I Heart Street Art: Murals Vs. Graffiti
Problem is, it looks like maybe the conventional wisdom is wrong. Murals all over the Mission District are getting tagged, with no end in sight. Another panelist attributed this to a "new generation" of taggers -- a generation with no respect.
So are mural projects fighting a losing battle? Are San Francisco's beautiful murals doomed to be vandalized?
So far, all goes well. Contributions from artists Kyle Ranson, Chris Duncan, Brion Nuda Rosch and Charlie Callahan (pictured below, working on his sea urchin), have brightened Orange up considerably.
Steven Weinberg, Orange Alley advocate and member of art duo Telephone and Soup, agrees that vandalism is a bummer, but believes it does not necessarily wholly detract from the oomph of the mural. The mural is still the main thing. The mural is still the thing that passersby see, and take in, and appreciate.
Like, if it's a worthy piece of art, then it's got heart. And if it's got heart, then some little inky blemish isn't going to stop it from conveying its message.
All photos courtesy of Receiver Gallery. This Saturday, they host an opening for a new exhibition of work by Porous Walker, a talented local artist who -- you heard it here first -- has just committed to contributing to the Orange Alley Mural Project.