From April 22 until May 21, 2005 the Luggage Store in San Francisco shows Strange Tales, which presents new narratives by Nick Ackerman, David Huffman and Chris Oliveria. Each artist will incorporate their paintings on canvas/wood with work they will create directly on the walls of the gallery. THE LUGGAGE STORE/509 CULTURAL CENTER'S many programs are dedicated to broadening social and aesthetic networks, encouraging the flow of images and ideas between different cultural and economic communities.
The work is an installation of small paintings and
drawings hung together to create a larger work and
narrative, similar to words and sentences coming
together to create a story. The artistís intent is to
create using a graphic style of a painting, a work
with myth-like sensibilities.
Ackerman received his MFA from CCA and BA from the
SFAI. He has had solo exhibitions at the Regina
Gallery in Moscow; Southern Exposure in SF, Lizabeth
Oliveria in Los Angeles, CA, as well as group
exhibitions at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in SF;
and the Deitch Projects in NY.
Bay Area artist David Huffman's idiosyncratic universe
of 'Traumabots' and 'Trauma Smiles' reveals the
cataclysmic nature of violence as a cultural norm. The
conflicts portrayed in his paintings incorporate and
parody religion, race, personal tragedies, and the
current political climate. Characters that are marked
with the Minstrel's smile exist in an environment of
isolation, alienation, and self-induced neurosis.
Huffman received his MFA and BA at CCA. His work was
featured in two prominent exhibitions, 'Black Belt'
and 'Freestyle' at the Studio Museum of Harlem and
Santa Monica Museum of Art. He has shown locally at
the Patricia Sweetow Gallery in San Francisco, at the
San Jose Museum of Contemporary Art in San Jose, at
New Langton Arts in San Francisco, in the Second Bay
Area Now exhibition at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
and Southern Exposure Gallery in San Francisco.
Huffman is an art instructor at CCA in San Francisco
and Santa Clara University.
Oliveria's paintings reference societal placement and
position. His ìcharactersî are situated into
ìenvironments containing text and images where the
viewer is encouraged to create his/her own narrative.
Oliveria received his MFA at CCA and his BFA from the
SFAI. He has upcoming solo exhibitions at the
Galleria Almirante in Madrid; Galleria Wunderk in
Valencia, Spain, The San Jose Museum of Art, and
Lizabeth Oliveria in San Francisco. He has featured
in group exhibitions at the Yerba Buena Center for the
Arts, Sonoma Museum of Visual Art in Santa Rosa,
Museum of New Art in Detroit, World Tatoo Gallery in
Oliveria was an Artist in Residence at the Headlands
Center for the Arts in the fall of 2003.
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