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Dreams at the City Limits, 2012

 

As seen in Peripheries (group show), at the Diego Rivera Gallery in San Francisco, CA.

Details below.

 

 

Also in the exhibition was work by my esteemed colleagues, Raelyn Ruppel (at left) and John Steck Jr. (at right).

 

 

 

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Dreams at the City Limits, Rickey Howard


        A long history of violence, both real and imagined, has hung over San Francisco's John McLaren Park, almost since its inception in 1934.
  Dreams at the City Limits investigates this history. Through extensive research at local records offices, police stations and libraries, I examine the facts, fictions, and mythologies that form the story of the park and the community at its borders.

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    Rickey Howard was a healthy 15 year old boy living in San Francisco in 1969. On June 24th of that year, the San Examiner           reported his death as an execution with a shotgun in John McLaren Park. The 15 year old boy above is not Rickey Howard. I met him standing in the same spot Rickey Howard spent his last moments.
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   McLaren Park is my park. I go there with my dog everyday. Concerned locals and even new-to-the-city transplants have all warned me about the park. Their stories are vague on facts and often end with a dead body in the park. Even though they sound made-up, the stories feel real.
    Research brought me to Rickey Howard. His death seems so senseless. It reminds me of the horrible and pointless violence of    my own hometown, Chicago. The saddest type of death, a teenager bursting with potential, but still a child. So poor he never even got a headstone. His truth is sadder than any of these fictions.

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