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Posted: Thursday, July 27, 2017 7:43 PM


Creativity Explored presents:

Exposed: A six-artist exploration & celebration of the human form

Opening reception August 3, 7-9pm, Exhibition August 3, 2017 through September 28, 2017; M-F, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm; Th, 10:00 am to 7:00 pm; Sat, 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm, San Francisco


Creativity Explored, a premier nonprofit visual arts center for artists with developmental disabilities, presents Exposed, a six-artist exhibition exploring and celebrating the human form.

Gallery and Exhibitions Manager Amy Auerbach and Gallery Associate Stephanie Rudd co-curated the exhibition, which highlights the work of artists who routinely represent the nude figure in various media. 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 Bixler, Camille Holvoet, Jose Nunez, Thomas 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."

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-a-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.

Opening reception August 3, 7-9pm, Exhibition August 3, 2017 through September 28, 2017; M-F, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm; Th, 10:00 am to 7:00 pm; Sat, 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Creativity Explored
3245 Sixteenth Street
San Francisco, CA, 94103


Phone: 415-863-2108
Contact: Ellen Dahlke

About Creativity Explored:
Creativity Explored gives artists with developmental disabilities the means to create and share their work with the community, celebrating the power of art to change lives. Creativity Explored is located in the vibrant cultural and dining corridor that transverses San Francisco's Mission District.

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