“Slap In The Face: A Tribute To Sticker And Graffiti Art” @ SFSU : SF : CA

John Felix Arnold III • Jan 27, 12 • Art, Events, mediaNo Comments
The Art Gallery in the Cesar Chavez Student Center at SFSU
The Art Gallery, Cesar Chavez Student Center San Francisco State University 1650 Holloway Ave San Francisco, CA 94132

Friday, January 27, 2012 At 17:00

The Art Gallery in the Cesar Chavez Student Center at SFSU presents Slap in the Face: A Tribute to Sticker and
Graffiti Art. The opening reception will take place on January 27th from 5 to 8 pm. The show runs from January 19th to February 15th, 2012.

This exhibition heralds the rise of sticker art, which has evolved as a biproduct of street art, a movement from the 1970′s that has since become a global phenomenon. The stickers featured are at times derogatory, humorous, refined, or crass; while some are eulogies, others are as straight-forward as tagging one’s name. Specially adopted for the ease of vandalism, their fast and low-impact appeal is a cost-effective solution to other riskier methods of graffiti such as: spray paint, wheatpasting, scribing and etching. The peel-and-slap of sticker art allows the artist time to develop and detail their final product. The goal is to inform an often unwilling participant/viewer, alter the landscape, impact social consciousness and gain recognition by other street artists. To succeed is to proliferate an area of graffiti with high-quality images or text. The more stickers, the more dominance. More than a call for infamy, sticker art effectively presents a concise, transitory, democratic and accessible form of art, and addresses topics such as: ownership, social hierarchy, socio-economic politics and artistic boundaries. Work often is a declaration. Ultimately, the most compelling motivation behind sticker slapping may be the earnest desire to show presence, to exist, to locate oneself, to be heard in an environment which resists it.

The Art Gallery at San Francisco State University is a student-run and student-funded program of the Cesar Chavez Student Center. The gallery is dedicated to bringing the visual and interdisciplinary arts to the multicultural student body at San Francisco State University through a diverse series of exhibitions of both student and non-student work.

Curators: Jordan Ayoub, Carolyn Ho, Ali Hawkes and Jessy Gaumann

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