THAT WAS THEN, THIS IS NOW @111 Minna Gallery --> Collaborative show between LA graffiti writer RISK and illustrator Nathan Ota - In a career spanning 28 years, RISK has impacted the evolution of graffiti as an art form worldwide. Risk is one of the most prolific graffiti artists to date. Los Angeles based, RISK gained major notoriety for his unique style and pushed the limits of graffiti further than any writer in L.A. had before. 111 Minna St @2nd 5pm-late
Illustrator Nathan Ota and LA based graffiti writer RISK
Tahiti Pehrson @Ever Gold --> For his new body of work and first solo exhibition at Ever Gold Gallery, Tahiti Pehrson will be presenting layered monochromatic three-dimensional paper pieces that play off of shadows and light, creating dramatic scenes. Pehrson shows his edge a seasoned veteran in an increasingly popular medium by producing works of staggering detail. 441 O'Farrell St. 6-10pm
The Quiet Life has a whole bunch of new goodies online for this summer 2011. All kinds of T-shirts, jackets, hoods, button ups, denim, hats and accessories. The new collection includes designs by Cody Hudson, Evan Hecox, Curtis Buchanan and more ~check thems on outs: thequietlife.com
Digging on their 5 PANEL CAMPER HAT -
If you don't already know, FecalFace.com is a really cool website. It's a great site if you like street art, cool phototography, "low brow" art, pop surrealism, graffiti, etc. They also have a hot art gallery: FFDG. ~continue reading
Like the majority of Emmmmmericans, we'll be taking a couple days off to enjoy the sun fun and get worked up about the 4th. Eat food, drink some booze, and enjoy some time with friends and family... NOTE: don't throw M80s at people.
This is my 4th of July video, hope you enjoy it! I shot this using the 808 #11 camera, with one shot using the #3 camera.
BBQ style w/ Wings Wings on Haight in the Lower Haight. Do try the Wings Wings sauce. Damn tasty buggers.
Shawn Barber's show Youth of Today opens Friday, July 8th @FFDG (7-10pm). and we're taking limited number of emails to be added to the preview list going live on Wed., July 6th. To inquire, email: info(at)ffdg.net
Creativity Explored is a nonprofit visual arts center where artists with developmental disabilities create, exhibit, and sell art. We love the place and the work they display is always unique and interesting. Their opening receptions are a good stop for your evening. Maybe before, get a slice at Deja Vu. Mmmmmmmm
The one of a kind arts residency program at Recology (SF's garbage dump) is accepting applications for the 2012 program year (complete details/ info below).
Each artist accepted gets a studio at Recology for a month and allowed complete access to all the garbage that's dumped there. You create your art from what you find with a reception at the end of the month. To get a flavor, check Ferris Plock's blog from his residency.
Video from the last opening at Recology we checked out a few months back.
The goal of the Artist-in-Residence Program is to use art to inspire people to recycle more and conserve our natural resources. We provide local artists with the opportunity to create art using materials they gather from San Francisco's refuse. This includes 24-hour access to a well-equipped 2,000 sq. ft. art studio, a monthly stipend and an exhibit at the end of each residency. Note: Only local professional artists who reside in the Bay Area (1 hour’s drive) may apply.
Prior to applying, artists must take a tour of the recycling facilities, art studio, and sculpture garden by joining one of our monthly tours for the general public. The tours are held on the third Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. To reserve a spot and get important information, please call Micah Gibson at 415-330-1414. Applications are available at www.recology.com/AIR
Sketch Tuesdays tonight at 111 Minna with another solid lineup of artists. You know the drill. The artists create works while you walk around drinking beers watching them create their works (looks like this). The artists then post the work up for sale. A great way to get solid artwork for lazy prizes. It's a win win and a fun thing to do on a Tuesday evening. 6-10pm ~FREE. -map
This Tuesday (6-8pm) and Thursday (6-8pm), some of the guys from New Bohemia Signs will be doing a live "free" demonstration open to the public at Guerrero Gallery in the Mission. On Tuesday, you will be able to walk away with some signs painted by Jeff, Ken and Candice. Thursday, Owner Damon Styer, will be demonstrating the trade secrets of water gilding.
