Exhibitions & Public Events

This Doesn’t Look Like Art
Friday, Sep 8, 2017 - Sunday, Sep 17, 2017
Swell Gallery

Swell Gallery invites you to the opening reception of This Doesn't Look Like Art, a group show curated by Bertha Rodríguez and Jordan Holms featuring the work of Douglas Angulo, Jer Garver, Sara Knight, Briony Maeve,Elena Padrón-Martín, and Sherwin Rio. Please join us September 8 at 4:30pm at SFAI's new Fort Mason Campus.

“Last April 2017, during the Open Studios, a little boy saw my installation “The Swimming Pool” in my studio and said “This doesn't look like art.” He made me laugh but he also left me thinking… I thought that the comment was a great title for a show and contacted The Swell Gallery Curatorial Committee for them to invite other SFAI students whose work might not meet the expectations of what art should look like due to the materials used or to the unexpected nature of the pieces and their context. “My four year old could do that”, “Why is this in a museum/gallery?” or “I don't get it” are other apparently simple comments which demand complicated arguments so that a conversation about art can be developed. So, if this doesn't  look like art, what does? Some readers might also think that this doesn't sound like an art statement.” Elena Padrón-Martín
Image Credit: Elena Padrón-Martín, The swimming Pool,  Site-specific installation in studio K-18 at SFAI's former Graduate Center (3rd Street, SF), 2017