LA Based Bryan Schnelle emailed some of his recent collage works. A year and a half ago we asked Bryan, in this interview, Describe your process for creating new work.
Bryan wrote: I look at a lot of magazines. Occasionally I'll see something that really strikes me for whatever reason, something that will work on its own, as a separate work on paper, tear it out and set it aside. But usually I'm working on something big or elaborate, so I'm just scanning various magazines looking for what I need at that particular time. If I'm working on a large-scale painting I'll find all of the pages that I'm going to need and work on getting those ready first. Then comes the fun part (building, stretching, priming, painting, gluing…) A large scale collage painting is such an undertaking that I have to have a solid idea before I even begin. That's why it's good to work on the small works on magazine pages in between the big stuff; they're so quick that they allow for a certain freedom of experimentation. I need that balance. I get really bored if I start to feel like I'm repeating myself. I need constant progression.
Prepare To Die, 2012,
Paper Collage and enamel on canvas
72 x 72 inches
Untitled (Cross Study), 2012
Paper Collage and enamel on canvas
36 x 36 inches
Untitled (Pentagram Study), 2012
Paper Collage and enamel on canvas
36 x 36 inches
In one week, 26 artists will visually activate our urban landscape in the world's first all-female street art conference. This year's Living Walls Conference will change the game for street art and Atlanta.
The five-day conference is scheduled to capacity with film screenings, lectures, block parties, gallery exhibits and bike tours. All events are free and open to the public.
Looks like we're featuring Copenhagen today on Fecal Face as Simon Hjermind Jensen emailed over photos from his massive mural project he and Theis Wendt, Anders Schmidt and Silas Inoue worked on there in Copenhagen. He writes:
The mural resembles a giant tanker, grounded on the streets of Copenhagen. The tanker is influenced by the form of the wall that together with the existing chimney already looks like a ship. The cracks in the tanker resonate with the decay from the already existing graffiti, which has been preserved and thus incorporated into the motif. The ship is empty, there are no logos on the containers, and there is no motif's that gives a certain explanation on how the ship has ended where it is and why it's abandoned. In this way the ship invites to a mental exploration, open for whatever value or narrative the viewer wants to create.http://www.shjworks.dk/
Andreas Trolf Benefit Show One night only: Friday, Sept 7th (6-9pm)
This Friday, Sept 7th (6-9pm), FFDG will be hosting a benefit show for our friend and long time contributor turned writer for the forthcoming cartoon for Nickelodeon, Sanjay and Craig, Andreas Trolf who was involved in a horrible motorcycle accident a few months back- almost completely severed foot, broken ribs, nose, facial bones plus many other broken bits and scraped body parts.
Andreas Trolf was just 2 days from receiving his health insurance at the time of the accident... All works sold from the show will go to help cover his incredible health care costs from having to spend weeks in the hospital receiving reconstructive surgeries.
Besides the beer treats, we'll have donated works by Jeremy Fish, Jay Howell, Mel Kadel, Ferris Plock, and many others. We'll also have tattoo time with the great Henry Lewis which will be raffled off along with many other great surprises.
Henry Gunderson & Eric Shaw
Opening: Friday, Sept 14th (7–10pm)
Preview inquires, email: info(at)ffdg.net
San Francisco, CA -- FFDG is pleased to present San Francisco based Henry Gunderson and Brooklyn based Eric Shaw in the impressive two person show, "Glint" featuring 15 new paintings from the two accomplished artists. This will be Gunderson's third show and Shaw's first centerpiece show with FFDG. An opening reception is scheduled for Friday, Sept 14th (7-10pm). Both artists will be present. Beer and wine will be available.
