Monday, September 21, 2009
Street Art San Francisco: Mission Muralismo
The paradox of public art is that it's pervasiveness often renders it invisible. Even as it buffers us against dystopian streets and marks our common landscape with the signs of culture and humanity that keep us whole, sheer volume contributes to its opacity...especially in the Mission District where the abundance of murals shoulders also the misfortune of a movement sometimes taken for granted. Street Art San Francisco: Mission Muralismo attempts to refocus our gaze pointing in poetic and glossy color pages back some three decades and forward as the poetic narrative leads us through more than 600 illustrations documenting the progressive reclamation of the city's walls. More tour guides than docents many prominent Mission voices offer their site specific meditations on the populist gestures and overt political commentary to be found in the work we walk by sometimes daily, and the inclusive character of the list of contributors reveals a tribute to the efficacy of dialogue, collaboration and community involvement that ground the Mission Mural Movement. In other words cop this book, and don't just sit it on the coffee table. This one was meant to be shared.