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From The Walls of VAEG
Written by Trippe   
Tuesday, 10 December 2013 09:58

Our buddy Henrik brings us some tasty treats from Copenhagen emailed over this recent show FROM THE WALLS OF VAEG featuring works by Daniel Nygaard-Mortensen (DK), Buenos Aires Franco "Jaz" Fasoli (ARG), Don John (DK), Nicolai Hotoft (DK), and Line Riisager (DK) which is running at Denmark's VEG Gallery.

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This Will Never Work @SOEX
Written by Rachel Ralph   
Monday, 25 November 2013 15:18

SAN FRANCISCO --- Southern Exposure was packed Friday night with the opening of This Will Never Work, this year's edition of their annual juried show of emerging Northern California artists.

The gallery was full of works, but the crowd made it very difficult to look at most of them, and with several works on the floor throughout, it felt like walking on egg shells to avoid both the sculptures and others' toes. It may be my immature taste, but my favorite pieces engaged with humor ranging from an installation of the gallery's own hammer extracting a nail, to an attempt to send a rock to Mars, to pubescent t-shirts made of paper. Maybe this will never work, but I definitely walked out of the gallery with a smile, so it worked for me.

Words & Photos: Rachel Ralph - rachel(at)fecalface.com

Paul Urich, Untitled (Happy Face #9), 2013, Mixed media

Martin Machado, Things Fall Apart, 2013, Ink on paper

Patrick Hillman, 11 Shirts from Puberty, 2013, Pattern paper, marker, glue

Noah Ptolemy, Cost of Living, 2012, Acrylic paint, acrylic ink, and India ink on canvas

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SUBURBAN / Photos by Lloyd Stubber
Written by Trippe   
Thursday, 21 November 2013 11:34

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

Lloyd Stubber is a Melbourne based photographer who launched his latest zine 'ZEAL' last month and just won Monster Children Magazine's black and white photograph of the year 2013.

A little taste of Strange's spraypaint skills above.

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Joshua Meyers @Dolby Chadwick
Written by Rachel Ralph   
Monday, 18 November 2013 11:24

Joshua Meyer
Rustle, Sparkle, Flutter, Float
@Dolby Chadwick
November 6 - December 7, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO --- The Dolby Chadwick Gallery has the painting game on lock. With Joshua Meyer's (b.'74 Cambridge, MA) new show, Rustle, Sparkle, Flutter, Float, the gallery has opened yet another show of really nice paintings.

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.

Words & Photos: Rachel Ralph - rachel(at)fecalface.com

Wingspan, 2013, Oil on canvas, 46 x 120 inches

Once I Was, 2009, Oil on canvas, 30 x 30 inches

Joshua Meyer was born in 1974 in Lubbock, TX. He currently lives and works in Cambridge, MA. He earned his BA from Yale University in 1996 and has since exhibited across the United States, Asia and Europe. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including a prestigious Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant in 2008 and a grant from the San Francisco-based Sustainable Arts Foundation in 2011. This will be Meyer’s third solo exhibition at the Dolby Chadwick Gallery. A catalog will be published on the occasion of the show and available through the Gallery.

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Jeff Depner at NYC's Nancy Margolis
Written by Trippe   
Friday, 15 November 2013 12:33

Vancouver based painter Jeff Depner ('12 interview) is currently showing new paintings in VARIATIONS BLACK NAPKINS at NYC's Nancy Margolis Gallery through Dec 7th. -PHOTOS

The work ebbs and flows between graphic qualities and thick painterly styles with muted but contemporary feeling colors. The constant process of ‘improvised moves' allows some of the work to be based in grid like structures. It allows some of the smaller paintings a chance for inquiry in constructive qualities and aspects of painting, inserting his work into the long history of painting. -our '12 interview

In his abstract acrylic paintings, Vancouver-based Depner explores compositional structure through the relationship between colors. His works’ painted layers create singular, functioning systems of interacting parts, yet juxtapositions permeate—between the architectonic and the organic, the graphic and the painterly, the matte and the opulent.

