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Eric White Interview
Written by Manuel Bello   
Monday, 21 January 2008 08:46
Manuel talks with Eric about his new work, why he hasn't shown in awhile and how he ended up at David and Patricia Arquette's house for dinner plus more.

A couple years back I attended a karaoke after party for Camille Rose Garcia. I was introduced to this guy named Eric, the resident M.C. for the night. Over the next six months or so I would see Eric around not realizing this was the Eric White, the same guy who has shared the stage with the likes of Mark Ryden, Joe Sorren and The Clayton Brothers among others. Needless to say I was surprised having seen his work for some time and being pretty moved by it. Eric's painting skills are truly unbelievable to say the least. His work transcends time, reality, science and logic. It is rich in content and is visually mind blowing. He finds inspiration in metaphysics, with trace hints of iconic pop culture of years past. We are proud to introduce the words and art of the illusive and always humble Eric White. -Manuel Bello

The One

What was it like growing up as a child in Ann Arbor?

It was good, pretty idyllic. I don't really have anything to compare it to, but every time I go back there I feel really lucky to have been raised in a town like Ann Arbor. Little neighborhoods with tree lined streets. It was safe, and it had culture, but was still a small town. It was a perfect place to grow up, except for the weather, but as a kid that wasn't something I thought about.

How did you end up in Brooklyn?

I went to R.I.S.D. (Rhode Island School of Design) and after school most of my friends were going to New York. So I wanted to do that, but my girlfriend at the time had lived in San Francisco, so we went out there, and then broke up 2 months later. I had planned to leave but decided to stay, and it actually turned out to be a really good thing, and I ended up staying there for ten years. After a while the art scene there started feeling very small. I did have a really comfortable life in San Francisco, but I needed a kick in the ass and NY was definitely the place. I was thinking about LA but that wouldn't have been that big of a deal. I was spending a lot of time down there, but I thought it would be better to do the big scary move first. New York was really brutal for the first two years, it was just terrible, a really difficult transition for me to make. It's just a harder place to live. But once you get used to it and get your energy elevated to a certain level you don't even think about it anymore.

The Ascension

You graduated from the RISD in the early 90's. Describe what you took away from art school, the work you were doing in those days and how did you transition into the work you are doing today.

As a kid I always drew pictures and painted, but I never really considered it seriously until the end of high school, when two key people in my life strongly suggested I consider art school. I started thinking about it seriously, and I applied to R.I.S.D. because for some reason I had always been aware of it and wanted to go there. They make you decide your major after just one semester, and it was between painting or illustration. At that time I didn't even know what either one really meant. I tried to get feedback and ask people what they thought and everything seemed to point towards illustration as a safer bet. I sometimes wonder where I would be had I gone into the painting program, what my life would be like and where I would be, etc. But looking back, it seems like it was a pretty good route for me to take. After school I ended up in San Francisco and started getting illustration work pretty quickly. I started working with this magazine Mondo 2000, which was really my first good illustration gig. Mondo 2000 was sort of the predecessor to Wired. They paid nothing-Fifty dollars for a full page, but they had really beautiful printing, and they let me do whatever the hell I wanted. Bart Nagel, who became a good friend, was the art director there, and he gave me complete freedom, and I built up a pretty good portfolio. I started shopping it around, and ended up getting a lot of celebrity caricature work for magazines. I hadn't planned to do that kind of thing, but it was great, because I was setting my own schedule and working at home, and drawing and painting every single day. But after a while I got a bit bored and felt like a hired hand. I started exploring my own ideas and working on paintings on the side. A good friend of suggested I check out La Luz de Jesus in LA. At that time, all I had to show was my illustration work, but I brought it down there and the owner, Billy Shire, was really open to it. I did a piece for a group show in 1995 and the next thing I knew he asked me to do a solo show. He gave me an opportunity that no other gallery would have, and I'm really grateful for that. It was a really exciting time for me, to be a part of this developing scene in L.A., and to be finding my own voice through my work. I think the years I spent doing illustration work were kind of like boot-camp. It got my painting chops, and I learned how to motivate myself. I was able to transition from illustration pretty smoothly. There was some financial lag, but before long I was able to survive selling my paintings.

