“O . GLORIOUS . CITY” OPENS AT SF CITY HALL 11/19/15
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Show Info from the SFAC website:
On view November 4, 2015 – March 25, 2016
San Francisco City Hall: Ground Floor Exhibition + North Light Court Banners, plus 40 Downtown Kiosk Posters
Special Event (free and open to the public)
DATE: Thursday, November 19, 2015
Opening Birthday Party with Curator and Artist-led Walkthrough
San Francisco City Hall, ground floor
Tour: 5 p.m. Reception: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
On December 28, 1915, the doors of the newly rebuilt City Hall were opened to the public by then San Francisco Mayor James Rolph. 100 years later, the San Francisco Arts Commission Galleries has commissioned 100 drawings by North Beach resident and internationally renowned artist Jeremy Fish to celebrate this landmark anniversary. O Glorious City will feature both drawings and photographic collages about City Hall, San Francisco and the people that make the city special. To prepare for the exhibition, Jeremy Fish became the first-ever Artist in Residence at San Francisco City Hall.
According to the artist, “As San Francisco City Hall celebrates its centenary birthday I want to document 100 things all San Franciscans should love about their city. I love City Hall and feel it is often overlooked as a local architectural treasure.” The title, O Glorious City, comes from a text written by former San Francisco Mayor Edward Robeson Taylor inscribed in the rotunda of City Hall: “San Francisco, O glorious city of our hearts that has been tried and not found wanting, go thou with like spirit to make the future thine.”
The SFAC Galleries Director Meg Shiffler explains why she selected Fish for this special project, “He is a local artist coming into well-deserved international notoriety, and San Francisco has played a major role in his work for two decades. For this exhibition, we wanted to bridge the building’s past and present. His intense civic pride and exuberant, youthful style reflect the vibrancy of our ever-evolving city.”
Jeremy Fish’s Bio:
Jeremy Dan Fish was born in Albany, New York in 1974 and moved to San Francisco in 1994 to attend art school. He received a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1996 with an emphasis on painting and printmaking. Fish’s education and work experience has led to a successful career as a fine artist and commercial illustrator. Finding a balance between exhibiting his work both across the US, and internationally in galleries and museums, he maintains a presence designing skateboards, t-shirts, vinyl toys, album covers, periodical illustrations, murals, and sneakers. Happily Ever After: The Artworks of Jeremy Fish, was published by Upper Playground in 2014.
O Glorious City by Jeremy Fish is generously supported in part by Grants for the Arts / San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund.