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Song Dong Fri Feb 25th @YBCA
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 10:14

Chinese artist Song Dong opens Dad and Mom, Don’t Worry About Us, We Are All Well at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts a week from Friday, February 25th.

The show features his mothers domestic odds and ends which she horded in the family's tiny Beijing house... Everything she had from clothes, books, kitchen utensils, toiletries, school supplies, shopping bags, rice bowls, dolls was collected and saved. Her son Song Dong has traveled from museum to museum displaying them all like his 2009 show at NY MoMA (read a review).

Waste Not follows the Chinese concept of wu jin qu yong or 'waste not,' as a prerequisite for survival. The project evolved out of a family necessity and the artist's mother's grief after the death of her husband. The assemblage of thousands and thousands of items takes up a 70 x 60 foot area that viewers can navigate around and through. The centerpiece of the installation is the architectural armature of the building where the artist was born. A core theme of Waste Not is the idea that people, everyday objects and personal stories are not only spiritually rich in thematic material but recognizable evidence of the impact of politics and history on family life.

 
Sketch Tuesdays Tonight @111 Minna
Tuesday, 22 February 2011 16:52

111 Minna hosts another Sketch Tuesdays in asociation w/ Broken Meter tonight featuring artists Jessica Hess, Brett Amory, D Young V, Claire Pasquier, Hugh Leeman, Adam 5100, Megan Wolfe, Donta Santistevan, Mario Ayala, Ryan De La Hoz, Mike Cuffe, SKINNER, Dan Plasma, Erik Otto, Aaron Lee, Dennis McNulty, Mr. Lucky, Chor Boogie, and Nate Van Dyke. Tuesday, February 22 from 6-10 p.m - MAP.


The drill: artists draw in front of you. You drink. You buy the work they just drew for cheap prices. Win win win.

 
Breakfast w/ Corey Arnold
Tuesday, 22 February 2011 13:43

What are some of the stories you’ve heard from other fisherman?

I’ve met a guy in Seattle that quit crab fishing because he was in one of the biggest boats: a 150 foot crab boat that was 35 foot tall off the water to the windows. While he was driving, he had a wave that hit him so hard it went through all the windows, ripped the roof off, picked him up and somehow catapulted him fifty feet down onto the back deck. He survived and didn’t break anything. A total miracle.

Kirsten Incorvaia interviews Corey Arnold @My Love For You

Corey Arnold's show FISH-WORK is in its final week @FFDG. Be sure to stop in to view this great show before it comes down Sunday. Hours: Wed - Fri (3-6pm) & Sat (12-6pm)

 
Sylvia Ji - Red Caribou Print
Monday, 21 February 2011 15:54

827ink.com released this print of the painting Red Caribou by Sylvia Ji which was featured in our 10 year anniversay show back in September.

$145 - edition of 150 - 24"x24" paper size - hand-signed and numbered by the artist - printed on 100% cotton acid-free archival Elegance Velvet Platinum watercolor paper with Epson ultrachrome inks rated to last in excess of 75 years.

 
Best BBQ in San Francisco?
Monday, 21 February 2011 13:48


Corey Arnold & Jessica enjoying the tasty Cat Head's BBQ

Fantastic BBQ (Cat Head's BBQ) on Saturday nights at The Corner (18th and Mission). We've had it twice so far, and it's just about the best we've had. $15 gets you a large portion of tasty BBQ w/ 2 sides (go for the greens and mac and cheese). The first night we ordered the chicken and both loved it. Round 2 we had the beef brisket and pulled pork. Not a huge fan of brisket overall but was damn fine and wifey's pulled pork was the best we've ever had. The chicken overall was tops. Whoa!


We're no pro food photographers and got a photo after killing the plate. Trust us, the plate looks great before being destroyed

Story is that The Corner lost their chef and instead of closing they opened it up to a rotating cast of chefs and Pop-Up dining concepts throughout the week. One night it's sushi and the next offers Puerto Rican jams. Every Saturday night Cat Head's BBQ serves up the amazing BBQ. Well worth the $15 a plate. Tall boys of PBR for $3.50. Cheaper than the corner store at The Corner.


Cat Head's co-owner Richard Park

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Will Oldham
Friday, 18 February 2011 13:32

Our buddy Mike Aho snapped this photo of Will Oldham as the musician is in Austin right now working on a new season of the Internet Shack. Will will be playing a character this season w/ Michael Sieben.

