Wednesday, 04 January 2012 15:00 Written by Trippe
Our friends at Juice release the newest Adidas trip to Montreal from back in September. Besides the great skating (looking at you, Busenitz *3min), check the amazing subway stations that were designed for Expo '67 and the 1976 Summer Olympics. Nice work, fellas.
We've been so busy getting our new space together, we haven't made it to many shows this last month. We're lucky enough to have a few images of Portland, Oregon based Mark Warren Jacques show at White Walls running through Saturday here in San Francisco to share.
Besides the show, Mark has a new print Still Dreaming of You available here for $35.
Tuesday, 03 January 2012 16:39 Written by Van Edwards
MCD LAB#3: Fake Sunset Opening Fri, Jan 6th (6-9pm)
@FFDG 2277 Mission St @19th
FFDG is pleased to open the co-curated silk screen print show "MCD LAB#3: Fake Sunset" at its new location in the Mission district (2277 Mission St @19th) on Friday, January 6th (6-9pm).
3 color silk screen by Jeremy Fish
During the summer of 2011 FFDG was asked to select three San Francisco based artists and bring them to Sao Paulo, Brazil to participate in the third edition of the MCD LAB shows co-curated by Brazil's NOZ.ART (Ana Ferraz, Lucas Ribeiro Pexao and Tristan Rault). Featuring hand pulled three color silk screen prints, the show opened on July 25, 2011 at Sao Paulo's LOGO Gallery and featured prints from Jeremy Fish (USA), Matt Furie (USA), Aiyana Udesen (USA), Sesper (Brazil/SP), Lucas Cabu (Brazil/SP), Fabio Bitao (Brazil/SP), Talita Hoffmann (Brazil/Porto Alegre), Anthony Nathan (Brazil/Curitiba), Lucas Torres (Brazil/Belo Horizonte), and Alberto Monteiro (Brazil/Rio de Janeiro).
After traveling throughout Brazil during this past Fall, FFDG will host the only US stop for the exhibition on display for 2 weeks with an opening reception Friday, January 6th (6-9pm). San Francisco based artists Jeremy Fish, Matt Furie, Aiyana Udesen along with Brazilian artists and curators Lucas Torres, Ana Ferraz, Lucas Ribeiro Pexao and Tristan Rault will be present. All 10 prints will be for sale framed and unframed. Tecates shall be served.
MCD LAB # 3: Fake Sunset is an ambitious project of art and music, that throughout 2011 will connect different art galleries, artists and players from the creative scene in Brazil. This year's edition is curated by NOZ.ART (Ana Ferraz, Lucas Ribeiro Pexão and Tristan Rault), and FFDG's John Trippe.
The starting point for this experience is a classic image from California, intentionally used in excess, playing with the irony of this cliché figure which influenced much of the world: the gradient sunset, adorned with the silhouettes of palm trees. Images widely used in t-shirt prints, stickers, skateboard decks and surfboards. An icon of the message that emanated from California for decades, just as, in another moment, the subculture of aggressive surfing, illegal skateboarding and hardcore music was "smuggled" beyond U.S. borders. An imaginary with vibrant colors that arrived in Brazil through movies, magazines, records, video clips and even video games to be reproduced by young people, invading even concrete cities where the skyline (and the sunset) are obstructed by buildings.
Fake Sunset seeks a reflection on the influence of the Californian imaginary on Brazilian subcultures. Californian and Brazilian artists were invited to create new silkscreen prints for a group show. The only rules to create the graphics were: the landscape orientation of the paper, and one gradient on the image. Besides that, each artist was free to address their unique point of view about the influence in question, creating a real bridge through the sunset to finally connect these creative communities. All screen prints were produced in Brazil, by the Fullhouse studio. The series of exhibitions opened on July in Sao Paulo and were showed in another 4 Brazilian capitals. Together with the 10 radiant prints, each city had a site-specific artwork, create by one (or more) of the ten artists invited.
