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
The one of a kind arts residency program at Recology (SF's garbage dump) is accepting applications for the 2012 program year (complete details/ info below).
Each artist accepted gets a studio at Recology for a month and allowed complete access to all the garbage that's dumped there. You create your art from what you find with a reception at the end of the month. To get a flavor, check Ferris Plock's blog from his residency.
Video from the last opening at Recology we checked out a few months back.
The goal of the Artist-in-Residence Program is to use art to inspire people to recycle more and conserve our natural resources. We provide local artists with the opportunity to create art using materials they gather from San Francisco's refuse. This includes 24-hour access to a well-equipped 2,000 sq. ft. art studio, a monthly stipend and an exhibit at the end of each residency. Note: Only local professional artists who reside in the Bay Area (1 hour’s drive) may apply.
Prior to applying, artists must take a tour of the recycling facilities, art studio, and sculpture garden by joining one of our monthly tours for the general public. The tours are held on the third Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. To reserve a spot and get important information, please call Micah Gibson at 415-330-1414. Applications are available at www.recology.com/AIR
Sketch Tuesdays tonight at 111 Minna with another solid lineup of artists. You know the drill. The artists create works while you walk around drinking beers watching them create their works (looks like this). The artists then post the work up for sale. A great way to get solid artwork for lazy prizes. It's a win win and a fun thing to do on a Tuesday evening. 6-10pm ~FREE. -map
This Tuesday (6-8pm) and Thursday (6-8pm), some of the guys from New Bohemia Signs will be doing a live "free" demonstration open to the public at Guerrero Gallery in the Mission. On Tuesday, you will be able to walk away with some signs painted by Jeff, Ken and Candice. Thursday, Owner Damon Styer, will be demonstrating the trade secrets of water gilding.
In the random department: Check this nasty little thing that surprised my wife last night after opening up a BBQ oyster. After some interneting, we found that they're oyster crabs and are pretty rare and in fact a delicacy... We threw ours away. Nasty lil' bugger.
We're giving everyone another week to get their Free Fridayz drawings in for the theme: Poo's on First - What's this all about? Poo's on First is Fecal Face's softball team name and we're asking you to come up with our tee shirt design. This week's winner will get their design printed on our team shirts and will get a few shirts as their prize.
Cartier Saucier from Mission Hills, CA already got their submission in and it rules.
Get your drawing in by Friday, July 1st. Email them to: freefridayz (at) fecalface.com --> Need some inspiration? Who the hell is Poo? Here ya go.
We are very sad to learn that skateboarding icon Eric Swenson was the one who ended his life in front of the Mission police station Monday morning. Eric was one of the people responsible for the creation of Thrasher Magazine, Independent trucks, and Spitfire wheels to name just a few brands.
While working at Thrasher Magazine I never had the chance to speak with Eric in person, but highly respected him for helping to create the industry we all so dearly loved and love today. In a time when other businesses ran from skateboarding, Eric stuck it out doing what he loved most and giving back along the way. Sincere condolences to his family and friends.
Eric Swenson, Craig Stecyk, & Fausto Vitello, at the Independent foundry in San Francisco, CA, 1983. Photo by MoFo ~via Thrasher Magazine
San Francisco will be getting a more street oriented skate park on the closed-off one-block stretch of Waller Street beginning next month. The city will install "pieces of granite and concrete barriers" for a 6 month trial period. If all goes well, the city will then search out the funds to build out a permanent one. Watch out though as there is a "well organized" group of NIMBYs (Friends of the Haight) who fear that the park "will be a magnet for graffiti vandals and drug dealers"... Really? Just like baseball fields, basketball and tennis courts are?! Give me a fucking break.
Some redbull contest a couple years back held where the new skatepark will be located.
By the way, skateboarding is now the third largest sport for children between the ages of 6 – 18. It is more popular than basketball and baseball for children in that age group. Is this what people want? To deny their children a safe place to have fun and exercise? When children get bored is when the trouble begins. Hopefully the 6 month trial goes well.
We really like a comment left on SFGate by Bill Choisser --> Parks are for recreation (aren't those two words in the name of the agency running them?) and skating is what today's kids do. The park in some ways is stuck in the 1890s, when it was built. How many kids today really want to ride horses and play with model boats? I don't see many kids riding by my house on horses... Golden Gate Park was a park before any of the whiners in the neighborhood moved there. Hell, it was a park before any of them were born. They probably chose to live near the park because they like to look at all the lovely flowers, but not everybody's idea of recreation is to look at flowers.
The first collection of the ongoing “Pages From Books” series by artist/illustrator Jay Howell features all of the skinny guys with boners, naked chicks on skateboards, dogs, beer, rockers, and endless good times we’ve come to expect from his whimsical-yet-crude artwork. His zine Punks Git Cut and animated series called "The Forest City Rockers”, the apex in punk rock cartoons, have deservingly earned him a devoted following of wingnuts, wastoids, fuck ups and shredders.
JAY HOWELL – “Pages From Books, Vol. 1”
4” x 7” book, 4 color, 48 pages, perfect bound
limited to 500 copies
$10 post-paid to mtstmtn [at] hotmail [dot] com
Underskatement is back and they want your films for this US touring skate-centric film festival. Fecal Face is proud to be a media sponsor of this great program that's now in its 10 year.
UnderSkatement is a traveling film festival featuring short films made exclusively by skateboarders. Underskatement originated in 2001 to showcase the talents of both well-known and unknown skateboarder filmmakers. Entering this film festival doesn’t require a big name in the skateboarding world, but rather-just like skateboarding- requires creativity and imagination.
This is an open call for participants to appear in a film commissioned by the Oakland Standard, a series of contemporary art projects produced by the Oakland Museum of California. Once selected, participants will visit the museum on Monday, June 27, 2011, for a single forty-five-minute on-camera interview.
The film, titled Nothing Happens for Long, is an investigation (by the filmmakers, Jonn Herschend and Andrew Leland) into the normal, even boring moments that happen every day at a museum. It’s our belief that these quiet, mundane experiences are what lead to real discovery and wonder, and that museums are especially good at creating the right atmosphere to make them happen—in other words, to make nothing happen. (A more detailed explanation of these ideas appears on the film’s project page.)
We are looking for stories by individuals who have been to the Oakland Museum—recently or years ago—and experienced a moment where nothing happened.
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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