SANDRA YAGI EXPLORES THE HUMAN PSYCHE

by Ariadna Zierold

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San Francisco based Sandra Yagi, whose art examines the human psyche,  is influenced by nature and science, all done with classical aesthetics.

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Contemporary culture, human folly and an obsessive curiosity for the macabre provide the fuel for Yagi’s subject matter. Her work is inspired by the natural sciences as well as by the classical drawing techniques of the old masters, including anatomical studies by artists such as Andreas Vesalius and Bernhard Siegfried Albinus. Yagi’s recent paintings incorporate anatomical imagery to explore the human psychological condition, such as cutaway skulls portraying our basic human drives and the thin veneer of humanity overlaying our animal nature.

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KINDERCORE BY MICHELLE GUINTU

by Ariadna Zierold

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San Francisco based artist, Michelle Guintu plays with a little of everything. From sewing cigarettes together to McDonalds-inspired paper mache dolls, to her most recent tempera paintings of hip hop artists and other nostalgic characters from her youth, Guintu’s work is all tied together by its reference to her teenage years. Guintu’s work was once described as “kindercore”: part kindergarten part hardcore. Her work embraces the past with light-hearted reverence.

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Calling on our past with characters in The Wonder Years, Roseanne and TLC, Michelle plays to our hearts and then paints them in bold strokes of neon pink. Her minimalist line work exposing the familiar contours of pop culture celebrities is definitely something to applaud, alongside her brilliantly saturated palette.

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WIGGLY FORMS BY NIV BAVARSKY

by Ariadna Zierold

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San Francisco based artist Niv Bavarsky‘s marks and lines are full of energy. His personal work is where wiggly clustered forms can take over entire compositions, while his illustrations stay more visually focused on the primary subject. His creative output includes editorial illustration, album covers, posters, comics, clothing graphics & patterns, collaborative drawing & painting, and music.

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UNTITLED, 94 OLIVE STREET BY OZMO

by Ariadna Zierold

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The celebrated Italian artist Ozmo has transferred Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe (Eduoard Manet’s 1863 painting The Luncheon on the Grass) and its three lunching figures onto the giant backside of the Mitchell Brothers’ O’Farrell Theater, where he’s added a large-scaled nude Barbie doll and classical nude statues. Ozmo has also put a bull’s head a la Picasso’s Guernica over the face of the lunching middle man. And he’s added a humongous panther ring from the high-end French jeweler Cartier.

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Ozmo, a street name chosen for the elegance of its graphic form and wide open to thousands of meanings, is a fine performer capable of astonishing outdoor works, big murals and installations all of which have a sophisticated style and deep contents including powerful iconography, strong tributes to the history of figurative art, alchemy and sacred art, as well as every kind of symbol so far used by humankind. He is known for reworking historical art sources, and the Olive Street painting coincides with a new exhibit of his at San Francisco’s Fifty24SF Gallery, which opened July 1. With its then-unusual mix of flesh and flora, Manet’s original 1863 canvas caused controversy in staid French art circles. Its choice as a starting point for Ozmo’s newest work, on the outside of a theater where nude women tease and gyrate for mostly male patrons is entirely appropriate.

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BRIGHTLY COLORED FOLK-ART BY KRISTEN LIU-WONG

by Ariadna Zierold

kristen liu wong, illustration, painting, colorful, bizarre, narrative, folk, pattern, bright, san francisco, brooklyn, upper playground

Kristen Liu-Wong is an artist, living in Brooklyn. Her body of work is significant and spans a series of mediums – oil & resined paintings, illustrations, silkscreens, self-published zines, embroidery, glassware and videos. Her themes often reflect a blend of brightly colored folk art, bizarre narratives, sex and violence.

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Her work blends everyday occurrences from her life in Brooklyn with abstracted nightmares and crude humor. Trained as an illustrator, she tries to tell a story with every piece she makes, developing a personal and slightly sinister narrative within each painting. Using candy colors, heavy patterning, and tight compositions, the work draws inspiration from American folk art, the cartoons she watched as a kid, and her appreciation for architecture. She is always striving to make work that is  highly personal but altered enough to allow individual interpretations to be applied to every story she paints.

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Strike a Yoga Joe Pose | DAN ABRAMSON

“Classic green army men doing yoga.”

And, breeeeeeeeathe.

In late autumn of 2014, yoga practitioner and entrepreneur Dan Abramson created a Kickstarter campaign to fund this insanely awesome idea he and a friend shared in a San Francisco coffee shop. Abramson’s brand, Brogamats, is a company focusing on helping men (and women) experience and embrace yoga without the preconceived notions of woo-woo hype, judgment, sexism and stereotypes. Abramson imagined that by changing the perception of the green army men toys that represent masculinity and needless to say, violence, he can perhaps change how people think and feel about yoga, especially men.

