The Sam Francis Gallery at

Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences Presents

Kaleidoscope: moments in time

First installment of Alumni Biennial Series features works by Shingo Francis ’88

Infinite Space (blue-magenta),  2018 ,  Oil on linen ,  96 x 82 inches

Infinite Space (blue-magenta), 2018, Oil on linen, 96 x 82 inches

Exhibition: September 4-October 12, 2019

Reception: Wednesday, September 11 // 4-6 p.m.

Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences is delighted to present the first installment of the Alumni Biennial Series in the Sam Francis Gallery. Since the founding of the School, Crossroads has fostered and supported students in their creative pursuits. As the community expands its roster of artists, the biennial acts as an extension, connecting generations of alumni with students.

In Kaleidoscope: moments in time, which features works by Crossroads alumnus Shingo Francis ’88, the artist delves into his deep archive of work. Shingo shares, “I would like the students and the audience, but especially the students, to see the gradual and not so straight trajectory of an artist’s practice. We usually see an exhibition with finished works that are intended to produce a thought-out or worked-out process of an expression, idea or concept within the object or image. That’s fine and expected when you are presenting for the public as a specific series of work or concept, but such exhibitions can have a veneer or ‘finished’ quality that may create distance. As a student, or someone emerging into the field, it can be intimidating and hard to understand because all the steps of the act are back in the studio or wherever the process occurred.”

Kaleidoscope: moments in time includes a collection of work offered up to viewers in a salon style-esque format. Shingo’s journals from various years are placed both open and closed, disclosing select thoughts and insight into the artist’s practice. The gallery holds the works as a time capsule, jumping from student work to Francis’ most recent work, Subtle Impressions (2019), a large-scale interference painting. Shingo says, “I would like to reveal the footsteps of the process to the students so they can see and experience the meandering nature of art making and/or at least how I have done it. I think it is important for the students and viewers to see it wasn’t a straight shot, exposing the various shapes and forms we incrementally explore to find a way we can express what we want to say.”



Film credit: Stephen Leeds