Walking around in the Mission on a sunny afternoon, I was happy to see these paste-ups by Hugh Leeman and Oakland’s Political Gridlock. Though Hugh’s photorealistic portraits contrast with PG’s more cartoony style, the two artists use their art to raise awareness for social problems perpetuated by the machine of capitalism — homelessness and the media as a vehicle for right-wing propaganda. The pieces seem to the latest additions to an ever-evolving wall of paste-ups.
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.