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San Mateo residents cracking down on graffiti with help of new app
Friday, 10 January 2014 10:23

The city of San Mateo recently unveiled a mobile app designed to make it easier for community members to report graffiti vandalism and for city contractors to respond to such cases. The app, called mySanMateo, is available for Apple and Android devices, and it allows users to attach photos and precise GPS coordinates to their service requests. --CONTINUE READING

 
You Have the Right to Remain Out of Prision
Thursday, 09 January 2014 14:39

It's important to know your rights when you live in the good ol' USofA... Check this nicely designed info-graphic and/ or check here for a convenient printout.

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"Figure Ground" @Eleanor Harwood, Jan 10th
Wednesday, 08 January 2014 10:52

SAN FRANCISCO --- After their fall hiatus Eleanor Harwood re-opens the gallery in 2014 with Figure Ground, a four-person exhibition featuring new work by Mathew Zefeldt, Samuel Hayes, Niv Bavarsky and Will Reed, curated by Gideon Chase. ~Friday, January 10th (5-8pm) - DETAILS

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Lil' Trippe En Route
Tuesday, 07 January 2014 11:39

We're happy to announce that we have a little baby Trippe due this June! We find out whether it's a little boy or girl next week, but as of today, we know it's heartbeat is thumping away and that it's squirming and doing summersaults inside mommy's belly... with each day bringing more exciting movements for us to feel... Little buddy is growing a half an inch weekly!

The newest Trippe due this June

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Mike Giant @FFDG, Feb 7th
Monday, 06 January 2014 11:16

We've done some schedule shifting as we open FFDG's 2014 program.

We kick off the new year with a solo show by Mike Giant opening Friday, Feb 7th. Details and more information coming shortly. In the meantime, enjoy this wall action Giant did in LA w/ his homie Jaber.

Photos from his '12 solo show "Confessions of a Dirty Old Skateboarder"

Mike Giant & Jaber recent wall in Los Angeles

Mike Giant working in his studio

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Allison Schulnik - Upcoming
Friday, 03 January 2014 13:17

NEW YORK --- LA based painter Allison Schulnik ('09 iNTERVIEW) opens a solo show at NYC's ZieherSmith on January 9th and also one at Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, CT Feb 6th ~DETAILS

Work by Allison Schulnik


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HOW TO SCREEN PRINT A POSTER
Thursday, 02 January 2014 10:44

We've been walking down memory lane as of late, and came across this gem by Anthony Skirvin of Ape Do Good done back in 2005 here in Fecal Face:

HOW TO SCREEN PRINT A POSTER

First thing, with screen printing, there is a bunch of different ways to achieve the same end result. What I am showing you here is only one way that I print posters, so this should be a considered an introduction, but know that there are plenty of different methods out there that will work just as well. ~continue reading

Into the Fecal Archives w/ Skirvin's HOW TO SCREEN PRINT A POSTER

 
SF's Wild Parrots
Tuesday, 31 December 2013 11:26

SAN FRANCISCO --- There are so many great things about this city, and the Wild SF Parrots are for sure one of them. What started out as a small population residing in Telegraph Hill has spread around the city and even beyond its borders. Our home near Cole Valley gets its fair share feasting on the Gum Trees and the occasional bird feeder like our neighbors. Ya, a bit noisy and could develop into a possible nuisance, but as of now, incredibly awesome.

Best places to view them is Sue Bierman park down by the Ferry Building --- and, no, don't feed them like we did.

SF's wild parrots grazing at a neighbor's feeder.

Don't feed the birds. We didn't know better at the time.

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Why the Art World Is So Loathsome
Monday, 30 December 2013 10:39

Now that photographs of this year's Art Basel Miami are finally working their way out of everyone's Instagram feeds, it's worth revisiting Simon Doonan's takedown of the modern art world. First published in 2012, it explains why Doonan skipped Miami that year—and what's wrong with art today.

--- Freud said the goals of the artist are fame, money, and beautiful lovers. Based on my artist acquaintances, I would say this holds true today. What have changed, however, are the goals of the art itself. Do any exist?

