Sneak Peek: "Energy That Is All Around: Mission School" @ SFAI

Sep 12, 2013 - Dec 14, 2013SFAI, San Francisco

We have an "unknown sources" on the ground and in the Walter and McBean Galleries at the San Francisco Art Institute, taking some set-up and sneak peek photos from Energy That is All Around, a group show under the guise of Mission School featuring the works of Barry McGee, Chris Johanson, Margaret Kilgallen, Alicia McCarthy, and Ruby Neri. The show opens this Thursday, September 12 at SFAI. 

ENERGY THAT IS ALL AROUND features early and formative work by five artists—Chris Johanson, Margaret Kilgallen, Alicia McCarthy, Barry McGee, and Ruby Neri—who began their careers in the early 1990s in San Francisco’s Mission District and, by the early aughts, had been identified and celebrated as key members of the so-called Mission School.

The Mission School has garnered cult-like status over the last two decades and is known for its celebration of social art-making, community, folk art, nostalgia for the obsolete, low- production values, and “street” aesthetics. These attributes are manifest in the artists’ use of found and reclaimed materials, decorative patterning, cartoons, hand lettering, cluster paint- ings, and a crafty immediacy of materials. Mission School artists were strongly influenced by Bay Area Figuration, the Beat movement, Funk art, and punk.

The exhibition connects work and ephemera produced at the beginning of the artists’ careers, much of which has remained in their personal or peer collections, with vibrant new work created for this show.

ENERGY THAT IS ALL AROUND will travel to Grey Art Gallery, New York University, April 15–July 12, 2014.

September 12—December 14, 2013
SFAI: Walter and McBean Galleries
San Francisco, CA