THANKS A LOT
January 8 - 30, 2016
FFDG was pleased to present revered artist Todd Francis in his first solo show with the gallery entitled Thanks A Lot, showcasing new studio work with five charcoal drawings nearly six feet tall each and four larger water color paintings.
A common trope throughout Todd Francis’ oeuvre is what he calls “environmental warfare.” This warfare ranges from Francis’ widely known decrepit and confused pigeons who continually appear facing a variety of byproducts of the human condition to larger studio works depicting struggle, violence and conquering between animals and man such as his 2008 series entitled When Animals Rape or his triumphant yet bleak Desolation series of 2013. There are certainly startling or disturbing elements to some of these past works which only enhances their effectiveness. The dark humor seen in most of his work mixed with elements of commentary makes for a layered experience when viewing. It can go like this- a quick laugh, a grimace maybe followed by an approving survey of the skill and hopefully ending with a shudder of reality and an emotional reflection.
Todd Francis is an American artist born and raised in Los Angeles with a decade long stint in San Francisco in there. For the last two decades he has created memorable and iconic skateboard graphics for a number of companies including Antihero (Francis created the original Eagle logo), Element, Real, Spitfire and Stereo. In addition, he continuously partners on signature design projects with respected brands such as Vans, Stance, HUF, Nike, and Oakley. His work combines often-bleak humor with environmental and political themes, using a variety of media to convey his message. The more social commentary side of his work can be seen monthly on his one page editorial in the iconic Penthouse magazine. A book on his career and art, “Look Away: The Art of Todd Francis” is currently in print, published by Wins Publishing. Todd is the co-founder of Special Crud, a clothing and art brand with Equal Distribution. His work has been featured in numerous skate, art and culture magazines including Juxtapoz, Vice, Monster Children, Hypebeast, Penthouse, Complex, and Thrasher.
Some thoughts on Todd Francis from esteemed humans and press:
“A selection from Todd’s vast and astounding body of work: from skate decks to t-shirts, to paper, to baubles. Yes, baubles. Look at his baubles. If you can honestly look across the room at your bookshelf and say, ‘That’s a bookshelf,’ even though this book isn’t on it, you need to get your head examined: that’s some planks nailed together, man. Buy this book and sort that shit out.” –Mike D (musician/Beastie Boys) in Monster Children
“You can always count on artist Todd Francis ... will never, ever, disappoint ... But graphics and fine art are only a portion of what the Swiss Army knife known as Todd Francis can do for you.” – Seb Carayol (journalist/curator)
“Todd Francis has some of the best skateboard graphics of all time with a combination of humor, style and vulgarity that strikes the intended chord that skateboarders look for in their artwork.” - Jeremy Fish (artist)
“super talented” –JUXTAPOZ
“Todd Francis mutilates your eyeballs in the best way.” – Thomas Campbell
“Todd Francis makes skateboard art that doesn’t suck … He is responsible for the eagle and pigeon logos that have become synonymous with Anti-Hero, as well as a wealth of fucked up, edgy, and awesome graphics for more brands than I care to count” –VICE MAGAZINE
November 6th - December 5th, 2015
FFDG was pleased to present Jason Jagel in his first solo show with the gallery entitled CRAP SHOOT including a diverse selection of work spanning studio ephemera, sketches, fragments, oil paintings, paintings on newsprint, and works in gouache on paper; framed and unframed, both large and small.
CRAP SHOOT acknowledges the inherent gamble –the experimental nature– of making art, an arena where literally anything can happen. “My desire is to plumb my studio for evidence of time spent through an expression of studio phenomena. How the show will end up is anyone’s guess… a crap shoot,” Jagel says. As a kind of experiment with and celebration of the art market, works will include varied editions of hand-embellished prints and other reasonably-priced works for sale, alongside archival works which will remain in the artist’s collection. Following two decades of gallery exhibition, this is both a light-hearted experiment and a dead-serious study of an artistic career.
Always carrying a notebook and at least one pen, Jägel is an obsessive observer and chronicler of his daily life and reality. His larger works, often combining text, sketches and swatches of color, evoke a sense of controlled chaos, more like an improvisational jazz composition than a fine-tuned classical orchestra. Ambiguous figures and snippets of text are combined in fascinating and spontaneous compositions, which create a space for multiple readings and interpretations. Inspired by comic book aesthetics and his family lineage in both art and music, Jagel creates images fitting for both album covers and the walls of a museum – both of which locations in fact hold his works.
