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Craig Calderwood: Church Camp

June 29 – July 21, 2018
Reception Friday, June 29, 7-10PM
Talk & Workshop, Saturday, July 14, 12:30-2:30PM


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Black & White projects is excited to present Church Camp a solo exhibit of new work by San Francisco-based visual artist Craig Calderwood. A mini retrospective of series created since the artist moved to San Francisco eight years ago, Church Camp shows the lineage of the artist’s newest series (a large-scale solo exhibition of which will be presented this September at Luggage Store Gallery) that looks at the functions of non-function and/or low craft as a means of storytelling. Through the use of Fabric Paint, Polymer Clay, and Rex Lace Weaving techniques Calderwood expands upon her lexicon of imagery to tell stories that are highly personal and highly coded.

A self-taught artist, Craig Calderwood’s obsessively intricate drawings and sculpture deal with trans/queer identity, biodiversity, and continued attempts to “normalize” desire. Maneuvering through non-verbal communication, Calderwood employs bright, intricate patterns of hidden (and sometimes blatant) symbolism in her work to portray complex narratives engaging the highly personal to the fantasized. Calderwood has exhibited at SFAC Gallery, SOMArts, Root Division, Los Angeles’ ONE Archive, and Black & White Projects. She has been featured in, RADAR Productions’ programming, Serrote, and The New Museum’s Anthology Trap Door: Trans Cultural Production, and the Politics of Visibility. They’re the recipient of a 2017 San Francisco Arts Commission IAC for her body of work “Church Camp”, a series of drawings and sculpture using low craft materials like Dimensional Paint and polymer clay examining the functions of ornamentation within non-functional craft. Hailing from the San Joaquin Valley, they now live and work in San Francisco, CA.

Workshop: Objects of Desire
Saturday, July 14, 12:30-2:30PM

In Addition to our Opening Reception, Calderwood will run a small workshop following a talk about the new work on view. Objects of Desire will look at the technical and conceptual process around the use of polymer Clay in their sculptural work.

sfac_logoWorks created for Church Camp are funded in part by the San Francisco Arts Commission.

[Above Image] Untitled (Immature) (2018); dimensional Paint, upholstery fabric, thread, and pen; 77 ½ x 60 inches












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