We reported months back that the beloved Adobe Books was setting to close. Well, it seems like the end of September is the date they leave us for good.
KALW 91.7 did a report and interview with owner Andrew McKinley that aired this morning and is worthy of a listen (MP3).
Adobe Books set to close the end of Sept.
Adobe Books and its backroom gallery have been a long time staple in the SF art scene and will be sorely missed. 22 years they've been hosting art shows, live music events and other forms of art and art discussion. They've consistently hosted quality/ interesting art shows and are of another time in San Francisco that seems to be disappearing quite quickly. Cities change, we sigh.
Work break for you San Franciscans. A little short video on the history of the Sutro Baths... Did you know that the zoo's parking lot used to be the Fleishhacker Pool, a pool was so large that lifeguards required kayaks to patrol it. Huge.
Last night we swung through Ffity24SF in the Lower Haight for a preview of Jeremy Fish's show "Where Hearts Get Left" which opens this Saturday, July 14th (5-9pm) here in San Francisco, Ca.
The show is Fish's ode to all that that makes San Francisco... San Francisco. He illustrates his favorite lores and legends like how the Native Americans believed that the Earth and subsquently San Francisco was created by a silver-fox and coyote as they danced in the Bay Area's constant dense fog... or how a pair of giant grumpy battling turtles under the Earth's crust cause our earthquakes.
Approx 50 14" x 17" drawings take you on a tour of the special San Francisco-centric things that make the city so special to Fish. From the Mission's best burrito spots to SF's first notable quirky self proclaimed Imperial Majesty Emperor Norton I, Fish illustrates not the obvious tourist highlights, but those little things that take a decade of discovery to find and appreciate.
My favorites include the collage of the best under the radar, not your fancy burger jams including my all time favorite, Hamburger Haven on Clement. Let's not forget the group of Native American activists who occupied Alcatraz for 19 months in the late 60s... or that like the city itself is always in a constant state of change (sometimes for the worse), but that, like the Vapor Room R.I.P. (for now), even good things come to an end and out of the ashes, the phoenix will rise.
This video will most likely be the best thing you see today. Epic video of turning SF streets into a giant hot wheels track.
Shot on the actual streets of San Francisco, California, GYM5 features a focus on fast, raw and precise driving action. Filmed over four days, director Ben Conrad and his team are back to work on their second Gymkhana production and delivered the entire city of San Francisco as Ken Block’s personal gymkhana playground. DC Shoes also provided fellow DC athlete and longtime Ken Block friend, Travis Pastrana, to make a cameo appearance on his dirtbike, and S.F. resident Jake Phelps of Thrasher Magazine fame also makes a cameo as Block hoons S.F. in his most incredible Gymkhana yet.
SF history buffs may want to know about noehill.com, a site which features historic points of interest that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places or that are designated as landmarks by the State of California or the City and County of San Francisco or that simply strike our fancy.
Just spent the last 20 minutes checking out all the old firehouses around the city including this one built in 1908 which houses the Killowatt and our friends at Juice Design on 16th St. The location is where SF's very first fire house was built in 1854.
Lots of interesting to be found like San Francisco Landmark #32 which is considered the oldest residence in the city built in 1850. The Phelps House on Oak was actually orginally built in New Orleans and then sailed to SF in sections around Cape Horn. Nutty.
The Kilowatt Bar on 16th was a firehouse built in 1908
As part of building contracts with most large cities, contractors must include some public space into the design and construction of the building. The problem is that, most of the time, this public space is hidden from the public by the building administrators who would prefer that the general public stay out of their buildings --> This space is yours to enjoy as is any city park.
Wonderful rooftop gardens in downtown San Francisco are yours to lunch in. Peaceful fountains are yours to read a book next to --> Print out this map and discover the spaces you pay taxes on.
Bring a packed lunch, meet a friend and enjoy your private public spaces in San Francisco.
Last week we did our first themed Photo of the Day asking you to email in your quintessential San Francisco photos. We got so many great entries and couldn't squeeze them all in. So, here's a bit of overflow from the images emailed in.
