Wednesday, 09 February 2011 19:00 Written by Trippe
Chris Dacre emailed over a few photos from his current show at Sharadin Gallery as part of his three week residency with Kutztown University in Kutztown, PA. Really like the images and wanted to get some more info on this artist we're unfamilar with. The show "War is Great!" runs through March 4, 2011.
Location? Age? Education? Website?
Las Cruces, NM (temporarily), 39, MFA in Printmaking from the University of
How would you describe your work to someone?
Surveillance, the threat of nuclear attack, terrorism, ongoing wars in foreign
lands; my work is a commentary on these sensitive issues. I use sarcasm, humor
and cynicism to drive home my point-of-view and invite the viewer to question
and explore the absurdities of war. My imagery is pulled from the eight years I
spent in the Air Force, stories that are buried in the news, movies, documentaries
and books on war.
Early on my influences were the Looney Tunes, especially Bugs Bunny. Artists I
look to are Chris Burden, Red Grooms, Claus Oldenburg, Judy Pfaff, Alexander
Caulder and Maurizio Cattelan – all for different reasons. I’ve always been
fascinated by military aircraft and tanks.
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 12:55 Written by Roisin Isner
Mirkarimi introduced his resolution to save 90.3 fm KUSF yesterday... From the nearly unintelligible stenographer transcript of the proceedings, the vote breakdown went like this:
Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi: Aye
Supervisor Scott Weiner: Aye.
Supervisor John Avalos: Aye.
Supervisor David Campos: Aye.
President David Chiu: Aye.
Supervisor Carmen Chu: No. [told you so!]
Supervisor Malia Cohen: Aye.
Supervisor Sean Elsbernd: No.
Supervisor Mark Farrell: No. [ again, told you so]
Supervisor Jane Kim: Aye.
Supervisor Eric Mar: Aye.
After the vote, President Chiu's announcement "the Resolution is adopted" was met by applause by the KUSF supporters who showed up for public comment... From what I gleaned, the resolution needed unanimous approval to be effective, so what exactly is the implication of its "adoption"?
Basically, it appears that the SF Board of Supervisor's agreed (mostly) to ask the FCC nicely to cancel the sale, but the decision is still in the hands of the FCC. So, we write them. The stupid part is, despite being the Frikkin Communications Commission, this has to be done with snail mail.
The address is:
Federal Communications Commission
Office of the Secretary
445 12th Street, SW,
Washington, DC 20554
While you're dusting off stamps and trying to remember how letters work, you should write to USF's Michael Bloch- the letters will be included in a public file for the FCC. Michael Bloch's on our side, so be nice.
University of San Francisco
College of Arts and Sciences
2130 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA 94117
Last I heard, KUSF was still $3000 short of the cash they needed to retain a lawyer, information on how to make a tax deductible donation can be found here. - As an aside, the USF Faculty Association Policy Board adopted a similar resolution yesterday, Feb 7 2011, requesting that the University cancel the sale.
Roisin Isner, music editor, fecal face dot com
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 11:53 Written by Jesse Pollock
The fellas over at Hamburger Eyes hooked up a new zine production process and have been cranking out zines like there was no tomorrow. So far by our count they have put out more that 25 new zines since Christmas time last year and they show no signs of slowing down. The best part is that your favorite local photographers are all making small run zines! Photographers like Michael Jang, Ray Potes, Ted Pushinsky, Dennis McGrath, Andrea Sonnenberg, Chris Beale, Uri Korn, Stefan Simikich, and many more. It’s actually kind of a bummer if you are into zines, because you know you have to buy each and every one. Thanks a lot guys.. like we didn’t have enough addictions already. -Jesse Pollock
From World Champs by Ray Potes
From It Is Alright To Adore Yourself And Everyone by Brian David Stevens
Photographs by Corey Arnold
Opening: Friday, Feb 11th, 2011 (6-9pm)
Portland based photographer and fisherman himself (Corey's starred on the popular show Deadliest Catch), Corey Arnold, has been traveling the world documenting the world's fisherman since 2002. His show at Fecal Face Dot Gallery (opening Feb 11th, 2011) will feature a selection of photos featured in his new book, Fish-Work, Published by Nazraeli Press 2010 & available online here (Corey will be signing copies of his book from 6 to 7pm during the opening).
In 2009 PDN named Corey one of the top 30 emerging photographers. Corey Arnold is represented by Charles A. Hartman Fine Art in Portland, Richard Heller Gallery in Santa Monica and commercially by Redeye Represents in Los Angeles.
