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Singularities: Exploitation Cinema
Written by Caitlin Denny   
Thursday, 17 July 2008 05:29
Singularities is a new blog by Caitlin Denny hoping to start a new trend in discussing film with enthusiasm. She'll be doing interviews with filmmakers, reviews of screenings and films, listing upcoming events film related, and letting you know about some interesting findings of hers.
It's really hard to find any interesting on-line writing about cinema. Practically every other art form has a plethora of wonderfully obsessive and insightful blogs and web zines (with a few exceptions which I'll list at the bottom of this entry). Singularities hopes to start a new trend in discussing film with enthusiasm. I will be doing interviews with filmmakers, reviews of screenings and films, listing upcoming events film related, and letting you know about some interesting findings of mine.

This week's theme is: Exploitation Cinema

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Anger's gay biker in Scorpio Rising

Usually seen as a low-quality degredation of art, exploitation cinema is probably the best thing to happen to film. Exploitation allows "offensive" humor and ideas to be expressed in the midst of repression (then and now). In Kenneth Anger's Scorpio Rising we find gay culture being represented through occultism and bikers, a dramatized metaphor for homosexuals' place in society at the time. But was Anger exploiting the gay population - why is it called exploitation? Simply because the films represent archetypes of our world - who in turn don't believe they are archetypes and would rather not be depicted in this way- being exploited.

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Muybridge's Woman Walking Down Stairs

Artists like Eadweard Muybridge (he made "photographs in motion" or sequential photographs of nude people doing various activities) were able to work in this field of exploitation until it stalled from 1930-1968 because of the Production Code that was put into effect to wipe any sign of public indecency from cinema. The 1970's saw a huge resurgence of the genre, and this when some of the best classic exploitation films were made. It is famous for having sub-genres such as blaxsploitation, sexploitation, teensploitation, biker flicks, zombie films and spaghetti westerns. Your favorite filmmaker is probably an exploitation filmmaker of some kind or another. Obvious members of the genre include John Waters (Pink Flamingos, Female Trouble) and Ed Wood (Plan 9 from Outer Space, Glen or Glenda?), but also includes Larry Clark (KIDS, Wassup Rockers) and Todd Solondz (Happiness, Welcome To The Dollhouse).

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left: Solondz's Welcome to the Dollhouse right: Clark's KIDS

Exploitation cinema allowed uncensored critiques of society come to fruition, inspiring artists of all mediums. It gave rise to lowbrow art in all it's glory. Dawn and her family in Welcome to the Dollhouse are exaggerations of the suburban family; the subtle approach to cliché through class and youth sexuality mark the current take on exploitation - a cinema for for those with euphoric attachments to surfaces and cynics of cultural organization. The archetypal teenagers in Larry Clark's KIDS are just being themselves, or rather acting like versions of themselves, therefore parodying what it is to be a teenager living in the Bronx in the mid 90's. Exploitation is all around us, you smell it in your morning coffee and see it ievery time you look in the mirror; use it as inspiration to change something or not change something.

Interview: Julian Vargas

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Local Bay Area filmmaker Julian Vargas makes films about love. However, his roots as a Catholic schoolboy in Bogota, Columbia have definitely given him a bizarre outlook on the subject. It's no wonder he began making films about repressed sexuality and cultural abnormalties- those nuns are harsh! Vargas makes new classic exploitation films, meaning, he borrows aspects from the older films such as love in turmoil matched with nudity, and brings his own version of pop songs and family drama to play. See how floating crystals, happy endings and Nancy Sinatra fit into this unique artist's vision.

Caitlin Denny: Filmmaking, as most people know, takes quite a long time even with the help of others - what is your process of working?

Julian Vargas: I usually start with a feeling or a narrative that comes from whatever is going on in my personal life and whatever is surrounding me and influencing me at the moment, it has to begin with the need of expressing something. The goal is always to find the correct amount of abstraction without losing the initial emotion. After this creative process, the production process is pure organization and focus. I tend to make my films [through] the priority of my life, if other things are distracting me I always feel that there is something wrong with me. It can be challenging when your personal life is so attached to your creative work but I don't see [any] other way to do it.

