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SF & Fresno
Written by Noah Hanson   
Thursday, 13 July 2006 04:43
Noah continues his travels across the US hitting up gay pride, the aquarium, and more.

Greetings from San Francisco! In my last trip log I left off with how I met up with Amy and Theo for a trip to the Jelly Belly Factory. Now that we're back in SF we decided to make it up to our pancreases by eating a healthy dinner at the Herbivore restaurant [one of my favorites]. During this part of the trip we are staying with good buddy John Trippe, who has a wonderful house with lots of cool roomates, art, and a shitload of skateboards.

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Our temporary living courters.

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The boards.

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The FecalFace office.

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Lots of art in John's room.

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After a good nights rest, Michelle and I took off to meet up with Theo and Amy down by the Fisherman's Warf. It's a super touristy area with tons of shops selling nothing but shot glasses and t-shirts printed with bikini babe bodies on them, but we had the once in a lifetime chance to get an authentic tour put on by San Francisco's "Ride the Ducks" for free. For those of you who don't know what "Ride the Ducks" is, it's a huge amphibious military vehicle that they give you tours of the city and bay in. Normally it costs money's, but 'cos Amy's friend works there we got to go for free. Thanks Amy's friend!

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The driver was actually a super rad WWII vet with a killer accent, who gave a pretty imformative tour. We started things off by driving around the Fisherman's Warf area, and then all the way to China town. He told us lots of great stories about famous quakes and fires from back in the day. I didn't take too many pics, but here's what I've got.

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Some burning man sculptures.

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At this point we had pulled into the ocean and told us about some of the different docked ships.

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Then he let some of the passengers steer for a bit.

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Amy Friesen.

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The city.

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The stadium. Anyway, after that was all through we thanked our guide and explored the city a bit. Theo showed us around mostly, and took us to a rad roof top bar. I didn't even get carded!

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Some graffiti you could see from the roof. After a final beer with Theo, Michelle and I got lost for about an hour trying to find John's place again. We did see some cool stuff along the way though.

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Like this hand painted sign,

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and this tuckered out crack whore. Eventually we got back, ate some food at the Herbivore again, and met up with John's roomie so we could go down to the Needles & Pens show. I guess they got busted for "posting bills/flyers" and so they were auctioning off all this great artwork to help pay their massive fine.

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During the show we got to talk tons with old friend Ert, and some of her friends who were really really friendly. We were getting tired though, so we made plans to eat at the Baghdad cafe the next morning, followed by a trip to the huge ass "Gay Pride Parade."

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On the way home we saw this, and were left thoroughly amused.

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The next morning Michelle and I woke up, packed our crap, and headed down to the cafe. I ate an over priced tofu scrambler, but atleast the company was good and Michelle gave me all of her toast. Afterwards we all walked down to the parade, and I saw this along the way.

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Then we got to the march and realized that it was super crowded, and to our disappointment, there weren't actually any leather daddy's fucking in the streets. Oh well, at least there was this guy!

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And this guy, with his strategically placed plush boaconstrictors.

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And this guy, with his oarange and green puffball bicycle. And about a million other guys, or atleast lesbians that looked like they were guys. I even saw one with a t-shirt reading "DADDY," whose facial hair was thicker than mine, and as if that weren't enough, it was also a super creepy blonde color. I think it may have to be somthing you see in person before you get the right idea though.

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From there we said our farewells, and took off to visit Michelle's family in the armpit of America: Fresno, CA. Thanks again to Theo for letting us crash in Oakland, and to John and his roomies for the SF accomadations. You guys rule. All in all, the trip is going quite well. We would not be alive if it weren't for burritos, which actually is true back home too, but burritos here are just 4539087 times better. No major road problems, no problems finding food, gas money is going faster than I expected, but other than that, all is well. Anyway, I'll leave it at that for now. Thanks for reading, post some comments, and stay tuned for next time for exiting news from the "no" (Fresno.)


Yo! Greetings from the beautiful Fresno, CA! Last time I wrote a blog, it was all about my stay in San Francisco and how I was getting ready to drive Southeast towards the fine city of Fresno. Well, since then I've made it all the way down and past that, but here is a little recap of my adventures thus far. The drive was mostly made up of brown hills, some times flowered with huge wind mill power generator things, which really was just a foreshadow of our stay in Frezno: Not too exciting, but still interesting to observe and take in.

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I updated the window paints on the back of the car so now other drivers can see where we've been. It's been an excellent conversation starter at gas stations and parks, we get a lot of friendly honks and waves, and it prolly gets us a little sympathy from other drivers too. Michelle's car is kicking butt with its gas mileage [30-35MPG], and we are seeing tons of craaaazy things ... like a tiny fawn hauling ass down highway 1 to avoid getting hit by a fast-moving semi [don't worry, it was okay]. And we just finished listening to Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH book on CD. So good! You may be asking yourself "why the hell did they go to Fresno?" but the whole reason we made the stop here has been to visit Michelle's old hometown. Lemme just say that while Fresno has been boring as hell, Michelle's family time has been mucho quality. Lots of delicious food and poopy jokes. I've been spending a lot of time with her knuckleheaded sisters and little stepsister, sitting in a lot of air-conditioned environments, eating way too much good food, swimming in tons of pools, and watching a lot of bad-to-mediocre teevee. Wednesday night we watched "You've Got Mail," which I love, as well as some "Mystery Science Theater 3000" flics. Those were good, but there are way too fucking many court TV shows on these days ...

