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Hot & Cold: The End is Here
Written by Andrew Scott   
Friday, 11 September 2009 04:12
This collaborative art zine made by Chris Duncan and Griffin McPartland is releasing it's final issue on September 11th, 2009 w/ a show @Baer Ridgway in SF.

Hot and Cold, the collaborative art zine made by Chris Duncan and Griffin McPartland is releasing it's final issue on September 11th, 2009. Over the last seven years, the zine has snowballed in popularity gaining international recognition through it's intricately hand-assembled pages and large scale gallery exhibitions - most notably at The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and San Francisco's Luggage Store. Hot & Cold has hosted a good chunk of the up and coming artists creating work today, and most recently, solidifying it's place in history, was acquired as part of the New York Museum of Modern Art's permanent collection. I sat down with it's creators and spoke with them about the unique and interesting phenomena that is Hot and Cold.

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Griffin McPartland and Chris Duncan at the release of Hot & Cold #6, Mama Buzz Gallery, Oakland.

At what point did H&C start, and what was the initial impetus for starting it?

Griffin: Believe it or not, Chris was needling me to do a zine, about all I had in the plus column was that I used to make a few. I tried like hell to say no and did a few times but was caught off guard one night after we had a huge dinner at my house and said yes to his non-dish-doing-ass.

Chris: September 11th 2002 was when it started, I was just about done with art school. At school you have assignments to keep you busy. I had absolutely nothing lined up after I graduated and thought it would be great to make a zine, both to keep myself busy and to participate with what was happening around me. I had never done one but had always wished I had. Growing up in the hardcore scene I felt like everyone I knew was in a band, had a label, did a distro, booked shows, or made a zine. And there was me, not really doing anything but going to shows. I had a strong urge to contribute. So we hung out a Juice Design a couple of nights after hours, scanning and what not, and then we had a zine. Paul Urich and Brett Critchlow were instrumental in our first effort.

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Hot & Cold Issues Number Two through Nine

Where did the name come from?

Griffin: Opposing styles. I was drawing dicks and Chris was drawing birds at this point. Again, I have to give the credit to Chris. The secret is out as to who the creative force here is...

Chris: Griffin's answer is perfect. Calling it HOT AND COLD was the deal sealer. Griffin was very hesitant to the idea of us making anything. I was, and at times still am, very serious about art. I felt a need to construct a platform for me to not take myself so seriously, and Griffin provided that (and generally still does). He'd make jokes and talk shit about everything, so it made sense like two opposites coming together. That was seriously the only reason it all came together. That dinner, by the way, was thanksgiving, and I did do the dishes that night.

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From the pages of H&C, Chris Duncan

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From the pages of H&C, Griffin McPartland (left) and silk-screened inserts envelope (right)

At what point does it end?

Griffin: At the tip of it now. September 11th, 2009. Exactly seven years since it started.

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Duncan and McPartland assembling the final issue of Hot & Cold

Why only do 10 issues?

Griffin: Because 01 looked bad (this is little known) on the first cover design. We sat back rubbed our chin and flipped the film around to show 10 and Chris said, "fuck it, let's count down from ten!" And that set forth this count down which actually made it easier to produce each issue even more convoluted than the last since we had an end goal. Also that is how some of, in my opinion, our best decisions are/were made, under the gun of money and time.

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Griffin McPartland

Chris: I always forget that was the real impetus. During our whole trip everything that we've done has come from something not working out. That 01 vs. 10 was the beginning. I feel like every choice we have made stems from an idea or goal we had that didn't really pan out. It feels good to be able to roll with what ever you are handed and try to make something rad out it. We have learned how to make some great lemonade.

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Assorted Hot & Cold ephemera at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Did you envision doing it for a set amount of time? Did it end sooner or later than anticipated?

