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Mark Whalen's White Out (Video)
Tuesday, 17 May 2011 18:00

Mark Whalen's show White Out (photos) which ran in April at Australia's Black Art Projects in moving motion picture form.

The video is a collaboration with animator Thomas Mcmahan and music by Carla Azar.

 
THE UPSETTER: the Life and Music of Lee Scratch Perry
Tuesday, 17 May 2011 11:30

If you don't who Lee "Scratch" Perry is or what his music is about, you need to start with the Lee Perry station on Pandora for a quick education (it's a good one). He basically began reggae music defining its sound in the late '60s. He began the career of a young Bob Marley producing many of his biggest hits. Perry's prolific career includes beginning the sound of DUB music and could argue much electronic music and hip hop as well. He's an energetic creative force that at times during the 70s, in his home studio "Black Ark Studios", produced an astonishing 20 songs a week.

The film isn't your traditional VH1's Behind the Music where other musicians and critics rant and rave about Perry's genius and his importance in modern music history. Instead, the film takes you inside the mind of Perry (or attempts to) by focusing a lot of screen time to Perry's long winded monologues where his stream of conscious religious/ poetry rants are intriguing in illustrating his talent at word play and musical mastery. Some may find the film focuses too much on Perry's ramblings, but I found it refreshing and a way to get inside Perry's head and thought it helped to truly illustrate how creative and interesting the man is. Scrawling words and phrases spray painted on his home walls. Burning gasoline in his snowy driveway. Dancing and seemingly truly being himself, it's nice to see someone so mentally free of any self restriction or those imposed by society. He lives within the space of his own mind.

The film follows Perry's rise through the music scene in Jamaica to the present day where he lives in Switzerland with his wife and children. It tracks him at his highest peaks to the lowest of lows of an artist refusing to compromise- pushing those around him away for what Perry calls parasites reeling about his consciousness sucking his energy and creativity for profit and fame. At times Perry's a self described Mad Man, as those believed he was, but he pondered if it was too many years with the smoke (he's since stopped smoking ganja). He is no mad man but a creative force who deserves not only this spotlight on him and his music but so much more. Following a life of true creativity and focusing his energy on his music rather than a chase at fame and money, it's this reason why Lee Scratch Perry will be remembered in musical history while those around him seeking rich and fame will be enjoyably forgotten.

Narrated by Benicio Del Toro, an avid Perry fan.

http://www.theupsettermovie.com/ <-- for showtimes around the USA this summer.

 
This is Forever - Video
Tuesday, 05 April 2011 15:00

This video was made as an installation element for my show at Thinkspace Gallery in Los Angeles titled: This is Forever, opening April 9th 2011. I wanted to showcase things that inspire me and things I collect: old things, colorfull things, wooden things, childrens books. I'm really just a big kid, and I'm not afraid to say I like to play with toys.

See more at: timothykarpinski.com. Music by Lullatone, Filmed and edited by Benji Brucker. -Timothy Karpinski

 
SLUSHIER EM US!
Tuesday, 29 March 2011 18:00
James Mustico (via Portland) emailed over this film addressing triangles persistence in the art world... But I found myself enjoying the one below more. Get some snowboarding in before winter is done people.

 
Dugan O'Neal Make Movie Good
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 12:00

When Dugan O'Neal isn't making funny haha videos like this one & this one, he's making music videos like the one below for TV on the Radio. Great work, Dugan.

Here's another recent jam he did below.

 
IDENTITY(S): The Face of Badalona / Composite Identity // Jorge Rodríguez Gerada
Tuesday, 22 March 2011 18:00
Composite Identity / Badalona
A project by Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada that consists of 3D facial scans of 34 people, one person from each of the 34 neighborhoods of Badalona, Spain. These 34 scans were combined using an algorythm program to create a composite/average face.

Programing and 3D scanning: Jorge Rodriguez Gerada, Enric Marti and his team at the Department of Computer Science at the Autonamous University of Barcelona.
Artist Assistant: Joachim Castañeda
Selection and interviews of protagonists by Albert Jódar (photographs) and Arcadi Poch (contents)
34-1 Exhibition - Photographs of 34 people, one person from each of the 34 neighborhoods of Badalona Spain by Albert Jodar.

IDENTITY(S)
This was one of a number of projects that were created for IDENTITY(S), a project based on creating social cohesion through art that was developed by the Kognitif platform for the city of Badalona in July 2010.

Identity(s) Directors: Arcadi Poch and Sara Compte
Identity(s) Project Producers: Sara Compte, Arcadi Poch and Cristina Roca
Director of Photography: Rafa Guerao, Isak Férriz and Albert Brescó
Edition: Albert Brescó and Isak Férriz
Postproduction: Albert Brescó
Music: Filastine

 
No Joy - Hawaii
Tuesday, 22 March 2011 15:00

SALAZAR emailed over a video they did for the Montreal based band No Joy for the song Hawaii... We like.

