Illumination – Steven M Allen

June 1st -July 29th

SMAart Gallery & Studio is pleased to present Illumination. Sculpture by artist Steven M Allen that uses light as a primary element. These non-traditional lamps use light as sculptural element to cast patterns of light on nearby surfaces.

Part of the First Thursday Art Walk : Thursday June 1st, 6-9pm
Location: SMAart Gallery & Studio,
1045 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94109
Regular Hours: Tue – Sat 11:30am – 5:30pm

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RAD(ical) FUN(ctions)


Exhibition: RAD(ical) FUN(ctions)

Artists: Nicki Green and Caitlin Rose Sweet

Location: SMAart Gallery & Studio, 1045 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94109
Exhibition Dates: November 3 – 21, 2015
Opening Reception: Thursday November 5, 2015, 6-9pm

Gallery Hours: Tue – Sat 11:30am – 5:30pm

San Francisco, CA – This fall, SMAart Gallery will present RAD(ical) FUN(ctions) featuring the work of Nicki Green (San Francisco) and Caitlin Rose Sweet (New York City). Rad(ical) Fun(ctions) is a ceramic based art show that explores the interactions between functional ceramics and queer bodies. Nicki Green and Caitlin Rose Sweet are “too gay to function” and use their queer failure as a starting point to sculpt objects to serve queer bodies, genders, hirstories, and futures. These two artists unhinge the traditional notions of functional ceramics and how clay serves the body by openly acknowledging queer difference and our collective desire for a world that reflects our needs, dreams, and desires. Though these two makers start from similar queries about the construction of social and historical bodies and share a deep love of materiality, their work varies greatly both in form and surface. Combined, Green and Sweet’s pieces express the multifaceted and complicated nature of femme-embodiment and deconstruct the oppressive nature of essentialist gender politics so rampant in normative lgbt communities. The ceramics presented in RAD FUN range from recognizable vessels to abstract sculptural pieces. Green works almost exclusively in referencing blue and white earthenware traditions, while Sweet’s work tends to the looser, brightly colored surfaces and forms. The works in this show seem to contrast each other, but it is this contrast that unites their work in finding ways of creating an intersectional set of politics discussing queer bodies.

RAD(ical) FUN(ctions)

RAD(ical) FUN(ctions)

Neo Cali Clay


Exhibition: Neo Cali Clay

Artists: Steven Allen, Brooke Davis, Evan Hobart, Mark Jaeger, Joseph Kowalczyk, Malia Landis, Calvin Ma, Crystal Morey, Erika Sanada, Wesley Wright

Exhibition Dates: April 21 – May 23, 2015
Opening Reception: Thursday May 7th, 6:00pm- 9:00pm

Location: SMAart Gallery & Studio, 1045 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94109Gallery Hours: Tue – Sat 11:30am – 5:30pm

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SMAART Gallery & Studio is pleased to present Neo Cali Clay, a group show that features a collection of figurative and representational ceramic artists working today in California.  The artists in this show are united in their use of imagery to establish a dialogue that considers both the internal and external social issues of today.  Utilizing a variety of references that are considerably personal and yet culturally relevant, even as they often stretch to the fantastic, these artists are committed to the medium of clay as the fundamental vehicle for their unique and modern expressions.  With bold and dramatic visual imagery, bright surfaces, and significant social commentary, these artists have established a voice in the next movement of contemporary ceramics:  Neo Cali Clay.