National Lampoons Monologue was up shortly during the Porous Walker Install
Nobody is Watching YOu
Kristin Farr brought us cupcakes on Wednesday!
Eddie in Hayes Valley coffee break
James Jean Chairman Bao Bun Truck
Rene Almanza at 111 Minna
Fifty24SF is proud to host “Character Assassination” - a solo exhibition by David Choe.
One of the most diverse and prolific living artists, David Choe combines his interest in American and Asian pop culture, graphic novels, and cityscapes to produce some of the most dynamic work seen today.
His often lewd expressions of the female form, considered offensive to some, is, in all actuality, the most raw and honest appreciation of the male/female sexual interaction. Erratic brushwork and wild compositions convey a superficial sense of anarchy and abandon while the delicate and exotic portraits betray the implied chaos, revealing a passionate love of women.
In Dave’s work, discordance and serenity exist in impossible harmony as proof to the truest constitution of life. His paintings are testament to the fact that the gritty and the perceived offensive are necessary constituents of raw beauty.
David’s disinterest in social conformity and lack of need for social approval allows him to exist in a realm of indulgence, allowing his creativity to abound unfettered. Whether he be painting murals, paintings, or quick street commentary, that raw honesty is the element that drives his work deep into the psyche of the viewer. Truths that we as an audience are not always brave enough to admit, even to ourselves, fuels the mastery behind the work. A subliminal stirring of still waters, his paintings are thought provoking and engaging in a way that cannot always be justified as simply, aesthetically pleasing.
A seasoned globetrotter, David Choe’s murals cover walls from his native Los Angeles to Vietnam. His intricate brush strokes and characters translate well to consumer products and he has worked with Marvel Comics, Levis and Nike. His art, photos, and writing have been featured in Giant Robot, Hustler and Vice Magazine. David Choe has also self-published comic/journals: Bruised Fruit, Cursiv and Slow Jams. Most recently, he was featured in the documentary about his work “Dirty Hands.”
We cordially invite you to join us for the Opening Reception of
Friday, February 5th, 2010
248 Fillmore St, SF, Ca, 94117
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FIFTY24SF Gallery Contact Information: Gallery Hours: Tuesday–Saturday from 12–6 P.M. and by appointment Address: 248 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA 94117 Contact: Lynzy Blair / Phone: (415) 252-9144 / Email: Lynzy@UpperPlayground.com
Thanks to everyone who made it out for the opening reception this past Thursday. The show came together beautifully and it was a great pleasure to see so many of you come through despite the ominous weather conditions. We strongly encourage everyone to see the show in person as Herbert's work is incredibly detailed and difficult to convey through photos alone.
If you weren't able to make it out, check out the shots below.
Fifty24SF is proud to host “The Dark Wave”- a solo exhibition by Herbert Baglione.
Brazilian artist Herbert Baglione has been a strong interest in the South American graffiti movement for more than ten years. Inspired by Brazil’s street culture, Baglione started experimenting with new ways to look at his urban environment of Sao Paulo and provoked dialogue about his fresh perspective on urban artwork. Alongside these efforts are Baglione’s distinctive mural designs and stretched figures representing humans and aliens. These are often balancing elongated and rounded extremes with dramatic iconic symbols such as familiar urban architecture.
Influenced by his older brother, Baglione began painting at the age of three, and has found his greatest interest in provoking themes such as death, individualism, family, and chaos. These complex themes alongside his distinctive style have given Baglione deserved recognition in the international graffiti scene.
“The Dark Wave” features new sketches and paintings on canvas on display at FIFTY24SF Gallery from December 10, 2009 – January 28, 2010.
"The Dark Wave"
Thursday Dec, 10th, 2009
248 Fillmore St. SF
For information on the preview, please contact Lynzy@upperplayground.com.
We certainly can't give away the whole enchilada but here are some more sneak peak shots of what's in store for tomorrow. Enjoy!
7 pm people! See you there!
248 Fillmore St.
Sf, Ca, 94107
Jeremy Fish- long time friend and valued member of the Upper Playground and FIFTY24SF family. Incredibly talented illustrator and painter. Humble and genuine. Innovative, fresh, intriguing, humorous, prolific; these are all words and phrases that immediately pop into mind when we think of Jeremy Fish.
