DescriptionThe original painting is 14' x 31', oil on panel. (Private collection).'Magic City' derives from the Arc of Triumph for San Francisco’s International Exposition, held at Treasure Island, in 1939. This time 'Magic City', is surrounded by a copper-red atmosphere, confronted by a tall arch in minimalist style. The left façade goes skyward continuous to infinity, meanwhile the entire arch engages the viewer to search within its space – a celebration towards such structure combined with one’s own findings.Before 1936, the spot of land in San Francisco Bay known as Treasure Island did not exist. It is a man-made island, 400 acres of landfill dredged out of the bay, and the Army Corp of Engineers began work on it in March 1936 – before the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges were completed. It was to be the site of the Golden Gate International Exposition, a phantasmagoria of architectural beauty that would open in 1939. The fair’s purpose was to promote peace and international cooperation; it was also a celebration of San Francisco: the building of two new bridges launched the city’s role as the 'gateway to the Pacific.” The breathtaking buildings, dramatically and inventively lit at night in glowing colors – embraced a variety of architectural styles: Art deco, Bauhaus, Romanesque. The theme of the fair was Pacific unity, sharing styles from all four continents with the Pacific coasts. As the war in Europe heated up, various participating countries had to close their exhibits. It became evident that Magic City could not be sustained. The fair closed on September 29th, 1940. The U.S. Navy set up a base on Treasure Island. All of the buildings were destroyed except for the Administration Building, which housed Treasure Island Museum until the mid 1990’s. It is now residential housing.
Patricia Araujo, San Francisco Member Since March 2010 Artist Statement Patricia Araujo was born in Miami, Florida, the daughter of Colombian parents. She grew up in Bogota, Colombia and lived there until the age of 19. She began drawing at a very early age, always intrigued by architecture and form. After completing high school in Bogota, Araujo moved to Northern California and studied architecture, painting, and photography. In 2005 she obtained her second B.F.A in Painting, from the San Francisco Art Institute.
For over a decade, Patricia Araujo has painted the facades of both iconic city landmarks and downtown buildings. Her paintings depict praiseworthy examples of San Francisco architecture, some utilitarian and others grandly ornamental; addressing the themes of urban growth and decay. Araujo continues to deepen her conceptual themes on architecture, place and change in the urban landscape. She has been exhibiting in San Francisco since 1998. In 2008, she published her first book, entitled ”SOMA SEEN”. Her work has been written about in the San Francisco Chronicle, Huffington Post, ARTslant, 7x7 SF, Beyondchron, Examiner and the San Francisco Bay Guardian. She lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area. To view her complete portfolio and resume online, please visit www.AbstractMetropolis.com