Speaking of Mike Aho, be sure to be on the look out for a new album from his band ((Sounder)). They're mixing it now for a release in approx. 3 weeks.

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Velux 5 Oceans Sailing Race
Friday, 18 February 2011 11:50

Velux 5 Oceans is the oldest and toughest solo sailing race in the world and the only American, Brad Van Liew, is in the lead as the fleet approaches Cape Horn in the Southern Ocean (here), the toughest and roughest part of the world to sail.

We know this isn't a sailing site, but damn, it's interesting to follow these guys jammin' around the world toughing it out. This is a rough grueling race and with technology like it is, you get real time updates with photos and video like the one below from American Brad Van Liew.


Thursday's update from The Roaring 40's

 
Paul Fusco's Funeral Train
Thursday, 17 February 2011 18:00

RFK FUNERAL TRAIN <-- photos by Paul Fusco --> A uniquely profound record, "RFK Funeral Train" is a chronicle of the tragedy and trauma of Robert F. Kennedy's assassination. These emotional photographs, many never seen before, document the funeral procession as it traveled from New York City to Washington, D.C. in June 1968. --> view more of the photos <-- buy the book.

 
SFAC - 2011's ART IN STOREFRONTS
Thursday, 17 February 2011 14:41

Count on artists to fill the void at 10 empty Mid-Market storefronts.

The San Francisco Arts Commission is opening a new round of its Art in Storefronts program, which installs art in vacant storefronts to bring new life to blighted areas. ~continue reading.


Giant Ghosts, 2009, recycled paper, by Paul Hayes, part of the San Francisco Arts Commission’s Art in Storefronts project. Photo by Eduardo Solér

After successfully launching Art in Storefronts in five neighborhoods in its pilot year, the Arts Commission will reprise this innovative program in the Central Market neighborhood in May 2011, adding another layer of art activity to The ARTery Project. The deadline for submissions is Monday, March 7 at 5:00 p.m. ~more info.


 
Hollywood Tedium
Thursday, 17 February 2011 13:42

There's some hub bub over Banksy and his LA graffiti as he gets all excited about a hollywood award...

 
ABOVE in Sydney Feb 24th
Thursday, 17 February 2011 11:52

ABOVE is getting ready for his Sydney show opening Feb 24th @LO-FI GALLERY

 
Pine Point a Web Documentary
Wednesday, 16 February 2011 15:07

WELCOME TO PINE POINT <-- There is a concentrated sadness in mementoes; they commemorate something that might never be again... Memory is funny. Specific and vague. Visceral and unreliable. Truth, and fiction.

A touching honest nostalgic web documentary from ex-Adbusters creative folk on a Canadian mining town called Pine Point. Takes about 20 minutes to go through and worthy of your time... you're going to like it.

 
Song Dong Fri Feb 25th @YBCA
Wednesday, 16 February 2011 11:56

Chinese artist Song Dong opens Dad and Mom, Don’t Worry About Us, We Are All Well at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts a week from Friday, February 25th.

The show features his mothers domestic odds and ends which she horded in the family's tiny Beijing house... Everything she had from clothes, books, kitchen utensils, toiletries, school supplies, shopping bags, rice bowls, dolls was collected and saved. Her son Song Dong has traveled from museum to museum displaying them all like his 2009 show at NY MoMA (read a review).

Waste Not follows the Chinese concept of wu jin qu yong or 'waste not,' as a prerequisite for survival. The project evolved out of a family necessity and the artist's mother's grief after the death of her husband. The assemblage of thousands and thousands of items takes up a 70 x 60 foot area that viewers can navigate around and through. The centerpiece of the installation is the architectural armature of the building where the artist was born. A core theme of Waste Not is the idea that people, everyday objects and personal stories are not only spiritually rich in thematic material but recognizable evidence of the impact of politics and history on family life.

 
SportHocker - Extreme Sitting!
Tuesday, 15 February 2011 17:59

A combination of sports equipment and furniture.... and no, this is NOT a joke. WOW. Did you see all those cool tricks those guys did just to sit in a chair?

 
New Art Fair Comes to San Francisco
Tuesday, 15 February 2011 13:37

ART PAD SF <-- a brand new art fair for SF at The Phoenix set for May 19th - same weekend as the current SF Fine Art Fair at Fort Mason.

