The SFMOMA Artists Gallery announced a showing of new work by Clare Rojas opening on September 16, 2010. In main Gallery, “Male Preserve” will be on view through October 30. Male Preserve presents a body of work dedicated to the male nude. Sometimes referred to as folk, sometimes cartoon, Rojas’s work is of a vernacular all its own while her use of line as a means of expression demonstrates one of her outstanding artistic gifts. In this show, she uses color and lines to create personable characters to great effect—sometimes funny, surreal, poignant, vulnerable, or even naïve. Certain images show naked men in poses reserved for naked women in our media culture. But rather than be objectified, Rojas’s vulnerable naked men will be protected more by women. It is perhaps through women, nature, and animals that her men find wisdom, protection, and a common ground or understanding.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Born in Columbus, Ohio, Clare Rojas received her BFA in printmaking from Rhode Island School of Design and her MFA from the School of the Art Institute in Chicago. Her work is in the collections of the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University; the San Francisco Airport collection; The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and many others.