We are pleased to announce our upcoming solo show 'Street Anatomy' featuring original artwork by renown Austrian street artist, NYCHOS. Recognized world wide for his unique style with distinct anatomical explosions as subject matter, Nychos brings his talent and vigor of the Rabbit Eye Movement to San Francisco. 'Street Anatomy' opens Friday, April 18th 7:00pm at FIFTY24SF Gallery located in Lower Haight, San Francisco.
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.
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.
Jeremy Fish just put the finishing touches on his mural at the entryway to the Lower Haight mural. The mural includes the work from Ericailcane, Doze Green, Mars-1, and David Choong Lee. And now, you will see a Silly Pink Bunny sculpture.
Photos by Aaron Durand.
The paint has peeled, the colors fading, we are sad to see it go but it was time for Upper Playground to get a new mural above it's store.
Charlotte and Andrew prep the wall
But first, the side wall.
We'll give you the rest of it soon. . .
Wow, What a show! Thank you to everybody who came out to the show on Thursday . And a huge THANK YOU to Paperworks Laboratories for their absolutely stunning print "Song of Songs" For those of you that were not able to score a print at the opening there are still a few available at Paperworkslab.com.
As for the opening Reception- the show of support was amazing. 7 o'clock rolled around and a crowd was already forming in front of the gallery doors. By 8 the place was packed to the brim! Fans flocked from far and wide to give props and take in the sights. Friends flew in from Mac's hometown Phoenix, drove up from La, San Jose, Seattle, and every major graf artist in the city stopped by to say what's up to the man of the hour El Mac.
Visitors had to maneuver their way through the massive crowd swarming Mac to say 'hello' and have their advanced copies of Mac and Retna's new book "Alianza" signed. Mac patiently signed autographs for close to two hours straight. His patience and humility won the crowd over and everybody left more enamored than ever.
Shots from the madness for your enjoyment:
A very special thanks to Juxtapoz Magazine for providing copies of the subscriber issue # 103 for fans
Upper Playground for releasing advanced copies of "Alianza" ( now available online at Upperplayground.com)
Thomas at Paperworks for his generosity
Alex at Montana Paints for hooking up the supplies
Dan at 1AM gallery for saving the day with the last two cans of black Montana in the entire city!
And everybody who came out to make the show a great success.
Check back for pics of Mac's new mural going up on the side of FIFTY24SF Gallery.
August 6th will be a momentous day for street art. Legendary, international badass EL MAC celebrates the opening of "Faces of Life". Working late into the night in still sweltering temperatures, El Mac puts the finishing touches on one of the pieces for his upcoming show and answers a few questions for the curious…
- I know you're a busy man these days so I'll cut to the quick, when did you first start painting?
I first remember drawing at about 3 or 4 I think... didn't start painting with spraypaint or acrylic until maybe around '94 or so...
- what led you to explore the world of aerosol?
A combination of friends in grade school that were painting graffiti, seeing the book Subway Art, and my obsession with the movie The Warriors.
- when you first started out were you aiming for photo realism or is it what came most naturally to you?
From pretty early on I kind of felt that the more realistic or representational the work was, the better, which I guess is kind of a simplistic, classical way of approaching art. I think photorealistic/representational art is especially hard to pull off well, so I'm sure I've liked the challenge of it. It's only been slowly over time that I've opened up to more abstract elements. I don't think this stuff was ever deliberately thought out though...if I liked it and it spoke to me then that was enough. You just kind of know when some art has that "extra something".
- how do you feel after a painting/piece is finished? Do you hate to look at it or are you stoked that it turned out the way it did?
I'm usually pretty happy with it. Sometimes I won't like my stuff, and it's usually when I'm rushed, but for the most part I do my best to take time & make sure I'm happy with my art. Da Vinci said "Art is never finished, only abandoned"...so even if I do have to abandon my pieces I try to hang in there and spend quality time with them whenever possible.
- What do you love about what you do?
I just really love to make art...to create...it's very satisfying. Pushing around colors to make images that communicate something to other people. It feels like I'm doing something important, like I'm fulfilling some kind of duty. I feel like making art is some way of rising above basic instincts towards survival and reproduction, and trying to connect with the spiritual. even if it's just a nice tag or a doodle of a hot chick or something. I think music, dance and literature, etc are the same way. It's about growth...trying to make life better & more enjoyable and meaningful, I guess? I'm still trying to figure this out...
Yielding a spray can as masterfully as an oil painter with his brush, El Mac kills it.
"Faces of Life" opens August 6th, 2009
Opening Reception- 7- 9:30pm
248 Fillmore St. SF