Going back in time here through the lens glass. Installing art shows, taking down art shows, hanging out w/ Mel Kadel and Travis Millard, sailboat maneuvers on the San Francisco Bay and other whatnots from the gallery life.
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.
Los Angeles based Travis Millard and Mel Kadel will be showing individual and collabrative works at FFDG with an opening reception Saturday, June 11, 2011 (7-10pm). Both artists will be present and beer & wine served as usual.
Since Mel Kadel's last show at FFDG in 2009, her work has become much more layered. The thick layers of hand cut paper, with foregrounds and backgrounds,
are reminiscent of engravings. The technique has added dimension to the pieces and seems to add to the strength of the characters and their surroundings.
The work as a whole communicates interconnectedness and balance. The character is determined as usual, with patterns and obstacles surrounding her adventure.
Travis Millard's drawings included in the show explore a variety of themes, including waking dream states, ultra violence, repetitive movements and other oddities of the imaginative landscape. Ultimately, the work seeks to find respite in humor and peace through drawing from a host of modern personal anxieties.
Also on display will be Travis Millard's ghost sculpture project which is an experiment from the ground up. Unfamiliar with the process of roto-casting and minimal sculpture experience, this was achieved through trial and error, and the help of trusted associates. The result is an edition of 50 ghost sculptures and a video produced with the efforts of photographer Theo Jemison, animator Jim Dirschberger, and music by El-P.
Mel Kadel - Water Island, 22" x 30", pen, ink, and collage on paper
Travis Millard - Applewood Turnaround, 10" x 8", ink on paper
About Mel Kadel
Mel Kadel, born in 1973, grew up in Pennsylvania suburbs and graduated with a B.F.A. from Moore College of Art & Design in 1997. From Philadelphia, she moved to NYC for a couple years, and then headed west to California. Mel has been living and working in Los Angeles, CA. for the last 12 years, starting out showing drawings in small cafes. Now her work has been exhibited extensively all over the U.S. and abroad. Kadel has created a visual narrative that communicates the idea that we are all part of a large system, whether recognized or not.
About Travis Millard
Travis Millard, born in 1975, grew up in Olathe, Kansas and founded the Fudge Factory Comics operation in 1997, producing small run drawing zines, prints, comics, and assorted ephemera . Travis' work has been exhibited in the US and internationally, and has been published in numerous books and journals. Travis Millard currently lives in a cabin near some coyotes on the backside of a hill in a Los Angeles fire zone with with his partner, artist, Mel Kadel.
Mel Kadel and Travis Millard have put together a new zine for their upcoming show @FFDG opening this Saturday, June 11th (7-10pm). We'll have some available here online next week. In the meantime, enjoy the preview... Also included is a new one from Travis Millard... Give the dude some attitude!
Collaborative zine by Travis Millard and Mel Kadel
5.5" x 8.5"
56 pages, b&w + color insert
2 - color silkscreen cover
edition of 220 $15 for sale here
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.
The ghosts featured in this video were created, molded and cast in plastic by Travis Millard. The edition will be on display at Travis and Mel Kadel's show at FFDG on June 11th, 2011. For more info on the show check out FFDG.net
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.
Hey there Portland peoples, get to Together Gallery this Thursday for a show featuring works by husband and wife art makers. We have a lot of buddies in the show including Mel Kadel and Travis Millard who open a show together @FFDG on June 11th.
Brandon Getty from Stockton, CA emailed over Fecal Face's last news post before the end of the world... Why the hell are we open today when it's all going to end?! We should be running around doing good deeds so we don't get left behind w/ all the bad people.
Currently studying at Santa Cruz, photographer Raphael Villet stopped in FFDG a couple weeks back and mentioned his show at Adobe Books opening on May 28th. We've published Raphael's great photos in the past and dig his new work as well. Below is a taste of what you're going to see at the Adobe show. ~Oh, and the band Meat Market will be playing at the opening as well.
Here's an update on the Josh Keyes print we're soon to release. On Saturday we'll have a select number to sell directly out of FFDG from 1-6pm before releasing them online. On Monday we'll offer another portion of the prints to the approx 130 people who contacted us approx 2 years ago about being added to his preview list. If you think you may be on that list, be sure to check your inbox on Monday with a link to purchase (approx 3pm Pacific). Then on Tuesday we'll offer the last portion to all here on the site. 1 per costumer and first come first served.
Due to the overwhelming response to the print release, we are unable to personally respond to email requests about the prints.
We will have a Josh Keyes print for sale next week. A portion of the prints will be offered at our physical gallery FFDG in San Francisco two days prior to offering them here online. Before being offered online we will also be offering a portion of the prints to the approx 130 people who contacted us approx 2 years ago about being added to his preview list. If you think you may be on that list, be sure to check your inbox next week.
