In the vein of Larry Clark, Ryan McGinley, the late Dash Snow and the Mission School of art, Dave Schubert's photography documents his day-to-day life spent on the underbelly. Considered a "quiet leader" in the documentation of underground cultures, his world is populated by weirdos, libertines, clowns, artists and randoms caught in the blink of an eye living in the "beautiful grime" of city life and really not giving a hoot. His fleeting subjects are surreally captured, often mid-mischief, in a hazy wash of colors on film processed by hand.
Remember when Tai emerged from her Cher and Dionne makeover in Clueless as a hot new babe? That's kinda like what happened to 941 Geary, a former smog and auto emissions check shop in the Tenderloin that has recently been reborn as a lofty-ceiling-ed, 3,000-square foot gallery space. It's brought to us by SF tastemakers Justin Giarla and Leigh Cooper, the minds behind such local game-changing galleries as as White Walls and the Shooting Gallery.
Some cool stuff going down this weekend at White Walls Gallery and Shooting Gallery. Their spring exhibits are debuting and once again, the galleries are playing host to an exciting array of works from emerging local artists.
New Territory at White Walls pays homage to the Left Coast with new works from Henry Gunderson, Akira, Cheryl Molnar, Robert Burden and Mark Warren Jacques. This is a crew with a rep for breaking ground through their new conceptual and aesthetic approach of West Coast living. It's definitely worth checking out - the works incorporate comics, notebook doodles, skateboard culture and collages.
A versatile artist, San Francisco's Shawn Barber paints, draws, illustrates, lectures, teaches, and even works as a tattoo artist. His work graces the pages of books and magazines and the walls of galleries around the world. Barber mixes modern subjects with classic oil and acrylic painting, captured in his "Tattooed Portraits" series, a collection of paintings whose subjects encapsulate the beauty and artistry of the culture of ink. His latest SF show, "Tattooed Portraits: Snapshots," opens this weekend at The Shooting Gallery.
The opening reception, Saturday, August 15 from 7-11p, is open to the public. The show runs through September 7.