The Aussies really do have it. Maybe it’s all of that isolation all the way over in Australia, but the opening of Young & Free: Contemporary Australian Street Artists on September 10th at 941 Geary (SF) proved that the deserve a place on the international stage. It was the largest collection of new Australian street work that has ever been exhibited in the United States, featuring the likes of Anthony Lister, Kid Zoom, Dabs Myla, Ben Frost, Everefresh founding members Meggs, Reka and Rone, and many many more.
Nearly 1,000 people floated through from the two entrances in the first hours. Entering from Geary Street was like walking through one of Melbourne’s bombed out alleyways as the artists had taken the liberty to ‘decorate’ the walls beyond recognition.
The artists were working up until the last minute to prepare the final details for the show. Below are some of the images of the final day leading into the exhibition’s opening night. Young & Free: Contemporary Australian Street Artists is showing at 941 Geary in San Francisco until October 22nd.
Barcelona based RIPO, who does great mural works, releases this new (38"x28") giclee photo print Casa Nova which features a mural RIPO painted in a torn out house on the outskirts of of Barcelona in the winter of 2009.
Archival giclée print
38" x 28" (approx. 97 x 71 cm)
Moab Entrada 300gsm Cotton Rag paper
Edition of 10
€310 each + shipping (will vary depending on your location). Payments will be accepted via PayPal.
If you’re interested please write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
SF based Kim Cogan has been oil painting SF street scenes for years. Now, for his 3rd solo show at the NYC gallery, Gallery Henoch, he also explores city scenes of that city as well. Amazing skill with oil paint and mood. The show opens tonight (6-8pm) and runs through Oct 15th.
On the way to work, I recall along the way passing by a beautiful cherry red bicycle locked outside a store. Having passed by the bicycle twice a day to and from work, I assumed the owner lived or worked nearby and didn't pay much attention. It wasn't until one day I noticed that the seat had been stolen and a week later, the wheels were missing. Over a time period of a month, the thieves much like vultures, slowly picked away at the remains piece by piece until all that was left was a dented, rusty old frame which remained for several years chained to the parking meter.
Whenever I pass by bicycles with handlebars missing, or oddly warping wheels that look as though it is melting to the ground like from a Salvador Dali painting, I have often thought to document the slow transformation I had previously observed. I found plenty of subjects to choose from while walking around the streets of New York. -Kim Cogan
We were having adult beverages with SF based artist and long time friend Alexis Mackenzie the other day when it dawned on us that we haven't featured her work in awhile. Well, darn it, let's change that.
Alexis' collages are truely wonderful creations. And besides showing her works at galleries around the US, Alexis also does collage work for print publications like the New York Times... Now, can you read what they say?
Alika, now living in LA, used to live here in SF and got her MFA from CCA (fun to say MFA from CCA). We've been fans of her work for years and now she's adopted a new medium:
The pieces in the show are realized through fabric and adhesive, collaged onto stretched fabric on strecher bars. Though the forms and ideas of the work remain generally in keeping with her previous work painted in gouache on paper and oil on canvas, their realization in a new medium adds an extra level of meaning to the work.
This spray painted wheat paste appeared overnight down the street from FFDG.
Not sure if Cafe du Soleil or the neighbors are feeling it, but we kinda like it... And speaking of Cafe du Soleil, try the open faced spicy chicken sandwich. It's very very good good. Goes best with a beer to cut through the spice. YUM
Have always been a fan of Upper Playground's city destroying walrus though. May trump the wheat paste.
Ryan Malley of 827 Ink headed down to Melbourne for a show w/ Sylvia Ji (blog) and on the way home stopped through Los Angeles and caught the streety street art street show. We're sure you've seen plenty of pics from it already, BUT in case you hadn't, here are a few more. blog town USA
We got an email featuring new works from the Italian duo Sten & Lex who create massive murals by using a technique called "hole school" and consists of stencils with many holes of different sizes that all together provide a highly photographic image.
The little builtding is in Foligno and we did it for a festival called Attack, involved artists (108, Achille, Carlito Dalceggio, Dem, Ericailcane,
Geo Poulidis, Graffiti Barbecue, Hitnes, Kindergarten, Ozmo).
VIDEO by Kintergarden.
The second wall is in Rome, in Via delle Conce on the wall of a club called Rising Love.
Our friend in Sao Paulo, Flavio Samelo, brings us a sampling of artists/ shows/ music/ etc he's feeling in his native Brazil. This time he introduces us to the work of Rio De Janeiro artist Marcelo Macedo (MACK) whose artistic life began through skateboarding and graffiti. A lot of his sculptural work is created from skateboard pieces, wood found on Rio's many beaches or from late night trash runs... Say hello to Marcelo. -Trippe
Words from Flavio Samelo -- Most of the artists known abroad from the Brazilian street scene come from São Paulo, a massive city with almost 20 million inhabitants. In other large cities around Brazil, far from the watchful eyes abroad, there are a lot of unknown artists that have amazing work, of shocking quality, like Marcelo Macedo a.k.a. MACK from Rio de Janeiro.
Rio is a world famous tourist city, Copacabana, Ipanema, The Christ, etc etc etc. The city is fantastic, with all of its nature, history, and colonial and modern Brazilian architecture mixed together. Their is a large socio-economic gap in Rio, a gap between the rich and the poor, making a lot of young people express themselves via street art.
MACK began painting on the street after his first visit to the skatepark Arpoador Bowl; “We went there to skate one day, and there was a guy called Binho painting inside of the bowl, so we couldn’t skate, but we sat on the curb and watch the guy work. That amused me a lot, and made me start to think about making graffiti!”
