San Francisco is a city stuffed with hidden pockets of the weird and delightful. Sometimes it takes a photographer’s eye and a poet’s soul to find them. If you don’t have either, relax - there's an exhibit just for you. Julie Michelle, the eye behind I Live Here:SF and poet-in-motion Silvi Alcivar join forces to show you their San Francisco. Even if you have one hell of a poet’s soul, thankyouverymuch, there’s still plenty of the strange and lovely in this gallery exhibit at La Boutique.
Curated by Catherine Clark (Catherine Clark Gallery) and UC Berkeley professor, roboticist, and artist Ken Goldberg, each piece included in Teen Age: You Just Don't Understand was created by a pair or group of artists, including at least one teenager and one "so-called adult." Teenagers push the cultural boundaries, bringing a fresh perspective to traditional media and this exhibition seeks to harness that, combining it with the polish and perspective of older, more experienced artists. Some of the pairs are even related, like the brother-and-sister team who created the video installation shown with this post.
For the last month, 111 Minna has hosted NeighborhoodSF, a collection of pieces from 20 local artists that celebrate San Francisco's neighborhoods. And in a city whose artists are as unique as its neighborhoods, the show is truly something worth checking out. Artists include graffiti-and-tattoo-lover Mike Giant, goth fantasy painter Sylvia Ji, and dip pen drawings from Ferris Plock. The show closes September 26, so make 111 Minna a happy hour destination this week and check show your appreciation for SF's artists and neighborhoods.