Once Upon A Town | FALCO ONE

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A Labor of Love – Falko One extends beauty, joy and pride into these small South African villages with majestic elephants blending flawlessly into natural landscapes.

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Once Upon a Town is a project conceptualized by Falko One in 2010 and first executed in Darling, South Africa in 2011. One says the idea of the project is to identify villages and homes that can benefit from tourists being attracted to these murals.

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The environmental street art found in Cape Town and surrounding villages, conceptualizes graffiti (specifically elephants) as an extension of its infrastructure. A positive force of light and love that gives its citizens bragging rights while also honoring their existence and ancestral homeland. Staying true to his name, Falko One’s work captures the Oneness of humanity, bridging the gap of economical oppression with an influx of art and purpose to invigorate economic growth with the agricultural communities that are the “backbone” of the country.

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One is currently painting in South Africa and his mission isn’t done yet. Follow his journey on Instagram.

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The Future is Now | CHEMA64

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Chema64 is an artist from Mexico City, bringing the past and the future to the only time we can experience it, NOW.

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Instead of reliving old patterns, Chema64 “recycles obsolete technology and ephemera” creating visually pleasing aesthetics in multimedia art.

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You may recognize familiar sculptures, video viewing screens and even the Gameboy that was a 90’s one-hit wonder gaming device. But the intersection of obsolete technology and short lived wonders combined, make for the joy and “newness” that resonates with these images.

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Chema64’s funky tunes can be found here.

The Sound of Silence | ANGELA DALINGER

“Swimmin’ in The Playground” is a new Group Exhibit at FIFTY24SF GALLERY, next to our flagship UPPER PLAYGROUND store curated by SFSWIM. The show is currently displaying work from artist, Angela Dalinger.

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A quick glance at Angela Dalinger’s work committed me to hours of independent study that offered more than just dystopian images that made my dark side grin, but a crash course of investigation into her soul. A resiliency; a depth of mystery that felt like the real sense of “cool”- exploded from the imagery and interviews I read. Unexploited, raw and genuine.

It was so refreshing to feel the images of her Art Brut style paintings encapsulate a deeper knowing of suffering on an individual, societal and even fictional level.

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This is my perception of the dark, witty drawings and paintings rendered by German born illustrator, Angela Dalinger. At 32 years of age, Dalinger knows what she wants and it’s not the big city, bars and heavy metal shows. It is the peace and silence of a small village outside Hamburg, with 100 occupants, that offers sounds of nature and silence, allowing her creativity to flow.

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Dalinger’s Comic book, “The Werewurf,” explicitly showcases the delectable irreverent wit and and re-contextualization of a man/werewolf that is actually a Weremole musician shape shifting into a mole at the dawn of a full moon heavy metal show.

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Getting absorbed into the snapshots of life and tragedy in Dalinger’s work took me into a reverberating silence. The kind of silence where everything is visible and invisible at the same time. The sound of silence that makes no apologies when it greets darkness, an old friend, coming to talk to me again. (Thanks, Simon & Garfunkel).

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Check out Angela Dalinger’s work in person:

FIFTY24SF

218 Fillmore St

San Francisco, CA 94117

Gallery Opening: May 21, 2016

Swimmin’ in the Playground at FIFTY24SF

FIFTY24SF GALLERY, in collaboration with UPPER PLAYGROUND and SWIMTEAM is proud to announce “Swimmin’ in The Playground.” A collection of work from some of our favorite SF and LA based artists including Angela Dalinger, Anne Regan, Ace West, Auguste Somers, Billy Kheel, Chad Hasegawa, Clarence Lives, Dave Schubert, Dustin Fosnot, Ferris Plock, Frohawk TwoFeathers, Jason Jägel, Jonathan Mannion, Justin Hager, Kristen Liu-Wong, Lucila Orengo, Marc Etherington, Marie Englesvold, Matt Gonzales, Meegan Barnes, Michelle Guintu, Monica Canilao, Monica Kimgarza, Muzae Sesay, Nathan McKee, Nome Edonna, Rabbit Garcia, Rich Fonseca , Rich Jacobs, Rye Purvis, Sean Newport, Telopa Treloky, Tracey Snelling, Xara Thustra and Yarrow Slaps.

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Swimmin’ in The Playground 

Opening May 21, 2016

FIFTY24SF

218 Fillmore St

San Francisco, CA 94117

Gallery Hours:

Wednesday-Sunday 12:00-6:00pm

Monday-Tuesday by Appointment Only

www.FIFTY24SF.com

ADVENTUROUS PAINTINGS BY LAURA BERGER

by Ariadna Zierold

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Chicago based artist/illustrator Laura Berger works primarily in acrylic and gouache. She also likes making things out of clay and creating little animations. Her work is focused on exploring our connections to ourselves and each other, and the idea of finding novelty and adventure in everyday life. She is interested in and inspired by ritual, symbols, nature, dreams, travel, our quest for self-development, and how we piece it all together to create personal meaning and a sense of belonging to the greater whole.

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FEVERISH ATMOSPHERES BY HENNING WAGENBRETH

by Ariadna Zierold

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Berlin based artist Henning Wagenbreth is a German illustrator and graphic designer, who works on both commissioned and personal art projects.

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He makes illustrations and designs for books, posters, newspapers and magazines and also designs his own typefaces. He has also worked in animation, film, theater and music, and works as a professor in Illustration at the University of Arts in Berlin since 1994. His refined printing technique produces very powerful and colorful images that provoke a feverish atmosphere. His art lends itself well to illustrating poems as well as for creating graphic novels.

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BUILDING AN IGLOO AT SCHOOL BY MITCH FRITZ

St. John’s University student, Mitch Fritz, took advantage of the snowstorm on the East Coast this past winter by transforming 500 blocks of ice into a rainbow colored igloo in front of his college campus. Fritz got the idea from his mother who saw a version it on Pinterest.

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Fritz used banana bread tins filled with water and food coloring and allowed them to freeze overnight.

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Armed with his imagination, Fritz “winged it” and started building the igloo that took 15 hours to complete.

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Adorned with lights inside, the igloo appeared to glow in the dark.

 

DARK INK DRAWINGS BY JON MACNAIR

by Ariadna Zierold

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Portland based artist Jon MacNair’s work is greatly inspired by popular children’s literature, fairytales, and Renaissance art. He is well known for his fantastical, quirky ink drawings, often labeled as “dark”.

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Jon’s drawings of horned monsters and other mythological creatures share an aesthetic with their medieval predecessors but underneath their scary exteriors, are not so different from us: they go sailing, take naps in trees, send each other letters, and have lots of misadventures together.

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