San Francisco Arts Commission Includes Jerome’s Paintings
Come and check out the new San Francisco Arts Commission exhibition, TINY BUBBLES. This is the newest show to include Jerome Caja’s work, which opens on May 3rd and runs through August 19th at the San Francisco Art Commission Main Gallery (Veterans War Memorial Building, 401 Van Ness Avenue, across the street from City Hall). The group show features nine artists whose work is autobiographical, dark, imaginative, and humorous, and includes approximately 45 of Jerome’s pieces. Many of these Jerome paintings have not been exhibited publicly in decades, if at all. See the details below.
TINY BUBBLES: A group exhibition curated by Steven Wolf
Tiny Bubbles is a group exhibition curated by independent curator and former gallerist Steven Wolf. The show features nine artists known for producing dark and often funny narratives set in imaginary worlds filled with characters that mirror their own searches for meaning. "Like bubbles in a glass of champagne, the effect of sharing space with these dramatically different worlds will be one of prickly effervescence," says Wolf.
With projects ranging from a multimedia installation by media and video game artist Porpentine Charity Heartscape to a new video collaboration by regional luminaries J. Otto Seibold and Boots Riley to audio by the anonymous prankster Longmont Potion Castle, Tiny Bubbles is sure to challenge and delight visitors.
ARTISTS: Jerome Caja, Lisa Hanawalt, Porpentine Charity Heartscape, Longmont Potion Castle, Megan Reed, Kate Rhoades, J. Otto Seibold and Boots Riley, and V. Vale.
Image Credit: Lisa Hanawalt, Birds Hungry for Worms, 2014.
All SFAC Galleries & exhibitions are free to the public.
Here is an excerpt from Glen's essay in the Art AIDS America catalog featuring Jerome Caja:
"In the context of Art AIDS America, at one end of the spectrum is Nayland Blake, whose work is cerebral, playful, and at times arcane, but notably attuned to the metaphorical and actual effects of HIV/AIDS on the city's psyche; on the other is Jerome Caja, whose fetish paintings of scary clowns and skinny drag queens rendered in nail polish are intuitive and dreamlike, evoking a scene out of an eroticized Hieronymus Bosch painting but with figures dressed in ripped fishnets and ornamented with crudely rendered Happy Faces. The works of many other artists can be located at various points between these intellectualized and expressionistic impulses."
The San Francisco Film Society (SFFS) Continues to Support Jerome Caja!
Check out the recently published online Indiewire Exclusive (SF Film Society Awards Residencies to New Filmmakers) announcing the new FilmHouse awards. The Jerome Project is one of the recipients! Two years ago we were awarded the one-year FilmHouse residency, after that we were awarded a one-year anchor tenant position at FIlmHouse, and now we have been given a one-year Flex-Use tenant position. This new residency will take place in the FilmHouse location on Broadway in North Beach in the old World Theater building.
It is so important to have community around you to share your accomplishments and struggles. One of the biggest challenges documentary filmmakers face is the years of extensive development that can leave directors feel like they are enclosed in a vacuum. A residency program puts working filmmakers under one roof to expose each other to those daily hurdles and shared experiences. The multiple residencies at SFFS have been crucial for The Jerome Project by allowing outside perspectives to enhance its development. At FilmHouse we found a safe space to hold meetings, host events, and participate in many in-house workshops, peer-to-peer presentations, and continuing education classes.
Again, thank you SFFS. Your support is golden!
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The Jerome Project
by Anthony Cianciolo
by Anthony Cianciolo
Smithsonian Archives of American Art: Charles Fred Sexton papers, 1956-1992
by Anthony Cianciolo
Triptych from the "3304 St. Clair Series" - by Anna van der Meulen
laser ink-jet prints on aluminum with a high gloss finish
Spring 1988, 6in x 4in (each)