new fabric8 site

Check out the brand new fabric8 website! We'll be migrating much of our gallery information there, so please have a look and be sure to bookmark the events page for upcoming shows and happenings. Enjoy!


erik otto opening, pt. 1, thursday

It's going to be hot, free, and easy in the city tomorrow night, so be sure to come by the first part of Erik Otto's epic solo show, Tomorrow Is Never Promised, right here at fabric8 from 7-10PM. He's been working long and hard on his largest exhibition to date, with the second part opening at White Walls on September 11, and it's a show to be reckoned with.

Guest food carts the Pizza Hacker and Creme Brulee Cart will be selling their edible art as well. This is going to be a good nigh!


fabric8 goes to hollywood

If you live in LA, or are looking for an excuse to visit, you must come to "Bay to LA", our art show with Norm Maxwell Gallery, 430 N. Fairfax Avenue, on Saturday, September 11, 6-10PM.

Featuring Norm Maxwell -- fine artist, gallery owner, and long-time fabric8 collaborator -- plus Ursula X Young and Brian Barneclo's Los Angeles debut(!) and a few choice pieces from Reuben Rude and Erik Otto, it's guaranteed quality fun.

The opening coincides with the Fairfax Art Walk, a monthly event started by Maxwell on the same block that brings you fine retail by Turntable Lab, HUF, Diamond Supply Company, Animal Restaurant, and Canter's Deli. Please join us!

Alternately, if you're staying in/near SF that weekend but want first dibs on the artwork, email us to attend our preview on Wednesday, September 8.


johnny siu opening tonight

Don't forget about the opening of "Thylacine Circus" tonight 6-9PM. Johnny Siu dug into his vast collection of vintage frames and keys to bring you this precious exhibition of gothic illustrations, so come have a look-see.

Some of our food cart friends will be joining in on the fun, including Mali Num Num Treats, Soul Cocina, and, if they haven't sold out after today's Street Food Festival, Adobo Hobo and Magic Curry Kart. We hope to see you!


multifarious tendencies gallery pix

The wondrous Multifarious Tendencies show is now viewable online. See the pieces there and come visit the full installation, on exhibit through August 30.


tomorrow is never promised

Opening Thursday, September 2, 7-10PM, fabric8 is pleased to present the first half of Tomorrow Is Never Promised, a solo show featuring new works by artist Erik Otto. The second half of the show will debut the following week at White Walls.

In his largest solo show to date, filling two San Francisco galleries, Erik Otto illustrates the themes of struggle one must face in order to achieve growth – self-fulfillment versus self-destruction and how the transient nature of time dictates the uncertainty of life. The new body of work, which is more abstract and expressive then his past pieces, addresses the idea of facing one’s personal fears in order to reach true potential and real progress.

Erik Otto exhibits in galleries nationally and internationally. With an education in Illustration, Design, Screen Print, and Street Art, Otto practices his art across multiple disciplines. In addition to painting, he has designed and built large-scale installations, theatre sets, retail storefronts, private commissions, and independent film sets. Otto recently completed the acclaimed Artist-in-Residence program at Recology San Francisco and is committed to using recycled paint and materials to produce work that is both expressive and conceptual. He received his BFA from San Jose State University and currently lives and works in the Mission District of San Francisco.

Tomorrow Is Never Promised will be on exhibit from September 2 through October 4 at fabric8; as well as from September 11 through October 3 at White Walls Gallery. Be there!


thylacine circus opening

Please join us on Saturday, August 21, 6-9PM for the opening of "Thylacine Circus", a solo show by artist Johnny Siu.

Sui is a San Francisco illustrator and aesthete who specializes in darkly darling drawings on perfectly-packaged paper or subtly-stained surfaces. He has also decorated the city streets with flowery wheatpastes asking "Where are all my thylacines?" He will be creating an entire collection of small, affordable pieces so be sure to get one before they're gone.


audio visual show

We are pleased to present the group show "Audio Visual". There are still a few pieces available so please email us with inquiries. Enjoy!

Andy Stattmiller, "Wu Tang Clan", gouache and stain on wood, 3.5in. x 3.5in. (x9), SOLD

Christopher de Leon, "Static Lullaby", woodburning and acrylic on wood, 20in. x 10in., SOLD

Ninjagrl, "Audio Visual", acrylic on canvas, 16in. x 12in., US$ 250

Ninjagrl, "Cetacean Audioscope", acrylic on canvas, 20in. x 10in., SOLD

Ninjagrl, "Bug Sonata In D", ink and acrylic on wood, 11.75in. x 5.5in., SOLD

Daniel Fleres, "A Heartstring Home", mixed media with found objects, 21in. x 11in., US$ 550

Alice Koswara, "Afternoon Delight", mixed media on paper, SOLD

Alice Koswara, "Ruby Darling", mixed media on paper, SOLD

Grant Gilliland, "Bomber Music", acrylic on wood, 10in. x 8in., US$ 200

Phoneticontrol, "Note Such Thing", mixed media on paper, 10in. x 8in. framed, SOLD

Phoneticontrol, "Soundsystem", mixed media on paper, 9.5in. x 11.5in. framed, SOLD

SCUBA, "Motion On The Wall", acrylic on wood, 11.5in. x 16in., US$ 250

gaNyan, "Rojo Red Rider", acrylic on wood, 15in. x 8in. framed, SOLD

gaNyan, "Lil Hip Hop", acrylic on wood, 15in. x 8in. framed, US$ 125


inside outside closing reception friday

If you haven't yet seen the Inside Outside show featuring Daniel James Burt and Romanowski, you must come to our closing reception tomorrow, July 30, 6-10PM.

