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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.
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.
Thanks to one of my tweeps for passing this along. Mike “The Situation” of the infamous Jersey Shore will be signing bottles of Devotion Vodka this Saturday from 5:30pm – 7:30pm at the Jug Shop in Russian Hill. It’s not April Fools’ Day so I think The Jug Shop (1590 Pacific Avenue at Polk) must be trying to spook the sh*t out of us. I might also add that Devotion Vodka’s director of West Coast sales, Johnny “Love” Metheny, lived just over the hill on Franklin Street near Lombard and has been spotted handing out Devotion wristbands to recent grads at Silver Clouds on Saturday nights. Now that’s devotion.
Speaking of New Jersey, I interviewed Jonathan Adler this week and the best quote to come out of it was: “[New Jersey] is a great place to be from because it gave me somewhere to want to crawl my way out of.” I myself am actually from New Jersey, so I am allowed to laugh at this . . . you West Coast people will get a whipping if you do.
My friends at TenderBlog will be hosting a cocktail “party in my loin” at Edinburgh Castle August 18. The day also happens to be the one year anniversary of Polk Sheet, so it’ll be a special day indeed. Stay tuned for an anniversary bash invite from Yours Truly.
Here are all the deets, straight from the horse’s mouth:
What? An exquisite night of celebration in the Tenderloin amongst friends and just a few of your best enemies, to drink and share stories. Open-mic competition with awards & a very special Tenderloin cocktail!
When? August 18, 2010 8:00PM
Where? Edinburgh Castle 950 Geary St., San Francisco
Why? Because we’re a neighborhood that likes to rock the party
Dress code? Clothed preferably
Conditions? There’s no cover charge, you just have to pay for your own drinks. You can RSVP on Facebook so The Edinburgh Castle has an idea of how many Loiners are showing up.
If you want to perform or want to promote your Tenderloin business/art/music/etc during this TenderNight, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Mark your calendars, people! On Sunday, September 12 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friends of the Urban Forest will host a free walking tour about the trees and history of Russian Hill. Meeting at the Vallejo Street Stairs (between Taylor and Mason, aka Ina Coolbrith Park), certified arborist Ted Kipping and local historian and architect Joe Butler will take y’all on an undoubtedly steep hike through the area, checking out interesting plants, gorgeous views, and some historical landmarks.
I worked with FUF to plan a tree-planting service day for my alumni association last year and had a wonderful experience. They do a fantastic job of planting and maintaining trees in public spaces all over the city, ensuring that our urban environment is also a green one. The team really knows what they’re talking about and I was surprised by how much I learned in just one day of putting Jacarandas in the soil. So, I’m sure it’ll be a good experience. If anything, you can consider it your workout for the weekend.
CrawlSF’s 4th Annual Polk Village Pub Crawl will kick off at 4 p.m. this Saturday, July 31 at McTeague’s. The lineup of watering holes is situated on the lower Polk, including Hemlock, Vertigo, SNOB, Blur, Route 101, and R Bar. The neighborhood is bound to be sloppy on Saturday, so if you want to steer clear of the boozehounds, give Hyde’s Street’s more prim and proper wine bars (Bacchus, Café Meuse, etc.) a try for a change this weekend.