About the Exhibit
The Bay Area Legends exhibit is made up of an indoor and outdoor art gallery. Twenty artist
who have mastered aerosol as a medium have been invited to participate in an exposé that honors
graffiti culture and its connection to the Bay Area—each will be showcasing artwork to be
placed on our gallery walls and will be adding some color and style to the parking lot behind the
gallery in a live painting demonstration.
Although some may consider it to be an unauthorized visual intervention, graffiti obtains the power to build relationships and facilitate dynamic dialogue between a diverse and often underrepresented group of communities to help increase their input and impact on public decisions that involve art and urban development. With this project, we aim to capture and document some of the unique San Jose history and energy and encourage people to explore, appreciate, and positively engage with the spaces around them.
This being a font-based art form, graffiti uses fame-seeking strategies and combines them with mass communication, allowing writers to show more styles to more regions; a network of communication, and a new territorialization of the city by means of colors, letters, and style. With the internet now being a prominent influence, the scene is in constant flux. These legends remind us of the ephemeral quality of graffiti, as time passes, their voice and history stay embedded in the generations to come.