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Corey Arnold - 10yrs of Fecal Face
Written by Trippe   
Wednesday, 01 September 2010 11:00
Everyday leading up to FECAL FACE DOT COM 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY SHOW -- Opening Friday September 10th @The Luggage Store Gallery (6-8pm) with After party @Mezzanine (9-2am) featuring live musical performances by Kelley Stoltz, Sonny Smith, and Ty Segall - w/DJ Ted Shred, we'll be adding short interviews with artists participating.

We've been following Corey Arnold's career for many years now. Somewhere on the internet we saw his images of men crab fishing on the Bearing Sea many years before the show Deadliest Catch was on the air. In fact, Corey was on the 1st and 2nd seasons of the show (Rollo). Corey's photos illustrated a sight few had witnessed. With a Fecal Face like minded sensibility (we later learned that Corey grew up skateboarding), Corey captured the harsh life of fishing in the Bearing Sea but his stunning images also incorporate a subtle whimsical edge that separates his work from so many others who might dare to endure the grueling fishing lifestyle. His photos are sincere where his love of the sea is quiet and respectful while skirting a witty edge.

Corey Arnold was nominated for the Aperture West Book Prize, the Santa Fe Prize for Photography, and named one of PDN’s 30 for 2009. In 2010, Corey has been commissioned by the PEW charitable trust to photograph the state of the EU fishing industry.

What were you up to in the year 2000?

I was broke after 5 years of school, living in SF. Parking cars for a living. Then I took off for Europe wearing a backpack. I traveled from the North Cape of Norway down to Sicily. That trip transformed my perception of the world forever. Then I came back to SF and parked more cars.

How has your work changed in the last 10 years?

10 years ago I was mostly a black and white picture taker. I was obsessed with darkness, grainy film, night animals, empty landscapes. I was still searching for a niche to run with and experimenting a lot. I used to spend one night a week wandering around the Presidio Park (near Golden Gate Bridge) photographing raccoons and empty buildings. At some point, things lightened up and I started shooting color. I moved to Norway in 2002 and at the same time started crab fishing seasonally in Alaska. Maybe I got inspired by all the darkness to seek a lighter existence. The past 3 years, I've had non stop travel assignments and exhibitions. Have barely had time to update my website... but sitting on a ton of unseen work. Pictures are growing larger too.

What did you think 2010 would be like back then?

I think that I would have thought that I (that's confusing) I'd be a carpenter or doing something for money other then photography. It never really occurred to me that I could do this for a living.

When you first heard of Fecal Face what did you think about it?

I was living in Norway at the time, and suddenly discovered this little window into my old life in San Francisco via fecal face. I didn't really know too many folks in the "Fecal Community" at the time. I pretty much kept up with the art scene and skateboarding in the U.S. via the fecal.

How has Fecal Face Dot Com been a part of your life and/or career?

The Fecal reach is kind of surprising/amazing. People all over the world have contacted me for various whatever, assignments, hellos, exhibitions, favors and I'd say the number one place one the web that people discovered my pictures first was on Fecal Face. I secretly only check Fecal Face to catch a glimpse of what Poo the super cat has been up to.

Hear any good music lately?

Saw Captured! by Robots not long ago.

You making the opening at The Luggage Store on Friday September 10th? Love to see you.

It's tragic that I'm going to miss it. I'll be in Greece living with commercial fishermen. Eating olives and gyros... you know, Greek stuff.

What are you working on now and have coming down the line?

I've got a book coming out with Nazraeli Press in the fall that I'm pretty excited about. Also, last year, I bought a commercial salmon fishing operation in Bristol Bay, Alaska in a remote abandoned cannery called Graveyard Point. It's a lawless squatter community of commercial fishermen from everywhere scooping up an absurd amount of salmon in a mosquito and grizzly bear ridden swamp. I'll be showing that new work at Charles A. Hartman Fine Art in Portland this December. And this year, I've been commissioned by the PEW Charitable Trust to spend three months in 9 EU countries photographing the state of commercial fishing in Europe. The fishing work is still going strong and I'm enjoying it... as long as I am still fishing and not always behind the lens. Maybe Marty Machado and I will do a blog post about our little salmon world soon.

