David Choe is a favorite at Upper Playground as we’ve witnessed his progression as an artist over the years, through his recurrent involvement with the company. In this interview from the “Dithers” DVD, you get a glimpse of the man behind the art, and the cleverness you witness as he speaks becomes amplified when viewed in the context of his masterful paintings. Much more than an artist, David Choe has a personality to match his talent. Watch the interview from "Dithers," available for the first time to the public for free, on Walrus TV.
Rotofugi Exclusive Arkiv Instant Blue Version(limited to 50 pieces worldwide) will be on sale at our store in Chicago on Saturday, November 21. We open at noon. We will begin sales via our online store on Tuesday, November 24th. Sorry, we will not be announcing a specific release time for the online sales, but it will be in the afternoon.
Thrice Naut and Post Fire invade Bambaland today, 1/6th 12" fully articulated figures both sporting sinister visages under their masks! This release celebrates the 3A Forum ONE year anniversary and the Legioneers, without whom the Commanders would have been left behind enemy line's! The ransom is set at $250(US), that price also includes extraction (shipping) to anywhere in the world.
Welcome to Designer Con(formerly VTN). Join the fun as the show covers different aspects of "design" and art. From collectible toys, custom figures, designer apparel and some of the best urban, underground and pop art, the Designer Con show has something for everyone.
Every year the show goes further in expanding the scope of "that which is design". This year is no different with so many new vendors, artists, manufacturers and as always... a few surprises.
For more info on this event please visit: www.designercon.com Event Date: Saturday, November 21, 2009
THE BIG PAYBACK - CHARITY AUCTION EVENT Complete details @ juxtapoz.com
OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE:
THE BIG PAYBACK, Juxtapoz Magazine's 15th Anniversary Art Auction is now live and you can bid on pieces online at CharityBuzz.com.
On November 14th, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.(PST), all of the pieces that are a part of the auction will be on display at the Factory Place Arts Complex. To attend this must see show with works from over 140 artists including Matthew Barney, Swoon and WK Interact, please RSVP to RSVP@SASTUDIOSGLOBAL.COM.
Proceeds from “The Big Payback” auction will support the goal of purchasing five homes and employing local Detroit contractors, electricians, plumbers, and carpenters to perform the renovations. Selected artists will also be invited to participate in the remodeling.
The event aims to raise the consciousness of both the problems of people disenfranchised by the nation’s economic crisis, as well as encourage a sense of community in the art world and inspire people to effect positive social change in their own communities.
FACTORY PLACE ARTS COMPLEX 1330 Factory Place, Bldg A Los Angeles, CA 90013
Dragatomi is pleased to present “Rear Naked Choke,” a solo exhibition of new works by Patrick Francisco, a New York artist known as much for his promotional antics as for his painterly approach to canvas and vinyl toys.
For a special three-day only exhibition, Los Angeles based contemporary gallery LeBasse Projects expands its horizons to the East Coast. LeBasse Projects' temporary exhibition offers New York a collection of work by some of the gallery's best and brightest talent. 'Go East' presents the gallery's penchant for fresh, innovative artists featuring Yoskay Yamamoto, Tessar Lo, Edwin Ushiro, Joao Ruas, Eric Fortune, Mia, and Nate Frizzell. Though LeBasse Projects calls Culver City's Art District home base, it aims to conceptually extend its white walls and showcase its core group of artists. The 'Go East' exhibition marks one of many future endeavors LeBasse Projects is planning to carry the messages of its artists around the globe. The seven artists in this exhibition represent the many new contemporary style that LeBasse Projects has helped define. November 5th through November 7th.
Artist Reception: Saturday, November 7th, 7-11 p.m.
HUCKGEE.COM - NEW SITE. NEW STORE. NEW GIVEAWAY! Complete details @ huckgee.com
OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE:
Okay, talk about being long overdue but here it is, finally.... Huck has a new website! Integrated store, gallery feed, news, updates, even a webmaster! You know, a real gosh darn website. And we've also integrated all of Huck's Moshpop Clothing here. Consolidate, consolidate, consolidate.
