SFO Art Fun Part 1

design, exhibitions, fine arts, galleries, guerilla art, outdoor art, painting, photography

I’ve made it back from the beautiful weather on the West Coast, and though I really enjoyed the cooler temps, I am thrilled to see humidity again. Is that weird? I don’t care, I love it. Anyway, this is not a post about the weather.

I did have an opportunity to get to see a lot of the fabulous art I had hoped to see while I was in San Francisco, but that will be for Part 2. I had a few art surprises that I’d like to share first. My cohort, Em2, and I met up with some of my East Coast ex-pat friends for phenomenal tacos at Tacolicious in the Mission. Somewhere between the BART and the restaurant, we happened upon an alley (Clarion Alley) full of amazing street art. In doing a bit of digging, there’s a little info on the history of this space at Wikipedia. Turns out this is the Clarion Alley Mural Project (CAMP) which, in short, is a collaborative mural project among a community of artists with positive messages and bohemian vibes. I found a bit more info here. And a few more of my pics are here.

Last Wednesday I set out the SFMOMA only to find that they are closed on Wednesdays. So I took a different street back to the hotel and chanced upon an incredible photo exhibit at the Catharine Clark Gallery on Minna Street. They were showing pieces by Ellen Kooi. I love the scale and the sort of muted, yet brilliant colors of her work. The images are both peaceful and a bit jarring in a really intense way.

Image from Ellen Kooi website.

Through mid-August, the SFMOMA will be hosting the 7 Ans de “Moirage” – a play on words combining “7 years of marriage” with the technique called “moire.” These pieces can be seen on the garage windows on Minna and Natoma streets. The pieces are a collaboration of artist/partners Claire Pasquier and Ian Padgham. A little more info and some pics at the SFMOMA blog. Sorry team, I failed to grab a pic of this one! Stay tuned for San Francisco artventures, Part 2. Yep, artventures. I totally went there.

 

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