In some back room shady dealings, the great and wonderful KUSF 90.3 has been shut down as the school sold the frequency to the company who owns the SF classical station KDFC. The plan is to move KUSF to online streaming only.
If you, like us, love this important underground/ indi station, get to USF tonight (Wednesday) @7pm *Fromm Hall to help and save the station. Read all about it:
Our buddy Matt Furie did the new cover (3D cover) for the new issue of McSweeneys which is filled with loads of interesting stuff including a 100-page annotated fragment of Michael Chabon's lost novel, incredible new stories from John Brandon and Colm Tóibín, Jack Pendarvis's "Jungle Geronimo in Gay Paree," a play by Wajahat Ali—eight astounding booklets in all.
Matt has also updated his website w/ loads of new work.
*Also mark your calendars for Tuesday, the 25th because Fecal Face will be doing a live "radio" interview w/ Matt during the evening. Details forthcoming. Just get your questions ready and plan on tunning in on Tuesday evening for some Fecal Face LIVE streaming.
SF Weekly's Master Minds is asking artists to submit thier works for a chance of being 1 of 3 artists awarded $1,500 in monies... They are currently having an open casting call for local Bay Area artists to submit their work in any of the following categories: Performing Arts, Visual/Digital Media, Fashion/Design, Performing Arts and Film/Video/Media. ~Click here for more info.
Our buddy UPSO releases issue #13 of Faesthetic to celebrate 10 years of producing a great independent arts magazine. Congrats, sir on another great issue w/ cover art from Mr. Mike Giant. Can't wait to crack it open.
You can look inside #13 here <-- and to celebrate the 10 years, you can purchase your copy for only $13.
Collectable and affordable, Faesthetic #13 is a collection of art & oddities from around the world. Part comic book & part zine,
Faesthetic is a great place to discover new art & ideas.
Special Musical performance by the Wax Idols. Miss Mariah is making some tonic No.3 to be served, and there's a good chance that there will have a balloon dog artist there (Koons V. Park Life) ~more details
Park Life is proud to present Bitches Brew, our first show of 2011.
This show features five artists from the Bay Area. Although there is a
slight connection with figuration, each artist uses that launch point
to create wholly different work. Pieces vary from figurative drawings,
illustrative paintings, comic renderings, and mix media abstractions.
Bitches Brew serves as a bookend to 2010's Bro Palace that featured
works by several male artists from the Bay Area's art community.
We're not totally sure of what to expect at the opening of Luggage Store's 2 person film and video show CUSP, opening Friday (7-9pm), but that's what what's great about The Luggage Store. For over 20 years the Luggage Store has been bringing thought provoking and powerful shows, and here's another not to be missed.
Through means that are purely visual CUSP, a two-person exhibition and multi-screen installation, explores the relationships between the works of Everson and Owusu who initially came into contact with each other as teacher and student. CUSP reveals the correspondences between projected moving images which exist on the cusp between reality and fiction and the displacement between America and Africa.
Our old friend and talented SF based artist, Maria Forde, will be showing a series of drawings inspired by the Guinness Book of World Records @The Curiosity Shop at 855 Valencia (bet 19th & 20th) here in SF w/ a reception scheduled for Friday evening 6-9pm. She'll also have a new print for sale. ~details
Photographer Miguel Farias helped us redo our hardwood floors @FFDG when we opened like 3 years ago. We haven't seen Miguel in some time, but are happy to hear that he's showing some of his photos in San Rafael w/ a reception this Friday.
At the Inauguration of President Barack Obama in January 2009, he declared Martin Luther King Jr. Day a national day of service. The President is urging US citizens to join or start a service event every year to honor Dr. King's legacy and the spirit of coming together to make a difference in our communities.
This Monday join Fecal Face at AAACC @762 Fulton Street @8am. Breakfast will be served and then the AAACC will dispatch hundreds of volunteers throughout the City for various volunteer opportunities, including Department of Public Works city clean up and garden repair at AAACC. Other volunteer opportunities include tree-planting, food pantry/kitchen, painting, reading for seniors, and cleaning up our parks. ~COMPLETE DETAILS
With the California Lawyers for the Arts (CLA) Sunday, February 6, 2011 @Southern Exposure here in SF.
Don't miss this half-day seminar on the essentials of income tax for individual artists of all disciplines. Learn how artists and artists groups can efficiently track income and expense throughout the year and how to correctly file their taxes. Topics will include record keeping, form 1040, Schedule C, and self-employment schedule, deductions, hobby losses, home offices and more. The tax workbook, "The Art of Deduction," is included with the admission fee.
To register: Go to the events section of the CLA website here
Sunday, February 6, 2011 (1:00 - 5:00 pm) - Location: Southern Exposure, 3030 20th Street (@ Alabama), San Francisco ||| Admission: $30 for CLA or SoEx members/ $40 for non-members/ $20 students/seniors. ~Registration required
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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