City College Art Gallery
The City College Art Gallery is located in the Visual Art Building, v119, on the Ocean Campus of City College of San Francisco. The gallery is wheelchair accessible, free to the public, and just a few blocks from the Balboa BART station. Please call 415.239.3156 for further info.
Monday 1pm to 3pm
Tuesday 4pm to 6pm
Wednesday 1pm to 3pm
Thursday 4pm to 6pm
Gallery hours are subject to
change. Please call 415.239.3156 to confirm.
Laura Van Duren
Drawn to Resilience
January 13 to February 6, 2020
Reception: Saturday, January 18, 2 to 4pm
Laura Van Duren’s search for recycled materials started alongside her mother on the streets of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where they were frequently on the hunt for furniture. Van Duren continues to search her Oakland California neighborhood for any item that she can transform. Van Duren’s work has been shown throughout California and the U.S. She is one of the founding members of Mercury 20 Gallery, situated in the Oakland Art Murmur district. She received her BFA in drawing from Carnegie Mellon University and completed her MFA in sculpture at San Francisco State University in 2017. Teaching is a vital source of joy for Laura and she has been an adjunct professor at multiple community colleges in the San Francisco bay area for the past three years.
My work embraces adaption and resilience in response to pressure on a personal and collective level. Using a sewing machine as a drawing tool and inspiration from an antiquated medical textbook, I create bodies of vinyl that are filled with glycerin soap. Once the soap is poured into the forms, it can be twisted and pinched into positions that appear to be under pressure and flowing in a deceptive liquid state. Working with glycerin, I am bound to the uncertainty of what will occur. It can transform into a slippery snake that burns and spills onto the floor, and yet, these unexpected outcomes lead to invention and a second chance.
Creating with this language of materials is an attempt to wrestle with unpredictable results and come to terms with the increasing anxiety that is pervasive in our unstable and ever changing world.
The City College Art Gallery’s Mission
- Establish City College Art Gallery as an important arts destination for citizens of San Francisco and the Greater Bay Area, stimulating awareness, support, and participation in the arts.
- Provide a free, publicly accessible venue for art.
- Provide meaningful cultural and learning experiences for City College students.
- Introduce art students to juried exhibitions and visiting artist-led workshops.
- Offer hands-on training in all aspects of gallery management, providing them practical job skills in order to gain employment.