Tag: design

Mario Wagner @Hashimoto
    Monday, 14 April 2014 /// Written by Trippe

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

The crowd was mellow, which was very fitting for the simple, modest paintings and subtle collages (which were really hard to photograph). The simplicity of Wagner's paintings really shines as it allows for the forms to create intriguing images out of what seem like amorphous blobs of color. Within this small show he was able to create sculptures, paintings, collages and even a scarf and it allowed viewers to see the diversity of his media and the consistency of his style. Hopefully, the fluorescent tubes in the front really do glow with a transfer of creativity, and pass some of this beautiful ease to those who walk by.

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



Contexte to Hang Your Prints/ Art
    Thursday, 13 February 2014 /// Written by Trippe

French Industrial designer Jose Cabrita has created a sleek and interesting way to display artwork/ prints in your home with being able to quickly and easily switch out what you'd want to display. CONTEXTE uses magnets with a cork interior to not damage whatever it is you're hanging.

A little pricey at 150 Euros, but we still want one.



Mark Whalen Tonight in Singapore & LA
    Thursday, 12 December 2013 /// Written by Trippe

SINGAPORE --- Mark Whalen opens a solo show in Singapore tonight, Dec 11th at Future Perfect that runs through the weekend. If you're not in Singapore (not sure how many of our readers are) then enjoy his newest works online here.

LOS ANGELES -- Oh, and if you're in Los Angeles, Mark Whalen will also be opening Vessel at The Box and Lobby at The Standard, Hollywood Thursday, December 12 7pm.

As an extension of his painting practice, Mark Whalen takes his cue from these traditions to present a series of pictorial ceramic vessels for a site-specific installation at The Standard, Hollywood.



'Skew' - video
    Wednesday, 04 December 2013 /// Written by Trippe

Brilliant. Watch the top video and then the one below second.

'Skew' turns the idea of skeuomorphism on it's head: we re-made some well known skeuomorphic interface designs in the materials and objects they were trying to imitate; as well as subtly commenting on the mundane cycle of the digital day-to-day.

A film by Carrie Bale, Doug Hindson and Jooyoung Ryu

The making of below...


Future Farmers at Gallery 16 (+photos)
    Friday, 22 November 2013 /// Written by Trippe

SAN FRANCISCO --- The Bay Area art collective Futurefarmers are showcasing a sampling of their works and sculptures from their 20 year history in the show "Taking Stock" at Gallery 16 (running through Dec 31st) --- Pieces displayed are in their "exploded view" with works pulled apart.

Futurefarmers is an international artist collective practicing a form of cultural activism that exploits the interactive potential offered by new media and public spaces. Aligned around an "open practice of making work that is relevant to the time and space surrounding us," they create work that explores a variety of social and environmental issues.


The fact that many Futurefarmers come from a background in commercial design and advertising might explain why they feel the need to make their art an enjoyable experience. They are conscious of the fact that "playing around" offers up a way to let down ones guard when dealing with serious issues.

Lunchbox lab

Victory gardens trike



"SHATTER" by Clark Goolsby
    Tuesday, 19 November 2013 /// Written by Trippe

DALLAS, TX --- Our buddy and SF based collage artist Alexis Mackenzie turned us onto the work of NYC based Clark Goolsby whose show SHATTER opens Saturday at Dallas's Circuit12 Contemporary.

Goolsby's paintings are collage but the elements for the collages he creates himself/ not found... Random fact about Goolsby is that he was a former NCAA basketball player. Bad at Sports? Not this time. --- PREVIEW



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

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.



Hive & Nine Eyes by Nick Thomm
    Thursday, 14 November 2013 /// Written by Trippe

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.



Jonathan Zawada opens PWND @The Popular Workshop
    Wednesday, 06 November 2013 /// Written by Trippe

SAN FRANCISCO --- Australian artist/ designer Jonathan Zawada opens PWND @The Popular Workshop (1173 Sutter St) this Friday, Oct 8th (6-10pm) featuring inkjet prints, sculpture, video, and interactive works that...

draw upon the visual language of skinning, camouflage and obfuscation to connect the visceral humanist effects that ripple outward from the mixture of masculine teenage angst, puritanical rationalism and militaristic purpose that underpin many of our contemporary digital structures.
-complete details

Jonathan Zawada opens PWND @The Popular Workshop



Artist/ Designer Scott Albrecht
    Friday, 01 November 2013 /// Written by Trippe

Enjoying the collages and wood creations of Brooklyn based artist/ designer Scott Albrecht who emailed some recent works.



