Paper & Pressure @FFDG

Last month Lotte Arts, in collaboration with Tiny Splendor, opened a weeklong print show, Paper & Pressure. The show, held at FFDG, featured 16 California printmakers, including Kenneth Srivijittakar and Peter Baczek.

On Saturday and Sunday the gallery housed a print sale with work by over 50 artists and local presses. Peter Calderwood and Lena Gustafson of Night Diver Press presented their hand printed and bound artist book series, Heaven and Humans.

Paper and Pressure included evening classes: a comic arts workshop led by Kane Lynch, a lettering workshop led by Sean Vranizan and Kel Troughton, and an artist talk given by veteran printmaker, Doug Minkler

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Matt Moore Gets Earthy During his Residency in Utah

We've featured the works of designer and painter Matt Moore over the years and was pleased to receive his latest email featuring a collection of foraged Andy Goldsworthy-esk geometric mandala grids he created during a recent residency at Summit on Powder Mountain in Eden, Utah.

Moore writes, "I decided it was a good play to take full advantage of the sunshine and wilderness and develop a series that would allow me to explore the beauty of Utah, create work with my hands, and celebrate the native color palette of the landscape."

This series of mosaic mandalas was created entirely with elements foraged on the mountain and in the valley : River pebbles and stones, shale, red rocks from the high elevations, dead branches from aspen trees, bark from evergreens, cattails from the lake’s edge, dried wild grasses from yesteryear, and cut dead branches exposing the rings of the tree’s life.

This series of mosaic mandalas was created entirely with elements foraged on the mountain and in the valley : River pebbles and stones, shale, red rocks from the high elevations, dead branches from aspen trees, bark from evergreens, cattails from the lake’s edge, dried wild grasses from yesteryear, and cut dead branches exposing the rings of the tree’s life.

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At first it felt like playing caveman Tetris, somewhat of a flashback to building block castles I made as a child, but as the configurations evolved to be more complex I very much felt like a graphic artist or bricklayer, every measurement had to be dialed and every pebble or twig needed to be carefully placed.

At first it felt like playing caveman Tetris, somewhat of a flashback to building block castles I made as a child, but as the configurations evolved to be more complex I very much felt like a graphic artist or bricklayer, every measurement had to be dialed and every pebble or twig needed to be carefully placed.

Sickboy Interview - Show Opening 7/25 +London

‘Make It Last Forever’ is the title of the forthcoming solo exhibition by “UK street art pioneer” Sickboy, at Lazarides Gallery in London opening Friday, July 25th. 

Our friend and frequent FF contributor David Shillinglaw caught up with him before the big show featuring "misses, haphazardness, the longevity of art versus its creator."

I have known Sickboy for a few years and he is somewhat of a trickster. He is difficult to pin down. The man and his artwork slip and slide from canvas to caravan. A shape shifter and adventure painter, traversing Gambian mangroves and Indian slums as well as the less tropical streets of London and Bristol. The art is loaded with references that never fail to bend my mind toward humorous and psychedelic directions, a mash-up of familiar and foreign signs. I enjoy getting lost in the strange and colourful universe Sickboy creates; there is a golden thread throughout that no matter how cryptic and coded is always ready to make me smile.

We have both been away and on the run for the last few months, but with the help of various forms of telecommunications we managed to share a few words, images and a soundtrack to the new body of work. -David Shillinglaw

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DS: thanks for sending over photos. Looks like you've been having fun, how long you been in Barcelona? and why did you go to Barcelona in the first place.

SB: I woke up on new years day in the countryside without a hangover and thought it would be good to switch things up this year and get in the daylight stroke my hand in the ocean and rub garlic all over my teeth, I have been coming here for years and have good friends like Zosen, Max Rippon, Mina Hamada, Leon Kafre all going in deep on the art so I thought I’d join them while I created my show "Make It Last Forever" for Lazarides 

DS: You have been making a new body of work for the next London show. Tell me a little about the show. Where does the title come from? Make it last forever? Make what last forever? 

SB: It is a show about ephemera, life’s near misses, haphazardness, the longevity of art versus its creator, 

I am working on such an intense installation since I teamed up with a fabricator out here in Spain, and the canvas work to install ratio is really magnetised to my current most enveloping tangibility

DS: What you had for breakfast?

