A thorough and thoughtful interview with ARYZ by Finnerats Magazine. The young artist speaks about his experience as a muralist, street art and the scene in a candid interview about his developing career:
Conceptual Body Art artist Emma Fay teamed up with contortionist models Beth Sykes and Lowri Thomas and photographer Jonathan Macauley to create these impressive images of animals for a series called ‘Marvels of Nature’.
Upper Playground friend and Founder of the Rabbit Eye Movement, NYCHOS, who opened a solo show at Fifty24SF Gallery in San Francisco earlier this year, completes a spectacular new wall titled ‘Cross section of a Black Widow”. The enormous spider hangs over a four story building in Hamburg, made possible with the support of Affenfaust Galerie and the Rabbit Eye Movement.
Photo via @nychos IG.
Tokyo based artist and founder of Shinganist brand, USUGROW is returning to San Francisco for a second show at Fifty24SF. His highly anticipated solo show, INKFLOW, will cover some of his best selected works alongside new work. For the occasion, Upper Playground and Usugrow will also be releasing his new book, ‘USUGROW: Works 2007-2013‘ along with an in store Book Signing and Print Release on Sunday Sept. 28th, 3PM at Upper Playground SF on Fillmore Street.
Published by Upper Playground, USUGROW: WORKS 2007-2013 captures some of Usugrow‘s best selected works from the past 6 years. Here’s a sneak preview of his book due for release next week exclusively at Upper Playground.
An in store book signing and special print release will follow on Sunday, Sept. 28th, 2014. Then the highly anticipated solo show, INK FLOW will open to the public Oct. 4th, 2014 at Fifty24SF Gallery on Fillmore St. San Francisco. Stay tuned for more info and follow us @upperplayground IG or Facebook for the latest news.
All photos herein are copyright Upper Playground.
“I spent the last decade making a book that compiles all of my most luscious, magnificent watercolors. If you are looking for street art or graffiti bullshit, you came to the wrong place. Not content with just detailed, masterful watercolors, I included — in true sociopath fashion — career and love life suicide text messages, the most direct emails you will ever read, as well as photos of the most beautiful women I’ve ever photographed. In doing so, I am presenting the complete package of a schizophrenic, perverted artistic genius mixed with [c]ravings of a lunatic.
You will laugh. You will cry. You will get hard. You will get wet. You will be conflicted. You will be inspired.” – D.Choe
266 page 10.5″ x 14.5″ hardcover book
Famed founder and creator of the OBEY Giant Movement, Shepard Fairy, is in Berlin completing a new mural sponsored by Urban Nation. The wall themed and styled in signature Fairey colors, states ” Make Art, Not War”, “Eyes Open”, “Mind Open” with a symbolic Rose at it’s center.
Photographer Henrik Haven sends us the latest photos with more coverage to follow of this year’s Urban Nation 2014:
UK artist Tankpetrol has finished a giant wall in his signature stencil style at Lukiskiu Prison in Vilnius. Recognized as the toughest prison in Lithuania where prisoners are spending their lifetime sentences, the city aims to revamp the prison’s image for its 100 year old anniversary this year. Vilnius Street Art Festival in partnership with Urban Nation invited Tankpetrol, currently based in Manchester, to create a piece on the exterior of the prison wall interpreting themes of the oppression and the freedom.
The finished mural in stencil style was received warmly by the Vilnius inhabitants and with the prison staff: “Green is a colour of hope. We hope this artwork would help to change how the public see’s our institution, we are not here to oppress, but to protect.” – said the head of the prison.
All photos herein by Henrik Haven.