Andreas Trolf Benefit Show One night only: Friday, Sept 7th (6-9pm)
This Friday, Sept 7th (6-9pm), FFDG will be hosting a benefit show for our friend and long time contributor turned writer for the forthcoming cartoon for Nickelodeon, Sanjay and Craig, Andreas Trolf who was involved in a horrible motorcycle accident a few months back- almost completely severed foot, broken ribs, nose, facial bones plus many other broken bits and scraped body parts.
Andreas Trolf was just 2 days from receiving his health insurance at the time of the accident... All works sold from the show will go to help cover his incredible health care costs from having to spend weeks in the hospital receiving reconstructive surgeries.
Besides the beer treats, we'll have donated works by Jeremy Fish, Jay Howell, Mel Kadel, Ferris Plock, and many others. We'll also have tattoo time with the great Henry Lewis which will be raffled off along with many other great surprises.
Henry Gunderson & Eric Shaw
Opening: Friday, Sept 14th (7–10pm)
Preview inquires, email: info(at)ffdg.net
San Francisco, CA -- FFDG is pleased to present San Francisco based Henry Gunderson and Brooklyn based Eric Shaw in the impressive two person show, "Glint" featuring 15 new paintings from the two accomplished artists. This will be Gunderson's third show and Shaw's first centerpiece show with FFDG. An opening reception is scheduled for Friday, Sept 14th (7-10pm). Both artists will be present. Beer and wine will be available.
Eric Shaw and Henry Gunderson are two young artists walking the contentious middle ground between a tried and trusted geometric abstraction and a newly forming breed of representational surrealism. Shaw's work, hopping between abstraction figurative narratives and unabashed op-art patterning, is a refreshing reminder of the fertile and ever-growing common ground between the worlds of independent music and professional art. Gunderson's newest work is a renewed showcase of his ability to embrace painterly two-dimensionality while remaining fully engaged in an image's potential as a window-space to be entered and explored. Both artist's work share an obtuse unearthly charm as a common language, and their work promises to have an energetic and productive conversation in their upcoming exhibition. -Tom Betthauser, 2012
Henry Gunderson (b.1990) is a recent graduate of The San Francisco Art Institute and has shown locally at FFDG, The Luggage Store, White Walls, and 111 Minna and his first curated show “Water McBeer Extravaganza” ran at Ever Gold in 2011. He's also shown works at Nudashank Baltimore, Breeze Block Gallery Portland, Show N Tell Toronto, and Mark Murphy San Diego.
Eric Shaw (b.1983), self taught artist, lives and works in Brooklyn and has shown works at Space 1026 Philadelphia, Park Life San Francisco, Yes Gallery Brooklyn, Pen to Paper Berlin, Double Break San Diego.
One of the lovely things about having an art site that's been around for over 12 years is watching our favorite artists work develop over the years. Take LA based Mark Whalen (Kill Pixie) for example. Check out his incredible recent works for the Melbourne Art Fair posted here, and then check out our interview with him 5 years ago. His work was great then, but damn, loving his development even from his previous show @FFDG not even one year ago. Way to move it forward, Mark... Bravo.
Be sure to click here to see more of Mark's new works.
Eric Yahnker just emailed over a little taste of his show opening tonight, Tuesday, at The Hole in NYC (7-9pm) featuring 3 rooms, 3600 square feet of Yahnker maddness.
There will be MASSIVE drawings (ranging from 6 to 10ft.), plus sculpture & installation. Going to be a fantastic show and if you're in NYC, be sure to get to the opening. ~complete show details & preview.
Eric van Straaten emailed some of his 3D modeling artworks to us, and they're pretty interesting in their subject matter but also in the process of how they're created.
Through 3D printing, with services like i.materialise.com, you can turn your computer generated 3D model into a physical sculpture. You don't need any sophisticated applications either. They have browser apps that can create 3D models. Pretty sweet.
Oh, and we're back from our little time off. Hope your enjoying your labor day off. Maybe a little interneting between BBQs w/ friends.
Derek here, old SF/Philly contributer, anyway I came across this photo project this guy is working on in Philly and thought it was pretty moving/ interesting... here is the link.
I do a bag of dope before I leave my house. If I have money at that point, um, I’ll do like, one or two bags of dope. I get ready, I get a shower, I come out, you know, catch a date, and you know, after I catch a date, well, I go get my drugs and then I catch another date, and then another date, you know. So… It’s kind of, it’s kinda rough out here. You gotta watch the cops 24 hours a day, you know what I mean? You gotta watch what car you get into. You know, I just, you know, I don’t like being out here.
