We've added the Paul Urich interview we did last week to our podcast as well as a Mix he put together for you. You can find a link to the podcast on ITunes if you search "Fecal Face" and also at fecalface.com/podcasts/ --> or listen below. Mix on the right and interview on the left.
Paul's show "Take Me Back to Paradise" opens Friday @FFDG.
Fecal Face Dot Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new work by San Francisco-based artist Paul Urich from January 7 – February 6, 2011. This will be Urich’s second solo show at the gallery.
For his new body of work, ink drawings and gouache paintings, Urich was inspired by tattoo "old timers" and prison based artists. The artist explains, “some pieces would have a few designs on them. Others would have the whole piece of paper packed with as much as would fit. Some of the designs in my work are directly copied from those guys, some are altered, and some are my own... all influenced by the "old timers". While the pieces on hankerchiefs were inspired from watching a prison documentary. The men were making incredible drawings with ball point pen on hankercheifs and trading them for Cinabuns, ramen noodles, and other shit like that. So I hooked a ballpoint pen up to a tattoo machine and started drawing.”
Paul Urich’s selected exhibitions include Fecal Face Dot Gallery, San Francisco; Space 1026, Philadelphia; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; Headlands Center for the Arts, Marin Headlands; Eleanor Harwood Gallery, San Francisco; 96 Gillespie Gallery, London. Uirch was the 2005 Bell Foundation for Cultural Development, Individual Grant Recipient. COLLECTIONS include Museum of Modern Art, NY (Library Archives - Hot and Cold complete publications)
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Corey Arnold and Martin Machado are both artists who met through Fecal Face and through their love of fishing in the wilds of Alaska. This joint blog illustrates last summer's salmon fishing trip to Bristol Bay, Alaska with hard labor working 12 hour days avoiding grizzly bears and total exhaustion. --> check it.
Marty opens a show of his paintings w/ Todd Freeman and Aleksandra Zee this Saturday, January 8th at Gallery Hijinks
Bonfire, Booze, and giant hand guns. -photo: Corey Arnold
Ben Thomas with 30 pound King Salmon -photo: Corey Arnold
Conor Kelly and Pat Weber human powering the operation. -photo: Corey Arnold
Got some photos emailed over of a brand new radical mural by our buddy Henry Gunderson now adjourned on a Divisadero street wall at Hayes as part of Gallery Heist's new mural project. Check some photos. Tin foil up in there, and we spy some Gavin Heslet getting some footage as well. Creative Lives?
Ludo emailed over a recent Paris "co-branding" where he's changing up some bus ads. More here.
Paris is under some big snow right now but there is still some time to do something...
"Greed is the new color."
Just wanted to share some pics of a little series I'm doing right now. Basically it's called "co-branding" and it's about invading bus shelters spaces with my stuff and brand them to fit in the commercial world. It started with a DelMonte custom can and still going on... ~more here || http://www.thisisludo.com/
Brooklyn based Matt Relkin emailed over some of his newest works.
A GATHERING- acrylic on panel- 12"X12"
THE HORSES- acrylic on panel- 12"x9"
He writes about the new work on his site: "I’ve really been trying to expand my Black Tower universe, to branch out into other realms & dimensions, to explore hidden corners of this slowly evolving world I’ve been attempting to create. I haven’t been dwelling on meanings with these new paintings, just allowing the images to take shape from simple sketches and ideas in my head. I’m coming to realize that these pieces are all connected whether I want them to be or not. I’ve been enjoying the actual act of painting, the physicality of it, allowing the planning and conceptualization to take a back-seat to the final image. There’s a new feeling of freedom in the whole process of these current works, where I’m almost subconsciously allowing the painting to materialize on it’s own, my hand & brush becoming nothing more than the vessel through which the paint applies itself to the panel."
UNEXPLAINED FORMATION 1- acrylic on panel- 11"x14"
by Travis Millard
52 pages, 5.25" x 8.25", b/w, 2010
3 - color silkscreen cover. Numbered edition of 350 $12 here
So pleased to have LA based Travis Millard's newest zine in our online shop. Get inside his mind through his great drawings and comics. Pen talent and creative skills. Below is a small taste of the 52 pages within.
