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Mario Ayala - Mini Interview
Written by Trippe   
Friday, 15 February 2013 15:07

Location? Age? Education? Website?

I grew up in Los Angeles/ Inland Empire area and currently live in Oakland. Im 21, and I'm in my last year at San Francisco Art Institute. ayalamario.tumblr.com/

How would you describe your work to someone?

I guess I would tell someone I primarily work on paper, prefferibly stretched over panels. I use a wide range of mediums, gouache, enamel, oil, etc. My imagery derives from various interests I have, drug/alcohol consumption, Suburbia, and Santeria to name a few.

Influences?

Jazz, Giorgio Morandi, James Bond, the Lost Bros familia, my dog Bubba Gucci, but my biggest influence has got to be my father. Hardest working man I know.

Cheese burgers or tofu burgers?

PIZZA!/ Sam's Burgers on broadway

Favorite place traveled?

Haven't done much traveling, but I recently visited New York for the first time last summer and was pretty stoked on it.

Working routine? Music? Time of day?

I try an work either early in the morning, but I usually end up working on things late at night shackled in my atelier listening to some jazz or oldies. You know, that Art Laboe shit.

 
Kyle Kogut - Mini Interview
Written by Trippe   
Thursday, 07 February 2013 11:13

Location? Age? Education? Website?

Philadelphia, PA. 22. BFA from Tyler School of Art. www.kylekogut.com

How would you describe your work to someone?

My work mainly consists of mixed media drawings and paintings of nonsensical figures/environments. A lot of it is about mankind's relationship to Nature, in both physical and metaphysical realms. Recently I've also been making animations and sculptures that deal with similar narratives.

Influences?

My biggest inspiration is the natural world; what separates man from animal, and how have we evolved to conceptualize and comprehend our own existence as independent entities from the world around us. Mythology, philosophy, religious iconography, and cultural practices all play a part in the narrative of my work. Visual influnences include the Northern Renaissance period, Greek and Roman antiquity, fauvism, Christopher Davison, Picasso, Allison Shulnik, Jan Švankmajer, Dasha Shiskin, Dürer, Lucas Cranach the Elder, and countless others. Influences really come from everything.

Cheese burgers or tofu burgers?

Cheese please.

Favorite place traveled?

North Wales.

Working routine? Music? Time of day?

I basically lock myself in my studio and pretty much just do whatever I want, no rules. I make myself be stay productive and use my work as exploration of new ideas. I'm always looking for that next image or theme to expand on or experiment with. In the studio I listen to everything from the Black Angels to Panda Bear to Om. I make work around my job schedule, so it all kind of depends.

How do you pay the bills?

I run my own screen printing company and fill in some hours at a library, which also serves as an endless resource of history and imagery. I also have some potential teaching opportunities in the near future.

 
Jay Bo - Mini Interview
Written by Trippe   
Thursday, 17 January 2013 13:00

San Francisco artist Kevin Taylor introduced us to the work of Jay Bo who lives and works in Berlin.

Kevin was there in Berlin a few months back working on a solo show (studio visit pics) and thought we'd like Jay Bo's paintings. Well, we do and wanted to share them with you.

Location? Age? Education? Website?

I was born in the south of France, but living in Berlin since 86. | Enough. | None but the strength of life. I quit school by the age of 14. | www.jayboisms.com www.eyeseaeye.com www.iwishusun.com

How would you describe your work to someone?

My work is about visual fragmentation. About rebuilding. I follow paradoxical ideas at the edge of the legacy of romantism. A touch of insanity, a dance between rational and irrational, I just try to escape reality. I considere myself an abstract painter, playing with the contrast between hyperrealism and expressionism. I try to marry the two. By the way this is not a question I can answer, as my answer is the piece itself.

Influences?

I am perpetually influenced by everything, my work is based on layers, as our memories are. The raster made out of thoses bring me to new horizons. That's why I am not only influenced by the old paint masters but also on the multiple failures of mankind. by the nature, by your questioning as well as by the silence in the morning, by the words of poets, and by the screams of Earth.

Cheese burgers or tofu burgers?

Definitly both but self made.

Favorite place traveled?

Well the next one. I am interessted in the concept of traveling not in places. And this has to be contrasted, I like to observe confrontation. Visual opposition. I am walking the same ways over and over and I find something unseen everyday. I am an observer and I need therefore more time on a new place to understand it. Africa have left a big influence on my acceptance of chaos.

Working routine?

Yes which is the hard part. Discipline never has be my friend.

 
Christian Forrer - Mini Interview
Written by Trippe   
Monday, 23 July 2012 15:27

Location?

The shed in my parent's backyard. Lapel, Indiana

Age? Education? Website?

22 years young. Working on my BA in Printmaking at the Herron School of Art and Design in Indianapolis, IN. You can find me here: christianbforrer.carbonmade.com/ Or here: etsy.com/shop/HUMANSHOP Here too: facebook.com/christian.b.forrer

How would you describe your work to someone?

Geometric and architectural forms that mirror both my weariness and confidence of the future. I'm drawing from a beautiful, yet growingly ominous midwest landscape. I use a bright, neon and pastel palette to balance a heavier line, and to convey a wishful personal conscious. When composing work, I tend to centralize imagery of the most importance.

Influences?

The midwest, my friends and my lady, Bob Dylan, and recently Star Wars

Cheese burgers or tofu burgers?

I'd take either, but I really just want some general tso's.

Favorite place traveled?

Had a few life changing moments in SF, but Vegas was epicly hardcore.

Working routine? Music? Time of day?

Well, I'm living in a shed right now, so i just wake up and I'm pretty much in the middle of my studio. If I have no money-making schemes to pursue that day, then I'll just work until I'm ready for bed or a movie. Lately I've been listening to a lot of oldies, but mostly the sound of my dogs barking.

 
Marissa Textor - Mini Interview
Written by Trippe   
Monday, 07 May 2012 14:58

Marissa Textor and Ryan Travis Christian are currently showing together at Cooper Cole Gallery in Toronto. Gerald interviews the LA based Marissa Textor. Check out her detailed graphite drawings.

Who are you and what do you?

I was born and breed in Southern California and I spend most of my time now making graphite drawings. I also work with my friend Naheed Simjee on a range of really exciting projects with artists through our company SIMJEE TEXTOR.

Exploding Mouse / Collaboration with Ryan Travis Christian / 18" x 24" / graphite on paper

Location? Age? Education? Website?

Los Angeles, 25, UCLA, marissatextor.com, simjeetextor.com

How would you describe your work to someone?

I would describe my work as hyperrealistic graphite drawing. The theme of the work varies but I often include elements like smoke, filtered light, negative space, water and rocks to create organic uncommon images of natural environments.

Useless Struggle / 46" x 35.75" / graphite on paper

Describe your process for creating new work.

The initial stages involve some tinkering in photoshop to make adjustments and to get a sense for what the finished product will look like. It is a lot easier to erase clouds or add more trees when you are working on a computer than to hand draw it. Deciding on the scale of the work is an important part of the process and I'm slowly creeping towards making larger and larger work although I also enjoy the intimate scale of the smaller works.

Working routine? Music? Time of day?

I'm a night person so I'm usually the most productive between 10pm and 2am but if I'm working on a show I'm drawing all day every day and I become a bit obsessive about it. Music, podcasts, Netflix or something is always playing since the work can become monotonous and this part of the process does not involve a lot of decision making. Sometimes I get a song stuck in my head and play it on repeat until I finish the piece so I'll end up listening to the same song a couple hundred times in a row. That military torture technique would never work on me.

Smoking Ledge / 20" x 14" / graphite on paper

Influences?

Storytelling and strong narratives, chain emails of crazy photos from around the world and the internet. I'm interested in the general pursuit of discovery. The amount of information out there these days can be overwhelming but it is fascinating how one subject can lead to another and in turn, how they relate to each other.

 
Laura Judkis ~ Mini Interview
Written by Trippe   
Friday, 06 April 2012 09:48

Location? Age? Education? Website?

