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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Moment of Truth: Art the Jewels Opens in San Francisco

Posted By on Tue, Jul 21, 2015 at 9:37 AM

click to enlarge ART BY BRUCE PARKER
  • Art by Bruce Parker

An art show inspired by the visual aesthetic of hip-hop duo Run the Jewels, dubbing itself "Art the Jewels" and composed of works from mostly Bay Area artists, just opened at 63 Bluxome Street Gallery in SOMA. Art the Jewels takes RTJ's "Tag the Jewels" global art movement — that saw the group's two hands logo popping up on murals and street art around the world — and brings it to the heart of San Francisco. 

click to enlarge ART BY RICHARD JULE
  • Art by Richard Jule

The show, which just had its opening reception this past Saturday, is curated by local artist Joseph Murdach and features a slew of different drawings, paintings, photography, and sculptures. It's a testament to both the cultural movement that El-P and Killer Mike's Run the Jewels project has spawned, as much as it to the strength of artistic hip-hop culture in the Bay Area. For all the cheap shots that the local hip-hop scene has taken for being past its prime, Art the Jewels is a reminder of the multitude of elements that comprise hip-hop culture, and how that vibe is still alive and well in the Bay. 

click to enlarge ART BY LIL TUFFY
  • Art by Lil Tuffy

63 Bluxome Street Gallery is a cool spot in and of itself. Started by owners Mike and Judy-Tam Lynch in 2009 and now regularly curated by Murdach, it aims to "bring back the arts to a street that was once the heartbeat of the San Francisco art scene in the 1960's." It's a cool vibe on Bluxome Street, a stone's throw from Caltrain, AT&T Park, and next door to the new Local Brewing Co. and Bluxome Street Winery.

click to enlarge ART BY JOSEPH MURDACH
  • Art by Joseph Murdach

This is a fine hip-hop/art crossover exhibit that runs through August 8, so you have five weeks to go check it out. Cause "Run the Jewels is the answer, your question is "what's poppin'?!"

(Peep our November interview with Killer Mike and El-P)

Art the Jewels at 63 Bluxome Street Gallery, free and open to the public Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

click to enlarge ART BY JASON SAWYER
  • Art by Jason Sawyer

click to enlarge ART BY PAUL BUSTAMANTE
  • Art by Paul Bustamante

  • Art by Miles Ricthie (L) and Phil Long (R)

  • Hands by John Casey (pictured)

click to enlarge ART BY JOHNWILLIAMS
  • Art by JohnWilliams

click to enlarge ART BY JOSEPH MURDACH
  • Art by Joseph Murdach

  • Art by Brandon Bracamonte
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