BIO

St Francis Elevator Ride (the artist occasionally known as Josh Breeden) was born, reared and learned in the great state of Tennessee. He received his BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Tennessee at Martin before fleeing to Memphis for a soulless gig in a corporate print shop. Eventually, he found his way to an excellent creative agency, Loaded For Bear, where he earns his keep by day as Senior Art Director. By night, he’s a freelance machine, cranking out article illustrations, band posters, album art and brand identities, each informed by the jittery pop culture apparitions lurking in his fume-addled mind.

SFER’s body of work blurs the line between design and fine art, incorporating both commercial and experimental techniques. The artist has a type of faux nostalgia for lives not his own: grainy photos of atomic families posed in cigarette ads, immaculate typefaces lost to the ages, faded halftones with untold stories hiding between the dots.


PRESS

HI-FRUCTOSE MAGAZINE
UPPERPLAYGROUND
VISUAL MELT
NASHVILLE ARTS
MEMPHIS FLYER
URBAN OUTFITTERS
VICE / CREATORS
BEAUTIFUL DECAY
MTV NEWS
HUNGER TV
THE TENNESSEAN (1) (2)
YEWKNEE (1) (2) (3)
NAILED MAGAZINE
BOTANIC GARDENS
INTERIORATOR
PANTA
SOCIETE PERRIER
NEVER LAZY
22 MAGAZINE
KOLAJ
GESTURE MAGAZINE
ALTERNOPOLIS
YOUNG-SPACE
LOMOGRAPHY
MUTANTSPACE
OSSO MAGAZINE
THE ROOSTER
IDEAFIXA
MASHABLE
THE DAILY BILLBOARD
NYCNASH

 

The body of work, dripping in a charming sort of irony, is made in a way that parallels its content. Like the Cleaver-esque family before the television, the viewer is seduced and transfixed by St. Francis Elevator Ride’s images. The eye is manipulated by an expert understanding of color; opposite colors like green and magenta alternate and flash at break-neck speed, forcing a sort of optical illusion that commands attention (this technique was widely employed by Andy Warhol). As technology and media integrate seamlessly into our home lives, our sense of identity shifts in challenging new directions; from these charming gifs, we might draw insight into the changing definitions of personal agency, selfhood, and intimacy.

~ Beautiful Decay Magazine

 

"There’s something about St. Francis Elevator Ride’s work that entrances – the impressive levels of detail, colour and attention, perhaps, that do more than merely hint at the artist’s drive; the versatility of his portfolio which features animated work, designs, collages and mixed media pieces; or maybe the quantity of personality which the American artist displays through his craft and not merely through his quirky pseudonym. These assets are nothing less than admirable and they transpire through our exchange with the artist and art director, who gives us a fascinating snapshot of the world in which he lives."

~ NeverLazy Magazine

 

"As our imago of household appliances are associated with the domestication of the feminine quality, what St. Francis Elevator Ride’s ‘Lush Interiors’ arouses is the saturation point of the malleable phylogenesis of a language ladened primate, coming to terms with an inflexible virtual reality infused consumerist defined usefulness. It is a melting away of male dominator values and reemergence or reintegration with the feminine, or what James Joyce called “the mama matrix most mysterious”.

~ Visual Melt


SELECT CLIENTS
 

MTV
THE NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE
DEPARTURES MAGAZINE
THE ATLANTIC
THE VILLAGE VOICE
BLT COMMUNICATIONS
VOLCOM ENTERTAINMENT
PERRIER
WIRED MAGAZINE
ARDENT MUSIC
AMERICAN GRAPEFRUIT
MADJACK RECORDS
TRASHY CREATURES RECORDS
HIGH/LOW RECORDING
VELVET BLUE MUSIC
JEFFREY DRAG RECORDS
TEXIERA RECORDS
THE HI-TONE
DON'T BLINK
PRMIS
QUESTION THE ANSWER
THE BREAK-UP SHOW


EXHIBITS

Heart Throbs - 2011. Joint Exhibit with Joseph Kendrick. Odessa. Memphis, TN
untitled Spring Roll - 2012. Group Show. Nashville, TN
$ORRY - 2012. Group Show. Spring Broad Ave. Art Walk. Memphis, TN.
untitled Hot Mess - 2012. Group Show. Welcome to 1979. Nashville, TN
Bikesploitation - 2013. Group Show. Crosstown Arts. Memphis, TN
UTM Alumni Exhibit - 2013. Group Show. University of Tennessee at Martin
Send Me the Details: ERF Retrospective - 2013 Group Show. Visible Music School Memphis TN
Fabric of Paradise - 2014. Solo Exhibit. Crosstown Arts, Memphis TN.
gif.local - 2014. Group Show. Governor's Island. New York, New York.
The Replacements - 2014. Group Show. Southfork Memphis Gallery. Memphis, TN
Laser Cat - 2014. Group Show - Animated Projection / Installation Exhibition. New York, New York.
ART RISE: Savannah's Gif Art Festival - 2015. Group Show - Animated Projection. Savannah, GA
LUSH INTERIORS - Spring 2016. Solo Exhibit. Memphis Botanical Gardens. Memphis, TN
ANATOMYA - Fall 2016 ArtBio. Online Exhibition. Brazil.
DIGITAL_LUV <3 - Winter 2016. Group Show Curated by GIRLS & KALTBLUT Magazine - Berlin, Germany
Omnivorous Eyes: Art + Design Retrospective - January 2017. Fine Arts Building. University of Tennessee at Martin
LUSH INTERIORS - Nov - Dec 2017. Solo Exhibit. Channel to Channel Gallery. Nashville, TN
 


