LEGO SCULPTURES BY NATHAN SAWAYA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Nathan Sawaya was born in Colville, Washington and raised in Veneta, Oregon. He attended New York University. Sawaya lives and works between his two studios located in New York City and Los Angeles.

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Since his first solo exhibition, Sawaya’s artwork has grabbed the attention of art critics and pop culture novices alike. His artwork has been shown in major art institutions throughout the world, and held in the collection of both prominent private and public collections. Sawaya was the first contemporary artist to ever take LEGO into the art world as a medium. His work is obsessively and painstakingly crafted and is both beautiful and playful. Sawaya’s ability to transform LEGO bricks into something new, his devotion to scale and color perfection, the way he conceptualizes the action of the subject matter, enables him to elevate an ordinary toy to the status of fine art.

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TWISTING ECOSYSTEMS BY YELLENA JAMES

by Ariadna Zierold

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Yellena James grew up and attended art school in Sarajevo, BiH. At the age of 18 she moved to the U.S. After gaining her BA in painting and graphic design at UCF, she eventually made her way to Portland, OR. Preferring pens, inks, markers and acrylics, she combines complex abstract forms into dazzling images which take on lives of their own. Her colorful arrangements of organic shapes and tangled lines are at once floral and alien, organic and sci-fi. Each intimate world she creates seems to posses its own ethos and its own special ability to radiate emotion.

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“My latest works further explore the intricate and delicate forms of an imaginary ecosystem, twisting and floating together in an alluring environment. I attempt to create an ethereal place which is hypnotically familiar and yet hauntingly exotic, adding tiny little details in a sort of compulsive meditation, until a perfect balance is created. The intricacy and high detail, along with hints of existing organic shapes lend to the intimacy and believability of each new world.” Yellena James

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Natural Instincts | DAVID RICE

Portland, Oregon based artist, muralist, illustrator and designer David Rice, illustrates the force of nature in its beauty and presence amidst natural and human engineered landscapes. Having grown up in Colorado in the abundance of wildlife and outdoor activities, Rice developed an artistic penchant for highlighting the natural landscape and its inhabitants as his primary subject matter.

Follow his multi-medium journeys on Instagram: @d_j_rice

Portland, Oregon based artist, muralist, illustrator and designer David Rice, illustrates the force of nature in its beauty and presence amidst natural and human engineered landscapes. Having grown up in Colorado in the abundance of wildlife and outdoor activities, Rice developed an artistic penchant for highlighting the natural landscape and its inhabitants as his primary subject matter. Via news.upperplayground.com (1)

Portland, Oregon based artist, muralist, illustrator and designer David Rice, illustrates the force of nature in its beauty and presence amidst natural and human engineered landscapes. Having grown up in Colorado in the abundance of wildlife and outdoor activities, Rice developed an artistic penchant for highlighting the natural landscape and its inhabitants as his primary subject matter. Via news.upperplayground.com (2)

Portland, Oregon based artist, muralist, illustrator and designer David Rice, illustrates the force of nature in its beauty and presence amidst natural and human engineered landscapes. Having grown up in Colorado in the abundance of wildlife and outdoor activities, Rice developed an artistic penchant for highlighting the natural landscape and its inhabitants as his primary subject matter. Via news.upperplayground.com (3)

Portland, Oregon based artist, muralist, illustrator and designer David Rice, illustrates the force of nature in its beauty and presence amidst natural and human engineered landscapes. Having grown up in Colorado in the abundance of wildlife and outdoor activities, Rice developed an artistic penchant for highlighting the natural landscape and its inhabitants as his primary subject matter. Via news.upperplayground.com (4)

Portland, Oregon based artist, muralist, illustrator and designer David Rice, illustrates the force of nature in its beauty and presence amidst natural and human engineered landscapes. Having grown up in Colorado in the abundance of wildlife and outdoor activities, Rice developed an artistic penchant for highlighting the natural landscape and its inhabitants as his primary subject matter. Via news.upperplayground.com (5)

Portland, Oregon based artist, muralist, illustrator and designer David Rice, illustrates the force of nature in its beauty and presence amidst natural and human engineered landscapes. Having grown up in Colorado in the abundance of wildlife and outdoor activities, Rice developed an artistic penchant for highlighting the natural landscape and its inhabitants as his primary subject matter. Via news.upperplayground.com (6)

Portland, Oregon based artist, muralist, illustrator and designer David Rice, illustrates the force of nature in its beauty and presence amidst natural and human engineered landscapes. Having grown up in Colorado in the abundance of wildlife and outdoor activities, Rice developed an artistic penchant for highlighting the natural landscape and its inhabitants as his primary subject matter. Via news.upperplayground.com (7)

Portland, Oregon based artist, muralist, illustrator and designer David Rice, illustrates the force of nature in its beauty and presence amidst natural and human engineered landscapes. Having grown up in Colorado in the abundance of wildlife and outdoor activities, Rice developed an artistic penchant for highlighting the natural landscape and its inhabitants as his primary subject matter. Via news.upperplayground.com (8)

