I’ll be signing books at this event at the de Young Museum on November 6, 2009. My mural inside the entrance of the Redstone Building at 16th and Capp is featured in Mission Muralismo, the beautiful hard cover art book that covers the Mission Mural scene.
Cultural Encounters: Friday Nights at the de Young presents Street Art San Francisco: Mission Muralismo, in partnership with Precita Eyes Muralists
5:30 PM – 8:45 PM
November 6, 2009
The de Young Museum hosts a year-long series celebrating the just released Street Art San Francisco: Mission Muralismo (Abrams, 2009), edited by Annice Jacoby, with a foreword by Carlos Santana, as part of the museum’s weekly program Cultural Encounters: Friday Nights at the de Young.
This series celebrates one of San Francisco’s greatest assets, the Mission District arts community, a rising star on the global art map. Both cutting-edge and traditional street artists will offer lectures and performances sharing their art, insights, musings, experiences, and perspectives.
These programs are offered FREE of charge in the free zone of the museum. For more information, visit www.missionmuralismo.com.
Tonight, join us for a kick-off book launch extravaganza!
Dress code: Mission festive! (optional)
The HEART of the Mission, a Celebration of Art and Community, including many of the artists, photographers, and writers featured in Street Art San Francisco: Mission Muralismo; live music by Dr. Loco’s Rockin’ Jalapeno Band; poetry and performances by Lorna Dee Cervantes, Stephen Cervantes, Francisco X, Lori B (Bloustein) and Andrew Voight; talks by the book’s editor, Annice Jacoby, artist and writer Jaime Cortez; projections of thousands of archival and current Mission murals, including a ten-year span of the deAppropriation wall; art activities for people of all ages and MORE! Free for All.
In my mural I depict a democratic workers’ meeting, Strike Planning at a 1934 Labor Council Meeting, held in the auditorium of the Redstone Building, which was then the Labor Temple of San Francisco. In 1934 Harry Bridges, the legendary head of the International Longshoreman’s Association, led a city-wide strike of all unions in the city of San Francisco. It was the only city-wide, pan-union strike of any city in the entire history of the United States. The circular inset depicts the morning of “Bloody Thursday,” July 5, 1934 when 1000 police attempted to clear picketers and 64 people were injured and two killed.
The governor sent national guard and two federal tanks while reactionary holligans raided labor newspaper offices in the ensuing days. My mural depicts the workers meeting at this time to democratically focus the aims of the strike.
I worked on this mural in co-operation with CAMP / Redstone Building Mural Project which was awarded a Haas Foundation Grant. Other muralists in this CAMP / Redstone Building Mural Project project were Rigo, TWIST (Barry McGee), Aaron Noble, Scott Williams, Susan Greene, John Fadeff, and Isis Rodriguez.
There’s another chance to see American Artifact here in San Francisco, tonight, Wednesday, October 28 at 7 pm.
I’ll be participating in a Q&A after the show. Hope to see you there!
SAN FRANCISCO DOC FEST, CA:
Wednesday, October 28 (7pm)
3117 16th St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
The screening 10/28 (7pm). Film screening / Q&A with special guests Chuck Sperry and Ron Donovan from Firehouse, Dennis Loren, Winston Smith, Chris Shaw, Paul Imagine, and more.
Well, extremely sad to say, Urlo, Poia and Lu have headed for the airport. The Dark Nouveau Tour was a massive success. I miss my good friends already!!!!
Vita, the drummer for Ufomammut, was still in town today. George and I drove over to the Mission to get him, and took him over to Alameda for a visit to Jon-Paul Bail’s house and a tour of his Political Gridlock studio. Seemed a good quiet day to chill down from the busy weekend. Went to Ole’s Waffle House for a mid afternoon breakfast and then caught a drink at the Lucky 13 in Alameda. Showed Vita all the cool posters at Lucky 13 Alameda, collected by Dan, the owner of Lucky 13, who made a special trip over to the bar just to say hello to him. Played pinball and drank a couple of good Belgian brews.
As for Saturday night, Ufomammut and Acid King surpassed my expectations and played just amazingly cool sets, just blew my mind how good the show was. Awesome poster visuals provided by Malleus, Alan Forbes, Dave Hunter, and Firehouse. Justin and Heather played really cool music, perfect for the mood, DJ’ing into Acid King’s masterful and heavy groove. I’m still stunned at the power and grace that drives Acid King – I got swept onto their heavy freight train of metal – and dug the shit out of their entire set. Loved where they were taking me, and was all sweaty at the end.
I was overjoyed to finally get to witness a live Ufomammut show. Urlo, Poia and Vita played heavy, groovin, doom with modulated soft sections and booming heavy over-drive. Made me so very happy to finally get to meet this side of my friends after knowing only the visual art side of them for over seven years. I’m astonished at how powerful they are with music – and enjoyed every second of their set – and will savor the memory for the rest of my life.
Varnish was packed full of great people. I want to thank everyone for coming down and supporting the scene! I had the time of my life! Thank you to Varnish Fine Art for hosting my event!
This morning I called Joey from Acid King to tell him thank you – to him and Lori, and Mark – for such a great show at Varnish Fine Art last Saturday night. He hipped me to Brian Lew’s glowing review of the show on Umlaut. Brian hit the nail on the head when he said, “This will go down as one of my favorite nights of the year!” I want to thank everyone who helped me organize this show and who participated and who came to have a good time.
After packing all the gear and wrapping at Varnish at 2 am, George and I caught four hours of sleep, met up again at my house at 6 am, and drove over to Golden Gate Park, and started to set up for everyone at Speedway Meadow for the West Fest. We pulled into Speedway Meadow minutes before dawn, and found that our space had been commandeered by our good friends in the Hell’s Angels. Didn’t have a problem with that, and found good lodgings for our booth next door to good friend Chris Shaw and his wife Alex Fischer. Started to set up the table to sell our West Fest Poster Series with Malleus, Dave Hunter, me and Ron Donovan’s posters. Dave was there bright and early. The Malleus boys slept in at my bidding (since they played such a ripping rock show the night before) and Ron, who had just recently arrived home from Hawaii, made every effort to get the posters to the show, so people could get complete sets of posters.
Going to take the day easy tomorrow. The ever dependable George will meet for coffee in the morning. We’ll return the PA to McCune in South City SF, help search for Acid King’s visual backdrop DVD (we were having a such a good time and forgot this detail), settle the poster details from the show at Varnish, return the gridwall sections, write thank you emails, etc. Take a day to recharge for designing my Dinosaur Jr poster. Think onward to two Widespread Panic posters coming in the Fall. Get cracking on The Young Gods poster. Start to play with designs for The Prodigy who have asked for another design. Schedule printing for Skinny Puppy at the Regency by Zoltron.
Mail order that backed up while Malleus was here – Tuesday night and in the mail Wednesday
Ah, I guess it’s back to the drawing board ; )
Most of all I’ll shed some tears for my Malleus friends. Miss you guys. Hope you arrive safe and sound in Tortona, Italy!
West Fest 2009
Editon of 200
4 colors on archival cream paper
20″ x 26″
Signed and Numbered
Sold Out – Thank You!