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Dumping out the 2009 Junk Drawer

Monday, 11 January 2010 05:38

The Shopkeep blogs one up sharing Needles & Pens shows Tim Kerr, Russ Pope Mathew Rodriguez, Michael Sieben Nikki McClure, & Sara Thustra.
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Matt Furie @Giant Robot NYC

Wednesday, 11 August 2010 00:43

I've been a fan of his art since the early 00's. I remember the first drawings I saw; characters resembling something from Jim Hanson or The Never Ending Story rendered on a plain sheets of printer paper, tacked to the wall, and very reasonably priced. His drawings are kitschy and illustrative often rendered using some sort of low-end paper and a fresh set of sharpened colored pencils. The images are recognizable yet distorted, but not abstracting the themes within his whimsical portraits. If you're around our age, a Grimlin riding a bicycle is nostalgic and comical. He is obviously an 80's baby considering the imagery and themes within his work and I see traces of many characters - Muppet Babies, Darth Vader, E.T., Falcore, etc. - that molded my childhood. Hmm, maybe that is why I am so drawn to his art? He recently opened a solo show at Giant Robot New York. Here's some pics from that. Often mimicked but never matched, presenting new work by a notorious Fecal friend, Matt Furie. -Julian Duron

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Here's some words Matt sent me regarding his new work:

"for the show i made a series of characters. Themes include mythology, anthropomorphism, star wars, underwater life, the gay community, sports, gothic chicks, exercise, food, medieval weapons, soul caliber, video games, muppets, in-n-out, latino E.T., ducks, and horror movie references."

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Part 2 of Life and Work on a Containership: The Last Leg of a Long Journey

Monday, 06 September 2010 11:12

by Martin Machado

Well the last time I wrote in to Fecalface I was approaching Dubai on the last of my three fifty-seven day trips from New York to Singapore and back. In typical shipping industry fashion, there was a drastic change of plans at the last minute. The head honcho’s at APL decided to start sending this fleet of ships through the dry-docks in Singapore and we were to be the first. So unfortunately I was not going to be home for the holidays as planned and my stay on board would now exceed six months. However, I was going to get to spend two full weeks in Singapore, after which our ship would start a Pacific run, hitting several new Asian ports and eventually sailing back under that beautiful Golden Gate into my home port of San Francisco.

The Dry-Docks in Singapore

 

Os Gemeos 2008 Vertigem Show

Wednesday, 02 February 2011 10:57

In the end of 2008, the artists OSGEMEOS were opening their second solo show in Brazil, and the first since 2006, at a Museum in the city of Curitiba. We heard about that show months earlier, but we realized about the real date one week before the opening. Lucas and I were still living in Porto Alegre and decided to go to the show three nights before, so we got two more friends on the car, and left for a 15 hours road trip.

This show, called Vertigem, was the first of a series OSGEMEOS did, hosted in the cities of Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Brasília in the following years. Usually people don’t pay much attention to what happens outside São Paulo and Rio, so the Curitiba show was not much mentioned in the media across the country and almost nobody saw pictures of it. Searching for old photos on my computer I found this file of pictures from this show, never published and never saw by anyone. It's not new material, but I totally think it deserves a post here. So, here it is: the 2008 Vertigem show by OSGEMEOS.

Words and photos: Ana Ferraz, a new contributor from São Paulo here at Fecal Face. She runs a gallery called Fita Tape, in Porto Alegre, southern region of Brazil, together with my husband Lucas Ribeiro “Pexão”.

 

Richmond Virginia Street Art Festival 2012

Monday, 07 May 2012 11:53

A couple weeks back Jeff Soto flew out to Richmond, VA for their street art festival to do a wall. Artists included the likes of Hense, Richard Colman, Dalek, Hamilton Glass, and many more.

Jeff Soto's wall.

Richard Colman collab with Dalek and Pose was pretty damn cool.

 

The Clipperton Project - Part 2

Thursday, 13 September 2012 11:43

This is part 2 of a two part blog. Click here to view part 1.

Bay Area artist and waterman, Martin Machado, was invited to sail with a group of artists and scientists to a far off uninhabited atoll in the middle of the Eastern Pacific. Exotic animals and beautiful tranquil scenes. Check it and dream of similar travels.

(photo: Machado) I saw some footage of the island from the 80's when Jaques Cousteau came here, so I convinced French Tom to bring one of his surfboards. But we couldn't find anywhere that didn't look like it would smash us to bits.

(photo: Beek) Ashore, a tent camp was pitched on the cement foundation of an old base. The island has an insane history involving conflicting nations, pirates, murders, and a whole bunch of marooned people. Its definitely worth looking into if you're a history buff.

These birds were hilarious, totally unafraid of people and not too smart, they would fly into us all the time.

Here's a large paintings I did on paper, rolled up in a tube, and shipped out to Scotland in June. Titled "The Inhabitants of the Waters of Clipperton Atoll"

 

Free Fridayz: Tourists

Friday, 07 December 2012 11:50

Every city has them but some more than others. I used to live on Powell Street many years back and would often resort to just walking in the street opposed to battling sidewalk space with the clumsy toddler minded tourist bumping up and down the sidewalks.

Here in San Francisco a portion of the Hotel Tax goes towards funding the arts. So remember that when irritated by the map wielding/ bike renting/ Fisherman's Wharf bound T-Dogs. High five them and remember that everyone's a tourist at some point.