Yet, none of these words are big enough to describe the level on which this guy functions. Most people can tell you that they've never seen Jeremy give only 50% to a project. In fact we've never seen him invest any less than 200% in everything he does.
If you were lucky enough to experience "Ghosts of the Barbary Coast" last December, you know that when Jeremy goes for it, he goes the distance.
Which is why we are immensely proud to announce the opening of his first Museum exhibition, "Weathering the Storm" at the Laguna Art Museum this coming Sunday, November 8th.
Jeremy Fish has spent a lifetime making beautiful artwork. We've watched his steady ascent and are proud to acknowledge and support this momentous step in his career.
Congratulations Jeremy! We'll be seeing you in Laguna!
Check out Arrested Motion's Studio visit with Mr. Fish here
But we do have some sneaky sneak peak shots of Mr. Barras killin' it in the Gallery. Check it out.
Happy halloween!! He's not finished yet so... check back soon for more from "Darling, We're Leaving!"
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...
A collection of new works by Will Barras. Opening Reception NOVEMBER 5th.
check out FIFTY24SF.com for more information.
Familiar Ghost: An artistic representation of old family stories.
Tomorrow night Lowerdeck will be hosting an opening reception for Familiar Ghost. Everything starts at 6:00 and continues till 9:00 p.m. Featured work by Adam Flores, Dan Vee, Damian Fagan, David Garvey, Lawrence Yang, and Matt Delight just to name a few. Fifty 24 SF will be there covering the action, and hopes to see you there as well.
The Show runs from October 22, untill November 17th, 2009 2295 3rd Street @ 20th Street San Francisco, CA, 94107 (below Sundance Coffee, entrance on 20th Street)
As promised... two more "Move" artists for your viewing pleasure.
Melinda Beck is a Brooklyn-based illustrator and graphic designer who received her BFA in graphic design from Rhode Island School of Design in 1989. Her clients include: Nike, MTV, Nickelodeon, Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, Time Magazine, The Progressive, New York Times, Newsweek, and Island Records. She has received awards from publications such as Print Magazine, Communication Arts, Society of Publication Designers, American Illustration, The Art Directors Club, The AIGA, ID Magazine, and The Society of Illustrators.
Melinda has most recently been featured in a new acquisitions show at The Library of Congress.
Jason Polan currently lives in New York City and is a freelance artist from Michigan. His work has been exhibited around the United States and Europe with work appearing in ARTnews, Metropolis Magazine, and The New Yorker.
Jason is a member of the 53rd Street Biological Society and the Taco Bell Drawing Club. It has been said that he is attempting to draw every person in New York. His books have been very successful, with the highest acclaim given to Every Piece of Art in the Museum of Modern Art.
Stay tuned for more close ups.....
Since there's such a large number of artists involved in Rich Jacobs 19th installment of "Move", we thought breaking it down into smaller bits would be a good way to help you get to know the art behind the names. Starting...
A native of Queens, NY, Jordon Isip’s mixed-media works have been featured in publications like The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Time, The Atlantic Monthly, Adbusters, and Juxtapoz. He received his BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and his work has been showcased across the United States in various galleries. His work has also reached international galleries including the Musee D’histoire Contemporaine in Paris and the Galleria Comunale D’Arte Moderna E Contemporanea in Rome. He has claimed Brooklyn, NY as his new home since receiving his BFA.
Jordin has brought his knowledge to instruct at Rhode Island School of Design, Tyler School of Art, and School of Visual Arts. Presently, Jordin is an instructor at Parsons School of Design and Pratt Institute.
Brooklyn, NY is the current stomping grounds for Eric White. Born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, he received his BFA studying illustration at Rhode Island School of Design. Eric then moved to California where he spent the following decade before moving to his current location. His art explores the metaphysical and those things that exist far beyond our perception. However, Eric never seriously considered his paintings or drawings until the end of high school.