Eric Shaw and Henry Gunderson are two young artists walking the contentious middle ground between a tried and trusted geometric abstraction and a newly forming breed of representational surrealism. Shaw's work, hopping between abstraction figurative narratives and unabashed op-art patterning, is a refreshing reminder of the fertile and ever-growing common ground between the worlds of independent music and professional art. Gunderson's newest work is a renewed showcase of his ability to embrace painterly two-dimensionality while remaining fully engaged in an image's potential as a window-space to be entered and explored. Both artist's work share an obtuse unearthly charm as a common language, and their work promises to have an energetic and productive conversation in their upcoming exhibition. -Tom Betthauser, 2012
Henry Gunderson (b.1990) is a recent graduate of The San Francisco Art Institute and has shown locally at FFDG, The Luggage Store, White Walls, and 111 Minna and his first curated show “Water McBeer Extravaganza” ran at Ever Gold in 2011. He's also shown works at Nudashank Baltimore, Breeze Block Gallery Portland, Show N Tell Toronto, and Mark Murphy San Diego.
Eric Shaw (b.1983), self taught artist, lives and works in Brooklyn and has shown works at Space 1026 Philadelphia, Park Life San Francisco, Yes Gallery Brooklyn, Pen to Paper Berlin, Double Break San Diego.
One of the lovely things about having an art site that's been around for over 12 years is watching our favorite artists work develop over the years. Take LA based Mark Whalen (Kill Pixie) for example. Check out his incredible recent works for the Melbourne Art Fair posted here, and then check out our interview with him 5 years ago. His work was great then, but damn, loving his development even from his previous show @FFDG not even one year ago. Way to move it forward, Mark... Bravo.
Be sure to click here to see more of Mark's new works.
Eric Yahnker just emailed over a little taste of his show opening tonight, Tuesday, at The Hole in NYC (7-9pm) featuring 3 rooms, 3600 square feet of Yahnker maddness.
There will be MASSIVE drawings (ranging from 6 to 10ft.), plus sculpture & installation. Going to be a fantastic show and if you're in NYC, be sure to get to the opening. ~complete show details & preview.
Eric van Straaten emailed some of his 3D modeling artworks to us, and they're pretty interesting in their subject matter but also in the process of how they're created.
Through 3D printing, with services like i.materialise.com, you can turn your computer generated 3D model into a physical sculpture. You don't need any sophisticated applications either. They have browser apps that can create 3D models. Pretty sweet.
Oh, and we're back from our little time off. Hope your enjoying your labor day off. Maybe a little interneting between BBQs w/ friends.
Derek here, old SF/Philly contributer, anyway I came across this photo project this guy is working on in Philly and thought it was pretty moving/ interesting... here is the link.
I do a bag of dope before I leave my house. If I have money at that point, um, I’ll do like, one or two bags of dope. I get ready, I get a shower, I come out, you know, catch a date, and you know, after I catch a date, well, I go get my drugs and then I catch another date, and then another date, you know. So… It’s kind of, it’s kinda rough out here. You gotta watch the cops 24 hours a day, you know what I mean? You gotta watch what car you get into. You know, I just, you know, I don’t like being out here.
Jeffrey Stockbridge (b.1982) is a photographer based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
San Francisco artist Hugh Leeman along with Bay Area artists David Young and Eddie Colla are preparing for the show "Epilogue" at Hold Up Art Gallery in downtown Los Angeles opening on Saturday, Sept 8th. He emailed over some preview images as they prepare for the show.
"Epilogue" is a fully immersive art installation taking over the entirety of Hold Up Art Gallery in downtown Los Angeles. The Bay Area's most prolific vandals, David Young, Eddie Colla, and Hugh Leeman present a vision of our world, after it's inevitable collapse. An existence stripped of mass media, conspicuous consumption and the trappings of a modern global society. A future reduced to the tasks of survival and memory. This ambitious installation will feature new works created from found objects and home made weapons. "Epilogue" opens Saturday, September 8th at 7p.m. Hold Up Art Gallery is in the heart of downtown Los Angeles , 2 blocks South of The Geffen Contemporary MOCA. 358 E. 2nd St. open tuesday- sunday, 213-221-4585.
D Young V models his newly painted post apocalyptic rifle.
