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Graffiti: Art or Trash?

In Public, Purpose on December 5, 2011 at 8:26 am

During my interviews throughout the months I sat down and asked the same question to three people. Do you view graffiti as an art form or just as trash on a wall? Needless to say I spiked some interest in the interviewees’ eyes and recorded their responses.

While dating back to Greece and the Roman Empires, graffiti has even been around since the first cave drawings on a wall. However, as society changes the meanings of things change as well. Graffiti ranges from letters to full blown wall paintings and has received stings of negativity as spray cans fall into the wrong hands. You will be hearing from Karina Lopez, Megan Stevens and Mary Joy Scott and hear what they have to say about graffiti.

A little bit about the artist behind the mural in Clarion Alley

In Artist on November 20, 2011 at 10:08 am

Mary Joy Scott shares a bit about her past and how she started tatooing for Ed Hardy at Tattoo City. For more about her mural background click here.

Mary Joy Scott posing at Tattoo City.

Mary Joy Scott’s untitled mural comes to life in Clarion Alley

In Artist on November 13, 2011 at 4:27 pm

Before her mural on Clarion Alley, Scott competed a piece on 18th and Alabama. This piece was an image from World War II. It depicted a solider and a woman walking with a bicycle. The solider has a white flag in his hand.  Scott enjoys painting political murals and after this particular mural she started experimenting with art with subjects she liked that weren’t so political.

Due to her being active in the art community, she was later given a wall to paint in Clarion Alley. She worked on this large space initially with Tauba Auerbach and Claudine Gossett. There were three main subjects and they painted girls on bicycles doing tricks together. Scott describes the process to have been very “meticulous.”

However, as avid artists know about Clarion Alley, the mural was taken down because it was not “running.” As Scott says, things run for a while in Clarion Alley and if they aren’t popular or get defaced then they are replaced. The bicycle mural had a lot of open space and, as a result, was going to be replaced by a new mural.

They offered Scott the space again, but it was too large for her to do by herself. By then Tauba Auerbach had moved back to New York and Claudine Gossett was busy, so Scott took a third of the size given to her to paint.

She painted over Auerbach’s section of it and an original face from that mural can be seen in the newly untitled mural Scott completed in 2006.

Learn more about this untitled piece by listening to the audio below.



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On a side note:

Mary Joy Scott’s mural she talks about in the beginning of the audio that was by the Gold Coast Grill in San Francisco State’s Cesar Chavez Student center featured: Maxine Hong Kingston, Aung San Suu Kyi, Rigoberta Menchú Tum, and Audre Lorde. Her decision around these women in history stemmed from the people that she admired and who were also political activists and artists — not to mention whom also dealt with women issues.

A trip to Balmy and Clarion Alley

In Map on October 17, 2011 at 10:02 am

Balmy Alley is located in the Mission District and has the most concentrated collection of murals in San Francisco. To prepare for a photo story in the future featuring this alley, I wanted my viewers, if possible, to venture out on their own to see the murals in person — be it new or old to your eyes. You can go explore this alley on your own or you can take a paid tour offered by Precita Eyes Mural Arts.

As you venture, I suggest you stop by Humphry Slocombe to try some of their delicious treats. I am quite a fan of their Secret Breakfast ice cream, and well, you can’t really go wrong with any flavor. It’s also a great treat to walk with on your way to check out Clarion Alley.

Clarion Alley, a little ways away from Balmy Alley, was painted in inspiration from Balmy Alley and many muralists’ work across the city of San Francisco. Now, the main reason for this map, besides the future photo story, is that Clarion Alley features an artist that I will be interviewing this Wed. on Oct. 19, 2011. Do you want to know who it is? Have any guesses? Alright, I give in, I will be interviewing Mary Joy Scott about her untitled mural. Scott works for Ed Hardy’s Tattoo City and has shown her work throughout San Francisco — be it body art or art on walls.

This was a photo I took a couple of years back. Never did I imagine that one day I would be interviewing the muralist of this piece of work. Mary Joy Scott painted this in Clarion Alley.

This map can be used as a reference for a little afternoon stroll in the Mission. Even though the main point of this map is to showcase locations of some murals in the Mission, don’t be afraid to explore this cultural-rich neighborhood. Also, on a side note, if you’re looking for good Hispanic cuisine, the Mission is the right place to find it.

Stay tuned When Paint Meets Purpose viewers and enjoy the map.