Golden City Comics kiosk poster series, Golden Gate Comics workshop

“Market Street comic artists seem drawn together,” San Francisco Chronicle, January 22, 2009.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Golden City Comics poster series about The Mighty Defender and Love’s Unsung Hero installed on Market Street, Golden Gate Comics workshop to be held at the Cartoon Art Museum

“Golden City Comics” poster series by artists Briana Miller and Thien Pham

“Golden City Comics” poster series by artists Briana Miller and Thien Pham

Poster Exhibition

A romantic comic book story about The Mighty Defender unfolds across four repeating series of six poster designs installed in consecutive order in 24 triangular kiosks on Market Street between Van Ness and the Embarcadero from December 22, 2008 until March 19, 2009. The posters, designed by artists Briana Miller and Thien Pham, were commissioned by the San Francisco Arts Commission’s Art on Market Street 2008 Program.

Comics Workshop

The San Francisco Arts Commission, in collaboration with the Cartoon Art Museum, will present a Golden Gate Comics Workshop on Sunday, January 25, 2009 from 1 to 4 PM at the Cartoon Art Museum, located at 655 Mission Street between New Montgomery and 3rd Streets in San Francisco’s South of Market District. The artists Briana Miller and Thien Pham will present demonstrations of comic book techniques and a hands-on silk screen workshop that is open to the public and free of charge.

Artists Miller and Pham set out to create a comic book story that can be read in both directions, so that pedestrians can read the story regardless of the direction they are walking on Market Street. Both the first and the sixth posters were designed as comic book covers, each with a different title: the first poster begins a story titled Love’s Unsung Hero and the sixth poster begins a story titled The Mighty Defender. The stories, which include a hero, a sweet romance, and an encounter with dastardly villains, both unfold in San Francisco with images of the Golden Gate and the Bay Bridges, the Ferry Building, and The Mint.

The artists worked in a style reminiscent of early comic books, with lush colors and carefully drawn details. As there is no written narrative or dialogue, the posters can be understood and enjoyed by people of any age and any cultural background.

Both artists work in comics, illustration, and design, and both teach computer arts and drawing, and Briana also teaches photography, at Bishop O’Dowd High School in Oakland. They have previously collaborated on design work for Kearny Street Workshop in San Francisco, the Oakland Magazine, and Care Package T-shirts.

Contact

Judy Moran, Public Art Project Manager, at 415.252.2586 or judy.moran@sfgov.org

About the Art on Market Street Program and San Francisco Arts Commission

The San Francisco Arts Commission’s Art on Market Street Program brings contemporary art by Bay Area artists to San Francisco’s main thoroughfare on a year-round basis. In 2008 the Art on Market Street Program is commissioning projects that focus on narratives. All events are public and free of charge.

The Art on Market Street Program is funded by the San Francisco Arts Commission and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency.

Established by charter in 1932, the San Francisco Arts Commission is the City agency that champions the arts in San Francisco. Led by the belief that a creative cultural environment is essential to City life from the murals and monuments under the care of the Civic Art Collection to the dance and theater productions funded by Cultural Equity Grants, to the new generation of teen poets cultivated by the WritersCorp Program.

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