We're back from a couple days off after a hectic last week. Thanks to R/GA for asking me to speak last Friday. Had a blast drinking Muffin Street beers and speaking to everyone about Fecal Face, how it got started and what it all means to me.
Also thanks to Mel Kadel and Travis Millard who were in SF last week setting up their show @FFDG which you can view in person as the gallery will be open this week Wed-Sat (1-6pm) - 248 Fillmore @Haight. Photos from the opening and of the work will be online in the next day or two.
If you don't need to be inside today and you're here in SF, get outside. Ride your bike to the beach or across the GG Bridge because it looks like it's going to be ridiculous out there today.
Artifacts of Living will showcase, for your viewing pleasure, a display of decaying signs, deteriorating marquees, cracked neon, faded posters, and crumbling typography. As well as, an assortment of old barns, pawn shops, laundromats, liquor stores, barber shops and coffee joints. And of course, an array of rusty cars, antique bikes, motor-homes, and other relics of a less homogenized world.
Yep, my trap is going to open up some this Friday here in San Francisco. Stop through. *Customed brewed keg from Muffin Street Brewery for your drinking pleasure.
John Trippe, Courtney Fink and Daryll Peirce will be talking about the art scene in San Francisco, both from the perspective of the artist (Daryll Pierce) and from the Curators (John Trippe, Courtney Fink). They all have a unique perspective as they have been contributing to it significantly for quite a while.
John will also be talking about running a successful multi-media web site and how that has brought him to the gallery culture.
John and Courtney both have experience with the full spectrum of the scene, from Low-Brow to High-Brow. Daryll has extensive experience working with curators to get his work into shows all over the world.
Artists interested in trying to break in to the gallery culture, as well as people from all walks of life who frequent the art scene won't want to miss this event!
“I’ve been inking every drawing with my signature REBEL8 Sharpies. I’ve been drawing with Sharpies almost exclusively since 1990. If someone then had told me that I’d have a Signature Sharpie someday, I would have laughed at them. But ... I make a living drawing with them. How crazy is that? Thanks, everybody." -Mike Giant
A week ago we held our first hotdog social @FFDG and we managed to ingest 40 hotdogs and plenty of Tecates throughout day all the while BBQing through the rain. That's our commitment to the hotdog. pics
BBQ hot dogs, in the rain, on the street = classy.
Mr. Seelie, center with camera, shooting Lightning Bolt, a punk band, in April.
In the windy darkness of a recent spring morning, 30 people of an arty, mostly Brooklynite persuasion gathered after midnight for an illicit get-together in a maintenance shed, high atop the Williamsburg Bridge. Billed as the “Third-Annual NYC Undercover, You-Might-Be-Arrested, Clandestine Errantry Trespassing Adventure Party,” the event attracted members of a distinct, risk-taking subset of the New York art world — heights-loving writers, courageous painters, a devil-may-care guitarist, a guy lugging bongos and the Williamsburg photographer, Tod Seelie — all of whom had been quietly invited to the late-night affair by its pseudonymous organizers, Agent Verde and Agent Rojo. ~continue reading
So excited as we'll be sending some time in the wonderful country that is Brazil and the sprawling-ness that's Sao Paulo. We will be making our way to the beaches if we survive the flight down there. WOWZAS. We have a 10 hour lay-over in Lima, Peru. How's their airport? Guess we're going to find out! Hope the drinks are cheap.
Our buddy who brings us many LA openings and events, Michael Hsiung, opens the solo show "On Human Failure" at Philly's The Slingluff Gallery this Saturday evening (6-9pm)... It's also the gallery's 4th BDay, so next door to the gallery will be a big birthday bash post opening. If you're in Philly, check it.
He was strong of body and mind, and so much the stronger as he, by a well disciplined exercise that his twin did not partake in. 9 x 12 in., Pen on classic cream paper, 2008. Artificial colors added.
And speaking of Michael, check this tattoo someone Max got recently. Gotta to be a weird feeling to have your artwork on someone's body... Oh wait, that's what every tattoo artist does. Drrrrrr.
We're in the middle of putting together a softball team with games starting the end of July through the SF softball league. Our team is COED w/ at least 8 dudes and 8 girls. We're going to be playing Mon or Tues evening games. Super good time. SF people, if interested, email info(at)ffdg.net - $45 is the registration fee and the good times are free. - Team needs to be set and register by next week.
Are you looking for an amazing framer here in San Francisco that does professional work but doesn't cost you professional prices?! Well, look no further, because you gotta go to Dave Fallis' Frame SF. He frames all of FFDG's work when we need work framed and is a stand-up gentleman.
Besides being a framing master, Dave is also the bassist for the rockinest band Hightower. Does it get much better than that?
I framed 130 photos for Thrasher Magazine's 30th Anniversary art show. Here's just one of them. Imagine 129 more just as epic as this. The show was on May 6th so if you missed it, well...you missed it...
We're hosting a hot dog social @FFDG (248 Fillmore @Haight) Saturday from 4-7pm in honor of the closing of Henry Gunderson's solo show. We'll have some tasty Tecates and the basic franks grilled on the sidewalk complete with ketchup and mustard. There might even be some tortilla chips and salsa as well. mmmmmmmmm. See you tomorrow, and bring a friend because we'll have plenty of the hot dogs.
Those pigs are going to hell, but my taste buds are going to heaven.
I don't think at this point it needs to be written since the last update to Fecal Face was a long time ago, but...
I, John Trippe, have put this baby Fecal Face to bed. I'm now focusing my efforts on running ECommerce at DLX which I'm very excited about... I guess you can't take skateboarding out of a skateboarder.
It was a great 15 years, and most of that effort can still be found within the site. Click around. There's a lot of content to explore.
Hit me up if you have any ECommerce related questions. - trippe.io
I'm not sure how many people are lucky enough to have The San Francisco Giants 3 World Series trophies put on display at their work for the company's employees to enjoy during their lunch break, but that's what happened the other day at Deluxe. So great.
SF skateboarding icons Jake Phelps, Mickey Reyes, and Tommy Guerrero with the 3 SF Giants World Series Trophies
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
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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