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Thursdays: Arting About SF

Written by Trippe   
Tuesday, 02 June 2009 07:02
Some graffiti, Needles & Pens, Creativity Explored, Michael Rosenthal Gallery, and Linc Art. I spend a lot of time in front of a computer... After an awkward evening trying to articulate a story to a friend, and wishing at that moment that I could just email the story to her, I realized that I need to get out more and actually speak with more humans. San Francisco has too much to offer... So on Thursdays, I'm gonna grab my camera, hop on the bike and see what I can get myself into. Kinda like our previous Arting Mondays... If you know of a place you think I should check out, drop an email john(at)fecalface.com - Love to see what you have in mind.

Didn't plan this Thursdays adventure very well, but knowing that there are a lot of shows about to come down, I thought I'd check out some that I'd yet to see.

Said good day to the wife and Damon's show @FFDG.

The other day I noticed this little ledge right by the gallery. No cars parked, it could be a nice lunch break.

And across the st from there are some older works.

Old signage is great.

Been awhile since I had a slice at Deja Vu pizza. Pretty great minus the homeless dude who came in smelling of some nasty piss... Kinda takes some of the flavor out of your lunch.

Then to Needles and Pens for their show ~ You've Got Light in Your Eyes ~ A group show curated by Meighan O'Toole

Liam Devowski

Shannon Rankin

Dan Syzmanowski

Know Hope

Ashley Lande Brown

Shannon Rankin (left)

Maxwell Loren Holyoke-Hirsch

Bill Dunlap

Bill Dunlap

Mike Perry

Breezy working the register.

Right next door is Creativity Explored which is a nonprofit visual arts center where artists with developmental disabilities create, exhibit, and sell art... They always have interesting work.

The current show Repetition runs April 30 through June 17, 2009

Lots of nice work at reasonable prices.

Then headed on down Valencia to Michael Rosenthal Gallery since I've never been inside.

Veronica De Jesus: "Do the Waive"
May 16 through June 17, 2009

Michael Rosenthal is proud to present Veronica De Jesus? first San Francisco solo exhibit: Do the Waive. Based in Oakland and working nationally, De Jesus creates images that dive to the root of that which she personally questions, the intersection of culture and commercialism. The upcoming Michael Rosenthal show exhibits De Jesus? newest body of work, which focuses on the imagery of iconic minority baseball, basketball and football players with a humorous and bold commentary on the economics that perpetuate their popularity.

De Jesus describes her new drawings as being created through a process of observing how sports is pushing our economy, and how sports reflects the dreams, ideals and ambitions of the populace. Growing up my dad, brother and I watched sports as regular every day fans.

Then swung through Linc Art as they were about to open the Award Presentation & Opening Reception for the 'SMART Art – Trash into Treasure' exhibition.

The SMART Art 'Trash into Treasure' competition was launched earlier this year with the goal to show the world that discarded items can be re-designed, re-used and re-thought into works of art and every day functional items.

The strongest finalists have been selected by an acclaimed panel of judges that include representatives from both the Art & Environmental Community including: S.F. MOMA, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Artist in Residence Program at S.F. Recycle, The Independent Film Channel, The Sundance Channel, MTV Intl., as well as environmental luminaries David de Rothschild, Paul Hawken and Annie Leonard.

A really great smart show worth checking out. Turn trash into interesting works of art.

Liked these appliance planters.

The back of the chair's materials explodes into a nature scene.

Really nice.

Because there was so many large works to be shown, Linc rented the empty building adjacent for the month.

David de Rothschild who runs Adventure Ecology & Sculpt the Future Foundation is also the guy who's trying to build a sailboat out of Pier 31 right now with hopes of sailing it to Australia bringing enviromental awareness....

There's an interesting story in The New Yorker about David and his boat project...

I wish them luck. Don't think I'm brave enough to risk my life on that. Read too many sailing ocean stories to know that it ain't easy and you want a solid ass boat. Anyway...

Also checked out Hilary Pecis at Triple Base and Sarah Applebaum at Receiver which we've already added to the site.

That concludes my Thursday afternoon this week. If you have a sugestion for this Thursday, drop me a line: john(at)fecalface.com - Like to see something weird/ interesting. {moscomment}

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.