Friday, 21 October 2011 10:46 Written by Kid Yellow
Who are you and what do you?
Tom Betthauser, I draw, paint etc.
Untitled Land, 2011, 48"x60" graphite on paper
Location? Age? Education? Website?
I'm 24, I was born and raised in the bay area, where I graduated from
the indomitable San Francisco Art Institute in 2010. Currently I live
in New Haven Connecticut where I'm wrapping up my MFA at Yale.
How would you describe your work to someone?
Right now I just say that I make landscapes. It's vague, but I like
the way it makes people (including myself) interact with the work, and
it leaves me with a lot of room to explore the core of what I'm
Describe your process for creating new work.
I like the idea of creating a world from the ground up. I start very
abstractly, with large areas of dark and light, and then try to pull a
blank landscape out of that. Once that's built I'm free to explore and
add elements of content as necessary.
New to us, recent CCA graduate Matt Momchilov opens a show at Unspeakable Projects (735 Tehama St) here in SF on Thursday, Oct 27th (6-9pm)... Actually, we've yet to check out Unspeakable Projects which, according to Google St. view, is a work/ live space near 9th and Howard streets here in SF. Check out a small sample of Matt's great paintings. Everyone loves Regan! Put your balls on it!!
Say It. Acrylic on canvas. 14 in. x 18 in. 2010.
Last Kind Words. Oil on canvas. 46 in. x 46 in. 2009.
A few images from NYC based (via Bay Area) based artist Don Porcella whose woven pipe cleaner sculptures are showing at the non-profit space Art Connects New York through Oct 28th.
Don Porcella is an artist living and working in New York City who utilizes humble materials in innovative ways to craft a unique and humorous commentary on the human condition.
Born and raised in Modesto, California, Don Porcella’s artwork has been exhibited at galleries in New York City, Berlin, Paris, Copenhagen, East Hampton, Washington D.C., Miami and San Francisco. Porcella’s art has been reviewed in the New York Times, NY ARTS, Fiber Arts Magazine, Chelsea Now, San Francisco Magazine and the Village Voice to name a few. He has a BA in Psychology from the University of California at San Diego, a BFA from California College of Arts and Crafts and an MFA from Hunter College in New York. His art is included in some of the world’s best art collections.
Drawing from his own imagery of the suburban and his interest in folk art, cartoons, and science fiction, Porcella's work allows the subjective and strange to penetrate humorous representations of a wildly imaginative reality.
Unpiano releases a new book featuring a collection of photos by long time Boston Herald news photographer, Arthur Pollock, at SF Camera Work (657 Mission St) here in SF with a show featuring photos from the book this Friday Oct 21 (5–9pm)
Arthur Pollock happens to be the father of Jesse Pollock, a long time contributor to Fecal Face and also the owner of Unpiano Books. Jesse gave us a copy of the book last week which runs 184 pages spanning Arthur's 50 year career as a photo-journalist.
Printed on high quality paper, this beautifully bound book is relaxing to flip through- capturing many moods of human beings living on planet earth and more precisely living in or around Boston. Cops busting hippie thugs. Musicians jammin out in a spirited haze. People relaxing on the beach during a heat wave. Youngsters getting their protest on. There is no one theme to the book, expect possibly that humans do many different things while living in and around Boston. It's an enjoyable book to flip through. Every page offers another unique unexpected turn as seen through the eye of a hard working talented news photographer. [soon available on Upiano's site for $30]
NY based Illustrator Anthony Freda emailed over his latest "Too Big to Fail" which seems quite fitting in these wonderful economic times.
According to this theory, certain financial institutions are so large and so interconnected that their failure will be disastrous to an economy. Proponents of this theory believe that these institutions should become recipients of beneficial financial and economic policies from governments or central banks to keep them alive. It is thought that companies that fall into this category take positions that are high-risk, as they are able to leverage these risks based on the policy preference they receive. The term has emerged as prominent in public discourse since the 2007–2010 global financial crisis.
Thanks to Derek and Jamie at Park Life who told us about the space that we get to call home until 248 Fillmore is ready to move back into... Hope we don't get too used to having such a large space. After we fix 'er up, she'll be a real beaut!
Friday, 14 October 2011 09:51 Written by Michael C. Hsiung
My buddy Dave, an avid surfer and starting up his own surf shop FinSurfShop, took me along to check out The Surfing Essay, a collection of photographs by Anthony Friedkin, which opened at DRKRM Gallery, September 17th. Documenting Surfing culture of Southern California from the middle of the 1960's to the 1970's, Friedkin, a native Southern Californian and avid surfer himself, shares these collection of these personal photographs, documenting his life as a surfer, his love of the ocean as well as his connection to other surfer's, their girlfriends, and the life and times.
Ok older skaters, let's take a trip down memory lane and respect to Mr. Chick Treece of McRAD. Thanks to Eric Pritchard for emailing over his latest video work.
After getting their start opening for Minor Threat, McRad rose to fame in the skateboard world after being featured in Stacey Peralta and Cr Steck's 1988 movie Public Domain. The leaser of McRad, Chick Treece along with Ray Barbee and CR Stecyk tell the story of the band and its place in skateboard history. Documented by Eric Pritchard.
