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At the Corner of Two and Three Dimensions, SF State's Fine Arts Gallery Presents an Innovative Group Show, Sept. 18 through Oct. 14


College of Creative Arts


Ariane Bicho, Publicist
College of Creative Arts
San Francisco State University
(415) 338-1442
(415) 338-0520 fax

Press Release published by the Office of Public Affairs


"2-1/2" Spotlights a Conceptual Strain in Recent Bay Area Abstraction

San Francisco -- With a nod to past art trends, 2-1/2: Art at the Corner of Two and Three Dimensions brings you into the present moment with new work that uses, in the words of exhibit organizer and artist Paul Mullins, "stuff as paint": things like erasers, architectural molding, resin, mirrors and wallboard are manipulated to explore trajectories from traditional painting, with the work reaching out from the wall into the gallery space.

"For many years much of my work has played back and forth between painting and sculpture to satisfy my need for both the physicality of surfaces and the notion that color can be inherent to those surfaces," says Cherie Raciti on the SFSU Art Department Web site. Raciti, a Professor of Art at SFSU, was one of a group of Bay Area minimalists in the 1970s experimenting with both the materials and site for making art. At the time, her large-scale works were exhibited in galleries and urban outdoor locations, exploring the space between dimensions, materials, color and illusionism.

In 2-1/2 Raciti's early minimalist work is on view and is the visual and historic starting point for a show that spans three decades of Bay Area minimalism set on transforming painting into a sculptural thing. In the current exhibition, Curator and SFSU Fine Arts Gallery Director Mark Johnson says we find some of the ideas Raciti first explored 30 years' ago at play: Hitoshi Sasaki's Reasons to Believe or Not embraces the contradiction of illusionism; Christian Maychack's We Are All Now Aimless returns an analytic abstraction to the round. Both Adriane Colburn and Leo Bersamina draw inspiration from maps, whether employing suspended cast latex to reflect how art "bounces back" after the experience of being compressed from the multi-dimensional experience of life , or the woven mats recovered from an ancestor's garage in a tribute to family. Several of the artists including William Swanson and Tony Tredway have literally backed their work into the corner of two and three dimensions, using the gallery's architecture as a challenge for work that bridges object and installation. The absurd is alive in Reanne Estrada's drawings on pink pearl erasers. And Kim Anno's bulging paintings, almost returning to the rectangle after a decade of exploring shaped forms, demonstrate how these ideas are a foundation, even for work that is almost two dimensional.

2-1/2: Art at the Corner of Two and Three Dimensions opens at San Francisco State University's Fine Arts Gallery on Saturday, September 18 and runs through Thursday, October 14, 2004. Join the artists on Saturday, September 18 for an Artist Roundtable, 1-2 pm in the Painting Studio, Fine Arts Building, Room 287; a Reception follows in the Fine Arts Gallery from 2-4 pm. For more information, please call (415) 338-6535.

Gallery Information and Parking

  • Admission is free.
  • "2-1/2: Art at the Corner of Two and Three Dimensions" will be on display from Saturday, Sept. 18 through Thursday, Oct. 14
  • The Fine Arts Gallery is open from noon to 4 pm, Tuesday through Saturday; Wednesday from noon to 6 pm; closed Sunday and Monday.
  • The Gallery is located in the Fine Arts Building on the SFSU campus at 19th Avenue and Holloway Avenue in San Francisco.
  • Nearby on-street parking is readily available on weekends. Public parking is also available in Lot 20 on the SFSU campus, which can be accessed from Lake Merced Boulevard between Winston Drive and Font Boulevard. Parking in the lot is $1 per hour with a $5 daily maximum. For directions and more parking information, see
  • Information: 415/338-6535


The SFSU College of Creative Arts/Art Department
With nearly 40 faculty members including internationally celebrated artists and art historians, the San Francisco State University Art Department fosters the development of specialized skills, encourages personal creative direction, and promotes understanding of the history and cultural practices shaping artistic expression. More than 100 courses in traditional art media, innovative and multi-disciplinary techno-media, and art history provide training for a variety of related careers. Three degree programs are offered: the bachelor of arts, the master of arts with an emphasis in art history, and the master of fine arts with an emphasis in studio. Undergraduate students may emphasize art education, art history, ceramics, conceptual and information arts (including experimental digital media), painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture or textiles. The department is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

Art is a department of the College of Creative Arts, which has the only academic program primarily devoted to the creative arts in northern California. Under the direction of Dean Keith Morrison, an internationally acclaimed faculty directs more than 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students in seven disciplines: art, cinema, broadcasting, music, dance, theatre arts, and design. The College of Creative Arts is part of San Francisco State University, one of the 23 member universities comprising the California State University, the largest system of higher education in the nation. SFSU is a highly diverse, comprehensive, public and urban university. For more information about the College of Creative Arts, visit For an application, please call SFSU Admissions at (415) 338-1113.

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Contact Ariane N. Bicho, Publicist, College of Creative Arts
San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94132
Phone: 415/338-1442
Fax: 415/338-0520


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