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Creativity Explored, San Francisco

until July 11, 2019

"Bitchin’" is a dog-themed exhibition for humans and dogs. In homage to San Franciscans’ appreciation for their pets, the exhibition includes original portraits of 'good dogs' by over two dozen Creativity Explored artists.

Creativity Explored
3245 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Creative Growth, Oakland CA

until June 15, 2019

This year, Creative Growth’s gallery will be transformed into a garden oasis for their annual "Home Show", featuring textiles, ceramic vases and planters, ottomans with hand-hooked tops, wood furniture, quilts, pillows, and all the accoutrements needed for an outdoor celebration.

Creative Growth
355 24th Street, Oakland, CA 94612

Gallery Gugging

until August 30, 2019

In "flora & fauna brut ... may has come ..." Gallery Gugging presents works by 19 artists. Works by Gugging artists are presented alongside works by international artists, including Christa Wiener and Basel Al-Bazzaz who are being exhibited at Gugging for the first time. Other artists include Ida Buchmann, Michel Nedjar, Heinrich Reisenbauer, Oswald Tschirtner and Anna Zemánková.

gallery gugging – nina katschnig
Am Campus 2, 3400 Maria Gugging, Austria

Fountain House Gallery, NY

until June 12, 2019

"At the Table" explores the act of experiencing food and the coming together around a table.

Fountain House Gallery
702 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

Mario Pellegrini, Venice

until June 2, 2019

Tapu Independent Art presents a booklet and exhibition of works by the late Mario Pellegrini.

Mondadori Bookstore
Piazzale Candiani, 7 / A, 30174, Venice, Italy

André Robillard at Galerie Polysémie, Marseille

until May 25, 2019

Galerie Polysémie presents a selection of sculptures and drawings by French self-taught artist André Robillard.

Galerie Polysémie
12 rue de la Cathédrale 13002 Marseille

Jano Pesset in Montpellier

until September 1, 2019

Musée d’Art Brut presents Jano Pesset’s assemblages made from ivy and hazel wood.

Musée d'Art Brut
1 Rue Beau Séjour, 34000, Montpellier, France

Outsider Art Galerie, Amsterdam

until June 2, 2019

Outsider artists explore the animal kingdom in "Birds & Beasts".

Outsider Art Galerie in The Hermitage 
Neerlandiaplein 7, 1018, DR Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Ody Saban in Laval

until June 23, 2019

Ody Saban’s latest exhibition presents her paintings, watercolours and artist books from 1977 to 2019.

Musée d’Art Naïf et d’Arts Singuliers
Place de la Trémoille, 53000 Laval, France

Collection Treger / Saint Silvestre, Portugal

until September 15, 2019

Curated by Antonia Gaeta, "Extravaganza" includes works by outsider artists including Anna Zemánková, Davood Koochaki, Eugene Von Bruenchenhein, Friedrich Schröder-Sonnenstern, Marilena Pelosi, Mose Ernest Tolliver, Miroslav Tichý, Giovanni Battista Podest and Pradeep Kumar.

Núcleo de Arte da Oliva Creative Factory
Rua da Fundição, 240, São João da Madeira, Portugal 3700-119

From TSS Press Release;

In the chronicle Celestial Emporium of Benevolent Knowledge, Jorge Luis Borges wrote about “a certain Chinese encyclopaedia” in which he catalogued species and different shapes in a random and subjective way. Every one of those shapes could assume a meaning or a substance created ad hoc for the situation that could basically be used for all things in the universe according to the level of interest and imagination of the readers. This apparent disorder or non-rigorous cataloguing made the coexistence of a great number of realities possible and found a place capable of welcoming objects and ideas.

In a simple exercise of comparison and analogy – conditio sine qua non for all sorts of intellectual production -, “that” Chinese encyclopaedia seemed to be the most suitable in order to explain the ideas that underlie and materialise in the exhibition Extravaganza.
A certain strangeness that is present in the artworks, the obsession with the obscene and nonsense, the refusal of logical rules, several etcetera (as Borges would say), the abstractions, the taste for the absurd, the chaos, the incongruence and all kinds of paradox, are assembled in an irreverent and discontinuous fashion, in an ingenious, ambiguous and redundant exhibition design, with several white walls.

A softly announced feeling of surprise surrounds the exhibition: the artworks don’t belong to the same genre or a specific geographical area, or even the same historical period. The artists are sometimes anonymous, unknown or working under pseudonyms. Almost illiterate, without artistic or literary training, they are, however, capable of bringing a great spiritual and creative emotion through drawings and portraits of never seen before landscapes, hard to catalogue physiognomies, the obsessive repetition mixed with autofiction and possibly the promise of another identity.

And here the artist’s biography helps contextualise and better understand – in case some find it necessary – the artworks: all of them, to a greater or lesser extent, had complex lives, irreparable losses, accidents, went through deprivations, were persecuted and cast aside, had multidimensional and extra-terrestrial experiences.

Through a creativity that is free from reason it is possible that they have found the access keys to the beyond and, perhaps, had the possibility to create other connections with body and mind. All these suppositions are possible, at least I like to think that.
However, what is favoured in Extravaganza is the pars destruens of the Treger/Saint Silvestre collection, in other words, the analysis of the relation between the idea of beauty and harmony that is done through a set of artworks whose common denominator is a non-linear speculative dynamic; an erratic or rapidly changing situation, unusual, bizarre. An extravagating that replaces ratio and norms with intuition and the visionary, that combines brilliance and revelry, dementia and insanity with contradictory and anomalous situations.