HOME - NEWS - GOOD STUFF - INTERVIEWS - OPENINGS - VIDEO - MUSIC - CALENDAR - ABOUT - RSS - SHOP -  FFDG 
  >>>STREET ART || PAINTING || PHOTOGRAPHY || COLLAGE || ILLUSTRATION || DESIGN || GRAFFITI<<<   contact us




Home FEATURES Artist Interviews Souther Salazar and Saelee Oh

Souther Salazar and Saelee Oh
Wednesday, 30 August 2006 05:47
Fecal Face's Jesse Pollock and Dave Potes travel down to LA to interview this talented duo!
August 5th 2006 in Los Angeles, CA

Interview by Jesse Pollock
Photos: Dave Potes

Los Angeles and I do not get along. I have spent many trips down south trying to spark some kind of relationship with it, but to no avail. I'm not sure if it's the way the city is spread out, or if it's the people I've met, but things just don't click with me. Not that it bothers me all that much, as I'm pretty happy in San Francisco, but I think about it every time a friend moves down there (which seems to be often these days). It makes me wonder if there is something I'm missing up here, as I am well aware of LA's vibrant art community and the caliber of work that it exudes.

I can think of no better example of what the LA art scene has to offer than the work of Echo Park based artists Souther Salazar and Saelee Oh. For years, they have been making some of the best work I've seen come out of Southern California in a while. This prolific couple, who has had their work featured at Giant Robot in New York and New Image Art Gallery in LA, has put out everything from large scale fine art pieces all the way down to matchbook-sized zines that are packed full of great characters and dry wit. Although they've been known to show together and have collaborated more than once, both artists have established themselves as individuals through countless shows and published works.

Many times, their characters and story lines will make me crack up regardless to if there is any dialogue or not. On other occasions I have been left speechless, wondering how cutouts and illustrations can fit so well together. Critics dismiss a lot of their work as being simplistic and childlike however anyone who has spent five minutes with Souther and Saelee can tell that no line is without thought and no piece hasn't been checked over a thousand times.

It's this level of work that drew my attention and got me to travel to Los Angeles again. Photographer Dave Potes and I took a trip to Souther and Saelee's Eagle Rock studio to have a conversation with them about their work, their ideas and what's so great about LA.

// Souther Salazar

When looking at both Souther and Saelee's work, one of the first things that people seem to notice are the possibilities of intricate underlying stories. Each character seems to have a purpose and each background image looks like it has the potential to have it's own biography. While looking through some of their work, I asked them about this when I came across a recent piece Souther had done for the comic anthology, Kramer's Ergot.

FF: Both of your works seem to have a lot of characters and underlying stories...

SS: The thing I drew for Kramer's is part of this really huge, but very messy idea I have that involves millions of characters. When I sit down and I have to do four pages of something, I'll just think "Ooh, and then they do this and then they do that." For example, I just drew a part where there is this lizard island. I thought to myself, "What is Lizard Island like?…" and then I was thinking of it for like a week. But in the final version all you see of Lizard Island is a speck in the distance.

FF: Ok, so what's Lizard Island like?

SS: Well I want to go to Cuba, so I was thinking maybe Lizard Island could be like Cuba. Then I would have an excuse to go and do some research. I had this idea that Lizard Island used to be attached to the mainland by bridges but they were destroyed so everyone's trapped and it's all full of old cars from the '60s and '70s. Sort of like in Cuba or Haiti where they just have to keep fixing them over and over again.

// Colab between Souther Salazar and Saelee Oh

FF: Does most of your work contain intricate story lines like that?

SS: Yeah, some more than others.
SO: For me, I don't know, I think so. I don't think it's necessary for it to be so literal. I think my work is meant to be appreciated first on an emotional level. I think about what kind of mood for a piece I want to create first so, it's more intuitively emotional, then more cerebral after that.

FF: You say that now, but I have definitely noticed a trend in your work when it comes to including hairy whales. I only bring it up, because it gives me the chills to think about hairy whales. It kind of grosses me out*.

SO: Some people hate them. My friend Caroline absolutely hates them. I would just be happy drawing hairy whales over and over again repetitively, obsessively all day. I like drawing animals and in a lot of ways I like animals more than people. I'm just playing around with animal hybrids and texture.
SS: (laughing) Yeah are far as drawings go, the hairy whale is definitely your most controversial.
* Saelee explained to me later through email that hairy whales might actually feel soft which makes them less gross and now I kind of like them).

