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NYC: Dave's Star

Written by Yasha Wallin   
Wednesday, 18 October 2006 05:41
The Jews, fashion, birthdays and art. Yasha blogs up some of her life in NYC.
I’ve been bad this year. I called my grandmother to wish her a happy New Year (in the Jewish calendar it’s something like year 598537504, but being a Jew, I like to make the number bigger by rounding up to an even 6 million). Judging from the tone in her voice after I told her I had not only skipped out on temple, but had worked that day, I knew I would be getting less gelt for Hannukah this year. But how to explain to your grandmother that you just can’t relate to and may even have a slight aversion to organized religion?

After contemplating our generational gap I felt guilty for being apathetic and vowed, in some small way to make it up to grandma this week. I promptly began by walking to 14th street instead of hopping on a downtown train (a la Moses strolling through the Egypt), I made eyes with a Hassidic man on Bedford (directly following my guilt mounted ten fold), I brought my penny jar into the bank and turned it into bills, bills, bills; I lit a scented candle in my room, but decided against letting it burn for eight days, as it was a pretty expensive purchase (like $20 - I know, for a candle!), and last but not least I attended the Heeb Magazine issue release party, a magazine that enjoys poking as much fun of Jews as I do. Challa! (read: Holla! pronounced like you have phlem in your throat)



Emily, Adam of Heeb


the party was sponsored by a new vodka brand, judging from the art direction of their ads (see photo), they sampled the product a few too many times during brainstorming sessions.



it was open bar, so after playing 'count the Jew-fro' all I could do was look down.


But enough about being Jewish....

There are very few things I know about fashion. No white after Labor Day (oops), Sean Jean is all the rage in Harlem, Kate Moss likes to party, men look hot in button down shirts, and the Palestinian scarf as fashion is out (supporting the underdog is sooo last year). Therefore, being a novice at fashion parties allows me to bypass the French accent that is usually required at the door, eat all the hors d'orves (obviously I'll be the only one eating) and manhandle the free champagne, as I did recently at the Imitation of Christ ‘runway’ show and afterparty.


The runway.



Scarlett Johanson was there. Paparrazi...take it easy....


The afterparty was where it got a little more exciting...friend, Tracy, Chau and Brian



there's this new movement in New York for couples to go at it at the bar for a while, retreat to a bathroom stall and emerge, sporting sheepish grins minutes later. People - isn't that why we all pay so much money for rent in New York - to get a f#$king room? You're right, I'm just jealous.








This dude






Joanne, Shannon and M.I.A


and this dude


whew, and this dude






Friends should not let friends buy Trio's. In other news, though I'm slightly belated in announcing this, summer is officially over. I'm wearing sweaters again, but the good times, like Josh's bday party and Williamspalooza are still fresh in my mind:



Annette and Michelle


Beth and Brian



Uyeda and Casey






she was the best











Beth and Steven
















Kyle! Off to Williamspalooza... It must be about ten (oh god, more) years ago, when Lalapalooza was the next best thing to Green Day. The anticipation of seeing all your favorite bands on one stage (of course you were the first one out of the entire audience to have heard of them all first, except for maybe Cypress Hill). To partake in experimental substances and gawk at the little skaters with their green hair, and pants sagging to their knees. To lie on the ampitheater's grassy knoll, hoping the weed brownie wore off before dinner with the parents reared its ugly, bad tripping head. Aaah, the sweet aroma of youth. And then there was this year's free concerts in the McCarren Park pool in Williamsburg, AKA Williamspalooza, where it was every hipster for themselves!











slip and slide!


Beirut played



These two pictures are like photo hunt, where you can find the girls holding their hair up, same style, different picture.



Julia cameo

And last but not least, I had a chance to stop by John Copeland's studio last week:













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.