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We stayed at Michelle's mom's new, but temporary (long story,) apartment while we were there, but these are some shots from her house. She's kinda into collecting finches, in a really unusual way. I think there's got to be at least 50 or 60, if not more in her main room.

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I got to feed 'em one day. The whole process takes over a half an hour.

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Her finch fetish is so strong in fact that when the little guys die, she puts them in little baggies to freeze for months... Some of them are super rare species, and I guess she just can't bare to part with them. There were literally dozens ...

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Freaky.

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Poor Maggie. She's one of Michelle's younger sisters who had her wisdom teeth pulled while we were in town. When she wasn't passed out with ice bags on her face, she was a real sweet heart.

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Christine and Charlie, the house dogs.

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The heat is blistering and we've been swimming pretty much every day. I think the universe took some mercy on us and it cooled down to 97 one day though. Tuesday we headed out to Wild Water Adventures, a huge water park with lots of kids running around, and bathrooms full of snotty/peepee/poopy water all over the floors. We rode a ton of fun slides, and hung out in their wave pool with a bunch of obese Americans. It brought back a lot of good memories of going to water parks as a kid, and totally helped us to cool off while burning the skin off the bottoms of our feet. Since we've been here we mostly just alternate between visiting with Michelle's family and searching the town for places with WiFi [wireless internet for computers]. After scouring the town, we finally holed up at one of Michelle's old high school coffee shop haunts, The Revue, which is one of the 3 places in town hip enough to provide WiFi to the populous. In a town of half a million people you'd think people would at least have WiFi, but most have never even heard of it. One night we headed out for a taste of the Fresno night life at the River-Park Starbucks. For whatever reason, every middle-aged semi-urban professional in town both owns a crotch-rocket motorcycle AND heads out to this particular Starbucks every night around 11pm. From its outward appearance, one would assume that this Starbucks would be packed with a homosexual version of the Hell's Angels, but alas it was filled only with typical Fresnans, lazy eyes and all. Thankfully we headed out of there on Thursday, bound for the California's Central Coast ... which really IS beautiful. Fresno was alright, but I don't think I'm gonna worry about any future plans of going back any time soon. From there we headed back towards the coast where we popped into the Monterey Bay Aquarium, which is huge and awesome and puts the Seattle Aquarium to shame. Seriously, it's at least 3 times the size and the habitats are a lot more natural than the blue cement tanks that are so common at the Seattle Aquarium.

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This was a sign I saw in Downtown Monterey. Thought it was funny.

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I had a hard time figuring out the best way to take pictures through 3 inches of glass to show you all what was inside the tanks, but here's my "best of" photos.

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This tank had a little crank below it that you could turn to change the water's current.

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A former whale.

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Tank depicting polution. Check out the deep fryer basket!

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This tank had a bunch of tuna, turtles, hammerhead sharks, and a few other things.

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I think these were anchovies or somthing. There were tons, all moving so fast. Check out the vid to get an idea of what it was like.

Not the best vid, but whatever.

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There was also a really rad jellyfish exhibit that blows the Seattle one out of the water.

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This one is a video of a few Warty Comb Jellies. They have little "hairs" that they use to paddle around with, which act as prisms, defracting white light into rainbows.

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They also had a decent sized exhibit of paintings and other art pieces at the museum.

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Michelle didn't like this one by David Hockney.

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Below are some pieces by Dale Chihuly.

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Lava lamps?

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Now this stuff was amazing. They're part of a series called "The Symmetry of Jellies," by Ernst Haeckel. They were made all the way back in 1904 by this artist, doctor, and scientist. Later during his life he put out a book called "Art Forms In Nature" that was a big hit. As soon as I get back from my trip I'm gonna find that one at the library for sure.

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Here's a detail of the last one. Anyway, after we left the aquarium we drove down to Big Sur and stayed at a campground for the night. It totally brought me back to the days when I was a boyscout, and although expensive and kinda crowded, it was probably my favorite camping spot yet on the trip.

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Alright. That's all I've got for this edition of my travels around the US of A. As usual, thanks for taking the time to read, and feel free to leave some comments down below if you'd like to share a story, ask a question, or just say hello. As of right now I'm actually in Austin, TX, but I'm sorta back tracking and catching up on all the blogs I havn't posted yet. Tomorrow I take off for Houston, and then am going to be taking a few days to work my way up to DC. If any of you have any advice or suggestions of places to stay in between there, totally hit me up. But yeah, I'm off, so wish me luck!

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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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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

tiburonbridge

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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Headlands Center Fundraiser -6/4/14
Tuesday, 20 May 2014 07:54

SAN FRANCISCO --- The Headlands Center for the Arts is preparing for their largest fundraiser of the year set to go down on June 4th at SOMArts here in the city. Art auction, food, drinks, live music, etc and all for helping to support a great institution up in the Marin Headlands. ~details

ABOUT HEADLANDS
Headlands Center for the Arts provides an unparalleled environment for the creative process and the development of new work and ideas. Through a range of programs for artists and the public, we offer opportunities for reflection, dialogue, and exchange that build understanding and appreciation for the role of art in society.

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Congrats, Dudes(ette)
Monday, 19 May 2014 09:29

Just want to say congrats to Fecal Face's Rachel Ralph for graduating from SFAI with her masters in curatorial studies. Also want to congratulate Alex Ziv who also just got his MFA in painting. Also a high five to the talented Mario Ayala who also just graduated from SFAI as well! --- All super talented artists (thinkers), and we're excited to see what the future holds for them!

 

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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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