FF: I keep hearing how LA has a wonderful supportive art community and while I don't have direct proof of that, I know that I keep losing friends to southern California. Why did you guys decide to move to LA?

SS: I moved to Los Angeles to go to school. It was sort of a decision to go to school but also a decision to leave behind what was comfortable and to make art the main focus of my life. It sort if seemed like a bigger commitment to the idea of making art.
SO: I've always lived within an hour from L.A. so it really wasn't to big of a stretch for me.

// Colab between Souther Salazar and Saelee Oh

FF: Do you think living in LA has benefited your respective art careers?

SO: I think about that a lot and I'm always debating. I think to myself, "Why am I paying this much rent?" I tell myself I should just move out to the desert since I don't even go out anyways. I could have lower overhead and have more freedom and choices in making art. That's something I think about all the time.
SS: I feel like at heart I'm more of a small town person. When we got out of school, I tried to talk Saelee into living in a van with me. To just be traveling artists.

FF: How did that work out?

SO: He made a little list and he's like, "We're going to pack up and just bring this stuff." Then I mentioned that I needed a curling iron and he's like, "Don't worry, I'll shave my head so there will be more room for your stuff."
SS: Yeah, I was going to shave my head and have a very minimal thing going on. I was just going to have like, you know, two pairs of pants and I figured we'd just always work small like in a sketchbook. Wireless internet was just starting to become more popular and I thought, "Ok well, we'll just drive around and get a wireless internet account or something," but I didn't even know how it worked. We could just scan stuff, send it in and it wouldn't matter where we lived. I thought we could just drive around like a band would do but live in the van selling zines and little handmade things. I had just read the book Our Band Could Be Your Life by Michael Azerrad, so I was thinking philosophically along the lines of the Minutemen and Black Flag. I was thinking, "How do I show in a gallery?" It seemed so daunting. Now that I've seen that I can accomplish what I need to and it's not impossible, my views have changed slightly. Anyways, that's what I was going to say about the difference between living in a small town versus living in LA. For people like us who aren't crazy about aggressively promoting, it's just easier if you live in a place like this so it can just kind of happen. I feel like if we were in a smaller place we would have to strive harder to get any kind of connection to what's going on. But I think at this point we could live somewhere else though, you know?
SO: Well the thing is.. I can't live in a small town.
SS: Yeah, she's a city girl.
SO: I thought people were moving down to LA because it's cheaper than San Francisco?

// Colab between Souther Salazar and Saelee Oh

FF: I'm not sure. Most artists I know who moved to LA said it was because there was a lack of support in San Francisco. They needed a larger, more diverse art community.

SO: That's what I hear. I always imagined that San Francisco had a really tight knit art community though for some reason. Maybe because it's a smaller city, I got the impression that everybody kind of knew each other and supported each other.
SS: I keep hearing from people that they have more trouble selling in San Francisco than in Los Angeles.

// Souther Salazar working

// Saelee Oh

// Souther Salazar

FF: Maybe it's also a lack of moral support?

SS: I think that's the magic recipe. If you have moral support, community and low rent then it's perfect. Less pressure to sell stuff. That's the job of the artist to find the place where the spirit is high but the prices are low.
SO: I would love to live in another country. While I was still in school and we were about to graduate, we were trying to figure out what we were going to do. I had this idea to be a stewardess part time. I thought I could travel the world… I had it all figured out. I would work small, like have a sketchbook with me, and have brushes, and maybe watercolor. I could be really portable and stay in hotels all around the world... just working.

FF: What happened? That's a pretty good idea. You could draw on the plane...

SO: Well, I realized that when you're a stewardess you have to work. They work really hard and are constantly moving around.

FF: Yeah I guess it gets kind of bumpy up there too.

SS: And then you have little kids throwing up... that's what happened on my last flight.

FF: Between the van and being an airline attendant, I'd say you guys had some pretty creative ideas.

SS: I think we were unrealistic when we were finishing school. I'm kind of glad we were thinking like that though because I think if we were being too realistic we would have gone and found some boring jobs or something.
SO: Right, exactly.
SS: We thought that it would be impossible to accomplish what we wanted to do so we came up with these roundabout ways to get it done. But then it ended up not being as hard as we thought to just go straight into what we had initially wanted.

