Stencilada 2009

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Stencil Archive and CELLspace present


Join CELLspace in an unveiling of eight panels of stencil and multi-media works by local and national artists.

The Metal Shop at CELL decided to accent their amazing Metal Mural with smaller panels of art in the open spaces below their existing work. You are invited to come by CELLspace, meet the artists and curators, and see newly the installed works on CELLspace’s Bryant Street facade.

Opening Grill Out
Saturday, March 28
1 to 5 pm
2050 Bryant St.
b/t 18th and 19th Sts.
SF, CA 94110
FREE (one day only, in CELL if raining)

Food on the grill, bevs in the cooler, music on the boombox, and art on the walls
(some food and beverages will be provided while supplies last)

Featuring eight panels of art by

Melanie Cervantes and Jesus Barraza
Russell Howze with Hugh D’Andrade
John Koleszar (AZ)
James S.
Crystal Townsend
Scott Williams
Peat Wollaeger (MO)

with special stencils on paper by Tiago DeJerk (OR)
and special post script works by Adam5100 and Burner

Bring your own cut out stencils to add to the ongoing collection of stencil art at CELLspace (some paint provided)

About the Artists

Jesus Barraza is an activist printmaker and digital artist based in the San Leandro, California. Using bold colors and high contrast images his prints reflect both his local and global community and their resistance in a struggle to create a new world. Barraza’s work continues the tradition of graphic art in the spirit of Jose Gaudalupe Posada, OSSPAL and Juan R. Fuentes. Barraza was a co-founder of ten12, and in 2003, he co-founded the Taller Tupac Amaru printing studio to foster resurgence in the screen printing medium, where he has complete over 100 prints. Additionally he is a partner at Tumis Inc., a bilingual design studio helping to integrate art with emerging technologies.

Melanie Cervantes creates a powerful visual language to declare that a peaceful, sustainable and just world is possible. She is an artist trained by library books, family, peers and experimentation. Producing her work in various mediums including pen and ink, acrylic, screenprinting, embroidery, fiber arts, and spraypainted stencils Melanie infuses her indigenous internationalist worldview, spirituality and politic into all her art.  She views her art practice as an important component of a growing social movement for global social justice. As a member of the artist-activist collective Taller Tupac Amaru she produces political posters in collaboration with grassroots organizing efforts that are working to build collective power. Following the tradition of such artists as Juana Alicia, Malaquias Montoya, Judy Baca, Emory Douglas, La Mujeres Muralistas and Diego Rivera- Melanie has made a life long commitment to being an artist for the people.

Tiago DeJerk began working with stencils about six years ago in his hometown of Curitiba, Brazil, under his given name, Tiago Denczuk. Utilizing stencil art for its accessibility and versatility, Tiago embraces the medium as the most “democratic” of any art form, as all that is required for its execution is a crude understanding of one basic idea that does not rely on possession of specialized tools or knowledge. Five years, and a move to Portland, Oregon, later, Tiago continues to hone and perfect his own stylized interpretation of stencil art – an amalgamation of street style with classic tactic that he utilizes to act as a major proponent of the Rad Amerika “Fun Movement” and as a voice for freak bicyclists everywhere.

Russell Howze is the founder and curator of the international stencil website, with over 12,000 photographs from all over. After photographing many amazing stencils in the late 1990s, he finally taught himself how to cut one out. He’s currently been working on his painting skills while on tour with his 2007 Manic D Press book release Stencil Nation: Graffiti, Community, and Art. This is his third co-curated stencil mural project on the facade at CELLspace, and he’s co-curated two international stencil exhibits in CELL’s Crucible Steel Gallery. He’s glad to celebrate the CELL via this panel, by stenciling images and motifs taken from illustrator Hugh D’Andrade’s amazing 2006 poster art.

While not preoccupied with world domination, John Koleszar focuses his efforts to make the most insanely detailed stencils that he can.

Not one to follow traditional or academic career routes, James S. (AKA ‘Skid Rose’, AKA ‘11 t -7’) has practiced an old form of ‘public art’. Since the mid 80’s, his stenciled graffiti has emblazoned alleys, streets, and all manor of surfaces in various San Francisco neighborhoods, & was recently been featured along with a host of other graffiti artists in a book Stencil Pirates. Dada influences factor largely in his work as well as urban street life which include ongoing work in assemblage, collage, mixed media, and a recent return to stenciling. Unable to pass a good dumpster (or the odd “neat thing” one might still find on the ground), he sees potential in damaged & discarded objects for use in his work; old floor linoleum, marginalized toys, broken bits of statuary, rusted bits of metal. Recycling as art-form. In the tradition of the late Collyer brothers, his entire house has become one entropic assemblage piece.

Crystal Townsend presents new work in this show, returning from a six month hiatus.  In addition to her work with stencils, she also curates shows for Blush wine bar and John Brody Salon.  Watch for her solo show later this year, “The People You’ll Meet.”

San Francisco stenciling legend Scott Williams cut his first stencil and painted it in the early 1980s. After those early stencils on paper, he soon moved to larger pieces, making murals and signage across the City, especially in the Mission and Haight neighborhoods. One of his murals was installed in Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in 1998, while another in Clarion Alley still runs today. He also stenciled anything else that came along: cars, found objects, posters, furniture, private houses, etc. Taking a break from large works, Scott has focused on making one-of-a-kind art books, in collaboration with other artists, which have gone to collections at the MOMA (NYC) and as far away as South Korea and Germany. Williams was awarded the Adaline Kent Award from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2005, for “quietly making an indelible mark on the Bay Area landscape.”,%20San%20Francisco,%20California.php

flyer art: John Koleszar
flyer photo: Jane Verma