Portland, Oregon based artist, muralist, illustrator and designer David Rice, illustrates the force of nature in its beauty and presence amidst natural and human engineered landscapes. Having grown up in Colorado in the abundance of wildlife and outdoor activities, Rice developed an artistic penchant for highlighting the natural landscape and its inhabitants as his primary subject matter. Via news.upperplayground.com (9)

Portland, Oregon based artist, muralist, illustrator and designer David Rice, illustrates the force of nature in its beauty and presence amidst natural and human engineered landscapes. Having grown up in Colorado in the abundance of wildlife and outdoor activities, Rice developed an artistic penchant for highlighting the natural landscape and its inhabitants as his primary subject matter. Via news.upperplayground.com (10)

Portland, Oregon based artist, muralist, illustrator and designer David Rice, illustrates the force of nature in its beauty and presence amidst natural and human engineered landscapes. Having grown up in Colorado in the abundance of wildlife and outdoor activities, Rice developed an artistic penchant for highlighting the natural landscape and its inhabitants as his primary subject matter. Via news.upperplayground.com (11)

Portland, Oregon based artist, muralist, illustrator and designer David Rice, illustrates the force of nature in its beauty and presence amidst natural and human engineered landscapes. Having grown up in Colorado in the abundance of wildlife and outdoor activities, Rice developed an artistic penchant for highlighting the natural landscape and its inhabitants as his primary subject matter. Via news.upperplayground.com (12)

Portland, Oregon based artist, muralist, illustrator and designer David Rice, illustrates the force of nature in its beauty and presence amidst natural and human engineered landscapes. Having grown up in Colorado in the abundance of wildlife and outdoor activities, Rice developed an artistic penchant for highlighting the natural landscape and its inhabitants as his primary subject matter. Via news.upperplayground.com (13)

Portland, Oregon based artist, muralist, illustrator and designer David Rice, illustrates the force of nature in its beauty and presence amidst natural and human engineered landscapes. Having grown up in Colorado in the abundance of wildlife and outdoor activities, Rice developed an artistic penchant for highlighting the natural landscape and its inhabitants as his primary subject matter. Via news.upperplayground.com (14)

Portland, Oregon based artist, muralist, illustrator and designer David Rice, illustrates the force of nature in its beauty and presence amidst natural and human engineered landscapes. Having grown up in Colorado in the abundance of wildlife and outdoor activities, Rice developed an artistic penchant for highlighting the natural landscape and its inhabitants as his primary subject matter. Via news.upperplayground.com (15)

Portland, Oregon based artist, muralist, illustrator and designer David Rice, illustrates the force of nature in its beauty and presence amidst natural and human engineered landscapes. Having grown up in Colorado in the abundance of wildlife and outdoor activities, Rice developed an artistic penchant for highlighting the natural landscape and its inhabitants as his primary subject matter. Via news.upperplayground.com (16)

Prints for PDX Opening August 1st at Fifty24PDX

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Prints for PDX a print show curated by long time Upper Playground collaborator, Jeremy Fish will Open August 1st at Fifty24PDX Gallery in Portland, Oregon. The show will include prints from many Upper Playground favorites such as Sam Flores, Morning Breath, Mike Giant, Mihael Sieben, Travis Millard, Mel Kadel, Todd Francis and Frank Kozik. Jeremy Fish and Jayde Cardinalli will also be part of the show and in attendance to sign their available prints.

Checkout the preview of the show below:
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The AUDI Duo

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This will get us on a bike. Portland, Oregon bike maker Renovo and German automakers Audi has teamed up for this beauty of a three-part creation, the Duo City, Duo Sport and the Duo Road – featuring Audi logos and colors. According to Bornrich.com, the duo “in the name bears reference to Audi’s Quattro all-wheel-drive system. The Audi Duo bicycle has a monocoque frame made of hardwood. Audi says that wood offers the smoothest ride of any bicycle frame material due to its ability to absorb shocks.”

We want all 3 for our non-bike living.

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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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“You Can’t Win” goes on tour to PDX from San Franciso, via train and bicycle

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Last night, on a platform in Emeryville, California, Upper Playground and The Citrus Report 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. 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?

Go to UpperPlayground.com for all the photos from the trip so far…

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“You Can’t Win” goes on tour to PDX from San Franciso, via train and bicycle

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Last night, on a platform in Emeryville, California, Upper Playground and The Citrus Report 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. 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?

Go to UpperPlayground.com for all the photos from the trip so far…

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A summer need: Mocc Sock & Co

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A good friend of the Citrus family up in Portland, Oregon just started a line of things that we all need: invisible socks. You can’t go sockless, that shit is not good for anybody, unsanitary if you will. You need Mocc Socks. Mocc Sock & Co is for everyone out there that just bought some Band of Outsiders Sperrys, or Quoddys, or a little Mark McNairy shoe, and you need to hide the sock to look as good as can be. You need them for your Air Jordan 1’s as well.

Sockless. Don’t be that guy.

Buy them here.

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