Posts Tagged ‘Fecal Face’

Derek Albeck

Published May 10, 2010 by Molly

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Los Angeles-based Derek Albeck is 90% deaf in one ear, enjoys the belligerent and skilled music of Lightning Bolt and is most productive early in the morning and late at night. He would describe his work, if asked by a stranger, as “drawings from phorographs of family and surroundings. The drawings are somewhat autobiographical and serve as memory maps of shared stories and experiences.”

This is all gleaned from the artist’s interview at Fecal Face, which we recommend checking out as well as his website. Albeck’s got some neat prints, books and zines on sale on there, and a whole bunch of crazily meticulous drawings that we think are just great.

Allison Schulnik

Published April 28, 2010 by Molly

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Painter, filmmaker and sculptress Allison Schulnik has complex conceptions of doom and gloom. She’s a natural creator with a formidable intellect and a far-reaching curiosity— someone who can talk about art as well as she produces it. Schulnik’s oneiric paintings of long-haired hobos, Klaus Kinski, monkey heads, clowns, skeletons, black cats transmute the strange subjects into striking totems; the results are not what you’d expect.

“I seem to be drawn to sad characters,” the artist explains in a Fecal Face interview. “The forlorn reject. Something about being on the outside. The outcast… I’m not really interested in what’s accepted by people. I like the things, places and characters that have been forsaken. On both sides of the field. The happy genius fool and the pathetic misfit. I guess I like drama.”

Check out more of the interview here. We also love that Schulnik fills her non-art-making time with making music, eating cheeseburgers and dancing. Whatta life!

Michael Krueger

Published February 5, 2010 by Molly

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Is it fair to call them the prettiest drawings in the world? Michael Krueger’s images of solitary figures in mystical landscapes are like encapsulations of the human struggle. Beautiful encapsulations! Each image is a mini-philosophical tract, doling out gentle lessons about vulnerability and progress and folly. Mapped against rainbow-striped skies, the figures contain all sorts of multitudes. Make sure your hankie is nearby, and don’t be surprised if a tear squeezes out.

Krueger teaches at the University of Kansas (count his students lucky) and churns out lithographs when he’s not putting pen to paper. Refer yourself to the great Fecal Face interview, and don’t forget that hankie!

Aurel Schmidt

Published December 18, 2009 by Dallas

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Over the past few years Aurel Schmidt has been steadily earning her stripes and securing her position as one of the country’s premiere contemporary artists, which in NYC in the late 2000’s can be about as difficult a thing to pull off as there is. Canadian-born, the Vice camp favorite has mastered a hand-style that is both rare and completely arresting in this digitized age- a style which is only made more powerful buy how well it is executed.

Check out Aurel’s page at Tiny Vices to see more of her drawings and this interview to learn more about what makes an artists brain work when they are detailing the finer points of New York’s unwanted insects, cigarette butts, and discarded refuse. A beautiful lot!

Meredith Dittmar

Published December 4, 2009 by Molly

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We absorb art in different ways. There’s art that makes you grin, art that makes you gag, art that you meet with a perfectly neutral expression. Then there’s art that slaps you in the face with its sheer loony brilliance. Occupying this last category is Meredith Dittmar, a Portland-based sculptress who works with clay to produce tableaux as wacky and gorgeous as something out of a dream (or nightmare).

Influenced by a childhood of pet pigs, spy games and hay forts combined with a computer science education and a career in interactive design, Dittmar creates her work primarily with Premo polymer clay and wire. In a nutshell, it’s unlike anything we’ve seen before. Read an interview with the artist at Fecal Face, then check out her website. Kinda makes you want to spend an afternoon inside her brain.

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Giant Robot SF: Future Colors of America

Published September 14, 2009 by Graham

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Woah, it’s a total dream team of stupendously talented and darkly funny illustrators! Matt Furie (check out our interview with Furie), Aiyana Udesen, and Albert Reyes have come together for a show at Giant Robot’s San Francisco gallery, and their new work looks beyond the boundaries of rad. This triad of titillating artists have covered the walls of GRSF with hot dogs, wombats, babes, and B-list celebrities. What more could you ask for? Maybe a picture of a Wild Thing leering at Denise Richards? Your wish is Aiyana Udesen’s command. Check it out before the show closes on September 16th!

Photos via Fecal Face.

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Paper Rad’s Peace Offerring

Published July 13, 2009 by Graham

Art collective Paper Rad haven’t lost their touch. It’s been a while since we’ve heard their camp, but it seems like they’re everywhere you look, now. Jacob Ciocci is currently travelling the US on his 2 Blessed 2 B Stressed Tour in support of his solo music and a new 45-minute DVD-R containing the above video, Peace Tape. Paper Rad-adjacent band Extreme Animals, who recorded the soundtrack for Peace Tape, are touring this summer as well. Fecal Face has an interview with Ben Jones, another fantastic artist in the PR orbit, that’s as intense and brutally honest as it is absurdly comical:

After having been around the artworld for a hot minute, what are yours thoughts on it? You have made fun of it time and time again, and with just cause. Where is it right now, where do you think its going?

Any really good artist, or just any happy smart person can explain quickly and simply why things like fame, or the art world, or war are essentially meaningless and then also how these things attract young stupid white kids, or people with mental problems, or classic Americans as a result of the of these populations having low consciousness and/or intelligence. If you really are into the art world or TMZ or the Taliband it means you have a type of retardation.

But at the same time, since these populations have such a predictable and simplistic understanding of life, I think it is okay to inject good ideas and good energy into these retarded systems, so that we can help evolve the universe. And to do this you have to sometimes wear the right kind of shoes or try to think up clever answers to questions I guess. I don’t know, I think the next big thing in the art world is going to be The Beastie Boys.

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What has been greatly inspiring/uninspiring to you?

Love, jogging, Pantera, punching the air or bushes, yelling at a cat on the street “why are you looking me!” then coming home and cooking some baked beans and listening to the Adam Carolla podcast and then being like, hmmm, webmd.com…search…depression…hmmmmm oh look its 3 am, time to “go to bed”.

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