David Choe's SNOWMAN MONKEY BBQ Opens Today in Mexico City, Mexico

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

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David Choe and Mexican Surrealist, Pedro Friedeberg's Exquisite Corpse Session

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 Dr. Lakra painting in Oaxaca, Mexico

Upper Playground Mexico City was able to coordinate our good friend and longtime collaborator, Herbert Baglione, to paint with one of the great contemporary Mexican artists, Dr. Lakra (who has collaborated with UP in the past, and has a major museum exhibition in Mexico City in December 2011), in San Agustin Etla for the Dia de los Muertos (“Day of the Dead”) celebration this past week. This is Day 1 of the 3-Day project, and as you can see, both artists were able to combine their unique styles in a seamless, dramatic piece.

New El Mac Mural in Mexico

mural mexico

Past exhibiting artist and our good friend Mac, just painted this mural in Campeche, Mexico for the Seres Queridos project. Mac painted Manuel Lee Chang, known locally as "el Chino"(despite the fact that he's of Korean descent) with his Guacamaya (Macaw).

As Mac wrote on his blog:

I thought this would be an interesting and important image to paint because it shows a blending of cultures. Anybody familiar with me or my work may have realized that this is an important theme for me. The Asian community in Mexico is not really that visible, and I thought it would be interesting to show Manuel with his Guacamaya, as these birds are very representative of that region. The photo at the end is from when Manuel, his bird, and his family came to see me goodbye at the airport, which I really appreciated.

Fifty24SF @ The 1:am Gallery

Last night the 1:am gallery hosted thier One Year Anniversity with a tribute to Dia de los Muertos. The walls of the gallery screamed out thier testimonals with elaborate paintings, shrines, and scupltures on display for the ones lost. There was outstanding amount of talent produced in the show, as you had artist from around the nation on exhibition. Fifty 24 SF was there to catch the action.
Be sure to check out the rest of the show @ the 1:am gallery. 1000 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94103