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Michael Sieben and Texas
Written by Noah Hanson   
Tuesday, 01 August 2006 08:35
Noah's going across country and he stopped off in Austin to skate a ditch with Sieben.
In my last trip log, I left off in the city of Las Cruces, NM, where Michelle and I found a bunch of ghetto-ass streets, teeming with cops and kids with loud cars, as well as a roadrunner constructed out of nothing but old recycled junk. From there, we continued southeast past hundreds of "Native American art" stores in search of a truckstop where we might find shower. We found one, rid ourselves of the Las Cruces scum we had attained from sleeping in a car the night before, and admired the truck stop's outdated strip tease arcade games. Maybe you've seen them before? Basically they're gambling games with pixelated women with huge pink nipples to the side of the dealt cards. We decided to pass on playing though, and continued our journey southeast. And then, it happened. We entered Texas. If this trip has taught us anything, it is that Americans are fascinated with large renditions of everyday objects: everything from lemons to pecans to fiberglass statues of cavemen, truckers, dinosaurs, and blue oxen. I like to think of Texas as the epitome of America ... kind of like the second capitol of the country. The state itself is massive. Any city in this state worthy of putting on a map is huge. The people are huge, the cars are huge, drinks at a restaurant must be close to 1L. Gas in the rest of the country is $.50 to $1.00 more per gallon, and it's just all really flippin' large. That said, it was no surprise to find that once we had entered our first Texas city, El Paso, that an entire Bible verse was written out in large white stones across the whole side of a mountain, accompanied by dozens of stake houses on either side of us as we drove down the road. It was not our kind of scene really, so after Michelle downed a gas station coffee as big as her head, we took off east on Interstate 10, 560 miles to our next destination, San Antonio.

The Interstate is meticulously maintained, and periodically there are signs that say things like, "Litterin is unlAWFUL" or "Drive Friendly" or "You can't afford a DUI!" In it's own right, Texas has some really pretty parts (not around El Paso though, where every once in a while, you'll see a random oil rig out in a field, or a gigantic, majestically-lit cross sitting proudly on a hill.)

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Once we made it to our destination, we slept another night under the warm embrace of Wal-Mart, which aside from the San Antonio heat, was nice. We can fold back the seats of Michelle's car, lay out our sleeping pads, and there is actually enough room for Meesh to stretch out. Unfortunately, I was cursed with the height of a normal person ... Also, we have a portable stove, so we can fire it up and cook an awesome meal anywhere we go. After some shut-eye, we awoke in the humidity, and set off destined for the nearby Alamo.

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The Alamo is an old Spanish mission that somehow ended up being the site of a battle in 1836 between a huge army of Mexican guys and 5 Texan dudes [including Davy Crockett] trying to gain independence for Texas. Naturally, the 5 dudes were killed, and almost 200 years later Texas is a very different place. The Alamo still stands as a popular tourist destination though, and everyone just talks about how brave the 5 dudes were while clutching their cowboy hats to their chests. Not unlike Michelle's parents' house, they had air conditioning and a bunch of sweet guns. After taking a short tour there, we spent a little more time roaming San Antonio, where I took pictures of a bunch of other big stuff.

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Public art.

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Statue outside the Alamo.

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A head?

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The pitiful Texas version of Seattle's Space Needle.

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We walked at least a few miles around downtown San Antonio along their river walk, and this was the single piece of graffiti a saw the entire time ... A ketchup bottle.

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Despite having low amounts of graffiti, the city still needs to work on keeping their handicapped crackheads from crossing the street, down to a minimum (at least during a green light.)

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Soon we made it up to Austin, which according to urban legend, is the hippie liberal oasis of Texas. Everyone in Texas who isn't roping cattle, collecting firearms, watching Fox News, or scheming to destroy a small impoverished nation lives here. Our hosts were artist Michael Sieben and his wife Allison, who were much more than accommodating to us.

When we first arrived, we were able to catch the last world cup game with their friend Brian, and we even made it in time to see that one old French guy headbutt his opposing Italian team member! Besides that though, we spent a lot of time hanging out with them and their friends checking out cool sights unique to the area.

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One being a ginormous natural spring-fed swimming hole. It was paved on the sides, crystal-clear with no chlorine, and especially refreshing after that previous night spent sleeping in the car. Plus there was some awesome people-watching too.

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Allison had really cool red hair.

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Michael. Going there was Allison's idea, and was a really great chance for us to sorta let loose and get to know each other, as well as being a nice place to shed the stink outta my pits.

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We spent that same evening hanging out in the backyard of a gallery Michael runs with some friends, Okay Mountain. For some reason, their renter didn't want them painting over this old mural on it's side. Notice all the condoms toward the bottom.

