While wondering around the Tenderloin we happened upon Jasper’s Corner Tap – a restaurant on the corner of Taylor and O’Farrell St close to Union Square in Downtown San Francisco, Ca. From the exterior we were attracted by the art on the inside facade pillars. On entering the room we were amazed to find many art installations by local artists, some residents of the area.
In 2013 this Tap Room was designed by the Puccini Group where they installed art to bring the neighborhood into the space. The establishment is named after Jasper O’Farrell, the first official surveyor of San Francisco around the Gold Rush years. Most of the wallspace is covered with art. We encourage you to visit and have a drink or bite to eat to soak it in.
Aaron de la Cruz
Aaron de la Cruz hails from Fresno and is based in San Francisco, Ca. He has a very unique geometric style and tends to paint with two colors. While black and white are his go to colors he mixes it up sometimes throwing in other bold highlight colors or forsaking those complelely for two other colors. His art is like a maze of repeating patterns of lines and curves that somehow come together. He prefers paint over spray.
Aaron de la Cruz
D Young V and Aaron Lawrence
Much of D Young V’s work revolves around the idea of a highly technological post – apocalyptic society. The world being portrayed is ever changing as the artist changes with every new experience.
The basic premise for the design of this world is the idea of a society emerging on the scraps of the world that came before it. With new languages, spiritual beliefs and culture emerging from a world with no distinct knowledge of the world that existed before it. In a sense, its the concept of a fresh start for humanity, or more simply put’ a new beginning’. If the progress of our current society would lead to another ‘dark age’, what then would emerge from people after this period was over. The purpose of this work is to explore every possible avenue of that concept, while keeping a very colorful imagination.
D Young V is also a collaborative artist. In this mural he has collaborated with Aaron Lawrence who created the grid like map.
Read some interviews with D Young V about his adventures and art as well as viewing some of his art around San Francisco.
D Young V
Aaron Lawrence is a multimedia artist. He is a typographer, illustrator, web UX and UI designer. He is also known as Letter Lapse. This map is wheat pasted on the wall.
Hugh Leeman is an American artist, whose artwork gives voice to the overlooked and oft forgotten. His artwork and projects have worked in concert with the Aeta Tribe Foundation, to bring water wells to the indigenous Aeta Tribe in the Philippines. In the United States his artwork and projects include creating the not for profit “t-shirt project”. A business platform connecting low income and homeless “vendors” with smart phone users. This platform allowed smartphone users to support the “vendors” while receiving a t-shirt bearing the hand drawn portrait and backstory of the vendor they chose.
Jessica Hess is a landscape painter who depicts graffiti in oil on canvas and gouache on paper in its actual urban and decayed setting. Her renditions are so realistic they appear to be an artistic documentation of graffiti through a wide angle lens.
Excerpt from an interview in Juxtapoz Magazine
What initially sparked your interest in graffiti?
Color. Street and graffiti artists are really great colorists. The subjects I was working with ten years ago were quite dull. The more I learned about graffiti art and immersed myself in the culture the more comfortable I felt including it. It is more prevalent than ever and I feel that most of it is a beautiful and artful contribution to our cities.
Kristin Kyono is a mixed media print making artist who draws her inspiration from her urban surroundings. She takes multiple photographs that she overlays to create illusions of what are. Jasper’s Corner Tap is approximately where the Tenderloin meets Union Square, which is the essence of this mural.
Megan Wolfe hails from Tennessee. She is an artist and photographer who lived in San Francisco. She painted some birds on Sycamore St in the Mission District. There is still a remnant of that mural visible. Megan has since returned to the South where she lives in Mississippi.
“I’m an artist obsessed with urban wildlife. Currently, my work is classified by galleries and press as “abstract”, though I feel that I’m still recording something that you can see in life.. it’s just movement, instead of form.”
Casey Gray has an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. His mural is on the column towards the back of the photo. He fashioned it after grip tape art to reconnect with his skateboard roots. Grip tape art is specific to skateboards where art is printed on a grip adhesive to the top and bottom of the skateboard to individualize the look.
Casey Gray uses vibrant colors painting objects still life tableaus