Alicia Coppola



Visionary Experience 

The Most Exciting Period Of Freedom in Art

1000 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco

Open Daily, Opening December 7, 2013 from 6-8pm


Visionary Experience

The most exciting period of freedom in art

Fall/Winter 2013

Alicia Coppola Art is pleased to present Visionary Experience: The most exciting period of freedom in art, a group exhibition at 1000 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco. The opening reception is December 7, 2013 from 6-8pm. Visionary Experience has exhibited previously in Queens, New York and Los Angeles, California.

The exhibition includes 15 artists from Europe, New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco spanning 5 decades of artwork, including Olga Spiegel’s masterwork, Widening Horizon, from 1971-1972. 

Visionary art contains elements of surrealism, symbolism, psychedelic, fantastic realism and the abstract that reveal narratives of the conscious and subconscious. Artists in Visionary Experience trained at Fine Art Academy’s, the Vienna School of Fantastic Realism, and autodidact studies.

Visionary Experience resides within artistic journeys, self-awareness and transformation. Such explorations into the mystic include mythology, psychology, psychic, religious, natural, mechanical and scientific insights. Wide open thinking and communication with self and audience is one of humanities greatest attributes, pushing boundaries as the trajectory of human potential reaches further.

At times of change and cultural unrest, innovation and creativity come alive, as people adapt and react to their surroundings. Visionary Experience challenges the imprinting of beliefs and perspectives of conventional thought, rearranging and expanding our view about the universe in an endless display of human intelligence and imagination. A number of artists in Visionary Experience came of age during The 60s, illuminated with images of freedom protests, flower power and a nation divided by war. This defining decade in American history had a profound influence on these artists that can still be seen today. Examples of visionary art can be seen in such contemporary movements as digital art, street art and contemporary realism.

1000 Van Ness, Gallery: Enter through the main doors of 1000 Van Ness into the lobby, proceed to the right. 1000 Van Ness is a national historic building, and in the mid-20th century was used as a Cadillac showroom, its ornate detailing and high ceiling is architecturally stimulating. Various art exhibitions have taken place in the last two years including a previous art show curated by Alicia Coppola Art.

Previous Exihibitions

Niv Ocean Shank

Away: photographs by Niv Ocean Shank

Alicia Coppola presents: 'Away: photographs by Niv Ocean Shank


"I'm following my vision to create images that are inspired from life, real people and candid moments. I work mostly on location, love shooting with film and take great satisfaction from creating fresh experiences with each of my subjects."
Niv Ocean Shank, New York, April 2013

Photographing candid and cinematic moments, Niv Ocean Shank captures the inspired, sensual and contemplative. Wide-open landscapes frequent his work, paralleling the desire for freedom and liberation. Presenting a series of large-scale color photography, ‘Away: Photographs by Niv Ocean Shank,’ will exhibit September 16, 2013 until November 11, 2013 at La Villa Restaurant and Bar. The artist reception is September 22, 2013 from 3-6pm. This will be his first exhibition in San Diego.

Niv Ocean Shank (b. Arad, Israel, 1979) began his career as a photographer at the turn of the 21st century, soon after his military service in Israel ended and after surviving a near fatal car accident. During his recovery, he used photography as a form of art therapy and began to thrive. Niv moved to Milan and enrolled at the Istituto Europeo di Design to study fashion photography for one year. Recognizing his adeptness, Niv went on to photograph his way through Europe, eventually landing in New York City where he developed his own storytelling power. Niv creates timeless narratives of the preoccupied youth, at moments provocative and tender. He lives and works in Los Angeles, California.

Curator Alicia Coppola comments, “Niv could be holding up a mirror of our youth… and himself. As we get older we see this time in our lives as continuous discovery. We have all experienced a first kiss, first love and heartbreak. It leaves us questioning when we will have our last.” The mission of Alicia Coppola [Art] is to fulfill emerging and mid-career contemporary artist’s careers through traditional channels and otherwise. See the full statement at and follow @coppolaart on twitter.

La Villa Restaurant and Bar is located in Little Italy, San Diego. It features an indoor/outdoor restaurant and bar and generously supports the arts. La Villa Restaurant and Bar opened on September 15, 2011 by the Buon Appetito Restaurant Group, Salvatore, Antonino and Daniela. With the culmination of years of travel and culinary experience, La Villa Restaurant and Bar brings sleek modern design and sophistication together with rustic Italian flavors in a farm-to-table experience making it one of Little Italy’s finest dining destinations. La Villa Restaurant and Bar is located at 1646 India Street, San Diego, CA 92101. Visit for menu options and more.