Grew up in New Jersey but currently living in Baltimore. Just turned 23. Graduated from MICA last May. www.laurajudkis.com.

How would you describe your work to someone?

Lately my work has taken a sculptural turn, but I come from a painting background. I make aggressive, psychologically charged abstractions. I'm interested in the tactile and sensual qualities of my materials, and I'm hoping for visceral reactions.

Influences?

Lots of super fleshy figurative painting and sculpture, Abstract Expressionism (especially Clyfford Still), Gordon Matta Clark, Lee Bontecou, Louise Nevelson, Louise Bourgeois, Martin Puryear, Robert Rauschenberg, Lucas Samaras, Paul Thek. I'm also into the provisional/experimental formalism thing that's going on in painting right now. Ingmar Bergman's "Persona." David Foster Wallace, Dostoevsky, and D.H. Lawrence, for books. Samurai armor is cool as hell. I try to steal from everything everywhere.

Cheese burgers or tofu burgers?

Black bean burgers with cheese and avocado and spicy mayo, duh.

Favorite place traveled?

I haven't gone anywhere new in awhile, but San Francisco was nice.

 
Joyce Ho - Mini Interview
Written by Kid Yellow   
Tuesday, 15 November 2011 08:52

Who are you and what do you?

I am an interdisciplinary artist with an emphasis in painting, sculpture and theater.

Location? Age? Education? Website?

I moved to the United States from Taiwan when I was 14. This experience of being transplanted from my home, family, and culture had a huge impact on me and my works. After receiving my M.A. in studio arts from University of Iowa, I went back to Taiwan for my solo exhibition and a few set design projects. I plan to move back to the states in 2012.

www.joycehostudio.com, www.joyceho-art.blogspot.com

How would you describe your work to someone?

The images that I paint all have some disturbing quality, whether it's the angle of the character's head or the awkwardness of the distorted bodies. But in order to complicate these unsettling images, I use strong yellow hues to create a warm overall lighting that emanates throughout the entire space. I like this idea of “peaceful violence,” of seducing the viewer with bright colours, while simultaneously confronting them with the damaged characters.

Describe your process for creating new work.

I normally spend a few months developing a series of images and then over the course of an evening take a number of photographs and experiment with different compositions and lighting. For my works in my house, I usually choose rooms with more angular architecture and multiple lighting sources. There is something cold and inhuman about many of the new high rise apartments in Taipei, with their cold, reflective marble floors, fluorescent lights, and long corridors. These apartments seem more like conference rooms or hotels.

Working routine? Music? Time of day?

I usually work at night. ( late, late night ). I like listening to music when I work, but I always forget to turn it on.

 
Tom Betthauser - Mini Interview
Written by Kid Yellow   
Friday, 21 October 2011 09:46

Who are you and what do you?

Tom Betthauser, I draw, paint etc.

Untitled Land, 2011, 48"x60" graphite on paper

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Detail

Location? Age? Education? Website?

I'm 24, I was born and raised in the bay area, where I graduated from the indomitable San Francisco Art Institute in 2010. Currently I live in New Haven Connecticut where I'm wrapping up my MFA at Yale. (www.TomBetthauser.com)

How would you describe your work to someone?

Right now I just say that I make landscapes. It's vague, but I like the way it makes people (including myself) interact with the work, and it leaves me with a lot of room to explore the core of what I'm interested in.

Detail

Detail

Detail

Detail

Describe your process for creating new work.

I like the idea of creating a world from the ground up. I start very abstractly, with large areas of dark and light, and then try to pull a blank landscape out of that. Once that's built I'm free to explore and add elements of content as necessary.

 
Anne Wolk - Mini Interview
Written by Trippe   
Wednesday, 28 September 2011 08:00

Location? Age? Education? Website?

Berlin, 28, MFA Fine Arts, www.annewoelk.de

How would you describe your work to someone?

I am a contemporary figurative painter, who creates mixed-media paintings with a penchant for bright colors, geometric shapes, and street-art forms. My work explores the relationship between cultural plurality and a recycling of pop-culture, by layering different motifs from Science Fiction film stills and quotations from an art historical background, like Symbolism and color-field paintings. Overall I am constantly studying the possibilities of oil paint as a medium and trying to push my boundaries.

Influences?

I appreciate the work of Kai Althoff, Corinne Wasmuht, Daniel Richter, David Hockney, Franz West, Gerhard Richter, Pierre Soulages, Barnett Newman, and Mark Rothko.

Cheese burgers or tofu burgers?

I always get two with cheese.

Favorite place traveled?

In the summer of 2009 I undertook a journey by car for several weeks along the French and Spanish-Atlantic coast with stops in Paris, Bordeaux, Vieux-Boucau, Biarritz, San Sebastian and Bilbao. I enjoyed myself immensely.

Working routine? Music? Time of day?

Sometimes I like the sound and the noise of the studio building with its different characters, but usually I love to listen to: audio books, The Cure, David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix, Elvis Costello, Erykah Badu, The Fugees, Faith No More, Jeff Buckley, Amy Winehouse, John Lennon, and Lassie Singers, (among others). Honestly I have no real daily routine, I paint when I am hot for my work. Late in the evening is the best time to concentrate. During the nighttime I get ready for new things and I have my best ideas.

 
Mik Shida - Mini Interview
Written by Trippe   
Tuesday, 23 August 2011 10:05

Location? Age? Education? Website?

Australia, 21, University Dropout, http://shidaart.tumblr.com/ - http://www.flickr.com/photos/shidaart/

How would you describe your work to someone?

Pictures of Crystallised Fractaly Inter-dimensional mystics.

Influences?

Artist like Rodger Dean and Frank Frazetta, the graffiti scene around me. Australian Street Art Godfathers like Lister and Phibs.

Cheese burgers or tofu burgers?

Cheese burgers

Favorite place traveled?

Loved Vienna a place thats ridiculously cool for young people.

Working routine? Music? Time of day?

Try get to work on something every morning, whether its studio stuff or street work. Listen mainly to rap the cheesier the better and folk music.

How do you pay the bills?

With my art since 16.

Describe your process for creating new work.

Have a good coffee and get going no thought. Figure it out along the way.

 
Winnie Truong - Mini Interview
Written by Trippe   
Monday, 27 June 2011 14:38

Location? Age? Education? Website?

Toronto, 22, BFA in drawing and painting, www.winnietruong.com

How would you describe your work to someone?

I usually tell them that I make really big drawings of hairy faces where hair becomes an unnatural extension of personality and whim of the subject. The work is about challenging those heavily coded ideas about the beautiful and the grotesque that exist in our culture. However, I find it’s much easier to just show them on my iPhone.

Influences?

Right now I’m reading a lot of John Wyndham, H.G. Wells, Charles Burns, and revisiting the X-Files.

Cheese burgers or tofu burgers?

Double cheese burgers.

Working routine? Music? Time of day?

Most days I tend to wake up late, take shamefully long showers followed by making myself a hot breakfast. I ride my bike to my studio while running errands along the way. I’m usually in studio from early afternoon and into the night. While I enjoy the musical stylings of everything from Destroyer to the best of DMX, I prefer playing television shows on my laptop. Right now I’m in a three-way affair between Farscape, The Wire and Six Feet Under.

How do you pay the bills?

Art and abject frugality.

Tools of the trade?

A good supply of pencil crayons, sharpeners, erasers, painter’s tape, paper towel, and my laptop.

What are you really excited about right now?

Thinking about new things, and making new drawings for my next solo show in Toronto this September.

 
Inger Scharff - Mini Interview
Written by Van Edwards   
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 09:22

Location? Age? Education? Website?

Copenhagen, Denmark, 31, Self taught, www.ingerscharff.dk

How would you describe your work to someone?

My work is about contrasts, both in technique and subject matter. Insistingly trying to assimilate happiness, violence and symbolism within each image. I often use both large and small brushes, toggling between faster and more concentrated painting sessions.

Influences?

