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"To Touch the Sun", by July Artist-in-Residence Steve Ferrera
July 6–31, 2016
Wednesdays–Sundays, 1–5 pm, Fridays until 8:45 pm
de Young | Kimball Education Gallery/Artist Studio
Reception: Friday July 29, 6–8:30 pm
Sculptor and filmmaker Steve Ferrera offers a behind-the-scenes look at the multimedia production of a children’s book, involving puppets and handcrafted sets. From the initial sketches through final production, the various techniques that go into each stage of planning, building, and documenting will be on display. Museum visitors will have the opportunity to help in the construction of set components, and to participate in the same processes used by such big-budget films as Coraline and Fantastic Mr. Fox. Contributing artists include Troy Correia, David Driver, JP Li, Jose Loyola, Koji Nagao, Scott Nordlund, Matthew Pugh, and Mike Van Dine.
Steve Ferrera received a BFA from UC Santa Cruz and an MFA from San Jose State University, both with an emphasis in sculpture. His work crosses many disciplines, including film, television, animation, children’s books, and collectible toys. Often inspired by mythology, religion, cartoons, and the make believe, his curious and absurd creatures exist in their own cosmic events, lurking on the fringes of fairy tale and folklore. His collaborators have included Sony Pictures, Cosmic Debris, HBO, and Kidrobot San Francisco. He has exhibited locally at 111 Minna, The Midway, Modern Eden Gallery, the California Academy of Sciences, ProArts Gallery, and Compound Gallery.
Follow the project: https://www.facebook.com/totouchthesun
The Artist Studio program is made possible with major support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ Museums for America program.