Mid-Market Dreamscape: The Strand
Paz de la Calzada was selected by the San Francisco Art Commission’s Art in Storefronts program to make a large scale artwork on the boarded-up Strand Theater on Market Street in the middle of San Francisco. The façade was covered with a charcoal drawing of tangled strands of hair, which appear to wrap around the building, with one bold strand of hair trailing from the historic marquee. Unlike traditional murals this wall drawing challenges the spatial boundaries of art, playfully engaging with the architectural space and creating a sense of wonder.
Special thanks to the SFAC, the friends and volunteers who helped, and the Strand Theater owner Mark Casagranda for supporting this untraditional vision.
Michael Rauner is a photographer and a lover of books, dangerous animals, and the holy ghost. Since the turn of the century, he has spent most of his time pursuing photographic projects about illusive, sacred, and unusual pockets of the Californian landscape. His critically acclaimed book with author Erik Davis, "The Visionary State: A Journey thorough California's Spiritual Landscape" was published by Chronicle Books. Michael exhibits his work internationally and has work in numerous public collections, including the permanent collection of the SFMoMA and the Bancroft Library. PRINTS and a COLLECTOR'S EDITION of each project in a boxed, signed, limited edition fine art book are available from the artist: firstname.lastname@example.org Michael offers his artist book projects thorough Blurb at cost. The prices are Blurb's prices for best cover, paper quality and design free of corporate branding.
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