Hanging out front USF with those who arrived too late.
We were turned away at the door last night to support KUSF by a police officer who told us that the theater was filled to capacity already and they weren't letting anyone else in... Well, glad to hear and see that the turnout was massive last night as KUSF fans voiced their grievances with USF president Father Stephen Privett and even going so far as to call him a sell-out douche bag which, in our opinion, may have gone a little too far... But, when people are angry for a good reason, such as this, tempers run high...
Logan Kroeber of The Dodos supports KUSF
It sounds like the president stuck to his guns and never answered the question we wanted answered, which is, WHY? Sure, he did say USF is an educational institution which teaches students how to work and run a radio station, but that the school isn't in the radio business... The radio station is staffed more by volunteers than by students. But, over the decades the station, by nature of broadcasting to the public, has affected the community and the community has grown to love and appreciate the station to the point that the station has become its own San Francisco icon... The station is a musical institution, though not just in San Francisco, but throughout the independent music scene across the United States.
We were surprised by the amount of SFPD in case things got out of hand.
Is the school struggling so badly that it needs the 3.75 million they sold the frequency and transmitter for? If so, at least give others who would like to save the station a chance to raise the money to counter the offer, but they didn't. Instead, the deal, which took years to work out, was done in secrecy. No one working in the station knew. The USF students didn't know nor the USF faculty knew... Pretty much anyway you come away from this, it's bullshit how they kept all who may be interested in the dark... The school loses. San Francisco loses. The music community at large loses.. Hopefully KALX takes steps now to prevent this from happening across the Bay!
Pleased to see that the local media was out in full force.
Wednesday, 19 January 2011 16:53 Written by David Shillinglaw
Our friend and London based artist David Shillinglaw shoots us a blog from time for insight into the Londoner's arting life... As the cold of winter harshes Britain, he's off to Morocco but after a quick show in Paris.
Hugh is very involved with the community down on 6th street here in SF, and if you know SF then you are well aware of the atmosphere of 6th and Market. Drug dealers, drug doers of all sort, people generally down on their luck in many forms. This is Hugh's canvas as he interacts and paints the characters he comes in contact with. SF people have probably seen a wheat paste or two of Hugh's work around town.
Pretty mellow opening, but we were there pretty early too and didn't stay very long.
Like it. Reminds me of Scotty, a really nice homeless man who hangs out front FFDG.
This show features five artists from the Bay Area. Although there is a slight connection with figuration, each artist uses that launch point to create wholly different work. Pieces vary from figurative drawings, illustrative paintings, comic renderings, and mix media abstractions. Bitches Brew serves as a bookend to 2010's Bro Palace that featured works by several male artists from the Bay Area's art community. ~VIEW OPENING PHOTOS
Tuesday, 18 January 2011 15:18 Written by Van Edwards
Update from Tomo: It's been a while, I've been lying low and roaming the frontier for the last several months. Anyhow I thought I'd come out of hiding and inform y'all of my new artwork and website update.
New photo's, drawings, screen prints and other stuff all on there for your viewing pleasure. That's (the highly acclaimed): quangowangism.com if you're not already in the know.
Also as I am well known for my high degree of generosity and just want to give screen prints to people all the time, here is your chance to win a Tomo original of your very own. This is how my latest competition goes...
Part 1. You must write a story (bearing in mind part 2) which contains all of the following elements: 'Old fashioned cups of tea' 'An area of natural beauty' 'An ex Foreign Legion asylum seeker' 'A local street corner' 'Nino Nardini' 'A potential emergency' 'And five grown men stroking an enormous Irish Wolfhound' Interpret as you wish.
Part 2. Post your story to your local MP / politician / city council with the aim of eliciting a response.
The winner and runners up will look forward to receiving my new screen prints via post. Being successful in getting a response will increase your chances of winning but nonetheless all good stories will be considered and maybe even published on my website.
Tuesday, 18 January 2011 10:18 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).
We were about to jump in a cab last night to leave an art opening to make another. Alan Bamberger offered us a ride so... we took the opportunity to ask him a few questions.
Alan, through his website artbusiness.com, attends almost every art opening that goes down in San Francisco. Like 10 in one night, he's zipping across town to cover everything that's opening. From the greatest shows to the shittest, he's there snapping away. He's not human. We have no idea he does it. How does he stomach it all? We asked.
