UNSEEN ASPECTS OF LIFE BY JOHN FELIX ARNOLD III

by Ariadna Zierold

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John Felix Arnold III is an artist hailing from Durham, North Carolina. A graduate of Pratt Institute class of 2002, he has lived in New York City and the SF Bay Area for the last 18 years. He works in a range of media but most commonly in painting, drawing, sculpture, wood assemblage, installation, and sound elements.

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His work deals with ontology, the human experience, social and environmental issues, explorations of the emotional and the unseen aspects of life, struggle, and serenity.  He utilizes a range of media to deconstruct the idea of the traditional visual narrative and presents it in immersive new experiences that create a language both shared and singular.

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GEOMETRIC RAINBOWS BY KRISTIN FARR

by Ariadna Zierold

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Kristin Farr is an artist and journalist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Kristin is inspired by humor, nostalgia, color psychology, rainbows and magic. She is exploring a legacy of folk art through her color-crazy geometric paintings, and is interested in good vibes and human-made objects that contain mystical powers.

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“TYPEFACES: CARAS DE LA MISION” BY SAMUEL RODRIGUEZ

by Ariadna Zierold

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San Jose-based visual artist and graphic designer Samuel Rodriguez depicts the unique cultural landscape via observations of people, their distinctive features and their surrounding environment. With his new exhibition Typefaces: Caras De La Misión, he examines social and cultural hybridity through sampling and remixing visual cues that we use to process identity in faces, typography, fashion, and architecture.

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Caras de La Misión includes familiar neighborhood faces—both past and present—with tones reminiscent of the ‘80s and ‘90s-era Bay Area, and is dedicated to the resilient community of the Mission District. At a time of rapid gentrification and displacement, Caras de La Misión helps to forge a cultural bridge across the Bay Area, establishing a creative dialog between Latino communities in San Francisco and San Jose.

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Changes | YARROW SLAPS

San Francisco based artist and rapper, Yarrow Slaps, has a message of truth and creativity to share and it may also inspire you to look deeper. He often depicts skillfully painted portraits of cultural icons such as Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Tupac, NBA super stars like Paul Pierce, and historical injustices and movements like Trayvon Martin and the Black Panthers. It’s a helluva exploration into the mind of Yarrow Slaps and definitely one worth taking.

Slaps has teamed up with longtime friend and artist, Auguste Somers, to create an art collective SWIM that already made its debut with two successful group shows in LA last year. Their newest experiential collaborative art show fused with fashion and music, “Swimmin’ in the Playground” at FIFTY24SF next to our flagship Upper Playground store, attracted people from all walks of life to connect in unity with what Somers calls, “the now” in a single space. The show, curated by Slaps and Somers, opened on May 21st and features 30 artists, including Slaps and Somers themselves.

As a person influenced and inspired by Tupac (which Slaps depicts in his artwork so beautifully), I couldn’t help but hear “Changes” in my head while viewing Slaps’ art- being reminded of artists who integrate the social, political, racial injustices, hypocrisies and nuances of American culture into their art form so damn well. There has been progress since Tupac called out the organized injustice system, i.e. we do have a black President, but not a whole lot has changed systemically; there is still a lot more work and healing that needs to be done.

Slaps highlights these concepts in his portraiture with grace and perhaps a sense of urgency. It subtly asks the viewer to take a look around and inside. What’s happening in the world, what’s happening to you, to others? Do you see the truth, or are you blinded by the illusions of fear, anger and separation? I noticed my own curiosity nudge my conscience as a gentle reminder. The power of awareness is a force to be reckoned with and listened to.

Should your curiosity lead you to take action, check out “Swimmin’ in the Playground” to view Yarrow Slaps’ work in person and support local artists:

FIFTY24SF

218 Fillmore St.

San Francisco, CA 94117

Gallery Hours:

Wed – Sun  12:00-6:00PM

Mon – Tue  By Appointment

San Francisco based artist and rapper, Yarrow Slaps, has a message of truth and creativity to share and it may also inspire you to look deeper. He often depicts skillfully painted portraits of cultural icons such as Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Tupac, NBA super stars like Paul Pierce, and historical injustices and movements like Trayvon Martin and the Black Panthers. It's a helluva exploration into the mind of Yarrow Slaps and definitely one worth taking. (2)

San Francisco based artist and rapper, Yarrow Slaps, has a message of truth and creativity to share and it may also inspire you to look deeper. He often depicts skillfully painted portraits of cultural icons such as Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Tupac, NBA super stars like Paul Pierce, and historical injustices and movements like Trayvon Martin and the Black Panthers. It's a helluva exploration into the mind of Yarrow Slaps and definitely one worth taking. (1)

San Francisco based artist and rapper, Yarrow Slaps, has a message of truth and creativity to share and it may also inspire you to look deeper. He often depicts skillfully painted portraits of cultural icons such as Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Tupac, NBA super stars like Paul Pierce, and historical injustices and movements like Trayvon Martin and the Black Panthers. It's a helluva exploration into the mind of Yarrow Slaps and definitely one worth taking. (3)

San Francisco based artist and rapper, Yarrow Slaps, has a message of truth and creativity to share and it may also inspire you to look deeper. He often depicts skillfully painted portraits of cultural icons such as Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Tupac, NBA super stars like Paul Pierce, and historical injustices and movements like Trayvon Martin and the Black Panthers. It's a helluva exploration into the mind of Yarrow Slaps and definitely one worth taking. (4)