Putting down their plastic guns and lifting their plastic hearts to the sun, these “Yoga Joes” are exchanging war for peaceful yogic Warrior poses.

Check out his website at Brogamats to purchase Yoga Joes in different colors.

"Classic green army men doing yoga." And, breeeeeeeeathe. In late autumn of 2014, yoga practitioner and entrepreneur Dan Abramson created a Kickstarter campaign to fund this insanely awesome idea he and a friend shared in a San Francisco coffee shop. Abramson's brand, Brogamats, is a company focusing on helping men (and women) experience and embrace yoga without the preconceived notions of woo-woo hype, judgment, sexism and stereotypes. Abramson imagined that by changing the perception of the green army men toys that represent masculinity and needless to say, violence, he can perhaps change how people think and feel about yoga, especially men. Putting down their plastic guns and lifting their plastic hearts to the sun, these Yoga Joes are exchanging war for peaceful yogic Warrior poses. Via news.upperplayground.com (1)

"Classic green army men doing yoga." And, breeeeeeeeathe. In late autumn of 2014, yoga practitioner and entrepreneur Dan Abramson created a Kickstarter campaign to fund this insanely awesome idea he and a friend shared in a San Francisco coffee shop. Abramson's brand, Brogamats, is a company focusing on helping men (and women) experience and embrace yoga without the preconceived notions of woo-woo hype, judgment, sexism and stereotypes. Abramson imagined that by changing the perception of the green army men toys that represent masculinity and needless to say, violence, he can perhaps change how people think and feel about yoga, especially men. Putting down their plastic guns and lifting their plastic hearts to the sun, these Yoga Joes are exchanging war for peaceful yogic Warrior poses. Via news.upperplayground.com (2)

"Classic green army men doing yoga." And, breeeeeeeeathe. In late autumn of 2014, yoga practitioner and entrepreneur Dan Abramson created a Kickstarter campaign to fund this insanely awesome idea he and a friend shared in a San Francisco coffee shop. Abramson's brand, Brogamats, is a company focusing on helping men (and women) experience and embrace yoga without the preconceived notions of woo-woo hype, judgment, sexism and stereotypes. Abramson imagined that by changing the perception of the green army men toys that represent masculinity and needless to say, violence, he can perhaps change how people think and feel about yoga, especially men. Putting down their plastic guns and lifting their plastic hearts to the sun, these Yoga Joes are exchanging war for peaceful yogic Warrior poses. Via news.upperplayground.com (4)

"Classic green army men doing yoga." And, breeeeeeeeathe. In late autumn of 2014, yoga practitioner and entrepreneur Dan Abramson created a Kickstarter campaign to fund this insanely awesome idea he and a friend shared in a San Francisco coffee shop. Abramson's brand, Brogamats, is a company focusing on helping men (and women) experience and embrace yoga without the preconceived notions of woo-woo hype, judgment, sexism and stereotypes. Abramson imagined that by changing the perception of the green army men toys that represent masculinity and needless to say, violence, he can perhaps change how people think and feel about yoga, especially men. Putting down their plastic guns and lifting their plastic hearts to the sun, these Yoga Joes are exchanging war for peaceful yogic Warrior poses. Via news.upperplayground.com (5)

"Classic green army men doing yoga." And, breeeeeeeeathe. In late autumn of 2014, yoga practitioner and entrepreneur Dan Abramson created a Kickstarter campaign to fund this insanely awesome idea he and a friend shared in a San Francisco coffee shop. Abramson's brand, Brogamats, is a company focusing on helping men (and women) experience and embrace yoga without the preconceived notions of woo-woo hype, judgment, sexism and stereotypes. Abramson imagined that by changing the perception of the green army men toys that represent masculinity and needless to say, violence, he can perhaps change how people think and feel about yoga, especially men. Putting down their plastic guns and lifting their plastic hearts to the sun, these Yoga Joes are exchanging war for peaceful yogic Warrior poses. Via news.upperplayground.com (7)

"Classic green army men doing yoga." And, breeeeeeeeathe. In late autumn of 2014, yoga practitioner and entrepreneur Dan Abramson created a Kickstarter campaign to fund this insanely awesome idea he and a friend shared in a San Francisco coffee shop. Abramson's brand, Brogamats, is a company focusing on helping men (and women) experience and embrace yoga without the preconceived notions of woo-woo hype, judgment, sexism and stereotypes. Abramson imagined that by changing the perception of the green army men toys that represent masculinity and needless to say, violence, he can perhaps change how people think and feel about yoga, especially men. Putting down their plastic guns and lifting their plastic hearts to the sun, these Yoga Joes are exchanging war for peaceful yogic Warrior poses. Via news.upperplayground.com (9)

