Thanks to everyone who came out to support us for the opening of 'Artistically Transmitted Diseases'. Some photos from the special evening with Jane Choe and Christopher Fleming:
Graffiti Artist, Illustrator, DVDASA host and entertainer, David Choe opens his first exhibition in four years at the Museo Universitario del Chopo today. His show, SNOWMAN MONKEY BBQ boasts an entirely new body of work that presents the continuation of Choe's signature "dirty style" through different mediums such as oil on canvas, watercolors, sculptures, found object installations, accompanied by a giant mural looming over the exhibition space.
SNOWMAN MONKEY BBQ by David Choe Opens August 17th, 2013 to Oct 27th, 2013
Museo Universitario del Chopo - Dr Enrique Gonzalez Mtz #10 Mexico City
For more information please visit: www.snowmanmonkeybbq.mx
Our Long time Upper Playground friend and Fifty24SF artist, David Choe is currently in Mexico City in preparation for his large scale exhibition, SNOWMAN MONKEY BBQ at the Museo Universitario del Chopo, opening this Saturday. Despite his busy schedule, Choe made his way to visit the Mexican Surrealist painter, Pedro Friedeberg at his studio to spend some time collecting ideas and collaborating in an exquisite corpse session.
Herbert Baglione and David Choe with DVS-1 at Nuart Festival working on a collaborative wall.
From David: "i will be at the Rhode Island School of Design auditorium , giving a lecture on stupid shit and generously handing out horrible advice, as my teacher barron once told me, "the advice you give out to my students is very dangerous, and is not meant for most people. it could end up hurting them." on wed i'll see you there, and i'll hurt you, and you can hurt me ."
The David Choe documentary, “Dirty Hands: The Art and Crimes of David Choe” will close out the Juxtapoz film series at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC tonight. If that is not Valentine’s Day date night material, we don’t know what is.
David Choe painting a wall for Lazarides Galleries' 'Hell's Half Acre' show, in the underground tunnels under London's Waterloo Station. The show is open for viewing through the 17th of October, 2010, and is a reinterpretation of Dante's nine circle of hell by a roster of artists including Conor Harrington, Vhils, George Osodi, Antony Micallef,Doug Foster, Todd James, Paul Insect, Mark Jenkins, Boogie, Ian Francis, Polly Morgan,Jonathan Yeo, Zak Ové and an interview with David Choe.
Thanks to all who came by plane, car, Muni, bike, skateboard and foot to see David Choe’s “Character Assassination”. If you were not at Fifty24SF last Friday this is what you missed. The private view kicked off at 5. The sold pins began to cover the walls. The line stretched down Fillmore. As doors opened at 7, the gallery came to life as eager admirers spilled into the room. The walls were filled with original paintings, sold out prints and intimate backdrop photos, revealing an artistic evolution of comic characters to iconic figures. Faces lit up and cameras snapped away. As Choe arrived the crowds inside and out jumped at the opportunity to meet the man in the bright pink shirt. Many fellow Upper Playground artists joined in attendance. If you happen to have missed the reception, “Character Assassination” will hang through March 24th.
BENEFIT ART PROGRAM TO HELP RAISE MONEY FOR THE VICTIMS OF THE HAITI EARTHQUAKE
SA Studios Global’s Film Marketing Division has teamed up with Quentin Tarantino, Upper Playground and The Weinstein Company to present, THE LOST ART OF INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS.
On February 18th, 2010 from 6p – 9p the world will get to preview and purchase the “Lost Art of Inglorious Basterds” at The Upper Playground Art Gallery in Downtown Los Angeles. All proceeds from this program will be donated to The American Red Cross to help the victims of the Haiti Earthquake.
This creative team has assembled the following select group of accomplished artists, David Choe, Sam Flores, Estevan Oriol, Grotesk, Jeremy Fish, Patrick Martinez, Alex Pardee, Dora Drimalas, Munk One, N8 Van Dyke, Rene Almanza, Morning Breath and Skinner Davis, to create their own poster art based off their interpretation of the Oscar Nominated film, “Inglourious Basterds” artwork.