I love the playfulness of Asger Jorn, Martin Kippenberger, Picasso and Jeff Koons. The light of Turner and William Hammershøi. The patience of Elina Merenmies. The fleshiness of a Lucien Freud. The energy of a Throw Up or Molinex. The eclecticism of Wim Delvoye. Kristian Bust, when he points out things in a Martin Parr photograph that I did not see before. Old ornaments. Philip Guston's colors, Paul McCarthy's shapes, or Greyson Perry's textiles. Tal R's arrogance, the secrecy and conceit of graffiti - and Katharina Grosse when she paints everything with her huge spray can.

Cheese burgers or tofu burgers?

Greek Salad Burger

 
Zoran Palurovic - Mini Interview
Written by Trippe   
Tuesday, 24 May 2011 10:07

Location? Age? Education? Website?

Novi Sad, Serbia, 47, self taught / no formal education, website: Facebook profile

How would you describe your work to someone?

I do not want to explain anything special to anyone through my abstract works. I ask the viewer to interpret everything the way they want and in their own way. As for experienced viewers, I am interested in their criticism of visual elements.

Influences?

There are too many, and I do not know where to start with the listing. I am afraid I could confuse someone if I mention only a few that come to my mind right now. Lately, I admire new Chinese artists. They are great. There are, certainly, young American artists who are leading, then Europeans, and others – Asians, Korean, Indian... At my age, for me, younger artists are maybe a little better model than older ones. It is hard to explain why is that so.

Cheese burgers or tofu burgers?

The older I get, the staler food I have to eat. Tofu

 
Huey Crowley - Mini Interview
Written by Trippe   
Monday, 16 May 2011 13:19

Location? Age? Education? Website?

I live in Milwaukee, I'm 23. I'll be 24 in 3 hours. I received a bachelor's degree in painting from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. My website is www.hueycrowley.com.

How would you describe your work to someone?

I would say that "They are dirty-Disney colored paintings from a tingling, nintendo-influenced dimension." I would mention that they speak to some 70's warped, screwball, acid-shit. Ominous things have always attracted me, and they show up in my work often.

Inevitably, I paint a lot of the Midwest too, but in a way like you'd discover a rained-on, muddy care-bear in someone's backyard that their Doberman was chewing on. Mystical and disturbing things attract me and I try to harness them with paint.

Influences?

Some artists- Allison Schulnik, Jose Lerma, Kim Dorland, Chris Johanson, Matthew Barney, Christopher Wool, Carroll Dunham, Luis Galvez, Santiago Cucullu, Terence Koh, Basquiat, George Condo…and many more....

Musically-Salem, Juiceboxxx, Liars, Aids Wolf, The Coughs, MTV Riff Raff...

Any artist really, especially ignorant ones because I believe that ignorance is bliss and fun.

 
Nigel Cox - Mini Interview
Written by Trippe   
Friday, 29 April 2011 08:35

Location? Age? Education? Website?

London, UK, Quite a bit but none relating to the Art world, www.njcox.com

The Black Basque, Oil on Linen, 36” x 30”

How would you describe your work to someone?

Given up on that . . I’d whip out my iPhone and show them . . . A picture paints a 1000 words, and all that.

Influences?

I’m self taught. So much has influenced how/what I paint . . The Transglobe Expedition opened my eyes to solitude and vast landscapes then Yves Tanguy showed me how endless a background can be on canvas. . Vermeer and his peers got my full attention with their eye for detail and precision, Dali made me drool, Max Ernst told me to experiment, but Odd Nerdrum is the Master . . . my art GOD. But influences are everywhere.

Cheese burgers or tofu burgers?

Does a tofu have legs?

Working routine? Music? Time of day?

Up daily at 7am, in the studio by 9.30 and then look and see what I want to work on most. On a good day I can work till 9pm . . on a normal day I wind down around 6pm. Pretty much paint 7 days a week when working towards a show. Love painting in daylight.

I prefer to have about 6 paintings on the go (Unless working on a major large piece) I’m a mood painter and a bit of a butterfly.

Can’t paint without my music . . it creates a cocoon for me to work within and sets and nurtures my mood. Always start with something slow . . .Koop, David Sylvian, Enigma, Lee Oskar, Software, Air, Thievery Corporation etc

Lately I’ve been starting with Koop every morning and when the day grows old, get onto more motivating tunes . . . Steely Dan or Ziggy Stardust for a final push. I have about 2,000 Cds ranging from classical to punk . . so never stuck for good vibes.

An Urban Solitude, Oil on Linen, 42” x 36”

How do you pay the bills?

Prefer direct debit . . . less to think about. ;)

 
Bryan Schnelle - Mini Interview
Written by Trippe   
Wednesday, 13 April 2011 09:48

Location? Age? Education? Website?

Los Angeles, 31, Self-taught, www.bryanschnelle.com

How would you describe your work to someone?

Probably very poorly. I’m not much of a writer. I would much prefer to show someone my work and let it speak for itself, let them come up with their own meaning based on their own personal experience with the work. There’s a lot more power in that. But basically I’m just observing and reacting to what I see going on around me and in our society. Observing values and ideals and trying to create a realistic and honest visual document. And I love the idea of using something that is so empty and meaningless to create a work of art that is relevant and meaningful. I still use paint when I need to, but with the kind of ideas I’m exploring it seems a lot more honest and direct to use the images that we’re bombarded with daily as drawing/painting tools, the very things that are telling us what’s normal and not normal, what’s beautiful and not beautiful, what’s desirable and not desirable, what life is supposed to be. A kind of amalgamation of form and content.

Influences?

In no particular order: Ingmar Bergman, Mogwai, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Philip Glass, Michael C. Ruppert, John Baldessari, peak oil documentaries, Decasia: The State of Decay (A film by Bill Morrison), Chris Johanson, various types of Metal, Charlie Sheen’s recent vernacular.

Cheese burgers or tofu burgers?

Both. Simultaneously.

 
Erin Riley - Mini Interview
Written by Trippe   
Tuesday, 05 April 2011 11:00

Location? Age? Education? Website?

Philadelphia, PA. 25. BFA - MassArt, MFA - Tyler School of Art. www.erinmriley.com

Grand Theft Auto - 41" x 54" Handwoven Tapestry

How would you describe your work to someone?

I weave tapestries of the pictures you would delete if you ever uploaded that drunk night of debauchery from your camera.

Influences?

I am influenced by old tapestry weavers that made huge gritty abstract tapestries, Helena Hernmarck who weaves images with incredible detail, skateboarder blogs where street art and huge consumptions of alcohol is mixed with shots of random girls' breasts, everyday life, and things that happen on a more personal or family level that can be related to it all.

Kiss - 41" x 31" Handwoven Tapestry

Cheese burgers or tofu burgers?

Tofu burger with french fries and a diet coke.

Working routine? Music? Time of day?

Ideally I work from 2pm to 4am. I have music, npr, internet tv or nothing going. It depends on which part of the process I'm working on.

Kiss - in process

How do you pay the bills?

I pay my bills with residency stipends, selling some work and a part time job at whole foods market. Money is rough, but luckily Philly is cheap and I've got a low standard of living.

 
Cain Caser - Mini Interview
Written by Trippe   
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 08:40

Location? Age? Education? Website?

London, UK. 37. No formal education. www.caincaser.com

 

 

How would you describe your work to someone?

Hypnagogic portraits. I never set out to create a specific picture, I just keep abusing the same process until one appears.

Influences?

Tudor sumptuary laws, Style Wars, The Sweeney.

Cheese burgers or tofu burgers?

Bacon rolls

 

 

Working routine? Music? Time of day?

I've been painting full time now for just over a year. Radio 4. I get up early and paint until it's finished. Then go over it the next day when I realise it's not. Then often ruin it on the third day.

 
Garrett Price - Mini Interview
Written by Trippe   
Wednesday, 16 March 2011 09:48

Location? Age? Education? Website?

Portland, Oregon. 32. Bachelor of Science in Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, and a Minor in Graphic Design from Portland State University. www.garrettpriceart.com

How would you describe your work to someone?

