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Greg Simkins Interview
Written by Manual Bello   
Wednesday, 24 October 2007 09:39
This graffiti artist recently turned pop surrealism painter just sold out a huge solo show in LA.

Greg "Craola" Simkins is a man who has no limits. His graffiti art has graced the streets of southern California for well over a decade. Over the last few years he has made a seamless transition into the world of pop surrealism. He is one of the few graffiti artist who has made such a clean break into fine art by reflecting a whole new style of illustration ability not seen in his street work. Every piece is it's own classic fable and has a story to be told. Greg Simkins is getting it done with one sold out show after another. We are proud to bring you the words and art of the one and only Greg "Craola" Simkins. -Manuel Bello

Greg, you and your work seem to have a very child like sense. You are a young adult but still have this child like enthusiasm. I can only imagine what you were like as a kid, care to shed some light on that.

Gosh, I was probably a nerd, but not totally. Through elementary school I would get into some trouble, more like mischief. Some of my buddies lived across from this hospital and me and my buddies would mess around over there a lot. We would be steeling the golf carts from the security guards and stuff and have them chase us around. The usual stuff like that. Then Jr. High started and with that came the awkward years and had to get glasses. I was probably the nerdy kid in the back of the room drawing on the table and on my notebooks and stuff. Really, I was withdrawn through Jr. High and into high school.

Describe a typical day for Greg Simkins.

Ah man, I get up at 6:30 everyday when the alarm goes off. I help my wife Jenn get ready for work and make her lunch, and us both breakfast. She heads to work and I answer some e-mails. By 9:00 I start painting or drawing up a painting by doing transfers; whatever I have to do, maybe a run to the post office. Usually I try to start painting by 9 or 10. I paint strait through the day. Maybe I would be eating a sandwich along the way, listen to books on tape while I am painting, or maybe listen to some music. I paint 'till about 6 or 7 then make dinner. I hang out with Jenn and Isaac or some friends. Things like that or if not I just keep painting or drawing. It's pretty standard, simple, and ordinary. Nothing crazy!

I know you have done video game design and paint and some other art. If you were not in the arts what would you be doing?

It is hard to say. I really like working around people, that is the thing. I don't get to be around people the way I used to be. When I was doing video games or even when I was waiting tables, it was really fun because there was always people around. Now it is a lot different. I mean it is nice to have a talk with someone on the phone or to go out and get lunch with a friend or something. It is cool, but it's just lonelier than it is working in a group setting. If there was a way to make serious money waiting tables I would be into doing that just because of the people factor. But really graphics and art is the only thing I thought I would be doing so it is all I really know. Although as a kid I always wanted to be a vet because I was an animal dork. I'm a bird nerd. But I guess I am doing pretty good with this art thing so I think I will just stick to it for now.

How did a nice guy like you fall into the dark underground world of Los Angeles graffiti?

I don't know man? Just friends I met. Some older kids liking my work when I was like 16, 17, telling me "you should try this". They were showing me some Can Control magazines. There were kids who I had been skating with who were all taggers. I started catching on pretty fast because I already had some art skills. So I was like "I wanna do this". I got hooked fast. There were these sewer tunnels near where we lived and we would always hit those spots. Then we started getting up on the freeways. Just getting up wherever we could. Then I started meeting guys from CBS and WAI. Those dudes really schooled me on how to do graffiti right. These guys really showed me a lot. Just by painting, we all became friends and the whole thing just seemed like a natural transition going into it.

Ever have any serious graffiti beef?

Not really, not personally. I always try to stay away from the beef. I don't write over people. There was one time. We hit this wall in LA that had already been dissed really bad. So the guys who were underneath the part that got dissed had thought we had caped them. We didn't and it was squashed pretty fast. For me there is just no reason for it. There are enough places to paint.

What kind of influence has graffiti had on your fine art work?

Graffiti taught me perspective, composition, and color theory in a big way. I was painting with guys like axis and other dudes like that. When you are working with guys who are that good you can not help but learn from them. Plus they were passing out a lot of hints. I think all the color theory and layout stuff transfered over really well to doing canvases and it felt really natural. Like cutting with a spray can to cutting with a brush was really similar for me. Later I learned other brush tricks, but the first paintings I was doing with acrylics felt a lot like working with spray paint just by the way I was laying in the paint.

You're still doing graffiti?

I painted a wall last Saturday but I hadn't painted a wall in a while. I like to try to get out a couple times a year if I can, but it is just so busy now. Things are pretty air tight. Jenn manages everything and keeps me on a pretty tight schedule which is good. It keeps me painting canvas's every single day. It keeps the money coming in, which is important. We Just had a baby, so I gotta think about my family first above and beyond anything else.

