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Mel Kadel @Merry Karnowsky (LA)

Thursday, 17 February 2011 09:00
Written by Travis Millard

Merry Karnowsky Gallery presented Arms Out, a solo exhibition by Los Angeles based artist Mel Kadel. With 47 new works, Kadel uses coffee-stained paper, micron pens, and hand mixed ink wash, pencils and blades to create beautifully patterned, layered, and colorful narrative works that "communicates interconnectedness, balance, and the idea that we are all part of a system." We stopped by to check out the show and here are some pictures. You can go see Mel's show which is up till March 5, 2011 along with artist Victor Castillo's Rebel With A Cause. -Michael Hsiung

Mel Kadel
Arms Out
February 5 - March 5, 2011
Merry Karnowsky Gallery
170 South La Brea Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Also showing: VICTOR CASTILLO - REBELS WITH A CAUSE

Art by Mel Kadel

Mel Kadel

Art by VICTOR CASTILLO

James Dirschberger and Andreas Trolf

 

The Party by Adam Hashemi

Wednesday, 16 February 2011 17:36
Written by Trippe

We've been a fan of Adam Hashemi's shorts for years, and this one may be the best. Filmed for the Danish Road Safety Council. Yeah, it never made it to TV. I think you'll know why after watching it. So f-ing great.

Other favorite films from Adam: here - here - here - here

 

THESE Friends 2 @THIS (LA)

Wednesday, 16 February 2011 15:00
Written by Michael Hsiung

Last time THIS Los Angeles gallery had a THESE Friends it was pretty crazy, and this year they decided to celebrate their one year anniversary with the opening reception of THESE Friends 2. The crowds poured out on the street, and it would have been an overall great opening and night, but some jerk stole a one of a kind 8 x 10 Polaroid piece of the late Dennis Hopper by Jason Lee. You can read about it here. So keep your eyes out. There were over 100 artists in the show including: Mel Kadel, Travis Millard, Andrew Pommier, Michael Sieben, Bill McRight, Alex Prager, Seonna Hong, Jim Houser , Geoff McFetridge and more!

THESE Friends 2
February 4 through March 4th
THIS los angeles
5906 North Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90042

Justin assisting Sean with this interesting listening device. What do you think that'll sound like? By Anthony Anzalone

Crowding. Our friends - Riley, Taylor and Jeremy

One wall of works.

 

Archaic Revival @Las Ciengas Projects (LA)

Wednesday, 16 February 2011 11:35
Written by Michael Hsiung

Me and some friends decided take the super highway to Culver City to see Pearl's piece in the group show, Archaic Revival, curated by Los Angeles-based artist Dani Tull, at Las Ciengas Projects. The title of the show Archaic Revival is a reference to Terence McKenna's 1992 book The Archaic Revival: Speculations on Psychedelic Mushrooms, the Amazon, Virtual Reality, UFOs, Evolution, Shamanism, the Rebirth of the Goddess, and the End of History. Okay, RAD, I'm in!

The Archaic Revival features 31 established and emerging artists and performers from Los Angeles, Portland, and Rotterdam whose works can be considered as manifestations of a burgeoning dialogue from within the collective subconscious of contemporary art. The artists in the exhibition use allegorical code, sacred plant knowledge, magic and an untethered glossolalia, while their works intuit mysticism, alchemy, fetishistic processes, prophecy, and even hum

Archaic Revival
Las Ciengas Projects
Jan. 29 thru Feb. 26, 2011
2045 S. Las Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90034

Photographs & text by Michael C. Hsiung

Some folks hanging out.

Unknown artist. Sorry.


 

Travis Millard Tees

Wednesday, 16 February 2011 10:35
Written by Trippe

Travis Millard mailed a few of these radical tshirts which we'll be giving away for this week's Free Fridayz. Be sure to get your "Movin' On Up" themed drawings by Friday for a chance at winning one of this interwebs shirts.