// Saelee Oh

// Souther Salazar

FF: What kind of music do you listen to while you work?

SO: Lately I've been listening to the Gossip, Peaches, PJ Harvey, Sleater Kinney. Stuff I've liked for a while but, I was really into sleepy music before that like Cat Power and Coco Rosie a little bit. Now I'm back into more upbeat stuff.
SS: Our musical taste definitely overlaps, but our favorite things are opposite. I listen to everything, but I typically prefer stripped down folk or country songwriters. I love Leonard Cohen and Townes Van Zandt. A lot of '70s stuff that my parents played when I was little. Bruce Springsteen.
SO: He likes the words of music and I like the beats.
SS: Yeah, we'll really like the same album but the song I usually skip past is the one she usually loves. That kind of thing.

FF: You guys would make a great album. She could write all the music and you could write all the words.

SO: I'm not very musically inclined. Musicians who can create songs I think are amazing. To me it's so abstract, I have to see it. I mean, how do you make a song? The way musicians collaborate is pretty incredible. With art I feel like it's your own thing. I mean obviously you can collaborate working on bigger projects and stuff like that, but I feel like it's very individual and personal.

// Colab between Souther Salazar and Saelee Oh

FF: Is collaborating with each other something you do a lot of?

SO: We do it occasionally. I always like the end result, but we always struggle to schedule time together so it becomes difficult. Even though we're together all the time, we have a hard time making it happen. We just talk about ideas and never get them to the page. Maybe we take it for granted that we're together so often.
SS: Also, we're both good at tuning out. I think that's something were both the same at. When we're actually sitting down and creating stuff, we kind of tune everything out. So I might be only a few feet away, but I'm in my own world and she's in hers.

FF: Well how do you come up with a piece? Is it already laid out in your head or do you just go with what's already happening?

SO: I think my best pieces come from a clear image or idea in my head. I know what it's going to be, I make it and then it changes and morphs organically.... you know? Other times I'll just start sketching from a doodle, I'll look back on it and I'll go from there. Sometimes I start with words.
SS: I wouldn't be able to say one or the other. I've had pieces I'm proud of that started with a clear idea and then I have some that I'm proud of that I discovered through the process. Other pieces start with words or maybe images. I think the best work comes from the times when I'm not just repeating a formula and I didn't know what would happen. Compositionally, they might not work as strongly but I learned a lot and there were surprises. The reason you made it was because you didn't know what would happen until you made it. That's why you had to do it.

// Saelee Oh

FF: Just like with creating music and thinking about an audience.

SS: Yeah it's weird, before I had more of a career in art I was so obsessed with things like going to museums, seeing art and reading books. I was really more motivated to take in art and I still do, but I think that for the same type of inspiration I find myself wanting to go towards music more and more often. It seems like there is more of a mystery there for me because I don't understand how it's made. Now that I'm more involved with art, what I used to be attracted to I want to find it somewhere else. Somewhere where I can just go and marvel at creativity.
SO: Going back to what I like music-wise, lately I just like the simple stuff. The stuff you can dance to.
SS: I think that's the same thing at some point. I'm not interested in cerebral art because that's not necessarily why art exists. And a lot of music began with the fact that it makes you move. It's more of an emotional thing.
SO: When you try to come up with a new song, don't you ever feel like "Oh that song has already been done?"

FF: Of course, but you have to already have come to the understanding that it's all been done before. You're repeating it, but you're repeating it in a different way, or maybe with a different arrangement. I mean, there is nothing really new any more.

SS: Yeah I totally agree, after so many generations of people creating this stuff, it has to be about satisfaction of an expression.

// Souther Salazar

FF: You both did a large mural piece with Jacob McGraw for Art Center in Los Angeles. How did that come about and do you like working big?

SS: Jacob is awesome. He and I used to live in the same house in Pasadena. He got picked to do the piece and he brought us in to work on it with him since it was sort of short notice. I like small stuff better, but I'm proud when I do big stuff, like that wall.
SO: Souther will look at a scan or an image and zoom in 1000% just studying the pixels. Like with art he'll study it and say, "Ooh, I think this is bit mapped".
SS: Yeah, I love blowing stuff up big. I'm fine drawing something messy but when I scan it in, I want it to look exactly the way it is on paper. I want to blow it up and I want to see it. Sometimes, even if I need to have something at 300dpi, I'll scan it at 800dpi just so I can see the fiber of the paper and have it that big. Drives her crazy though.
SO: Nerd alert.