His background connects with the nature elements, some religious influence, skateboarding, and street art, making his work really unique. The graffiti pieces depict fish, and other ocean dwelling, along side the names of saints, and phrases that support being calm, and conscious with nature and in everything else.
Young & Free is the biggest Aussie street art exhibition outside Australia, ever, and it is exactly as chaotic as you'd imagine it to be. It features new artwork by Anthony Lister, Kid Zoom, Dabs Myla, Dmote, New2, Ben Frost, Meggs, Ha-Ha, Reka, Rone, Sofles and Vexta.
Having thirteen of not only Australia but the world's best street artists compressed into one city space is the artistic equivalent of a paint-splattered war zone. Tiny multi-coloured flecks of stencil cut outs adorn the floor like creative confetti, half painted canvases are stacked up against walls, dozens and dozens of boxes of spray paint are pilled in corners and the sounds of circle saws and dubstep are floating into the alleys of downtown Tenderloin in San Francisco.
The show opens this Saturday at 941 Geary and will be accompanied by a series of local walls painted by the artists. In-progress shots below. - By Georgia Frances King
The warehouse space as it looks on Day 1.
Meggs adding his own throw-up to the ‘laneway' with the iconic San Franciscan buildings reflecting in the front window of Geary 941.
Around half of the aerosol ordered to paint over five walls in San Francisco.
Young & Free: Class of 2011.
Dabs Myla getting started on their mural.
Some The Shining-esque drip down effects by Vexta.
Cooper Union student (a recent SFAI student) recently completed this mural in his hometown of Buffalo during his summer break for an organization entitled PUSH which advocates the community and its residents to strengthen their neighborhood with affordable housing. We really like it. Thanks for emailing it over, Charles.
Anthony Lister (recent SF work below) is here in San Francisco. He's not the only Australian street artist in SF right now. There are a grip as the show Young and Free opens this Saturday at 941 Geary.
Australian Scott Marr creates works through pyrography which is the process of burning wood or other materials with a heated poker.
Where you see Scott Marr painting, he's applying natural pigments that he's made himself. The raw materials for these are mostly collected from the bush near Scott's home - ochres, bark, flowers, sap, berries and other natural products.
Mark your calendar, because FFDG in San Francisco will feature works from Mars-1 opening Friday, Nov 11th (6-9pm). Exact details coming soon. For now enjoy a taste of this SF based artist's incredible works.
Pedro Matos just swung through FFDG and introduced himself. About to move to London from his native Portugal, Pedro is here in San Francisco to open his solo show at White Walls (or Shooting Gallery as he's on The Shooting Gallery's calendar) entitled Ephemera featuring oil-on-canvas works this Saturday, Sept 3rd (7-11pm).
Check our interview w/ him from last year. We'd imagine the work is going to be great. I mean, check the prewview below. Crazy talented painter.
Got an email from the German anonymous artistic group Luzinterruptus whose projects involve a lot of light work in urban spaces. Their latest below Radioactive Control was created for the Dockville music festival in Hamburg. They tried to demonstrate, in a humorous tone, the paranoia that we are suffering from since the escape of radioactive material in Japan, has brought into question the safety systems at the nuclear power plants.
With our mysterious army of 100 illuminated radioactive figures, which advanced threateningly on the natural environment of the festival, we wanted to invite reflection regarding the use and abuse of nuclear energy, cheap in economic terms, but which can cause grave secondary effects for the environment and health, forever irreversible.
Want this copy for FREE? The first person to stop in FFDG tomorrow, Wednesday, and asks for the book, gets it. We're open 1-6pm, and you can view Damon Soule's current show Then What Happened.
"It’s like Holden Caulfield with his phaser set on kill. Phonies beware." –Time Magazine
"The Death Ray reads as a cautionary parable and an acidic rumination on the travails of adolescence…Clowes demonstrates what the comic book can do and literary fiction can't."–The Observer UK
Teen outcast Andy is an orphaned nobody with only one friend, the obnoxious-but -loyal Louie. They roam school halls and city streets, invisible to everyone but bullies and tormentors, until the glorious day when Andy takes his first puff on a cigarette. That night he wakes, heart pounding, soaked in sweat, and finds himself suddenly overcome with the peculiar notion that he can do anything. Indeed, he can and as he learns the extent of his new powers, he discovers a terrible and seductive gadget - a hideous compliment to his seething rage - that forever changes everything.
Greg Roman emailed over this recent video he did on Shepard Fairey... covering how skateboarding/ punk rock/ hip hop had on influencing him and his work.
Shepard talks about the influence graffiti, skateboarding and punk rock had on his life and the ways it shaped his art career. Key moments such as a school trip to NY and the melding of styles by brands such as Shut Skateboards allowed him to develop his techniques. Look out for some classic 90's skate footage as well.
A small taste of a great show featuring some of Australia's best street artists creating works from stencil to spray paint on all mediums filling 941 Geary's large walls. Should be a great show that you should get to when SF's art season gets kicked off in a couple weeks. Now go back to sitting on the beach or by the pool while your vacation lasts.
A couple weeks back we checked out the Divisadero Art Walk on cold San Francisco summer evening. Compared to the last Divis art walk we made it to, this one seemed a lot less crowded. No doubt the cold weather was the culprit.
I'm not sure how many people are lucky enough to have The San Francisco Giants 3 World Series trophies put on display at their work for the company's employees to enjoy during their lunch break, but that's what happened the other day at Deluxe. So great.
SF skateboarding icons Jake Phelps, Mickey Reyes, and Tommy Guerrero with the 3 SF Giants World Series Trophies
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.
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" 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.
"[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
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
NYC --- 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
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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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