COSMOPOLITAN EDGINESS BY KATHERINE BERNHARDT

by Ariadna Zierold

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Katherine Bernhardt’s paintings embody cosmopolitan edginess. Her lush canvases, which themselves pose as the currency of beguiling luxury, incorporate all the fantasy trappings of seduction, decadence and corruption, each charged with sordid soap operatic climax and the command of true-to-type bitches and divas.

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DREAMY DREAMWORLD BY SOFIA HYDMAN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Sofia Hydman has taken various courses in photography, illustration and graphic design and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Visual Communication at Beckmans College of Design, Stockholm in 2014. Today she works with personal projects and freelance work.

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Sofia is inspired by empty spaces and has difficulties with drawing straight lines. She works with a number of different techniques, ranging from digital images to graphic design to illustration and drawing. A recurring theme in Sofia’s work is to explore identity and heritage. By working in both digital and analogue mediums she makes pastel-colored tones which creates a narrative and dreamy dreamworld.

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VINTAGE EPHEMERA BY NOUAR

by Ariadna Zierold

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Los Angeles based artist Nouar graduated from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. She has since worked in many artistic facets, including work as a background painter in the television animation industry, and as a freelance illustrator. As a painter, her love of animation, food and vintage ephemera, coupled with darker personal narratives continually act as an inspiration for her work, and her work has been exhibited in galleries worldwide.

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MASHED-UP PHOTO-REALISM BY SEAN NORVET

by Ariadna Zierold

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Sean Norvet is an artist and illustrator born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. His paintings are usually precisely executed in oils on panels, but his style and subjects reflect the media-saturated, commercialized environment we inhabit today. His work is often deconstructive and simultaneously jarring, intense, hilarious and disturbing.

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Norvet’s art is sometimes explosive, sometimes still, and often mashes up elegant photo-realism with two-dimensional cartoon buffoonery. His three-dimensional sculptural installations, usually involving food, offer a satiric, ephemeral cheapness in which the medium is the message. As urgent and commanding as his images are, he playfully invites viewers in to share the laugh.

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DELICIOUS LEGO SCULPTURES BY TERY

by Ariadna Zierold

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Japanese Lego creator who goes by the nickname Tary has sculpted one of the most delicious-looking collections of food made entirely from Lego blocks. From fruit and vegetables to bento boxes, junk food and even deserts.

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One of Tary’s most recent creations was the Tendon tempura rice bowl. Using a combination of white blocks for the rice and yellow and orange blocks for the deep-fried shrimp tempura, he created a magnificent-looking meal that won 1st place in an original Lego model contest.

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CONTEMPORARY REALISM BY ROBERT C. JACKSON

by Ariadna Zierold

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The still life paintings of Robert C. Jackson are so fresh and playful.  His work is characterized by rich, primary colors, fun collections and deep Americana.

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The assured, accomplished hand of Jackson easily places him among our most important mid-career American Realist painters.  Although grounded in a technique that is near classical in its complex, meticulously rendered imagery, it is the subject matter itself that delights us with its irony.

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BIZARRE SELFIES BY DAVID HENRY NOBODY JR.

by Ariadna Zierold

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David Henry Nobody Jr. has been called the “bad boy” of Interventionist performance art, a visual artist who has earned a celebrity following for his works in diverse mediums, including installations and works with fabric and fashion. Since starting his career in the 1990s, David has inserted himself into social communities to produce his work, creating a bridge between art and life. The Brooklyn, New York based artist has recently taken his work to the social community of Instagram, a series of bizarre visual-collage selfies titled “Resemblagè”.

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Our Latest Food Obsessions: Upper Playground Releases A New Set of Iphone Cases

In case you’ve ever had to choose between putting down your iPhone or your favorite food, we’ve got you covered with our new collection of Upper Playground Food iPhone Cases. Whatever you’re craving, choose from our selection of: Pizza, Burger, Potato Chips, Nachos, Marshmallows, Salami, Hot Cheese Puffs and much more.  Now available in 15 varieties for iPhone 5 and iPhone 6 at upperplayground.com. If you want to wear your food obsession, take a look at our Premium Food Tee’s to match your appetite.