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Opening Thursday September 9, 2010
(7:00 to 10:00 pm)

 at Needles & Pens

A Collaborative Art Exhibition 
& Book Release






morph traits

morph book

The MORPH TRAITS exhibition will display a collection of 44 drawings that are the result of a collaborative exercise between Kyle Ranson and Daniel Higgs. Consummated in 1991 and set aside, this back and forth practice continued intermittently over the next 16 years through brief encounters and the postal system. In 2007, the two geographically separated artists reinitiated the game and it was decided to create a volume of these works. Three years in the making, this assemblage evolved into what became known as the Morph Traits. 

The Morph Traits Book (a 4-color, 60 page, off-set printed book in an edition of 500 copies), 
published by Needles & Pens, will also be released the night of the opening.

All images from the book will be displayed on the the gallery walls. 
Both Higgs and Ranson will be in attendance.


* On display through October 4, 2010


Needles & Pens
3253 16th Street
San Francisco, Ca. 94103

 Materialism @Guerrero Gallery
Greg Lamarche and Aaron Noble
Guerrero Gallery, September 11th - October 2nd
Show Reception: Saturday, September 11, 6-10PM
Saturday, September 11th kicks off the official art season and we are all very excited to be hosting Aaron Noble and Greg Lamarche.  Both artists will be in attendance and to make this a bigger celebration this evening we are hosting an after party along with artists, Andrew Schoultz and Chris Duncan.  Join us for an extraordinary evening of great work, music and great company.  Bands go on at 9:30pm.  



Guerrero Gallery is pleased to announce Materialism, an exhibition by Greg Lamarche and Aaron Noble. This show presents the unique stylistic design of each artist, where meticulousness, flow and composition are a common characteristic. The artists’ re-appropriation of images through collage work and other mediums, drawing influence from graffiti to comic books, seem to evoke a sense of reminiscent nostalgia. Materialism is an examination of the love and thoughtful consideration that Lamarche and Noble give to the raw materials utilized in their work, all reused and pieced from other items that had been produced for consumption.

Greg Lamarche’s collage work is inspired from many years of writing graffiti in NYC and The City itself, where letters and words are his primary source of imagery. He employs graffiti elements through the deconstruction of letters, movement, repetition and layering. Utilizing vintage paper, Lamarche gives discarded, forgotten things a second life and new meaning. The exhibition will feature new works from his O Series, consisting of controlled graphic collages; Remnant Series, composed of abstract letterforms, created from leftover shards of paper from previous collages, which create the O Series; and Diamond Series, which explores the negative shapes created by letters and their resulting abstract quality. Lamarche’s continued interest in expanding and transforming letterforms into endless possibilities is evident in his featured works.

Aaron Noble’s work is an investigation of superhero cartooning. His practice begins with a literal dissection of contemporary superhero comics, where he looks for interesting forms embedded within printed figurative artwork. He progresses by creating new forms out of those fragments. The resulting collage is the first iteration of the work, and the model for subsequent versions on paper, canvas, and/or wall. Noble developed this practice in the Mission district of San Francisco, as a synthesis of three distinct forms: murals, collage, and comics. The exhibition will feature new works by Noble that consist of multiple iterations of ideas, including, for the first time, the original collages. Several works will appear in at least three forms: as collage; as ink on bristol board; and as gouache on watercolor paper.


Greg Lamarche, born and raised in New York City, has been making collages since the sixth grade. He began writing graffiti in 1981 and published Skills magazine during the early 90s. His work plays with a profusion of font styles, word fragments and multiple layers and employs characteristics from graffiti such as repetition, bold colors, multiple perspectives and movement. He has worked both as a designer and artist since 2000. His work has been featured in numerous magazines including, New York Times Magazine, Print Magazine, Juxtapoz Modern Painters and Arkitip, among others.  His artwork has also been published in several new books including, Graffiti New York, Ornamental Type and Piecebook Reloaded for which he created the cover graphics.

Aaron Noble attended the San Francisco Art Institute in 1981-82. He cofounded the Clarion Alley Mural Project (CAMP) in San Francisco, which he directed from 1997 to 2001. He has done permanent outdoor murals in San Francisco, Los Angeles, London, Indonesia, Taiwan and Beijing; and temporary wall paintings at the UCLA Hammer museum in Los Angeles, White Columns in New York and the Davis Museum at Wellesley College, among others. He has shown at Blum & Poe and Track 16 in LA, PeerUK in London, Pavel Zoubok Gallery in New York, and many others. He is represented by Kaycee Olsen Gallery in Los Angeles and Guerrero Gallery in San Francisco, and is a member of Brooklyn Artists Alliance and the Artists Pension Trust. Aaron Noble lives and works in Los Angeles.

