November 4–29, 2015
Wednesdays–Sundays, 1–5 pm plus Friday Nights until 8:30 pm
de Young | Kimball Education Gallery/Artist Studio
Artist Reception Friday Night, November 27, 6–8:30 pm: Join us in celebrating the artist’s residency with light refreshments.
For his one-month residency, Yarrow Slaps engages museum visitors with stories and tableaus of what it was like for him to grow up in San Francisco. As a young person, Slaps observed the cultural fabric of the city from many different angles, and he applies these various perspectives to his body of visual work and to his many musical recordings and mixtapes. His work often explores social, racial, and class issues in American society.
Yarrow Slaps is a figurative artist and hip-hop performer who was born and raised in San Francisco. Coming from an artistic family, he was surrounded by a wealth of underground culture in the Bay Area, from hip-hop to the Mission School. He studied at City College of San Francisco and began expressing himself first through creating music, and subsequently through painting and drawing. Combining high and low culture, his paintings, installations, and photographs depict urban influences. Slaps has exhibited his work at New Image Art and Think Tank Gallery in Los Angeles and the Luggage Store Gallery, Guerrero Gallery, and RVCA in San Francisco.