Henrik Haven keeps us up to date on the art happenings from his native Copenhagen and sent us a three part series on some of his city's street art and graffiti. This part 3 concludes (for now) his city wide graffiti tour - Part 1 - Part 2.
Venezuela based street artist Flix emailed letting us know that we've never featured any work from Venezuela, and we think he's right. Well, let's start a little with his work which seems to be inspired by Banksy, at least his stencil work... Actually, we're en route to Mexico as this post goes live. Not South America, but we're south of San Francisco.
Athens, Greece based designer, architect and artist Dimitris Polychroniadis emailed over more of his work which consists of mixed media, pop-humorous diorama sculptures that make a comment on the harsh realities my country and much of the world is facing at the moment.
Below are a series of videos on Grime for Vice's Tattoo Age produced in 2011. Fascinating look at one of the greatest tattoo artists alive today.
In the first installment of Grime's series we hear from tattoo luminaries, Civ and Chris O'Donnell, as they try to put in perspective how revered and unique Grime's style is. We meet the other tattooers at Grime's shop, Skull and Sword, and learn how they too, strive to be constantly evolving in their tattooing.
Grime gives a little back story on how he transitioned from a young skateboarder who thought his future was in mathematics in Grand Junction, Colorado, to one of the world's most accomplished tattooers.
In a more personal look at Grime, we hear about how he has self published two books based on his personal art and journal writings. We also learn of his need to constantly create in order be self satisfied.
NYC based David Lyle emailed over some recent works as he prepares for his upcoming shows in both NYC and Paris. Check out some of his previous works.
Working from found photographs, Lyle's paintings are created through a reductive painting process where each piece is rendered using only black paint and turpentine. Lyle begins this process by priming a panel with white gesso. He then paints a thin, rich, oily black veneer over the primed panel, slowly and systematically developing his images by removing some of the black paint with a cloth. In doing so, Lyle renders layer upon layer of various values of black paint resulting in his signature-style of luminescent works.
Brooklyn based artists Sheryo and The Yok recentely completed the mural "Pipe Dreams" in Long Island City at 5 pointz. The Yok also emailed over some photos fom a recent trip to Mexico for the Festival Anonymous held near Puerto Vallarta, Mexico from this past January... Awesome, we're heading to Mexico in a couple weeks.
Barry McGee reigns as one of the most legitimate artists of his genre and his time. While some of his "graffiti" peers have spent 20 years cashing in at every corner possible, he has quietly created an amazing body of work. He's an absurdly talented artist that assembles work and exhibitions that don’t just appeal to the eye; they’re a sensory overload. Entering a show by Barry is an immersive event that leaves you with a feeling of excitement and wonder. ~continue reading
Fecal Face contributor Rachel Ralph (rachel(at)fecalface.com) profiles this Oakland based painter's forthcoming residency and travels to Japan. His paintings will be on display in the SFMOMA's windows during their upcoming construction.
Photos: Megan Wolfe
John Felix Arnold III leaves for Japan tomorrow and it's going to be a transformative five weeks for him. This trip, complete with meditative and artistic practice, will provide an intimate understanding of his own process and spiritual growth in this world and in his world of Unstoppable Tomorrow. Unstoppable Tomorrow, a trope Felix works through in every piece, is a post-apocalyptic world in which people have no choice but to work together to stay alive. By experiencing ancient temples and gardens first-hand through deep meditative states as well as daily interactions and exploration, we will see new conversations arise in his work. These new visions will carry his thoughts on the necessity of future spirituality further into the global stage. Instead of staying isolated in his studio, he is taking his practice across the world, opening it and himself up to new people and experiences and I cannot wait to see how this affects his process.
Felix will continue to update me on his travels, and I will continue to post them to the site as a way to see how this trip specifically affects his work. By diving head-first into a culture on the other side of the world, this trip will reveal a lot about him as an artist. He is removing all barriers imposed upon him by his life in the states while taking on new challenges and unforeseen experiences abroad. Keep watching the site to see how this develops before seeing the work in person when it opens on June 8th here in San Francisco, at his project In Memory Of... an installation of new work created specifically for the SFMoMA's windows. -Rachel Ralph (rachel(at)fecalface.com)
FFDG is pleased to present San Francisco based artists Alex Ziv and Mario Ayala in the two person show entitled "Going Nowhere" featuring 22 new mixed media works on paper. Both artists are attending The San Francisco Art Institute with Alex Ziv studying for his MFA in painting while Mario Ayala in his last year for a BFA in painting. An opening reception is scheduled for Friday, April 12th (6-9pm). The artists will be present. Beer and wine will be available.
