From now until Fecal Face's 10 Year Anniversay Show (opening September 10th @The Luggage Store) we're going to be posting short interviews with the artists participating in it. The first is from LA's Jeff Soto whose been on Fecal Face from way back when and whose work we've always loved. Be sure to click the image to read the entire interview.
What were you up to in the year 2000?
I was still in art college, I was 25. Oh so young! I had my own car for the first time in my life, so my girlfriend and I got to explore a bit. Things I remember vividly- art openings in L.A., cactus hunting in the Mohave, and I was doing some of my last graffiti art for a decade. Art college stuff, you know.. and getting started in my career.
How has your work changed in the last 10 years?
I feel like right now I'm working on the types of paintings I wanted to make in 2000 but hadn't yet acquired the know-how. In the last decade I went through a more "crafty" experimental stage, making tons of small pieces, I tried stenciling, collage, drippiness, and a bunch of different techniques. At some point it all felt like visual gimmicks to me, so I began to just get back to pure painting the last couple of years and it feels great.
We're going to start going back over the last 10 years and coming up with classic Fecal Face photos for Photo of the Day up to our 10 Year Anniversary show on September 10th. This one of Simon Evans was shot Dec 2001 at The Howard House, a skate house in San Francisco, where Fecal Face got its start. Simon actually moved into the bedroom where the URL was purchased...
If you have a classic Fecal Face photo from the last 10 years, email it on in. potd(at)fecalface.com
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Tuesday, 10 August 2010 23:43 Written by Julian Duron
I've been a fan of his art since the early 00's. I remember the first drawings I saw; characters resembling something from Jim Hanson or The Never Ending Story rendered on a plain sheets of printer paper, tacked to the wall, and very reasonably priced. His drawings are kitschy and illustrative often rendered using some sort of low-end paper and a fresh set of sharpened colored pencils. The images are recognizable yet distorted, but not abstracting the themes within his whimsical portraits. If you're around our age, a Grimlin riding a bicycle is nostalgic and comical. He is obviously an 80's baby considering the imagery and themes within his work and I see traces of many characters - Muppet Babies, Darth Vader, E.T., Falcore, etc. - that molded my childhood. Hmm, maybe that is why I am so drawn to his art? He recently opened a solo show at Giant Robot New York. Here's some pics from that. Often mimicked but never matched, presenting new work by a notorious Fecal friend, Matt Furie. -Julian Duron
Here's some words Matt sent me regarding his new work:
"for the show i made a series of characters. Themes include mythology, anthropomorphism, star wars, underwater life, the gay community, sports, gothic chicks, exercise, food, medieval weapons, soul caliber, video games, muppets, in-n-out, latino E.T., ducks, and horror movie references."
From our buddy Kirk Dianda comes this awesome short. Michael Hsiung informed via email. Thanks, Michael!... Words below come straight from Kirk's computer typing fingers.
The FLATGROUND CASE STUDY is a short film I made, starring Chad Tim Tim, that played at the Love & Guts art show in Costa Mesa, on August 5th
The idea was to create a non-linear story that didn't rely on a musical soundtrack. This way people could watch from any point within the film, for any amount of time. So at the exhibition, the video looped seamlessly throughout opening night.
The film is an experiment in documenting style and technique, which was played back in a gallery setting (and now online) in a way that depicts the similarities of tricks through motion and style.
Most of the video is presented in slow-mo, with the hopes that you can observe the shapes and technique through overlapping imageryâ€¦ The basics of skateboarding, silhouetted and colored, come alive and create a moving Rorschach test.
It was fun to come into this with a low-budget, creative way of thinking. The production process is simply Chad Tim Tim and myself, a white wall, two cameras, and a few lights, and then we edited it on Final Cut; no green screen or After Effects.
Tuesday, 10 August 2010 11:35 Written by Bill Dunlap
I was in Beacon, NY at the end of July for Electric Windows, an event where artists painted in the streets on big sheets of vinyl-ish stuff. Then the final pieces were hung on the exterior of an old building. It was a great event. I met lots of great artists, and ate good vegan Pad Thai. Beacon is a nice town. You should have a look. -Bill Dunlap
Beacon, New York - On Saturday July 31st 2010, OPEN SPACE gallery and Burlock Home presented Electric Windows 2010. 30 artists will converge in Beacon, NY to create live artwork and have their work installed on the exterior of a 19th century factory building. Electric Windows draws its name from the former electric blanket factory at the foot of Mount Beacon that will act as the backdrop for the event.
