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“Shaping of Circumstance” Art Opening for Jonathan Fong

Friday, September 9, 8:00 pm10:00 pm

Join us for another queer ART OPENING AT STRUT!

Friday, September 9th we are inviting you to help us celebrate the work of Jonathan Fong! The Art Opening starts at 8 PM and will go till 10 PM.

This is an in-person event so we are limiting the number of folks that are allowed in the building, RSVP now before space runs out, only folks that RSVP on Eventbrite will be allowed to attend, we will be asking attendees to wear masks the entire time, and proof of vaccination cards will be needed at the door. Please use this link to RSVP

The Art program at Strut was founded the same year Magnet began back in 2003 and we’ve been exhibiting the work of a different queer artist each month ever since! The Art Opening will take place on the third Floor of Strut 470 Castro, San Francisco CA 94114.

ARTIST STATEMENT
Jonathan’s interest in identity is represented in his paintings where he focuses on telling the stories of his personal experiences. His painting process involves self-reflection as he explores his experiences. The materials he uses are thoroughly thought through and add to the depth of the representation of a person’s identity. There are layers to a person and only a few are shown at once. These pieces are a glimpse of Jonathan’s move and exploration of San Francisco. The paintings are a depiction of the external effects that shape a person’s identity, be it family, friends, partners, coworkers, and even strangers. There are moments of confidence, joy, love, sadness, depression, and defeat. But they are all parts of the identity of a gay Asian that is finding his way in life and society, dealing with things that will shape his future self.

ARTIST BIO
Jonathan is a multidisciplinary artist, working with mixed media and ceramics. He obtained his BSc. Life Sciences in Hamilton, Ontario at McMaster University and BFA: Painting & Drawing in Toronto, Ontario at OCAD University in 2018. His interest in identity started during his first degree, which allowed for the exploration of the effects of external factors, specifically those related to the representation of minorities shaping the identity of those within that population. Jonathan’s thesis project at OCAD allowed for the visual representation and exploration of the voice he wanted to depict in his work. Jonathan moved to San Francisco in 2019 where has been creating ever since. Often with different mediums, but always offering his voice to the work he produces. Currently, he revisited his passion for painting and his interest with the factors that shape a person’s identity. Jonathan currently has work in OCAD, Mercedes Benz, and personal collections in Canada and the United States.

If you have any questions about Strut’s art openings or this event, please feel free to contact our community events manager Baruch Porras Hernandez at baruch@sfaf.org

ACCESSABILITY
There are no stairs to enter the lobby level at Strut from the street level. The building has three floors, and there is a stairwell with handrails and a wheelchair-accessible elevator. There are 26 steps from the lobby to the 2nd floor and 48 steps from the lobby to the 3rd floor. All our bathrooms are gender neutral and we have restrooms that are accessible to people who use wheelchairs.

Organizer

Baruch Porras Hernandez
Email:
bporrashernandez@sfaf.org

Venue

Strut, 2nd Floor
470 Castro Street
San Francisco, CA United States
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