CD: Can you talk about the titles of your pieces and the origins of those titles?

JV: I come up with them as if I was going to title a song. I like to think of my movies as pop songs. I intend to make something that is delicious from start to finish and keep you wanting for more. Great pop songs are catchy, unique and somewhat strange and they always make you feel something inside.

CD: Why use cinema to translate your thoughts? What has cinema got to offer that, say, sculpture can't offer? Would you be interested in working in another medium?

JV: Cinema is the most open and accessible art , it's the only one that allows you to integrate as many other art forms as you please.

I grew up with TV and film, and this influenced me from an early age. In my adolescence I had to fight this influence, especially when [I] started caring about finding love, it was really painful to realize that life doesn't work like the movies, you have to learn that life can be a real shit and that what ends in a happy ending after 2 hours of torture can take forever in real life and the happy ending might never come. This kind of conversation with cinema, really made me realize the impact it can have in our lives, and how comforting or damaging it can be. Cinema is the art form that I feel more passionate and obsessed about. I tried photography for a little bit, but I was too impatient, I wanted moving images. I believe I found what I love and I'm still not sick of it to drop it.

CD: Some people are shocked, and sometimes offended by your films. How do you respond to this?

JV: I think it's a good thing. I've never been fond of playing it safe, I don't like things to be static, I get bored easily, I think that things need to change and nothing will change if everyone is being tame. I believe on putting yourself out there and humiliating yourself a little or a lot if you have to, and don't see a lot of people doing that, and it frustrates me, I don't mind taking on the “dirty” work, somebody has to do it- plus, it's really the [most] fun job. Most of the work that I admire is not easily digestible. Causing someone a massive diarrhea can be something to be proud of. I think that art should challenge, provoke and produce some kind of change.

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CD: Your work could be categorized in many different genres, experimental, drama, comedy, exploitation, gay; how do you describe your work?

JV: At the moment my work is going through an experimental stage within narrative. Currently I'm interested in the appropriation of film genres for the purposes of personal expression. A lot of the work has a tendency for sexual deviance, more than promoting a particular sexual orientation, I intend to create a space of freedom where anyone is welcome.

CD: Your work illuminates the human drama of living, what are your thoughts on your work as a philosophical mode of representation?

JV: I'm don't know if it works as a philosophical mode of representation, in fact I'm not even sure what that means. If anything it is an abstraction of human drama and fantasy.

CD: Who and what are the biggest influences on you and your work and why?

JV: I feel like every piece has a different set of influences, and some influences tend to come more often than others. I tend to be influenced by artists who manage to capture a balance between self-expression, humor and artistry, filmmakers like Kenneth Anger and George Kuchar come to mind. Recently I had the chance to see the work of Gilbert & George , another example of expert provocateurs who work in a similar vein. I'm also very influenced by the work of Ingmar Bergman, especially in films like "The Silence" and "Persona", he is a master on communicating sexual tension, his cinematography is always impeccable. Well-crafted pop songs are of great inspiration for creating narratives, the works of Nancy Sinatra come to mind.

CD: How would you like you and your work to be remembered in 100 years?

JV: I don't really care. That's a long time.

CD: What's the last film you saw?

JV: I saw "Showgirls". You know they were planning to make a sequel. I think I would like to make it. Nomi Malone needs a comeback.

Review: Beyond the Valley of the Dolls

Dir. Russ Meyer
(20th Century Fox , 1970; released 2006)
109 minutes

genre: hippie sexploitation blood bath
you might like: Multiple Maniacs, Showgirls, Sleep Away Camp
fact: Groovy 60's band, The Strawberry Alarm Clock wanted their scene removed from this film.