DISCOGRAPHY

JAKE VEST - BEACH GHOSTS - DIGITAL LP - AMERICAN GRAPEFRUIT - 2018
MARCELLA & HER LOVERS - GOT YOU FOUND - LP/CD/DIGITAL - S/R - 2018
JANA JANA - ANDERSON CORAL - EP/DIGITIAL - MADJACK RECORDS - 2018
TIGER HIGH - TROPICAL ILLUSION - LP/DIGITAL - TRASHY CREATURES - 2018
TIGER HIGH - HAMMER OF THE WITCH - EP/DIGITAL - TRASHY CREATURES - 2018
HOT FREAK NATION - DUST ON A LOVER'S PLAN - CD/LP/DIGITAL - TRASHY CREATURES - 2018
HOT FREAK NATION - BUTTON PUSHING DEVIL WITH A HALO - TRASHY CREATURES - 2018
THE LATE SHOW - BABY PLEASE - CD/DIGITAL - TRASHY CREATURES - 2018
THE LATE SHOW - SHA LA LA - CD/DIGITAL - TRASHY CREATURES - 2018
JOSEPH HENRY CASTLEMAN - SONGS - CD/DIGITAL - S/R- 2017
SWIMWARE - CONFESSIONS IN THE DARK - SCOTT THOROUGH REMIX - DIGITAL SINGLE - AMERICAN GRAPEFRUIT - 2017
SWIMWARE - CONFESSIONS IN THE DARK - DIGITAL SINGLE - AMERICAN GRAPEFRUIT - 2017
DEAD SOLDIERS - THE GREAT EMPTINESS - LP/CD/DIGITAL - AMERICAN GRAPEFRUIT - 2017
SWIMWARE - 2 DAYS TO RETIREMENT - DIGITAL SINGLE - AMERICAN GRAPEFRUIT - 2017
SHADOW BROTHER - DELTA OF TIME - DIGITAL - AMERICAN GRAPEFRUIT - 2017
DUETS FOR MELLOTRON - LP/DIGITAL - MELLOTRON CONCERTS - 2017 (LOADED FOR BEAR)
SWIMWARE - SPEEDBOAT NIGHT SWEAT - DIGITAL SINGLE - AMERICAN GRAPEFRUIT - 2016
PENICILLIN BABY - CRYPTIC FANTASIES - CS/DIGITAL - COLD LUNCH RECORDINGS- 2016
TAYLOR BENSE - CAUGHT UP EP - DIGITAL - WOLF + LAMB RECORDS - 2016
TAYLOR BENSE - YOUR LOVE IS ENOUGH - DIGITAL SINGLE - WOLF + LAMB RECORDS - 2016
TAYLOR BENSE - CAN’T WAIT - DIGITAL SINGLE - WOLF + LAMB RECORDS - 2016
SHADOW BROTHER - S/T LP - DIGITAL - AMERICAN GRAPEFRUIT - 2016
WILDLY - FROM TEARS TO GLORY - DIGITAL SINGLE - S/R - 2016
WILDLY - ALL THE KINGS - DIGITAL SINGLE - S/R - 2016
DREAM TEAM - HEAVY META - DIGITAL - AMERICAN GRAPEFRUIT - 2016
CLAY OTIS &  DREAM SHEIKS - DISCO WEREWOLF - DIGITAL SINGLE - AMERICAN GRAPEFRUIT - 2016
HIGH/LOW FAMILY - ALL ALONE ON CHRISTMAS - DIGITAL SINGLE - AMERICAN GRAPEFRUIT - 2015
JAKE VEST - CLOUD BINGE (SCOTT THOROUGH REMIX) - CS/DIGITAL - AMERICAN GRAPEFRUIT - 2015
JAKE VEST - SUMMER KNOWLEDGE - CS/DIGITAL - AMERICAN GRAPEFRUIT - 2015
DREAM TEAM - MONOLITH - DIGITAL - AMERICAN GRAPEFRUIT - 2015
DREAM TEAM - FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT HOUR - DIGITAL - AMERICAN GRAPEFRUIT - 2015
PENICILLIN BABY - STICK IT OUT - DIGITAL SINGLE - JEFFREY DRAG RECORDS - 2015
CLAY OTIS - 60mg - DIGITAL SINGLE - AMERICAN GRAPEFRUIT - 2015
CLAY OTIS & SHADOW BROTHER - VAGABOND HEARTS - CD/CS/DIGITAL - AMERICAN GRAPEFRUIT - 2015/2016
CLAY OTIS & SHADOW BROTHER - VAGABOND HEART - DIGITAL SINGLE - AMERICAN GRAPEFRUIT - 2015/2016
