"Low Riders," 1980, by Lou Dematteis

Lou Dematteis and Anthony Holdsworth are exhibiting work at Alley Cat Books this month, featuring photos (Dematteis) and paintings (Holdsworth) of life in the Mission District, with a particular focus on its low rider culture.

In 1979, Lou Dematteis began “a photographic documentation of the lowrider scene in the Mission and the mainly Latino youths who made up its participants,” he said. “I spent time the next two years photographing the scene, from its high point in 1979 and the beginning of 1980, through Mayor Diane Feinstein’s police crackdown later that year. It was a special ride never since reprised…A ride both slow and fast, one that was artistic, hopeful, unique, youthful and ultimately dangerous when the cops moved in to shut it down.”

Anyone who walks around the Mission a lot has probably seen Anthony Holdsworth sitting as his easel painting some iconic street scene. His depictions of the colorful buildings in the Mission are both realistic while being richer and more colorful than real life.

“The Mission District is a window on Latin America. When I paint here, my experience of Latin America, especially Mexico, enters the paintings,” Holdsworth said.

Low Riders and the Mission, Yesterday and Today is on view Sept 3- Sept 29 at Alley Cat Gallery, 3036 24th St. at Treat Avenue. Reception: Thursday, Sept 15, 6:30-9:00 pm. 

Both artists have other upcoming venues: Dematteis’ film “The Other Barrio” will be shown at de Young Museum on Friday, September 16th at 7 p.m. Holdsworth’s work will be in “De las Calles de Mexico a las Calles de la Mision,” featuring created in Mexico and the Mission District of San Francisco, at the Juan Fuentes Gallery, 2958 24th St. from Oct 22-Nov 26. Reception: Oct 22, 5-7 pm.

A few samples:

“King of the Streets,” 2016, by Anthony Holdsworth
“Casa Maria,” 2014, by Anthony Holdsworth
Anthony Holdsworth painting “Casa Maria.” Photo by Joseph Johnston
Lou Dematteis. Photo by Joseph Johnston
“Low Riders and Police,” 1980, by Lou Dematteis

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