Tonight, Friday, November 30th (5-10pm) FFDG (2277 Mission St at 19th) will be hosting a Holiday Blowout with food, drink, music and discounted clothing, prints, original artwork, books, zines and much more.
We're also happy to announce that 4 Seasons Rolls will be serving up healthy/ tasty Vietnamese spring rolls & iced coffees for only $3!
Stop through after work, before heading out, grab some tasty food, have a drink and browse a wide selection of orinigal works and hand-crafted and limited run items from tshirts, zines, prints, books, and so much more.
Brigid Dawson Dedicated To Dear Earholes
@Needles & Pens, SF
through Sept 2nd
Along with creating the artworks below, Brigid Dawson sings and plays keyboard and tambourine for Thee Ohsees. Last week the DIY clothing/ book/ art gallery Needles and Pens hosted an opening with live music by Kelly Stoltz.
Check a couple MP3s from Kelly Stoltz' performance. SONG 1 | SONG 2
Brigid will be displaying a "collection of portraits done in guache, acrylic, pencil, markers, and carvings on wood and paper. They reflect upon childhood, family history, the grotesques and the beautiful. Images to scare and to please." When not making artwork Brigid performs in the San Francisco band Thee Ohsees.
We know none of these artists, but no worries. Needles and Pens always has solid shows, and I love to be surprised. Bonus was that there was to be live music by bands THE YOUNGER LOVERS and PINS OF LIGHT (featuring Jake from Hightower). Drink a corner store beer, check out the work and see some live music... The life of an art enthusiast is a great and inexpensive one.
It was loud. It was crowded and PINS OF LIGHT were great. See them live on Saturday, June 9th at Thee Parkside with Hightower and other bands for FREE at 3pm. Hightower's last show for a long time as Shane's off to NYC.
Loud ass music in a small crowded space. Always a good time.
We tried to make our way around SF on Saturday to check out some great shows and one benefit for Adobe Books with a cap for friend's birthday.
Done forget the proper camera but was a equipped with the camera phone machine. We should have better photos this week from Gerald, but for now: Needles and Pens for the group show curated by Austin McManus. Then down 16th St for the Adobe Books benefit at the Lab. With timing running out we made it to the Luggage Store for the group show Me and May ___ featuring works from Rye Purvis, Erlin Geffrard, Henry Gunderson, Spencer Keeton Cunningham, and Chad Hasegawa.
Hooray for our friends at Needles & Pens here in SF as they've opened up a new mini-shop inside Voyager (right next to Four Barrel Coffee). You can find all your favorite art books and gear inside the submarine as Mollusk moved out and they've taken over the ship. ~details
Hey, it was the first show we were able to make it out to in some time and we picked a very enjoyable one. This Irish 30 year old draws everyday things that surround him in the small Irish town he lives in (population of 50). When he's not drawing these things as seen in this show, he works on illustrations for a range of publications. He also wears large rimmed glasses and plans on taking Amtrack across the United States before flying back to Ireland via NYC. This is his first visit to the US.
Nigel holds an MARCH from the University of Edinburgh and received a Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Silver Medal commendation for his architectural thesis exploring borderlands in Istanbul in 2005. His new book In the Wilds is also available at Needles and Pens.
We've been so busy over the last few months that we haven't had a chance to get to any art shows here in SF, but now that the dust settles, we're pleased to mark this Friday on our calendar for Nigel Peake's show at Needles and Pens. We've been a fan of this Irish based artist for years and look forward to this book release and show.
Nigel Peake is both a maker and an illustrator. With a background in architecture, he creates drawings of the everyday things that surrounds him. He leads a quiet life (in the countryside of Northern Ireland) where the interest is on what is on his walk that day. Most of his days are spent working on commissioned work or self related projects/books. ~more info
Nigel Peake (glasses) outside Henry Gunderson's opening @FFDG last Thurs
Had a birthday party to attend later in the evening which meant arrving to an opening at Needles and Pens hours earlier than normally would have. People hang out in the N&P without beers in their hands? Who knew?
Great show opening up on Saturday... and was about to get some photos up from last week's opening at Needles and Pens, and accidentially DELETED all the photos on my camera which included photos from last night's opening of INSA @Fifty24SF and Fresh Air @111 Minna... Fucking shitty as both shows and openings were good times.
INFO: Matt Furie teamed up with his friend Sam Gaskin to create a new line of potential t-shirts to be sold at goth rocker life-style outlets in malls across America. Sam wrote phrases for the t-shirts such as, “I Only Smoke Weed on Days That End in ‘ – Day -‘” and Furie illustrated them.
The end result of the catchy phrases and drawings are captured in a 16 page zine entitled HOT TOPIK (which will be released this very evening).
with music by Brooklyn's
~ ~ ~ DUB KNOW DUB ~ ~ ~
In addition to releasing the zine, N&P will be hosting a quickie weekend art show of works by Furie (from the zine and others) and also works by DUB KNOW DUB/Cinders fellow STO.
We'll also be adding our podcast we recorded with Matt on Tuesday online for download Friday to get you all worked up into a frenzy for the show and the forthcoming shirts.
