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Henry Gunderson Mural

Written by Trippe   
Tuesday, 04 January 2011 10:49

Got some photos emailed over of a brand new radical mural by our buddy Henry Gunderson now adjourned on a Divisadero street wall at Hayes as part of Gallery Heist's new mural project. Check some photos. Tin foil up in there, and we spy some Gavin Heslet getting some footage as well. Creative Lives?


Gallery Heist is excited to announce Heist Walls a mural project celebrating contemporary art on the walls of San Francisco. The first wall to be included in the project will be the historical Harding Theater wall on Divisadero and Hayes with a mural by burgeoning artist Henry Gunderson.

Gallery Heist has procured this wall in addition to their wall on Geary & Leavenworth and will continue to secure walls throughout San Francisco to serve as an extension of ongoing exhibitions curated at Gallery Heist and to promote art on the streets and in public spaces. The property on which the mural is located has been owned by West & Praszker for the last seven years. The Harding Theatre opened on April 8, 1926. It was built by Samuel H. Levin with the Reid Brothers as architects. It served as a neighborhood film house until it closed in 1970. In the intervening years it has been a venue for The Lamplighters, a Gilbert and Sullivan group, and, more recently, as a church, which moved out in 2004. The San Francisco Planning Commission declared the building a historic landmark in 2006.

The artwork on the Harding wall will rotate monthly featuring a new artists each month. The goal is to use this wall to present top contemporary artists from the bay area and beyond. Gallery Heist just celebrated its one year anniversary in November.

Henry Gunderson (born 1990) is a contemporary artist who lives and works in San Francisco, California. He is currently a BFA candidate at the San Francisco Art Institute. His work has been likened to George Braque and Henry Darger. He's also been praised for his insight into "the clash between man and nature and the animalistic tendencies innate in humans." Having had his first solo show at Fecal Face Dot Gallery in San Francisco at the age of 19, he's been called a child prodigy.

A selection of Gunderson’s numerous exhibitions in the last two years include those at Show and Tell Gallery in Toronto, Nudashank in Baltimore, as well as Gallery Heist and White Walls in San Francisco. In 2010 he was chosen for Survey Select at Wonderbread Factory in San Diego, an exhibition that highlights recent developments in narrative painting.

White holes are black. As a white hole Henry Gunderson ejects matter from his event horizon, matter that softens hearts with a meat hammer. Somewhere in between a black hole and a white hole there is a stomach. The stomach plays a key role in the process and is somewhat sensitive, and this is why the meat must be softened. This process creates nothing new just digests what was and is already there.

Gallery Heist 679 Geary San Francisco 94102 www.galleryheist.com 415.563.1708 info@galleryheist.com

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