Cost for Supreme

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In a conversation with PEZ and Joshua Blank a while back, they mentioned the influence of NYC’s Cost on their careers. We knew of the amount of influence that Cost and Revs had, but in terms of sticker artists, Cost took it to a whole new stratosphere, so it seems a good collaboration to do with Supreme, at least on Supreme’s part.

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El Mac “The Humble and Sublime” @ Joshua Liner Gallery this October

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Our friend El Mac has an exhibition at Joshua Liner Gallery in New York City opening this October 14th, called The Humble and Sublime. The Citrus Report interviewed the man this past year, but we’re pumped to see the new work from the show as it appears.  Check out some stuff he’s done with us in the past here.


PEZ and Joshua Blank @ FIFTY24PDX Gallery opens tonight

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After a long bike trip to PDX from SF, PEZ and Joshua Blank open “You Can’t Win” at FIFTY24PDX Gallery tonight. We can’t wait to see how our friends in Portland like the show, because from some of the photos we have seen, it looks amazing.

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Planes, Trains and Bicycles- YOU CAN’T WIN Tour

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Last night, on a platform in Emeryville, California, Upper Playground said goodbye to PEZ and Joshua Blank as they embarked on a train and bicycle trip to Portland, Oregon, ending in a new “You Can’t Win” show at FIFTY24PDX Gallery opening September 2nd. So the show is going on a tour, with the FIFTY24SF Gallery in SF show coming down tomorrow.

PEZ and Josh are on the train now headed to the south or Oregon, and then on their bikes for the rest of the excursion. (They fly home, hence the “Planes” reference in the title).

If you live in Oregon and want to say hi, get on the side of the road and wave as they bike by… don’t scare them, they are on a mission. Or maybe just said a hello via Facebook?

Stay tuned to UpperPlayground.com for daily updates from the PEZ and Joshua Blank “You Can’t Win” SF to PDX tour…

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Pez and Joshua Blank

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The press release for You Can’t Win has an interesting centerpiece quote that is worth noting right away to put the entire show in context…

“We were and are both very depressed individuals and do not really view ourselves as really fitting into any group, but as persons who kind of sit on the cusp of several. More as loners than anything else.”
-PEZ and Joshua Blank

What we find interesting in this quote is what does one, or in this case, two, do when they feel depressed, not fitting into a group, like loners, and on the periphery? Of course in the case of PEZ and Joshua Blank, there is a bit of graffiti, stickering, and ‘zine making involved in coping (if we can call it coping) with being a depressed, artistic individual. But that seems a bit simplistic of what You Can’t Win is all about. We don’t think the show is about being on the outside looking in, as the quote seems to suggest, but rather an exhibition of being in the inside looking further to the inside.

Both PEZ and Blank’s work captures a mood of being found. In PEZ’ work, his iconic graffiti style is applied onto found album covers, vinyl, and stickers. It fits the graffiti and stickering;  crawling and popping out of city walls and zines; colorful, spontaneous, between the cracks. It creeps up onto record sleeves, onto found paintings, and discarded wood. These are the things that the inside finds and uses when the outside has no use for it anymore; a painting of a sawmill that PEZ found on the street has now been re-imagined with his distinct colorful re-branding. Saw goes for a large coastal painting that is PEZ largest piece in the show: the beach now has an over-turned car and day-glo pyramids.

And then there are Joshua’s photographs: they allow all of us to be voyeurs into a world we have never been given access to. One of the main photos on his wall is of Dash Snow, powerful not because of the infamous nature of the recently passed-artist, but of the nature of the shot itself. Only the inside has been here, with no outsider filter or poised expectation, just two artists in the moment of non-preconceived notions of art and graffiti. They are just there, not self-conscious but self-aware. And with all of Blank’s photos, everyone is just there, being, living, not acting or living out others’ fantasies of what an artistic life should look like. That is why the Snow portrait, along with the other portraits in the show, feel so real: because they just are….

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