 

WHEN DID THE LIGHT DIE

Monday, 28 January 2013 13:45

It was long overdue, but I finally made the trip to Ireland to visit Erin. We've known each other since middle school. Over 17 years. I feel like I've lived so many lives since then -- new cities, new scenes, new sets of friends. There's something very comforting about being around your oldest friends, even in a foreign country.

After finding a team of horses on a hill, we grabbed Aoife, a folk musician and Erin's roommate. We drove a rented Ford Fiesta through the night and across the country, singing The Cranberries and Sinead O'Connor (Ireland's finest), finally arriving at Martin's house in County Clare. Martin is Aoife's dad and traditional Irish flutemaker. I fell asleep that night to their fiddling and fluting in the kitchen. The next day we hopped the fence so the back entrance of the Cliffs of Moher. The sea hid behind the fog. The grass was lush and green and exactly what I pictured of Ireland in my cliched imagination. The day was another one of those dreamlike experiences that I hope for on every trip.

Words & photos: Bryan Derballa

 

Mario Ayala - Mini Interview

Friday, 15 February 2013 16:07

Location? Age? Education? Website?

I grew up in Los Angeles/ Inland Empire area and currently live in Oakland. Im 21, and I'm in my last year at San Francisco Art Institute. ayalamario.tumblr.com/

How would you describe your work to someone?

I guess I would tell someone I primarily work on paper, prefferibly stretched over panels. I use a wide range of mediums, gouache, enamel, oil, etc. My imagery derives from various interests I have, drug/alcohol consumption, Suburbia, and Santeria to name a few.

Influences?

Jazz, Giorgio Morandi, James Bond, the Lost Bros familia, my dog Bubba Gucci, but my biggest influence has got to be my father. Hardest working man I know.

Cheese burgers or tofu burgers?

PIZZA!/ Sam's Burgers on broadway

Favorite place traveled?

Haven't done much traveling, but I recently visited New York for the first time last summer and was pretty stoked on it.

Working routine? Music? Time of day?

I try an work either early in the morning, but I usually end up working on things late at night shackled in my atelier listening to some jazz or oldies. You know, that Art Laboe shit.

 

How and Nosm's TL Massive Mural

Friday, 22 February 2013 16:22

Identical twin brothers How and Nosm (Raoul and Davide Perre) recently completed this huge mural in the TL here in San Francisco at Hyde St & Turk St. The duo were born in Spain, German in heritage, and currently residing in New York. Their show Late Confessions concludes Saturday in NYC at Jonathan Levine.

Check this awesome mural they did in LA with Dabs and Myla 2 years ago.

Photos & video by Merlin Jackson

 

Brendan Monroe Sculptures, A How To

Wednesday, 12 June 2013 14:33

Brendan Monroe, whose show Melting Into the Floor runs through June 15th at LA's Richard Heller, creates these great wooden sculptures and featured a bunch in the show... He's often asked how he goes about making them and gives us at Fecal Face a little 'how to' on the process.

There's a question that I get asked a lot, "How do you make those?" It often comes soon after something like, "Do you make those yourself?" I find myself trying to explain, but I'm sure I never communicate clearly what it is that I did to make the thing. So I'd like to show the way it's done with the help of a few photos. I'm not formally trained in making this kind of thing. I figured it out as I went along and learned a lot along the way. If you've got any questions or want to know more details, post them in the comments below. -Brendan Monroe

To view Brendan's how to, click here.

 

((SOUNDER)) Borderline (Madonna cover) Recorded Live at Okay Mountain

Tuesday, 18 June 2013 14:43

Mike Aho of the Austin based ((sounder)), who we've featured over the years, has just released this great Madonna cover which was recorded at Okay Mountain.

 

Marty Machado Studio Visit

Friday, 20 December 2013 15:26

SAN FRANCISCO --- A couple weeks back we headed over to Martin Machado's North Beach studio which sits in the back of he and his fiance's flat for a little studio visit and to view his latest works.

Machado's artworks have been featured on the site over the years as well as some of his fishing and traveling trips. The guy fishes for salmon in far off Alaskan waterways and has sailed thousands of miles into the Pacific Ocean to tiny uninhabited atolls. Besides being a working artist, Machado is also a merchant marine working on huge container ships. Read his "how to work & live on a container ship" blog he did a couple years back.

Check that manual wave machine Machado made... So cool.

Containers that have fallen of ships litter the world's oceans.

Love this piece by Martin Machado.

Being a fellow SF Bay lover and sailor, Martin and I walked down to the Dolphin Club for a little view of the fantastic handmade row boats.

Thems a cold swim.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE COMPLETE STUDIO VISIT.

 

High 5s: Get Your Feet Wet

Tuesday, 01 April 2014 14:59

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

After taking someone's photo, you'd turn it over to show them the image on it's tiny 1" display. People were flabergasted. You could delete an image and take another without "wasting film"... That blew peoples' minds.

Well, these days everyone's little black monolith does it all including shooting decent photos in a variety of styles... Oh how things have changed since 2000 when Fecal Face went online --> these days we've been lying low waiting for things to change, and here's some random photographic proof from the life of a galleriest living and working in the City by the Bay.

 

Interview w/ Kevin Earl Taylor

Monday, 05 May 2014 08:20

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...

So what have you been up to lately?

It's turned out to be an insanely busy year for me which is awesome. 2 new galleries, a massive 5 painting commission through Circle Culture (Berlin), working on call as a museum preparator, playing more music shows than previous years and of course making room for some quality time with friends and family.

Working on any upcoming shows?

