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Skewville & Mark Warren Jacques @White Walls (SF)
Written by Rachel Ralph   
Thursday, 18 April 2013 11:07

Two twin brothers from Brooklyn, Skewville brought the fun to their opening at White Walls last Saturday night with their new show, Amusement. After all, you can't take a show that starts with a sign reading "Sucks either Way" too seriously. Besides the simplistic yet detailed paintings, visitors got to ride on a bike-powered merry-go-round and throw bean bags at bottles like a carnival game. Even the works made of found materials, like the Battleship boombox and the suitcase made of tin lunch pails, brought a sense of humor to the night. After seeing the work in the back of the gallery, which was much more crowded, Skewville provided a light-hearted atmosphere in which viewers could drink beer, play games, and see some really great artworks.

Words & Photos: Rachel Ralph - rachel(at)fecalface.com

Works by Mark Warren Jacques in the Project Room

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Nicolas "Odö" Le Borgne @Spacejunk (Lyon, France)
Written by Trippe   
Tuesday, 09 April 2013 11:13
Our friend Nicolas "Odö" Le Borgne, who's shown with us for The Diamond Sea, emailed over some pics from his current show at Spacejunk Art Centers in Lyon, France. Incredible watercolor, pen & ink or acrylic works from this talented 28 year old Frenchman.

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RIPO @White Walls
Written by Rachel Ralph   
Tuesday, 26 March 2013 14:47

During their 10th anniversary celebration, White Walls gave one of their smaller back project rooms to Max (RIPO) Rippon (Barcelona, Spain) for his new show, Cut From the Chase.

The subtle word play between the written letters and the cut letters on which they sit is complex and inviting, and the wastebasket with paper shreds was a great touch. This room was a nice little sanctuary during the chaos of the opening and would probably be an even better experience any time between now and when the show closes on April 6th.

Words & Photos: Rachel Ralph - rachel(at)fecalface.com

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Tim Kerr’s Guest Artist Board Series
Written by Michael Hsiung   
Tuesday, 26 March 2013 10:10

Hollywood, CA: Stereo Skateboards proudly present the release of Tim Kerr’s guest artist board series and Light In The Attic Records present the official reissue of “Where’s My Towel?” the debut full length LP from The Big Boys Saturday, March 9th (5 pm - 9 pm) at Ranch & Roll (5106 Fountain Ave. Hollywood, CA).

Artists include Jason Adams, Ashley Anson, Grant Brittain, Casey Brown, Karoline Collins, Lydia Emily, Brian Flynn, Todd Francis, Dan Gluibizzi, Jeff Ho, Jim Houser, Michael C. Hsiung, Jon Humphries, Jordin Isip, Rich Jacobs, Jason Jessee, Chris Johanson, Mel Kadel, Gregg Kaplan, Richard Kirby, Matt Leines, Dan Levy, Andrew Martin Scott, Mexi, Travis Millard, Mofo, O, Patrick O'Dell, Chris Owen, Clint Peterson, Chrissy Piper, Russ Pope, Ron Rauto, Steve Saiz, Roger Seliner, Emily Shur, Panhandle Slim, Jai Tanju, Deanne Templeton, Ed Templeton, Jeff Vales, Mark Whiteley, Clint Woodside, Tobin Yelland, and Yelley. The opening was filled with artist in attendance, skateboarders and fans, all of whom came out for free drinks, a raffle and to pick up a LP from The Big Boys.

Tim Kerr hanging his wall.

Tim Kerr original pieces displayed side by side with his Stereo Skateboard series.

Snuck in while someone was taking this rad photo of Jeff Ho, Tim Kerr and Chris Pastras.

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Cheese and Rice Sonic Rush by Andy Hadle
Written by Kristin Bauer   
Thursday, 21 March 2013 11:04

Buckle up for "Cheese and Rice Sonic Rush," the newest exhibition of work from Andy Hadle, now up at Wonder Fair (Lawrence, KS). This multimedia show serves up a mash-up of sculptural installation, video and works on paper for the everyday consumer, critic and cynic. Enjoy!

Nestled away in Lawrence, KS in a place called Wonder Fair, a spectacularly perfect exhibition for the space was unveiled to the public. The official opening was pushed back due to a blizzard, but despite snow flurries, local art goers were not kept away from the first chance to see artist Andy Hadle return to his hometown to share his latest and greatest work in a show titled "Cheese and Rice Sonic Rush."

This multi-textural show has that tailgate/deep-fried/Walmart/Superbowl-Sunday/Nauseous/Funfaire/Americana-underbelly feel to it that Hadle pulls off so well. Hadle agrees that the Nacho-cheesier-essence of his ink and acrylic works on paper and sculptural installations is evolving to a new level in this show.

His newest work "investigates the absurd, yet tenuous, codependency of commodities and human survival. Inspired by Humour Noir and Bizarro Fiction, 'Cheese and Rice Sonic Rush' is an ironic composition of consumer culture banality, wherein the viewer is invited to empathize with sell-outs and hypermarkets." The characters that emerge in this show are extensions from the consumer ritual dynamic of today's American culture.