SB: Last nights dreams

DS: I know you have a strong appetite for rare soul and disco groove. Can you share some musical delights?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1GvzQ4_zlA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQKa42PI3u4

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Press Release for the upcoming show opening July 25th in London: Sickboy’s return to London with a full-scale exhibition celebrates a poignant embodiment of the artist’s inspirations to date.

Seeking to freeze-frame life’s ephemeral nature in the form of vivid, forward-thinking paintings, sculpture and installation, Make It Last Forever presents the unconventional artist’s most cohesive showcase to date. Utilising a variety of mediums Sickboy has been able to curate an array of personal assemblages, between his London and Barcelona studios, into an intimate and thought- provoking new body of work.

“Since I can remember I have been collecting objects of personal interest and categorising them to give the sum of objects a new story amongst their interchangeable juxtaposition, anything from a Disney character jilted by the ages to inanimate objects of beauty found on the street, jewels amongst the trash or gifts from the good people in my life. A good find always excited the inner child and pushes the story teller within me forward.” – Sickboy, 2014

For more info on the show, check here.

7/12 - Kelly Tunstall & Ferris Plock at The Shooting Gallery

SAN FRANCISCO --- our friends, the artistic duo Kelly Tunstall & Ferris Plock, open the show "Floating World" featuring new collaborative and solo works inspired by Japanese traditions and culture Saturday at The Shooting Gallery here in San Francisco. Below is a taste both visually and word(ially)

Kelly Tunstall & Ferris Plock
@The Shooting Gallery
Opening: Saturday, July 12th (7-11pm)

Love this new abstract vibe coming from Tunstall.

Love this new abstract vibe coming from Tunstall.

7/11 - Jim Houser Opening at FFDG Friday (6-9pm)

Working on Jim Houser's solo show NIGHT GOT QUIET - NOT QUITE LIGHT which opens this Friday evening in San Francisco at FFDG (6-9pm).

+our interview w/ Houser - below is a little peak as the show is installed.

Jim Houser at FFDG. His solo show opens Friday, July 11th (6-9pm) - 2277 Mission St. @19th. - www.ffdg.net

Jim Houser at FFDG. His solo show opens Friday, July 11th (6-9pm) - 2277 Mission St. @19th. - www.ffdg.net

Below is a little sneak peak as the install continues...

Murals by Brazilian Fredone Fone

We posted some of his brilliant mural work on the old site (lost to the Gods), and was happy when he emailed the other day with some of his newest collages. But before we get to those, let's catch up with his mural work first.

Bio: "The Brazilian is son of a bricklayer, Fredone Fone began to work since early age with his father, constructing houses for almost 10 years. He was never present at a school of art, he learned with his father life experiences in the construction world, which for him was fulfilling the function of a school. In 1995 Fredone starts doing signatures in the street and with time he creates the "HumanUrbano" a being of concrete and steel who lives in a city of meat and bone-, an alive dialog between two bodies: the human being and the urban one"

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Charmaine Olivia & Andrea Heimer @The Shooting Gallery

Work by Andrea Heimer

Work by Andrea Heimer

The Shooting Gallery invited some ladies to strut their stuff at the opening of their two newest shows this last weekend here in San Francisco. With Charmaine Olivia’s Bloom filling the main gallery and Andrea Heimer’s Sex in Suburbia in the project space, the back of the gallery was filled with feminine energy.

Bloom marked Charmaine Olivia’s third solo show with the gallery and it seems like she’s been very busy in the year since her last exhibition with the gallery. She branched out from strictly doing portraits into some more smaller, somewhat abstract works, and it seems like she has a lot of fans who appreciated the show.

I was more interested in Heimer’s Sex in Suburbia as I had seen her work in the gallery’s anniversary show a few months earlier and was entranced with her simple paintings of complex narratives. They seem incredibly flat until you really look at the attention to detail in the wallpaper and smaller, subtle background aspects of them. The titles are evocative of a suburban community with deeply seeded sexual desires which may or may not have actually occurred, but nevertheless fill the fantasies o f the figures within the work. They’re simply fascinating.

Sexy girl art by Charmaine Olivia

Sexy girl art by Charmaine Olivia

Interesting work by Andrea Heimer

Interesting work by Andrea Heimer