Creativity Explored, the premier nonprofit visual art gallery and studio for artists with
developmental disabilities, kicks off its 34th year with a solo exhibition of Bay Area native artist
Lance Rivers (b. 1967). On the occasion of his 50th birthday, Rivers reimagines the region
through the eyes of an artist who is deeply invested and connected to our changing landscapes.
The exhibit Lance-scape Architecture curated by Colter Jacobsen showcases more than 70
artworks made in the past seven years. Rivers has focused on creating watercolors and
sculptures that personify the architectural elements of transportation, cityscapes, tunnels,
freeways, and water towers.
Rivers has an acute sense of transition and is drawn to what has been removed, what is in
progress, or what has been recently built. He has diligently monitored the structures that define
the Bay Area, from the Bay Bridge to Candlestick Park to Sutro Tower (included in the exhibition
is a 3-D sculpture of Sutro Tower). In Bay Bridge Construction, 2015, watercolor and pen on
paper, 22.5 x 30 inches, the new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge stands next to the fading
old Bay Bridge, acting as a public remnant of the past.
Lance Rivers’ artwork ranges from minimally stripped down architectural drawings to elaborate
and dense urban construction/landscapes, often encapsulated in works that are the size of a
snapshot. For curator Colter Jacobsen, “ Lance’s architecture possesses a vibrant, uncanny,
liveliness. He takes the cold edge off of urban structures and gives them warmth, heart, and
breadth.” From his tight or loose gestural lines to his subdued earthy palette, Rivers crafts each
of his intricate architectural drawings with a unique pe rsonality. For instance, in C ityscape,
2016, acrylic and marker on canvas, 30 x 40 inches, Rivers renders San Francisco buildings
into a densely staggering superstructure, imbued with a monstrous persona.
To Rivers, these buildings are not just structures made for city dwellers, but are like people who
have grown, changed, and weathered the conditions of nature and society. In Port of Oakland
Landscape, 2010, ink and graphite on wood, 13 x 17 inches, Rivers immortalizes the iconic
seaport cranes using his fine ink work and mystifying spatial presence. He creates his very own
lance-scape, reminding the inhabitants of this city to stop and see the world as if time stood still.
There will be an exhibition booklet released to commemorate the exhibit.
Rivers was nominated for SFMOMA’s prestigious SECA Art Award in 2016. His artwork has
been collected and included in numerous prominent exhibitions in the Bay Area, the U.S. and
abroad, including the Here, There and Everywhere exhibition at the Sheffer Gallery in Sydney,
Australia, the People's Biennial at Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit in Michigan in 2014,
and Create, a traveling exhibition that first opened at University Of California Berkeley Art
Museum and Pacific Film Archive in 2011. Other venues exhibiting Rivers’ work include
Outsider Artists at the Oakland International Airport, Oakland, CA, Outside In: The Art of
Inclusion at Crawford Art Gallery in Cork, Ireland in 2013, and Fabricators at Jack Fischer
Gallery, San Francisco, CA in 2012.
Colter Jacobsen is an artist that lives and works in the Bay Area. He is represented by Gallery
Anglim Gilbert in SF and Corvi-Mora in London and has exhibited at SFMOMA, the Istanbul
Biennial, and the Baltic Triennial. Colter has worked as a care-giver and at the Lighthouse for
the Blind and Visually-Impaired as an art instructor. He's been a long time admirer of Lance
River's work and curated Lance's first solo exhibition for the 2014 "Peoples Biennial" at the
Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. He is a passionate advocate for Creativity Explored artists
and is a vital contributor to the Bay Area arts community.
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For more information: 415-863-2108; www.creativityexplored.org