Contact: Selene Foster
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 5, 2010
ROOT DIVISION PRESENTS: Second Saturday February 2010
An exhibition of artwork exploring issues of health, illness, & the health care system
Curated by Jaren Bonillo, Rachael Jablo, and Sarah Stolar
Every human being has experienced some sort of debilitation at some point in their lives, and all are at inevitable risk of infection every day, until the final day. The business of health, medicine, and chronic illness continues to hustle its way to the forefront of humanity. The impact and prevalence of physical, social, and mental suffering continues to infect the populous and grow dramatically with time.
True to the assorted and often contradictory nature of heath care, the 13 artists in SICK approach their work from a multitude of conceptual viewpoints, such as how illness is received and expelled from the body, the effect of medication and procedures on patients by doctors, the confusion of health insurance bureaucracy, the emotional imprint of hospitalization, the psychological chaos of mental health, sympathy and empathetic illnesses, and the anticipation of recovery or death. As diverse as the concept, the artwork presents itself in an array of media, from traditional drawing, painting, and sculpture to audio/visual installation and video.
SICK invites viewers to gain greater insight into their own experience with health, wellness, and mortality as well as providing a forum for a topic that undeniably touches each and every individual life.
Edmundo de Marchena
*Root Division Resident Artist
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 13th, 7-10 pm
Sliding Scale Suggested Donation: $2-$20
Exhibition Dates: February 10th- 27th, 2010
Gallery Hours: Wednesdays- Saturdays, 2-6 pm (or by appointment)
3175 17th Street (at South Van Ness & Shotwell)
San Francisco, CA 94110
ABOUT ROOT DIVISION:
Root Division is an arts and arts education non-profit located in the Mission District of San Francisco. Root Division's mission is to improve appreciation and access to the visual arts by connecting personal inspiration and community participation. We provide subsidized studio space to working artists in exchange for their service in creating shared learning opportunities for the community. Artists develop creatively and professionally by teaching art to underserved youth, leading adult education classes, and producing exhibitions that showcase local emerging artwork. By combining multiple opportunities for creative exchange, Root Division cultivates an artistic ecosystem that enriches life throughout the Bay Area.
Root Division is supported in part by grants from Grants for the Arts: SF Hotel Tax Fund, The San Francisco Foundation, and the Walter & Elise Haas Fund. The Second Saturday Exhibition Series is sponsored by the Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation, the San Francisco Arts Commission through a Cultural Equity Grant/Organizational Project Grant, and the Zellerbach Family Foundation.
For further information regarding events and/or press materials, please do not hesitate to contact Selene Foster at 415.863.7668 or firstname.lastname@example.org.