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Dream Variations part 2

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Friday, 4 October 2019 to Wednesday, 16 October 2019
Friday, 4 October 2019 - 4:30pm

The San Francisco Art institute and Schafer Gallery proudly present: Dream Variations part 2


On View: October 4th–October 16th

Opening Reception: Friday, October 4th | 4:30–6pm at SFAI—Fort Mason Campus



Featuring Shara Mays and Christopher Williams



Inspired by the similarly named poem by Langston Hughes, Dream Variations part 2 features extraordinary works of African American artists, Shara Mays and Christopher Williams. Combining installation, video and traditional painting methods, they express perspectives on discrimination, pain and Black Joy. In doing so, these artists manage to balance not only complexity and simplicity, but also the depth and strength of their dreams.


Curated by Christopher Williams

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My origin as an artist began with a knife. Stabbed at the age of 10 at church, pain and anger plagued me until I discovered drawing portraits. Art making became my solace and brought me joy. I became fascinated with painting figures and their extraordinary ability to convey complex personal narratives of race and gender.

Over time, painting figures helped me to develop a deeper understanding of color, empathy and storytelling.   Like many African-American artists, I paint from my experiences and trauma society places on me. However, using bold colors to capture my subjects, I experiment with both surrealism and realism in my art making. I seek to reveal their joy, triumph, struggle and anguish in a narrative that my audience can feel. 

However demonstrating empathy for my subject matter is more than an artistic convention. It is my vehicle for connection, educating others and sharing my experience as a Black man. Developing authentic empathy, I have found is like walking to the edge of darkness and then summoning the courage to take one more step to understand what lies beyond our differences. These steps are necessary to overcome bigotry, hatred and indifference. 

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SFAI-Fort Mason CampusPier 2, 2 Marina Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94123

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The San Francisco Art Institute and The Diego Gallery proudly present: It Is Our Privilege
10/20/2019 to 10/26/2019
Dream Variations part 2
10/04/2019 to 10/16/2019


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