The Price of Fame: Is There a Happy Medium Between Popularity and Artistic Truth?

By: Madeline Walsh April 28, 2014 They say fame changes you. The task of catering to a newfound popularity with a steady moral compass has split many artists in two. For street artists who call the gallery their second home, reconciling the opposing spheres of their career is something they constantly consider. How do you combine your past with your present when you move your work in from outdoors? San …

Blurred Lines: What happens when you take the “street” out of street art?

By: Madeline Walsh April 21, 2014 The artist/benefactor relationship is nearly as old as art history itself. Commissioning street art and graffiti is important. It brings otherwise unknown artists to the forefront of public consciousness. Yet, graffiti purists may argue commissioning street art renders a normally defiant medium submissive. Does removing graffiti from the context of the street and into well lit museums empty out its meaning? This is something …

Tangled Up in Groups: Smokey’s Tangle celebrates 5th anniversary with semi-virtual group photo

By: Madeline Walsh April 16, 2014 As their facebook page will tell you, Smokey’s Tangle is home to a number of creative pursuits. The “artist-owned community-minded studio” is also part gallery, part photo booth, and part t-shirt shop. This mish-mash of functions is great community asset and shows how art carves out spaces for creative expression. Smokey’s Tangle zooms in on art’s power to bring people together through their conceptual …

Writing on the Wall: Is criminalizing graffiti criminalizing free expression?

By Madeline Walsh April 11, 2014 The Museum of the City of New York’s (MCNY) exhibition “City as Canvas” proves that criminal or not, graffiti continues to raise important questions about the significance of public art. The exhibition features pieces from the late Martin Wong’s private collection, which have been part of MCNY’s archives since 1994. Wong was not only a collector, but also a close friend to many of …

In the Studio: Mel Davis

There is movement in the silence and warmth in the unknowing. MEL DAVIS  WWW.PEACHPITPIE.COM Mel Davis is a visual artist based is Berkeley, California. She grew up in Montréal, graduated from Concordia University in 1998, then moved to the Bay Area to complete her Masters in Fine Art at the San Francisco Art Institute, (2005). She is part of numerous private and public collections and is the recipient of The Canada …

Seb Hamamjian: In Memoriam of a True Guide

  It is with a heavy heart to announce the passing of Seb Hamamjian on April 3rd, 2013. Those who knew him would agree that Seb Hamamjian embodied strength, wisdom, integrity and elegance. After acquiring his first gallery and frame shop in Cupertino in 1978, Seb spent the last 35 years exploring the intersection of art, craft and design. In 1989, Seb purchased his second gallery in Menlo Park where …

The Collective Operation with Maciej Makalowski

The stereotypical artist has been depicted as a loner, an outcast, staving in his/her studio, creating paintings from the dark depths of his/her soul.  While in some cases this is true, artists generally thrive off the collective experience of community and Maciej Makalowski is no exception. With his art practice exemplifying his collective lifestyle, or maybe it is the other way around, Makalowski draws on his surroundings as inspiration   for …

Channeling Tradition, Robert Minervini Style

What can be said about Robert Minervini that hasn’t already been said? His CV reflects representation at Marine Contemporary in Los Angeles, a solo show at Gallery Hijinks, inclusion in the 2011 BAN6 at YBCA and New American Paintings ed. #91. Recently, Minervini has been the focus of a studio visit by FecalFace.com and participated in a two person show at Johansson Projects. Beyond his studio practice he has committed his time to teaching at …

OH! That Looks Like A….

During a brief chat with artist Andrew L. Rogers the other day, we touched upon a topic that continues to creep up in discussions about abstract artwork; how to confront associations when viewing and/or making art.  For example, a typical response to an abstract artwork is a comment to the likes of  “oh, that looks like…a rock…a dog…a vagina”, whatever thought comes to mind at that moment.  This comment leads to …

Cloud Porn with Joël Frudden

A much-needed sideways rain hits the windows of San Francisco Art Institute’s (sfai) graduate studios.  Second year, MFA candidate Joël Frudden teaches me the key command for typing the umlaut in his name. For the record, I was curious how to get the umlaut when writing this blog entry from a desktop, opposed to  typing on an ipad or iphone. hold option + u let go, press e =  ë    …