Someone once described my work as cockroach art, meaning it looks like it has survived nuclear exposure. I would describe it as my photography and designs acid etched, or rusted, into the surface of steel plates. The framed steel plate hangs on the wall like a painting. My imagery is often desolate landscapes, with visual traces of human existence. The steel backgrounds, with their natural imperfections, add texture and atmosphere, as well as a direct physical and conceptual connection to the imagery.

Influences?

The up and down cycles of my emotions. Industrial architecture, nature and history.

Cheese burgers or tofu burgers?

I'm more of a bean and rice burrito guy, honestly.

 
Charles Martin - Mini Interview
Written by Trippe   
Friday, 18 February 2011 11:43
We met a young skater named Charles Martin, an interesting guy studying at SFAI, through our friend Henry Gunderson. Charles would stop in the gallery from time to time, and the last time he came through he told us he was off to NYC to study at Cooper Union where his brother also studys. Getting into Cooper Union is no small feat. They're one of the most selective schools in the U.S. Well known for their art and science programs, C.U. admits students based on merit alone and provides each with a full-tuition scholarship. A FREE top rate highly demanding education.

Into his first year at Cooper Union we wanted to see what Charles was working on and know how he was handling the big city and the school's heavy demands.

Charles in his studio space.

How is Cooper Union going? Is it as tough as people have said?

We get a lot of homework; we have a lot of classes. Most of our time goes to school. The toughest part for me has been time management which is a large part of what it seems we’re supposed to learn in this first year. People who can’t keep up get the boot. There are a lot of distractions in Manhattan, that if you can fall victim to, it only makes it harder. I heard some things before coming here that proved to be complete lies in my situation. It gets really nerve wrecking at times, but no pain, no gain.

You're a Bay Area guy. How is the Big Apple treating you?

It’s a lot different than San Francisco. If I could change one thing it would be the winter. I grew up in Buffalo, NY so I’m pretty accustomed to snow, maybe even TOO accustomed to the snow; me and old man winter have a love hate relationship. New York has been really overwhelming, but I am definitely enjoying myself.

Besides schoolwork, what have you been up to?

This semester I have less foundation classes so I’ve been able to paint a lot more. From January fourth to 18th was winter break, so the school was open but NO ONE was here. It was AWESOME I just got to come to my studio everyday and make work, no assignments. I’ve been reading about black history and other radical organizations that make it their business to fight whatever injustices they face. I also have a book about Einstein and a couple of memoirs. When I can I work on my apartment. I just got some rolls of film, and I found out that my school has a color processor, so I'm going to check that out. There’s a yoga studio really close that I've been trying to take advantage of.

 
Chris Dacre Mini Interview
Written by Trippe   
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 18:00
Chris Dacre emailed over a few photos from his current show at Sharadin Gallery as part of his three week residency with Kutztown University in Kutztown, PA. Really like the images and wanted to get some more info on this artist we're unfamilar with. The show "War is Great!" runs through March 4, 2011.

Location? Age? Education? Website?

Las Cruces, NM (temporarily), 39, MFA in Printmaking from the University of Arizona, www.chrisdacre.com

How would you describe your work to someone?

Surveillance, the threat of nuclear attack, terrorism, ongoing wars in foreign lands; my work is a commentary on these sensitive issues. I use sarcasm, humor and cynicism to drive home my point-of-view and invite the viewer to question and explore the absurdities of war. My imagery is pulled from the eight years I spent in the Air Force, stories that are buried in the news, movies, documentaries and books on war.

Influences?

Early on my influences were the Looney Tunes, especially Bugs Bunny. Artists I look to are Chris Burden, Red Grooms, Claus Oldenburg, Judy Pfaff, Alexander Caulder and Maurizio Cattelan – all for different reasons. I’ve always been fascinated by military aircraft and tanks.

 
Ignacio Gatica - Mini Interview
Written by Trippe   
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 18:00

Location? Age? Education? Website?

Santiago, Chile. 21 years old. University, www.flickr.com/blokagain

How would you describe your work to someone?

I guess I couldn't describe it good in words, that's one of the reasons I create images. I think people have their own answer to this question.

Influences?

I have many influences from friends and artist that I like. I like the way of creating comunity of Cinders Gallery. I really enjoy the work of Taylor Mcimens, works from friends like Sto and Eric Shaw... Also, the works of my hometown buddies Basco, Jose Benmayor, Martín Kaulen, Quillo, Lavina Yelb and Bimer.

Cheese burgers or tofu burgers?

Cheese Burgers!!! When it comes the veggie I prefer something like a real salad.

 
Ryan De La Hoz - Mini Interview
Written by Trippe   
Thursday, 20 January 2011 11:43

Location? Age? Education? Website?

Literally equal time spent between Fairfield/SF/Oakland every week, 25, Working on a BA in Art History, www.ryandelahoz.com

How would you describe your work to someone?

I would say something like "Mostly it is personal reflection. I used to try to come up with ways to explain it with big words but lately I would rather hear what others think. I think a lot about loss, hope, isolation, freedom from oppression, the destruction of natural resources, myth, magic, the pursuit of happiness. Oh, I don't know" - I'm just testing the water of this crazy world and trying to do what I feel.

Influences?

"Death of an Old Old Man","Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption", the ghosts that live in the upstairs rooms of my Grandmother's house, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, those people that are endlessly hopeful and positive (they usually love cats and or all animals)

Cheese burgers or tofu burgers?

Both, with basil and dijon mustard if I am lucky!

 
Eugene Plotnikov - Mini Interview
Written by Trippe   
Wednesday, 12 January 2011 12:08

Location? Age? Education? Website?

I'm 18 and I live in Melbourne, Australia. I'm currently studying Communication Design at RMIT. http://www.eugeneplotnikov.com/

How would you describe your work to someone?

My work is a dark, twisted reflection of self, each individual piece mirrors a part of me. My emotions and deep subconscious are cosmically distorted resulting in an inter-dimensional glimpse at who I am through pen and paper. My creations also narrate the words I know not to exist, to describe how I feel, my interactions with other people and often questioning perception, morality, fear and death. Recently I've been exploring themes of emotional connection, isolation and dependence. My past artwork intends to make commentaries on various issues in the world, such as government and religion. I aim to revert to these ideas in the future as right now my work is fueled by the inner-self, rather than my perception of humanity.

Influences?

Painful nostalgia towards old school Console and PC games like Doom, Abes Odyssee and Full Throttle, childhood memories I can only slightly remember and seem more amazing than they really were, Basquiat, paint stained train-lines, Lady Gaga, rainy days, Yesir, Calma, Moonassi, Skinner, Alex Pardee, Panok, underground Hip-Hop and my puppy, Stella.

Cheese burgers or tofu burgers?

The 3 B's; Bread, Butter, Black caviar. Other than that I guess I'll indulge the cheese variety.

 
Randy Martin - Mini Interview
Written by Trippe   
Wednesday, 05 January 2011 11:50

Location? Age? Education? Website?

Chicago, IL - 26 - High School darkroom - flickr.com/photos/randypmartin

How would you describe your work to someone?

Travel documentation.

Influences?

Friends, nature, adventure, big landscapes.

Cheese burgers or tofu burgers?

Chili soy cheese sauerkraut Tofurky beer brats.

Working routine? Music? Time of day?

I never leave the house without at least one camera at my side. None of my shots are staged so I try to always have a loaded camera and an extra roll of film or two on my hip for when that one scene pops out at me. I develop at whatever chain drug store is in the area, then run home to start scanning. This is the stage when music kicks in.

 
Alejandra Villasmil - Mini Interview
Written by Trippe   
Tuesday, 30 November 2010 10:15
Location? Age? Education? Website?

Santiago, Chile. 38. Self-taught with some art studies and a journalist degree. www.alejandravillasmil.com

How would you describe your work to someone?

