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May 20 - June 30, 2017

Venue
San Francisco Peephole Cinema

Location
San Francisco, CA

Tribute to Whitney Houston (still) by Makeya Kaiser © 2016 Creativity Explored Licensing LLC, animation, 5 minutes

Short films by four Creativity Explored artists on view at the San Francisco Peephole Cinema.

The San Francisco Peephole Cinema is pleased to present E FOR EVERYONE. The title of the show originates from Creativity Explored artist Trevor Cartmill-Endow, who summarizes his work as being, "Rated E for Everyone," saying, "I really want everyone to see it." So consider this your invitation to visit the Peephole Cinema, a free public cinema showing media-based works 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, through a dime-sized peephole in the Mission District of San Francisco.

Don't miss these fun and fanciful films on view in a most intriguing venue!



-- Trevor Cartmill-Endow's "Kevin & Derk: Mystical Creations," 2016, a story full of physical humor as two frenemies play out a game of cat and mouse.

Cartmill-Endow's current work focuses primarily on his use of animation, specializing in the use of stop-motion and Flash. He has spent approximately ten years developing a series of over 20 characters, used in short animated videos that Trevor has been uploading to the Internet since 2008. The nature of Trevor’s work including both his animation and his drawings on paper are extremely lighthearted and comedic. 

-- Allura Fong's "Hearts and Flowers," 2015, in which the viewer floats above a painted, 3D landscape while artist Allura Fong sings “You Are My Sunshine” and shares heartfelt ideas about love and acceptance. The camera glides past abstract sculptures that are awash with color, set against ethereal drawings, reflective solids and densely layered paintings.

Fong typically works with an assemblage process. She cuts out parts of her drawings and paintings and collages them together to create a colorful, expressive visage. The layering in Fong’s artwork produces a floating effect that adds to the dreamy quality of her subject matter of hearts and organic shapes.

-- Makeya Kaiser's "Tribute to Whitney Houston," 2016, captures her deep love and appreciation for the pop icon, adding her own unique twist on Whitney’s famous ballad "I Will Always Love You." Each scene is a hybrid of locations combining props and costumes inspired my Houston’s video catalogue with 3D paintings of people and places in Kaiser’s own life. The result is a montage - weaving the celebrity with the fan, the private with the public, and performance with intimate moments. Makeya describes the video as “a statement of her love for Whitney and Whitney’s most well known love song”.

Kaiser's multi-media approach to her films is paralleled in her 2D and 3D work. She moves fluidly through a variety of techniques from painting, drawing, papier-mache and collage.  The final compositions often have little concern for negative space, with the shapes crowding and pushing around over busily washed backgrounds. Kaiser is always willing to take risks in her art, and this engagement with an experimental process gives all her work a defining frenetic quality.

-- In Kevin Chu's "Halloween Animation", work-in-progress 2017, he is developing a series of animation loops set within a spooky graveyard and a devilish underworld. Inspired by Disney’s early “Silly Symphony” films, all the animation  sequences are made using the traditional method of hand drawn cels with watercolor backgrounds. This film is a work in progress, Chu plans to populate “Halloween Animation” with 32 characters each providing their own unique movement to the steady overarching rhythm of his film. 

According to Chu, dragons are always smiling, as are vultures, while penguins are happy to offer a tired swimmer a lift across the sea. A glance at his artwork confirms this enthusiastic and vibrant worldview.

The narrative that can be read throughout his work is reflected in his calm, sensitive demeanor. Chu’s bold line and lively palette animate the pieces and link the joy felt in their content to his process. Like a wish for friendship and understanding, Chu’s artistic vision is earnest and motivated by the need for connection between all life-forms, regardless of species.


 

Peephole Cinema was founded by Laurie O'Brien in 2013 and is part of a miniature cinema collective with satellite projects in three cities: San Francisco, Brooklyn, and Los Angeles. In wach lcoation, silent film shorts are screened 24/7 through a dime-sized peephole installed in a public location. The San Francisco cinema is curated by Sarah Klein

San Francisco Peephole Cinema
280 Orange Alley (off of Valencia and 26th)
San Francisco, CA 94110 

Open and available to the public 24/7 

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