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Jeremy Fish at LA's Mark Moore Gallery
    Friday, 18 April 2014 /// Written by Trippe

LOS ANGELES --- 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 (PHOTOS).

The artist's trademark sculptural paintings appear as prizes on a cabin's walls, rife with imagery pertaining to modern conquest and obsession. Fish intimates that such voracity can meet an ominous end, but with the layered, congenial plot of a parable.

Jeremy Fish's next solo show will open at FFDG in August. To be added to the growing preview list, email: info(at)ffdg.net

Mark Moore Gallery is proud to present “Hunting Trophies,” an immersive installation and exhibition in the Project Room of new work by interdisciplinary artist Jeremy Fish. Marking the artist’s first solo exhibition with the gallery, this body of work showcases Fish’s adept capacity to translate sociopolitical and autobiographical topics into allegorical narratives and imaginative spaces. Much like a raconteur divulging a tale, Fish renders characters and places that allude to a greater fable – but are recounted in whimsical language all his own.

In this exhibition, Fish encourages us to question the concept of value. As a society, we have become increasingly fixated on acquiring prize possessions. Be it the newest technological gadget, or a “trophy piece” for a collector’s art collection, we have been conditioned to pursue “the best” at all costs. In letting the thrill of the chase dictate the cost of our objectives, we find ourselves progressively dispassionate about ideological or noncommercial worth in favor of competitive gain. Fish confronts this predatory attitude by inviting us to enter the hunter’s mind, and take inventory of his spoils. The artist’s trademark sculptural paintings appear as prizes on a cabin’s walls, rife with imagery pertaining to modern conquest and obsession. Fish intimates that such voracity can meet an ominous end, but with the layered, congenial plot of a parable. With the guidance of the artist-as-narrator, the “Hunting Trophies” on display bespeak an unfolding saga – complete with unprecedented risk, obscure protagonists, and capricious villains – of which we may never learn the lesson.

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Jeremy Fish Solo Show in Los Angeles
    Saturday, 05 April 2014 /// Written by Trippe

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. (PREVIEW)

There will also be 24 copies of Jeremy Fish's newest book Happily Ever After available at the opening as well.

San Francisco people, FFDG opens a solo show with Jeremy Fish this upcoming August.

Mark Moore Gallery is proud to present "Hunting Trophies," an immersive installation and exhibition in Gallery Two of new work by interdisciplinary artist Jeremy Fish. Marking the artist's first solo exhibition with the gallery, this body of work showcases Fish's adept capacity to translate sociopolitical and autobiographical topics into allegorical narratives and imaginative spaces. Much like a raconteur divulging a tale, Fish renders characters and places that allude to a greater fable – but are recounted in whimsical language all his own.

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Marco Zamora Feb 20th at The Standard, LA
    Wednesday, 19 February 2014 /// Written by Trippe

LOS ANGELES --- LA based Marco Zamora who we've shown here at FFDG is set to open a new show of new paintings at The Standard in downtown LA this Thursday, Feb 20th.

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Joseph Martinez @Soze Gallery, LA Tonight
    Friday, 31 January 2014 /// Written by Trippe

Joseph Martinez
"Steady Hands, Blurry Vision"
Solo Exhibition Jan 31 - Feb 21
Soze Gallery, LA
LOS ANGELES --- Denver based Joseph Martinez does incredible intricate teeeenie tiny paintings on matchbooks. The title of his show that opens tonight at LA's Soze Gallery says it all - "Steady Hands, Blurry Vision"... Not sure about the blurry vision, but Martinez sure has steady hands and must not be a huge coffee drinker (PREVIEW)

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Hamburger Eyes in LA
    Monday, 27 January 2014 /// Written by Trippe

LOS ANGELES --- San Francisco based photo magazine and collective, Hamburger Eyes, will open a show at Los Angeles &Pens, owned by Needles & Pens Andrew Scott. Should be a good time and a worthy insert to your busy schedule. Friday 1/31/14- Culver City - DETAILS

Hamburger Eyes photo show in Los Angeles

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Ryan De La Hoz @Slow Culture
    Thursday, 23 January 2014 /// Written by Trippe