"Classic green army men doing yoga." And, breeeeeeeeathe. In late autumn of 2014, yoga practitioner and entrepreneur Dan Abramson created a Kickstarter campaign to fund this insanely awesome idea he and a friend shared in a San Francisco coffee shop. Abramson's brand, Brogamats, is a company focusing on helping men (and women) experience and embrace yoga without the preconceived notions of woo-woo hype, judgment, sexism and stereotypes. Abramson imagined that by changing the perception of the green army men toys that represent masculinity and needless to say, violence, he can perhaps change how people think and feel about yoga, especially men. Putting down their plastic guns and lifting their plastic hearts to the sun, these Yoga Joes are exchanging war for peaceful yogic Warrior poses. Via news.upperplayground.com (10)

"Classic green army men doing yoga." And, breeeeeeeeathe. In late autumn of 2014, yoga practitioner and entrepreneur Dan Abramson created a Kickstarter campaign to fund this insanely awesome idea he and a friend shared in a San Francisco coffee shop. Abramson's brand, Brogamats, is a company focusing on helping men (and women) experience and embrace yoga without the preconceived notions of woo-woo hype, judgment, sexism and stereotypes. Abramson imagined that by changing the perception of the green army men toys that represent masculinity and needless to say, violence, he can perhaps change how people think and feel about yoga, especially men. Putting down their plastic guns and lifting their plastic hearts to the sun, these Yoga Joes are exchanging war for peaceful yogic Warrior poses. Via news.upperplayground.com (11)

"Classic green army men doing yoga." And, breeeeeeeeathe. In late autumn of 2014, yoga practitioner and entrepreneur Dan Abramson created a Kickstarter campaign to fund this insanely awesome idea he and a friend shared in a San Francisco coffee shop. Abramson's brand, Brogamats, is a company focusing on helping men (and women) experience and embrace yoga without the preconceived notions of woo-woo hype, judgment, sexism and stereotypes. Abramson imagined that by changing the perception of the green army men toys that represent masculinity and needless to say, violence, he can perhaps change how people think and feel about yoga, especially men. Putting down their plastic guns and lifting their plastic hearts to the sun, these Yoga Joes are exchanging war for peaceful yogic Warrior poses. Via news.upperplayground.com (12)

"Classic green army men doing yoga." And, breeeeeeeeathe. In late autumn of 2014, yoga practitioner and entrepreneur Dan Abramson created a Kickstarter campaign to fund this insanely awesome idea he and a friend shared in a San Francisco coffee shop. Abramson's brand, Brogamats, is a company focusing on helping men (and women) experience and embrace yoga without the preconceived notions of woo-woo hype, judgment, sexism and stereotypes. Abramson imagined that by changing the perception of the green army men toys that represent masculinity and needless to say, violence, he can perhaps change how people think and feel about yoga, especially men. Putting down their plastic guns and lifting their plastic hearts to the sun, these Yoga Joes are exchanging war for peaceful yogic Warrior poses. Via news.upperplayground.com (13)

Changes | YARROW SLAPS

San Francisco based artist and rapper, Yarrow Slaps, has a message of truth and creativity to share and it may also inspire you to look deeper. He often depicts skillfully painted portraits of cultural icons such as Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Tupac, NBA super stars like Paul Pierce, and historical injustices and movements like Trayvon Martin and the Black Panthers. It’s a helluva exploration into the mind of Yarrow Slaps and definitely one worth taking.

Slaps has teamed up with longtime friend and artist, Auguste Somers, to create an art collective SWIM that already made its debut with two successful group shows in LA last year. Their newest experiential collaborative art show fused with fashion and music, “Swimmin’ in the Playground” at FIFTY24SF next to our flagship Upper Playground store, attracted people from all walks of life to connect in unity with what Somers calls, “the now” in a single space. The show, curated by Slaps and Somers, opened on May 21st and features 30 artists, including Slaps and Somers themselves.

As a person influenced and inspired by Tupac (which Slaps depicts in his artwork so beautifully), I couldn’t help but hear “Changes” in my head while viewing Slaps’ art- being reminded of artists who integrate the social, political, racial injustices, hypocrisies and nuances of American culture into their art form so damn well. There has been progress since Tupac called out the organized injustice system, i.e. we do have a black President, but not a whole lot has changed systemically; there is still a lot more work and healing that needs to be done.

