The Streets of San Francisco- August/September 2007
Celebrate the second anniversary of Gallery Crawl by taking to the streets of San Francisco with artist Jeannene Przyblyski. After two years of shooting exhibitions in various Bay Area galleries, Gallery Crawl goes outdoors to highlight art that just cannot be contained. From large public sculptures to the smallest sticker, art can be found in just about every nook and cranny of the city.
A San Francisco Arts Commissioner as well as an artist and a professor at the San Francisco Art Institute, Przyblyski explains the process of how larger works like Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen's "Cupid's Span" and Richard Serra's "Ballast" get commissioned. She also discusses how smaller things -- like stenciled phrases on the sidewalk and crochet covers on abandoned bike locks -- position the urban landscape as a communal meeting place where creative expression exists in both "permissioned" and "non-permissioned" forms.
While this episode is by no means comprehensive, we hope it will provide a small taste of what's out on the street (sometimes literally). Is it art? Is it vandalism? Is it beautiful? Is it visual clutter? These are questions we don't even attempt to answer, but its presence -- in myriad forms -- makes urban living that much more interesting.
Be sure to check out our Flickr set on some of the art we found.
Below is a map of some of the spots we checked out:
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