“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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Check out Angela Dalinger’s work in person:
218 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94117
Gallery Opening: May 21, 2016
With “The Deepest Depths of the Burrow” premiering at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco on July 1st, Upper Playground is now offering advanced tickets for sale at the Fillmore store. A documentary about art, lifestyle and subculture, the film follows the experiences of internationally known artist NYCHOS and other members of RABBIT EYE MOVEMENT for several years. ‘The Deepest Depths of the Burrow’ is currently on US Tour, premiering in Atlanta and Los Angeles before making it’s way to San Francisco’s Castro Theatre.
Tickets are $12.00 in store at Upper Playground, located at 220 Fillmore Street, San Francisco.
Fifty24SF Gallery in association with Upper Playground is pleased to present a special print show by renowned Japanese artist, Hajime Sorayama, opening April 4th 2015. Sorayama is recognized world-wide for his uniquely imaginative, erotic style of paintings. The sleek chrome aesthetic of robotics in a hyper-sexualized feminine form has been a signature style for Sorayama that has spanned over 4 decades. Sorayama is a Vargas Award winner, the highest achievement in air-brush artistry. His art displayed in permanent collections at the MOMA, Smithsonian Institute and the US Library of Congress.
Considered as one of the most influential pin-up artists of our time, Sorayama will be making available for the time in San Francisco, a selected collection of his new and old prints. This will be a rare chance for his fans and collectors to see Sorayama’s work in person.
Exhibition dates: April 4th – April 26th 2015
Opening: April 4th 7pm
218 Fillmore St.
San Francisco, CA 94117
Fifty24SF Gallery and Upper Playground is pleased to present Sam Flores’ next solo show, ” A Light in the Darkness”. The show opening this Saturday, December 6th at 6PM will feature new works by the artist focused on his continuous themes of balance between “good vs evil” light vs the dark. Sam
“Throughout this new body of work, I’m focusing on light that comes from a dark place. People at one time or another experience negative moments in their lives, situations they feel that they can’t outrun, like they are stuck in a shadow. No matter how dark things get, the most important thing, is to be able to hold on to the vision of that light, in order to keep hope and faith alive.
Without darkness you would never be able to notice how bright something can shine. I want to illuminate the human spirit and inspire people to hang on, strive for something better, keep their dreams, passions and love alive by holding onto the light, no matter how dark things seem around them. I have been fortunate enough in my life to have people shine a light on me, help keep me on my path and keep me from getting lost. Having someone there to help us navigate our own darkness, whether it’s our subconscious, a thought, idea or even a creature, we all need to have “A Light in the Darkness.”” – Sam Flores
Published by Upper Playground, USUGROW: WORKS 2007-2013 captures some of Usugrow‘s best selected works from the past 6 years. Here’s a sneak preview of his book due for release next week exclusively at Upper Playground.
An in store book signing and special print release will follow on Sunday, Sept. 28th, 2014. Then the highly anticipated solo show, INK FLOW will open to the public Oct. 4th, 2014 at Fifty24SF Gallery on Fillmore St. San Francisco. Stay tuned for more info and follow us @upperplayground IG or Facebook for the latest news.
All photos herein are copyright Upper Playground.
Our long time friend and contributing artist Usugrow, with his masterful calligraphy works, is renown for his hand style and collaborations around the world. After several years of hiatus and reorganizing himself in Tokyo, he is finally making his way to San Francisco for a solo show and book release this month at Fifty24SF Gallery.
Here’s a sneak peek of his Book due for an exclusive release later this month at Upper Playground:
Upper Playground artist Dennis McNett who made his way to San Francisco this month will be opening a show at Fifty24SF Gallery in conjunction to his installation at Outside Lands this weekend. His solo show titled, ‘WOLFBAT’ will feature prints and small original works hard to access on the west coast. Opening is Saturday, August 16th, 6PM.
Here’s a preview of the show along with his completed installation for Outside Lands.
As Upper Playground celebrates its 15th anniversary, our radical neighbors DLX Skate Shop celebrates 20 years here in San Francisco. These two stores deserve a pat on the back for continuing to serve radness to its loyal customers, fans, and neighbors all these years. To help celebrate our anniversaries, both brands combined forces to create the Upper Playground x DLX “Walrus Cruiser” skateboard. Designed with love by a long time friend of both shops, artist Jeremy Fish. What could be more fun than shredding a little walrus around town while celebrating two legendary local retail establishments?
MADE IN AMERICA, limited edition of 75
Custom Jeremy Fish 7.75″ cruiser deck
DLX custom Jeremy Fish 56mm wheels
Spitfire Cheapshot bearings
Tonight marks the opening night of the first North American solo show of famed Mexican muralist, Jesús Benítez aka Dhear. Showcasing new works in the terrain of his previous themes and narratives, his paintings and a new mural currently installed at Fifty24SF gallery display his talented inspirations much influenced by sci-fiction and technology.