Jason Jägel was born in 1971 in Boston, Massachusetts. He received a BFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts in 1995 and a master’s degree from Stanford University in 2002. Recently, Jägel created an installation of oil paintings for the 2015 exhibition, You Know I’m No Good, at the Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco. Projects upcoming include two murals, one painted and one printed, with the Clement Street Merchants Association and the San Francisco Arts Commission, respectively. Jägel lives with his wife and two daughters in San Francisco.
A Group Show
September 25th - October 24th, 2015
FFDG was pleased to present 4%ers a group show with works by Mariel Bayona, Pakayla Rae Biehn, Monica Canilao, Claw Money, Deb, Lola Dupre, Kristin Farr, Michelle Fleck, Angela Fox, Mel Kadel, Aubrey Learner, Lauren Napolitano, Kelly Ording, Pacolli, Meryl Pataky, Emily Proud, Bunnie Reiss, Erin M. Riley, Jenny Sharaf, Minka Sicklinger, Winnie Truong, Kelly Tunstall, Nicomi Nix Turner, and Lauren YS. All of the artists are working in varying media from drawing to painting to neon and sculpture.
In 1989, the feminist, activist, artist group The Guerrilla Girls took a Sunday stroll through the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, conducting what they called “a weenie count.” The search found that while 85% of the nudes displayed in the museum are women, only 5% of the artists showing were themselves female, creating a huge, and what should have been very obvious, disparity in the art world. What’s worse? They did another “weenie search” in 2011 and things have only gotten more egregious; only 4% of the artists displayed in the modern arts sections were women. Instead of perpetuating this inequality, 4%ers seeks to reclaim the other 96% of wall space in modern art institutions, with 100% of our wall space dedicated to this work.
In addition to the reclamation of female presence in the art world, 4%ers also alludes to an outlaw, or at least outsider, status when it comes to access in the art world. With the rise of motorcycle clubs like the Hells Angels in the 1950s and 60s, due to the public attention they began to draw, the American Motorcycle Association felt the need to distinguish “good” riders from their outlaw counterparts. In another statistical determination, the AMA concluded that 99% of riders were law-abiding citizens and that only 1% could be deemed outlaws. To this day, many members of outlaw motorcycle clubs wear patches that read “1%er” to define themselves as these outlaws, as this one percent. Aligned with this same status and its necessary defiance, the artists in this show break up traditions instead of maintaining them.
We are the 4%ers. We claim walls (inside and out). We make work. We’re outsiders in a professional field previously not available to us. We are not the 96% you’ve become accustomed to. And we don’t want to be. The 4%ers come from a different ethos, a different approach, and even a different chromosomal determination. We’re making the former glass ceiling our current glass floor. Come join us for a dance on it.
THE MODERN CONDITION
August 14 - September 12, 2015
FFDG was pleased to present Dave Kinsey’s third solo show with the gallery THE MODERN CONDITION with 9 works on canvas composed of acrylic and collage (old book pages, discarded mail and paper), in medium and large scale.
These latest works are a continuation of where Kinsey left off with his last show CUSION OF MEMORY at the famed Library Street Collective in Detroit. He is currently taking cues from the natural world when it comes to the overall aesthetic of these sculpturesque paintings, set within dreamlike landscapes using detailed yet suggestive imagery, tones and textures. These works are imbued with semi-abstracted figures and objects that become metaphors or symbols that ambiguously reference contemporary issues such as overpopulation, money, power, climate change, consumerism and the everyday dynamics of contemporary life.
Kinsey says, “The most difficult thing about creating a painting is going through the process of finding a connection in what I see and feel in the world around me, while also seeking a visual harmony between the beauty and chaos of the human experience.” This body of work encapsulates that balance and provides a diverse and energetic aesthetic of that environment.
Dave Kinsey was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1971 and attended the Art Institute of Pittsburgh before moving to California in 1994. His fine art has been shown in galleries such as Library Street Collective (Detroit), Joshua Liner Gallery (NY), ALICE Gallery (Belgium), Die Kunstagentin (Cologne), Circuit 12 Gallery (Dallas) and has been featured in local and international print and online publications from The New York Times and Washington Post to Hypebeast. Kinsey currently lives and works in Los Angeles where he continues to design and paint in tandem.
ON SILENT HAUNCHES
A Group Painting Show with Works by Emily Proud, Jenny Sharaf, Michelle Fleck and Nicholas Bohac
July 10 - August 8, 2015
FFDG was pleased to present “On Silent Haunches” a group show including work by four local painters, Emily Proud, Jenny Sharaf, Michelle Fleck and Nicholas Bohac. On Silent Haunches is a microcosm of contemporary painting in San Francisco, with curatorial inspiration form an SF painting staple, Ferris Plock.
