On a calm day in New York City, hundreds of pigeons can be seen flying together over the rooftops of certain neighborhoods - a tornado of birds. For many who participate in the sport it is a salvation from daily life and the distractions of the streets. To me it is a remnant of a city’s past and a culturally dynamic sport. Some of the things my photos focus on are the relationship between these men and their animals, the aesthetic of the birds and the coops, and the act of flying the birds.
Many Thanks to Black, Papo, Soto, Junior, Vinnie, Pedro, Gill, Chase, JC, luis and Sugar
“One morning I woke up and found my favorite pigeon, Julius, had died. I was devastated and was gonna use his crate as my stickball bat to honor him. I left the crate on my stoop and went in to get something and I returned to see the sanitation man put the crate into the crusher. I rushed him and caught him flush on the temple with a titanic right hand and he was out cold, convulsing on the floor like an infantile retard.” -Mike Tyson
San Francisco artist Brian Barneclo has been working on creating the largest mural here in SF at 7th and Townsend streets "Systems Mural Project" . He's been in the fundraising part of the project for over a year now as he trys to raise the money for the permits, paint, equipment, etc. It's a grassroots campaign, and with the help from businesses and organizations such as the Intersection for the Arts, it's looking like it will be come a reality. Brian has rasied over $30,000 to date but needs a total of $70,000 to begin work. He's created this KickStarter page where you can dontate... and remember that IT'S TAX DUCTABLE since it's being fiscally sponsored by the Intersection for the Arts. Get in there and drop a $20 on a great project. ~on Facebook
Brian Barneclo's work is now on display @The W Hotel through December... Also, a funny thing about the mural is that Brian has the green light to begin today, Otc 18th, but they need $8,000 for insurance. Donate and help make it happen, captain.
Some mural facts: * This will be the largest mural in San Francisco at 600 feet long and 40 feet tall
* SF Mayor Gavin Newsom has given the project a Proclamation declaring September 16th Systems Mural Day in SF
* The "canvas" for the huge painting greets Caltrains passengers as the enter and exit The City near 7th and Townsend
* There is a 30' mini version of the design on display at a new gallery in the Metreon called Brief Space on display through December
The STROKE.ARTFAIR is the worlds first artfair dedicated to the artistic developments of many diverse subcultural influences throughout the last 30 years, such as Streetart, Graffiti, Low-Brow, Illustration, Skateboard Art and many more - subsumed under the term of Urban Art.
Our 10 year anniversary show has just ended, and we have a few works still available like this patchwork painting by Jim Houser below featuring four 3 dimensional overlays. *click image for larger view
-- Jim Houser, In Decline, acrylic on wood panel, 24“x24”
Got this email from Paris based street artist LUDO.
-- 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...
LUDO, thanks for emailing. We like... Is that birth control in the Chanel piece?
MOMO @Anno Domini // the second coming of Art & Design
366 South First Street San Jose, CA
Exhibition Dates: October 1 - November 20, 2010
MOMO is known for thoughtful post- graffiti: tagging his name the width of Manhattan, creating over-sized collage, a fake New Yorker magazine cover, tide powered sculpture, a computer script which makes his art for him, and prints, paintings, and videos that rely on chance for fun and substance... His show in San Jose runs through Nov 20th at Anno Domini. Great work, and have you seen his tagging of Manhatten which is the largest to date- over 8 miles. NYTimes article. ~Show details
This may be one of our favorite items we've posted in some time. Just love it. Enjoy.
About "Lagoi & Lace"
Ralph Lagoi and Kate Lace are the artist duo behind "Lagoi & Lace". While studying art and photography at the Academy of media Arts in Cologne where they graduated with honors in summer 2010, they soon decided to combine their various strengths (photography, design, art direction and styling) to cherish and celebrate the power of beauty and fashion.
About the "Love Land Invaders"
Japan's stunningly decorated love hotel rooms are the impact zone of the "Love Land Invaders". They conquer these quirky and marvelous rooms with their playful visual lust. They strike iconic poses and seem to own a vast collection of unique fashion objects. It appears as if you're observing some intimate moments of energetic superheroes...
