Thursday, 10 January 2013 16:02 Written by Rachel Ralph
Last week, for a one-night-only event, Juxtapoz and the Chandran Gallery here in San Francisco hosted Iron to Gold/Ashes to Hope, a fundraising auction to benefit an artist residency program in Detriot started by exhibiting artists Monica Canilao and Harrison Bartlett. The storefront was taken over by the Singapore/San Francisco based gallery where it was transformed to encapsulate the detritus and community fostered by the residency's home in the city of Detroit. The pieces were even numbered simply with chalk, a perfect way to integrate the works with the space itself. An ordinary print auction was taken to a whole new level in this inclusive environment, which included a chandelier encircled by swings, an American flag tent, and house DJ. Although the event only occurred for this one evening, proceeds will be directed to the residency program, which will ensure the creative futures of artists and therefore more events like this to come.
Words & Photos: Rachel Ralph - rachel(at)fecalface.com
Wednesday, 09 January 2013 15:54 Written by Trippe
NYC based photographer and Fecal Face contributor, Bryan Derballa, releases his best of 2012 photo slide show.
Soda streaming, Rhianna ripping off Sandy, live Björk, doggy district, date with Dana and done, Neutral Milk Hotel is still alive, mild winter, Fashion Week for T, feeling too old at Die Antwoord, Incendies, Vice cover, first SXSW, Bonfire Session, Whole Foods raw bar, FADER Fortitude, half-million clicks and Mark II dies, ATX -> SF, Creators at Fort Mason, reconnecting with Micah, Guernville, Ying and Thalia, Goonies beach, 5D Mark III, X100, Olivia's first birthday, The Idler Wheel, K-Swiss in Hollywood Hills, Palm Springs compound, fuck it dude life's a risk, staying at Coachella for one song, Flore, green juice, red juice, home juice, Vic in Syria, Jacob on speed dial, Jill Lepore's New Yorker articles, portfolio book for no one to see, Jansport support, Benny Gold collaboration, Indian Summer the lookbook, Moonrise Kindgom, LOOK3 No. 4, Econolodge crew, Champs, Toronto under the weather, summer camped, Annelise's tent, Koston's party on the roof, cousins in Philly, Mojo bails, Pop Etc, two-mile runs, House of Vans regular, A+J split, Ariel's Wired, Christian Marclay's Clock, Elias and Nikki are fairweather neighbors, night beaching at Tilden, Allen Ying always willing to drive, successfully avoid my 30th, Bnels to the rescue, Holiday Road, Hell Hole holy grail, one more wisdom tooth gone, two to go, Dark Knight Rises along at 10am, celebrity portraits, Mom visits, brings roman candles, Paulie Gee's, Ghost the Musical, Live Through This, vogue knight, Latex Ball, crying a little at Beasts of the Southern Wild, LES park, Retina come-up, Biba's Bachelor adventure, Twisted Falls, Cameron makes the move, Risk podcasting, The Master in 70mm, smoothie perfection, Tool, Skenoto, backflips on the ropeswing, Jacob + Zoe, "In The Air Tonight", photo booth in the woods, S/S 2013, David Blaine at Autumn Bowl, Electrified, working alongside Belleme, fuck ATT, iPhone 5 with no line, Josh + Amy, capture the flag, no-mile runs, haunted house, Fiona live, the endless cough, Callbox Halloween, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Cloud Atlas is everything and more, Superstorm Sandy, exploring, underestimating, understanding, sympathizing, WSJ front page, Teenage Angst, crowdsurfing, conversing with The RZA, Miss Mary Eveyln, Obama the sequel, Juxtapozing, FTW fashion, Palladium lookbook, Domino Sugar factory, stepbrothers with Cameron, Humboldt Hollow dissolves, Jacoby bails, Flatbush Zombies in Flatbush, Thanksgiving for 50, singing ballads, J. Crew, homies with Jenna, London, finally meeting Erin in Ireland, Cliffs of Moher, traditional Irish music, Jansport x Benny Gold round 2, California Coast, Smashing Pumpkins at Barclays, gun control, Perks of Being a Wallflower was better than expected, Coney Island on Christmas Eve, polar plunge, memorable holidays, hard driving me crazy, New Years at the lake in the snow, New Years at the motel.
Wednesday, 09 January 2013 11:26 Written by Rachel Ralph
Work by Ken Garduno
Thursday night brought a packed crowd to Spoke Art where the gallery hosted the second annual Supersonic Electronic Invitational. For this show, 32 young artists were chosen by supersonicelectronic.com founder Zach Tutor, who sees them as the leaders of a new generation of artists. The space was packed with high-quality work, almost strictly limited to painting, and a small room in the back sold prints and gave drinks away to those who dared to enter the swarm. The space was so crammed that there was a line to get in, and the work seemed to be selling quickly and early, so the show seemed to be a great success in exposing these young artists to new audiences. It will definitely be worth a second look, where I may get the space to view each piece as it deserves.
