Those of you whose remembrances have already taken on a quasi-religious tone: seek help.
So, Steve Jobs is dead. A tech genius has passed on. Sad. Certainly a devastating loss to Steve Jobs' close friends and family members, as well as to Apple executives and shareholders. The rest of you? Calm down.
Among my Facebook friends yesterday, more than one wrote publicly that they were "crying" or "can't stop crying" or "teared up" due to Steve Jobs' death. Really now. You can't stop crying, now that you've heard that a middle-aged CEO has passed on, after a long battle with cancer? If humans were always so empathetic, well, that would be understandable. But this type of one-upmanship of public displays of grief is both unbecoming and undeserved. ~continue reading
Creativity Explored (3245 16th St at Guerrero) opens Hands On Clay tonight, Thursday (7-9pm) featuring clay works by a dozen of Creativity Explored artists dive into projects hands first, creating clay works that are anything but ordinary. Monster masks, demonic cupcakes, flying dragons, Eastern deities and spirited mammals from lands real and fantastical - this otherworldly show will entertain and illustrate the power of two hands (on clay).
Hands on Clay tonight at Creativity Explored
Creativity Explored is a nonprofit visual arts center where artists with developmental disabilities create, exhibit, and sell art. We love the place and the work they display is always unique and interesting. Their opening receptions are a good stop for your evening. Maybe before, get a slice at Deja Vu. Mmmmmmmm
Great turnout last night for the Haight/ Fillmore fire benefit to raise money for those 31 people displaced by last week's massive fire which also displaced us, FFDG, from 248 Fillmore along with Wallgreens, Three Twins, and Estellas Sandwiches. It sounds like over $7,000 was raised!
Rumors abound by the cause of the fire/ about how long it will be till residents and businesses can move back in, but none of it sounds promising.
Won't go into the cause (rumors at this point), but the talk of how long to get back in- Well, the building manager told us 6 months of paper work and 2 years to rebuild. Ross Mirkarimi's aid Vallie Brown told us that she's going to look into getting the businesses in there soon... So, it sounds like it could be anywhere from a month to two years. Not a whole lot of solid info at this point.
The good news is that it looks like FFDG has a temporary space for the next 4-6 months till we figure out our permanent home. Details on that soon.
Martin, owner of the Vapor Room, buys us a "feel better" beer... Check those beer expiration dates there at the Peacock Lounge. We had a Becks which expired in 2008.
Three Twins, who lost their store front, giving out free ice cream.
In case you didn't know yet, there was a massive 4 alarm fire in Fecal Face's building last Tuesday evening (photos) which displaced not only us from the building but 31 residents from the apartments above.
Tuesday evening you can do something to help those effected as there's a Haight and Fillmore Fire Relief Fundraiser at the Peacock Lounge with prizes, food, drinks and a whole lot more. Get there and give a little something back to help your fellow San Franciscans!
Fire burns above FFDG last Tuesday which displaced 31 residents.
Via Haighternation.com ~Snack on bites from the likes of Wing Wings, Memphis Minnie’s, and Chilli Cha Cha. Enjoy the cool refreshment of Three Twins, making their triumphant return to the neighborhood to live-scoop at the event. Wash it all down with beer from Mad Dog in the Fog, and/or cocktails from the Peacock Lounge bar.
And purchase tickets to a raffle of amazing prizes and gift certificates from the likes of Booksmith, Blackbird, Idle Hand Tattoo, Lower Haters, Merch, Method, Nosh This, Three Twins, Thriving Life Wellness, Uva Enoteca, and more! -more details at Facebook
WE'VE FOUND A TEMPORARY GALLERY SPACE that we will move into in November. More details on that soon, but let's say the space is about 7 times larger than our last, so... much fun shall be had. Our next show featuring works by Mario Martinez opens November 10th! Mark your calendar now.
Michelle Fleck tonight, Friday, at Park Life (220 Clement St) here in San Francisco. We're going to head down to check out these urabn landscape snap shots. Park Life's site doesn't state, but if memory serves us correct, their openings normally run 6-9pm.
