Tag Archives: San Fransisco

"Wonder Club" by Sickboy

Sickboy is in San Francisco producing a show of sick and twisted dreams, childhood imaginations, and hopes and fears. The show includes heavy installation pieces and a series of original paintings, low edition screen prints on wood, painted metal boxes, and the iconic Sickboy temple pieces on wood and book covers. I have here exclusive photographs shot by Colin M. Day, along with some questions and tid bits into the current life of Sickboy. This show is uncurated by Ben Eine. If you’re in SF make sure to stop by White Walls, Saturday March 17th from 7-11pm. Stay tuned for more shots of the opening, and walls with Sickboy and Eine.

Below are some brief questions with Sickboy and Eine:

VNA: What has been your experience of the Tenderloin, SF so far?

Sickboy: It’s pretty insane on the surface, but behind the crackheads and alcoholics there is a nice strong connected community. Although, some of the craziest things I’ve seen here so far was on the first day of the month when the homeless got their government checks and it was like Night of the Living Dead on the streets.

VNA: Why are you excited about this show?

Sickboy: It’s my first US show in a city I’ve never been, but always wanted to go to. I’m able to make new ideas come to life. Since this is my first solo show in the states and in San Francisco, I really want to smash it.

VNA: Your shows are based heavily on installation. Tell us about the theme for this installation?

Sickboy: The gallery has two separate rooms and themes. The back room I’m turning into a psychedelic child’s room. Since I’ve been here I have collected little bits from the Tenderloin, and also brought bits from the UK which will all be included in the room. In the main front room will be a resurrection of one of my cartoon coffins underneath dirt, surrounded by rainbows, and lit up with a one of a kind light box. Sick!

VNA: Hello Ben. How are you? How long have you been in San Francisco for?

Eine: Ya, cool. Been here for three days.

VNA: How long have you known Sickboy?

Eine: I’ve known of Sickboy for years and years, but I’ve known him personally since he moved to London.

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One Last Shot/ Eine SF

One last shot that I got of an Eine wall, which I thought was too good to not show. The community has responded greatly to Eine’s presence in SF. Numerous blogs such as the Tender Blog, the Civic Center blog, and others have commented on the presence of his huge mural pieces and how much they appreciate them. Photo courtesy of Gareth, walls provided by Wall Space, and paint provided by Montana Spain. Hot and sunny… everyday!

Mike Giant x Reckless Toys

Mike Giant x Reckless Toys "Toypunk"

One for the Mike Giant fans! This new hunk of quality Japanese vinyl is the “Toypunks” mascot, designed and illustrated for the Toypunks series that has been documenting the designer toy and related movers and shakers over in Japan. Vol 1 is out at the moment featuring Hikaru from BxH, Frank Kozik and others.

This piece takes the classic Giant logo and makes it a 3d reality standing at just over 8 inches. This is available now from the Reckless Toys website: http://recklesstoys.com/ for $99 plus shipping ($114 total for international orders).

"Urban Osmosis"

Recently an amazing show was put together in San Francisco. Many local bay area artists were involved in the show titled “Urban Osmosis” at LOPO gallery in configuration with Space Gallery, presented by EndlessCanvas and SpokeArt. With an envious list of artists, it was hard to pick my favorite. Kelly Towels, D Young V, Feral Child, Shark Toof, and many more captured my eye. But there was an artist that I see all over SF, who I was impressed with the quality of his work in the gallery. There was a distinct transformation made from street to gallery that made his work stand out.

Courtesey of GATS

The mans name is GATS. Stands for Graffiti Against The System. He and many other local SF artists like Feral Child, and Nart are covered frequently on a rad blog called EndlessCanvas.

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Prime Time

VNA, I am sorry to have abandoned you this past month. Providing you with the insight on the emerging artists here in California is a top priority of mine. The holiday was time well spent, but now we’re back in action!

Especially considering this prime art makin’ time! Everyone seems to pulling out their shiny toys and new tricks for the new year. 2011 baby, it’s going to be great!

Speaking of prime time, lets talk about a kid who is in his prime with only great heights to conquer. Henry Gunderson. Oh, to be 21 again.  A favorite of Fecal Face Blog, this kid has yet to graduate from university at San Francisco Art Institute, and still manages to have time to kill it on the regular. You can see his stuff on the streets of SF and in the galleries. Smart kid, with lots of castles ahead of him.


Seen on the corner of Divisadero & Hayes, SF

Can’t wait to see what Henry Gunderson has in store!