Monday, April 29, 2019

More on mean people

Camden Avery

From a recent edition of Hoodline:

Divisadero neighbors have a fresh piece of street art to enjoy. A new mural is currently going up in the parking lot of Touchless Car Wash, at Divisadero and Fell.

The mural, a series of repeated text that reads, "NO MORE MEAN PEOPLE," is being installed by Mike "Spike" Krouse, also known as the proprietor of Madrone, Pop's, and Bar Fluxus

The work is being commissioned by SF Beautiful and ArtOnSiteSF...If Krouse's work is familiar, it's likely because you've run across it before, either at Madrone or elsewhere around the city...

Rob's comment:
Most of Krouse's art seems uninspired and/or derivative. But his apparent assumption that he has a serious message is delusional. "Mean people" surely includes President Trump and his supporters, but the invocation and its repetition are banal, as is "more love less hate" here.

Krouse is evidently a successful businessman and arguably an artist, but he's no thinker.

The car wash work reminded me that I was designated as a "mean person" in the SF Weekly back in 2006 for the villainy of successfully requiring San Francisco to follow state law by doing an environmental review of its 500-page Bicycle Plan. (My response to the SF Weekly).

What's surprising is that the litigation that inspired SF Weekly to call me a meanie is still causing some kind of PTSD in liberal circles in 2019---and last year: SF cyclists still traumatized by 2005 litigation.

See also Susan King, the injunction, and PTSD.

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