“TYPEFACES: CARAS DE LA MISION” BY SAMUEL RODRIGUEZ

by Ariadna Zierold

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San Jose-based visual artist and graphic designer Samuel Rodriguez depicts the unique cultural landscape via observations of people, their distinctive features and their surrounding environment. With his new exhibition Typefaces: Caras De La Misión, he examines social and cultural hybridity through sampling and remixing visual cues that we use to process identity in faces, typography, fashion, and architecture.

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Caras de La Misión includes familiar neighborhood faces—both past and present—with tones reminiscent of the ‘80s and ‘90s-era Bay Area, and is dedicated to the resilient community of the Mission District. At a time of rapid gentrification and displacement, Caras de La Misión helps to forge a cultural bridge across the Bay Area, establishing a creative dialog between Latino communities in San Francisco and San Jose.

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HUMAN SPIRIT BY BU NATION

by Ariadna Zierold

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Bu Nation is Vietnamese American and was born and raised in San Jose, California. She always represents her love of the human spirit, multi cultures, identities and old and new traditions. She explores her love of connections that occur through assimilations and mostly her interest in the diversely shared emotional language of women and children in their lives.

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Bu graduated from California College of the Arts in San Francisco in 2008 with a BFA in Illustration. She has been in a group show at MACLAARTE, worked in collaboration with Samuel Rodriguez and Abel Gonzalez on the SOFA Mural Project in downtown San Jose.

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TYPE FACES BY SAMUEL RODRIGUEZ

by Ariadna Zierold

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Samuel Rodriguez is a San José, California based artist whose work has shown in public art spaces, museums, companies, galleries, internet, and editorial publications. Rodriguez was self-taught for a number of years through graffiti until he later pursued a Bachelor in Fine Arts from California College of the Arts.

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He has since blended what he absorbed from both opportunities to create his current aesthetic. Rodriguez is known for two kinds of portrait styles that he calls, “Topographical Portraiture” and “Type Faces”.  Topographical Portraits, are made by stylizing a portrait with topographical lines and shapes in a similar manner to those found through images on geographic maps. Type Faces, incorporate typography and portraiture. Rodriguez developed these techniques in order to explore his interest in social, historic, and cultural hybridity.

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New UP Snapback Runners Caps

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Who doesn’t love a new cap? Upper Playground is excited to release the first installment of our new line of Snapback Runners Caps with UP Seal andGolden Gate Shark. Using a variety of embroidery, patchwork and sewing methods on cotton twill, we have reimagined some of our favorite, classic UP graphics onto these comfortable headwear pieces. Head over to the store or online at upperplayground.com and pick up the new new today!

 

MANGCHI Takes Over San Jose With Second Bay Area Show

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Following an explosive show with a guest appearance by Ninja of Die Antwoord in San Francisco, David Choe and band MANGCHI took a trip to San Jose to play The Ritz on Tuesday. MANGCHI (‘Hammer’ in Korean) picked up where they left off, as San Jose was treated to a night of crowd surfing, rodeo garb, and everything in between. Check out shots of Ceci DeeCee, Steebee Weebee and the crew at sound-check and exclusive photos of The Ritz show below.

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After a short hiatus, MANGCHI makes a come back with two special shows taking place in the Bay Area this Memorial Day weekend.  The first show opens at the Elbo Room in San Francisco on Monday, May 25th with special guests, GOLDEN DRUGS. The second will be in San Jose at the The Ritz on Tuesday, May 26th.

Monday, May 25th @ 9PM – $10
Elbo Room
647 Valencia St.
San Francisco, CA

Tuesday, May 26th @ 9PM – $10
The Ritz
400 S. First St.
San Jose, CA

About the Band:

“A fart from a child born without a butthole”, is what MANGCHI sounds like said 1 of the 2 people who were let into a room to hear this new sound. The second person, John Cusack , actor/comedian/artist from such films as “SAY ANYTHING” and “ROADSIDE PROPHETS” described the music as “If korn, depeche mode and the beastie boys were forced in a bus together to tour north korea, and all their lead singers quit in the middle of the tour, and the band picked up the korean versions of Debbie Gibson, Stacey-Q, and buddy Holly to replace the singers who just happened to be hitchhiking on The north korean countryside road, and then they all got in a tour bus accident and all got whiplash and broken bones, but Kim JONG UN made them play a show anyways with broken necks right on the side of road using the broken car parts as instruments over the non-existent ambulance sirens, that’s the closest I can get to describing the MANGCHI sound…. So basically listening to GOD’s voice as he’s hitting puberty… so basically Art.”

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Just a few more days to ride Michael Jackson’s “Balloon Samba” in San Jose

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We haven’t had a chance to make a visit to San Jose’s “Christmas in the Park”. Obviously this was before we heard that Michael Jackson’s “Ballon Samba” ride fresh from Neverland Ranch was in attendance. Truthfully, we still probably won’t go. San Jose is far and we don’t really like rides.

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New Wendell McShine video for his show at Anno Domini in November

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Our good friends at Upper Playground Mexico City just sent us this video that Mexico City-based Wendell McShine did in conjunction with his upcoming show at Anno Domini in San Jose, California, opening on November 5, 2010. All the information for the show is down below.

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THE OFFERING

The Offering is a selected tapestry of Canvases,Illustrations, Animations and installations.
That attempts to illustrate a time when men were truly inspired by the unknown.

OPENS NOVEMBER 05. 2010
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366 South First Street
(btwn San Carlos & San Salvador)
San Jose, CA 95113
t: 408.271.5155

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