Griffin: I remember we wanted to do it more frequently, then the project turned into what it is and we were seeing that each issue took hours of touching and re-touching so we slowed it to more of an annual zine which suited our lives more. As a result, I think that it also built a quite momentum that way, not shoving it down throats or petering off into obscurity at the hands of two flakes. This also touches on the idea of having an end in sight from the start. I was part of a zine before doing F-Word, that just lost steam and sat 80% finished on zip discs. Having an end established from the get go imposes some foreshadow of guilt if you should bail out ahead of schedule.

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Duncan vs. Hot & Cold Issue #1

Chris: It has been an organic process. The more elaborate the issues got, the slower it has taken for them to be released. We never had a time line. We naively chose the countdown method without ever considering anything other than what the next one might hold. That's what has made it fun. Letting it build on it's own and when the time felt right. That being said, I LOVE the fact that it's taken seven years to complete the project. What a great number. Hot and Cold is ending right when it's supposed to. "It took you seven years to get this far, I thought you committed for life."

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Hot & Cold Issue #3 set list

Which artists participated in the Hold & Cold over the years?

(*Complete gargantuan listing of issues and artist involved located at the end of interview)

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Hot & Cold Issue #3

Which galleries and or venues hosted the release parties and Hot & Cold exhibitions? Needles & Pens, The Show Cave, Buzz Gallery, Juice Design, Otsu, Lump Gallery, Eleanor Harwood Gallery, The Luggage Store, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and Baer Ridgway Exhibitions.

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Griffin putting together the 3" monster issue of Hot & Cold #1

For the final issue, number one, the largest H&C to date, what can people expect?

Griffin: They can expect to wrestle this thing out of the bag, it sure wasn't easy getting it in. I counted somewhere around 15 inserts and 170 pages and about 3" thick.

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Jason Jagel

Chris: Okay, there are two seven-inch records by Soft Circle, the Urxed, Tommy Guererro, Namesake, Amy Franchencini, Wilson Diaz (and no mp-3 or digital downloads, so pull out your record players). Posters by Reed Anderson and Will Yakulic, smaller zines by Griffin McPartland, Ryan Wallace, a dvd by the TM Sisters, a map that leads to radness by David Wilson, handmade pages by Monica Canilao and Dan Tierney, a bandana by Mat O'brien, stickers, buttons ...a lot of things. This one is our best effort yet.

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Mary Joy Scott

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Vic Blue

I've heard rumors about the possibility of an issue #0 also being released in the near future. Can you please dispel this rumor for the public?

Griffin: Indeed the case, but you must redeem the ticket you get when you buy issue #1 and you will get #0 for free. That is for the completists should they be paying attention...

Chris: Yes, so basically if you buy issue one, you get issue zero. There are two ways you can do this: The first and best one would be to buy issue one sometime between September 11th and the 19th, find the voucher and your David Wilson map. Follow David's directions to the ribbons/Hot and Cold organized gathering on September 20th Bring your voucher and we will give you issue zero. You might also want to bring some food or drink as the gathering is somewhat of a potluck. There will be music and radness. David has been building a fort all summer in preparation for this. epic times. ribbonsribbons.blogspot.com The other way would be to mail it in to the address on the voucher - less fun, but totally acceptable.

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Hot & Cold #1 in progress

What's the furthest, or in your opinion, the most exciting place on Earth that Hot & Cold has reached? Any random feedback from anyone in Uruguay or, a museum director for Reykjavik?

Griffin: Stockton. Vic Blue lived there for a bit and he has at least 7 issues. There is also the UK, but what have they got over Stockton other than culture?

Chris: I would say the NY MOMA, and Indonesia.

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Mat O'Brien

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Chris Duncan

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Tauba Auerbach

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Duncan in the zine factory

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Paul Schiek

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Brion Nuda Rosch

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Chrissy Piper

You guys have successfully, unknowingly or not, captured and documented much of the contemporary art happening in the last 10 years, would you say that it was an exceptionally unique time in history for creativity?

