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Part 2 of Life and Work on a Containership: The Last Leg of a Long Journey
Written by Marty Machado   
Monday, 06 September 2010 11:12
by Martin Machado

Well the last time I wrote in to Fecalface I was approaching Dubai on the last of my three fifty-seven day trips from New York to Singapore and back. In typical shipping industry fashion, there was a drastic change of plans at the last minute. The head honcho’s at APL decided to start sending this fleet of ships through the dry-docks in Singapore and we were to be the first. So unfortunately I was not going to be home for the holidays as planned and my stay on board would now exceed six months. However, I was going to get to spend two full weeks in Singapore, after which our ship would start a Pacific run, hitting several new Asian ports and eventually sailing back under that beautiful Golden Gate into my home port of San Francisco.

The Dry-Docks in Singapore

One Way or Another VII (Part II)
Written by Michael Hsiung   
Thursday, 19 August 2010 11:35
Michael Hsiung continues blogging his travels for Color Magazine's traveling skate-centric art shows up and down the west coast. This time the journey starts off with them leaving Escapist in Kansas City, MO and then heading to Austin, TX to meet up with Sieben and the guys from No Comply. We do some skating at the ditch, installing, visit Okay Mountain, have the opening, skate Alien Pond and then start our drive back.

Monday we posted Part One of this post.

Ed Templeton Talk at OCMA
Written by Michael Hsiung   
Wednesday, 18 August 2010 10:22
Last Thursday, we went down to Newport to catch Artist Ed Templeton’s talk with Juxtapoz magazine co-founders Greg Escalante and CR Stecyk III, moderated by Joseph Dugan at the Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA). Director Kevin Barnett aslo presented some footage from his upcoming documentary, Primer, featuring Ed Templeton. Following the panel, Ed signed some copies of his books Deformer andThe Cemetery of Reason while some of us dined at the taco truck. We would have caught the film at the beginning, but we were caught in some brutal traffic. Driving time 1:45 minutes. ~CHECK SOME PHOTOS

One Way or Another VII
Written by Michael Hsiung   
Monday, 16 August 2010 11:56
Michael Hsiung continues blogging his travels for Color Magazine's traveling skate-centric art shows up and down the west coast. This time the journey starts off with them leaving Escapist in Kansas City, MO and then heading to Austin, TX to meet up with Sieben and the guys from No Comply. We do some skating at the ditch, installing, visit Okay Mountain, have the opening, skate Alien Pond and then start our drive back.

One Way or Another VI
Written by Michael Hsiung   
Wednesday, 28 July 2010 15:31
Michael Hsiung continues his travels for Color Magazine's traveling skate-centric art shows up and down the west coast. This time the journey takes them to Kansas City and to Escapist skate shop.

One Way or Another V
Written by Michael Hsiung   
Monday, 12 July 2010 15:02

Michael Hsiung continues his travels for Color Magazine's traveling skate-centric art shows up and down the west coast. Meant to add this blog up awhile ago, but moving servers slowed us down. Anyway, enjoy his travels through word and photo form.

Dennis McNett's Barney's Display
Written by Trippe   
Thursday, 24 June 2010 19:34

NYC based wood block printer Dennis McNett (who showed at FFDG last summer) created the artwork for a curent Barney's window display in NYC... Looks great. Congrats, Dennis. Check it out

Mi Ju Off to NYC
Written by Trippe   
Wednesday, 23 June 2010 15:49

Mi Ju stopped in the gallery this afternoon to say farewell as she's off to get her masters at Pratt this fall. She'll be living near campus and, besides being an amazing painter, is a great person who spends A LOT of time in the studio. If you're off to Pratt, be on the look-out for her and introduce yourself. If you're a gallery in NYC, hit her up. We sold everything at her solo show @FFDG last month. Wait to you see her works in person. Hot damn! 

Jeff Soto Interview
Written by Trippe   
Tuesday, 22 June 2010 15:22

We caught up with Jeff to ask him about his upcoming show in NYC @Jonathan Levine opening Sat June 26th.

You mention that this show is going to be much different from previous shows by you having had taken a new direction of sorts. Can you elaborate some on this?

In past work I concentrated on Man vs. Nature conflicts, politics, social issues and the worries that my children will be inheriting this mess. But I've been fascinated by the cycle of life lately, I don't know, maybe I feel that I'm getting older and getting closer to death while my kids are just starting out their lives.

