Entries in San Francisco Artist (2)


Finders Keepers


It's always exciting when I stumble upon a new blog that I find interesting enough to add to my Google Reader and even more exciting when its written by someone in San Francisco! So here's a fun little blog for you to follow. It's titled, A Collection a Day, 2010. On the first day of 2010, Lisa Congdon, artist and Rare Device owner, began documenting collections she's had since she was a little girl. Each day she features a photograph of a collection that she owns. It's super fun to follow and amazes me to see how dedicated and organized someone can be with stuff that so many other people would consider throwing away. It all kind of reminds me of Antiques Roadshow. How do you know when you own something that could be worth something? How do you decide to keep an eraser and find others just like it to even begin a collection? Where do you keep all of it?It's definitely a different state of mind that I find so fascinating and makes me wish I'd have a closet full of fun remnants!


Travis Gire is pretty Amazing.


He is also a long time friend of mine that recently DJ'd my wedding. I got to see him the other night at the Shoebiz (Dinostore) on Haight Street for a group art show. Like always his work stands above the others, so if you're shopping for some kicks at that store, look up and you'll be delighted to see some original TG pieces. His talent is undeniable! Check out more of his artwork and DJ Chavez Gee mixes on his website.

Here's a know who to who Travis is:

Travis Gire was raised in west Chula Vista, just above the Tijuana border. In sun-saturated suburbia, Travis's early youth found involvement in organized sports, jump-ramp-era skateboarding, video arcades, and strip mall loitering. A penchant for drawing found inspiration from early Disney films, as well as decrepid 80's skateboard graphics and heavy metal album cover art. 

Upon entering junior high in 1992, a grafitti boom hit Chula Vista, and Travis's art merged paths with the world of black books, throw-ups, and Cheech Wizard-influenced cartoon characters. Graf's bubbly, colorful aesthetic proved to be an unshakeable influence on Travis's art, from which he never quite recovered. In 1996, despite slacker grades, Travis was accepted to U.C. Santa Cruz, where he spent most of his time digging for records and dodging the scent of patchouli. He studied literature after an art class first year, in which the professor failed to mention anything about grafitti art.

Travis moved to SF after college, and while working various retail jobs, he discovered a supressed desire to paint. Around 2004, while working at a 24-hour diner, Travis decided to cut his shifts down to two days, so that he could teach himself how to paint and develop images beyond the threshold of birthday cards, sharpees, and xerox paper. He began painting on canvas, then plexi-glass, after experimenting with painting on acetate prints. His paintings came to focus on  issues of class, race, work, and pop culture as filtered through a comedic and psychedelic vantage point.