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.
On Monday evening we all met up @FFDG and went over some of the plans for Fecal Face's 10 year show going down on September 10th (Pizza & beer = thinking sauce). There's, of course, art and music. Details later in the day or tomorrow morning. In the meantime, buy your plane tickets. Maya Hayuk did this morning. Going to be good times indeed.
Deep in the forest of Parikkala, in the easternmost part of Finland, lies one of the craziest tourist attractions on the face of the planet – the sculpture park of Veijo Rönkkönen.
Regarded by most as the most important ensemble of contemporary folk art in Finland, the sculpture park of Veijo Rönkkönen is a lot to take in, the first time you visit. Finding yourself surrounded by hundreds of creepy statues, grinning at you with their real human teeth, is enough to spook you into turning back as soon as you set foot in the park. ~read on.
Thanks for the email, Tucker. Wish we could see it in person.
Dalek (aka James Marshall) will present a 37 foot long mural in Costa Mesa at Hurley's art space on Wednesday. (video) The mural will be offered for sale by the foot and cut out and framed on demand during the opening. 7:00pm – 10:00pm on Wednesday, August 4th, 2010 - 1945 Placentia Avenue - details
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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