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Thanks Yous
    Monday, 14 November 2011 /// Written by Trippe

Get any good photos of you and friends at FFDG last Friday? Share them with us. Email: info(at)ffdg.net

Thanks to everyone who came out to Mario Martinez' opening of Everything Under the Sun which opened last Friday at FFDG's temporary space at 248 Clement St. Also opening the same night was the group show 11.11.11.


Opening of FFDG's temp space on Clement on Nov 11th

Thanks to the BLKTOP Project featuring Tommy Guerrero, Ray Barbee, Chuck Treece and Matt Rodriguez for playing an amazing set until the cops showed up (ugh).

Also, special thanks to Blue Angel Vodka for providing wonderful drinks (bummer we mixed the great vodka with crappy OJ). Sorry to those who got there too late for the free food from El Tonayense. We went through $700 worth of food in an hour and a half. Damn those websites that list events with free food or drinks gobbling it up so fast.


Mario Martinez (Mars-1) at FFDG

We're now working on getting the images of the great works online as well as getting some pics from the evening too.

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Tasty Free Tacos
    Friday, 11 November 2011 /// Written by Van Edwards

Not sure if and when we'll be having an opening catered again, but tonight, Friday (6-9pm) we have been generously donated FREE food from El Tonayense by some wonderful friends of FFDG. Until we hit our maximum, food is on them.

Come on down, grab a ticket from us and cash it in for some free tasty Mexican faire. If you know, you know El Tonayense does it right.


El Tonayense will be serving food tonight @FFDG.

The Mission burrito is a thing of beauty and joy forever, a dense brick of rice and beans and meat and cheese and guacamole and sour cream and salsa that takes ten minutes to eat and half a day to digest. ~via Corinna K.

 

Tonight @FFDG
    Friday, 11 November 2011 /// Written by Trippe

* FREE Tacos from El Tonayense
* Music from BLKTOP Project featuring Tommy Guerrero, Ray Barbee, Chuck Treece and Matt Rodriguez
* Vodka from Blue Angel

* Group show 11.11.11 featuring works from Nathan Brown (Montreal), Ryan Bubnis (Portland), Huey Crowley (New York City), Ryan De La Hoz (San Francisco), Lola Dupre (Glasgow, Scotland), Hamishi (Melbourne), Russell Leng (Vancouver), Charles Martin (New York City), Eric Shaw (San Francisco), and Winnie Truong (Toronto).

Friday, Nov 11th (6-9pm)
@FFDG
248 Clement St @4th Ave.

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El Tonayense taco truck will be there providing FREE tacos as a gift from some friends of FFDG. Tasty tacos and other Mexican fair will be served from the truck 6-9pm. Get there early.

BLKTOP Project featuring Tommy Guerrero, Ray Barbee, Chuck Treece and Matt Rodriguez will be performing as well sometime around 8pm.


Music from BLKTOP Project featuing Tommy Guerrero, Ray Barbee, Chuck Treece and Matt Rodriguez playing @FFDG Friday, Nov 11th for Mario Martinez (Mars-1) solo show and the group show 11.11.11 (6-9pm)

Blue Angel Vodka is also sponsoring the evening as well with tasty vodka drinks.

The group show 11.11.11 also opens in the front of the space featuring works from Nathan Brown (Montreal), Ryan Bubnis (Portland), Huey Crowley (New York City), Ryan De La Hoz (San Francisco), Lola Dupre (Glasgow, Scotland), Hamishi (Melbourne), Russell Leng (Vancouver), Charles Martin (New York City), Eric Shaw (San Francisco), and Winnie Truong (Toronto).

www.ffdg.net

 

Mario Martinez (Mars-1) Studio Visit
    Thursday, 10 November 2011 /// Written by Trippe

Colin M. Day swung through Mario Martinez' (Mars-1) studio a few weeks back.