Brett Amory is off to London in a couple weeks as he told us he'll be opening a solo show at Lazarides on January 13th... AND you won't miss a thing as Brett will be blogging up his trip along the way for Fecal Face.
Got this great Kid Zoom image emailed to us yesterday, and to answer some comments on the forums... the kid does create his works using just spray paint. F*cking sick!... Manuel did a studio visit w/ him last week.
Is Kid Zoom the best aerosol artist alive today? Maybe. He’s certainly the most skilled that I’ve seen, despite his young age. Combining astonishing spray can ability with classical painting technique, Kid Zoom appears to be the artist who will finally bridge the gap between gallery and street, legitimizing aerosol once and for all as a fine art medium.
Kid Zoom belongs to the second generation of graffiti, a global movement that, through the internet and other forms of media, has inspired and connected young artists, elevating the medium through competition, collaboration, technology and the law of supply and demand. The more people witness and participate in the evolution of aerosol art into something wonderous, the more the medium will propel itself into art history.
Kid Zoom, Rembrandt with a Spray Can, represents the future of this movement. - RON ENGLISH
It was nice to open up the gallery this morning and see the mailman had delivered this nice package from Multi Polar Projects which will custom make any word or groups of words for only $5 a character (up to 50 characters). It's the What Wood You Say - Order by Dec 6th to get your custom made wood by Christmas. We'd say a badass gift in our humble opinion. Our Fecal Face wood cutout is quite exemplary. Thanks for making our morning, Multi Polar Projects.
We're very excited to post another great blog from our pal and great photographer Corey Arnold who started his fishing life on the Bering Sea fishing for crab. One of the ships he worked on, The Rollo, was featured on the TV show Deadliest Catch. It was then that Corey began his life's work of documenting the lives and work of the world's fishermen.
Earlier this year, I received and email from a freelance producer in the UK asking if I was interested in a long term photo project documenting the state of the commercial fishing industry in the European Union. The job was for a coalition of sustainable fishing advocates, commercial fishing groups, and environmental organizations called Ocean2012 that are working together to reform the currently messy Common Fisheries Policy in the European Union. It was a pretty mind blowing request. I'd decided long ago that photographing the commercial fishing lifestyle around the world would be my life's work. Not my only work, but definitely a subject matter that I'd like to revisit annually in some form throughout life. Needless to say, it was the perfect match. I still can't believe my luck.
Dutch Owned Beam Trawler in the North Sea
The original plan was for me to take photographs that focus on one large and one small port in each of four countries around Europe, covering the major fishing ports and regions. I would photograph everything related to fishing including the fishermen, their families, communities, processors, shipyards, netmakers, and everyone that would be affected by changes in common fisheries policy management in Europe. My intentions were simple: Create a broad image library of the current state of the commercial fishing industry in Europe (and have a lot of fun doing it).
December is a hectic month, and it's first weekend is filled with holiday art-ness and solid openings worthy of your time. Oakland opens thier month w/ Friday's Art Murmur on Friday, and throughout the weekend on both sides of the Bay, there is a healthy dose of arting to be done. Like always, check the calendars for a complete list as we're sure our tastes may not fully align with yours. Below are some shows we're most interested in getting to.
We are proud to announce Mark Mulroney’s second show at Ever Gold Gallery, “I’m Trying Really Hard.” It will be a show of reasonably tasteful works that address contemporary issues such as malnourishment and decorative pumpkin carving.
Mulroney is represented by Mixed Greens Gallery in NYC and Ebersmoore Gallery in Chicago. He has also shown in Copenhagen at V1 Gallery, National Gallery of Art in Warsaw, The San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, and Park Life in San Francisco.
Contemporary rock poster art from Alan Forbes, Stacie Willoughby and David D'Andrea
These artists have successfully built upon the bedrock foundations laid down by the great west coast comix, poster and album artists of the 60s and 70s and forged their own unique paths through mastery of technique, inexhaustible high octane imaginations and a striking capacity for the tangible and emotional expression of abstracts.
