lorine Niedecker, 1965.
From Lorine Niedecker Collected Works by Lorine Niedecker and Jenny Lynn Penberthy. Berkeley. University of California Press © 2002.

Revolutionary Letter #46
From Revolutionary Letters by Diane di Prima. San Francisco. Last Gasp of San Francisco © 1971.

 

 

2020-09-11

Featured Events

The Good American - Virtual Donor Preview & Curator Talk
September 10, 2020
Starting at 5:30 PM (PDT)

Creativity Explored donors will receive a special invite to join curator Cléa Massiani and the CE community for an exclusive live virtual preview of the exhibition. Participating donors will ge...


The Good American - View online Sept 11
September 11 - November 3, 2020

  What does it mean to be a good citizen? Who is the we in "We the People"? The Good American is a celebration of the American spirit, featuring the work of Cr...


Come to Your Census Artists: Panel Discussion - The Good American
September 15, 2020
Starting at 1:00 PM (PDT)

Join us for a conversation about the role of art in the most democratic process our country offers – the census. Panelists include artist and CE collaborator Ana Teresa Fernández,&n...


SOMOS: Imaginate Saturdays Workshop with Ana Teresa Fernández - The Good American
September 26, 2020
Starting at 1:00 PM (PDT)

Join Creativity Explored artists and teachers for an interactive art-making workshop with artist and CE collaborator Ana Teresa Fernández. Fernández will lead us in a special a...