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Louis M. Schmidt @Park Life
Written by Rachel Ralph   
Monday, 27 January 2014 11:47

SAN FRANCISCO --- The nomadic Louis M. Schmidt opened his new show of drawings, entitled Cy Twombly Death's Head last Friday night at Park Life in the Richmond to a small but local crowd (we'll just say the bucket of beer didn't seem to be disappearing quickly) (PHOTOS).

These large, meticulous works on paper are an art history nerd's dream. Patterns calling Donald Judd a fascist are hilarious and a death's head of Cy Twombly (who is complete irrelevant to the images otherwise) is a great spark for an imagination.

I was personally very attracted to the pieces with more distinct patterns in them, and I kept wanting to take them off the wall and turn them sideways and upside down to see the different visual effects. Enhanced by the sheen of the graphite, these drawings are endlessly interesting to look at, even though they are completely devoid of color or (some of the time) figurative content. This show is very enjoyable, and you could get lost in the drawings and the quiet of Clement for hours.

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

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Ever Gold 5th Anniversary
Written by Trippe   
Friday, 24 January 2014 12:28
SAN FRANCISCO --- The Ever Gold Gallery deserves a major congratulations on the opening of their new show, celebrating the fifth anniversary of the gallery (PHOTOS).

With work from tons of artists, they somehow managed to balance the amount of work with the small space and it felt perfect. There was a diverse range of mediums, from film to paint to sculpture and fiber, and it helped show the breadth of the gallery's work over the last five years. It was packed full of people and therefore very hot inside, but it was filled with excitement that spilled out into the street.

This is definitely a show worth checking out, and has work from several Bay Area artists, supporting the local scene. Congrats, Ever Gold, I can't wait to see what the next five years brings you.

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

Mario Ayala, 7x7, 2013, Gouache, enamel, airbrush and sidewalk chalk on paper, 11"x14"

Alex Braubach, The Kitten Book, 2012, Glitter on found page, 7.5"x9.5"

Michelle Blade, Day 333, from 344 Days of the Apocalypse series, Acrylic ink on paper, 11.5"x14.5"

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Supersonic Electronic @Spoke Art
Written by Rachel Ralph   
Wednesday, 22 January 2014 09:46

Spoke Art opened their annual Supersonic Electronic (PHOTOS) show last Thursday night to a packed crowd. The work spilled from their original gallery space into the new space they have acquired two doors down, and it allowed for as much viewing space as was possible, as the show was not only full of people, but works by over forty artists.

Curated by Zach Tutor, this was the third installment of Supersonic Electronic at the gallery and this year's grouping provided a cohesive experience, albeit strictly two-dimensional, as each piece operated together fludily. Many of the artists displayed are regulars at the gallery and if painting and drawing are your thing, take the time to check out this show. With this many works, you are sure to not be disappointed.

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

Cyfacon, Dalva, Acrylic on wood

Erik Jones, Violet Beauregarde, Colored pencil, acrylic, and wax pastel

Brett Amory, Waiting #16, Oil on canvas

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Tracy Snelling & Marci Washington @Rena Bransten Gallery
Written by Trippe   
Tuesday, 21 January 2014 09:44

I literally stumbled into the Rena Bransten Gallery last Thursday night, and I'm sure glad I did (PHOTOS). Whereas other galleries in 77 Geary were holding openings for first Thursday, Rena Bransten opened Tracy Snelling's Mystery Hour and Marci Washington's Sleeping Spell a few weeks earlier, on December 19th.

Both of these Bay Area-based artists embraced a sense of horror with these works, and while they may not have been scary, they sure were inviting. I'm glad I got to be in the gallery alone as it was easy to approach Snelling's work and look into the windows of her haunted houses, each of which encased a small screen playing clips from films. Creating these doll-sized renditions, complete with movement and sound from the screens, requires viewers to get close and really look at the work and the details are worth it.

Washington's paintings in the back continued the creepy vibe and I was particularly attracted to the textures she created for her backgrounds. They read as a velveteen wallpaper against her strikingly flat vampire figures and provide a sense of depth. If you find yourself downtown in the next couple of weeks, stop by this hidden gem before the show closes at the end of the month.

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

Tracy Snelling

Tracy Snelling

Tracy Snelling

Work by Marci Washington

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Alex Lukas at Breeze Block Gallery, Portland
Written by Trippe   
Thursday, 16 January 2014 10:22

PORTLAND --- Chicago based Alex Lukas is now showing new work in the show Prints & Photographs; Copies & Concrete (PHOTOS) at Breeze Block Gallery. Alex has shown with Guerrero Gallery here in SF a couple times and we've featured his work many times... like HERE HERE and HERE.

His last show with Richard Coleman was beautiful.

Alex Lukas in front of his works.

In addition to his painting and drawing practice, Lukas is self-taught printmaker with a background in ‘zine publishing and non-traditional use of print media. For this exhibition he will present several new editions, a new artists’ book, diazotypes, sculptures, offset lithographs and unique works based in printmaking as parts of an ambitious installation at the gallery. Eschewing the concept of using print merely as a means of reproducing an already existing image, all of the work presented here is unique to it’s medium.

