San Jose-based visual artist and graphic designer Samuel Rodriguez depicts the unique cultural landscape via observations of people, their distinctive features and their surrounding environment. With his new exhibition Typefaces: Caras De La Misión, he examines social and cultural hybridity through sampling and remixing visual cues that we use to process identity in faces, typography, fashion, and architecture.
Caras de La Misión includes familiar neighborhood faces—both past and present—with tones reminiscent of the ‘80s and ‘90s-era Bay Area, and is dedicated to the resilient community of the Mission District. At a time of rapid gentrification and displacement, Caras de La Misión helps to forge a cultural bridge across the Bay Area, establishing a creative dialog between Latino communities in San Francisco and San Jose.
The San Francisco Heritage Preservation Society would like to pay homage to the queen of corn-husked gold, with the official “Tamale Lady” Tamale Tray. Always on the move, her legendary tamale cart caters to residents of San Francisco’s Mission District and beyond. Upper Playground is proud to have supplied the official Tamale Lady Tamale Tray, for patrons that know— one tamale just isn’t enough. Follow the Tamale Lady on Twitter.
Tonight, Thursday March 8, through Saturday night, March 10, from 6—10PM, we will be having both a gallery and pop-up book shop in the Mission Night Market on 18th and Mission. Our good friends at Ken Ken Ramen set it up, and it is inspired by the night markets you would see in Asia, and they have taken an old noodle factory next to Ken Ken and converted it into a pretty special space. Come by some art from Andrew Luck, who is our featured artist, and buy some books from Papa Raymond.
Andrew Luck, “Inanimate Reconstruction: Lumber Mill”, gouache on paper, 2012
After a very odd buffing of a classic Swoon piece on the side of Pal’s on 24th and Hampshire in the Mission, Swoon sent a new piece to be placed back at the same location after a bit of discussion with the building owner. And everything is as it should be.
Our good friend and Battle At 3AM editor Joshua Blank just directed this music video for the San Francisco band, Lilac and their track “So Young.” Here is rundown: Lilac is a Dream Grunge band based out of San Francisco, California. This video features band members Will Ivy, Kirsten Knick and Chrys Nodal. This video was shot on the 4th of July, 2011 with close friends at a Mission District backyard BBQ.”
We went to see Richard Colman’s newest exhibition and installations, Well, Time Makes Fools Of Us All, at Guerrero Gallery in San Francisco this past Saturday. Richard expanded upon his big installation he did at New Image Art in Los Angeles earlier this year, featuring a gigantic stage setting in the middle of the gallery. If you have been to the Guerrero space in the Mission in SF, you know that its a bigger space, very big for a one-man solo show. Richard focused on smaller paintings, a major wall piece, and the big stage installation, filling most of the gallery with ease. (Ryan Travis Christian filled the back area of the gallery with his pieces.)
We took a few pictures at the opening… check them out below. —The Citrus Report staff
It made us think of some sort of old book cover from a 1984, The Trial, Waiting for Godot, or other wonderful pieces of literature from a time long ago. Whoever did, very, very good work. Simple, clean, powerful.
Contrary to what most people assume, we never drink or hang out with the jobless/need to be seen set that hangs out at Dolores Park with a paper bag and vintage shades on the weekends. In fact, we can’t even think of anytime we have done that, but we respect the vibe as an essential part of San Francisco Mission culture.
But damn, the city is so damn bankrupt that cops are now busting kids for drinking in said sanctuary. The SFist doesn’t know if this was done out of cop boredom (uh, if you are bored, cops, have you looked at the crazy dudes downtown who make any shopping experience a scene from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest?) or because the city is broke ass 2010 style, but regardless, don’t drink and sit.