This Friday, Bay Area collectors will do battle in a grueling game of wits that will leave only one standing. Having slayed his or her opponents, a lucky and no doubt skilled individual will emerge as the new master of this shiny new screenprint on trash.
That’s right, it’s time for the America SCORES Inspired Art Poetry Party and Art Auction.
America SCORES is an after-school program that combines soccer and poetry like so many Ronaldo strikes from midfield. The auction benefits their programming and in a twist I like, sees each art piece matched with a kid poem.
I got excited about my kid poem by Xitlaly Martinez, which offers a compelling new level of meaning to this particular image. In the print, an unusually placed couple (on the right edge of the frame) is intently snapping photos of something they see in the SF Botanical Gardens. I’m not sure exactly what this couple is seeing and I enjoy that sense of mystery. Xitlaly’s poem fleshes out a back story and I very much like the way the juxtaposition offers the act of seeing as something personal, sacred, and unknowable.
I See You
by Xitlaly Martinez, E.R. Taylor Elementary
I See You
Inside my heart I see you
Up in the sky I see you
Shining in the sunlight I see you
Sparking with the stars I see you.
In love I see you.
In happiness I see you.
In my beauty I see you.
So when I see you I see a school teacher helping me out.
When I see you I see a lionâ€¨ess and strong on the outside.
When I see you I see a loving and caring person on the inside.
Everywhere I am anywhere I am I see you.
Right now I see you