Oil on canvas
48" x 72" x 2" inches
© Patricia Araujo
Uniting the buildings of San Francisco’s SOMA district under a bright dark brown sky, the city is uplifted by the neon lights illuminated by an emerald full-moon. Several iconic structures are imagined such as The Palace Hotel’s signage, along with the Golden Gate Theatre and the Old Emporium’s rotunda silhouettes. The power plant tower, originally the PG&E Power Plant of 5th and Jessie Streets, placed in the middle continue to rise, along two other figures rising at the sides: a construction stairway on the right, and on the left a sharp pinnacle belonging to the clock tower. This clock is part of the 33 New Montgomery Street building, situated across from the Palace Hotel. I observe this clock in a daily basis. I look up and the time will read 9:05: a repetitive moment. Incorporated at the bottom is an arcaded column, a continuous icon presented in my works, and admiration to classical architecture, juxtaposed with the modern. The arcades present a range of luminous colors and opacity, a clean atmosphere. SOMA Scene is my own vision for SOMA – the coming excitement at night, awake and silent.
SOMA Scene has not been exhibited. As soon as this painting was completed, a San Francisco Private Collector came to visit Patricia Araujo's studio one evening and the painting sold, (2005).
SOMA Scene is featured in Patricia's book entitled, SOMA SEEN, published in 2008.