January 27th, 2012 – March 2nd, 2012
“The Truck Show SF” was an exhibit featuring Optimist and Plantrees that paid homage to the modern box-style delivery truck as an icon of graffiti and was also a charity event to benefit Visual Element, the public arts component of Oakland’s EastSide Art Alliance. Optimist and Plantrees put together a killer line-up of artists, including infamous Bay Area graffiti writers like Satyr, Jurne and Pemex who agreed to donate 100% of their proceeds to Visual Element. The organizers of “The Truck Show SF” showed that the graffiti writer’s love and respect for the art form is a powerful tool to help fuel and positively influence the next generation by giving back to their community even in a time of financial struggle.
The modern box-style delivery truck lives in the inner cities all across America. For the modern day graffiti writer it is a contemporary relative to the subway cars of the 70’s and 80’s, which helped spark the explosion of graffiti. In a state of eminent relocation, they assemble a disjointed gallery of ceaseless unrest, a perfect canvas for any opportunistic graffiti artist. In an attempt to keep trucks looking new, many owners will opt to give a graffiti writer permission to assume control over these plots of valuable real estate in the urban landscape.
Visual Element is the only intensive “Urban Graffiti Arts” program in East Oakland serving high school youth. The class facilitates the production of walls through their engagement with local property owners and the community. Students are trained to be responsible artists by learning a variety of visual arts skills including mural production, digital photography and graphic design. Visual Element creates a sustainable cycle and public art projects, which send the message that productive and self-sufficient youth can contribute positive change to their neighborhoods.
Both the organizers of “The Truck Show SF” and Visual Element believe that murals educate, motivate to action, and inspire more creations of beauty. With a wide price range of artwork for sale, everyone interested was able to take home a piece of graffiti history and support an important cause.
If you have any purchasing inquiries or would like to request media related material, please email maya@1AMSF.com.