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Nancy Tubbs

January 24, 2023    

Creativity Explored presents:

RELOVE at Creativity Explored

On view Thursday, January 26 (opening reception 6-8pm) to Saturday, March 25, 2023, Thur-Fri 3pm-6pm, Sat 12-5pm, San Francisco CA


Over the past few months, disabled artists at Creativity Explored have been hard at work turning trash into treasure as part of a first-of-its-kind collaboration with the Recology Artist-in-Residence Program. Now, to kick off our 40th anniversary, we unveil their masterpieces in our first exhibition of the year: RELOVE.

Artists at CE have often worked with recycled materials, but this collaboration enabled them to work on a grander scale. Objects that at first glance seem useless (plastic jewelry, broken doors, punching bags) have been given new life by CE artists, who found opportunity in the most unlikely of places.

The prolific Samedi Djeimguero reinvented white styrofoam and dead-stock costume jewelry into a life-sized multimedia wonderland, complete with gem-encrusted caves, colorfully painted surfaces, and intricate drawings. Daniel Green fully illuminated a treasure trove of old record sleeves, while pattern-prone artist Ethel Revita discovered a new medium in jettisoned house paints.

RELOVE is the culmination of hours of labor by staff and artists alike. From scavenging for recycled materials at the Recology Transfer Station to working with artists in the studio to realize their visions, our teaching artists have been integral to this residency. This exhibition is a testament to the magic of collaboration, the unique symbiosis between CE artists and their beloved teaching artists that makes up the very essence of CE.

RELOVE shows what happens when artists push past tradition to share their vision of the world and expand perspectives on what can be. The transformation of these once-discarded objects is nothing less than magical, inspiring us all to cherish what we have and find meaning in the mundane.

Join us at the opening on January 26 at the CE gallery from 6-8 PM, or view the exhibition through March 25.

On view Thursday, January 26 (opening reception 6-8pm) to Saturday, March 25, 2023, Thur-Fri 3pm-6pm, Sat 12-5pm

Creativity Explored and Online
3245 Sixteenth Street
San Francisco CA, 94103


Phone: 415-863-2108
Contact: Juhi Gupta

About Creativity Explored:
We are a studio-based collective in San Francisco that partners with people with developmental disabilities to celebrate and nurture the creative potential in all of us. Founded in 1983, we have facilitated the careers of hundreds of disabled artists and serve as a model in the field of art and disability worldwide.
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