April Fools for Life by Michael Gaughan in The Ramp Gallery, April 2–22

What: April Fools For Life by Michael Gaughan

When: April 2–22, 2013, meet the artist April 4, 7–8pm

Where: The Ramp Gallery, a community curated space at 934 Brannan St. (between 8th and 9th)

April Fools For Life is a body work that highlights the artist’s enthusiasm for the absurdity of April Fools Day. He drew pictures of his dog urinating on an angel at an angle, his friend Marc making a silly face, the word “Stupid” in different languages, so on and so forth.  Gaughan says he comes from a positive place and aims to harness the positive entertainment value of comedy: to use his art to entertain other people and bring joy into their lives.

You can meet and talk with the artist in The Ramp on Thursday, April 4, 7–8pm, during the opening reception for Dial Collect in the Main Gallery, 6–9pm.

Michael Gaughan is a Master of Fine Arts candidate in painting at the San Francisco Art Institute. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in painting from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and an Master of Education degree from the University of Minnesota. He was awarded City Pages’ 69th most creative person in the twin cities 2010, and L’etoile’s Best Artist of 2011. He has been a visiting artist at the Walker Art Center, and at the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art. He has exhibited his paintings in numerous group and solo shows including Deitch Projects at Art Basel Miami, Deplayer in Rotterdam, Portland Institute for Contemporary Arts in Oregon, the Ace Hotel in New York City, at the Soap Factory, Soo Vac Gallery, and the LACE Museum in Los Angeles.

His paintings have recently been used in a neurological medical study of aesthetic experiences at Liverpool John Moores University. He has been interviewed and featured in The Onion, Irish American News, 89.3 the Current, and Radio K. He has made illustrations for Nike, Burton, American Apparel, Andrew WK, Diplo, Rhymesayers Entertainment, Jagjaguwar Records, Troma Films, City Pages, Flaunt Magazine, Good Magazine, Surface Magazine, the Seattle Weekly, Dining Out Magazine, and other musical, arts, magazines, and film projects. Michael has orchestrated over ten city-wide scavenger hunts as performance art/public art in Minneapolis, MN and Portland, OR. April Fools for Life is his first exhibition in San Francisco. For more info please visit www.michael-gaughan.com.

About The Ramp Gallery
The Ramp Gallery, a community curated space in the SOMArts lobby, accepts exhibition proposals on a continual basis. To view submission information as well as past exhibitions, please visit The Ramp Gallery page of our website here. To purchase work on display or for more information email gallery@somarts.org. You can visit The Ramp Gallery any time SOMArts Cultural Center is open.

Pictured above:”Wiki Wiki Wiki” by Michael Gaughan, 8 inches x 12 inches, pencil on paper 2013