This body of work is trying to capture some of those feelings, the idea of living your life, having all sorts of adventures and stories, then aging and the inevitability of death looming on the horizon. It's universal, it is repeated everyday, and if you look at any lifeform, you have birth, life, reproduction, death, then the cycle comes around again, and it's been going on on Earth for billions of years. As humans I think we always believe we're living in such an important time in history. In reality we are just a little speck on the timeline.

I always think that my grandchildren will know me, my great grandchildren might kinda know me, but after that my wife and I and even our kids will start to fade away in people's minds. One thousand years from now (if humans have not destroyed the planet) will our country and our times be remembered at all? Surprisingly, I'm comfortable with all of this. It's just the cycle of life. It fascinates me and I'm working on paintings that relate to it.

How has had being a dad affected your work?

It has been one of the best things in my life, and I cannot imagine how I'd be without them. I don't know exactly how it changed my work, I think having kids has made me understand more of how the world works. I understand nature in ways I didn't before kids. I don't know, I'm sure it's made an impact on my work. Looking back I see a big difference in my art post August 2005, that's for sure.

Alot of artists I know don't want kids, and that's cool, they want to keep their lifestyle the same, have less responsibilities, I respect that. And it is easier for sure. But I DO think any stable couple who is the slightest bit interested in having kids should go for it. And don't wuss out, have two kids if you can!

Besides working on this show, what have you been up to?

Eating more than I should. I tend to snack a lot when I'm working on a show. It is terrible. I am eating Chinese leftovers as I type this.

You mentioned this being one of your last solo shows for awhile. After this show, what you have planned?

I just need to take a break at this point. I'm going to continue painting, I might try out oil painting for a while, but I want to take it slowly and not have the pressure of a show on my shoulders. I have had too many shows in a row the past two years, haven't had a chance to catch my breath. So I don't have anything planned at all. Going to jump into doing more prints, maybe curate some shows and maybe teach a class or two if anyone will hire me. My future is uncertain and it's kinda scary, but I think it's what I need at this point.

Are you excited about the World Cup at all?

No, I don't even know who's playing. I follow baseball, though the past two years I haven't watched much.

What was the major technical shift from previous works if any?

When I started painting at 14 I thought the pinnacle of art making was the ability to paint things as realistically as possible, and that's what I worked on for a few years. As I learned more about art history I realized there was so much more to art than being able to render well.

So I tried a bunch of things over the years, from traditional painting to embarrassingly failed attempts at video installations and performance art pieces! It took a while but I realized my strengths were in making visual art, and more importantly, that's what I had the most passion for. In the last ten years I've concentrated heavily on painting, but felt like being a "painter" was too limiting. I was finding used pieces of wood, scratch into my surface, create texture, add collage elements, spraypaint on it; this time I am keeping the pieces really clean and pristine, making each piece precious in a way. I think for this show I wanted to visit my early roots of trying to render forms realistically. I am realizing I am a painter and for the first time embracing it. Aint nuthin' wrong with being a painter!

What's an average daily routine for you these days?

I am in show mode right now, so my schedule is all fucked up. I have been staying up late to paint in the garage, sleep, and then work all day at my studio which is a few miles from where we live. Usually though I get up with my wife and the kids and help with breakfast and getting everyone ready. Then I work for 8 hours or so and come home- dinner, kids baths, pajamas, etc. Pretty normal "dad" schedule. I actually crave that "dad" schedule part about having weekends off, and I'm going to try to do that when I get back from NYC! Yeah! Gonna take the kidlets to feed the ducks at the park!