Fish-Work is the title of an ongoing life project documenting my journey as a commercial fisherman in Alaska and my travels abroad exploring fishing cultures around the world. Since 1995, I’ve worked seasonally as a crab, salmon, cod, and halibut fisherman in Alaska. But it wasn’t until 2002 that I picked up a camera and got serious about telling the story of this unique little world I’d stumbled upon.
I have a love-hate relationship with commercial fishing. The work is often grueling and mundane, sometimes dangerous and soul crushingly repetitive. But inversely, there is beauty and freedom in the act of manual labor, surrounded by a vast and remote sea wilderness. For a fisherman, the reward is often found in the amazing stories of triumph, disaster, and pride that are brought home to the civilized world. I’ve chosen to tell my story in photographs.
This selection has been culled from my most recent three month journey living amongst European fisherman in Spain, France, the Netherlands, Scotland, Greece, Germany, Poland, Norway and Ireland. They are accompanied by my images from seven years of work aboard the Bering Sea crab boat Rollo and my upcoming series Graveyard Point, the name of the seasonal salmon fishing community I’m a part of in Bristol Bay, Alaska. -Corey Arnold
About Corey Arnold
Portland based photographer Corey Arnold (34), travels the world shooting magazine assignments and personal projects while moonlighting as a commercial fisherman in Alaska 2-3 months per year. His photographic chronicles of the commercial fishing lifestyle in Europe and Alaska have been exhibited in galleries worldwide. His work has been featured in The Paris Review, Juxtapoz, Artweek, Italian Rolling Stone, Esquire, PDN, The Guardian UK, The Chicago Tribune, and Outside Magazine. PDN named him one of the top 30 emerging photographers for 2009. Corey Arnold is represented by Charles A. Hartman Fine Art in Portland, Richard Heller Gallery in Santa Monica and commercially by Redeye Represents in Los Angeles.
I caught up with Corey earlier this week and asked him a couple questions that hopfully aren’t duplicative and the one question that everyone who has seen it wants to know, “When can we get the DVD?” The film is multi-layered and while skating plays a central role in the film, if was replaced by, let’s say pogo-balling it would not have hurt the main content of the film. Although, it would have been pretty funny to see Steve Olson on a pogo-ball.
I have a film called Machotaildrop that is playing at the SF indie fest.
Where is the film playing?
The screening will be held at the Roxie theater.
Have you been here before?
I have been there a few times. We actually shot a small piece of the film there with Frank Gerwer. Who hopefully knows about the screening. He is a very hard man to get a hold of. Frank if you read this we would love to see you there!
Corey Adams photographed by Isaac Randozzi
I know you are sick of this question but it is all people want to know. When can we get our hands on a DVD of Macho Tail Drop? Or will it be in theaters before that?
Well we are hoping for both. I am learning that getting a film out for people to hold in their hands is a very difficult task when you don’t really own the entire film. Others have there hands involved so we are dealing with higher powers.
A documentary film on art and the artists behind it. Directed by Isaac Niemand, it was all filmed on the heat of the live action at ®Nova Contemporary Culture which happened in July and August 2010, in the Museum of Image and Sound, São Paulo, Brazil. This trailer features the arts and words by Tofer Chin, Rebecca Ward, Krink, MWM, Koen Delaere, Mulheres Barbadas, Cristopher Cichocki, Yochai Matos, Lucy McRae, Quayola, Kit Webster, Mark Jenkins, DEFI, B.Fleischmann, MOMO and Sin Fang Bous. Music by Bradien
Monday, 07 February 2011 10:00 Written by Daniel Rolnik
Heroes & Villains is a photographic portrait project by the photographers Tatiana Wills and Roman Cho that spotlights a wide array of innovative contemporary artists who drive popular culture today... The subjects include both well recognized and emerging artists within the world of alt comics, street, graffiti, painting and illustration. All the subjects have roots in emergent underground.
Interview by Daniel Rolnik (danielrolnik[at]gmail.com)
Gabrielle Bell by Tatiana Wills + Roman Cho
Mr. Cartoon by Tatiana Wills + Roman Cho
When did you start taking portraits of the artists for Heroes & Villains?
The Heroes & Villains project got started in Los Angeles around 2005. Roman Cho (my co-photographer) and I knew it would be a long-term project and turn into a book, but we weren’t quite sure who would be in it. We just knew who the first people would be and it just kind of snowballed from there.
I was photographing a lot of street artists prior to the project because they were friends of my husband, who was an avid collector of Sheppard Fairey’s work. I’d go with the artists on their missions and because my husband knew them they didn’t put up too much of a stink about me being there. I went to their houses, hung out, took some photos, and it developed into where I gained their trust and was able to take their portraits. Because the street-artists didn’t want their identity revealed, I would always reassure them I was just taking portraits for a personal project and I was going to keep them to myself for now.