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There they introduced us to Lone Star, the [self-proclaimed] national beer of Texas. It's pretty much the same as PBR, but with a Texas flair [i.e. red, white, and blue labels with stars and the silhouette of Texas all over it], and you're supposed to drink it with lime salt. I had 2 or 3. Read all about it at puretexanbeer.com. Anyway, here's some of the stuff they had hanging up for a photo show they had just put up the night before.

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Adam Schreiber made these, and apparently they were done in a clean room of some computer chip factory.

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detail of the not photoshopped photo.

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Andy Mattern.

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Anna Krachery.

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These polaroids were done by Michael's friend, Brian, The Brain, DeLaGarza. I met him while I was there, and he was super nice. He was also the guy who made the Michael Sieben Sent Me website.

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After chilling at OKM, we went to a bridge dubbed "Bat Bridge" closer to down town. One million-plus bats live under this bridge, and every night during the summer, at dusk, they come out in a huge swarm to feed on insects. Also, one hundred-plus people come out in a huge swarm to cheer them on as they make their nightly exodus, and I was one of them.

Here's a vid. I warn you, it's kinda crummy.

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Another thing we saw in Austin was the Banana Farm. This particular spot isn't known by most folks, but to skaters it stands as a legend. I don't know any of the doods who built it or anything, but I guess they all live in this one house in Austin where they built some huge, dangerous-as-hell ramp in their backyard.

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There's Michael standing next to the "Sonny Bono Tree."

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A little somthin' he painted for them upon request.

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The things a total lawsuit waiting to happen though ... It's full of rusty nails poking out of brittle masonite, and just as we were leaving some kids aged some where around 12 or 13 asked if they could skate the thing. The owners weren't home so we told them they shouldn't, but they waved to their mom, perched in her Lexus, and went on in anyway. Oh well.

To get a better idea of how big this thing is, here's a little movie I made, which sorta scans the whole thing from up top.

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While in Austin we also saw that one famous Daniel Johnston mural with the frog/alien guy.

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Another notable Austin site was the Cathedral of Junk. In the 1980's, a guy named Vince started amassing junk and using it to build a huge, multi-level cathedral in his backyard in an Austin neighborhood. The junk cathedral is exceptionally massive, has about 5 or 6 rooms, and is three floors up, (taller then Vince's house!) Apparently the city has come out on numerous occasions to question the soundness of the structure, but it is perfectly up to code. The whole thing kind of makes me think that Vince must be borderline insane.

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There's Vince and Michael. He was super-nice, though. We just sorta showed up and he was like, "Oh, you want to see the cathedral!?" and let us in the yard. We had to sign a waiver saying we wouldn't sue him if we got hurt or anything, but hey, no big deal. Apparently there have been weddings and all kinds of ceremonies there too.

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Now here's way too many pictures of the place.

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Michael in awe.

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This was the very top. Vince is still not done with the whole thing, so up here it was kinda sketchy. There was actually concrete poured over some junk to make it more stable, but there were a few wobbly parts to keep us from exploring too much.

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Over where we signed the waiver was a little junk shop where Vince had made a few little sculptures. There he had this Texas shaped piece,

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as well as this Africa one. This thing was so rad looking. I'd totally hang this in my place if it were mine.

Another thing I got to do in Austin was skate a ditch for the first time. I grew up in Northern Idaho, where all I could skate was curbs and a few parking lots, so this was a real thrill. Him and one of his buds ( I can't remember his name but he was real nice and made some rad art too) took me a few neighborhoods over to a really nice spot.

Mike did a couple lines for me. Dood's pretty damn good.

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So yeah, Austin rulled. While we were there Michael and Allison even hooked us up with our own room!

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They've got a real sweet pad, with lots of cool art hanging up all over the place.

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Michael's also really into collecting old toys.

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Not much of his own stuff is on his walls, but he's still got little pieces stacked in piles all over his house that I looked through a bit.

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This one was in our guest room.

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See the fifth leg?

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Loved these.