Rico Deniro’sNative Expatriots show at FIFTY24SF Gallery opened up last Saturday here in SF. For the show, Rico has presented people that live outside of technologically based civilizations in the rural villages of Mexico with images of first-world pop culture icons and employed them with one task: to interpret those icons in a traditional Mexican wooden mask.
Estevan Oriol shot the preview photos for the show like the one above.
Rico Deniro'sNative Expatriates is an artistic exhibition which could
also be considered an anthropological or sociological study of humanity
and cultures. Rico has presented people that live outside the
Twitter-Facebook fueled world of modern urbanity in rural villages of
Mexico with images of first-world pop culture icons and employed them with
one task: to interpret those icons in a traditional Mexican wooden mask.
The craftsmen of these masks have no reference point to these images, no
sense of importance tied to the celebrities that they were given, no
inundation of cultural significance by media sources - and instead
translate the images into form at a completely superficial and innocent
Brett's solo show Intentional Abstractions opens tonight, 1/13, at London's The Outsiders. In the coming days he'll be blogging up his show and some of the things he got into in London including a few studio visits you're not going to want to miss... Below are Brett's words and photos.
Wednesday, 12 January 2011 17:51 Written by Trippe
Wasn't familiar with emerging Brooklyn based artist Anthony Michael Sneed's work until we checked some out after getting an email the other day letting us know about his pop-up show Thursday at NYC's ARTJAIL.
After spending some time checking out his work, we wanted to show you a sampling. Looks good. Check out Thursday's opening, NYC people.
Our buddy Jud Bergeron is hosting the small works show Gimcrackery tonight at the wine/ art bar Hotel Biron (7-10pm) featuring an exclusive series of small silk screened prints which expand on the motif of fatherhood. In addition to the prints a survey of ceramic and bronze wall reliefs are presented alongside four large rarely viewed abstract drawings. ~complete details
People associate sailing with Thurston Howell, think it's incredible expensive and only for the rich, but we think this ad does a job well done with why sailing is amazing and worth every little penny it costs.
Hi everyone, I have a new 18 x 24" screen print available now through BLK/MRKT called Tequila Carousel, 5/c edition of 100. It's based off the original painting I did this year of the same name. I hope you enjoy it. -DAVE KINSEY
We did a studio visit with San Francisco artist Martin Machado yesterday which we'll be getting up shortly, but while we're thinking of Martin, have you checked out the blog he did with us last year where he sailed 1000 miles into the Pacific from Mexico to the remote tiny wild Clipperton Atoll? It is for sure one of the most interesting journeys on the site and worthy a read.
Marty in his studio standing next to a piece which will be shown at FFDG this January
Sea turtle 800 miles out into the Pacific from The Clipperton Project journey
PHILLY --- Tod Seelie has been living in and photographing NYC since 1997. He recently published a book of photographs, BRIGHT NIGHTS: Photographs of Another New York. To celebrate, Tod is taking it on the road around the US. He will be presenting his work, talking about his process, and telling stories of what he's been up to over the last decade and half. It will be followed by a Q&A and book signing.
Nicks work has been shown publicly in the streets of London in the lead up to the 2012 Olympic Games. He was named in the Design Collectors Top Directors of 2011, and has spoken for the Australia Graphic Design Associations First Five Out conference. Commercially Nick has produced work for major international brands including MTV, Nike, Red Bull, BBC, Monster, Pioneer, L’Oreal & More.
SAN FRANCISCO --- Front man for Thee OhseesJohn Dwyer opens the solo show of pencil drawings in "Landlord Apocalypse" opening Saturday, 12/7 at Needles and Pens (7-10pm) -FULL DETAILS
Listen to our good times '07 interview w/ Dwyer where he speaks of music in Providence, Start of the Coachwhips, Touring, Fighting in Toronto, Drugs, Recording, Favorite Shows, New Ohsees Album, Meric Long, and much much more LISTEN & check his Musical Mix here.
SAN FRANCISCO --- At our home some of our most treasured original artworks were purchased at Creativity Explored where the work is not only loose great folk art styled but was also purchased for a steal with the proceeds going to support the fantastic SF art program which benefits artists with developmental disabilities. Creativity Explored provides a supportive studio environment for artists with developmental disabilities in which they receive individualized instruction from mentoring artists, quality art materials, and professional opportunities to exhibit their work.
