CURIOT SOLO SHOW OPENING FRIDAY, MARCH 27TH (6-9PM)
FFDG is pleased to present Mexico City-based visual artist Favio aka 'Curiot' in his second solo show at FFDG entitled “Down the Rabbit Hole with Neon Lights” featuring a new series of colorful and vibrant acrylic paintings on canvas. An opening reception is scheduled for Friday, March 27th (6-9pm). The artist will be present. The show runs through April 18th.
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In this multi-layered show, viewers are initially greeted with a visually entertaining journey of a creature that becomes curious of the source of raining souls, a common element in Curiot’s work. Getting as close as possible to the vortex of souls, the creature is sucked in and sent to the strangest land, a virtual consequence to his muddled days in the past. Next, the work draws inspiration from the rapid pace of technology, various social problems, and how our environment can therefore take a hard hit, showing the future as uncertain, almost foggy in a way, where you can see figures and objects popping up without being able to positively identify them. This body of work is driven by the sense of transition we can find ourselves in; half of it shows a slight entanglement with nature while the other half is testing the waters of a virtual realm.
Curiot’s colorful paintings, featuring mythical half-animal half-human figures and scenes, which allude to Mexican traditions (geometric designs, Day of the Dead styles, myths and legends, tribal elements), are rendered in precise detail with a mixture of highly vibrant yet complementary colors. Inspired from Pre-Hispanic cultures, nature and urban contemporaneity, the artist explores the relationship between man and nature.
Favio earned his B.F.A from the Universidad Michoacana de S.N. Hidalgo in 2008. His paintings have been exhibited in diverse solo and group venues including: Cirlcle Culture Gallery, Fecal Face, Thinkspace Gallery, Fifty24MX, BMW Museum, CCBorder, Scope Art Fair, Stroke, among others.
MIKE GIANT SOLO SHOW OPENING FRIDAY, FEB 13TH (6-9PM)
FFDG is pleased to present Colorado-based artist Mike Giant in his third solo show with the gallery entitled “Colorado” including 40+ drawings and photo prints on canvas made in collaboration with Jason Siegel. An opening reception is scheduled for Friday, February 13th (6-9pm). Mike Giant and Jason Siegel will be present.
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Mike Giant has lived and worked in Boulder, Colorado for the last two years, allowing him a mile-high view and space to draw and collaborate with other local artists. He was born in Upstate New York, raised in New Mexico, lived excursions in cities like our own San Francisco, and draws upon cultures and subcultures from each. Obviously influenced by tattooing, BMX bikes, skateboards, heavy metal, hip-hop and punk rock, Giant’s work captures the zeitgeist not only in his current locale but in the global community in which he works.
Specifically responding to his new home in Colorado, the drawings within the show capture flashes of living there with images of bicycles, old-west figures, women, dogs, weaponry, and of course, skulls and tattoos, all captioned with personalized messages explaining the importance of each. From funny to touching, the captions allow vulnerable access to the mind of the artist himself.
Boulder, Colorado based Mike Giant has achieved fame as a graffiti artist, illustrator and tattooist. Black ink is Giant's specialty and whether his medium is concrete, paper or skin, his signature style - inspired by Mexican folk art and Japanese illustration - is unmistakable. Mike Giant has worked in media covering, graffiti, design, fine art, photography and tattooing, making him one of the most celebrated and versatile artists of his generation. He has shown in galleries around the world including Known Gallery L.A., Jonathan Levine N.Y.C, Black Book Gallery Denver, and many more.
January Group Show
January 16 – February 7, 2015
Opening reception: Fri., January 16th (7-10pm)
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San Francisco, CA -- FFDG is pleased to present “Six Degrees” a group show with works by Brett Amory, John Felix Arnold III, Mario Ayala, Mariel Bayona, Ryan Beavers, Jud Bergeron, Chris Burch, Ryan De La Hoz, Martin Machado, Jess Mudgett, Meryl Pataky, Lucien Shapiro, Mike Shine, Minka Sicklinger, Nicomi Nix Turner, and Alex Ziv. These diverse artists are working in painting, drawing, sculpture and more. An opening reception is scheduled for Friday, January 16th (7-10pm). Beer and wine will be available. Most of the artists will be present.
In addition to being the first show at FFDG in 2015, it is also the inaugural show curated by our new director, Rachel Ralph. It’s based on a simple premise: the show was created through personal and professional connections with artists who are either new or familiar to the gallery. In one way or another, we’re all friends here. Hence, Six Degrees. Pulling from the theory of “Six Degrees of Separation” which posits that everyone is six (or less) introductions away from any other human on earth, this show carries a narrative of “friends of friends.” While the works may be very different in their execution, medium and style, every artist participating in the show either knows the others or is just one introduction away.
All of the artists in the show are (or have recently been) based on the west coast, with a majority of them working right here in San Francisco. As a gallery located in the heart of SF, FFDG seeks to show new and established artists working and living in the bay area and we want to start the year off with 16 of the most creative people here.