Alex Lukas’ highly detailed works on paper and intricate artists’ books examine a possible future of destruction and violence, coupled with rebirth and a quiet sense of optimism, alongside an examination of the contemporary landscape. 


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Beth Van Hoesen @The George Krevsky Gallery
Written by Rachel Ralph   
Wednesday, 15 January 2014 14:47

SAN FRANCISCO --- The George Krevsky Gallery opened Beth Van Hoesen: Portraits from the Castro last Thursday night at their downtown gallery and it was truly a local event.

Housed in the 77 Geary St. building on the second floor, not many tourists stopped in, but there was a crowd of locals who gathered to enjoy the works. Each piece was donated by the Beth Van Hoesen trust to help raise funds for a new public monument in San Francisco, the Rainbow Honor Walk. The works were created during a 22-year period in which Hoesen lived on 22nd at the top of the Castro, in which she documented her neighbors, including many members of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.

The highly stylistic and flattened, yet realistic and detailed paintings highlight the intimate relationships fostered in this colorful neighborhood and are definitely worth a look before the show closes at the end of February.

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

Miss Louise II, 1996, Watercolor, colored pencil, and graphite on paper

Helen, 1986, Colored pencil and graphite on paper

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Ferris Plock @The Shooting Gallery
Written by Trippe   
Monday, 06 January 2014 10:47

SAN FRANCISCO --- We're back after a little Holiday breather with some images from Ferris Plock's (PREVIEWED) show which just completed at The Shooting Gallery. Rachel Ralph documents:

Our friend Ferris Plock let us see his new body of work with the opening of Unrest at the Shooting Gallery. Most of the works were on larger canvases and it was really great to be able to see all of the detail not only because of the size, but also because of the muted color palette of gold, grey, white and pastels. Clearly this show deserves a visit, and Ferris deserves a major congratulations on a great show. (STUDIO VISIT)

Unrest

December 14, 2013 - January 04, 2014

Shooting Gallery is pleased to present Unrestby Ferris Plock. The SF-based artist's fourth solo show with the Shooting Gallery will draw inspiration from the changing face of San Francisco, focusing on Western Addition/NOPA. The opening reception will be Saturday, December 14, from 7-11pm, and the exhibition is free and open to the public for viewing through January 4, 2014. 

Heavily influenced by Japanese woodblocks of the Edo period, Plock will show 20-25 new character portraits featuring imagery of knights with neighborhood-specific armor and flags, all painted with acrylic, house paint, gouache and gold leaf on panel.

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MODE 2 @Le Fix
Written by Trippe   
Thursday, 26 December 2013 09:58

Photos from MODE 2's show at Le Fix in Copenhagen. Photos by Henrik Haven who visited with MODE 2 when he was preparing for this show HERE.

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Graffuturism @White Walls
Written by Rachel Ralph   
Tuesday, 24 December 2013 09:14

SAN FRANCISCO --- White Walls gave us an early Christmas present last Saturday night. With the opening of Graffuturism (PHOTOS) (curated by Poesia) came a slew of amazing paintings spreading across the main gallery and two of the rear project spaces. Most of the work was figurative, architectural, or textual, but all of them are simply really great paintings.

Doze Green offered a balance of hot and cool with a refreshing graphic style, Vesod showed my new favorite crucifix piece, I couldn't stop looking at the details of the Robert Proch works, and the rest are sure to amaze as well. I also have to admit that in my haze of cold medicine, art openings, and holiday cocktails, I somehow completely missed ROA's show in the furthest back project space. I hear it was amazing and I hope to post photos when I get back in the state. In the mean time, take your holiday visitors to this show when they're in town: they definitely won't be disappointed.

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

Robert Proch, Survivors, Acrylic on canvas, 12x27.5"

Borondo, Blue Disguise, Mixed media on Plexiglas, 55.25x60.75"

Chazme, MEGAPOLIS: Factory C, Mixed media on canvas, 19.75x19.75"

Vesod, Reliquiae, Oil on expanded PVC, 51.25x71"

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Ryan De La Hoz, Russell Leng & Lola Dupre at Portland's Breeze Block Gallery
Written by Trippe   
Monday, 23 December 2013 10:51

PORTLAND --- SF based Ryan De La Hoz along with the talented Russell Leng (Vancouver) & Lola Dupre (Spain) are all showing together up at Breeze Block Gallery in Portland through January 4th. The show was curated by Sven Davis.

If you can't get to the show in person, be sure to view photos here.

Russell Leng

Lola Dupre

Lola Dupre

Ryan De La Hoz

Ryan De La Hoz

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Playground Legends @Fifty24SF
Written by Rachel Ralph   
Wednesday, 18 December 2013 10:32

Playground Legends
@Fifty24SF
group print show
SAN FRANCISCO --- If you haven't gotten all of your holiday shopping done yet, head over to Fifty24SF for some really nice prints. Ranging in price from about $40 to about $4,000, there is certainly enough variety to please anyone. Besides this convenience (and if you're ahead of the shopping curve), you should also head over there to just check them out.

Fitting with the title Legends, this show has work from just about every artist involved with the gallery over the years, and moving many of these images from the front of a T shirt to the gallery wall really gives some perspective on them. It's definitely worth a look and if you have any family in town, this is a great way to show them what SF is made of.

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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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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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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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