Each print will be numbered and signed by Quentin Tarantino. Only six (6) of each amount will be made. The prints can be viewed at http://news.upperplayground.com/ingloriousbasterds.php beginning Tuesday February 15, 2010.
The gallery will open will be open to the general public from 6p – 9p on Thursday February 18th, 2010 at Upper Playground Los Angeles located at 125 East 6th Street in Downtown LA. Attendees will have the opportunity to purchase the limited edition prints for $300. The prints are giclée archival and are only available for purchase at Upper Playground, Los Angeles. Phone orders and web orders will not be accepted. Prints will be sold on a first come, first serve basis. The purchase of prints will be limited to one per buyer.
It's our favorite time of month, install for our latest show, David Choe's "Character Assassination" opening this Friday. Check out some shots from the set up for "Character Assassination"...
The week before an opening reception is an interesting time, we all start to feel the pressure of the countdown, the artist gets final details harnessed, and we get an intimate look at how he/she functions in a studio environment. Late nights painting the gallery walls, hanging work, and shootin' the shit, we are regaled with stories of travel and adventures and we learn more clearly why we love these guys. In a nut shell, it's the time when we re-affirm our obsession with art. Choe is no exception.
Not to be missed, Choe returns to the bay area after almost ten years with a collection of new paintings and a plethora of sold out prints.
We cordially invite you to join us this Friday for the opening reception of
Fifty24SF is proud to host “Character Assassination” - a solo exhibition by David Choe.
One of the most diverse and prolific living artists, David Choe combines his interest in American and Asian pop culture, graphic novels, and cityscapes to produce some of the most dynamic work seen today.
His often lewd expressions of the female form, considered offensive to some, is, in all actuality, the most raw and honest appreciation of the male/female sexual interaction. Erratic brushwork and wild compositions convey a superficial sense of anarchy and abandon while the delicate and exotic portraits betray the implied chaos, revealing a passionate love of women.
In Dave’s work, discordance and serenity exist in impossible harmony as proof to the truest constitution of life. His paintings are testament to the fact that the gritty and the perceived offensive are necessary constituents of raw beauty.
David’s disinterest in social conformity and lack of need for social approval allows him to exist in a realm of indulgence, allowing his creativity to abound unfettered. Whether he be painting murals, paintings, or quick street commentary, that raw honesty is the element that drives his work deep into the psyche of the viewer. Truths that we as an audience are not always brave enough to admit, even to ourselves, fuels the mastery behind the work. A subliminal stirring of still waters, his paintings are thought provoking and engaging in a way that cannot always be justified as simply, aesthetically pleasing.
A seasoned globetrotter, David Choe’s murals cover walls from his native Los Angeles to Vietnam. His intricate brush strokes and characters translate well to consumer products and he has worked with Marvel Comics, Levis and Nike. His art, photos, and writing have been featured in Giant Robot, Hustler and Vice Magazine. David Choe has also self-published comic/journals: Bruised Fruit, Cursiv and Slow Jams. Most recently, he was featured in the documentary about his work “Dirty Hands.”
We cordially invite you to join us for the Opening Reception of
Friday, February 5th, 2010
248 Fillmore St, SF, Ca, 94117
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FIFTY24SF Gallery Contact Information: Gallery Hours: Tuesday–Saturday from 12–6 P.M. and by appointment Address: 248 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA 94117 Contact: Lynzy Blair / Phone: (415) 252-9144 / Email: Lynzy@UpperPlayground.com
We are taking a short break from our "Move #19 up close tour" to bring you news about Upper Playground's ten year anniversary book. Simply put: it's bad ass.
Weighing in at 3 pounds and 10" thick with 612 pages of graphics and artist commentary, this is a better investment than most college text books. Seriously. A straight up catalog that tracks the evolution of both the company and the work of the artists involved.
Here are some between the sheets shots.
Available at UpperPlayground.com and for only $40. Congratulations and thanks to Upper playground for bringing us over ten years of the best artists and graphic tees on the planet.