To coincide with the new website and store we are going to hold a raffle for one of Huck's custom figures. We have one last Spike that's been hanging out, waiting for a special occasion to be unleashed. So here's the deal... for every $25 spent in our store between now and Friday, November 6th your name will be entered into the raffle. No limit to how many times you can enter, every $25 spent gets you another raffle ticket and gives you another chance to win. The more you buy, the more chances you have of winning. We'll throw all these names into a hat and will announce the winner via video feed on Monday, November 9th.
The 7 pack contains all the regular colorways, Marine, Desert, Merc, Medic, Deep Powder, plus two exclusive figures Bloody Dirty Deeds and Warbot (two eye Bertie). The exclusive figs will not be sold individualy at retail. The 7 pack also contains 7 WWRp Squares. A total of WWRp 14 figures !
The Dirty Deeds set contains all 12 members of the Dirty Deed Platoon, plus two Dirty Deeds Squares. A total of 14 WWRp figures. The set is limited, and will come signed by Ashley Wood and Threezero.
Both sets cost $220 (USD), the price includes worldwide shipping and will ship late December.
Mori Chack’s adorably lethal creation looms larger and more violent than ever in this Dunny version of his evil icon. At only 1500 made worldwide, the 8-inch Gloomy Bear Dunny is super limited—and beware of the bloody rare chase! Retailing for $75 each, Gloomy Bear Dunny attacks Kidrobot stores, kidrobot.com, and select retailers November 5th.
Following up on the Black Sense Market Collection that we recently presented, we give you a look at a special 1000% Stainless Steel Bearbrick that comes as part of the collection. The incredible toy comes as a solid piece of steel and is priced at 5′250,000 Yen (58′000 USD). Matching they also poduced a 200% version of the toy, which is priced at 8200 Yen (90 USD). Just like the rest of the collection, the toy is available through The Contemporary Fix.
Get in the Yuletide spirit with TADO’sKrunk-A-Clause Dunny. With a bottle of ‘nog and ice cream cone, the jolly Krunk is the gift that keeps on giving. But watch out for the crowbar wielding, holiday hating chase! Blind-boxed and retailing for $9.95 each, the 3-inch Krunk-A-Claus is available at Kidrobot stores, kidrobot.com, and select retailers this November.
Kidrobot loves you, and to prove it, were having the biggest warehouse sale ever!
Dig up hard-to-find old school gear and recent new school classics. Checkout our massive selection of limited edition apparel and get mind-blowing deal on hoodies, crewnecks, tees, hats, dresses and more!
The Kidrobot Warehouse Sale is happening for two days only, so swing by and take advantage of these unbelieveable savings!
October 17th & 18th 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. 229 Unit 3 Littlefield Avenue South San Francisco, CA 94080
Doze Green merges influences from his East Coast graffiti and b-boy background with a painting style he refined on the West Coast. The resulting artwork is complex and intensely symbolic, serving as a means of both social commentary and self-awareness. His interest in the duality of the human condition is reflected throughout his pieces. Doze Green's work has been displayed in cities across Europe, Japan, Australia, and the United States. Watch the interview, on Walrus TV.
"Going in and out, it's pulling stuff from inside. It's based on magic; it's about shadow; it's about darkness; it's about light; it's about understanding; it's about destruction. It's about build-destroy." -Doze Green
HARLEY DAVIDSON: THE ART OF REBELLION - INFO & VIDEO Complete details @ rebelartshow.com
HARLEY-DAVIDSON PRESENTS: ART OF REBELLION New York Art Show, One Night Only - Saturday October 17 At LA.Venue In Chelsea, NYC
ART OF REBELLION: Art meets motorcycle culture…
The ART OF REBELLION brings together 10 U.S. artists hand-picked by Harley-Davidson®--icons and emerging artists who are world-renowned in both the music and art worlds for their rock poster artwork. Their work will be on display at the ART OF REBELLION show Saturday, October 17 at La.VENUE (608 W. 28th Street New York, NY). The artists chosen for the event in the West Chelsea gallery district are Art Chantry, Brian Ewing, Derek Hess, Dirty Donny, Frank Kozik, Harpoon, John Van Hamersveld, Lindsey Kuhn, Tara McPherson and The Pizz.