Artists included Big Foot, Buxtonia, BoogieRez, Cern, Chor Boogie, Chris Stain, Chris Yormick, Depoe, Elbow Toe, Elia Gurna, Ellis G, Erik Otto, Eugene Good, Faust, Gaia, Joe Iurato, Kid Zoom, Mr Kiji, Logan Hicks, Lotem & Aviv, Michael De Feo, Paper Monster, Peat Wollaeger, Rick Price, Ron English, Ryan Bubnis, Ryan Williams, Skewville, and thundercut
We spaced on letting you know that Matt Furie just opened up a new show in NYC @Giant Robot. If you're in that part of the country in that part of the city, get there and see it person. Or if in San Francisco, stop by FFDG as this is the last week his show with Albert Reyes and Aiyana Udesen run before coming down on the 14th.
A multimedia exploration of the many facets of video game culture - focusing primarily on "old school" video games, embracing a pixelated aesthetic. Through interactive and experiential means the audience member is invited to become a participant in the work. Exhibitors include emerging artists from Los Angeles and beyond, incorporating elements of installation, video, and digital media.
Running now in LA at Pehrspace with a closing show this Saturday, the 7th. It'll feature performances by Juiceboxxx,
Baseck (+ special guest),
Graffiti Monsters (NY).
Jacob Safari and
SAN FRANCISCO --- This morning's KQED Forum focused a portion of its show on the subject of artists in the city:
Soaring rents have hit art galleries in downtown San Francisco hard. Last month, several long-established Geary Street galleries were evicted to make way for a software firm. Meanwhile, individual artists are also struggling. As part of our Priced Out series on the high cost of living in the Bay Area, we look at how the local art world is coping.
As of this AM, it's not online yet, but soon you should be able to listen HERE.
The Rena Bransten Gallery is packing up their 77 Geary space to make way for tech company MuleSoft
Art is always a struggle, but this is getting ridiculous. Sure there are a lot of art schools here, but graduating students leave the city faster than you can say student loan. This drying up of young talented artists is dampening SF's dynamic art scene.
But hey, it's a city, and we know that cities are always in a state of flux... Guess the problem many are facing is, this is happening so fast and so violent. We can hear the "fabric" of the city tearing, and for the sake of San Francisco and it's future, better hope the tech industry isn't as speculative as the first DOT COM and any conceivable economic downslide not as painful... but no worries, the artists will come back and help rebuild any potential mess like they always do.
The L.I.S.A. Project NYC invites Pose MSK to paint a mural in Little Italy on the eve of his show at the VOLTA art fair.
This week Pose MSK, who is visiting New York City from Chicago to take part in the VOLTA art fair with Jonathan Levine Gallery, painted a mural in Little Italy with The L.I.S.A. Project NYC. Pose's work combines elements of signpainting, advertising, comic books and graffiti into collage-like pop-art compositions. The mural is located at 188 Lafayette, at the corner of Lafayette and Broome, and is the only mural Pose has running right now in Manhattan, although many New Yorkers may already be familiar with Pose's work since he painted at Houston and Bowery alongside Revok last year. -CONTINUE READING
Maybe none of your friends have been forced out of their apartments, maybe your favorite bookstore is still standing (for now), maybe you can afford $13 drinks. But there will come a time when you reach your own priced-out moment, something that pushes you from "there's nothing we can do" to "we must do something!" For me, it's this:
Esta Noche to be replaced by a "New York style lounge featuring the best local House music DJ's in a... sexy den of wood, leather, red velvet, and glowing candles." Not to mention a "very competitive bottle service program." --continue reading
It's streaming on Netflix, it's been nominated for an Academy Award, so you've probably already seen this nice documentary, but if not, enjoy it sometime soon-
A look into the lives of struggling NYC based married artists Noriko and Ushio Shinohara. Heartfelt story which may give any young artist second thoughts when contemplating the life of a working artist. TRAILER
Noriko and Ushio Shinohara star in the Oscar nominated documentary "Cutie and the Boxer".
SAN FRANCISCO --- As a gallery owner, it's getting a bit lonely out here as many San Francisco institutions are forced to close and/ or move out of their spaces as tech companies expand and landlords are cashing in on higher and higher rents.
The George Krevsky Gallery, the Rena Bransten Gallery and Patricia Sweetow Gallery, all occupants of 77 Geary St., will be leaving soon to make way for their high-tech neighbor, MuleSoft, an Internet services company that needed to expand. ~continue reading
The Rena Bransten Gallery is packing up their 77 Geary space to make way for tech company MuleSoft
FFDG's spring show "Salt the Skies" is set to open on Friday, March 21st (6-9pm) -- Featuring works by Brett Amory, John Felix Arnold, Mario Ayala, Jud Bergeron, Curiot (Favio Martinez), Christopher Burch, Lola Dupre, Michelle Fleck, Matt Gonzalez, Hiro Kurata, Marty Machado, Mark Mulroney, and Nicomi Nix Turner
San Francisco based Brian Barneclo was commissioned in 2006 to paint a HUGE mural on the side of Foods Co on Shotwell at 14th Streets. After some time on its own, it got pretty taxed by misc graffiti and pigeon shit.
