Solo show from Hugh Leeman
Opening Jan 14, 2011
Hugh is very involved with the community down on 6th street here in SF, and if you know SF then you are well aware of the atmosphere of 6th and Market. Drug dealers, drug doers of all sort, people generally down on their luck in many forms. This is Hugh's canvas as he interacts and paints the characters he comes in contact with. SF people have probably seen a wheat paste or two of Hugh's work around town.
Pretty mellow opening, but we were there pretty early too and didn't stay very long.
Like it. Reminds me of Scotty, a really nice homeless man who hangs out front FFDG.
One way there, guy... WATCH OUT for the dead end!
In the back of Lower Haters, they have a wall featuring their permanent collection.
What's up there, Alan?
You see watch our video interview w/ Alan Bamberger yet?
Like this piece.
Is this one of Hugh's chilhood drawings? You know you have your D&D drawings at home in your mom's closet.
Off to Park Life for this opening...
Feature article in NUVO magazine 1/11, article by: Catherine Green
"...Leeman has become a neighborhood character himself, similar to the residents we met as I shadowed him on a recent giveaway. The men and women who frequent the streets surrounding his studio clearly have come to appreciate Leeman's generosity.
As we stand beside a fold-up table and cardboard box full of shirts, people flock to talk with the artist, bum a cigarette and pick up their apparel.
One man, Adib, stops to express gratitude for Leeman's work after hurrying to grab one of the last shirts. "We want to see him win," he says. "He's in the right place, the right community." Adib invites us to a dinner for the Muslim community just around the corner; the artist enthusiastically agrees to swing by later.
But Leeman wasn't always so popular on 6th Street. "When I first started giving the stuff away, people kind of thought I was a cop," he recalls. His first attempts at connecting with the community included offering hand-me-down clothes and supplies, asking if residents would let him take their pictures and perhaps paint them. This tactic was generally unsuccessful.
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