Guerrero Gallery.  2700 19th Street.  San Francisco, CA 94110.  415.400.5168.  www.guerrerogallery.com.  andres@andresguerrero.com 

Baer Ridgway Exhibitions presents

Chris Duncan - Eye Against I


September 11 - October 16, 2010
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 11th, 4-7pm

Baer Ridgway Exhibitions is pleased to present EYE AGAINST I, a solo exhibition and large scale installation by Bay Area artist Chris Duncan. Taken from the title of the incredibly influential punk/hardcore record I AGAINST I by the Washington DC based Bad Brains, this moniker references Duncan's early influences of the punk/hardcore community and his current concepts in regards to optics, self-reflection and perception. Building upon op-art and the work of color theorists, this new body of work is about seeing, both literally and metaphorically. While questioning the objectivity of sight, Duncan provides a platform of contemplation of what is real.  

For his most elaborate installation to date, Chris Duncan will alter the gallery space through a dizzying array of mirrors, string installations, new walls and scrims. In addition, Duncan has curated a series of readings and performances to be held in the gallery during the course of the exhibition. All are free and open to the public.

Wednesday, September 15th, 6-9pm
An Evening of Readings by Whitney ChadwickMax GoldbergColter JacobsenJessica Lanyadoo,Miranda Mellis, Larry RinderRyan WallaceLindsey White and Matthew Zapruder

Friday, September 17th, 7-10pm
Ghost Stories as told by Donal Mosher with musical companionship from Danny Grody
Followed by a screening of October Country, a film by Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher

Friday, September 24th, 6-9pm
Live Performance by Believer
Treats will be provided by The Donut Field Research Team

Saturday, October 2nd, 6-9pm
Live Musical Performances by Shock (a new band by the members of Rubies & Sorcerer) andOrbless.

Live Interviews by Chicago Based Bad at Sports
Friday & Saturday, October 8th & 9th, 11am - 6pm

 Images & Information: www.baerridgway.com

Very best,

Kent Baer & Eli Ridgway

Baer Ridgway Exhibitions
172 Minna Street, San Francisco, CA 94105



Opening reception for the artist: Saturday, September 11 beginning at 5:00 PM

Website: www.marxzav.com

Marx & Zavattero is proud to announce Compound Eyes on the World, Andrew Schoultz's ambitious second solo exhibition at the gallery. Inspired by the shifting nature of history as record in the past, present, and future, Schoultz's latest exhibition alludes to the tornado of information present today and the assumption that we are able to sift through the detritus to find clarity and meaning. The driving force behind this body of work straddles a line of duality between perceived reality and fiction, creating a theatrical tour de force of mixed media paintings, drawings, monotypes, and sculpture.

Schoultz's expansive and sometimes mystical vision continues to investigate the ways in which we receive and process information about the world from a political and social perspective. His acrylic, metal flake, and collage paintings have reached a feverish pitch in both color and density, and he has tellingly chosen the iconic eye found on the American one dollar bill as a recurring image; it permeates this body of work. Toggling between abstraction and graphic imagery, Schoultz creates densely layered images that read abstract at a distance, and become clearer at close range. His new body of work shares an intense sense of action that is cinematic in scope, depicting enveloping worlds, moods, and atmosphere that is as lyrically mesmerizing as it is unsettling. Energetic bursts of bright, full-spectrum color, expansive surfaces, and radioactive lines combine with some of his established imagery - pools of water rippling out, cyclones, broken bridges, and blasts - producing a combination of beauty and chaos, despair and hope that is expressly linked to natural disasters, economic turmoil, war, and misuses of power.

In the middle of the gallery Schoultz will construct a giant brick wall fabricated from wood, installed to appear as if it is tumbling down and crumbling before our eyes. Loaded with historical significance, the wall symbolizes centuries of power, war, and international borders. Schoultz's energy is beautifully devastating and places him at the forefront of a new category of practice in which abstraction and imagery fuse and dissolve before our very eyes. Much like the tenuous state of the world today, Schoultz has created his own aesthetics of imminent calamity.

