EXHIBITION DATES: 02/13/2023 - 08/18/2023
CURRENTLY BASED: SAN FRANCISCO, CA
ARTIST WEBSITE: KRISTIN FARR
Consistent with 836M’s 2023 thematic programming, this mural delves into how San Francisco’s history has shaped its present identity. Focusing on the neighborhood that 836M calls its home, Jackson Square, once known invitingly as San Francisco’s ‘Barbary Coast,’ Farr explores Jackson Square’s relationship to the gold rush and the brick architecture that survived the 1906 earthquake. Her mural incorporates colors inspired by these elements.
Kristin Farr’s work is directed by color, synesthesia, and magic. Farr draws inspiration from her family legacy with Pennsylvania’s “hex signs” and other folk art practices. These practices are said to bring good luck and protection to their surroundings. Her multidisciplinary approach embraces the synesthetic experience with a primary focus on color’s ability to achieve this effect. Kristin Farr was a lead curator for Facebook’s Artist in Residence (AIR) program and is currently KQED’s Arts Education Manager. She created the Emmy Award-winning video series “Art School,” which brought audiences directly into artists’ studios to learn about contemporary art. She is also a contributing editor for Juxtapoz Magazine and has been a contributor to the New York Times