Sam Flores’ Solo Exhibition “Daydreams and Nightmares” and Interview

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Sam Flores’ upcoming solo exhibition, “Daydreams and Nightmares,” opens this Friday, December 18th at the FIFTY24SF Gallery in association with Upper Playground. Through his ability of lucid dreaming, Sam explores how “imagination and creativity come from our subconscious… this new body of work takes you to the place where Dreams and Nightmares meet, the world where ideas, imagination and creativity live.”

Our own Jake Goble and Trevor Martin sat down with Sam to discuss the upcoming show:

Jake Goble: So, have you  thought of a name for the show yet?

Sam Flores: Yeah, it’s called “Daydreams and Nightmares.”

J: Okay, what made you come up with that name?

S: It’s just kind of a different exploration of just being, like, being in a dream or a nightmare and kind of controlling that and tapping into your subconscious, imagination and inspiration. Where it all kind of comes from – from those worlds. So, I’m kind of leading you, it’s a walk through my daydreams and nightmares, just kind of all the visuals that I see. So it’s kind of getting a little sneak peak into my world.

J: Nice, do you think that reflects – at all – currently, where you are right now with just your work, or just kind of a different idea you had-

S: It’s an idea, it’s just some imagery that I wanted to create. It’s also kind of – maybe – just to illustrate what everyone goes through. It’s not just me personally. It’s just kind of – kind of a broad range of stuff that people deal with in life and in general.

Trevor Matrin: I’m gonna interject. The last show, it was “A Light in the Darkness?”

S: “A Light in the Darkness”

T: “A Light in the Darkness,” and the previous show to that was “A Lion and the Lamb?”

S: Yeah

T: How does this show relate to both of those?

S: Well it’s all a balance. And so we have “A Lion and the Lamb” – that was kind of the innocence and darkness and it’s saying with how to balance your light and dark. And this is just when you have your daydreams and nightmares and just kind of finding a balance and being able to live in – in the middle of both of those – kind of on the razor’s edge. It all kind of incorporates into itself – I like to have a lot of balance in my work and in my life so balance comes into play with a lot of my work.

J: Sweet, how many new pieces are you hoping to have for the show?

S: Hopefully 18 to 20.

J: Okay

S: That’s what we’re shooting for.

J: And then – are you gonna kind of emulate that whole kind of idea with all of the pieces?

S: It’s kind of a broad – it’s not like every piece has exactly to do with the title or the concept. It’s more just – there’s gonna be a lot of stuff like that but it’s kind of, it’s fun because it can be really broad and general because it’s anything you can think of. Daydream, imagine – that just comes into your imagination – into your thoughts. So, it’s just kind of a little bit of everything. It’s just kind of a broad umbrella of – of anything that can happen within a daydream or a nightmare.

J: What are you most excited about that you have done or are hoping to do for the show?

S: I’m pretty excited about all of them! I’m gonna do this floating whale-ship. It’s kind of a floating whale-taxi that transports people through a dark place and gets them to their destination safely. So I’m excited about that one. That one’s coming out soon.

T: That one’s really cool. You did a piece called “Follow Me” for the last show that was really, really popular. We’re releasing a print of “Follow Me” now for this show, a year later and the whale piece is kind of the continuation of that piece, “Follow Me.”

S: Yeah, it’s a series.

T: It’s kind of the evolution of it and the interesting thing that Sam talked about specifically in the “Follow Me” piece which is continuing from the floating whale piece – who’s title we have yet to make – is that when people stick together and band together and help each other out, the ycan get through – you know – some of the challenges that we’re facing on and individual level, and – you know – that’s kind of what the whole theme is – banding together, getting through in the dark passage ways of life. You know, being empathetic and encourage one another and be a team, you know?

J: Absolutely

T: And Sam, do you want to enumerate what the different characters were in “Follow Me” just to give him some backstory?

