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ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM
Focus Gallery, San Francisco 2010



Why is the exhibition called "Elephant in the Room?"
 
It summarizes my "Peoplescapes;" colorful, humorous and exaggerated narratives that address social and political issues facing society.  Our culture is designed to ignore the truth, and deny certain fundamentals which cause difficulties in our existence. In Good Life, I use the luxury liner's easeful cohabitation with an oil rig to highlight our conformity with circumstances against our best interest, exemplified by the recent Gulf oil spill. 

In Check, Please, iconic symbols of Good and Evil play chess;  knowing Evil defies the rules, Good is winning. 

In Elephant in the Room, the post 9-11 airport hysteria is depicted; police search a traveler, purse sits unaccompanied as masses rush to their destination.  Above the fray, sitting with an armed soldier, is Ganesh, the Hindu elephant-faced God, remover of obstacles, invoker of a higher consciousness, beyond the dog-sniffing paranoia, and fear driven society we have become.  No longer concentrated on customer service, transportation has been stripped. 

No Free Lunch highlights the future of commercial travel:  advertisements blare on the  overhead compartments, while the air hostess sells oxygen, toilet paper and water.  Bernie Madoff sits beside a woman studying up on his corruption in Madoff Gate.

In Flaps of Angels, I invite the angels to the table for protection after Toyota's recalls reveal the dangers of driving a new car.  We've become powerless in the shadow of bankrupt car industries, and the self-serving systems in place to oversee them.

I threw away my fear of irritating the public when I created Pile of  . . .  and It Goes With the
Couch Chair. I take on torture by putting the Bush regime in the naked pile, while Abu Zubaydah, one of the terrorists held at Guantánamo Bay, is leaning on Cheney's heart machine, obviously his moralless substitution for a heart.  People often buy artwork to match their couch, and given the delicate subject of capital punishment and California's planned execution of Albert Greenwood Brown, along with the media, and public opinion, It Goes With the Couch Chair also considers the karmic implications of a society that legally kills.

In Cafe 420, caffeine and marijuana become two sides of the coin with pot's legalization, socializing naturally grown drugs served locally any time of day, and relieving various forms of suffering. The camera (click the side button) reminds us that we are never free from being observed, even when feeling safe and liberated.

I'm Just Saying (3 paneled painting) began as a 2d protest painting many years ago.  It has since evolved into a 2d & 3d triptych where the unrepresented come together in the fight for justice against all odds.  The 3d police, children & dog exaggerate both the aggressor and the victim mentality.  Barack Obama Presidential inauguration invites hope backdropped by Bush's helicopter departure; prejudice boil over and many wait with impatience and skepticism.  When creating each character I considered others' viewpoints, how what we're taught and who we're supported by molds each personality and choice.  Although I still have my strong opinions, the unfolding of this painting brought me to compassion.



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Bush & Powell

Elephant in the Room       oil, sculpture, fabric, paper. leather, found objects on canvas         48" x 60"



Check, Please

Check, Please
      oil, sculpture, fabric, found objects, jewelry on canvas   36" x 36"


A cerebral game of chess is being played between the forces of good and evil,
where good is winning. The cat watches as the devilish powers disregard
the rules and attempt an underhanded invasion.


dayatcircus

Marriage
      oil, found objects on 3 canvases      20" x 20" x 3"




Patriot Act

Pile Of . . .
      oil, , paper, found objects on canvas     24" x 30"




metro
Flaps of Angels      oil, sculpture, mud flaps, fabric, paper, mixed media on canvas        24 " x 38"



lobby

Lobby
      oil, sculpture, fabric, found objects on canvases      
36" x 36"

TaiChi

Tai Chi       oil, sculpture, fabric, paper, plastic, found objects on canvas     30 " X 40"

downtown


Palm of My Hand
      oil, sculpture, fabric, paper, found objects on canvas     10" x 13 " x 3"


No Free Lunch

No Free Lunch       oil, sculpture, fabric, paper, found objects on canvas         48" x 48"


amnesty

Good Life          oil, sculpture, fabric, paper, semi precious stones, found objects on canvas         30" x 40"




Putting in Perspective

Putting in Perspective      oil, semi-precious stones, found objects on canvas     18 " x 24"


Living Tree

Living Tree
      oil, sculpture, semi precious stones, found objects on canvas     24" x 18"

       Nancy Calef
Check, Please
Flaps of Angels
I'm Just Saying
Good Life
Elephant in the Room
interiors

Cafe 420

Cafe 429, oil, sculpture, wood, paper, plastic, found objects on canvases (2), 36" x 24"x 4"

outtolunch

Red Bikini         oil, sculpture, fabric on canvas           11" x 14"


Live Show

It Goes With the Couch  Chair      oil on canvas          36 " x 36"


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I'm Just Saying

I'm Just Saying       oil, sculpture, fabric, plaster, found objects & mixed media on canvas      48" x 120"
(3 panels)

The unrepresented come together in the fight for justice against all odds. The 3d police,
children & dog exaggerate both the aggressor and the victim mentality.



Interiors

Interiors   oil, sculpture, barbie doll parts, found objects, on canvases 30" x 13" x 3"


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Cafe 420
 
Pile Of . . .
Marriage
 
Putting in Perspective
Palm of My Hand
Living Tree
No Free Lunch
Lobby
It Goes With The Chair
 
Red Bikini
  Tai Chi

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