Representing the human figure has been a constant occurrence throughout history, a study that has encompassed a wide array of forms and interpretations. Each depiction of the human form is steeped in evidence of its creation; from cave drawings, reclining nudes to pornography, each rendering of the body reveals more than the science of its composition or anatomy. Time period, cultural traditions, ethnic identity, political agendas and socioeconomic class all affect the work in its execution, subject matter, and reception.
By interpreting the familiar, universal image of the body, significant truths about our social environments emerge. The human form transcends the physical to become a capsule of complexities reflective of those of life itself. The various ways a society represents its power, beauty, desire for change, or even scientific phenomena are often manifested within the portrayal of the human form. The way in which we individually choose to display and observe ourselves is evidence of our endless intrigue with the body.
The Art Gallery at San Francisco State University is a student-run and student-funded program of the Cesar Chavez Student Center. The gallery is dedicated to bringing the visual and interdisciplinary arts to the multicultural student body at San Francisco State University through a diverse series of exhibitions of both student and non-student work.