I like procedures that subtly question the notions of desire, beauty, and sexuality. One constant in my work is to explore female representation, gender archetypes, glamour, artifice and physical transfiguration by using the same printed sources that sell these ideas. In a series of works, titled “Extreme Makeover”, I subvert and vandalize found images of women by means of fragmentation, layering, dissection, exacerbation and obliteration.

Influences?

Mysterious and elusive images. Flickr contacts. Women artists such as Ellen Gallagher, Wangechi Mutu, Josephine Meckseper, Mika Tajima, Marylin Minter, Sylvie Fleury and Meredyth Sparks. They all make sexy, elegant works that present social and political themes in unexpected ways.

Continue Reading...

 
Adam Friedman - Mini Interview
Written by Trippe   
Wednesday, 10 November 2010 15:25

Location? Age? Education? Website?

Literally just moved up to Portland, OR from SF. I'm 27. Graduated with an MFA from SFAI. And you can see more of my work at www.artbyadamfriedman.com

How would you describe your work to someone?

To keep in simple, I'm fascinated by geology, the natural world, and the relativity of time's duration. I try to show earthly processes that humans would consider "slow," happening really fast or instantly. The images are an optimistic view of the natural world, post human presence.

Influences?

Oh man... so many. I love the Hudson River School painters... Casper David Freidrich, Thomas Cole, Albert Bierstadt, Frederic Church, etc. Contemporary painters like Paul Davies, Ricky Allman, Paul Wackers, James Chronister, and many many more. I have tons of talented friends, like Robert Minervini, Nicholas Bohac, Kevin E Taylor, Ben Venom, and Jon Casey Clary, who are killing it! I read a lot... Edward Abbey is my hero.

Cheese burgers or tofu burgers?

Stanich Burger in Portland (if you wanna get serious).

 
David Stein - Mini Interview
Written by Trippe   
Friday, 05 November 2010 10:50

Location? Age? Education? Website?

Portland, Oregon, 33, self-taught artist, www.davidstein-art.com

An Unexpected Guest, oil on panel, 18" x 24", 2010

How would you describe your work to someone?

Detailed, slightly absurd, bizarre narratives.

Influences?

I spent a lot of time at the Chicago Art Museum when I was younger. I found the works of the 17th century Dutch masters particularly interesting; I would try to dissect the paintings layer by layer in my mind. I figured that magicians must have made them. I wanted to be a magician too.

Cheese burgers or tofu burgers?

Tofu burger.

 
Wilford Barrington - Mini Interview
Written by Van Edwards   
Wednesday, 03 November 2010 16:30

Location? Age? Education? Website?

Toronto. 29. Alberta College of Art and Design -BFA in painting 2007. www.wilfordbarrington.blogspot.com

How would you describe your work to someone?

I draw people from direct observation. The conversation I have with them during the portrait sitting along with the different expressions and emotions they convey inform how the portraits look. I depict an array of attitudes that will give the viewer insight as to the true nature of the sitter thereby creating an image that holds significance beyond their name and identity alone. They are essentially about how we get to ‘know’ someone, how we connect and what we honestly see when we look at a person. People are fluid creatures that do not sit still and their faces act as a window into a constantly changing stew of thoughts and emotions. What I see in a few hours can say so much about a person’s entire life. They capture so much more than a photograph.

Influences?

Right now I am super interested in the animation work of Chuck Jones and Max Fleisher.

Cheeseburgers or tofu burgers?

Both. I love all food. I never turn down a meal.

 
Adam Batchelor - Mini Interview
Written by Trippe   
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 10:05

Location? Age? Education? Website?

Norwich UK, 22. Illustration at Norwich Art School. http://www.adambatchelor.co.uk

How would you describe your work to someone?

My work is about the influence of western culture on the rest of the world especially the developing world, I look at it as a constant work in progress, I like to look like a possible future or the shape of things to come. I like the idea of using pop icons and objects of consumerism as metaphors and I like to make stories for every image I create. I hate over complicating things when I describe my work, all that art spiel annoys me. Sometimes it's best to just show people and let them make their own mind up.

Influences?

Shit that makes me angry or upset, it's important to know what's going on outside. I get influenced by so much and I change my mind all the time, one minute I'm obsessed with one thing and then 2 days later it's something completely different. But that's a good thing right. I think, because of the nature of my subject matter and the culture I live in, everything around me adds influence. Constant Growth. But I'm into Bill Murray films, Wes Anderson, Jim Jarmusch, Spike Lee, Stanley Kubrick and Coppola. I like films that look at themes of Madness, I've watched Apocalypse Now (Redux) about 20 times now, J.G Ballard, Arturo Herrera, Philip Guston, Claes Oldenburg, Tom Sachs, Sol LeWitt, Jean Michel Basquiat, Istvan Banyai, Rammellzee, hip-hop fucking music. I could go on forever.

I'm just finishing up reading The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick and I'm about to start reading Johnny Mad Dog by Emmanuel Dongala. Good shit.

Cheese burgers or tofu burgers?

Is this how to determine whether someone is a meat eater or vegetarian? (cheese)

 
Matthew Daniel Swan - Mini Interview
Written by Trippe   
Wednesday, 06 October 2010 10:46

Location? Age? Education? Website?

Edinburgh, UK, 22, Edinburgh College of Art, BA (Hons) Drawing and Painting, graduated July of this year., www.matthewdanielswan.com

How would you describe your work to someone?

That’s a tough one; I’d say I make images, mainly through painting and drawings. My work is all character driven and I draw inspiration from a massive range of sources. For my Degree Show, I wrote this about my work... Recent works play on the frenetic visuals of heavily costumed live-action Japanese serials, pulp cartoons and the detritus of consumption as a manifestation of database culture and non-narrative. My work exists through an unapologetic embrace of the above and equally through the spontaneity of the mark making process as an embodiment of a fictitious and absurd arena.... I wrote that right after doing my dissertation (on designer toys and consumerism), It does the job but it’s quite heavy on the rhetoric.

Influences?

Trenton Doyle Hancock is a massive influence. He had a show in Edinburgh a few years back (‘The Wayward Thinker’ at the Fruitmarket Gallery) and it was incredible. I’m really into the work of Todd Schorr, and Nigel Cooke too, and I’ve been watching a lot of power rangers recently, the really old stuff from the 70’s. I want to reference that in my work, it’s so good!

Cheese burgers or tofu burgers?

Cheese Burgers all the way, with bacon on top, and chocolate/raspberry milkshake on the side.

 
Jon Fox - Mini Interview
Written by Trippe   
Wednesday, 29 September 2010 11:27

Location? Age? Education? Website?

Bournemouth, UK. 29. wasted. www.soulofagiant.com

How would you describe your work to someone?

I would probably ramble on uncomfortably about how difficult it is to describe... until their eyes glaze over, and then add that it's maybe better if they take a look for themselves.

Influences?

Everything around me, my dreams, people I meet, I listen to a lot of music too, which definitely influences the shapes of my thoughts and hi-5's my imagination.

In terms of other artist work... a few names that come to mind right now... Julie Mehretu, Kandinsky, Miro, Remed, Pete Fowler, Caravaggio, Will Sweeny, Patrick Heron, Zedz, Kuniyoshi, Doze Green, Delta, Michael Andrews, Kyffin Williams, Pablo Palazuelo, Thierry Martin...but there's many many more.

