Wednesday, 17 November 2010 10:20 Written by Michael Hsiung
We went down on Halloween night to Neck Face's much-anticipated show Into Darkness!!! which opened at the Oh Wow gallery in Hollywood. Not only was there a halloween haunted house and an Altamont / Baker / Deathwish skate demo, but also Neck Face's new works which included comic paneled pieces, mask and altar type installation works. There were some long long lines of people waiting to get in, but we powered through and good thing too because it was pretty nuts. Also, Altamont Apparelhad some limited run of Neck Face Into Darkness t-shirts too.
Glen Friedman is showing works from two of his books, Fuck You Heroes and
Fuck You Too, at the 941 Geary Gallery in San Francisco starting tomorrow night, Nov 6th.
These photos have been touring the world for the better part of a decade and half,
and so they’ll be familiar to many of you already. The point of the show, then, may
not be to see these photos for the first time, but to see them again and be reminded
of why they’re so firmly a part of this culture (skateboarding, punk rock, hip hop)
that we love so much. Additionally, we’ll get to see some of Friedman’s
collaborations with Shepard Fairey.
In advance of the opening, this Saturday, November 6th, I spoke with
Friedman over the phone (after an elaborate ritual by which I contacted his
publicist, who then e-mailed Glen my contact information, who then called me from
his blocked number—a level of secrecy and intense concern for privacy I’d never
experienced before [maybe I’ve been interviewing the wrong people so far?]). What I
took away from our talk was part awe at an inarguably legendary photographer (one
whose work I personally admire and find greatly inspiring), and part confoundment
due to Friedman’s lack of humility and his bitter disdain for art he dislikes and for
any criticism of those he holds in high esteem.
In short, during our brief chat, Friedman lived up to every expectation I’d
held; every anecdote of pompousness seemed to me truer after having spoken to
him, but likewise, my appreciation of his doggedness and artistry was also more
actual and, in a way, deserved. At the end of it, the idea was only reinforced that
there’s no true answer to the question of art vs. artist. Whether or not art can be
separate from its creator, we live in a world of copyrighted images and brand names,
and our discussion of a work of art takes place within a framework of context and
intent. Regarding something and being able to appreciate it based purely on
aesthetic grounds is noble and maybe the only true measure of its value as art, but
our valuations remain colored by our own biases. But still, but still, Glen Friedman
has made some of the most beautiful and important and inspiring images of the past
30 years. They’re even in the Smithsonian.
Anyhow, here’s the first part of the interview. Take from it what you will.
To begin, and in a garbled and uninformed way, I asked Glen if there would be
any new photos in the show, or what, if anything would be different from past
exhibits of his Fuck You… works.
GF: There will be two new photos added at the last moment, that I literally took this
month, or in October, two photos that I took that I thought were pretty cool, to show
people that I’m still doing it sometimes.
AT: Are these skate and music photos as well?
GF: They’re just music photos. I have been shooting skating stuff as well, but I didn’t
put one of those in the show. I just liked the music stuff. One of the music shots
[was] this really young band that I don’t even know what to make of them at this
point, but I had a really good time at the show so I shot some photos and I got a
picture that I think is my favorite photo of the year, or one of them anyway, so I
figured I should put it in the show because it’s so bad ass.
Stopped by the press preview of the solo show (w/ collabs from Shepard Fairey) from Glen Friedman last week. Had to see some of these classics in person. For this geezer who grew up skating listening to the music Glen shot album covers, press, and live for, it's a must see show... Like stepping back in time.
Andreas Trolf interviewed Glen for Fecal Face over the phone before the show opened which, you can read here... Don't think Glen's too happy with the interview as he wrote in a tweet, "bitch ass writer tries to have his say... so much for being nice to press". Sorry to hear that as we're huge fans. Andreas may have gone too far. You decide.
Jay Howell returns to San Francisco for a solo show on Fri, November 12th after moving to Los Angeles last month to pursue a career in cartooning. New paintings, fun and hi-jinx are promised at the Fecal Face Dot Gallery Friday night, Nov 12th (6-9pm). Jay will be in attendance getting loose for the duration of the evening. Beer and wine shall be served.
Thursday, 11 November 2010 12:51 Written by Trippe
Skateistan: To Live And Skate Kabul A beautifully shot film that
follows the lives of a group of young skateboarders in Afghanistan. Operating against the backdrop of war and bleak prospects, the Skateistan charity project is the world’s first co-educational skateboarding school, where a team of international volunteers work with girls and boys between the ages of 5 and 17, an age group largely untouched by other aid programmes.
Thursday, 11 November 2010 11:09 Written by Ferris Plock
San Francisco is a great city for many reasons, and one of them is that our city dump has an artist residency program. That's right, they invite a couple artists at a time to rummage through our trash and make art from it. In fact, artists are only allowed to use materials they find at the dump to create the show, and they have 3 months to do so (photos from last reception).