You have been in the figurative surrealism, pop surrealism scene for a good amount of years now. How has the art scene changed over the last ten years?

I sort of got swept up in that whole thing, and never entirely felt I belonged, though I was happy to be a part of it. The thing just started getting bigger and galleries started springing up everywhere. First came Robert Williams and the guys who really established the underground in L.A. and opened the door for others. I happened to come along at a really good time. I think I was part of the second wave. Now we're into the third and fourth waves, and the thing has gotten really big, with lots of people now embracing it and collecting this kind of work. My biggest problem with the 'movement' now is that a lot of the work seems very derivative. People who are biting established styles are becoming successful very quickly. I think things have gotten a little watered down. There is so much 'lowbrow' stuff out there now, and with a few exceptions, not much of it is that exciting to me.

Collusion: The Risk

Encuentro

What would you say is the primary influence in your work?

When I look at the work I've made over the years, I feel like there is one thing that has always been a part of it, that maybe I wasn't even aware of consciously, which is the sort of metaphysical angle that I am really interested in. The idea that there are things that exist beyond our perception is fascinating to me. It is something that I think about a lot, and it is not necessarily clear in most of my paintings, but I think it's the foundation of pretty much all of it. I've recently landed on an idea that will take me into my next body of work. I don't feel like I've had a cohesive show yet. The stuff from my show a couple years ago was to a degree, but in some way I just still see it as separate little groupings of work. So I'm hoping the next body will be consistent and cohesive.

Casey Gallagher Collaboration

Who is Casey Gallagher and how did the Casey Gallagher collaborations come to be?

Casey is the son of a friend of mine, who at the time was in the middle of a divorce. The theme for the show (Who Are Parents) hit me one night in the span of a couple hours. I went into a pseudo-meditative state and had this visual conception of the show, almost like it was coming from someplace else. Really weird. The whole thing just fit together perfectly. The work was about parents and dysfunctional relationships within families. My parents were divorced when I was seven, and my mom has been re-married and divorced twice since then. So Casey was around the age I was when my parents got divorced, and I really liked the idea of collaborating with a six-year-old. And his drawings were amazing, and much better than mine were at his age. His dad gave me a bunch of his drawings, and I painted them over the top of these romanticized portraits of Hollywood couples. I liked the idea of bringing the trauma of that event in my life into the present with a kid who was going through the same thing.

Orgonomic Functionalism Conference, 1973

To me one of your most epic pieces is the Orgonomic Functionalism Conference, 1973. Some time ago I was checking that piece out and thinking what is Orgonomic Functionalism? I found some interesting info on it but it was really complicated. What inspired that piece, and in lamens terms what is "Orgonomic Functionalism"?

You're probably asking the wrong guy. I was looking through old photographs of my grandmother, who had died around that time. My dad thinks it's probably a sorority meeting. I usually work from photographs, whether my own or appropriated, and usually distort them in some way. In this case the photo was so amazing and bizarre that I didn't need to do much to it. I saw it and instantly thought of painting it. Plus it had some significance with my grandmother right in the center. I changed a couple of things, including the context of the setting. I decided to have them at a conference listening to Wilhelm Reich lecture on Orgonomic Functionalism.

The stuff is really out there, I read up on it for a couple of hours and I still could not figure out what exactly it was.

I tried to read his book about orgonomic functionalism, but I can't pretend to understand what the hell the guy was talking about. But I do think he was a very advanced human who was very misunderstood. He claimed to have identified the life force, or "orgone energy" as he called it. He claimed not only to have discovered it, but to have figured out a way to generate it. His story is pretty tragic. He was being pursued by the U.S. government and somehow the FDA got him on something. They arrested him and he said "Don't put me in jail, I have a heart condition. I will die if you put me in jail." But they did and he died. I have a bunch of his books but it is not easy reading. I think you can actually get plans to build an Orgone Generator. (laughs) You can order your very own, and create life force energy in the privacy of your own home.

Joshua Chamberlain and the Angels of _________

Some of your pieces have proper names for titles. I know Joshua Chamberlain was a real guy, civil war vet from maine. What inspired that piece and what are those pearlescent figures doing to him?

