Located in one of the most iconic cultural centers of San Francisco, the Moscone Center is surrounded by museums, performance spaces, tech companies and a thriving residential neighborhood. This City has a rich history of creativity and innovation. In its embrace of wild originality, San Francisco not only welcomes new ideas, it generates them. In this spirit, I am pleased to present a purely imaginative, vibrant mural for the Moscone Paseo.
My work encompasses a broad palette and wide range of media: from muted to vibrant colors and tones, from pen and ink drawings to paintings, murals, and public installations. Each piece employs intuition and intention to push the limits of minimalism and representation. Notions of reciprocity, expression, and restraint are central to my work; for instance, dyeing paper and canvas installs dynamic natural processes I follow by hand, along paths that flow between (the creative) subject and (created) object. The use of negative space is similarly central to these dichotomies of surrender and control, fantasy and memory, absence and speech. I’m especially interested in ways simple repetition, geometric patterns, and mathematical marking or mapping contain an inherent capacity to evoke represented subjects in the viewer. This vital balance – between representational and minimal composition, intention and intuition – allows me to be led by my art, and guides my practice today. Similarly, this mural offers the viewer an abstracted landscape, both whimsical and open to interpretation.
With the design for this mural, I intend to create an experience that echoes the feeling of walking through a vast and alternating landscape. Large in scale and breadth, this hand-painted mural will be a panorama of changing colors and abstract, wondrous shapes. Walking along the Paseo, the viewer can look up or down or along the wall to see the shifting lines of colors and hues. The experience will differ depending upon one’s path and direction. This mural will contain large, organic shapes made up of hundreds of lines and smaller solid shapes, balancing one another. The striped shapes speak to the horizontal architectural nature of the Moscone Center itself. Created by both horizontal and vertical lines, these towering shapes cause the eye to look both up and down as well from side to side. The smaller solid shapes evoke birds, boats, sunrises, sunsets or anything else a viewer may see in their imagination.
I intend to create a bold, uplifting mural that is active and alive. Situated between the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Children’s Playground at Yerba Buena Gardens, I hope this mural speaks to the bright, colorful energy of unrestrained creativity and play, which is quintessential to San Francisco.
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