Words & photos: Rachel Ralph -rachel(at)fecalface.com
This is our last work we did in Mentana, Italy iside an ancient Church built in 1590 by Michele Peretti grandson of Pope Sisto V. Later it became a convent for franciscans and heremits. The place is the Convent of Mentana.
The wall we painted on is new, is not part of the church that was in part detroyed by an earthquake in the earl of the previous century. The woman we portraied is anonymous. We spent about one month to do it, not just because is big but because there are two layer stencil, we had to do twice the process that we usually do just once. -Sten & Lex
Maybe one of the greatest TV personalities of our time has passed.
Watching the extremely sincere Huell Howser on California's Gold is both highly addictive and relaxing with plenty of bizarrely beautiful moments like the one below... Wonder who Huell's interviewing right now in the afterlife.
Rachel Ralph headed down to the Tenderloin just before Christmas to check out the Donate Your Skate benefit show at The Book & Job Gallery here in San Francisco. This one night show/ benefit was thrown to collect donated skateboard equipment from the city's skate scene to help Bay Area kids in need for the Holidays.
Nosego emailed over a new installation he just wrapped up in his native Philly. He did this one on 20th here in the Mission a few weeks back, and is currently showing the piece below "Folklore" at FFDG as part of our Winter Group Show through Jan 12th.
NoseGo is a Philadelphia-based artist with a passion for illustration and media arts. He mixes fine art with a contemporary style to deliver highly energetic work. His designs feature an assemblage of patterns, vibrant colors and characters derived from his imagination and his surrounding environment.
We got all kinds of emails from artists wishing us and their mailing list a happy new year. Many nice illustrations and works included, but this one from Mr. Kern stood out entitled "ALAIN LLUCH"... Who and why Alain Lluch? All we could find online is that Mr. Kern paints him often.
Wonderful, Mr. Lluch. Thanks for the kind wishes, and the best new year to you too.
This day may have been inevitable, but now it's finally here. In its attempt to take over the world - or at least everything that can be bought and sold in the world, Amazon is launching an art gallery.
This summer Amazon is planning to launch a Fine Art Gallery where customers will be able to purchase original artwork offered by a select group of invited galleries via Amazon.com. ~continue reading
A new HBO documentary looks at the work of street artist JR, whose giant portraits force people in troubled areas to confront the humanity that's all around them... On the day JR found out he'd won the $100,000 TED Prize, the French pasteup artist found himself in China being questioned by police for doing his thing on the streets of Shanghai. ~continue reading
Street artist JR HBO documentary premiered yesterday, May 20th
Art lovers, collectors and gallerists will gather on Thursday for Hong Kong's inaugural edition of Art Basel, sealing the city's status as an international art hub and Asia's leading art destination... Hong Kong has surged to third place in the global art auction market behind New York and London and Western galleries are falling over each other to open franchises in the former British colony. ~continue reading
Wowzas, there's a lot of art happenings this weekend, and while you're making the rounds, be sure to stop at SFAI's MFA show Currency opening Friday, May 17th at the beautiful old SF Mint Building (88 5th Street).
SFAI's 2013 MFA graduates—working in painting, photography, printmaking, film, sculpture, installation, digital media, performance, and across media—will present work that embraces the Institute's signature spirit of experimentation and conceptual risk-taking.
Opening reception: Friday, May 17, 7–9 pm & running through Sunday 11-6pm daily. -- complete details
London based Pedro Matos opens the solo show Building Castles Made of Sand this Friday in Los Angeles at the Martha Otero Gallery featuring a new series of oil paintings on canvas and azulejo panels - a traditional Portuguese medium of hand-painted, tin-glazed, ceramic tile work.
San Francisco -- CCA opens their 2013 MFA Thesis Exhibition this Thursday, May 16th at their SF campus. Every year another graduating class produces steller work. One of the best SF art events worth getting to, but be sure to get there early as there's always a long line. ~details
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
FFDG opened up the group show featuring original works by the artists of the world famous Skull & Sword tattoo last Friday here in San Francisco. Thanks to the huge crowd who turned out to support these four incredibly talented artists. Here is a taste of the show, and be sure to swing in to view in person. The show runs through June 8th.
Gary Baseman's retrospective "The Door is Always Open" at the Skirball in LA opened recently to massive crowds in a huge celebratory opening party. The exhibition is so complex and personal, delving into Baseman's background, family history, and all the layers of prolific work that he has done over the years. After the opening festivities winded down, I caught up with Baseman for an interview. We discussed the underlying meaning to some of the components of the show and how it felt for him, coming from such an honest personal perspective in putting this massive show together.
Fertile Menace, a new show of Mark Mulroney's (NY) work opened at Ever Gold on May 4th and it's not one to be missed. It is intelligently hilarious, with jokes riffing off sex, Foucault, and the body, and while it makes you laugh it's also going to make you think.