Griffin: Seeing that I am a garbage man I'm going to let Chris handle this one.

Chris: I think all times are unique. There might be moments of things being overly derivative, or influences being far too apparent, but I feel very comfortable saying the past seven years that we have been doing this has been a special time. So much has occurred, so much history has been made in this short time, our time, and we have had a very small part in documenting some beautiful, raw, romantic and fucked up responses to living in this day and age. As far as where we, or anyone who has contributed to Hot and Cold goes and their/our place in history - who knows. My thoughts are with the future. This answer feels like a cross between a Youth of Today song and some Goonies quotes.

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Griffin McPartland

Anyone that this project would not have been possible without?

Griffin: Chris Pew, Chris Duncan and 1984 printing. Support of local venues, friends and interested parties.

Chris: The only thing I would change in Griffin's answer would be my name for his. And also raise a glass to Greg Lind, he was able to get our project into the NYMOMA. And last but not least, the funding we received for this issue from a Southern Exposure Artist's grant called Alternative Exposure.

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Courtney Daily

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Michael Sieben

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Paul Wackers

Besides wiping the sweat from your brow, what will you be doing the day after the final H&C is released?

Griffin: Nursing a hangover and missing my wife and child.

Chris: Getting ready for the next event which is September 12th at Baer Ridgway as well. Coconut is playing around 5 o'clock. ...Then David and Mariah's engagement party, congrats you two!

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The End is Here

Is this it for the Duncan/McPartland collaborative art team? Any future projects in your back pockets?

Griffin: Same sex marriage. I think I am done. Unless something comes up and of course it will probably be with Chris seeing as he is one of four people I talk to on a regular basis.

Chris: This is it for now. As the shirt says: HOT & COLD R.I.P.

Fine work gentlemen.

Thank you sir.

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* Listing of Hot & Cold issues and artists involved:

HOT AND COLD 10.
Published 2002. Made in an edition of 100. Silkscreened cover. 42 pages. Stenciled and photocopied pages. Came with button, sticker and prints by Dustin Wenngreen and Griffin McPartland. Artists include: Chris Duncan. Griffin McPartland, Jason Mcafee, Jeremy Weiss, Vic Blue, Paul Urich, Derek Snodgrass, Shay Nowich and Alex Kopps.

HOT AND COLD 9.
Published 2003. Made in edition of 100. Silkscreened cover designed by Ian Lynam. 56 pages. Photocopied, stenciled and color copied pages. Came with inserts by Griffin McPartland, Chris Duncan, Mat O'Brien and David Benzler. Artists include: David Benzler, Vic Blue, Tiffany Bozic, Kris Chau, Chris Duncan, Mik Gaspay, Mike Giant, Bob Kronbauer, Ian Lynam, Chris McNally, Griffin McPartland, Craig Metzger, Mat O'Brien, Chris Pew, Aki Raymer, Kelly Tunstall, Paul Urich and Chris Wright.

HOT AND COLD 8.
Published 2004. Made in edition of 150. Silkscreened cover designed by Griffin McPartland. 10 covers had spray-paint and silkscreened elements. 76 pages. Silkscreened poster insert by Anthony Skirvin. Photocopied and stenciled pages. Came with inserts by: Dominic East (our lady of the highway cd), Pete Glover (print), Griffin McPartland (book), Andrew Scott (sob story zine), Blakely Dadson (sticker), Anthony Skirvin (sticker), Nat Swope (print). artists include: Vic Blue, Lori D, Blakely Dadson, Chris Duncan, Dominic East, Jeremy Fish, Pete Glover, Caitlin Kuhwald, Griffin McPartland, Kyle Ranson, Moses Saarni, Tucker Schwarz, Andrew Scott, Michael Sieben, Anthony Skirvin, Nat Swope, Silver Warner and Jennifer Wofford.

