Bringing "sign bombing" to light, fnnch is paving the way for art and public spaces.
This past Sunday, along with 24 of his friends, fnnch posted 450 of his iconic honey bears across downtown, from the Tenderloin to the classiest part of Nob Hill. fnnch has been commonly known for his collection of bears but recently, the artist has also been an activist and voice for true street artists. Apart of his just-launched campaign to decriminalize the use of stickers and wheatpaste, the artist ran the city with the honey covered bears to support a new, legal kind of street art called "sign bombing." This is meant to stir up dialogue about how we use our public spaces.
He wrote on his Medium to explain the rush of the bears, "The absurdity of hundreds of honey bears filling the streets is meant to show the absurdity of San Francisco's graffiti laws, which are a lot more conservative than the rest of the state, San Francisco has no free-paint walls or other open forums of visual expression, and it in fact criminalizes several forms of street art that are more commonly tolerated."
It's mind-boggling to think that a piece of wholesome, color enriching art can be seen as a public nuisance when it brings so much character and light to a neighborhood that definitely needs it. The city won't take matters into their hands, so why can't the artists?
Those who live in neighborhoods who don't have immediate access to local or even worldwide art, can't truly appreciate the right side of their local upbringing. "Sadly, art isn't part of most people's upbringing—it's considered an elite thing and tends to be highly undemocratic," he says, noting that roughly 1.2 million people visit SFMOMA annually; that's just five percent of the more than 25 million people who live in or visit the city.
fnnch is incredibly serious about this topic, so much so that he’s started a petition trying to decriminalize the posting of art in public that, like stickers, uses adhesives. Currently, his protest has so far garnered over 10,00 signatures, although many are from non-locals hailing from other states. The goal is to net 11,000 signatures in hopes of drawing the attention of the Board of Supervisors.
We support the fact that fnnch uses his platform to educate, inform, and to press buttons in politics and community. It's the point of art.
// Want to support his petition? Go and give a signature now if you agree with his point of view.
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