San Francisco based artist and rapper, Yarrow Slaps, has a message of truth and creativity to share and it may also inspire you to look deeper. He often depicts skillfully painted portraits of cultural icons such as Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Tupac, NBA super stars like Paul Pierce, and historical injustices and movements like Trayvon Martin and the Black Panthers. It’s a helluva exploration into the mind of Yarrow Slaps and definitely one worth taking.
Slaps has teamed up with longtime friend and artist, Auguste Somers, to create an art collective SWIM that already made its debut with two successful group shows in LA last year. Their newest experiential collaborative art show fused with fashion and music, “Swimmin’ in the Playground” at FIFTY24SF next to our flagship Upper Playground store, attracted people from all walks of life to connect in unity with what Somers calls, “the now” in a single space. The show, curated by Slaps and Somers, opened on May 21st and features 30 artists, including Slaps and Somers themselves.
As a person influenced and inspired by Tupac (which Slaps depicts in his artwork so beautifully), I couldn’t help but hear “Changes” in my head while viewing Slaps’ art- being reminded of artists who integrate the social, political, racial injustices, hypocrisies and nuances of American culture into their art form so damn well. There has been progress since Tupac called out the organized injustice system, i.e. we do have a black President, but not a whole lot has changed systemically; there is still a lot more work and healing that needs to be done.
Slaps highlights these concepts in his portraiture with grace and perhaps a sense of urgency. It subtly asks the viewer to take a look around and inside. What’s happening in the world, what’s happening to you, to others? Do you see the truth, or are you blinded by the illusions of fear, anger and separation? I noticed my own curiosity nudge my conscience as a gentle reminder. The power of awareness is a force to be reckoned with and listened to.
Should your curiosity lead you to take action, check out “Swimmin’ in the Playground” to view Yarrow Slaps’ work in person and support local artists:
218 Fillmore St.
San Francisco, CA 94117
Wed – Sun 12:00-6:00PM
Mon – Tue By Appointment
FIFTY24SF GALLERY, in collaboration with UPPER PLAYGROUND and SWIMTEAM is proud to announce “Swimmin’ in The Playground.” A collection of work from some of our favorite SF and LA based artists including Angela Dalinger, Anne Regan, Ace West, Auguste Somers, Billy Kheel, Chad Hasegawa, Clarence Lives, Dave Schubert, Dustin Fosnot, Ferris Plock, Frohawk TwoFeathers, Jason Jägel, Jonathan Mannion, Justin Hager, Kristen Liu-Wong, Lucila Orengo, Marc Etherington, Marie Englesvold, Matt Gonzales, Meegan Barnes, Michelle Guintu, Monica Canilao, Monica Kimgarza, Muzae Sesay, Nathan McKee, Nome Edonna, Rabbit Garcia, Rich Fonseca , Rich Jacobs, Rye Purvis, Sean Newport, Telopa Treloky, Tracey Snelling, Xara Thustra and Yarrow Slaps.
Opening May 21, 2016
218 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94117
Monday-Tuesday by Appointment Only
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