****Please welcome ML4U's newest contributor, Karanina Leigh! In this post Karanina heads down to 6allery, formerly Gallery Six, getting a sneak peek at their upcoming show. ~ meighan****
I recently went to visit with the lads of 6allery (Gallery 6) to preview Jason C. Arnold's upcoming solo exhibition, "Skate Life," curated by Jason Vivona. Arnold, a San Jose native and self-taught painter, learned to master the fundamentals of portraiture by visiting San Francisco's own Legion of Honor through out his life, and established a true talent for painting. For "Skate Life" Arnold will introduce you to his own personal skateboard heroes, such as Andy Roy, Mike Carrol, Brian Anderson, and "Crazy Eddie". You will also meet famous icons of our time: Alfred Hitchcock (a personal favorite of mine) exposed with a well-deserved essence of bad-ass entitlement with Old English forty and skateboard in hand as weapons of choice. The artist blatantly intertwines his love for skateboarding, and the culture in which he grew up, into the portraiture he produces, making the body of artwork a true representation of himself; Jason C. Arnold IS "Skate Life. ~ Karanina
Emerging with a new aesthetic from a several month-long hibernation, 6allery is on the brink between the city of San Francisco's attempt at "beautification" of Sixth St and the elements that make the SOMA street infamously known for its undesirable dregs and lurchers. We look forward to new beginnings for the small space, as the back walls and bathroom will be covered in collaborated wheat pastes from artists Hugh Leeman, D young V, and Eddie.
6allery is making a conscious environmental effort to reduce their paper waste by becoming a "paperless" establishment, and not printing show cards; instead, they have plans to create a limited amount of screen printed posters for openings, and more hand-made creations in order to reduce their paper waste. Keep updated on their calendar for up-coming shows. Way to go, 6allery!
(From left to right) Jason Vivona and Jason C. Arnold. Thanks guys, so much! Come check out the opening of "Skate Life" at 6allery, Friday, June 25 from 7-11pm. See you there!