Eddie Colla sets aflame to a fire stencil piece
A trees branches emerge from found objects and telephone cable at the east bay warehouse
Los Angeles based illustrator Anthony Bradford Ciarlo sent us a postcard last week, we checked out his site, liked what we saw, and now wanna share some of his works with you... That is all. Pretty straight forward.
Just thought I would inform you all that I got bored this summer (briefly) with cross hatching my arm off and drew some boobs on a tee-shirt. It is an adaptation from a design I saw my Dad wearing when I was younger.
If anyone would like some boobs on there chest as a tee-shirt let me know and I will note your order. They come in small, medium and large and will be screen printed and sold at £20 a shirt, made by me on high quality tee shirty jazz. -Mr. Mead
Navigating the art world can be pretty confusing and isolating, especially since there are so many directions one can take and an ample amount of bullshit to sift through. In order to combat all of this I started throwing secret Artist Pizza Socials about 6 months ago. The concept is simple. I personally invite my favorite artists, bloggers, and creatives to a discrete location where we have a bunch of free pizza, booze, and gifts waiting for them. We had such a good turn out and response to the events I hosted in Los Angeles at Art is Shit’s Print Shop and ForYourArt’s headquarters that I decided to be bold and ask my favorite spot in the East Bay, The Compound Gallery & Studios, if they'd be interested in doing one too.
Thankfully, they were stoked on the idea and we partnered up with my alma mater, Ex’pression College, as well as Rotten City and Trumer Pils to have enough great pizza, beer, and shwag to kill a moose! On top of all that The Compound created a DIY letterpress print station, where guests could roll off their own commemorative poster. Throughout the evening I act as a greeter, making sure everyone meets each other and that no one simply hangs tightly onto people they already know.
Roughly 70 people showed up to the Oakland social, including (but certainly not limited to) Ken Harman (owner SPOKE ART), Jeremy Brautman (blogger JEREMYRIAD), Brett Amory (artist), Lena & Matt Reynoso (artists), and the team at Monkey Likes Shiny (industrial designers and fabricators). For now, the events will continue to be invite-only, so keep an eye out for a super rad email sometime soon. -Daniel Rolnik
Mexican artist Curiot emailed over some recent mural action in Mexico City. Love the mural and the work on his Flickr page.
I'm Curiot a Mexican visual artist. I just recently painted a 100foot long mural at Centro Cultural Border in Mexico City. The title of the mural is "Pasaje de Gorathma" or "Tale of Gorathma". Gorathma is a mythical character that I created
which represents the spirit of nature in its animal form. In this work he shows us how an innocent and insignificant little
creature (the little dudes running around) can grow to became a plague or a virus devouring everything in its path
unconscious of its imminent self destruction.
Greg Gossel's Weathering the Storm will feature thirteen new large-scale works on paper and canvas. A collection of scraps torn off old billboards and street advertisements in Minneapolis, Chicago and New York is the central component of Gossel's new work. These elements are then layered, painted, torn, stained, and weathered away revealing a new context and composition within each piece. He explores media manipulation and exploitation with a keen skill and polish that celebrates as it simultaneously condemns.
In a vigorous and spontaneous process one layer is pasted on while another is torn away, a constant game of push and pull, collage and subtraction. These actions leave behind a rich textural surface that mirrors the fragmented onslaught of visual media we are all subjected to on a daily basis. The grid structure utilized in each of his mixed media pieces mimic the paneling and repetition of street advertising; an archive of image, color and type fighting for visual dominance. ~read on
The other day we made the Tweet below which automatically posts to our Facebook page and got the following email response below from a reader who shall be named anonymous... After their permission to post, we thought it would make a good Email of the Week.
This day may have been inevitable, but now it's finally here. In its attempt to take over the world - or at least everything that can be bought and sold in the world, Amazon is launching an art gallery.