Mario's show "Everything Under the Sun" opens up at FFDG Friday, Nov 11th (6-9pm) at our temporary gallery space at 248 Clement St @4th Ave in the Inner Richmond. FREE Tacos from El Tonayense - * Music from BLKTOP Project featuring Tommy Guerrero, Ray Barbee, Chuck Treece and Matt Rodriguez - * Vodka from Blue Angel.

 

Bold Weekend
    Thursday, 10 November 2011 /// Written by Trippe

Thanks to the Bold Italic for putting Mario Martinez opening @FFDG on their weekend's must do list.

 

Temp FFDG Opening Friday
    Wednesday, 09 November 2011 /// Written by Trippe

Pics from build out ~14 gallons of wall paint. 7 gallons of floor paint. 9 six packs. 28 sheets of dry wall. Loads of two by fours and many hours, we're about set to open FFDG's temporary gallery space at 248 Clement St. this Friday, Nov 11th (6-9pm) for the solo show from Mario Martinez (Mars-1) and the group show 11.11.11.

The night includes FREE Tacos from El Tonayense, Music from BLKTOP Project featuring Tommy Guerrero, Ray Barbee, Chuck Treece and Matt Rodriguez, and Vodka from Blue Angel. It's going to be a fun evening. RSVP through Facebook.


Hamishi is in town from Melbourne, Australia for the show. He's participating in the group show 11.11.11


Painting, painting, painting, and more painting

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Ryan Bubnis for 11.11.11
    Wednesday, 09 November 2011 /// Written by Van Edwards

We're going to featuring some mini interviews with artists participating in the group show 11.11.11 opening up at FFDG's temporary gallery space at 248 Clement St @4th Ave in the Inner Richmond on Friday, Nov 11th (6-9pm).

Also opening that same night at FFDG is the solo show, Everything Under the Sun, with San Francisco based Mario Martinez (Mars-1).


Age? Location? Website? And who do you think you are?

35. Portland Oregon. http://www.ryanbubnis.com/ Son, brother, cousin, husband, friend, cat owner, griller, camper, artist dude.

Describe your work a little bit.

Modern folk art inspired by life, love, death, friendship, nature, our struggles and mistakes and the mesmerizing glow of the campfire.

Music heavy on your playlist these days?

Rolling Stones, Starfucker, Timber Timbre, Connan Mockasin, Boards of Canada, Camera Obscura, Club 8, Kool Keith, Blue Cheer, etc. It changes all the time.

Favorite mediums to work within?

Acrylic, ink, reclaimed house paint, old stained paper, found wood chunks, pinecones, papier-mâché.

Dream job other than artist?

Teacher or chef/owner of a restaurant.

When not creating work, you can be found doing...

Hanging out with the wifey, reading, teaching, camping, BBQing, running, walking and playing records in my garage.

How would you describe your work to a stranger who's never seen it?

I make paintings, drawings, sculptures, prints and installations. Sometimes I paint figures and sometimes I create these clusters of faces or heads using textures, patterns and line work. The work can be illustrative and sometimes it's completely abstract. They usually nod their head and say, “Oh, ok.” But they usually have no idea what I'm talking about until I show them the work.

Upcoming projects/ shows?

11.11.11 @ Fecal Face & a few other group exhibitions throughout the rest of the year. Super secret magic plans for 2012.

What gives you the right?

Um, I dunno. I just make sure no ones looking and then I just go for it. I'll worry about the consequences later.

Last words?

Trust your gut.

* FREE Tacos from El Tonayense
* Music from BLKTOP Project featuring Tommy Guerrero, Ray Barbee, Chuck Treece and Matt Rodriguez
* Vodka from Blue Angel

 

Everything Under the Sun, Friday
    Tuesday, 08 November 2011 /// Written by Trippe

Everything Under The Sun
Solo show with Mario Martinez (Mars-1)
Opening Friday Nov. 11, 2011, 6-9pm
@FFDG, San Francisco

* FREE Tacos from El Tonayense
* Music from BLKTOP Project featuring Tommy Guerrero, Ray Barbee, Chuck Treece and Matt Rodriguez
* Vodka from Blue Angel

 

