Sunday, May 4, 2008
Fecal Face Web site and gallery creator John Trippe has been promoting and working with Bay Area artists since the late '90s. When asked to name his five favorites, he provided the list below. "It isn't easy narrowing it down to just five," Trippe says, "but these are the first five artists that come to mind."
Alexis Mackenzie was raised in Iowa and now calls San Francisco home. Primarily known for her intricately detailed collages, Mackenzie has shown her work in galleries throughout the United States and abroad. Her art has also been featured in publications such as Neomu magazine, Volumen, Faesthetic and Mesh. Mackenzie received a bachelor of fine arts degree in 2003 from Tufts University School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Mackenzie will have a solo show in August at POVevolving in Los Angeles, followed by a group collage show in September at Five Points Arthouse in San Francisco. For more on Mackenzie, go to www.alexisanne.com.
Artist Tiffany Bozic grew up on a farm in Arkansas and now lives in Oakland. Her work, which includes richly pigmented acrylic on wood panels, has been showcased in galleries throughout the United States and Europe. Bozic also spoke at the 2007 "Semi Permanent" international arts and design conference in Sydney. Her work has appeared in a handful of publications, including Flaunt, Fourteen Hills and Alarm. In 2006, Bozic participated in the California Academy of Sciences Artist in Residence program, a yearlong collaboration with Rich Mooi, curator of invertebrate zoology and geology at the academy. The exhibition featured large-scale painting and sketches based on Bozic's vision of the life-and-death drama that unfolds beneath the sea. Bozic will have a solo show May 24-June 21 at the Kinsey/DesForges Gallery in Culver City (Los Angeles County). For more on Bozic, go to www. tiffanybozic.net.
Monica Canilao was raised in Redwood City and has been living in Oakland for the past seven years. Canilao says the time she has spent in the East Bay has played a major role in building who she is and what art she creates. Her interests in home, community and the passage of time are expressed in the large paper and fabric structures, installations and sculptures she creates. Canilao has exhibited her work all across the country, as well as in London and Australia. She is a graduate of the California College of Arts and Crafts, where she received a bachelor of fine arts degree in illustration. She recently published a 240-page book, "This Is Home," featuring her artwork and photos (www. needles-pens.com). Canilao is part of the "Combine" group show opening Friday at BLVD Gallery in Seattle and will be in a show with Kyle Ranson at Space 1026 in Philadelphia beginning Aug. 1. For more on Canilao, go to www.monicacanilao. com.
Hailing from Milwaukee, Wis., Andrew Schoultz moved to San Francisco in the summer of 1997 to pursue art and skateboarding. Through the years, Schoultz has established himself as a heavyweight in the city's contemporary art and mural scene. One of his most well-known local murals, a 2002 collaboration with Aaron Noble titled "Generator," is at 18th and Lexington streets in the Mission District. A graduate of the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, Schoultz has exhibited in galleries across the globe and is featured in the book "Ulysses: Departures, Journeys, & Returns: The Artwork of Andrew Schoultz," on Paper Museum Press. Schoultz is currently preparing for a June exhibition at the Volta Art Fair (@ Art Basel) in Switzerland, and a September show at Roberts & Tilton Gallery in Los Angeles. Schoultz's work also will be shown Sept. 4-Oct. 25 at Marx & Zavattero Gallery in Union Square. For more on Schoultz, go to www.andrewschoultz.com.