HOT AND COLD 7.
Published 2004. made in edition of 150. silkscreened cover designed and printed by Tim Gough. 80 pages. silkscreened pages by Courtney Dailey and Thom Lessner. original page by Brion Nudah Rosch, photocopied pages. Inserts by: Vic Blue(photo), Allyson Mellberg and Jeremy Taylor (print), Jake Watling (zine), Namesake(cd), Griffin McPartland (zine and print) john Darnelle(poster). Artists include: Tauba Auerbach, Vic Blue, Dustin Wenngreen, Courtney Dailey, Chris Duncan, David Franklin, Jim Gaylord, Tim Gough, Thom Lessner, Lump Lipshitz, Ian lynam, Griffin McPartland, Allyson Mellberg, Namesake, Chrissy Piper, Brion Nudah Rosch, Jeremy Taylor, Tim Warner and Jake Watling.

HOT AND COLD 6.
Published in 2004. Made in edition of 150. Silkscreened cover designed by Duncan and McPartland. 60 pages. Original page by Rebecca Miller. original page by Paul Schiek, original page by Tom Vadakan, patch by Jen Smith. inserts by: Crust and Dirt(postcards), David D'Andrea(print), Chris Duncan(print), Nick Neubeck(print), Chris Pew(calender), Mary Joy Scott(print), Poketo/Hot and Cold collaborative wallet, Derek Snodgrass(stickers). Artists include: Chris Duncan, Mary joy Scott, Paul Schiek, Jen Smith, Eamon Ore-Giron, Griffin McPartland, Brett Chritchlow, Rebecca Miller, Crust and Dirt, Derrick Snodgrass, Nick Neubeck, Isaac McKay Randozzi, David D'Andrea, Tom Vadakan.

HOT AND COLD 5.
Published in 2005. made in edition of 150. 90 pages. silkscreened cover designed by will Yackulic. original page by Judd vetrone, Andy Jenkins, Griffin McPartland and Sarah Grierson. Color pages by Ida Pearle. Photocopied and stenciled pages. Inserts by: Celeste Cooper (cookbook), Chris Pew(sticker), David Benzler (envelopes), Deuce Huslaz(cd), Souther Salazar(print), Chris Duncan(sticker and print), Claire and Jeremy Weiss (zine), Griffin McPartland(button). Artist include: Amanda Eicher, Dustin Wenngreen, Alena Rudolph, Judd Vetrone, Charles Calahan, Ida Pearle, Maya Hayuk, Jovi Schnell, Mat Obrien, Griffin McPartland, Sarah Grierson, Sacha Eckes, Chris Pew, Rita Badalamenti, Will Yackulic, Jeremy and Claire Weiss.

HOT AND COLD 4.
Published 2005. made in edition of 150. triple exposure photograph and sewn paper cover by Vic Blue. 86 pages. original woodblocked pages and envelope by Nathalie Roland. original silkscreened pages by Alicia McCarthy and Sahar Khoury. inserts by: Chris Wright(zine), Lori d.(dvd), Andrew Dudek(cd), Griffin McPartland(zine), Joseph Hart(sticker). Artists include: Nathalie Roland, Sarah Smith, Robert Gutierrez, Ryan Wallace, Griffin McPartland, Oliver Halsman Rosenberg, Alicia McCarthy, Sahar Khoury, Joseph Hart, Lisa Sussman and Lori D.

HOT AND COLD 3.
Published 2007. made in edition of 150. Silk-screened and stenciled cover designed by Chris Duncan. 84 pages(offset printed). original page by veronica Dejesus. inserts by: Maya Hayuk(envelope), Chris Duncan(button and sticker), Aya-Mei Duncan(drawing), Max Hubenthal(zine), Griffin McPartland (avocado), Suro (cd). Artists include: Carson Ellis, Claire and Jeremy Weiss, Keith Shore, Scott Hug, Max Hubenthal, Nancy Chan, Veronica DeJesus, Paul Urich, Jessie Rose Valla, Joe Brook, Carolyn Ryder Cooley, Kevin Hooyman, Maya hayuk, and Mike Pare.

