A tribute to the Wu-Tang Clan @LeQuivive Gallery, Oakland

Last Friday, September 26th, Oakland's own LeQuivive Gallery and founder Michael Broberg hosted an epic show that covers a group of different disciplines around one very influential concept. Champagne Tigers, curated by Hunter De La Ghetto, is a tribute to the Wu-Tang Clan and all of the ways that they have influenced culture as we know it.  And Oakland definitely showed up for this as the gallery was packed out. Tattooer Dana James (Eye of the Tiger Tattoo) brought in an amazing series of paintings done in a traditional Japanese back piece fashion that incorporated each member of the Wu with their own specific iconography as well as legendary traditional Japanese symbols and images. 

John Felix Arnold III (whose solo exhibition "No Destination" opens this Friday at FFDG) created four conceptual sculpture pieces and one a full blown installation, ranging from a Bullet Proof Wallet (see Ghostface Killah's 3rd solo album) to the the Wu-Tang logo done in his signature found food assemblage panelling style, to a replica of the instruments in the actual Torture skit on "Enter the 36 Chambers".

Ken Davis, prolific sign painter and Bay Area artist, brought 8 masterfully painted and hand made signs that truly blew the crowd away, one an homage to the timeless track "C.R.E.A.M." that is still played at pretty much any party you will go to to this day.  And Sean Gillespie (Old Crow Tattoo) absolutely killed it with nine beautifully rendered illustrative paintings of each of the original members.  The crowd response was amazing and just in time for the Wu's Saturday night performance at the Warfield in SF.  Talk about a Wu-Tang Weekend.  Go see this show before it comes down if you couldn't make the opening, especially if the music of the Wu-Tang Clan has played any part in your life.  These artists will continue to cook up some marvelous shit to keep your mouth watering.  Show runs through October 18th. -The New Dirty Bastard

LeQuivive Gallery
1525 Webster St. Btw 16th&17th
Oakland, CA

 

10/3 - John Felix Arnold III @FFDG

Here's a little taste as we gear up for John Felix Arnold III's opening at FFDG on Friday, Oct 3rd.

John Felix Arnold III, solo show
“No Destination”

October 3 – November 1, 2014
Opening reception: Fri., October 3rd (6-9pm) 

Preview inquiries: info@ffdg.net

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9/11 - James Reka & Hiroyasu Tsuri @Stolen Space (London)

Loving on Melbourne-born, Berlin-based artist James Reka's newest works which will be on display at London's Stolen Space on Sept 11th alongside Japanese Hiroyasu Tsuri aka TWOONE.

James Reka working on new work for his 9/11 Stolen Space show, London

James Reka working on new work for his 9/11 Stolen Space show, London

Work by James Reka

Work by James Reka

Beautiful painting by Hiroyasu Tsuri

Beautiful painting by Hiroyasu Tsuri

Jeremy Fish's Drawings Animated and Projected San Fransico

Yesterdays and Tomorrows by Jeremy Fish, opening Friday, August 15th at FFDG in San Francisco, is a celebration of Fish’s 20 years of living in San Francisco. With that in mind, we wanted to bring this mural to life in, and literally on, some of the places that his drawings depict. We hope our readers will come celebrate on August 15, 2014, when we project this animated mural once again across from Fish’s art opening at FFDG.

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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New Works from Daryll Peirce

SAN FRANCISCO --- Our friend Daryll Peirce will be participating in the 3 person show "Going Native" opening Saturday, June 28th at Campfire Gallery here in the Mission 7pm (3344 24th St). Larissa Grant and Max Kauffman are the other 2 artists in the show. Below are a few images from Daryll Peirce.

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via Daryll Peirce: "We often find ourselves toeing the line between optimism and negativity in our lives interpreting events as either one way or the other. The smallest moment has the potential to lead us into fits of elation, to make us feel whole, worthy and possibly even bring on a sense of joy. Alternatively, we can also be tipped down the chasm into downward spirals of depression, anger, or anxiety. With this body of work I’m focusing on our extreme perspectives of white or black, positive or negative, tranquil or tense, perseverance or acceptance, organic or rigid, and so on. These magnetic pulls tug on us as we navigate through our daily lives. They alter the way we interpret ourselves, our relationships, our past, our future, etcetera".