It will coincide with Taco Madness, a special Street Food Fridays featuring Adobo Hobo, Magic Curry Kart, Soul Cocina, and Sweet Constructions so you can satisfy both your cultural and culinary appetites in one place.

You can also view it online or visit our galleries before the show closes next Monday, August 2.

Special thanks to EcoSalon for the recent write-up on the show!


multifarious tendencies

Friday, August 6, 7-10PM marks the opening of our next exhibition, a group show called Multifarious Tendencies with artists Adam Flores, Brett Amory, Micke Tong, and Kevin Earl Taylor and curated by Sandra Silvoy.

While different in style and background, these artists translate a mutual concern for the particularities of human tendency. Touchstones of the human experience arise in combining these multifarious tendencies.

Brett Amory was born in Portsmouth, Virginia and moved to San Francisco in 1996 to study motion pictures at the Academy of Art. After one drawing class, he switched his major to fine art and started his first body of work called “Waiting,” a series of paintings about the anticipation of the next moment, which he still continues to paint today.

Adam Flores illustratively analyzes and illuminates contemporary issues that are often questioned but rarely answered -- religion, mortality, society, consumption, and the improbable acquisition of the American Dream. He holds a BFA from Academy of Art University.

Kevin Earl Taylor holds a BFA from The Savannah College of Art and Design and has exhibited throughout the United States as well as internationally. Primarily an oil painter, he has lately been exploring animals and other subject matter that people consider sacred.

Micke Tong perceives art as his way of assimilating into humanity. Much of his work reinterprets life and does so through unusual use of color, shape, and transparency. In his latest series, he builds three dimensional landscapes that have graphical pop-art sensibilities with underlying narrations that touch upon current events, politics, religion and sociology. He holds a BFA in New Media Arts from Academy of Art University and is the Art Director for Computers & Structures, Inc.

Curator Sandra Silvoy recently earned a degree in Art History/Art Management from the University of San Francisco. She has worked with White Walls, Art Business, KQED, KALW, and Electric Works.

Multifarious Tendencies will be on exhibit from August 6 through August 30, 2010.


shepard fairey's mr. spray

Our good buddies at STRANGEco have teamed up with the infamous Shepard Fairey to produce this limited edition vinyl toy, Mr. Spray. Only 26 places in the world are carrying it, and we happen to be one of them! They're US$ 85 each, so hurry on over or give us a call to order because they probably won't last long.


audio visual

Come on by next Friday, July 23, 7-10PM, for our latest show called Audio Visual, featuring a collection of works honoring one of art and artists' most beloved companions, music. Eight of our usual partners in crime are participating in the show, and it's going to be a fun one.

We'll also be having our usual Street Food Fridays so get ready to feast, not just your eyes, but your mouth as well on the culinary artistry of Soul Cocina, Toasty Melts, Pearl's Kitchen, and Sweet Constructions. We hope to see you!


inside outside

Please join us next Saturday, July 10, 7-10PM, for the opening of our biggest show to date, Inside Outside, featuring indoor and outdoor works in our brand-new sculpture garden by Daniel James Burt and Romanowski in collaboration with Flora Grubb Gardens.

Exploring the concept of “inside” beauty being brought outside, and vice versa, this collection of sculpture and assemblage features work that is both organic and man-made. Plant life inhabits art in living, growing pieces throughout the existing gallery, while artwork makes it way outdoors into our recently-expanded garden.

Daniel James Burt is a San Francisco-based sculptor whose intuitive style integrates mixed media to create installations and stand-alone sculptures. His use of body parts to create a series of landscapes as a means of portraiture garnered a commission that rests alongside a Ruth Asawa sculpture. He has a BFA from the University of New Mexico as well as an MFA from Academy of Art University, where he currently teaches graduate level Figure Modeling and Anatomy.

Romanowski is a Swiss-born artist, musician, and DJ who has made San Francisco his home since 1988. His keen sense of style and extraordinary talent for vintage shopping has made him one of the most sought-after DJs and collectibles hustlers this side of Zurich. His artwork includes top-notch spray stencil pieces and found object assemblages that are coveted by music and design aficionados around the world.

Inside Outside will be on exhibit from July 2 through August 2. Don't miss it.