Yes. I have solos at Subliminal Projects (LA) in September and K Imperial (SF) in November as well as making a couple paintings for my October debut with a new gallery I've signed on with in New Orleans, Guthrie Contemporary. Then there's the Miami fair which I'll be featured with K Imperial.

I think I noticed on your Instagram that you're now working at the Contemporary Jewish Museum?

Yes, Indeed. I'd worked at SFMOMA as a preparator since 2009 and when they closed I moved over to the CJM.

It's just on call so pretty conducive to the studio practice. We usually work for a month deinstalling/installing the shows and then you're off for a couple months. I think it really brings a lot to my own work in all kinds of ways. I work alongside Tim Sullivan, Josh Pieper and James Chronister, all of whom are fantastic artists as well. We get the job done while talking shop and cracking each other up. It's also pretty cool to get to see what a Warhol looks from behind and figure out the best way to pack a Kiki Smith sculpture for transport.

Also, I think FF readers would love the current Arthur Szyk show up at the Jewish Museum. It's really incredible.

To view more of Kevin's recent works, click here.

 

John Felix Arnold III @The Shooting Gallery

Monday, 19 May 2014 07:57

John Felix Arnold III’s Pilgrimmage has taken over the Shooting Gallery. Opening last Friday, this glimpse into his world of Unstoppable Tomorrow has finally allowed us here in San Francisco to see our future past. Moving on from his recent show The Scourge in NYC, Arnold has let us see the work of the survivors of the apocalypse, generating creation and growth from immense destruction and chaos. I got a chance to sit down with Arnold, gallery owner Justin Giarla and Paxton Gate buyer Michael Levy (who graciously donated materials) before the show was hung, and will be posting the in-depth interview to the site in as soon as possible. In the mean time, get over to the Shooting Gallery as soon as you can to see this show. The panels glow in a way that I couldn’t have guessed and they warm the space and your viewing experience. You’ve got to experience the warthog, moped, panels and sound installation in person. If you don’t survive the apocalypse, this might be your only chance.

Helen Bayly (SF) also brought a little feminine touch to the gallery with the opening of Give Me What I Can’t Have in the project space. Balancing the raw materials of Arnold’s work, she has created paintings of beautiful young people and flowers covered in gold-leafed text, complete with walls that seem to be dripping in the luxurious and decadent setting in which these works are situated. Complete with foul language, these works speak to a sense of debauchery that may lead to the apocalypse to which Arnold is warning us of.

Stay tuned for the making of The Pilgrimmage, an interview examining a very unique local collaboration between artist, gallerist and buyer of all things curious. It’s an illuminating window onto the process of creating a show like this – a process which should be continued with others in the future.

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

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John Felix Arnold III

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John Felix Arnold III, from top center clockwise: BLAM, BZAK, BOOM, POUM, All acrylic on wood panel, 16”x16”

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John Felix Arnold III, Exploding Innocence, Mixed media on fabricated wood panel, 48”x36”

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John Felix Arnold III, Jungle Sky Study, Ink drawing, 18”x24”

 

Photo of the Day: 4/13/15

Monday, 13 April 2015 11:36

Photo: Alex Dafnis (Carlsbad, CA)

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//////////////////~ submit your photos to: potd(at)fecalface.com ~ make sure they're at least 700 pixels in width.

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DLX Art Show Friday @111 Minna

Friday, 24 July 2015 15:27

Deluxe Distribution here in San Francisco, makers of Real, Antihero, Thunder, Spitfire, Krooked, Venture, host their very first art show in their 20 plus years at 111 Minna opening Friday, July 31st (7pm - late) in San Francisco.

DLX artists will showcase their personal and work related artworks. With MUSIC by TOMMY GUERRERO (maybe playing live?), JOHN CARDIEL and ORB

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Deluxe presents: HELP WANTED an artshow from the bowels of the Deluxe Artroom

Featuring Deluxe Artists:
AMANDA FOX, MATT CANTRELL, LOU BARBERIO, ANDY PITTS, SAM DAVIDSON, SHAWN BUSH, TODD FRANCIS, CHRIS BOND, GABE MORFORD, DENNIS McNETT, CHRIS WRIGHT, MARK GONZALES, and Deluxe friends

with MUSIC by TOMMY GUERRERO, JOHN CARDIEL and ORB

PREMIERE OF THE THE #DELUXEWAREHOUSEVIDO 8:00AM at 9PM

FEATURING: Adam Becerra, Alex Fatemi, Adrian Vega, Alex Wolslagel, Zech Stewart, And Many More

FRIDAY, JULY 31st 7PM
111 MINNA GALLERY
111 Minna Street SF CA
Must be 21+

 

John Trippe on The Creative Lives

Thursday, 12 November 2015 12:26

"Passionate and humble, John Trippe created a website to share his photos and art in 2000, what ended up happening was the creation and curation of a successful art sharing template that would inspire an entire movement online.

John moved to San Francisco to pursue skateboarding and art. Before long he was publishing his own art 'zine called Fecal Face, and when digital publishing when in its infancy he released fecalface.com. The website would go on to spread art across 50,000 unique visitors a day and inspire generations on how you can adapt to do what you love on your own terms.

Fecal Face celebrated it's 10 Year anniversary at The Luggage Store Gallery, a location he had been inspired by as a young art fan in San Francisco. In this episode we follow John as prepare for the blowout group show and reflect on the website's past and future."