Wednesday, 10 November 2010 16:25 Written by Trippe
Location? Age? Education? Website?
Literally just moved up to Portland, OR from SF. I'm 27. Graduated with an MFA from SFAI. And you can see more of my work at www.artbyadamfriedman.com
How would you describe your work to someone?
To keep in simple, I'm fascinated by geology, the natural world, and the relativity of time's duration. I try to show earthly processes that humans would consider "slow," happening really fast or instantly. The images are an optimistic view of the natural world, post human presence.
Oh man... so many. I love the Hudson River School painters... Casper David Freidrich, Thomas Cole, Albert Bierstadt, Frederic Church, etc. Contemporary painters like Paul Davies, Ricky Allman, Paul Wackers, James Chronister, and many many more. I have tons of talented friends, like Robert Minervini, Nicholas Bohac, Kevin E Taylor, Ben Venom, and Jon Casey Clary, who are killing it! I read a lot... Edward Abbey is my hero.
Cheese burgers or tofu burgers?
Stanich Burger in Portland (if you wanna get serious).
Tucker Nichols emailed over this Whole Foods poster (below right) which looks a lot like one of Corey Arnold's photos (bottom left). Coincidence? Where they inspired by Corey's photo? Did Corey actually shoot the photo? Who knows and Corey is fishing for salmon right now (like this), so we can't ask him to find out.
Yeah, bad tattoos are basically a bummer, right? But they're also pretty much a rite of passage for bored and disenfranchised-feeling teenagers the world over. At least it was for about 95% of the people I know. Going to a reputable tattoo shop and getting a wizard or unicorn drilled into your lower back is totally fine, but nothing really takes the place of sitting around with a bunch of friends and some beers, enthusiastically taking turns poking each others' arms full of bad ideas-which actually is fun at any age.
OAKLAND -- First Fridays is hoping Oakland hasn't seen the last of the one of a kind event... The street art party is free to attend, but organizers say with police and other costs the price tag to throw the monthly party is $20,000... The City of Oakland has been footing the bill for months and after kicking in $500,000, it's pulling the plug... Organizers are now asking for donations and developing a vendor fee schedule to try and keep the party alive. ~continue reading
SAN FRANCISCO -- Guerrero Gallery, here in the Mission, opens their summer group show this Saturday, June 15th, featuring works from a steller lineup: Daniel Albrigo, Ryan Travis Christian, Alejandro Diaz-Ayala, Frohawk Two Feathers, Michelle Guintu, Justin Hager, Cody Hudson, Terry Powers, Rye Purvis, Victory Reyes, Jamie Williams, and Yarrow Slaps.
SAN FRANCISCO --- Southern Exposure hosts thier annual Monster Drawing Rally Friday, June 14, 2013 at THE NWBLK, 1999 Bryant Street (at 18th). Tons of great artists auctioning works at a starting price of only $60.
A live drawing and fundraising event with 120 artists working side by side. The event lets spectators to observe artists in the act of creation, providing the opportunity to watch a drawing come to life, and to purchase a work of art minutes after its completion. Drawings are available for purchase immediately for just $60 each.
Wonder if our old emails with Banksy are worth a few thousand dollars. It seems everything the dude touches is worth a million dollars these days! Nutty and much deserved.
A disputed Banksy graffiti artwork removed from a gritty London neighbourhood has sold for approximately $1.1 million US at auction. The provocative Slave Labour (Bunting Boy) sold at a private auction held by concierge firm The Sincura Group at the London Film Museum on Sunday, according to Bloomberg news service. The spray-painted, stenciled work depicts a child labourer using an antique sewing machine to create a Union Jack bunting. -Continue reading
Germany's national railway is testing the use of mini-drones to curb damage to its trains from graffiti. Experts call the move pointless and excessive, saying that varnish for trains could solve the problem instead.
Daniel Cronin was hired to shoot photos for the ongoing feature series: the Road Trips USA: Pacific Coast... An interesting idea where the trip was live blogged/ tweeted/ Instagramed with people making suggestions for what to check out, and well, into FFDG they stopped.
Look ma, we made The Guardian U.K.
Come on, guys. Don't call San Francisco "San Fran".
Henrik Haven, who keeps us up to date in all that's Copenhagen, emailed over some photos from the Viborg International Billboard Painting Festival that's running throughout June. In this short installment he introduces us to the work of urban/graffiti artist and illustrator NYCHOS.
Brendan Monroe, whose show Melting Into the Floor runs through June 15th at LA's Richard Heller, creates these great wooden sculptures and featured a bunch in the show... He's often asked how he goes about making them and gives us at Fecal Face a little 'how to' on the process.