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FECAL FACE DOT COM 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY SHOW -- Opening Friday September 10th @The Luggage Store Gallery (6-8pm) with After party @Mezzanine (9-2am) featuring live musical performances by Kelley Stoltz, Sonny Smith, and Ty Segall - w/DJ Ted Shred.

Fecal Face Dot Com, the San Francisco based content-rich, multidisciplinary art and culture website, is pleased to announce the opening of its 10 Year Anniversary Show on Friday September 10, 2010 at The Luggage Store Gallery (1007 Market St, San Francisco, CA) with a reception running 6-8pm. Original paintings from 25 mid career artists based out of San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, and London. A live music event and party will immediately follow a block away at Mezzanine (44 Jessie St) 9pm-2am.

Displaying paintings, illustrations, photographs and mixed media works, artists whose work will be exhibited include Corey Arnold (Portland), Tiffany Bozic (San Francisco), Kelsey Brookes (San Diego), David Choe (Los Angeles), Richard Colman ( Los Angeles), FAILE (New York), Jeremy Fish (San Francisco), Ian Francis (London), Matt Furie (San Francisco) , Mike Giant (San Francisco), Henry Gunderson (San Francisco), Maya Hayuk (New York), Jim Houser (Philadelphia), Jay Howell (San Francisco), Sylvia Ji (Los Angeles), Mel Kadel (Los Angeles), Anthony Lister (New York), Mars-1 (San Francisco), Travis Millard (Los Angeles), Ferris Plock (San Francisco), Albert Reyes (Los Angeles), Jeff Soto (Los Angeles), Damon Soule (New York), Kelly Tunstall (San Francisco), Aiyana Udesen (San Francisco), Oliver Vernon (San Francisco), and Megan Whitmarsh (Los Angeles)

In the 10 years since its conception, Fecal Face has occupied a unique niche online and in the "real world," by documenting and shaping the contemporary arts scene in the San Francisco and beyond. The first website of its kind, Fecal Face has launched the careers of many a creative and catalyzed a community of artists and personalities working in various mediums from around the globe. The 10 Year Anniversary Show will feature the works of 25 of these artists, chronicling a community and style that has been the backbone of Fecal Faces’ content for the last decade. The exhibit will be on display from September 10th to October 9th at San Francisco’s famous Luggage Store Gallery, with an opening reception for the public on Friday September 10th from 6-8pm. Many of the artists will be in attendance and complimentary wine served.

“Together these artists represent a visual history of what we’ve been doing here at Fecal Face for the last ten years,” says John Trippe, the website’s founder, “And we’re honored that Luggage Store Gallery is hosting the event. T­­heir 23 year history and influence in the San Francisco art scene is a huge inspiration.”

The after party at Mezzanine (444 Jessie St) beginning at 9pm is a short one block walk from The Luggage Store and will feature live music from Kelley Stoltz, Sonny Smith, and Ty Segall with DJ Ted Shred spinning records.. A suggested donation $8 at the door (no one turned away for lack of funds) will get you a raffle ticket with a chance to win original artwork from artists such as Jeremy Fish and David Choe along with clothing donated by Upper Playground and other art related prizes. Slideshows of Fecal Face’s 10 yrs online will be displayed and patrons will be invited to participate in video and photo documentaries focused on Fecal Face’s 10 influential years.

More about Fecal Face

“FECAL FACE DOT COM 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY SHOW”
Friday, September 10, 2010, 6:00-8:00pm
The Luggage Store Gallery
1007 Market Street @ 6th street, San Francisco
Gallery hours: Wed-Sat 12-5pm

After Party
Friday, September 10, 2010, 9pm-2am
at Mezzanine
444 Jessie St.
Live music from Kelley Stoltz, Sonny Smith, and Ty Segall - w/DJ Ted Shred
$8 suggested donation (no one turned away for lack of funds)

www.FecalFace.com
www.LuggageStoreGallery.org

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