This summer Amazon is planning to launch a Fine Art Gallery where customers will be able to purchase original artwork offered by a select group of invited galleries via Amazon.com. ~continue reading
A new HBO documentary looks at the work of street artist JR, whose giant portraits force people in troubled areas to confront the humanity that's all around them... On the day JR found out he'd won the $100,000 TED Prize, the French pasteup artist found himself in China being questioned by police for doing his thing on the streets of Shanghai. ~continue reading
Street artist JR HBO documentary premiered yesterday, May 20th
Art lovers, collectors and gallerists will gather on Thursday for Hong Kong's inaugural edition of Art Basel, sealing the city's status as an international art hub and Asia's leading art destination... Hong Kong has surged to third place in the global art auction market behind New York and London and Western galleries are falling over each other to open franchises in the former British colony. ~continue reading
Wowzas, there's a lot of art happenings this weekend, and while you're making the rounds, be sure to stop at SFAI's MFA show Currency opening Friday, May 17th at the beautiful old SF Mint Building (88 5th Street).
SFAI's 2013 MFA graduates—working in painting, photography, printmaking, film, sculpture, installation, digital media, performance, and across media—will present work that embraces the Institute's signature spirit of experimentation and conceptual risk-taking.
Opening reception: Friday, May 17, 7–9 pm & running through Sunday 11-6pm daily. -- complete details
London based Pedro Matos opens the solo show Building Castles Made of Sand this Friday in Los Angeles at the Martha Otero Gallery featuring a new series of oil paintings on canvas and azulejo panels - a traditional Portuguese medium of hand-painted, tin-glazed, ceramic tile work.
San Francisco -- CCA opens their 2013 MFA Thesis Exhibition this Thursday, May 16th at their SF campus. Every year another graduating class produces steller work. One of the best SF art events worth getting to, but be sure to get there early as there's always a long line. ~details
Ryan De La Hoz' show in the Upper Haight at RVCA runs through this Saturday... And the next time you're in the Mission, be sure to swing through his new shop on 14th St, Cool Try... We need to get over there soon and do a little photo feature for ya.
The Book and Job Gallery (San Francisco) really stepped it up with the opening of Daniel Chen's loveBlast on May 4th. Complete with a doorman, piano player, old fashioneds, and some really nice paintings, I could hardly believe I was at the Book and Job. The paintings varied in size, and the show was balanced nicely between them, the spray-can work on the walls, and the smaller drawings displayed throughout. The kind notes Chen wrote on the walls are certain to brighten your day, and the rest of the work is definitely worth a look. It was a very classy evening and I hope they continue to intersperse shows like these into their schedule in the future
FFDG opened up the group show featuring original works by the artists of the world famous Skull & Sword tattoo last Friday here in San Francisco. Thanks to the huge crowd who turned out to support these four incredibly talented artists. Here is a taste of the show, and be sure to swing in to view in person. The show runs through June 8th.
Gary Baseman's retrospective "The Door is Always Open" at the Skirball in LA opened recently to massive crowds in a huge celebratory opening party. The exhibition is so complex and personal, delving into Baseman's background, family history, and all the layers of prolific work that he has done over the years. After the opening festivities winded down, I caught up with Baseman for an interview. We discussed the underlying meaning to some of the components of the show and how it felt for him, coming from such an honest personal perspective in putting this massive show together.
Fertile Menace, a new show of Mark Mulroney's (NY) work opened at Ever Gold on May 4th and it's not one to be missed. It is intelligently hilarious, with jokes riffing off sex, Foucault, and the body, and while it makes you laugh it's also going to make you think.
Our buddies Jay Howell, Andreas Trolf, and Jim Dirschberger are hyped as their show, which they've been working on for like 2 years, premieres on Nickelodeon Saturday. From the trailers we've seen so far and from what Jay has told us about, the show is going to be pretty epic. Congrats to those radical fellas.
Following his solo exhibition "The Collected" at Gallery Wendi Norris, painter Amir H. Fallah is in the throes of developing more new works for upcoming international exhibits. We spent some time in his studio in Highland Park, Los Angeles recently, discussing his process and inspiration.
