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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Graffiti Meets Fine Art in "The Composite Knowledge"

Posted By on Thu, Jul 19, 2012 at 9:30 AM

"SNEAK PEAK!" BY SAM RODRIGUEZ
  • "Sneak Peak!" by Sam Rodriguez

We often think of graffiti artists as shadowy figures who wear hoodies and practice their art on public property like walls, train cars, and traffic signs. It's a culture surrounded by breaking laws for the sake of artistic expression, after all.

"UNTITLED" BY POESIA
  • "Untitled" by Poesia

Whether it's a teenager with a sharpie or an experienced veteran painting a masterpiece on a billboard, graffiti artists' skills are often overlooked or underrated due to their chosen canvases. But a new exhibit, "The Composite Knowledge," aims to capture the evolution of artists from graffiti writers to fine artists. Mixing techniques from both worlds, the exhibit challenges the definitions of "respectable" art. Jaybo Monk, Poesia, and Sam Rodriguez have mastered spray cans and paintbrushes alike to create the pieces hanging (legally) on walls, far away from city streets and freeway overpasses. These three artists playfully push boundaries and prove that the walls between street and fine art are coming down.

"The Composite Knowledge" starts Friday, July 20 at 7 p.m. at 1AM Gallery, 1000 Howard (at Sixth St.), S.F. Admission is free.

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