A few weeks ago, while walking by the Church and Doubce Muni stop, we noticed someone (a homeless/ street person?) had set out some discarded chairs facing the Muni stop and didn't think much of it other than what a bummer it is that San Francisco has so much street trash and mattresses thrown about the city's sidewalks.
It wasn't till the next morning, while checking the Haighteration post, that we realized that the chairs aren't trash- the city paid artist Primitivo Suarez-Wolfe to create these bronze covered mismatched chairs that sit awkwardly in their new environment.
Like the new Church and Doubce Muni stop public installation?
Our friend and talented San Francisco based sculptor Jud Bergeron is now in NYC and then down to Miami for the fair madness. Here is his second blog as he makes his way through the chaos.
Jean-Pierre Roy is an amazing painter who currently has a show up at Michael Moore Gallery in LA. His large scale apocalyptic paintings include sci-fi overtones while maintaining subtle painterly qualities. He has inserted himself as a giant in his epic new work that gives the viewer a psychedelic sense of scale while humanizing the works simultaneously.
Next we headed over to Eric White's studio. Eric and I have been friends for going on 20 years and I have always admired his endless skill and technique. Eric is currently working on 2 shows, a two man show with Daniel Davidson in Copenhagen and a solo show for next year at Martha Otero Gallery in LA. Eric describes his work as based in surrealism coupled with hyper realism existing in parallel universes.
XARA THUSTRA - BOOK RELEASE/ART SHOW <-- Both an activist and artist, Thustra has been pushing the envelope socially and artistically for 15 plus years in San Francisco. Xara's ever evolving creative medium has been graffiti, screen printed posters. calendars, murals, paintings, video, music, performance and protest. Socially, Xara has been responsible for anti-war actions, gay activism, feeding the hungry, anti-capitalist actions, squats like 949 Market, and so much more ~show details
Be sure to get your Free Fridayz drawings in by Friday, because we WILL have a new round of Free Fridayz going up. This week's theme: TOURISTS. If you don't know what we're talking about, check here and learn about our weekly drawing contest.
Email your submissions to freefridayz(at)fecalface.com
Austin England via Los Angeles got his wonderful "Tourists" drawing in time for this week's Free Fridayz
SOUTHERN EXPOSURE AWARDS $65,000 TO BAY AREA VISUAL ARTS GROUPS IN ROUND 6 OF ALTERNATIVE EXPOSURE GRANT PROGRAM <-- Southern Exposure is proud to announce grants totaling $65,000 to 16 groups in Round 6 of its Alternative Exposure grant program. Alternative Exposure recognizes and supports the independent and self-organized work of artists and small groups that plays a critical and significant role in the San Francisco Bay Area arts community. Alternative Exposure is made possible with major leadership support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts with additional support by Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund. ~read
Thanks also to INDIO for providing the tasty suds and to 4 Seasons Rolls for the amazing Vietnamese spring rolls & iced coffees (holy shit were they strong. Was up to 2:30am last night)... We'll get some photos up on Monday.
Remember the 14th st "hipster mini mall"... well, here's a mini mall, no doubt.
Andrew Scott off Needles and Pens sets up their table before the evening began.
He wrote, Maybe the funniest, weirdest, darkest thing I've seen in a long time. This guy was on the shoulder of the road on the way to our location near Santa Clarita outside LA. A road kill racoon balloon. Amazing.
Our friend and talented San Francisco based sculptor, Jud Bergeron, is off to NYC and then down to Miami for the fair madness and will be coming back to San Francisco blogging up his travels for Fecal Face.
Anyone have suggestions, must sees, party invites, etc. for Miami in particular? He's only there Thurs-Sat night and he wants to see as much as possible. Let us know: contact(at)fecalface.com
Help sculptor Jud Bergeron find his way in Miami for his forthcoming Fecal Face blog.
If you've never seen it or haven't in awhile, add the film Grave of the Fireflies to your rental queue. This heartfelt Japanese animated classic tells a stark tale of two young children who lose their parents towards the end of World War 2... We love it, and for more info listen to this guy... and again, we recommend you watch any Japanese animated film in Japanese with English subtitles.
What are some of your favorite Japanese animated films? Let's post some up in the comments:
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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