While each painter works in very different methods, from Sharaf’s pours to Fleck’s precision and then to Bohac’s layering and Proud’s watercolors, all share a sense of light exclusive to the bay area. Working with pastel and bold colors, reflective surfaces and subtle hues, all of the works encapsulate what it is to see in San Francisco. Like bay-area painters of the past such as Wayne Thiebaud and Richard Diebenkorn, this light permeates the air we breathe and therefore the work we make.
One of the emblematic features of San Francisco is the fog that covers the city and diffuses the sun’s light before it hits our concrete streets. Twitter followers have coined him Karl the Fog, and he spends summer looming over our city and encouraging weekend getaways. He may owe his nom de plume to Carl Sandburg who wrote the poem “Fog” which reads as follows:
The fog comes
on little cat feet.
It sits looking
over harbor and city
on silent haunches
and then moves on.
Each of these painters seems to be perched on these “silent haunches.” Not quite confrontational, but not willing to be overlooked, this work seems to spring from a similar ethos into very disparate incarnations of what contemporary painting is today.
Ryan De La Hoz - IMPASSABLE TERRAIN
May 29 - June 18, 2015
FFDG was pleased to present San Francisco-based artist Ryan De La Hoz in his first solo show with the gallery entitled “Impassible Terrain” including cut paper works, textiles, puzzles, drawings, works on canvas, and a watercolor painting on wood.
Through a conflation of past and present, Ryan De La Hoz utilizes periodic icons of history to visually and metaphorically excavate emotions such as apathy, fear, hope, joy, and misery. Employing a broad variety of media and objects, he analyzes our current era using ancient signifiers. Objects of antiquity reoccur in his work and take the form of hand cut paper compositions with vases and bold graphic imagery relying on Greek sculpture as a central figure. Due to his belief that collective experience ties humans together throughout history, he is able to distill broad and epic ideas through simple objects like patches and puzzles.
Highly simplistic in their aesthetic execution, the central objects and figures in De La Hoz’s works are often destroyed or teeter on the edge of ruin, evoking a sense of dissent, rather than as precious art objects. As a maker in our currently over-saturated technological environment, hand cut paper goes against the historically-weighted exquisite work of art. Highlighting this tension, he guides us through an “Impassable Terrain” through depictions of dense foliage that are both welcoming and foreboding. This overgrowth reminds us of civilizations that have crumbled under their quest for power revealing that the never-ending cycle of order always ends in chaos, revolution, and enlightenment. By conflating this time into a single image, he allows us to reflect on our current condition through our historical experiences.
De La Hoz was born in 1985 in Mission Hills, California and currently lives and works in San Francisco. He has been published by FLJ Magazine in Tokyo, Museums Press in the UK, IdN Magazine in Hong Kong, Juxtapoz Magazine and Beautiful/Decay in the US. He has also participated in solo exhibitions in San Francisco, LA and Seattle as well as group exhibitions in the United States, the Philippines, Japan, Hong Kong, Germany, Canada, and the United Kingdom.
Kelly Tunstall and Ferris Plock -
April 24 - May 23, 2015
"Inside Voices" featured a series of new paintings by Plock and Tunstall, as well as large collaborative works. It had a lot of what the pair does best: big, patterny, colorful fun with a twist. Rather than seeing the exhibition as a movie or short cartoon and externally illuminating it, as they have worked previously, the artists looked inside for their storytelling source material.
In particular, Tunstall used this body of work to take exhaustive stock of her current inspiration in order to extend her personal mythology, allowing a study in how her processes move from the internal to the external. Returning to familiar media like pen and ink drawings on tissue paper, has allowed the work to come from a certain amount of muscle memory.
Being parents, the duo has a certain familiarity with the term “Inside Voices.” However, instead of considering the term in its ability to confine expression they re-imagined the term as less a restricting plea of quiet and calm, but rather, the inside voice that we all hear every day but don’t necessarily share with anyone else.
Our inside voices are the ones that make us want to waterslide all the way to the grocery store while eating pizza and drinking grape soda. Inside voices can be confrontational, or so multiple that it is impossible to concentrate on just one as it bounces back and forth. But no matter their confusion, inside voices allow us all to look inside ourselves for creative inspiration. This exhibition exemplified the inner workings of two influential San Francisco creatives.