Mexico City based Curiot, whose sold out solo show Age of Omuktlans ran last March at FFDG, just finished this great mural entitled "El Retorno de Akhankutli" in Mexico. He recently completed one in Berlin too which we'll be posting in the coming week. The guy is very very talented in our eyes.
This made our day. Not only do we love pizza but we also love Henry Gunderson... So a board shapped like a hot slice designed by Henry Gunderson for The Good Company, well... this writer needs to go for a slice right now.
Wendell McShine (lives in Mexico City, from Trinidad) opened his newest show, Raccoon's Law, at Fifty24SF on Saturday night. ARYZ was a tough act to follow, but McShine held his own in the space... With a combination of a mural, a video, and both drawings and mixed-media works on paper, the diversity of this solo show was impressive. The Raccoon drawings were especially attractive as the way he executed them looked like they actually had fur coming off the page, and you can only imagine how soft it would be to touch. I was lucky to see his work in person through this show, and I hope to encounter more in the future.
Ingrid Wells just got her MFA from The San Francisco Art Institute and these oil paintings from her Honey Boo Boo's Amurrican Starquest were on display as part of the recent MFA exhibition... Ingrid Wells works and lives in San Francisco.
I got there the day after the tornado came through. It was like nothing I had ever seen before. My mind just could not grasp what my eyes were seeing. It was just too much to take in, too much to process. So, I did what comes naturally and took images. It sort of helped me separate from the chaos and helped me focus.
Jeffrey Cheung emailed over some photos from a recent one night show he had at Terra Gallery/ event space. The May 19th show also featured live music by Oakland garage rockers Twin Steps and Coldtergeist.
Great solo show by LA based Alison Blickle (Born 1976) up now at San Francisco's Eleanor Harwood gallery. History of Magic Part 1... The Hermitage runs through June 15th 2013. -- 1295 Alabama St. Hours: Wed thru Sat (11-6pm)
Well, it looks like John Felix Arnold rocked Tokyo with his opening with Koutaro Ooyama at Spes Lab a few weeks back. Even a language barrier couldn't prevent the success of their collaboration. They invited everyone they met on trains, in cars, cafes, bars, restaurants, and people responded by attending, and bringing their families and friends as well.
Last Thursday evening, I was lucky enough to get invited to Nickelodeon's premiere party for their newest cartoon, Sanja & Craig, created by three awesome dudes - Andreas Trolf, Jim Dirschberger, and Jay Howell. Hosted at Tony's Salon with pizza provided by Pizzanistas, the premiere party was filled with libations and celebrations, even a break-dance battle broke out. Congrats to everyone who worked on the show, and especially Trolf, Jim, and Jay who all have been working tirelessly on it. Sanja & Craig premiered Saturday 10:30 am 11 am on Nickelodeon. You can watch Sanjay and Craig Episode 1: Brett Venom on hulu. and read about how the guys came up with it in this interview with The LA Times. Now, here's some photos from the premiere.
Los Angeles Christofer Chin (Tofer) emailed over some install shots of his current show Ar running in NYC at Lu Magnus through June 29th. Simple/ clean and continuing his op artstyle Tofer Chin features new paintings, photographs, and sculpture continuing his exploration of geologically and architecturally inspired Minimalist forms.
TrustoCorp's all new work for their exhibition at LeBasse Projects in Culver City, Los Angeles is a perfect continuum from past work that embraces the bipolar "have/have not" socioeconomic identity of Los Angeles, which they recently established their new studio in.
I didn't know if you came across this video yet, but I ran into my friend Brian Hanson yesterday who helped film and edit it. It's a film short documenting the work and philosophy of Huntington Beach surfboard Shaper Tim Stamps. Super rad and really inspiring! Anyhow take a peek.
Last year, Eric Caruso a teacher at Harry Wirtz Elementary School (Paramount, CA, near LA) had an idea to invite some artists to paint some murals at the school because there wasn't an arts program for the kids. That brilliant idea resulted in some awesome murals by artists Seitaku Aoyama, Yusuke Hanai, Rich Jacobs, Tim Kerr and Albert Reyes.
Ryan De La Hoz' show in the Upper Haight at RVCA runs through this Saturday... And the next time you're in the Mission, be sure to swing through his new shop on 14th St, Cool Try... We need to get over there soon and do a little photo feature for ya.
The Book and Job Gallery (San Francisco) really stepped it up with the opening of Daniel Chen's loveBlast on May 4th. Complete with a doorman, piano player, old fashioneds, and some really nice paintings, I could hardly believe I was at the Book and Job. The paintings varied in size, and the show was balanced nicely between them, the spray-can work on the walls, and the smaller drawings displayed throughout. The kind notes Chen wrote on the walls are certain to brighten your day, and the rest of the work is definitely worth a look. It was a very classy evening and I hope they continue to intersperse shows like these into their schedule in the future
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