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Bill Daniel @Adobe Books Thursday
    Wednesday, 05 February 2014 /// Written by Trippe

SAN FRANCISCO --- First off, have you viewed the great documentary WHO IS BOZO TEXINO? (The Secret History of Hobo Graffiti)? If not, do watch this great doc by Bill Daniel and get excited about Thursday's show here in SF at Adobe Books. ~DETAILS

Mostly True, an exhibition that showcases 5 artists from Bill Daniel's book of the same name. Opening: Thursday, 6pm at Adobe Books - 3130 24th St.

Event Details ~~



Chris Johanson @Adobe Books, Saturday
    Tuesday, 21 January 2014 /// Written by Trippe

SAN FRANCISCO --- As part of Adobe Books 25th anniversary, Chris Johanson will be signing copies of his new book this Saturday, Jan 25th (6-10pm) w/ after-party music by Ovarian Trolley. ~DETAILS

Date: Saturday January 25 2014 (6–10pm)
Where: Adobe Books and Arts Cooperative
3130 24th St, SF CA



Zine Release at Adobe Books Saturday
    Friday, 25 October 2013 /// Written by Trippe

Raphael Villet went on a trip with the Oakland band Meat Market to the SXSW music festival in Austin, Texas and created a book of his photos from the exploration of the Southwest, a photographic document of the people and places they encountered along the way.

There will be a bok release at Adobe Books on 24th St in the Mission, this Saturday, October 26th at 7 pm. Some Oakland bands are gonna play, a little DJ musical action and Raphael's buddy Rocky will be serving up his awesome fried bread concoctions. ~details.



Give + Take Opens Tonight, Wed, at Adobe Books
    Wednesday, 05 June 2013 /// Written by Trippe

give + take is a collaborative, community-based art show that aims to question at which degree a city influences its artists and vice versa. Each showing artist was presented a small metal drain cover, found unattached to its original home on the sidewalk, and then asked to redesign it before being given back to the people and the city of San Francisco. There were no other directions given other than their creation must retain the object's original form, be community-appropriate, and treated so as to survive the elements. All participating artists are working in, or based out of, the San Francisco Bay Area.

The opening reception on Wednesday, June 5th will celebrate this collection as well as honor Adobe Bookshop and its rich history, as it will be the last gallery show in the original location at 3166 16th Street, in the Mission District.
~Complete Show details



Just The Two of Us at Adobe Books
    Thursday, 18 April 2013 /// Written by Trippe

San Francisco based artists Raphael Villet and Sean Vranizan are currently showing Just the Two of Us at Adobe Books through April 21. Here are some photos from the opening and works.

Raphael Villet and Sean Vranizan are two San Francisco artists whose lives have fatefully intertwined throughout the years. They come together for this show exhibiting entirely new work, with new mediums, and shared vibes. Raphael's work is tied together under an ongoing series which focuses on physical body movement, its direction, and what it expresses. He is showing photographs and for the first time: video and paintings. Sean's work uses black and white as a unifier between his paintings and photographs, bringing together his unique typography with various portraits of California landscape.

Out front Adobe Books on 16th St in the Mission



Shalo P @Adobe Books, Saturday
    Friday, 09 November 2012 /// Written by Trippe

San Francisco artist Shalo P (our interview w/ him) opens his first solo show VALLEY at Adobe Books this Saturday Nov 10th. Don't know a whole lot of what to expect, but if this and the images he emailed us is any indication, it should be interesting indeed.

VALLEY is an ensemble of supple relationships, a climax of virtualization. Drawings, hand-drawn and digitally rendered, elucidate an affair with one SISTER SPREAD. Disconcerting, challenging, stimulating still images. As the eyes move over them, reception is comparable to the sensing movement of our consciousness, jumping back and forth between the various layers of reality, between past and present.

Adobe Books
3166 16th St.
reception 7PM-10PM



Adobe Books Plans to Stay Open
    Wednesday, 10 October 2012 /// Written by Trippe

In an effort to keep Adobe Books open since a recent rent hike, a group, The Adobe Books and Arts Cooperative, a member supported and operated cooperative, has been formed to figure out a way to make Adobe Books a sustainable business. What do they have planned? The store's interior space will be modified to better accommodate pop-up exhibits, music and performance events. The backroom gallery will continue to showcase young artists and craftspeople, and offer curators an important venue for thematic exhibits.

We want to resolve the future of the Adobe Bookshop by the end of 2012, but we must move forward quickly. We need the support of the Adobe Bookshop community as well as new arrivals to the Mission district that share a common vision of community engagement, accessible arts and good books. Soon we will embark on a fundraising campaign. Help us spread the word. ~More details.

