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Jim Gaylord @Gregory Lind
Written by Rachel Ralph   
Thursday, 08 November 2012 09:02

Brooklyn's Jim Gaylord opened his new show, Skipping Over Damaged Area at the Gregory Lind Gallery last Thursday. A small crowd was present, most of who seemed to be making the rounds in the building with all of the other openings happening at several other galleries. The show pairs complex, layered collages with geometric, abstract oil paintings, both of which share a choppy and fragmented aesthetic. The works are not confrontational, but rather provide forms that seem to flow in and out of one another, or in the case of the collages, on top of one another.

One woman exclaimed, "They're amazing!" while looking at the work and I have to say I was partial to the collages rather than the paintings. They provided more depth and complexity, although the paintings are not simple, they do seem somewhat flat. No matter, the work is very high quality, whether painted or on paper, and those that did make the show seemed to enjoy both mediums.

Words and photos: Rachel Ralph ~ rachel(at)fecalface.com

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Rogelio Manzo @Jack Fischer
Written by Rachel Ralph   
Wednesday, 07 November 2012 11:13

I wandered into Jack Fischer Gallery last Thursday during the openings at 49 Geary to be pleasantly surprised by the figurative oil and image transfers of Sacramento based Rogelio Manzo's show Retratos Hablados. These paintings have an eerie quality as they seem like ghostly layered characters from the past. This layering also enhanced the texture of the work brought and additional depth not usually allowed by the resin panels on which they are composed.

The space of the gallery is incredibly efficient, and although it is very small, there were plenty of room for the works and for visitors trying to see them. The intimate setting helped to allow viewers to establish relationships with individual works, before they skirted off to any of the other number of galleries within the building. However, Manzo's work is very strong and deserves a time and space all its own.

Words and photos: Rachel Ralph - rachel(at)fecalface.com

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CMYK: LA
Written by Michael Hsiung   
Friday, 02 November 2012 15:04

On Saturday, October 20th, the Human Pyramids Collective presented the last leg of the CMYK show, an international group exhibition, which showed in Majorca, Spain, Malmo, Sweden, Dublin, Ireland, and then stopping finally in Los Angeles at the XVY Art + Design.

Playing off the CMYK from printmaking, the show featured hand printed works by Hovin Wang, Philip Evans, Mari Araki, Pato Conde, Fos, Sean Morris, Philip Morgan, Teddy Kelly, The Love Movement, Michael C. Hsiung, Richard Gilligan, Stefan Narancic, Nils Svensson, Elvis Segarich, Bigfoot, Mike O'Shea, Michael Coleman, Fuchsia Macaree, Loana Ibarra, and Stu Smith.

The exhibition opened in Los Angeles Oct. 11th thru Oct. 27th. Some print works will be up on the Human Pyramids store.

Works by Stefan Narancic (Sweden).


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Jason Jagel in Denmark
Written by Trippe   
Thursday, 01 November 2012 11:46

Our buddy Henrik Haven in Copenhagen emailed over some photos from San Francisco based Jason Jagel's current show "The Castle" which opened last Friday at Gallery Christoffer Egelund (Denmark). In 2002 Jason Jagel graduated with a Master of Fine Arts from Stanford University.

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Magenta Skateboards @Book-Job
Written by Rachel Ralph   
Thursday, 25 October 2012 14:18

Magenta Skateboards held an opening and video premier last Friday at the Book and Job Gallery for their new video, Hill Street Blues 2. I only had to walk down my stairs to make it to the show, but it was definitely worth a cross-city trek to attend. As soon as the gallery opened, it filled with viewers who eventually spilled out on the street. I was later unable to get to my front door, and I think that is a great sign of the success of the night.

Because of the large crowd, it was difficult to see all of the photographs, but that wasn't really the point of Friday night. The skateboarding community came out in full force to see what was happening here in San Francisco as well as internationally in places like France, where Magenta Skateboards is based. The video was shown strategically on the back wall at 8 so that the people in the street could watch while they finished smoking their cigarettes. No beer was served, which is unusual for Book and Job, but it was brown-bag friendly and most took advantage of that.