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ESPO @Joshua Liner, NYC
Written by Adam C.   
Thursday, 14 November 2013 09:23

ICY Signs + Stephen Powers
ICY Signs - Perfection is Standard, Mistakes Cost Extra
October 24 to November 16, 2013
@Joshua Liner, NYC
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. PHOTOS

Over the last decade, Steven Powers has proven his talent, wit and superior work ethic many times over. Beyond getting to study his work up close, it was neat to see the talent of all the other sign painters and collaborators he keeps company with. Had I known John would be posting these shit photos I would have documented their work a bit more properly. Take a minute to visit the gallery's selected work pages to see for yourself. - Adam C.

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Julian Lethbridge & Chuck Close @John Berggruen
Written by Rachel Ralph   
Tuesday, 12 November 2013 10:44

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.

Chuck Close's show has works on paper that Close made in the last forty years, spanning his long and illustrious career. Because of the opening downstairs, I got to be alone with Close's works and really engage with them. However, I would guess that you too could spend some alone time with these wonderful paintings and drawings, a great escape if you're downtown doing any holiday shopping. The serenity of the gallery might just help you get through the holidays without killing any other shoppers, so go ahead and stop by.

For random additional reading, read about the time that painter Lethbridge and his girlfriend, millionaire Anne Bass, were held captive and injected with mystery liquid by fired employee in ransom bid HERE

Words & Photos: Rachel Ralph - rachel(at)fecalface.com

Julian Lethbridge

Julian Lethbridge

Chuck Close

Chuck Close, Self Portrait/Maquette, 1977, Gelatin silver print with graphite, ink, and tape mounted on foamcore, 20" x 16"

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Michael Johansson @Galleri Andersson/Sandstrom in Stockholm
Written by Henrik Haven   
Wednesday, 30 October 2013 09:28

STOCKHOLM --- Photos of Michael Johansson's stunning solo show 'Shades and Variables', which was on display recently at Galleri Andersson/Sandstrom in Stockholm. I really r e a l l y like this exhibition and according to Michael Johansson, it includes some of his most significant works this year! -words & photos: Henrik Haven

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Jack Pearce @Atomica Gallery (+London)
Written by Van Edwards   
Tuesday, 29 October 2013 14:47

Jack Pearce's Bromance series is being shown now through Nov 1st at London's Atomica Gallery in SOHO. Looks good.

JACK PEARCE: 'BROMANCE'
3RD OCTOBER - 1ST NOVEMBER 2013
ATOMICA GALLERY SOHO POP-UP, 75 BERWICK STREET, LONDON, W1F 8TG

Atomica Gallery Presents: Bromance, the first solo exhibition from British artist and illustrator Jack Pearce.

Combining themes from both native and contemporary popular culture, Jack interprets traditional ideas of brotherhood within a modern context. Bromance depicts ‘dudes having a good time’. His exploration of male relationships and rituals revolves around playful characters hanging out, skateboarding and drinking beers.

Bromance will comprise of a series of Jack’s signature A1 sized compositions alongside other work showcasing his unique tribal-influenced style. 


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Casey Gray & Reka @White Walls
Written by Rachel Ralph   
Wednesday, 23 October 2013 08:10

Casey Gray & Reka
@White Walls
886 Geary St., San Francisco
What better way to embrace this hot indian summer (last week) than with a tropical-themed art show? Local artist Casey Gray has done just that with his newest show at White Walls, which opened last Saturday night. A good-sized crowd had gathered by the time I got there to see Gray's still lives mixed with his spray painted stencil work that has just a little more depth and contour. He also extended the strung flags from a painting to the actual ceiling of the gallery, creating a fun and upbeat atmosphere, emphasized by the bright paintings of vacation. (PHOTOS)

The mood was brought back into the night in the project space gallery which housed 3 AM Femmes by Berlin-based artist Reka. The walls completely black, with scattered items giving the feeling of bar's bathroom at about 3 AM, perfectly fitting for the show. The works on scrap metal are created through his observations of women who are out at night when he is looking for materials and carry the allure of the search and these chance encounters. Balancing the color and positivity of Gray's show up front, Reka creates a dark space with just a little bit of discomfort and I wonder if anyone has called the phone number left on the mirror...

