Cigarettes, Phone Cards, & Hip Hip Clothing

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© Courtesy of the Artist and Fecal Face Dot Gallery
Cigarettes, Phone Cards, & Hip Hip Clothing

2277 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
April 20th, 2012 - May 12th, 2012
Opening: April 20th, 2012 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Wed-Sat 1-6


[SAN FRANCISCO] -- FFDG is proud to present a new group exhibition, entitled "Cigarettes, Phone Cards & Hip Hop Clothing," opening April 20th, 2012 (6-9pm) and running through May 12, 2012. The exhibition includes works by Tom Betthauser, Kelsey Brookes, Ryan Travis Christian, Scott Greenwalt, Robert Hardgrave, Hiro Kurata, Mildred, Pacolli, Marco Zamora, and Alex Ziv.

This exhibition features the work of some of our favorite painters and mixed media artists based here in San Francisco and from across the country. All of their work utilizes intricacy, be it formally or conceptually with a sharp eye for detail incorporated within each of these carefully curated ten plus works. There will be an opening reception for this show will be from 6-9pm on April 20th. Beer and wine will be served.


Tom Betthauser 
is an alumnus of the San Francisco Art Institute and a Bay Area native. His detailed graphite works are as intricate as they are beautiful. His birds-eye perspectives of otherworldly landscapes hide many layers of urban decay in an imagined world that is falling apart.

Kelsey Brookes
is an artist of contrasts. His well-documented background in microbiology, surf culture and folk art combine in explosive prisms of raucous color, bold imagery and timeless motifs. Raw and un-tethered, his vibrant, mixed-media assemblages reveal a free-flowing aesthetic that's altogether energetic, sexual, and humorous. Each work is a microcosm of life itself, where smiley-faced characters and wild animals cavort with abstract forms and splices of color to form something infinitely complex and visually joyful.

Ryan Travis Christian 
is a Chicago based artist whose work deals with popular culture and re-appropriation. His work is aesthetically dark, and he uses graphite to create twisted but whimsical nightmare-scapes with cameos that range from Mickey Mouse to Mariah Carey.

Scott Greenwalt 
is an Oakland based artist whose paintings feature gelatinous figures, dripping colorfully over his compositions. He utilizes chaos with geometry to create intricate pieces that verge on extra-terrestrial.

Robert Hardgrave
Seattle-based artist Robert Hardgrave's mixed media meditations are tributes to chaos of the moment. Working predominantly institutionally, his works build upon themselves, creating environments in which colorful shapes and figures interact, resulting in formal monuments to our own confusions.

Hiro Kurata
is Brooklyn based painter who uses the motif of baseball to frame his psychedelic allegories. His work is full of colorful lines and twisting textures, and is wrought with other symbols, nodding to each piece's deeper implications.

Bay-based artist Mildred is well known for his cartoon-esque pieces that explore our relationship with the child in each of us. Utilizing ink and spray paint in many of his works, we see the splatter of urgency juxtaposed against finely tuned drawings of monsters, dogs, and even a Bart Simpson-Butthead hybrid.

work combines playful line drawings with overlapping words and symbols. The work reads like a sketchbook, there's a lot of stream-of-consciousness inspiration coming from lots of places, all colliding and competing for your attention. It is easy to feel the joy that goes into their creation.

Marco Zamora 
is a Los Angeles based artist whose paintings immortalize urban scenes while infusing whimsical dream-like elements and bursts of color. His work explores our relationship with city life and the characters we observe in our modern world.

Alex Ziv 
is a currently in his last semester at SFAI. His highly stylized paintings emphasize the juxtaposition between our inner pervert and our inner child. By utilizing precise painting and ink pointillism, his work builds upon itself and descends into madness. He draws inspiration from all over the spectrum: from Harley Davidson to Walt Disney and everywhere in between.