Francesco Igory Deiana @The Popular Workshop
    Thursday, 10 October 2013 /// Written by Trippe

SAN FRANCISCO --- Free Fall is a great show with works by Italian based Francesco Igory Deiana now running at The Popular Workshop through Oct 31st. We have photos.

Francesco Igory Deiana at The Popular Workshop



The Writing on Mexican Walls Isn't Graffiti—It's 'Vernacular Branding'
    Monday, 05 August 2013 /// Written by Van Edwards

In central Mexico, walls are invitations to party. Since 1960, bardas de baile (loosely translated as "music walls") have illuminated exurban and rural areas with colorful, hand-painted advertisements for music, dances, and carnivals. Although these work of homemade graphic design share some of the characteristics of graffiti, they are not tags - and they are tolerated by the authorities. The new book Mexican Wall Painting: Bardas De Baile (Ghost & Co., New York) by Patricia Cue, a designer and design teacher at San Diego State University, examines these expressive painted letterings and the subcultures that have developed around them. - continue reading


An Abstract Dialogue w/ Matt Moore & Tim Clorius
    Monday, 29 July 2013 /// Written by Trippe

Designer Matt W. Moore emailed over some images from his show An Abstract Dialogue running now at Heidelberg, Germany's Galerie P13 through September. The works are in collaboration with painter Tim Clorius (Portland, Maine).

The exhibition is sponsored by the Maine Arts Commission, through the National Endowment for the Arts.



Prints by Joe Castrucci
    Tuesday, 25 June 2013 /// Written by Trippe

Art director/ founder of Habitat Skateboards, Joe Castrucci, who we've known in the way back Ohio machine, does some incredible design work & video (2000's Photosynthesis). If you skate, you already know this, but either way, check out his Etsy page for your own wall adjournment.


Clare Rojas @Gallery Nicolai Wallner in Copenhagen
    Monday, 08 April 2013 /// Written by Trippe

San Francisco based Clare Rojas, whose work used to look like this a few years back, has simplified her style over the years. Her current show which opened April 5th at Gallery Nicolai Wallner in Copenhagen.

Photos: Henrik Haven



    Wednesday, 13 February 2013 /// Written by Trippe

El ESPACIO G3 acoge la nueva esposición del artista OKUDA SAN MIGUEL llamada RAINBOW IN THE DARKNESS.

Es un proyecto que combina escultura, instalación, mapping, fotografía y pintura. Esta primera muestra esta compuesta por unas 10 obras exclusivas:esculturas con proyecciones mapping (con la colaboración de René Athiel), una instalación, fotografía y tres pinturasl en colaboración con SUSO33. Todo ello sonorizado por BIG CITY LOVER. --- Opening:l sabado 16 de febrero de 21:00 a 00:00 h. G3 :C/Guindos n 3 (Madrid)con : ---GHETTO NAILZ: Nail art en directo ---BIG CITY LOVER & LEGRAND KOKUNA / MAR.YO / DJ FREIKETS .music djS



Cassette Art by Benoit Jammes
    Thursday, 07 February 2013 /// Written by Trippe

Benoit Jammes emailed over his cassette tape artwork. All are handmade and completely nostalgic.



Simon Hjermind Jensen's FIRE SHELTER
    Monday, 04 February 2013 /// Written by Trippe

FIRE SHELTER:01 is a personal project located at Sydhavnstippen in Copenhagen. The starting point for the design emerged from a fascination of the place. It´s a temporary project and a design experiment that wish to celebrate the place. The project has public access, and it establishes experiences of spatial and social character. In the creation of it nobody has been asked of advice, neither has it been possible for anyone to tell his or her opinion. It is simply thought of as a gift. More on this later.

You can reach the place at Sydhavnstippen after a 20 minutes bike ride from central Copenhagen. Sydhavnstippen was landfilled with building materials between 1945 and 1973. Before that it was a seabed. Since the landfill plants, bushes and trees have taken over the area, and today it´s a habitat for a variety of animals. Walking around in the area is just amazing. The “wild” appearance of the nature on top of the building materials, which are visible some places, makes you think of a “post-apocalyptic” nature. The often deserted area amplifies this.



Print by Tim Head
    Monday, 07 January 2013 /// Written by Trippe

British based graphic designer/ artist Tim Head, who created this eye candy enjoyment zine and sent us this incredible Garfield print that lives in our bathroom, has recently released the print below for only 15 euro dollars, and he will ship globally. Buy one if this image tickles your fancy. He sent one to us, and it'll now live in the back of FFDG. Thanks, Tim.