Words & Photos: Rachel Ralph - rachel(at)fecalface.com

Casey Gray, Coastal Caboose, Acrylic spray paint on panel, 15"x15"

Casey Gray, Between Wind and Water, Acrylic spray paint on panel, 36"x48"

Reka

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Joram Roukes @Gallery B15 ~Copenhagen
Written by Trippe   
Monday, 21 October 2013 08:38

COPENHAGEN --- Netherlands based 30 yr. old painter Joram Roukes' currently is showing a body of new paintings Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness at Copenhagen's Gallery B15 through Nov 8th, and they are bananas.

It's wonderful to see an artist skillfully pick up the perfect aspects in contemporary works and tastfully create something his own. One of the best shows we've seen this year. Great work. (Photos: Henrik Haven)

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Banksy's Mobile Lovers
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 10:47

Speaking of Banksy (wait, were we speaking of Banksy?)... In any case, love his newest creation "Mobile Lovers" located in Bristol, England.

I love you, dear.... Huh? Wut?

 

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Jeremy Fish Opening a Solo Show in August at FFDG
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 09:33

Met up with Jeremy Fish last night to catch up and discuss his upcoming solo show opening this August at San Francisco's FFDG. Don't want to give too much away, but the guy is very busy these days. You know the giant pink bronze statue will be built and installed at the corner of Haight and Laguna welcoming those to the Haight (check) in 2015? Going to be incredible.

Check photos from his last San Francisco solo show in 2012, and mark your calendar for August as his next solo show opens at FFDG.

Beering with Fish at his favorite watering hole, Zeitgeist

 

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Statue Of A Homeless Jesus Startles A Wealthy Community
Monday, 14 April 2014 10:20

Sculpture of Jesus as homeless and sleeping on a park bench is "freaking out" the neighbors of this wealthy NC suburb. The sculptor, who has an affinity for street art, created it to remind us that "We believe that that's the kind of life Jesus had," Buck says. "He was, in essence, a homeless person." ~READ ON

 

Art or Vandalism? See the World’s First Graffiti Drone
Saturday, 12 April 2014 10:30

I attached a cradle with a spray paint can and other hardware to the drone. I created a series of paintings that are larger, about maybe 3 feet by 3 feet all the way up to 25 feet by 15 feet … And basically, I achieved the perfect air pressure, the perfect weight of the paint and the perfect materials so that the drone didn’t freak out when I attached these mechanisms to it, Katsu said. --continue reading

Think how high those throw ups can be now.

 

OB Shirt by Tucker Nichols
Thursday, 10 April 2014 11:01

Tucker Nichols emailed over this new OB shirt he did for our friends at Park Life which can purchased here for $28.

Speaking of Ocean Beach, if you know, you know, but if you don't... it's not what the average american thinks of when thinking of a California Beach (missing 14 yr. old yesterday). Can't believe we used to drunk naked swim at 3am in the dead if winter... being surfers probably helped us not dying.

 

Open House Sunday - Headland Center for the Arts
Friday, 11 April 2014 16:12

Have you been to the Headland Center for the Arts in the Marin Headlands?

Located in the beautiful ocean-side Golden Gate National Recreation Area, the Headlands artists programs support artists of all disciplines—from visual artists to performers, musicians, writers, and videographers—and provide opportunities for independent and collaborative creative work.

This Sunday's Open House runs 12-5pm - FREE & DETAILS

 

Is It Curtains For San Francisco's Art Scene?
Tuesday, 08 April 2014 09:35

We all know that San Francisco is going through aches and (growing?)/ shrinking artist pains these days as San Francisco property values sky rocket due to the tech infestation going on around the entire Bay Area. Maybe you work in tech and love it, but since this is an art website, we're interested to how this is affecting artists trying to make ends meet.

Some galleries have been forced to close due to 300% rent hikes. Many artists have fled to Oakland, LA and NYC in search of affordable housing and a more vibrant art scene... But we wanna know what you think of how it's going here in San Francisco. How are you making it work? What's your take on the art scene or lack there of? Do you think things are on the up and up or down and out here in San Francisco? Are artists a bunch of complainers and every thing looks great or is it curtains for San Francisco's artistic community? Thoughts

The Rena Bransten Gallery is packing up their 77 Geary space to make way for tech company MuleSoft

 

Nikki McClure at Needles & Pens, Friday 4/11
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 09:42