BLKTOP Project, FREE Tacos Fri @FFDG
    Monday, 07 November 2011 /// Written by Van Edwards

* FREE Tacos from El Tonayense
* Music from BLKTOP Project featuring Tommy Guerrero, Ray Barbee, Chuck Treece and Matt Rodriguez
* Vodka from Blue Angel
* Solo show Everything Under the Sun from SF based Mario Martinez (Mars-1)
* Group show 11.11.11 featuring works from Nathan Brown (Montreal), Ryan Bubnis (Portland), Huey Crowley (New York City), Ryan De La Hoz (San Francisco), Lola Dupre (Glasgow, Scotland), Hamishi (Melbourne), Russell Leng (Vancouver), Charles Martin (New York City), Eric Shaw (San Francisco), and Winnie Truong (Toronto).

Friday, Nov 11th (6-9pm)
@FFDG
248 Clement St @4th Ave.

We're very to announce 3 very exciting developments in regards to Mario Martinez (Mars-1) show opening up @FFDG's temporary gallery space (248 Clement St. @4th Ave) Friday, Nov 11th (6-9pm).

Firstly, the El Tonayense taco truck will be there providing FREE tacos as a gift from some friends of FFDG. Tasty tacos and other Mexican fair will be served from the truck 6-9pm. Get there early.

Secondly, very pleased to announce that the BLKTOP Project featuring Tommy Guerrero, Ray Barbee, Chuck Treece and Matt Rodriguez will be performing as well sometime around 8pm.


Music from BLKTOP Project featuing Tommy Guerrero, Ray Barbee, Chuck Treece and Matt Rodriguez playing @FFDG Friday, Nov 11th for Mario Martinez (Mars-1) solo show and the group show 11.11.11 (6-9pm)

Blue Angel Vodka is also sponsoring the evening as well with tasty vodka drinks.

The group show 11.11.11 also opens in the front of the space featuring works from Nathan Brown (Montreal), Ryan Bubnis (Portland), Huey Crowley (New York City), Ryan De La Hoz (San Francisco), Lola Dupre (Glasgow, Scotland), Hamishi (Melbourne), Russell Leng (Vancouver), Charles Martin (New York City), Eric Shaw (San Francisco), and Winnie Truong (Toronto).

www.ffdg.net

 

Ryan De La Hoz for 11.11.11
    Thursday, 03 November 2011 /// Written by Trippe

We're going to featuring some mini interviews with artists participating in the group show 11.11.11 opening up at FFDG's temporary gallery space at 248 Clement St @4th Ave in the Inner Richmond on Friday, Nov 11th (6-9pm).

Also opening that same night at FFDG is the solo show, Everything Under the Sun, with San Francisco based Mario Martinez (Mars-1).


Age? Location? Website? And who do you think you are?

26, San Francisco, www.ryandelahoz.com, I may never know.


Untitled, 11 x 14, Ink and paper, 2011

Describe your work a little bit.

I am inspired by what can happen to someone who breaks free from any form of oppression, physical or mental. I think that I make my best work when I am recollecting on a time where I may have felt lost or lonely and have since recovered. I play off feelings of former isolation.

Music heavy on your playlist these days?

Real Estate, Women, cLOUDDEAD

Favorite mediums to work within?

Cut paper and ink

Dream job other than artist?

Professional skateboarder


Now I'm Lost no. 2, 10 x 10, ink on paper, 2011

When not creating work, you can be found.

Walking around with an Ipad at the Oakland Museum of CA

How would you describe your work to a stranger who's never seen it?

I am terrible at this. I have only recently become comfortable referring to myself as an artist. Workin' on it!


Now I'm Lost, 10 x 10, ink on paper, 2011

Upcoming projects/ shows?

I am working with The Hundreds, Museums Press, StumbleUpon, Terroreyes.tv, and Little Paper Planes on different projects.

What gives you the right?

The benevolent creator of us all or the Big Bang take your pick

Last words?