Curiot - DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE WITH NEON LIGHTS
March 27 - April 18, 2015
In this multi-layered show, viewers were initially greeted with a visually entertaining journey of a creature that became 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 drew 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.
Martinez 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 - COLORADO
February 13 - March 14, 2015
Mike Giant held his third solo show with the gallery entitled “Colorado” including 40+ drawings and photo prints on canvas made in collaboration with Jason Siegel.
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 captured 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 allowed 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.
SIX DEGREES: A winter group show
January 16 - February 7, 2015
“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.
In addition to being the first show at FFDG in 2015, it was also the inaugural show curated by our new director, Rachel Ralph. It was 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 carried 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 knew the others or was 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.
Nov 7 - Dec 6, 2014
Jay Howell is the Executive Producer, Co-creator and Art Director of the great Nickelodeon cartoon Sanjay and Craig and created the characters for Bob's Burgers. He's been producing great drawings and zines for over a decade having spent a good many years living and working in San Francisco before making the move to Los Angeles to work on Sanjay and Craig.
Jay has created artwork and animation for Vans, Burton Snowboards, Anti-Hero Skateboards, Creature Skateboards, various clothing companies and lots more.
John Felix Arnold III - NO DESTINATION
Oct 1 - Nov 3, 2014
Jeremy Fish - YESTERDAYS AND TOMORROWS
Aug 15 - Sept 13, 2014
Jim Houser - NIGHT GOT QUIET - NOT QUIET LIGHT
July 11 - Aug 2, 2014
Salt the Skies
Works by Brett Amory, John Felix Arnold, Mario Ayala, Jud Bergeron, Curiot (Favio Martinez), Christopher Burch, Lola Dupre, Michelle Fleck, Matt Gonzalez, Hiro Kurata, Marty Machado, Mark Mulroney, and Nicomi Nix Turner
Mar 21 - April 19, 2014
Mike Giant, solo show
Feb 7 - Mar 8, 2014
Sense of Wonder
Tiffany Bozic, solo show
Oct 18 - Nov 16, 2013
Future Colors of America
Albert Reyes, Matt Furie, and Aiyana Udesen
Sept 13 - Oct 12, 2013
Black and White
Dave Kinsey, solo show
Sept 5-7, 2013
Kelly Tunstall & Ferris Plock
Aug 16th - Sept 5th, 2013
Sylvia Ji, solo show
July 12 - August 10, 2013
Skull & Sword
Grime, Henry Lewis, Yutaro, and Lango
May 17 - June 8, 2013
Alex Ziv & Mario Ayala
April 12 - May 4, 2013
Age of Omuktlans
Curiot, solo show
Mar 8 - April 6, 2013
Jay Howell, solo show
Feb 1 - Mar 2, 2013
Winter Group Show
Works by Ryan De La Hoz, Michelle Fleck, Matt Gonzalez, Yis "Nosego" Goodwin, Scott Greenwalt, Alec Huxley, Dave Kinsey, Mark Mulroney, Ferris Plock, Albert Reyes, Max Rippon, Bryan Schnelle, Mike Shine, Scott Teplin, Paul Urich, Xiau-Fong Wee, Taylor White, Alex Ziv, and Zoltron.
Dec 7 - Jan 12, 2013
The Diamond Sea
Works by Brett Amory, Shawn Barber, Michelle Blade, Clayton Brothers, Curiot, Jeff Depner, Meredith Dittmar, Jeremy Fish, Jay Howell, Mel Kadel, Hiro Kurata, Nicolas LeBorgne, Russell Leng, Alexis Mackenzie, Travis Millard, Ralph Pugay, Winnie Truong, and Mathew Zefeldt.
Oct 13th - Nov 10th, 2012
Henry Gunderson & Eric Shaw
Sept 14 - Oct 6, 2012
Confessions of an Old Dirty Skateboarder, Mike Giant
July 20 - August 11, 2012
Kelly Tunstall & Ferris Plock
June 22 - July 14, 2012
Lost For Words, Dave Kinsey
May 18 - June 16, 2012
Cigarettes, Phone Cards and Hip Hop Clothing
Works by Tom Betthauser, Kelsey Brookes, Ryan Travis Christian, Scott Greenwalt, Robert Hardgrave, Hiro Kurata, Mildred, Pacolli, Marco Zamora, and Alex Ziv
April 20 - May 12, 2012
Midnight on the Sun
Jay Howell & Mark Whalen (Kill Pixie)
Feb 18th - Mar 31, 2012
Future Colors of America
Albert Reyes, Matt Furie, & Aiyana Udesen
Jan 20 - Feb 11, 2012
Everything Under the Sun
Paintings by Mario Martinez (Mars-1)
Nov 11 - Dec 17, 2011
Works by Nathan Brown (Montreal), Ryan Bubnis (Portland), Huey Crowley (NYC), Ryan De La Hoz (San Francisco), Lola Dupre (Glasgow, Scotland), Hamishi (Melbourne), Russell Leng (Vancouver), Charles Martin (NYC), Eric Shaw (NYC), and Winnie Truong (Toronto)
Nov 11 - Dec 17, 2011
Then What Happened
Paintings by Damon Soule
Aug 20 - Sept 17, 2011
// Soule's third solo show with FFDG features new paintings and installation works.
