Estevan Oriol

"Playground Legends" at Fifty24SF Gallery & Upper Playground

We are pleased to announce our upcoming Holiday Print Show entitled "Playground Legends." The show includes limited edition prints from artists including Brian Flynn, Greg "Craola" Simkins, Dora Drimalas, Estevan Oriol, Herbert Baglione, Jayde Fish, Jeremy Fish, Mars-1, Miss Van, Morning Breath, Munk One, Nate Van Dyke, Pez, Sam Flores, Saner and Smithe.

Opening Saturday December 14th, 6pm

Rico Deniro at FIFTY24SF

Rico Deniro’s month long ‘Native Expatriots’ show at FIFTY24SF Gallery will be opening tomorrow (Saturday) at noon.  For the show, Rico has presented people that live outside of technologically based civilizations in the rural villages of Mexico with images of first-world pop culture icons and employed them with one task: to interpret those icons in a traditional Mexican wooden mask.  The craftsmen of these masks have no reference point to these images, no sense of importance tied to the celebrities that they were given, no inundation of cultural significance by media sources – and instead translate the images into form at a completely superficial and innocent level.

The resulting masks show these idols at a level which we rarely see them: exposed.  Not in the way that the news media ‘exposes’ celebrities, because in that case there’s a symbiotic dependency – but in the way that these idols are exposed for their lack of substance other than the media and marketing that convinces us of their substance.

The masks created in Mexico will be on display at FIFTY24SF Gallery at 218 Fillmore Street, San Francisco from January 6th, 2011 – January 26th, 2011.

(Photo taken by Estevan Oriol)



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 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.

Progress... Setting up for the Juxtapoz show

Blogging has been a bit difficult since the week has been jammed packed with activities.  But we're catching up. So, here we go... "Weathering the Storm"

Saturday Jeremy's show opened in Laguna. It was beautiful. His work just keeps getting better and better, he's using a lot of colors and the statues are impressive as always. It was especially wonderful to see so many people come down from SF, and all over the place really, to support the silliest of pink bunnies, Mr. Fish. Will Barras even drove down from SF with Lidia, his lovely lady! Check out works from the exhibition here.


After Jeremy's Show, Evan Pricco (managing editor for Jux) and I began the grand task of prepping for the Jux Anniversary Benefit party.  This event is going to be amazing. Seriously.

On Monday we scoped the space and sat down with  SA studios to discuss details.  If you're not familiar with Sa studios, they are the creative agency for Mr. Cartoon and Estevan Oriol. The guys over there are some of the raddest guys of all time. And Mr Cartoon's cars are just unbelievable. Drool Worthy. More than drool worthy.

Now for some shots of the venue pre Jux/UP/Sa studios/ FIFTY24SF   magic......

Later Evan and I took the crane out to do some donuts in the parking lot.... or not. But, we considered it.

Ok so now we've brought you up to speed. Check back for more progress. A week with the Sa boys, Evan, and over 100 pieces of art to get hung...things will be getting interesting in the coming days.