Tuesday, 28 September 2010 05:00 Written by Trippe
My name is Steven Burke and I wanted to let you know about my paintings that I did where I live, in South West of France last summer. Lots of trees have been cut down here after a big storm... So I decided to paint on those "Poor Little Trees"! Also, I really like Fecal Face and I wish you a long life!
Steven, thanks for emailing these over. They're great... Check out Steven's website for a lot more gems.
Josh Keyes upcoming show Collision opens Nov 5th in Denver @David B Smith Gallery. Keyes then opens up a solo show @Fecal Face April 7th. The response has been pretty incredible with inquires since the show was announced last year. We're excited to see what Josh has planned for both shows.
Monday, 27 September 2010 13:08 Written by Scott Cooper
You may have heard of this Australian artist Dan O'Toole (Ears)... With 'Lo-Fi Collective' In a dusty attic above a bar in old Sydney town, Ears presents his new body of work. This exhibition space is only temporary. For 6 months Marty from Peer Group and 'go font yourself' is hosting free exhibitions for local artists and making damn good use of an empty space in a prime location. The room is huge and Ears takes over the space with a well planned attack of black backgrounds and paintings extended onto the walls. The room is buzzing with hip looking youngsters who wish they had a few extra dollars right now. -Scott Cooper
For our 2nd wedding anniversary we considered flying to Mexico for a few days and do one of those all inclusive cheap airfare & hotel combos where you just sit around a pool all day drinking margaritas. But then we thought we could do the same thing in our own backyard for like 90% cheaper. We took a small portion of our travel money, bought a used dinghy, and relaxed in the sun at Angel Island for 3 days... Extra bonus was the best weather we've had all summer here in San Francisco...
And after the Fecal Face 10 year show, we needed some rest. We swam, hiked, drank beer, BBQ'd, played catch, drank wine, and basically wallowed in the oppressive, yet fantastic, heat around goose, deer and baby raccoons.
Friday, 24 September 2010 11:00 Written by Andrew Scott
Needles & Pens just got back from an epic three week stint in Sweden. We were there doing a show called HELLO SWEDEN at our sister gallery KRETS in Malmö. The show featured the likes of, Chris Duncan, Derek Mehaffey (Other), Paul Urich, Jay Howell, Orion Shepperd, Jovi Schnell, Kevin Earl Taylor, Kyle Ranson, Oliver Halsman Rosenberg, Maria Forde, Mat O’Brien, Michael Krueger, Monica Canilao, Nick Mann (Doodles), Pacolli, Rich Jacobs, Tim Kerr, Sara Thustra, Amy Browne, Hardland/Heartland, Matt Furie, Aiyana Udesen, Tara Lisa Foley, Andrew Schoultz, Hilary Pecis, Jay Nelson, and few others. It was an amazing time. Here's a little pictorial bloggings of the experience.
Thursday, 23 September 2010 11:00 Written by Trippe
This November, sculptor Jud Bergeron and painter Joe Sorren will unveil eight new bronze sculptures, created in collaboration, by the two noted artists. The show entitled “Interruption” will be at California State University Fullerton’s Grand Central Art Center (GCAC), in Southern California, then will travel to Sorren’s hometown in Northern Arizona.
The exhibition opens at Grand Central Art Center on November 6, 2010 and runs through January 8, 2011, then will be presented by Flagstaff Cultural Partners at the Coconino Center for the Arts, Jan. 22 through Feb. 25, 2011.
We recently had a chance to do a quick interview with Jud Bergeron about the works presented in the show through email.
Blob creatures viewing geometric forms as if in awe of them. Can you explain how those came to be? Which one of you both was responsible for what in the works?
Joe came to my studio in NY 3 times and each time we would just make stuff, sometimes ceramic figures that we would pass back and forth until we liked them, sometimes wax figures that we would cast in bronze, just stuff. Joe would go back to AZ and we would talk everyday and send hundreds of phone pics and the work just sort of evolved. It became a call and response sort of thing, I would think of strange situations to put these figures in and then we would change the idea a hundred times until we hit on what felt right.
Feeling of helplessness or giving over to a higher and cleaner form Sitting back and taking it all in. These characters, how would you describe their milieu?