 
Code of the Streets
Tuesday, 22 March 2011 12:00

Got an email from German based Ruby Soho who have this jazzy lil' short online. No Eric Koston skating, but enjoyable. Thanks for the email, guys.

 
Undercity
Monday, 21 March 2011 15:08

This is a film I made after some adventures underground with Steve Duncan (undercity.org) last summer. -Andrew Wonder

 
Nuclear Boy Has An Upset Stomach
Friday, 18 March 2011 12:14

Confused about what's happening in Japan? This film might help.

 
Robo Rainbow
Wednesday, 16 March 2011 18:05

instrument of mass destruction.
(complicated technical solution to aide in simple acts of vandalism)
SHOT BY ADAM NILSSON, ON A CANON 5D.

///Thanks for the heads up, Bloom Press.

 
Internet Shack Season 2
Wednesday, 16 March 2011 15:00

We love when the Michael Sieben and the Mike Aho release another Internet Shack season... See if you can spot special guest Will Oldham... and did we spy something about Travis Millard guest-starring?


 
Meet 2011 TED Prize Winner: JR
Tuesday, 08 March 2011 10:00

JR exhibits his photographs in the biggest art gallery on the planet. His work is presented freely in the streets of the world, catching the attention of people who are not museum visitors. His work mixes Art and Action; it talks about commitment, freedom, identity and limit.

Learn more at www.tedprize.org ~Thanks for the heads up, Rick.

 
Never Not Working
Tuesday, 01 March 2011 11:30

Video on London based David Shillinglaw who, besides blogging some London-ness for Fecal Face from time to time, is also an accomplished artist himself. Listen/ see what makes him tick.

Shillinglaw’s work moves between street and studio, from small hand made books, to paintings on canvas, and large scale wall murals. David has enjoyed applying his fine art practice to a number of other contexts, which range from theatre set designs, to album cover design. Past commissions include illustrations for The British Council Annual Report.

 
The Dog Skateboard
Monday, 28 February 2011 16:00

VIA theAMIGOunit

 
Kid Zoom Video
Tuesday, 22 February 2011 16:00

A great video of Kid Zoom working on his show This City Will Eat Me Alive in NYC - Enjoy our interview w/ Kid Zoom & our Studio Visit.

Did we spy a "The Muska" sighting?

 
Happy Birthday, Dugan O'Neal
Friday, 18 February 2011 16:00

Oh how we tingle when our email inbox displays the name DUGAN O'NEAL. It means another treat like the one above.

 
Protest Flatness
Friday, 18 February 2011 10:00

A short by Marlies Van Der Wel (Amsterdam) just finished just yesterday.

 
The Party by Adam Hashemi
Wednesday, 16 February 2011 18:36

We've been a fan of Adam Hashemi's shorts for years, and this one may be the best. Filmed for the Danish Road Safety Council. Yeah, it never made it to TV. I think you'll know why after watching it. So f-ing great.

Other favorite films from Adam: here - here - here - here

 
CA is the Place - Uppercut
Thursday, 10 February 2011 19:00

In Silicon Valley we have the highest concentration of aggressive people in the United Sates. And it's a place where all life has been reduced to working in a cubicle and then after work going out to have a Merlot at the Fromage bar. I'm kind of looking for something a little more primitive, a little more basic, something that appeals to the essential nature of a man. -- Gints K., Software Engineer & Founder, Gentlemen's Fight Club

A film by Drea Cooper & Zackary Canepari

 
SUITS - ClipODay
Tuesday, 08 February 2011 12:45

Directed and Produced by Nate Milton - theAMIGOunit.com | SweetToothNelson.com | SeveralPhotographs.com

 
NOVA The Film (trailer)
Monday, 07 February 2011 13:00

A documentary film on art and the artists behind it. Directed by Isaac Niemand, it was all filmed on the heat of the live action at ®Nova Contemporary Culture which happened in July and August 2010, in the Museum of Image and Sound, São Paulo, Brazil. This trailer features the arts and words by Tofer Chin, Rebecca Ward, Krink, MWM, Koen Delaere, Mulheres Barbadas, Cristopher Cichocki, Yochai Matos, Lucy McRae, Quayola, Kit Webster, Mark Jenkins, DEFI, B.Fleischmann, MOMO and Sin Fang Bous. Music by Bradien

 
Crossing Lines
Thursday, 03 February 2011 19:00

Great film making and great art, of course. Worthy of your time. Crack a beer or warm some tea and sit back to enjoy.

