Barry McGee: Untitled

Sites Unseen, San Francisco, CA

Opened October 9, 2016 – ongoing

Production | Permanent Installation Grant

Sites Unseen—a public art initiative of the Yerba Buena Community Benefit District—has commissioned artist Barry McGee to create a permanent mural in several locations on the Moscone Center garage at Clementina Alley and Third Street in San Francisco. The artwork, supported by VIA Art Fund, features geometric patterning, figurative elements, and typography. Born in San Francisco, McGee has been an active and prominent fixture in the Bay Area’s street art scene since the 1980s, yet none of his outdoor public work remains in the city, where he continues to live today. Through VIA’s support of the project, McGee returns to the public sphere with a large-scale painted work that will include elements that celebrate his Chinese heritage as well as the area’s significant and growing Asian-American population.

McGee’s project is part of Sites Unseen’s Living Space: Art in the Alleys initiative, which programs eight alleyways—all located in the Yerba Buena neighborhood—with new artistic commissions and engages local communities through dynamic temporary interventions. These projects respond directly to the specific conditions of each alley, as well as issues facing the Bay area at large. McGee’s project will be part of a larger effort to create “living spaces” of respite that are also sites of community pride, as well as establish a sense of place, by creating a distinct urban identity for one of the most touristic and demographically diverse areas of the city.

Images: 1). Moscone Contemporary Art Centre & Garage by Barry McGee (6th floor vestibule, detail), 2016. Photograph by Jeanna Penn/ICU Art, Courtesy Sites Unseen.

2). Moscone Contemporary Art Centre & Garage by Barry McGee (Third Street breezeway section), 2016. Photograph by Jeanna Penn/ICU Art, Courtesy Sites Unseen.

3). Moscone Contemporary Art Centre & Garage by Barry McGee (Third Street lower façade section), 2016. Photograph by Jeanna Penn/ICU Art, Courtesy Sites Unseen.

4). Moscone Contemporary Art Centre & Garage by Barry McGee (Third Street lower façade section), 2016. Photograph by Jeanna Penn/ICU Art, Courtesy Sites Unseen.

5). Moscone Contemporary Art Centre & Garage by Barry McGee (rooftop), 2016. Photograph by Jeanna Penn/ICU Art, Courtesy Sites Unseen.

6). Moscone Contemporary Art Centre & Garage by Barry McGee (6th floor vestibule, detail), 2016. Photograph by Jeanna Penn/ICU Art, Courtesy Sites Unseen.

7). Moscone Contemporary Art Centre & Garage by Barry McGee (6th floor vestibule, detail), 2016. Photograph by Jeanna Penn/ICU Art, Courtesy Sites Unseen.

8). Moscone Contemporary Art Centre & Garage by Barry McGee (6th floor vestibule, detail), 2016. Photograph by Jeanna Penn/ICU Art, Courtesy Sites Unseen.

9). Moscone Contemporary Art Centre & Garage by Barry McGee (large wall on northwest corner), 2016. Photograph by Stash Maleski/ICU Art, Courtesy Sites Unseen.

10). Moscone Contemporary Art Centre & Garage by Barry McGee (southeast tower/rooftop), 2016. Photograph by Stash Maleski/ICU Art, Courtesy Sites Unseen.