Come dancing with us on Saturday, June 26, as we team up with our old friends On The One and Fatsouls to bring you a night of deep, jazzy beats at Project One, 251 Rhode Island Street near 16th.

DJs Andrew Jervis (Ubiquity Records) and Capitol A (Galaxy Group) join party promoters Paul Craven and Said to bring you the good vibes. You can work up a sweat, get a good night's sleep, and then meet us back at fabric8 the next day for our Arty Garden Party. Sounds like a plan!


ursula x young arty garden party

The weather is getting nicer so it's time for an Arty Garden Party! Join us on Sunday, June 27, Noon to 6PM, for a summer art sale of Ursula X Young's recent work. There will be sun, fun, and lovely pieces of all sorts for you to take home. We hope to see you.


rated g :: june 6

It's time again for Rated G, our hip hop party for kids, brought to you by fabric8, new skool Clothing, Papalote, and Similak Chyld.

It will feature fun, frolic, art, and kid-friendly music by DJs Similak Chyld, Sonny Phono, B-Cause, Rajah, and Dom Swinn.

The grill will be hot and ready for your edibles. We hope to see you kids here!


painted ladies opening tonight

We hope to see you tonight 7-10PM for the opening reception of Painted Ladies, a glamorous collection of paintings by NoMe Edonna, Ursula X Young, Adam Caldwell, Gianluca Franzese, and Telopa.

Feast your eyes on the fabulous art, and then feast your mouth on the culinary tastings of the Pizza Hacker, Evil Jerk Cart, Magic Curry Kart, and Lumpia Cart. Ooh la la!


sf weekly best of sf 2010

Be sure to pick up at least two copies of this week's SF Weekly, Best of SF 2010 Issue, because it features one cover by Brian Barneclo and another by Reuben Rude, plus commissioned or licensed pieces by Ursula X Young, Erik Otto, Brett Amory, Grant Gilliand, and plenty of other amazing SF artists old and new.


sunday afternoon party!

Don't forget to come by fabric8 Galleries tomorrow afternoon, 2-8PM, for Erik Otto's Open Studio Party/BBQ. View recent works in a spectacular new installation, purchase a sample from next season's New Leaf collection, snag a signed copy of Paper Fabric & Wood Volume 3, and indulge in the daytime festivities. Free postcards sets to the first 50 visitors. And to all you Bay to Breakers out there: two words -- disco nap. We hope to see you.


painted ladies

Mark your calendars on Saturday, May 22 7-10PM: the opening reception for our next gallery show Painted Ladies. A group exhibition celebrating San Francisco architecture and femininity, it will feature undoubtedly lovely paintings from artists Adam Caldwell, Gianluca Franzese, Nome Edonna, Telopa, and Ursula X Young. We hope to see you here!

Ursula X Young is a painter, illustrator, and graphic designer whose urban fairy tale images have become a trademark of street culture in San Francisco and beyond. She finds inspiration in the organic yet urban landscape of the city and its surroundings, and is also highly influenced by her travels and the variety of beings that she encounters along the way. She holds a degree from Parsons School of Design in Illustration.

Nome Edonna is a self-taught artist born in California and residing in San Francisco since 1999. Known for his smooth-sided biomorphs that combine the animal and the mechanical, his recent forays into the glamour of the female form have been well-regarded.

Telopa studied painting under scholarship at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. The son and father of artists, his elegant mannerist style of painting women brings a classic beauty to his simultaneously surreal subject matter.

Adam Caldwell’s work juxtaposes elements of abstract expressionism and classical figuration. While at the California College of Arts and Crafts, he created collage drawings that layered disparate images. He translated this method to oil painting, starting with an abstract background and then adding photorealistic details, allowing the work to dictate its own construction. The resulting palimpsest of figures and abstract shapes represents the conflicted and paradoxical emotions that underlie his work.

Gianluca Franzese studied painting at Pratt Institute before transferring to the Florence Academy of Art to learn the skill and technique of the Old Masters. Now based in San Francisco, he documents San Francisco’s unique architecture before it is forever destroyed.

Painted Ladies will be on exhibit from May 21 through June 28, 2010


erik otto open studios party

Sunday, May 16 2-8PM, come by fabric8 for Erik Otto's Open Studio Party. For four days only -- May 14-17 -- we'll be showing his recent works, including pieces from his recent residency at the SF Dump, as we gear up for our next group show, Painted Ladies (opening May 22), as well as his upcoming solo show in September.

In addition to Erik Otto's artwork, Sunday will see a daytime party featuring a special radio broadcast from Grown Kids Radio, live painting, a fun BBQ (bring your own), free iced coffee courtesy of Stiff Coffee, the ever-famous Creme Brulee Cart, and loads of fun.

supernatural gallery pix

If you haven't yet had a chance to SuperNatural, you can view it online or visit our galleries before May 10. Many thanks to our jurors, artists Leon Loucheur, Erik Otto, and Ursula X Young.