Trespass: Uncommissioned Public Art

Updates from and letters to the editor

San Francisco book signing, Thurs, Feb 17, 7PM

Forgive the cliche “time has really flown by” but it really has as I’ve been working as a coordinator for the upcoming Art in the Streets show at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. Until that exhibition opens in April, the event I’m looking forward to most is the Trespass book signing in San Francisco hosted by the Billboard Liberation Front. It’s coming up on Thursday, February 17th at 7pm at the legendary City Lights book store (the crucible for the Beat scene). I’ll be driving up from Los Angeles, and looking forward to the chance to talk about how the book came to be. One of the points I wanted to bring up again was that “uncommissioned public art” was the book’s original title, and that is important because it reflects better than urban the proposal that street art and graffiti are a part of a larger artistic impulse to create outside the establishment. Instead of force-feeding with a definite idea what is good or in this case what is most popular for a commercial product, we featured many relatively unknown, brilliant artist and projects — I hope the experience with the book is somewhat private in so much that allows you to come to your own conclusions. I loved the comment by one artist that she didn’t want to be pigeon-holed and that’s what she liked about Trespass. It’s a long history, and we are all players so long as we keep our eyes open, which brings me back to the art of making books!

Click here for the City Lights website

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