Deliverance opened to a steady stream of bike enthusiasts with a good-sized crowd
gathering for the last two hours of the reception. The SFBMA's bummy reputation
must have proceeded it because an anonymous donor provided a free table
of hors d'oveurs. In addition to plenty-o-beer and monkey bike rides,
participants were treated to a mind-boggling array of visual stimulation
- the show has hung salon-style - that is to say every available inch
of space was crammed with something.
Out of the
five messenger arts shows I've been involved with, Deliverance has the highest caliber of work, encouraging considering the fact that
for several participating artists, such as Chris Buchanan, this was
their first public exhibition in a non-graffiti format.
to see people create their art just for the sheer fun of it. Benji,
a rider for Special T, exhibited his intricate paper mosaics of animals
in nature, created from thousands of hand-painted bits of paper and
pulsing with a frenetic energy. Damon's collaborative assemblage piece
incorporated messenger IDs dating back to the 80s - revealing Nosmo
and Danny Boy with hair!
ethic permeated that entire show with innovative hanging hardware -
Kyle hung with pieces with bike chains; Brad Fritz opted for beer can
Deliverance will continue through December 17th. Many of the works are available
for sale and 10% of all sales goes to the SFBMA.