I am more than honored to be included in the 2nd season of the series, The Creative Lives, featuring a slew of talented folks like Barry McGee, Jeremy Fish, Richard Coleman, Futura, Mike Giant, Cleon Peterson, Tiffany Bozic, The Date Farmers, and so many others.

I may have stepped away from Fecal Face for the time being, but when the dust settles, I'll be back. In the meantime, check www.johntrippe.com for updates from the road.

 

Bay Area Graffiti

Thursday, 05 February 2009 05:42

An interview with Steve Rotman who, with Chris Brennan, put out a book on graffiti in the Bay Area published through Mark Batty. Dan Carlson interviews.

 

Benjamin Edmiston

Thursday, 22 July 2010 19:07

When I first encountered Brooklyn artist Benjamin Edmiston's work it was truly refreshing. I'm immediately drawn to his use of flattened space, characters, finish and palette. I notice similarities of my own studio practice within the paintings so I also feel a connection to the artist's process.

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Whether or not it is intentional, I also notice traces from some of my other favorite artists like Matthew Palladino, Richard Coleman and a few others, but Ben's work is definitely unique in its own right. The paintings are stunning in person and his latest collection at The Infantree titled, Talking Shop, marks his first solo exhibition.

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One Way or Another VII (Part II)

Thursday, 19 August 2010 11:35

Michael Hsiung continues blogging his travels for Color Magazine's traveling skate-centric art shows up and down the west coast. This time the journey starts off with them leaving Escapist in Kansas City, MO and then heading to Austin, TX to meet up with Sieben and the guys from No Comply. We do some skating at the ditch, installing, visit Okay Mountain, have the opening, skate Alien Pond and then start our drive back.

Monday we posted Part One of this post.

 

Rimon Guimarães & Welcome Ana Ferraz

Friday, 21 January 2011 10:31

Hey. My name is Ana Ferraz and I’m a new contributor from São Paulo here at Fecal Face. I run a gallery called Fita Tape, in Porto Alegre, southern region of Brazil, together with my husband Lucas Ribeiro “Pexão”. We are currently showing a solo exhibition by Rimon Guimarães, one of our favorite young artists from Brazil. Friend and FF contributor Tristan Rault is also showing the artist at his gallery in Buenos Aires, Argentina, so I think it’s the perfect moment to introduce you to the work of Rimon.

Rimon is a young and talented artist from Curitiba, Brazil. His artwork often shows organic traces, hybrid forms and bold characters in a beautiful and unique style. Rimon’s first interests on art came from comic books/manga and graffiti, but now he also seeks influences on primitive art, Maya culture and botanic illustrators, such as Ferdnad Bauer and Ernest Haeckel. “I’m influenced by everything around me. I’m hyper sensible, that’s why I like to have a great contact with nature. Nature organization is a huge influence”, he says.

Rim’s works can be seen in the streets and in exhibitions, as the solo “Madrugada” (2007), Polinesia gallery and Laboratório Objeto Escarlate, Espaço +SOMA (2010), in Sao Paulo; “Voluvel” (2008) together with Pjota at the Parana’s MAC, in Curitiba; the group shows TRANSFER (2008 and 2010, in Porto Alegre and São Paulo) and Art Trek 7 (2010, Belgium) and currently in two solo exhibitions, Maré Plena, Fita Tape gallery (Porto Alegre) and Descalzo, |/_ gallery (Buenos Aires).

As an artist, Rimon is also member of the Interlux collective, a group of friends/artists/musicians/philosophers/activists who promote actions related to the urban space, with a situationist inspiration. Interlux actions create an atmosphere that involves and engage other people, in unusual performances. “Our first actions seemed like crazy parties”, he explains.

Besides Interlux, he works along three friends on Banzai Studio, a multidisciplinary creative studio, mixing commercial and personal projects on motion design, illustration, film, graffiti, and so on. With Banzai, Rim worked with clients as MTV, Listen Skateboards and Pernod Ricard. He also had a Nike SB limited shoe, together with the skateboarder Rodrigo Petersen, and works closely with the up and coming Brazilian skateboard shoes brand Öus.

 

Free Fridayz: Weekends

Friday, 16 November 2012 17:31

It's November. Mercury is in retrograde. Giants won the World Series, Obama won the president race, US drones are getting shot out of the sky, stores are ready to sell you EVERYTHING for Black Friday sales, and I don't think Santa is bringing me anything for Christmas this year. Whew, but back to Free Fridayz. Last week there was a decent turnout of drawings but not that many votes, which led to a tie. Which led to an official tie breaking decision by me. The winner of last weeks Free Fridayz goes to #16 by Solange who has won themselves a TShirt by Mel Kadel. It was a nice drawing and quite witty. Way to go.

There are some pretty nice entries this week. I had to keep a few out because they weren't in .jpeg format, didn't go with the theme or lacked blood, sweat and tears. Free Fridayz is transcending to the next dimension. To go where no drawing has gone before, which makes me think about space tourism. Over here in SF, the tourists are a bunch of bobble heads that block the sidewalk staring at food menus and store front pastries. Crowding shopping malls in their last chance to get a pair of denim. And they are all photographers now. A bunch of Ansel Adams. I pray to the Universe that if we ever have space tourism in this life-time, that these tourists travel with much more dignity and respect to the culture and places they visit or perhaps just start now. -Joe

 

Jeff Soto: A 2011 Recap

Thursday, 26 January 2012 13:00

LA based artist Jeff Soto recounts his 2011.