Opening night party will feature a live acoustic set from Howlin Rain. They'll play around 10pm.
One hundred and eleven artists in this massive group show featuring a wide array of artists. Bound to be something there you like.
111 Minna Gallery would like to invite you to our massive year end group show, celebrating 111 of our very talented friends, family members and artist favorites. Each artist will have 1 single contributing piece to the show, collectively making it an eclectic, interesting and fun group show.
Tim Kerr is part of musical history having played in the Texas punk band The Big Boys in the 80s. The Big Boys were a pioneering band who are credited with helping introduce the new style of hardcore punk that became popular in the 1980s.
This group show is curated by Tim Kerr
featuring the works of, TIM KERR (Austin TX), RICH JACOBS (Oakland CA), MERRILEE CHALLIS (Birmingham AL), CLINT WOODSIDE (Philadelphia PA), KAROLINE COLLINS (S.F. CA), and KENNETH HOLLAND (Oakland CA).
*PLUS, An olde-tyme musical jam led by Tim Kerr and friends.
Right next door to Needles and Pens and the above opening is the great Creativity Explored where artists with developmental disabilities create, exhibit, and sell art. Trust us, this is the place to get a great unique gift for a loved one plus you're money goes to supporting a great organization.
The Annual Holiday Art Sale at Creativity Explored is an art lover’s shopping event, with a multitude of remarkable art at surprisingly affordable prices. The studio is filled with unique and original prints, one-of-a-kind paintings, pen and ink drawings, ceramics, sculptures, and textiles by over 130 artists. Additional items for sale include limited edition books, note cards, T-shirts, wrapping paper, and ornaments.
Creativity Explored is a dynamic art center and gallery where artists with developmental disabilities create, exhibit, and sell their art. One-half of the proceeds from the sale of every artwork go directly to the artist.
3245 16th St. 6-9pm
Also open Saturday as well December 4th& 5th 1–6 pm
Electric Works is pleased to put some sparkle in the season with Stella Luminosa, a group show featuring Dave Eggers, Matt Furie, Ian Huebert, Jason Jägel, Keegan McHargue, Clare Rojas, and Gina Tuzzi
For the month of December the gallery will be populated by characters and landscapes that are both strangely familiar and familiarly strange. The works are distinguished by graphic mark making that evoke at once a childlike enhancement along with adult intrigue and sophistication. Gallery artist Jason Jägel will be taking over the Project Space filling it with an exuberant installation of recent paintings.
Lower Haight Holiday Art Walk <-- What better way to ring in the Holidays with a good ol' Lower Haight Holiday Art Walk! Filled with live music, food, art, merchant discounts & specials along with a Window Decorating Contest, AND Scavenger Hunt, the neighborhood's gonna be full of festivities.The Lower Haight 6pm to 9:30pm
OAKLAND'S FIRST FRIDAY'S ART MURMER <-- a street festival where galleries all around dowtown are open with chaos and good times abound. We haven't been in a year or so, but last time we were there there was food for sale on the streets, bands playing on corners and we figured it best to get there early if you have any interest in viewing the art. It was hectic but good times. approx. 7-10pm - Art viewing? Get there at 5pm.
Our friend and NYC based artist Dennis McNett is preparing for his show Reaping Waves, Vital Vessels, and the Passing of the Wolfbats opening Dec 16th at NYC's Joshua Liner Gallery. He emailed over some of his recent work. Dennis showed last year at FFDG as part of our IN-N-OUT series. Check the photos. It was a super fun show.
Dennis would like you to know that he's looking for participants to join the parade/procession through Chelsea with a 24 foot viking ship. Contact him through his website if you wanna join the fun.
Say what you will about the Insane Clown Posse’s music, but you can’t deny
that they have some of the most loyal and dedicated fans in the US. After shooting
portraits of Juggalos outside one of their shows in Portland, Oregon I decided to
venture out to their annual music festival in southern Illinois to shoot more. ~photos.
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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