Art Takes On Advertising In San Fran

In the heart of the Mission neighborhood in San Francisco, you’ll find a little more art amongst the fruit stands, taco shops, and small boutique stores.  The Art City Project has collaborated with 22 local Bay Area artists to present Way Out West—in what the website boasts as “a celebration of California and its history as fertile ground for dreamers, pioneers, and counterculture.” 

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Curated by Tova Lobatz and Jenny Sharaf, the public art exhibition can be found on the various billboards, bus shelters, and buses found driving through the heart of inner Mission. Artists such as Alia Penner, Chris Johanson, and Casey Gray display various forms of art such as paintings, etchings, pen and ink, mixed media, and photography, all stemming from deep roots in California culture, identity, and upbringing.

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What’s really fascinating with this project is the opportunity for local artists to take control of their neighborhood and add their own mark to it. These artists enrich the space with their work, which also contributes to the thoughts and perspectives of contemporary art on public spaces.  The exhibition opened July 7, and is on display through to August 17­­. You can find out more about the artists of Way Out West and the Art City Project by checking out their website.

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