LOS ANGELES --- SF based Ryan De La Hoz is currently showing his collages of white noise, flowers and tie-dye - all hand cut and assembled to create mystic portals of intrigue. Now at Los Angeles Slow Culture through Feb 11th. (+PHOTOS)

Ryan De la Hoz (right)

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Colt Bowden @AND PENS ~LA
    Friday, 18 October 2013 /// Written by Trippe

LOS ANGELES --- As more and more great people and artists are leaving San Francisco, our buddy Andrew Scott from Needles & Pens has relocated down there in Los Angeles and opened his new shop in Culver City & Pens. & Pens features zines and other good items for sale as well as hosting many a art show... Make it a stop when in Culver City.

Saturday & PENS PRESS presents a zine release party for Colt Bowden's How To Paint Signs and Influence People Vol. 3 - Script Lettering ~show details

Colt Bowden's zine release at LA's & PENS Saturday, Oct 19th

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LA's Marco Zamora
    Tuesday, 15 October 2013 /// Written by Trippe

LOS ANGELES --- We check in with Marco Zamora whose is trying out a new style of collage drawings using his photos of discarded beds and sheets and using these as the base for the works. Beds and sheets are being purchased as a necessity, designed with distinct patterns to be attractive, then thrown away once used. I wanted to see if people still relate to the drawing without seeing what is fully there. Dig them.

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Eric Yahnker at LA's Ambach & Rice
    Tuesday, 17 September 2013 /// Written by Trippe

"Ebony & Benghazi" from LA based Eric Yahnker through Oct 12th in Los Angeles at Ambach & Rice, 6148 Wilshire Blvd.

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Eric Yahnker in LA, Fri, Sept 6th
    Thursday, 29 August 2013 /// Written by Trippe

LOS ANGELES --- We could write about Eric Yahnker's work and how much we like it, but you should just see for yourself... and if you're lucky enough to live in Los Angeles, or close to it, be sure to get to the opening of his next show, Ebony & Benghazi, at AMBACH & RICE (6148 Wilshire Blvd)- Opening: Friday, Sept 6th (7-9pm)

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Jugs of Steel (A Cold Day in Hell), 2013, colored pencil and pastel on paper, 70 in. diameter

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Jeffrey Deitch resigns as head of L.A. Museum of Contemporary Art
    Thursday, 25 July 2013 /// Written by Trippe

MOCA's board says it has launched a search for a successor to Deitch, who is leaving after a stormy three years as director.

Jeffrey Deitch has made it official: He'll be stepping down after a stormy three years as director of L.A.'s Museum of Contemporary Art. The MOCA board said it had launched a search for his successor.

Deitch told the board of his decision to leave at its meeting Wednesday, according to a MOCA statement. "He will stay on to ensure a smooth transition and the successful completion" of a campaign begun in March to boost MOCA's endowment to $100 million, the statement said. ~continue reading

It was not clear whether Jeffrey Deitch, whose resignation comes slightly more than three years into his five-year contract, has committed to stay until a new director is on the job. (Christina House / For the Los Angeles Times)

 

Tonight We Fight @New Image, Sat
    Wednesday, 19 June 2013 /// Written by Trippe

LOS ANGELES --- mark down Saturday, June 22nd on the calendar as New Image Art will be opening Tonight We Fight featuring works by John Malta, Pacolli, Mildred, Dillon Froelich, Eric McHenry, Teddy Kelly, Luke Pelletier, Sean Morris, Yarrow Slaps, Ben Jensen, Nathan Brown and Miles Jackson.

- show details

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TrustCorp @Lebasse (+Los Angeles)
    Friday, 24 May 2013 /// Written by Kristin Bauer

The Future is Blight
TrustoCorp at LeBasse Projects, Culver City
On view until June 1, 2013
TrustoCorp's all new work for their exhibition at LeBasse Projects in Culver City, Los Angeles is a perfect continuum from past work that embraces the bipolar "have/have not" socioeconomic identity of Los Angeles, which they recently established their new studio in.

