Just met up with a local SF Artist and rad dude named Matthew Badja at Flywheel in the Haight. Much of his practice consists of Photography and some really cool social practice, street installation work. Anywho, I feel inspired myself to post some photos for you gals guys and gender benders. I hope you enjoy. Please contact me if you would like to have prints of any of these.
So I am officially flying to New York on February 23rd to get ready for my latest artistic endeavor, "Eat Peter to Feed Paul". One of the sickest artists I know and have the privilege of working with and also being good friends with, namely Christopher Burch (who is currently doing a residency with the Luggage Store), is joining forces with me to storm my old stomping grounds of Brooklyn, NY. We are coming to the amazing venue known as Littlefield in the Gowanus neighborhood ot the Kings County Burrough, and we will be joined by amazing musical talent from long times friends and musical collaborators Ninjasonik and Ken South Rock (whom I am going on tour with in Japan in the summer) This is my first posting about this on my blog, so know that you will be seeing a lot more material and progress once I am on my way. Keep in touch;) Below is a link to the Official Press Release and a Brief Description of the show and concept behind it. I'm ready for Pizza, Pastrami, and Yakitori Taisho! It's on.
PRESS EVENT INFO
“Eat Peter to Feed Paul” @ Littlefield : Brooklyn : NY
So I was contacting by a really awesome person from Art Larking, a super sick art and culture blog, to do an interview really out of the blue. They have featured Old Crow before whom I have worked with extensively and I was truly honored to be considered for an interview. I have gotten some really amazing feedback on the interview and I had the most amazing time answering the questions and have since been getting to know Rae who interviewed me, online facebook and she is exceptionally refreshing and rad. Much thanks to Rae Rubio and everyone at Art Larking for their amazing support and genuine interest in what I am doing, they really made me dig deep. Click on the image below to link straight to the interview. Rae you Rock!
Due to a miscommunication within the Queens Nails curatorial scheduling pool, some slight changes have been made to the event. The Event posting beneath has all of the correct changes and also the correct flyer has been included.
“The Love of All Above” is one part solo art show, one part performance showcase, and one part audience participatory ritual ceremony to show gratitude for the lives we live and the struggles we have endured.
John Felix Arnold III, from the days of Babylon Falling and who who brought you Past From the Blast with Japanther last March at Kitsch will be teaming up with a new team of amazing performers and collaborators consisting of Daylight Curfew ( Cassettes Won't Listen, Bisc 1, Grimace, and Turnbull Green), Kool Kid Kreyola, and Him Downstairs, to bring you the newest installment in his long running series ofexhibitions and experiences know as "Unstoppable Tomorrow : The World of Future Antiquity". According to Arnold the series aims to bring you the feeling of "walking inside of a giant graphic novel where Arnold is the documentarian and scribe, and the performers are his musical cohorts, collaborators, and ritual leaders in this post apocalyptic future world."
Arnold will be presenting new mixed media painting works, relics, and a new installation piece that will act as an altar and stage for the performers to use as a vehicle to showcase their talents and bring the audience together in one huge ceremonial experience inside of Arnold's realized environment. The performer list is indeed epic and the performers will have CD's and more available. Arnold will also have a limited edition zine for the "Love of All Above" as well.
Show Opens Saturday February 4th 2012. 4-6pm Artist reception with complimentary refreshments and h'ordeuvres 6pm-10:30pm Live Performances The Art Work will be moved on February 6th to Art Now SF (3075 17th St, San Francisco, CA, 94110) and will be on view by appointment only until February 21st.
Link to Press Release can be seen immediatley by viewing http://johnfelixarnoldiii.les.wordpress.com/2012/01/the-love-of-all-above-press-release-2012.pdf
I was just about to post these images of new paintings for you to check out when I ran across a Warholian interview that was done before Past From the Blast this last March. There was a question I had to answer, a pretty basic artist interview question that I definitely let loose on. The question was "where do you find inspiration?". Well I have to say my views on "inspiration" in this article still hold true today, just the details and specifics have become a little more refined. It was fun just reading this because it reminded me of how much sheer energy and determination I was feeling when I answered these from a coffee shop on the edge of China Town and North Beach.
I feel even more energy and determination now, but it is a more solid, fulfilled, and calm energy in a way. It feels less frantic and more concentrated. But yeah this quote has been true pretty much my whole life and continues to be today. The work that is coming forward and evolving now is getting intense, I am having lucid visions and crazy insight in to different worlds while laying in bed or on the BART train lately. I am starting to envision projects I could have never dreamed of in the past, having ideas and connections float through my mind that are making me breath deeper and raise the sky on what is possible, meditating and literally seeing/visualizing paintings, performances, costumes, hearing soundscapes I want to create, and tying it all together more coherently than ever before. Understanding ways to visualize and actually create representations of these visions is becoming a reality. The force of inspiration and determination feels amazing and warm flowing through me. I'll be updating you and explaining things every step of the way as we progress into 2012. Love-Felix
From Warholian Interview March 3rd 2011 -
"4). Where do you find inspiration?
Go out on Market street and watch the buses, the rail, the cars, the business people, the homeless, the bike messengers, the construction workers, the beautiful angsty and hip students, the cops, the criminals, the models, the agents, the professors, the motorcycles, newspapers with images of war on them: turn on the news and watch a war report, or a story about gun control: go somewhere warm on a rainy saturday night where people are together the shield themselves from whats outside and gather and be thankful to have a place to create a dialogue, and laugh and listen to music. Think of a couple making love all night long in their apartment, going at it, while outside a bus breaks down and a street performer plays her cello. If you were to leave a camera on these events with the lens open for sometime so all the movement swarmed together like an amoeba and instead of a snapshot of one moment you had a freeze frame of all of these man-made, human, and natural elements moving and working and fighting and fucking and loving and yelling and eating and dancing and laughing in a big swarming, creature, everything mixed together to create one interrelated energy. That is where I get my inspiration. That and making marks on a page has always been my forte."
"Lady of the Lake : Sittin Pretty : Untitled 1" : 5'x4' : Mixed Media on Wood : Piece just finished in new Lake Merrit Studio : Oakland : CA : 2011
Gestation : Size Undecided : Mixed Media : Still in Progress