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REAL history, REAL shenanigans… via  Tales of the San Francisco Cacophony Society [LASTGASP-2012]

1AM SF, Superfresh Design, and McCaig-Welles present:

GRAPHIC ATTACK!  A group show of graffiti and design featuring some of the heavyweights in the scene.

Official synopsis by 1:AM:

GRAPHIC ATTACK! co-curated by Andrea von Bujdoss and Melissa McCaig Welles

1:AM gallery is pleased to announce “Graphic Attack!”, an explosive group exhibition co-curated by Melissa McCaig Welles, and Andrea von Bujdoss, highlighting an exciting clash of techniques and styles by 15 of the most prolific experts in urban art and graphic design.  The collective display of works by these graffiti artists and graphic designers promise to be a fierce outbreak of complex imagery infused by intense and innovative personal artistic styles.

This exhibition of works will include mixed media works including prints, paintings, drawings, sculpture and installation.  Works will be of various price points, making the art accessible to both serious collectors and fans.

The line-up includes: CernYMI, Ces, Cope2, Cycle, Doze Green, Greg Haberny, Hydro74, KEO TC5, Mare139, Morning Breath, Pure TFP, Queen Andrea, Shepard Fairey, Siloette, Trustocorp, Wane

via Hydro74

Glory Chen and Surface Magazine present:

Torkil Gudnason “Hot House”

a solo exhibition

Glory Chen

134 Maiden Lane


Torkil Gudnason is a Scandinavian commercial photographer, with what looks like a focus on beauty/fashion/spa/product, almost always taking on the clean and chic aesthetic.  But as you dig into his portfolio, you see some creative lighting, effects, and concepts.  Overall I think his work is very strong.  I mean, I’d like to be able to create images of this quality, you know?
It just seems weird that he’s exhibiting what sounds like still life photos (?) at a shoe boutique (maybe it will be agriculture inspired fashion/beauty..).  Perhaps he’s done work for Glory Chen and they are hosting some new work.  Either way, here’s a chance to talk to him and make connection.

Torkil Gudnason
website | portfolio (represented by Judy Casey)

Aisha of Sanguine Soul (Saturday Nights on the infamous 87.9 Pirate Cat Radio), hosts the talented speak and vision of Baraka Noel aka Mumbles in support of his underground emcee and poet tour, Sky is Falling SFestival, presented with his fam, We Are the UnReal.

The tour has been going strong since 4/8/2010, ending 4/14/2010, and aims to give voice and vibe to the nascent call of community building, with emcees, poets, artists, and creative progressives as its foundation.


I juxtaposed Blackalicious’ Sky is Falling not only cause it shares a moniker with the festival, but because the spirit, voices, and creation story behind the fest stands in solidarity with those that survive and push to rebuild/recreate. Word, actualizing your heart’s passion into your daily grind, likens with the power of natural phenomena—it just needs incubation/collaboration/movement to be unleashed! Thus, inspiration for Sky is Falling SFestival loins from the souls’ thunder, quakes, from creation, collisions, and into what every local emcee needs to progress—community building.

Samuel Sax “Carlight”:

Dusty Rose “Mary Mean” @ Berkeley Slam:

I had the chance to go to the opening event, not knowing it was the opening of the festival, mainly to meet and chat with multimedia educator, arts documentarian, Slam coach, and champion haiku poet, Tazuo Yamaguchi, who performed backed by… a blues band!  Talk about juxtopoz.  But it worked beautifully considering Tazuo is one big soulful dude, especially with the vibe of the audience and the layout of the Blue Macaw venue (RIP 12 Galaxies).  Live painting, live music, live spit, it was just … live.

The Sky is Falling tour continues:

Apr 12 2010, 7:00P – brainWASH REMIXed (7th St/Folsom, San Francisco, CA)
Apr 13 2010, 8:00P – VIRACOCHA (21st St/Valencia St, San Francisco, CA)
Apr 14 2010, 9:00P – Stolen Time @ Heist Gallery (Geary/Leavenworth, San Francisco, CA)


It should be said that Viracocha is a new and promising boutique concept in the Mission, and from what I’m seeing, a must check.  So fitting on Valencia St., the collective-run Viracocha acts as a much needed multi-use space, purporting “a new kind of commerce.”

