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Energy That Is All Around | Art Practical
"But the exhibition’s linchpin is tucked into one of the vitrines devoted to correspondence, snapshots, and other ephemera. It is a page from one of McCarthy’s sketchbooks, in which she paraphrases Walter Benjamin: “Aura=relationship of distance/time and space.”3 Benjamin laments the “passionate…inclination to bring things close” (emphasis his) that spurs reproduction but strips a work of its aura.4 For the group of artists represented in this exhibition, the capacity to encounter their work without the attendant baggage of the Mission School moniker is almost impossible. But bringing the artists back to the place where they were students both collapses and expands the distance around the work, historicizing it even as we encounter anew its vibrancy, earnestness, and disruptive spirit. The gap of twenty years is felt in the juxtaposition of paintings that are heartbreaking in their youthful fervor with those that are sober with the received wisdom of age.

The ephemera also remind us why “school” was an applicable term for these artists’ activities. An academic institution indoctrinates certain ideological leanings and refutes others. The aesthetics of the Mission School reflect a conscientious rejection of modernist trajectories, and its collaborative activities corresponded to the predominant economic and social conditions of the Mission district at the time. As an ideology for San Francisco, the Mission School is still relevant even as its namesake neighborhood has radically transformed and derivative works have diminished the politics that informed the aesthetic choices of the original artists. If we remember why Glen Helfand coined the label in his 2002 article—to describe a group of artists committed to utopian ideals “about the power of fellowship and the possibility of being lifted up,” to resourcefulness in the face of economic hardship, and to radical personal politics—there are still lessons to be learned here.5"
missionschool  art  sanfrancisco  sfai  2013  aliciamccarthy  rubyneri  chrisjohanson  marharetkilgallen  barrymcgee  natashaboas  ephemeral  ephemera  ideology  education  academia  aesthetics  rejection  modernism  collaboration  glov  srg  edg  glenhelfand  fellowship  resourcefulness  personalpolitics  radicalism  aura  walterbenjamin  youth  utopia  time  distance  space  ephemerality 
april 2014 by robertogreco
What's on Your Wall? Mike Maxwell - voiceofsandiego.org: Behind The Scene: The Art And Drama Of Making Art In San Diego
"As soon as I walked into Maxwell's house at the beginning of January to meet him and appear on his Live Free Podcast, I knew I'd have to come back with Sam Hodgson to feature the artistic contents of his home in our What's On Your Wall? series. We've already checked out artist Kim MacConnel's Encinitas home, and art gallery director Ben Strauss-Malcolm's home in Golden Hill.

Most of the art in Maxwell's house he procured by trading his own work. He's collaborated with some of the artists, worked for others, curated shows for still others. "I would pay top dollar, if I had top dollar," he says."

[See also: http://www.voiceofsandiego.org/arts/article_e8dbad6a-d98f-11e0-8c5b-001cc4c03286.html AND http://vimeo.com/27468842 AND http://vimeo.com/14481937 ]
mikemaxwell  sandiego  artists  homes  2011  kimmacconnel  shepardfairey  mikegiant  randyjanson  barrymcgee  davekinsey  elcajon  benstrauss-malcolm  yerinmok  ryanjacobsmith  isaacrandozzi  classideas 
september 2011 by robertogreco
Viva la Revolucion: A Dialogue with the Urban Landscape - Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
"A multifaceted exhibition that explores the dialogue between artists and the urban landscape, Viva la Revolución: A Dialogue with the Urban Landscape features works both in the Museum’s galleries as well as at public sites throughout downtown San Diego.

The exhibition includes a diverse range of 20 artists from 8 countries that are linked together by how their work addresses urban issues -- Akay (Sweden), Banksy (U.K.), Blu (Italy), Mark Bradford (U.S.), William Cordova (U.S.), Date Farmers (U.S.), Stephan Doitschinoff [CALMA] (Brazil), Dr. Lakra (Mexico), Dzine (U.S.), David Ellis (U.S.), FAILE (U.S.), Shepard Fairey (U.S.), Invader (France), JR (France), Barry McGee (U.S.), Ryan McGinness (U.S.), Moris (Mexico), Os Gemeos (Brazil), Swoon (U.S.), and Vhils (Portugal)."
art  sandiego  lajolla  mcasd  togo  banksy  barrymcgee  datefarmers  blu  osgemeos  invader  swoon  urban  streetart 
may 2010 by robertogreco
Beautiful Losers film trailer on Vimeo
"Beautiful Losers celebrates the spirit behind one of the most influential cultural movements of a generation. In the early 1990's a loose-knit group of likeminded outsiders found common ground at a little NYC storefront gallery. Rooted in the DIY (do-it-yourself) subcultures of skateboarding, surf, punk, hip hop & graffiti, they made art that reflected the lifestyles they led. Developing their craft with almost no influence from the "establishment" art world, this group, and the subcultures they sprang from, have now become a movement that has been transforming pop culture. Starring a selection of artists who are considered leaders within this culture, Beautiful Losers focuses on the telling of personal stories...speaking to themes of what happens when the outside becomes "in" as it explores the creative ethos connecting these artists and today's youth."
beautifullosers  film  documentary  skateboarding  art  illustration  graffiti  streetart  design  learning  diy  identity  glvo  creativity  youth  biography  mikemills  barrymcgee  margaretkillgallen  harmonykorine  aaronrose  edtempleton  jojackson  deannatempleton  stephenpowers  thomascampbell  cheryldunn  chrisjohanson  geoffmcfetridge  shepardfairey  skating  skateboards 
august 2008 by robertogreco

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