Before we dive into all the fire fun that we've been through for the last couple days (more on that later)... Just got online (thanks to Hotel Biron and Jess Imports) and was shown this awesome video below... Seriously ponders the question we've been asking ourselves for the last couple years... Doesn't anyone in this town have a job? Hit Trader Joes at 3pm on a Wednesday. Packed. Try a favorite food spot at 1pm on a Monday. Packed. Guess there are a lot of people with a free weekeday schedule or something. The short below from the folks at Killing My Lobster tackle the subject... Great video, guys.
SFMTA wrongfully booted our truck this morning and totally blew our morning and afternoon as we walked around town, tracking down info, and where to handle this mess (11 South Van Ness BTW). Good news, they figured out their mistake and took the boot off without cost. No apology from them though which we don't/ didn't expect.
Basically, we paid our parking tickets (4) recently (July 1st) when registering our truck, BUT it takes a total of 90 DAYS (3 MONTHS) for the DMV to get that info to SFMTA. The nutty thing is that we weren't even parked in an illegal spot. We didn't get a parking ticket but got the boot due to the tickets they THOUGHT we owed. It was at 11PM last night. Guess the DPT have digital scanners they drive around with to scan license plates looking for cars/ trucks to boot. Nutty arse crazy car parking future steez.
The lesson learned is that if you paid your tickets when registering your car/ truck/ motorcycle/ scooter/ skateboard/ whatever, know that it takes 3 months (efficient) for that info to get to SFMTA. It only takes 5 unpaid tickets to get the boot. You may be parking completely legal, like we were last night (11pm), and whammo - IT'S boot thirty.
Scott Weaver's amazing piece, made with over 100,000 toothpicks over the course of 35 years, is a depiction of San Francisco, with multiple ball runs that allow you to go on "tours" of different parts of the city. It will be on display in the Tinkering Studio at the Exploratorium until June 19th!
Thanks for the heads up, Brice. Gotta see this in person... That dude has some serious patience.
ArtPad isn't the only new fair coming to town that weekend. ArtMRKT also premieres at the Concourse Exhibition Center in downtown San Francisco. <-- SF and its growing art scene. Oh, how we've seen it grow over the last 10 years.
Welcome to the premiere edition of ArtPadSF, a dynamic and daring new art fair, inaugurating May 19th to May 22nd, 2011 at the landmark Phoenix Hotel known for its rock and roll history. Every city worth its salt can be said to offer something for everyone. San Francisco astonishingly achieves this within a very small area; seven miles long by seven miles wide. Well-known for its liberal politics, Victorian architecture, cultural diversity, creative and entrepreneurial boldness, its contemporary and emerging art scene is rising in national prominence. ~Read On
San Francisco is a great city for many reasons, and one of them is that our city dump has an artist residency program. That's right, they invite a couple artists at a time to rummage through our trash and make art from it. In fact, artists are only allowed to use materials they find at the dump to create the show, and they have 3 months to do so (photos from last reception).
We were about to jump in a cab last night to leave an art opening to make another. Alan Bamberger offered us a ride so... we took the opportunity to ask him a few questions.
Alan, through his website artbusiness.com, attends almost every art opening that goes down in San Francisco. Like 10 in one night, he's zipping across town to cover everything that's opening. From the greatest shows to the shittest, he's there snapping away. He's not human. We have no idea he does it. How does he stomach it all? We asked.
Directed by Ralph Arlyck in 1970... This kid was only 4 & 1/2 years old at the time and lived with his parents in the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco...
Filmmaker Ralph Arlyck interviews his neighbor, Sean Farrell, a 4-year-old living on San Francisco's Haight Street in 1969. Sean gives his thoughts on life in his home, a hippie crash pad, and casually mentions that he smokes pot, which caused this short film to become a national sensation.
Huge rally in San Francisco this afternoon to celebrate the World Series Champion SF Giants! So proud to be from SF. Fantastic day as the players got on the mics and are such a perfect fit for our quirky town... Beers tonight to toast SF and the Giants!
