CONFESSIONS OF AN OLD DIRTY SKATEBOARDER @FFDG 7.20.12
San Francisco, CA: FFDG (Fecal Face Dot Gallery) is pleased to present San Francisco based artist Mike Giant in his first highly anticipated solo show with the gallery entitled “Confessions of an Old Dirty Skateboarder” featuring a wide assemblage of recent drawings and also a rare opportunity to view Giant’s personal collection of skateboards he illustrated the graphics for, including boards from his early career. There will be an opening reception for the show on Friday, July 20th (7-10pm). The artist will be present. Beer and wine will be available.
This is going to be one hell of a show!! Preview inquires, email: info(at)ffdg.net
“I’m a product of my generation. I grew up through the 80s and was drawn to the punk rock and hip-hop cultures simultaneously”, Giant said in a recent interview. “I threw myself in headfirst. A lot of those things were about personal expression, and also an anti-establishment attitude like, "We don’t need you, we have our own thing.” That’s the backbone of who I am to this day".
San Francisco based Mike Giant has achieved fame as a graffiti artist, illustrator and tattooist. Black ink is Giant’s specialty and whether his medium is concrete, paper or skin, his signature style - inspired by Mexican folk art and Japanese illustration - is unmistakable. Mike Giant has worked in media covering, graffiti, design, fine art, photography and tattooing, making him one of the most celebrated and versatile artists of his generation. He has shown in galleries around the world.
FFDG is pleased to present Los Angeles based artist Jay Howell in his third highly anticipated solo show with the gallery entitled “Enthusiastic Person” featuring over 25 new mixed media cartoon-styled works on paper. Currently in production on the first season of the animated children’s show “Sanjay and Craig”, which Howell is Executive Producer, Co-Creator and Art Director, Howell will exhibit recent colorfully bright and whimsical drawings featuring the cast of characters, patterns and geometric shapes so recognizable as Jay Howell works. The 2013 Noise Pop music festival will feature Jay Howell’s artwork on all their promotional materials.
Jay Howell is an all around kind dude that lives in Los Angeles with photographer girlfriend Ruth Swanson and a dog named Street Dog. When he’s not illustrating for Vans or drawing skateboards he can be seen on the streets fuckin’ around and sayin’ classic shit. Jay designed the main characters for Fox’s hit show, “Bob’s Burgers”. He is currently working as an Executive Producer, Co-Creator and Art Director on “Sanjay and Craig” an animated children’s show for Nickelodeon.
The working title for the project is Neighbors, a series of short stories about individuals from various neighborhoods in San Francisco. Part conversational interview, part documentary – we get to know the individual in the context of their work and home environments, in order to gain a deeper understanding of their influences on the community.
Also, don’t forget that Mike Giant has a solo show Confessions of an Old Dirty Skateboarderopens Friday, July 20th @FFDG in San Francisco (7-10pm).