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Crossing Lines is a short film that documents Irish artist Conor Harrington’s trip to Tel Aviv, Israel and Bethleham, Palestine in May 2010.

Thank you to KnowHope, Zero Cents, Wisam Salsaa to whom this trip would not been possible and to all the people we met along the way, without their help this trip would not have been possible.

A Telling Production Presents ’ Crossing Lines ‘
Camera, Edit & Score - Andrew Telling
Grade - Chloe Hayward
Audio Mix & Master - Andrew Telling & Dave House

Conor Harrington / Andrew Telling / Know Hope / Chloe Hayward

 
Adidas in Brazil
Wednesday, 12 January 2011 15:32

Our buddy and long time Fecal Pal, Dan Wolfe, traveled to Brazil w/ Adidas to film and then edit this short. If you don't skate or haven't skated or don't care about skateboarding, this may not be for you... All others, please enjoy.

 
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Alexis Anne Mackenzie - 2/28
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 10:21

SAN FRANCISCO --- Alexis Anne Mackenzie opens Multiverse at Eleanor Harwood in the Mission on Saturday, Feb 28th. -details

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The Death of the Artist—and the Birth of the Creative Entrepreneur
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 10:34

When works of art become commodities and nothing else, when every endeavor becomes “creative” and everybody “a creative,” then art sinks back to craft and artists back to artisans—a word that, in its adjectival form, at least, is newly popular again. Artisanal pickles, artisanal poems: what’s the difference, after all? So “art” itself may disappear: art as Art, that old high thing. Which—unless, like me, you think we need a vessel for our inner life—is nothing much to mourn.

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Hard-working artisan, solitary genius, credentialed professional—the image of the artist has changed radically over the centuries. What if the latest model to emerge means the end of art as we have known it? --continue reading

 

"Six Degrees" @FFDG
Friday, 16 January 2015 09:30

"Six Degrees" opens tonight, Friday Jan 16th (7-10pm) at FFDG in San Francisco. ~Group show featuring: Brett Amory, John Felix Arnold III, Mario Ayala, Mariel Bayona, Ryan Beavers, Jud Bergeron, Chris Burch, Ryan De La Hoz, Martin Machado, Jess Mudgett, Meryl Pataky, Lucien Shapiro, Mike Shine, Minka Sicklinger, Nicomi Nix Turner, and Alex Ziv.

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Work by Meryl Pataky

 

In Wake of Attack, Comix Legend Says Satire Must Stay Offensive
Friday, 09 January 2015 09:59

Ron-Turner

Ron Turner of Last Gasp

"[Satire] is important because it brings out the flaws we all have and throws them up on the screen of another person," said Turner. “How they react sort of shows how important that really is.” Later, he added, "Charlie took a hit for everybody." -read on

 

Solidarity
Thursday, 08 January 2015 09:36

charlie

 

SF Bay Area: What Might Have Been
Tuesday, 06 January 2015 09:36

tiburonbridge

The San Francisco Bay Area is renowned for its tens of thousands of acres of beautiful parks and public open spaces.

What many people don't know is that these lands were almost lost to large-scale development. link

 

1/5/14 - Going Back
Monday, 05 January 2015 10:49

As we work on our changes, we're leaving Squarespace and coming back to the old server. Updates are en route.

The content that was on the site between May '14 and today is history... Whatever, wasn't interesting anyway. All the good stuff from the last 10 years is here anyway.

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Jacob Mcgraw-Mikelson & Rachell Sumpter @Park Life (5/23)
Friday, 23 May 2014 09:22

Opening tonight, Friday May 23rd (7-10pm) at Park Life in the Inner Richmond (220 Clement St) is Again Home Again featuring works from the duo Jacob Mcgraw-Mikelson & Rachell Sumpter who split time living in Sacramento and a tiny island at the top of Pudget Sound with their children.

Jacob Magraw will be showing embroidery pieces on cloth along with painted, gouache works on paper --- Rachell Sumpter paints scenes of colored splendor dropped into scenes of desolate wilderness. ~show details

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NYPD told to carry spray paint to cover graffiti
Wednesday, 21 May 2014 10:37

nyc_graffitiNYC --- A new graffiti abatement program put forth by the police commissioner has beat cops carrying cans of spray paint to fill in and cover graffiti artists work in an effort to clean up the city --> Many cops are thinking it's a waste of resources, but we're waiting to see someone make a project of it. Maybe instructions for the cops on where to fill-in?

The NYPD is arming its cops with cans of spray paint and giving them art-class-style lessons to tackle the scourge of urban graffiti, The Post has learned.

