And on this Day to Come, January 16th, 2013, I Celebrate Another Year on This Earth! IPD!

IMG_1527So there are these things called “the promises” in this arena of study I am engaged in that are spoken of often and are a guideline that people work toward.

Some may call “the promises” simply a better life in whatever way and shape it comes to you.  A better life that one can be thankful for, can appreciate every atom of, and one that is fulfilling and enthralling because the one experiencing it is willing to put forth the work it takes to change things, be willing to accept the world as it comes, and do what it takes to better themselves and seek a future of productivity and appreciation for all things.  At the age of 32 I am beginning to understand, or comprehend some semblance of this search, this journey for these promises.  IMG_1239

2012 was the best year I have ever had, I mean that.  I, for the first time in my life, felt what it meant to see years of hard work reach people, communicate on many platforms with people all over the world, create a better living situation for myself, and in turn afford me opportunities to continue to grow and learn and love the world I am a part of.  Throughout 2012 I felt like a Phoenix finally exploding out of the grime and filth and sludge, the chaos and friction and anxiety and self hate, the self imposed fears and restrictions and bars that I had to evolve out of in order to get the perspective on my place in the world I have now.  Suddenly things made sense, and the knowledge that so many things will never make sense became something I could swallow.  I didn’t have to wake up paralyzed by anxiety and fear of life everyday.  The ability to be okay with the world no matter how one thinks it “should” be reconciled, to have ideas and opinions but be able to love life regardless of “if” those ideas and opinions matter or not and simply let life be what it is no matter the outcome is perhaps the biggest “promise” of all.

IMG_1466It is the difference between breathing or suffocating, loving or hating, being enveloped by fear of the unknown or embracing the unknown because it is what we are born from.  And it took over a quarter of a century to have this way of seeing beaten, massaged, sliced, explained, recommended and finally born into my psyche.  On the Wu-Tang albums I grew up listening to they call this “knowledge of self God”.  Thank you RZA and the rest for setting a young framework for generations to be influenced by.

IMG_1402So this all brings me here.  It isn’t even about me, but for intensive purposes I am the one writing this as I turn to a year further in the development of my spirit in the universe, as my body gets one year closer to its end.  I really feel that the end of the physical will only be the beginning of a higher stage, but I will do the very best I can with this life  as it is all I know and as I work toward a relationship with all things.  I feel my physical being, every inch ounce hair fiber cell tingle.  Getting older has been amazing thus far.

IMG_1254I have work up at the Shooting Gallery in SF right now as part of their Winter Group Show and I am honored to be a part of their movement in the art world as it helps to define, reinterpret, investigate, and communicate with the world we are a part of.  I have work up at LOAKL Gallery in Oakland as well, and I am proud to be a part of the early stages of Ken Harman’s new addition to the Bay Area art world as well as he will continue to thrive and spread amazing things to so many people.  I will be in a group show at Ocean Avenue Tattoo in SF with my good friend SALEM on January 26th.  In March I will be a part of a group show curated by Michael Cuffe who runs Warholian.  Then it is off to Japan for a Month long residency at Spes-Lab in Tokyo.

IMG_1577And then in June the first installment of a year long program I have at the SFMOMA opens with three more series of work in the SFMOMA space going up each three months until June 2014. I will finally be having a huge solo show in the Fall of 2013 that will be my last big exhibition of the year and coincide with the second (fall) program I am installing at the SFMOMA.  All of this is really happening now, and if not for every bit of life I have survived on this planet leading up to now, none of it would be happening.  I am more grateful now for the life my parents created that I have become than I ever knew was possible. Many more updates to come very soon!  -John Felix Arnold III, 01/15/2013  IPD FOR LIFE!