Speaking of Travis, check this wall mural he did in 2004 at Hollywood's The National Mule.

video by Arthur Mor & Theo Jemison

Installation by Travis Millard at The National Mule in September 2004. Pulled this out of the unfinished vault that unfortunately has laid dormant and virtually unseen for 7 years. This show became the 1st of 5 installations during 2004-2005 shot with Sony VX-2000's and Canon SLR's. Other episodes will include collaborations with Kiel Johnson, Florencio Zavala, and Mel Kadel.

 

Inside Outside @ All-Over France

Tuesday, 15 February 2011 14:31
Written by Trippe

Inside Outside
Brothers Ruina & Kid-chalao
@ALL-OVER (Lyon, France)

ALL-OVER were nice to email us over some photos from their current show featuring works from these two brothers involved in the Spanish graff & street art scene. Great show.

Translated from French:
Inside Outside is as the first exhibition of the brothers Ruina & Kid-chalao which, for the occasion, leaving behind a long career of vagrancy and begging. Our two young anti-heroes come from the slums of the Spanish state and were fed in the streets of cities like Bilbao, Barcelona and Madrid. Inherited a long tradition of myths and legends Castilian lover of popular culture, magic and absurdity, they share a surprising dependence on the smell of spray paint and nails to the tipp-ex.

 

2 New Michael Sieben Prints

Tuesday, 15 February 2011 11:06
Written by Trippe

We have two new 12" x 12" prints from Michael Sieben in our online shoppe'. Both editions of 50 signed and numbered. Printed at Bloom Press in Oakland, CA.

I Used To Want To Live In A Cave
12" × 12" – 2 color silk screen print signed and numbered edition of 50
$40

Hand printed by Nat Swope at Bloom Press in Oakland, CA.

In Other Words, I Wanted Adventure
12" × 12" – 2 color silk screen print signed and numbered edition of 50
$40

Hand printed by Nat Swope at Bloom Press in Oakland, CA.

 

Inherent Traits @Double Punch

Monday, 14 February 2011 11:40
Written by Ryan De La Hoz

Inherent Traits
Double Punch Gallery SF CA
Featuring works by: Martin Ontiveros, Mia Christopher, Steve Seeley, and Patrick Kyle
Runs through March 12th 2011
Gallery Hours 11 - 7 Daily, Sundays 11 - 6
Artwork available online: http://www.doublepunch.bigcartel.com/

Mia Christopher

Steve Seeley

Patrick Kyle

 

Bought & Sold @Needles and Pens

Friday, 11 February 2011 11:48
Written by Trippe

Bought & Sold
Featuring: Chris Johanson, Jay Howell, Russ Pope, Mike Myers, and Chris Yormick
Feb 5 - March 31, 2011
@Needles and Pens

Had a birthday party to attend later in the evening which meant arrving to an opening at Needles and Pens hours earlier than normally would have. People hang out in the N&P without beers in their hands? Who knew?

Work by Chris Johanson

More tagging of dolphins by Jay Howell.

John Cardiel and Julien Stranger.

 

Corey Arnold Tonight @FFDG

Friday, 11 February 2011 10:14
Written by Trippe

FISH-WORK
Photographs by Corey Arnold
Opening: Friday, Feb 11th, 2011 (6-9pm)
@FFDG

Our last show at 66 Gough St before we move to Fillmore @Haight. Corey will be at the opening signing copies of his new book FISH-WORK which will be for purchase (online here too)

Portland based photographer and fisherman himself (Corey's starred on the popular show Deadliest Catch), Corey Arnold, has been traveling the world documenting the world's fisherman since 2002. His show at Fecal Face Dot Gallery (opening Feb 11th, 2011) will feature a selection of photos featured in his new book, Fish-Work, Published by Nazraeli Press 2010 & available online here (Corey will be signing copies of his book from 6 to 7pm during the opening).