Schoultz has exhibited in numerous museum and gallery exhibitions in international and national venues, including the 10th Havana Biennial, Havana, Cuba; Roberts & Tilton, Los Angeles, CA; Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York, NY; V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark; Jerome Zodo Contemporary, Milan; MAMA, Rotterdam, the Netherlands; European Kunsthalle and Linn Luhn, Cologne, Germany; the Torrance Art Museum; and the House of Campari, Los Angeles, CA, among many others. He was the winner of the Campari Art Award in 2009. His work has been featured in Playboy, Whitewall, The Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, Artforum.com, San Francisco Bay Guardian, Juxtapoz, Arrow, Alarm, SF Weekly, The San Francisco Chronicle, and several other publications. His work is in the permanent collections of the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, Los Angeles; The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and The Progressive Art Collection, Mayfield Village, OH. His street murals can be found in San Francisco and Indonesia. The artist lives and works in San Francisco.

The Shooting Gallery Presents
We're Not As Colorful As We Think We Are
New works by Joshua Petker

Opening Reception: Saturday, September 11, 2010 7-11pm
On View: September 11 - October 2, 2010




WE'RE NOT AS COLORFUL AS WE THINK WE ARE: New works by Joshua Petker

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - July 2nd, 2010 - The Shooting Gallery is pleased to present We're Not As Colorful As We Think We Are, a solo exhibition by Los Angeles-based artist, Joshua Petker. The new body of work continues the artist's ongoing exploration of color abstraction, negative space, and the human form.  The exhibit will be the fourth solo show with The Shooting Gallery and will be comprised of 12-18 small to medium pieces rendered in both mixed media on canvas and gouache and ink on paper.  The opening reception of We're Not As Colorful As We Think We Are will be held at The Shooting Gallery on Saturday, September 11, 2010 from 7-11 pm. The exhibit will be on display through October 2, 2010 and is free and open to the public.

Strongly reminiscent of Gustav Klimt's ethereal portraits from the turn of the 20th century, Joshua Petker consciously continues the art historical practice of exploring the nuance of human emotion through the female form.  Petker suspends his female figures between intense color fields and quiet spaces of monochrome, liberating them from the confines of everyday life and setting them free in a color-laden world of his own imagination.  In We're Not As Colorful As We Think We Are, Petker explores the way humans use color to manipulate their physical appearance in order to transcend their reality. People use color with makeup to enhance their beauty, men use war paint to mark their transformation into warriors, shamans use body paint to demarcate the transition from body into spirit.  Through these new works, Petker's colors expose the desire for human metamorphosis all the while reminding us that underneath the layers of color, we are more alike then we may think.  The exhibition will be comprised partly of mixed media on canvas (acrylic, gouache and ink) and partly of gouache and ink on paper.  This is the first time that the artist will be showing works on paper in a gallery.

Joshua Petker was born in Los Angeles, CA in 1979 and received a BA in Western History from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. After studying abroad in 2001 at the Lorenzo de'Medici Institute of Florence, he decided to pursue a career as a fine artist upon completion of his studies back in the U.S.A.  He has exhibited nationally in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle, and internationally in London.  His work can be found in private collections throughout the world.

Media Opportunities

Interview with artist, Joshua Petker

Interview with Justin Giarla, Owner/Founder of 941 Geary, White Walls, The Shooting Gallery and G3

Calendar Editors:

What:  We're Not As Colorful As We Think We Are, exhibition by          
               Joshua Petker

When:  Opening Reception: Saturday, September 11, 2010, 7-11PM
              Show runs through September 11 - October 2, 2010

Where:  The Shooting Gallery
              835 Larkin St.
              San Francisco, CA 94109

FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT:  www.shootinggallerysf.com

The Shooting Gallery opened it's doors in 2003 to the edgy Tenderloin district of San Francisco; one known for it's diverse culture and history. Owner and curator, Justin Giarla, founded the space to offer a welcoming environment for viewing the art he loves.



Alison Blickle @NYC's Kravets Wehby Gallery

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Interview w/ Kevin Earl Taylor

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Peter Gronquist @The Shooting Gallery

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Jay Bo at Hamburg's Circle Culture

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Gator Skater +video

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Ferris Plock Online Show Now Online as of April 25th

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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

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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.


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Jeremy Fish at LA's Mark Moore Gallery

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John Felix Arnold III on the Road to NYC

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FRENCH in Melbourne

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Henry Gunderson at Ever Gold, SF

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Mario Wagner @Hashimoto

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Serge Gay Jr. @Spoke Art

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Sun Milk in Vienna

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Tyler Bewley ~ Recent Works

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Kirk Maxson and Alexis Mackenzie at Eleanor Harwood Gallery

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Jeremy Fish Solo Show in Los Angeles

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The Albatross and the Shipping Container

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The Marsh Barge - Traveling the Mississippi River from Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico

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