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Stand Tall III @ Old Crow was Awesome. 09/22/2012

So Saturday September 22nd, 2012 Terry Addison over at Old Crow opened the third installment of the “Stand Tall” series.  This group show has quickly become a very important happening each year for the Bay Area, specifically the East Bay Art Scene.  Last year it spanned two spaces and featured a live PA by Japanther.  This year it was much cleaner, simpler, with great attention to how the artists interacted, the overall layout and movement through the space, and wreaked of amazing, truly realized, well executed, beautiful visions from all 38 participants.  Barret Moore was there to document much of it, the Daily Californian ran a great little piece on it, and the turn out once again was phenomenal.  Japanther, even in their absence, was able to include a video of their shadow puppet play on the front of Old Crow during the opening.  David Polka, Ken Davis, Renos, Lauren Napalatino, Dana James, Christopher Burch, Kool Kid Kreyola, Spencer Keaton Cunningham, Dr. Sex, Apex, Chor Boogie, Tweens, and many many more made this an amazing happening!-John Felix Arnold III

Stand Tall III @ Old Crow : Saturday : 09/22/2012 : Oakland, CA

Another truly epic show is about to commence at the legendary Old Crow Tattoo & Gallery in Oakland, CA.  The Lineup is insane.  This is the third installment of the now renowned Stand Tall series from Old Crow curator Terry Addison.  Myself, Poesia, Renos, D Young V, Christopher Burch, Bunnie Reis, Chor Boogie, Apex, and many many more.  Stand Tall has become an important showcase of established and emerging talent in the Bay Area, and this time Japanther will also be coming back to do a Shadow Puppet Performance!!!  Be There, it is going to get crazy.  Here is the flyer and a detail of the piece I have in the show. -JFA III

Production and Opening Photo’s of “Should I Stay or Should I Go?” @ Old Crow : Oakland : CA

I ended up taking a great reel of great production and progress shots of “Should I Stay or Should I Go?” at Old Crow Tattoo & Gallery, and some good photos of the openings.  Him Downstairs performed Saturday night and then Sunday was Unstoppable Death Machines and the Laughters.  Count Z-Bop was even hanging out.  It was spectacular!  I hope you all enjoy seeing the install process and the final product. -Felix

Tools, Wood, things to make the magic with.

Motocycle piece “The Great Debate” just finished moments ago.

The organ was a good find, thank you urban ore.

Viking Ben lending a hand.

Arial view compliments of Terry Addison.

“In Memory of…” series.

Star Wars Stormtrooper Helmet Relic Remix.

Belly drinking a 40 of that Ole English Eightball 800!

D Young V looking wild!

Nadia and I flossin!

D Young V and I representing.

We all love to see ZeeZee!

The most amazing couple alive.

Joel Tarman back from Palesien with Rhea St. Julien.

Jessica from Old Crow looking pretty other worldly in her Jedi Hood!

Fuckin New Yorkers!

Brendan Cox.

“The Great Debate”

Joel and Rhea St. Julien aka Him Downstairs.

Ara Christina Jo being awesome as usual.

How did everyone at Old Crow become so damn cool?  Dana James looking tough on the bike piece!

Dana James fully suited up for the world of Unstoppable Tomorrow.

The lovely Chloe Crossman with the coolest hair dew of all time.

The Laughters
 Count Z Bop

Unstoppable Death Machines
Mike from Unstoppable Death Machines at Mama’s Royal Cafe, bout to get some breakfast Monday morning.  I am about to go to Japan right after this meal!  See you all from my Japanese tour with Ken South Rock! -John Felix Arnold III

There Goes the Neighborhood

New York was amazing, life is crazy.  I have a solo show coming up in July at Old Crow in Oakland.  I am the co-founder of a new gallery that is opening in New York in the Chelsea Arts District called ArtNowNY!  Things are getting serious!  I will be back this weekend to fill in the blanks,  Hope everyone out there is doing well.

