Ed Loftus Big Things to Avoid
December 17, 2011 - January 21, 2012
Opening Reception: Saturday, December 17 (2-5 PM)
@Gregory Lind Gallery, San Francisco
We've known the self taught artist Ed Loftus for many years dating back to the late 90s San Francisco skate scene where Ed was quite the ripper. He hails from jolly ol' England (now living in Oakland) and creates these incredible graphite drawings. These new works go further into a mind bending realism, and Ed has obviously increased his graphite skill immensely.
Didn't know this great show was about to open. Thanks to the talented Simon Evans (Ed's longtime friend) for cluing us in.
Untitled - 2010 (Long walk, skeleton) - Graphite on paper - 9 x 10 in.
Untitled - 2010 - (Trash bag mountain) - Graphite on paper - 24 x 25.5 in.
Untitled - 2010 - (Living room) - Graphite on paper - 19.75 x 25.5 in.
Untitled - 2011 - (Girl on beach with birds) - Carbon pencil on paper - 22 x 32 in.
Fellow FecalFace contributor and artist Michael C. Hsiung sent me an invite to the Bitchcraft Trading Post event just outside Silverlake in Atwater Village. I showed up at a super industrial parking lot where hipsters, vintage hounds, and zinesters were gathered around tables selling all sorts of unique goods - from wolves' tooth necklaces to elegant terrariums. Hell, there was even a surf shop. It was a freakishly cold day in LA and even though the vendors hands had frozen over they all kept smiles on their faces and vibes high. Oh yeah, there was also a woman dressed up as a fat santa running around and a really good looking model-esque girl with half of her hair dyed black and the other half bleached blonde - radical! -Daniel Rolnik
Last week we did our first themed Photo of the Day asking you to email in your quintessential San Francisco photos. We got so many great entries and couldn't squeeze them all in. So, here's a bit of overflow from the images emailed in.
Hey there, I just got back from a short residency down in a small town two hours north of Mexico City called Tequisquiapan. I was asked to come down there to meet some of the crew of the Clipperton Project, which basically is going to be a crazy boat trip in March with scientists and artists going out to a very remote atoll in the Pacific called Clipperton Island. Anyways, I thought you might like to see some photos of the town and the graffiti that I was surprised to find there.
I found this whole crew of kids working on this wall on the outskirts of Tequisquiapan. I guess this huge wall borders a guys house, he said he invited these guys to come paint it and that he would rather have that then the political paintings that usually get painted on it without his permission.
This was a spot where people used to wash their laundry. Supposedly there is a place in every town in Mexico where people see the ghost of a woman who drowned her own son to revenge her cheating husband. This is where people have seen her in Tequisquiapan
Alan and I also taught some painting workshops at a local school.
When an old political group is ousted, they just put a small X over it.
We can finally shut up about FFDG's fire, about FFDG's temp space, about all the transitions, because we signed a 2 year lease on a new space in the heart of the Mission District last night!
FFDG is now at 2277 Mission St, San Francisco, CA. 94110
Our first show is the American version of the MCD print show featuring prints by Jeremy Fish, Matt Furie, Aiyana Udesen and others we had in Sao Paulo, Brazil back in July of this year (pics) opening up on Friday, January 6th (6-9pm). More details on that show very soon.
With a little TLC she's going to look like a gallery.
Funny to say that we're not only in the Mission, but, in fact, ON Mission.
2277 Mission St.
San Francisco, Ca
*Opening Jan 6, 2012
Recent UC Santa Cruz photography graduate Sean Vranizan emailed over this series of images he creates by using a scanner as a camera, upon which found and collected objects, both two-dimensional and three, were used in collage format.
The images were created directly within the scanner without the use of photoshop.
Jason Gowans grew up in Chilliwack British Columbia and completed his BFA at Concordia University in 2011. He maintains an artistic, and curatorial practice, and is very active participant within art communities throughout Canada and the United States. His work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in multiple Canadian galleries. Internationally Gowans has had a strong presence in the San Francisco arts community exhibiting at The LAB, Mission 17, and Artists Television Access. In addition, he has been an active participant at many not- for-profit galleries.
Recently, Jason Gowans has been involved in many projects: He has teamed up with multiple artists to curate exhibitions and create collaborative works. He launched an artist collective entitled The Everything Co., which included an exhibition of work, made with artist Zoe Yuristy. As well, Gowans has curated multiple exhibitions – most recently a show entitled Alternorthern that brought nine emerging Canadian artists to a not-for-profit gallery in San Francisco. Alternorthern, included a full color publication authored by Gowans in collaboration with the artists involved.
I am dealing with a new series called "Pseudo-Advertising", where I focus upon the relationship between today’s muralism and the contemporary outdoor advertising.
Combining imagery from both fields and creating works that could be described either as ads or street art pieces, my main goal is to create a dialogue about what does or does not make murals distinctive.
