date22 April - 21 May, 2005


From April 22 until May 21, 2005 the Luggage Store in San Francisco shows Strange Tales, which presents new narratives by Nick Ackerman, David Huffman and Chris Oliveria. Each artist will incorporate their paintings on canvas/wood with work they will create directly on the walls of the gallery. THE LUGGAGE STORE/509 CULTURAL CENTER’S many programs are dedicated to broadening social and aesthetic networks, encouraging the flow of images and ideas between different cultural and economic communities.


The work is an installation of small paintings and drawings hung together to create a larger work and narrative, similar to words and sentences coming together to create a story. The artistís intent is to create using a graphic style of a painting, a work with myth-like sensibilities.

Ackerman received his MFA from CCA and BA from the SFAI. He has had solo exhibitions at the Regina Gallery in Moscow; Southern Exposure in SF, Lizabeth Oliveria in Los Angeles, CA, as well as group exhibitions at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in SF; and the Deitch Projects in NY.


Bay Area artist David Huffman’s idiosyncratic universe of ‘Traumabots’ and ‘Trauma Smiles’ reveals the cataclysmic nature of violence as a cultural norm. The conflicts portrayed in his paintings incorporate and parody religion, race, personal tragedies, and the current political climate. Characters that are marked with the Minstrel’s smile exist in an environment of isolation, alienation, and self-induced neurosis.

Huffman received his MFA and BA at CCA. His work was featured in two prominent exhibitions, ‘Black Belt’ and ‘Freestyle’ at the Studio Museum of Harlem and Santa Monica Museum of Art. He has shown locally at the Patricia Sweetow Gallery in San Francisco, at the San Jose Museum of Contemporary Art in San Jose, at New Langton Arts in San Francisco, in the Second Bay Area Now exhibition at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and Southern Exposure Gallery in San Francisco.

Huffman is an art instructor at CCA in San Francisco and Santa Clara University.


Oliveria’s paintings reference societal placement and position. His ìcharactersî are situated into ìenvironments containing text and images where the viewer is encouraged to create his/her own narrative.

Oliveria received his MFA at CCA and his BFA from the SFAI. He has upcoming solo exhibitions at the Galleria Almirante in Madrid; Galleria Wunderk in Valencia, Spain, The San Jose Museum of Art, and Lizabeth Oliveria in San Francisco. He has featured in group exhibitions at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Sonoma Museum of Visual Art in Santa Rosa, Museum of New Art in Detroit, World Tatoo Gallery in Chicago..

Oliveria was an Artist in Residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts in the fall of 2003.