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R.I.P. Artist Kurt Dalen
    Friday, 06 December 2013 /// Written by Trippe

Sad to have learned today that last night's hit and run victim in the Mission was that of SF artist Kurt Dalen who studied at SFAI. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends.

Below is a short on Dalen produced in 2009. He was a talented painter.


The Energy That is All Around @SFAI
    Friday, 27 September 2013 /// Written by Trippe

The Energy That is All Around (thru Dec 14th) at the San Fracisco Art Institute's Walter and McBean Galleries is hands-down the best gallery show I've seen in a while. Showing the work of Chris Johanson, Margaret Kilgallen, Alicia McCarthy, Barry McGee, and Ruby Neri, the show commemorates these Mission School artsits after gaining two decades of recognition not only in the Bay Area, but worldwide. The works alone are obviously phenomenal, but the way in which the gallery intertwined them with each other brought a sense of balance and community that speaks to more than the geographical proximity which links these artists.

The night started with a small and mature crowd but quickly snowballed when students and the public were allowed in. Several rock bands played on the patio as the beer and wine flowed, and it was so clear that we could see the new Bay Bridge sparkling in the distance. It was exciting. Students could not only gather with each other, but look at work of SFAI alumni who have clearly made an impact on both the local and international artworlds. Hopefully, one or two of them will return in twenty years with their impactful work, continuing this energetic evolution.

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

Margaret Kilgallen, Untitled, 1997

Alicia McCarthy, Barry McGee, and Ruby Neri, Untitled, 2013

Margaret Kilgallen, Untitled, 2000



"ENERGY THAT IS ALL AROUND" - Great Show Not to be Missed at SFAI Opening Sept 12th
    Friday, 30 August 2013 /// Written by Trippe

SAN FRANCISCO --- Mark your calendars, people, as the show ENERGY THAT IS ALL AROUND featuring works by Chris Johanson, Margaret Kilgallen, Alicia McCarthy, Barry McGee, and Ruby Neri is one not to be missed which opens Wednesday, Sept 12th at SFAI.

ENERGY THAT IS ALL AROUND features early and formative work by five artists—Chris Johanson, Margaret Kilgallen, Alicia McCarthy, Barry McGee, and Ruby Neri—who began their careers in the early 1990s in San Francisco's Mission District and, by the early aughts, had been identified and celebrated as key members of the so-called Mission School.

~show details

Barry McGee's 2012 show at Prism in Los Angeles



Honey Boo Boo's Amurrican Starquest
    Thursday, 06 June 2013 /// Written by Van Edwards

Ingrid Wells just got her MFA from The San Francisco Art Institute and these oil paintings from her Honey Boo Boo's Amurrican Starquest were on display as part of the recent MFA exhibition... Ingrid Wells works and lives in San Francisco.



SFAI's MFA Show "Currency" Opening Friday
    Thursday, 16 May 2013 /// Written by Trippe

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



Photography by Vladimir Tikay
    Thursday, 09 May 2013 /// Written by Trippe

I'm originally from nicaragua. I grew up and operated in San Jose, CA. Last August I moved up 2 sf to study photography and film at SFAI. One day it'll all make sense (2008-2012) - expired color film - thespacetraveler.com



SFAI's Graduate Studios Saturday
    Thursday, 18 April 2013 /// Written by Trippe

FREE FUN EVENT Saturday ~~ SFAI will host their Graduate Open Studios this Saturday, April 20th (12-5pm) where some 200 emerging artists in all disciplines (and all in one building) open up their studios to the general public in the Dogpatch neighborhood.
~Complete Details

SFAI's Graduate Open Studios Saturday



Mike Giant Lecture @SFAI 4/11
    Tuesday, 02 April 2013 /// Written by Trippe

Mike Giant will be giving a free lecture at SFAI this April 11th @7pm at their main campus (800 Chestnut St.). Mike will also be selling screen printed posters before and after the lecture.