The latest piece "Untitled" is the 3rd part of the series and is located in the OCT Loft area of Shenzhen, China -Alexandros Vasmoulakis
We met a young skater named Charles Martin, an interesting guy studying at SFAI, through our friend Henry Gunderson. Charles would stop in the gallery from time to time, and the last time he came through he told us he was off to NYC to study at Cooper Union where his brother also studys. Getting into Cooper Union is no small feat. They're one of the most selective schools in the U.S. Well known for their art and science programs, C.U. admits students based on merit alone and provides each with a full-tuition scholarship. A FREE top rate highly demanding education.
Charles Martin is now showing in the group show 11.11.11 running through Dec 17th at San Francisco's FFDG.
Age? Location? Website?
Twenty, New York City, I do not have a website.
Describe your work a little bit.
The things I make are a reflection of my ideas, coupled with a strong desire to make them tangible.
Our world is on my brain a lot; I like to think that if I'm conscious of what's going on that it will naturally filter into my work.
Most of my art is an investigation, sometimes about very specific content, and other work may strictly be about the medium.
I make work that references the past, and at the same time I like to read my imagery as futuristic. When I look at my paintings the first thing that comes to mind is making them, so in this way each becomes a mirror of the time in which they are created.
In a lot of my pictures I draw outer space, I feel that there is a strong connection between the universe and the mind. Both infinite in possibility and mass, I enjoy drawing from outside of the atmosphere because it allows me to explore.
Limitations exist with drawing from land, more recently I've been trying to make stuff that combines unbounded space with our flat world. Picture compositions that display an earth embodying characteristics of space, and then imagine the opposite.
Music heavy on your playlist these days?
A lot of hip hop, Jazz, Instrumentals, Nas Illmatic!
Stopped through Rebel 8 clothing HQ last week to see what their up to. We've known Joshy D. 10 plus years back when he was doing the SF graffiti site, HiFiArt.com in the early days of the internet when Fecal Face was just getting its start. Nice to see Mike Giant, whose designs adjorn many of Rebel 8's clothing, and Josh doing so well.
Joshy D., founder of Rebel 8
Original artwork from Mike Giant work on the walls.
Nathan is curently showing in the group show 11.11.11 up now @FFDG here in San Francisco through Dec 17th. We've been interviewing the 10 artists participating in the show over the last couple weeks. Say hello to this talented Canada native.
Age? Location? Website? And who do you think you are?
Romulus and Remus": Rice paper overlay, ink and acrylic, on paper, 4ft x 4ft, 2011.
Describe your work a little bit.
My work depicts scenes from a dripping, glowing, shifting world were a cast of delinquent characters struggle to unearth a greater understanding of my personal mythology. Springing from past, present and future the narratives of my work are entangled and multilayered, destruction and creation often become indistinguishable as the characters constantly chase their goals in circles: their quest for personal clarity constantly unfulfilled.
Music heavy on your playlist these days?
70’s punk, 80’s hardcore, weird rock n’ roll, random originals.
Fireside Installation (aka: "Smoke-Spirit") : Paint, weat-paste, and digital print, 2011.
"Hands-Off Houdini!": Rice paper overlay, ink and acrylic, on paper, 22in x 22in, 2011.
Favorite mediums to work within?
Paper: painted, inked, printed, cut, glued, sewn, you can make anything with that stuff!
Dream job other than artist?
Photojournalist, Cultural Documentarian? Something that would offer the opportunity for travel too, and immersion in, a multitude of places & cultures.
Arthur Pollock @ SF Camerawork
Book Release party and 3 day exhibition
In coordination with the release of their newest title, Unpiano Books threw one of their quick 3-day exhibitions (remember the Sandy Kim release?) using the great space that SF Camerawork has to offer. The show was a quick collection of original prints from the 60's and 70's, as well as reprints that had been blown up in honor of the release. We managed to get some photos before things got too crowded to see any of the work and captions, which were not included in the show, have been added here for the first time.
You can also refresh your memory on what the book looked like by checking out our preview here.
WALLS & FRAMES: FINE ART FROM THE STREETS Edited by Maximilliano Ruiz
Published by Gestalten, Germany.
24 x 26 cm
The FedEX man just sung through FFDG with this treat for us to share with you. A thick ass book featuring some of the best "street artists" out there today. We add quotes next to street art, because it's debatable whether all of these artists are street artists or not, although, it could be said that many came from a street art/ graffiti background- or aethestic. Whatever the situation, it's a great book and thanks to Gestalten for sending us a beautiful copy for us to enjoy. You can get your own copy for only $37 at Amazon. It's well worth the price.
Walls & Frames launch parties will be hosted at Gestalten Space Berlin on December 1st and at Pictures on Walls London on December 8th. For the occasion each launch party will showcase a limited edition of original hand-finished book sleeves made by Walls & Frames featured artists.
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
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" 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.
"[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
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
NYC --- 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
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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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