Reality shows give you plenty of reason to think otherwise, but there are twenty- and thirty-somethings out there doing amazing things. Last week Bill and I went to Show Two at San Francisco’s Safehouse Studios. It was a macabre art presentation, but what’s really memorable was the students’ work and the realization that these young men and women were learning, practicing, and mastering crafts that are so old and traditional. It really blows one’s mind.
The theme of Show Two was skulls, and my favorite interpretation was the creepy Jeremy Mann piece above. The sign above the skull reads “KITTEN.” That the bricks in the background were perfectly aligned with the bricks of the actual building was no mistake during the hanging, I’m sure.
The Safehouse itself is a really interesting, inspiring place. It’s so old school: exposed brick, exposed woodwork, wrought iron chandeliers. Even its location, its specific stretch of Langton Street, seems to belong more in Europe than in anywhere in the USA. It’d be a privilege for any aspiring artist to study there.