Out & About
    Tuesday, 19 February 2013 /// Written by Van Edwards

Drinks were had at the opening of the Contemporary Jewish Muesum's great show with Kehinde Wiley, a graduate of SFAI, now on display, and a show that you're highly encouraged to get to. If you're unfamiliar, Kehinde creates iconic grand portraits of black urban men from around the world.

Also on display through the 24th are illustrations from the award-winning author and illustrator Ezra Jack Keats <-- this is a very entertaining show worth getting to as well. Only on display through Sunday.

Photos of the work weren't allowed, but people were ok. Here: Mrs Trippe, Jeremy Fish, Jade, and Art Business' Alan Bamburger at Wiley's opening last week

Work by illustrator Ezra Jack Keats


Mario Ayala - Mini Interview
    Friday, 15 February 2013 /// Written by Trippe

Location? Age? Education? Website?

I grew up in Los Angeles/ Inland Empire area and currently live in Oakland. Im 21, and I'm in my last year at San Francisco Art Institute. ayalamario.tumblr.com/

How would you describe your work to someone?

I guess I would tell someone I primarily work on paper, prefferibly stretched over panels. I use a wide range of mediums, gouache, enamel, oil, etc. My imagery derives from various interests I have, drug/alcohol consumption, Suburbia, and Santeria to name a few.


Jazz, Giorgio Morandi, James Bond, the Lost Bros familia, my dog Bubba Gucci, but my biggest influence has got to be my father. Hardest working man I know.

Cheese burgers or tofu burgers?

PIZZA!/ Sam's Burgers on broadway

Favorite place traveled?

Haven't done much traveling, but I recently visited New York for the first time last summer and was pretty stoked on it.

Working routine? Music? Time of day?

I try an work either early in the morning, but I usually end up working on things late at night shackled in my atelier listening to some jazz or oldies. You know, that Art Laboe shit.



Alex Ziv Studio Visit
    Friday, 25 January 2013 /// Written by Trippe

Last Thursday we visited the studio of SFAI graduate painting student Alex Ziv located out in San Francisco's Dog Patch. Inside an old warehouse is SFAI's graduate studios, and within the massive building is Alex's studio space sandwiched between dozens of other students' studios.

We first met Alex when visiting Henry Gunderson's studio when he and Henry were undergraduates at SFAI. Back in like 2009.



Return to SFAI Party, Sat, Nov 3rd
    Wednesday, 24 October 2012 /// Written by Trippe

The San Francisco Art Institute has extended a discounted ticket rate ($15 off) to Fecal Face viewers through Oct 29th for their Return to SFAI Party happening on Saturday, Nov 3rd (5-10pm) at their Russian Hill campus.

The evening will feature an alumni art exhibition, specialty cocktails by THE BON VIVANTS, Hors d'oeuvres by renowned Bay Area chefs, Exclusive performance by SFAI alumna KAREN FINLEY, and live music by Bay Area punk icons and SFAI alumni PENELOPE HOUSTON of The Avengers and DEBORA IYALL of Romeo Void.

Besides all the food and drink, SFAI has the most beautiful campus with incredible views of the city from their huge roof deck. A great way to spend an evening, plus the next day, on Sunday, will feature The SFAI Winter Art Festival (11-4pm) ~see ya there

~complete details | discounted tickets


Michelle Ramin & SFAI Grad Show
    Thursday, 10 May 2012 /// Written by Trippe

Thanks to Michelle Ramin for emailing us some her recent paintings. Michelle will be displaying her work as part of SFAI's MFA graduate show running this weekend and opening Friday, May 11th at the Pheonix Hotel here in San Francisco.

