Intersection for the Arts presents Motion Graphics: In and Beyond the Street, a group exhibition that looks at a diverse range of street art and the practice underlying social engagement and artistic work in the public sphere. The six artists included in the exhibition – muralist and painter Ricardo Richey, painter and educator Evan Bissell, painter and performer Ana Teresa Fernandez, muralist and painter Chad Hasegawa, graphic artist and printmaker Favianna Rodriguez, and kinetic and interactive sculptor Eric Staller – have all created work in and for public interaction, yet maintain a broad range of practices that transcend popular notions of what has come to be defined as street art.
Join us for an exploration of street culture, street art, and surprising art interventions in the public realm. Help us consider how the art beneath our feet, on our walls, and in our public spaces celebrates the story of our city and amplifies civic life. Work from related youth arts workshops will also be on display.
Ricardo Richey (www.ricardorichey.com), known as “Apex” to the graffiti world, has been a staple of the street art scene nationwide since he was a teenager, and is widely regarded as one the creative mainstays in San Francisco’s fertile street art community. He has worked with many graffiti and street art legends (including Vulcan, Twist, and Neon) and continues to collaborate with and mentor younger artists both in galleries and on the streets.
Evan Bissell (www.evanbissell.com) is an educator and painter who has successfully completed a number of ambitious community based public art projects. Earlier this year, he worked with Larkin Street Youth Services (LSYS) over several months to define and investigate the nature and limitations of compassion, resulting in the creation of youth participant created symbols of compassion: bold medallion-like paintings installed in public in the Tenderloin.
Ana Teresa Fernandez (www.anateresafernandez.com), well-known for her majestic, hyper-realistic oil paintings that confront gender and labor issues, presents two video pieces documenting recent performances in public. Borrando la Frontera: Erasing the Border is documentation of a one-day performance by Fernandez at the border wall separating Playas de Tijuana, Mexico from Border Field State Park in San Diego that runs along the beach straight into the Pacific Ocean.
Chad Hasegawa (www.chadhasegawa.com) has created a large body of work both in galleries and on the streets as murals, including on The Luggage Store Gallery’s roll-down door and on the renowned block of Clarion Alley. Growing up in Hawaii, he developed his technique within the graffiti world. He came to San Francisco to study design at the Academy of Art University and went on to intern at a number of top advertising agencies. His energetic painting style now relies on manipulating large amounts of mistinted latex paint to create portraits of bears.
Favianna Rodriguez (www.favianna.com) is a celebrated printmaker and artist who was named as one of 50 Visionaries who are changing the world by the UTNE Reader. Renowned for her vibrant posters dealing with issues such as war, immigration, globalization, and social movements that have been wheatpasted in the streets, she has lectured widely on the use of art in civic engagement. She presents two new large format prints that look at the recent rise of deportations of non-citizen parents of children born in the U.S.
Eric Staller (www.ericstaller.com) has produced a large body of work spanning sculpture, photography, and modified vehicles that have been seen internationally, both inside galleries and museums and on the streets. He recently moved to San Francisco after living abroad in Amsterdam for 15 years. He presents a series of long time-exposure photographs he created in the late 1970s when we was living and working in New York City, seminal early examples of contemporary light painting photography.
IN-COMMUNITY PROGRAMS: Youth Arts Workshops
Urbania (Fall 2011): A 12-week workshop with young women ages 14-17 in collaboration with Community Partner Oasis for Girls, WritersCorps, and lead artist Ana Teresa Fernandez exploring identity, street art practices, architecture, and urban landscapes through visual art and writing to explore dialogues of positive change within our communities.
True Compassion (Fall 2011): A 4-week workshop with Community Partner Larkin Street Youth Services and their clients and staff and lead artist Evan Bissell exploring themes of compassion within our culture and society. Participants engaged in drawing, photography, painting, and community research to create a publicly installed collaborative work in the Tenderloin district.
Printing the Future (Spring 2012): A 10-week workshop with young women ages 14-17 in collaboration with Community Partner Oasis for Girls, WritersCorps, ReAllocate, TechShop, and lead artist Patricia Rodriguez utilizing screenprinting, public art, and writing to explore dialogues of positive change within our communities.