 

How To: Ginger Beer

Wednesday, 14 March 2012 07:57

If the last few months of 2011 were as action packed for you as they were for us, then you're probably itching for a vacation as badly as we are.... Now that 2012 has taken shape and the New Years bubbly is but a distant, albeit flat memory, we're looking ahead to warmer days and colder beverages and the anticipation of sand between our toes. Yeah, I know, it's only March and it's fixing to rain but desire is a substantive force. Seasonal obstacles withstanding, I find I can always fall back on those transportive, time-and-place flavors as a suitable stand-in until opportunity presents for the real thing.

So, in the spirit of vacations yet to be, enjoy the taste of someplace more a little warmer, a little bubblier and with a satisfying bite end the end... it may sound like hyperbole, but I assure you it's not.

HOMEMADE GINGER BEER:

  • 1-2 large fresh ginger roots: grated, chopped or sliced fine
  • 2 cups of fine granulated sugar
  • 1 gallon of bottled spring water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of bread yeast
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • juice from one fresh lemon and/or lime

Equipment: 1 gallon plastic water jug, food processor (optional).

1. Wash and dry the ginger root. If you have a food processor, use it to puree the root to fine pulp. If you don't have a processor, use a cheese grater to grate the root or chop with a knife as finely as you can.

The goal is to get the ginger bits small enough that the juice will release when boiled.

 

The Clipperton Project Sets Sail

Wednesday, 12 September 2012 11:08

Bay Area artist and waterman, Martin Machado, was invited to sail with a group of artists and scientists to a far off uninhabited atoll in the middle of the Eastern Pacific. Exotic animals and beautiful tranquil scenes. Check it and dream of similar travels.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW PART 2 OF THE BLOG

(photo: Naim Rahal) For another five days and nights we sailed basically due south, putting us far offshore as the Mexican coastline juts eastward.

(photo: Machado) Hey what the heck?

(photo: Machado) Ha, oh geez.

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(photo: Biller) I don't think they had seen a woman in months, so needless to say Manon took some harassment. Here one guy gave her the gift of a shirt but said she had to switch it with hers. That's about when we asked to be taken back to our boats.


 

Thee Oh Sees

Wednesday, 19 September 2012 09:37

Todd Walberg emailed over these photos of Thee Oh Sees recently taken last month at Pickathon in Happy Valley, Oregon. Why not a little post love for one of the best bands here in San Francisco?

Ever listen to our 2007 podcast interview with front man John Dwyer? It's a good one. Music in Providence, Start of the Coachwhips, Touring, Fighting in Toronto, Drugs, Recording, Favorite Shows, New Ohsees Album, Meric Long, and much much more... Recorded Nov 7, 2007 in the Mission District of San Francisco. Take a listen.

Thee Oh Sees are currently on tour with Ty Segall. They play in Brooklyn this Saturday, Sept 22nd. They return back to SF with a show on 10/12/2012 Great American Music Hall San Francisco, CA w/Sic Alps + Sonny Smith & The Mallard

Thee Oh Sees perform "Contraption" and "Soul Desert" live on KEXP from the Doug Fir Lounge in Portland during Musicfest NW. Recorded 9/10/10. www.kexp.org


 

The Diamond Sea @FFDG

Saturday, 03 November 2012 10:27

 

Kelsey Brookes Saturday in SOCAL

Wednesday, 07 November 2012 18:02

Mark Rose swung through Kelsey Brookes studio in San Diego a couple months ago to have a look at him working on his new show which opens this Saturday, Nov 10th down in La Jolla, CA. @Quint Contemporary Art.

 

WHEN YOU STEAL FROM FAMILY

Wednesday, 05 December 2012 15:05

Back in August I attended The Gathering of the Juggalos in southern Illinois. During The Gathering I heard mention of an "incident," which resulted in the total destruction of a person's car. I went to check it out, and found a small group taking turns bashing the wreck with sticks and rocks or stripping parts off. While I was watching I asked around and about the story.

Apparently the car belonged to a guy who had been stealing from people camping in the surrounding area. He got busted, with a car full of people's laptops, cell phones, wallets, etc. He literally got beaten all the way to the exit, where security rescued him and sent him away in an ambulance (one version of the story had him getting life-flighted). People then turned their rage on his car and personal belongings, repeatedly shouting "This is what happens when you steal from Family!" The final twist in the story? The car itself was stolen... from the guy's now ex-girlfriend.

To finish off the saga, and prevent people from continuing to repeatedly try and burn the car (there was a burn ban in place), they dragged the heap past the front of the main stage before ICP's set, as a reminder of what happens when you steal from Family. -Tod Seelie

 

Bryan Derballa's Best of 2012

Wednesday, 09 January 2013 15:54

NYC based photographer and Fecal Face contributor, Bryan Derballa, releases his best of 2012 photo slide show.

