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Street and Social Change: Ernest Zacharevic’s “Splash and Burn” Project

Ernest Zacharevic in Medan | Photo by Hype Media Recently, Lithuanian artist, Ernest Zacharevic brought together a group of artists to begin a curated public works project on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. A play on "slash-and burn," this project, titled "Splash and Burn" brings to light the problem of illegal palm oil harvesting in Indonesia. Over the course of two years, Zacharevic has gathered a group of creatives which include, Mark Jenkins, Axel Void, Pixel Pancho, Isaac Cordal, Strok, Gabriel Pitcher and Bibichun. Smane 2, Combat, and Reginal O'Niel have also contributed to the [...]

Street Art & Social Change: Lorenzo Quinn shows “Support” in Venice

With the state of the environment, many historic cities are facing the threat of rising sea levels.  In reaction, Italian sculptor Lorenzo Quinn highlighted this issue by unveiling his latest installation at Venice’s annual art installation, Venice Biennale 2017.     Entitled, Support, the sculpture depicts two hands rising out of Venice’s Grand Canal toward the Sagredo Hotel. The hands reflect the two conflicting sides of human nature - the creative and the destructive.  Support highlights the idea that humans have the direct ability to impact the course of history and the environment. We could [...]

By | 2017-05-24T00:00:00+00:00 May 24th, 2017|Political, Social Change, Street Art, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Behind the scenes of “Everyone Deserves a Home” community mural

"Everyone Deserves a Home” is a testament to the community of the Tenderloin and a promise of hope and security. We wanted to share some behind the 1AM scenes shots of this epic street art mural.   This mural, overlooking the recently revamped Boedekker Park, brings new life and vibrancy to the Tenderloin community. This project was made possible and in collaboration with DISH, Friends of Boeddeker Park, and the Community Challenge Grant Program by SF Beautiful.  For more info, contact Original Sketch

Street Art & Social Change: Za’atari Art Project

As the Syrian Refugee Crisis continues on, the Za'atari refugee camp in Northern Jordan has become the second largest refugee camp in the world. Founded in July 2012, the camp grew rapidly and has since reached nearly 100,000 inhabitants. While the camp is often referred to as a 'refugee metropolis,' the site is unmistakably destitute for such a large community. Food and proper accommodation are just two of the many human needs that the refugees are struggling to fulfill; others include constructive and productive activities for the youth. As education is not [...]

By | 2017-03-15T00:00:00+00:00 March 15th, 2017|Community, Social Change, Street Art|0 Comments

Street Art & Social Change: ±MAISMENOS±

Lisbon-based artist, Miguel Januário, has made a name for himself in the Lusophone world through his graffiti interventions in modern urban cities. This project is titled ±MAISMENOS±, which translates to ‘more or less’ in English, is a series of textual pieces spray-painted onto urban walls, each of which makes humorously witty statements that carry somber undertones. For the viewer who can see beneath Januário’s humor, there is a profound cynicism towards modern life in the cities. Januário’s work proves that the even smallest change in a common phrase can provoke thought. Often, [...]

By | 2017-03-11T00:00:00+00:00 March 11th, 2017|Graffiti Art, Social Change, Street Art, Urban Art|0 Comments

Street Art & Social Change: Tatyana Fazlalizadeh

On the streets of Brooklyn in 2012, local street artist Tatyana Fazlalizadeh decided that she had had enough of catcalling. After a stranger on the street asked her to smile for him, she used this as the basis for an ongoing series of street art entitled, Stop Telling Women to Smile (STWTS). Late at night, armed with a roller brush and some posters, Fazlalizadeh began wheat-pasting graphite posters on the walls of public streets, the most common site of catcalling. These posters are all portraits of women, some of the artist herself, [...]

By | 2017-03-08T00:00:00+00:00 March 8th, 2017|Community, ORIGINAL ART, Political, Social Change, Street Art|0 Comments

Pemex & Klops on Widewalls Last week we stopped by Pemex's studio to check out the last few steps for his duo show with Klops, "Get With The Program". Thanks for covering the studio visit! See the pair's finished work at the opening reception at our downtown San Francisco gallery, this Thursday, March 2nd, from 7-10pm. To request a catalog preview:    

Spotlight: A House In Oakland

A House In Oakland has been developed through the collaboration of activists, filmmakers, and graffiti writers as a direct response to the struggles of the homeless community. The collective strives to provide basic necessities to people forced to the streets by gentrification and displacement. This Valentines Day, A House In Oakland provided handmade shelter to homeless men and women.

By | 2017-02-17T00:00:00+00:00 February 17th, 2017|Community, Graffiti Art, Social Change, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Ratur & Sckaro’s New Downtown SF Murals

November is here, and we're sad to say farewell to Ratur and Sckaro! Although the brothers are heading back to France this week, "Tourist" is still on display until November 10th. Following the opening reception, Ratur and Sckaro (AKA Arthur and Oscar Maslard) transitioned from oil paint to spray paint--leaving downtown San Francisco with some of their stunningly surreal mural work. Check them out on 7th & Market, and 6th & Howard! For mural inquiries and catalog requests:  

Street Art and Social Change: Mobstr Mocks Public Advertising

One of the strongest political channels in the street art movement is the questioning of what is allowed and what isn't allowed in our shared public spaces. Advertisements are almost everywhere we look today in most major cities, and some artists and activists question what this does to our individual and societal psyche. What effect does being pummeled by consumerism, commodity, and lifestyle advertisements have on us? Well, one very well known critique is the British artist, Mobstr. Mobstr is known for his urban interventions, and progression pieces, which he "collaborates" with city cleaners/buffers. Today we look [...]

By | 2016-09-30T00:00:00+00:00 September 30th, 2016|Political, Social Change, Street Art, Uncategorized|0 Comments