“These artists represent the rebellious spirit that we very much connect with-mixing old with new, defying boundaries and creating fresh individual perspectives,” said Susanne Dawursk, Harley-Davidson director of Outreach Marketing. “The Art Of Rebellion is a must-see event that showcases the artists and supports the art community at large.”
Harley-Davidson created ART OF REBELLION as a forum for artists to showcase their work and interact with other artists, galleries and media, as well as give them the needed opportunity and exposure to help further their careers and leverage their credibility in the art scene. For the show, each artist will paint one Harley-Davidson Iron 883TM gas tank and they will also sell signature art posters at the show. The Iron 883--part of the Harley-Davidson’s Dark Custom line which fuses minimalist design with a vintage feel--evokes the adventurous spirit of the dawn of the 60’s motorcycle rebellion.
A portion of the proceeds from poster and tank sales will go to CUE Art Foundation. CUE Art Foundation is a 501(c) (3) non-profit forum for contemporary art that gives artists, students, scholars and art professionals resources at many stages of their careers and creative lives (http://www.cueartfoundation.org/).
Born and raised in Los Angeles, the influence of the city surfaces in Kofie’s spiraling, mechanical structures, which often resemble abstracted cityscapes and industrial developments. Involved in street art as a teenager, his work began as traditional graffiti-inspired characters; over time, as he began breaking down those characters, they evolved into the massive, architectural paintings he’s now revered for. In addition to appearing on his Draftsmen clothing line and in numerous magazines, Kofie’s artwork has been displayed in exhibitions in major cities throughout Japan and the United States, including Tokyo, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, and Boston. Watch the interview from “The Run Up,” available for the first time to the public for free, on Walrus TV.
Circus Posterus has just recently added a *brand NEW message board forum to the site. This forum will be a one stop source for fans to directly connect to CP or Circus’ roster of international artists and designers and share a connection. Sas Christian, Travis Louie and Kathie Olivas and the rest of the crew – all have their own sections that offer a direct glimpse into their fine art, design and world. The boards will also serve to be the most real-time way to ask Circus Posterus questions directly (…an option that most companies don’t offer) - from contests to sneak-peaks to exclusive on-line offers - CP’s Message Board will be your direct ticket to the Circus.
Mike Giant’s art is found on skateboards, walls, t-shirts, and even skin. Although found in different forms and venues, his signature black & white style holds true to the sense of urban surrealism often linked to the skateboard, tattoo and graffiti culture, while still being recognizably unique. Mike Giant’s art has been displayed in galleries from San Francisco, where he resides, to Los Angeles, Spain and Australia. He has also launched his own clothing line, Rebel 8, which highlights his work on everything from tees to hats. Watch the interview from “Dithers,” available for the first time to the public for free, on Walrus TV.
See the world of vinyl toys through the eyes of documentary filmmaker Daniel Zana, in Vinyl Frontier. He talks to some of the biggest collectors, designers and producers about the making of this amazing industry.
Check out the 12 minute clip featuring huge names like Kidrobot’s Paul Budnitz, Sket One, Sucklord, Gary Baseman, Huck Gee, Frank Kozik, Tara McPherson and many more.
Huck and Fully Visual have joined forces again on a new metal project. This time around comes the classic Skullhead in four editions -- gold(25 pcs), antique silver(25 pcs), antique copper(25 pcs) and antique brass(25 pcs). They drop tomorrow Tuesday, 9.29.09 @ 11 AM PDT in the Fully Visual store for $130 each. These pieces are large -- for comparison's sake, they are about three times larger than the first modernized Skullhead metal figure from Fully Visual, almost a pound and as big as a baseball.
