The L.A.-based political wheatpaster ABCNT recently visited San Francisco and put up these large, eye-catching pieces. The works are elegantly designed, but apart from being visually attractive they subtly provoke the viewer to think about social issues. The paste-up in the bottom photo is a tribute to Howard Zinn, the author of the influential book “A People’s History of the United States,” while the one in the top photo is a rallying cry for bike activists. In these times of social struggle, works like this resonate with the feelings of the community.
Yesterday I was lucky enough to be present during a wheatpasting session at Space Gallery in preparation for their upcoming show, Urban Osmosis. Curated by Spoke Art, the extensive group exhibition features several rooms of site-specific installations, wood panels, canvases and a wheatpaste free-for-all by many of the Bay Area’s most prolific street artists. If you’ll be in the City for New Years Eve, I highly suggest stopping by their opening night/NYE party for a drink and some intense visual stimulation.