Had a crazy ass summer/ fall. The building our new apartment is now for sale. My wife is getting surgery to get a tumor taken out of her head/ neck. The building FFDG was in caught fire and it remains unclear how long till it's repaired... No worries though. FFDG has a temporary home. We have health insurance and business insurance (insurance is a good thing). SF is experiencing summer, finally. My cat is fluffy. The Fecal Face softball team is playing better (our record is 0-8). The Tigers are still in it (barely). The Mario Martinez (Mars-1) show opening Nov 10th at FFDG is still on track (note: it'll be at the temp space- 248 Clement). Got our taxes done in time. The art season is back on with lots of great shows to check out here in San Francisco and many more to enjoy online...
Random facts: When you die your hair still grows for a couple of months. - The Main Library at Indiana University sinks over an inch every year because when it was built, engineers failed to take into account the weight of all the books that would occupy the building. - A skunk's smell can be detected by a human a mile away. - When snakes are born with two heads, they fight each other for food. - Charlie Brown's father was a barber. - Cats can hear ultrasound.
ABOVE PASSPORT BOXED EDITION examines the street artist that has blanketed the world with art covering over 90 cities in 60 countries. The book includes hundreds of plates and quotes from artists across the globe and introductory statements by Shepard Fairey, FAILE, Wooster Collective - Marc and Sara Schiller and Tristan Manco.
Hardcover book: signed/numbered - 12.25 x 12.25" (31.1 x 31.1cm)
Over 120 color plates
is housed in a vinyl clamshell box placed in a publisher’s shipping box
Size: 20.5 x
16.5 x 2.25" (52.1 x 41.9 x 5.7cm)
9.5 lbs / 4.3 kg
Giclee print: signed/numbered - edition 200 - image size 11 x 16" (27.9 x
40.6cm) / paper size 13 x 18 (33 x 45.7cm)
ABOVE PASSPORT BOXED
EDITION examines the
street artist that has blanketed the world with art covering over 90
cities in 60 countries. The book includes hundreds of plates and quotes from
artists across the globe and introductory statements by Shepard Fairey,
FAILE, Wooster Collective - Marc and Sara Schiller and Tristan Manco.
encountered ABOVE’s art on the streets of Paris in early 2003. His
large-scale trademark arrows were painted on roll down gates, trucks and
storefronts with impressive coverage throughout the city. ABOVE is
extraordinarily driven. To paraphrase Radiohead, “ambition can make you look
pretty ugly,” but in ABOVE’s case, his ambition makes the streets look very
engaging. I am very impressed by ABOVE’s diligence, but after I got to know
him and his artwork more, I began to realize that his output is not evidence
of selfish ego, but of a lust for life, a utopian life, where his
generosity, and curiosity, and his pursuit of creativity and
social-consciousness have led him around the world making more friends than
the time to act as tour guide for me and my wife and our two young daughters
in a city he knows well and we didn’t. The gesture made me greatly value
ABOVE’s friendship and reinforced my belief that what you give is what
you get. The Karma Police are not coming for ABOVE even if the police
vandal squad is." ---Shepard
Fairey, Los Angeles, California
From WIKI (born circa
1981) has been creating public art since 1995. ABOVE
is an international contemporary street artist who keeps his identity
concealed and is widely known for his multi-layer/full color social and
political stencils, spinning wooden "arrow mobile" installations, and large
mural "word play" paintings. ABOVE started traditional graffiti of tagging
freight trains in California in 1995. ABOVE moved to Paris at the age of 19
where he started painting his trademark arrow (pointing above) all around
the city. Since then ABOVE has been consistently traveling around the world
doing many large self-financed "tours" with each tour exploring a new medium
or style of artworks. ABOVE has been successful in putting his street
artworks in over 90 cities in 60 different countries around the globe.
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 15:31 Written by Corey Arnold
I grew up in Southern California in the little suburb of Vista. My dad grew avocados and tropical plants for money, so when I wasn't spending weekends planting or picking fruit, we were usually at sea sport fishing for mako, bonito, yellowtail, dorado, and rockfish or casting in lakes all over the west. My father's obsession with fish rubbed off on me and I quickly became known as "the fisherman" in elementary school. I lugged around a huge shark trolling rod for halloween many years in a row, and would often bring odd sea creatures and baby sharks to class for show and tell. My dad is also partially responsible for my photography habit. Every fishing trip of my life was meticulously documented, or at least the catch of the day was recorded. I've recently been thumbing throw those old photographs with nostalgia. Not only are they a record of how much more fashionable I was in the 80's, they are also telling of how my early exposure to nature, the sea, and the endless quest to find fish helped solidify my fate as both photographer and commercial fisherman.
I've compiled some of the most compelling images into a series called "Fishing with My Dad 1978-1995". The images were shot by either my father or myself, as we would take turns photographing each other holding our catch. Nazraeli Press recently published a small book of these images as part of their One Picture Book Series #69 which includes an original signed print and lives in a limited edition of 500. You can watch a little youtube video of the book HERE
A solo exhibition of the images will open this Saturday, October 15th, 6-10pm at Ampersand Gallery and Fine Books in Portland, Oregon. My dad and I will be present. Hope to see you there!
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.
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" 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.
"[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
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
NYC --- 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
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.
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!
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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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