-John Felix Arnold III

“Eat Peter To Feed Paul” @ Littlefield : Brooklyn : NY

Thursday, March 1st, 2012
New Works by John Felix Arnold III & Christopher Burch : Live Performances by Ninjasonik & Ken South Rock
Art Opening Reception 6-9 with Food and DJs Reverend McFly and Chaz-O : Free
Performances from Ninjasonik and Ken South Rock : 9-12 : $10 Pre-sale/$12 at the Door : 21+
Art Show runs from March1st-31st
Littlefield is located @ 622 Degraw St. btw 3rd & 4th Ave, Brooklyn, NY : 11217 : ph (718) 855-3388
For more info and for tickets please visit http://littlefieldnyc.com

 

Thursday, March 1st, 2012 Littlefield is proud to present “Eat Peter to Feed Paul”, a two man show by Bay Area based artists John Felix Arnold III & Christopher Burch that will feature musical performances and collaborations from New York based bands Ninjasonik and Ken South Rock. It is the two visual artist’s first show in New York together and promises not to be forgotten. For Arnold this is a bit of a homecoming, marking his second time showing in New York since he moved to the Bay from Brooklyn in 2006, and for Burch, being from St. Louis originally, this a new opportunity to branch out closer to his roots. The two will be exhibiting new drawings and mixed media works in their respective styles. The works deal with the changing role of human beings within a high paced technology saturated society where we are rapidly losing our grasp of anything reflecting a spiritual way of being and many are quickly becoming “self sacrificing parasites” within their own circles of living without even realizing it. They will also be composing an installation within the art space to guide the viewers through the show reflecting the push and pull and intensity of the present world we live in, using found objects to cut the space up into different frequencies of comfort and un-comfortability while viewing the 2-D work. After the show reception musical cohorts and collaborators Ken South Rock and Ninjasonik will be performing live in Littlefield’s amazing theatre/music hall space with a live painting collaboration from the two Bay Area artists as a full on art and music explosion. These two amazing forces of musical energy will bring the audience to climactic celebration of being alive through their powerful styles and relentless sound. The subject matter of their audio tour de force is extremely relevant to our present day existence and inspires a lust for life that that really brings a conscious ear to an energy that society needs to be impregnated by.

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http://ninjasonikmusic.com
http://kensouthrock.com
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Onwards to the East Coast : Fresh New Wheels on the Tar Mac

Sometimes I haveta use this blog to just speak my damn mind, cause its like a bubblin pot of gumbo ready get eating and savored and shit, and analyzed and rethought.  This has been a pretty amazing ride in a short amount of time entering 2012.  I haveta say life has thrown more at me, good and bad, than almost any other time in my life, but the amazing part seems to be this new found ability to cope, handle, stay on task, and move forward positively instead of falling back into old habits.

Sometimes I agree with the phrase youth is wasted on the young, but right now I don’t because I am not that old and because I am glad I did all (almost all lol still have those selective “what ifs” for sure that I know I will hold onto for a long time) the things I have done and walked through all of the fire as well as ice cream cake I have in my life.  This show coming up in New York (Eat Peter to Feed Paul @ Littlefield)  and the show I just had in SF (The Love of All Above @ Queens Nails) are really a grounds for me to give appreciation to both places for really nurturing me through some of the best and hardest times I have ever known.  SF was a good foundation for me to lose it, in everyway (shit got dark yo lol) then rebuild, and New York was a beautiful pot luck of inspiration, temptation, and trial and error that I get to thankfully go give back to now with a good head, and right fit mind on my shoulders.  In other words I am ready to fucking rock this show in New York, not in a overblown big headed way, in a thoughtful, right step, calm and collected, do it well and go hard sort of way.  I asked God (my god at least) to please help me get back there someday when I first moved to the Bay, and now after years of becoming a much more “fit to live” person, it is all happening.

I know a lot of people who are very close to me right now that are going through some tough times, very tough times, myself included to a certain degree, and I want to make this trip and this show an experience that demonstrates how appreciative I am for my life and those around me that make it amazing.  We are all in this together, and we have to do all of this together, there is no other way to truly make things amazing. Self will only gets one so far. Building with others and living in love, or at least appreciating the little things and the big ones and always trying to make others know they are appreciated is what makes movements and creates change on a massive scale.  I am coming home New York, get ready because it is a whole different approach to getting on that tar mac this time.  Much Love to Everyone, they know who they are! NGO!  John Felix Arnold III


“The Love of All Above” Photo ReCap!