When works of art become commodities and nothing else, when every endeavor becomes “creative” and everybody “a creative,” then art sinks back to craft and artists back to artisans—a word that, in its adjectival form, at least, is newly popular again. Artisanal pickles, artisanal poems: what’s the difference, after all? So “art” itself may disappear: art as Art, that old high thing. Which—unless, like me, you think we need a vessel for our inner life—is nothing much to mourn.
Hard-working artisan, solitary genius, credentialed professional—the image of the artist has changed radically over the centuries. What if the latest model to emerge means the end of art as we have known it? --continue reading
"Six Degrees" opens tonight, Friday Jan 16th (7-10pm) at FFDG in San Francisco. ~Group show featuring: Brett Amory, John Felix Arnold III, Mario Ayala, Mariel Bayona, Ryan Beavers, Jud Bergeron, Chris Burch, Ryan De La Hoz, Martin Machado, Jess Mudgett, Meryl Pataky, Lucien Shapiro, Mike Shine, Minka Sicklinger, Nicomi Nix Turner, and Alex Ziv.
"[Satire] is important because it brings out the flaws we all have and throws them up on the screen of another person," said Turner. “How they react sort of shows how important that really is.” Later, he added, "Charlie took a hit for everybody." -read on
Jacob Magraw will be showing embroidery pieces on cloth along with painted, gouache works on paper --- Rachell Sumpter paints scenes of colored splendor dropped into scenes of desolate wilderness. ~show details
NYC --- A new graffiti abatement program put forth by the police commissioner has beat cops carrying cans of spray paint to fill in and cover graffiti artists work in an effort to clean up the city --> Many cops are thinking it's a waste of resources, but we're waiting to see someone make a project of it. Maybe instructions for the cops on where to fill-in?
The NYPD is arming its cops with cans of spray paint and giving them art-class-style lessons to tackle the scourge of urban graffiti, The Post has learned.
Shootings are on the rise across the city, but the directive from Police Headquarters is to hunt down street art and cover it with black, red and white spray paint, sources said... READ ON
SAN FRANCISCO --- The Headlands Center for the Arts is preparing for their largest fundraiser of the year set to go down on June 4th at SOMArts here in the city. Art auction, food, drinks, live music, etc and all for helping to support a great institution up in the Marin Headlands. ~details
ABOUT HEADLANDS Headlands Center for the Arts provides an unparalleled environment for the creative process and the development of new work and ideas. Through a range of programs for artists and the public, we offer opportunities for reflection, dialogue, and exchange that build understanding and appreciation for the role of art in society.
Just want to say congrats to Fecal Face's Rachel Ralph for graduating from SFAI with her masters in curatorial studies. Also want to congratulate Alex Ziv who also just got his MFA in painting. Also a high five to the talented Mario Ayala who also just graduated from SFAI as well! --- All super talented artists (thinkers), and we're excited to see what the future holds for them!
We haven't been featuring many interviews as of late. Let's change that up as we check in with a few local San Francisco artists like Kevin Earl Taylor here whom we studio visited back in 2009 (PHOTOS & VIDEO). It's been awhile, Kevin...
If you like guns and boobs, head on over to the Shooting Gallery; just don't expect the work to be all cheap ploys and hot chicks. With Make Stuff by Peter Gronquist (Portland) in the main space and Morgan Slade's Snake in the Eagle's Shadow in the project space, there is plenty spectacle to be had, but if you look just beyond it, you might actually get something out of the shows.
Fifty24SF opened Street Anatomy, a new solo show by Austrian artist Nychos a week ago last Friday night. He's been steadily filling our city with murals over the last year, with one downtown on Geary St. last summer, and new ones both in the Haight and in Oakland within the last few weeks, but it was really great to see his work up close and in such detail.
Congrats on our buddies at Needles and Pens on being open and rad for 11 years now. Mission Local did this little short video featuring Breezy giving a little heads up on what Needles and Pens is all about.
