CHUCK CLOSE INTERVIEW ON STEPHEN COLBERT <-- Big fans of him and his work. Admire people who continue doing what they love after suffering hardships like Close did with his being paralyzed from the neck down after 1988.
Friday ENJOYING A QUIET SUNDAY AFTERNOON @Gallery BellJar <-- in the back of this quaint femine victorian inspired little boutique of lovely treasures & handmade frills on 16th in the Mission there's a small gallery space, and they've hosted some good openings over the years. Tonight LA based designer/ illustrator and previous art director of Swindle Magazine, Justin Van Hoy will be showing Works about a place I have grown to miss. On Bell Jar's site it looks like photo transfers on antique paper of people riding motorcycles. Stop through Bell Jar, see the work, and guys pick up something for your mom or girlfriend. They have some really nice (and expensive) things in there. 6-9pm 3187 16th St
Justin Van Hoy @Bell Jar
Black Lab Opening @The Lab --> Inspired by The Black Laboratory of Brooklyn artist Vincent Como, Black Lab investigates the cultural connotations and psychological implications of the darkest color. A nice lineup of some artists Fecal Face enjoys featuring: Vincent Como, Reuben Lorch Miller, Eric Larson, Rachel Dawson, Josh Hagler, Faye Kendall, Erik Madsen, Malcolm Smith, lourdes of the flies, Michael Campbell, Caitlin Denny and Marcella Faustini, Terrance Graven, Ben Venom, Ryan De La Hoz, Kara Joslyn, Group Rhoda, Amir Coyle, Gerritt Wittmer and Paul Knowles, Chris Vamos, Eric Svedas, Eighth Evening, and No Peace at the Gates. 7:00 - 10:00pm 2948 16th st
Cannonball Press Hits 99% Gallery in NYC <-- Neo-Pagan World Kings of scruffy pirate black and white hillbilly printmaking, New York’s legendary Cannonball Press hits Williamsburg's 99% Gallery with a huge new pile of limited-edition prints, two massive Woodcut Collages of sordid debauchery, and huge new 4x8 foot woodcuts on canvas!! 7—10pm 99 N. 10th St. Room 102 - Brooklyn
Saturday FERRIS PLOCK @THE SHOOTING GALLERY <-- Fecal Pal, Ferris Plock, enleashes Rest for the WickedThis new collection embodies the artist's trademark character-based works along with a Ukiyo-e inspired sensibility. The exhibit is the artist's debut show with The Shooting Gallery and will be comprised of 15-20 small to medium pieces composed of a variety of media such as acrylic, gouache, gold leaf, and spray paint on wood panel. 7-11pm 839 Larkin St
SKINNER @WHITE WALLS <-- White Walls Gallery is pleased to present This Fear You May Know, a solo exhibition by Sacramento-based, multi-media artist, Skinner. Blending variant sources of fantasy art accented with nuances of social commentary, Skinner’s works in this exhibit illustrate his observations of a growing obsession with destruction and conflict, and how fear guides the course of social action. 7-11pm 839 Larkin St
GROUP SHOW @GUERRERO GALLERY <-- Looks to be a super good show with a solid lineup of artists featuring Alisha Kerlin, Arien Valizadeh, Brian Belott, Conrad Ruiz, Derek Aylward, Eddie Martinez, Eduardo Recife, Fanny Bostrom, Jamison Brosseau, Jeanette Mundt, John Copeland, Joseph Hart, Kareem Rizk, Karim Hamid, Kristine Moran, Marie Koetje, Paul Brainard, Stephen Smith, and Wes Lang. 7-11pm 2700 19th St
We're very happy to report that our new lil' buddy, the yet unnamed man baby from Matt and Lindsey Irving, is out in the world and ready to get his wizard on... Well, maybe after a nap or something. Anyway, dude missed Friday the 13th by like 20 minutes... Welcome, lil' guy, and congrats to our pals and new parents Matt and Lindsey!
The yet named baddass Irving already has his tuque on
Our friend and FF contributorTod Seelie is still in Haiti building sustainable shelters and housing for and with the earthquake victims as part of the Konbit Shelter Project. They've been in Haiti for some time now and their funds are running really low and could use your help with donations. Check their site and blog for more info on what they're doing... then donate.
Here are just a few shows we think you'd enjoy checking out tonight. We'll list Fri and Sat shows tomorrow... Check the calendar yourself for a full listing of all that's going on in SF, LA, and NYC.