Shootings are on the rise across the city, but the directive from Police Headquarters is to hunt down street art and cover it with black, red and white spray paint, sources said... READ ON

 

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Headlands Center Fundraiser -6/4/14
Tuesday, 20 May 2014 07:54

SAN FRANCISCO --- The Headlands Center for the Arts is preparing for their largest fundraiser of the year set to go down on June 4th at SOMArts here in the city. Art auction, food, drinks, live music, etc and all for helping to support a great institution up in the Marin Headlands. ~details

ABOUT HEADLANDS
Headlands Center for the Arts provides an unparalleled environment for the creative process and the development of new work and ideas. Through a range of programs for artists and the public, we offer opportunities for reflection, dialogue, and exchange that build understanding and appreciation for the role of art in society.

headlands

 

Congrats, Dudes(ette)
Monday, 19 May 2014 09:29

Just want to say congrats to Fecal Face's Rachel Ralph for graduating from SFAI with her masters in curatorial studies. Also want to congratulate Alex Ziv who also just got his MFA in painting. Also a high five to the talented Mario Ayala who also just graduated from SFAI as well! --- All super talented artists (thinkers), and we're excited to see what the future holds for them!

 

 

 


 

 

 

Alison Blickle @NYC's Kravets Wehby Gallery

Los Angeles based Alison Blickle who showed here in San Francisco at Eleanor Harwood last year (PHOTOS) recently showed new paintings in New York at Kravets Wehby Gallery. Lovely works.


Interview w/ Kevin Earl Taylor

We haven't been featuring many interviews as of late. Let's change that up as we check in with a few local San Francisco artists like Kevin Earl Taylor here whom we studio visited back in 2009 (PHOTOS & VIDEO). It's been awhile, Kevin...


Peter Gronquist @The Shooting Gallery

If you like guns and boobs, head on over to the Shooting Gallery; just don't expect the work to be all cheap ploys and hot chicks. With Make Stuff by Peter Gronquist (Portland) in the main space and Morgan Slade's Snake in the Eagle's Shadow in the project space, there is plenty spectacle to be had, but if you look just beyond it, you might actually get something out of the shows.


Jay Bo at Hamburg's Circle Culture

Berlin based Jay Bo recently held a solo show at Hamburg's Circle Culture featuring some of his most recent paintings. We lvoe his work.


NYCHOS @Fifty24SF

Fifty24SF opened Street Anatomy, a new solo show by Austrian artist Nychos a week ago last Friday night. He's been steadily filling our city with murals over the last year, with one downtown on Geary St. last summer, and new ones both in the Haight and in Oakland within the last few weeks, but it was really great to see his work up close and in such detail.


Gator Skater +video

Nate Milton emailed over this great short Gator Skater which is a follow-up to his Dog Skateboard he emailed to us back in 2011... Any relation to this Gator Skater?


Ferris Plock Online Show Now Online as of April 25th

5 new wonderful large-scale paintings on wood panel are available. visit: www.ffdg.net


ClipODay II: Needles & Pens 11 Years!!

Congrats on our buddies at Needles and Pens on being open and rad for 11 years now. Mission Local did this little short video featuring Breezy giving a little heads up on what Needles and Pens is all about.


BANDES DE PUB / STRIP BOX

In a filmmaker's thinking, we wish more videos were done in this style. Too much editing and music with a lacking in actual content. Just because you can doesn't mean you should.


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

Backwoods Gallery in Melbourne played host to a huge group exhibition a couple of weeks back, with "Gold Blood, Magic Weirdos" Curated by Melbourne artist Sean Morris. Gold Blood brought together 25 talented painters, illustrators and comic artists from Australia, the US, Singapore, England, France and Spain - and marked the end of the Magic Weirdos trilogy, following shows in Perth in 2012 and London in 2013.


Jeremy Fish at LA's Mark Moore Gallery

San Francisco based Fecal Pal Jeremy Fish opened his latest solo show Hunting Trophies at LA's Mark Moore Gallery last week to massive crowds and cabin walls lined with imagery pertaining to modern conquest and obsession.


John Felix Arnold III on the Road to NYC

Well, John Felix Arnold III is at it again. This time, he and Carolyn LeBourgios packed an entire show into the back of a Prius and drove across the country to install it at Superchief Gallery in NYC. I met with him last week as he told me about the trip over delicious burritos at Taqueria Cancun (which is right across the street from FFDG and serves what I think is the best burrito in the city) as the self proclaimed "Only overweight artist in the game" spilled all the details.


FRENCH in Melbourne

London based illustrator FRENCH recently held a show of new works at the Melbourne based Mild Manners


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

Mario Wagner (Berkeley) opened his new solo show A Glow that Transfers Creativity last Saturday night at Hashimoto Contemporary in San Francisco.


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.


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