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"There is Art in Your Future: The Fortune Cookie Show"
2002-08-09 until 2002-08-24
Optical Artistry Gallery
San Francisco, CA, USA United States of America

San Francisco, July 12, 2002: Fifteen local artists interpret the wisdom found in fortune cookies through photography, painting, graffiti art, and mixed media in RhinoLoveScratch Art Productions latest show, There is Art in Your Future: The Fortune Cookie Show.

the concept for this show stemmed from the successful formula of their previous show: Reply Hazy, Try Again: 20 Artists Reply to the Magic 8-Ball, in which artists were randomly given one of the answers from the Magic 8-Ball and asked to create their work based on their idea of the oracle's answer. "After the success of the Magic 8-Ball show we wanted to replicate and improve upon the formula," Wellman said. "We think the fortune cookie is an ideal topic on which to base an art show. While the Magic 8-Ball has only 20 unique responses, there seems to be an infinite number of fortunes - as well as many different types of fortunes, from benign, to alarming, to odd and even some that are erotic.

Along with giving the artists more material to work from, we also recognize that probably everyone in America has had a fortune cookie at least once in their life. In fact, we found that lots of people have saved or collected fortunes over the years. Overall, we think the show will be fun for the artists and most importantly for the viewer."

After enlisting in the show, the majority of the artists met at the gallery one evening with bags of several hundred fortune cookies from a couple of different makers. The artists broke open - and ate - countless cookies looking for the fortunes that they liked the best, which then became the theme of their work. Artist Jessica Hobbs enjoyed the challenge presented by her fortune. "As a photographer it has been hard to find images that convey the fortune, but the challenge has been fun," she said. "I have collected fortunes for a long time and have done art with them, but have never exhibited that work."

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