Sunday, January 15, 2022 2:00 pm, Monthly Program via Zoom.
Mindful Surrealism: Practice-Based Research in San Francisco
A Presentation by Nathan Foxton
Surrealism is a cultural and art historical movement that evolved over the 20th century, creating inspiration for artists and difficulty for curators and as it spread internationally. Drawing from the subconscious with revolutionary aims, surrealists were innovative in combining identities and adapting artistic practice for the sake of freedom. Surrealists acted as both instigators and antagonists for San Francisco’s art scene. Mindful Surrealism is a project where the painter Nathan Alexander Foxton builds on surrealist philosophy by charting literary and artistic development in northern California and playing with the movement’s attributes in his studio.
Foxton is a painter living and working in San Francisco where he makes his work a space of inquiry, inclusivity, and renewal for his community. His studio practice illuminates vivid color harmonies, intersections of identity, and interpretations of history through a process of aesthetic transformation. He paints at 1890 Bryant Street Studios where he is the editor of the newsletter. His writing was published on SFArts.org in July 2022. In 2021 he was commissioned to create a painting for the presidential installation at Christian Theological Seminary. In 2020 he was the featured painter at Indiana University’s bicentennial celebration, and he is in the permanent collection of the Wylie House Museum. From 2015 to 2019 he taught at Herron School of Art + Design in their foundations and drawing programs.