The photographs themselves range from the stylistic skate photos of Isaac McKay-Randozzi and Ben Gore, to the more abstracted and colorful mini photos by Evan Kinori on the stairs. Most, if not all, of the photographs were taken here in the city and helped to maintain cohesion between the artwork and the video. But, Friday night was really about the video. If you missed it, it's available online at magentaskateboards.com, but the photographs will be up through October 31st. Even if you did make it to the opening, I would suggest a second round to really spend some time with the pictures. It is worth it, and great inspiration for an afternoon skate session in the city.

 

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Reportage by Rachel Ralph, Fecal Face's new San Francisco correspondent. You can email her at rachel(at)fecalface.com

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"Eating Out of the Drain" @Popular Workshop
Written by Rachel Ralph   
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 13:38


Depeche Mode "Halo" by Chris Lux

"Eating Out of the Drain" opened last Friday at The Popular Workshop featuring new works by Chris Lux and Dane Johnson and the show is shall we say, very sexual. A small, sophisticated crowd was present, most of who seemed to be friends or family of the artist. There was no music or booze, so most guests seemed to just pop in and out.

Chris Lux's work consists of sculptures and paintings along with the studies he completed in their making. Of his pieces, the largest was Depeche Mode “Halo” depicting a black man actively pursuing a white woman. Because of its size, it was utterly unavoidable. A girl looking at this piece and talking about its inherent racism mentioned it being "completely offensive" but she said it with smile before having another sip of her wine. Besides the painting, Lux has several graphic gouache pieces in black and white hung in a small room built in the back. I hope it was built recently (and is still in process), because there was no paint on the wood walls and it was completely segregated from the rest of the show.

On the other side of the gallery are many works by Dane Johnson in photography, painting and sculpture, none missing out on his sexual overtone. His work incorporates iconographic figures from pop culture, ranging from Mickey Mouse to Derek Jeter, removed from any other pop culture reference and presented as fine art. However, the hallmark piece of his show is Untitled (White Guys Taking Black Cocks/ The Monstercock Max de Long Experience 2) which was basically a collage of photographs of masculine camping supplies resting on two shelves full of porno (which is where the title comes from). It combines both the sexuality and racial nature of the show without disguising it whatsoever.

Ultimately, I think "Eating Out of the Drain" is operating on shock tactics and references to pop culture. By making the show inherently sexual and racial, there will inevitably be discussions raised by it; however, those discussions probably won't have any mention of the actual aesthetic quality in the work, as it has been completely covered in order to appall audiences.

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Reportage by Rachel Ralph, Fecal Face's new San Francisco correspondent. You can email her at rachel(at)fecalface.com

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"Corporeal Clusters" @111 Minna
Written by Rachel Ralph   
Tuesday, 23 October 2012 11:40


Work by Xiau Fong Wee
Reportage by Rachel Ralph, Fecal Face's new San Francisco correspondent. You can email her at rachel(at)fecalface.com

111 Minna never disappoints and Friday night was no exception. Even the uber-corporate crowd, with their glowing ID badges couldn't detract from the quality of the work in their newest show, "Corporeal Clusters" with works from Kelly Allen, Melissa Arendt and Xiau-Fong Wee. The place was packed, as I stepped on more than one shined toe from men's dress shoes, and was filled playing top 40 hits, a weird atmosphere for the gallery. However, the quality of the work is what prevails; there are some really beautiful paintings here.

The show opens with Kelly Allen's photorealistic paintings of animals combined with geometric and biomorphic shapes, setting the tone with a geometric and animalistic thread that runs throughout the entire gallery. Next on inside are Melissa Arendt's paintings on wood panels using geometric shapes and human figures, while letting the grain of the wood compose the background. I was especially attracted to the grouping Clusterfuck Series #s 11, 6, 7, 9, 5. Is that Bowie a la Labrynth I see in the center? Why yes it is, and it made my day. Her next grouping had several works which incorporated glitter, and most of these had been sold by the time I had gotten there at 8:00.