It is early Saturday evening, and a steady hum of excitement begins to build inside the Mission District's Needles & Pens art gallery. Students, sipping cans of Tecate, wax poetic about the future of street art with local skateboarders; ambient slowcore Casio sounds of the band Death Cheetah start to fill the room, and a group of older art aficionados hover inches away from pencil drawings of Ragnar Persson and Keith Shore and discuss the similar texture in the works. ~Read On
Saturday get on over to Needles and Pens for the opening of Knock Knock, a group exhibition curated by Malmö, Sweden's K R E T S FEATURING WORKS BY: AJ Fosik, Chris Johanson, Danilo Stankovic, Holly Stevenson, James Benjamin Franklin, Jeff Olsson, Jennifer Muskopf, Johanna Jackson, Keith Shore, Kim Hiorthøy, Malin Gabriella Nordin, Matthew Feyld, Megan Whitmarsh, Misaki Kawai, Peter Larsson, Phil Elverum, Ragnar Persson, Shoboshobo, & a mural by Richard Colman.
In August of 2010 Needles & Pens participated in an international cultural swap of sorts, by going to Sweden and curating an art show at KRETS. Now, in October, KRETS is coming to San Francisco and doing a show at N&P. The magic is real and so is the line-up they’ve assembled! ~check the blog from the trip. ||| 3253 16th St. 6-9pm
Needles & Pens just got back from an epic three week stint in Sweden. We were there doing a show called HELLO SWEDEN at our sister gallery KRETS in Malmö. The show featured the likes of, Chris Duncan, Derek Mehaffey (Other), Paul Urich, Jay Howell, Orion Shepperd, Jovi Schnell, Kevin Earl Taylor, Kyle Ranson, Oliver Halsman Rosenberg, Maria Forde, Mat O’Brien, Michael Krueger, Monica Canilao, Nick Mann (Doodles), Pacolli, Rich Jacobs, Tim Kerr, Sara Thustra, Amy Browne, Hardland/Heartland, Matt Furie, Aiyana Udesen, Tara Lisa Foley, Andrew Schoultz, Hilary Pecis, Jay Nelson, and few others. It was an amazing time. Here's a little pictorial bloggings of the experience.
If you're in Malmo, Sweden, get to Krets and view our friend's Needles and Pens show "Hello Sweden" running now through Aug 29th featuring works from Chris Duncan, Derek Mehaffey (Other), Paul Urich, Jay Howell, Orion Shepperd, Jovi Schnell, Andrew Schoultz, Hilary Pecis, Jay Nelson, Jeff Canham, Kevin Earl Taylor, Kyle Ranson, Oliver Halsman Rosenberg, Maria Forde, Mat O'Brien, Michael Krueger, Monica Canilao, Nick Mann (Doodles), Pacolli, Rich Jacobs, Tim Kerr,Sara Thustra, Amy Browne, Hardland/ Heartland, Matt Furie, Aiyana Udesen, Tara Lisa Foley, Mildred, and more! --> You can view and purchase work online.
LOS ANGELES --- mark down Saturday, June 22nd on the calendar as New Image Art will be opening Tonight We Fight featuring works by John Malta, Pacolli, Mildred, Dillon Froelich, Eric McHenry, Teddy Kelly, Luke Pelletier, Sean Morris, Yarrow Slaps, Ben Jensen, Nathan Brown and Miles Jackson.
Tucker Nichols emailed over this Whole Foods poster (below right) which looks a lot like one of Corey Arnold's photos (bottom left). Coincidence? Where they inspired by Corey's photo? Did Corey actually shoot the photo? Who knows and Corey is fishing for salmon right now (like this), so we can't ask him to find out.
Yeah, bad tattoos are basically a bummer, right? But they're also pretty much a rite of passage for bored and disenfranchised-feeling teenagers the world over. At least it was for about 95% of the people I know. Going to a reputable tattoo shop and getting a wizard or unicorn drilled into your lower back is totally fine, but nothing really takes the place of sitting around with a bunch of friends and some beers, enthusiastically taking turns poking each others' arms full of bad ideas-which actually is fun at any age.
OAKLAND -- First Fridays is hoping Oakland hasn't seen the last of the one of a kind event... The street art party is free to attend, but organizers say with police and other costs the price tag to throw the monthly party is $20,000... The City of Oakland has been footing the bill for months and after kicking in $500,000, it's pulling the plug... Organizers are now asking for donations and developing a vendor fee schedule to try and keep the party alive. ~continue reading
SAN FRANCISCO -- Guerrero Gallery, here in the Mission, opens their summer group show this Saturday, June 15th, featuring works from a steller lineup: Daniel Albrigo, Ryan Travis Christian, Alejandro Diaz-Ayala, Frohawk Two Feathers, Michelle Guintu, Justin Hager, Cody Hudson, Terry Powers, Rye Purvis, Victory Reyes, Jamie Williams, and Yarrow Slaps.
SAN FRANCISCO --- Southern Exposure hosts thier annual Monster Drawing Rally Friday, June 14, 2013 at THE NWBLK, 1999 Bryant Street (at 18th). Tons of great artists auctioning works at a starting price of only $60.
