This Is Not A Poster: Bicicleta Sem Freio Presents First Exhibition in the United States at Fifty24SF Gallery

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Fifty24SF Gallery in association with Upper Playground and JUSTKIDS is proud to present “This Is Not A Poster” by Brazilian duo, Bicicleta Sem Freio, opening May 1st 2015.  The exhibition at Fifty24SF Gallery, San Francisco will be their first solo show in the United States.

Recognized worldwide for their expressive line work and warm, vibrant color schemes, the multi talented Brazilian illustrators and muralists, Douglas de Castro and Renato Perreira will showcase original work inspired by their love of Poster Art.

Over the past decade, Bicicleta Sem Freio has been pursued to realize posters for Vampire Weekend, Jurassic 5, Kings of Leon and Beck among many others, and have produced custom work for some of the best musical talents in the industry.  In continuation of their creative output inspired by music, the artists aim to playfully pay visual homage to the Art of music posters by presenting a body of work for fictitious bands and themes.

“The essential idea is that we love posters and we past almost 10 years doing it for local bands and festivals and we wanted to do a show with fake posters with no info, the letterings are only ornamental and don’t mean anything” -BSF

Bicicleta Sem Freio’s signature style, which draws references from their roots in music, Brazilian culture, their love for 80s and pop culture iconography, have been emerging on large-scale public installations all over the world, including one of the largest artist mural in Downtown, Los Angeles just painted last year.

In conjunction to their first ever show in the United States, a second mural is planned for Bicicleta Sem Freio in San Francisco, with more information to be announced soon via Upper Playground.

Exhibition: May 1st – June 15th, 2015

Opening: May 1st, 2015 – 7pm, Artists in Attendance

Fifty24SF Gallery
218 Fillmore St.
San Francisco, CA 94117

For art inquires please contact: gallery@fifty24SF.com

For upcoming details about the show please follow: @fifty24SFgallery, @justkidsoffical, @upperplayground, @bicicletasemfreio

Illustrator Lucas Levitan is Invading Photos on Social Media

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‘Photo Invasion’ is a series by illustrator Lucas Levitan, where the London based Brazilian artist hunts for photos to add his humorous illustrative touch to. He started the project by illustrating over his own photos as a fun way to change the narrative. After sharing the photos on Instagram, people started asking for Levitan to invade their photography. See some work from ‘Photo Invasion’ below and visit Levitan’s website for more.

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Photos courtesy of lucaslevitan.com

Artist Soasig Chamaillard Turns Statues of The Virgin Mary into Pop Culture Characters

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French artist Soasig Chamaillard turns statuettes of the Virgin Mary into pop culture icons like the Power Rangers and My Little Pony. Chamaillard uses damaged or found miniatures of the Holy Virgin of Lourdes or Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal for her repurposed statuettes. Her work with religious statues, which has created controversy in the past, started when she decided to restore a damaged statue of the Virgin she had received from her father. At the time she wanted to create a more modern version of the Vigin Mary as we may perceive her today.

Charmaillard expresses, “The playful interaction of society’s many icons, physical transformations, and the resulting improbable combinations, have culminated in my vision of a woman’s role and place in our society. This inner questioning of a woman’s role, has led me to use one of the most sacred icons in my work, namely, the Virgin Mary. I surely do not mean to chock those who believe but rather to move those who see.”

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Memories in Motion at M Contemporary in Sydney, Australia

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Memories in Motion is a group exhibition currently at M Contemporary in Sydney, Australia. The show examines the ideas of motion, repetition, line, rhythm and the methods of using pencil, charcoal, ink and paper.

The exhibition features international artists Laura Ellenberger (South Africa/UK), Jaanika Peerna (Estonia/New York), Marna Hattingh (South Africa), and Australians Paul Kaptein, Tane Andrews, Adam Cusack.

‘Memories in Motion’ closes April 25th 2015.

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The Flight Collective by Adam Cusack

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Mr Featherwood and The Flight Collective by Adam Cusack

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Found (Honey bee) by Tane Andrews

PARAL•LEL: Aryz Debuts Contemporary Collection of Work for First Los Angeles Exhibit

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Barcelona fine artist and contemporary muralist Aryz presents his first Los Angeles exhibition, ‘PARAL•LEL’, opening April 25, 2015. PARAL•LEL is presented in two seperate rooms, symbolizing two lines that never meet in the same plane, but intersect at infinity. The collections are built to reflect the contradictions the artist faces in creating work for both interior environments and public spaces. One room showcases a sparse, traditionally hung collection of classical paintings, while the other displays high-energy, expressive contemporary works.

At just 26 years old, Aryz has firmly established himself in the worlds of fine art and contemporary muralism. The artist’s work incorporates both academic painting along with contemporary techniques and mediums.  ‘PARAL•LEL’,  is Aryz’s first extensive body of indoor work.

PARAL•LEL
April 25th – May 31st 2015
By Appointment Only
Opening Reception – Saturday, April 25th 2015, 8PM-11PM
Media Previews available upon appointment – Saturday, April 25th 2015

1340 E. 6th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Event Website: http://parallel-losangeles.com
Artist Website: http://www.aryz.es

Figurative Sculptures by Emil Alzamora

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Emil Alzamora works with various mediums including concrete, bronze, gypsum, and other ceramic materials to create figurative sculptures. Born in Peru, Alzamora distorts and elongates physical forms to express emotional narratives. He has exhibited in museums and galleries around the world, including International Sculpture Symposium in South Korea, Art Central Hong Kong, and Expo Chicago.

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Thick Line Poster Series by Aaron Draplin To Be Released by Upper Playground

Upper Playground will release a new series of posters by artist Aaron Draplin. The veteran designer, who has worked with Burton Snowboards, Absinthe Films, Snowboard Magazine, among many other brands, will release 6 posters for the Thick Line Poster Series. Draplin is recognized by many UP supporters for the California Compiled Poster, a run of 300 posters that the artist signed and numbered for Upper Playground. The Thick Line Poster Series by Aaron Draplin will be available soon at upperplayground.com.

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The Surreal World of Matthew Marquis

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American artist Matthew Marquis‘ oil paintings range from portrayals of a simple life with a traditional touch, to surreal dreamlike worlds. The artist draws inspiration from his upbringing in a small, suburban town and the simplicities of the everyday life that surrounded him, as well as Surrealism, the movement with the most significant influence on him as an artist.

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Fluid Wire Sculptures by Richard Stainthorp

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The fluid wire sculptures by U.K. based artist Richard Stainthorp make it clear that the use of this material is one of the most effective ways to portray the human form. The elegant sculptures appear to capture the sleek forms in movement or mid-stride. The wires are ideal in mimicking the curves and muscles we see in the human body. See select wire sculptures from Stainthorp below, and check out more works on his website.

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Andrea Castro: Portraits with a Twist

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Spanish artist Andrea Castro blurs the faces of her subjects, adding twists of colors and at times embroiders them with pearls. Her oil paintings examine the idea of identity and play with the personalities of the characters she creates. The mix of messy brush strokes and beautifully painted portraits form a contemplative balance in her subjects.

“I want the observer to identify with my own artistic idiom and to vent of all those feelings we all have felt overtaking ourselves at some point. To do that I create internal conversations with the subjects of my paintings, they tell me what they want to transmit as I’m giving them shape. Once the character’s figurative part begins to become more clear, they will take over my work and express what they want.” – Andrea Castro

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