If you like excellent examples of urban art, you need to visit the museum exhibit now showing at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido.
Street Legacy: SoCal Style Masters features artwork representing diverse subcultures found in Southern California.
Artists have filled the museum galleries with paintings, murals, sculptures and other works inspired by graffiti, street art, skateboarding, surfing, tattoos, lowriders and more. In many works you’ll see the pride of heritage. Many pieces are bold and sensual.
If you travel around San Diego, you’ll probably recognize some of the local street artists. Each has a unique style. I’ve photographed much of their fine mural work during my walks through the city. I generally, however, do not photograph vandalism.
Visitors to the exhibition might be taken aback by images of guns and implied gang violence, and one piece depicting police officers as pigs. The artwork reflects the viewpoint of many on the streets. These images exist side-by-side with images promoting peace and love.
Together we live in a complex, often difficult world with differing personal experiences and perspectives.
Street Legacy: SoCal Style Masters runs through August 28, 2022.