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Winter Group Show @The Shooting Gallery
Written by Rachel Ralph   
Tuesday, 22 January 2013 11:55


Bryan Schnelle,
Prepare to Die, Paper collage and enamel on canvas, 72"x72"
A week ago Saturday brought the opening of the Winter Group Show at Shooting Gallery. I got there very early, so a crowd was yet to form, but I hope some visitors braved the cold after a few drinks later in the evening. The artists showing are those that have helped with the continued development of the Shooting Gallery, including John Felix Arnold III, Ferris Plock, and APEX, all of whom have shown work recently in the Tenderloin. The intermingling of two-dimensional and sculptural works emphasized the variety of artists who show at the Shooting Gallery, which is a great way to finish their last show in this space. I can’t wait to see what they do with the larger space they are moving into very soon, continuing to foster creativity, but hopefully with much more room to do so.

Words and photos: Rachel Ralph ~ rachel(at)fecalface.com

John Felix Arnold III, Mixed media on wood panel

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D Young V @White Walls
Written by Rachel Ralph   
Wednesday, 16 January 2013 14:00

D Young at White Walls

I am totally over artwork depicting guns. It has been played out as a way to shock viewers and draw inaudiences, and recently, it seems like we just can't escape. Much to my chagrin, D Young V's newestshow at White Walls here in San Francisco is different. There are guns everywhere, but they aren't ploys for attention. Instead, The New Race employs the weapons as commonplace tools necessary for survival in the post-apocalyptic world D Young V has created in the gallery. The entire space is covered in works of ink on paper, reading as militaristic propaganda, complete with ammo and helmets to protect yourself. Arrowsextend from the bottom of several works ending at a pair of footprints, directing the viewer's distance from the piece, suggesting more intimate or more encompassing perceptions of the images.

More importantly, the show starts in the street, tying the space of the gallery to that of the Tenderloinon Larkin Street. Because of this introduction, it is easy to read the work within the gallery as what San Francisco might look like 300 years after civilization has ended. The script extending across the gallery and the pieces themselves intermingle English characters with numbers and symbols, an allusion to the disintegration of language through time. Will we really be speaking English in 300 years? Are we even really speaking English now?

With recent violent events including school shootings, this dystopian future may not be that far off. We may need to arm ourselves and embrace community over individualism, much like D Young V has done within his work. Instead of using the guns as symbols of power, he has introduced them as necessary tools for survival for the entire new race. Through incredibly detailed work, this show emphasizes the need to protect ya neck.

Words & Photos: Rachel Ralph - rachel(at)fecalface.com

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Iron to Gold Ashes to Hope
Written by Rachel Ralph   
Thursday, 10 January 2013 16:02

Last week, for a one-night-only event, Juxtapoz and the Chandran Gallery here in San Francisco hosted Iron to Gold/Ashes to Hope, a fundraising auction to benefit an artist residency program in Detriot started by exhibiting artists Monica Canilao and Harrison Bartlett. The storefront was taken over by the Singapore/San Francisco based gallery where it was transformed to encapsulate the detritus and community fostered by the residency's home in the city of Detroit. The pieces were even numbered simply with chalk, a perfect way to integrate the works with the space itself. An ordinary print auction was taken to a whole new level in this inclusive environment, which included a chandelier encircled by swings, an American flag tent, and house DJ. Although the event only occurred for this one evening, proceeds will be directed to the residency program, which will ensure the creative futures of artists and therefore more events like this to come.

Words & Photos: Rachel Ralph - rachel(at)fecalface.com

Swoon and Monica Canilao

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Supersonic Electronic @Spoke Art
Written by Rachel Ralph   
Wednesday, 09 January 2013 11:26

Work by Ken Garduno

Thursday night brought a packed crowd to Spoke Art where the gallery hosted the second annual Supersonic Electronic Invitational. For this show, 32 young artists were chosen by supersonicelectronic.com founder Zach Tutor, who sees them as the leaders of a new generation of artists. The space was packed with high-quality work, almost strictly limited to painting, and a small room in the back sold prints and gave drinks away to those who dared to enter the swarm. The space was so crammed that there was a line to get in, and the work seemed to be selling quickly and early, so the show seemed to be a great success in exposing these young artists to new audiences. It will definitely be worth a second look, where I may get the space to view each piece as it deserves.

Words & photos: Rachel Ralph -rachel(at)fecalface.com

Audrey Kawasaki

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Donate Your Skate @Book & Job
Written by Trippe   
Monday, 07 January 2013 14:01

Rachel Ralph headed down to the Tenderloin just before Christmas to check out the Donate Your Skate benefit show at The Book & Job Gallery here in San Francisco. This one night show/ benefit was thrown to collect donated skateboard equipment from the city's skate scene to help Bay Area kids in need for the Holidays.

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Henry Gunderson's Apocalypse
Written by Trippe   
Wednesday, 26 December 2012 10:00

Last Friday, the day the world was meant to end, Henry Gunderson opened his short run show (through Jan 5th) Apocalypse Shelter at Ever Gold complete with space suits and apocalyptic videos and solar heated sleeping/ yoga mats.

Funniest home videos laugh tracks over videos of the LA riots. People dragged from cars beaten to laughs like the classic "man hit in nuts" audio laugh track Bob Saget style. Colored pencil works with walls covered in aluminum foil for the journey to the afterlife.

