Art

Art will be curated by Justin Kerson, CEO of Bay Area based Tools of the Trade.  There will be multiple live artists each night and art installations.

LIVE ART PROVIDED BY:

Jeremy Fish lives and works in San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood. His artwork deals with the relationship of all things cute and creepy, and the balance between the two. The work tends to be narrative stories designed with a library of symbols and characters. In the last few years Fish has exhibited his work in Japan, Germany, Switzerland, Taiwan, Poland, Hungry, Denmark, Canada, Holland, Austria, Slovakia, Italy, and all over the United States. In 2007, Fish started a new brand, Superfishal, with the help of his loyal team. It was a busy year for Fish, during this year he was fortunate to work on several projects with his musical hero Aesop Rock; including the cover artwork for the album None Shall Pass along with posters, tee shirts, and two music videos.

BUFF MONSTER

Buff monster lives in Hollywood and cites heavy metal music, ice cream and Japanese culture as major influences. The color pink, as a symbol of confidence, individuality and happiness, is present in everything he creates. He got known by putting up thousands of hand-silkscreened posters across Los Angeles and also in faraway places. When his original and one-and-only wheat paste brush was no longer usable, seven years of frequent poster missions came to an end. Having given up a very productive street art career, he now works exclusively on fine art paintings, collectible toys and select design projects. He paints on wood, taking great care to create them as flat as possible. His work has been shown in numerous galleries, usually creating large installations to accompany the paintings. He has released loads of signature vinyl toys through MINDstyle, and has many other projects in the works with other leading toy companies. His art has been published in a long list of magazines, newspapers and books, including Juxtapoz, Vapors, Angeleno, XLR8R, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, and others. Buff Monster works tirelessly day and night to spread happiness, joy and a love of pink.

NATE VAN DYKE

Nate Van Dyke, more commonly known as N8, is an artist and illustrator whose work can be recognized because of his use of mixed media and high-sheen finishes. Using materials such as pencil, ink, marker, watercolor, gauche, acrylic, and oils, N8 creates art that features heavy metal human figures as well as futuristic primitive apes. His work has been featured in magazines such as Juxtapoz, Playstation, XBOX, and Heavy Metal. N8 used to work for NCSoft where he created concept art and storyboards for the Sega video game, Iron Man. Clients such as Converse, Levi Strauss, Scion, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Slayer have commissioned his work. In 2008, he opened two gallery shows in London and Portland, Oregon. He was also awarded the Silver Award in the Editorial category from Spectrum 16.

BEAU STANTON

Unearthing ancient narratives from the detritus of industrial decline, where Sirens grapple with sinking ships and Sibyls predict cataclysmic events, Beau Stanton gilds his apocryphal myth with the graphical elements of creation, destruction and rebirth, inviting the viewer inside our collective unconscious ornamented by layers of chipped artifice and the rusted machinations of time.

The work combines classical oil painting with intricate silk-screened patterns inspired by pre-modern architecture, letterpress printing designs, and decayed infrastructure. To create the unifying foundation for the body of work, Stanton began exploring abandoned 19th century sites around the greater New York City area, collecting photo references, cogs and gears from Staten Island's Rossville Boat Yard, and metal and glass from Brooklyn's Dead Horse Bay. The initial studies of these artifacts were distilled into highly ornate silk-screened compositions. Finally, the pieces are fully rendered with oil paint, manipulating focus, light and perspective.

A member of the third generation of Pop Surrealism, Stanton hails from California and was influenced heavily by the Aesthetic Movement as well as Realist painters Andrew Wyeth and Alphonse Mucha. He relocated to New York after graduation in 2008, and has since been mentored by New York Pop Surrealist Ron English. He has exhibited work with Ad Hoc Art, Gallery Hijinks, Opera New York, and Last Rites Galleries.

ART INSTALLATIONS PROVIDED BY:

BENNY GOLD

Everything started with just a simple sticker that Benny posted around town on a day off. The idea for the sticker was inspired by the old mantra, “Stay Gold.” To Benny, it was reminder that all the ideas and experiences that we hold dear are the real gold inside each of us. When it came time for Benny to establish his own brand, he hadn’t wavered from that concept, which is how the Benny Gold brand came to be. The brand started with a sticker, and has expanded to become an international brand, sold in over a hundred retailers around the world, and with a flagship store and design studio based in the Mission District of San Francisco.

Everything started with just a simple sticker that Benny posted around town on a day off. The idea for the sticker was inspired by the old mantra, “Stay Gold.” To Benny, it was reminder that all the ideas and experiences that we hold dear are the real gold inside each of us. When it came time for Benny to establish his own brand, he hadn’t wavered from that concept, which is how the Benny Gold brand came to be. The brand started with a sticker, and has expanded to become an international brand, sold in over a hundred retailers around the world, and with a flagship store and design studio based in the Mission District of San Francisco.

RON ENGLISH

Ron English can be considered the “celebrated prankster father of agit-pop”, who wrangles carefully created corporate iconographies so that they are turned upside down, and are used against the very corporation they are meant to represent. Ron English is considered one of the fathers of modern street art and has initiated and participated in illegal public art campaigns since the early eighties. Some of his extralegal murals include one on the Berlin Wall’s Checkpoint Charlie in 1989, and one on the Palestinian separation wall in the West Bank in 2007, with fellow street artists Banksy and Swoon. Ron English has also painted several album covers including The Dandy Warhols album cover Welcome to the Monkey House. Some of his paintings are also used in Morgan Spurlock’s documentary Super Size Me. During the 2008 Presidential Election, he combined the features of Barack Obama and Abraham Lincoln for a popularly-distributed image entitled “Abraham Obama.” English takes inspiration from Andy Warhol and references him in his work. He also references the band KISS, and various cartoons. Also inspiration comes from the large billboards and posters he sees outside his city apartment, usually fast food companies.English also references Picasso’s Guernica. He has created dozens of versions, transforming the original Spanish civilian characters into Disney characters, Peanuts characters, soccer players, schoolchildren, and many others. He also painted the world’s largest version of Guernica at the Station Museum in Houston. It is one foot longer and one foot wider than Picasso’s original and features schoolchildren playacting the violent scene of the original.

MARK BODE

Mark Bode was born in Utica, New York. He is the son of the legendary cartoonist Vaughn Bode. Mark is best known for his work on COBALT 60 and as the creator of the hit comic Miami Mice. Bode attended The Art School in Oakland, California. His first professional job was for Heavy Metal Magazine when he was asked to color his father’s black and white strip Zooks, the First Lizard in Orbit when he was fifteen. He was a fine arts major at The School of Visual Arts in New York City and studied animation and etching at San Francisco State University. His publications include Gyro Comics, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Cobalt 60 (the graphic novel), GWAR comics and Lizard of Oz. In his spare time, of which there isn’t much, Mark occasionally performs the Bode cartoon concert, teaches art, plays New Orleans style piano and zydeco accordion. In the near 30 years of Mark’s professional career as an artist, Mark’s work has appeared in Heavy Metal, Epic Magazine, Penthouse, Hustler, Gauntlet Magazine, While You Were Sleeping, and Graphotism, among many, many other magazines and comics. He has had articles featuring his work in the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Juxtapoz and Tabu Tattoo. Mark’s work has been exhibited in the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, the Psychedelic Solution Gallery in New York, and Upper Playground Gallery in San Francisco. He has also had art shows abroad in Berlin, London, Milan and Barcelona.