Artists of 2 Blocks of Art
This year 2 Blocks of Arts features a wide range of emerging and established artists across a variety of mediums, who will be exhibiting their works in traditional, and not so traditional, gallery spaces. This list is growing, so check back before the event, and check out the forthcoming map to find which space will be hosting which artist.
Sketchpad Gallery's "Sketch the Block": Joko Budiono, Suzanne Fiore, Ben Jelter, Krystal Lauk, Frank T. Lin, Heriberto Martinez, Christine Nguyen, Ben Seto, Malisa Suchanya, Sherrie Thai, Kitikhun Pan Vongsayan & Michelle Namro Yoon
Featuring the works of local artists in the fields of visual concept, comic books and video games; these artists will be live sketching at the event.
Jing Ouyang and Rachel Xin: 3D Photo Booth
Character designers, these established 2 Blocks of Art artists will set up a fun 3D photo booth.
Alonzo King LINES Dance Center: Roving performances
Look for dancers from the "premier destination for community dance education," they'll be dancing at pop-up performances at various spots along 6th Street.
Erina C. Alejo, Curator & various other artists: Brown in the Sunshine, Bindlestiff Theater
"Curated by Erina Alejo and SoMapagmahal Photography Mxntorship Program, Brown in the Sunshine is a multidisciplinary exhibition that centers and celebrates life as SOMA Pilipinas youth in the sunshine."
Sugabus Media: Mobile Mural
The team behind Sugabus Media, known for their mannequin art, screen printing, embroidery, 3D modeling and of course, murals, will feature a mobile mural at the event.
Jennifer Brandon & Andréanne Michon: Colliding, Photography
Appearing at SFCamerawork, a "collaborative presentation, Jennifer Brandon and Andréanne Michon have carefully intertwined several series of work around a shared interest in how the tools of photography can be exploited to connect us to our material surroundings."
Oliver Hawk Holden: Buck Tooth Betty Number 22 Taken Down
Appearing at the First Amendment gallery, Holden describes himself as "a multi media artist working with Sculpture, Painting, Electronics, Printmaking and Video all at once. Use of text and symbols and activating parts and switches to engage and converse with viewers."
Brett Walker: Video art
A San Francisco-based artist, Walker earned his MFA from UC Berkeley. His works span photography, object-based installations and video. He also teaches photography workshops.
Holly Coley: Ceramics
An established Bay Area artist, Coley says "I am a painter and illustrator working in clay." A former Mid-Market Root Division studio artist, she currently teaches children and adults at Pinckney Clay SF, and sells some of her creations on her website, hollycoley.studio.
Jac Pedersen: Paintings
A San Francisco-based artist, her "abstract artwork, primarily consist[s] of acrylic paintings on canvas and oil pastels on paper."
Make-Up Your Mind: Makeup art/Face painting
Established in 2008 by Rachel Levine, the Bay Area face paint artist and her co-collaborators have created elaborate face paintings for theater productions, TV shows and various events in the last decade. Attendees can get their face painted too.
Vasudhaa Narayanan: Kutty - The Youngest One, Photography
Appearing in the Oros Gallery of Pentacle Coffee, see the solo show of her work that serves an exploration of her grandparent's Tamilian indentity.
Erika Peterson: Ceramics
A ceramicist focusing on hand ceramics, with a special focus on raku, various creature creatiosn and whales, Peterson is a current artist at Ruby’s Clay Studio & Gallery.
Cool Hand Ken: Mural/Sign Painter
One of the "last wild signpainters," you may have seen seen his works at various Bay Area spots like Black Heart Tattoo and True Love Tattoo; see his work at the new Thrasher store 66 6th Street.
Jordin Martinez: Create Skate
Founder of Create Skate, the organization is a "San Francisco based skateboard and apparel company. All Designs are made in the U.S and a portion of our proceeds are donated to endangered animal conservation."