TrustoCorp is generally known for their guerilla tactics of installing cheeky and thought provoking political pop art directly into the consumer circus. Past art by TrustoCorp has ranged from rebranded and relabeled soda bottles that read "Happiness" placed in the soda refrigerator at convenience stores to rebranded and relabeled cereal boxes installed in grocery aisles to remade street signs with messages ranging from grim to humorous, and installed to look as legal signs. Whatever their tactic or subject matter, TrustoCorp is always witty, visually perfect, colorful and downright honest.

So, naturally, their first solo show at LeBasse addressed the gulf between the likes of Skid Row and Beverly Hills, playing on celebrity culture, poverty, consumerism, marketing and the game of the sell. Their painted works appropriate corporate logos, reworked with new words to spell out hidden messages. These are colorfully stenciled in with comic book and pulp fiction imagery, overlapping to form a combination of sexiness, beauty and terror.

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Gary Baseman Interview
    Tuesday, 21 May 2013 /// Written by Administrator

"The Door is Always Open" on view at the Skirball Cultural Center till August 18, 2013

Interview and photos: Kristin Bauer

Gary Baseman's retrospective "The Door is Always Open" at the Skirball in LA opened recently to massive crowds in a huge celebratory opening party. The exhibition is so complex and personal, delving into Baseman's background, family history, and all the layers of prolific work that he has done over the years. After the opening festivities winded down, I caught up with Baseman for an interview. We discussed the underlying meaning to some of the components of the show and how it felt for him, coming from such an honest personal perspective in putting this massive show together.

Kristin: First of all, congrats on such a phenomenal retrospective with "The Door is Always Open" at the Skirball. The whole show was such an in depth exploration of your work and really a celebration of the work you've done over the last several decades. It was such an involved event, too, with so many different things going on. How did that feel for you- the experience of the opening and winding down afterwards? It was pretty epic.

Gary: Well even when I give a tour of the exhibition or look at just the exhibition itself, it has so many layers to it. So because I was determined when I put together the exhibition to not have a traditional retrospective, but that I was trying to create this kind of art installation- this kind of environment to engage the viewer and in a way disarm them. I wanted to bring them in to the space, to make them part of it and for them to be able to interact with the art differently than just a viewer looking at a painting behind glass. That became such an overwhelming process, so in some ways when I first give a tour of the exhibition itself, you get caught up in the concept. And then because each room represents a theme in my work, you almost end up removing the actual exhibitions themselves.

Each piece of art represents a specific exhibition or an event and then has a story in its own right.

So again, there are so many layers of not just the work as art, it's the work also as history, as memory and heritage and so you're dealing with a sense of family. For me it was a way to honor my family my parents for one by having their furniture, their original furniture, in there.

K: Wow, I didn't realize that was their original furniture you used. I was wondering about it.

G: Yeah, this is a very deep emotional exhibition. The furniture in the Living Room, the Dining Room and the Bedroom was my parents furniture. My mom passed away in October and at first I was going to mainly use relatives' furniture to capture that era, cause its not only my family but its also the Fairfax District that I grew up in. But when my mom passed away in October I made the decision to use family furniture. My brothers and sisters said it was cool and so I moved my parents' furniture that they had left in their home of 48 years and used it in the exhibition.

K: That's incredible. I'm sorry to hear about your mother. I imagine you were already well into working on this show when she passed, so was this process kind of therapeutic?

G: Well the process already started when my father passed away three years ago.... ~continue reading

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Travis Millard in LA, Friday
    Thursday, 21 March 2013 /// Written by Trippe

THIS Los Angeles is pleased to finally announce a solo show by Travis Millard with the opening reception this Friday March 22nd, 7-10pm, "No Pressure".

Click above image for video of Millard speaking about the title of the show.

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Paul Wackers Interview
    Wednesday, 20 February 2013 /// Written by Kristin Bauer

Paul Wackers has an exhibition of all new paintings up at New Image Art Gallery in LA from February 16th to March 30th. He sheds some light on his inspiration, creative process, new work and his experience of being an artist in NY in this interview with Kristin Bauer.

