Posts Tagged ‘Safety First’
Donating all artists profits to:
Eastside Arts Alliance / Visual Element
The modern box-style delivery truck lives in the inner cities all across America. For the modern day graffiti writer it is a contemporary relative to the subway cars of the 70’s and 80’s which helped spark the explosion of graffiti. In a state of eminent relocation, they assemble a disjointed gallery of ceaseless unrest, a perfect canvas for any opportunistic writer. Pristine new clean white box trucks not only invite as they call it “the application of a medium” to their surface, but beg for it. In the streets delivery trucks fit best after being worn and weathered as a pair of old shoes with scuff marks and layers of historical remnants. In an attempt to keep their property looking new, many truck owners will opt to give a graffiti writer permission to assume control over these plots of valuable real estate in the urban landscape. The Truck Show SF is an homage to this modern Icon of Graffiti, displaying these moving masterpieces to the public through the filter of 1AM Gallery in San Francisco (opening Saturday, February 10th).
The Truck Show SF is seeking to be a leader in Bay Area street art gallery shows by dedicating all of the profits for the artists to the non-profit organization Visual Element, which is the public arts component of the EastSide Arts Alliance. Visual Element is a visual arts and graffiti mural training program for high school youth. Because it is the only intensive “Urban Graffiti Arts” program in East Oakland serving high school youth, Visual Element attracts young aspiring artists and graffiti writers, usually ages 15-20. The class facilitates the production of walls through their engagement with local property owners and the community. Students are trained as responsible artists and contribute their skills to not only walls but, political banners for a number of social justice causes. The participants of Visual Element learn a variety of visual arts skills including spray can techniques, “graffiti” writing, mural brush painting, computer experience, digital photography and graphic design. They learn these skills through actual project based work, building a portfolio of work as they undergo their training. As they get more and more proficient they then are able to “shop” their skills back to the neighborhood. This sustainable cycle and the public art projects Visual Element creates, sends the message that productive and self-sufficient youth can contribute positive change to their neighborhoods. Murals educate, motivate to action, and inspire more creations of beauty and for that the organizers of The Truck Show SF are excited for their partnership with Visual Element. They look
forward to seeing the passion for graffiti go full circle to help teach and empower as all too often graffiti is deemed to be something that only takes from society. In these times of ultimate corporate greed and complete abandonment of government support for the arts, the organizers of The Truck Show SF hope to show that the graffiti writer does it for the love and that alone is powerful enough to help fuel and positively influence the next generation. With a wide price range of pieces everyone interested will be able to support the cause and take home a piece of graffiti history.
Living Concrete is a graffiti event and mural on OMCA’s Oak Street Plaza. The Plaza currently houses a giant-size blackboard. On January 21, 2012, that blackboard (520 square feet) will become a mural for four Oakland graffiti artists: Ras Terms, Safety First, Resta, and Tecka.
The artists will paint from 11 am to 5 pm, with live DJ music. The event is free; admission charge applies for gallery entrance.
The mural design draws on Oakland’s diversity and history, and references iconic posters in OMCA’s political poster collection. The artists will collaborate, with Resta and Tecka working under the mentorship of Ras Terms and Safety First. They’ll use a traditional graffiti style and a combination of brush and aerosol paint. Scroll down to see a preliminary sketch.
Living Concrete is guest-curated by Kristi Holohan of Rock Paper Scissors Collective and produced by the Oakland Standard.
At the Oakland Museum of CA…
Tattoos by RAS TERMS, DEAD EYES, GATS, ASH ROSE, LOGO, BELLA CIAO, TURNIP, SAFETY FIRST
Deadeyes, Ras Terms, Safety First, AshRose, Antjaun Oden
The Black Futurists: Black Progressive Thought to Science Fiction
May 19th – Thursday
6pm – 10pm
…audio transmissions by dj fflood
with Talia and Wordup on the mic
African American Art & Cultural Complex
762 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA
In this exhibition, the message is about the Black Futurism, which combines elements of science fiction, fantasy, and Afrocentricity.
In the late 1990s, a number of cultural critics, notably Mark Dery in his 1995 essay Black to the Future, began to write about the features they saw as common in the African-American science fiction, music, and art. Dery dubbed this phenomenon “Afro-Futurism”.
Examples of seminal “AfroFurtusitc” works include the novels of Samuel R. Delany and Octavia Butler; the canvases of Jean-Michel Basquiat and the photography of Renée Coz; as well as the extraterrestrial mythos of Parliament-Funkadelic, Lee Scratch Perry, Sun Ra, Broun Fellinis, Alice Coltrane and Electric Miles and the sonic tests of DJ Spooky. These artists took their art form beyond the existing limits and brought in many elements outside the Black experience including: science fiction, elements of rock and world music, art movements, technology infused with Black identity, culture and the ideas of Black life in the future. Black Diamond Shining will celebrate The Black Futurists, who are the heroes of this culture – past and present – and visually show examples of the themes of Black Futurism with their paintings
MORE ABOUT THE SHOW AT… www.UrbanOsmosis.EndlessCanvas.com
On View December 31 – January 31, 2011
Spoke Art and Endless Canvas are proud to present Urban Osmosis, an immersive exploration into our ever changing environment and landscape.
Ending their three month block of shows at Lopo Gallery, Spoke Art closes out 2010 with an ambitious showing of work by an impressive roster of emerging and established street and fine artists. Featuring three separate rooms of site-specific works and two floor-to-ceiling walls of free form wheatpastes, Urban Osmosis goes beyond your standard street art show to present a selection of captivating installations and selected indoor/outdoor works.
Chor Boogie, Cuss, Eddie Colla, Eon75, Dead Eyes, D Young V, Hugh Leeman, Kelly Towles, Nart, Nina STM, Political Gridlock, Ras Terms, Shark Toof, Safety First, StarPig, YO Peace, Zoltron and More.
MORE ABOUT THE SHOW AT… www.UrbanOsmosis.EndlessCanvas.com