Antistrot & Never a Dull Moment
Written by Trippe   
Friday, 05 February 2010 04:42
We stopped through White Walls and the Shooting Gallery for a quick preview of these two shows opening Saturday Feb 6th.
David Choe @Fifty24SF Preview
Written by Trippe   
Wednesday, 03 February 2010 08:09
We headed up to Fifty24SF to preview his show "Character Assassination" opening Friday, Feb 5th.
Maya Hayuk @Gallery 16 Preview
Written by Trippe   
Monday, 01 February 2010 09:29
Her show opens Friday Feb 5th @Gallery 16 in San Francisco. We take a peek and some new and older works.
Deuce Seven Mural at 14th and Valencia
Written by Ert O'Hara   
Thursday, 28 January 2010 08:33
maybe you've seen the new mural at 14th and Valencia and wondered, what's the deal with it. Is it an ongoing project? Who did it? Well, we passed by it the other day, did some investigation and found our friend Ert is behind it. She fills Fecal Face in.
Os Gemeos in Italy
Written by Trippe   
Wednesday, 27 January 2010 05:17
Photos and interview from the Brazilian twins now showing in Milan, Italy @Galleria Patricia Armocida.
Gifts from Grasshut
Written by Trippe   
Thursday, 21 January 2010 06:57
Pearl C. Hsiung Studio Visit
Written by Michael C. Hsiung   
Tuesday, 19 January 2010 06:35
Michael swings through the studio of this LA based artist as she prepares for the international group show Arte Contemporaneo - ARCO Madrid opening Feb 17th.
Josh Keyes, Doze Green, & Saelee Oh Preview
Written by Trippe   
Wednesday, 13 January 2010 05:05
3 great solo shows open this Saturday Jan 16th in NYC at Jonathan Levine. If you're out that way, be sure to swing by.
Exploratorium After Dark
Written by Trippe   
Friday, 08 January 2010 05:31
Interview with Director Erich Weiss
Written by J.L. Schnabel   
Tuesday, 05 January 2010 05:29
The film Hori Smoku Sailor Jerry explores the roots of American tattooing through the life of its most iconoclastic figure, Norman "Sailor Jerry" Collins.
Live and Work on a Container Ship
Written by Martin Machado   
Saturday, 12 December 2009 09:58
Nothing like being on pirate watch in the Gulf of Aden.
Primary Flight Miami '09
Written by Trippe   
Tuesday, 08 December 2009 03:55
"The world's largest site-specific street level mural installation :: Art Basel 2009"
Tinker Street Collective
Written by Trippe   
Monday, 23 November 2009 09:22
Insight into this photo collective who brings Fecal Face this week's POTD.
Contest: Mission of Burma tickets
Written by Trippe   
Monday, 09 November 2009 06:05
Your chance at winning a pair of Mission of Burma tickets for Saturday's show in San Francisco.
Kelsey Brookes Studio
Written by Trippe   
Tuesday, 03 November 2009 03:40
A look into the studio of this San Diego based artist as he prepares for his solo show @Quint Contemporary opening Nov 20th.
APE 2009
Written by Michael C. Hsiung   
Wednesday, 28 October 2009 07:34
Michael C. Hsiung and friends travel up from LA to set up a booth at this year's Alternative Press Expo 2009 in San Francisco.
Fecal Face Seeks Music Editor
Written by Trippe   
Tuesday, 13 October 2009 07:40
Love music and Fecal Face? Combine the two!
Swoon @Space in Portland Maine
Written by Tod Seelie   
Tuesday, 13 October 2009 05:25
A sneak peek of Swoon and her collaborators show "Distance Don't Matter" opening Oct 15th.
Email of the Day: Dick Chicken
Written by Trippe   
Monday, 12 October 2009 14:18
You live in NYC? Maybe you've seen Dick Chicken around town? He emailed the other day to let us know about his solo show opening on Oct 23rd in Brooklyn @3rdWard
Jeremy Fish Preview
Written by Trippe   
Saturday, 10 October 2009 08:07
A very small preview of Jeremy Fish's show "Weathering the Storm" which opens at the Laguna Art Museum Nov 7th.
Mark Whiteley @Fecal Face
Written by Trippe   
Friday, 09 October 2009 05:22
A preview of his book release and art show at Fecal Face opening thursday Oct 15th 7-10pm
Keith Shore Work
Written by Trippe   
Thursday, 01 October 2009 06:22
Keith Shore emailed over some recent work. He also updated his site with new work as well. Check it.
Dennis McNett @Space 1026
Written by Trippe   
Tuesday, 29 September 2009 13:11
A preview of his show opening Oct 2nd in Philly.
London: A Trip to Berlin
Written by David Shillinglaw   
Tuesday, 29 September 2009 03:45
