Does this put all the conspiracy theories to rest now that we know what happened as illustrated by Anthony Freda above? Thanks for the email, Anthony. Love the piece above you sent and your work.
Anthony Freda is an award-winning illustrator. His work has appeared in such publications as Rolling Stone, New Yorker, Esquire, New York Times, The Voice, Entertainment Weekly, Playboy and many others. Represented by GERALD AND CULLEN RAPP.
Josh Keyes was born in Tacoma, Washington. He received a BFA in 1992 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA in 1998 from Yale. Keyes is drawn to the clinical and often cold vocabulary of scientific textbook illustrations, which express the empirical "truth" of the world and natural phenomena. He infuses into a rational stage set many references to contemporary events along with images and themes from his personal mythology and experience. These elements come together in an unsettling vision, one that speaks to the challenges of our time. Keyes currently lives and works in Portland Oregon with his wife, graphic designer Lisa Ericson.
We've always enjoyed David Lyle's paintings and was pleased to see these in our inbox this morning. David works in oils, used to live in SF, now in NYC and is represented by a new gallery in London ~ Gallery Nosco
Can't believe we didn't know about this already. Learned about it last night after I painted my shoes gold at Ever Gold (fucking camera deleted the pics) during their show last night (scroll down)... In any case, we're going to check it out. Monday night solder class? Rad.
Inspired in part by the open source movement, public spaces are emerging where people congregate to share ideas, make cool projects, teach, and brainstorm with collaborators on everything from coding to cooking. With no leaders, they have one rule: "Be excellent to each other." Take a tour of the hackerspace Noisebridge, located in the heart of San Francisco's Mission District, with co-founder Mitch Altman.
The guys over at Ever Gold emailed over this preview of their show opening tonight and only running 2 days to conclude their Gentlemen's Club which ran throughout the month of March.
Joshua Short and Otto Von Busch are teaming up to form BLACKGOLD. Bring your rags and junk for two nights of transformation, literally. The performance duo is preparing a group reaction-painting session that joins the Dark Satanic Northern European Arts with the American Junk Culture. Otto will be leading a spiritual restoration by blackening your old rags. Josh will be operating his Gold Standard machine, transforming your junk into gold.
Otto Von Busch
Performances, Rituals, Alchemy…bring your items to turn into gold or junk..this is an interactive audience driven performance.
Megan Whitmarsh is a very unique artist from Highland Park, CA who uses thread to create complex tableaux of characters in epic scenes of both fantasy and social anxiety. Drawing inspiration from 1980’s American pop culture and her intricate imagination, Megan’s canvas’ show a sympathy toward the misunderstood monster and a celebration of the magic of creation. Also an accomplished soft sculptor, Megan has created a mountain of stuffed replicas of trash she finds in her neighborhood. In this feature we get to know Megan and travel along as she paints a massive 55' x 60' installation at the prestigious IVAM Museum in Valencia, Spain.
SF based Henry Lewis invited a few friends over to his studio last weekend before he shipped his paintings down to Los Angeles for his solo show “The Absence of Light” @Corey Helford Gallery opening this Saturday, March 19th.
Here's a taste of his recent work and say howdy to a few of the fine folks who stopped by.
Thompson lives and works in San Francisco. A graduate of the University of California at Santa Cruz where he was a 2007 Irwin Scholar, his work has been exhibited locally at Garage Sale Projects, Mollusk, Needles and Pens, and in Brooklyn NY.
Jerroen Blok emailed over some photos he took around harbors in his native Holland... We posted some photos recently from his show at GO Gallery in Amsterdamn featuring his paintings and installations.
"In the second iteration of West, Wester, Westest, I've once again chosen a selection of emerging and mid-career artists that A) don't regularly exhibit in SF, if at all. and B) create work that "throws a wrench" so to speak, into what FFDG regularly shows. As a long time fan of Fecal Face, I'm honored to have such an immense platform to expose these artist to the world on. In terms of style and/or concept, these artists produce works that are very forward thinking and often experimental, throughout various mediums. The works exhibited, will run the gamut of content, from grossly disturbing to humorous, to bold and beautiful abstraction and then back again. Please join us @ FFDG's new location in the Lower-Haight (248 Fillmore @Haight) on March 11th for the opening reception of West, Wester, Westest Part 2, I will be in attendance." -Ryan Travis Christian
Also opening on Saturday at Guerrero is a collab show w/ artists Jason Michael Leggiere and Chris Duncan entitled Sound and Shapean audience participatory and optically challenging sound sculpture based on basic triangular shapes. ~complete details
There are A LOT of great shows opening up this weekend and here's another. London based EINE opens up Greatest this Saturday at White Walls. He's been around San Francisco painting roll-ups like the one below filling the entire alphabet. Can you find them all around town?
San Francisco, CA-White Walls gallery is pleased to present, 'GREATEST' a solo
exhibition by London-based artist, Ben Flynn a.k.a. EINE. The opening reception
for 'GREATEST' will be held on Saturday, March 12, 2011 from 7-11 PM. The exhibition
will be on view from March 12, to April 2, 2011 and is free and open to the public.
'GREATEST' is an art exhibition by the artist, Ben EINE, that will utilize both gallery
and public space as a two-tiered platform for the artist’s visual expression. EINE'S work
is a large-scale study of the shape and structure of the 26 letters found in the modern
English alphabet in varied typefaces, color configurations and word arrangements. In
the public spaces of San Francisco, EINE will be painting each letter of the alphabet
on various walls around the city. A further ten canvases of his work using spray paint,
acrylic, and glitter will be on display at White Walls gallery.
Yumiko Kayukawa Saturday at The Shooting Gallery --> 7-11pm
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.
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!
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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