Tag: jim houser

Jim Houser in Amsterdamn
    Friday, 22 May 2015 /// Written by Trippe

Do you live in Amsterdamn? I wanna live in Amsterdamn. They have good schools, ya? We have a one year old son that could use a solid Amsterdamn education... I would love to speak Dutch with him... Is it Dutch they speak? I think so.

Jim Houser speaking Dutch in Amsterdamn. Be there or be square.



Jim Houser at Galleria Patricia Armocida (Italy)
    Tuesday, 21 January 2014 /// Written by Trippe

Philadelphia based Jim Houser opens his solo show A POSITION ON A MAP at Galleria Patricia Armocida in Milan, Italy tonight. Here's a little taste.

Jim Houser, A Quiver, 2013, acrylic and collage on canvas, 46x46 cm

Jim Houser, Hush, 2013, acrylic and collage on wood, 46x46 cm

Jim Houser, Piles, 2013, acrylic and collage on canvas, 46x46 cm



Jim Houser & Blik
    Monday, 24 September 2012 /// Written by Trippe

Want some Jim Houser on your walls but can't fork the dough out for an original? Check out Blik's wall coverings from the Philadelphia based artist.

Jim Houser wall coverings from Blik


Jim Houser @LeBasse Projects in Culver City
    Tuesday, 20 March 2012 /// Written by Michael C. Hsiung

Last Friday, March 10th Space 1026 founder Jim Houser (Philadelphia) new solo show, "As Quiet As It's Kept," opened at LeBasse Project's Culver City space.

Houser's show in Los Angeles featured new canvas paintings, mixed media installations as well as his signature panel/paintings. Houser has spent a week putting together his beautifully pieced installations from creating the music playing out of his hand-crafted cabinet speakers to birdhouses and wooden tables. In addition to his installation, Houser's new paintings featured some collaged elements –paper cutouts and shapes–which really can only be seen in person. "As Quiet As It's Kept" opened March 10th and runs through April 7th at LeBasse Projects in Culver City.

You should buy it dude.

Lots of Houser's panel paintings have text and a story behind them.

Another wall by Houser. Really loved the simplicity and colors of this one.



Jim Houser @LeBasse Projects, LA
    Thursday, 08 March 2012 /// Written by Trippe

Philadelphia based artist and Space 1026 founder Jim Houser opens As Quiet As It's Kept in Los Angeles @LeBasse Projects Saturday, March 10th (6-9pm) featuring an array of works ranging from canvas paintings, mixed media compositions and installations. ~complete details

Jim emailed over a little taste as they work on the install.

Show details



The Future Is Not What It Used To Be
    Tuesday, 25 October 2011 /// Written by Michael C. Hsiung

Robert, his daughter Lola, and I headed out to Culver City to check out the group show, The Future Is Not What It Used To Be, curated by artist Mike Stilkey, which opened at LeBasse Projects October 7th. Artists in the show included Kelsey Brookes, Brian Dettmer, Katrin Fridriks, Jim Houser, Dave Kinsey, Ryan McLennan, Cleon Peterson, Dena Schuckit, Aaron Smith, Tara Tucker, Mario Wagner and Mike Stilkey.

Curated by Mike Stilkey
The Future Is Not What It Used To Be
October 8 -November 5, 2011
LeBasse Projects
6023 Washington Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232

Photographs & words by Michael C. Hsiung

Mike Stilkey in front of his giant book sculpture.

I'm always traveling around with Tiffany and Dave and Phil. Friends that are your neighbors are always good company.

I really dig the paintings by Kelsey Brookes. I've never gotten to view one in person, so seeing this was pretty rad.



Jim Houser & Tim Kerr in Austin, TX
    Tuesday, 11 October 2011 /// Written by Manik Nakra

Mostly 2
+Tim Kerr, Jim Houser, Merrilee Challiss, Chrissy Piper and maybe, just maybe, Dan Higgs
@Domy Books
913 E Cesar Chavez, Austin, TX 78702
Exhibition runs September 17 - October 20, 2011
BACKROOM GALLERY: William Gaynor and Conner O'Leary

The best game in town, Domy Books, once gain brought another stellar show to Austin, TX. A collaborative show between Tim Kerr and Jim Houser. The show was about being friends being friendly to one another. What an unpretentious concept right? Imagine that. Chrissy Piper, Merrilee Challiss, and long time partner in crime, Dan Higgs were invited by ringmaster, Tim Kerr, to participate. -Manik Nakra

I first discovered Jim Houser's work here on Fecal Face but finally got to see it in the flesh. He absolutely KILLED IT. This wooden shingle piece was my favorite. My buddies and I geeked out over his line work. In case this whole being a badass artist thing doesnt pan out, Jim could always be one of those people who write text on a grain of rice at the mall.

Tim and Jim's installation

Always tons of great limited edition books, toys, and zines at Domy. And they are constantly getting new stuff. Book People is a nationally known bookstore in Austin. Always at the top of National Best Bookstore lists. They dont even have the exclusives that Domy gets its hands on.