Soda streaming, Rhianna ripping off Sandy, live Björk, doggy district, date with Dana and done, Neutral Milk Hotel is still alive, mild winter, Fashion Week for T, feeling too old at Die Antwoord, Incendies, Vice cover, first SXSW, Bonfire Session, Whole Foods raw bar, FADER Fortitude, half-million clicks and Mark II dies, ATX -> SF, Creators at Fort Mason, reconnecting with Micah, Guernville, Ying and Thalia, Goonies beach, 5D Mark III, X100, Olivia's first birthday, The Idler Wheel, K-Swiss in Hollywood Hills, Palm Springs compound, fuck it dude life's a risk, staying at Coachella for one song, Flore, green juice, red juice, home juice, Vic in Syria, Jacob on speed dial, Jill Lepore's New Yorker articles, portfolio book for no one to see, Jansport support, Benny Gold collaboration, Indian Summer the lookbook, Moonrise Kindgom, LOOK3 No. 4, Econolodge crew, Champs, Toronto under the weather, summer camped, Annelise's tent, Koston's party on the roof, cousins in Philly, Mojo bails, Pop Etc, two-mile runs, House of Vans regular, A+J split, Ariel's Wired, Christian Marclay's Clock, Elias and Nikki are fairweather neighbors, night beaching at Tilden, Allen Ying always willing to drive, successfully avoid my 30th, Bnels to the rescue, Holiday Road, Hell Hole holy grail, one more wisdom tooth gone, two to go, Dark Knight Rises along at 10am, celebrity portraits, Mom visits, brings roman candles, Paulie Gee's, Ghost the Musical, Live Through This, vogue knight, Latex Ball, crying a little at Beasts of the Southern Wild, LES park, Retina come-up, Biba's Bachelor adventure, Twisted Falls, Cameron makes the move, Risk podcasting, The Master in 70mm, smoothie perfection, Tool, Skenoto, backflips on the ropeswing, Jacob + Zoe, "In The Air Tonight", photo booth in the woods, S/S 2013, David Blaine at Autumn Bowl, Electrified, working alongside Belleme, fuck ATT, iPhone 5 with no line, Josh + Amy, capture the flag, no-mile runs, haunted house, Fiona live, the endless cough, Callbox Halloween, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Cloud Atlas is everything and more, Superstorm Sandy, exploring, underestimating, understanding, sympathizing, WSJ front page, Teenage Angst, crowdsurfing, conversing with The RZA, Miss Mary Eveyln, Obama the sequel, Juxtapozing, FTW fashion, Palladium lookbook, Domino Sugar factory, stepbrothers with Cameron, Humboldt Hollow dissolves, Jacoby bails, Flatbush Zombies in Flatbush, Thanksgiving for 50, singing ballads, J. Crew, homies with Jenna, London, finally meeting Erin in Ireland, Cliffs of Moher, traditional Irish music, Jansport x Benny Gold round 2, California Coast, Smashing Pumpkins at Barclays, gun control, Perks of Being a Wallflower was better than expected, Coney Island on Christmas Eve, polar plunge, memorable holidays, hard driving me crazy, New Years at the lake in the snow, New Years at the motel.

 

Kyle Kogut - Mini Interview

Thursday, 07 February 2013 12:13

Location? Age? Education? Website?

Philadelphia, PA. 22. BFA from Tyler School of Art. www.kylekogut.com

How would you describe your work to someone?

My work mainly consists of mixed media drawings and paintings of nonsensical figures/environments. A lot of it is about mankind's relationship to Nature, in both physical and metaphysical realms. Recently I've also been making animations and sculptures that deal with similar narratives.

Influences?

My biggest inspiration is the natural world; what separates man from animal, and how have we evolved to conceptualize and comprehend our own existence as independent entities from the world around us. Mythology, philosophy, religious iconography, and cultural practices all play a part in the narrative of my work. Visual influnences include the Northern Renaissance period, Greek and Roman antiquity, fauvism, Christopher Davison, Picasso, Allison Shulnik, Jan Švankmajer, Dasha Shiskin, Dürer, Lucas Cranach the Elder, and countless others. Influences really come from everything.

Cheese burgers or tofu burgers?

Cheese please.

Favorite place traveled?

North Wales.

Working routine? Music? Time of day?

I basically lock myself in my studio and pretty much just do whatever I want, no rules. I make myself be stay productive and use my work as exploration of new ideas. I'm always looking for that next image or theme to expand on or experiment with. In the studio I listen to everything from the Black Angels to Panda Bear to Om. I make work around my job schedule, so it all kind of depends.

How do you pay the bills?

I run my own screen printing company and fill in some hours at a library, which also serves as an endless resource of history and imagery. I also have some potential teaching opportunities in the near future.

 

High 5s: 3 Weddings and a Funeral

Wednesday, 16 October 2013 10:50

Crazy couple of months. The old man died, and I got to see 3 great friends get married. Some go, and some arrive. Tis life's swings in visual forms.

 

Studio Visit w/ Ferris Plock

Wednesday, 11 December 2013 14:51

SAN FRANCISCO --- Swung through Ferris Plock's studio yesterday to have a quick look-see at this newest body of work which goes on display at The Shooting Gallery with the opening of the solo show Unrest scheduled for Saturday, Dec 14th. PICS

Heavily influenced by Japanese woodblocks of the Edo period, Plock will show 20-25 new character portraits featuring imagery of knights with neighborhood-specific armor and flags, all painted with acrylic, house paint, gouache and gold leaf on panel.

Smell the Glove.

 

Interview w/ Mike Giant

Thursday, 23 January 2014 12:43

Legendary graffiti/ tattoo/ clothing design (Rebel 8)/ artist/ the one and only MIKE GIANT opens Modern Hieroglyphics on Friday, February 7th (6-9pm) at San Francisco's FFDG, 2277 Mission St. @19th St. (RSVP on Facebook)

Giant's words on the show: I started to look at modern tattoo designs as well as corporate and band logos as "modern hieroglyphics". I thought a lot about how the symbols of our time would be objectively translated by future generations. And instead of trying to explain it, I made drawings to codify the symbolic language of our time for future observers to translate for themselves. -Mike Giant

Artist Mike Giant opens his solo show on Feb 7th at San Francisco's FFDG.

