Street Legacy: SoCal Style Masters

June 25 - August 28, 2022

Curated by Bobby Ruiz and Dr. G. Jim Daichendt, Street Legacy features artworks from the diverse subcultures of Southern California, including lowrider, surf, skate, tattoo, and graffiti cultures. This exhibition puts street art in the galleries, highlighting some of the best-known street artists in SoCal.

Street Legacy will highlight nearly 100 artists representing the diverse cultural landscape of Southern California. The exhibition will include new artworks created for the exhibition and temporary mural installations inside the galleries. 

Please be aware, this exhibition contains mature themes and imagery. We hope that it fosters meaningful dialogue.

Morgan Deeble, Untitled, 2022, Colored pencil on cold press Artagain, 18x24 in.

Notes on controversial imagery:

Our hope as curators is to elevate, educate, and inspire the community to be better viewers and interpreters of art. This requires deep looking, reflection, and asking good, but sometimes hard questions.

We want to move the viewer beyond easy, emotional levels of looking and help them become mindful of their feelings — ask why they feel that way — guide our thoughts without quick reactions.

There are hosts of images that could be seen as controversial but we want them to serve as a source for interpretation rather than quick reaction.

Graffiti artists, street artists, and the various sub-cultures represented in this show see their art as a creative expression of themselves (like specialized signatures), which they can write on as many surfaces as possible — especially as graffiti. The more they repeat what they write, the stronger the message becomes. Typically, it’s not done for us viewers, but rather for other writers and members of those sub-cultures. Such understanding helps onlookers avoid being deterred by an art form merely because it’s unfamiliar.

Those in authority often (not always) view graffiti as something that need to be controlled because it represents lawlessness, chaos, and destruction of property. Whether it be police, politicians, teachers/administrators…. or anyone in an authoritative position often see controlling graffiti as the goal.

This is true in scholarship regarding graffiti and it has not been until recently that we have started to look at it from different perspectives.

In a recent statement, the CCAE Board of Trustees reaffirmed the Center’s commitment to Street Legacy: SoCal Style Masters. Read the full statement here.

Participating Artists:

Albert De Alba, Alex Garcia, Ames, Anti, Antonio Mejia, Antonio Pelayo, Armando Flores, Big Checho, Big Sleeps,   Big Tiny, Billie the Kid, Brgr Face, Brisk, Brown, Carlo Miranda, Carlos Torres, Carly Ealey, Channin Fulton, Chaz Bojorquez, Chikle, Chimu, Chris Konecki, Chuey Quintanar, Chuy Espinosa, Colette Miller, Cory SaintClair,  Craig Stecyk, Cryptik, Dakota Gomez, Dane Souder, David Flores, David Porras, Dream On, Dyse One, Emily Klinger, Eno, Eric Gonzalez, España Garcia, Estevan Oriol, Flaks, Fonzy, Franco Vescovi, Gane, Germ, Gustavo Rimada, Hasler, Herman Plasencia, Honkey Kong, Horacio Martinez, Huit “8”, Isaac Pelayo, Isaac Quezada, Jack Rudy, Jason Brown, Jesse Hernandez, Johnny  Quintana, Joker, Jorge Rosales, Justin Bua, Kenny Scharf, Latisha Wood, Left E, Lexy Vaatete, Louie Perez III, Lyjah Vaatete, Mando Saldana, Manuel Cisneros, Marissa Quinn, Mear One, Mercado, Mike Giant, Mike Rios, Mister Cartoon, Mister Rhythm, Mister Troshin, Morgan Deeble, Mr B Baby, OG Abel, Opie Ortiz, Persue, Pres, Vaatete Ricardo Islas, Rascal, Risk, Robbie Conal, Rudy Ruiz, Sal Elias, Shepard Fairey, Slick, Steve Soto, Teen Angel, Tim Hendricks, Tone Chingon, Tristan Eaton, Vanessa Tores, Victor Cordero, Vyal, Yely, Zane

Image credit: Sal Elias

Street Legacy: SoCal Style Masters is generously sponsored by:
Carol and Lawrence Garner
Theory R Properties
and ENA Art Group

ENA Art Group

About the Museum:

The Center Museum hosts four to six exhibitions per year. The Museum seeks to provide North County San Diego with access to relevant, thought-provoking, and wide-ranging exhibitions that highlight contemporary artists and artworks. Each show is accompanied by a dedicated Emerging Artist Gallery Wall as a commitment to supporting young artists in the community.

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