Just wanted to give the readers of this blog a heads up on a new project myself and the AS crew has been working on called "TheLegacyStudios.com"(a WIP). TLS.com is a new lifestyle website that will revolve around things that interest myself and those around me. It will also be the new home base for future releases as well as collaborative projects that we plan on doing with your favorite artist of all industries... be it urban art, toys, music, photography, etc. etc... if it's of any interest to us then you'll be able to find it on TLS.com. So be sure to check out the new website when you have a chance.
Oh and dont't worry... I'll be sure to keep www.alwaysseen.com updated. I'm a designer toy and urban art fan at heart so I'll always make sure to stay on top of this blog. Thanks again for the continued support, it's very much appreciated!!!
Upper Playground recently announced a collaborative project with Montana Colors to create artist series Hardcore cans by four artists. The third MTN x UP Limited Edition artist can in the series features the collaborative work of El Mac and Retna.
Each of these artists has developed his own distinctive style and technique; Retna is renowned especially for his bold calligraphic brushwork, and Mac for his uniquely stylized painting of lifelike faces and figures; El Mac uses spraypaint and Retna uses spraypaint and acrylic for paintings; oil, acrylic, enamel, pencil, and other mediums on paper, canvas, and wood.
El Mac and Retna have combined forces a number of times in recent years, and have gained increasing attention and applause for the powerful and beautiful murals they’ve painted in Los Angeles and several other cities around the globe. Last month, they released Alianza, a 96-page hardcover book that highlights their collaborations, along with a selection of individual paintings and photos by each artist, as well as a collection of lifestyle photos, photos of the artists working and their travels, and close-up views of the murals themselves.
The MTN x UP El Mac/Retna Limited Edition artist can and Alianza are available now in limited quantities and will be sold at Upper Playground retail stores and online on the Upper Playground web store.
This coming Friday evening is the opening for our annual Chicago artists group exhibit featuring, you guessed it, artists from Chicago! We're proud of the diverse talent in our home town and this exhibit has some wonderful works. Opening night is Friday, September 25, 7-10PM with music by Genghiswon.
Indulge your sweet tooth with the 8-inch Buff Monster Dunny. Topped with the artist’s trademark heavy metal-inspired, ice cream art and limited to 1,000 pieces worldwide, this vinyl confection retails for $75 and will be available at Kidrobot stores, kidrobot.com, and select retailers on Thursday, October 8, 2009.
Renowned artist COOP teams up with Munky King to drop his coveted first vinyl toy, LIL'MORT! Join us as COOP brings Death to Life with a touch of lowbrow defiance. Based on the original painting shown recently at his solo at the Corey Helford Gallery.
SGT. VASQUEZ - THE "R&R" PRINT Only available on huckgee.com
Huck actually started this print back in January and due to creative frustrations and a busy schedule the print was set aside several times over the better part of the last year. It has grown to become a much deeper project than originally envisioned. Huck finally put pencil back to paper (and pen back to tablet) last month and hammered through the finishing details. So here we go, we present Sgt. Vasquez on "R&R". Looking decidedly bitter, debatably unrelaxed, and unenthusiastically unentertained by some UTCSO Clonettes. Read into this what you will...
Going on sale this Friday, September 18th, at Noon PDT. Each is printed on fine art watercolor paper (225gs), 18"x12.75" (21"x15.75"), signed, and gold embossed in the top right corner with the print #. Limited edition run of 99 prints, $75 per print.
Our case of Series 6 A/P Dunnys also just arrived. Each will be signed, numbered and marked AP. 25 figures total, $100 per figure, also going on sale this Friday, September 18th, at Noon PDT. Limit one figure per customer. Huck's Ebay Store (Noon PDT, Friday 09/18) www.huckgee.com
Jesse Hernandez and Vinyl Addiction T.V. are back with their latest episode. This episode features artist Huck Gee, in his studio, discussing his amazing artwork(both past and present), how he got into art toys and what he has planned for the future. Not sure how new or old this video actually is but it's still a great watch nonetheless. Enjoy!!!