Adobe Books Forms Cooperative



Adobe Books on KALW
    Friday, 10 August 2012 /// Written by Trippe

We reported months back that the beloved Adobe Books was setting to close. Well, it seems like the end of September is the date they leave us for good.

KALW 91.7 did a report and interview with owner Andrew McKinley that aired this morning and is worthy of a listen (MP3).

Adobe Books set to close the end of Sept.

Adobe Books and its backroom gallery have been a long time staple in the SF art scene and will be sorely missed. 22 years they've been hosting art shows, live music events and other forms of art and art discussion. They've consistently hosted quality/ interesting art shows and are of another time in San Francisco that seems to be disappearing quite quickly. Cities change, we sigh.


Adobe Books Closing
    Wednesday, 30 May 2012 /// Written by Trippe

Sad to have passed Adobe Books on the way in this morning to see the "everything must go" signs and a for lease sign on the used book store/ art gallery and long time SF institution. Guess the new building owners want to increase the rent 20% as the Mission isn't what it used to be in terms of cheap rents.

Adobe Books and its backroom gallery have been a long time staple in the SF art scene and will be sorely missed. 22 years they've been hosting art shows, live music events and other forms of art and art discussion. They've consistently hosted quality/ interesting art shows and are of another time in San Francisco that seems to be disappearing quite quickly. Cities change, we sigh.

Read an interview with owner Andrew McKinley and gallery curator Devon Bella.

Adobe Books set to close.

This place is my narnia. I walked in on a whim, not knowing anything about it and I was transfixed. This is truly what a bookstore is about. A place to be lost in all kinds of books. You can get lost on your own or choose to talk with the people, who are the nicest. Wander the backroom gallery. they even have a bathroom! (always a great thing in my book!) -Kaitie D. via Yelp


Adobe Books Benefit Saturday
    Wednesday, 04 April 2012 /// Written by Trippe

San Francisco based book store and major arts supporter over the years, Adobe Books needs your help as their landlord is attempting a huge rent increase and they're on the verge of loosing their lease.

One of the last book stores standing in a city that's changing faster than you can say shuttle me to my Google/ Facebook/ Apple job, they could use your help. If you've appreciated their art shows, used book selection and inviting atmosphere over the years, get out and support this celebrated institution.

This Saturday, The Lab will be hosting an art auction/ benefit complete with musical performances by Sonny and the Sunsets, Thee Oh Sees and The Mallard.

Support Adobe Books Saturday

Where: The Lab, 2948 16th St
Doors at 8pm / Show at 8:30pm
Sliding scale $10 - $20
~Complete Details



Raphael Villet @Adobe Books
    Monday, 20 June 2011 /// Written by Trippe

Santa Cruz photographer Raphael Villet emailed over some photos from his show that went down at Adobe Books Back Room Gallery here in SF. Zine release, live music and good times for the one night only exhibition Man-O-Man-O-Man that went down last May 28th. ~pics



Raphael Villet @Adobe Books May 28th
    Friday, 20 May 2011 /// Written by Trippe

Currently studying at Santa Cruz, photographer Raphael Villet stopped in FFDG a couple weeks back and mentioned his show at Adobe Books opening on May 28th. We've published Raphael's great photos in the past and dig his new work as well. Below is a taste of what you're going to see at the Adobe show. ~Oh, and the band Meat Market will be playing at the opening as well.



Tara Foley @Ampersand International
    Tuesday, 26 April 2011 /// Written by Trippe

Our friend, the talented SF based artist Tara Foley, who works at SOEX as the Artists In Education Program Manager, has a great show up now at Ampersand International out on Tennessee and 20th. The show runs through May 13th.

Check her 2008 solo show @FFDG and her '09 show @Adobe Books.


Carrie Hott @Adobe Books
    Thursday, 30 September 2010 /// Written by Trippe

UNDERSTANDING A WHALE FALL/WHALE WATCH ~Carrie Hott solo exhibition and store wide project @Adobe Books opened Thurs, Sept 30th ~show details



Mina Dresden, The Lab, & Adobe Books
    Saturday, 10 February 2007 /// Written by Trippe

Hit these 3 spots Feb. 9, '07



Mat O'Brien & Brian Gaberman
    Tuesday, 31 October 2006 /// Written by Isaac Randozzi

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SF Giants' World Series Trophy & DLX
Wednesday, 04 March 2015 17:21

I'm not sure how many people are lucky enough to have The San Francisco Giants 3 World Series trophies put on display at their work for the company's employees to enjoy during their lunch break, but that's what happened the other day at Deluxe. So great.


SF skateboarding icons Jake Phelps, Mickey Reyes, and Tommy Guerrero with the 3 SF Giants World Series Trophies


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



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.


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.


Work by Meryl Pataky


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


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


Thursday, 08 January 2015 09:36



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


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.


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



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

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.










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.


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.


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.


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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