And assisting Dalek for his show @Elms Lesters Gallery in London plus a lot of Berlin street art.
Written by Trippe   
Thursday, 24 September 2009 06:57
Great photos from Carlos de Spinola trying to visualize South Africa's crime problem.
Ornaldo Kern
Written by Trippe   
Thursday, 24 September 2009 05:31
I am an Argentinian painter/street artist, living in Bordeaux.
If You Build It We Will Burn It
Written by J Crosby   
Tuesday, 15 September 2009 05:49
North Carolina collective, Team Lump, travels to East London's arty Bethnal Green neighborhood for this group show @Cell Projects.
Brian Willmont Preview
Written by Trippe   
Saturday, 12 September 2009 09:45
Got some preview images from Bian Willmont's show that opens Sept 12th @Receiver Gallery in SF. Meant to get this up sooner, but it's been a nutty week here at Fecal Face. Better late than never?
Interplanetary Invasion of Giant Friendly Robots
Written by Trippe   
Wednesday, 02 September 2009 07:26
Got this email the other day from Lee Whiteman whom we're not familar with, but their project seems interesting. Wold love to see a city filled with these guys.
Ben Tour takes Manhattan
Written by Manuel Bello   
Wednesday, 02 September 2009 05:30
Ben Tour, Bacon, Hotdogs & Heartburn. Manuel brings us a "Ben Tour" Tour of Manhattan and more.
Neighborhood SF Preview @Minna
Written by Trippe   
Wednesday, 02 September 2009 02:46
A preview of the show that opens Sept 3rd. Great work in here.
Daniel Albrigo Studio Visit
Written by Julian Duron   
Thursday, 27 August 2009 10:40
Julian Duron visits the Williamsburg studio of this oil painter and tattooist who works at the revered NYC tattoo shop, Adorned.
Asteroid Head Art Club - 4th
Written by Sam Owen   
Tuesday, 04 August 2009 05:58
Asteroid Head Art Club's Fourth of July 2009 Summer Camp art happening in Lawrence, KS.
Upper Fecal San Playground Francisco Face
Written by Trippe   
Monday, 03 August 2009 06:54
Win A Trip to San Francisco from Upper Playground and Fecal Face!!
Fresh out the box: Olajuwan Mitchell
Written by Travis Jensen   
Wednesday, 29 July 2009 13:32
The story of a shoe shiner working on Market St in San Francisco.
Os Gemeos mural in NYC
Written by Manuel Bello   
Tuesday, 14 July 2009 05:06
The Brazilian artist duo working on a new mural @Bowery and Houston.
Bicycle Film Festival
Written by Andrew McClintock   
Monday, 13 July 2009 06:34
BFF opens this week here in San Francisco. This year's event covers music, art and, of course, film. Andrew McClintock interviews BFF founder Brendt Barbur.
Wanna Be a TV Art Star?
Written by Trippe   
Friday, 10 July 2009 11:55
The cable TV station Bravo is putting together an art reality show and are putting out a casting call. Could be funny/ good/ stupid/ whatever. Why no San Francisco casting call??! - "an hour-long creative competition series among aspiring contemporary artists who will create and compete to conquer the art world!"
Mi Ju @Fecal Face
Written by Trippe   
Wednesday, 24 June 2009 09:50
Fantastic paintings at Fecal Face Dot Gallery for our IN-N-OUT summer series.
How to Avoid the Art Scam
Written by Trippe   
Monday, 08 June 2009 03:34
They're even trying to scam the small artist. A heads up.
Skinner opening at 111 Minna - A Photo Preview
Written by Trippe   
Tuesday, 02 June 2009 04:22
111 Minna emailed a few preview photos from WORSHIP THEE KINDLY THE DARK HAND THAT GUIDES ME which opens Thurs June 4th in San Francisco.
Monica Canilao Update
Written by Trippe   
Saturday, 23 May 2009 10:01
About 10 hours ago she booked tickets to Italy and will be going there to be on Swoon's new boat project The Swimming cities of Serenissima.
Sarah Applebaum Studio Visit
Written by Steven Weinberg   
Thursday, 21 May 2009 10:14
A preview of her show which opens this Saturday at Receiver Gallery. Steven Weinberg and Jay Hakkinen of Receiver Gallery take a visit to her studio.
Chicago Update
Written by Ryan Christian   
Thursday, 14 May 2009 05:18
Ryan on a tour of some great shows in Chicago, Art Chicago, and from "Sports" which he curated at Synchonicity Gallery in Los Angeles.
Michael Krueger Studio Visit
Written by Travis Millard   
Wednesday, 06 May 2009 06:54
Travis Millard was recently in Lawrence, Kansas and stopped in his friend's studio.
New York Street Advertising Takeover 2009
Written by Dickchicken   
