Toronto-based artist David Irvine has always had a fondness for old prints found at thrift shops. He used buy them to paint over and reuse as blank canvases, then one day started painting on the pictures themselves. Seven years on, he has upcycled hundreds of paintings, adding incongruous pop culture figures such as Darth Vader and Pac-Man to conventional scenes.
Irvine has been refining and pushing the boundaries of “redirected” art with a unique and original spin almost as long as his good friend, Marcel Duchamp. David’s quirky and very popular style is created by repurposing unwanted prints or original art from thrift stores or found at yard sales and painted upon using his own style of creativity. Seemingly random subject matter including pop cultural references, political comment, the camp and the absurd, often combining all these elements to create truly original art pieces.
Michiel Schuurman is a Dutch graphic and textile designer. Schuurman’s personal work specializes in typography and poster design which often boasts a rather maximalistic approach. His practice of combining bright colors, warped glyphs, harsh perspectives, and acidic patterns creates some awfully intriguing eye-candy, which he often screen prints himself.
Magnus Gjoen brings a touch of punk- sensibility to the art tradition. His fashion background infuses Magnus’ art, re-thinking old concepts and re-interpreting them for the contemporary climate. Working to shed new light on past treasures, Magnus’ prints alters the relationships between the viewer and the preconceived notions of objects; something which is ostensibly powerful and destructive is transfigured into beautiful and fragile objects of art, be it weapons, animals or the human race itself.
His digital works make us look twice to grasp their meaning. Gjoen’s unique style of juxtaposing themes of religion, war, beauty, and destruction in his art bring us to also question their correlation.
Our good friend, Swoon, has just launched a new website, SwoonInPrint, where she can keep everyone updated on print releases and other things she may be up to. We are excited because all those amazing limited edition variants and prints can see the light of day in people’s homes. She is one of the best, and now we can stay updated on her work!
As you probably know by now, David Choe is kind of famous. That is sort of fun for us, because we remember the Baskin Robbins’ days. We are very excited today to announce a David Choe x Upper Playground special open-edition print release, featuring 4 classic Choe works. “Bangs“, “Choebot“, “Soulscraper“, and “Swamp Virus.”
Each print is 18″ x 24″, open edition, and $9.95.
Here is how David Choe describes it:
“I realize my art has gotten quite unaffordable over the years, and those not in the print game, don’t have the time to hunt down limited editon rare hard to find whatevers, I will now have something for you! I appreciate all the love and support from all of you who care about me and my work over the years that have afforded me the luxury to create whatever I want without HAVING to suck dick in dark alleyways, now me WANTING to do that, is a whole other story. I will be making posters and prints that are open edition and affordable for all my non-billionaire friends.”
As you know by now, Jeremy Fish just opened his exhibition at FIFTY24SF Gallery, with “Where Hearts Get Left” opening on Saturday, July 14. Along with the over 50 drawings, 4 statues, and 6 large-scale paintings in the show, Fish has 5 limited-edition, edition of 100, signed and numbered screen prints available in our webstore now. The prints are City and State, the Super Burrito, The Rock, The Golden Gate, andWhere Hearts Get Left.
One of the leading contemporary street artists in the world today, Valencia, Spain-based Escif has become one of the most influential and prolific public artists of the past half decade. From Norway, to Italy, to Valencia, and recent projects with Upper Playground in both the Western United States and Mexico City, Escif continues to build an amazing body of political imagery placed on walls in cities across the globe. In the summer of 2011, Escif teamed with San for a special installation at our FIFTY24SF Gallery, that documented a road trip throughout the American Southwest.
Today, we are pleased to release two tee-shirt designs by Escif for Upper Playground: “Banana Split” and “Buuuuush“. The two new tees for summer continues our special collaboration with Escif and his “Morphine” print created for Upper Playground last year.
Our good friend Stanley Donwood, who showed with FIFTY24SF Gallery in 2010, has just released a few prints, two we are highlighting here in LA Exit and Apocalypse 101, in conjunction with his Lost Angeles show at Subliminal Projects. We like his write up on Apocalypse:
A choice selection of Los Angeles landmarks; the Crossroads of the World, one of the huge elephant statues that stand at Hollywood and Highland, the Roosevelt Hotel (stalked by the ghost of Marilyn Monroe), the famous Pantages theatre, the First National Bank building, and the iconic Capitol Records building, with Griffith Observatory up in the hills… all of them in dire trouble. The 101 freeway is already beneath the waves.
This is a three colour screenprint, including an almost (but not quite) imperceptible white and a metallic grey.
Upper Playground and Jeremy Fish have just released our new print, “The Golden Hills,” as an opening message to Fish’s exhibition at FIFTY24SF this summer. The print is made in an edition of 100, signed and numbered the artist, and printed at the fantastic Bloom Press in Oakland, California.
“This drawing was inspired by that looming feeling that San Francisco is an isolated island from the rest of the country. As SF becomes more and more expensive, and the lower income creative folks that make this city pulse get squeezed off the island, “the city that knows how” will slowly transform into a sterile west coast Manhattan full of tech chads and internet gurus.” —Jeremy Fish
“the golden hills”
4 colors screen printed on Domtar Cougar 100# Cover paper. Measures 18″ x 24″.
In edition of 100, signed and numbered.
Printed by Bloom Press in Oakland.