I know that in the past you have worked in video game design, how did you get involved in that and what made you leave?

I had a friend named who got me a job at this company that was bought out by Activision. The first game I worked on was Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2x which was for Xbox. They had brought me in as a texture artist. So I was doing 2d work, texture work, and a little bit of modeling. I basically went through and painted the cities to make them look real. I had to put in all the graff to make it seem real. I put all my friends in there. That was rad. They were stoked on that. It was the best job I had in my whole life. If I could have that same set up with the same people I would want to do it for the rest of my life. That project was like a big family and it was just fun. Then after that it got a little bit more corporate after Activision bought us. Even then it was still good. I can't complain. But then I was working on Ultimate Spiderman and I started getting some opportunities with some galleries like: Upper Playground and Gallery 1988. So I gave myself eight months to get under way and get it figured out and get it underway, it worked out. I have been painting full time ever since. Activision gave me their blessing and let me know I could come back whenever I want but luckily I have not had to.

Have you ever thought about animation or an animation project?

I have never thought about doing actual animating. I think it would be fun to develop an animation project or develop a movie or TV cartoon. I would definitely love to come up with the story and characters without having to get to labor intensive with the actual animation.

A lot of your work has this fable feel to it. Where do you get a lot of your inspiration from?

Inspiration for me comes from a lot of places. Animals inspire me, going to the zoo, watching nature shows. My Dad. Sometimes just being a mole. Going to church. A lot of my work has this spirituality to it that people don't usually catch. There is a coupe that you can look at and see. Like this piece called Matt Riddle which was my big piece at the last show I did at 1988. I want people to figure out what the whole story is about. Like with Matt Riddle people understand it's a riddle and they might try to figure out where it comes from. Or they might figure out where I come from. That is a good piece for people to stare at for a while and think: hey what is this kid all about?

Most of your work seems to tell a story. I can almost see it from one piece to the next. Is there an untold narrative to your work?

There is. There are stories to a lot of my pieces. Usually I want people to enjoy it for themselves and hopefully figure it out. It is kinda the mystery of it. Some of the pieces not as much as others, but there are stories with a lot of the paintings. Wether I come up with it before or sometimes afterwards. Sometimes I have them written out. I have note books full of these things, mostly for myself. I might show them to someone here and there but mostly for myself. Maybe for later in life to look back on.

Where do you get some of the names for you works, and are any of them based on actual people in your life?

Generally they are not based on real people. The name usually just comes to me when I start finishing it. Like this painting I just finished called "Nestor Headache". It had to be called "Nestors Headache". I don't really know why. He has a bee hive for a head so it just made sense, I guess. I just thought it was funny and it seemed to make sense. There is another character I have named Ms. Monsta, she has bugs for eyes and a red Alice in Wonderland dress. She just made sense.

What about Philip, who is Philip?

Philip is your little guy. I don't know why I called him Philip. For some reason when I was painting him he reminded me of some little prince or something. He actually reminded me of Peter and the Wolf. With that little hat he wears and what not. I just thought he looked like a Philip.

I know in the past you have done some little toy nick nacks, do you have any more product stuff in the works?

Yeah, I have a couple toys in the works with Strangeco. I also just did the gosho doll with Super Rad toys so that will be pretty cool. It is the little chubby guy. Dalek, did one and Kozik and some others. It's pretty cool that I am in there with a good group.

Any words of wisdom?

If you're an artist (or not), meet your deadlines, get your stuff done on time and treat people right.

Thanks to: Greg Simkins and Family Photos: Manuel Bello, Lineage Gallery and Gallery 1988

Interview conducted by our NYC correspondent, Manuel Bello. {moscomment}

John Felix Arnold III on the Road to NYC

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FRENCH in Melbourne

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Henry Gunderson at Ever Gold, SF

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Mario Wagner @Hashimoto

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Serge Gay Jr. @Spoke Art

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NYCHOS Mural on Ashbury and Haight

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Sun Milk in Vienna

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"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

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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

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High 5s - Get Your Feet Wet

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"Touching Base" by Schuyler Beecroft

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

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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

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Nychos Friday @Fifty24SF
Thursday, 17 April 2014 10:46

SAN FRANCISCO --- You've seen the murals pop up around town the last week from this Austrian street artist as he prepares for his solo show at Fifty24SF opening this Friday, 4/18.

GET THE SHOW DETAILS --- a bunch of NYCHOS

 

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

 

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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.


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.


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