Youth of Today
Paintings by Shawn Barber
July 8th - Aug 6, 2011
// On display will be 11 beautifully crafted oil paintings which are the next chapter of Los Angeles based Shawn Barber's "Doll Series".
Mel Kadel & Travis Millard
June 11 - July 2, 2011
// Mel Kadel's second show with FFDG featuring her works alongside works from her partner Travis Millard. Collaborative works between the two as well.
New works by Henry Gunderson
May 5 - 29, 2011
// Second solo show from this San Francisco based artist in his forth year at San Francisco Art Institute featuring painting, installation and video works.
Paintings & Sketches by Josh Keyes
April 7 - April 30, 2011
// Josh Keyes was born in Tacoma, Washington. He received a BFA in 1992 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA in 1998 from Yale.
West, Wester, Westest
March 11 - April 2, 2011
// Group show curated by Ryan Travis Christian featuring works from: Carl Baratta (Chicago), Timothy Bergstrom (Chicago), Samantha Bittman (Chicago), Ted Gahl (NYC), Rogelio Gamez (Oakland), David Leggett (Chicago), Shona Macdonald (Chicago), Rachel Niffenegger (Chicago), Paul Nudd (Chicago), Marcie Oakes (Chicago), Melissa Oresky (Chicago), Tyson Reeder (Chicago), Kate Ruggeri (Chicago), Deb Sokolow (Chicago), and Scott Wolniak (Chicago)
Corey Arnold "Fish Work"
Feb 11 - 26, 2011
// A selection of photos featured in this Portland based photographer's new book, Fish-Work, Published by Nazraeli Press.
Paul Urich "Take Me Back to Paradise"
Jan 7 - Feb 6, 2011
// Solo show from this San Francisco based artist.
Jay Howell "Pure Pink"
Nov 12 - Dec 11, 2010
// Solo show from this Los Angeles based artist.
Future Colors of America
July 15th - Aug 14th, 2010
// Collaborations between Albert Reyes, Matt Furie, and Aiyana Udesen
May 27- June 26, 2010
// Solo show and collaborations with Mars-1, David Choong Lee, and Oliver Vernon
Landscape and Being
April 29 - May 22, 2010
// First solo show from this South Korean artist studying at Pratt in NYC.
April 1-24, 2010
// Los Angeles based artists open thier first duo show in San Francisco featuring paintings and installation.
Feb 11 - Mar 13, 2010
// Tofer Chin, a Los Angeles native, continues to exhibit, in both gallery and museum, in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Barcelona, Sao Paulo and Australia. Past works appear in The Los Angeles Times, Flaunt, Nylon, Theme, Trace, Big, Vice and Rojo.
Jan 9 - Feb 6, 2010
// SF tattoo and painting champs team up for a great show at FFDG. Mike Davis owns Everlasting Tattoo and explores other mediums outside oils which he's accustomed. Both artists' works are in gouache... Henry Lewis tattoos at San Francisco renowned Skull and Sword Tattoo.
Dec 10 - 19, 2009
// Artists include: Derek Albeck, Jesse Balmer, Brian Barneclo, Matt Furie, Mike Giant, Henry Gunderson, Jay Howell, Alexis Mackenzie, Mildred, Travis Millard, Ferris Plock, Albert Reyes, Mike Shine, Keith Shore, Kevin Taylor, Kelly Tunstall, and Marco Zamora
Nov 5th - Dec 5th, 2009
// Painting & installation from this NYC based artist.
Sept 10 - Oct 10, 2009
// Works on paper from this Los Angeles based artist.
July 23 - Aug 29, 2009
// Bay Area native, this 18 year old rising talent currently studies at San Francisco Art Institute. This is his first solo show.