How did the art world become such a vapid hell-hole of investment-crazed pretentiousness? How did it become, as Camille Paglia has recently described it, a place where "too many artists have lost touch with the general audience and have retreated to an airless echo chamber"? (More from her in a moment.) ~continue reading

 
Get to The de Young Museum for David Hockney before Jan 20th
Saturday, 28 December 2013 10:12

SAN FRANCISCO --- Be sure to get to this show before it ends on Jan 20th!

At 76, David Hockney is in one of his primes, and apparently he knows it. Not for nothing is his exuberant, immersive survey at the de Young Museum here cheekily titled "David Hockney: A Bigger Exhibition"

The David Hockney grand show at the de Young Museum ends January 20th

This sprawling romp through more than 300 works in several mediums and technologies fills 10 often large galleries and yet primarily covers work from the last decade of Mr. Hockney’s 60-year career. It is dominated by radiant landscapes — some the size of murals — of the fields and woods in different seasons of East Yorkshire in Britain, near where Mr. Hockney was born and grew up. ~continue reading

 
HOMEMADE TATTOOS by Andreas Trolf
Wednesday, 25 December 2013 11:13

As we continue down memory lane during the Holidays, let's just get to the meat and potatoes with the gem HOMEMADE TATTOOS which, should be noted, is also brought to us by Andreas Trolf, in 2006 with 432 comments (almost better than the article).

The funny thing is that most of us here at Fecal Face don't even have a single tattoo.

Andreas Trolf wrote many classics for Fecal Face

 
Mike Giant Audio Interview
Tuesday, 24 December 2013 14:05

The one and only Mike Giant recently sat down with Mike Maxwell to record an audio interview for Maxwell's Live Free Podcast. Mike Giant joins us via skype from Downtown Los Angeles. We talk Honesty, Tattooing Again, Efficiency, Lineage, LA, Court Systems, Checks/Balances, 70's Strength, Oprah For President, Chuck Norris ~LISTEN

Mike Giant opens a solo show on Friday, Feb 7th @FFDG in San Francisco. Details on that show shortly.

"Skater Girls - Allie" by Mike Giant from his 2012 show at FFDG

 
From the Archives: How to Stuff a Mouse
Monday, 23 December 2013 09:32

Throughout the Holidays we're going to revisit some of the classic/ interesting stories we've done over the last 13+ years of Fecal Face.

No doubt Andreas Trolf had done some of the best features on the site (traffic & comments to prove it), and here's a goodie from 2006 when he and Brook showed us HOW TO STUFF A MOUSE

From the Fecal Face archives: Andreas Trolf & Brook show you the ropes of mouse stuffing back in 2006.

Disclaimer: Undoubtedly, there are going to be a bunch of you out there reading this who'll voice strenuous objections to the art and science of taxidermy. I'm aware of the stigma attached to fooling around with dead things (not in that way)-whether it be for the purpose leather wearing, meat eating, or trophy hunting-and, for the most part, I agree with you people. I don't eat animals; I'm nice to house pets. But this is a mouse... READ & LEARN ON

 
"Nebraska" Film
Saturday, 21 December 2013 09:00

Director Alexander Payne (About Schmidt, Sideways, The Descendants) directed the great film Nebraska which is in theaters now. NYTimes Pick, trailer, and go and see it. Worthy of a theater visit. ~ now playing @One Embarcadero Center.

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Hooray for Thee Ohsees
Friday, 20 December 2013 14:06

SAN FRANCISCO --- Thee Ohsees aren't breaking up, but they are taking a long hiatus as front man John Dwyer (our podcast interview) told the crowd at Wednesday's performance at Great American. "This will be the last Oh Sees show for a long while," he told the crowd. "So dig in."

Dwyer's off to LA (yet another artist leaves San Francisco) and Brigid Dawson leaving for Santa Cruz while bass guitarist Petey Dammit and drummer Mike Shoun are staying in the city.

We just want to thank Thee Ohsees for bringing the brilliant music for years and can't wait to see them live again in the future!

After relentless touring and work, Thee Ohsees are taking a much deserved break.

 
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Nychos Friday @Fifty24SF
Thursday, 17 April 2014 10:46

SAN FRANCISCO --- You've seen the murals pop up around town the last week from this Austrian street artist as he prepares for his solo show at Fifty24SF opening this Friday, 4/18.

GET THE SHOW DETAILS --- a bunch of NYCHOS

 

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

 

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John Felix Arnold III on the Road to NYC

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.


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.


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