by Ariadna Zierold
Denver based artist Ravi Zupa’s images are drawn and painted by his hand. He considers books the best way to experience art and has spent decades studying art from cultures and movements that span history and originate from nearly all geographical regions. Being entirely self-taught, he looks for inspiration in works by German Renaissance print makers, Flemish primitives, abstract expressionists, Japanese woodblock artists, Mughal paintings, religious iconography from Europe, Asia and Pre-Columbian Latin America, and revolutionary propaganda the world over. With a distaste for ironic art or the thoughtless appropriation of culture, he integrates seemingly unrelated images in search of something universal.
Ravi demonstrates mastery in a wide range of media including painting, printmaking, drawing, ceramic and assemblage sculpture, and collage. He employs recycled materials such as blueprints, envelopes and old letters salvaged from dumpsters.
by Ariadna Zierold
Haroshi makes his art pieces recycling old used skateboards. His creations are born through styles such as wooden mosaic, dots, and pixels; where each element, either cut out in different shapes or kept in their original form, are connected in different styles, and shaven into the form of the final art piece.
Haroshi became infatuated with skateboarding in his early teens, and is still a passionate skater at present. He knows thoroughly all the parts of the skateboard deck, such as the shape, concave, truck, and wheels. He often feels attached to trucks with the shaft visible, goes around picking up and collecting broken skateboard parts, and feels reluctant to throw away crashed skateboards. It’s only natural that he began to make art pieces by using skateboards. To Haroshi, his art pieces are equal to his skateboards, and that means they are his life itself. They’re his communication tool with both himself, and the outside world.
After months and months of diligent research our team has concluded that indeed, sometime long ago in a far away place, there was in fact a device called a turntable. Apparently it played circular discs of vinyl to the joy of all listeners near and far. To commemorate this artifact and those who operated it, Upper Playground presents another soon to be artifact— the notebook. Made from recycled materials, this is a perfect place for you to write down anything that feels like it should be non-digitally archived.
Made from recycled wood with 60 sheets of card stock paper. Laser etched artwork. Each individual DJEITY Notebook is uniquely patterned determined by the material used.