Fun and Games

Friday, June 27, 2014 - Friday, October 31, 2014

Kenny Scharf, Pikaboom, 2012
Courtesy of Honor Fraser Gallery and private collector


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Play is one of the most important sources of physical and mental wellbeing. It simultaneously relaxes and stimulates our brains and bodies, relieving stress and boosting creativity and imagination. Yet despite the crucial importance of play for our overall heath, it occupies an ever-decreasing role in our lives. Burnt out, overstressed, and chronically overwhelmed by our growing workloads, we increasingly neglect the practice of play for its own sake, until it has all but disappeared in our professional, educational, and personal lives.

Countering this trend, Montalvo Arts Center’s 2014 Art on the Grounds exhibition, Fun & Games: Six Artists Consider Play and Wellbeing, features works by local and international artists that invite visitors to play, explore, participate, and create. New commissions and works on loan all demonstrate that you are never too young or old to play.

Featured artists include Miguel Arzabe, Terry Berlier, Ana Gallardo, Benjamin Laramie, Leah Rosenberg, Kenny Scharf and Allison Wiese. 

Fun and Games is organized by the Lucas Artists Residency Program. The last exhibition coordinated as part of Flourish: Artists Explore Wellbeing—Montalvo’s multi-year programmatic theme focusing on health and wellnessit is made possible thanks to the generous support of: Anonymous • AeroMexico • Barry and Jo Ariko • Bay Area Canvas and Awning • Consulate General of Mexico, San Jose • Honor Fraser Gallery • Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation • William and Flora Hewlett Foundation •  James Irvine Foundation • National Endowment for the Arts • David and Lucile Packard Foundation • Brandon Pfarr • Myra Reinhard Family Foundation • Stanford University’s Department of Art and Art History and the James and Doris McNamara Faculty Fund. Special thanks to Valeria Garrote, Marina MacLatchie, and Jia Gao.

  • Kenny Scharf, Fountain of Life
    By Kenny Scharf

    This blue tendril-like water fountain combines cartoon-like features with abstract biomorphic shapes that evoke living forms like plants and bodies. While LA-based artist Kenny Scharf often uses a vocabulary of ...

  • Miguel Arzabe, Untitled, 2014 Lawn Games
    By Miguel Arzabe, Benjamin Laramie, Leah Rosenberg

    Available on the Great Lawn, Lawn Games is a kit of games and activities for visitors play with on Montalvo’s grounds. Games include old standards like balls and hula-hoops ...

  • Kenny Scharf, Pikaboom, 2012 Pikaboom
    By Kenny Scharf

    Internationally renowned for his pop surrealist aesthetic, Kenny Scharf’s brightly colored paintings, sculptures and installations mix styles and epochs, often integrating cartoon references from television like the Flintstones and ...

  • Ana Gallardo's A Place to Live When We Are Old
    By Ana Gallardo

    A public art project with Concepcion Marvan Pale, Hilda Jimenez Cruz, and Ofelia Martinez HerreraBringing together people of all ages together through dance, this participatory art installation features three amateur ...

  • Terry Berlier, This Side Up, Handle With Care
    By Terry Berlier

    This Side Up, Handle With Care is a half-size wood frame model of the artist’s craftsman-style home. Half of the house is right side up and the other half ...

  • Untitled, 2014, by Allison Weise Untitled
    By Allison Wiese

    Using appropriated language taken from mid-20th-century pop culture, movies, and novels, Wiese’s sign-based sculpture features a rotating series of texts, including pick-up lines such as “Here I Am, What ...


  • Ana Gallardo's BEGINNING SAT, JUNE 28 (Great Lawn)
    Free Drop-In Dance Workshops

    Get moving with artist Ana Gallardo and Mexico City-based dancers Concepcion Marvan Pale, Hilda Jimenez Cruz, and Ofelia Martinez! Learn how to dance danzón (a traditional dance originally from Cuba ...

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  • Miguel Arzabe, Untitled, 2014 FRI JUNE 27, 2014 6 P.M. (Park Grounds)
    Final Friday Art Party:
    Rock the Garden
    Opening Celebration for Art on the Grounds 2014

    Join us as we celebrate the opening of Fun & Games: Six Artists Consider Play and Wellbeing, Montalvo’s 2014 Art on the Grounds program, with an art party featuring live music, a DJ, and food trucks. Performers and composers Chris ...

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