Tonight, Friday, November 30th (5-10pm) FFDG (2277 Mission St at 19th) will be hosting a Holiday Blowout with food, drink, music and discounted clothing, prints, original artwork, books, zines and much more.
We're also happy to announce that 4 Seasons Rolls will be serving up healthy/ tasty Vietnamese spring rolls & iced coffees for only $3!
Stop through after work, before heading out, grab some tasty food, have a drink and browse a wide selection of orinigal works and hand-crafted and limited run items from tshirts, zines, prints, books, and so much more.
Brigid Dawson Dedicated To Dear Earholes
@Needles & Pens, SF
through Sept 2nd
Along with creating the artworks below, Brigid Dawson sings and plays keyboard and tambourine for Thee Ohsees. Last week the DIY clothing/ book/ art gallery Needles and Pens hosted an opening with live music by Kelly Stoltz.
Check a couple MP3s from Kelly Stoltz' performance. SONG 1 | SONG 2
Brigid will be displaying a "collection of portraits done in guache, acrylic, pencil, markers, and carvings on wood and paper. They reflect upon childhood, family history, the grotesques and the beautiful. Images to scare and to please." When not making artwork Brigid performs in the San Francisco band Thee Ohsees.
We know none of these artists, but no worries. Needles and Pens always has solid shows, and I love to be surprised. Bonus was that there was to be live music by bands THE YOUNGER LOVERS and PINS OF LIGHT (featuring Jake from Hightower). Drink a corner store beer, check out the work and see some live music... The life of an art enthusiast is a great and inexpensive one.
It was loud. It was crowded and PINS OF LIGHT were great. See them live on Saturday, June 9th at Thee Parkside with Hightower and other bands for FREE at 3pm. Hightower's last show for a long time as Shane's off to NYC.
Loud ass music in a small crowded space. Always a good time.
We tried to make our way around SF on Saturday to check out some great shows and one benefit for Adobe Books with a cap for friend's birthday.
Done forget the proper camera but was a equipped with the camera phone machine. We should have better photos this week from Gerald, but for now: Needles and Pens for the group show curated by Austin McManus. Then down 16th St for the Adobe Books benefit at the Lab. With timing running out we made it to the Luggage Store for the group show Me and May ___ featuring works from Rye Purvis, Erlin Geffrard, Henry Gunderson, Spencer Keeton Cunningham, and Chad Hasegawa.
Hooray for our friends at Needles & Pens here in SF as they've opened up a new mini-shop inside Voyager (right next to Four Barrel Coffee). You can find all your favorite art books and gear inside the submarine as Mollusk moved out and they've taken over the ship. ~details
Hey, it was the first show we were able to make it out to in some time and we picked a very enjoyable one. This Irish 30 year old draws everyday things that surround him in the small Irish town he lives in (population of 50). When he's not drawing these things as seen in this show, he works on illustrations for a range of publications. He also wears large rimmed glasses and plans on taking Amtrack across the United States before flying back to Ireland via NYC. This is his first visit to the US.
Nigel holds an MARCH from the University of Edinburgh and received a Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Silver Medal commendation for his architectural thesis exploring borderlands in Istanbul in 2005. His new book In the Wilds is also available at Needles and Pens.
We've been so busy over the last few months that we haven't had a chance to get to any art shows here in SF, but now that the dust settles, we're pleased to mark this Friday on our calendar for Nigel Peake's show at Needles and Pens. We've been a fan of this Irish based artist for years and look forward to this book release and show.
Nigel Peake is both a maker and an illustrator. With a background in architecture, he creates drawings of the everyday things that surrounds him. He leads a quiet life (in the countryside of Northern Ireland) where the interest is on what is on his walk that day. Most of his days are spent working on commissioned work or self related projects/books. ~more info
Nigel Peake (glasses) outside Henry Gunderson's opening @FFDG last Thurs
Had a birthday party to attend later in the evening which meant arrving to an opening at Needles and Pens hours earlier than normally would have. People hang out in the N&P without beers in their hands? Who knew?