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Petits Fruits des Champs, 22" x 30", ink and acrylic on paper

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10 Years of The Shooting Gallery
Written by Rachel Ralph   
Wednesday, 20 March 2013 11:34

The Shooting Gallery celebrated their 10th anniversary with a group show packed with people and work last Saturday night. The work is a sampling of the artists who have been with the gallery over the last decade and includes favorites like Ferris Plock, APEX, Robert Williams and Augustine Kofie. The space was stuffed full and people responded by coming out in droves. It was very difficult to get into the back project rooms, but that seemed to be an indication of the success of the night; too many people isn’t exactly a huge problem. The gallery really took advantage of their new space filling every room with work, and if this is what the first ten years looked like, I can’t wait to see what the next ten brings.

Words & Photos: Rachel Ralph - rachel(at)fecalface.com

Herakut, So You Really Fear Me ‘Cause I’m Different?, Spray paint and acrylic on canvas, 6’x10’

Shepherd Fairey, Duality of Humanity, Mixed media on canvas, 10’x14’

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3 Years of Guerrero Gallery
Written by Trippe   
Tuesday, 19 March 2013 14:01

Nudes Curated by: The Worlds Best Ever
March 09, 2013 — April 06, 2013
@Guerrero Gallery

Guerrero Gallery is proud to present Nudes, an exploration of nudity in contemporary art and photography is curated by the NY-based, worldwide culture website The World’s Best Ever and features a variety of artists including Asger Carlsen, Alfred Steiner, Chris Yarmick, Dave Schubert, Eddie Martinez, Eric Beltz, Faile, Geoff McFetridge, HuskMitNavn, Mark Gonzales, Mark Mulroney, Sandy Kim, Stephen Powers, Suzannah Sinclair, Taylor McKimens, Tomokazu Matsuyama, Troels Carlsen, and Victor Reyes.

The project room featured woven macomber floor loom with hand dyed wool yarn by Erin Riley whose series is inspired by the images produced by the internet generation.

Congrats to Guerrero Gallery for celebrating their 3rd year anniversary. Good people, good drinks, great art.

Our favorite piece in the show. Beautiful graphite work - Eric Beltz, Holy Fuck, 2010, Graphite on matte board, 60”x40”

Artists Mario Ayala and Curiot

Mark Mulroney, Untitled, 2013, Acrylic on poplar, 21”x25”

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SPECTACLE & FRACTURED MINDS @111 Minna
Written by Trippe   
Monday, 18 March 2013 11:29

A couple weeks back Rachel Ralph made her way downtown for the opening of 111 Minna's newest shows SPECTACLE & FRACTURED MINDS. SPECTACLE featured works from Ben Walker, Emily Burns, Jaxon Northon, Nicomi Nix Turner, Monty Guy and Josh Thurman while the 2 person show FRACTURED MINDS featured works by N8 Van Dyke & Jonathan Way$hak.

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Curiot @FFDG (+Opening Pics)
Written by Van Edwards   
Friday, 15 March 2013 13:51

Photos from the opening of Age of Omuktlans featuring works by Mexico City based Curiot @FFDG in San Francisco. Photos by Chloe Rice

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The Moment for Ink @The Chinese Culture Center
Written by Rachel Ralph   
Thursday, 28 February 2013 14:12

The Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco opened The Moment for Ink on Saturday, just before the start of the Lunar New Year Parade downtown.

This show interestingly re-imagines ink outside of its Chinese domain and includes several American and female artists, like Kiki Smith. Each piece employs ink in a very different way, from traditional drawings to installations taking up entire walls, and the medium takes on new surfaces and meanings. This is one of the best shows I’ve been to recently and shows vast differentiation, even though each piece is essentially made in the same medium. Chinatown presents never-ending opportunities for experience, and this is not to be missed. Just make sure you make it there before it closes on May 18th.

Words & Photos: Rachel Ralph - rachel(at)fecalface.com

Toyin Odutola, Whenever the Occasion Arises, 2012, Pen ink and marker on paper, 9x12”

Hong Chun Zhang, Twin Spirits #2, 2002, Charcoal on paper, 5’x25'

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Barry McGee, Chris Johanson, & Laurie Reid @CCSF
Written by Rachel Ralph   
Tuesday, 26 February 2013 13:32
Barry McGee, Chris Johanson, and Laurie Reid returned to their alma mater, City College of San Francisco, to open an unassuming art show and interact with students and the community.

After seeing McGee's Berkeley Art Museum exhibition last fall, this show was not what I was expecting, but it was perfect. Instead of a large-scale museum installation, the works were hung haphazardly on pins, just like any other student show which would take place in this gallery. A small crowd flowed into the gallery and then out into the hallway where they served cookies and popcorn, and where legends like McGee could look at student work hung in display cases. The artists were present, adding to the inclusive environment, and many students passed by on their way to class without realizing that there were stars in their halls. It was a great little show, and was probably highly encouraging to students who are just starting their art careers. It was as if the artists took a step back to show just how far they have come and, maybe, just how far they can go next.

Words & Photos: Rachel Ralph - rachel(at)fecalface.com

The geometric-ness of Barry McGee

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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

tiburonbridge

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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