The Ken Burns Civil War documentary inspired that piece. He almost looks like an actor playing a civil war general. He had a giant fancy mustache and all that. Again, it was just a photo that really appealed to me aesthetically, but I didn't want to do a straight portrait. I'm always thinking about different levels of perception, and wondering if there are other forces at work here. Are there entities assisting us or manipulating us in some way? I have read some interesting books on the subject, and talked to psychics and other people about spirits, possession, etc, and I wanted to bring some of that into this piece. I was also thinking about what could have possibly been going through his mind the moment that photo was shot. He looks so damn contemplative. The guys on either side of his head are these sort of 1950's businessmen. I've also read a lot about our perception of time and how maybe time is not actually a linear progression, but rather all occurring at once. So the 50's element is mixed with this image from almost 100 years earlier. Time warp.

Work by Eric White's grandfather Gordon - Cicra 1939

I have heard about this and it makes me think about how everyone says as you age time passes faster but this could also be something that is just perceived.

It true, it is a universal thing. Everybody says that. I think our understanding of how things work is so limited. Our understanding of the brain for example-I don't think we have any idea what the damn thing is. All we've ever been able to do is compare it to the most advanced technology that exists at the time. They used to equate it to a steam engine. Now it's similar to a computer. I sometimes think about déjà vu and wonder if it's not so much a lapse in memory, but rather jumping around in time. If time is circular then what is happening right now has already happened, and everything that has happened or that will happen is always happening. (laughs) There are a lot of things that science cannot explain. It's a simple example, but what about knowing who is calling before picking up the phone. The other day I thought of a friend who I don't talk to very often, and the moment I thought of him, the phone rang, and it was him. That kind of thing happens a lot, and to a lot of people. How do you explain that? It's a small thing, but it asks a bigger question.

Honestly, if you think about what science has discovered and how technology has evolved, why wouldn't we have these telekinetic abilities to some degree. What is the difference between that and wireless internet or that and your friend sending you a message through thought subconsciously, just by calling you.

Yeah, I think that stuff is real. Or 'real'. But some people just don't want to believe in it, which is understandable. I think for some it is just goes too far beyond their comfortable sense of reality. That leads back into the idea of unknown entities controlling us. I can remember a particular time driving in Ann Arbor one night. I had to make a left turn up ahead, but something told me to get back in the right lane. Just as I reached the top of the hill there was a car in the wrong lane coming towards me, and if I hadn't changed lanes I would have been fucked. Where did that instruction come from? Logically I had absolutely no reason to change lanes. That's the type of thing I try to tap into with my work. Whether I succeed or not is another question.

Fortify

So I know this trick where you invert images on the computer and I have taken a couple of your negative inverted paintings. As I flipped them, in their positive state they were almost perfectly photo realistic. How crazy are you?

That's a really satisfying thing, and it's usually the first thing I do when I finish a negative painting. I flip it back to it's positive state. It's a lot easier to paint than it looks. I actually got the idea from this Richard Hamilton painting from the 60s. I think it's titled White Christmas, from the movie with Bing Crosby. It's a negative film still from the movie, with Bing standing there. It's a beautiful painting. I basically ripped him off. I heard that Hamilton looked at the positive picture and just figured out what the exact opposite colors were. I don't know if that's true, I sure hope not. He may have worked from a negative... I use the computer. Because I can.

Your last solo show that I know of was in 2004 at Earl McGrath gallery. I also see your work in a lot of group shows. Most notable of them is the Wonderland Show in Paris with Mark Ryden, Marion Peck and the Clayton Brothers. Can you give some idea of when we can expect another solo show.

I'm having one in Portland at Quality Pictures in April. Late 2008 or early 2009 in New York. I hope. Still looking for the right gallery here. I really need to get into the new work first, then I'll worry about where to show it.

Why so long?

It's been a combination of things. One is that I was in a creative slump of sorts for a while. I have been exploring galleries in New York and meeting people and making a few connections. I have had five or six offers in Chelsea, but nothing has felt quite right. I've just been waiting for the right place and waiting for the next body of work to reveal itself. I did the Paris show with Ryden and the Claytons, which was great, and I've been doing some group shows. I have been doing some commissions out of financial need. But doing them takes away from getting to the next body of work. There is something to be said for just diving into one idea and just exploring it in a bunch of different ways. I feel like I have traditionally done one-offs, or series that never last beyond one or two pieces. Now I'm focusing on a batch of paintings with a singular theme that will hopefully make sense together in a white room.