Ryan De La Hoz Thurs in SF
    Wednesday, 03 October 2012 /// Written by Trippe

SAN FRANCISCO -- Ryan De La Hoz, who made this lovely Hamburger shirt, is set to open a solo show Welcome To Your Doom, consisting of 24 pieces including drawings, cut paper, textiles, and sculpture works, at Four Barrel coffee this Thursday, Oct 4th (6-9pm). 375 Valencia St @15th

Ryan was in the group show 11.11.11 which opened almost a year ago. So happy to be in our permanent space now but kinda miss those great dotted walls.

Brain Fold, 11 x 14, Ink on Cut Paper on Archival Print

Untitled, 11 x 14, Cut Paper on archival print



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SF Giants' World Series Trophy & DLX
Wednesday, 04 March 2015 17:21

I'm not sure how many people are lucky enough to have The San Francisco Giants 3 World Series trophies put on display at their work for the company's employees to enjoy during their lunch break, but that's what happened the other day at Deluxe. So great.


SF skateboarding icons Jake Phelps, Mickey Reyes, and Tommy Guerrero with the 3 SF Giants World Series Trophies


Alexis Anne Mackenzie - 2/28
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 10:21

SAN FRANCISCO --- Alexis Anne Mackenzie opens Multiverse at Eleanor Harwood in the Mission on Saturday, Feb 28th. -details



The Death of the Artist—and the Birth of the Creative Entrepreneur
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 10:34

When works of art become commodities and nothing else, when every endeavor becomes “creative” and everybody “a creative,” then art sinks back to craft and artists back to artisans—a word that, in its adjectival form, at least, is newly popular again. Artisanal pickles, artisanal poems: what’s the difference, after all? So “art” itself may disappear: art as Art, that old high thing. Which—unless, like me, you think we need a vessel for our inner life—is nothing much to mourn.


Hard-working artisan, solitary genius, credentialed professional—the image of the artist has changed radically over the centuries. What if the latest model to emerge means the end of art as we have known it? --continue reading


"Six Degrees" @FFDG
Friday, 16 January 2015 09:30

"Six Degrees" opens tonight, Friday Jan 16th (7-10pm) at FFDG in San Francisco. ~Group show featuring: Brett Amory, John Felix Arnold III, Mario Ayala, Mariel Bayona, Ryan Beavers, Jud Bergeron, Chris Burch, Ryan De La Hoz, Martin Machado, Jess Mudgett, Meryl Pataky, Lucien Shapiro, Mike Shine, Minka Sicklinger, Nicomi Nix Turner, and Alex Ziv.


Work by Meryl Pataky


In Wake of Attack, Comix Legend Says Satire Must Stay Offensive
Friday, 09 January 2015 09:59


Ron Turner of Last Gasp

"[Satire] is important because it brings out the flaws we all have and throws them up on the screen of another person," said Turner. “How they react sort of shows how important that really is.” Later, he added, "Charlie took a hit for everybody." -read on


Thursday, 08 January 2015 09:36



SF Bay Area: What Might Have Been
Tuesday, 06 January 2015 09:36


The San Francisco Bay Area is renowned for its tens of thousands of acres of beautiful parks and public open spaces.

What many people don't know is that these lands were almost lost to large-scale development. link


1/5/14 - Going Back
Monday, 05 January 2015 10:49

As we work on our changes, we're leaving Squarespace and coming back to the old server. Updates are en route.

The content that was on the site between May '14 and today is history... Whatever, wasn't interesting anyway. All the good stuff from the last 10 years is here anyway.


Jacob Mcgraw-Mikelson & Rachell Sumpter @Park Life (5/23)
Friday, 23 May 2014 09:22

Opening tonight, Friday May 23rd (7-10pm) at Park Life in the Inner Richmond (220 Clement St) is Again Home Again featuring works from the duo Jacob Mcgraw-Mikelson & Rachell Sumpter who split time living in Sacramento and a tiny island at the top of Pudget Sound with their children.

Jacob Magraw will be showing embroidery pieces on cloth along with painted, gouache works on paper --- Rachell Sumpter paints scenes of colored splendor dropped into scenes of desolate wilderness. ~show details



NYPD told to carry spray paint to cover graffiti
Wednesday, 21 May 2014 10:37

nyc_graffitiNYC --- A new graffiti abatement program put forth by the police commissioner has beat cops carrying cans of spray paint to fill in and cover graffiti artists work in an effort to clean up the city --> Many cops are thinking it's a waste of resources, but we're waiting to see someone make a project of it. Maybe instructions for the cops on where to fill-in?

The NYPD is arming its cops with cans of spray paint and giving them art-class-style lessons to tackle the scourge of urban graffiti, The Post has learned.

