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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Artist Channels Positive Aspects of Mexico Through new Mural in the Mission

Posted By on Tue, Aug 16, 2011 at 9:00 AM

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Bad news is all that many people hear coming from Mexico these days. But artist Jet Martinez wants to change that through his new mural on a wall of Mission Market on Bartlett near 22nd Street.

"I wanted to address some of the other aspects of Mexican culture without getting bogged down in the politics," he says.

His mural, Amate Mission, will be dedicated Thursday evening at the weekly farmers' market that takes place in the area, Mission Community Market.

The mural depicts a flock of brilliantly colored birds that evoke traditional Mexican papel amate.

"The title Amate Mission is a double entendre," says Martinez, "First, it's my own version of the traditional amate paintings with a flavor that I think speaks of the Mission District's flavor and color. [Second], amate with the accent on the first A means 'love yourself' ... the idea is to celebrate this great neighborhood by representing one of the many cultural elements that makes the area so rich and diverse, and generally fun to be a part of."

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Martinez has painted a number of murals in San Francisco, but this has been his most popular so far.

"People are trippin' out," he says. "This has gotten the most positive feedback ever."

The wall was once covered with graffiti, but Martinez says that since he started painting two months ago, it has been left untouched.

The work has allowed Martinez to reflect on his own culture. "It is connecting to my heritage, while also removing myself from the picture," he says, explaining his choice not to paint a narrative. "I've been doing some heavier pieces lately, and this is more light-hearted and exciting."

Meet Martinez at the dedication on Bartlett near 22nd St. on Thursday starting at 5 p.m.

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