FFDG is pleased to present San Francisco based artists Alex Ziv and Mario Ayala in the two person show entitled "Going Nowhere" featuring 22 new mixed media works on paper. Both artists are attending The San Francisco Art Institute with Alex Ziv studying for his MFA in painting while Mario Ayala in his last year for a BFA in painting. An opening reception is scheduled for Friday, April 12th (6-9pm). The artists will be present. Beer and wine will be available. The show runs through May 4th.
Alex Ziv's works, composed of pen and ink on paper, explore and help to define Ziv's definition of "Americana" through the visual iconography and language of motorcycle subculture. Through exploring topics of contemporary and historical Americana through a background knowledge of mainstream and subversive symbology found in subcultures, Ziv's work attempts to enhance and highlight topics of turbulence.
Mario Ayala's work is a further exploration of his lived experiences intertwined with the ideals of the West Coast ethos containing its ritualistic chachkies, cultural luxuries, and the anxieties due to taking mind altering substances while faced with the prioritized decision of guns or butta. Ayala creates pictorial hyperboles from friend/ family experiences to explore the trudges of economic class, multi cultural sacrosanct, and the day to day hustle for egalitarianism.
About Alex Ziv
24 year old Alex Ziv was born and raised in San Francisco California where he is attending The San Francisco Art Institute in pursuit of an MFA. He has been selected to show both nationally and internationally as well as being selected for his first museum group exhibition at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art opening early in May. His work explores topics of contemporary and historical Americana through a background knowledge of mainstream and subversive symbology found in subcultures to enhance and highlight topics of turbulence.
About Mario Ayala
Mario Ayala is 21 years old and is in his last year at the San Francisco Art Institute studying for his BFA in painting. He has shown work in several group exhibitions in San Francisco, Oakland, Los Angeles and in North Carolina. Mario's work involves the use of multiple materials, but mostly the use various paints for their own specific processes of application and historical contexts to metaphorically describe the ethos of West coast subcultural ideals. He creates pictorial hyperboles from friend/ family experiences to explore the trudges of economic class, multi cultural sacrosanct, and the day to day hustle for egalitarianism.
Skewville is an art collective consisting of two twin brothers born and raised in Queens, NY known for their public art, the most popular example being their hand made wooden sneakers that they have been tossing over telephones lines and documenting since 1999. Since then thousands have been silkscreened, hand cut, drilled, laced, and then tossed all around the globe.
Kyle Norris, a graphic designer/artist for a ski company in Orange County, CA and graduate of RISD Illustration with a concentration in design, emailed over these weird faces mysteriously composed of forgotten artifacts.
"Age" - Pen & Watercolor on Lanaquarelle paper, 8 x 10"
"Youth" - Pen & Watercolor on Lanaquarelle paper, 8 x 10"
In the ever-expanding genres of vinyl and resin based sculptural art, there are often players behind the scenes making some of the most impressive pieces come together. Whether you hang out at ComicCon or Art Basel Miami, you've seen sculptural works that PIP (Pretty in Plastic) literally had a hand (or several) in fabricating. Here, Fecal Face interviews PIP founder, owner and fabrication mastermind Julie B., to find out more about how their work all plays out.
How did you get started doing creative work? Were you artistic as a child?
My family is super creative in a combination of science and art. They're very talented artists but their generation stressed going to college for things other than art, so they're both science teachers. I grew up around a lot of science and creative energy,
but they always said "no, you're not going to make a living out of art." So I proved it to them.
I started as a biology major and after the first year (in 1997), I dropped out and moved to California. I saw a job posting that said "artist wanted," got the job and began sculpting doll characters for them, even though I had never taken a formal sculpting class.
When did the idea for Pretty in Plastic emerge? How did it come together?
It happened really organically. I was working in the back of Meltdown, and then moved across the street to Span of Sunset. I was doing a lot of prototyping for them and making a lot of molds and castings. Then different artists approached me to do multiples. The Amanda Vissel piece was one of our first projects.