SAN FRANCISCO --- Nikki McClure, known for her painstakingly intricate and beautiful paper cuts, returns to Needles & Pens with an opening reception this Friday, April 11th - She'll be showing original papercuts for the book, "May the Stars Drip Down" - show details

This approach was born and bred out of the Olympia, Washington independent music scene. There, local artists emphasized everything handmade and self-published. The idea was to do a lot with a little. The result was a rich community sharing artistry and ideas. McClure found herself deeply embedded in this community which shaped an ethic of hands-on and accessible artmaking. - show details

 

Richard Colman Mural on 12th
Monday, 07 April 2014 09:14

SF --- on the corner of 12th and Folsom is this Richard Colman mural... Speaking of Colman, check this wonderful show from him in 2010.

 

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FRENCH in Melbourne

London based illustrator FRENCH recently held a show of new works at the Melbourne based Mild Manners


Henry Gunderson at Ever Gold, SF

Ever Gold opened a new solo show by NYC based Henry Gunderson a couple Saturday nights ago and it was literally packed. So packed I couldn't actually see most of the art - but a big crowd doesn't seem like a problem. I got a good laugh at what I would call the 'cock climbing wall' as it was one of the few pieces I could see over the crowd. I haven't gotten a chance to go back and check it all out again, but I'm definitely going to as the paintings that I could get a peek at were really high quality and intruiguing. You should do the same.


Mario Wagner @Hashimoto

Mario Wagner (Berkeley) opened his new solo show A Glow that Transfers Creativity last Saturday night at Hashimoto Contemporary in San Francisco.


Serge Gay Jr. @Spoke Art

The paintings in the show are each influenced by a musician, ranging from Freddy Mercury, to Madonna, to A Tribe Called Quest and they are so stylistically consistent with each musician's persona that they read as a cohesive body of work with incredible variation. If you told me they were each painted by a different person, I would not hesitate to believe you and it's really great to see a solo show with so much variety. The show is fun, poppy, very well done, and absolutely worth a look and maybe even a listen.


NYCHOS Mural on Ashbury and Haight

NYCHOS completed this great new mural on the corner of Haight and Ashbury in San Francisco on Tuesday. Looks Amazing.


Sun Milk in Vienna

With rising rent in SF and knowing mostly other young artists without capitol, I desired a way to live rent free, have a space to do my craft, and get to see more of the world. Inspired by the many historical artists who have longed similar longings I discovered the beauty of artist residencies. Lilo runs Adhoc Collective in Vienna which not only has a fully equipped artists creative studio, but an indoor halfpipe, and private artist quarters. It was like a modern day castle or skate cathedral. It exists in almost a utopic state, totally free to those that apply and come with a real passion for both art and skateboarding


"How To Lose Yourself Completely" by Bryan Schnelle

I just wanted to share with you a piece I recently finished which took me 4 years to complete. Titled "How To Lose Yourself Completely (The September Issue)", it consists of a copy of the September 2007 issue of Vogue magazine (the issue they made the documentary about) with all faces masked with a sharpie, and everything else entirely whited out. 840 pages of fun. -Bryan Schnelle


Tyler Bewley ~ Recent Works

Some great work from San Francisco based Tyler Bewley.


Kirk Maxson and Alexis Mackenzie at Eleanor Harwood Gallery

While walking our way across San Francisco on Saturday we swung through the opening receptions for Kirk Maxson and Alexis Mackenzie at Eleanor Harwood Gallery in the Mission.


Jeremy Fish Solo Show in Los Angeles

Jeremy Fish opens Hunting Trophies tonight, Saturday April 5th, at the Los Angeles based Mark Moore Gallery. The show features new work from Fish inside the "hunting lodge" where viewers climb inside the head of the hunter and explore the history of all the animals he's killed.


The Albatross and the Shipping Container

Beautiful piece entitled "The Albatross and the Shipping Container", Ink on Paper, Mounted to Panel, 47" Diameter, by San Francisco based Martin Machado now on display at FFDG. Stop in Saturday (1-6pm) to view the group show "Salt the Skies" now running through April 19th. 2277 Mission St. at 19th.


The Marsh Barge - Traveling the Mississippi River from Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico

For some reason I thought it would be a good idea to quit my job, move out of my house, leave everything and travel again. So on August 21, 2013 I pushed a canoe packed full of gear into the headwaters of the Mississippi River in Lake Itasca, Minnesota, along with four of my best friends. Exactly 100 days later, I arrived at a marina near the Gulf of Mexico in a sailboat.


