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.
Not sure what's in store this winter in terms of rain here in SF, but do know that day light savings ended and the rain has started. Freak that. That shit bummed me out. So instead of staying home and upgrading my Netflix account, we decided to splurge on some water proof gear: pants, jackets and boots. If you're completely dry, the rain makes no difference. So a trip to Sports Basement, and we had our waterproof gear. Rainy weekend? No problem.
Friday the rain began and we decided to walk across San Francisco. A couple bottles of 2 Buck Chuck in my bag, and we shoved off from the Mission, through Civic Center, past Union Square, up through China Town, into North Beach and to Fisherman's Warf... On Saturday we did our part in helping the struggling state parks with some camping at China Camp in Marin. It stormed like crazy with lightning and hail, but who cares. The discounted rain gear did the trick. We stayed 100% dry and had an awesome time. Highly recommend getting some rain gear this year. ~photos
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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