JR Launches Monumental "Chronicles of San Francisco – Sketches" Exhibition

Spotlighting portraits, video installations, and more.

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Esteemed French artist JR is the subject of a latest photography exhibition at Pace Gallery’s Palo Alto outpost. Entitled “The Chronicles of San Francisco – Sketches,” the dynamic presentation sees large-scale works portraying everyday life, people, and urban landscapes from the West Coast city. The exhibition includes portraits, works on paper, light boxes, etched glass pieces, and video installations — all inspired by the artist’s monumental mural project of the same name as the show title.

Over 1,200 people were interviewed and filmed for the grand endeavor. “The project began in January of 2018 when JR and his team roamed San Francisco, parking their 53’ trailer truck, with a photo-studio installed inside, in more than 22 different locations around the city to capture portraits of anyone passing by who wished to participate,” said Pace in a statement.

View a selection of works above. “The Chronicles of San Francisco – Sketches” is currently on view at Pace Gallery Palo Alto until March 24.

For more art shows, check out Jim Denomie’s first exhibition at Bockley Gallery featuring works that explore the controversial events that transpired during the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) protest from 2016.

Pace Gallery, Palo Alto
2530, 229 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301

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"The mural aims to be a picture of society, not depicting good and bad, but rather showing that both sides are present in everyone.”—JR (@jr) – "JR: The Chronicles of San Francisco – Sketches" opens this evening at #PaceGallery in Palo Alto! Stop by 229 Hamilton Avenue between 4 and 7 PM to view a series of new works by JR, the French artist known for his large-scale urban works that address socio-economic and political issues. Long-inspired by the work of Mexican painter Diego Rivera, who completed three murals in #SanFrancisco beginning in 1931, #JR chose SF for this urban mural subject, imagining how a whole city and its diversity of residents can be represented through art. – The exhibition showcases four new and different artistic techniques and mediums. Video installations will give visitors a perspective of the moving mural on a more intimate scale. “Work-in-progress” pieces, including photographs and preparatory sketches and drawings, show the process of assembling the thousands of individual portraits and detailed scenery shots into one single image. Lightboxes will depict different sections of the mural in a highly vivid manner, and lastly, the etched glass artworks will underscore the unique depth and texture within the mural. – Image: JR, "The Chronicles of San Francisco, Theater, Work in progress, USA," 2018, laser cut cardboard, ink jet print, printed duraclear, plexiglass, steel frame, 120 cm × 200 cm × 7 cm ©️ JR

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