Thursday Sonny Smith @Cinders in NYC <-- we told you earlier in the week about SF's Sonny Smith and his great 100 records project/ show which ran here in SF @Gallery 16. Well, now it's opening @Cinders in Brooklyn and it's worth seeing and listening to as Sonny recorded 100 songs to conincide with the 100 album covers his friends and artists created for fictional bands. Some solid artists in the lineup too. 7-10pm 103 Havemeyer St. Store#2 (Brooklyn)
100 Records opening @Gallery 16 earlier this year
MARK RYDEN Book Signing @SFMOMA <-- happening fom 6:30-8:30. Get yourself a copy of new book The Snow Yak Show - Images from the artist's acclaimed Japanese Snow Yak Show are reproduced in this large book, including many detailed images and drawings.
What Cannot Be Taken Away: Families and Prisons Project @Somarts <-- There are over seven million youth in this country with parents in the legal justice system. What Cannot Be Taken Away: Families and Prisons Project is a new exhibition of collaborative paintings with Evan Bissell and Community Works that share the experiences of eight individuals who have experienced this rupture in their own families. -Don't quite know what to expect at this show, but when was the last time you checked out the non-profit/ city run Somarts- 934 Brannan St. 6:30-9:30pm
Paintings by Ariel Diaz @ATA <-- large scale paintings draw on distant and imagined pop iconography, smudging together televisual, comic and food based images to create a whimsical take on the residues of childhood memories. @ATA 6-9pm
Never Nothing photo show and zine release party this Friday, August 13th from 7 - 9pm at Benna's (corner of 8th and Wharton in Philadelphia). Never Nothing is and international photo collective made up by Michael Thorn, Clint Woodside, Chrissy Piper, Peter Hyde and Denis Carey. This is their first show and first
Brazilian born, Connecticut based, Dalton Ghetti carefully crafts the tips of pencils into amazing micro sculptures. These miniature masterpieces are a side project for the professional carpenter, who has been perfecting this art for the last 25 years. ~SEE MORE
In an effort to get some summertime feelings and leave a freakin' chilly SF summer, we're working up in Marin for the day. Forgot what summer was like. Warmth feels... healthy... Back @FFDG tomorrow. Stop in and see Future Colors of America. Last week. Open Wed - Fri (3-6pm) | Sat (12-6pm).
Brooklyn, NY - Cinders Gallery Presents: “100 Records” by Sonny Smith - Opening Reception Thursday August 12th 7-10pm, Music performance by Sonny Smith at 7pm
100 Records is the culmination of a massive year long project by artist and musician Sonny Smith, front man of the group Sonny & The Sunsets. Smith invited 100 artists to produce 100 7” record covers for fictional bands. Smith concocted the personas of these fictitious bands, then wrote and recorded one hundred songs to correspond with each 7” record. Recording with his band The Sunsets, as well as with members of notable bands such as the Sandwitches, Fresh N Only’s, Thee Oh Sees, Ty Segall, and the Kelley Stoltz Band, each record stands on its own as a solid piece of music and spans a wide range from pop, concept ideas, spoken word, instrumentals, surf, garage, folk and rock n roll.
We're giving away a few David Choe's "Munko" Vinyl Figures to the winner of next week's Free Fridayz. This week's theme: Small Dogs. Get your drawing in before Saturday afternoon 2pm Pacific time for a chance at winning some of these little guys above.
This work examines representations of the enclosed spaces of sports courts. In photographing the empty courts, absent of the fast paced action we are so familiar with, these environments reveal themselves in a new light.
Elliott Wilcox is a London based, British photographer who is currently studying at the University of Westminster, MA Photographic Studies.
There are a whole lot of shows opening this weekend. It's a full one. Below are the ones we're going to try and make, but check the calendar (SF CALENDAR, NYC CALENDAR, & LA CALENDAR) because there are a lot of openings.
Saturday 941 GEARY OPENS FROM THE STREET TO THE CUBE <-- featuring works street artists who've moved into the gallery space... from Above, Eine, Shepard Fairey, Rene Gagnon, Sergio Garcia, Greg Gossel, Casey Gray, Gale Hart, Jesse Hazelip, Hush, Hugh Leeman, Blek Le Rat, David Soukup, Georgi Tchkhaidze, D Young V, Dan Witz, Best Ever, C215, Ernesto Yerena, Philip Lumbang, and Miss Van. Saturday, August 7th, 2010 from 6-9 PM 941 GEARY.
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
I attached a cradle with a spray paint can and other hardware to the drone. I created a series of paintings that are larger, about maybe 3 feet by 3 feet all the way up to 25 feet by 15 feet … And basically, I achieved the perfect air pressure, the perfect weight of the paint and the perfect materials so that the drone didn’t freak out when I attached these mechanisms to it, Katsu said. --continue reading
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.
"Salt the Skies" opened on the 21st at FFDG and features this great piece by Mexico City based Curiot (Favio Martinez) whose sold out 2013 show Age of Omuktlans ran at FFDG. His forthcoming solo show is slated for March 2015.
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