Everything Is Quiet

Posted on July 11, 2018

Everything Is Quiet
July 19 - September 13, 2018
Reception: Thursday, July 19, 2018
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM 

Creativity Explored Gallery
3245 Sixteenth Street, San Francisco
Gallery hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 10 AM - 5 PM:
Thursday 10 AM - 7 PM; Saturday 12 PM – 5 PM

Creativity Explored, the premier nonprofit visual art gallery and studio for artists with developmental disabilities, presents Everything is Quiet, a new solo exhibition of work by Gerald Wiggins. Drawing from Wiggins’s body of work since joining the Creativity Explored studio in 2008, the exhibition features a wide range of his illustrative work and host of ceramic figures from all walks of life. The exhibition includes over fifty recently completed ceramic statues and over two-dozen illustrations, encapsulating Wiggins’s distinctive and popular style. The exhibition will offer limited edition large-scale prints of two of Wiggins’s most popular illustrations.  Everything is Quiet was curated by Visual Arts Instructor Gilles Combet and Studio Director Paul Moshammer

Gerald Wiggins's (b. 1968) depictions of human figures, animal life, and fantastical creatures are stunningly accomplished. Working with colored pencil, marker, graphite, and watercolor, as with digital printmaking software, Wiggins draws with a precise and controlled line, carefully coloring to convey detail.

Occasionally, key portions of a figure or natural elements are left unfinished, or isolated parts are collected together in a single piece; these techniques add visual playfulness to his style. “I like the feeling of making something in your head that doesn’t exist," Wiggins says, "to make it real.” Wiggins also creates ceramic sculptures, from frightening vampiric faces to a rotating cast of lifelike city dwellers he calls "the crew."

Wiggins did not begin making art until joining the Creativity Explored studio in 2008. Living with his family in Bay View, Wiggins spent much of him time caretaking and watching his nieces, nephews, and cousins.  His cheerful and easygoing personality is infectious in the studio, and his humble and gentle demeanor is evident in his art practice and visual styles.

Wiggins’s practice has evolved considerably over his ten years at Creativity Explored. While he has always worked with ceramics, the past few years have yielded a bounty of digital work, a practice that has proved to be a defining medium for Wiggins. In the studio, Wiggins can be seen peacefully working for most of the day. His dedication and focus are apparent in his works. The sheer amount of detail he includes, speaks volumes of his compassion for his subjects and his practice.

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