“I can’t say I know exactly what this type of art is called, but I personally have dubbed it ‘Freestyle Photoshopping’. To me it’s a practice of exercise in flow state and free association by layering about 20 random images I find on the internet. I begin to manipulate and begin to build a scene. There is something about symmetry that is pleasing to the eye and allows me to find interesting shapes and compositions. This opens up opportunities to explore new and surreal landscapes by following all the happy accidents that arise.”
Trent Kuhn is a digital artist across several mediums. He currently resides in the Bay Area of California. Specializing in Illustration, Retouching, Graphic Design, and Digital Painting.
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 email@example.com.
Upper Playground is pleased to announce the release of five new logo designs by artist and designer, Benjie Escobar. Benjie brings his eclectic background to the UP design table, creating original logos for Upper Playground and showcasing his style. All new designs are available in store and online at upperplayground.com.
About the Artist: Benjie Escobar is an LA-based, multi-media artist and designer. His work and his aesthetic sensibilities come from a variety of influences that range from his childhood in Pomona, anime, lowrider bike culture, graffiti, raves, streetwear, DJ culture, Japan, typography, design & illustration and perhaps most importantly, hamburgers or was it pizza?
In addition to his creative work, Benjie is also a curator of art exhibitions, inventor of new zine genres, art-director of gourmet burger festivals and brand builder of countless companies and gives priceless off-the-cuff marketing tips to anyone who cares to listen, or just happens to be within earshot.
Jay Roeder is a freelance designer and illustrator. A graduate of Sacred Heart University with a double major in graphic design and illustration, Jay began his career working with top promotional agencies, with experience in major initiatives and campaigns for many notable international brands. He has also taught design classes as an adjunct professor at Sacred Heart University. Roeder makes his UP debut with this collection.
Is there a story, special message, or feeling you try to convey with your tee designs?
One thing I try to maintain with my art is simplicity. I’m not trying to convey eternal sadness or some kind of hidden emotion, it’s all about having fun and throwing something down that looks rad!
What was your all time favorite tee shirt you ever owned?
Wow, that’s a tough one. I’m not sure you guys understand how many tees I own, or sneakers for that matter. I can’t say that I have an all time favorite that stands out, but I recently ordered a vintage styled Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 50/50 tee that I would probably wear every single day if I had my way.
What do the words Upper Playground mean to you?
I’m not sure what the true meaning of Upper Playground is, but I like to think of it as a metaphor for staying young even as you grow older. One thing that keeps me young at heart is my artwork, which is why I was so psyched to collaborate with UP.
Saw this on TheWorldsBestEver this morning, and we liked it because it gives a really nice summation of all things modern. Or as the filmmaker notes, “The beginning of modernism, mainly for the movement and rhythm.”
We love the work of Paul Sahre, a NYC-based graphic designer, illustrator, lecturer, educator and author who makes this really clever, intelligent works. The artist just has an incredible body of commercial and personal works, so much so that you can spend hours on his site. This body of works in particular is called “illooops.”
You know the Citrus Report and cats, so when we saw this post on Los Angeles-based Cat Cult up on Juxtapoz, we got hyped and we are thinking of making our cat a cult figure. It already smokes. We have been in LA recently, and we haven’t seen Cat Cult’s work, but now we are going to take a mini-pilgrimage and learn from the mighty Cat Cult.
Juxtapoz notes that they use illustration, printmaking, stencils, wheatpaste, photography, painting, sewing, and graphic design on their pieces. We approve.
This is the first time we have seen the work of Vietnamese artist, Dinh Truong Giang, and because we can barely fold a piece of paper, seeing some of these animal and portraits made from folding paper is quite impressive. The architecture student who studied both in Vietnam and USA, and now lives in Virginia, says this about his work:
“After about 2 years folding from books, I started to create original origami models.
To me, origami = paper sculpture. Inspiration can come from many sources, from modern sculptures to paintings, Zen paintings, graphic design, other origami artists’ works and what I read and listen…
I wet fold most of my models using watercolor or handmade paper.”
With all of the graphic design blogs out there, September Industry manages to still stand out with their extremely good picks of graphic design collections from around the globe. Simply put, SI just has good taste in design, featuring some of the cleanest book arts and typography work on the web. The cool thing about this site though, is that they offer an in depth interview with the designers and their work. Not only giving viewers eye-gasms all over their screen, the artists are able to share insight to their process, mantras, and influences that leaves the audience with a better understanding of how the work came about, as well as feeling pretty damn inspired.