Jeffrey Stockbridge (b.1982) is a photographer based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
San Francisco artist Hugh Leeman along with Bay Area artists David Young and Eddie Colla are preparing for the show "Epilogue" at Hold Up Art Gallery in downtown Los Angeles opening on Saturday, Sept 8th. He emailed over some preview images as they prepare for the show.
"Epilogue" is a fully immersive art installation taking over the entirety of Hold Up Art Gallery in downtown Los Angeles. The Bay Area's most prolific vandals, David Young, Eddie Colla, and Hugh Leeman present a vision of our world, after it's inevitable collapse. An existence stripped of mass media, conspicuous consumption and the trappings of a modern global society. A future reduced to the tasks of survival and memory. This ambitious installation will feature new works created from found objects and home made weapons. "Epilogue" opens Saturday, September 8th at 7p.m. Hold Up Art Gallery is in the heart of downtown Los Angeles , 2 blocks South of The Geffen Contemporary MOCA. 358 E. 2nd St. open tuesday- sunday, 213-221-4585.
D Young V models his newly painted post apocalyptic rifle.
Eddie Colla sets aflame to a fire stencil piece
A trees branches emerge from found objects and telephone cable at the east bay warehouse
Los Angeles based illustrator Anthony Bradford Ciarlo sent us a postcard last week, we checked out his site, liked what we saw, and now wanna share some of his works with you... That is all. Pretty straight forward.
Just thought I would inform you all that I got bored this summer (briefly) with cross hatching my arm off and drew some boobs on a tee-shirt. It is an adaptation from a design I saw my Dad wearing when I was younger.
If anyone would like some boobs on there chest as a tee-shirt let me know and I will note your order. They come in small, medium and large and will be screen printed and sold at £20 a shirt, made by me on high quality tee shirty jazz. -Mr. Mead
Navigating the art world can be pretty confusing and isolating, especially since there are so many directions one can take and an ample amount of bullshit to sift through. In order to combat all of this I started throwing secret Artist Pizza Socials about 6 months ago. The concept is simple. I personally invite my favorite artists, bloggers, and creatives to a discrete location where we have a bunch of free pizza, booze, and gifts waiting for them. We had such a good turn out and response to the events I hosted in Los Angeles at Art is Shit’s Print Shop and ForYourArt’s headquarters that I decided to be bold and ask my favorite spot in the East Bay, The Compound Gallery & Studios, if they'd be interested in doing one too.
Thankfully, they were stoked on the idea and we partnered up with my alma mater, Ex’pression College, as well as Rotten City and Trumer Pils to have enough great pizza, beer, and shwag to kill a moose! On top of all that The Compound created a DIY letterpress print station, where guests could roll off their own commemorative poster. Throughout the evening I act as a greeter, making sure everyone meets each other and that no one simply hangs tightly onto people they already know.
Roughly 70 people showed up to the Oakland social, including (but certainly not limited to) Ken Harman (owner SPOKE ART), Jeremy Brautman (blogger JEREMYRIAD), Brett Amory (artist), Lena & Matt Reynoso (artists), and the team at Monkey Likes Shiny (industrial designers and fabricators). For now, the events will continue to be invite-only, so keep an eye out for a super rad email sometime soon. -Daniel Rolnik
Mexican artist Curiot emailed over some recent mural action in Mexico City. Love the mural and the work on his Flickr page.
I'm Curiot a Mexican visual artist. I just recently painted a 100foot long mural at Centro Cultural Border in Mexico City. The title of the mural is "Pasaje de Gorathma" or "Tale of Gorathma". Gorathma is a mythical character that I created
which represents the spirit of nature in its animal form. In this work he shows us how an innocent and insignificant little
creature (the little dudes running around) can grow to became a plague or a virus devouring everything in its path
unconscious of its imminent self destruction.
Greg Gossel's Weathering the Storm will feature thirteen new large-scale works on paper and canvas. A collection of scraps torn off old billboards and street advertisements in Minneapolis, Chicago and New York is the central component of Gossel's new work. These elements are then layered, painted, torn, stained, and weathered away revealing a new context and composition within each piece. He explores media manipulation and exploitation with a keen skill and polish that celebrates as it simultaneously condemns.
In a vigorous and spontaneous process one layer is pasted on while another is torn away, a constant game of push and pull, collage and subtraction. These actions leave behind a rich textural surface that mirrors the fragmented onslaught of visual media we are all subjected to on a daily basis. The grid structure utilized in each of his mixed media pieces mimic the paneling and repetition of street advertising; an archive of image, color and type fighting for visual dominance. ~read on
The other day we made the Tweet below which automatically posts to our Facebook page and got the following email response below from a reader who shall be named anonymous... After their permission to post, we thought it would make a good Email of the Week.
