Pen Pop: Tried to get out of the Mission, didn’t make it past SOMA. Awesome Punk isn’t the usual flat square and looks to be made for a fire hydrant. Cheating Death is Nothing New on the former New School building on Valencia. Arabesque on Folsom. Green-drips tooth also on the former New School, a building that keeps looking good. Like this 3-way view from Hugh Leeman on 16th.
PEN POP: The City may be grimy and offensive…but where else would such treasures be found? (Cigarette) butts in the Tenderloin; Messy Vomit pasted on Market; Mocos sticker dripping in Potrero; dank Dark Farts under the freeway; and Girl Krew doo in the Mission. Look out for the diamonds in the rough!
This rats piece looks like the work of ROA, an artist who recently had a show at the White Walls Gallery in SF. Walking down Valencia Street, this black and white mural is really striking. Artists for the pieces below (bottom left and right) are not known.
The first ever Red Bull Ride & Style on April 30th combined urban contemporary art and fixed gear racing at Justin Herman Plaza in San Francisco. The event featured works by Erik Otto, Aaron De La Cruz, N8 Van Dyke and Arlo Eisenberg on the ramps and a custom installation made from bike parts by Mark Grieve and Ilana Spector.
Photo Credit: Justin Kosman and Red Bull
This mural by Chor Boogie is well worth a walk down Market Street! The mural is massive, covering about half a block of prime Market real estate. It’s a great addition to the neighborhood. If you missed his piece in the Indoor Mural Project show at 941GEARY, this is a great place to take a look at his work.
Walking through Hayes Valley this week, I ran across some eye-catching mixed media murals. Using multi-faceted shades of glass, along with plastic figurines to create uplifting city scenes, these pieces offer a moment to appreciate art in the midst of the hustle and bustle of downtown. These mosaics are part of the Hayes Valley Art Coalition’s 580 Hayes Elder Art Park project.