 
Kevin Hayes - Mini Interview
Written by Trippe   
Thursday, 26 August 2010 10:34

Location? Age? Education? Website?

a) i'm living in new york and los angeles.
b) i'm 26
c) i took a photo class in high school.
d) http://thedirtiestlittlerainbow.blogspot.com

Ok, so what's the deal with the nudes? How are you and why are you getting those shots? They don't seem like traditional porn, obviously, but... well... Explain please.

that's a loaded question. i guess it all started back when i first picked up a camera in high school. i remember my photo teacher believed i showed promise and would push me to shoot as much as possible and enter me in contests and whatnot. you know, like a "don't let school get in the way of your education" type thing which i didn't like at all cause i hated everything school. not cause i'm a fucking bad ass or anything, but cause i'm a special ed. kid so i guess every time the spot light was on me i thought it would just expose the fact that i was slower or that i was on "that team" (fyi: that team is the shit) it was one of the only classes i was in that was a normal class and i was still kind of getting put on the spot. in a super rad way, but still it made me uncomfortable. anyhow, she entered me in a studio lighting contest and i knew i didn't want to take a photo of a fucking wine glass or shit like that, so i thought how about shooting some nudes?

so by something like my tenth roll of film ever shooting i shot a naked girl with roserybead and a bible. after all that i moved up to san francisco to go to the academy of art which i dropped out of after about two weeks and i stopped taking photos all together.. i guess until about a year ago but right after i dropped out i moved in with the beautiful mr. alex pardee and his girlfriend at the time and we loved going to the magazine where we'd get old porn magazines and i started collected nude snap shots. i'm not really a porn guy, i don't know any of the big porn stars or anything. i'm down with that homemade shit. so a lot of the photos i was buying were taken with a disposable camera or polaroids where the girl didn't want to show her face and it seemed like they just told stories which intrigue me or at least i would drape little stories like ornaments on photo i really just liked looking at. like, maybe this woman always wanted to pose naked, but if anyone ever saw them her life would be over or maybe these photos were of some dudes mistress or this girl's just a hooker. so i found myself staring at these photos for more then just tits and i also loved that fact that everyone was so normal. some girls were big, some had little boobies, some had no ass, some were super skinny, some were moms and being a normal guy i'm alway curious on what women look like naked and most woman aren't porn stars so when i started taking photos again i've been taking photos of just about whoever will let me. it's super funny though, i opened the door wide open for anyone to walk through and most of the girls have been these gorgeous models and i've found lot of what people have been referring to as the more interesting women on myspace and shit. so at this point where i've shot so many nudes, i've got my system down. i never ask people to pose. i just ask them questions about their lives and after someone's been naked for an hour, talking about their job or their boyfriend(s) or the fact that they're insecure about their body and posing nude empowers them-i think magic happens. so when i'm saying i want to create a "porn type" book, i really do want it to be a porn type book, but my type of porn. everyday people and i also think i found some couples who feel comfortable with me shooting them having sex, but still for whatever reason if you're shooting photos that are deficient in taste, but with an old rolleiflex with black and white film it magically suggests "art work". so i've been searching for the perfect blend of making my mom proud and disgusted, but being 1000% kevin hayes.

How would you describe your work to someone?

a bloody steak from peter lugers and a few 40's.

 
Julien Langendorff - Mini Interview
Written by Trippe   
Thursday, 29 July 2010 10:26

Location? Age? Education? Website?

Paris, France. 27. Duperré School Of Arts, Paris. - flickr.com/photos/julienlangendorff

How would you describe your work to someone?

Words are tricky, I'm never sure about how to describe my work. I actually kinda suck at that.. Well, I think there are both psychedelic and gothic vibes to it. It is colourful and filled up with dark figures. People often find it mystical, poetic and mysterious. There is obviously a certain feeling that refers to magic, tales, some kind of twisted romanticism maybe.. Recently I've been trying to work on less narrative compositions, focusing a little more on pure shapes and patterns.

All done with paper cutouts. It's easy to look at and think illustrator or something, but no, these are all hand done and done very well. -Fecal Face.

Influences?

Black Sabbath, French director Philippe Garrel, Pre-Raphaelites, Edgar Allan Poe, Edvard Munch, haunted houses, Kenneth Anger, weird psychedelic shit, Gerhard Richter, Maya Deren, Symbolists, Only Theater Of Pain by Christian Death, Jean Rollin movies, Alice Cooper, 60's hippie art and music posters, Ash Ra Tempel, Sol LeWitt.

 
Marissa Textor - Mini Interview
Written by Ryan Christian   
Friday, 23 July 2010 15:14
Ryan Christian interviews - Her show with Evan Nesbit "Strange and Constant" opens at Park Life tonight, Friday (7-10pm) ~details

Tell us a little bit about yourself ( where you live, what you do etc...)

I grew up about an hour south of LA and moved up here in 2004 to go to UCLA. Half way through college I started working for Shepard Fairey and am currently gallery manager at Subliminal Projects and do some t-shirt graphics for OBEY Clothing on the side. I live in a crazy house of five girls, which always makes for a good time.

Can you talk a little bit about your content, you seem drawn toward epic nature, Why do you draw what you do and how do you decide what you want to draw next?

It's exciting to me. In an over-stimulated world this is the stuff the holds my attention and surprises me. I'm not sure if it is because I grew up in Southern California and I'm not used to dramatic weather but there is something very shocking but at the same time very beautiful about events like a thunderstorm. My mom and I where in Santa Fe one time when a huge thunderstorm broke out, we were absolutely captivated and watched it for hours like it was TV. As long as it has that ability, I'll be drawn to it. I am also interested in subject matter that is not tied to a specific time period and that can be relevant outside of the context of my personal experience. These naturally occurring events are much bigger than you and I and are something we have no control over. I think that is a nice reminder of our time and place here and understanding why things happen the way they do in the natural world can answer a lot of life's big questions. When I'm deciding what to draw for the larger pieces it is usually based on a current fascination that I've spent a lot of time researching. I pull a lot of photos and create folders for each subject and then it becomes a matter of piecing different elements together to create the image.

 
William Emmert - A Mini Interview
Written by Trippe   
Tuesday, 13 July 2010 14:41

Location? Age? Education? Website?

Seattle, 25, BA, I have one of these: flickr.com/photos/emmertwilliam/

Who/ why all the wrestling in your work? How did you get excited about that?

When I was a kid I was really into wrestling. I would rent all the old pay per view tapes form Blockbuster and keep track of all the matches in a notebook. I so badly wanted to be Jake the Snake or the Million Dollar Man. I guess now I use wrestling imagery to speak about and engage my childhood perceptions of being a man. I also just think wrestling is great subject matter and the kind of stuff that my 8 year old self would really dig.

 
Jody Rogac - A Mini Interview
Written by Trippe   
Friday, 02 July 2010 09:48
Location? Age? Education? Website?

Brooklyn NY, 29, BFA at Emily Carr University, www.jodyrogac.com

How would you describe your work to someone?

Photographs that are made out of love.

 
Russell Leng Mini Interview
Written by Trippe   
Monday, 28 June 2010 13:47

Location? Age? Education? Website?

Vancouver, 23, B.A. in Art, http://www.russellleng.com

How would you describe your work to someone?

Systems of geometric shapes falling into place.

 


 
Erin McCarty - Mini Interview
Written by Trippe   
Tuesday, 23 February 2010 03:45
22 yr. old living working schooling in Portland, OR inspired by the excitement, grandeur, and terror of human life and the unknown.
 
David Finegan - Mini Interview
Written by Trippe   
Tuesday, 26 January 2010 06:02
25 year old NYC based artist creating awesome paintings and sculpture.
 
Manfred Naescher - Mini Interview
Written by Trippe   
Wednesday, 13 January 2010 02:45
Berlin based artist/ illustrator... "film frames provide me with ready-made compositions and figurative constellations that I can work from."
 
Ryan Converse - Mini Interview
Written by Trippe   
Friday, 25 December 2009 02:30
From the Pacific Northwest where the wild things roam.
 
Christian Herr - Mini Interview
Written by Trippe   
Wednesday, 11 November 2009 07:13
Flat bike tires in far away places, quarters that don't work in vending machines
 
Michael Dotson - Mini Interview
Written by Trippe   
Wednesday, 28 October 2009 02:54
Inspired by Michael Jordan, this DC based 27 year old is a genius with masking tape and has a show coming up Jan 2010 in LA @Lawrence Asher.
 
Meyoko - Mini Interview
Written by Trippe   
Monday, 26 October 2009 09:23
Berlin based artist with some intense ink drawings.
 
Mini Interview: Nolan Hendrickson
Written by Trippe   
Thursday, 15 October 2009 04:01
This 33 yr. old NYC based artist describes his work such, "Making love out of nothing at all."
 
