FIFTY24PDX Gallery and Upper Playground Portland are excited to present Blasphemous Nature: a solo show featuring new works by San Francisco based artist Robert Bowen.
“BLASPHEMOUS NATURE” is a collection of new paintings chronicling a bizarre place where the line between Mother Nature and the mechanical world has been blurred and broken. The show will be on display at Portland’s Upper Playground Gallery, opening on August 7th from 6-9 PM.
“With this new body of work I am continuing to focus on my fascination with animal/machinery hybrids. There are so many unanswered questions I have about them. Is this a not so distant future reality? A terrible road we should never go down? How do I make the Killer Whale a more efficient killer? Can the marlin and shark be even faster hunters, more dangerous to their only predators, man? If the bees continue to disappear, should we design a replacement to pick up where they left off? Or do we accept our fate and stop toying with Mother Nature since that is what got us into trouble in the first place. I’m continuing to play mad scientist in a lab that should never really exist. Oh, and there’s a few fire breathing cats in there, because…why not.” -R. Bowen
ROBERT BOWEN: Blashpehmous Nature
23 NW. 5th Ave, Portland, OR 97209
August 7 – September 27, 2014
Gallery open Monday through Saturday 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM and Sunday 12:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Opening Reception August 7 at 6:00 PM
Prints for PDX a print show curated by long time Upper Playground collaborator, Jeremy Fish will Open August 1st at Fifty24PDX Gallery in Portland, Oregon. The show will include prints from many Upper Playground favorites such as Sam Flores, Morning Breath, Mike Giant, Mihael Sieben, Travis Millard, Mel Kadel, Todd Francis and Frank Kozik. Jeremy Fish and Jayde Cardinalli will also be part of the show and in attendance to sign their available prints.
Fifty24PDX Gallery is putting together a screen print show with a great line up of Upper Playground favorites such as Morning Breath, Mike Giant, Jeremy Fish, Jayde Cardinalli, Sam Flores, Michael Sieben, Travis Millard, Mel Kadel, Todd Francis & Frank Kozik. Show is opening 6PM on August 1st at our Upper Playground location in Portland.
This Saturday, Alex Pardee will be in Portland for a book signing organized by Upper Playground PDX and ZeroFriends. Bring your own copy or you can pick up Awful/Resilient and Awful/Homesick in-store. And don’t forget to check out the ZeroFriends annual pop-up shop at the Fifty24PDX Gallery to see what Pardee and friends have set up for you in store! Book Signing begins at 3PM.
For the 3rd year in a row, ZeroFriends is opening a pop-up shop in Portland at our Upper Playground PDX location. Join us to celebrate its opening on Thursday, June 6th and check out new merchandise and new art fresh from the Zerofriends shoppe in the bay. And mark you calendars, Alex Pardee will be instore, June 15th for a book signing at the Fifty24PDX Gallery and Upper Playground location.
Klutch has been making a mess for over three decades. From his work with the early 1980’s hardcore punk scene and the legendary Skull Skates, to painting backgrounds for ads in Vogue, his work has appeared around the world on t-shirts, skateboards, city walls, magazines, and galleries. In 2005 the suite he created at San Francisco’s Hotel Des Arts was featured in Time magazine’s annual “Best Of” issue. Since then he has accomplished very little.
In Of Ice and Movement, Klutch builds and installation which is a sculptural representation of glacial rust, intended as a metaphor for the constant yet invisible to the naked eye process of personal growth. All work, over 125 handmade wooden columns, was produced over the past 6 weeks exclusively for this show, and this is the only time they will be shown or sold in Portland.
An opening reception for Of Ice and Movement will be held First Thursday, May 2nd 2013, from 6:00-10:00 PM. Show runs May 2nd – May 26th 2013.
Estevan Oriol, Austin McManus, and Megan McIsaac are showing at FIFTY24PDX Gallery in Portland, in a group exhibition titled, How the West Was One. You have Oriol from LA, McManus from SF, and McIsaac from Portland. The show opens this April 7, which is Thursday.
FIFTY24PDX Gallery is proud to present, “HOW THE WEST WAS ONE,” featuring photographs from Estevan Oriol (Los Angeles), Megan McIsaac (Portland), and Austin McManus (San Francisco). For this show, each photographer represents their city, the style and content unique to artist and landscape. What links these three disparate artists is residing on the West Coast, and the medium by which they express themselves and reflect what they see around them.
Okay, so Ray Brown of The Citrus Report killed me in my last blog post that was supposed to be my last but after some crying and begging, he agreed to do this last one of our trip home. Thanks Ray, love you man!
It was a very hard week for PEZ and I because we where not sure what art was being shipped up for the Portland show, and we basically free styled this show, with wall paintings improvised shelves and finding supplies in the city while not knowing our way around. Some of the pics from the last blog where taken during our free time during install week, which also consisted of lots of painting back and forth, dumpster diving, and panhandling. Photos of the show will be posted separately somewhere on the web, soon. The following images where taken during opening night and on the train ride home. —Joshua Blank