FF: For all the big work you've done, you guys both also do so many little zines and mini-books. What is it about zines that you like so much?

SO: Zines aren't very - what's the word? - efficient, but that's what I like about them. I don't know, is art efficient? Art's not really efficient or practical anyway. That's partly why I'm interested in it.

FF: The thing about zines too, especially about having them at your shows, is that if someone can't afford to get a piece of art work, they can always take a something home with them.

SS: The saving grace to me is that you hardly ever run into people who were attracted to making art because they wanted to make a lot of money.

FF: You (Souther) came out with a book a while back called Destined for Dizziness. How did you like doing a book?

SS: Saelee and I had ordered breakfast, like ordered French toast. We were drawing for no particular reason, just to have fun, and later I made them into a zine about the size of a matchbook. Then my friend Alvin who started Buenaventura Press was like "this would be a great book, let's expand this and make it bigger." I wish everything I did was like that.

// Saelee Oh

FF: I was surprised to find out that you (Saelee) didn't have a book?

SO: I have "fake" books that are self-published so basically zines. I haven't made one in a while though. I feel really self-conscious about books. It's just so intimate that I feel kind of naked. People can get very close to it. They're touching it and they're looking at it.
SS: They're rubbing it all over their bodies and sleeping with it. Taking showers with it.
SO: Ha ha. I get that feeling about showing art in general but then it passes. With a book though, somehow it's different.

FF: It's a great thing though. You can be dead and still have this thing that you created exist indefinitely.

SO: Exactly. It'll exist for a long time as a document and I think that's intimidating. But, yes I have ideas. Books are great. I love books. My books, pets and art we collected are the only things I would save in a fire. I think they're a great medium too. The idea of print and reproducing art is what made me interested in illustration in the first place. And although I found that making something for a job is totally different than the experience that I thought it'd be, I still love publishing and I would love to put a book together in the future.
SS: Saelee doesn't want me to die first because she doesn't want to deal with my piles. She would have to sort through everything and decide what's art and what's not art.
SO: Yeah.

You can see more of Souther's work at his website southersalazar.net
You can see more of Saelee's work at her website saeleeoh.com
Souther and Saelee's Giant Robot blog, "Peanut Butter and Jelly" can be found at: www.giantrobot.com/blogs/saetherlee/ {moscomment}

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.


Rome's Alice Pasquini ~Mural+

Rome based multimedia artist Alice Pasquini emailed over a recent mural completed in the historic working class neighborhood of Rome called Tufello.


Project M/3 in Berlin curated by NUART

BERLIN --- Project M is a temporary art project with the objective to improve the neighborhood, to push creativity and to connect people. At regular intervals Urban Nation with director Yasha Young invites a group of internationally reclaimed contemporary urban artists to re-design the facade and shop windows of a prominent residential building in Berlin, while it is being reconstructed.





contact FF

"Arrangement" by Michelle Fleck
Friday, 18 April 2014 10:23

This morning we take a closer look at this beautiful painting by San Francisco based Michelle Fleck now showing at FFDG.

Arrangement measures 24"x30", acrylic and aerosol on panel - inquires: info(at)ffdg.net

Michelle Fleck is a painter living in San Francisco. Her work focuses on the relationship between man and the landscape, and the marks we leave on it. Influenced by everyday life in the city, her paintings serve as snapshots of an ongoing intersection of the natural and man-made world. She strives to make work that has a sense of relevancy in a culture driven by a need for change and newness.

 

//////////
Wednesday, 16 June 2010 16:39


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

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

GET THE SHOW DETAILS --- a bunch of NYCHOS

 

///
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 10:56

 

Banksy's Mobile Lovers
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 10:47

Speaking of Banksy (wait, were we speaking of Banksy?)... In any case, love his newest creation "Mobile Lovers" located in Bristol, England.

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

 

Jeremy Fish Opening a Solo Show in August at FFDG
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 09:33

Met up with Jeremy Fish last night to catch up and discuss his upcoming solo show opening this August at San Francisco's FFDG. Don't want to give too much away, but the guy is very busy these days. You know the giant pink bronze statue will be built and installed at the corner of Haight and Laguna welcoming those to the Haight (check) in 2015? Going to be incredible.

