With another mural, local artists continue a collective reboot of Divisadero's Touchless Car Wash

Photos: Camden Avery/Hoodline
By Camden Avery - Published on May 03, 2019.

Just weeks after Spike Krouse started work on a prominent Divisadero mural at Divisadero's Touchless Car Wash, another installation has cropped up on the Divisadero-facing storefront of the building.

The installation, along with work by artist Fnnch and Mitch Bierer on the north face of the car wash, is all part of an effort to bring some color to the site, which is slated for redevelopment, before it breaks ground.

The "Divisadero" mural is a collaboration among local artists Orlie Kapitulnik, Amanda Durbin and Michelle Nguyen. Kapitulnik, whose work has also been featured at the rotating installation at the Alamo Square "Painted Gentlemen," said she was approached by Fnnch to collaborate on the space after he — along with Krouse — were approached by SF Beautiful, which was looking for artists at the invitation of property developer David Kriozere.

Spike Krouse's "NO MORE MEAN PEOPLE," was also completed this week. | Photo: Camden Avery/Hoodline

Kapitulnik is also a co-owner of A Little Lodge, the studio manager and production artist for 3 Fish Studios. Kapitulnik said her approach to the mural was very much about Divisadero, and about community.

"There were a couple murals that I distinctly remember when I moved into the neighborhood," she said, citing Jett Martinez's "Plant-it Earth," formerly at what's now Barvale, and Shenandoah Smith's "Divisadero" mural at Grove Street.

She roped in Durbin and Nguyen, with whom she co-owns the Inner Sunset gallery A Little Lodge — they all met initially at a friend's drawing night hosted at Vinyl coffee and wine bar, spitting distance from the car wash. 

"I knew that I wanted to collaboration with other women," Kapitulnik said. "It's incredibly powerful to be standing next to a wall with other women and making a beautiful thing, and have people walking by and see a bunch of ladies kicking ass."

In brainstorming the design, "I was reminiscing with them about those murals and how vibrant and cool they were," Kapitulnik said. "We thought it'd be cool to do a mural that's a nod to those murals."

Kapitulnik said for her, the collaboration was very much about "the power of diversity in working together. It's exciting to be working with POC folks, and queer folks, and bring that together into a community space. I know it's a very male-dominated space, and I'm very green in it," she said, "but I'm excited to see a lot more women making art on walls and making it big."

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