The century of collage that began with George Braque and Pablo Picasso taking wallpaper or newspaper directly to drawing or painting opened a floodgate of exploration and expression making use of diverse materials in concert. Of today’s moment, the seven artists in The Cutting Edge sharpen their vision employing scissors and wit, glue and gumption. John Hundt, David Jones, Diana Krevsky, Sherry Parker, Kim Smith, Livia Stein, and Shayna Yasuhara each pursue a different vein of inquiry to touch upon the dream, the dreaded, the seductive, and the puzzling. Riotous color, cool text, and fanciful imaginings all call for visual discovery.
The Art of Living Black, now in its 22nd year, speaks to a long history of social struggles, cultural affirmation, and art making as a transformative practice. As a preview exhibition and self-guided open studio art tour that recognizes Bay Area artists of African American descent, the exhibition contains an vast range of artistic endeavors, styles and media that references forgotten cultural histories, struggles and personal identity. Here, it is the artists’ ability to construct meaning for themselves and others that defines the significance of the work.
This year also recognizes the creative talents who were awarded the 2nd Annual Spotlight Artist Award.
What the photographer sees, what the lens captures, and how today’s culture frames the image, these are the elements to be examined in the current juried exhibition, In Focus: Current Photography.
We look to California photographers for a view of current directions in the studio and in the streets. Subjects that draw the hearts and minds, locations that echo the spirit, and matters that demand attention – these all fuel photography.
Juror: Judy Dater
Acclaimed photographer Judy Dater has been the subject of international exhibitions and the recipient of numerous awards. Known for her sensitive portraits and exploring the self-portrait, Dater has established an intensely beautiful canon of nudes and haunting portrayals of the female form. Dater’s photographs will be featured in a major exhibition titled Only Human at the de Young Museum in San Francisco this coming spring.