S: It was kind of a parade, like a band of misfits and just people in life and it all kind of represents also, like you’re different parts of each person’s personality and things that go on in them. So there was – there’s this woman. She had kind of like a general’s jacket. Like she was her own boss – her own general. There was-

J: There was a two person centaur?

S: Yeah, there was a centaur – there was a Sagittarius couple, kind of one connected. There’s an emo, mad french clown..

T: Riding an emo water buffalo? You we’re so funny when you said that to me,”Sometimes you just feel like an angry French clown riding an Emo-Water Buffalo.”, I laughed so hard, I love the humor in your work!

S: Emo water buffalo with a Hitler comb over. Then we have – yeah so there’s all these different soldiers, then there’s pretty much just a lot of – so each character kind of represents how like everyone from San Francisco – how broad and how much of a melting pot that is and then it also represents kind of how all your different personalities and moods and stuff go on inside your self. So it’s a little bit of everything but this is just a continuation with the floating whale-taxi.

T: And there are some characters there that are also on the famous Haight Street mural?

S: Yeah, exactly. So those all represent the eclectic melting pot of the city as well.

J: Sweet, so what would you say you’re keeping it  a little bit  [personal?] or just experimenting with the show?

S: We’re doing some cool installation stuff. I want to kind of have people visit this forest and this dark – not really dark – but this kind of represents inside your mind. So you’re going to walk into that installation and be inside someone’s psyche or imagination. So I’m excited about that and pretty much all the pieces together – how they play off each other. That’s what I’m excited about.

J: Do you want to tell me about this piece.

S: So this piece is called, “[Lady Soul?]” and she represents the story of Icarus and the sun – he flew too close to the sun and his wings melted. So this represents that as well as

J: He’s flying too close to her.

S: Yeah, so he got too close to her and it can represent a lot of stuff like she’s kind of a seductress.

J: A solar siren?

S: Yeah, and so in the next painting it’s actually two guys and they’re brothers – Icarus and Dicarus – and they both fucked up and got too close – like their temptations. Now they’re going to be falling and all of their feathers are on fire. It’s kind of like my own illustration of a siren or a temptation.

J: Do you use foil?

S: This is gold leaf, yeah. The background is gold leaf. I just wanted it to be glowing a lot, really bright – different golds and oranges and yellows and stuff.

J: What other pieces have you done off the top of your head?

S: We’ve got a lot – oh, there’s one I’m really into. He’s kind of a dream guide and so what he does is get people through their dreams and their nightmares safely. He’s a hired gun and he’s this renegade dude and he has these horns that are actually a Native American Dream-Catcher. And he has a dream catcher inside these horns so it helps him capture and protect himself as well as his client and getting them through their craziness safely. He’s almost kind of like a Beetlejuice character. You want to hire him but you also don’t because he’s trouble. But he’s good at what he does and gets you through, but it comes with a price. He keeps the objects that he acquires in your dreams in his dream catcher net.

J: For all these shows. people kind of expect something coming in and then when they’re there they’re kind of sensing something, but what do you want someone to – after they’ve left and they’re going to reflect on the experience – what do you kind of hope for them to take from it?

S: I like people – I just want them to become more aware of their inside – imagination and ideas. And if they’re kind of in tune with their thoughts and imagination and dreams, you can kind of tap in and bring a lot out. I just want people to have more of a realization of what goes on inside their imagination.

J: One last thing, for anyone that is thinking about coming or doesn’t know a lot about you, what do you want them to know about the show?

S: Kind of the same thing that I was talking about before. It’s a little trip through my subconsciousness and imagination and also kind of illustrates everyone else’s and how to tap into that and maybe figure out what things are or just how they might look in an illustrated form or a visual form of some of your thoughts and imagination. Yeah, that’s kind of abstract and doesn’t make sense but that’s how all the stuff is. It’s more like to see it than talk about it.

