Going Nowhere
Alex Ziv & Mario Ayala
April 12 - May 4, 2013

Press Release (+Click to expand)

FFDG is pleased to present San Francisco based artists Alex Ziv and Mario Ayala in the two person show entitled "Going Nowhere" featuring 22 new mixed media works on paper. Both artists are attending The San Francisco Art Institute with Alex Ziv studying for his MFA in painting while Mario Ayala in his last year for a BFA in painting. An opening reception is scheduled for Friday, April 12th (6-9pm). The artists will be present. Beer and wine will be available.

Alex Ziv's works, composed of pen and ink on paper, explore and help to define Ziv's definition of "Americana" through the visual iconography and language of motorcycle subculture. Through exploring topics of contemporary and historical Americana through a background knowledge of mainstream and subversive symbology found in subcultures, Ziv's work attempts to enhance and highlight topics of turbulence.

Mario Ayala's work is a further exploration of his lived experiences intertwined with the ideals of the West Coast ethos containing its ritualistic chachkies, cultural luxuries, and the anxieties due to taking mind altering substances while faced with the prioritized decision of guns or butta. Ayala creates pictorial hyperboles from friend/ family experiences to explore the trudges of economic class, multi cultural sacrosanct, and the day to day hustle for egalitarianism.

About Alex Ziv
24 year old Alex Ziv was born and raised in San Francisco California where he is attending The San Francisco Art Institute in pursuit of an MFA. He has been selected to show both nationally and internationally as well as being selected for his first museum group exhibition at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art opening early in May. His work explores topics of contemporary and historical Americana through a background knowledge of mainstream and subversive symbology found in subcultures to enhance and highlight topics of turbulence.

About Mario Ayala
Mario Ayala is 21 years old and is in his last year at the San Francisco Art Institute studying for his BFA in painting. He has shown work in several group exhibitions in San Francisco, Oakland, Los Angeles and in North Carolina. Mario's work involves the use of multiple materials, but mostly the use various paints for their own specific processes of application and historical contexts to metaphorically describe the ethos of West coast subcultural ideals. He creates pictorial hyperboles from friend/ family experiences to explore the trudges of economic class, multi cultural sacrosanct, and the day to day hustle for egalitarianism.


Mario Ayala
Blue One
gouache, enamel, spray paint, metallic powders on paper
20" x 22"
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Mario Ayala
Green One
gouache, enamel, spray paint, metallic powders on paper
20" x 22"
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Mario Ayala
Orange One
gouache, enamel, spray paint, metallic powders on paper
20" x 22"
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Mario Ayala
Pink One
gouache, enamel, spray paint, metallic powders on paper
20" x 22"
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Mario Ayala
Study 1
gouache, enamel, spray paint, metallic powders on paper
24" x 26"
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Mario Ayala
Study 2
gouache, enamel, spray paint, metallic powders on paper
24" x 26"
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Alex Ziv
Tension on Wire
pen & ink on paper, 2013
49" x 35"
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Alex Ziv
A Monument to the Pursuit
pen & ink on paper, 2013
38" x 55"
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Alex Ziv
Living Jews
pen & ink on paper, 2013
14" x 22"
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Alex Ziv
Nympho Clantress
pen & ink on paper, 2013
14" x 22"
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Alex Ziv
Dubious Choices
pen & ink on paper, 2013
22" x 30"
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Alex Ziv
#14-#18 Patch Politics
pen & ink on paper, 2013
7" x 7"
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Alex Ziv
The Hangaround
pen & ink on paper, 2013
26" x 39"
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Alex Ziv
Black Faced Finches
pen & ink on paper, 2013
14" x 22"
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Alex Ziv
Final Tribe
pen & ink on paper, 2013
14" x 22"
inquires: info(at)ffdg.net