Salt the Skies

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Things Could be Better Acrylic And Collage On Paper 10.5" X 14" © Courtesy of the Artist and Fecal Face Dot Gallery
Salt the Skies

2277 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
March 21st, 2014 - April 19th, 2014
Opening: March 21st, 2014 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Wed-Sat 1-6
collage, painting, drawing


Michelle Fleck

is a painter living in San Francisco. Her work focuses on the relationship between man and the landscape, and the marks we leave on it. Influenced by everyday life in the city, her paintings serve as snapshots of an ongoing intersection of the natural and man-made world. She strives to make work that has a sense of relevancy in a culture driven by a need for change and newness.

Matt Gonzalez
received his B.A. at Columbia University and J.D. from Stanford Law School. After a decade as a deputy public defender in San Francisco Gonzalez served a term on the 11-member Board of Supervisors. He thereafter co-founded a civil rights law firm Gonzalez & Leigh LLP and was Ralph Nader's running mate in 2008. In early 2011 he became the Chief Attorney in the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office. Since 2006 he has exhibited artworks in a variety of Bay Area art venues including Guerrero Gallery, Adobe Books, Lincart Gallery, Soap Gallery, Triple Base Gallery, and 111 Minna Street Gallery.

Mark Mulroney
loves his wife and is working earnestly on becoming a better golfer. He lives in the forest and chops wood when it is needed. He occasionally throws walnuts at squirrels but is pretty sure they don't mind.

Brett Amory
Brett Amory was born in 1975 in Chesapeake, Virginia. He lived in San Francisco for 15 years before relocating to Oakland in 2009 where he is currently based. His work has been shown in Los Angeles, San Francisco, London, New York, and San Jose and continues to receive acclaim. Amory began the Waiting series in 2001 with paintings based on photographs the artist has taken of ordinary city architecture and random people who he saw daily but never spoke to. He feels especially drawn to individuals who look lost, lonely or awkward—those who don’t appear to fit in socially. As the title suggests, the Waiting series depicts how people are distracted by constant internal dialogue, preoccupation with memories of the past and/or concern for the future, never able to live in the present moment. Amory’s work attempts to visually represent this concept of disconnection, detachment, and anticipation, conveying the idea of transient temporality that exists in the moments of our daily lives.

John Felix Arnold III
John Felix Arnold III works and lives in Oakland, CA. He was born in Durham, North Carolina in 1980. He was exposed to the mid 80s New York City art scene as a child, while his father was with Pilobolus Dance Theatre. He graduated Pratt Institute in 2002 with a BFA in Communication Design and in 2006 moved to San Francisco to study Graduate Printmaking at San Francisco Art Institute. He has shown with the SFMOMA Artists Gallery, the Luggage Store Gallery, The Shooting Gallery, ArtNowNY, Bold Hype, and Queens Nails Projects. He was hosted by Spes-Lab Gallery in Tokyo in 2013 to do a month long residency that culminated in an interactive mixed media exhibition entitled “Bright on Time”. He has been celebrated in the press by Kimberly Chun’s 96 Hours, Hi-Fructose, Fecal Face dot com, Impose Magazine, SFWeekly, SF Bay Guardian, Frank 151, Red One Press, East Bay Express, Common Magazine, Juxtapoz, and more. Catch him where you can.

Mario Ayala
Oakland based artist and recent graduate of The San Francisco Art Institute. His two person show "Going Nowhere" with San Francisco based Alex Ziv ran at FFDG in April 2013.

Curiot (Favio Martinez)
Mexico City based illustrator and street artist whose sold out solo show "Age of Omuktlans" ran at FFDG in March 2013... 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

Christopher Burch
Christopher Burch is an artist, events organizer, and educator based in San Francisco CA and St. Louis MO. He received the Painting Fellowship for his graduate studies at the San Francisco Art Institute (MFA 2008) and is a graduate of Columbia College with a BFA in 2002. He worked with The St. Louis Freedom Schools as a program coordinator and arts instructor from 2000 to 2002. From 2004 to 2006 he worked as curriculum developer for the Center of Creative Arts (COCA) in St. Louis Mo creating several yearlong educational/residence programs within four St. Louis public schools.

Lola Dupre
Lola Dupre is a collage artist and illustrator currently based near Elche, Spain. Her work has been featured in exhibitions in the USA, Germany, Japan, France, Australia, England, Scotland and Japan in recent years. Publications include, New York Magazine, the New Republic, Flaunt, Die Welt and Hi-Fructose. Currently she is working towards a solo show with CES Contemporary (Los Angeles) to open on the 5th of April 2014, and group shows at Glasgow International Art Festival and at London England's, Rook and Raven Gallery. From political portraits, to fashion editorial, key themes include the grotesque and the beautiful. Apparent in her work is an obsessive attention to detail and a wide pallet of influence.

Hiro Kurata
Kurata concentrates his works on dealing with many Baseball figures. He portrays his personal childhood memories of Baseball players as his hero figure and relocate them in a surreal-fantasy world that he creates. He currently lives and works in New York City.

Jud Bergeron
Jud Bergeron is a Bay Area sculptor residing in San Francisco, his sculpture has been exhibited through out North America with a focus on New York and San Francisco. Bergeron works in myriad styles and materials but generally gravitates towards permanent materials such as bronze, stainless steel and mild steel. Jud has been awarded public art commissions in a number of cities around the country and his sculpture has been in museum shows and is included in many important private collections.

Marty Machado
Martin Machado’s work stems from his experience at sea as a merchant marine, commercial fisherman, and sailor. His most current series is heavily influenced by 18th century etchings. Machado has exhibited art works in California and New York and in Bay Area establishments such as the Headlands Center for the Arts, Southern Exposure, and the California Academy of Sciences. He has also shown work internationally in England, Scotland, Malaysia, and was recently part of an exhibition for “The Clipperton Project” in Mexico City at the Museo Diego Rivera Anuhuacalli.

Nicomi Nix Turner
San Francisco based Nicomi Nix Turner was raised in Southern Oregon. The Pacific Northwest upbringing kindled an affinity for the botanical and entomological. Her hyper-detailed illustrations invoke a surreal understanding of the perfection in nature.