We were first introduced to the photography of Spanish born NYC based Bubi Canal when he emailed us his great video Trust in Me a couple years ago. His solo show Special Moment recently ran at NYC's Munch Gallery in February, and he recently released his newest video Chrystelle below.
Although I missed the opening of Northern-California photographer Michael Garlington's newest show, Constructed Realities, I was fortunate enough to see the work still up during the Metaphysical fundraiser a couple weeks back at 111 Minna. Metaphysical fundraiser, an auction to benefit Wayne Ernzer. --- The ghoulish photographs in their heavy, hand-made frames are reminiscent of photos from the old west, and the glass crucifixes, complete with fetuses and guns, emphasize the accumulated time within the works themselves. Whether you're looking at the frames, the photos, or both, this show deserves a visit, and a walk through the golden archway Garlington constructed around the front door.
Fecal Face contributor Rachel Ralph (rachel(at)fecalface.com) has been profiling this Oakland based painter as he travels about Japan. In this segment, we feature some photos as he prepared for this show and residency at Spes-LaB in Tokyo which opened last weekend. Arnold will be featured in SFMoMA's Minna Street windows on June 8th.
Last Saturday, here in SF's Mission district, Guerrero Gallery opened two new shows with Philly based Alex Lukas and SF based Richard Colman respectively. Colman's work occupied the project space while Lukas' work and foliage was presented in the main space. Worth getting to if you haven't already.
Just got back to SF after a little trip south to Sayulita, Mexico. After 10 years without a vacation, me and the Mrs. headed south for some mental time off sitting in the sun, swimming and enjoying the watery Mexican beer. Here are some photos as we get back into the swing of things again.
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.
FFDG will open a group show with the artists from the famed Skull & Sword Tattoo on Friday, May 17th (6-9pm). Artists: Grime, Henry Lewis, Yutaro, and Lango. 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.
ARYZ (Spain) opened his newest gallery show at Fifty24SF last Friday and, if you live in the Bay Area, you need to go. This dude can obviously paint, and he doesn't need an entire building to show his impecable skill. The show has lots of small works on paper which contrast his highly-defined line work to his hard-edged painted objects. The contrast between the hard and soft was the most striking thing to me about his work, since I had never seen it in person before, and the washes blend with the thick paint seamlessly. The show also contains a larger work on canvas, a huge head suspended in the back of the room, and a big wood sculpture of a wolf figure. This diversity in such a small space was impressive, and those of us that went to the opening even got to meet the man in person. If you didn't make it out this weekend, check it out before May 31st when it closes and these works will be off to some very happy new homes.
Water McBeer is please to announce its latest exhibition "Precious" a solo exhibition by David Bayus (April 6 - May 4, 2013) -- David Bayus born 1982 holds his BFA from the Savannah College of Art and his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. David lives and works in San Francisco and is a founding member of the basement collective. This will be his first exhibition with the world renown Water McBeer Gallery highlighting his most recent achievements with paint and digital media. David Bayus will be exhibiting 5 relatively large-scale mixed media works along with a collaborative object featuring Hungarian sculptor H.R KOONS.
The Shooting Gallery handed over the reins to the Red Truck Gallery (a New Orleans based gallery) which curated their new show, Hard Time Mini Mall and opened the it on Saturday night. This is my favorite show (so far) in the Shooting Gallery's new space and was packed full of art, a mini bar, and cowhide rugs. The Red Truck Gallery chose works with clear craftsmanship and it was easy to see in Ian Berry's denim assemblages and Chris Roberts-Antieau's awesome quilts. The space was completely packed, making it hard to see each piece individually, but this show deserves a second trip anyway. I look forward to spending more time with the chandeliers, automatons, and paintings before the show comes down on May 4th.
Toronto based photographer Nathan Cyprys emailed to let us know about his newest series "Neighbour State", and we were about to post it when we spotted this series on his site entitled "Ayre (of Distances)" and had to post this one instead. After you view this one, view "Neighbour State" on his site. Both are visually enjoyable.
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.
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