THE PANORAMA OF MARTA ZAFRA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Marta Zafra currently works  as a freelance illustrator and artist. Her work delicately covers a panorama of varied subject and content. The chosen treatment for her illustrations exhibits a careful solid base in draughtsmanship combined acutely with a subtle intuition for color, mixed both by hand and digitally. Her interest in figuration lies in the detailed depiction of the quotidian through personalized notions of family and the familiar. Whether it be botanical illustrations or the portrayal of animals and people, her decisions for each composition are strangely unique and precise. The familiar is often transformed into the bizarre, the past is often revisited and the real is made unreal.

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DISCARDED MATERIAL SCULPTURES BY ELISABETH HIGGINS OCONNOR

by Ariadna Zierold

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The work of Elisabeth Higgins O’Connor finds majesty in the abject and monumentality in the discarded. Remnants of bedclothes, blankets, pillows, couch cushions and knit Afghans gathered and donated from thrift stores and yard sales are cut, re-sewn, wrapped, roped, tied and built into objects that seem to be simultaneously shrouded yet exposed, patched back together but disintegrating, the comfortable rendered uncomfortable.

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Existing somewhere on a spectrum between elegy and absurdity, the work examines a setting where cautionary tales, private anxieties and natural history museum dioramas mash-up and attempts to close the gap between tenderness and the grotesque.

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“BEYOND SHADOWS” BY GREG CRAOLA SIMKINS

by Ariadna Zierold

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Los Angeles based artist Greg “Craola” Simkins pulls ideas from his childhood- his favorite cartoons, old comics, and vintage packaging- and ties it all together to create art that gives a feeling of being a kid again.

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In his new work “Beyond Shadows”, his creations include exotic flora and fauna hybrids, photo-realistic killer whales and blue jays, a tattooed lemon-octopus and more recognizable characters from Pop-culture.

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An Upper Playground x Superfishal Exclusive: Presale of ‘Happily Ever After: The Artwork of Jeremy Fish’

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Just in time for Jeremy Fish’s solo show, ‘Hunting Trophies’ opening this Saturday, April 5th at the Mark Moore Gallery in Los Angeles, Upper Playground is pleased to announce an exclusive release of Fish’s latest book, ‘Happily Ever After: The Artwork of Jeremy Fish’.  The hefty hard cover book with 208 glossy color pages, comprehensively trace the creative trajectory of Mr. Fish from 2008 to the present.

“Happily Ever After is my 6th book project, and the follow up to my last book “Once Upon A Time”. The book documents my paintings, drawings, installations, murals, and screen prints from 2008 to 2014.  It has been the best 5 years of my life, both personally and professionally, so I thought the book title should reflect this. I hope folks enjoy this book, as I spent a ton of sleepless nights filling its pages from the archives of my imagination.”  — J.Fish

 upperplayground-Jfish-happilyeverafter-007 upperplayground-Jfish-happilyeverafter-006 upperplayground-Jfish-happilyeverafter-005THIS ITEM IS CURRENTLY FOR PRESALE AND WILL NOT SHIP BEFORE THE WEEK OF APRIL 14TH but be sure to order one today to be one of the first to own it.  A must buy for Jeremy Fish fans and a great gift to all who appreciate his work!
For more about Jeremy Fish visit sillypinkbunnies.com