Golden Moments

I understand that you have sold some work to a few hollywood heavy hitters. Can you enlighten me and name a few?

There have been a few. Gail Zappa bought what is probably my favorite of my early pieces, from my very first show. Leonardo DiCaprio has bought quite a few things over the years. Patricia Arquette bought the collaboration I did with Joe Sorren, and her brother David bought a piece. I wrote him thank you letter, and he wrote back and we started talking. They were kind enough to invite my over when I was in LA. During dinner, Courteney (Cox) whispered in my ear: "I have a commission I want you to do based on the painting that David bought". She wanted a portrait of David as a high school student to go with the one they had bought (Margo Lefferts). The best part was that David called me up months later to say he was taking the paintings on the Tonight Show. I found it hard to believe, but he actually did it. Towards the end of the segment he starts talking with Jay about art and sure enough he pulls the paintings out from behind the couch, and says: "these are by the painter Eric White" and is holding them up on national television. I could not believe it. So surreal. It was such a generous thing for him to do. The Zappa thing was great too. I was working on this little book when Frank was still alive and I had decided to dedicate the book in part to him. I knew he was ill, but I didn't realize how sick he really was. The plan was to send him a copy of the book when it was released. Unfortunately he died before the book was published. I was always really sad to have missed meeting him and thanking him for his work. When I was about to have my first show at La Luz in Los Angeles I wrote Gail a letter. I really put a lot into the thing, and it took me about a week to write. I mailed it and literally forgot about it. Then a few weeks later I am at my opening at La Luz, and there isn't a soul there but my mom and brother and a few other friends. My first solo show, nobody knew who the hell I was. About halfway through the opening I look over and see someone that looks like Gail Zappa might look. But I couldn't imagine she would have come. Then I look again and maybe see Dweezil? I didn't think it was possible. But sure enough, it was them, so I went over and introduced myself. I just couldn't believe that they had come. And then she bought a painting for $4000 dollars, which at the time seemed like a huge amount of money. If that weren't enough, she invited me to the house. My brother and I went the next day and met the whole family, who were all really great. Frank has been such a huge inspiration to me, and it was really incredible to be inside his world. Gail and I are friends to this day. Viggo Mortensen bought 'Untitled." He also published my most recent book. He's a really amazing guy, and a great artist. I can honestly say that all of these folks have been unbelievably supportive and generous.

The Truth Yet Again Asserts Itself in Obdurate Reprisal, And in So Doing Belies the Fact That You, No Longer Besieged by Doubt, Have Come to the Conclusion That Maybe Things Aren't Really All That Bad After All

What was the deal with the reference on the OC?

That was such a bizarre thing. I was at an opening and a friend called me and said: "I was just watching the OC and they said your name", and thought she was bullshitting. Then over the next couple of days I started getting calls and emails from friends, and all of them pretty much said the same thing: "I don't usually watch, but I just happened to last night, and they mentioned you". So I had heard about it but didn't see it until it was released on DVD. I was flattered by it, but the show makes it sound like I'm a household name or something. Hilarious.

Does Eric White have any words of wisdom?

Forgive...

Divine Mother of Guilt

Untitled

You can also catch Eric White this month showing at sloanfineart.com in NYC with The Clayton Brothers, Vince Contarino, Nicholas Cope, Elizabeth McGrath, Kristen Schiele and Aaron Smith.

Sloan Fine Art- NY,NY
Opening Reception: January 30th, 6 to 9 pm
On Display: January 31 to February 16, 2008

Interview conducted by Fecal Face's NYC correspondant, Manuel Bello. He can be reached at: manuel(at)fecalface.com

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

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

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

Beering with Fish at his favorite watering hole, Zeitgeist

 

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Statue Of A Homeless Jesus Startles A Wealthy Community
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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

 

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Think how high those throw ups can be now.