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Did I mention Mike does stuff with Bueno Skateboards (and a bunch of other skate affiliated companies)? So yeah. That's that I guess. We also watched a bunch of skate video's (the krooked vid and others) and some foreign movie about director Akira Kurosawa's dreams, but mostly we spent a lot of time outside, which subjected us to being insect food. Michelle and I amassed so many insect bites over just a few days. Michelle's blood is sweeter than mine, and one day she tried to count how many times she had been bitten. She gave up when she got past 20 ... I also got a huge Texas spider bite on my arm that swelled up so much that it looked like a third elbow. I milked at it for a few days, and we were fine in the end ... apparently we have Texas-style immune systems designed to metabolize large amounts of insect and spider venom. Now, on the people of Texas ... they're a unique breed, and I say that in a good way. The people in Austin we've been hanging out with all have a certain good-old-boy charm. The way they talk is just very genuine, they are always sincere, and they are really big on eye contact. Plus, I think there is a small degree of merit in just kicking the ass of someone you don't like, instead of operating uber-politically correct like we do in Seattle by passive- aggressively keying their car or unfriending them on My-Space. Secretly, Texas has been my second-favorite state far [the first, of course, is California]. Anyway, thanks to you Michael and Allison. You showed us a wonderful time in Austin, took us out to some great places to eat, fed us beer, kept us air-conditioned, and made us laugh a whole bunch. Oh, and thanks for the zines too.

Right now, I'm actually as far as Oakdale, WI, after spending the day in Wisconsin Dells burning my skin in the hot sun at the Noah's Ark water park (another "America's largest"). From here I'm headed to Salt Lake City, UT, to visit my aunt for a couple days, but up until then I don't have any places to crash other than camp grounds. I'm sending the word out incase there is some one along the way (interstate 90 and 80 W) who has some extra floor space for our two bodies. A place in Denver, CO would be especially nice. Maybe some one out there even has the time to show us around a bit? We totally want to taste the magic of Mexico (in Denver) at Casa Bonita while we're there! Anyway, leave some comments with your e-mail and I'll get in touch asap. Until next time, thanks for reading about our trip across America guys!

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Alex Ziv in Berkeley Saturday
Thursday, 24 April 2014 09:31

Alex Ziv who we showed last year in Going Nowhere with Mario Ayala opens a solo show featuring new works at The League in Berkeley this Saturday 4/26. ~see some of Ziv's new works

 

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Check please with Ryan Travis Christian
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Photos from his 2011 show at Guererro Gallery - Photos from his 2012 Halsey McKay show in New York - he curated this show for FFDG in '11

Ryan Travis Christian April 25th at Western Editions, Chicago

 

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Ryan De La Hoz at Seattle's Flatcolor
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Working in unconventional mediums such as woven blankets, puzzles, and faux marble, De La Hoz has pioneered an innovative style in a class of its own. Collages of white noise, flowers and tie-dye are all hand cut and assembled to create mystic portals of intrigue. Heavily influenced by themes of death and rebirth, past and present, and the collision of modern culture with antiquity; Form and Void is mysterious look into the odyssey of creation, destruction, and an examination of society at large. -show details

 

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"Arrangement" by Michelle Fleck
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This morning we take a closer look at this beautiful painting by San Francisco based Michelle Fleck now showing at FFDG.

Arrangement measures 24"x30", acrylic and aerosol on panel - inquires: info(at)ffdg.net

Michelle Fleck is a painter living in San Francisco. Her work focuses on the relationship between man and the landscape, and the marks we leave on it. Influenced by everyday life in the city, her paintings serve as snapshots of an ongoing intersection of the natural and man-made world. She strives to make work that has a sense of relevancy in a culture driven by a need for change and newness.

 

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GET THE SHOW DETAILS --- a bunch of NYCHOS

 

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I love you, dear.... Huh? Wut?

 

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Check photos from his last San Francisco solo show in 2012, and mark your calendar for August as his next solo show opens at FFDG.

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BANDES DE PUB / STRIP BOX

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AJ Fosik in Tokyo at The Hellion Gallery

Matt Wagner recently emailed over some photos from The Hellion Gallery in Tokyo, who recently put together a show with AJ Fosik (Portland) called Beast From a Foreign Land. The gallery gave twelve of Fosik's sculptures to twelve Japanese artists (including Hiro Kurata who is currently showing in our group show Salt the Skies) to paint, burn, or build upon.


Ferris Plock - Online Show, April 25th

FFDG is pleased to announce an exclusive online show with San Francisco based Ferris Plock opening on Friday, April 25th (12pm Pacific Time) featuring 5 new medium sized acrylic paintings on wood.


GOLD BLOOD, MAGIC WEIRDOS

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Jeremy Fish at LA's Mark Moore Gallery

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John Felix Arnold III on the Road to NYC

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FRENCH in Melbourne

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Henry Gunderson at Ever Gold, SF

Ever Gold opened a new solo show by NYC based Henry Gunderson a couple Saturday nights ago and it was literally packed. So packed I couldn't actually see most of the art - but a big crowd doesn't seem like a problem. I got a good laugh at what I would call the 'cock climbing wall' as it was one of the few pieces I could see over the crowd. I haven't gotten a chance to go back and check it all out again, but I'm definitely going to as the paintings that I could get a peek at were really high quality and intruiguing. You should do the same.


