Upper Playground releases Munko Whale Plush Toy by David Choe


Los Angeles based, Korean-American artist, David Choe, aka painter, troublemaker, illustrator, muralist, traveler, performer and host of the DVDASA show, releases his well recognized Munko whale as a plush toy this week.

The Munko whale first appeared in the Los Angeles graffiti scene as a David Choe signature, randomly popping up on pavements, concrete walls, over passes and freeways with quotes and food for thought.


David Choe’s Munkos have evolved and taken on many personas over the years, ranging from skinny long legs, lady friends, polkadotted variations and on and on:

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Upper Playground, in association with Good Smile Company is happy to produce and release The MUNKO PLUSH TOY for all Choe fans. Click on the photo below and pick up a Munko before they are sold out!

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“Eames: The Architect and The Painter” Trailer

James Franco had more time to narrate this film than finish his Rebel project. But this is definitely something we want to see; “Eames: The Architect and The Painter.” We enjoy a nice piece of industrial design from the Eames factory, and better yet, the great works of a husband-wife duo like Charles and Ray Eames.

Synopsis time:

The husband-and-wife team of Charles and Ray Eames are widely regarded as America’s most important designers. Perhaps best remembered for their mid-century plywood and fiberglass furniture, the Eames Office also created a mind-bending variety of other products, from splints for wounded military during World War II, to photography, interiors, multi-media exhibits, graphics, games, films and toys. But their personal lives and influence on significant events in American life — from the development of modernism, to the rise of the computer age — has been less widely understood. Narrated by James Franco, Eames: The Architect and the Painter is the first film dedicated to these creative geniuses and their work.

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Olivier Vrancken

– Where do you live?

In The Netherlands.

– What kind of artist are you?

Basically i’m a graphic designer. I started painting about a year ago,
which i try to do as full-time as possible now. I hope one day to live from it, in the meantime i still do some minor graphic work, just to pay the bills.

– How would you describe your work?

It’s abstract, symbolic & personal. I often start with a rough outline or form and go from there. Colors and forms develop along the way or derive partly from sketches , it’s quite an impulsive process. The forms and col ors work in har mony to build a bridge within the rela tion ships.

– Where do you draw inspiration from, and are there any particular artists you look up to?

Books, movies, music, thoughts, documentaries, philosophy, symbolism, psychedelic stuff, primitive art, 60s & 70s art & design, experiences, life in general and other artists, too many to name, there’s so much talent out there.

-Any upcoming shows, projects, or adventures?

A duo-show in June with illustrator Roya Hamburger at Alley art gallery, Belgium. Also in June, a groupshow in London with David Shillinglaw and others, some work on the Stroke Artfair in Germany and a solo show by the end of August at Nice/Nice in Hannover, that’s about it for now.

-What makes you happy?

My kids, painting, freedom….

See more of his work on his website: www.oliviervrancken.com and on his Flickr

Interview by Andrew Luk

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The Warner Williams Gallery in Oakland, California

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One of our favorite neighborhoods in Oakland, CA, our hometown, is the Lakeshore/Grand area, and a new gallery, Warner Williams, has just opened featuring the largest collection of original art by the painter Warner Williams in the world, including early, mid-period and new work. And we like Warner Williams style, so we are going to make an appointment to go check it out. We like mundane, stylish California styles.

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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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“KYKKELIKY” by Gabriel Dubois @ Stolenspace in London next week

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We are just learning a little more about Gabriel Dubois, but we like what we see, and his KYKKELIKY
show next week at Stolenspace in London will be a good one to check out. The Canadian painter does a good job with abstraction as far as we can tell, and we like the color palette. Feels classic, if not classical.

As Stolenspace explains, “In this recent selection of paintings his distinct visual language of energised signifiers and symbols are delivered with delicately articulated lines that wrap, weave and totem themselves through and around colour-coded compositions emitting a fresh momentum. These synthesized seeds are fertilized amongst bright bursts of expression & delicately assembled collage which are planted by chance & grow autonomously through a constructive/ deconstructive process. finally they are fabricated & refined in an accurate mechanical order.”

Heady. Like it. Here is one of his street pieces:

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