Jim Houser & Ben Woodward Tonight in Denver
    Friday, 05 November 2010 /// Written by Trippe

Philly's Ben Woodward and Jim Houser are showing at Denver's new Black Book Gallery with an opening tonight, Friday, Nov 5th @7pm.

About Black Book Gallery
The definition and accessibility of art is constantly expanding. Black Book Gallery is committed to building bridges between the art community and the public, as well as artists and collectors. By featuring a balance of emerging artists and those recognized and established worldwide, we work to make Denver a leader in the art community by pushing the conventional boundaries of art and art exhibits.


Jim Houser's EP Now Available on ITunes
    Friday, 22 October 2010 /// Written by Trippe

Artist Jim Houser's new musical endeavour is now available through ITunes for only $6. We just downloaded and are giving it it's first listen. Instrumental goodness, and as a reviewer on ITunes has said, "His subtle use of electronics really adds to the quasi-lo-fi vibe of these track"... We agree and recommend the download.

My baby can't eat records. So go to ITunes and spend 6 dollars on my EP and then we can buy him some food. And if you want to tell to your friends that the album is available finally on itunes, then awesome. I can buy some food for myself then too. -Jim Houser


Jim Houser - "In Decline"
    Thursday, 14 October 2010 /// Written by Van Edwards

Our 10 year anniversary show has just ended, and we have a few works still available like this patchwork painting by Jim Houser below featuring four 3 dimensional overlays. *click image for larger view

Jim Houser, In Decline, acrylic on wood panel, 24“x24”


Jim Houser - 10yrs of Fecal Face
    Friday, 27 August 2010 /// Written by Trippe

Everyday leading up to Fecal Face's 10 Year Anniversary Show, opening Friday, September 10th @The Luggage Store (after party @Mezzanine 9-2am), we'll be adding short interviews with artists participating.

Jim Houser may have been one of my first art crushes many many years back- pre Fecal Face days when living at the Howard House I took notice of a flier for a show Jim was having at Space 1026 in Philly. I'd seen Jim's work a few other times in skate mags since Jim painted a mini ramp they had @Space 1026. Having grown up skating too, certain music and visual input were similar to mine. His work touched on those influences but so uniquely his own and original. I'll leave it to Shepard Fairey who says it best in a Swindle interview, "When I think of Jim Houser and his art, I’m alway struck by the bond he consistently forges with his audience, the way every work of his shows me a piece of myself while at the same time reflecting his own catharsis. Jim’s paintings and installations span the entire spectrum of human emotion, but he never seems to pass judgment, leaving the bias up to the viewer’s discretion."

What were you up to in the year 2000?

In 2000, I had just moved back to Philadelphia from Providence, RI. All my buddies had started Space 1026 up, and it was kind of rolling along by that point. I was skateboarding a lot. I think that was around when i started to do graphics for Toy Machine.

How has your work changed in the last 10 years?

Don't they say it takes 10 years to get proficient at any discipline you attack? I guess I am proficient now, plus a few extra years.

What did you think 2010 would be like back then?

I was the last person I knew to get a cell phone. I was the last person I knew to get an Ipod. I think anxiety keeps me from thinking to far into the future. I'm not exactly an early adopter.

How has Fecal Face Dot Com been a part of your life and/or career?

After you guys interviewed me, I would get random emails from kids who dug my work, from Israel , from Finland , from Brazil... I think a TON of people check out the website, from all over the world. I think that exposure is pretty cool.



Jim Houser at Subliminal Projects
    Wednesday, 21 July 2010 /// Written by Van Edwards

If you're in Los Angeles, be sure to get to Subliminal Projects where Jim Houser's show, The Homebody (photos), runs through Aug 7th. Jim also released a vinyl album of music through Free News Project ($24.95) which, as Jim writes: For the last 10 or so years, making music has always been the place that I turned when the paintbrush wasn't working for me. I found that even when I was burned out from making art, the act of sitting and making music would allow me not to feel like a waste of time and space. I came to realize that this was part of my whole process, so why not incorporate those sounds into the installations I do in a gallery.

This was Jim's son Seamus' first show.


Jim Houser @Jonathan Levine
    Wednesday, 11 November 2009 /// Written by J.L. Schnabel

J.L. Schnabel reviews this great show running in NYC till Nov 21st.



Richard Coleman & Jim Houser
    Monday, 03 November 2008 /// Written by Trippe

Great two person show @White Walls



Jim Houser Opening
    Tuesday, 06 May 2008 /// Written by Trippe

Mary Karnowsky (LA)



Jim Houser Interview
    Monday, 01 October 2007 /// Written by Adam Wallacavage

Advice: give away the first 100 paintings you make, and get a job that you can steal from... Inspiration: sea water, dog fur, and dried blood.



Jeff Soto @Jonathan Levine
    Monday, 10 September 2007 /// Written by George Koroneos

w/ Jim Houser - Sept 2007



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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


Wednesday, 16 June 2010 17:39

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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