Mario Wagner @Hashimoto

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Serge Gay Jr. @Spoke Art

The paintings in the show are each influenced by a musician, ranging from Freddy Mercury, to Madonna, to A Tribe Called Quest and they are so stylistically consistent with each musician's persona that they read as a cohesive body of work with incredible variation. If you told me they were each painted by a different person, I would not hesitate to believe you and it's really great to see a solo show with so much variety. The show is fun, poppy, very well done, and absolutely worth a look and maybe even a listen.


NYCHOS Mural on Ashbury and Haight

NYCHOS completed this great new mural on the corner of Haight and Ashbury in San Francisco on Tuesday. Looks Amazing.


Sun Milk in Vienna

With rising rent in SF and knowing mostly other young artists without capitol, I desired a way to live rent free, have a space to do my craft, and get to see more of the world. Inspired by the many historical artists who have longed similar longings I discovered the beauty of artist residencies. Lilo runs Adhoc Collective in Vienna which not only has a fully equipped artists creative studio, but an indoor halfpipe, and private artist quarters. It was like a modern day castle or skate cathedral. It exists in almost a utopic state, totally free to those that apply and come with a real passion for both art and skateboarding


"How To Lose Yourself Completely" by Bryan Schnelle

I just wanted to share with you a piece I recently finished which took me 4 years to complete. Titled "How To Lose Yourself Completely (The September Issue)", it consists of a copy of the September 2007 issue of Vogue magazine (the issue they made the documentary about) with all faces masked with a sharpie, and everything else entirely whited out. 840 pages of fun. -Bryan Schnelle


Tyler Bewley ~ Recent Works

Some great work from San Francisco based Tyler Bewley.


Kirk Maxson and Alexis Mackenzie at Eleanor Harwood Gallery

While walking our way across San Francisco on Saturday we swung through the opening receptions for Kirk Maxson and Alexis Mackenzie at Eleanor Harwood Gallery in the Mission.


Jeremy Fish Solo Show in Los Angeles

Jeremy Fish opens Hunting Trophies tonight, Saturday April 5th, at the Los Angeles based Mark Moore Gallery. The show features new work from Fish inside the "hunting lodge" where viewers climb inside the head of the hunter and explore the history of all the animals he's killed.


The Albatross and the Shipping Container

Beautiful piece entitled "The Albatross and the Shipping Container", Ink on Paper, Mounted to Panel, 47" Diameter, by San Francisco based Martin Machado now on display at FFDG. Stop in Saturday (1-6pm) to view the group show "Salt the Skies" now running through April 19th. 2277 Mission St. at 19th.


The Marsh Barge - Traveling the Mississippi River from Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico

For some reason I thought it would be a good idea to quit my job, move out of my house, leave everything and travel again. So on August 21, 2013 I pushed a canoe packed full of gear into the headwaters of the Mississippi River in Lake Itasca, Minnesota, along with four of my best friends. Exactly 100 days later, I arrived at a marina near the Gulf of Mexico in a sailboat.


Flavio Samelo's Downtown Sao Paulo Murals

Our buddy Flavio Samelo down there in Brazil does all kinds of great work including this recent mural project in downtown Sao Paulo in front of one of the most important modern buildings of Oscar Niemeyer from the 60's, THE COPAN.


John Trippe, FFDG and Fecalface.com Founder, Stepping Down From Daily Operations

John Trippe, founder, owner and curator of FecalFace.com and the Mission District art gallery FFDG, announced today that he will stepping down from daily operations of the two ventures to seek new career opportunities.


High 5s - Get Your Feet Wet

I purchased one of the first digital cameras when Fecal Face went online in 2000. It was a massive Kodak with 2 mega pixels


"Touching Base" by Schuyler Beecroft

San Francisco based Schuyler Beecroft emailed over the great new series of paintings he's completed entitled "Touching Base", 16x20in on mounted wood panel. Like them.


Flume - Space Cadet (ft. Ghostface Killah & Autre Ne Veut)

Buddies Jay Howell & Jim Dirschberger did this great video produced by Forest City Rockers.


Fire Shelter for Papay Gyro Nights 2014

Last year we posted photos from another one of Simon Hjermind Jensen's Fire Shelters he's made in Copenhagen. This time around the Copenhagen based artist/ designer created one for the Papay Gyro Nights 2014 way up in on the Orkney Islands in Northern Scotland.


"Portrait of a Slugger 19" by Hiro Kurata

Beautiful painting by NYC based Hiro Kurata now on display at SF's FFDG through April 19th as part of the group show "Salt the Skies".


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