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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

*To become a donor, click here.

 

Secret City Exhibition

August 22 - November 7, 2017

Venue
AIASF and Center for Architecture + Design Gallery

Location
San Francisco, CA

San Francisco, The Bridge (Detail) by Daniel Green © 2017 Creativity Explored Licensing, LLC, marker and colored pencil on chipboard, 12 x 9 inches

Work by six Creativity Explored artists presented by American Institute of Architects - San Francisco

We are proud to share that the work of six CE artists will be included in Secret City Exhibition, curated by the American Institute of Architects - San Francisco.

How does the City, and its secrets, inspire artists and their work? Pablo CalderonDaniel GreenNita HicksAndrew LiRoland Record, and Lance Rivers are among the Bay Area artists included in this exhibition, which reveals and explores alternate perspectives of the city of San Francisco.



Location

AIASF and Center for Architecture + Design Gallery
130 Sutter St., Suite 600

Gallery Hours
Mon–Fri: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Suggested Donation
AIA Member: $5
General: $10

Opening Reception
August 22, 2017
6:00 - 9:00 pm


Motorcycle III by Pablo Calderon © 2013 Creativity Explored Licensing, LLC, acrylic on cardboard, 58 x 40 x 5.75 inches


Mission Dolores Church, 2016 by Nita Hicks © 2016 Creativity Explored Licensing, LLC, watercolor on paper, 15 x 15 inches

 
Untitled by Roland Record © 2015 Creativity Explored Licensing, LLC, multimedia on paper, 11 x 15 inches 
Untitled by Lance Rivers © 2016 Creativity Explored Licensing, LLC, mixed media, 12 x 19.5 x 7 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

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