Victor Reyes @ Known Gallery

It’s fun to look for street art around your neighborhood so imagine looking for twenty-six letters throughout a portion of the city.

Street artist Victor Reyes was able to provide that for the residents of Mission District in San Francisco. In swirling, beautiful colors he covered certain parts of the streets with letters – one was a giant ‘M’ on the wall of a liquor store. Reyes began his career in the 1990s and now has a second solo show at Known Gallery. “The Jungle,” which runs until the 7th, shows off both Reyes’ skill with typography and his ability to work with colors.

When you first walk in, two opposing pieces greet you. What I liked about these were that they were so different yet so similar. “Diamond” was a strictly black-and-white piece with an amazing amount of detail.

Across from this piece was “The Jungle” which was an explosion of color that contrasted this piece. But it also had a good amount of detail and some of the same swirling shapes.

What helped show off the art even more were some cool artistic and curatorial choices. In any given show, the curator works with the artist to decide placement of pieces and in this particular show both the curator and artist’s vision came through.

For example, the gallery chose to dedicate an entire wall to a group of piece which Reyes entitled “Quilt” followed by the piece’s respective number.

Reyes also chose to pair some pieces together, with one triangular canvas on top of a rectangular one.

Some pieces also showed off his typography skills, while still keeping to the themes of the other pieces (i.e. the swirling colors).

The show was focused on showing the “savage nature of humanity in context of modern day America while simultaneously exploring the primal, mammalian inclinations that pulse just under the facade of contemporary culture.”

My favorite piece was “Lions” because from far away I couldn’t tell that there were in fact two animals fighting. The color are spectacular here and it’s one of those pieces that you can’t just glance at and walk away from.

Check out the other pieces in the show. I definitely recommend seeing it in person. There’s something about these colors that is transifixing.

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