Every year Creativity Explored hosts a weekend Holiday Sale where these inexpensive works are even less expensive. A great place to pick up original unique gifts for family and friends... Not only that but their opening receptions are worth getting to. Wine, food, music, etc on Friday. ~FULL DETAILS
Mark Whalen opens a solo show in Singapore tonight, Dec 11th at Future Perfect that runs through the weekend. If you're not in Singapore (not sure how many of our readers are) then enjoy his newest works online here.
Last week, Adeline Jeudy owner and curator of Galerie LJ, welcomed myself and a camera to interview Caledonia Curry that everybody knows as Swoon, while she was working setting up her latest solo show "Motherlands".
Here's the second part of my comprehensive photo coverage from Berlin and this time around you'll find shots of new window installations by Ron English, Know Hope, Erik Jones, Lucy McLauchlan, Strok and others (which is now on display in the same building as Rone painted).
As a part of "project M" (curated by Strychinin Gallery), Melbourne Artist and part of the Everfresh collective RONE has painted the largest wall he has ever attempted, three massive images on the top three stories of a five-story building at Nollendorfplatz in Berlin. It took Rone five days to paint this excellent work.
David Choong Lee, Mario Martinez, Damon Soule, Eric Otto and others were commissioned by the Hyatt (345 Stockton St) here in San Francisco to create some beautiful works to adorn their hotel bar, resturant and lobby. If you're down by Union Square stop in, hava drink at the bar and enjoy these great paintings.
NYC based (via Australia) spraypaint whiz kid Ian Strange (Kid Zoom) (interview) held his solo show SUBURBAN last July at the National Gallery of Victoria, Australia (video). The wonderful show's setup and opening was photographed by Lloyd Stubber for this exclusive photo essay for Fecal Face.
Collage artist Lola Dupre opens a new show of work on Decemeber 5th at Portland's Breeze Block Gallery -- Opening on the same day in the adjoining gallery space, artists Ryan De La Hoz and Russell Leng.
With a thick, impasto finish, Meyer's paintings feel like treasures. As you get lost in the jagged confusion of thick swatches of color, figures emerge in the most subtle ways. The colors are enticing, but these figures are mesmerizing. I could get lost in these canvases for days. Simply, these are some really great paintings and I highly recommend you go see them before the show closes on December 7th.
TORONTO --- The finishing touches have been put on the large-scale, colorful and dynamic public art work by Canadian-born Patrick McNeil along with his art collaborator, Patrick Miller. Collectively known as FAILE, the Brooklyn-based duo designed the football-field-sized mural, located on Bathurst Street between Davenport and St. Clair in the city of Toronto.
Liking on these prints Hive & Nine Eyes by Melbourne based artist/ designer Nick Thomm... Limited Edition of 50 - Printed on 310gsm Hahnemuhle photo rag, mueseum grade archival paper. Each print is hand signed and numbered - available on his website.
I moved home to the Bay Area about 4 years ago and recently had the opportunity to visit New York City for the first time since. Having missed Barry McGee & Raymond Pettibon by a day, I felt lucky to have an old friend clue me into the ICY Signs show when I arrived.
Every have one of those mornings where you start following links and the next thing you know you're watching a news reel clip of the Golden Gate International Exposition of 1939 that was held on the brand new man-made Treasure Island?
Tiffany Bozic's solo show Sense of Wonder is in its final week at San Francisco's FFDG. Before this wonderful show comes to a close, we wanted to ask Bozic about her methodology, lifestyle, influences and generally what makes her tick.
The John Berggruen gallery is beautiful. With floor-to-ceiling windows and a view to downtown, the Thursday night opening of NYC's Julian Lethbridge's new show Paintings was unmistakably a fancy affair. While these incredibly expensive paintings didn't do much for me, I was pleasantly surprised that I caught the Chuck Close show upstairs.
Cartagena takes photographs in Monterrey, Mexico, documenting parts of everyday life there that he sees as depicting "a global issue from a local perspective." In a town that has a relatively new, booming construction market, Cartagena decided to document a side of the day laborers' lives that might not often be seen: the commute to and from work at various construction sites.
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