In 2009 PDN named Corey one of the top 30 emerging photographers. Corey Arnold is represented by Charles A. Hartman Fine Art in Portland, Richard Heller Gallery in Santa Monica and commercially by Redeye Represents in Los Angeles.

 

CA is the Place - Uppercut

Thursday, 10 February 2011 18:00
Written by Trippe

In Silicon Valley we have the highest concentration of aggressive people in the United Sates. And it's a place where all life has been reduced to working in a cubicle and then after work going out to have a Merlot at the Fromage bar. I'm kind of looking for something a little more primitive, a little more basic, something that appeals to the essential nature of a man. -- Gints K., Software Engineer & Founder, Gentlemen's Fight Club

A film by Drea Cooper & Zackary Canepari

 

Chris Ritson @Ever Gold Gallery

Thursday, 10 February 2011 12:38
Written by Trippe

Chris Ritson
In the Kingdom of Charisma
@Ever Gold Gallery, SF
Through Feb 26, 2011
Photos: Charlotte Cunningham

A celebration of our anxieties pertaining to the body, identity, and nature: "In the Kingdom of Charisma" is a multi-media exhibit created during a three weeklong residency at Ever Gold Gallery. Through installation, video and images created by growing crystals, organisms and media collages, Chris Ritson represents the nuances of how we construct an individual identity distinct from the vast cosmology that animates our lives.

 

In The Nursery @Corey Helford Gallery (LA, CA)

Thursday, 10 February 2011 09:00
Written by Michael Hsiung

We went to Culver City last Friday to check out a group show that our talented friend Mike Stilkey was in called In The Nursery, A Contemporary Interpretation of Classic Amercian Nursery Art, at The Corey Helford Gallery. Check out some pictures below!

In The Nursery
A Contemporary Interpretation of Classic American Nursery Art
Corey Helford Gallery (LA, CA)

Words and photos: Michael Hsiung


Blue Angel by HUSH.

Furry Felicia by Colin Christian.

 

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Check please with Ryan Travis Christian
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 09:23

CHICAGO --- Ryan Travis Christian opens his second solo show Check please with Western Exhibitions this Friday, April 25th featuring graphite on paper drawings of his signature cartoon-style alongside a second suite of works on paper and sculptures that employ color. ~show details

Photos from his 2011 show at Guererro Gallery - Photos from his 2012 Halsey McKay show in New York - he curated this show for FFDG in '11

Ryan Travis Christian April 25th at Western Editions, Chicago

 

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Ryan De La Hoz at Seattle's Flatcolor
Tuesday, 22 April 2014 10:52

SEATTLE --- San Francisco based Ryan De La Hoz opens a show of new works at Flat Color on May 1st. We love Ryan's work and have shown it many times throughout the years. Ryan will be also showing at LA - Juxtapoz Psychedelic Show, The Well, LA, CA April 26th 2014 - SF - Paper Cuts, Spoke Art, SF, CA May 3rd 2014

Working in unconventional mediums such as woven blankets, puzzles, and faux marble, De La Hoz has pioneered an innovative style in a class of its own. Collages of white noise, flowers and tie-dye are all hand cut and assembled to create mystic portals of intrigue. Heavily influenced by themes of death and rebirth, past and present, and the collision of modern culture with antiquity; Form and Void is mysterious look into the odyssey of creation, destruction, and an examination of society at large. -show details

 

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SSSSHHH, It's the Quiet Life
Monday, 21 April 2014 12:03

Hats, all over prints, 5 panel hats... it's all a bit obvious, but it's also how we dress and the QUIET LIFE'S PALM SPRINGS COLLECTION is looking breezy for the summer with no socks in the desert dust. ~take a tour

 

"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.

 

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

 

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.

 

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BANDES DE PUB / STRIP BOX

In a filmmaker's thinking, we wish more videos were done in this style. Too much editing and music with a lacking in actual content. Just because you can doesn't mean you should.


AJ Fosik in Tokyo at The Hellion Gallery

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.


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.


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