Archive for the ‘Art’ Category

On Saturday, I attended the closing reception of the Indoor Mural Project at 941 Geary Gallery (between Polk and Larkin). A handful of emerging and established graffiti and street artists from the world over have been working over the last few months for this big reveal of a series of site-specific works. Guests were invited to visit the gallery to see the progression and transformation of the blank canvas gallery space, although I was only able to make it to the final unveiling.

These are a few of my favorite things:

Erik Foss created this large-scale American flag made out of cardboard homeless person signs, complete with stars crafted from condoms — don’t want to know whether they’re used. The piece makes an obvious point about a gross national problem, but I also thought it was interesting to see these cardboard box signs, discards to begin with, given a permanent address. However sad, many were quite creative and humorous, and it’s nice to see that celebrated in a way. So many clever copywriters in our midst.

Bay Area-based artist Edie Colla created a wall of individually-painted news boxes using wheatpastes, newspapers, and stencils. Logo and street sign imagery nodded to the advertising that normally dominates our urban landscapes, but I was most interested to see an outdoor staple, newspaper dispensers which are often covered in graffiti, taken out of context indoors.

Chad Hasegawa‘s bear was absolutely rad. He uses a lot of grizzlies in his work with layers of torn wallpaper and that rectangular Pointilist effect, but this particular mammal has a serious presence. Be scurred.

There was a lot going in Damon Soule‘s Surrealist painting with a tower of school chairs dripping in purple tar, Moorish print turkey basters flying about, and soda cans littering the scene. Makes you think twice about tossing your recycling out with the trash . . . nevertheless, the colors are captivating and the design is seriously eye-catching.I was excited with Hugh Leeman‘s smoking, SF Giants hat-sporting man. I’d spotted a photo of the progression of the painting/drawing on the 941 Geary blog and was looking forward to seeing how it turned out. I also often see Leeman’s wheatpastes around town and I’ve been contemplating pilfering one off of a billboard for my living room.

Aerosol artist Chor Boogie‘s mural was pretty apocalyptic. The details are brilliant; even just a 2’x2’ piece of this puzzle would make a coveted abstract artwork.
If you didn’t make it, I’m sorry you missed it. Keep your eyes peeled on the sidewalk for more stellar designs by these star artists.


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Fuck You All, a traveling exhibition of work by American photographer Glen Friedman — known for his photography of skateboarders and musicians like the Beastie Boys, Fugazi, Black Flag, etc. — arrives at 941Geary (just off of Polk Street) on Saturday and will run through Dec. 31. The exhibition will feature some unviewed collaborations between Friedman and media darling Shepard Fairey, who’s also made his mark in the area with his hot button Obama posters.

If you’re interested in this sort of “subculture,” you should definitely also check out the film Beautiful Losers, which highlights the work of many of Friedman and Fairey’s contemporaries.

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I Know Alyssa Jones has some beautiful photos with from the Polk Street Blues Fest this weekend. From the fair ride attendant who was taking a mid-day snooze to the ponies only for riders 70 lbs. and under, her highlights offer a fun perspective on a festival that was more or less just like the rest of San Francisco’s neighborhood fairs. Check them out.

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Postcard From Russian Hill by Flickr user Jeremy Brooks.

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Loving this retro 1962 photo of Alioto’s and Fisherman’s Wharf, from the vantage point of Taylor and Jefferson. I spotted it on my favorite Americana blog, A Continuous Lean. While the automobiles do stir up feelings of nostalgia, the rest of the scene remains notably unchanged today.

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The Purple Cow
by Gelett Burgess

I never saw a purple cow;
I never hope to see one;
But I can tell you anyhow;
I’d rather see than be one!

This famous poem was written by Gelett Burgess in 1895 and published in his literary magazine, The Lark. Burgess and his contemporary bohemians often gathered in Russian Hill at 1032 Broadway (at Taylor) for dinners, discussion, storytelling, and other events.

After Andy Warhol printed Cow in 1966, Burgess should have written something like this:

I never saw Mr. Warhol;
I never think I’ll meet him;
But I can tell you anyhow;
I’d like to own his screenprint!

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Hyde Lapse

Here’s a rad time lapse of the cable car heading up Hyde Street towards the Bay.

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