While there is no question of the beauty in both Allen's and Arendt's works, the standout for me were the acrylic paintings on canvas by Xiau-Fong Wee. My god are they beautiful. All I could say (literally) was "wow." The works have amorphous animal/human figures, most of which have the female form, indicating a connection with mother nature. The delicate treatment of the surface of the paintings and the natural aesthetic qualities reminded me of the surreal beauty of Tiffany Bozic's work, but taken to a whole new, dream-like level.

Ultimately, the crowd won the battle of wits, and I just had to get out of there. I will definitely be back before the show closes on November 10th, when I can actually see the paintings, without the soul-crushing music and the creepy businessmen. Really, this show is a must-see, and I guarantee you that you don't want to miss it. -more photos

Xiau-Fong Wee, Slow Motion, 2012

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Supply and Demand
Written by Trippe   
Monday, 22 October 2012 15:03

Last weekend Vans sent me down to check out opening night of Supply and Demand, art gallery and installation, which opened October 12that the House of Vans for a one-night invite-only event. (You might remember seeing the Supply & Demand show post from last year as well). Supply and Demand, set up by Russ Pope and Vans, featured the works of Neil Blender, Nathaniel Russell, Chris Yormick, Jay Howell, Jamahl Williams, Russ Pope, Rich Jacobs, Dennis McNett, and Jai Tanju in a one night special event with free mini burgers, quesadillas, beverages, and a musical performance by Super Juice. Thanks again to Vans and Russ Pope for sending me out there for the event.

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The Diamond Sea @FFDG
Written by Van Edwards   
Thursday, 18 October 2012 15:20

The Diamond Sea
Artists include Brett Amory, Shawn Barber, Michelle Blade, Clayton Brothers, Curiot, Jeff Depner, Meredith Dittmar, Jeremy Fish, Jay Howell, Mel Kadel, Hiro Kurata, Nicolas LeBorgne, Russell Leng, Alexis Mackenzie, Travis Millard, Ralph Pugay, Winnie Truong, and Mathew Zefeldt.
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Oct 13th - Nov 10th, 2012

The Grass Pipe
Jay Howell
ink and gouache on paper, framed
24" x 19"
pricing and availability, email
info(at)ffdg.net

Half the Time (B), 2012
Clayton Brothers
Mixed media on paper
framed
8 X 10 CM: 20.32 X 25.4
pricing and availability, email
info(at)ffdg.net

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Fame Festival | Exhibition
Written by Trippe   
Thursday, 18 October 2012 11:15

We've been covering the Fame Festival that went down in Italy featuring street art works from Erica Il Cane, Vhils, Interesni Kazki, Conor Harrington, Cyop & Kaf, Momo, Lucy McLauchlan, Bastardilla, Moneyless, Boris Hoppek and the local artist Giorgio Di Palma. Besides the works on the street (blog one | blog two) there was also this indoor exhibition to coincide.

Photos: Henrik Haven

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Thom Lessner @THIS LA
Written by Michael Hsiung   
Monday, 08 October 2012 11:01

Last Friday THIS, Los Angeles gallery presented Turbo Lover, a solo show from artist, printmaker, and painter Thom Lessner (Philadelphia) whose known for his 80s pop culture paintings and wood cutouts. Not only has he designed and printed various rock school posters for Paul Green School of Rock Music, but he has also done work for Enjoi, Snickers, Toyota, Thrasher, Vice just to mention a few. If your'e a fan of music, metal, and styling mullets like I am, then you should go check out Turbo Lover which runs from Sept 28th thru Oct 19th at THIS, LA in Highland Park. Here's some pictures from the opening reception.

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The Death of the Artist—and the Birth of the Creative Entrepreneur
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 10:34

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.

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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" @FFDG
Friday, 16 January 2015 09:30

"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.

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Work by Meryl Pataky

 

In Wake of Attack, Comix Legend Says Satire Must Stay Offensive
Friday, 09 January 2015 09:59

Ron-Turner

Ron Turner of Last Gasp

"[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

 

Solidarity
Thursday, 08 January 2015 09:36

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SF Bay Area: What Might Have Been
Tuesday, 06 January 2015 09:36

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The San Francisco Bay Area is renowned for its tens of thousands of acres of beautiful parks and public open spaces.