ArtPad isn't the only new fair coming to town that weekend. ArtMRKT also premieres at the Concourse Exhibition Center in downtown San Francisco. <-- SF and its growing art scene. Oh, how we've seen it grow over the last 10 years.

Welcome to the premiere edition of ArtPadSF, a dynamic and daring new art fair, inaugurating May 19th to May 22nd, 2011 at the landmark Phoenix Hotel known for its rock and roll history. Every city worth its salt can be said to offer something for everyone. San Francisco astonishingly achieves this within a very small area; seven miles long by seven miles wide. Well-known for its liberal politics, Victorian architecture, cultural diversity, creative and entrepreneurial boldness, its contemporary and emerging art scene is rising in national prominence. ~Read On

 
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Alexis Anne Mackenzie - 2/28
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 10:21

SAN FRANCISCO --- Alexis Anne Mackenzie opens Multiverse at Eleanor Harwood in the Mission on Saturday, Feb 28th. -details

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The Death of the Artist—and the Birth of the Creative Entrepreneur
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 10:34

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.

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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" @FFDG
Friday, 16 January 2015 09:30

"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.

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Work by Meryl Pataky

 

In Wake of Attack, Comix Legend Says Satire Must Stay Offensive
Friday, 09 January 2015 09:59

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Ron Turner of Last Gasp

"[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

 

Solidarity
Thursday, 08 January 2015 09:36

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SF Bay Area: What Might Have Been
Tuesday, 06 January 2015 09:36

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The San Francisco Bay Area is renowned for its tens of thousands of acres of beautiful parks and public open spaces.

What many people don't know is that these lands were almost lost to large-scale development. link

 

1/5/14 - Going Back
Monday, 05 January 2015 10:49

As we work on our changes, we're leaving Squarespace and coming back to the old server. Updates are en route.

The content that was on the site between May '14 and today is history... Whatever, wasn't interesting anyway. All the good stuff from the last 10 years is here anyway.

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Jacob Mcgraw-Mikelson & Rachell Sumpter @Park Life (5/23)
Friday, 23 May 2014 09:22

Opening tonight, Friday May 23rd (7-10pm) at Park Life in the Inner Richmond (220 Clement St) is Again Home Again featuring works from the duo Jacob Mcgraw-Mikelson & Rachell Sumpter who split time living in Sacramento and a tiny island at the top of Pudget Sound with their children.

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

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NYPD told to carry spray paint to cover graffiti
Wednesday, 21 May 2014 10:37

nyc_graffitiNYC --- 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

 

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Headlands Center Fundraiser -6/4/14
Tuesday, 20 May 2014 07:54

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.

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Congrats, Dudes(ette)
Monday, 19 May 2014 09:29

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!

 

 

 


 

 

 

Alison Blickle @NYC's Kravets Wehby Gallery

Los Angeles based Alison Blickle who showed here in San Francisco at Eleanor Harwood last year (PHOTOS) recently showed new paintings in New York at Kravets Wehby Gallery. Lovely works.


Interview w/ Kevin Earl Taylor

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...


Peter Gronquist @The Shooting Gallery

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.


Jay Bo at Hamburg's Circle Culture

Berlin based Jay Bo recently held a solo show at Hamburg's Circle Culture featuring some of his most recent paintings. We lvoe his work.


NYCHOS @Fifty24SF

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.


Gator Skater +video

Nate Milton emailed over this great short Gator Skater which is a follow-up to his Dog Skateboard he emailed to us back in 2011... Any relation to this Gator Skater?


Ferris Plock Online Show Now Online as of April 25th

5 new wonderful large-scale paintings on wood panel are available. visit: www.ffdg.net


ClipODay II: Needles & Pens 11 Years!!

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.


BANDES DE PUB / STRIP BOX

In a filmmaker's thinking, we wish more videos were done in this style. Too much editing and music with a lacking in actual content. Just because you can doesn't mean you should.


AJ Fosik in Tokyo at The Hellion Gallery

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.


Ferris Plock - Online Show, April 25th

FFDG is pleased to announce an exclusive online show with San Francisco based Ferris Plock opening on Friday, April 25th (12pm Pacific Time) featuring 5 new medium sized acrylic paintings on wood.


GOLD BLOOD, MAGIC WEIRDOS

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.


Jeremy Fish at LA's Mark Moore Gallery

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.


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.


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