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So Long, Solitaire

Bay Area artists create works that call and respond. 

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Abstract art is oftentimes hard to digest on its own. But what happens when works go side-by-side? Observe Super Contemporary, a collaborative project that pairs notable Bay Area artists with members of Creativity Explored, a nonprofit serving disabled adults. The artists and collaborators play off each other’s unique styles and techniques to create one complimentary piece—some pairs are intensely collaborative, others simply act as the other’s studio assistant. Either way, the result is a body of work that reflects the intricacy and likeness of human minds.  

Among the ten artists contributing work is Alicia McCarthy, a local legend making waves since her time in San Francisco’s Mission School. And she’s still going strong—McCarthy recently painted a mural at Facebook’s headquarters and teaches at SFAI and UC Berkeley. Super Contemporary is “a really special environment,” McCarthy says, “ because getting artists to collaborate and focus on their work is no easy task. It’s amazing to go into any space and see 40 people working on art, with or without disabilities.”


Originally published in the May issue of San Francisco

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