Unprecedented Access to an Unprecedented Street Art Show
The Street Art photographer gives us a personal look with some of his favorite shots in a photo essay on “Viva La Revolucion”
Shepard Fairey in action on Kettner Street not far from the museum (© Geoff Hargadon)
It’s very exciting to be a part of a growing and ever-evolving art movement comprised of so many diverse artists and talents. Among them of course are the photographers who enable us to see what is happening without leaving our computers. Sometimes they are simply documenting pieces so you have the opportunity to see what the street artist created. Other times a photographer will open other doors of understanding, write a bit of poetry with the moment.
We are so impressed with Geoff Hargadon and his deft positioning of the frame and his storytelling ability. During the installation of the city-wide street art show “Viva la Revolución” that is running right now in San Diego, Hargadon was given unprecedented access to the artists as they immersed themselves in their work. We asked Geoff to tell us a story with his images of that exceptional experience.
Two team members of French large-scale Street Artist JR helping with his installation on 5th-Ave (© Geoff Hargadon)
” ‘Viva la Revolución,’ curated by my good friend, Pedro Alonzo, opened last week at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. Pedro and I got to know each other well during Shepard Fairey’s museum show in Boston at the Institute of Contemporary Art, which he also curated, and through that show he became acquainted with the photography I had done on Shepard’s work in Boston and Miami. When I heard he was putting this show together, with 20 of the best artists in the world, I urged him to document the outdoor work well, and offered to spend 10 days following the artists around.
My proposal was to be everywhere at once, and to get as close to them as possible without getting in the way. Without exception, the artists were gracious and welcoming. The result was 45GB of photographs, from which the museum will select a bunch for inclusion in the show’s catalog, media coverage, and potentially some commemorative prints. Here I have selected, with some difficulty, a handful that attempt to capture the diversity of the work, the varied processes the artists used, the wide range of locations in San Diego, and the spirit of street art itself.”
Brazilian brothers Os Gemeos piece on a parking garage (© Geoff Hargadon)
French tile wizard Invader did a number of well placed pieces in the city (© Geoff Hargadon)
The preparation of a piece by Stephan Doitschinoff, also known as Calma (© Geoff Hargadon)
The finished Calma piece (© Geoff Hargadon)
Os Gemeos in the studio space (© Geoff Hargadon)
Brooklyn Street Artist Swoon’s piece being installed with help by her team. (© Geoff Hargadon)
A JR installation in progress with the help of an intern at the museum.”It’s the left wall of a mini theatre in which he shows
one of his recent video works – a brilliant and moving piece.”(© Geoff Hargadon)
Mexican tattoo artist Dr. Lakra installed a mural in a lot next to this low rider, which continued to beckon him during his work. (© Geoff Hargadon)