Upper Playground Releases Latest Book by Japanese Artist and Illustrator USUGROW

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In conjunction to Usugrow‘s return to San Francisco for his solo show, ‘INKFLOW‘ at Fifty24SF Gallery, Upper Playground is proud to release this week, ‘USUGROW: Works 2007-2013’. A 180 page compilation of the Japanese artist and illustrator’s best selected works from the last seven years. Available in stores and online right here.

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Today, we preview some of the great drawings and two mural pieces that Ericailcane, the Italian artist and street muralist, has ready for his solo show, We Were Living In the Woods, at San Francisco’s FIFTY24SF Gallery. The show opens tonight and goes through December 19th. A fitting end of the year. . .

For more, go to FIFTY24SF.com.

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Erica Il Cane at FIFTY24SF Gallery, November 11th

FIFTY24SF Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition by Italian street muralist and fine artist, Erica il Cane, entitled, We Were Living in the Woods. The exhibition will be the second solo show that Erica has held in the United States.

As a major contributor to an increasingly progressive and elaborate street art and mural movement occurring in Europe over the past 5 years, Erica il Cane (translating to “Eric the Dog”) gained international recognition for his anthropomorphic  building-sized animal murals throughout Italy and the continent. With fellow contemporaries Blu, Sam3, Escif, and San, Erica’s large-scale murals have been viewed as fine art done within the public’s view. We Were Living in the Woods will feature works on paper and on-site installations.

Born and studied in Bologna, Italy, Erica’s evolution to gallery work has seen depictions of animals in unique, human situations rendered in Victorian-like style illustrations, etchings, and short animated films. The art is often described as imagery from a dark fairy tale, in which animals are shown within the darkness of human nature, focusing on themes of alienation, satire, existentialism. Both gallery and mural work has also been hailed as influential works advocating vegetarianism and animal rights.

Erica il Cane has shown throughout Europe, including Lazarides Gallery, Banksy’s Santa’s Ghetto, the Fame Festival, and gallery shows in Milan, Rome, London, and Barcelona. He has also shown in Los Angeles and Chicago. 

 Erica Il Cane’s “We Were Living in the Woods” will run from November 11th – December 30th, with an opening reception on Thursday, November 11th, from 7:30PM – 10:00PM. (Pictures of some of the work below)

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