ABSTRACTED FACE SCULPTURES BY DAVID ALTMEJD

by Ariadna Zierold

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David Altmejd is a sculptor that lives and works in New York. Altmejd creates highly detailed sculptures that often blur the distinction between interior and exterior, surface and structure, representation and abstraction. For Altmejd, the process of making is paramount – he is interested in how the act of constructing an object and defying traditional material conventions generates meaning.

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Motivated by the invisible worlds that often exist just beneath the surface of things, the artist reveals the hidden structures in his own works through negative spaces: gaps, holes, fissures and crystal filled orifices are a recurring motif. In contrast, the reflective surfaces of his mirrored sculptures are impenetrable and both define and destabilize, as well as multiply, the spaces around them.

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MELTED FACES BY BRIAN DONNELLY

by Ariadna Zierold

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Toronto based artist Brian Donnelly (previously featured here) uses turpentine and hand sanitizer to melt the faces of his portraits into rainbow rivers. Inspired by an interest in human identity and vulnerability, Donnelly paints from real life, portraying features of his subjects with realistic precision. These portraits show all kinds of distortions, unsettling mutilations that deny any trace of socially accepted beauty or fragmented facial features that reveal human limitations and speak of vulnerability.

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KUXAN SUUM BY AARON GLASSON

by Ariadna Zierold

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Aaron Glasson (previously featured here) collaborated with Celeste Byers in Tulum, Mexico. The head is hollow and inside has room for many people. Their hope is the structure is used for get togethers, alone time, ceremonies, jungle picnics, music, meditation etc. Climbing plants will be planted around the perimeter and moss will turn the head green over time.
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The concept was inspired by a Maya prediction that goes as follows… Tulum was one of the first points of contact for the Europeans who evidently invaded and colonized Mexico. Tulum, once part of the Mayan empire is no longer what it was. “The souls of the wise elders are vigilant and dwell under the ruins of Tulum and they’re waiting for the Kuxan Suum, the cord that connects the world to reunite. The Mayas are looming and at the first signs. their ancient powers will begin to return. ” -Marco Antonio León Diez

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SCULPTURAL GESTURES BY FRANCISCO ESNAYRA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Mexico City based artist Francisco Esnayra is concerned with the emotional and revealing character of the face. He selects the features that most strongly depict the protagonist, thus carving a philosophical psychology and sculptural anthropology.

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The sculptor penetrates deep within what’s human in the face and the mind. Through the creative process, Esnayra delves into himself- a self portrait in the mind and the face of each sculpture he molds. He incorporated in his figures the intellect and soul in histrionic fashion, hence the variety of facial gestures in his work.

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Ed Ruscha for Spring 2012 Band of Outsiders

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One of those really, really good ideas from one of the best men’s label we can think of. Band of Outsiders has brought in the embodiment of California art, Ed Ruscha, to be the face of their Spring 2012 line. The shoot was done outside Ruscha’s studio in Culver City, California, and it makes us want to be wearing a skinny tie more.

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Slap in the Face: a Tribute to Sticker and Graffiti Art

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Slap in the Face: a Tribute to Sticker and Graffiti Art, heralds the rise of sticker art, which has evolved as a byproduct of street art, a movement from the 1970′s that has since become a global phenomenon.

The stickers featured are at times derogatory, humorous, refined, or crass; while some are eulogies, others are as straight forward as tagging one’s name. Specially adopted for the ease of vandalism, their fast and low impact appeal is a cost effective solution to other riskier methods of graffiti such as; spray paint, wheat-pasting, scribing, and etching. The peel-and-slap of sticker art allows the artist time to develop and detail their final product. The goal is to inform an often unwilling participant/viewer, alter the landscape, impact social consciousness and gain recognition by other street artists. To succeed is to proliferate an area of graffiti with high-quality images or text, the more stickers, the more dominance. More than a call for infamy, sticker art effectively presents a concise, transitory, democratic and accessible form of art, and addresses topics such as: ownership, social hierarchy, socioeconomic politics, and artistic boundaries. Work is often a declaration. Ultimately, the most compelling motivation behind sticker slapping may be the earnest desire to show presence, to exist, to locate oneself; to be heard in an environment in which resists it.Pablo de Pinho

Pablo: What sparked the idea for this sticker show?

Jordan Ayoub: I originally came to this galley with a completely different proposal tying a bunch of different subjects to one overlying theme and showcasing that theme in art form. That initial proposal however was too broad, so I decided to come back with an entirely new proposal and new theme. Then I came across a sticker book through Michael Kershnar called “Stickers: Stuck-Up Piece of Crap: From Punk Rock to Contemporary Art.” In that book, there was a picture of a lobby covered in dozens of hand-styles that were xeroxed and turned into wall paper for this hotel in New York. I thought that that concept was so rad, and being submersed in San Francisco’s profound graffiti culture; I felt that the concept to cover the entire gallery in stickers had to be done.

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Who are some of the featured graffiti artists?

There are probably close to a hundred different writers that I, along with the help from a few friends, curated. But some of the names you will find in the show are Vegan, Toro, Erupto, Dlae, Diet, Jade, Jaut, Bvrs, Enor, Jenks, Metro, Kode, Sector, Charm, and many many more.

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How did you get everything together for the show? Did you meet up with all the writers?

There were definitely a lot of errands to be ran back and forth communicating and meeting up with people etc. The majority of the stickers were picked up by hand from friends and friends of friends. But some, due to inaccessibility and inconvenience had to be mailed in.

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What is to be expected? Are there any cool installations?

You can expect to see a ton of stickers, that’s for sure. But there are a couple of newspaper bins that I attained that will be a part of the show along with some fine art that will be displayed on the far side of the gallery. All is sticker/graffiti related. All is rad.

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How much controversy is there for making this show? Being that the show will be held at a University, and that many people consider graffiti a crime.

Not necessarily much controversy, rather surprise. This show is quite the opposite from what is normally displayed at this gallery. That being, it will bring a new crowd and more exposure to the gallery. I hope that the gallery is ready for the demographic of people that this show will generate. It won’t be like any other show they’ve ever had, that’s for sure.

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Is this the beginning for you? Will you be hosting more events like this in the future?

I’d like to think this is the beginning; this whole process has been really fun and quite the experience. I would love to host more shows like this one. In fact, the gallery and I have already sparked conversation about me hosting another show, so keep your eyes peeled. Whether it’s with this gallery or another, I will love to do this again.

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Any shout outs and acknowledgments you would like to give out?

Yes, I would like to give a couple of shout outs to the people that played a huge role in making this possible and being so supportive. One of which, to the ‘Dungeon Master’ Vegan. Without his support, contributions, and name behind all of this, this show would definitely not have been as successful as it turned out to be. Big-ups to you, my friend. I would also like to shout out my boys Sueños, and Enor- both huge contributors and supporters of the show and in the aid of making this possible. Many thanks. And last but not least, Kershnar-das, the beginning of it all. If it weren’t for the connections you’ve hooked me up with, none of this would have even happened. Thank you for all the rad times and experiences you’ve shared with me. I’m truly grateful.

Opening Reception Friday January 27th from 5pm to 8pm
Run time from
January 19th to February 15, 2012
At The Art Gallery—SFSU
1650 Holloway Ave
San Francisco, CA

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