Speaking of Giant, if you wanna catch his show @FFDG, be sure to come in today or Friday (1-6pm), because these are the last 2 days to view it before it comes down. We'll be closed this Saturday, August 11th.
"Lost in Nevada" is the result of a six-day, no agenda, "On the Road" slash "Easy Rider" style adventure across Nevada's vast desert and back. The series speaks to the notions of freedom, hitting the open road, exploring new ground, meeting new people and making decisions on the fly. The Nevada Desert has an almost post-apocalyptic feel to it, with some areas resembling scenes right out of "Mad Max." I find this setting quite soothing and a much welcome change to the densely populated urban environment in which I dwell.
Good friend and fellow photographer Brad Evans was my travel companion on this trip. Collectively, we released a photo journal entitled "Nevada Bound," which can be previewed and/or purchased in the Photo Books section of my site. -Travis Jensen
PHILLY --- Tod Seelie has been living in and photographing NYC since 1997. He recently published a book of photographs, BRIGHT NIGHTS: Photographs of Another New York. To celebrate, Tod is taking it on the road around the US. He will be presenting his work, talking about his process, and telling stories of what he's been up to over the last decade and half. It will be followed by a Q&A and book signing.
Nicks work has been shown publicly in the streets of London in the lead up to the 2012 Olympic Games. He was named in the Design Collectors Top Directors of 2011, and has spoken for the Australia Graphic Design Associations First Five Out conference. Commercially Nick has produced work for major international brands including MTV, Nike, Red Bull, BBC, Monster, Pioneer, L’Oreal & More.
SAN FRANCISCO --- Front man for Thee OhseesJohn Dwyer opens the solo show of pencil drawings in "Landlord Apocalypse" opening Saturday, 12/7 at Needles and Pens (7-10pm) -FULL DETAILS
Listen to our good times '07 interview w/ Dwyer where he speaks of music in Providence, Start of the Coachwhips, Touring, Fighting in Toronto, Drugs, Recording, Favorite Shows, New Ohsees Album, Meric Long, and much much more LISTEN & check his Musical Mix here.
SAN FRANCISCO --- At our home some of our most treasured original artworks were purchased at Creativity Explored where the work is not only loose great folk art styled but was also purchased for a steal with the proceeds going to support the fantastic SF art program which benefits artists with developmental disabilities. Creativity Explored provides a supportive studio environment for artists with developmental disabilities in which they receive individualized instruction from mentoring artists, quality art materials, and professional opportunities to exhibit their work.
Every year Creativity Explored hosts a weekend Holiday Sale where these inexpensive works are even less expensive. A great place to pick up original unique gifts for family and friends... Not only that but their opening receptions are worth getting to. Wine, food, music, etc on Friday. ~FULL DETAILS
We had no idea of all these tunnels throughout San Francisco
In the early '90s my friends and I used to tape flashlights to the handlebars of our bikes and go riding around in underground storm drain tunnels. There was a whole network of these tunnels under the city that sat empty for most of the year. We would go for miles snaking up and down the sides of the tubes, clapping and yelling to see how far our echoes would carry, eventually popping out in some other part of the city covered in cobwebs and bat guano. When the tubes got too small, we laid down on skateboards and kept going. If we found a flooded part, we taped garbage bags around our legs and crossed our fingers. -READ ON
Michael Coley who runs Belly Kids emailed to let us know of his latest... Hell Yeah! (a WWF colouring book!) <-- "The most electrifying book in sports entertainment. It's our dedication to the best baby faces and the most hated heels of WWF wrestling. Think Macho Man Randy Savage, DX, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Mankind, The Rock, Chyna and many others!" [PREVIEW]
Give the gift of coloring book. Kids young and old can get down with some quality time of staying inside the lines... or hell, be a Charlie and break out of the boundaries! 7 Euro dollars here.
SAN FRANCISCO --- SOEX will open their juried show This Will Never Work this Friday, Nov 22nd (7-10pm) featuring works by Northern California based artists w/ the theme this year: crazy experiments, doomed plans and quixotic dreams
This annual exhibition has become the premier showcase of contemporary artwork by promising local talent. Each year a different theme is selected to inspire and encourage a broad level of artistic expression. This year’s exhibition sought crazy experiments, doomed plans and quixotic dreams. All ideas and forms were considered. -complete show details
11/20 Update: After 2 trips to the Apple store with them installing 2 new batteries and restoring the phone, it was determined there was "something" wrong with the phone and I had to buy a "new"/ same 4s phone since I wasn't eligible for an upgrade. In any case, be warned about that 7.0.4 update if you have a 4s. I'm sticking with 7.0.2 on this "new" phone.