Dunny designer, Tristan Eaton and artist/designer, FILTH will be putting marker to vinyl at Kidrobot LA on September 21, 2009 and Kidrobot NY on October 8, 2009 for the release of their new Thundermutt collaboration!
20 all-new designs from 20 great artists! Dunny Series 2009 arrives TODAY, starring a wild bunch of figures equipped with the accessories necessary to wreak havoc on your collection. Buy Dunny Series 2009 Now!
Scion's "Installation 5" national art tour is wrapping up with the final show at the Culver City gallery, opening this weekend - September 12th. There will also be an online auction of all the artwork, from September 12 - September 30 taking place at: www.artnet.com/scion.html.
With Self Portraits By: AJ Fosik, Alex Hornest, Andrew Schoultz, Angela Boatwright, Asylum, Blek Le Rat, Christina M. Felice, Codak, David Choe, David O'Brien, Edwin Ushiro, El Yem, Eriberto Oriol, Eye One, Francesco LoCastro, French, Ian Lynam, J.Shea, Jamel Shabazz, Jeff Soto, Kelsey Brookes, Kofie, Lisa Alisa, Logan Hicks, Mark Mothersbaugh, Nicholas Harper, Patrick Martinez, Peter Beste, Peter Glover, Retna, Rick Rodney, Rob Abeyta, Jr., Ron English, Saber, Sage Vaughn, Skypage, Something In The Universe, Souther Salazar, Stormie Mills, Tessar Lo, Todd Tourso, Too Tall Jahmal, Usugrow, Will Barras, Yoskay Yamamoto
Posted above is the latest version of the 4ft. Dissected Companion by Kaws. This version is the mono colorway and was recently released at the Original-Fake store in Japan. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for a stateside release sometime in the near future. Retail is said to be priced between $4,000-$6,000 depending on who you talk to... More info coming soon. www.kawsone.com ww.original-fake.com
Our Q4 Catalog is hot off of the press. Along with illustrative spreads the 88-page catalog is loaded with interviews and features on leading contemporary artists, industry insiders and collaborators coinciding with upcoming releases from Upper Playground and FIFTY24SF Gallery. The catalog spotlights our newest micro-collection collaborations with full interviews, previews of upcoming gallery shows and various special projects that Upper Playground has brewing. Usugrow, Grotesk, Estevan Oriol, Montana Colors, Jeremy Fish, David Choe, and Herbert Baglione are just a handful of the artists and collaborators featured.
The catalogs will be only be available as of November 1st at Upper Playground stores and packed in with all online orders.
Labbit’s been gone too long and is back in black! Frank Kozik’s fiberglass Labbit Stool measures 30-inches long, 15-inches tall, and 17-inches wide. The Smorkin’ Labbit Stool in Black will be available on September 10 at Kidrobot stores, kidrobot.com, and select retailers for $1,250.
Frank Kozik established himself in the mid-eighties by reviving the lost art of the concert poster. His success designing posters segued into artwork, namely album covers for music powerhouses like The Sex Pistols and Nirvana. Today, Kozik’s main artistic focus is in the design and production of vinyl toys.
We keep leaving images wherever we go…It’s hard to put in words, but we really believe in our art. Guys like us aren’t gonna stop. -Quik
Veteran graffiti writer Quik’s work has been integral to New York graff culture. Throughout the 1970’s and 80’s, his vibrant, bubble letter pieces covered NYC trains and subways. As one of the era’s influential writers, his tags appeared alongside the work of artists such as Zephyr, Futura 2000, and Revolt. Quik’s paintings have since been displayed in galleries and museums in New York, Amsterdam, and throughout Europe. Watch Ricky Powell have a conversation with Quik and Seen from “Dithers,” available for the first time to the public for free, on Walrus TV.
