Strut Art Opening - “Queers in Space!” by Gordon Silveria

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470 Castro St · San Francisco, CA

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Castro Street near 18th Street

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The Art at Strut program has been exhibiting the work of local and international gay or queer artists every month since Magnet was founded in 2003, and has always been an important part of Magnet. We are excited to announce that for the month of May 2019 we are exhibiting the work of Gordon Silveria in his show titled “Queers in Space!”

My artwork explores color and shape, as influenced by pop art and 20th-century pulp advertising. I use digital and traditional media interchangeably. My prints are produced with an industrial sign-making technology that embeds the colored ink into the surface of polyvinyl chloride sheets. Sometimes prints are cut out using a computerized router or laser cutter to create optical illusions and depth. My artwork is ephemera’s handmaiden; I intentionally use processes that make the art affordable and accessible to everyone. This show began as a response to Texas Republican Congressman Louie Gohmert making a speech on the House floor proposing that “gays should not be allowed in any space colonies.” My anger turned to day dreams. I began to think what impact/influence the LGBTQ community would have on space travel. My work shows how fabulous it will be when LGBTQ people do go into space.

Native San Franciscan Gordon Silveria completed his MFA in Sculpture at the Academy of Art University in 2010, following a 1992 BFA in Illustration. He joined the faculty of the Academy’s Illustration Department in 1994, initially as Director of Illustration. His main focus as Illustration Director was integration of new, digital media into the traditional baccalaureate curriculum. More recently, Mr. Silveria has spent several years promoting the Academy and its graduates throughout North America as Director of Alumni and Industry Outreach. And lately his challenge has been to identify emergent disruptive technology and incorporate / integrate those into existing fine arts curricula, creating courses for fine artists, illustrators, sculptors, jewelry designers, fashion designers and others. Working with author Marilyn Burns, Mr. Silveria illustrated the bestselling children’s book “The Greedy Triangle,” one of the most widely-used math texts in grammar schools everywhere.

The Art Opening runs 8–10 PM. Free drinks and light snacks will be provided. If you have any questions, please contact our Community Events Organizer Baruch Porras Hernandez at [masked].