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Nothing's like screwing in a Bentley- except for watching BtVotD! I felt like two leprechaun hookers were making love to me as I watched the teen? rock band The Kelly Affair move to Hollywood, become sluts, alcoholics and paraplegics and get shot in the face all within the span of one week. However, the best word to describe this film is "cute". Everything is bright and fluffy, even the decapitation scene! One of the most exciting things about this film, besides the abundance of titties, is the Roger Ebert commentary available on the newly remastered DVD. YES I SAID ROGER EBERT! Ebert co-wrote the script of this outrageous film with director Russ Meyer. In the commentary you will hear Ebert note more than once on his influential and legendary writing spawning infamous sayings such as "This is my happening and it freaks me out! ", and "You will drink the black sperm of my vengence!" Within the scope of exploitation films BtVotD is one of the tamest, but also one of the most enjoyable for it's quality, a hit or miss trait in the genre.

Filmmaker of the Week: Doris Wishman

As one of the only, and certainly the most popular, female exploitation filmmaker, Doris Wishman is my filmmaker of the week. She began making nudist films in the 1960's and continued making films in other exploitation genres until her death in 2002, aged 90. Her cult following is for good reason, as Wishman's films are seen as proto-feminist for their strong female leads using tits and ass to their advantage. The Queen of Sexploitation, The Female Ed Wood, Wishman is a controversial film icon you should know about.

News of the Week:

John Waters lectures at the European Graduate School. He mentions a bad Elizabeth Taylor film titled "Boom!" as an inspiration. Watch his lecture, then watch part of "Boom!" below.

Film Moment of the Week:

Samuel Fuller's "Shock Corridor". A scene depicting an attack by insane asylum nymphos.

Upcoming Shows/Screenings:

"FREAKY FANTASY FILMS... FROM THE 80S" / Films: Return to Oz, Beetlejuice, Meet The Feebles ALL THREE FILMS for only $10.00!
August 8th
Castro Theatre

Jawbreaker
August 9th 12am
Landmark's Bridge Theatre
3010 Geary Blvd

A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors
August 16th 12am
Landmark's Bridge Theatre
3010 Geary Blvd

Links:

Expanded Cinema
Invisible Cinema
-caitlin denny {moscomment}

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.


Flavio Samelo's Downtown Sao Paulo Murals

Our buddy Flavio Samelo down there in Brazil does all kinds of great work including this recent mural project in downtown Sao Paulo in front of one of the most important modern buildings of Oscar Niemeyer from the 60's, THE COPAN.


John Trippe, FFDG and Fecalface.com Founder, Stepping Down From Daily Operations

John Trippe, founder, owner and curator of FecalFace.com and the Mission District art gallery FFDG, announced today that he will stepping down from daily operations of the two ventures to seek new career opportunities.


High 5s - Get Your Feet Wet

I purchased one of the first digital cameras when Fecal Face went online in 2000. It was a massive Kodak with 2 mega pixels


"Touching Base" by Schuyler Beecroft

San Francisco based Schuyler Beecroft emailed over the great new series of paintings he's completed entitled "Touching Base", 16x20in on mounted wood panel. Like them.


Flume - Space Cadet (ft. Ghostface Killah & Autre Ne Veut)

Buddies Jay Howell & Jim Dirschberger did this great video produced by Forest City Rockers.


Fire Shelter for Papay Gyro Nights 2014

Last year we posted photos from another one of Simon Hjermind Jensen's Fire Shelters he's made in Copenhagen. This time around the Copenhagen based artist/ designer created one for the Papay Gyro Nights 2014 way up in on the Orkney Islands in Northern Scotland.


"Portrait of a Slugger 19" by Hiro Kurata

Beautiful painting by NYC based Hiro Kurata now on display at SF's FFDG through April 19th as part of the group show "Salt the Skies".


"Veins of Octulen" by Curiot at FFDG

"Salt the Skies" opened on the 21st at FFDG and features this great piece by Mexico City based Curiot (Favio Martinez) whose sold out 2013 show Age of Omuktlans ran at FFDG. His forthcoming solo show is slated for March 2015.


Rome's Alice Pasquini ~Mural+

Rome based multimedia artist Alice Pasquini emailed over a recent mural completed in the historic working class neighborhood of Rome called Tufello.