CLAY OTIS & SHADOW BROTHER - ADDERALL GIRLS - 7"/DIGITAL - FL RECORDS/AMERICAN GRAPEFRUIT - 2015/2016
TALL DAVID - REMEDIES - CD/DIGITAL - S/R - 2015
THE MEMPHIS DAWLS - ROOTED IN THE BONE - LP/CD/DIGITAL - MADJACK RECORDS - 2014
TELEGRAPH CANYON - YOU BEFORE ME - LP/CD/DIGITAL - VELVET BLUE MUSIC - 2014
TIGER HIGH - CHRISTINE b/w SHAKEY LEGS - 7INCH/DIGITAL - TRASHY CREATURES / VOLAR - 2014
TIGER HIGH - INSIDE THE ACID COVEN - CD/LP/DIGITAL - TRASHY CREATURES / VOLAR - 2014
KIRK SMITHHART BAND - MESSAGE IN THE SKY - CD/DIGITAL - 2014
DEAD DAWLS - S/T 7 INCH SINGLE - S/R - 2014
THE GORLONS - S/T CD/CASS/DIGITAL - S/R -2014
AMERICAN FICTION - STAY A WHILE - DIGITAL SINGLE - S/R - 2014 - (LOADED FOR BEAR)
AMERICAN FICTION - DUMB LUCK - CD/LP/DIGITAL - S/R - 2014 (LOADED FOR BEAR)
DREAM TEAM - HERE COMES VESUVIUS - DIGITAL SINGLE - AMERICAN GRAPEFRUIT - 2014
COY KIDS - YOUTHFUL DAYS LP - DIGITAL - TEXIERA RECORDS - 2014
COY KIDS - COLD & AFRAID - 7INCH SINGLE - TEXIERA RECORDS - 2014
CLAY OTIS & DREAM SHEIKS - CITIZEN CLAY - CD/CS/DIGITAL - FL / AMERICAN GRAPEFRUIT - 2014/2016
DIRTY FENCES - TOO HIGH TO KROSS - CD/LP-DIGITAL - VOLCOM ENTERTAINMENT - 2013
THE MEMPHIS DAWLS - STARTING GATE - 7 INCH SINGLE - S/R - 2013
LEWD MINX - S/T EP CD/DIGITAL - S/R - 2013
THE ADMIRERS - INVOLUNTARY MEMORY - CD/DIGITAL - ARDENT MUSIC - 2013
CLAY OTIS - THE OVERACHIEVER - CD/CS/DIGITAL - FL RECORDS / AMERICAN GRAPEFRUIT - 2011/2016
THE SCISSORS & THE CUTS - 3 JULY - CD/DIGITAL - TRASY CREATURES RECORDS - 2013
THE TRASHED ROMEOS - WHERE DREAMERS NEVER GO - CD/CS/DIGITAL - TRASY CREATURES / BURGER RECORDS - 2013
THE LATE SHOW - LIVE IN CONCERT - TRASY CREATURES RECORDS- 2013
TRASHY CREATURES SAMPLER - Vol. 2 - DIGITAL - TRASHY CREATURES RECORDS - 2013
COBRA CATS - S/T EP - CD/DIGITAL - S/R - 2012
SKILLET - PLATINUM COLLECTION - CD/DIGITAL - ARDENT MUSIC / FAIR TRADE - 2012
THE LATE SHOW - PORTABLE POP REISSUE - CD/CS/DIGITAL - TRASY CREATURES RECORDS / BURGER RECORDS - 2012
HOT FREAK NATION - LIFETIME TO LIFETIME - CD/CS/DIGITAL - TRASY CREATURES RECORDS / BURGER RECORDS - 2012
TIGER HIGH - CATACOMBS AFTER PARTY - CD/CS/DIGITAL - TRASY CREATURES RECORDS / BURGER RECORDS - 2012
CLAY OTIS - SHOWBIZ LIGHTS - CD/CS/DIGITAL - FL RECORDS / AMERICAN GRAPEFRUIT - 2011/2016
THE DIRTY STREETS - MOVEMENTS - CD/LP/DIGITAL - SOUL PATCH RECORDS - 2011
TRASHY CREATURES SAMPLER - Vol. 1 - DIGITAL - TRASY CREATURES RECORDS - 2011
TIGER HIGH - MYTH IS THIS - CD/CS/DIGITAL - TRASY CREATURES RECORDS / BURGER RECORDS - 2011
THE MEMPHIS DAWLS - S/T EP- S/R - 2011
KATE BRANAGH - MINUTIA - CD/DIGITAL - S/R - 2011


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