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“Art in Storefronts” Talk and Art Walk | SF

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011 - 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE
the luggage store | 1007 Market Street, San Francisco


A group of San Francisco-based artists recently transformed vacant storefronts and neglected, boarded up buildings in the Central Market corridor. Join the Art in Storefronts artists for a discussion about their temporary projects and discover how they each addressed the neighborhood’s specific culture and history in their work. Then take a stroll through the neighborhood to check out the projects on a guided Art Walk.

  • Alexis Arnold fills a Market Street window with old bike rims encased in glinting crystals along with a series of gold-painted U-locks.
  • Vanesa Gingold presents colorful sculptures and mobiles inspired by interviews with individuals from the Central Market community.
  • Madeline Trait’s presents a pile of discarded aluminum cans that magically transform into gracefully flying butterflies.
  • Erik Otto depicts the openness for lasting change through metaphors symbolized by clouds, houses, and a circle of neon light.
  • The Indigenous Arts Coalition project looping images of historical footage and appropriated images to represent the “double life” of individuals straddling cultural identities.
  • Cat U-Thasoonthorn reanimates photos of defunct commercial buildings into a panoramic fictional street view with the insertion of neon lights.
  • Robert Harris creates an abstract urban landscape of Market Street looking towards the Ferry Building.
  • Paz de la Calzada covers the old Strand Theater with a charcoal drawing of tangled strands of hair.
  • Vicky Knoop and Beatrice Thomas celebrate iconic sites of Central Market with their mural rendered in the style of vintage tourist postcards.
  • Rafael Landea’s mural pays homage to the historic theaters that once lined Market Street, depicting a swirl of old theater seats swept up into tornado-like activity.
  • Amber Hasselbring brings to life the story of the Western Tiger Swallowtail butterfly and the London Plane tree, two indigenous species found on Market Street.

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Cost: FREE
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Categories: Art & Museums, San Francisco
Venue: the luggage store
Address: 1007 Market Street, San Francisco