And then from there you thought "I could build a company out of this"?
Well, I had had a job in Brooklyn doing toy prototyping prior to that, and so I had very good training. When I came out here to California I realized that the artists here needed the service of sculpting and multiples. And it kind of blew up from there.
When you launched it did you launch with your own designs?
We never even had to launch Pretty in Plastic- we just began getting work, and then it just grew and grew from there. No marketing- just word of mouth. That was back in 2005. I think I started off with the name Toy Girl, I was inspired by Tank Girl. From there the company just formed very naturally because the need was there.
What kind of artistic services does PIP provide?
Anywhere from design to prototyping, to creating physical samples, to doing limited editions, and fine art creation. Then we move into more of the large scale fabrications, which is what we're really focusing on now: Cnc Milling, vacuum-forming, roto-casting, and installations.
Nicks work has been shown publicly in the streets of London in the lead up to the 2012 Olympic Games. He was named in the Design Collectors Top Directors of 2011, and has spoken for the Australia Graphic Design Associations First Five Out conference. Commercially Nick has produced work for major international brands including MTV, Nike, Red Bull, BBC, Monster, Pioneer, L’Oreal & More.
SAN FRANCISCO --- Front man for Thee OhseesJohn Dwyer opens the solo show of pencil drawings in "Landlord Apocalypse" opening Saturday, 12/7 at Needles and Pens (7-10pm) -FULL DETAILS
Listen to our good times '07 interview w/ Dwyer where he speaks of music in Providence, Start of the Coachwhips, Touring, Fighting in Toronto, Drugs, Recording, Favorite Shows, New Ohsees Album, Meric Long, and much much more LISTEN & check his Musical Mix here.
SAN FRANCISCO --- At our home some of our most treasured original artworks were purchased at Creativity Explored where the work is not only loose great folk art styled but was also purchased for a steal with the proceeds going to support the fantastic SF art program which benefits artists with developmental disabilities. Creativity Explored provides a supportive studio environment for artists with developmental disabilities in which they receive individualized instruction from mentoring artists, quality art materials, and professional opportunities to exhibit their work.
Every year Creativity Explored hosts a weekend Holiday Sale where these inexpensive works are even less expensive. A great place to pick up original unique gifts for family and friends... Not only that but their opening receptions are worth getting to. Wine, food, music, etc on Friday. ~FULL DETAILS
We had no idea of all these tunnels throughout San Francisco
In the early '90s my friends and I used to tape flashlights to the handlebars of our bikes and go riding around in underground storm drain tunnels. There was a whole network of these tunnels under the city that sat empty for most of the year. We would go for miles snaking up and down the sides of the tubes, clapping and yelling to see how far our echoes would carry, eventually popping out in some other part of the city covered in cobwebs and bat guano. When the tubes got too small, we laid down on skateboards and kept going. If we found a flooded part, we taped garbage bags around our legs and crossed our fingers. -READ ON
Michael Coley who runs Belly Kids emailed to let us know of his latest... Hell Yeah! (a WWF colouring book!) <-- "The most electrifying book in sports entertainment. It's our dedication to the best baby faces and the most hated heels of WWF wrestling. Think Macho Man Randy Savage, DX, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Mankind, The Rock, Chyna and many others!" [PREVIEW]
Give the gift of coloring book. Kids young and old can get down with some quality time of staying inside the lines... or hell, be a Charlie and break out of the boundaries! 7 Euro dollars here.
SAN FRANCISCO --- SOEX will open their juried show This Will Never Work this Friday, Nov 22nd (7-10pm) featuring works by Northern California based artists w/ the theme this year: crazy experiments, doomed plans and quixotic dreams
This annual exhibition has become the premier showcase of contemporary artwork by promising local talent. Each year a different theme is selected to inspire and encourage a broad level of artistic expression. This year’s exhibition sought crazy experiments, doomed plans and quixotic dreams. All ideas and forms were considered. -complete show details
11/20 Update: After 2 trips to the Apple store with them installing 2 new batteries and restoring the phone, it was determined there was "something" wrong with the phone and I had to buy a "new"/ same 4s phone since I wasn't eligible for an upgrade. In any case, be warned about that 7.0.4 update if you have a 4s. I'm sticking with 7.0.2 on this "new" phone.