Slaps highlights these concepts in his portraiture with grace and perhaps a sense of urgency. It subtly asks the viewer to take a look around and inside. What’s happening in the world, what’s happening to you, to others? Do you see the truth, or are you blinded by the illusions of fear, anger and separation? I noticed my own curiosity nudge my conscience as a gentle reminder. The power of awareness is a force to be reckoned with and listened to.

Should your curiosity lead you to take action, check out “Swimmin’ in the Playground” to view Yarrow Slaps’ work in person and support local artists:

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San Francisco, CA 94117

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San Francisco based artist and rapper, Yarrow Slaps, has a message of truth and creativity to share and it may also inspire you to look deeper. He often depicts skillfully painted portraits of cultural icons such as Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Tupac, NBA super stars like Paul Pierce, and historical injustices and movements like Trayvon Martin and the Black Panthers. It's a helluva exploration into the mind of Yarrow Slaps and definitely one worth taking. (2)

San Francisco based artist and rapper, Yarrow Slaps, has a message of truth and creativity to share and it may also inspire you to look deeper. He often depicts skillfully painted portraits of cultural icons such as Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Tupac, NBA super stars like Paul Pierce, and historical injustices and movements like Trayvon Martin and the Black Panthers. It's a helluva exploration into the mind of Yarrow Slaps and definitely one worth taking. (1)

San Francisco based artist and rapper, Yarrow Slaps, has a message of truth and creativity to share and it may also inspire you to look deeper. He often depicts skillfully painted portraits of cultural icons such as Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Tupac, NBA super stars like Paul Pierce, and historical injustices and movements like Trayvon Martin and the Black Panthers. It's a helluva exploration into the mind of Yarrow Slaps and definitely one worth taking. (3)

San Francisco based artist and rapper, Yarrow Slaps, has a message of truth and creativity to share and it may also inspire you to look deeper. He often depicts skillfully painted portraits of cultural icons such as Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Tupac, NBA super stars like Paul Pierce, and historical injustices and movements like Trayvon Martin and the Black Panthers. It's a helluva exploration into the mind of Yarrow Slaps and definitely one worth taking. (4)

San Francisco based artist and rapper, Yarrow Slaps, has a message of truth and creativity to share and it may also inspire you to look deeper. He often depicts skillfully painted portraits of cultural icons such as Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Tupac, NBA super stars like Paul Pierce, and historical injustices and movements like Trayvon Martin and the Black Panthers. It's a helluva exploration into the mind of Yarrow Slaps and definitely one worth taking. (5)

San Francisco based artist and rapper, Yarrow Slaps, has a message of truth and creativity to share and it may also inspire you to look deeper. He often depicts skillfully painted portraits of cultural icons such as Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Tupac, NBA super stars like Paul Pierce, and historical injustices and movements like Trayvon Martin and the Black Panthers. It's a helluva exploration into the mind of Yarrow Slaps and definitely one worth taking. (6)

San Francisco based artist and rapper, Yarrow Slaps, has a message of truth and creativity to share and it may also inspire you to look deeper. He often depicts skillfully painted portraits of cultural icons such as Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Tupac, NBA super stars like Paul Pierce, and historical injustices and movements like Trayvon Martin and the Black Panthers. It's a helluva exploration into the mind of Yarrow Slaps and definitely one worth taking. (7)

San Francisco based artist and rapper, Yarrow Slaps, has a message of truth and creativity to share and it may also inspire you to look deeper. He often depicts skillfully painted portraits of cultural icons such as Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Tupac, NBA super stars like Paul Pierce, and historical injustices and movements like Trayvon Martin and the Black Panthers. It's a helluva exploration into the mind of Yarrow Slaps and definitely one worth taking. (8)

San Francisco based artist and rapper, Yarrow Slaps, has a message of truth and creativity to share and it may also inspire you to look deeper. He often depicts skillfully painted portraits of cultural icons such as Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Tupac, NBA super stars like Paul Pierce, and historical injustices and movements like Trayvon Martin and the Black Panthers. It's a helluva exploration into the mind of Yarrow Slaps and definitely one worth taking. (9)

San Francisco based artist and rapper, Yarrow Slaps, has a message of truth and creativity to share and it may also inspire you to look deeper. He often depicts skillfully painted portraits of cultural icons such as Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Tupac, NBA super stars like Paul Pierce, and historical injustices and movements like Trayvon Martin and the Black Panthers. It's a helluva exploration into the mind of Yarrow Slaps and definitely one worth taking. (10)