=== About FFDG's new Mission location
Last year at this time FFDG (www.ffdg.net) was located in a small storefront on Gough St at Market St in a slightly desolate location. In March of last year, FFDG moved to a larger space in the heart of the Lower Haight next to Upper Playground and were just getting settled when on Sept 27th a four alarm fire tore through the top floor of the building. Massive amounts of water soaked the entire building ruining everything including FFDG's space. After gathering their damp things, to continue their schedule while searching for a new home, FFDG temporarily located to Clement St in San Francisco's Inner Richmond. After only searching a couple weeks, FFDG found their new 700 square foot home on bustling Mission Street just walking distance to some of the best restaurants and bars in the city. "I love being over here", says owner John Trippe. "It's great to be in the heart of such a dynamic neighborhood. I mean, we're across the street from the 2nd best new restaurant in the US", he says referring to Mission Chinese which was recently voted by Bon Appetit as the US's 2nd best new eatery. "It's one of the best culturally diverse neighborhoods in the city and we're so happy to be here". FFDG opens their first show "MCD LAB#3: Fake Sunset" on Friday, January 6th (6-9pm).
Contributor and NYC based photographer, Bryan Derballa compiles his best photos of 2011.
Cold, snow, more snow, boogie board, San Francisco, shot down, Bush - "Comedown", Baker Beach at twilight, WSJ day shifts, "Finding Emilie" on Radiolab, last minute to trip to India, Nike, cricket, missing Tahir, The Forever War, next stop Brazil, Rio at night, server switch nightmare, Cameron takes care of me, acai bowls, boat down the Amazon, floodplains, Sabá, sleeping in hammocks, avocado and guarana shakes, water buffalo, Mubarak ousted, Danilo and Matt move to Humboldt Hollow, 31 hours to New Zealand, surf contest, Corey Lopez, surfing Rere rockslide, retracing old steps, sleeping at the playground, Scientology, family I've never met, retirement plan, first niece, soccer stadiums, Milan, Madrid, Glasgow, London, royal wedding party, FT meet, Fleetwood Mac - "Everywhere", photojournalists killed in Libya, understanding mortality, Annelise's welcome home dinners, press pass, 36 hour relay race, Alex Welsh is a trooper, Lil' B, The Daily, Catskills, Tree of Life, the usual hustle, Sarah MacLachlan and Run DMC, House of Vans, LOOK3, crystal cave, Austin, Pure X, Sleep 8 Over, Silent Diane, Barton Springs, Topo Chico, Elias runs Austin, Pandora stock, brutal breweries, rogue Williamsburg bridge dance, crush on Lexi, sweat, summer camp revisited, moon shadows, momentary Amsterdam, delicious meal at Marius, Carolina cabin, waterfall in the backyard, Jacob Biba's stunning performance, high-octane, Turtleback Falls, Bust Ass Falls, Courthouse Falls, Babel Towers, Hallie is a friend forever, Chubaby11, sad music DJ set with van performance, Outfield - "Your Love", friends, nostalgia, Vic Blue moves to NY, Rwanda cycling in the New Yorker, can't see Bon Iver through the fence at Prospect Park, old skate videos, Liz + Joel, hurrican't, AARP, 9/11 Memorial, third macbook of the year, Erik + Carrie, Kari in DC, Mustafah bails, corn maze, Newfoundland, Creators Project, paintball, printer, $10,000 for Craig Murphey Benefit, Mom goes vegan, treehouse, Occupy, street style, Morning Benders move back, Sweet Tooth "No Light" video, peanut butter tofu, Al Sharpton, Wylie + Claire, Sleep No More blows my mind, Don Bosco Prep, Friendsgiving gone awry, FCUK, Miami, night swimming, Mojo and Pei Pei, Whole Foods in Austin, double lunch and double dinner in SF, Flore, holidays parties, Ben Ritter's Nirvana cover band, Babe Island Christmas card, ghost town. A damn good year.
Wednesday, 28 December 2011 11:25 Written by Trippe
I first met Evan when I moved to San Francisco's Mission district from New York City in 2001. Evan, whose work I was not only familiar with but also loved, welcomed me to his home where I got to know him, his family and his studio. I ended up photographing him shortly before he and his wife Shawn moved to Denver Colorado in 2003.
Several years had passed until I took a trip out in both 2009 and 2011 to spend some extended time with Evan and his family, photographing him working in his studio, his home and throughout Denver. I have always loved being a bit of a fly on the wall watching him so methodically make art. There's are real sense of technique and pride in everything he does. These photographs represent my most recent trip to Denver, in Autumn of 2011, where I was fortunate enough to stay in their new guest home on their property, which shares a wall with his studio. It's lovely. I hope you enjoy these photographs of Evan and his world. -Andrew Paynter
So your most recent show in November was at London's Stolen Space where you created works based on buildings and scenes you saw in London. Can you tell us a little bit about the show?