"Simplify, simplify." - Henry David Thoreau

 

Updates at FFDG
    Wednesday, 02 November 2011 /// Written by Trippe

Update Thurs: Mike Midden Tweeted this AM- a lotta action at the old Fillmore space today. And included the image below. Wow, no joke on the action. They're gutting the space!


They're gutting our space on Fillmore due to the fire.

Also, stay tuned for awesome developments on the opening of our temp space at 248 Clement on Fri, Nov 11th. Music, food, booze, and, of course, great art from Mario Martinez (Mars-1) and from the group show 11.11.11.

Stopped by FFDG's Fillmore space yesterday to see construction workers tearing down walls down to the studs so that they can dry post fire/ water damage. Asked the Irish contractor what he thought of a time frame for repairs to be completed and didn't get a solid answer, but it doesn't look like any time soon, for sure.

Knowing it was a matter of time before the nice sink and faucet we installed disappeared, we ripped it from the wall and await to install it back on Fillmore St or wherever our permanent home ends up.


Rescued Trippe's birthday sink and faucet

Good news is that we open up FFDG's temporary gallery space at 248 Clement in a little over a week with a solo show from San Francisco's Mario Martinez (Mars-1) on 11.11.11 or better known as Friday, Nov 11 (6-9pm).

Also opening in the front part of the massive space will be the group show 11.11.11 featuring works from Nathan Brown (Montreal), Ryan Bubnis (Portland), Huey Crowley (New York City), Ryan Da Le Hoz (San Francisco), Lola Dupre (Glasgow, Scotland), Hamishi (Melbourne), Russell Leng (Vancouver), Charles Martin (New York City), Eric Shaw (San Francisco), and Winnie Truong (Toronto).


Dry wall going up at FFDG's temp space at 248 Clement today as we prepare for the opening on Fri, Nov 11th (6-9pm)


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Hamishi for 11.11.11
    Tuesday, 01 November 2011 /// Written by Trippe

We're going to featuring some mini interviews with artists participating in the group show 11.11.11 opening up at FFDG's temporary gallery space at 248 Clement St @4th Ave in the Inner Richmond on Friday, Nov 11th (6-10pm).

Also opening that same night at FFDG is the solo show, Everything Under the Sun, with San Francisco based Mario Martinez (Mars-1).


Age? Location? Website? And who do you think you are?

Still 20, Melbourne, Australia. flickr.com/bottomlesspoose. hamishi.com is incoming, I just need Kim to hurry up. I guess I'm an amalgamation of everything that's happened to me, y'know? I'm just a guy who makes stuff is all.

Describe your work a little bit.

Sure! but it's tough, to be general I try to catch the glistening balance of mapping something outside of me that is naive and omnipotent using an illustrative painterly style and maintaining hyper honesty while expressing what you wont know. Does that make me sound like a jerk? Okay little people quietly placed softly affecting each other. Who am I?

Music heavy on your playlist these days?

I've been listening to a lot of local pop stuff like Aleks and the Ramps, Milk Teddy, the Townhouses, Oscar + Martin, Megastick Fanfare, it's nice to be able to go see your favourite bands every few weeks for a couple of bucks. Then some Javelin, John Maus, Trouble Books, Cannibal Ox, KMD, Das Racist, Dan Deacon, King Khan and BBQ. I like listening to new music when I'm painting though, stops me from getting distracted. I also put on podcasts so I don't get lonely in the studio.

Favorite mediums to work within?

Gouache

Dream job other than artist?

Maybe yours? I'd really like to help all the people I believe work hard and make the stuff I love get validation and recognition. I wanted to become a fire engine, I've kind've outgrown that.

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Russell Leng for 11.11.11
    Friday, 28 October 2011 /// Written by Trippe

We're going to featuring some mini interviews with artists participating in the group show 11.11.11 opening up at FFDG's temporary gallery space at 248 Clement St @4th Ave in the Inner Richmond on Friday, Nov 11th (6-10pm).

Also opening that same night at FFDG is the solo show, Everything Under the Sun, with San Francisco based Mario Martinez (Mars-1).