San Francisco based artist and rapper, Yarrow Slaps, has a message of truth and creativity to share and it may also inspire you to look deeper. He often depicts skillfully painted portraits of cultural icons such as Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Tupac, NBA super stars like Paul Pierce, and historical injustices and movements like Trayvon Martin and the Black Panthers. It's a helluva exploration into the mind of Yarrow Slaps and definitely one worth taking. (5)

San Francisco based artist and rapper, Yarrow Slaps, has a message of truth and creativity to share and it may also inspire you to look deeper. He often depicts skillfully painted portraits of cultural icons such as Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Tupac, NBA super stars like Paul Pierce, and historical injustices and movements like Trayvon Martin and the Black Panthers. It's a helluva exploration into the mind of Yarrow Slaps and definitely one worth taking. (6)

San Francisco based artist and rapper, Yarrow Slaps, has a message of truth and creativity to share and it may also inspire you to look deeper. He often depicts skillfully painted portraits of cultural icons such as Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Tupac, NBA super stars like Paul Pierce, and historical injustices and movements like Trayvon Martin and the Black Panthers. It's a helluva exploration into the mind of Yarrow Slaps and definitely one worth taking. (7)

San Francisco based artist and rapper, Yarrow Slaps, has a message of truth and creativity to share and it may also inspire you to look deeper. He often depicts skillfully painted portraits of cultural icons such as Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Tupac, NBA super stars like Paul Pierce, and historical injustices and movements like Trayvon Martin and the Black Panthers. It's a helluva exploration into the mind of Yarrow Slaps and definitely one worth taking. (8)

San Francisco based artist and rapper, Yarrow Slaps, has a message of truth and creativity to share and it may also inspire you to look deeper. He often depicts skillfully painted portraits of cultural icons such as Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Tupac, NBA super stars like Paul Pierce, and historical injustices and movements like Trayvon Martin and the Black Panthers. It's a helluva exploration into the mind of Yarrow Slaps and definitely one worth taking. (9)

San Francisco based artist and rapper, Yarrow Slaps, has a message of truth and creativity to share and it may also inspire you to look deeper. He often depicts skillfully painted portraits of cultural icons such as Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Tupac, NBA super stars like Paul Pierce, and historical injustices and movements like Trayvon Martin and the Black Panthers. It's a helluva exploration into the mind of Yarrow Slaps and definitely one worth taking. (10)

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

SFMOMA is Back in Business

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art got a major facelift in the last 3 years it has been closed for expansion. SFMOMA reopened on May 15th, 2016 boasting 7-stories of exhibition space, thousand of new works and a total of 10-stories of architectural delight. The museum is now the largest in the Bay Area with 460,000 square feet dominating the land, and the largest modern and contemporary art gallery in the nation.

The expansion started with 1,100 works loaned by the famous Fisher family who founded Gap. The museum now holds over 4,000 new works including artists Pablo Picasso, Jasper Johns, Ed Ruscha, Diane Arbus and Robert Rauschenberg. You’ll also find your old favorites like Matisse and Rothko from the Permanent collection.

Grab a ticket and explore the wonders of the new SFMOMA.

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

SFMOMA Interior

SFMOMA

Photos: SFMOMA

From Top Dog to the Underdog, Warriors surprising Loss in Game 1

Rated the #1 team in the Western Conference and the defending NBA champions, the Golden State Warriors had a surprising defeat last night in Game 1 of the NBA playoffs to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Surprising, not because they’re the number one team in the conference, (the Thunder are not too far behind at #3, with top players, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook on deck), but because the Warriors had a 14 point lead that later vanished into a devastating loss on home court.

The loss has speculators and ESPN sports writers curious about the future of the playoffs given that the Thunder’s victory was kind of like a psychological twist in a narrative plot that favored the beloved Warriors.  The Top Dog team that had it all- home court advantage, an NBA championship and MVP Steph Curry, fell from grace and into Underdog territory overnight.

Can the Warriors recover?!

It seems like some deep emotional centers were affected in fans and sportscasters across the nation as they mourned the defeat like a loss of faith in the future of the Warriors; with a collective consciousness creating mystery and fear about the Warrior’s capability to perform.

But perhaps this loss was a necessary disruption to reveal something that needs to be learned, by all of us. I mean, wherever there is loss, there is gain, right? There are quite a few more games to go.

So we’ll just eagerly await to watch Game 2 tomorrow night for more revelations and controversy, wearing our Warriors snapbacks and everything blue and gold.

Steph Curry via TheSource.com

COLLAGES BY “PUNK ART SURREALIST” WINSTON SMITH

by Ariadna Zierold

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Punk Art Surrealist, Bay Area artist, Winston Smith has been making his thought-provoking surrealist collages since the 1970s. Smith left the U.S. in 1969 to study art in Italy and experienced “a massive case of culture shock” upon his return. Struck by the profound social changes that had occurred during his absence, he began taking “safe” images from magazines to create politically-charged works of art.

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To Smith, punk was more an art movement than it was a music movement, and the art and the music went hand-in-hand. His chaotic sense of surrealism and simplicity in collage perfectly mixed with the political folly of punk bands of the time, and his work that blazed their albums and gig flyers would eventually inspire a generation of artists.

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