J: Not everyone gets to visualize-

T: -Thoughts in new ways

S: Yeah, this is kind of how I’m doing it or how I see it so now other people can see it through me or my art.

J: Hopefully, it allows them to do more of the same.

S: Exactly, yeah that’s my goal too.

J: Cool, I appreciate it man, thank you.

 

 

EXHIBITION DETAILS

DAYDREAMS AND NIGHTMARES

PRESENTED BY FITY24SF AND UPPER PLAYGROUND

OPENING FRIDAY DEC. 18th, 6pm-10pm

218 FILLMORE ST. SF, CA

FOR INQUIRES CONTACT: GALLERY@FIFTY24SF.COM

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“SELFIE” GROUP EXHIBITION

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If you are around Stockholm, don’t miss the group show called ‘Selfie’ at Gallery Steinsland Berliner. Opened August 21 ends September. 12.

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Participating artists include Jason Jägel, Cleon Peterson, Ryan Travis Christian, Alex Lukas, Geoff McFetridge, Jeroen Erosie, Øivin Horvei, HuskMitNavn, Escif and Lisa Jonasson.

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Jeremy Fish iPad 2 Giveaway

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Jeremy Fish and Upper Playground have teamed up to create a new app to bring Fish’s groundbreaking “Listen and Learn” exhibition to your iPad and iPhone. In conjunction with the app’s launch, Jeremy Fish has illustrated (and we mean hand drew, with his actual hands) the back of a brand new iPad 2 being given away on Upper Playgrond’s Facebook page.

This past summer at Joshua Liner Gallery in NYC, Jeremy Fish created an interactive exhibition featuring 30 paintings based on stories told my some of Fish’s closest friends and inspirational talents. Each painting was accompanied with headphones to allow visitors to listen to the audio recordings while viewing Jeremy’s visual interpretation of the story on the wall. Fish gathered Snoop Dogg, Aesop Rock, Mike Giant, Lance Mountain, El-P, Ron English, Ricky Powell, and many others to get some of their most inspiring stories on record.

As not all of Fish’s closest fans made it out to the exhibition, we have collaborated on the “Listen and Learn” app, bringing the interactive experience to your iPad and iPhone and bring new life to Fish’s “story paintings” and most experimental gallery show to date. The app comes bundled with 30 images of Fish’s paintings and 1.5 hours of audio stories that accompanied and inspired each piece. The “Listen and Learn” app also comes with a handful of videos and gallery of images from Fish’s exhibition.

To kick off the launch of the “Listen and Learn” app, Fish has illustrated (in black Sharpie) on the back of a brand new iPad 2, being given away now on Upper Playground’s Facebook page. To enter the contest, simply include your email address in the contest link on the lower left side of the Upper Playground Facebook page. One winner at random will get a Fish customized iPad 2. The contest runs through December 31, 2011.

For those of you on a Mobile Device, use this link.

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Mars-1 “Everything Under the Sun” @ FFDG this Friday, November 11

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Our neighbor and very talented artist, Mario Martinez (aka Mars-1) opens a new solo show at Fecal Face Dot Gallery this Friday, November 11 in San Francisco. We can’t believe it, but this is Mars’ first solo show in SF since 2005. Colin M Day just made this video, “Mars-1 x Everything Under the Sun” to coincide with the exhibition.

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Mars-1 “Everything Under the Sun” @ FFDG this Friday, November 11

Mars-1 x Everything Under the Sun from Colin M Day on Vimeo.

Our neighbor and very talented artist, Mario Martinez (aka Mars-1) opens a new solo show at Fecal Face Dot Gallery this Friday, November 11 in San Francisco. We can’t believe it, but this is Mars’ first solo show in SF since 2005. Colin M Day just made this video, “Mars-1 x Everything Under the Sun” to coincide with the exhibition.