Matt Wagner recently emailed over some photos from The Hellion Gallery in Tokyo, who recently put together a show with AJ Fosik (Portland) called Beast From a Foreign Land. The gallery gave twelve of Fosik's sculptures to twelve Japanese artists (including Hiro Kurata who is currently showing in our group show Salt the Skies) to paint, burn, or build upon.
Backwoods Gallery in Melbourne played host to a huge group exhibition a couple of weeks back, with "Gold Blood, Magic Weirdos" Curated by Melbourne artist Sean Morris. Gold Blood brought together 25 talented painters, illustrators and comic artists from Australia, the US, Singapore, England, France and Spain - and marked the end of the Magic Weirdos trilogy, following shows in Perth in 2012 and London in 2013.
San Francisco based Fecal Pal Jeremy Fish opened his latest solo show Hunting Trophies at LA's Mark Moore Gallery last week to massive crowds and cabin walls lined with imagery pertaining to modern conquest and obsession.
Well, John Felix Arnold III is at it again. This time, he and Carolyn LeBourgios packed an entire show into the back of a Prius and drove across the country to install it at Superchief Gallery in NYC. I met with him last week as he told me about the trip over delicious burritos at Taqueria Cancun (which is right across the street from FFDG and serves what I think is the best burrito in the city) as the self proclaimed "Only overweight artist in the game" spilled all the details.
Ever Gold opened a new solo show by NYC based Henry Gunderson a couple Saturday nights ago and it was literally packed. So packed I couldn't actually see most of the art - but a big crowd doesn't seem like a problem. I got a good laugh at what I would call the 'cock climbing wall' as it was one of the few pieces I could see over the crowd. I haven't gotten a chance to go back and check it all out again, but I'm definitely going to as the paintings that I could get a peek at were really high quality and intruiguing. You should do the same.
The paintings in the show are each influenced by a musician, ranging from Freddy Mercury, to Madonna, to A Tribe Called Quest and they are so stylistically consistent with each musician's persona that they read as a cohesive body of work with incredible variation. If you told me they were each painted by a different person, I would not hesitate to believe you and it's really great to see a solo show with so much variety. The show is fun, poppy, very well done, and absolutely worth a look and maybe even a listen.
With rising rent in SF and knowing mostly other young artists without capitol, I desired a way to live rent free, have a space to do my craft, and get to see more of the world. Inspired by the many historical artists who have longed similar longings I discovered the beauty of artist residencies. Lilo runs Adhoc Collective in Vienna which not only has a fully equipped artists creative studio, but an indoor halfpipe, and private artist quarters. It was like a modern day castle or skate cathedral. It exists in almost a utopic state, totally free to those that apply and come with a real passion for both art and skateboarding
I just wanted to share with you a piece I recently finished which took me 4 years to complete. Titled "How To Lose Yourself Completely (The September Issue)", it consists of a copy of the September 2007 issue of Vogue magazine (the issue they made the documentary about) with all faces masked with a sharpie, and everything else entirely whited out. 840 pages of fun. -Bryan Schnelle
Jeremy Fish opens Hunting Trophies tonight, Saturday April 5th, at the Los Angeles based Mark Moore Gallery. The show features new work from Fish inside the "hunting lodge" where viewers climb inside the head of the hunter and explore the history of all the animals he's killed.
Beautiful piece entitled "The Albatross and the Shipping Container", Ink on Paper, Mounted to Panel, 47" Diameter, by San Francisco based Martin Machado now on display at FFDG. Stop in Saturday (1-6pm) to view the group show "Salt the Skies" now running through April 19th. 2277 Mission St. at 19th.
For some reason I thought it would be a good idea to quit my job, move out of my house, leave everything and travel again. So on August 21, 2013 I pushed a canoe packed full of gear into the headwaters of the Mississippi River in Lake Itasca, Minnesota, along with four of my best friends. Exactly 100 days later, I arrived at a marina near the Gulf of Mexico in a sailboat.
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