This year, Jessie Rai and Angie Crabtree have been collaborating on a show titled Living the Dream, which opens at Studio 17 Gallery on Saturday, January 19th, 2013 from 6-9pm.
In this series, large paintings magnify details of stereotypical objects of the American Dream. The paintings include the iconic Benjamin Franklin from the one hundred dollar bill, and a blank check with his signature. Additionally, the series includes giant diamonds, pure gold bars, lottery tickets, and luxury foods. Through the use of scale, they signify the power of small objects: objects that fit in one's hand, yet have a godly value.
Angie Crabtree is a working artist and art teacher in San Francisco. She graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2009, and attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam. Her work is based around ideas of American culture, social status, and trends. Each series varies in mediums, ranging from traditional graphite and gold leaf, to non-archival materials like moss and sugar.
Jessie Rai, age 13, has been painting since she was 5 years old. For the past 6 years, she has been developing her artistic skills as a student of Angie Crabtree. She attends the Santa Rosa Charter School for the Arts, and commutes weekly to San Francisco to develop her work. Her current series serves as a commentary on social status of food, including paintings of caviar, saffron, and truffle mushrooms.
For more information, visit angiecrabtree.com.
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