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Trash on San Francisco's sidewalks: a photo-essay

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"Heather Champ has taken camera in hand and set out to produce a lovely photo-essay on the endless heaps of garbage strewn over San Francisco's sidewalks." 

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Have you walked through SF recently? It's great. I was there last summer, and have been alot of really nifty posting I just learned of on craigslist10/15/2003 11:45:09 PM
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i was there a few years ago, but after talking to someone who was there this spring, it sounds as if it has changed a bit- a lot dirtier, more vagrants...10/16/2003 5:12:49 AM
ben
That could well be what I detected when I went through.

I had been there, years previous, and really enjoyed it. Not everything was what I expected -- but good. Then, last year, when I visited, I had this overwhelming feeling that I needed to leave. Like there was some vaugely bad vibe. So, maybe it's projecting, but I would tend to agree with that persons perception. The things I like the most when I visted were: the garbage on the streets, the graffiti in the train tunnels. Make what you will of that.
10/16/2003 9:26:33 PM
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you can tell a lot about a person by what they throw away... or what they call their home.10/17/2003 4:33:19 AM
ben
I'll let you know what I find out... I'll be there Monday through Friday next week. Bad vibes... trash... I'll scope it out.10/17/2003 12:13:38 PM
nick
I love graffiti on trains. Can't believe companies paint over it. I mean, here we have a giant, rolling museum-on-wheels forum for urban artists -- a museum that rolls through parts of the country that are definitely underserved where the arts are concerned...and we PAINT OVER IT!?10/18/2003 1:45:56 PM
stargrazer
It seems (or it used to be) that the best train graffiti was in Europe. I suppose that's not a big surprise, but last year I had grabbed a couple of older magzines from like, the mid-90's that profiled graffiti art, and I seem to recall a bunch of neat stuff in Spain and German-speaking countries. Absolutely cool.

Funny too, but kind of obscure. Has anyone seen a short, documenrary-like film on 'Unconscious Art' regarding the painting they do over graffiti in Portland, Oregon? It was at the travelling Ann Arbor Film Fest a couple of years ago. Really funny, and actually really insightful.

It was making all these comparisions between the people working for the local government making these large, pale rectangles with the work of Malevich, Lissitzky and such. And, the thing that scared me, is that alot of the parallels were pretty sound, although it was mostly a farce. I had a hard time laughing initially (I had been doing research on such art from the 1920's at the time), but it was really well done.
10/19/2003 7:52:31 PM
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A lot of the very same people who don't "get" contemporary art engage in very abstracted activities like what you've described.10/22/2003 3:34:19 PM
stargrazer
Yeah, so I've noticed from my photo 'critiques' this semester. I so often feeling like I'm backtracking on Art History just to explain something I thought everyone knew.10/22/2003 9:20:19 PM
name not provided
The dismal state of art education in America (especially art history) is, well, really dismal.10/23/2003 12:07:48 PM
stargrazer
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