Project M/3 in Berlin curated by NUART

BERLIN --- Project M is a temporary art project with the objective to improve the neighborhood, to push creativity and to connect people. At regular intervals Urban Nation with director Yasha Young invites a group of internationally reclaimed contemporary urban artists to re-design the facade and shop windows of a prominent residential building in Berlin, while it is being reconstructed.


John French with Hasselblad by Lola Dupre

"John French with Hasselblad", photo collage/ hand cut paper on wooden panel, by Lola Dupre which will be part of tomorrow's opening of "Salt the Skies" at FFDG in San Francisco. 2277 Mission St. (6-9pm) - RSVP here.


"Salt the Skies" at FFDG Opening Fri, Mar 21st

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


Brian Barneclo's 225' Food Chain Mural

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.


A short documentary following the late artist, Shawn Whisenant

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 citys 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 doesnt end with painting. RIP Shawn Whisenant.





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Banksy's Mobile Lovers
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 10:47

Speaking of Banksy (wait, were we speaking of Banksy?)... In any case, love his newest creation "Mobile Lovers" located in Bristol, England.

I love you, dear.... Huh? Wut?

 

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Wednesday, 16 June 2010 16:39


Jeremy Fish Opening a Solo Show in August at FFDG
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 09:33

Met up with Jeremy Fish last night to catch up and discuss his upcoming solo show opening this August at San Francisco's FFDG. Don't want to give too much away, but the guy is very busy these days. You know the giant pink bronze statue will be built and installed at the corner of Haight and Laguna welcoming those to the Haight (check) in 2015? Going to be incredible.

Check photos from his last San Francisco solo show in 2012, and mark your calendar for August as his next solo show opens at FFDG.

Beering with Fish at his favorite watering hole, Zeitgeist

 

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Wednesday, 25 April 2012 10:56

 

Statue Of A Homeless Jesus Startles A Wealthy Community
Monday, 14 April 2014 10:20

Sculpture of Jesus as homeless and sleeping on a park bench is "freaking out" the neighbors of this wealthy NC suburb. The sculptor, who has an affinity for street art, created it to remind us that "We believe that that's the kind of life Jesus had," Buck says. "He was, in essence, a homeless person." ~READ ON

 

Art or Vandalism? See the World’s First Graffiti Drone
Saturday, 12 April 2014 10:30

I attached a cradle with a spray paint can and other hardware to the drone. I created a series of paintings that are larger, about maybe 3 feet by 3 feet all the way up to 25 feet by 15 feet … And basically, I achieved the perfect air pressure, the perfect weight of the paint and the perfect materials so that the drone didn’t freak out when I attached these mechanisms to it, Katsu said. --continue reading

Think how high those throw ups can be now.

 

OB Shirt by Tucker Nichols
Thursday, 10 April 2014 11:01

Tucker Nichols emailed over this new OB shirt he did for our friends at Park Life which can purchased here for $28.

Speaking of Ocean Beach, if you know, you know, but if you don't... it's not what the average american thinks of when thinking of a California Beach (missing 14 yr. old yesterday). Can't believe we used to drunk naked swim at 3am in the dead if winter... being surfers probably helped us not dying.

 

Open House Sunday - Headland Center for the Arts
Friday, 11 April 2014 16:12

Have you been to the Headland Center for the Arts in the Marin Headlands?

Located in the beautiful ocean-side Golden Gate National Recreation Area, the Headlands artists programs support artists of all disciplines—from visual artists to performers, musicians, writers, and videographers—and provide opportunities for independent and collaborative creative work.

This Sunday's Open House runs 12-5pm - FREE & DETAILS

 

Is It Curtains For San Francisco's Art Scene?
Tuesday, 08 April 2014 09:35

We all know that San Francisco is going through aches and (growing?)/ shrinking artist pains these days as San Francisco property values sky rocket due to the tech infestation going on around the entire Bay Area. Maybe you work in tech and love it, but since this is an art website, we're interested to how this is affecting artists trying to make ends meet.