Kay Weber: Paper cutting
An ArtSpan artist statement notes, "Earth, nature and it's deities, along with a long ribbon of myths are some of the resources I use in my themes. I like to give my work a modern but timeless appeal. Usually I go by its weight, texture and color, when I choose a paper. Like a sculptor, I envision the 3D aspect of the project, the artwork already within the paper."
Lea Duford Sharabash: Paintings
With a focus on using acrylic, interior paint and photography, Sharabash states her work is, "to give form to visions. I am influenced by the vast landscapes of America and wish to reveal stories that lay hidden in nature."
Green Art Workshop: Art inspired by reuse
Started in San Francisco in 2010 and now national, "the program encourage[s] participants to consider their personal consumption and to draw inspiration from art reflecting environmentally sustainable behavior."
Laurie Blessen & Angela Summers, Fearless Color: Paintings
Appearing at Hospitality House, Blessen, who studied at California College of Arts, features works that "expresses her narrative that every story has a brightness as well as a darkness." Summers, who works in painting, collage and sculpture; received her BA from American River College in Sacramento. Her works in this show features "bright colors and bold patterns to explore the classical female form."
Murals of the 6th Street Corridor
Jeff Cheung: Side of Pentacle Coffee
Completed in 2018, this piece on the side of Pentacle Coffee is by Bay Area artist and skateboarder Jeff Cheung. He's also half of the company Unity Press.
David Puck: On roll-up door of Werk Beauty Supply
Only visible during non business hours at Werk Beauty Supply, this new piece by artist David Puck is of the late activist, DJ, and artist Bubbles who was murdered in 2017.
Debuti Art: On side of Monarch
Completed in 2018, this is one of two pieces by the duo Debuti Art on Monarch.
Debuti Art: On side of Monarch
Also completed in 2018, this is second of two pieces by the duo Debuti Art on Monarch.
Susan Cervantes: On Minna at 6th Street
Titled "All One Love," this Precita Eyes mural on the side of Chico's Pizza was painted in 1999, by Susan Cervantes in collaboration with the residents and community of the Rose Hotel and funded by Mercy Charities Housing Corporation.
Brian Barneclo: On roll-up door below Whitaker Hotel
A San Francisco artist, who has been based in the neighborhood for over 11 years. Barneclo's site says, "Inspired by San Francisco’s distinct yet tenuous neighborhoods, he developed his own unique vernacular born as if from a sign painter gone rogue- mashing up and incorporating pop, cubist, and surreal ideals along the way. "
Cameron Moberg, Holly Rocck & Charles Williams: On the side of City Team Ministry
A collaboration between three artists, the piece was completed in March 2019 and features the text: "A Long Time Coming."
Jessica Sabogal: On side of City Smokehouse
A first generation Colombian American muralist, Sabogal's work on City Smokehouse was completed in 2015. On her website it states, "Her pieces possess a vision of female identity that is revolutionary and powerful, brave and beautiful. By utilizing a spray can, she aims to color her canvas by unraveling stories she once heard, lived, struggled, and loved."
Jesse James: On side of Frena Bakery
There's no mistaking the theme behind this mural by artist Jesse James. Inspired by the items inside Frena Bakery, this mural illustrates the work that goes into Frena's baked goods and was painted last year.
Music of 2 Blocks of Art
Sunset Pianos & SF Conservatory of Music: Piano Music
Listen to the beautiful music of Sunset Piano at the corner of Market and 6th Street. Part music and part art piece, "Sunset Piano hosts amazing local musicians and also invites the public to play their pianos under the open sky."
Francisco Fernandez & The Ferocious Few: Rock n' Roll, Soul, Blues & Punk
Catch this rock band at the Rumpus Room; you can garner a listen of what you'll hear by checking them out at one of these links.
Archie Liburd: Steel drums
If you've never attended a steel drum performance before in a laundromat, 2 Blocks of Art provides the chance! Catch Musician Archie Liburd as he performs various songs.
Artists interested in participating are encouraged to contact info@2BlocksOfArt.org
or call (415) 957-5985.
or call (415) 957-5985.