Due to the overwhelming response to the print release, we are unable to personally respond to email requests about the prints. Please check back here for updates closer to the mid/ end of next week.
SAN FRANCISCO --- This morning's KQED Forum focused a portion of its show on the subject of artists in the city:
Soaring rents have hit art galleries in downtown San Francisco hard. Last month, several long-established Geary Street galleries were evicted to make way for a software firm. Meanwhile, individual artists are also struggling. As part of our Priced Out series on the high cost of living in the Bay Area, we look at how the local art world is coping.
As of this AM, it's not online yet, but soon you should be able to listen HERE.
The Rena Bransten Gallery is packing up their 77 Geary space to make way for tech company MuleSoft
Art is always a struggle, but this is getting ridiculous. Sure there are a lot of art schools here, but graduating students leave the city faster than you can say student loan. This drying up of young talented artists is dampening SF's dynamic art scene.
But hey, it's a city, and we know that cities are always in a state of flux... Guess the problem many are facing is, this is happening so fast and so violent. We can hear the "fabric" of the city tearing, and for the sake of San Francisco and it's future, better hope the tech industry isn't as speculative as the first DOT COM and any conceivable economic downslide not as painful... but no worries, the artists will come back and help rebuild any potential mess like they always do.
The L.I.S.A. Project NYC invites Pose MSK to paint a mural in Little Italy on the eve of his show at the VOLTA art fair.
This week Pose MSK, who is visiting New York City from Chicago to take part in the VOLTA art fair with Jonathan Levine Gallery, painted a mural in Little Italy with The L.I.S.A. Project NYC. Pose's work combines elements of signpainting, advertising, comic books and graffiti into collage-like pop-art compositions. The mural is located at 188 Lafayette, at the corner of Lafayette and Broome, and is the only mural Pose has running right now in Manhattan, although many New Yorkers may already be familiar with Pose's work since he painted at Houston and Bowery alongside Revok last year. -CONTINUE READING
Maybe none of your friends have been forced out of their apartments, maybe your favorite bookstore is still standing (for now), maybe you can afford $13 drinks. But there will come a time when you reach your own priced-out moment, something that pushes you from "there's nothing we can do" to "we must do something!" For me, it's this:
Esta Noche to be replaced by a "New York style lounge featuring the best local House music DJ's in a... sexy den of wood, leather, red velvet, and glowing candles." Not to mention a "very competitive bottle service program." --continue reading
It's streaming on Netflix, it's been nominated for an Academy Award, so you've probably already seen this nice documentary, but if not, enjoy it sometime soon-
A look into the lives of struggling NYC based married artists Noriko and Ushio Shinohara. Heartfelt story which may give any young artist second thoughts when contemplating the life of a working artist. TRAILER
Noriko and Ushio Shinohara star in the Oscar nominated documentary "Cutie and the Boxer".
SAN FRANCISCO --- As a gallery owner, it's getting a bit lonely out here as many San Francisco institutions are forced to close and/ or move out of their spaces as tech companies expand and landlords are cashing in on higher and higher rents.
The George Krevsky Gallery, the Rena Bransten Gallery and Patricia Sweetow Gallery, all occupants of 77 Geary St., will be leaving soon to make way for their high-tech neighbor, MuleSoft, an Internet services company that needed to expand. ~continue reading
The Rena Bransten Gallery is packing up their 77 Geary space to make way for tech company MuleSoft
PRESIDENTIAL ART RELATED NEWS --- We're so ecstatic to report that the US 43rd president, George Bush, will be opening a show of 2 dozen new paintings in Dallas this April.
It's all so weird and slightly fascinating how his consciences is so vapid that he can paint sweet little pictures of dogs and birdies after all that he's been involved with. It shows how uninvolved and detached his soul was during those 8 years... Or maybe the simplicity of his painting is his escape from the moral turmoil he must be living through?!... Nah... Oh please oh please, can we get a press pass?!
Starting in early April, the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum will open "The Art of Leadership: A President's Personal Diplomacy." The exhibit will focus on foreign policy and Bush's relationships with world leaders, according to a news release.