"The MFA Graduate Exhibition is one of the most exciting times for SFAI’s Graduate Program, when we see in one place the manifestation of two years of labor, sacrifice, and commitment by a new generation of artists ready to contribute to the landscape of contemporary art and culture," says Tony Labat, Director of MFA Programs. "The Bay Area has always been at the forefront of artists and curators seeking alternative spaces for exhibition and production, and this exhibition continues that important tradition." -Details (scroll down)



Jeremy Fish Talk, May 2nd
    Thursday, 26 April 2012 /// Written by Trippe

Our buddy Jeremy Fish will be giving a talk Wednesday, May 2nd (7-9pm) at SFAI here in San Francisco to discuss the development of his career as a painter and illustrator. It's free and open to the public.
-complete details



SFAI Open Studios Saturday
    Thursday, 12 April 2012 /// Written by Trippe

Join the San Francisco Art Institute on Saturday, April 14 for Graduate Open Studios. Our students are excited to welcome the public for a rare behind-the-scenes look at the experiments, materials, challenges, and results of the creative process. ~details



Painting by Michelle Ramin
    Friday, 28 October 2011 /// Written by Trippe

Great painting emailed in from SF based Michelle Ramin whose studying to get her MFI @SFAI.



SFAI MFA Show Tonight, Fri
    Friday, 13 May 2011 /// Written by Trippe

Happy Friday the 13th --> SFAI opens thier MFA Graduate Exhibition tonight (6-8pm) on Treasure Island (yeah, in the middle of the Bay w/ awesome views of the city) at the SF Winery --> the show runs through May 21st and can be viewed daily 11am-6pm.

2pm update: Free shuttle from SFMOMA every 20min. Last shuttle back to the city at 10pm <-- thanks to Chris who left this info in the comments section. See you there.

The San Francisco Art Institute is proud to announce the 2011 MFA Graduate Exhibition, opening May 13 at The Winery SF on Treasure Island. As SFAI celebrates its 140th Anniversary, the exhibition continues the school’s tradition of innovation, showcasing 72 graduating MFA students working in painting, photography, printmaking, film, sculpture, installation, digital media, performance, and more. ~complete details


Loaded @Diego Rivera Gallery (SFAI)
    Tuesday, 22 March 2011 /// Written by Henry Gunderson

Mar 7-12, 2011
@Diego Rivera Gallery (SFAI)

Works by Alex Chaves, Kerbi Urbanowski, and Rachel Mica Weiss.

Artist Henry Gunderson got some photos from a recent show featuring some of his fellow students and friends at SF's SFAI.



SFAQ Saturday @SFAI
    Friday, 12 November 2010 /// Written by Trippe

SF Arts Quarterly's new issue focusing on the Mission has been out for some time and available around town in galleries and other artist venues... This Saturday at SFAI is their second symposium/ party w/ speakers J.D. Beltran, Glen Helfand, Renny Pritikin, Tony Labat, and Amy Berk. Art, music, alcohol ~full details



Chris Pugliese, Van Arno, Casey Gray, & SFAQ
    Tuesday, 13 July 2010 /// Written by Trippe

Last Saturday we headed down to the Tenderloin to view works from Chris Pugliese and Van Arno at The Shooting Gallery and next door to White Walls to view stencil works by recent SFAI painting masters graduate Casey Gray... Also swung through SFAI for SFAQ's issue #2 release party. Good times indeed.

Great oil paintings by Chris Pugliese

Stencils by Casey Gray

@SFAI for the SFAQ's release party 



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SF Giants' World Series Trophy & DLX
Wednesday, 04 March 2015 17:21

I'm not sure how many people are lucky enough to have The San Francisco Giants 3 World Series trophies put on display at their work for the company's employees to enjoy during their lunch break, but that's what happened the other day at Deluxe. So great.


SF skateboarding icons Jake Phelps, Mickey Reyes, and Tommy Guerrero with the 3 SF Giants World Series Trophies


Alexis Anne Mackenzie - 2/28
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 10:21

SAN FRANCISCO --- Alexis Anne Mackenzie opens Multiverse at Eleanor Harwood in the Mission on Saturday, Feb 28th. -details



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.


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.


Work by Meryl Pataky


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


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


Thursday, 08 January 2015 09:36



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


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.


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



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


Wednesday, 16 June 2010 17:39

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

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.










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.


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.


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.


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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