Don't drink the koolaid

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Sam Flores @Fifty24SF
Written by Trippe   
Monday, 24 December 2012 13:03

Last Friday we swung through Fifty24SF here in San Francisco to check out Sam Flores current show running through Feb 12th, 2013.

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Winter Group Show @FFDG
Written by Van Edwards   
Thursday, 13 December 2012 16:06

Our Winter Group Show opened last Friday at FFDG here in San Francisco. It runs through Jan 12, 2013 and features works from:

Ryan De La Hoz, Michelle Fleck, Matt Gonzalez, Yis "Nosego" Goodwin, Scott Greenwalt, Alec Huxley, Dave Kinsey, Mark Mulroney, Ferris Plock, Albert Reyes, Max Rippon, Bryan Schnelle, Mike Shine, Scott Teplin, Paul Urich, Xiau-Fong Wee, Taylor White, Alex Ziv, and Zoltron.

Note that the gallery will be closed the week of Dec 24 - 29th.  

 

Alex Ziv
Aamericana
27" x 35", framed
pen & ink on paper
price and availability,
email:info(at)ffdg.net

 

Matt Gonzalez
Untitled
wood, paper, mixed media
12" x 16.5" 3"
price and availability,
email:info(at)ffdg.net

 

Paragon by Dave Kinsey (left) & Untitled by Max Ripon (right)

 

NOSE GO
Folklore
12" x 16"
acrylic on panel
price and availability,
email:info(at)ffdg.net

 


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10 YEARS OF V1 GALLERY (Copenhagen)
Written by Henrik Haven   
Thursday, 06 December 2012 11:03

V1 X: TONIGHT WE WONT BE BORED
10 YEARS OF V1 GALLERY
Copenhagen
It's not often that you can see new works from so prominent artists side by side in my hometown, but that is exactly the scenario we have right now in Copenhagen at the V1 Gallery as they celebrate their 10 year anniversary with a huge group show called "Tonight We Won’t Be Bored – 10 Years of V1 Gallery". The list of the participating artists in the current show includes legendary names like Kenny Scharf, Futura, Faile, Barry McGee, Barbara Kruger, Shepard Fairey, Steve Powers, Todd James, Andrew Schoultz, Thomas Campbell, Erik Parker, Neckface and two of my favorite local artists, Søren Solkær Starbird and Troels Carlsen. The list just goes on and on… and in total there's more than 100 new works on display!

In my personal opinion, V1 Gallery is the best thing that has happened to the scene for young contemporary art in Copenhagen over the past 10 years. V1 has brought exactly the kind of contemporary art that I'm passionated about to Copenhagen from a very impressive international pool of artists. I look very much forward to the various exhibitions with equal parts of excitement and great expectations - and I have never been disappointed. Over the past few years I have also had the great pleasure to photograph selected exhibitions for a variety of international art magazines and websites - which, like myself, are very interested in following the V1 Gallery and cover the many great shows. Congratulations on your 10 year anniversary, it has been a true triumph! -Henrik Haven

Artists: Andre, Anika Lori, Ari Marcopoulos, Asger Carlsen, Ashley Macomber, Barbara Kruger, Carl Krull, Matthew Stone, Clayton Brothers, Dash Snow, DearRainDrop, Eine, Erik Parker, Evan Hecox, Faile, Futura, Geoff McFetridge, Hesselholdt og Mejlvang, Henrik Vibskov, HuskMitNavn, Thomas Campbell, Jakob Boeskov, Jacob Holdt, Jamison Brosseau, Andrew Schoultz, Jenny Holzer, Jes Brinch, Jesper Dalgaard, John Copeland, Julie Nord, Kasper Sonne, Katherine Bernhardt, Kenny Scharf, Kim Gordon, L. Fong, Mads Lynnerup, Misaki Kawai, Misha Hollenbach, NeckFace, Peter Beste, Peter Funch, Pica Pica, Richard Colman, Rory McBeth, Ryan Schneider, Shane Bradford, Shepard Fairey, Steve Powers, Søren Behncke, Søren Solkær Starbird, Thomas Øvlisen, Todd James, Troels Carlsen, Ulrik Crone, Vincent Szarek & Wes Lang.

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Hiro Kurata | Ivory & Black
Written by Trippe   
Monday, 03 December 2012 15:30

Brooklyn based Hiro Kurata, via Japan, has his London solo show running through Friday, Dec 7th at Ivory and Black. Such wonderful paintings. Here are a few pics from the opening.

Hiro Kurata (left)

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Holiday Blowout (pics)
Written by Van Edwards   
Monday, 03 December 2012 14:18

A few pics from last Friday's Holiday Blowout jammy @FFDG. Good times indeed and thanks to INDIO for the tasty beers.

Also, thanks to vendors/ friends Needles and Pens, High in the Bay, Little Paper Planes, and Hamburger Eyes

Mildred and Pacolli of High in the Bay

Ray and Dave Potes of Hamburger Eyes

Andrew McKinley of Adobe Books enjoying some tasty.

Kyle Ranson had a line all evening doing portraits of people for only $20

Thanks again to INDIO who have kept us well hydrated for months now. Much appreciated.

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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

Ron-Turner

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

charlie

 

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

tiburonbridge

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

park_life

 

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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Wednesday, 16 June 2010 17:39


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.

headlands

 

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!

 

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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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