Bags are packed and we're off for a 28 hour journey to Sao Paulo, Brazil (info below). We'll be writing some nonsense right here as the trip progresses. I'm sure we'll have a lot to say as we hang out in Lima, Peru's airport during our 10 hour layover. Do they have wifi in Lima's airport? Hope so.
SFMTA wrongfully booted our truck this morning and totally blew our morning and afternoon as we walked around town, tracking down info, and where to handle this mess (11 South Van Ness BTW). Good news, they figured out their mistake and took the boot off without cost. No apology from them though which we don't/ didn't expect.
Basically, we paid our parking tickets (4) recently (July 1st) when registering our truck, BUT it takes a total of 90 DAYS (3 MONTHS) for the DMV to get that info to SFMTA. The nutty thing is that we weren't even parked in an illegal spot. We didn't get a parking ticket but got the boot due to the tickets they THOUGHT we owed. It was at 11PM last night. Guess the DPT have digital scanners they drive around with to scan license plates looking for cars/ trucks to boot. Nutty arse crazy car parking future steez.
The lesson learned is that if you paid your tickets when registering your car/ truck/ motorcycle/ scooter/ skateboard/ whatever, know that it takes 3 months (efficient) for that info to get to SFMTA. It only takes 5 unpaid tickets to get the boot. You may be parking completely legal, like we were last night (11pm), and whammo - IT'S boot thirty.
Though it apt to repost this post from a couple weeks back since the liar is now officially in the race for SF mayor.
To get a little local SF politics here- San Francisco will choose a new mayor this Fall. Our previous mayor, Gavin Newsom, has gone onto greener Sacramento pastures leaving SF and the powers that be to choose an interim mayor till the fall elections. City Administrator Ed Lee was choosen and since being sworn in has said that he would NOT run for mayor this fall. Well, the Willie Brown and Rose Pak machine and their Run Ed Run campaign seem to be swaying Lee who refused Wednesday - for the first time - to rule out running for a full term.
Don't fall for it. Lee wouldn't be in charge. It would be more of the same from Brown and Pak.
Gotta love our shitty health care system. Insurance companies seem to only insure you if there's no chance that you'll ever get sick, but if you do get sick, they drop you. That's what happened to Kelly Malone, founder and creative genius behind Workshop as well as SF Indie Mart (this Sunday!), when she was diagnosed with an advanced stage of liver cancer.
Kelly has no chance of obtaining new health insurance due to this pre-existing condition and is need of costly ongoing treatments, surgeries, and chemotherapy. Kelly has been able to cover costs up to now, but now is asking for some help for the next phase.
For more info on Kelly, her situation and to make an online donation, RIGHT HERE.
Fundraiser for Kelly Malone's Cancer Treatment
When: Friday, July 29th 9pm-12amish
Where: 111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco CA
A Sketch Party at 111 Minna Gallery. Sound familiar? Invited artists bring materials and draw for a couple of hours and people buy the sketches they create for a bargain of a price. Artists then donate all art sales to help raise money for her cancer treatment. You get great deals on great artworks and Kelly gets some much needed help. You go home with awesome art and a smile on your face. --> The event on Facebook
Just walked past this nice looking fixie frame on Howard across from Burger King. If it's your bike, you may wanna rescue it while there's something left as it looks as though the vultures just about picked her dry.
The history of Modern art is characterized by a series of movements that rewrote the established rulebook of what art should be that had been in place for centuries. Those movements needed to happen. That book needed to be rewritten. Unfortunately, part of this transition involved diminishing the importance of the real craft of painting, painterly skill and the celebration thereof.
Shawn Barber re-embraces that true craft; the craft of Velasquez and of Van Dyke, two masters that he lists as influences. His work goes back to the roots of what makes great art. It champions hard work, dedication and tradition. He even has the words ‘Work’ and ‘Hard’ tattooed on his fingers. ~continue reading
We WILL have a Free Fridayz up this Friday with the theme: Poo's on First which is the name of the Fecal Face softball team. The contest is to design our team's tshirt logo! The prize will be a few shirts with your design on them. So get your drawing in ASAP for a chance at being a part of history? Email your design/ drawings to: freefridayz (at) fecalface.com
Saturday update via U.P.:Officially billed (according to Harry Kim and Dave Choe) as the "Dirty Hands Release: Jerk Off Cum in Your Eye Party. Everybody Cum". We're keeping it in the hood and doing a DVD release party at Nickies (466 Haight St) Sunday night at 10pm. If you're around come by and get a dirty dirty from Dave. That is all.
The fund raising show Sink or Swim opens July 16 @Tokyo's M-Daikayama Gallery to raise money and awareness about shark-finning, where people cut off the sharks' fins to be used in shark fin soup, a "delicacy" in Asian culture.
Upwards of 80 million sharks are killed every year.
Shark finned sharks, after their fins are cut off, are left to die. Some sharks starve to death, others are slowly eaten by other fish, and some drown, because sharks need to keep moving to force water through their gills for oxygen. Demand for shark fin soup has rocketed in recent years due to the increased prosperity of China and other countries in the Far East.
Art by Skinner
Work by Dan May
The show, curated by and benefiting the Japanese organization PangeaSeed, a non-profit dedicated to bringing the shark-finning issue to light, features many talented artists such as Dave Kinsey, Dan May, Jessica Ward, Skinner, Rhys Cooper and about 35 more, the show opens on Japan’s Ocean Day, and runs until July 22nd.
Swoon is one busy woman. From building homes in Haiti, to working with the Landless Workers' Movement in Brazil this September, it is a bit surprising that she has also had time to devise an interactive musical house sculpture for New Orleans... but that is exactly what she is up to.
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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