Galleries across the United States have featured Eric White’s work and he has also been shown in galleries in Tokyo, Paris, Toronto, Belgium, and Brussels
Check back this week for more on the artists in "Move #19"...
or for more information please visit FIFTY24SF.com
Thank you to everybody who came out last Thursday for the opening reception of Rich Jacobs " Move #19"- "He said he was enjoying the donuts for the most part, and laughing hysterically." Some of the art community's most innovative illustrators, photographers, graphic designers, music makers, writers (JockoWeyland), and all around good people gathered to celebrate the opening of "Move #19". With wine from Bear Flag, fresh donuts from Bob's in the tenderloin (rumored to have killer fresh donuts at midnight), and milk for your donuts, and rad art how could you go wrong.
The stories flowed like wine as the artists, most of which are old friends, shared anecdotes about each other, and caught up on current happenings.
Images courtesy of Robynne from Bear Flag wine.
Check back this week for close ups on the artists involved in this show...
We don't want to give away the whole enchilada... but we can spare a tortilla or two...
Rich Jacobs' "MOVE #19" opens TOMORRROW Oct. 1st, 2009
If you like art and/or donuts join us tomorrow for the opening reception of
Move #19 "He said he was enjoying the donuts for the most part, and laughing hysterically."
"He said- he was enjoying the donuts for the most part, and laughing hysterically?”
FIFTY24SF is proud to host the 19th installment of Rich Jacob’s renowned “Move” series.
“Move” is an ever evolving group exhibition that boasts a myriad of artists from across the U.S. Everyone one from Jordin Isip and Evan Hecox to Dave Ellis and Barry McGee have been involved in one or more versions of the “ Move” movement. Rich Jacobs, the founder and curator, has been keeping the “Move” alive for over ten years and continues to bring some of the best artists together for the eclectically composed event. Mixing various styles and mediums to the point of (what would seem like) chaos, Rich builds an orchestra of sensory stimuli.
Who is Rich Jacobs?
This internationally renowned artist is recognized as much for his distinctive illustrations as his role as a successful and innovative curator for more than a decade. Jacob’s natural ability to unite the best talent under one roof stems from his genuine nature and, the desire to expose the public to good art and artists. He has a unique way of cherishing the everyday details of life, and recreates the chaos of the daily hustle by engaging over 20 artists to participate in each new edition of “MOVE” Rather than stick to one aesthetic, Rich pulls from a well of talent, mixing photographers and writers to graphic designers and illustrators for a well rounded experience.
We cordially invite you to join us for the Opening Reception
Thursday, October 1st, 2009
248 Fillmore St.
Well, we will anyway...
FIFTY24SF Gallery Presents “Strange Fruit” New Works by The Date Farmers
Fifty24SF is proud to host “Strange Fruit”- a solo exhibition by The Date Farmers.
Returning to Fifty24SF Gallery, the Date Farmers is a collaborative work between artists Carlos Ramirez and Armando Lerma. Originally from Indios, California, the two attribute their paintings, collages, and three-dimensional pieces to inspiration from Mexican-American traditional values and contemporary west coast culture. The artists look to graffiti, Mexican street murals, traditional revolutionary posters, sign painting, prison art and tattoos for their influence.
The Date Farmers prefer to use scavenged materials, often found near their desert homes in southern California and nearby Mexico. “Using stuff that was thrown away is Mexican ingenuity. People’s idea of art is that it’s really expensive and [made of] nice materials, but found objects are so abundant, they’re much easier and freeing for us.”
Exploring a range of emotions, from humorous to disturbing, “Strange Fruit” is influenced by “the everyday stories, social politics and myths that take place and unfold around us on a daily.” The show represents the wide spectrum from which they draw inspiration, and the duo uses materials that allow them to be resourceful, yet abundant with character.
The Date Farmers have had International gallery exhibitions in Tokyo, London and Stockholm. They appeared at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado for the Manifest Hope Gallery.
“Strange Fruit” features new works on display at FIFTY24SF Gallery from September 3 – September 24, 2009.
If you missed Word to mother's show then you missed out on some good shananegans. Arrseted motion snagged WTM before the opening and scored some prime interview time. Check it out here
And now for a visual recap
Photos below by Michael Ojeda
Photos below by Alex Tarrant
After the festivities came to an end, WTM and crew hopped to the nearest bar and began to celebrate the 4th of July early. Resulting in...
some of this...
and then, some of this...