July 23 - Aug 29, 2009
// Fecal Face Dot Gallery puts the call out to local artists every summer seeking submissions to fill a select number of exhibition slots for our summer series, IN-N-OUT. For 5 weeks, FFDG will be hosting a new show every week with receptions every Thursday.
Same Loud No
May 7 - June 6, 2009
// Paintings and installation from this NYC based artist and San Francisco Art Institute graduate. Damon hasn't shown in San Francisco since 2006. His last show Amused Loon ran to praise reviews at Joshua Liner Gallery in New York City Oct '08.
Feb 26 - April 26, 2009
// A mural installation and limited edition over-sized print release, by San Francisco based artist Jeremy Fish. Exploring themes of power, greed, ego and revenge, Fish illustrates a rise-to-power story, ending in ultimate revenge and triumph for the underdog.
Gone But Not Forgotten
Jan 8 - Feb 15, 2009
// Driven by the notion that people die when their face is no longer recognizable, San Francisco based Paul Urich haunts his viewers with faint sketches of anonymous folk culled from old family albums. With light pencil strokes, Urich sets tiny faces floating on vast expanses of paper, then overlays them with dabs of color and broad gouache strokes that resemble the bubble and burn of melting celluloid.
Nov 20 - Dec 21, 2008
// Anthony Lister (NYC), Blek Le Rat (Paris), Buff Monster (LA), Chris Ryniak (LA), Damon Soule (Portland), Dennis McNett (NYC), Henry Lewis (SF), Julian Duron (NYC), Henry Gunderson (SF), Joshua Petker (LA), Mars (SF), Matt Furie (SF), Maya Hayuk (NYC), Mel Kadel (LA), and Ryan Christian (Chicago).
Oct 25 - Nov 16, 2008
// Symmetrical Balance is a continuation of San Francisco based artist Tiffany Bozic's investigation into the human relationship with the natural world. Allegorical paintings illustrate the notion that all living things share basic needs and desires: to preserve our fragile body, to forage, to nurture and protect our family. Revealing the interdependency between predators and prey, humans and our environment, Symmetrical Balance exposes the equilibrium that must be maintained between self-preservation and the other life upon which we depend.
West, Wester, Westest
Oct 4 - 23, 2008
// Eric Lebofsky (Chicago), Frank Magnotta (Brooklyn), Josh Mannis (LA), Amy Mayfield (Chicago), Erin Morrison (Seattle), Alexander Kvares (Atlanta), Tom Long (NYC), Scott Anderson (Chicago), Mike Rea (Chicago), Casey Jex Smith (CA), Geoffrey Todd Smith (Chicago) --
Curated by Fecal Face's Chicago correspondent, Ryan Christian.
8 Tracks and Wallbangers
Aug 8 - 31, 2008
// Mike is a painter who mixes driftwood, reclaimed house paint, Nordic mythology, insomnia, 1970's pop culture, absinthe, Teutonic philosophy, his wife, and woodworking skills leftover from a previous life- to make art that is one part uplifting and two parts disturbing. His coastal art/surf shack was recently featured in Fecal Face's Art Mondays, and intrigued us to bring his work into the Fecal gallery for a closer look.
A Benefit Show
July 9 - 27, 2008
// Ben Tour (Vancouver), Ferris Plock (SF), Jeremy Fish (SF), Kim Cogan (SF), Gary Baseman (LA), Kill Pixie (Sydney), Maya Hayuk (NYC), Henry Lewis (SF), Cody Hudson (Chicago), Hilary Pecis (SF), Andrew Schoultz (SF), UPSO (Toledo), Jason Reamer (Seattle), Shawn Barber (SF), Paul Urich (SF), Kelly Tunstall (SF), Matt Irving (SF), Matt Furie (SF), Kelsey Brookes (San Diego), Mel Kadel (LA), Tiffany Bozic (SF), Travis Millard (LA), Ryan Scott Shaffer (SF), Mars 1 (SF), Brendan Monroe (Oakland), Jay Howell (SF), Michael Sieben (Austin)
Say Hello To Neverending
June 6 - July 3, 2008
// "Say Hello To Never ending" is an exploration of the idea that things have no beginning and no end - everything is cyclical and patterns repeat themselves. Using both graphically intracate and sometimes diagrammical acrylic paintings in combination with found object installations, Foley creates a narrative about the infinite potential borne from life cycles. Her work charts the symbiotic relationship between destruction and creation by mapping a world ruled by juxtapositions; a door scorched by fire on one side, yet pristine on the other, a diagram of barren trees giving way to lush ones, dynamics within our social structure.