In the random department: Check this nasty little thing that surprised my wife last night after opening up a BBQ oyster. After some interneting, we found that they're oyster crabs and are pretty rare and in fact a delicacy... We threw ours away. Nasty lil' bugger.
We're giving everyone another week to get their Free Fridayz drawings in for the theme: Poo's on First - What's this all about? Poo's on First is Fecal Face's softball team name and we're asking you to come up with our tee shirt design. This week's winner will get their design printed on our team shirts and will get a few shirts as their prize.
Cartier Saucier from Mission Hills, CA already got their submission in and it rules.
Get your drawing in by Friday, July 1st. Email them to: freefridayz (at) fecalface.com --> Need some inspiration? Who the hell is Poo? Here ya go.
We are very sad to learn that skateboarding icon Eric Swenson was the one who ended his life in front of the Mission police station Monday morning. Eric was one of the people responsible for the creation of Thrasher Magazine, Independent trucks, and Spitfire wheels to name just a few brands.
While working at Thrasher Magazine I never had the chance to speak with Eric in person, but highly respected him for helping to create the industry we all so dearly loved and love today. In a time when other businesses ran from skateboarding, Eric stuck it out doing what he loved most and giving back along the way. Sincere condolences to his family and friends.
Eric Swenson, Craig Stecyk, & Fausto Vitello, at the Independent foundry in San Francisco, CA, 1983. Photo by MoFo ~via Thrasher Magazine
San Francisco will be getting a more street oriented skate park on the closed-off one-block stretch of Waller Street beginning next month. The city will install "pieces of granite and concrete barriers" for a 6 month trial period. If all goes well, the city will then search out the funds to build out a permanent one. Watch out though as there is a "well organized" group of NIMBYs (Friends of the Haight) who fear that the park "will be a magnet for graffiti vandals and drug dealers"... Really? Just like baseball fields, basketball and tennis courts are?! Give me a fucking break.
Some redbull contest a couple years back held where the new skatepark will be located.
By the way, skateboarding is now the third largest sport for children between the ages of 6 – 18. It is more popular than basketball and baseball for children in that age group. Is this what people want? To deny their children a safe place to have fun and exercise? When children get bored is when the trouble begins. Hopefully the 6 month trial goes well.
We really like a comment left on SFGate by Bill Choisser --> Parks are for recreation (aren't those two words in the name of the agency running them?) and skating is what today's kids do. The park in some ways is stuck in the 1890s, when it was built. How many kids today really want to ride horses and play with model boats? I don't see many kids riding by my house on horses... Golden Gate Park was a park before any of the whiners in the neighborhood moved there. Hell, it was a park before any of them were born. They probably chose to live near the park because they like to look at all the lovely flowers, but not everybody's idea of recreation is to look at flowers.
People associate sailing with Thurston Howell, think it's incredible expensive and only for the rich, but we think this ad does a job well done with why sailing is amazing and worth every little penny it costs.
Hi everyone, I have a new 18 x 24" screen print available now through BLK/MRKT called Tequila Carousel, 5/c edition of 100. It's based off the original painting I did this year of the same name. I hope you enjoy it. -DAVE KINSEY
We did a studio visit with San Francisco artist Martin Machado yesterday which we'll be getting up shortly, but while we're thinking of Martin, have you checked out the blog he did with us last year where he sailed 1000 miles into the Pacific from Mexico to the remote tiny wild Clipperton Atoll? It is for sure one of the most interesting journeys on the site and worthy a read.
Marty in his studio standing next to a piece which will be shown at FFDG this January
Sea turtle 800 miles out into the Pacific from The Clipperton Project journey
PHILLY --- Tod Seelie has been living in and photographing NYC since 1997. He recently published a book of photographs, BRIGHT NIGHTS: Photographs of Another New York. To celebrate, Tod is taking it on the road around the US. He will be presenting his work, talking about his process, and telling stories of what he's been up to over the last decade and half. It will be followed by a Q&A and book signing.
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
Last week, Adeline Jeudy owner and curator of Galerie LJ, welcomed myself and a camera to interview Caledonia Curry that everybody knows as Swoon, while she was working setting up her latest solo show "Motherlands".
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.
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