Everyone has had or knows of someone who's had a an IPhone explode on them through one of their wonderful IOS updates. Well, add us to the list, because after updating to their recent 7.0.4 our IPhone 4s stopped charging even though the icon on the phone indicated it was charging... and after being on the charger all night, the battery drained to zero, and now the wonderful device won't boot up at all and is now a very expensive waste of space.
If you're considering updating your phone, do so with caution, and if you have any solutions for us, we'd sure to be happy to hear them. Got a hot date with the Apple staff tonight which we're sure will end with them telling us to buy a new phone... Wonderful.
Here's the second part of my comprehensive photo coverage from Berlin and this time around you'll find shots of new window installations by Ron English, Know Hope, Erik Jones, Lucy McLauchlan, Strok and others (which is now on display in the same building as Rone painted).
As a part of "project M" (curated by Strychinin Gallery), Melbourne Artist and part of the Everfresh collective RONE has painted the largest wall he has ever attempted, three massive images on the top three stories of a five-story building at Nollendorfplatz in Berlin. It took Rone five days to paint this excellent work.
David Choong Lee, Mario Martinez, Damon Soule, Eric Otto and others were commissioned by the Hyatt (345 Stockton St) here in San Francisco to create some beautiful works to adorn their hotel bar, resturant and lobby. If you're down by Union Square stop in, hava drink at the bar and enjoy these great paintings.
NYC based (via Australia) spraypaint whiz kid Ian Strange (Kid Zoom) (interview) held his solo show SUBURBAN last July at the National Gallery of Victoria, Australia (video). The wonderful show's setup and opening was photographed by Lloyd Stubber for this exclusive photo essay for Fecal Face.
Collage artist Lola Dupre opens a new show of work on Decemeber 5th at Portland's Breeze Block Gallery -- Opening on the same day in the adjoining gallery space, artists Ryan De La Hoz and Russell Leng.
With a thick, impasto finish, Meyer's paintings feel like treasures. As you get lost in the jagged confusion of thick swatches of color, figures emerge in the most subtle ways. The colors are enticing, but these figures are mesmerizing. I could get lost in these canvases for days. Simply, these are some really great paintings and I highly recommend you go see them before the show closes on December 7th.
TORONTO --- The finishing touches have been put on the large-scale, colorful and dynamic public art work by Canadian-born Patrick McNeil along with his art collaborator, Patrick Miller. Collectively known as FAILE, the Brooklyn-based duo designed the football-field-sized mural, located on Bathurst Street between Davenport and St. Clair in the city of Toronto.
Liking on these prints Hive & Nine Eyes by Melbourne based artist/ designer Nick Thomm... Limited Edition of 50 - Printed on 310gsm Hahnemuhle photo rag, mueseum grade archival paper. Each print is hand signed and numbered - available on his website.
I moved home to the Bay Area about 4 years ago and recently had the opportunity to visit New York City for the first time since. Having missed Barry McGee & Raymond Pettibon by a day, I felt lucky to have an old friend clue me into the ICY Signs show when I arrived.
Every have one of those mornings where you start following links and the next thing you know you're watching a news reel clip of the Golden Gate International Exposition of 1939 that was held on the brand new man-made Treasure Island?
Tiffany Bozic's solo show Sense of Wonder is in its final week at San Francisco's FFDG. Before this wonderful show comes to a close, we wanted to ask Bozic about her methodology, lifestyle, influences and generally what makes her tick.
The John Berggruen gallery is beautiful. With floor-to-ceiling windows and a view to downtown, the Thursday night opening of NYC's Julian Lethbridge's new show Paintings was unmistakably a fancy affair. While these incredibly expensive paintings didn't do much for me, I was pleasantly surprised that I caught the Chuck Close show upstairs.
Cartagena takes photographs in Monterrey, Mexico, documenting parts of everyday life there that he sees as depicting "a global issue from a local perspective." In a town that has a relatively new, booming construction market, Cartagena decided to document a side of the day laborers' lives that might not often be seen: the commute to and from work at various construction sites.
Got an email from Emanuele Pizzolorusso, a Helsinki based industrial designer, yesterday to let us know about his latest project Lucetta: a smart set of two small magnetic bicycle lights. Never seen them in person. Have no idea if they're worth a hoot or not, but the concept is pretty interesting and simple. Looks like a great idea to us.
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