THE WORK OF MASAMI TERAOKA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Los Angeles based Masami Teraoka‘s early work consisted primarily of watercolor paintings and prints that mimicked the flat, bold qualities of ukiyo-e woodblock prints. These paintings, done after his arrival in the United States, often featured the collision of the two cultures. Series such as McDonald’s Hamburgers Invading Japan and 31 Flavors Invading Japan characterize themes in the work in this time period. These pieces blended reality with fantasy, humor with commentary, history with the present.

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He has abandoned this style in favor of Western European religious iconography, in tune with his cultural and political critique of contemporary culture, particularly its confessional quality in America society. Teraoka’s work has been reviewed, collected and exhibited throughout the United States and abroad.

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MYTHICAL PASTELS BY JUN CEN

by Ariadna Zierold

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New York based Jun Cen is an illustrator, animator and designer. Cen received a bachelor’s degree in Printmaking from Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts in China, later, he moved to Baltimore where he completed his MFA degree in Illustration from Maryland Institute College of Art.

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Cen’s illustrations, digital and traditional, are always sensitively drafted. He uses harmonious tones and subtle touches of texture to give a feeling of calmness and quietness, making much of his work close to hypnotic. Jun interprets the world in his own way, giving lightness and delicacy to heavy sumo wrestlers and Grecian fighters.

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FOLK-CARTOONS BY ROMAN KLONEK

by Ariadna Zierold

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Düsseldorf, Germany based artist Roman Klonek combines the styles of classic cartoons and pop advertisements with the medium of woodcut printing. For the past 15 years, the Poland-born artist has constructed pieces made with knives, chisels, and wood, even if his creations have the precision of other methods. These works ape propaganda, construct original monsters, and recall vintage design.

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As a young boy, Roman was hugely drawn to his father’s collection of Polish and Russian Super 8 cartoons, which still provide him with inspiration to this day. Klonek’s creative subconscious conjures up a colourful and eclectic parade of intriguingly whimsical characters, frolicking amidst a geometric wonderland filled with mysterious text and curious situations.

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Jeff Soto for David Choe’s band Mangchi Tour Poster for Washington D.C. Date

From David Choe’s Instagram:  Sick ass @mangchihammershow poster by @jeffsotoart -this is just one of many, we have the best artists in the world making a different FREE show poster for each location on our#MANGCHi east coast tour – these posters are not for sale , they are extremely limited and only available for free at the end of each show night – only way to get them is to come – follow us like the dead #phish – collect them all – things get weird and folks act like animals when you give away free things that have value – so first come first serve , you snooze you lose and all that@davidchoe2 @jamesjeanart @esao@ogmikeGiant #igloohong@aaronhorkey @andrewhem

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SURREAL PRINTS BY EUGENIA LOLI

by Ariadna Zierold

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Check out the surreal, modern vintage collage prints by Eugenia Loli.

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Loli uses photography scanned from vintage magazines and science publications to create bizarre visual narratives that borrow from aspects of pop art, dada, and traditional surrealism. Loli’s background is almost as diverse as the imagery she employs, having been born in Greece and living in Germany and the UK before settling in California. She previously worked as a nurse, a computer programmer, and as a technology journalist, but has only recently found a calling in collage work with publication in numerous magazines since 2013.

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Free Usugrow Print with Each Online Purchase at Upper Playground

For a limited time, Upper Playground and creator of ‘Shinganist’, Usugrow, is giving away one FREE 8×10 inch print with each online purchase at upperplayground.com.  The deal is only good while supplies last so be sure to take on the opportunity while it’s still available.

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The beautiful 8×10 print is from Usugrow’s HASADHU series from his work titled ‘CREATION’ done with ink on paper, currently on display at Fifty24SF Gallery. Usugrow’s solo show ‘INKFLOW’ will be open to the public until Sunday, November 23.  Check out the gallery website for more information.

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New Print: Sam Flores “FLIGHT OF THE BUMBLE BEE”

Released in conjunction with Sam Flores’ new exhibition at FIFTY24SF Gallery, Lion and the Lamb, Upper Playground and Sam have just released a brand new print, “Flight of the Bumble Bee.” Printed in an edition of 200, the giclee on Archival Cotton Rag-Stock is a 17″ x 22″ print. Now available in our webstore.

17″ x 22″

Giclee on Archival Cotton Rag-Stock

Edition of 200

Released in conjunction with his “Lion and The Lamb” exhibition at our FIFTY24SF Gallery.

$200

David Choe x RZA for “The Gift Show”

Scion is pleased to announce a group exhibition consisting of artists, brands, music labels, and bands entitled “The Gift Show”. The exhibition enlists over 50 participants to contribute unique items, all to benefit Superstorm Sandy Relief Efforts. And part of this is David Choe and the RZA have teamed up for a special collaborative print. Even our old friend Sage Vaughn is in the show…

Opening Reception – Saturday, December 15th, 2012 7-10pm

On View – December 15th – January 5th 2013