During the day, everything in the store is for sale: furniture, art,clothing, table settings, glassware, rugs, lamps, typewriters, new & used books, vintage magazines, records, umbrellas, assorted rarities & collectibles… everything! And at night… it transforms into a community space for literary, theatrical, and musical events.

Our goal is to create a place where art, of all mediums, can find advocacy; where contributors & patrons can gather, where creators & admirers (Buyers) can break that “Fourth Wall”, and begin to see each other as an evolving symbiotic relationship.

As a collective group of local artists & performers, our intention is to cultivate & spread the creative spirit that runs through the heart of our city and shapes the very way we interact with each other.

By focusing mainly on Vintage & Antique products, in fun, creative, and interactive ways, we hope to offer new perspective on Reused & Redesigned materials.

Gallery: Heist

Gallery Heist, run by Jillianne and Aoi (of S-I-R), is an upstart/startup gallery positioned right on the edge of Tendernob, on Geary/Leavenworth.  It’s opening show ‘Now or Never’ featured some of the street art world’s most notable names, including Mike Giant, Sylvia Ji, Adam Caldwell, David Young V, and C3, making for a respectable debut.

Gallery Heist Inaugural Catalogue

With a modern, young, dreamer vibe, Heist also departs from the traditional model of pure art space by placing installations culled from an international network as the venue for community events like film showings and open mics, encouraging the emergence of poets, designers, and creatives from the local Tenderloin and greater San Francisco areas, and building community and reputation as a destination for creative inspiration.

Heist opened up their Mic series with We Are the UnReal, so it’s fitting that the group returns for the closing of their tour.

Heist by Mike Giant, 2009

Benny Gold, designer/entrepreneur-turned-brand builder and now independent label owner and shopkeeper, celebrates the grand opening of his first retail shop, in the Mission district (21st @ Capp St.).

PBR Sponsorship in full effect

To appreciate the landmark of this is to know not just who Benny Gold is, but also the nature of the street wear apparel game and how it exhibits the universal and natural rise of designing in the background and doing work for others;  to building one’s own independent startup label.  This is big stuff!

Brief bio (from Highsnobiety):

Benny Gold is an independent graphic designer specializing in logo design and apparel graphics. He is best known for his work with Huf and Mash. Benny has created the original identities, for both brands.

Party should be cool.  Benny’s got a good circle of hustlers and bandits, building rep by running alongside/behind some of the greats including HUF, Mike Giant’s Rebel8, and Mega’s BLVCK SCVLE.  SF stand up!


Check this profile of Benny Gold (, done by Austin & Bryan Chu of  theWerehaus!

Stay Gold from The WereHaus on Vimeo.

Banksy’s anticipated “street art disaster flick,” “Exit Through the Gift Shop” travels the USofA.  Apparently it was the hot shit down at Sundance.  You know Banksy.

Extended Trailer (5:15) from BanksyFilm channel:

San Francisco Premier Info

Our local vandal HQ, UpperPlayground, presents a VIP Premiere of “Exit Through the Gift Shop” on 4/14/2010 @ The Victoria Theatre, but this showing is invite-only (contest info below)!

To win a ticket:

The first 50 people to submit a photo of them standing next to a cop with a handmade sign that has the movie title (Exit Through the Gift Shop) on it wins:

  • $100 Gift Card to Upper Playground
  • One ticket to the San Francisco Premiere of “Exit Through the Gift Shop”

Submit photos via Upper Playground’s Twitter or Facebook pages. One submission per person, so make it count. Don’t bother with your photoshops we will be checking for authenticity… Plain-clothes police officers do not count. Submissions must be in by the end of the day on Tuesday, April 13th.

The official public premiere in SF is 4/16/2010 @ The Embarcadero Cinema, probably going for a week?

The rest of the national premiere dates @ /  For an indie art film, this is a pretty large coordinated multi-city premiere.  This reminds us of just how big Banksy is.