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Viva la Revolucion opens tonight at MCASD

July 17, 2010 - 12:01 pm

The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego says Viva la Revolucion: A Dialogue with the Urban Landscape, is the first international museum exhibition of street art in the United States. The show opens tonight, Saturday, July 17, and is on view through Jan. 2, 2011.

Show highlights:

  • Vhils gorgeous wall cutting. I’m so bummed this piece didn’t make it on a building in San Diego. What a beautiful work of art.
  • The Os Gemeos twins did two amazing indoor pieces for the show (a giant guitar man and a wood and mixed-media piece) and one piece you can see on the outside of Horton Plaza.
  • Dzine’s bike pieces are sure to please the southern California crowd.
  • Ryan McGinness’ large-scale pieces are bright and nearly perfect, as usual.
  • Shepard Fairey’s portraits will likely be two of the most popular pieces in the show. His giant outdoor pieces will help to put San Diego on the international art map. Thanks Shep!
  • The music-making trash can by David Ellis and Roberto Lang.

Show audio:

A dialog between Shepard Fairey and Viva la Revolucion guest curator, Pedro Alonzo:

Shepard Fairey

Download shepardfairey – Artshow

Roberto Lang and David Ellis talk about their trash can that has been transformed into a drum kit:

Roberto Lang (left) and David Ellis

Download robertolang_davidellis – Streetarttalks

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  1. sandsand1 permalink
    July 18, 2010 - 10:08 pm 10:08 pm

    I actually went to the show preview last night and was expecting a real transformative event for contemporary art in the US or the world. Instead, I realized that the scene is what is the motive here
    and not the actual practice of art making. No, instead of visual culture dominating the consciousness
    of the viewer or the museum we are bombarded with light weight graphic design work minus the advertising logo. It seems hipster culture is superficially invested in creating streamline products that can sell fast and also unfortunately expire in depth just as fast. “Artists” like Shepard Fairey seem to be the darlings of today as much as Kenny Scharf was in the 1980s. Mediocrity never holds up in history nor did Kenny Scharfs work or Fairey’s graphic design appropriation of other artists work.

    VIva La Revolucion isn’t a bad concept nor is it a bad show. It simply had many works and artists that fit the category of the “emperors new clothes.” Artists who rely more on their used car sales man approach and the hype they fill the air with amounts to very little. Many of the elaborate works in the show fall flat because they are out of their element. In a museum they seem like cereal box art rather than anything a “revolucion” would propose.

    Other notable artists were Dr. Lakra with a great rendering of his fantasies adding up to White girl fetishes and stereotyped Black people as cannibals. Someone should have explained to the Doctor that there is no such thing as cannibals but then they are his distorted fantasy and we San Diego taxpayers have to pay for these racist fantasies?

    I also could not tell the difference between Dzine and Ryan McGinness work. They have both in the past done paintings that look so similar and completely separate of anything to do with urban or graffiti that it makes one wonder why they were even invited to participate in this show.

    Dzine’s work comes off pretentious and tired. His attempt to make iconic low rider assemblages ends up looking like a Gap Add prop minus the commercial. McGinness fares less due to the fact that all his paintings are the same thing, collage of objects, with different colors. Great art for a hotel lobby or an office building but nothing revolutionary here, no transgressive statements here, no civil disobedience in this show. Just a lot of of the same ole bullocks!

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