HOT AND COLD 2.
Published 2008. Made in edition of 150. Silkscreened cover designed and printed by Glenn Baldridge. 96 pages(offset printed and color pages). Original pages by Andy Vogt, Paul Schiek and Jen Smith. Inserts by: Tucker Nichols (prints), the Golden Bears (cd), Amanda Eicher (cd), Chris Taggart (miniature sculpture edition), Mary Elizabeth Yarbrough (oprah winfrey) and Ryan Jacob Smith (prints). Artists include: Griffin McPartland, Jason Jagel, Jen Smith, Tucker Nichols, Butt Johnson, Chris Duncan, Paul Schiek, Paul Wackers, William Swanson, Chris Corales, Jeremy and Claire Weiss, Hisham Akira Bharoocha, Bill Dunlap, Juliana Bright, the Golden Bears, Amanda Eicher, Colter Jacobsen, Glen Baldridge, Ernesto Burgos, Chris Pew, Chris Taggart, Andy Vogt, Mary Elizabeth Yarbrough, Ryan Jacob Smith.

HOT AND COLD 1.
Published 2009. Made in edition of 150. Silkscreened cover designed by Chris Duncan. 170 pages. Offset printed and color printed. Original pages by: Monica Canilao, Daniel Tierney. Inserts by: TM Sisters, Griffin McPartland, Will Yackulic, Ryan Wallace, Brion Nuda Rosch, Amy Francheschini and Wilson Diaz, Mat O'Brien, Cynthia Connolly, The Urxed, Soft Circle, Namesake, Tommy Guerrero, Reed Anderson and David Wilson. Artists include: Heidi Anderson, Reed Anderson, Michael Arcega, Michelle Blade, Monica Canilao, Tammy Rae Carland, Cynthia Connolly, Wilson Diaz, ChrisDuncan, Amy Francheschini, Edie Fake, Kathleen Henderson, Rich Jacobs, Xylor Jane, Reuben Lorch-Miller, Mads Lynnerup, Griffin McPartland, Mat O'Brien, Jay Nelson, Brion Nuda Rosch, Daniel Tierney, TM Sisters, Ryan Wallace, Lindsey White, David Wilson, Will Yackulic.

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Wednesday, 23 April 2014 09:23

CHICAGO --- Ryan Travis Christian opens his second solo show Check please with Western Exhibitions this Friday, April 25th featuring graphite on paper drawings of his signature cartoon-style alongside a second suite of works on paper and sculptures that employ color. ~show details

Photos from his 2011 show at Guererro Gallery - Photos from his 2012 Halsey McKay show in New York - he curated this show for FFDG in '11

Ryan Travis Christian April 25th at Western Editions, Chicago

 

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Ryan De La Hoz at Seattle's Flatcolor
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SEATTLE --- San Francisco based Ryan De La Hoz opens a show of new works at Flat Color on May 1st. We love Ryan's work and have shown it many times throughout the years. Ryan will be also showing at LA - Juxtapoz Psychedelic Show, The Well, LA, CA April 26th 2014 - SF - Paper Cuts, Spoke Art, SF, CA May 3rd 2014

Working in unconventional mediums such as woven blankets, puzzles, and faux marble, De La Hoz has pioneered an innovative style in a class of its own. Collages of white noise, flowers and tie-dye are all hand cut and assembled to create mystic portals of intrigue. Heavily influenced by themes of death and rebirth, past and present, and the collision of modern culture with antiquity; Form and Void is mysterious look into the odyssey of creation, destruction, and an examination of society at large. -show details

 

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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.

 

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GET THE SHOW DETAILS --- a bunch of NYCHOS

 

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I love you, dear.... Huh? Wut?

 

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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.

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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.

 

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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.


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.


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