Interview by Jy-Ah Min for Upper Playground

J: We are excited to present original works by BSF for the first time in the US. Tell us a bit about the origin of the name, Bicicleta Sem Freio which translates to “Bicycles Without Breaks”. When did the name emerge?

BSF: The name came about when we were in college, we went to a congress of students, we saw many lectures professionals and decided to come together and work. At first we wanted a very unpretentious and fun name. We had no idea what was going to happen after.

J: So Art, Design and Rock & Roll. How do you combine all these elements in your process?

BSF: We believe that there are no differences between these concepts. Music, art and design are for us completely mixed as they are all part of our day to day life. We have always been doing poster design first for our friends and we love this form of illustration.

J: We often view Art and Illustration as a very subjective and personal process for the artist. So it’s rare to see two individuals work so closely together under one banner. What is the work dynamic like for BSF?

BSF: In the beginning we were designing together, but over time each one developed more personal traits and style. But the process is always shared and jointly agreed. We consult each other a lot. We are our own critics.

J: The title of the show, “This Is Not A Poster” refers to new works that reflect on all the years you’ve spent illustrating posters for music bands and festivals. But these new works have no band and no music behind them right? Or do they?

BSF: People are used to look at posters with an information to read. One of our intention is to hold the viewer, making him look more purely on the visual and feel free to imagine and create his own interpretation of it.

J: It’s interesting to hear that your aim is to free the imaginations of the viewer instead of guiding them to a specific direction.  Could you tell us about how you determine what goes into each work? Is it an instinctive process or more layered and systematic in determining how the details come together?

BSF: Our work is pretty much instinctive and very experimental. We are always adding new elements and taking some off. We try new colors all the time, very weird sometimes and also new patterns too. We don’t have any idea of how it will end up and look like. We try to have fun during the process and to not repeat ourself. If not it will be like a formula and we will be quickly bored and probably our public too.

J: So your visual strategy to hold the viewer results in works that have a lot of random energy, movement and color with a lot of detail. When do you know when it’s done?

BSF: Well its never done to be honest, i could work on these pieces forever as we love details but at some point we need to give up and move mostly because of dead-line (lol) or space on the sheet or canvas!

J: If I am a fly on the wall in your studio, what would I hear?

BSF: We enjoy Hellbenders, its a band from our city.

Stanley Donwood interviewed by Pitchfork for his FIFTY24SF Gallery show

The good people of the highly-influential music website, Pitchfork, have interviewed our very own exhibiting artist, Stanley Donwood, about his new show at FIFTY24SF Gallery (that is up now, go see it, now) as well as doing artwork for a little band called Radiohead.

Will Barras Interview by Jeremy Fish

It's that time again...the month is coming to a close...meaning Move #19 has moved on, but as they say "when one door closes, another opens"... Anyway, from inside a cloud of paint fumes and some reggae beats (oh, the joys of de-install), we're comin' at you with an exclusive interview with Will Barras.  And for those of you who have gotten lost in the frenzy of autumn, Will Barras' newest exhibition, "Darling we're leaving!" opens November 5th.  And it's already shaping up to be a spectacular show.

Hear from Will Barras as never before, interviewed by beloved member of the UP family - the one and only Mr. Jeremy Fish.

JFish: is it true there is another will barras who raps about science? (i love that story) if you guys had a fist fight over the name, who would win?

WBarras: It is true, he's always first to everything internet related , but then he is a scientist.

When the Hedron Collider started up, he wrote a rap about it, it's not exactly a banger, but it is educational. It made it into the papers and for one day, everyone thought I was launching a career as a rapper.

I have always loved that you play cricket, though I haven't ever seen any drawings I thought were inspired by the sport.  Ever draw any inspiration for your work from the game?

I dont know, I've kept it quite seperate, it's like escapism from work and I guess I havent worked out anything interesting yet.

Maybe this time...I'll bring some bats with me and we will see what happens.

Last year when we were in italy I hounded you to buy a motorbike and drive off back to england through the Italian countryside.  Since then I know you finally got a bike, any good stories so far?

I did get a bike, a friend was selling an old Yamaha, I went on one road trip to Bristol, only a couple of hundred miles but far enough with no rear suspension, then it started making a chronic whining noise and it's been in a garage for the whole summer. When I think about it it seems ridiculous and impracticle, but when I'm on it , its amazing...I'm hoping I've pre-empted a mid-life crisis...

Years ago, we were together on a mural tour through eastern Europe.  Seems like you have been back to Warsaw and done a couple of things since.  How do you like that part of Europe and the art scene there?

I've been back to Wawsaw to see Pavel (Swanski) and made a painting with him and then a big long wall with him, Chaz and M City, I do love the place, I dont know, I think it's the people there, really friendly, I think it's good because we're rolling around with Pavel and his mates.

I am a pretty huge Will Barras fan and have been since long before we met.  I have always loved his eye for simple things, his way of drawing things in motion, and the lovely ladies he draws.  Anything new these days as far as subject goes?  Do you find yourself drawing anything out of the ordinary?

Nothing wildly different, still a lot of vehicles and girls. I've been messing around with fabric and trying to learn different ways to paint, maybe a few ghosts and animals (some of your influence i think!).

Random: When you hear the name Tito do you think of Michael Jackson's brother, or an Italian gerbil?

Definitely a gerbil, driving a Vespa Ape.

What is the story behind the title of this show? "darling we're leaving!"

Well its just a title now, because artwork doesn't exsist yet. It's like the start of a journey, it's the desire to just take off and escape from everyday life.

I know for a long time you balanced a good deal of commercial illustration with your gallery work.  Are you still doing a lot of commercial stuff?  If so, is there anything you can talk about?

I haven't done so much recently, works been a bit thin on the ground, I've been painting and doing office murals, and holiday resorts in Tunisia... I Drew a toilet-powered Delorian for a young comedian called Jermaine Fowler

and i did some Oakley sunglasses with a drawing of Bo on them...