New Year’s at the Museum

For the second day of the new year, I headed off to the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art. It was the last day of a show with work from street artists like Banksy and Shepard Farey. Unlike most shows, it was okay to photograph the work on display. I couldn’t help but take advantage of the opportunity.

This portrait was made by chipping away the plaster from a brick wall.

This was the coolest bike ever. Not sure what the difference is between art and craft. I guess if it’s in a museum, it’s art.

This is a view of the inside of the roof of the bike. Not your average beach cruiser.

The French artist JR blankets huge sections of Brazilian slums with billboard sized eyes. The effect is stunning.

This is the setup that one graffiti artist uses to spray paint. These cans are hooked up to an arm hooked up to a bike. The “artist” then rides along a wall and the cans spray in a directed pattern. Interesting. Art? Hmmm…

On the way home, I drove by the bay. There happened to be three cruise ships docked there. I’d never seen more than one large boat parked at the harbor so of course, I had to stop for a photo. One was being pushed out to sea by a tugboat.

The sunny day had turned to a rainy night by this point. My iPhone was quickly getting soaked. Not wanting to ruin it with water, I finally gave up and headed for home.

Seeing all the street art at the museum motivated me to rent the movie, “Exit Through the Gift Shop,” a documentary about street art. It features Banksy and Shepard Farey, but isn’t about them. Great story with an unexpected ending. It definitely makes you wonder about what is art and what isn’t. Well worth renting.


About johnmireles

Photographer, writer, thinker, climber, outrigger canoeist, bad guitar player and even worse singer.
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