Blasphemous Nature by Robert Bowen opens August 7th at Upper Playground PDX

FIFTY24PDX Gallery and Upper Playground Portland are excited to present Blasphemous Nature: a solo show featuring new works by San Francisco based artist Robert Bowen.


“BLASPHEMOUS NATURE” is a collection of new paintings chronicling a bizarre place where the line between Mother Nature and the mechanical world has been blurred and broken. The show will be on display at Portland’s Upper Playground Gallery, opening on August 7th from 6-9 PM.

“With this new body of work I am continuing to focus on my fascination with animal/machinery hybrids. There are so many unanswered questions I have about them. Is this a not so distant future reality? A terrible road we should never go down? How do I make the Killer Whale a more efficient killer? Can the marlin and shark be even faster hunters, more dangerous to their only predators, man? If the bees continue to disappear, should we design a replacement to pick up where they left off? Or do we accept our fate and stop toying with Mother Nature since that is what got us into trouble in the first place. I’m continuing to play mad scientist in a lab that should never really exist. Oh, and there’s a few fire breathing cats in there, because…why not.” -R. Bowen

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FIFTY24PDX Gallery:

ROBERT BOWEN: Blashpehmous Nature
23 NW. 5th Ave, Portland, OR 97209
August 7 – September 27, 2014
Gallery open Monday through Saturday 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM and Sunday 12:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Opening Reception August 7 at 6:00 PM


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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Jeremy Fish, prints for pdx, upper playground

Jayde Cardinalli, Prints for Pdx, Upper Playground

Travis Millard, prints for pdx, upper playground

Travis Millard, prints for pdx, upper playground

PRINTS for PDX – Screen print show opening August 1st, 2013 6PM

Fifty24PDX Gallery is putting together a screen print show with a great line up of Upper Playground favorites such as Morning Breath, Mike Giant, Jeremy Fish, Jayde Cardinalli, Sam Flores, Michael Sieben, Travis Millard, Mel Kadel, Todd Francis & Frank Kozik.  Show is opening 6PM on August 1st at our Upper Playground location in Portland.

Morning Breath, Mike Giant, Jeremy Fish, Jayde Cardinalli, Sam Flores, Michael Sieben, Travis Millard, Mel Kadel, Todd Francis & Frank Kozik

Saturday, June 15th, 3pm: Alex Pardee Book Signing at Upper Playground Portland shop and Fifty24PDX Gallery!

This Saturday, Alex Pardee will be in Portland for a book signing organized by Upper Playground PDX and ZeroFriends.  Bring your own copy or you can pick up  Awful/Resilient and Awful/Homesick in-store.  And don’t forget to check out the ZeroFriends annual pop-up shop at the Fifty24PDX Gallery to see what Pardee and friends have set up for you in store! Book Signing begins at 3PM.

Awful/Resilient and Awful/Homesick is also available online at

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Zerofriends Pop-Up Shop opens in Portland June 6th and Alex Pardee Book Signing on June 15th!

For the 3rd year in a row, ZeroFriends is opening a pop-up shop in Portland at our Upper Playground PDX location. Join us to celebrate its opening on Thursday, June 6th and check out new merchandise and new art fresh from the Zerofriends shoppe in the bay.   And mark you calendars, Alex Pardee will be instore, June 15th for a book signing at the Fifty24PDX Gallery and Upper Playground location.

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Of Ice and Movement by KLUTCH, at FIFTY24PDX Gallery May 2nd – May 26th, 2013

Klutch has been making a mess for over three decades. From his work with the early 1980’s hardcore punk scene and the legendary Skull Skates, to painting backgrounds for ads in Vogue, his work has appeared around the world on t-shirts, skateboards, city walls, magazines, and galleries. In 2005 the suite he created at San Francisco’s Hotel Des Arts was featured in Time magazine’s annual “Best Of” issue. Since then he has accomplished very little.

In Of Ice and Movement, Klutch builds and installation which is a sculptural representation of glacial rust, intended as a metaphor for the constant yet invisible to the naked eye process of personal growth. All work, over 125 handmade wooden columns, was produced over the past 6 weeks exclusively for this show, and this is the only time they will be shown or sold in Portland.

An opening reception for Of Ice and Movement will be held First Thursday, May 2nd 2013, from 6:00-10:00 PM. Show runs May 2nd – May 26th 2013.

“Blurred Lines” @ FIFTY24PDX Gallery, December 6

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In Plywerk presents: Blurred Lines, John Ecklund, Kim Oanh Nguyen and Andrew Walsh work with PLYWERK and our brothers and sisters at our Portland space, FIFTY24PDX Gallery, where they try to answer the question, “Where does nature end and our urban environment start?” “Blurred Lines” will be a multi-disciplinary show featuring photography and video installations.

An opening reception for Blurred Lines will be held First Thursday, December 6th 2012, from 6:00-10:00 PM. The show runs December 6th – January 27th 2013.

ZEROFRIENDS POP UP SHOP @ Upper Playground PDX, Portland

It’s summer in Portland, and you know what that means. Legendary talent Alex Pardee returns once again to Portland to transform the FIFTY24PDX Gallery into a shrine of objects created from his demented imagination. This year, we are doing it bigger and better than ever, featuring weekly events, “Movie Knights,” and giveaways. The details are a secret (for now), so keep your eyes and ears open for sneak peeks and more tidbits of information to drop in the coming weeks.

Opening First Thursday, June 7

Alex Pardee will be in attendance First Thursday, July 5th, 2012 at 7pm

Show runs through July 29, 2012

About Alex Pardee:

“As I was walking to my favorite deli, I saw a man get hit by a car. His hip slammed against the license plate on the car’s bumper and the force of the impact caused half of his axial skeleton to eject itself from his skin and muscles. The driver of the murder weapon didn’t even slow down to apologize. I shouted and sprinted over to the victim but I instantly realized that he wasn’t a man at all. What I watched explode onto the asphalt like a cartoon piñata was actually just a plastic garbage bag with a few shreds of bone white paper and a cranberry juice box. Things like this happen to me all of the time. My imagination takes over and makes me see things that don’t happen, and that don’t exist. I try to draw some of these experiences to share them with you, but I have a long way to go before I can really help you see what I see.” – ALEX PARDEE



Opening at FIFTY24PDX Gallery on Thursday, February 2, the show features works from Gage Hamilton, Zach Yarrington and Stephan Alexandr with the concept being based around the financial crisis. Gage questions the legitimacy of our financial institutions and our relationships with money through re-created scenes from The Alexander Hamilton Project peppered with reactions to the ensuing Occupy controversy, while Zach searches for a utilitarian alternative to the disheartening state of American politics, and Stephan poses a unique question of commodity value.

Faux Money, Faux Problems opens First Thursday, February 2nd from 6:00-10:00pm. All artists will be in attendance. SHK THT will be pumping party jams, and our friends from Gorilla Meats Co. and Red Hook will fill your belly with delicious artisanal meats and seasonal beers. The show will run through March 29th, 2012.