In order to find the perfect locations to unleash such concentrated passion we headed out for the most extraordinary love hotel rooms we could find in Osaka and the Kansai area.
The "Love Land Invaders" collection, which we designed and constructed beforehand, consists of masks, glasses, shields, armory, jewelry, customized clothes and ribbons, which are reaching out like demanding tentacles. After putting on these pieces we transformed into "Miss Takehito Quadruple", "Mister Hyde Dobuita Speerträger", "Mr. Seiuchi Sivuch", "Shika Shika Chan" and "Miss Ayanami Oenshi". Each of these characters represents a certain aspect of beauty (the beauty of dark elegance, the beauty of a gentleman, the beauty of play, the beauty of wilderness, the beauty of pink). The "Love Land Invaders" express an idea we call luxurious pop. In this project luxury can be found in the aesthetic quality of the design, for example by using glossy materials, sculptural shapes and vibrant colors. Luxury can also mean giving oneself the freedom to explore your desires and fantasies and creating fitting worlds. For us pop describes the idea of bringing diverse inspirational sources into a fresh mix to create emotionally and visually strong images. The idea of luxurious pop was our guiding light while creating the "Love Land Invaders".
Muralist, RIPO emailed over a couple newer mural works. Love his lettering and these pieces.
Your Name Super Size - Near Basel, Switzerland
Madrid, Spain - An old tobacco factory in Madrid seemed like the perfect place to paint a tribute to the classic Optimo Cigars sign that I grew up seeing all over NYC. And even for those people who won't know the context it's at least an Optimistic word. - RIPO
We wrap up short interviews with artists participating in the show with the mega talented Oliver Vernon who now lives in Northern California.
What were you up to in the year 2000?
My dj friends and I had just built and opened Halcyon in Brooklyn, a dj-lounge/cafe/gallery/mod furnishings shop. I was djing around New York and painting murals in clubs, bars and restaurants. I started doing live paintings at Giant Step parties, which were paid gigs (unheard-of at the time.) Through Halcyon I met a dealer who put me in my first New York group show at the gallery in the Gershwin Hotel as well as the Armory Show.
How has your work changed in the last 10 years?
Painting is a reflection of life, an expression of any given moment in time, it is autobiographical. As times pass and change, so do i and so does the painting. In certain ways I look at what i'm doing now and think that it's basically the same as I was doing 15 years ago, only seasoned and textured with the accumulated experiences of life. The basic principles have remained in tact through the years, but I have pushed evolution in the way I approach and handle the materials, and how the different painting ideas are engaging the surface and each other. I am now much more sensitive to nuance and subtlety, and have a greater consideration for how the different layers are interacting.
We have a few interviews with artists who are in Fecal Face's 10 Year Show (closing show Fri, Oct 8th) that we ran out time to add up on the site. Well, here's one with our good friend, LA based artist and amazing drawer, Travis Millard.
What were you up to in the year 2000?
I was an enthusiastic apple-cheeked young man smoking hay and wandering around Lawrence, Kansas.
How has your work changed in the last 10 years?
I used to mess around with more paint and larger pieces... It was all pretty scattered. I think it's grown over time, and still remains fairly scattered, but maybe it's tightened up and/or evolved a bit more.
What did you think 2010 would be like back then?
It's a lot like I thought it'd be but with less hovering then I predicted.
When you first heard of Fecal Face what did you think about it?
I thought, "this is the site for me"... then saw it and thought, "Oh, art. This is the site for me".
My name is Steven Burke and I wanted to let you know about my paintings that I did where I live, in South West of France last summer. Lots of trees have been cut down here after a big storm... So I decided to paint on those "Poor Little Trees"! Also, I really like Fecal Face and I wish you a long life!
Steven, thanks for emailing these over. They're great... Check out Steven's website for a lot more gems.
Josh Keyes upcoming show Collision opens Nov 5th in Denver @David B Smith Gallery. Keyes then opens up a solo show @Fecal Face April 7th. The response has been pretty incredible with inquires since the show was announced last year. We're excited to see what Josh has planned for both shows.
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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