Some galleries have been forced to close due to 300% rent hikes. Many artists have fled to Oakland, LA and NYC in search of affordable housing and a more vibrant art scene... But we wanna know what you think of how it's going here in San Francisco. How are you making it work? What's your take on the art scene or lack there of? Do you think things are on the up and up or down and out here in San Francisco? Are artists a bunch of complainers and every thing looks great or is it curtains for San Francisco's artistic community? Thoughts

The Rena Bransten Gallery is packing up their 77 Geary space to make way for tech company MuleSoft

 

Nikki McClure at Needles & Pens, Friday 4/11
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 09:42

SAN FRANCISCO --- Nikki McClure, known for her painstakingly intricate and beautiful paper cuts, returns to Needles & Pens with an opening reception this Friday, April 11th - She'll be showing original papercuts for the book, "May the Stars Drip Down" - show details

This approach was born and bred out of the Olympia, Washington independent music scene. There, local artists emphasized everything handmade and self-published. The idea was to do a lot with a little. The result was a rich community sharing artistry and ideas. McClure found herself deeply embedded in this community which shaped an ethic of hands-on and accessible artmaking. - show details

 

Richard Colman Mural on 12th
Monday, 07 April 2014 09:14

SF --- on the corner of 12th and Folsom is this Richard Colman mural... Speaking of Colman, check this wonderful show from him in 2010.

 

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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.


Flavio Samelo's Downtown Sao Paulo Murals

Our buddy Flavio Samelo down there in Brazil does all kinds of great work including this recent mural project in downtown Sao Paulo in front of one of the most important modern buildings of Oscar Niemeyer from the 60's, THE COPAN.


John Trippe, FFDG and Fecalface.com Founder, Stepping Down From Daily Operations

John Trippe, founder, owner and curator of FecalFace.com and the Mission District art gallery FFDG, announced today that he will stepping down from daily operations of the two ventures to seek new career opportunities.


High 5s - Get Your Feet Wet

I purchased one of the first digital cameras when Fecal Face went online in 2000. It was a massive Kodak with 2 mega pixels


"Touching Base" by Schuyler Beecroft

San Francisco based Schuyler Beecroft emailed over the great new series of paintings he's completed entitled "Touching Base", 16x20in on mounted wood panel. Like them.


Flume - Space Cadet (ft. Ghostface Killah & Autre Ne Veut)

Buddies Jay Howell & Jim Dirschberger did this great video produced by Forest City Rockers.


Fire Shelter for Papay Gyro Nights 2014

Last year we posted photos from another one of Simon Hjermind Jensen's Fire Shelters he's made in Copenhagen. This time around the Copenhagen based artist/ designer created one for the Papay Gyro Nights 2014 way up in on the Orkney Islands in Northern Scotland.


"Portrait of a Slugger 19" by Hiro Kurata

Beautiful painting by NYC based Hiro Kurata now on display at SF's FFDG through April 19th as part of the group show "Salt the Skies".


"Veins of Octulen" by Curiot at FFDG

"Salt the Skies" opened on the 21st at FFDG and features this great piece by Mexico City based Curiot (Favio Martinez) whose sold out 2013 show Age of Omuktlans ran at FFDG. His forthcoming solo show is slated for March 2015.


Rome's Alice Pasquini ~Mural+

Rome based multimedia artist Alice Pasquini emailed over a recent mural completed in the historic working class neighborhood of Rome called Tufello.


Project M/3 in Berlin curated by NUART

BERLIN --- Project M is a temporary art project with the objective to improve the neighborhood, to push creativity and to connect people. At regular intervals Urban Nation with director Yasha Young invites a group of internationally reclaimed contemporary urban artists to re-design the facade and shop windows of a prominent residential building in Berlin, while it is being reconstructed.


John French with Hasselblad by Lola Dupre

"John French with Hasselblad", photo collage/ hand cut paper on wooden panel, by Lola Dupre which will be part of tomorrow's opening of "Salt the Skies" at FFDG in San Francisco. 2277 Mission St. (6-9pm) - RSVP here.


"Salt the Skies" at FFDG Opening Fri, Mar 21st

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


Brian Barneclo's 225' Food Chain Mural

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.


A short documentary following the late artist, Shawn Whisenant

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 citys 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 doesnt end with painting. RIP Shawn Whisenant.


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