With new student shows nearly every week (here, Y-Axis, 2008, a multimedia installation by Brandon Truscott, Andres
Garcia Franco, and John Melvin), the Diego Rivera Gallery is a valuable site for experimentation and exhibition.

Diego Rivera Gallery

The Implications of Suggestion
Monday, September 2, 2013 - 9:00am - Saturday, September 7, 2013 - 5:00pm
Diego Rivera Gallery
Opening reception: Tuesday, September 3 | 5 - 7 pm
San Francisco Art Institute
800 Chestnut Street
San Francisco,

About the Student Exhibition
Technology and taste afford current sculptural practice the possibility of employing action, interaction, automation, and animation to entrance and entertain viewers. Not merely gimmicks, these have come to signify a deep change in how sculpture is conceived by the artist and perceived by the audience, a shifting of the sculpture from the corporeal realm of objects to the temporal realm of experiences. This method of working has its advantages, foremost among them being the ability to "show" the viewer something through a variety of sensory inputs and have their response be remarkably close to what the artist intended.

However, this neglects the important role static sculpture can play in developing and challenging the viewers imagination. By offering up content that is set as a holistic sensory experience, you remove some of the space for viewers to insert themselves.

The three artists presenting here do no "show" but rather "suggest". They make room for the viewer to activate these sculptures through their own conceptions and come away having their own sense of the work and its relation to the world as both a physical object and as a symbol.

Participating Artists
Mariel Bayona
Chris Grunder
Tom Van Houten


About the Diego Rivera Gallery Exhibitions
The Diego Rivera Gallery, home to SFAI’s historic Diego Rivera Mural, is a student-directed exhibition space for work by SFAI students. The gallery provides an opportunity for students from all academic programs to present their work or curate in a gallery setting; to use the space for large-scale installations; or to experiment with artistic concepts and concerns in a public venue.

The Gallery is open daily from 9 am–5 pm for exhibition and mural viewing on SFAI’s 800 Chestnut Street campus. Opening receptions are on Tuesdays, with an artist talk at 5:30 and a reception from 5–7 pm. For a complete schedule of SFAI's lectures and events, please visit www.sfai.edu/events