Jaume Plensa produces monumental sculptures in steel, glass, marble, polyester resin, concrete, and bronze. He is best known for his Crown Fountain in Chicago’s Millenium Park, two 50-foot-high glass towers set amidst a pool of water, which play giant video portraits of Chicago residents that periodically purse their lips and spout water into the pool.
Predominantly producing figurative sculpture, Plensa has created larger-than-life-sized heads constructed of fine, stainless-steel wire mesh so that their surrounding environments are visible through the works, and bronze figures cast from his own body.
Denver-based artist Jaime Molina has focused on bearded wooden heads, utilizing nails to form the hair of each of his subjects. Despite being placed haphazardly and with alternating sizes, the nails give the sculptures a uniform look, adding dimension to the male heads formed from found wood.
A few of the works open to showcase a center skull, intrinsic sculptures that are either left as raw wood or painted in a similar manner as his public murals.
Madrid-based artist, Lee Griggs, embellishes 3D scans with various shapes, colors, and abstract growths. Each piece is comprised of countless spheres, cylinders, or cubes that have been extruded and colored to create images reminiscent of human faces.
Sam Flores releases six new high-quality giclée prints exclusively for Upper Playground. These new prints printed on award-winning, Moab Entrada Rag Bright paper using Genuine Epson Ultrachrome Pigmented Inks ensure the best archival quality available for these classic Twelve Grain designs. Check out the list below and click into the image for more info:
Necomimi could be the most amazing invention ever. These adorable ears read your emotions. They perk up when you concentrate and lay down when you are relaxed and obviously we want them on our heads right now. After that Jake in his undies pic our ears would be perked up.
We like Band of Outsiders. It is the look a real Hollywood movie, a very LA vibe that we appreciate and in our heads think that everyone there wears it. They don’t, and we in SF wear it, so there you go. James Marsden and Kirsten Dunst were called in to model BoO Spring 2011, and it looks good as always.
The weirdest part about this album is that “Psycho Killer” is a hit single. This isn’t the typical single, nor is this the typical band, but sometimes art rock makes its way into some form of popular consciousness with an odd song. And with Talking Heads 77, of which “Psycho Killer” is the second to last song, the Heads made a landmark debut album. It starts with “Uh-Oh, Love Comes to Town,” and ends with “Pulled Up.”