Our buddies Jay Howell, Andreas Trolf, and Jim Dirschberger are hyped as their show, which they've been working on for like 2 years, premieres on Nickelodeon Saturday. From the trailers we've seen so far and from what Jay has told us about, the show is going to be pretty epic. Congrats to those radical fellas.
Following his solo exhibition "The Collected" at Gallery Wendi Norris, painter Amir H. Fallah is in the throes of developing more new works for upcoming international exhibits. We spent some time in his studio in Highland Park, Los Angeles recently, discussing his process and inspiration.
We were first introduced to the photography of Spanish born NYC based Bubi Canal when he emailed us his great video Trust in Me a couple years ago. His solo show Special Moment recently ran at NYC's Munch Gallery in February, and he recently released his newest video Chrystelle below.
Although I missed the opening of Northern-California photographer Michael Garlington's newest show, Constructed Realities, I was fortunate enough to see the work still up during the Metaphysical fundraiser a couple weeks back at 111 Minna. Metaphysical fundraiser, an auction to benefit Wayne Ernzer. --- The ghoulish photographs in their heavy, hand-made frames are reminiscent of photos from the old west, and the glass crucifixes, complete with fetuses and guns, emphasize the accumulated time within the works themselves. Whether you're looking at the frames, the photos, or both, this show deserves a visit, and a walk through the golden archway Garlington constructed around the front door.
Fecal Face contributor Rachel Ralph (rachel(at)fecalface.com) has been profiling this Oakland based painter as he travels about Japan. In this segment, we feature some photos as he prepared for this show and residency at Spes-LaB in Tokyo which opened last weekend. Arnold will be featured in SFMoMA's Minna Street windows on June 8th.
Last Saturday, here in SF's Mission district, Guerrero Gallery opened two new shows with Philly based Alex Lukas and SF based Richard Colman respectively. Colman's work occupied the project space while Lukas' work and foliage was presented in the main space. Worth getting to if you haven't already.
Just got back to SF after a little trip south to Sayulita, Mexico. After 10 years without a vacation, me and the Mrs. headed south for some mental time off sitting in the sun, swimming and enjoying the watery Mexican beer. Here are some photos as we get back into the swing of things again.
Athens, Greece based designer, architect and artist Dimitris Polychroniadis emailed over more of his work which consists of mixed media, pop-humorous diorama sculptures that make a comment on the harsh realities my country and much of the world is facing at the moment.
FFDG will open a group show with the artists from the famed Skull & Sword Tattoo on Friday, May 17th (6-9pm). Artists: Grime, Henry Lewis, Yutaro, and Lango. Below are a series of videos on Grime for Vice's Tattoo Age produced in 2011. Fascinating look at one of the greatest tattoo artists alive today.
ARYZ (Spain) opened his newest gallery show at Fifty24SF last Friday and, if you live in the Bay Area, you need to go. This dude can obviously paint, and he doesn't need an entire building to show his impecable skill. The show has lots of small works on paper which contrast his highly-defined line work to his hard-edged painted objects. The contrast between the hard and soft was the most striking thing to me about his work, since I had never seen it in person before, and the washes blend with the thick paint seamlessly. The show also contains a larger work on canvas, a huge head suspended in the back of the room, and a big wood sculpture of a wolf figure. This diversity in such a small space was impressive, and those of us that went to the opening even got to meet the man in person. If you didn't make it out this weekend, check it out before May 31st when it closes and these works will be off to some very happy new homes.
Water McBeer is please to announce its latest exhibition "Precious" a solo exhibition by David Bayus (April 6 - May 4, 2013) -- David Bayus born 1982 holds his BFA from the Savannah College of Art and his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. David lives and works in San Francisco and is a founding member of the basement collective. This will be his first exhibition with the world renown Water McBeer Gallery highlighting his most recent achievements with paint and digital media. David Bayus will be exhibiting 5 relatively large-scale mixed media works along with a collaborative object featuring Hungarian sculptor H.R KOONS.
The Shooting Gallery handed over the reins to the Red Truck Gallery (a New Orleans based gallery) which curated their new show, Hard Time Mini Mall and opened the it on Saturday night. This is my favorite show (so far) in the Shooting Gallery's new space and was packed full of art, a mini bar, and cowhide rugs. The Red Truck Gallery chose works with clear craftsmanship and it was easy to see in Ian Berry's denim assemblages and Chris Roberts-Antieau's awesome quilts. The space was completely packed, making it hard to see each piece individually, but this show deserves a second trip anyway. I look forward to spending more time with the chandeliers, automatons, and paintings before the show comes down on May 4th.
Toronto based photographer Nathan Cyprys emailed to let us know about his newest series "Neighbour State", and we were about to post it when we spotted this series on his site entitled "Ayre (of Distances)" and had to post this one instead. After you view this one, view "Neighbour State" on his site. Both are visually enjoyable.
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