Great show opening up on Saturday... and was about to get some photos up from last week's opening at Needles and Pens, and accidentially DELETED all the photos on my camera which included photos from last night's opening of INSA @Fifty24SF and Fresh Air @111 Minna... Fucking shitty as both shows and openings were good times.
INFO: Matt Furie teamed up with his friend Sam Gaskin to create a new line of potential t-shirts to be sold at goth rocker life-style outlets in malls across America. Sam wrote phrases for the t-shirts such as, “I Only Smoke Weed on Days That End in ‘ – Day -‘” and Furie illustrated them.
The end result of the catchy phrases and drawings are captured in a 16 page zine entitled HOT TOPIK (which will be released this very evening).
with music by Brooklyn's
~ ~ ~ DUB KNOW DUB ~ ~ ~
In addition to releasing the zine, N&P will be hosting a quickie weekend art show of works by Furie (from the zine and others) and also works by DUB KNOW DUB/Cinders fellow STO.
We'll also be adding our podcast we recorded with Matt on Tuesday online for download Friday to get you all worked up into a frenzy for the show and the forthcoming shirts.
It is early Saturday evening, and a steady hum of excitement begins to build inside the Mission District's Needles & Pens art gallery. Students, sipping cans of Tecate, wax poetic about the future of street art with local skateboarders; ambient slowcore Casio sounds of the band Death Cheetah start to fill the room, and a group of older art aficionados hover inches away from pencil drawings of Ragnar Persson and Keith Shore and discuss the similar texture in the works. ~Read On
Saturday get on over to Needles and Pens for the opening of Knock Knock, a group exhibition curated by Malmö, Sweden's K R E T S FEATURING WORKS BY: AJ Fosik, Chris Johanson, Danilo Stankovic, Holly Stevenson, James Benjamin Franklin, Jeff Olsson, Jennifer Muskopf, Johanna Jackson, Keith Shore, Kim Hiorthøy, Malin Gabriella Nordin, Matthew Feyld, Megan Whitmarsh, Misaki Kawai, Peter Larsson, Phil Elverum, Ragnar Persson, Shoboshobo, & a mural by Richard Colman.
In August of 2010 Needles & Pens participated in an international cultural swap of sorts, by going to Sweden and curating an art show at KRETS. Now, in October, KRETS is coming to San Francisco and doing a show at N&P. The magic is real and so is the line-up they’ve assembled! ~check the blog from the trip. ||| 3253 16th St. 6-9pm
Needles & Pens just got back from an epic three week stint in Sweden. We were there doing a show called HELLO SWEDEN at our sister gallery KRETS in Malmö. The show featured the likes of, Chris Duncan, Derek Mehaffey (Other), Paul Urich, Jay Howell, Orion Shepperd, Jovi Schnell, Kevin Earl Taylor, Kyle Ranson, Oliver Halsman Rosenberg, Maria Forde, Mat O’Brien, Michael Krueger, Monica Canilao, Nick Mann (Doodles), Pacolli, Rich Jacobs, Tim Kerr, Sara Thustra, Amy Browne, Hardland/Heartland, Matt Furie, Aiyana Udesen, Tara Lisa Foley, Andrew Schoultz, Hilary Pecis, Jay Nelson, and few others. It was an amazing time. Here's a little pictorial bloggings of the experience.
If you're in Malmo, Sweden, get to Krets and view our friend's Needles and Pens show "Hello Sweden" running now through Aug 29th featuring works from Chris Duncan, Derek Mehaffey (Other), Paul Urich, Jay Howell, Orion Shepperd, Jovi Schnell, Andrew Schoultz, Hilary Pecis, Jay Nelson, Jeff Canham, Kevin Earl Taylor, Kyle Ranson, Oliver Halsman Rosenberg, Maria Forde, Mat O'Brien, Michael Krueger, Monica Canilao, Nick Mann (Doodles), Pacolli, Rich Jacobs, Tim Kerr,Sara Thustra, Amy Browne, Hardland/ Heartland, Matt Furie, Aiyana Udesen, Tara Lisa Foley, Mildred, and more! --> You can view and purchase work online.