As time went on, Roman Cho and I were looking for personal work to do because I wanted to shoot more portraits but couldn’t find the time. Roman was assisting photographers and I was a pretty busy lady working full time at a day job as well as freelancing. We had worked together before when I was at an ad agency and we complimented each other’s strengths and weaknesses. We felt that working with another photographer would motivate us more to finish the project. He initially thought of photographing comic book artists to compliment my portraits of street-artists, but we started to notice there was an overlap between the styles that was indefinable.
Like David Choe?
And Travis Miller, Jordan Crane... it was LA, it was a particular niche of artists all hanging out and doing their thing.
I actually ended up working with David Choe for a very brief time. He had a comic book for sale at an ice cream shop that I used to take my daughter to. My husband and I bought it and brought it back to the agency where we worked. The creative director loved it and hired Choe to illustrate something. I don’t know if he ended up working with them much more than a day. It was most likely his first and last foray working for the man. That was in 2004, a really interesting time because street-art was getting co-opted by movie studios who were trying to do subversive ad campaigns. It became pretty clear that the street-art movement was starting to get a lot more attention. I certainly wasn’t there at the beginning of any of this happening, but I was for sure at the right place at the right time to explore it to the fullest.
Friday, 04 February 2011 18:17 Written by Ashley Taylor
Catching air is something that only select few can fully comprehend. All those considering must be mindful of caution like feeble minded aspects to get your teeth caught in... Caught air? Catch air on your foot and try walking like that for a solid week... I bet that would be extremely difficult. Ever drop in on vert? The first time I did was in Ocean City, Maryland like in 1988 and I ate shit. In fact, my front foot never touched the board, but instead went right over the top and I proceeded to tumble down the ramp... and it was freakin' hot. They used to cook eggs on that thing on hot days. No joke. Metal vert ramp like 14 feet tall that would get hot enough to cook eggs on... The best part was that they older dudes who coached me to eat shit we're hyped that I went for it... It didn't hurt too bad in the end, and I gained the respect of the older skaters... Or I should say that I entertained them for 10 minutes in one horrific blow... As I got older I loved making the little ones drop in. Good laughs but you gotta pay your dues. You gotta prove that you have enough balls to go for it. CATCH AIR!
Friday, 04 February 2011 14:56 Written by Roisin Isner
"Cities" drops April 1st, 2011, album art by Tony Kincses
If a boat departs from a harbor and during its voyage successfully replaces every single part, is what eventually docks by all rights the same boat? Similarly, if every cell in our bodies is regenerated every seven years, is it still the same body? While I can’t attest to the Biological accuracy of that last example, the question remains: can I rightly call "Cities" the second Downer Party EP?
Forget everything you've ever heard about The Downer Party- who made a name for themselves with 2009's irreverently lighthearted pop debut "Ego Driven Lust Creatures." Since that release, the band has undergone a complete metamorphosis of membership, resulting in a very different kind of project. This Downer Party, arguably distinct from the one we met in 2009, emerges anew with "Cities"- a departure into more contemplative waters, leaving in its wake a richer and more textured sound.
photo by Andrew Callaway
from left: Josh Merry (bass/backup vocals), August Churchill (guitar/backup vocals) Sierra Frost (guitar/lead vocals), Chris Crawford (drums)
The EP is at once a love letter to and about cities, speaking aptly about places that can also be people, and indeed a metaphor for self. "Cities" was executed start to finish by the band in Churchill's basement, which in and of itself might fail to impress, until one recalls Frost's veteran career of label representation; this marked decision to work in an insular manner demonstrates the band's commitment to- and consumption with- the growth of the project. The opening track, Country Kids, is an eat-your-heart-out for any San Franciscan, superimposing visions of empathy and idiosyncrasy against the vibrant backdrop of our city. The drums on the song Chicago, which you can listen to here, cleverly mimic a beating heart, at once aligning the physiology of the listener with the music and stripping away their skin with the track's starkly raw intensity. The thesis of the EP, succinctly summarized by the final line of the final (and title) track, reads "and how can it be, that we live with those we love in different cities." Thoughtful lyricism throughout sheds light on complex relationships between people and the places they find themselves, real or imagined. The maturity of these observations is all the more impressive when one considers that their author, Sierra Frost, is still a few months shy of 21.
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.
Just want to say congrats to Fecal Face's Rachel Ralph for graduating from SFAI with her masters in curatorial studies. Also want to congratulate Alex Ziv who also just got his MFA in painting. Also a high five to the talented Mario Ayala who also just graduated from SFAI as well! --- All super talented artists (thinkers), and we're excited to see what the future holds for them!
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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