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

FIFTY24SF Gallery Presents “Pareidolia” a Solo-Exhibition by David Choong Lee

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FIFTY24SF GALLERY in association with Upper Playground is proud to announce the opening of our upcoming exhibition “Pareidolia” a Solo-Exhibition by David Choong Lee 이충엽. Opening Saturday, October 24th at 7:00pm. David Choong Lee combines elements of graffiti, collage, graphic design, portraiture, and classical realism. He was born in Seoul, Korea in 1966 and moved to the US in 1993 to pursue traditional fine art at the Academy of Art, where he currently teaches.  For inquiries about the show please contactgallery@fifty24sf.com.

“DEVOLUTION” Group Exhibition Opens at Fifty24SF Gallery

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“DEVOLUTION“, a group exhibition featuring the work of Smithe, Tina Lugo, Benjamin Constantine and Lauran YS opened at Fifty24SF Gallery on Saturday. Presented in association with Upper Playground, the show brings together a group of artists who create unique characters presented in surreal dream-like forms. “DEVOLUTION” is on display at Fifty24SF Gallery in San Francisco through mid September.

Fifty24SF Gallery
218 Fillmore St.
San Francisco, CA 94117
www.fifty24sf.com

 For Art Inquiries please contact: gallery@fifty24sf.com

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San Francisco Artist Sam Flores To Unveil New Mural in Hayes Valley

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San Francisco-based artist Sam Flores is on Linden Street working on a new mural for the Hayes Valley Neighborhood Association. In collaboration with artist Ronnie Buders, Flores will reveal the wall tomorrow (Thursday, July 2nd) at a special unveiling party between 4:00-5:00pm. The mural and unveiling is on Linden Street (between Gough St. and Octavia St., across from Build Inc offices) and will be followed by drinks at Brass Tacks (488 Hayes St.) at 5:30pm.

The project was coordinated by William Buckley of the Hayes Valley Neighborhood Association and supported by Fifty24SF Gallery in association with Upper Playground. Photos and time-lapse by Gareth Gooch Photography.

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MARS-1 To Release Limited Edition Print at Upper Playground

Renowned artist MARS-1 will release a limited edition print of his painting “Stratus Nimbus Cumulus” at Upper Playground. Featuring Mars-1’s signature style of surreal distortions and extraterrestrial looking landscapes, the prints will be signed and numbered by the artist. Available this Wednesday at Noon PST along side Mars-1 Sculptures and Silver Pendant at upperplayground.com.

“Stratus Nimbus Cumulus” print. (Based on the 2014 painting from the “Momentum” exhibition, Space Gallery in Denver, CO)
– Limited Edition of 100
– Signed and Numbered by the Artist
– Paper size: 35 inches wide x 35 inches high
– Image size: 32 inches wide x 32 inches high

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About The Artist
Mario Martinez (aka MARS-1) paints from a penetrating perspective of great depth. Viewers are drawn into his imaginative compositions, overflowing with colorful geometric and organic shapes, layered to form unique patterns and textures.

The artist signature style of vast, abstracted, quasi-extraterrestrial looking landscapes feature imagery of surreal distortions, contained within spherically convex transparent bubbles. Skillfully combining optical color blending with perspective line work, his painting techniques result in very three-dimensional forms, which echo the anatomy of architecture, and microcosmic structures of biology.

These 3-D qualities transcend into his sculptural work, as well. Mars-1’s distinctly individual aesthetic is not easily compared to the vision of his contemporaries or artists from past movements. His constantly evolving process continues to expand with each new series of work, seemingly beyond the reaches of even his own awareness.

Themes explored range from very scientific to more esoteric phenomena. From theoretical physics, metamorphosis and collective consciousness, to ufology and examining possibilities of otherworldly principles, the relative link between physical and life sciences are applied throughout. Transitional energies, natural multiplicity, helixes and spontaneous biological occurrences all come together, forming imagery with hypotheses beyond the scope of modern technology.

Mini Sculptures by MARS-1 at Upper Playground

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Upper Playground in association with Fifty24SF Gallery will release this Wednesday a special collection of Metal Cold Casting Mini Sculptures by artist MARS-1.  The limited edition sculptures are based on works shown at MARS-1’s 2014 solo show “Toward A Distant Dawn” and is signed & numbered by the artist.

These are only available as a set with two color options (Black Series or Bronze Series), complete with four Metal Cold Casting Mini Sculptures, each with a certificate of authenticity. A limited number of these sculpture sets will be available at upperplayground.com starting NOON (12PM PST) this Wednesday, June 24th, 2015.