Mini Interview: Sam Falls
Written by Trippe   
Wednesday, 07 October 2009 03:10
This MFA photography student @ICP-Bard in NYC just released a new book "Color Dying Light" and is preparing for his solo PS1 solo show @Capricious Space in June.
 
Mini Interview: Matt Relkin
Written by Trippe   
Wednesday, 30 September 2009 07:54
Otherworldly landscapes & skyscapes containing dark primordial objects all belonging to a self-made mythology.
 
Mini Interview: Adam Sullivan
Written by Trippe   
Tuesday, 01 September 2009 05:37
Paper, scissors, blades, UHU Stic, pens and pencils are what's used to create these great collages from this Ohio based artist.
 
Mini Interview: Nicolas Le Borgne
Written by Trippe   
Monday, 24 August 2009 01:42
This talented 25 yr. old French artist stops through the Fecal.
 
Mini Interview: Ben Pier
Written by Trippe   
Tuesday, 04 August 2009 03:28
Brooklyn based photographer who's part of the agency Tinker Street.
 
Mini Interview: Brett Manning
Written by Trippe   
Wednesday, 29 July 2009 09:28
This Chicago artist creates charming juxtapositions and fantastical, sometimes made up symbolism and allusions.
 
Dennis McNett Mini Interview
Written by Trolf   
Wednesday, 15 July 2009 09:17
We catch up with NYC based artist and Pratt professor as he travels the country showing his work. He stops at Fecal Face for show this Saturday 7/18!
 
Mini Interview: Jake Watling
Written by Bill Dunlap   
Tuesday, 07 July 2009 05:35
Jake Watling creates rambling urban landscapes where the sidewalks are shared equally by tattooed bikers, kids, outlaws, giraffes, raccoons, African shamans, and the grim reaper himself.
 
Mini Interview: Benjamin Tear
Written by Trippe   
Monday, 22 June 2009 08:45
A recent graduate from The Mountain School of the Arts in LA, Benjamin moved to the Bay Area and emailed us over his recent great SMILEY series.
 
Mini Interview: Phil Ashcroft
Written by Trippe   
Thursday, 18 June 2009 07:13
This London based artist's graphic work influences his large layer upon layer paintings seen here.
 
Mini Interview: Brett Amory
Written by Trippe   
Tuesday, 16 June 2009 14:30
Meet Brett before his opening at Fecal Face Dot Gallery this Thursday June 18th (6-9pm) as he's part of FFDG summer's series IN-N-OUT.
 
Mini Interview: Kevin Morosini
Written by Trippe   
Wednesday, 03 June 2009 06:23
This 30 yr. old RISD graduate lives and works in Providence.
 
Mini Interview: Erin Morrison
Written by Ryan Christian   
Friday, 24 April 2009 08:00
Seattle based artist represented by William Bennett New York.
 
Mini Interview: Shawn O'Keefe
Written by Trippe   
Friday, 17 April 2009 03:26
Hailing from Victoria, BC this artist illustrates and designs for a living by day... and paints at night... and sometimes sleeps a little in between.
 
Mini Interview: Steve Klinkel
Written by Trippe   
Friday, 17 April 2009 02:48
Let's keep moving with some mini interviews. Say hi to this Seattle based artist.
 
Mini Interview: Mathew Scott
Written by Trippe   
Wednesday, 15 April 2009 02:09
We're backed up with mini interviews. Let's get through some and start with this LA based photographer.
 
Mini Interview: Tim Mearini
Written by Trippe   
Wednesday, 25 March 2009 04:23
This talented 22 year old from Valley Stream, New York recently got on the Marvel Entertainment team. Great work.
 
Mini Interview: Neil Krug
Written by Trippe   
Wednesday, 11 March 2009 06:04
This 25 yr old has directed a video for Ladytron and is working on a book and a feature film. Great images from Kansas.
 
Mini Interview: Conor Ghilarducci
Written by Trippe   
Monday, 23 February 2009 07:36
SF artist takes images sourced from google and youtube and juxtapose performers with alternate movie titles, tv show titles or characters. Nice.
 
Mini Interview: Isaac Randozzi
Written by Trippe   
Wednesday, 04 February 2009 08:20
A new father, an old Fecal Pal, and a photographer from Pinole Ca.
 
Mini Interview: Ryan Riss
Written by Trippe   
Thursday, 22 January 2009 06:41
"I really find joy in repetition and details, sort of obsessively." Check out the great work from this Seattle based artist.
 
Mini Interview: Will Govus
Written by Trippe   
Wednesday, 07 January 2009 06:30
17 year old photographer hailing from Georgia who enjoys quiet foggy nights.
 
Mini Interview: Jason Wright
Written by Trippe   
Tuesday, 06 January 2009 07:11
We start to make our way through all the Mini Interviews we need to add with this one from this talented 21 year old artist from Charlotte, NC.
 
Mini Interview: Sean Alexander
Written by Trippe   
Thursday, 04 December 2008 06:36
Obsessive patterning, mutation, cutesie bootsie, shrouded characters, sad looking objects and so forth. I think the drawings are simple meditations that help me cope.
 
Mini Interview: Andrew Gordon
Written by Trippe   
Tuesday, 18 November 2008 09:34
Man, we're behind with our mini interviews... Here's one from with this talented Australian.
 
Mini Interview: Erik Boker
Written by Trippe   
Monday, 27 October 2008 05:33
I don't brush my teeth with anything but Tom's. Shit's gross.
 
Mini Interview: Henry Gunderson
Written by Trippe   
Tuesday, 30 September 2008 02:49
Really great work from this Bay Area 17 year old just entering San Francisco Art Institute.
 
Mini Interview: Alexander Martinez
Written by Nicholas Venaglia   
Monday, 08 September 2008 14:51
Nicholas Venaglia interviews up this photographer who's showing this Thursday @Hamburger Eyes here in SF.
 
Mini Interview: Stephanie Diani
Written by Trippe   
Wednesday, 20 August 2008 04:28
A new definition to the words meat head.
 
Mini Interview: Steve Kim
Written by Trippe   
Monday, 18 August 2008 07:15
An LA based painter and MFA student from Claremont Graduate University.
 
Mini Interview: Nicholas Venaglia
Written by Trippe   
Thursday, 07 August 2008 02:39
A long time Fecal Pal and a good artist to boot.
 
Mini Interview: James Martin
Written by Gabe Ramos   
Friday, 01 August 2008 03:25
The black Presidents.
 
Mini Interview: Duane Hosein
Written by Trippe   
Wednesday, 23 July 2008 09:54
We haven't done a mini interview in awhile. Let's see what this Florida based artist is all about.
 
Mini Interview: Ryan Christian
Written by Trippe   
Wednesday, 09 July 2008 04:10
He's our Chicago correspondent. He's curating a show at our gallery. Let's see if the kid can draw.
 




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Nychos Friday @Fifty24SF
Thursday, 17 April 2014 10:46

SAN FRANCISCO --- You've seen the murals pop up around town the last week from this Austrian street artist as he prepares for his solo show at Fifty24SF opening this Friday, 4/18.

GET THE SHOW DETAILS --- a bunch of NYCHOS

 

Banksy's Mobile Lovers
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 10:47

Speaking of Banksy (wait, were we speaking of Banksy?)... In any case, love his newest creation "Mobile Lovers" located in Bristol, England.

I love you, dear.... Huh? Wut?

 

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Wednesday, 16 June 2010 16:39


Jeremy Fish Opening a Solo Show in August at FFDG
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 09:33

Met up with Jeremy Fish last night to catch up and discuss his upcoming solo show opening this August at San Francisco's FFDG. Don't want to give too much away, but the guy is very busy these days. You know the giant pink bronze statue will be built and installed at the corner of Haight and Laguna welcoming those to the Haight (check) in 2015? Going to be incredible.

Check photos from his last San Francisco solo show in 2012, and mark your calendar for August as his next solo show opens at FFDG.