Age? Location? Website? And who do you think you are?

25. From Vancouver, Canada but currently living in Edinburgh Scotland. Artist.

Describe your work a little bit.

I use hard-edge geometric shapes and loose marks to articulate the relationship between natural and man-made structures. The result is an extraction or sample from the conglomeration of these opposite forms of environment.

Music heavy on your playlist these days?

No Gold, Brasstronaut, and Radiozero podcasts for the old home. Belle and Sebastian for the new home.

Favorite mediums to work within?

My paintings are mostly acrylic and spray paint, but recently I have been using wood and glass to experiment with sculpture and installation.

Dream job other than artist?

Island caretaker

When not creating work, you can be found doing...

Hanging out with my wife and exploring my new city.

How would you describe your work to a stranger who's never seen it?

A collision of gradients, geometric shapes, and lines that come together to create a new (usually floating) entity.

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Lola Dupre for 11.11.11
    Thursday, 27 October 2011 /// Written by Trippe

We're going to featuring some mini interviews with artists participating in the group show 11.11.11 opening up at FFDG's temporary gallery space at 248 Clement St @4th Ave in the Inner Richmond on Friday, Nov 11th (6-10pm).

Also opening that same night at FFDG is the solo show, Everything Under the Sun, with San Francisco based Mario Martinez (Mars-1).

Age? Location? Website? And who do you think you are?

28, Glasgow Scotland, www.loladupre.com, I'm super happy to be showing work with FFDG on 11.11.11!

Vince #1, original photo by Michelle Tran

Describe your work a little bit.

I'm a collage artist and for the last few years i have really stuck to this medium. I rarely combine images together, instead i generally work from multiple prints of the same image to produce work. So the source image is still very visible, just warped and bent out of shape. Perspective and composition can change quite drastically while still retaining the original content.

Music heavy on your playlist these days?

Dutch Techno and Ethiopian groove. And i'm always head banging wildly to the tunes of my old studio pal the NIALLIST.

Fear, from the Feelings series, collaborative project with Dan Monick

Favorite mediums to work within?

Collage forever!

Dream job other than artist?

Head of propaganda for a large nation state / Electro Ninja of vengeance.

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Mars-1 & 11.11.11 @FFDG Fri, Nov 11th
    Saturday, 22 October 2011 /// Written by Van Edwards

FFDG is pleased to announce that we will be opening two wonderful shows on Friday, Nov 11th (6-9pm) at our temporary gallery space at 248 Clement St. @4th Ave.

Paintings and installations from San Francisco based Mario Martinez (Mars-1), his first solo show in San Francisco since 2005.

In our front gallery, we'll be opening 11.11.11 featuring curated paintings and illustrations from a group of international artists that have caught our eye in the last year. These are some of the most exciting visual artists emerging today. Artists include Nathan Brown (Montreal), Ryan Bubnis (Portland), Huey Crowley (New York City), Ryan De La Hoz (San Francisco), Lola Dupre (Glasgow, Scotland), Hamishi (Melbourne), Russell Leng (Vancouver), Charles Martin (New York City), Eric Shaw (San Francisco), and Winnie Truong (Toronto).

Please join us in our 3,000 square foot temporary gallery space in the Inner Richmond as they complete repairs at our 248 Fillmore space due to Sept 27's fire (pictures). Drinks shall be served. Entertainment provided and Mario Martienz and a selection of the artists featured in 11.11.11 shall be present.

www.ffdg.net


 

Working on FFDG
    Monday, 17 October 2011 /// Written by Trippe

Spent the weekend painting and working on the temporary FFDG space at 248 Clement.

Damn, it takes a lot of paint (and beer) to paint 2,500 square feet... And I'll tell you what, it doesn't matter what day it is, Burma Superstar has a line out front from like 5pm till 10pm. People go bonkers for that place, and well, because it's damn tasty.


Christen with friends and beers.


Gallery must be large enough for bike fun.

