Touch On: Closing Reception & Film Screenings, January 12, 6–9pm

Aron Kantor

To celebrate the exhibition’s closing, Touch On presents an evening of mixed media, experimental films, and digital art in SOMArts’ Main Gallery featuring local directors. Additionally, a discussion will be held after the event giving audiences a chance to talk directly with artists about their works. Films by Damien Moreau, Aron Kantor, Xandra Ibarra and Render Fruit.

Touch On: Aesthetics in the Art, Politics and Ontology of Touch is a deep inquiry into the multifaceted nature of touch. The first exhibition in the 2016–2017 season of the SOMArts Curatorial Residency, this group exhibition challenges viewers to reconsider preconceived notions of the meaning of touch through sculpture, installation, performance, traditional art and digital mediums. Touch On is the first in a series of curatorial programs by Fleming and Lovemonster.

Craig Calderwood
Erica Dixon
Render Fruit
Xandra Ibarra
Aron Kantor
Damien Moreau
Ramekon O’Arwisters
Yetunde Olagbaju
Brontez Purnell
Manuel Solano
Robbie Sweeny
Virgie Tovar
Courtney Trouble


Exhibition on view December 1, 2016–January 12, 2017
Gallery hours: Tuesday–Friday 12–7pm & Saturday 12–5pm

The exhibition is free to visit during gallery hours and during the opening reception. SOMArts Cultural Center is located at 934 Brannan St. (between 8th & 9th Streets), San Francisco, CA, 94103. SOMArts is wheelchair/ADA accessible. More information on accessibility is available here:

Opening Reception
Thursday, December 1, 6–9pm
The opening night celebration features performance activations by Dia Dear and boychild, in addition to performative installation activations by several exhibiting artists.

Figure, Form, Frame: Artist and Curator Visual Dialogue
Thursday, December 15, 6–8pm
An evening presentation and discussion by fat femme writer and activist Virgie Tovar, choreographer and performance artist Larry Arrington and Touch On curators James Fleming and Kelly Lovemonster. Figure, Form, Frame brings together voices on the science, politics and cultures of touch.

Image credit: Aron Kantor, “MASK4MASK,” digital video still. Image courtesy of the artist.