Renowned Muralist John Baden Presents Pride Week Art Installation in San Francisco's Hayes Valley
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Muralist John Baden, resident artist at The Gate of San Leandro, California, offers personal insight on what it means to be normal in America with an upcoming art installation during Pride Week in the heart of San Francisco.
"Born from discussion with my friend and fellow artist Russell Pritchard about what it really means to be normal in America, I created three 12x4 foot sections of latex on wood paintings." John Baden continues, "I was able to utilize my 3,700 square foot co-working studio at The Gate to create the large sections before trucking them to San Francisco. The result is a multiple art installation in my own neighborhood of Hayes Valley. The Gate's unique community environment for discourse combined with the huge space required to bring my artistic vision to life is what really enabled this to happen. It's this combination, along with the great location, that makes The Gate so appealing to all types of artists and makers."
Steve Wong of real estate merchant banking firm SKB adds, "It is our pleasure to provide an art grant of studio space to John Baden at The Gate. We are dedicated to helping today's creative-commerce class to thrive with flexible co-working space and customized leases. Baden's work has added to the vitality and transformation of our 1940s-era factory building into a world-class art, technology start-up and maker hub."
Hosted by the Hayes Valley Art Coalition, John Baden's "NORMAL" is a multiple art installation at 580 Hayes Street, including:
- A 12 x 16 foot mural featuring the Rainbow Flag within the repeated text of "NORMAL" along with combinations of intertwined male and female symbols
- A 20 x 10 foot map of the USA indicating states where same-sex marriage has been legalized
- Graphic entryway art mural
"NORMAL" by John Baden - Art Installation and Exhibit
The installation will be up until the building is demolished, generally thought to be end of July 2014.
Where: "NORMAL" Pop Up Art Gallery, 580 Hayes St., San Francisco CA 94102 (just around the corner from Baden's iconic "Wrecking Ball"artwork)
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 26th, 6 to 9pm. No-host bar and music provided by Hayes and Kebab. Limited edition t-shirts available, numbered and signed by the artist
Open House: Sunday, June 29th, 11am - 5pm. Viewing and photo opportunities.
Ongoing sales for limited edition John Baden "NORMAL" art and merchandise provided through ZonalHome.com. A portion of proceeds of sale of all art on display and limited edition, signed & numbered art T-shirts screened by Playa Pete with rainbow flags hand-colored and signed by the artist, John Baden, will go to the non-profit Hayes Valley Art Coalition.
About John Baden
Resident artist at The Gate, John Baden is a San Francisco postmodern/pop-art painter working in extreme scale on building exteriors and interiors. He is best known for iconic works of historic value, and is in frequently in the news for bold graphics, bright colors, and eclectic designs. Baden has installations across the United States, include community-centric art in Hayes Valley, SOMA, Mission & Castro districts of San Francisco. Commercial engagements include style & branding extension for storefronts and print catalogs for Pottery Barn and Design Within Reach. Baden works with individuals to express their own reinvention & spirit throughout their home or workplace in color, texture and form. Baden's personal mission is to increase the balance of gratitude in the world through kindness, beauty and truth. For more information, visit BadenDesigns.com