“The Love of All Above” @ Queens Nails Projects in San Francisco’s Mission District on February 4th was awesome!!!  Everyone had a great time, we generated some amazing press, even Alfonso & Monique from Cosio-Delaunay and Ali Lain from the San Francisco Bay Area Guardian came through to check it out! Kimberly Chun from the Chronicle even gave us a shout out two days before the show in print.  It was amazing.  the performances were unforgettable and people kept popping up all night long to say hello and participate in the show.  So with that in mind here are the awesome photos of the night, with performers Kool Kid Kreyola, Him Downstairs, Daylight Curfew, and all of our friends and peers in the scene.  Can’t wait to do it again with Christopher Burch, Ninjasonik, and Ken South Rock in New York in two weeks at Littlefield!!! Check out the slide show below.

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Small Corrections, Info, and Time Changes to “The Love of All Above” @ Queens Nails : Sat.Feb 4th : SF : CA

Due to a miscommunication within the Queens Nails curatorial scheduling pool, some slight changes have been made to the event.  The Event posting beneath has all of the correct changes and also the correct flyer has been included.

PRESS EVENT LISTING BRIEF

Queens Nails Projects “The Love of All Above”
Saturday, February 4th 2012 4pm-10:30pm
3191 Mission St., San Francisco, CA, 94110

“The Love of All Above” is one part solo art show, one part performance showcase, and one part audience
participatory ritual ceremony to show gratitude for the lives we live and the struggles we have endured.

John Felix Arnold III, from the days of Babylon Falling and who who brought you Past From the Blast with Japanther last March at Kitsch will be teaming up with a new team of amazing performers and
collaborators consisting of Daylight Curfew ( Cassettes Won’t Listen, Bisc 1, Grimace, and Turnbull Green), Kool Kid Kreyola, and Him Downstairs, to bring you the newest installment in his long running series ofexhibitions and experiences know as “Unstoppable Tomorrow : The World of Future Antiquity”. According to Arnold the series aims to bring you the feeling of “walking inside of a giant graphic novel where Arnold is the documentarian and scribe, and the performers are his musical cohorts, collaborators, and ritual leaders in this post apocalyptic future world.”

Arnold will be presenting new mixed media painting works, relics, and a new installation piece that will
act as an altar and stage for the performers to use as a vehicle to showcase their talents and bring the
audience together in one huge ceremonial experience inside of Arnold’s realized environment. The
performer list is indeed epic and the performers will have CD’s and more available. Arnold will also have a
limited edition zine for the “Love of All Above” as well.

Show Opens Saturday February 4th 2012.
4-6pm Artist reception with complimentary refreshments and h’ordeuvres
6pm-10:30pm Live Performances
The Art Work will be moved on February 6th to Art Now SF (3075 17th St, San Francisco, CA, 94110) and will be on view by appointment only until February 21st.

For viewing appointments please contact John Felix Arnold III at 917 543 5261 or email at felixthethird@gmail.com

Press Release and Media Contact Information please contact felixthethird@gmail.com

Happy Holladays!!! Thank You to Everyone for Your Support!

 

I just sent this out as a mass thank you email, but it really doesn’t need any altering, it rings true here just as well. : During this holiday season I want to send everyone a huge thank you and a huge hug and much love for all of your amazing support and input.  This has been the best year artistically and otherwise yet and I couldn’t have made it all happen without you.  From last December’s Unstoppable Tomorrow Vol.1 show, to Past From the Blast with Japanther, to In the Moment at the Luggage Store, it has been a wild ride.  There is a huge and epic “to do” list coming up in 2012 with Queens Nails in February, Littlefield NYC in March, a Solo Show at Old Crow in July, and then a tour in Japan immediately after Old Crow.

So today my prayers and thoughts and love goes out to all of you far and near who help the arts and continue to support.  I’m in the kitchen cooking up a huge and delicious feast and I wish I could send you all a plate. Much Thanks again, and Happy Holidays Always!!!!
-John Felix Arnold III