Check photos from his last San Francisco solo show in 2012, and mark your calendar for August as his next solo show opens at FFDG.

Beering with Fish at his favorite watering hole, Zeitgeist

 

Statue Of A Homeless Jesus Startles A Wealthy Community
Monday, 14 April 2014 10:20

Sculpture of Jesus as homeless and sleeping on a park bench is "freaking out" the neighbors of this wealthy NC suburb. The sculptor, who has an affinity for street art, created it to remind us that "We believe that that's the kind of life Jesus had," Buck says. "He was, in essence, a homeless person." ~READ ON

 

Art or Vandalism? See the World’s First Graffiti Drone
Saturday, 12 April 2014 10:30

I attached a cradle with a spray paint can and other hardware to the drone. I created a series of paintings that are larger, about maybe 3 feet by 3 feet all the way up to 25 feet by 15 feet … And basically, I achieved the perfect air pressure, the perfect weight of the paint and the perfect materials so that the drone didn’t freak out when I attached these mechanisms to it, Katsu said. --continue reading

Think how high those throw ups can be now.

 

OB Shirt by Tucker Nichols
Thursday, 10 April 2014 11:01

Tucker Nichols emailed over this new OB shirt he did for our friends at Park Life which can purchased here for $28.

Speaking of Ocean Beach, if you know, you know, but if you don't... it's not what the average american thinks of when thinking of a California Beach (missing 14 yr. old yesterday). Can't believe we used to drunk naked swim at 3am in the dead if winter... being surfers probably helped us not dying.

 

Open House Sunday - Headland Center for the Arts
Friday, 11 April 2014 16:12

Have you been to the Headland Center for the Arts in the Marin Headlands?

Located in the beautiful ocean-side Golden Gate National Recreation Area, the Headlands artists programs support artists of all disciplines—from visual artists to performers, musicians, writers, and videographers—and provide opportunities for independent and collaborative creative work.

This Sunday's Open House runs 12-5pm - FREE & DETAILS

 

Is It Curtains For San Francisco's Art Scene?
Tuesday, 08 April 2014 09:35

We all know that San Francisco is going through aches and (growing?)/ shrinking artist pains these days as San Francisco property values sky rocket due to the tech infestation going on around the entire Bay Area. Maybe you work in tech and love it, but since this is an art website, we're interested to how this is affecting artists trying to make ends meet.

Some galleries have been forced to close due to 300% rent hikes. Many artists have fled to Oakland, LA and NYC in search of affordable housing and a more vibrant art scene... But we wanna know what you think of how it's going here in San Francisco. How are you making it work? What's your take on the art scene or lack there of? Do you think things are on the up and up or down and out here in San Francisco? Are artists a bunch of complainers and every thing looks great or is it curtains for San Francisco's artistic community? Thoughts

The Rena Bransten Gallery is packing up their 77 Geary space to make way for tech company MuleSoft

 

//////////
Wednesday, 25 August 2010 11:50


+SF

+NYC

+LA

FULL CALENDARS: BAY AREA | NYC | LA

 


 

 

 

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.


Rome's Alice Pasquini ~Mural+

Rome based multimedia artist Alice Pasquini emailed over a recent mural completed in the historic working class neighborhood of Rome called Tufello.


Project M/3 in Berlin curated by NUART

BERLIN --- Project M is a temporary art project with the objective to improve the neighborhood, to push creativity and to connect people. At regular intervals Urban Nation with director Yasha Young invites a group of internationally reclaimed contemporary urban artists to re-design the facade and shop windows of a prominent residential building in Berlin, while it is being reconstructed.


  HOME - NEWS - GOOD STUFF - INTERVIEWS - OPENINGS - VIDEO - MUSIC - CALENDAR -  FFDG  - ABOUT - RSS - SHOP
hosting provided by

© 2013 FECAL FACE DOT COM

Material published on FECAL FACE DOT COM online service is copyrighted by Fecal Face or its licensors, including the originating wire services. Such material is protected by U.S. and international copyright laws and treaties. All rights reserved.

Users of the Fecal Face online service may not reproduce, republish or redistribute material found on the web site in any form without the express written consent of the copyright holder.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...