News: 7/14/2010  

MCASD : Viva La Revolucion

When MCASD announced the lineup for their upcoming street art exhibit, Viva La Revolucion, I could barely believe what I read.  The likes of Banksy, JR, Shepard Fairey and more transforming not only the museum but our fine city sounded too good to be true.  A month out from the exhibit it still seemed unfathomable.  Space Invader raided the downtown area, Barry Mcgee and crew threw up huge tags by city hall, but other than that it was fairly quiet.

It remained quiet until a week before Saturday's opening, when Mr. Obey Giant himself was spotted wheatpasting a giant wall in Hillcrest.  Sezio photog Carly Ealey caught up with Shepard as he was putting the finishing touches on his mural, his two daughters standing by his side.

Next stop on the photo hunt was Horton Plaza to shoot Os Gemeos' freshly finished piece.  The Brazilian twin brothers painted a massive human step ladder on the side of the mall's parking structure.

All Photos by Carly Ealey

That concluded the night's mission, but there is sure to be plenty of action in the coming days before the opening.  Os Gemeos will be down at Horton Plaza today (07.14) finishing up their install.  Yet, there's still no word on Banksy (other than the fake that popped up in Little Italy).

View more shots of Invader, Os Gemeos and Shepard Fairey's installations in Carly's Flickr album, and we'll see you at MCASD's downtown location Saturday night for the big party!

Also of interest: our good friend Mike Maxwell has a couple videos over on his blog of the above installs.  Check those out here.

 *Updated (07.19)

Shepard Fairey


Os Gemeos

Barry McGee

Barry McGee



Tags: Street Art, Carly Ealey, MCASD, Shepard Fairey, Os Gemeos, Hillcrest, Wheatpasting


cool cool...check out the Shepard F mural going up at 30th and Ivy in SP right now on a killer Public building....see it after the party at the station tonight. SOLID!
Joe Public made this post on 7/14/2010 at 1:47 pm
Alberto VieyrahAlberto Vieyrah made this post on 7/14/2010 at 3:03 pm
outstanding photos and write-up. wish we lived there so we could see these up-close-and-personal.
kathporter made this post on 7/14/2010 at 6:35 pm
anonymity is knowing everybody that knows of you. made this post on 7/14/2010 at 11:48 pm
love it. thank you.
GO made this post on 7/24/2010 at 5:20 pm
It's awesome! Just Awesome exhibition! Visit the Viva-La-Revolucion!
CH made this post on 7/31/2010 at 10:18 pm
san diego manages to suck the feeling of authenticity out of EVERYTHING.
dudelookslikealady made this post on 8/3/2010 at 10:04 am
I actually went to the show preview last night and was expecting a real transformative event for contemporary art in the US or the world. Instead, I realized that the scene is what is the motive here and not the actual practice of art making. No, instead of visual culture dominating the consciousness of the viewer or the museum we are bombarded with light weight graphic design work minus the advertising logo. It seems hipster culture is superficially invested in creating streamline products that can sell fast and also unfortunately expire in depth just as fast. "Artists" like Shepard Fairey seem to be the darlings of today as much as Kenny Scharf was in the 1980s. Mediocrity never holds up in history nor did Kenny Scharfs work or Fairey's graphic design appropriation of other artists work. VIva La Revolucion isn't a bad concept nor is it a bad show. It simply had many works and artists that fit the category of the "emperors new clothes." Artists who rely more on their used car sales man approach and the hype they fill the air with amounts to very little. Many of the elaborate works in the show fall flat because they are out of their element. In a museum they seem like cereal box art rather than anything a "revolucion" would propose. Other notable artists were Dr. Lakra with a great rendering of his fantasies adding up to White girl fetishes and stereotyped Black people as cannibals. Someone should have explained to the Doctor that there is no such thing as cannibals but then they are his distorted fantasy and we San Diego taxpayers have to pay for these racist fantasies? I also could not tell the difference between Dzine and Ryan McGinness work. They have both in the past done paintings that look so similar and completely separate of anything to do with urban or graffiti that it makes one wonder why they were even invited to participate in this show. Dzine's work comes off pretentious and tired. His attempt to make iconic low rider assemblages ends up looking like a Gap Add prop minus the commercial. McGinness fares less due to the fact that all his paintings are the same thing, collage of objects, with different colors. Great art for a hotel lobby or an office building but nothing revolutionary here, no transgressive statements here, no civil disobedience in this show. Just a lot of of the same ole bullocks!
sand made this post on 8/6/2010 at 6:14 pm

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