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Ignacio Murua @Kokoro Studio SF

Thursday, 17 February 2011 16:00
Written by Trippe

Kokoro Studio (682 Geary St here in San Francisco) emailed a few images from thier current show with Chilean artist Ignacio Murua. The show Bomba 4 continues through Feb 24th.

Kokoro Studio has been open a little over a year showing local and international artists. Hours: Tue-Sat 1pm-7pm

Works by Chilean artist Ignacio Murua

Ignacio Murua lives and works in Santiago de Chile and Brooklyn, NY... He is inspired the Chilean yellow press newspapers that publish images of ideal female bodies as the "women of the week." What the popular culture esteems as perfection, Murua translates as uncomfortable and grotesque. By its denial of the familiar, flawed (normal) body, such perfection is encountered as a deformity. Murua uses a unique process of "painting without using paint" to contrast the disturbingly artificial perfection with smeared and dripping strokes. He works quickly to manipulate the wet pigment of a freshly printed photograph, causing the very substance of the image to be distorted, obscured, erased, or washed away. Remaining is a blurred silhouette, the suggestion of a posture that replaces individual identity. In a global society preoccupied with age and beauty, the work of Ignacio Murua disregards time, wiping out both perfection and its potential for decay.

 

Save KUSF - Knockout Feb 28th

Thursday, 17 February 2011 13:00
Written by Roisin Isner

SMiLE Presents...
A Benefit to Save KUSF
at The Knockout

musical performances by
The Trifles
The Twinks
The Danger Babes

hosted by Hate Factory with DJ Neil Martinson spinning Psych, Soul, Glam, Bubblegum, and Laserboogie.

The Knockout
3223 Mission near 29th street
9pm – 2am
$10-20 sliding scale
(proceeds go to KUSF's legal fund!)
21+

Between now and the show, Hate Factory are offering their songs up for sale online, with all proceeds benefiting KUSF. Check them out here.

 

Mel Kadel @Merry Karnowsky (LA)

Thursday, 17 February 2011 10:00
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 18:36
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 16:00
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 12:35
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 11:35
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 15:31
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 12:06
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 12:40
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 12:48
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 11:14
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 19:00
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

 

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Alexis Anne Mackenzie - 2/28
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 10:21

SAN FRANCISCO --- Alexis Anne Mackenzie opens Multiverse at Eleanor Harwood in the Mission on Saturday, Feb 28th. -details

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The Death of the Artist—and the Birth of the Creative Entrepreneur
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 10:34

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.

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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" @FFDG
Friday, 16 January 2015 09:30

"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.

17_ms

Work by Meryl Pataky

 

In Wake of Attack, Comix Legend Says Satire Must Stay Offensive
Friday, 09 January 2015 09:59

Ron-Turner

Ron Turner of Last Gasp

"[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

 

Solidarity
Thursday, 08 January 2015 09:36

charlie

 

SF Bay Area: What Might Have Been
Tuesday, 06 January 2015 09:36

tiburonbridge

The San Francisco Bay Area is renowned for its tens of thousands of acres of beautiful parks and public open spaces.

What many people don't know is that these lands were almost lost to large-scale development. link

 

1/5/14 - Going Back
Monday, 05 January 2015 10:49

As we work on our changes, we're leaving Squarespace and coming back to the old server. Updates are en route.

The content that was on the site between May '14 and today is history... Whatever, wasn't interesting anyway. All the good stuff from the last 10 years is here anyway.

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Jacob Mcgraw-Mikelson & Rachell Sumpter @Park Life (5/23)
Friday, 23 May 2014 09:22

Opening tonight, Friday May 23rd (7-10pm) at Park Life in the Inner Richmond (220 Clement St) is Again Home Again featuring works from the duo Jacob Mcgraw-Mikelson & Rachell Sumpter who split time living in Sacramento and a tiny island at the top of Pudget Sound with their children.

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

park_life

 

NYPD told to carry spray paint to cover graffiti
Wednesday, 21 May 2014 10:37

nyc_graffitiNYC --- 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

 

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Headlands Center Fundraiser -6/4/14
Tuesday, 20 May 2014 07:54

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.

headlands

 

Congrats, Dudes(ette)
Monday, 19 May 2014 09:29

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!

 

 

 


 

 

 

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Alison Blickle @NYC's Kravets Wehby Gallery

Los Angeles based Alison Blickle who showed here in San Francisco at Eleanor Harwood last year (PHOTOS) recently showed new paintings in New York at Kravets Wehby Gallery. Lovely works.


Interview w/ Kevin Earl Taylor

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...


Peter Gronquist @The Shooting Gallery

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.


Jay Bo at Hamburg's Circle Culture

Berlin based Jay Bo recently held a solo show at Hamburg's Circle Culture featuring some of his most recent paintings. We lvoe his work.


NYCHOS @Fifty24SF

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.


Gator Skater +video

Nate Milton emailed over this great short Gator Skater which is a follow-up to his Dog Skateboard he emailed to us back in 2011... Any relation to this Gator Skater?


Ferris Plock Online Show Now Online as of April 25th

5 new wonderful large-scale paintings on wood panel are available. visit: www.ffdg.net


ClipODay II: Needles & Pens 11 Years!!

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.


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.


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