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Rene Almanza @ FIFTY24SF Gallery

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“Stranger” is a foreigner, a resident alien, one in the house of another as a guest, visitor, or intruder, a person or thing that is unknown or with whom one is unacquainted, one who does not belong to or is kept from the activities of a group, one not privy or party to an act, contract, or title, one that interferes without right.

(9.26.2011) San Francisco – FIFTY24SF Gallery presents a watercolor exhibition by Mexican illustrator and fine artist, Rene Almanza, entitled “Stranger” opening on September 29th, 2011.

This exhibition marks the progression of Rene Almanza’s career from the monochromatic ink-lined work that he has been known for towards the incorporation of paint and colors. Taking a traditional and deliberate approach towards the development of his mediums has always been an important part of Rene’s career; and after feeling like he had expressed all that he can with his line-based style, he felt that the next logical step was to begin to integrate watercolors into his work as part of the process of gradually moving towards incorporating oil and acrylic paints into his pieces.

One of the cornerstones of Rene’s career has been his ability to couple the American style of comic-art illustration and the Oaxacan concept of art. To Rene, the American style is about creating stark optical images that convey overt messages while the Oaxacan opinion on the purpose of art is to create work that expresses the emotion of the artist and leaves room for interpretation. The title of this exhibition is based around the Oaxacan side of this dichotomy, and all the work of the “Stranger” exhibition aims to express the sentiment of being a “resident alien” while leaving the stories behind the work open to the interpretation of the viewer.

The exhibition features 50 pieces measuring 20″ x 18″ using the mediums of pencil and watercolor. All the work also features frames which are hand made in Oaxaca. Rene Almanza’s “Stranger” exhibition features an opening reception on September 29th, at 7:00pm.

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PEZ “Louder Than Bombs” for FIFTY24SF and Noise Pop 2011

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In conjunction with Noise Pop 2011, FIFTY24SF has organized graffiti, sticker, and fine artist PEZ to exhibit a collection of album covers done in his signature style for a full showing titled, Louder Than Bombs. The exhibition will open this Wednesday, February 2nd, at FIFTY24SF’s former space at 248 Fillmore Street. Louder Than Bombs kicks off over a month of activities, as Noise Pop will turn our pop-up store into their art headquarters before and during the traditional Noise Pop Music Festival.

Here is the full press release:

Noise Pop x FIFTY24sf present PEZ “Louder Than Bombs”. The title “Louder Than Bombs” is in direct reference to The Smiths compilation album released in 1987, the band, and Morrissey, being a personal favorite of the artist. As a long time Bay Area staple PEZ’s hand style and graffiti has been seen most places you’ve looked—but his record covers and limited edition zines have reached cult status over the last few years and this exhibition reveals what makes the underground music, art and culture of the Bay Area so special.

About the Artist: PEZ is widely recognized around the world as one of the earliest sticker taggers in the history of graffiti, following in the footsteps of the legendary and infamous graffiti artists, Cost and Revs. He documented his experiences in with his Nikon FM2 35mm camera, and continued to post his stickers and other printed work around NYC. Today, Pez continues to make stickers and publish photography zines. Pez has exhibited in New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Portland, and Tokyo.

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PEZ does “Louder Than Bombs” exhibition for Noise Pop 2011

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Citrus Report endorsed graffiti artist, PEZ, will be doing the centerpiece exhibition for Noise Pop 2011 at the old Fifty24SF space on Fillmore and Haight, starting February 2nd. Looks like PEZ is going to be doing his signature album covers pieces for the show. Nice ode to The Smiths in the title, good for the classic indie showcase of Noise Pop.

More information here.

FIFTY24SF Gallery is presenting the show… so more information to come.

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James Jean has a new solo show

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James Jean, who showed with David Choe at our exhibition we held with Good Smile in Tokyo in late October 2010, has a new solo show at Martha Otero opening March 2011 featuring 7 new large scale paintings, 6 of which have yet to be fully unveiled (because the 7th is below, it is called Tiger).  And Ninja likes them too.

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