Special Musical performance by the Wax Idols. Miss Mariah is making some tonic No.3 to be served, and there's a good chance that there will have a balloon dog artist there (Koons V. Park Life) ~more details
Park Life is proud to present Bitches Brew, our first show of 2011.
This show features five artists from the Bay Area. Although there is a
slight connection with figuration, each artist uses that launch point
to create wholly different work. Pieces vary from figurative drawings,
illustrative paintings, comic renderings, and mix media abstractions.
Bitches Brew serves as a bookend to 2010's Bro Palace that featured
works by several male artists from the Bay Area's art community.
We're not totally sure of what to expect at the opening of Luggage Store's 2 person film and video show CUSP, opening Friday (7-9pm), but that's what what's great about The Luggage Store. For over 20 years the Luggage Store has been bringing thought provoking and powerful shows, and here's another not to be missed.
Through means that are purely visual CUSP, a two-person exhibition and multi-screen installation, explores the relationships between the works of Everson and Owusu who initially came into contact with each other as teacher and student. CUSP reveals the correspondences between projected moving images which exist on the cusp between reality and fiction and the displacement between America and Africa.
Our old friend and talented SF based artist, Maria Forde, will be showing a series of drawings inspired by the Guinness Book of World Records @The Curiosity Shop at 855 Valencia (bet 19th & 20th) here in SF w/ a reception scheduled for Friday evening 6-9pm. She'll also have a new print for sale. ~details
Photographer Miguel Farias helped us redo our hardwood floors @FFDG when we opened like 3 years ago. We haven't seen Miguel in some time, but are happy to hear that he's showing some of his photos in San Rafael w/ a reception this Friday.
At the Inauguration of President Barack Obama in January 2009, he declared Martin Luther King Jr. Day a national day of service. The President is urging US citizens to join or start a service event every year to honor Dr. King's legacy and the spirit of coming together to make a difference in our communities.
This Monday join Fecal Face at AAACC @762 Fulton Street @8am. Breakfast will be served and then the AAACC will dispatch hundreds of volunteers throughout the City for various volunteer opportunities, including Department of Public Works city clean up and garden repair at AAACC. Other volunteer opportunities include tree-planting, food pantry/kitchen, painting, reading for seniors, and cleaning up our parks. ~COMPLETE DETAILS
With the California Lawyers for the Arts (CLA) Sunday, February 6, 2011 @Southern Exposure here in SF.
Don't miss this half-day seminar on the essentials of income tax for individual artists of all disciplines. Learn how artists and artists groups can efficiently track income and expense throughout the year and how to correctly file their taxes. Topics will include record keeping, form 1040, Schedule C, and self-employment schedule, deductions, hobby losses, home offices and more. The tax workbook, "The Art of Deduction," is included with the admission fee.
To register: Go to the events section of the CLA website here
Sunday, February 6, 2011 (1:00 - 5:00 pm) - Location: Southern Exposure, 3030 20th Street (@ Alabama), San Francisco ||| Admission: $30 for CLA or SoEx members/ $40 for non-members/ $20 students/seniors. ~Registration required
For you NYC peoples, Max Fish will stay open for another year after the landlord raised the rent as the neighborhood fancy-fies... We enjoyed quite a few drinks there many years back. That neighborhood has gotten way silly though. It's like the Gas Light dist in San Diego... In any case, Max Fish is a good jam. Here's to another year (pretend drink raised in the air).
We normally don't link up mainstream TV shows, but damn, the show is great and most importantly our friend Jay Howell did the character development. If you've yet to watch it, do. It's a funny 20 or so minutes.
San Francisco gallery Park Life received a present from superstar artist Jeff Koons this Christmas: a cease-and-desist letter. The missive from Koons's lawyers ordered the space's art shop to stop selling and advertising a set of balloon-dog-themed bookends sold there, claiming that they violated the intellectual property of the artist's iconic sculpture "Balloon Dog". -continue reading
Thanks to everyone who came out to FFDG last Friday for Paul Urich's opening of Take Me Back to Paradise. We'll be adding pics and work online tomorrow. Also, checked out a few other openings this weekend around SF, but was so damn fried, we didn't get too many pictures. We'll be going back to certain galleries to get a few photos and will post up later in the week... Happy Monday.
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
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.
Our buddy Henrik Haven, who brings us some goodies from his native Copenhagen, has been shooting some of his city's graffiti and street art. Last week we brought you part one of his camera's explorations.
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