Jun Takahashi of UNDERCOVER puts us on this latest collaboration toy featuring both the work of UNDERCOVER and KAWS. Culminiating in the UNDERCOVER BEAR KAWS COMPANION, you can expect this piece of design to have a far-reach hitting various demographics as it comes in both tonal black and off-white versons. The UNDERCOVER BEAR KAWS COMPANION will release on August 28th at UNDERCOVER locations across Japan with a suggested retail price of ¥12,800 JPY (approximately $135 USD).
”The Big Payback” auction features original artwork from over 100 national and internationally renowned contemporary artists including: Swoon, CR Stecyk III, Robert Williams, Todd Schorr, Estevan Oriol, Mister Cartoon, Shepard Fairey, Doze Green, Todd “Reas” James, Thomas Campbell, Tim Biskup, KR, Big Daddy Roth, WK Interact, Clayton Brothers, Andrew Schoultz, James Jean, Ron English, David Choe, Mike Giant, Paul Insect, Jeremy Fish, Alex Pardee, Saber, David Ellis, Boogie, D*Face, Cody Hudson & Herbert Baglione.
All proceeds from the auction to be donated to the Power House Project to help purchase and renovate foreclosed and abandoned homes in the Detroit area.
SAVE THE DATE
In celebration of the auction and Juxtapoz’s 15th anniversary, Upper Playground will host an exclusive event in Los Angeles on November 14, 2009 to view the featured artwork on display and meet with the contributing artists.
WHEN: Saturday, November 14, 2009 from 7-11 pm WHERE: The Factory Place Arts Complex, 1308 Factory Place, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Hardcore by Montana Colors from Barcelona was the first spray can to be produced specifically for graffiti writers.
Created in 1994, it's still the classic among the spray can brands, with a high covering capability and opacity. Hardcore is durable, long lasting and weather resistant, making it suitable for all purposes and surfaces.
400ml/13.5 fluid ounces
high pressure valve
synthetic resin based, semi-gloss finish
thick and covers most surfaces quickly
all Hardcore cans ship with one black/yellow or black/white Skinny Banana cap
BEYOND JAZZ MUSIC SERIES & UPPER PLAYGROUND PRESENT: "9TH WONDER AT YOSHI'S"
On September 9th, Yoshi's is hosting the first of the Beyond Jazz Music Series performances that fuse hip hop, jazz, R&B and rock - bringing you a live musical experience you won't hear anywhere else. The first of the series includes performances by The 9's - 9th Wonder with Broun Fellinis and Tyler Woods. You'll be seeing the flyers around town - try to get your hands on one since they are designed by UP's very own Jeremy Fish. Your ticket price includes entry to the after party. Get your tickets because they're going fast!
It's been two years since the first Toy Karma exhibit believe it or not! Our original ground-breaking exhibit featured a whole bunch of artists and exclusives and helped introduce Japanese toys and kaiju to the midwest and a greater audience of designer toy collectors. We had so much fun doing Toy Karma that we've asked our friend Mark Nagata (Max Toy Company) to reprise his role as curator and bring you Toy Karma 2!
Mark has put together an amazinng line-up of over 70 artists from Japan, the United States and even Germany, Mexico, Spain and Venezuela to share art inspired by their love of Japanese toys. Opening night is Saturday, September 5, 7-10PM with music by dep. In addition to the exhibit we'll have several exclusive toy releases by Charactics, Real Head, Rumble Monsters, Yamo-mark, Sunguts, Clap Monsters, Zollmen, The Lake Monsters, Skull Toys and maybe even more!
PLEASE NOTE: Just like our normal exhibits, artworks from the TK2 exhibit will be available to purchase first via our Gallery Previews List, but the exclusive toy releases will not. Line Tickets to purchase the exclusives will be available at Rotofugi Toy Store beginning at 12 noon on Saturday, Sept. 5. Thanks!
Head to DUNNYFEST at Dragon*Con for the pre-release of the highly anticipated Dunny Series 2009. Celebrate with many of today’s favorite vinyl artists, such as Huck Gee, Sket One, Tara McPherson, Kathie Olivas, Alex Pardee, Brandt Peters, Doktor A, Attaboy, Carlos East and The Baroness!