Shootings are on the rise across the city, but the directive from Police Headquarters is to hunt down street art and cover it with black, red and white spray paint, sources said... READ ON


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Headlands Center Fundraiser -6/4/14
Tuesday, 20 May 2014 07:54

SAN FRANCISCO --- The Headlands Center for the Arts is preparing for their largest fundraiser of the year set to go down on June 4th at SOMArts here in the city. Art auction, food, drinks, live music, etc and all for helping to support a great institution up in the Marin Headlands. ~details

Headlands Center for the Arts provides an unparalleled environment for the creative process and the development of new work and ideas. Through a range of programs for artists and the public, we offer opportunities for reflection, dialogue, and exchange that build understanding and appreciation for the role of art in society.










Alison Blickle @NYC's Kravets Wehby Gallery

Los Angeles based Alison Blickle who showed here in San Francisco at Eleanor Harwood last year (PHOTOS) recently showed new paintings in New York at Kravets Wehby Gallery. Lovely works.

Interview w/ Kevin Earl Taylor

We haven't been featuring many interviews as of late. Let's change that up as we check in with a few local San Francisco artists like Kevin Earl Taylor here whom we studio visited back in 2009 (PHOTOS & VIDEO). It's been awhile, Kevin...

Peter Gronquist @The Shooting Gallery

If you like guns and boobs, head on over to the Shooting Gallery; just don't expect the work to be all cheap ploys and hot chicks. With Make Stuff by Peter Gronquist (Portland) in the main space and Morgan Slade's Snake in the Eagle's Shadow in the project space, there is plenty spectacle to be had, but if you look just beyond it, you might actually get something out of the shows.

Jay Bo at Hamburg's Circle Culture

Berlin based Jay Bo recently held a solo show at Hamburg's Circle Culture featuring some of his most recent paintings. We lvoe his work.


Fifty24SF opened Street Anatomy, a new solo show by Austrian artist Nychos a week ago last Friday night. He's been steadily filling our city with murals over the last year, with one downtown on Geary St. last summer, and new ones both in the Haight and in Oakland within the last few weeks, but it was really great to see his work up close and in such detail.

Gator Skater +video

Nate Milton emailed over this great short Gator Skater which is a follow-up to his Dog Skateboard he emailed to us back in 2011... Any relation to this Gator Skater?

Ferris Plock Online Show Now Online as of April 25th

5 new wonderful large-scale paintings on wood panel are available. visit: www.ffdg.net

ClipODay II: Needles & Pens 11 Years!!

Congrats on our buddies at Needles and Pens on being open and rad for 11 years now. Mission Local did this little short video featuring Breezy giving a little heads up on what Needles and Pens is all about.


In a filmmaker's thinking, we wish more videos were done in this style. Too much editing and music with a lacking in actual content. Just because you can doesn't mean you should.

AJ Fosik in Tokyo at The Hellion Gallery

Matt Wagner recently emailed over some photos from The Hellion Gallery in Tokyo, who recently put together a show with AJ Fosik (Portland) called Beast From a Foreign Land. The gallery gave twelve of Fosik's sculptures to twelve Japanese artists (including Hiro Kurata who is currently showing in our group show Salt the Skies) to paint, burn, or build upon.

Ferris Plock - Online Show, April 25th

FFDG is pleased to announce an exclusive online show with San Francisco based Ferris Plock opening on Friday, April 25th (12pm Pacific Time) featuring 5 new medium sized acrylic paintings on wood.


Backwoods Gallery in Melbourne played host to a huge group exhibition a couple of weeks back, with "Gold Blood, Magic Weirdos" Curated by Melbourne artist Sean Morris. Gold Blood brought together 25 talented painters, illustrators and comic artists from Australia, the US, Singapore, England, France and Spain - and marked the end of the Magic Weirdos trilogy, following shows in Perth in 2012 and London in 2013.

Jeremy Fish at LA's Mark Moore Gallery

San Francisco based Fecal Pal Jeremy Fish opened his latest solo show Hunting Trophies at LA's Mark Moore Gallery last week to massive crowds and cabin walls lined with imagery pertaining to modern conquest and obsession.

John Felix Arnold III on the Road to NYC

Well, John Felix Arnold III is at it again. This time, he and Carolyn LeBourgios packed an entire show into the back of a Prius and drove across the country to install it at Superchief Gallery in NYC. I met with him last week as he told me about the trip over delicious burritos at Taqueria Cancun (which is right across the street from FFDG and serves what I think is the best burrito in the city) as the self proclaimed "Only overweight artist in the game" spilled all the details.

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.

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