THREAD ENVIRONMENTS BY CHIHARU SHIOTA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Berlin, Germany based Chiharu Shiota is a Japanese performance and installation artist best known for creating room-filling, monumental yet delicate, poetic environments. She weaves human-size webs from thread, turning entire galleries into labyrinthine environments and often enclosing personal objects or even herself.

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Central to the artist’s work are the themes of remembrance and oblivion, dreaming and sleeping, traces of the past and childhood, and dealing with anxieties. Shiota finds diverse visual expressions for these subject matters, the most celebrated being impenetrable installations made of thread which often enclose various household and everyday, personal objects: a burnt-out piano, a wedding dress or a lady’s mackintosh.

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RED LIGHT INSTALLATIONS BY NICOLAS RIVALS

by Ariadna Zierold

nicolas rivals, red, light, neon, installation, nature, landscape, la linea roja, paris, environment, upper playground

Paris based photographer Nicolas Rivals has realized the series ‘La Línea Roja’ — a visual study of geometry and form in dialogue with nature.

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Across scenic landscapes in spain, rivals has installed luminous, neon-hued triangles, squares and lines intersecting with the surrounding environment. Each temporary piece was captured in a series of long-exposure shots that reveal an unusual juxtaposition between fabricated objects and the natural world.

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EMOTIONAL INTIMACY BY THAYER NICHOLAS GRANSTROM BRAY

by Ariadna Zierold

Thayer Nicholas Granstrom Bray, illustration, drawing, emotional, intimacy, red, blue, anatomy, human, figures, figurative, bodies, kansas city, upper playground

Thayer Nicholas Granstrom Bray is a drawer, printmaker, bookbinder, and sculptor based in Kansas City. He earned a BFA in printmaking and minor in Art History from the University of Kansas in 2009. Thayer’s work is heavily influenced by, and takes freely and openly form, the history of art, prints, comics, movies, and cartoons.

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His 2-D and 3-D work, all figurative, and all ink on paper, investigates ideas of physical closeness, emotional intimacy, body dysmorphia, narcissism, frailty, snuggles, and the social and interpersonal negotiations which occur within heterosexual relationships. He is currently the shop assistant at the Lawrence Lithography Workshop, Kansas City, MO, and head binder at Red Shorts Bindery.

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Die Antwoord “Evil Boy” Black & Red Editions

Building upon Die Antwoord’s one-day exhibition at FIFTY24SF Gallery this summer, Upper Playground has once again teamed up with the famed South African hip-hop group  and vinyl figure company Good Smile to release two new colorways of the Ninja designed “Evil Boy” figure. Previously only available during shows of Die Antwoord’s continuous world tour, Upper Playground is pleased to announce both a “Red” and “Black “edition of “Evil Boy, in our webstore now.

The “Evil Boy” Red Edition was made in a limited release of 168, and stand at 6″ tall.

The Black Edition was made in a limited release of 216, and stands at 6″ tall.