What many people don't know is that these lands were almost lost to large-scale development. link

 

1/5/14 - Going Back
Monday, 05 January 2015 10:49

As we work on our changes, we're leaving Squarespace and coming back to the old server. Updates are en route.

The content that was on the site between May '14 and today is history... Whatever, wasn't interesting anyway. All the good stuff from the last 10 years is here anyway.

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Jacob Mcgraw-Mikelson & Rachell Sumpter @Park Life (5/23)
Friday, 23 May 2014 09:22

Opening tonight, Friday May 23rd (7-10pm) at Park Life in the Inner Richmond (220 Clement St) is Again Home Again featuring works from the duo Jacob Mcgraw-Mikelson & Rachell Sumpter who split time living in Sacramento and a tiny island at the top of Pudget Sound with their children.

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

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NYPD told to carry spray paint to cover graffiti
Wednesday, 21 May 2014 10:37

nyc_graffitiNYC --- 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

 

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Headlands Center Fundraiser -6/4/14
Tuesday, 20 May 2014 07:54

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.

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Congrats, Dudes(ette)
Monday, 19 May 2014 09:29

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!

 

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Alison Blickle @NYC's Kravets Wehby Gallery

Los Angeles based Alison Blickle who showed here in San Francisco at Eleanor Harwood last year (PHOTOS) recently showed new paintings in New York at Kravets Wehby Gallery. Lovely works.


Interview w/ Kevin Earl Taylor

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...


Peter Gronquist @The Shooting Gallery

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.


Jay Bo at Hamburg's Circle Culture

Berlin based Jay Bo recently held a solo show at Hamburg's Circle Culture featuring some of his most recent paintings. We lvoe his work.


NYCHOS @Fifty24SF

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.


Gator Skater +video

Nate Milton emailed over this great short Gator Skater which is a follow-up to his Dog Skateboard he emailed to us back in 2011... Any relation to this Gator Skater?


Ferris Plock Online Show Now Online as of April 25th

5 new wonderful large-scale paintings on wood panel are available. visit: www.ffdg.net


ClipODay II: Needles & Pens 11 Years!!

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.


BANDES DE PUB / STRIP BOX

In a filmmaker's thinking, we wish more videos were done in this style. Too much editing and music with a lacking in actual content. Just because you can doesn't mean you should.


AJ Fosik in Tokyo at The Hellion Gallery

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.


Ferris Plock - Online Show, April 25th

FFDG is pleased to announce an exclusive online show with San Francisco based Ferris Plock opening on Friday, April 25th (12pm Pacific Time) featuring 5 new medium sized acrylic paintings on wood.


GOLD BLOOD, MAGIC WEIRDOS

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.


Jeremy Fish at LA's Mark Moore Gallery

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.


John Felix Arnold III on the Road to NYC

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.


FRENCH in Melbourne

London based illustrator FRENCH recently held a show of new works at the Melbourne based Mild Manners


Henry Gunderson at Ever Gold, SF

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.


Mario Wagner @Hashimoto

Mario Wagner (Berkeley) opened his new solo show A Glow that Transfers Creativity last Saturday night at Hashimoto Contemporary in San Francisco.


Serge Gay Jr. @Spoke Art

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.


NYCHOS Mural on Ashbury and Haight

NYCHOS completed this great new mural on the corner of Haight and Ashbury in San Francisco on Tuesday. Looks Amazing.


Sun Milk in Vienna

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


"How To Lose Yourself Completely" by Bryan Schnelle

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


Tyler Bewley ~ Recent Works

Some great work from San Francisco based Tyler Bewley.


Kirk Maxson and Alexis Mackenzie at Eleanor Harwood Gallery

While walking our way across San Francisco on Saturday we swung through the opening receptions for Kirk Maxson and Alexis Mackenzie at Eleanor Harwood Gallery in the Mission.


Jeremy Fish Solo Show in Los Angeles

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.


The Albatross and the Shipping Container

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.


The Marsh Barge - Traveling the Mississippi River from Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico

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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