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Dusty Madsen, Member’s Only, 2012, 1 Shot enamel on metal, 8 x 24". From “An American Language.”

“An American Language”

Guerrero Gallery

Dusty Madsen, Member’s Only, 2012, 1 Shot enamel on metal, 8 x 24". From “An American Language.”

“An American Language”

Guerrero Gallery

Any passerby who chanced upon this group show would have immediately realized that all was not business as usual: Suspended from Guerrero Gallery’s ceiling was a hulking wooden swing-stage scaffold bedaubed with enamel stains and labeled SIGN PAINT. Perhaps some viewers would recall an exhibition mounted by Guerrero last summer, when the gallery presented pieces by designers affiliated with San Francisco’s New Bohemia Signs, the city’s oldest sign shop, alongside the work of Jeff Canham and Stephen Powers, who, after cutting their teeth on sign painting and graffiti, respectively, went on to receive wider recognition showing in various contemporary art venues. Few of the participants in “An American Language” have this crossover status. All but one make their living primarily as sign painters, and the majority of the hundred-odd small,

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