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Psychedelic and Beyond: Selected Works From 1971 - 2013

June 8 - July 9 2013


The spirit and complexion of psychedelic and visionary art is universal. As the world witnessed a Haight-Asbury culmination of sorts in the late 1960s it came to represent a transitionary time period of American History that is unique, alluring and frequently revisited by recent generations. This American cocktail of Civil Rights, war, love and drugs created a culture that reverbs today. What happened when the Summer of Love turned to smack? What exactly does Downtown Los Angeles “do” about Skid Row? Some would comment, “Sucks Either Way.”

 The selection of works in Psychedelic and Beyond spans 5 decades, where the answer is the journey of self-awareness and transformation through experience. This communication with self and audience becomes one of humanities greatest attributes. Sharing in vision and experiences forms ideas and the trajectory of human potential reaches further.

As Andy Warhol’s The Factory model of production began to flourish in the 1960s, visionary artists delved deeper into interconnectedness of spirit and visual expression, creating ambitious artworks in size and detail. The visionary arts continue to challenge thoughts, beliefs and perspectives in an endless stream of human intelligence and imagination.

Alicia Coppola

GodS Bless You: Yarek Godfrey, Art Show

June 10 - July 6, 2013


Yarek Godfrey presents eighteen oil on canvas paintings specifically created for the Fine Arts Building in Downtown Los Angeles. Exploring ideas of existence, purpose and survival the artist concludes:

It’s only because of a single gigantic piece of rock sailing through the dark space and hitting earth 65 millions years ago that we had an opportunity to emerge as mammals and invade our planet. Despite our fragile make-up and weakness of character, we still somehow exist 2 million years later.

The dinosaurs ruled this planet for 150 million years but nature is neither compassionate nor empathetic. Much like a shark or tiger chasing their prey, feelings become afterthoughts when dealing in matters of survival. Are we predators or prey? Are we killers or victims?

All was natural in the beginning but as the first humans spread through the planet, conscience and pride created conflict. In order to find an excuse for their acts, people found the concept of god(s) and other “divine” forces which is comprehensive though non-existent.

This doesn’t matter, as we know our weak spirit needs a special boost from he who resides as far away as possible but manifests his presence immediately in case of problems.

Voila, it’s very simple and smart. Now we can kill and torture with assurance that god(s) will forgive us... “Gott mit Uns,” “In God we trust,” “Inch’ Allah.”

When reading inscriptions on graves we have an impression that only good people die. This is so cool because in life we have to give as much as we can so that we do not allow death to take something.  

Love? Oh, yes...! So powerful is the feeling and a common emotion to humans and animals (same source…). “All we need is love”...remember?

I am alive and I do care about love and emotions. This balance is fragile between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ and it’s always easier to destroy than to build. “We’re building too many walls and not enough bridges.”

I’ve found a picture of a warning panel sign from Berlin:

Human nature... Angels or Devils?

Only art seems to escape and behave without limits. Paintings, like music can hardly be described with words. The only way to understand is to watch or listen, so please shut up.

The message has been and still is very simple: “WE ARE HERE, but, WHO ARE WE?...”

Stay, if inattentive – then emotional.

My favorites:

LUCA SIGNORELLI – for courage in Orvieto Chapel
GIOTTO DI BONDONE – for colored darkness
MICHELANGELO BUONARROTI- for his marbre challenge
ALBRECHT DURER – for how to make impossible, possible
CARRAVAGIO – for deep and intense life
EGON SCHIELE – for passion of woman
GUSTAV KLIMT – for poetry in art
JEAN DELVILLE – for vision of Universe
GUSTAVE MOREAU – for the same reason

I’m jealous of:

HENRI MATISSE – because of his way of flying with art
PIERRE BONNARD – because of his butterfly fragility
GERARD SCHNEIDER – because of courage and non-concession
MARIAN KASPERCZYK – because of his abstract philosophy
DEES – because he is the best

Me, I am alive, “I’M HERE”
Just remember: “MEMENTO MORI” and “NIL OMNE”

-Yarek Godfrey