Two dozen never-before-exhibited portraits painted by Bush will be the highlight. The paintings will be "accompanied by artifacts, photographs and personal reflections to help illustrate the stories of relationships formed on the world stage," the news release said -READ ON
There is nothing ironic about loving the paintings of George W. Bush
FFDG's spring show "Salt the Skies" is set to open on Friday, March 21st (6-9pm) -- Featuring works by Brett Amory, John Felix Arnold, Mario Ayala, Jud Bergeron, Curiot (Favio Martinez), Christopher Burch, Lola Dupre, Michelle Fleck, Matt Gonzalez, Hiro Kurata, Marty Machado, Mark Mulroney, and Nicomi Nix Turner
San Francisco based Brian Barneclo was commissioned in 2006 to paint a HUGE mural on the side of Foods Co on Shotwell at 14th Streets. After some time on its own, it got pretty taxed by misc graffiti and pigeon shit.
Shawn Whisenant is a born and raised San Francisco Bay Area artist whose art can be found lurking in the streets or galleries and museums across the USA, Australia, and Europe. He has been working on the streets of the Bay Area since the mid 1990's, where his images continue to endure on walls, mailboxes, and other surfaces around the city. He enjoys making books and stickers, taking photos, painting signs, and moving about in the city’s shadows. In the streets and galleries, his work has seen many different forms. From rare-hand crafted books, to skateboard films and a signature pair of Osiris shoes, his creating doesn’t end with painting. RIP Shawn Whisenant.
In the year or so that I've known Felix, almost every one of his shows has had a live musical element and it seems perfect that he would be included in a show called Art Into Music. He commandeered the corner of the gallery to create an installation that houses not only his drawing, but also an entire drum kit, amps and a dude playing a guitar. The warm wood paneling stands out in contrast to the matte grey boom-box tower and the muted wall of album covers and looks like a beacon calling to the crowd saying "this is what you shoud be looking at." However, it's not in a "look at me" attention-starved desperation, more like a welcoming invitation into his world.
Our friend Max Rippon (aka RIPO) is currently showing these wonderful wood and canvas works focused on his love of type through the lens of the fundamental transience of modern life that we're all setting goals for upgrades.
FFDG will open a group show on March 21st featuring works by Mark Mulroney amoung others (details shortly). Mulroney will be featured in this weekend's NYC Volta art fair running 3/6- 3/9 through Mixed Greens Gallery.
We're sad to have learned this morning that local artist Shawn Whisenant passed away this past weekend from, what it sounds like, a long term illness. Shawn has contributed to Photo of the Day over the years and was actually randomly featured for this past Saturday's Photo of the Day.
Inspired by the world known Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa and its sentence "We are avatars of past stupidity", "Estupidos - Porque todas as pessoas o sao!" ("Stupids - Because all people are!") is an art project by the artist "Panda do Transe". It consists in a circuit of installations that is invading Lisbon streets, squares and other city public spaces. Until the end of January, Panda do Transe planned to install a total of 10 sculptures, which will show up at unpredictable places, as if they were a friendly but also ironic alien invasion.
111 Minna is currently featuring the works of San Francisco based Eddie Colla, D Young V and Hugh Leeman. The 3 person show opened last Feb 7th. If you find yourself downtown, be sure to swing through and view it in person. The show will be on view through March 29th.
Wonderful piece by Lola Dupre who works out of Alpujarra de la Sierra, Andalucia, Spain... We've featured her collages many times over the years and are happy to say that she will be showing the brilliant piece below in our next group show @FFDG opening Friday, March 21st - details soon.
We're putting together a group show opening March 21st here at FFDG which Mexico City based Curiot will be participating in. The colored pencil piece below which is 15" x 20" will be included in the show.
Once long-time curator for 111 Minna, Gabe Scott emailed over some images from the show Everyone's Time Is Their Own that he curated for Alter Space which runs through... well, tomorrow, Feb 22nd is the last day... But the show lives online through PHOTOS.
Oakland based John Felix Arnold (showing at FFDG in Oct '14) emailed over some work from his friend and artist Christopher Burch whose show The Missed Adventures of Br'er Rabbit and Br'er Death in the Land of Shadows: Stepping Razors, Chapter 22-Dem Bloodletting Blues (PHOTOS) just ran at Hoffman Lachance Contemporary in St. Louis last month.
French Industrial designer Jose Cabrita has created a sleek and interesting way to display artwork/ prints in your home with being able to quickly and easily switch out what you'd want to display. CONTEXTE uses magnets with a cork interior to not damage whatever it is you're hanging.
Get to White Walls to see Olek's (from Poland, living in New York) new installation, I Haven't a Single Explorer on My Planet as soon as you can; it is awesome. She completely covered the interior of what used to be an office at White Walls from floor to ceiling and back again with brightly-crochet. Patterns of camouflage, butterflies, and flowers intertwine to create an immersive environment and the bright colors which was much appreciated during this very rainy past weekend. Everyone left the room with a smile, and I cannot say enough good things about this work.
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