Los Angeles based artist Sterling Ruby works in a large variety of media including ceramics, painting, drawing, collage, sculpture and video. Often, his work is presented in large and densely packed installations.
The artist has cited a diverse range of sources and influences including aberrant psychologies (particularly schizophrenia and paranoia), urban gangs and graffiti, hip-hop culture, craft, punk, masculinity, violence, public art, prisons, globalization, American domination and decline, waste and consumption. In opposition to the minimalist artistic tradition and influenced by the ubiquity of urban graffiti, the artist’s works often appear scratched, defaced, camouflaged, dirty, or splattered.
Kneip is a craft, design and art studio founded by Jørgen Platou Willumsen and Stian Korntved Ruud that creates its inspiration from nature and objects with artisanal processes.
All sets are handmade. For years, the designers have worked on metals to note the formal qualities of steel, brass or copper and the way they behave over time with certain chemicals or colors.
Kneip aims to do unique projects along with the web shop. Jørgen and Stian work in a wide range of expressions and techniques, and wants Kneip to be moving towards a meeting point between art, design and craftsmanship.
The collection Pat.vol 1 shows the results of these experiments inspired by nature, climate and geometry. Kneip offers an experimental design with a number of ornamental objects that show the effects on metal.
This year marks Upper Playground‘s 15th year anniversary and we will continue our celebration by giving away signed ‘The Walrus’ Prints by NYCHOS to our most talented fans!
Starting in June, we will hold a contest each month to give away one 18x24inches signed, ‘The Walrus’ Giclée Print to the most creative and original Walrus interpretation shared with us via Instagram and Facebook.
1. Follow us on Instagram and like us on Facebook!
2. Upload your original work of a UP walrus on your Instagram and tag #UPwalrus15 + @upperplayground. Or send us your UP walrus on our Facebook page and tag us Upper Playground + #UPwalrus15
3. Don’t forget to share with friends!
At the end of each month, we will choose a winner and send out our gift. Good luck to all participants!
“An enthusiastic audience crowded into SF’s intimate Museum of Craft and Folk Art space for Clare Rojas’ We They, We They,” writes Erin Dyer. “Complete with Peggy Honeywell performance of six or seven songs (my favorite being ‘Miscommunication’), it’s hard to believe Rojas is only now honored with her first solo show in a museum setting.”