Everyone has had or knows of someone who's had a an IPhone explode on them through one of their wonderful IOS updates. Well, add us to the list, because after updating to their recent 7.0.4 our IPhone 4s stopped charging even though the icon on the phone indicated it was charging... and after being on the charger all night, the battery drained to zero, and now the wonderful device won't boot up at all and is now a very expensive waste of space.
If you're considering updating your phone, do so with caution, and if you have any solutions for us, we'd sure to be happy to hear them. Got a hot date with the Apple staff tonight which we're sure will end with them telling us to buy a new phone... Wonderful.
Here's the second part of my comprehensive photo coverage from Berlin and this time around you'll find shots of new window installations by Ron English, Know Hope, Erik Jones, Lucy McLauchlan, Strok and others (which is now on display in the same building as Rone painted).
As a part of "project M" (curated by Strychinin Gallery), Melbourne Artist and part of the Everfresh collective RONE has painted the largest wall he has ever attempted, three massive images on the top three stories of a five-story building at Nollendorfplatz in Berlin. It took Rone five days to paint this excellent work.
David Choong Lee, Mario Martinez, Damon Soule, Eric Otto and others were commissioned by the Hyatt (345 Stockton St) here in San Francisco to create some beautiful works to adorn their hotel bar, resturant and lobby. If you're down by Union Square stop in, hava drink at the bar and enjoy these great paintings.
NYC based (via Australia) spraypaint whiz kid Ian Strange (Kid Zoom) (interview) held his solo show SUBURBAN last July at the National Gallery of Victoria, Australia (video). The wonderful show's setup and opening was photographed by Lloyd Stubber for this exclusive photo essay for Fecal Face.
Collage artist Lola Dupre opens a new show of work on Decemeber 5th at Portland's Breeze Block Gallery -- Opening on the same day in the adjoining gallery space, artists Ryan De La Hoz and Russell Leng.
With a thick, impasto finish, Meyer's paintings feel like treasures. As you get lost in the jagged confusion of thick swatches of color, figures emerge in the most subtle ways. The colors are enticing, but these figures are mesmerizing. I could get lost in these canvases for days. Simply, these are some really great paintings and I highly recommend you go see them before the show closes on December 7th.
TORONTO --- The finishing touches have been put on the large-scale, colorful and dynamic public art work by Canadian-born Patrick McNeil along with his art collaborator, Patrick Miller. Collectively known as FAILE, the Brooklyn-based duo designed the football-field-sized mural, located on Bathurst Street between Davenport and St. Clair in the city of Toronto.
Liking on these prints Hive & Nine Eyes by Melbourne based artist/ designer Nick Thomm... Limited Edition of 50 - Printed on 310gsm Hahnemuhle photo rag, mueseum grade archival paper. Each print is hand signed and numbered - available on his website.
I moved home to the Bay Area about 4 years ago and recently had the opportunity to visit New York City for the first time since. Having missed Barry McGee & Raymond Pettibon by a day, I felt lucky to have an old friend clue me into the ICY Signs show when I arrived.
Every have one of those mornings where you start following links and the next thing you know you're watching a news reel clip of the Golden Gate International Exposition of 1939 that was held on the brand new man-made Treasure Island?
Tiffany Bozic's solo show Sense of Wonder is in its final week at San Francisco's FFDG. Before this wonderful show comes to a close, we wanted to ask Bozic about her methodology, lifestyle, influences and generally what makes her tick.
The John Berggruen gallery is beautiful. With floor-to-ceiling windows and a view to downtown, the Thursday night opening of NYC's Julian Lethbridge's new show Paintings was unmistakably a fancy affair. While these incredibly expensive paintings didn't do much for me, I was pleasantly surprised that I caught the Chuck Close show upstairs.
Cartagena takes photographs in Monterrey, Mexico, documenting parts of everyday life there that he sees as depicting "a global issue from a local perspective." In a town that has a relatively new, booming construction market, Cartagena decided to document a side of the day laborers' lives that might not often be seen: the commute to and from work at various construction sites.
Got an email from Emanuele Pizzolorusso, a Helsinki based industrial designer, yesterday to let us know about his latest project Lucetta: a smart set of two small magnetic bicycle lights. Never seen them in person. Have no idea if they're worth a hoot or not, but the concept is pretty interesting and simple. Looks like a great idea to us.
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