So your upcoming solo show at FFDG opens on Feb 7th. What do you plan on showing for it?

I made lots of drawings on 11x14" sheets of drawing paper. The subject matter is mostly tattoo designs with some corporate and band logos thrown in for good measure. I will also be showing some silk-screened editions and I hope to set up a slide show.

What have you been up to? How has 2014 started out for you?

I spent the New Years with my friend Lina who was visiting from Amsterdam. We partied, walked around a lot and made some art. It was a great way to start the year.

What's going on with Rebel8?

We just debuted our Fall collection at the Agenda trade show where I walked around in an LAPD uniform, keeping guard on a squad car I tagged all over. It was really fun. Tomorrow Joshy and I are headed to Colorado for an industry party and some clean air.

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Alex Ziv at The League Gallery (Berkeley)

Friday, 09 May 2014 08:32

Our friend Alex Ziv has finally let us see what he’s been working on holed up in his SFAI studio for the last two years with his new solo show at the debut of The League Gallery in Berkeley. Tucked away in an industrial building, League Gallery provided the perfect space for Ziv’s larger works, displayed for the first time publicly. The show is incredibly clean and upholds the standard of his almost perfectly executed paintings (PHOTOS).

Propelling forward from his earlier smaller works using motorcycle motifs, Ziv has really expanded his repertoire with this new body of work. The symbols no longer read as flat signs floating in space but are instead inextricably connected with the rest of the figures and words within the work. The drop-shadows, detailed wood and folded curtains really put it over the top for me, and I highly suggest a trip out to the East Bay to see this work when you can. Congrats, Ziv, on the really great show, can’t wait to see what’s next.

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

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Photo of the Day: 3/11/15

Wednesday, 11 March 2015 08:43

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Jim Houser in Amsterdamn

Friday, 22 May 2015 15:54

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.

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Mike Giant - The Creative Lives

Monday, 17 August 2015 09:39

The Creative Lives releases their first short for their second season on seasoned Mike Giant!

 

Ray Fong Gear

Monday, 10 April 2006 05:50

HUF hooked us up with some Ray Fong shirts. Check out his new shoe. He made a shoe?! Weird.

 

Marsea Goldberg of New Image Art

Saturday, 24 January 2009 09:30

On the eve of New Image Art's 15 year anniversary show, Jeff Soto interviews Marsea, the founder and curator, about the gallery's unique past and its future.

 

Ed Templeton Talk at OCMA

Wednesday, 18 August 2010 10:22

Last Thursday, we went down to Newport to catch Artist Ed Templeton’s talk with Juxtapoz magazine co-founders Greg Escalante and CR Stecyk III, moderated by Joseph Dugan at the Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA). Director Kevin Barnett aslo presented some footage from his upcoming documentary, Primer, featuring Ed Templeton. Following the panel, Ed signed some copies of his books Deformer andThe Cemetery of Reason while some of us dined at the taco truck. We would have caught the film at the beginning, but we were caught in some brutal traffic. Driving time 1:45 minutes. ~CHECK SOME PHOTOS

 

Internet Shack Season 2 Episode 3

Tuesday, 03 May 2011 11:08

Another round of trials from Michael Sieben's camp ramp. Can he raise enough money by finding out what the teens are into?! Special guest Will Oldham... yeah, that Will Oldham.

 

Jeff Soto: Goodbye, Old Studio

Wednesday, 26 October 2011 12:00

In October 2005, just a few months after we had our first daughter, I leased an industrial space near our small apartment. It was a pretty big decision for Jennifer and I, it was another bill (several) and another responsibility for us- already under pressure with a two month old baby!

It ended up being the right move- I'd been working on our kitchen table or driving across town to work in my parent's garage. We had moved into a two room apartment but there was still no room to work. I found a nice 1000 sq/ft industrial warehouse type shop with a small office in front. I got the idea from seeing the Clayton Brother's studio a few years before. The place was big enough, versatile and had plenty of storage space, with large walls, a roll up door and high ceilings. It was perfect, and I got right to work.

I'm a little sad to leave when I look back at all the exhibits and paintings I worked on at this space, not to mention how my life has changed the past six years. It's been a pretty cool/strange/awesomely/fucked up/rad six years!

Now I've moved into a great new space with friends. The new studio has everything the old one has with more support and camaraderie. Gonna be a new adventure and I'm hoping to get many years of great work accomplished here. But I'll keep in my heart my little studio which helped me get off the ground!!

Here's some pictures over the years....

 

SXSW ~ An Intern's Journey

Tuesday, 27 March 2012 10:11

Our wonderous intern and SFAI student, Alex Uhrich, traveled off to the Lone Star state for beers and musical enhancements. Loaded with our trusty Olympus Stylus Epic he brought back these photos with an edition of word sounds.

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After 36-hour ordeal trying to escape San Francisco for South by Southwest, I finally made it into Austin. I caught a bus downtown to meet up with some friends and started making my way east. It was pretty much instantly a shit storm of activity, drunk girls stumbling everywhere, music blaring from every bar, and people generally having a good time. I made it to my first show, which was a Burger Records showcase at a small record store called Trailerspace. We started in on the free beer and watched some awesome bands play, both overlying themes of my trip. My friends Pangea, who I spent most of my time down south with, killed it. ~READ ON

 

Japanther - "Come Back Home"

Tuesday, 01 May 2012 14:55

Old friend Kirk Dianda emailed over his latest video he edited for Japanther's song Come Back Home with classic stop-motion by Amber B.

