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March 26 - July 1, 2020

Venue
CE YouTube page

Still from Tribute to Whitney Houston by Makeya Kaiser, 2016, Creativity Explored Licensing, LLC

What You Do is Creativity Explored's first all video and digital exhibition, curated by Dena Beard, Executive Director of The Lab.

Part 1 will be available on CE's YouTube page starting Thursday, March 26.

Digital Premieres:
Paul's Drag Race
by Paul Pulizzano (2018)
Work it Out by Christina Marie Fong (2020)

From the Archive:
Star Trek: The New One by David Jarvey (1994)

This first half of the exhibition also includes a funky trio of music videos by Makeya Kaiser, a short film called Home by Laron Bickerstaff, and experimental films by Kaocrew "Yah" Kakabutra, Anthony "Tony" Gomez, and Hahn Chau.

Part 2 will be available on CE's YouTube page starting Thursday, April 16.

Digital Premieres:
Birdwell and the Seven Little Boys by Kevin Chu (2019)
JohnLaddin by Kevin Chu (2019)
The Many Adventures of John Darling 
by Kevin Chu (2019)
Kevin & Derk: The Mystical Creatures by Trevor Cartmill-Endow (2016)
Walk in the Park by James Miles (2019)

From the Archive:
Love to Me by Michael Bernard Loggin and Douglas Sheran (1997)
Ova Art Lab: The White Project Rave and Mariachi by Unknown (1998)

View the exhibition here:

 


About the Exhibition

Diving into the Creativity Explored archive of digital media, film, and animations, Beard presents an exhibition of durational media, video and digital artwork created by artists with developmental disabilities. 

What You Do celebrates the artistic and collaborative processes behind CE’s digital media and animations department. CE artists have created original films, animations, digital artworks since 1999. This new exhibition includes a wide selection from the archive as well as recently completed works by current artists. 

“Programs like Creativity Explored challenge received ideas about how to evaluate a work of art. Each artist I encountered was irreducible in their ways of creating, although it is clear that there is a very strong and inspiring community at Creativity Explored,” Beard reflects. 

In preparation for the exhibition, CE and Beard coordinated the documentation of archival footage and artwork stored on VHS tapes in the archive. Special thanks to our partners at BAVC (Bay Area Video Coalition) for their services and assistance in the digitization process and to our in-kind sponsor, Metromile.

Featured Artists
Laron Bickerstaff
Trevor Cartmill-Endow
Hahn Chau
Kevin Chu
Christina Marie Fong
Anthony "Tony" Gomez
David Jarvey
Makeya Kaiser
Kaocrew "Yah" Kakabutra
Michael Bernard Loggins
James Miles
Paul Pulizzano
Douglas Sheran


About the Curator
Dena Beard is Executive Director of The Lab in San Francisco. She received her M.A. in Art History, Theory, and Criticism from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and was previously Assistant Curator at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. She believes it is important to constantly question perceptual and organizational models, deeply engaging with new modes of thinking around the arts. Beard has organized projects with artists such as Lutz Bacher, Sadie Barnette, Tongo Eisen-Martin, Ellen Fullman, Dora García, Jacqueline Gordon, Anna Halprin, Asher Hartman, Fritzia Irízar, Norma Jeane, Annea Lockwood, Barry McGee, Silke Otto-Knapp, Brontez Purnell, Wadada Leo Smith, and Apichatpong Weerasethakul.

 

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