I would say that the 'higher power/helplessness' feeling you are sensing is probably a function of where we were in our personal lives at the time. When we started working my son (Fletcher) was around 6 months old and I was still coming to terms with being a new father. Also, the country was in shambles and the art market had just taken a nose dive so there was this feeling of 'oh shit! How am I going to support this family?' Joe had things going on in his life as well and we were not only creating art together but it seemed like we were counseling one another as well. I would describe these figures in the most basic sense, they are dealing with their environment. We really wanted these pieces to be truly sculptural in nature yet still maintain the narrative that is so prevalent in painting and in doing so what we ended up with were these environments or situations that these figures inhabited and the goal was to create beautiful pieces that left the viewer with questions and a smile.
Thursday, 23 September 2010 08:43 Written by Michael Hsiung
Filmmaker, Director, and One Way or Another documentarian Corey Adams recently paid us a visit for his public and private screening of Machotaildrop, which premiered at the Downtown Independent Theater as a part of the LA Skate Film Festival. Last time we saw him he had accidentally mis-booked his flight and stayed for a week. We were really hoping he would do that again because Rachel really wanted to watch Excalibur with him again.
Wednesday, 22 September 2010 13:34 Written by Tristan Rault
TRANSFER - is a huge large scale urban art show in São Paulo, Brazil running through Oct 17th... Our friend Tristan Rault was there and documented the setup of the show.
I have finally gotten some time to get my words around and try to explain how awesome this event I was invited to was. They told me I could snap some pics of the process and all around preparation of the show and so did I. This was more than a month ago now though.
Transfer was created by Lucas "Pexão" Ribeiro around 2007, in Porto Alegre, a midsize city in the south of Brazil where the dude's from. With the help of Ana Ferraz, his partner and curator's assistant of the exhibit, this first version went on to become a stepping stone in the oh-so-visited Brazilian underground scene. And I am sure what made such a difference is the element that later on became blatantly clear to me: a dead on serious art curation.
Wednesday, 22 September 2010 09:32 Written by Travis Millard
Our buddy and LA based artist Travis Millard visited the studio of childhood friend, Kiel Johnson, whose show opens on September 23rd in NYC @Davidson Contemporary. Kiel is one damn talented/ hardworking artist. This studio visit gives you a little insight into his talents and a look at some his fantastic cardboard works and drawings.
Detail of a large drawing featuring everything that Kiel owns.
Tuesday, 21 September 2010 10:25 Written by Mildred
Johnny Ryan's utterly unpretentious taboo-tackling is an infectious and hilarious bombardment of political incorrectness, taking full advantage of the medium's absurdist potential for maximum laughs. In an age when the medium is growing up and aspiring to more mature and hoity-toity literary heights, Ryan builds on the visceral tradition that cartooning has had on our collective funny bone for over a century. Johnny was born in Boston, Massachusetts and grew up in shitty Plymouth, just a mile away from the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant. He now lives in Los Angeles with his wife.
"Generally speaking, [Johnny Ryan's] comics are really dumb & infantile, and prove beyond a doubt that chemical pollution, television, video games, pop music, etc. is making us all stupider by the minute..." – R. Crumb
Thanks to everyone who came out to view the work and celebrate. Thanks to the artists and to the Luggage Store. Special thanks again to the Luggage Store who opened the first floor to display works from their permenant collection for the opening night festivities.
Also thanks to Bear Flag for providing complimentary wine.
Friday, 17 September 2010 13:43 Written by Akasha Rabut
A couple days after Micheal Jackson died I headed out to his hometown Gary, Indiana. I spent the day photographing his neighbors and strangers who all came out to pay their respects to the King of Pop. The summer day was humid and sunny. There was a lot of action on Jackson Street. Micheal Jackson's childhood home was decorated in MJ memorabilia, stuffed teddy bears, roses and trinkets. Although Micheal Jackson was dead it seemed as though Jackson street would always remain vivacious in his memory.
In the winter of 2010, exactly six months after his death, I took a trip back out to the Jackson family home. The weather was dreary and cold. His home was bare and a new addition of metal shutters had been applied to every single window. An iron gate had been erected around the property and not a soul was to be found. -Akasha Rabut
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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