A new HBO documentary looks at the work of street artist JR, whose giant portraits force people in troubled areas to confront the humanity that's all around them... On the day JR found out he'd won the $100,000 TED Prize, the French pasteup artist found himself in China being questioned by police for doing his thing on the streets of Shanghai. ~continue reading
Street artist JR HBO documentary premiered yesterday, May 20th
Art lovers, collectors and gallerists will gather on Thursday for Hong Kong's inaugural edition of Art Basel, sealing the city's status as an international art hub and Asia's leading art destination... Hong Kong has surged to third place in the global art auction market behind New York and London and Western galleries are falling over each other to open franchises in the former British colony. ~continue reading
Wowzas, there's a lot of art happenings this weekend, and while you're making the rounds, be sure to stop at SFAI's MFA show Currency opening Friday, May 17th at the beautiful old SF Mint Building (88 5th Street).
SFAI's 2013 MFA graduates—working in painting, photography, printmaking, film, sculpture, installation, digital media, performance, and across media—will present work that embraces the Institute's signature spirit of experimentation and conceptual risk-taking.
Opening reception: Friday, May 17, 7–9 pm & running through Sunday 11-6pm daily. -- complete details
London based Pedro Matos opens the solo show Building Castles Made of Sand this Friday in Los Angeles at the Martha Otero Gallery featuring a new series of oil paintings on canvas and azulejo panels - a traditional Portuguese medium of hand-painted, tin-glazed, ceramic tile work.
San Francisco -- CCA opens their 2013 MFA Thesis Exhibition this Thursday, May 16th at their SF campus. Every year another graduating class produces steller work. One of the best SF art events worth getting to, but be sure to get there early as there's always a long line. ~details
FFDG opened up the group show featuring original works by the artists of the world famous Skull & Sword tattoo last Friday here in San Francisco. Thanks to the huge crowd who turned out to support these four incredibly talented artists. Here is a taste of the show, and be sure to swing in to view in person. The show runs through June 8th.
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.
Fertile Menace, a new show of Mark Mulroney's (NY) work opened at Ever Gold on May 4th and it's not one to be missed. It is intelligently hilarious, with jokes riffing off sex, Foucault, and the body, and while it makes you laugh it's also going to make you think.
Our buddies Jay Howell, Andreas Trolf, and Jim Dirschberger are hyped as their show, which they've been working on for like 2 years, premieres on Nickelodeon Saturday. From the trailers we've seen so far and from what Jay has told us about, the show is going to be pretty epic. Congrats to those radical fellas.
Following his solo exhibition "The Collected" at Gallery Wendi Norris, painter Amir H. Fallah is in the throes of developing more new works for upcoming international exhibits. We spent some time in his studio in Highland Park, Los Angeles recently, discussing his process and inspiration.
We were first introduced to the photography of Spanish born NYC based Bubi Canal when he emailed us his great video Trust in Me a couple years ago. His solo show Special Moment recently ran at NYC's Munch Gallery in February, and he recently released his newest video Chrystelle below.
Although I missed the opening of Northern-California photographer Michael Garlington's newest show, Constructed Realities, I was fortunate enough to see the work still up during the Metaphysical fundraiser a couple weeks back at 111 Minna. Metaphysical fundraiser, an auction to benefit Wayne Ernzer. --- The ghoulish photographs in their heavy, hand-made frames are reminiscent of photos from the old west, and the glass crucifixes, complete with fetuses and guns, emphasize the accumulated time within the works themselves. Whether you're looking at the frames, the photos, or both, this show deserves a visit, and a walk through the golden archway Garlington constructed around the front door.