Beering with Fish at his favorite watering hole, Zeitgeist

 

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Wednesday, 25 April 2012 10:56

 

Statue Of A Homeless Jesus Startles A Wealthy Community
Monday, 14 April 2014 10:20

Sculpture of Jesus as homeless and sleeping on a park bench is "freaking out" the neighbors of this wealthy NC suburb. The sculptor, who has an affinity for street art, created it to remind us that "We believe that that's the kind of life Jesus had," Buck says. "He was, in essence, a homeless person." ~READ ON

 

Art or Vandalism? See the World’s First Graffiti Drone
Saturday, 12 April 2014 10:30

I attached a cradle with a spray paint can and other hardware to the drone. I created a series of paintings that are larger, about maybe 3 feet by 3 feet all the way up to 25 feet by 15 feet … And basically, I achieved the perfect air pressure, the perfect weight of the paint and the perfect materials so that the drone didn’t freak out when I attached these mechanisms to it, Katsu said. --continue reading

Think how high those throw ups can be now.

 

OB Shirt by Tucker Nichols
Thursday, 10 April 2014 11:01

Tucker Nichols emailed over this new OB shirt he did for our friends at Park Life which can purchased here for $28.

Speaking of Ocean Beach, if you know, you know, but if you don't... it's not what the average american thinks of when thinking of a California Beach (missing 14 yr. old yesterday). Can't believe we used to drunk naked swim at 3am in the dead if winter... being surfers probably helped us not dying.

 

Open House Sunday - Headland Center for the Arts
Friday, 11 April 2014 16:12

Have you been to the Headland Center for the Arts in the Marin Headlands?

Located in the beautiful ocean-side Golden Gate National Recreation Area, the Headlands artists programs support artists of all disciplines—from visual artists to performers, musicians, writers, and videographers—and provide opportunities for independent and collaborative creative work.

This Sunday's Open House runs 12-5pm - FREE & DETAILS

 

Is It Curtains For San Francisco's Art Scene?
Tuesday, 08 April 2014 09:35

We all know that San Francisco is going through aches and (growing?)/ shrinking artist pains these days as San Francisco property values sky rocket due to the tech infestation going on around the entire Bay Area. Maybe you work in tech and love it, but since this is an art website, we're interested to how this is affecting artists trying to make ends meet.

Some galleries have been forced to close due to 300% rent hikes. Many artists have fled to Oakland, LA and NYC in search of affordable housing and a more vibrant art scene... But we wanna know what you think of how it's going here in San Francisco. How are you making it work? What's your take on the art scene or lack there of? Do you think things are on the up and up or down and out here in San Francisco? Are artists a bunch of complainers and every thing looks great or is it curtains for San Francisco's artistic community? Thoughts

The Rena Bransten Gallery is packing up their 77 Geary space to make way for tech company MuleSoft

 

Nikki McClure at Needles & Pens, Friday 4/11
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 09:42

SAN FRANCISCO --- Nikki McClure, known for her painstakingly intricate and beautiful paper cuts, returns to Needles & Pens with an opening reception this Friday, April 11th - She'll be showing original papercuts for the book, "May the Stars Drip Down" - show details

This approach was born and bred out of the Olympia, Washington independent music scene. There, local artists emphasized everything handmade and self-published. The idea was to do a lot with a little. The result was a rich community sharing artistry and ideas. McClure found herself deeply embedded in this community which shaped an ethic of hands-on and accessible artmaking. - show details

 

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John Felix Arnold III on the Road to NYC

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.


FRENCH in Melbourne

London based illustrator FRENCH recently held a show of new works at the Melbourne based Mild Manners


Henry Gunderson at Ever Gold, SF

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.


Mario Wagner @Hashimoto

Mario Wagner (Berkeley) opened his new solo show A Glow that Transfers Creativity last Saturday night at Hashimoto Contemporary in San Francisco.


Serge Gay Jr. @Spoke Art

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.


NYCHOS Mural on Ashbury and Haight

NYCHOS completed this great new mural on the corner of Haight and Ashbury in San Francisco on Tuesday. Looks Amazing.


Sun Milk in Vienna

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


"How To Lose Yourself Completely" by Bryan Schnelle

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


Tyler Bewley ~ Recent Works

Some great work from San Francisco based Tyler Bewley.


Kirk Maxson and Alexis Mackenzie at Eleanor Harwood Gallery

While walking our way across San Francisco on Saturday we swung through the opening receptions for Kirk Maxson and Alexis Mackenzie at Eleanor Harwood Gallery in the Mission.


Jeremy Fish Solo Show in Los Angeles

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.


The Albatross and the Shipping Container

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.


The Marsh Barge - Traveling the Mississippi River from Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico

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.


Flavio Samelo's Downtown Sao Paulo Murals

Our buddy Flavio Samelo down there in Brazil does all kinds of great work including this recent mural project in downtown Sao Paulo in front of one of the most important modern buildings of Oscar Niemeyer from the 60's, THE COPAN.


John Trippe, FFDG and Fecalface.com Founder, Stepping Down From Daily Operations

John Trippe, founder, owner and curator of FecalFace.com and the Mission District art gallery FFDG, announced today that he will stepping down from daily operations of the two ventures to seek new career opportunities.


High 5s - Get Your Feet Wet

I purchased one of the first digital cameras when Fecal Face went online in 2000. It was a massive Kodak with 2 mega pixels


"Touching Base" by Schuyler Beecroft

San Francisco based Schuyler Beecroft emailed over the great new series of paintings he's completed entitled "Touching Base", 16x20in on mounted wood panel. Like them.


Flume - Space Cadet (ft. Ghostface Killah & Autre Ne Veut)

Buddies Jay Howell & Jim Dirschberger did this great video produced by Forest City Rockers.


Fire Shelter for Papay Gyro Nights 2014

Last year we posted photos from another one of Simon Hjermind Jensen's Fire Shelters he's made in Copenhagen. This time around the Copenhagen based artist/ designer created one for the Papay Gyro Nights 2014 way up in on the Orkney Islands in Northern Scotland.


"Portrait of a Slugger 19" by Hiro Kurata

Beautiful painting by NYC based Hiro Kurata now on display at SF's FFDG through April 19th as part of the group show "Salt the Skies".


"Veins of Octulen" by Curiot at FFDG

"Salt the Skies" opened on the 21st at FFDG and features this great piece by Mexico City based Curiot (Favio Martinez) whose sold out 2013 show Age of Omuktlans ran at FFDG. His forthcoming solo show is slated for March 2015.


Rome's Alice Pasquini ~Mural+

Rome based multimedia artist Alice Pasquini emailed over a recent mural completed in the historic working class neighborhood of Rome called Tufello.


Project M/3 in Berlin curated by NUART

BERLIN --- Project M is a temporary art project with the objective to improve the neighborhood, to push creativity and to connect people. At regular intervals Urban Nation with director Yasha Young invites a group of internationally reclaimed contemporary urban artists to re-design the facade and shop windows of a prominent residential building in Berlin, while it is being reconstructed.


John French with Hasselblad by Lola Dupre

"John French with Hasselblad", photo collage/ hand cut paper on wooden panel, by Lola Dupre which will be part of tomorrow's opening of "Salt the Skies" at FFDG in San Francisco. 2277 Mission St. (6-9pm) - RSVP here.


"Salt the Skies" at FFDG Opening Fri, Mar 21st

FFDG's spring show "Salt the Skies" is set to open on Friday, March 21st (6-9pm) -- Featuring works by Brett Amory, John Felix Arnold, Mario Ayala, Jud Bergeron, Curiot (Favio Martinez), Christopher Burch, Lola Dupre, Michelle Fleck, Matt Gonzalez, Hiro Kurata, Marty Machado, Mark Mulroney, and Nicomi Nix Turner


Brian Barneclo's 225' Food Chain Mural

San Francisco based Brian Barneclo was commissioned in 2006 to paint a HUGE mural on the side of Foods Co on Shotwell at 14th Streets. After some time on its own, it got pretty taxed by misc graffiti and pigeon shit.


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