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FFDG's Temporary Gallery Space
    Friday, 14 October 2011 /// Written by Administrator

FFDG is moving (temporarily) to 248 Clement St @4th Ave (due to the fire) with our first opening for Mario Martinez (Mars-1) set for Thursday, Nov 10th (7-10pm).

Signed the lease today. Needs some white paint thrown about here and there and a little TLC and she's ready to go.

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We will also open a group show featuring:

Charles Martin (New York City)
Lola Dupre (Glasgow, Scotland)
Ryan Da Le Hoz (San Francisco)
Winnie Truong (Toronto)
Russell Leng (Vancouver)
Eric Shaw (San Francisco)
Huey Crowley (New York City)
Nathan Brown (Montreal)
Ryan Bubnis (Portland)
Hamishi (Melbourne).

Thanks to Derek and Jamie at Park Life who told us about the space that we get to call home until 248 Fillmore is ready to move back into... Hope we don't get too used to having such a large space. After we fix 'er up, she'll be a real beaut!

 

FFDG's Temporary Gallery Space
    Wednesday, 05 October 2011 /// Written by Trippe

We're happy to report that FFDG will open at a temporary gallery space located at 248 Clement St @4th on Thursday, November 10th. We will be there until either 248 Fillmore is repaired and we can move back or if Fillmore is down for good and we need to find a new permanent home.


FFDG's temporary gallery space located at 248 Clement St. since recently displaced by the Haight & Fillmore fire last week.

Interesting that we're moving from 248 Fillmore to 248 Clement. Something about the number 248, we guess.

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Mark your calendar for Thursday, November 10th when we open a solo show from Mario Martinez (Mars-1).


Work from Mario Martinez (Mars-1). His show opens Nov 10th at FFDG's temporary gallery space on Clement.

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We will also open a group show featuring:
Charles Martin (New York City)
Lola Dupre (Glasgow, Scotland)
Ryan Da Le Hoz (San Francisco)
Winnie Truong (Toronto)
Russell Leng (Vancouver)
Eric Shaw (San Francisco)
Huey Crowley (New York City)
Nathan Brown (Montreal)
Ryan Bubnis (Portland)
Hamishi (Melbourne).

Special special special... very special thanks to our friends at Park Life who clued us in on the space and helped us procure it... Will be taking Jamie and Derek out for dinner when we get over there. Thanks, guys!

 

Fire Fundraiser Tues
    Monday, 03 October 2011 /// Written by Trippe

In case you didn't know yet, there was a massive 4 alarm fire in Fecal Face's building last Tuesday evening (photos) which displaced not only us from the building but 31 residents from the apartments above.

Tuesday evening you can do something to help those effected as there's a Haight and Fillmore Fire Relief Fundraiser at the Peacock Lounge with prizes, food, drinks and a whole lot more. Get there and give a little something back to help your fellow San Franciscans!

You can also make an online donation.


Fire burns above FFDG last Tuesday which displaced 31 residents.

Via Haighternation.com ~Snack on bites from the likes of Wing Wings, Memphis Minnie’s, and Chilli Cha Cha. Enjoy the cool refreshment of Three Twins, making their triumphant return to the neighborhood to live-scoop at the event. Wash it all down with beer from Mad Dog in the Fog, and/or cocktails from the Peacock Lounge bar.

And purchase tickets to a raffle of amazing prizes and gift certificates from the likes of Booksmith, Blackbird, Idle Hand Tattoo, Lower Haters, Merch, Method, Nosh This, Three Twins, Thriving Life Wellness, Uva Enoteca, and more! -more details at Facebook

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In other Fecal Fire/ FFDG related news:

WE'VE FOUND A TEMPORARY GALLERY SPACE that we will move into in November. More details on that soon, but let's say the space is about 7 times larger than our last, so... much fun shall be had. Our next show featuring works by Mario Martinez opens November 10th! Mark your calendar now.

 

Fire at Fecal Face/ FFDG
    Thursday, 29 September 2011 /// Written by Trippe

On Tuesday at around 4pm we were working away on the site/ answering emails when a crazed lady pounds on our door and yells, "the building is on fire. Get out!". Unfortunately, this is the second time we've heard this yelled at us while working at Fecal Face.