"Early Romantics" Paul Wackers at New Image Art Gallery
Feb. 16- Mar. 30, 2013
7920 Santa Monica Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90046

Dance for You, acrylic, spray paint on panel, 48”x60”, 2013

Tell me about your most recent work we will be seeing in Early Romantics at New Image? How has it evolved from your previous work?

I will be showing about 12 new paintings all made since the beginning of 2013, so pretty quickly. One is the largest painting I've ever made which was really fun to do. The rest are a mix of objects in the landscape and very paired down still lifes or almost abstract compositions. I think this show is a really good follow up from my show at Alice gallery in Brussels last year. So continuing to build a bit off an internal narrative for the work and some parameters from my subjects to exist within and seeing where it goes from there.

A Description of Leveling Off, acrylic, spray paint on panel, 60”x48”, 2013

Your paintings have a sense of capturing the magic in the mundane objects and moments in daily life. What is your process of working this way? Would you say it's more of a process of infusing energy into the ordinary, or seeing beneath the surface of the everyday and expanding on what's already there?

Yeah, I think that is all in the work, but the work is rarely from direct observation. It's more like a kind of assumption of what something is and that leads to being open to the possibilities within anything. I know that's pretty cheesy, but when you spend 7 days a week in your studio the regular stuff around you and your walks there get really interesting. Funny bits of trash or strange trees and blandness become stages for things to happen. Being able to expand on the boring bit to see how it might be something unique is a hard thing, but a worthwhile search I think. But maybe ask me tomorrow and I won't see anything in it. It's all in the moment.

Natural History, acrylic, spray paint on panel, 70”x60”, 2013

In your work there's an interaction and a sense of tension between meticulous detailed areas and looser more abstract elements- almost a play between order and chaos. How do you feel order and chaos, or other polarities, present in your process and final imagery?

I like to play with those ideas in some of the paintings. Its strange that what I might see as just background noise that is easy to ignore because it has no focus, other people see chaotic stuff. I love how every person reads them so differently. That's why I usually like to let people tell me what they see before I say what I think is going on, since it is that play and disconnect that I love. If I give away my intention too soon then the person looking usually just ends at that, but when it stays ambiguous I think it remains interesting and the discussion can begin after that. But that being said, sometimes I will try to make images that I think can't possibly work, and then they start to click and I have a whole new thing to explore. So I guess finding some disharmony has been very beneficial to my process.

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Michael Hsiung @THIS ~ LA
    Friday, 08 February 2013 /// Written by Trippe

LA Fecal Face contributor Michael Hsiung opens the solo show So Far So Good, So What at LA's THIS Gallery tonight, Friday (7-10pm). He'll be showing 40+ new drawings as well as releasing a print and tshirt as well. Should be a fun evening. 5906 North Figueroa St

~show details

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

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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Thom Lessner @THIS LA
    Monday, 08 October 2012 /// Written by Michael Hsiung

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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Gold Coast @THIS LA
    Tuesday, 25 September 2012 /// Written by Trippe

Last month THIS, LOS ANGELES opened Gold Coast, featuring works from artists (SF)  Danny Gibson and (SF) Mike Bertino  whose loose styles, pattern work, and colorfully carefree compositions. Check out the works available on the THIS, LA shop page.

Gold Coast reflects the experiences growing up, and living on the West Coast, and specifically in California where ambitions to become superstars and rockstars intermix with atmosphere of "eternal sunshine, pot smoking hippies, yoga, board shorts . . and lazy vacation style living."

Having struck up a friendship while in city college studying graphic design, Gibson and Bertino's collection of work for Gold Coast play on these themes of "ambition and the illusion of indifferent coolness that bastardizes everything it comes in contact with. Underground music, cultural sub genres, and/or indigenous art are just fodder for a state of cultural irrelevance that is based on aesthetic appeal and a laissez faire type attitude toward creativity."

THIS Los Angeles is located in Highland Park and run by 5 friends. It's one of my favorite spaces, if not my favorite gallery deal. My photo is crap compared to what these two rad photographers Aaron Farley & Justin Van Hoy take.

Congrats on the show fellas. . . sorry I didn't get a chance to snap you dudesss!

I wish I had a drug rug that looked as pretty as this piece by Mike.

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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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