Tuesday, 28 April 2009 07:54
Early Saturday morning, April twenty-fifth, scores of artists and volunteers took to the streets of NYC armed with rollers and five gallon buckets of white paint. By the mid afternoon, this group had whitewashed over 120 outdoor advertising spaces.
Boogie Preview
Written by Trippe   
Wednesday, 22 April 2009 04:52
A preview of Boogie's show "The Best of Times" opening 4/30 at Altamont Showroom in SoHo.
Peter Gronquist preview
Written by Trippe   
Friday, 17 April 2009 07:13
A few preview images from his show opening 4/17 at 1AM Gallery San Francisco.
Mike Shine's Art Shack
Written by Trippe   
Wednesday, 04 March 2009 08:55
Mike Shine and friends recreate his Art Shack for the show Inside/Outside: Artist Environments which opens Thursday 3/6 at Museum of Craft and Folk Art in SF.
Making Ends Meet in London
Written by David Shillinglaw   
Tuesday, 10 February 2009 12:21
David Shillinglaw blogs up some 'Freeze' art fair, some street art in Amsterdam and other London whatnots.
No Bailouts for Art "Banks"
Written by Alex Mackenzie   
Friday, 30 January 2009 05:07
Cultural institutions are beginning the sell off entire collections to stay a float comparable to destroying wildlife refuges for the sake of the resources they hold; permanent damage for the sake of temporary benefits.
Film Review: Dirty Hands
Written by Jeremy Fish   
Monday, 26 January 2009 07:06
Jeremy Fish reviews up this documentary on artist David Choe which has been in the making for the last 7 years.
Written by Trippe   
Tuesday, 16 December 2008 05:51
What do want little boy?
Anthony Lister Visit
Written by Manuel Bello   
Monday, 08 December 2008 04:33
Manuel visits Failes studio to find that Lister has taken it over and is going to town.
Martin Wittfooth Studio Visit
Written by Manuel Bello   
Wednesday, 03 December 2008 10:42
Manuel stops through this Brooklyn based artists studio and lives with the consequences.
Christie's Catalog
Written by Trippe   
Monday, 24 November 2008 08:21
Want a Sex Pistols original T shirt? That's going to cost you $1,875 at the Slash auction which ran this morning @Christie's.
EmailODay: Why the Name Fecal Face?
Written by Trippe   
Friday, 14 November 2008 09:07
"Do you have to smear crap on everything these days?"
Hella Mu'Fuckin' Phones
Written by Groshong   
Monday, 03 November 2008 07:54
One of the largest private collections of phones and all that's phone.
Clearance Rack
Written by Travis Jensen   
Tuesday, 28 October 2008 05:57
Short story by SF's Travis Jensen.
ITSOK @Space1026
Written by ITSOK   
Saturday, 18 October 2008 07:10
Sighn & Trevor Reese head over to Philly for their two person show.
London: Fall Preview
Written by David Shillinglaw   
Thursday, 16 October 2008 12:17
The Tate, Anthony Lister, WK Interact, Collision, Lazarides, and more... David Shillinglaw brings it.
Matt Furie's Illiterate
Written by Trippe   
Thursday, 16 October 2008 05:02
Illiterate Magazine features one of our favorites.
Mail: Missing Fecal Face Tee
Written by Trippe   
Saturday, 11 October 2008 05:40
Forgive my doucheness
Written by Random   
Saturday, 27 September 2008 03:05
Some people view the first debate different than others.
California Academy of Sciences
Written by Jesse Pollock   
Tuesday, 12 August 2008 09:29
Jesse got a behind the scenes tour of the new California Academy of Sciences building before it opens Sept 27th.
In Progress: Mike Shine
Written by trippe   
Thursday, 07 August 2008 07:32
Mike Shine was in Fecal Face Dot Gallery last night covering the place in paint as he prepares for his show that opens Friday, August 8th (6-9pm)
Behind the Scenes w/Sieben & Friends
Written by Matt Irving   
Friday, 18 July 2008 03:13
A look at the filming of Sieben's awesome new short film complete with video clips by Wolfe.
Jonathan Viner Studio Visit
Written by Manuel Bello   
Thursday, 10 July 2008 05:22
Manuel heads over to Brooklyn for a look-see.
Caitlin Denny
Written by Trippe   
Tuesday, 17 June 2008 07:14
Who are these people who want to help out with Fecal Face?!
Gabe Ramos
Written by Trippe   
Tuesday, 10 June 2008 07:15
Let's meet some of the interns.
Sounders New Video
Written by Travis Millard   
Thursday, 29 May 2008 04:37
Travis Millard blogs up the making of the Sounders new video featuring him and Mel Kadel. It's so good! Check it