SOMArts Cultural Center presents Overturn the Artifice, a group exhibition March 8–29, 2013, curated by one of SOMArts’ 2012–13 Commons Curatorial Residency recipients, Jack Leamy. Locally, nationally and internationally-recognized fine artists working in painting, installation, time-based media and performance strive to re-enfranchise the individual—politically, economically and socially—while transcending and transforming historically brutal narratives of nationalism, racism, genocide, misogyny, capitalism and conformity.
The closing event on Friday, March 29, from 6pm to 9pm, features “Nationwide Meditation,” an open meditation by Transcendental Meditation teacher and practitioner Paul Brown, from 6pm to 7pm, as well as free shoe shines by Rachel and Jack Leamy (of A Shine and Co.) in a sculptural installation “Sweetheart Chair” from 7pm to 9pm. Within the framework of the exhibition the shoe shine is an act of respectful service, and is given by Leamy and Leamy as a transformative gift and a wish for well being.
In unison and as a collaborative component with Overturn the Artifice, Kevin McCracken of Social Imprints will be hand screen-printing an original work by artist/curator Jack Leamy live in the gallery. Each piece will be hand numbered and signed by the artist as a gift to attendees.
“Both Social Imprints and A Shine and Co. are local businesses that employ at risk adults including ex-offenders and individuals in recovery, in higher paying professional jobs. The businesses support their employees by creating an empowering work environment, and allowing them to overcome personal difficulties by becoming part of a greater whole. These companies embody the idea of social evolution. The core business mission is compassion, understanding, and holistic rehabilitation in the workplace.
As socially conscious businesses whose labor pools are recovered individuals, Meditation functions here as a vital restorative and instrumental practice for both A Shine and Co. and Social Imprints. A unified field of consciousness promotes compassion, equality, well being and community. In both visionary business models a spiritually awakened life is reflected. The owners and most employees are daily meditators. Old ideas of labor, hierarchy and class are overturned where spiritual enlightenment is the only authority,” said exhibiting artist and curator Jack Leamy.
Overturn the Artifice is one of four exhibition proposals selected to receive a 2012–13 Commons Curatorial Residency exhibition at SOMArts. Selected artists and curators receive curatorial stipends and a support package valued at over $20,000, as well as access to one of the largest and most beautiful gallery spaces in the heart of the city to expand their practice, engage the Bay Area’s cultural communities and turn vision into reality.