Thinking it was going to be another similar grab a few things, stand back while the SFFD do their thing, and in 30 minutes, we're back inside and back to work. Not this time. Not this time at all. We're out of the gallery and space there at 248 Fillmore for who knows how long till we're back in our beloved space next to our friends at Estela's and Three Twins.

Me on NBC channel 11 news Tuesday night. I was also on KTVU as well.

Anyone got a empty store front we can rent till ours in back and running? Please feel free to let us know: john(at)fecalface.com

Thinking we were possibly over reacting, we grad Damon Soule's paintings from the gallery walls and quickly try to figure out where we can take them as screaming fire trucks race to the scene. Luckily, our friend Mike Midden lives across the street and let us store the paintings there while we figure things out... Weird bangs and explosions above our heads/ breaking glass around us, we frantically grabbed art, laptops, cameras, etc.

Flames were shooting 6 feet out the corner apartment's window. Distant/ nearby sirens continued to descend to our corner of Haight and Fillmore. At one point, it became clear there was no going back inside as firemen broke down the door next to ours that leads to the stairway. A healthy crowd builds behind the yellow caution tape. We stand nervously watching the fire rage and build. Thick black smoke billows from the roof as the late afternoon breeze begins sweeping the flames across the building from one side to the next.

Pot of gold at the end of the rainbow?

Watching the flames lick the next building over, we hope that the massive amounts of water would somehow filter away from our ceilings as gallons and gallons of toxic fire water make their way down from the top floors.

After holding our breath for 30 minutes, we know there's nothing we can do but fret. It's determined that a strong beer is needed to calm frayed nerves. We had beers at Cafe Soleil where next to us sat a resident of the building also calming his nerves with a beer. We chat and hope that the fire/ smoke/ water damage escaped our places. It wasn't the case, at least for us.

Tip toeing around a web of fire hoses we avoid the raining water and enter the gallery where a rush of heat and smoke stink past our noses. Water is poring down in umpteen places from the ceiling as we trek across a foot of water on the floor in search for items/ art that may still be safe. Our cabinet contents were dry. Travis Millard's and Mel Kadel's work, which was probably in the only part of the back area that avoided water, was untouched, thank God (we built those shelves where the work sat just a month ago saving us from having to claim their art as a loss).

Thanks to Harley and everyone at Upper Playground and neighbors who formed a human chain to move items and art from the drenched gallery to Upper Playground's back room. A lot was saved and items that were ruined by the water damage can be replaced. Our disappointment by having to work from home is nothing compared to those who not only lost their apartments but their personal items as well. Thankfully no one was injured.. Animals were rescued and all will move on. We just hope that the contractors are building ninjas so we can get back in soon and we can get back to hosting shows.

Hopefully we're going to back in 248 Fillmore very soon... Anyone got a empty store front we can rent till ours in back and running? Please feel free to let us know: john(at)fecalface.com Thankfully we purchased a good insurance plan when we moved in which covers fire damage like this. SO glad we kept up with the payments.

That night My and Adam took our gallery plant Stretch home while the dust settles.

Back in the next day to see what was lost.

Natty and Jessica taking inventory.

More on the bummer here.

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"Arrangement" by Michelle Fleck
Friday, 18 April 2014 10:23

This morning we take a closer look at this beautiful painting by San Francisco based Michelle Fleck now showing at FFDG.

Arrangement measures 24"x30", acrylic and aerosol on panel - inquires: info(at)ffdg.net

Michelle Fleck is a painter living in San Francisco. Her work focuses on the relationship between man and the landscape, and the marks we leave on it. Influenced by everyday life in the city, her paintings serve as snapshots of an ongoing intersection of the natural and man-made world. She strives to make work that has a sense of relevancy in a culture driven by a need for change and newness.

 

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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

 

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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?

 

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

 

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

 

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Jeremy Fish at LA's Mark Moore Gallery

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.


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


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