A live drawing and fundraising event with 120 artists working side by side. The event lets spectators to observe artists in the act of creation, providing the opportunity to watch a drawing come to life, and to purchase a work of art minutes after its completion. Drawings are available for purchase immediately for just $60 each.
Wonder if our old emails with Banksy are worth a few thousand dollars. It seems everything the dude touches is worth a million dollars these days! Nutty and much deserved.
A disputed Banksy graffiti artwork removed from a gritty London neighbourhood has sold for approximately $1.1 million US at auction. The provocative Slave Labour (Bunting Boy) sold at a private auction held by concierge firm The Sincura Group at the London Film Museum on Sunday, according to Bloomberg news service. The spray-painted, stenciled work depicts a child labourer using an antique sewing machine to create a Union Jack bunting. -Continue reading
Daniel Cronin was hired to shoot photos for the ongoing feature series: the Road Trips USA: Pacific Coast... An interesting idea where the trip was live blogged/ tweeted/ Instagramed with people making suggestions for what to check out, and well, into FFDG they stopped.
Look ma, we made The Guardian U.K.
Come on, guys. Don't call San Francisco "San Fran".
These days New York-native multimedia artist, Michael Alan, has been incredibly active artistically in the big city. Between staging hours-long Living Installations at the New Museum and other DIY spaces, exhibiting his drawings and paintings in group exhibitions and hosting an unusual solo show in the home of his mother, Alan proves that there is no rest for the wicked. I caught up with him recently to hear the latest, the backstory, and what's next.
Henrik Haven, who keeps us up to date in all that's Copenhagen, emailed over some photos from the Viborg International Billboard Painting Festival that's running throughout June. In this short installment he introduces us to the work of urban/graffiti artist and illustrator NYCHOS.
Brendan Monroe, whose show Melting Into the Floor runs through June 15th at LA's Richard Heller, creates these great wooden sculptures and featured a bunch in the show... He's often asked how he goes about making them and gives us at Fecal Face a little 'how to' on the process.
Mexico City based Curiot, whose sold out solo show Age of Omuktlans ran last March at FFDG, just finished this great mural entitled "El Retorno de Akhankutli" in Mexico. He recently completed one in Berlin too which we'll be posting in the coming week. The guy is very very talented in our eyes.
This made our day. Not only do we love pizza but we also love Henry Gunderson... So a board shapped like a hot slice designed by Henry Gunderson for The Good Company, well... this writer needs to go for a slice right now.
Wendell McShine (lives in Mexico City, from Trinidad) opened his newest show, Raccoon's Law, at Fifty24SF on Saturday night. ARYZ was a tough act to follow, but McShine held his own in the space... With a combination of a mural, a video, and both drawings and mixed-media works on paper, the diversity of this solo show was impressive. The Raccoon drawings were especially attractive as the way he executed them looked like they actually had fur coming off the page, and you can only imagine how soft it would be to touch. I was lucky to see his work in person through this show, and I hope to encounter more in the future.
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.
I got there the day after the tornado came through. It was like nothing I had ever seen before. My mind just could not grasp what my eyes were seeing. It was just too much to take in, too much to process. So, I did what comes naturally and took images. It sort of helped me separate from the chaos and helped me focus.
Jeffrey Cheung emailed over some photos from a recent one night show he had at Terra Gallery/ event space. The May 19th show also featured live music by Oakland garage rockers Twin Steps and Coldtergeist.
Great solo show by LA based Alison Blickle (Born 1976) up now at San Francisco's Eleanor Harwood gallery. History of Magic Part 1... The Hermitage runs through June 15th 2013. -- 1295 Alabama St. Hours: Wed thru Sat (11-6pm)
Well, it looks like John Felix Arnold rocked Tokyo with his opening with Koutaro Ooyama at Spes Lab a few weeks back. Even a language barrier couldn't prevent the success of their collaboration. They invited everyone they met on trains, in cars, cafes, bars, restaurants, and people responded by attending, and bringing their families and friends as well.
Last Thursday evening, I was lucky enough to get invited to Nickelodeon's premiere party for their newest cartoon, Sanja & Craig, created by three awesome dudes - Andreas Trolf, Jim Dirschberger, and Jay Howell. Hosted at Tony's Salon with pizza provided by Pizzanistas, the premiere party was filled with libations and celebrations, even a break-dance battle broke out. Congrats to everyone who worked on the show, and especially Trolf, Jim, and Jay who all have been working tirelessly on it. Sanja & Craig premiered Saturday 10:30 am 11 am on Nickelodeon. You can watch Sanjay and Craig Episode 1: Brett Venom on hulu. and read about how the guys came up with it in this interview with The LA Times. Now, here's some photos from the premiere.
Los Angeles Christofer Chin (Tofer) emailed over some install shots of his current show Ar running in NYC at Lu Magnus through June 29th. Simple/ clean and continuing his op artstyle Tofer Chin features new paintings, photographs, and sculpture continuing his exploration of geologically and architecturally inspired Minimalist forms.
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