 

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

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Open House Sunday - Headland Center for the Arts
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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

 

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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

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Nikki McClure at Needles & Pens, Friday 4/11
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This approach was born and bred out of the Olympia, Washington independent music scene. There, local artists emphasized everything handmade and self-published. The idea was to do a lot with a little. The result was a rich community sharing artistry and ideas. McClure found herself deeply embedded in this community which shaped an ethic of hands-on and accessible artmaking. - show details

 

Richard Colman Mural on 12th
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Going Over Murals?
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 10:21

We've noticed this mural on 19th St here in the Mission has been getting bombed over the last week.

Is going over a mural acceptable?

Isn't there an unwritten rule of not going over murals?

 

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Henry Gunderson at Ever Gold, SF

Ever Gold opened a new solo show by NYC based Henry Gunderson a couple Saturday nights ago and it was literally packed. So packed I couldn't actually see most of the art - but a big crowd doesn't seem like a problem. I got a good laugh at what I would call the 'cock climbing wall' as it was one of the few pieces I could see over the crowd. I haven't gotten a chance to go back and check it all out again, but I'm definitely going to as the paintings that I could get a peek at were really high quality and intruiguing. You should do the same.


Mario Wagner @Hashimoto

Mario Wagner (Berkeley) opened his new solo show A Glow that Transfers Creativity last Saturday night at Hashimoto Contemporary in San Francisco.


Serge Gay Jr. @Spoke Art

The paintings in the show are each influenced by a musician, ranging from Freddy Mercury, to Madonna, to A Tribe Called Quest and they are so stylistically consistent with each musician's persona that they read as a cohesive body of work with incredible variation. If you told me they were each painted by a different person, I would not hesitate to believe you and it's really great to see a solo show with so much variety. The show is fun, poppy, very well done, and absolutely worth a look and maybe even a listen.


NYCHOS Mural on Ashbury and Haight

NYCHOS completed this great new mural on the corner of Haight and Ashbury in San Francisco on Tuesday. Looks Amazing.


Sun Milk in Vienna

With rising rent in SF and knowing mostly other young artists without capitol, I desired a way to live rent free, have a space to do my craft, and get to see more of the world. Inspired by the many historical artists who have longed similar longings I discovered the beauty of artist residencies. Lilo runs Adhoc Collective in Vienna which not only has a fully equipped artists creative studio, but an indoor halfpipe, and private artist quarters. It was like a modern day castle or skate cathedral. It exists in almost a utopic state, totally free to those that apply and come with a real passion for both art and skateboarding


"How To Lose Yourself Completely" by Bryan Schnelle

I just wanted to share with you a piece I recently finished which took me 4 years to complete. Titled "How To Lose Yourself Completely (The September Issue)", it consists of a copy of the September 2007 issue of Vogue magazine (the issue they made the documentary about) with all faces masked with a sharpie, and everything else entirely whited out. 840 pages of fun. -Bryan Schnelle


Tyler Bewley ~ Recent Works

Some great work from San Francisco based Tyler Bewley.


Kirk Maxson and Alexis Mackenzie at Eleanor Harwood Gallery

While walking our way across San Francisco on Saturday we swung through the opening receptions for Kirk Maxson and Alexis Mackenzie at Eleanor Harwood Gallery in the Mission.


Jeremy Fish Solo Show in Los Angeles

Jeremy Fish opens Hunting Trophies tonight, Saturday April 5th, at the Los Angeles based Mark Moore Gallery. The show features new work from Fish inside the "hunting lodge" where viewers climb inside the head of the hunter and explore the history of all the animals he's killed.


The Albatross and the Shipping Container

Beautiful piece entitled "The Albatross and the Shipping Container", Ink on Paper, Mounted to Panel, 47" Diameter, by San Francisco based Martin Machado now on display at FFDG. Stop in Saturday (1-6pm) to view the group show "Salt the Skies" now running through April 19th. 2277 Mission St. at 19th.


The Marsh Barge - Traveling the Mississippi River from Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico

For some reason I thought it would be a good idea to quit my job, move out of my house, leave everything and travel again. So on August 21, 2013 I pushed a canoe packed full of gear into the headwaters of the Mississippi River in Lake Itasca, Minnesota, along with four of my best friends. Exactly 100 days later, I arrived at a marina near the Gulf of Mexico in a sailboat.


