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Albert Reyes, Matt Furie, and Aiyana Udesen

Written by Trippe   
Friday, 09 July 2010 10:19
Fecal Face Dot Gallery is pleased to host Albert Reyes, Matt Furie, and Aiyana Udesen for their second showing as the art gang, Future Colors of America (show details here). Their display of drawing art gang-a-tude occured last year at Giant Robot where the trio covered the walls in numerous collaborative drawings on paper and Albert Reyes iconic book covers. In order to get a taste of what the duo are about we thought we asked Aiyana Udesen and Matt Furie what make them tick.

What does Future Colors of America mean to you?

Aiyana Udesen: FCA is three kids that draw for a living and don't have bosses. We make sure that none of us is slacking off.

Albert lives in LA with Matt and Aiyana up here in San Francisco. How do you three manage the collaborations? Is there a lot of mailing of work up and down the California coast?

Aiyana Udesen: A package of unfinished art ends up on our doorstep. We decide how to screw it up and then send it back.

Last September there was a Future Colors of America show at Giant Robot. Have there been shows with this title or will the show at Fecal Face be the second?

Aiyana Udesen: They always have the same name. Future Colors of America.

Do you get to draw together often?

Aiyana Udesen: Every few months we get together for some sessions. Matt and I have the pleasure of drawing together every day.

Are these works pure free flowing collaborations or is there a theme that separates them for each of your own personal works?

Aiyana Udesen: I really have to crank up the horror factor for Future Colors. I also throw in some little girl aspects with the kittens and stickers. It keeps these guys on their toes.

Matt and Aiyana live together. Do you two look over each others shoulders when the other is working on another's piece?...

Aiyana Udesen: I usually tell Matt what to do step by step.

How did the idea of working together come about?

Aiyana Udesen: We like to draw something that will mess with each other's heads. One day we were all wearing neon shirts at a grocery store. Albert was busy licking the samples and Matt was pushing me in a shopping cart. We figured that we must have formed an art gang naturally and Albert yelled out: We're the Future Colors of America!

Matt Furie: it was a rainy day and we couldn't go out and play so we decided do stay inside and do some prison sex drawings.

Pick another an artist in the show and describe what you think they were like in high school.

Aiyana Udesen: I'm pretty sure Albert and Matt wer in Special Ed.

Matt Furie: aiyana probably listened to duran duran all the time and liked to make collage art out of stuff she cut out of magazines. and she was a prude that didnt give the guys the time of day.

Some artists and/ or musicians you're really excited about right now.

Aiyana Udesen: I'm really looking forward to the next Duran Duran album. I just saw A-ha's farewell tour recently. I'm not really into the stuff kids are listening to today.

Matt Furie: will sweeney, encyclopedia pictura, ducktails, neon indian

Is Albert still hosting his halloween parties in his backyard?

Aiyana Udesen: Halloween is a special night for him. No one can take it away.

Matt Furie: yeah- last year was the best because he built a watchtower in the haunted house.

Below are a few questions submitted by Patrick Sean Gibson through Fecal Face's Facebook page.

What are words of advice to up and coming san francisco based artists / illustrators?

Aiyana Udesen: My advice besides working on your art, is to work on your personality and not act like an asshole, so that people want to work with you.

Matt Furie: try to develop a style that you can work on in the park when its sunny.

Do you like spam?

Aiyana Udesen: I like it as much as I like any other processed flesh from a store.

Matt Furie: if i had to choose between spam and porn i would choose sega genesis.

Name 5 of your favorite artists of all time.

Aiyana Udesen: Favorite art: Drew Struzan's awesome movie poster art, Andy Warhol's celebrity portraits, Tim Burton's movies, Eva Zeisel's ceramics, Juliana's costume jewelry.

How much gum do you chew?

Aiyana Udesen: Eww! There's too much gum on the sidewalks as it is.

Matt Furie: no gum.

And last but not least, what's your favorite youtube video as of recently?

Aiyana Udesen: I like that literal A-ha "take on me" video. I was the 10 millionth person to see it.

Matt Furie: Insane Clown Posse - Miracles

editor's note: wow, yeah you like the video, Aiyana. Your drawings look like the ones in the video.

Future Colors of America
Albert Reyes, Matt Furie, and Aiyana Udesen

Opening: Thurs July 15th 7-10pm
@Fecal Face Dot Gallery

A collaborative exhibition showcasing new work from artists and friends Albert Reyes, Matt Furie, and Aiyana Udesen.

Albert Reyes is a Los Angeles-based San Francisco Art Institute graduate who has developed a style equally influenced by graffiti, comics, and fine art. Among other media, he draws and prints on the inside covers of old books and mixes traditional Mexican imagery, popular culture icons, and political suggestion. He was the cover artist and main interview in Giant Robot 52.

Matt Furie is an Ohio-born, San Francisco-based artist whose richly detailed and hyper colored illustrations and paintings reflect the creative cross breeding of The Neverending Story, unrestrained imagination of The Muppet Show, and humor of ALF. His corruption by popular culture is further complicated--or perhaps enriched--by the energy of BMX culture and anarchy of street art.

Aiyana Udesen was born in Hawaii, went to school at the San Francisco Art Institute with Reyes, and lives in San Francisco, where she gained attention for her "how-to-draw" series of zines, many of which have married her interests in celebrities, animals, and realistic-yet-stylish illustration. Her fine art in both colored pencil and paints share a minimal palate that doesn't distract from the linework yet channels the flair of the '80s without the excess.

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