Shawn Whisenant is a born and raised San Francisco Bay Area artist whose art can be found lurking in the streets or galleries and museums across the USA, Australia, and Europe. He has been working on the streets of the Bay Area since the mid 1990's, where his images continue to endure on walls, mailboxes, and other surfaces around the city. He enjoys making books and stickers, taking photos, painting signs, and moving about in the city’s shadows. In the streets and galleries, his work has seen many different forms. From rare-hand crafted books, to skateboard films and a signature pair of Osiris shoes, his creating doesn’t end with painting. RIP Shawn Whisenant.
In the year or so that I've known Felix, almost every one of his shows has had a live musical element and it seems perfect that he would be included in a show called Art Into Music. He commandeered the corner of the gallery to create an installation that houses not only his drawing, but also an entire drum kit, amps and a dude playing a guitar. The warm wood paneling stands out in contrast to the matte grey boom-box tower and the muted wall of album covers and looks like a beacon calling to the crowd saying "this is what you shoud be looking at." However, it's not in a "look at me" attention-starved desperation, more like a welcoming invitation into his world.
Our friend Max Rippon (aka RIPO) is currently showing these wonderful wood and canvas works focused on his love of type through the lens of the fundamental transience of modern life that we're all setting goals for upgrades.
FFDG will open a group show on March 21st featuring works by Mark Mulroney amoung others (details shortly). Mulroney will be featured in this weekend's NYC Volta art fair running 3/6- 3/9 through Mixed Greens Gallery.
We're sad to have learned this morning that local artist Shawn Whisenant passed away this past weekend from, what it sounds like, a long term illness. Shawn has contributed to Photo of the Day over the years and was actually randomly featured for this past Saturday's Photo of the Day.
Inspired by the world known Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa and its sentence "We are avatars of past stupidity", "Estupidos - Porque todas as pessoas o sao!" ("Stupids - Because all people are!") is an art project by the artist "Panda do Transe". It consists in a circuit of installations that is invading Lisbon streets, squares and other city public spaces. Until the end of January, Panda do Transe planned to install a total of 10 sculptures, which will show up at unpredictable places, as if they were a friendly but also ironic alien invasion.
111 Minna is currently featuring the works of San Francisco based Eddie Colla, D Young V and Hugh Leeman. The 3 person show opened last Feb 7th. If you find yourself downtown, be sure to swing through and view it in person. The show will be on view through March 29th.
Wonderful piece by Lola Dupre who works out of Alpujarra de la Sierra, Andalucia, Spain... We've featured her collages many times over the years and are happy to say that she will be showing the brilliant piece below in our next group show @FFDG opening Friday, March 21st - details soon.
We're putting together a group show opening March 21st here at FFDG which Mexico City based Curiot will be participating in. The colored pencil piece below which is 15" x 20" will be included in the show.
Once long-time curator for 111 Minna, Gabe Scott emailed over some images from the show Everyone's Time Is Their Own that he curated for Alter Space which runs through... well, tomorrow, Feb 22nd is the last day... But the show lives online through PHOTOS.
Oakland based John Felix Arnold (showing at FFDG in Oct '14) emailed over some work from his friend and artist Christopher Burch whose show The Missed Adventures of Br'er Rabbit and Br'er Death in the Land of Shadows: Stepping Razors, Chapter 22-Dem Bloodletting Blues (PHOTOS) just ran at Hoffman Lachance Contemporary in St. Louis last month.
French Industrial designer Jose Cabrita has created a sleek and interesting way to display artwork/ prints in your home with being able to quickly and easily switch out what you'd want to display. CONTEXTE uses magnets with a cork interior to not damage whatever it is you're hanging.
Get to White Walls to see Olek's (from Poland, living in New York) new installation, I Haven't a Single Explorer on My Planet as soon as you can; it is awesome. She completely covered the interior of what used to be an office at White Walls from floor to ceiling and back again with brightly-crochet. Patterns of camouflage, butterflies, and flowers intertwine to create an immersive environment and the bright colors which was much appreciated during this very rainy past weekend. Everyone left the room with a smile, and I cannot say enough good things about this work.
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