Metal Cold Casting Mini Sculptures
– Metal cold casting technique
– Limited edition of 24 sets each
– Each piece comes with certificate of authenticity
– Signed & numbered by the artist
– Measurement: 3-inches diameter

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About The Artist:
Mario Martinez (aka MARS-1) paints from a penetrating perspective of great depth. Viewers are drawn into his imaginative compositions, overflowing with colorful geometric and organic shapes, layered to form unique patterns and textures.

The artist signature style of vast, abstracted, quasi-extraterrestrial looking landscapes feature imagery of surreal distortions, contained within spherically convex transparent bubbles. Skillfully combining optical color blending with perspective line work, his painting techniques result in very three-dimensional forms, which echo the anatomy of architecture, and microcosmic structures of biology.

These 3-D qualities transcend into his sculptural work, as well. Mars-1’s distinctly individual aesthetic is not easily compared to the vision of his contemporaries or artists from past movements. His constantly evolving process continues to expand with each new series of work, seemingly beyond the reaches of even his own awareness.

Themes explored range from very scientific to more esoteric phenomena. From theoretical physics, metamorphosis and collective consciousness, to ufology and examining possibilities of otherworldly principles, the relative link between physical and life sciences are applied throughout. Transitional energies, natural multiplicity, helixes and spontaneous biological occurrences all come together, forming imagery with hypotheses beyond the scope of modern technology.

Happy Accidents Sterling Silver Pendant by MARS-1

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Based on his 2009 painting, “Happy Accidents Series #3”, MARS-1 releases a Sterling Silver Pendant at Upper Playground this week. Each piece of limited edition jewelry is numbered and stamped on the the back by the artist and jeweler. The Happy Accidents Series #3 Silver Pendant will be available Wednesday, June 24th, starting Noon PST at upperplayground.com.

“Happy Accidents Series #3 Silver Pendant”
Sterling silver pendant; hand-sculpted and cast by jeweler Sean Smokovich.

– Based on the 2009 painting, “Happy Accidents Series # 3.”
– Limited edition of 100
– Each piece is numbered & stamped on the back by the artist & jeweler.
– Measurements: chain length/type: 30″ round box, 5.5cm x 3cm
– Weight: 46 grams

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Take It Acid Is by Mark McCloud at Fifty24SF Gallery

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FIFTY24SF GALLERY in association with Upper Playground presents Mark McCloud’s “Take It Acid Is” exhibition opening Friday, June 26th at 7pm. The show features key examples of actual blotter paper from “The Institute of Illegal Images”, the largest private collection of blotter art in the world and a selection of forensic photographic prints from BlotterBarn.com.

“Take It Acid Is” coincides with Grateful Dead’s “Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of Grateful Dead” concerts June 27th and 28th at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara.

“This show focuses on the blotter art that I obtained or created through my 50 years of love for The Grateful Dead .” – Mark McCloud

Recognized worldwide as the preeminent collector of LSD art and holding a Masters of Fine Art from UC Davis and two-time National Endowment for the Arts recipient, McCloud has been celebrated, vilified, indicted, acquitted and ultimately conscripted to the annals of psychedelic art history. Mark and his collection have been featured in Vice, National Geographic, Juxtapoz, Beautiful Decay, Cabinet, Salon, SF Weekly, SFAQ and The Bold Italic among others. He continues to acquire and preserve pristine examples of this, both global and Bay Area-centric cultural history to this day from his home in the Mission neighborhood of San Francisco. The Golden Road Gallery will also be on hand the night of the opening with an extensive collection of Vanity Blotter for collectors to purchase.

“Take It Acid Is”
Opening Friday, June 26th at 7pm
Fifty24SF Gallery
218 Fillmore St. San Francisco, CA

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Bicicleta Sem Freio Completes New Mural in San Francisco at Hotel Des Arts

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Brazilian illustrators Bicicleta Sem Freio finished a new mural at Hotel Des Arts in San Francisco. Curated by Upper Playground, the mural is set in the new ground floor lobby of the hotel and features BSF’s signature bold colors and beautiful female figures. Bringing together two adjacent walls, the bright psychedelic painting is a ‘can’t-miss’ addition to the boutique hotel that features contemporary works of emerging artists from around the world.

Bicicleta Sem Freio is in San Francisco for their first US exhibition “This Is Not A Poster”, presented by Fifty24SF Gallery in association with Upper Playground and JustKids. Opening reception is Friday, May 1st 7pm at Fifty24SF Gallery in Lower Haight.

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