MOMENTS Festival 2014: A Celebration of Independent Art & Cuture

Upper Playground favorite, Jeremy Fish is planning to be in Malaga, Spain to lead workshops and and to present an exhibition of his work at the  MOMENTS Festival.  The festival focused on indie contemporary culture includes films, workshops, lectures, music, photography and art.  If you’re traveling through Spain beginning of Nov. stop by to check out the festival:

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About the Festival:

MOMENTS is a multidisciplinary festival aimed at those who love the most daring and independent contemporary culture. It is also a place to enjoy documentary films, workshops, lectures, music, art and photography, underground literature… and be sumerged inside the subcultures of skateboarding and This festival is a unique opportunity to discover the history of these alternative scenes that were born thanks to the Do It Yourself philosophy deeply rooted in punk and hip-hop and has forever changed the concept of art around the world. A pioneer event in Spain that will be held from the 5th to the 7th November at the San Telmo School of Art in Málaga in order to highlight the kind of work that usually has no place either in advertising or in major international showcases. But they are all 100% authentic and truly

Place: San Telmo Art School (Málaga).

Ticket price: Free (except workshops)

Dates: 5th, 6th and 7th of November

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BCTION: 50 Japanese Artists take over a soon to be demolished building in Tokyo



Upper Playground artist, USUGROW took part in a large scale community art project called BCTION that just opened its doors to the public this week on Sept 1st.  BCTION is an art project at a soon-to-be demolished building in Kojimachi, Tokyo, with over 50 up-and-coming Japanese artists.

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The artists were allowed to express their art all over the floors and walls in the building, destined for destruction. The show will be open from September 1st  to the 15th, 12PM to 8PM Daily.


Check out Usugrow and Yu Suda’s Interview in Japanese and additional Interviews and Photos of works in progress here:

BCTION: 2014/9/1-9/15 [12:00-20:00]

More info at

Full Coverage of Urban Nation’s Project M/5 Part 1

Here are some “Behind the scenes”-documentation of Urban Nation’s Project M/5 which took place last week in Berlin. Photographer, Henrik Haven was there to document the whole event and sends us the latest photos with detailed coverage of all artists and their work.

This year’s PM/5 is curated by Roland Henry and VNA Magazine and features a massive mural (and walls) by Eine and window installations by artists: Sickboy, Nick Walker, Xenz, Will Barras , Mark Lyken, Pam Glew, Steff Plaetz, O TWO, SheOne and Ben Frost.  Some of these artists were busy at work completing additional walls out side and inside the Urban Nation’s Headquarters as well.

In addition, Urban Nation organized new outdoor walls by Above, David Walker, Klone Yourself and Don John plus indoor walls/pieces by Anders Gjennestad aka Strøk, James Bullough, 45rpm, Yohnagao, Eli Troinin and Bosoletti.

It’s really an enormous group of talented artists  and we are excited to share what’s been done:

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Upper Playground x Sam Flores releases limited edition, Tiger Kids Wood Panel


Upper Playground and Sam Flores is proud to release this week the TIGER KIDS limited edition laser etch print on solid wood.  These rare laser etched wood panels with classic Twelve Grain art work by Sam Flores have been beautifully produced ready to be hung as is. The solid birch wood frames are 8×10 inches by 1-5/8 inches deep and have been hand stained and varnished with care.  Only 30 of these wood panels were produced, individually signed and numbered by the Artist. They will be available starting July 23rd in store and online at


Sam Flores releases six new giclée prints with Upper Playground

Sam Flores releases six new high-quality giclée prints exclusively for Upper Playground. These new prints printed on award-winning, Moab Entrada Rag Bright paper using Genuine Epson Ultrachrome Pigmented Inks ensure the best archival quality available for these classic Twelve Grain designs. Check out the list below and click into the image for more info:

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Sculptural installations by Daniel Firman

Daniel Firman’s fascinating sculptural works of conceptually challenging and humorous installations are worth a closer look.  We examine his two elephant sculptures along with his recent works represented by the notorious Gallerie Perrotin:


Würsa 18,000 km above the Earth” 2006-2008
Elephant sculpture/taxidermy / Taxidermie d’éléphant
224 1/2 x 98 1/2 x 55 1/8 inches / 570 x 250 x 140 cm

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“Nasutamanus” 2012
Fiberglass, polymer / Fibre de verre, polymère
90 1/2 x 207 3/4 x 48 1/2 inches / 230 x 528 x 123 cm

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“Drone project” 2013
Guitars, discs, effect pedals, amplifiers / Guitares, disques, pédales d’effet, amplis
Variable size / Dimensions variables

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“Hortense” 2014
Resin / Résine
64 1/8 x 19 3/4 x 17 3/4 inches / 163 x 50 x 45 cm

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Jesus Benitez opens his first North American solo show at Fifty24SF Gallery, San Francisco – July 11th, 2014

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Mexican muralist and illustrator Jesús Benítez (also known as Dhear) is recognized for his unique work on a variety of mediums that range from paintings, sculptures to murals installed all over the world. With roots in graffiti, Benítez developed his signature style from a complex evolution of techniques influenced by his passion in literature, Sci-Fi movies, nature, and the works of Moebius and Roger Dean. His fantastical characters and subject matters foretell a breaking down of human structures and its technology. It also focuses on how these deconstructions can take on organic forms that merge with bacteria, fungi and parasitic life forms resulting in strange creatures and psychedelic worlds. Fifty24SF Gallery is proud to present ‘Thésis’, the first North American solo-show by Jesús Benítez, showcasing his unique presence in the world of street art and muralists.

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Henrique Oliveira’s Transarquitetônica in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Internationally recognized artist, Henrique Oliveira poses a poetic discussion of history of architecture, of shelters and caves of the past by a challenging installation occupying 1600 m² building with strong brand of modern sculpture Niemeyer at MAC USP, Brazil.

The giant snaking columns designed by the architect curve through the space creating caverns, pathways and obstacles for the audience. Transarquitetônica of Henrique Oliveira is not just an installation, but commands itself as a place, a route with multiple possibilities that ends where it began. It is a work of architecture that combines sculpture and painting, offering various stimuli that the visitor gets to go to work.

The exhibition remains until November 30, open to the public on Tuesdays from 10 am to 21 pm and Wednesday through Sunday from 10 to 18 hours. Admission is free so be sure to check it out if you’re in Sao Paulo for the World Cup 2014:

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Keith Haring at Gladstone Gallery New York

Keith Haring was born on May 4th, 1958. In 1990 Haring died at the age of 31 of AIDS-related illnesses in New York. Much of his work has become better known after his death, with international solo exhibitions giving light to his life time of work that really began with subversive tagging and murals in the NY subway systems.

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Photos by Vassili Di Napoli.