Original animation cells are being auctioned here to raise money for an anxiety and depression charity.

 

Free Fridayz: Talking Heads

Saturday, 27 October 2012 13:52

It's Free Fridayz time again. I bet you all are wondering who one last weeks theme, Ghostbusters? There were so many votes. Great participation everyone. But check this, a lot of votes did not count because they did not log-in. The drawer who got the most logged votes was number #1, Amia from Spokane Washington. Way to go!! You won,

We had big turn out this week for Talking Heads. The drawings look AWESOME. I don't have a binder full of women. If I did, they'd be aging in a box at a dusty storage unit having lesbian sex together. Thanks for all of you that format your drawings to file, size and make it presentable. The stakes are about to get raised for the next sessions. Things been a bit lenient for this first phase of FF. Some of you are new to the game. Drawings have to display efforts according to the theme. Gotta see the words Fecal Face (FF) and have a level of presentation and be sent as a jpg. Just a little cooperation makes my job easier. I like easy, just like you. And it's always nice when you all include your city, state, planet to represent. See the guidelines below.

And remember, Have your homies log-in to vote!!! -Joseph Magnano

Next week's theme: Weekends

Submission Guidelines for next week:
We had some great entries this week that we couldn't run, either because they weren't sized right or had nothing to do with theme. Just to be clear, when the next theme comes out the old theme is officially over. Please don't send in more submissions for old themes. It makes up feel bad when you send us stuff and we can't post it up so please read the guidlines below:

- This is a drawing/ illustration fun contest. Photography generally not accepted.
- The size formatting is 695 pixels in width OR length. So if you have a long skinny one, please make sure it is not over 695 in length or we will not be able to see it well.
- Name your submission your first and last name. Example: john_doe.jpg
- Include the words "Fecal Face" somewhere in the art so we know you created it (please do not to add it in later with Photoshop).
- One submission per person by Friday October 12th at 12pm PST.
- If you have a website (or two) please specify which one you would like me to link in the body of your email. Also, let us know where you're from! Send it all to freefridayz (at) fecalface.com.

 

FILLING THE VOID

Thursday, 29 November 2012 10:28

Some of Tod Seelie's post Sandy coverage from a couple weeks ago. Did you happen to view his first post or Bryan Derballa's photo blog?

So sad also about the galleries in Chelsea that had extensive water damage. We asked a friend recently about the situation and commented how lucky that the galleries are insured and will cover their losses when he responded, "they don't have flood insurance. Insurance won't cover a thing." Ugh... Well, we hope they all get back on their feet quickly. Here's a somewhat recent news video story here.

 

CONEY ISLAND CHRISTMAS EVE

Friday, 04 January 2013 10:47

Christmas Eve. Coney Island. 34 degrees. Perfect. -Bryan Derballa

 

Jay Bo - Mini Interview

Thursday, 17 January 2013 14:00

San Francisco artist Kevin Taylor introduced us to the work of Jay Bo who lives and works in Berlin.

Kevin was there in Berlin a few months back working on a solo show (studio visit pics) and thought we'd like Jay Bo's paintings. Well, we do and wanted to share them with you.

Location? Age? Education? Website?

I was born in the south of France, but living in Berlin since 86. | Enough. | None but the strength of life. I quit school by the age of 14. | www.jayboisms.com www.eyeseaeye.com www.iwishusun.com

How would you describe your work to someone?

My work is about visual fragmentation. About rebuilding. I follow paradoxical ideas at the edge of the legacy of romantism. A touch of insanity, a dance between rational and irrational, I just try to escape reality. I considere myself an abstract painter, playing with the contrast between hyperrealism and expressionism. I try to marry the two. By the way this is not a question I can answer, as my answer is the piece itself.

Influences?

I am perpetually influenced by everything, my work is based on layers, as our memories are. The raster made out of thoses bring me to new horizons. That's why I am not only influenced by the old paint masters but also on the multiple failures of mankind. by the nature, by your questioning as well as by the silence in the morning, by the words of poets, and by the screams of Earth.

Cheese burgers or tofu burgers?

Definitly both but self made.

Favorite place traveled?

Well the next one. I am interessted in the concept of traveling not in places. And this has to be contrasted, I like to observe confrontation. Visual opposition. I am walking the same ways over and over and I find something unseen everyday. I am an observer and I need therefore more time on a new place to understand it. Africa have left a big influence on my acceptance of chaos.

Working routine?

Yes which is the hard part. Discipline never has be my friend.

 

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Gone Fishin'
Tuesday, 13 October 2015 11:39

I don't think at this point it needs to be written since the last update to Fecal Face was a long time ago, but...

I, John Trippe, have put this baby Fecal Face to bed. I'm now focusing my efforts on running ECommerce at DLX which I'm very excited about... I guess you can't take skateboarding out of a skateboarder.

It was a great 15 years, and most of that effort can still be found within the site. Click around. There's a lot of content to explore.

Hit me up if you have any ECommerce related questions. - trippe.io


 

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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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Work by Meryl Pataky

 

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

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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

 

Solidarity
Thursday, 08 January 2015 09:36

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

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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.

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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

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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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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.


NYCHOS @Fifty24SF

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.


BANDES DE PUB / STRIP BOX

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.


GOLD BLOOD, MAGIC WEIRDOS

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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