Fecal Face contributor Rachel Ralph (rachel(at)fecalface.com) has been profiling this Oakland based painter as he travels about Japan. In this segment, we feature some photos as he prepared for this show and residency at Spes-LaB in Tokyo which opened last weekend. Arnold will be featured in SFMoMA's Minna Street windows on June 8th.
Last Saturday, here in SF's Mission district, Guerrero Gallery opened two new shows with Philly based Alex Lukas and SF based Richard Colman respectively. Colman's work occupied the project space while Lukas' work and foliage was presented in the main space. Worth getting to if you haven't already.
Just got back to SF after a little trip south to Sayulita, Mexico. After 10 years without a vacation, me and the Mrs. headed south for some mental time off sitting in the sun, swimming and enjoying the watery Mexican beer. Here are some photos as we get back into the swing of things again.
Athens, Greece based designer, architect and artist Dimitris Polychroniadis emailed over more of his work which consists of mixed media, pop-humorous diorama sculptures that make a comment on the harsh realities my country and much of the world is facing at the moment.
FFDG will open a group show with the artists from the famed Skull & Sword Tattoo on Friday, May 17th (6-9pm). Artists: Grime, Henry Lewis, Yutaro, and Lango. Below are a series of videos on Grime for Vice's Tattoo Age produced in 2011. Fascinating look at one of the greatest tattoo artists alive today.
ARYZ (Spain) opened his newest gallery show at Fifty24SF last Friday and, if you live in the Bay Area, you need to go. This dude can obviously paint, and he doesn't need an entire building to show his impecable skill. The show has lots of small works on paper which contrast his highly-defined line work to his hard-edged painted objects. The contrast between the hard and soft was the most striking thing to me about his work, since I had never seen it in person before, and the washes blend with the thick paint seamlessly. The show also contains a larger work on canvas, a huge head suspended in the back of the room, and a big wood sculpture of a wolf figure. This diversity in such a small space was impressive, and those of us that went to the opening even got to meet the man in person. If you didn't make it out this weekend, check it out before May 31st when it closes and these works will be off to some very happy new homes.
Water McBeer is please to announce its latest exhibition "Precious" a solo exhibition by David Bayus (April 6 - May 4, 2013) -- David Bayus born 1982 holds his BFA from the Savannah College of Art and his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. David lives and works in San Francisco and is a founding member of the basement collective. This will be his first exhibition with the world renown Water McBeer Gallery highlighting his most recent achievements with paint and digital media. David Bayus will be exhibiting 5 relatively large-scale mixed media works along with a collaborative object featuring Hungarian sculptor H.R KOONS.
The Shooting Gallery handed over the reins to the Red Truck Gallery (a New Orleans based gallery) which curated their new show, Hard Time Mini Mall and opened the it on Saturday night. This is my favorite show (so far) in the Shooting Gallery's new space and was packed full of art, a mini bar, and cowhide rugs. The Red Truck Gallery chose works with clear craftsmanship and it was easy to see in Ian Berry's denim assemblages and Chris Roberts-Antieau's awesome quilts. The space was completely packed, making it hard to see each piece individually, but this show deserves a second trip anyway. I look forward to spending more time with the chandeliers, automatons, and paintings before the show comes down on May 4th.
Toronto based photographer Nathan Cyprys emailed to let us know about his newest series "Neighbour State", and we were about to post it when we spotted this series on his site entitled "Ayre (of Distances)" and had to post this one instead. After you view this one, view "Neighbour State" on his site. Both are visually enjoyable.
Working from found photographs, Lyle's paintings are created through a reductive painting process where each piece is rendered using only black paint and turpentine. Lyle begins this process by priming a panel with white gesso. He then paints a thin, rich, oily black veneer over the primed panel, slowly and systematically developing his images by removing some of the black paint with a cloth. In doing so, Lyle renders layer upon layer of various values of black paint resulting in his signature-style of luminescent works.
Our buddy Henrik Haven, who brings us some goodies from his native Copenhagen, has been shooting some of his city's graffiti and street art. Last week we brought you part one of his camera's explorations.
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