Flavio Samelo's Downtown Sao Paulo Murals

Our buddy Flavio Samelo down there in Brazil does all kinds of great work including this recent mural project in downtown Sao Paulo in front of one of the most important modern buildings of Oscar Niemeyer from the 60's, THE COPAN.


John Trippe, FFDG and Fecalface.com Founder, Stepping Down From Daily Operations

John Trippe, founder, owner and curator of FecalFace.com and the Mission District art gallery FFDG, announced today that he will stepping down from daily operations of the two ventures to seek new career opportunities.


High 5s - Get Your Feet Wet

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


"Touching Base" by Schuyler Beecroft

San Francisco based Schuyler Beecroft emailed over the great new series of paintings he's completed entitled "Touching Base", 16x20in on mounted wood panel. Like them.


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

Buddies Jay Howell & Jim Dirschberger did this great video produced by Forest City Rockers.


Fire Shelter for Papay Gyro Nights 2014

Last year we posted photos from another one of Simon Hjermind Jensen's Fire Shelters he's made in Copenhagen. This time around the Copenhagen based artist/ designer created one for the Papay Gyro Nights 2014 way up in on the Orkney Islands in Northern Scotland.


"Portrait of a Slugger 19" by Hiro Kurata

Beautiful painting by NYC based Hiro Kurata now on display at SF's FFDG through April 19th as part of the group show "Salt the Skies".


"Veins of Octulen" by Curiot at FFDG

"Salt the Skies" opened on the 21st at FFDG and features this great piece by Mexico City based Curiot (Favio Martinez) whose sold out 2013 show Age of Omuktlans ran at FFDG. His forthcoming solo show is slated for March 2015.


Rome's Alice Pasquini ~Mural+

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


Project M/3 in Berlin curated by NUART

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


John French with Hasselblad by Lola Dupre

"John French with Hasselblad", photo collage/ hand cut paper on wooden panel, by Lola Dupre which will be part of tomorrow's opening of "Salt the Skies" at FFDG in San Francisco. 2277 Mission St. (6-9pm) - RSVP here.


"Salt the Skies" at FFDG Opening Fri, Mar 21st

FFDG's spring show "Salt the Skies" is set to open on Friday, March 21st (6-9pm) -- Featuring works by Brett Amory, John Felix Arnold, Mario Ayala, Jud Bergeron, Curiot (Favio Martinez), Christopher Burch, Lola Dupre, Michelle Fleck, Matt Gonzalez, Hiro Kurata, Marty Machado, Mark Mulroney, and Nicomi Nix Turner


Brian Barneclo's 225' Food Chain Mural

San Francisco based Brian Barneclo was commissioned in 2006 to paint a HUGE mural on the side of Foods Co on Shotwell at 14th Streets. After some time on its own, it got pretty taxed by misc graffiti and pigeon shit.


A short documentary following the late artist, Shawn Whisenant

Shawn Whisenant is a born and raised San Francisco Bay Area artist whose art can be found lurking in the streets or galleries and museums across the USA, Australia, and Europe. He has been working on the streets of the Bay Area since the mid 1990's, where his images continue to endure on walls, mailboxes, and other surfaces around the city. He enjoys making books and stickers, taking photos, painting signs, and moving about in the citys shadows. In the streets and galleries, his work has seen many different forms. From rare-hand crafted books, to skateboard films and a signature pair of Osiris shoes, his creating doesnt end with painting. RIP Shawn Whisenant.


John Felix Arnold @BRIC House, Brooklyn

In the year or so that I've known Felix, almost every one of his shows has had a live musical element and it seems perfect that he would be included in a show called Art Into Music. He commandeered the corner of the gallery to create an installation that houses not only his drawing, but also an entire drum kit, amps and a dude playing a guitar. The warm wood paneling stands out in contrast to the matte grey boom-box tower and the muted wall of album covers and looks like a beacon calling to the crowd saying "this is what you shoud be looking at." However, it's not in a "look at me" attention-starved desperation, more like a welcoming invitation into his world.


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