Sneak Preview of new San Francisco Series: Last Sundays June 28 , July 26, August 30
For the past six months I have been working in eight locations across San Francisco as part of a commission for Kaiser Permanente. Each painting will be reproduced ten feet high on one of eight floors of a new medical facility in the city. These works required more detail than I usually put into a cityscape, so I spent about three weeks on each site completing them. I got to know the local people. Some of whom agreed to pose for me.
This painting of the Bay Bridge is part of the series.
I will write more about these paintings when we have completed plans to exhibit them.
You may have a sneak preview of the series by visiting my studio any Last Sunday of the month between 1 and 6 pm.
Back in the Mission
It's ironic that as we become more linked globally on the internet our local social fabric is unraveling. Apart from San Francisco's physical beauty, the city has always been characterized by fiercely independent local communities. Unfortunately many are now being shredded by the same forces that brought us the internet. The massive wealth pouring into this city has whetted the greed of many landlords and speculators.
I include an unpublished letter that I recently sent to the San Francisco Chronicle because it succinctly expresses my response to what is happening. For a more in depth view of this ongoing crisis scroll down, below my last blog about Italy, to several blogs that document, in words and paintings, the events on the street in the Mission from April of 2013.
Unpublished letter to the editor:
In a recent editorial the Chronicle asserted that to freeze all development in the Mission District would turn it into a 'museum'. What exactly was the Chronicle trying to say? It seems to me that the quickest way to turn the Mission into a museum is to continue to allow unfettered development. At the current pace within a decade all that will remain of one of the city's most vibrant ethnic communities will be some cultural institutions and a lot of fading murals.
Since the seventies the Mission District has been an illuminating window on Latin America and a cultural incubator where art, poetry, music, and street festivals have blossomed. And it has always welcomed the collaboration of other ethnicities.
To scatter this to the four winds in favor of a speculative boom which will inevitably be followed by a bust is short-sighted. It suggests that those in favor of the status quo don't truly believe in community. Or do they consider Facebook and faceless condos a sufficient substitute ?