Flavio Samelo's Downtown Sao Paulo Murals

Our buddy Flavio Samelo down there in Brazil does all kinds of great work including this recent mural project in downtown Sao Paulo in front of one of the most important modern buildings of Oscar Niemeyer from the 60's, THE COPAN.


John Trippe, FFDG and Fecalface.com Founder, Stepping Down From Daily Operations

John Trippe, founder, owner and curator of FecalFace.com and the Mission District art gallery FFDG, announced today that he will stepping down from daily operations of the two ventures to seek new career opportunities.


High 5s - Get Your Feet Wet

I purchased one of the first digital cameras when Fecal Face went online in 2000. It was a massive Kodak with 2 mega pixels


"Touching Base" by Schuyler Beecroft

San Francisco based Schuyler Beecroft emailed over the great new series of paintings he's completed entitled "Touching Base", 16x20in on mounted wood panel. Like them.


Flume - Space Cadet (ft. Ghostface Killah & Autre Ne Veut)

Buddies Jay Howell & Jim Dirschberger did this great video produced by Forest City Rockers.


Fire Shelter for Papay Gyro Nights 2014

Last year we posted photos from another one of Simon Hjermind Jensen's Fire Shelters he's made in Copenhagen. This time around the Copenhagen based artist/ designer created one for the Papay Gyro Nights 2014 way up in on the Orkney Islands in Northern Scotland.


"Portrait of a Slugger 19" by Hiro Kurata

Beautiful painting by NYC based Hiro Kurata now on display at SF's FFDG through April 19th as part of the group show "Salt the Skies".


"Veins of Octulen" by Curiot at FFDG

"Salt the Skies" opened on the 21st at FFDG and features this great piece by Mexico City based Curiot (Favio Martinez) whose sold out 2013 show Age of Omuktlans ran at FFDG. His forthcoming solo show is slated for March 2015.


Rome's Alice Pasquini ~Mural+

Rome based multimedia artist Alice Pasquini emailed over a recent mural completed in the historic working class neighborhood of Rome called Tufello.


Project M/3 in Berlin curated by NUART

BERLIN --- Project M is a temporary art project with the objective to improve the neighborhood, to push creativity and to connect people. At regular intervals Urban Nation with director Yasha Young invites a group of internationally reclaimed contemporary urban artists to re-design the facade and shop windows of a prominent residential building in Berlin, while it is being reconstructed.


John French with Hasselblad by Lola Dupre

"John French with Hasselblad", photo collage/ hand cut paper on wooden panel, by Lola Dupre which will be part of tomorrow's opening of "Salt the Skies" at FFDG in San Francisco. 2277 Mission St. (6-9pm) - RSVP here.


"Salt the Skies" at FFDG Opening Fri, Mar 21st

FFDG's spring show "Salt the Skies" is set to open on Friday, March 21st (6-9pm) -- Featuring works by Brett Amory, John Felix Arnold, Mario Ayala, Jud Bergeron, Curiot (Favio Martinez), Christopher Burch, Lola Dupre, Michelle Fleck, Matt Gonzalez, Hiro Kurata, Marty Machado, Mark Mulroney, and Nicomi Nix Turner


Brian Barneclo's 225' Food Chain Mural

San Francisco based Brian Barneclo was commissioned in 2006 to paint a HUGE mural on the side of Foods Co on Shotwell at 14th Streets. After some time on its own, it got pretty taxed by misc graffiti and pigeon shit.


A short documentary following the late artist, Shawn Whisenant

Shawn Whisenant is a born and raised San Francisco Bay Area artist whose art can be found lurking in the streets or galleries and museums across the USA, Australia, and Europe. He has been working on the streets of the Bay Area since the mid 1990's, where his images continue to endure on walls, mailboxes, and other surfaces around the city. He enjoys making books and stickers, taking photos, painting signs, and moving about in the citys shadows. In the streets and galleries, his work has seen many different forms. From rare-hand crafted books, to skateboard films and a signature pair of Osiris shoes, his creating doesnt end with painting. RIP Shawn Whisenant.


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