"Dream Beautiful and Unusual" MUNK ONE @ FIFTY24PDX


"Munk One" - the name should definitely ring a bell. He's the man responsible for some of Upper Playground's most controversial and amusing graphics this year. This is the man that brought us :


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So,  without further ado Upper Playground and FIFTY24PDX bring you:


Fall is upon us, and with that, Upper Playground in association with FIFTY 24PDX Gallery proudly present,

“Dream Beautiful and Unusual”

-a collection of new works, some that glow in the dark, by the multifaceted artist and designer, Munk One.

Who is Munk one?

Munk One grew up in Southern California and studied Art History and Illustration at Pasadena Community College. However, his real education came through his work experience at a silk-screen and merchandise company while still in high school. Trained in traditional media, computer arts, and in the art of tattoo, Munk One’s work has taken on a variety of forms. His client list includes bands such as Avenged Sevenfold, Bullet for my Valentine, Korn, Red Hot Chili Peppers and No Doubt. Apparel companies that boast Munk One designs include Upper Playground, Tribal Gear, True Love, False Idols and more. Munk was also featured in Juxtapoz magazine earlier this year.

Music, popular culture, politics and personal experience make up the elements of Munk One’s inspiration. He pulls icons directly from what inspires him, communicating clearly and directly with his audience. Themes in his personal work have incredible range, from dark and grotesque, to bright and optimistic, to ironic and humorous- all while retaining a gorgeous aesthetic very specific to Munk’s innovative style.

An opening reception for “Dream Beautiful and Unusual” will be held on Thursday, October 1st from 6:00-9:30pm with Munk One in attendance.

Beverages will be provided by Widmer Brothers Brewing Company.

An encore reception will be held Thursday, November 5th from


Show runs October 1st, 2009- November 21st, 2009

Web addresses of importance:

Munk One:

Fifty 24PDX Gallery:

Upper Playground:

FIFTY 24PDX Gallery / Upper Playground

23 NW 5th Ave, Portland, OR 97209


Marco Zamora at FIFTY24 Portland


Check out the upcoming show at our gallery in Portland.

Upper Playground in Association with FIFTY 24PDX Gallery present: “Give and Take” by Marco Zamora

For the upcoming summer months FIFTY 24PDX Gallery gladly presents “Give and Take”, a collection of paintings, prints and a very special installation project by L.A. based artist Marco Zamora.

Born in 1981, in Pomona, CA, Zamora graduated from California Institute for the Arts in 2005. A painter by trade, his work can be seen mostly on the West Coast, but he has shown in New York, Miami, and Copenhagen. Zamora also works as an apparel designer for companies such as Vans.

His work is a direct product of his inspiration, which includes urban conditions, the chaos of city life, awkward moments, skateboarding and the working class. Using a pen and brushes to draw, his process begins by constructing an environment from photographs. Figures are then conceptualized and added to fit his vision. The result creates a beautiful and complex tension between humankind and the urban landscape.

For this show Zamora will be working on a community interactive installation project. An edition of 200 of Zamora’s screen-prints will be traded with the public for objects that will then be used to create a sculpture that is reflective of his recent paintings. In other words, Zamora  gives participants a print and takes what they are willing to hand over, be it junk, or something of great use, hence the show’s title “Give and Take”. Objects of significant size will be greatly appreciated. This installation is intended to be about items we accumulate over time that are collected and experienced. The resulting collaborative sculpture will be unveiled at the opening of the show.

An opening reception for “Give and Take” will be held on August 6th from 6:00pm - 9:30pm. Beverages will be provided by Red Hook. Featuring music from DJ Ronin Roc. The artist will be in attendance.

An encore reception will be held on September 3rd, from 6:00pm – 9:30pm.

The show ends September 27th.

FIFTY 24PDX Gallery / Upper Playground 23 NW 5th Ave, Portland, OR 97209 503.548.4835

July First Thursday at Upper Playground PDX

Footage of the the Encore Reception of Alex Pardee's "Self Portraits of Other People That I Drew All By Myself Pretty Much" at Upper Playground PDX on July 2nd, 2009. The event featured the art of Alex Pardee, as well as a raffle for a limited-edition signed Alex Pardee Walrus Rider figurine, beverages provided by Redhook, and music by DJs Deff Ro and Mighty Moves.