In this new video, Obey Giant’s Ernesto Yerena explains the concept of “Con O Sin” or “With or Without.”Â His subject for the piece, a member of the norteno music scene (literally “northern,” a style of Mexican music heavily driven by accordion and bajo sexto) represents the idea of â€œCon dinero o sin dinero hago siempre lo que quiero,â€ or “With money or without, I’ll always do as I please.”Â Grafted together entirely from still photos, Con O Sin shows a carefree side of Ernesto, […]
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Shawn Barber’s latest solo show, “Tattooed Portraits: Snapshots,” (setup) opened up last weekend at San Francisco’s Shooting Gallery. Featuring a full body of fresh work, Shawn’s use of modern tattooed subjectsÂ (who range from Modern Body Art’s Jo Harrison and Blackheart’s Scott Sylvia and Jeff Rassier to MMA fighter/Seventh Son Tattoo’s Luke Stewart and comedian Margaret Cho)Â translates very well, showing a softer and sometimes even contemplative side of a culture often perceived in precisely the opposite light. The representation of a “lowbrow” art through a more […]
Yesterday, AM had the pleasure of visiting Shawn Barber as he was putting on the final touches of his solo show “Tattooed Portraits: Snapshots” at San Francisco’s Shooting Gallery (teased). Shawn’s still life paintings and overall representation of tattoo culture look even more impressive in person. The show opens tonight, Saturday the 15th, and we for one can’t wait to check it out in it’s entirety. Process and installation pics after the jump.
Last night, AM visited Swarm Gallery in Oakland to catch up with our buddy Josh Keyes and to check out “Natural Selection” featuring Josh and Vaughn Bell. Josh, who just moved up to Portland, has been incredibly busy with the move and flew back to the Bay Area for just a few hours to attend the opening. Luckily, we were able to catch him before the show opened and he gave us a nice tour of his three pieces (the fourth is almost done) and […]
At about two in the morning last Sunday, AM met up with Hugh Leeman in the heart of San Francisco’s seedy Tenderloin district as he was preparing for his upcoming show, “Recognition” at the esteemed White Walls Gallery. Â For the past few months, San Franciscans have been greeted citywide by Leeman’s unique wheatpastes, each depicting a member of the local homeless population. Â Leeman, who befriends and helps support his subjects, often times by giving away free clothing, has been embarking on a massive social street-level […]
Artist friendly clothing company RVCA recently opened their “Whammy! “show (teased) at their retail space/gallery VASF in San Francisco. Â Focusing entirely on domestic talent, “Whammy!” features the artwork of such stateside luminaries as Jeff Soto (interviewed), Dave Kinsey, Anthony Lister (interviewed), Kelsey Brookes and Tiffany Bozic, to name a few. Â More photos after the jump.
This past Thursday, AM took a trip down to the San Jose Museum of Art to visit Todd Schorr (interview & studio visit) and check out “Surreal Night,” a celebration of his 25 year retrospective currently on display. While there, we were able to attend the panel discussion, meet Todd, pick up a copy of his latest book, American Surreal and take some pictures of his major retrospective exhibition. More about the show and the rest of the photos after the jump.
On the eve of Word to Mother’s US debut, AM swung by FIFTY24SF to interview the London-based artist. Â WTM was kind enough to give a walkthrough of his show, breaking down his creative process, inspirations and the histories of some various pieces. Â As an added bonus, WTM signed a few special items for AM readers, more info and a full walk-through after the jump.
Opening tonight in San Francisco, Word to Mother’s “Young Mind, Old Soul” is looking to be a stellar, and hopefully a breakthrough, US debut for this London based artist. Â Hot off the heels of his near sell out show at Stolen Space (which followed “Till the Hot Runs Cold”, a completely sold out show), WTM brought a trunk of originals, salvaged wood, rusty nails and even an exclusive print for his US collectors (teased). Â AM swung by the gallery yesterday to chat a bit with […]
AM visited San Francisco institutions The Shooting Gallery and White Walls on Saturday to catch some photos of AJ Fosik’s (previewed) and Greg Gossel’s (interviewed) respective shows a couple hours before their dual openings. Â AJ’s show, “There’s Aliens in our Midst,” featured a dozen new wood 3D constructions (most of them being theÂ flamboyantlyÂ colored totem-like trophy heads that AJ has become known for as of late) as well as an installation of golden ratio proportions featuring a severed totem animal body strewn upon a cleft pyramid. […]