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.
Tonight, Friday, November 30th (5-10pm) FFDG (2277 Mission St at 19th) will be hosting a Holiday Blowout with food, drink, music and discounted clothing, prints, original artwork, books, zines and much more.
We're also happy to announce that 4 Seasons Rolls will be serving up healthy/ tasty Vietnamese spring rolls & iced coffees for only $3!
Stop through after work, before heading out, grab some tasty food, have a drink and browse a wide selection of orinigal works and hand-crafted and limited run items from tshirts, zines, prints, books, and so much more.
Brigid Dawson Dedicated To Dear Earholes
@Needles & Pens, SF
through Sept 2nd
Along with creating the artworks below, Brigid Dawson sings and plays keyboard and tambourine for Thee Ohsees. Last week the DIY clothing/ book/ art gallery Needles and Pens hosted an opening with live music by Kelly Stoltz.
Check a couple MP3s from Kelly Stoltz' performance. SONG 1 | SONG 2
Brigid will be displaying a "collection of portraits done in guache, acrylic, pencil, markers, and carvings on wood and paper. They reflect upon childhood, family history, the grotesques and the beautiful. Images to scare and to please." When not making artwork Brigid performs in the San Francisco band Thee Ohsees.
We know none of these artists, but no worries. Needles and Pens always has solid shows, and I love to be surprised. Bonus was that there was to be live music by bands THE YOUNGER LOVERS and PINS OF LIGHT (featuring Jake from Hightower). Drink a corner store beer, check out the work and see some live music... The life of an art enthusiast is a great and inexpensive one.
It was loud. It was crowded and PINS OF LIGHT were great. See them live on Saturday, June 9th at Thee Parkside with Hightower and other bands for FREE at 3pm. Hightower's last show for a long time as Shane's off to NYC.
Loud ass music in a small crowded space. Always a good time.
We tried to make our way around SF on Saturday to check out some great shows and one benefit for Adobe Books with a cap for friend's birthday.
Done forget the proper camera but was a equipped with the camera phone machine. We should have better photos this week from Gerald, but for now: Needles and Pens for the group show curated by Austin McManus. Then down 16th St for the Adobe Books benefit at the Lab. With timing running out we made it to the Luggage Store for the group show Me and May ___ featuring works from Rye Purvis, Erlin Geffrard, Henry Gunderson, Spencer Keeton Cunningham, and Chad Hasegawa.
Hooray for our friends at Needles & Pens here in SF as they've opened up a new mini-shop inside Voyager (right next to Four Barrel Coffee). You can find all your favorite art books and gear inside the submarine as Mollusk moved out and they've taken over the ship. ~details
Hey, it was the first show we were able to make it out to in some time and we picked a very enjoyable one. This Irish 30 year old draws everyday things that surround him in the small Irish town he lives in (population of 50). When he's not drawing these things as seen in this show, he works on illustrations for a range of publications. He also wears large rimmed glasses and plans on taking Amtrack across the United States before flying back to Ireland via NYC. This is his first visit to the US.
Nigel holds an MARCH from the University of Edinburgh and received a Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Silver Medal commendation for his architectural thesis exploring borderlands in Istanbul in 2005. His new book In the Wilds is also available at Needles and Pens.
We've been so busy over the last few months that we haven't had a chance to get to any art shows here in SF, but now that the dust settles, we're pleased to mark this Friday on our calendar for Nigel Peake's show at Needles and Pens. We've been a fan of this Irish based artist for years and look forward to this book release and show.
Nigel Peake is both a maker and an illustrator. With a background in architecture, he creates drawings of the everyday things that surrounds him. He leads a quiet life (in the countryside of Northern Ireland) where the interest is on what is on his walk that day. Most of his days are spent working on commissioned work or self related projects/books. ~more info
Nigel Peake (glasses) outside Henry Gunderson's opening @FFDG last Thurs
Had a birthday party to attend later in the evening which meant arrving to an opening at Needles and Pens hours earlier than normally would have. People hang out in the N&P without beers in their hands? Who knew?
Great show opening up on Saturday... and was about to get some photos up from last week's opening at Needles and Pens, and accidentially DELETED all the photos on my camera which included photos from last night's opening of INSA @Fifty24SF and Fresh Air @111 Minna... Fucking shitty as both shows and openings were good times.
INFO: Matt Furie teamed up with his friend Sam Gaskin to create a new line of potential t-shirts to be sold at goth rocker life-style outlets in malls across America. Sam wrote phrases for the t-shirts such as, “I Only Smoke Weed on Days That End in ‘ – Day -‘” and Furie illustrated them.
The end result of the catchy phrases and drawings are captured in a 16 page zine entitled HOT TOPIK (which will be released this very evening).
with music by Brooklyn's
~ ~ ~ DUB KNOW DUB ~ ~ ~
In addition to releasing the zine, N&P will be hosting a quickie weekend art show of works by Furie (from the zine and others) and also works by DUB KNOW DUB/Cinders fellow STO.
We'll also be adding our podcast we recorded with Matt on Tuesday online for download Friday to get you all worked up into a frenzy for the show and the forthcoming shirts.
It is early Saturday evening, and a steady hum of excitement begins to build inside the Mission District's Needles & Pens art gallery. Students, sipping cans of Tecate, wax poetic about the future of street art with local skateboarders; ambient slowcore Casio sounds of the band Death Cheetah start to fill the room, and a group of older art aficionados hover inches away from pencil drawings of Ragnar Persson and Keith Shore and discuss the similar texture in the works. ~Read On
Saturday get on over to Needles and Pens for the opening of Knock Knock, a group exhibition curated by Malmö, Sweden's K R E T S FEATURING WORKS BY: AJ Fosik, Chris Johanson, Danilo Stankovic, Holly Stevenson, James Benjamin Franklin, Jeff Olsson, Jennifer Muskopf, Johanna Jackson, Keith Shore, Kim Hiorthøy, Malin Gabriella Nordin, Matthew Feyld, Megan Whitmarsh, Misaki Kawai, Peter Larsson, Phil Elverum, Ragnar Persson, Shoboshobo, & a mural by Richard Colman.
In August of 2010 Needles & Pens participated in an international cultural swap of sorts, by going to Sweden and curating an art show at KRETS. Now, in October, KRETS is coming to San Francisco and doing a show at N&P. The magic is real and so is the line-up they’ve assembled! ~check the blog from the trip. ||| 3253 16th St. 6-9pm
This morning we take a closer look at this beautiful painting by San Francisco based Michelle Fleck now showing at FFDG.
Arrangement measures 24"x30", acrylic and aerosol on panel - inquires: info(at)ffdg.net
Michelle Fleck is a painter living in San Francisco. Her work focuses on the relationship between man and the landscape, and the marks we leave on it. Influenced by everyday life in the city, her paintings serve as snapshots of an ongoing intersection of the natural and man-made world. She strives to make work that has a sense of relevancy in a culture driven by a need for change and newness.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
"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.
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.
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