AURAL DREAM APPRECIATION BY DANG OLSEN

by Ariadna Zierold

dang olsen, painting, illustration, los angeles, oakland, aural, portal, dream, psychedelic, lsd, vibrant, colorful, surreal, upper playground

Los Angeles based artist Dang Olsen makes bizarre, vibrant paintings from childlike cartoon drawings and gives them a psychedelic treatment. Olsen doesn’t just tinker with your existing paradigm; he provides an aural portal for you to join him in his crusade for deeper dream appreciation. The paintings take on innocent themes as well as more mature ones, standing somewhere in between the traditionally playful LSD-inspired smiley faces and something more substantial, always hinting at an exploration of a larger concept.

dang olsen, painting, illustration, los angeles, oakland, aural, portal, dream, psychedelic, lsd, vibrant, colorful, surreal, upper playground dang olsen, painting, illustration, los angeles, oakland, aural, portal, dream, psychedelic, lsd, vibrant, colorful, surreal, upper playground dang olsen, painting, illustration, los angeles, oakland, aural, portal, dream, psychedelic, lsd, vibrant, colorful, surreal, upper playground dang olsen, painting, illustration, los angeles, oakland, aural, portal, dream, psychedelic, lsd, vibrant, colorful, surreal, upper playground

HARD EDGE METHOD BY HUEMAN

by Ariadna Zierold

hueman, mural, street art, oakland, abstract, figurative, upper playground

Hueman is an artist based in Oakland, CA. She is constantly seeking balance: between the beautiful and the grotesque, the abstract and the figurative, and the golden moment between sleep and wake.

hueman, mural, street art, oakland, abstract, figurative, upper playground

Hueman’s work is shaped by a free association approach, so she produces dream-like disrupted compositions which represent almost hybrid beings or shapes in the state of emotional chaos or calmness.

hueman, mural, street art, oakland, abstract, figurative, upper playground hueman, mural, street art, oakland, abstract, figurative, upper playground hueman, mural, street art, oakland, abstract, figurative, upper playground hueman, mural, street art, oakland, abstract, figurative, upper playground hueman, mural, street art, oakland, abstract, figurative, upper playground

PLAYFUL NUDE MALE FIGURES BY JEFFREY CHEUNG

by Ariadna Zierold

jeffrey cheung, low brow, humor, nude, male, illustration, painting, oakland, upper playground

The playfulness and low-brow style of Oakland-based Jeffrey Cheung’s contorted and often nude male figures has quickly gained traction within the Bay Area. Cheung’s humor translates well across his many paintings, prints, collages, drawings and even murals. His latest series is focused on the physical interaction between males on large scale paintings.

jeffrey cheung, low brow, humor, nude, male, illustration, painting, oakland, upper playground

Cheung graduated form the University of California Santa Cruz, and has since shown in a variety of shows throughout the Bay Area as well as City Bird Gallery in Paris, France.

jeffrey cheung, low brow, humor, nude, male, illustration, painting, oakland, upper playground jeffrey cheung, low brow, humor, nude, male, illustration, painting, oakland, upper playground jeffrey cheung, low brow, humor, nude, male, illustration, painting, oakland, upper playground jeffrey cheung, low brow, humor, nude, male, illustration, painting, oakland, upper playground jeffrey cheung, low brow, humor, nude, male, illustration, painting, oakland, upper playground jeffrey cheung, low brow, humor, nude, male, illustration, painting, oakland, upper playground

 

From Top Dog to the Underdog, Warriors surprising Loss in Game 1

Rated the #1 team in the Western Conference and the defending NBA champions, the Golden State Warriors had a surprising defeat last night in Game 1 of the NBA playoffs to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Surprising, not because they’re the number one team in the conference, (the Thunder are not too far behind at #3, with top players, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook on deck), but because the Warriors had a 14 point lead that later vanished into a devastating loss on home court.

The loss has speculators and ESPN sports writers curious about the future of the playoffs given that the Thunder’s victory was kind of like a psychological twist in a narrative plot that favored the beloved Warriors.  The Top Dog team that had it all- home court advantage, an NBA championship and MVP Steph Curry, fell from grace and into Underdog territory overnight.

Can the Warriors recover?!

It seems like some deep emotional centers were affected in fans and sportscasters across the nation as they mourned the defeat like a loss of faith in the future of the Warriors; with a collective consciousness creating mystery and fear about the Warrior’s capability to perform.

But perhaps this loss was a necessary disruption to reveal something that needs to be learned, by all of us. I mean, wherever there is loss, there is gain, right? There are quite a few more games to go.

So we’ll just eagerly await to watch Game 2 tomorrow night for more revelations and controversy, wearing our Warriors snapbacks and everything blue and gold.

Steph Curry via TheSource.com

Upper Playground at TREASURE ISLAND MUSIC FESTIVAL

Treasure Island Music Festival, Upper Playground, Merch, Vendor, Deadmau5, CHVRCHES, Big Grams, The National

Capping off the end of the Festival Season in style, Treasure Island Music Festival has always been one of our favorites in the Bay. This year is sure to be another stellar mix of great music, rad art, good looking people and awesome vendors 🙂 . Whether you come to enjoy one day or two, make sure to stop by the booth and say hi.

Upper Playground Releases ‘San Francisco Bay 3D Wood Map’

san-francisco-bay-wood-map-upper-playground-003

Upper Playground is proud to announce the release of the San Francisco Bay 3D Wood Map. The bathymetric 3D wood map is crafted out of sustainable materials using sonar and infrared imaging data. With seven contoured layers of depth carved out of Birch wood, these unique maps were laser etched with thousands of tiny details engraved in the surface layer.  Measuring 14.5” x 16.5” x 1.5”, they come with heavy duty hanging hardware pre-installed. Available in store and online at upperplaygound.com

san-francisco-bay-wood-map-upper-playground-004
 san-francisco-bay-wood-map-upper-playground-005

san-francisco-bay-wood-map-upper-playground-002

san-francisco-bay-wood-map-upperplaygound-jpg

San Francisco Bay 3D Wood Map
– 14.5” x 16.5” x 1.5”
– Custom Bathymetric 3D Wood Map
– 7 Contoured Layers of Birch Wood
– Hanging hardware included
– Made in USA