Jeremy Fish: North Beach artist celebrates 20 years in S.F.

Via The San Francisco Chronicle - August 14, 2014

Anyone who has lived through the last two tempestuous decades in the Bay Area knows they bear remembering. So it somehow makes perfect, surreal sense that, in honor of North Beach artist Jeremy Fish's 20th anniversary in San Francisco, he would resuscitate his anthropomorphized familiars - this rapping grizzly and that skateboarding doggie - mashed up with the bay's enduring and ephemeral sights and signs. "I'm not a generally communicative man," Fish confesses by phone. "I have a small circle of friends. I'm not as social as I was. So it's the equivalent of a guy who bitches or cheers about stuff he loves or hates. I've found this is my voice. This is the way I can stand up and say, 'This is what I love or hate.' " We talked to Fish about "Yesterdays and Tomorrows."

Q: What made you want to revisit these images?

A: Everything I make starts out as an 11-by-14 pen-and-ink drawing on Bristol board since I've been living here. At some point, when I had thousands of them, I thought it would be cool to fill a room with these. I moved here in August 1994 to go the Art Institute, and (FFDG's director and curator John Trippe and I) both worked at the same skateboard magazine ("Slap"). Why not do it at my friend's gallery after 20 years in this city?

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Jim Houser & HiFructose

  Jim Houser in front of his work at FFDG on July 11th

Jim Houser in front of his work at FFDG on July 11th

Thanks to our friends at HiFructose for the writeup on Jim Houser's opening last week in San Francisco. Be sure to stop in and view Houser's first show with us before the it ends August 2nd.

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This past weekend, Philadelphia-based artist Jim Houser opened his solo show at FFDG in San Francisco. Titled ?Night Got Quiet, Not Quite Light.? The exhibition consists of Houser?s highly recognizable patchwork assemblages, as well as some minimalist mixed media works and site specific installations. Predominantly confined to his signature square format, this new show is a continuation of Houser?s exploration into the relationship between the visual and the aural. The interplay between text and imagery in Houser?s work makes way for an emotional narrative open to the interpretation of the viewer. Playfully rendered and meticulously composed, Houser acts as a visual storyteller, evoking an unencumbered youthful sentiment. -continue reading