The artists will be on hand to sign the awesome new series and posters, plus there will be rad giveaways and door prizes. This special signing event is FREE to Dragon*Con badge holders and there will be very limited quantities, so make sure to arrive early!
Regency 5 Ballroom, Hyatt Regency 265 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA Friday, September 4, 2009 8:30-10 p.m.
Posted above is a 25% off coupon from the wonderful folks at StrangeCo. This coupon can be used on anything in their online retail shop and is valid until August 25, 2009. So be sure to stop by www.strangeco.com to see all the great items that the "purveyors of the peculiar" have available for sale!!!
We are proud to announce that we have finally received our stock of the Disney Stitch Experiment 626 Artist Series!!! For those of you that pre-ordered with us, your orders are now being processed and will be shipped out immediately. Sorry for the delay and any inconveniences this has caused, and thanks again for all the continued support!!!
Get ready for Dunny editions of Devilrobot’s To-Fu Head Son and Mori Chack’s Gloomy Bear, plus a new bunch of wild figures equipped with the necessary accessories to wreak havoc on your collection. Keep an eye out for 2 chases that slipped into the line-up, plus Golden Tickets redeemable for an elusive 3-inch Dunny by the NYC-based artist, Pon.
Join us for our Dunny Series 2009 Trading & Pre-Release Parties on September 9 at all Kidrobot stores and select retailers. Celebrate the release of the series, meet fellow collectors, get your trade on, and win awesome prizes!
Dropping September 10, these 3-inch figures will be available at Kidrobot stores, kidrobot.com, and select retailers for $7.95 each.
Artists in this series include: Amanda Visell, Andrew Bell, Amy Ruppel, Brandt Peters, Dalek, Devilrobots, Gary Taxali, Mori Chack, Huck Gee, Jeremyville, Kozik, Kronk, Luke Chueh, Mad, Pon, MR. Shane Jessup, Shawnimal, SupaKitch, Travis Cain, and Thomas Han.
"I just want to leave this mark or be creative within this environment I’ve grown up within…[the] aggressive city that is London." -D*Face
Street artist D*Face makes humorous and satirical commentary with his posters and sculptures, encouraging viewers to re-evaluate their urban environment. With his striking characters and subversively reworked pop icons, he calls attention to consumerism, media, and a public fascination with fame. Citing ‘80’s-era punk rock, skateboard graphics, and Thrasher Skateboard Magazine as major influences, D*Face’s signature aesthetic serves as a culmination of such interests. Based in London, his work has appeared on the streets and in galleries throughout the United Kingdom and the United States. Watch the interview on Walrus TV.
D*Face grew up in London and had a childhood interest in graffiti when he was exposed to Henry Chalfant's coverage of New York subway graffiti in Spraycan Art and Subway Art. Later as a teenager skateboarding, he was inspired by Thrasher Skateboard Magazine’s coverage of skateboard deck graphics, which led to his interest in stickers and the DIY mentality associated with skate and punk fanzines. He attended an illustration and design course and worked as a freelance illustrator/designer while honing his street work. Influences included Shepard Fairey's "Obey Giant" art campaign, Jim Philips, hip hop, punk music, and popular animated cartoons. http://www.dface.co.uk/
On August 6, 2009, El Mac's "Faces of Life" show opened at FIFTY24SF to crowds of eager fans waiting to get a glimpse of his paintings. The show featured large to medium size burlap canvases done with spray paint, featuring faces of different girls Mac knows, using mostly black & white or gray tones with just a little bit of color added. The show turned out beautifully - each of the pieces a testament to El Mac's talent, detail and meticulous can control.
To coincide with the show, El Mac in conjunction with Paperworks Lab is releasing a print, "Song of Songs". It’s a 7 color hand pulled serigraph that is in a very limited edition of 50 pieces. Printed on black Stonehenge 310 gsm 100% cotton archival deckled edge paper sized at a massive 30x40 inches. FIFTY24SF Gallery has sold out of its prints but if you act quickly, you may still be able to get some online through Paperworks Lab.