Fecal Face is going to cover the show, have some beers, and relax after a crazy week. Join us! ~Show details
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One of the best art schools here in San Francisco if not all the United States. Wanna attend art school in the most creative town in the US? You're going to want to consider CCA for sure!
Chris Kaskie and Michael Renaud team up to create unique artist designed goods. We like the beer bottle punching out the weed.
1 Poster Cabaret features hundreds of limited edition fine art prints and concert posters with new prints added weekly. Artists include: Brett Amory, Frank Chimero, Julia Pott, Vivienne Strauss and many more.
Our neighbors and friends at UP have been supporting SF and the contemporary art's scene for as long if not longer than FF. Good people over at Upper Playground producing quality goods.
The building Fecal Face and FFDG is in had a 4 alarm fire yesterday. Everyone is fine but the building has some issues. After we clean up we'll be back with updates and photos of the flame-ness Thurs... Soggy wet office space and gallery. Bummer times.
111 Minna's Sketch Tuesdays every 3rd Tuesday of the month- Tonight. Artists draw in front of you while you drink beers/ cocktails. Artist then pin brand new artwork to a board where it's now for sale. A great way to score some original works at a decent low cost. Tonight features artists: Damon Soule, Eric Otto, Nome Edonna, Shayna Shenanigans, Reuben Rude, Angela Willetts, and many others. ||| 111 Minna @2nd St downtown (6-10pm) -- Complete details
This new collection expands upon the artist's captivating use of ukiyo-e inspired design and vibrantly unique characters while exploring the images that shaped his childhood. The exhibit is the artist's second solo show with The Shooting Gallery and will include over twenty pieces utilizing a mix of acrylic, gouache, gold leaf, and spray paint on wood panel. ~complete details
The talented Los Angeles based (via Sydney, Australia) artist Mark Whalen opens a show of new small works in Sydney on Thursday Oct 6th at Joseph Allen Shea's site-specific exhibition project Gallery A.S. - The show will also feature a lithograph print release and a signing of mark's new book Human Development published by Zero Plus. ~complete details
Update: We did check out the debate where a lot of political speak overshadowed any real action, but what's new? Observed by Fecal Face: Why does Ed Lee think he doesn't need to attend these debates and forums? Minuses 10 points for him, but whatever, we don't support him for mayor anyway... John Avalos seemed bored and wasn't as impressive as we thought he may be. Bevan Dufty, who we don't know a whole lot about, was energized and had some good things to say. Green party candidate Terry Baum seems like her heart is in the right place and may have some good ideas, but comes off out of touch, polarizing, and a little too radical... The following month is going to be fun.
Love how the candidates answer questions without answering the questions at last night's mayoral forum sponsored by the Lower Haight Merchants and Neighbors Association
Have you had a chance yet to make it to one of the mayoral debates? With the election getting closer and closer, it may be time to get some more info on who you may vote for SF's new mayor.
We need sharks in the world, and they're disappearing at an alarming rate. Just for example, tiger sharks and scalloped hammerheads may have declined more than 97% since the mid-1980s, while numbers of smooth hammerheads and bull sharks are believed to have fallen by 99% off the east coast of the US. The rapid decline of great sharks in the world's oceans is disrupting the marine ecosystem by allowing more lowly fish to thrive, scientists warn today.
This coming Friday, September 23rd, Japan-based non-profit PangeaSeed in collaboration with San Francisco's Spoke Art Gallery is pleased to announce the inaugural transcontinental art exhibition, Sink or Swim, featuring original works from 30 internationally renowned artists such as Dave Kinsey, Josh Keyes, Dan May, Jim Phillips, Skinner and many more. This gathering of widely acclaimed artists from around the globe will address one of the biggest threats facing the health of the world's oceans today - the rapid and mass depletion of sharks. ~complete show details
Our buddy Mildred has released his 5th zine entitled "What's This Bullshit" featuring 40 pages of odd humor, drawings, paintings, comics and more. Well worthy of the 6 bucks he's asking for it. BUY ONE.
In other news, damn, it's hard to stay focused right now when SF is finally getting some summer weather... Stay focused, Johnny.
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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