The show in London started with a trip there in June when I wandered all over the city for several days just making observations, shooting photos and trying to get a feel for London. When I make a body of work about a specific place it's important to be there myself, not only to take photos but just to have the experience of what it's like there, the overall feeling of a place. For the rest of the summer and fall I worked on about twenty new pieces based on my trip. The work ranges from pieces that are nearly photorealistic, to other pieces that are a combination of abstract, geometric forms combined with people and elements pulled from the urban environment.
Trying to comprehensively capture London would be nearly impossible, my goal with the show was to offer a glimpse of what London felt like to me as an outsider.
I wanted to avoid showing the most typical, tourist attractions of course. I found myself drawn to the more traditionally working class parts of east and south London that have remnants of post-war industrial buildings, factories, canals, old pubs and such.
Do you travel much? Big fan of London?
I travel out of the country about two or three times a year, and domestically a few times a year. I have a family so I can't be traveling all the time, but I do get out and see a lot of the world. Since I live in Colorado I think it's good for me to travel frequently, I like living in a quiet, easy place but I like to experience things and get inspired. London is pretty fascinating. I love traveling in any really old city. The sense of history, traversing streets where people have been for centuries. In London there is the feeling of all the difficulties that city has had to endure over time and yet it's still there, stronger than ever, it feels important and weighty.
Tuesday, 27 December 2011 11:48 Written by Van Edwards
Douglas Harrison Neill emailed over a few photos from Mr. Brainwash's short run show (through Dec 29th) happening in a 80,000 on La Brea Avenue in Hollywood. We're not fans of his work or the whole goofy thing, but hey, it's the holidays and a slow news day.
Last Thursday I shot Mr Brainwash's preview in LA. Love him or hate him the fact that what he does seems to work (to it's own degree) raises many interesting discussions. -Douglas Harrison Neill
Saturday, 24 December 2011 11:08 Written by Trippe
Beautiful time lapse from the International Space Station. Check the lighting flashes & Aurora Borealis. Amazing video
Time lapse sequences of photographs taken by the crew of expeditions
28 & 29 onboard the International Space Station from August to October,
2011, who to my knowledge shot these pictures at an altitude of around 350 km.
All credit goes to them.
HD, refurbished, smoothed, retimed, denoised, deflickered, cut, etc.
All in all I tried to keep the looks of the material as original as possible,
avoided adjusting the colors and the like, since in my opinion the original
footage itself already has an almost surreal and aestethical visual nature.
Image Courtesy of the Image Science & Analysis Laboratory,
NASA Johnson Space Center, The Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth
Shooting locations in order of appearance:
1. Aurora Borealis Pass over the United States at Night
2. Aurora Borealis and eastern United States at Night
3. Aurora Australis from Madagascar to southwest of Australia
4. Aurora Australis south of Australia
5. Northwest coast of United States to Central South America at Night
6. Aurora Australis from the Southern to the Northern Pacific Ocean
7. Halfway around the World
8. Night Pass over Central Africa and the Middle East
9. Evening Pass over the Sahara Desert and the Middle East
10. Pass over Canada and Central United States at Night
11. Pass over Southern California to Hudson Bay
12. Islands in the Philippine Sea at Night
13. Pass over Eastern Asia to Philippine Sea and Guam
14. Views of the Mideast at Night
15. Night Pass over Mediterranean Sea
16. Aurora Borealis and the United States at Night
17. Aurora Australis over Indian Ocean
18. Eastern Europe to Southeastern Asia at Night
Thursday, 22 December 2011 10:00 Written by Trippe
Japanese based Haroshi makes sculptures out of recycled skate decks, and they're pretty darn snazzy.
HUF x Haroshi x DLX Collaboration - HUF partners up with Tokyo-based artist Haroshi and Bay Area skateboard distributor DLX on a limited edition collaboration. Shot at artist Haroshi's studio in Tokyo by Shinto God, cut by Martin Reigel. Available January 2012.
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.
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" 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.
"[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
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
NYC --- 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
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.
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!
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...
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.
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.
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.
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