Italian Sculptor Bruno Walpoth turns wood into flesh

Coming from a place of 400-year-old tradition of wood-sculpting culture, Italian sculptor, Bruno Walpoth has mastered the art of turning wood into flesh.   “Both my grandfather and my uncle were wood sculptors, and so I grew up with this medium.”  Each sculpture takes 2 months to complete as Walpoth fleshes out the details and delicacies of each piece.  Check out the photos and for more info visit www.walpoth.com.

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LEE SCRATCH PERRY – The Death of Baphomet Opens this Friday August 29th at Dem Passwords

What does the legendary musician Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry  and Jay-Z have to do with each other? Well you can find out this Friday  when Perry opens his third solo show , ‘The Death of Baphomet” at Dem Passwords.  Not just a musician but always on a creative jive with anything he can get his hands on, Perry has been restlessly creating collage, installations, fashion one of a kinds and original artworks all on his own. LeeScratchPerry LEE SCRATCH PERRY   The Death of Baphomet Opens this Friday August 29th at Dem Passwords upper playground reggae lee scratch perry Jay Z dub Dem Passwords COLLAGE Baphomet

From the Press Release:

Dem Passwords is pleased to present The Death of Baphomet, the third solo showing of artworks by Lee “Scratch” Perry.

“The art show present the death of Baphomet. The death of Baphomet and the Illuminati and the doom of Egypt forever. The art show named that…The Death of Baphomet…and his puppet, Jay-Z”

One of the last of the loose cannons, Lee Perry is at war with original sin. In league with the earth, sky, sun and snow, Perry’s metaphorology takes over international banking institutions and targets celebrity Satanists and Freemasons with a spirit rooted in a sort of Rasta Gnosticism cloaked in Christian imagery. Perry’s medium is myth and his art is about reifying the sanctity of nature over the right of Capital rule. With a scatological eschatology Perry is always working to bring an end to things as they are. He seeks to upset. His ceremonial reverence for his shit and piss works to that end, but while Perry calls himself The Upsetter, he also means to lift people up.

“I’m coming to make all my fans in America laugh.”  But Perry is also coming to, “…give all of the American dollars to UBS bank and send famine to United States of
America…famine without end.”

A master of technologies and aesthetics both high and low, Perry deploys humor and punk sensibility with his hands and feet directly to the canvas forming the circuit through which a creative energy courses back 50+ years. In direct relation to a decades long love affair with American culture, Perry continues to crack his “serious joke” as a legit master of media mania.The Death of Baphomet presents 4 interrelated output styles – writings, spell casting paintings, assemblages and video. The mirrors he’s long since Pattexed (glued) to his hats and boots have been enlarged and get full treatment. Perry’ pre-stretched canvases stack vertically forming a kind of shattered crucifix affixed with photos of himself and clippings from German magazines. Stones, coconuts and Spencer’s Gifts detritus come together to form object collages. An unabridged dictionary thick volume of Perry’s writings in Microsoft Word from 2007 published in an edition of 3 by this gallery contains over 1,000 pages of original epic poetry that Perry pecked out with his index finger.

Lee Perry has never met Jay-Z even though in 2003 Jay-Z rapped over a sample of Perry’s 1976 production with Max Romeo, “Chase the Devil.”

LEE “SCRATCH” PERRY
The Death of Baphomet
AUG 29th – OCT 11th, 2014
OPENING RECEPTION
Friday, August 29th
from 6 to 10 PM

DEM PASSWORDS is located at 5413 WEST ADAMS BLVD LOS ANGELES, CA 90016

Upper Playground releases The Burger Walrus by Josh Ellingson

Upper Playground is proud to announce the release of a new design by Artist, Josh Ellingson, now available online at www.upperplayground.com.
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Josh Ellingson creates unique designs and illustrations for brands, publications, and galleries worldwide. His artwork is often described as graphic and bold, drawing inspiration from world of pop-art, technology, and the absurd. He releases this week, The Burger Walrus design along with a few questions we threw his way:

1) Is there a story, special message, or feeling your are trying to convey with your tee design?

I was trying to find the hidden pathway between terror and hunger. Can something be both majestic and absurd simultaneously? Also, I like hamburgers and walruses.

2) What was your all time favorite tee shirt you ever owned?

I’ve had a lot of great tshirts. I think my favorite was from San Francisco Polka/Punk icons “Polkacide”. It was a skull and cross-sausages. I wore it ragged and then bought another one. It’s totally destroyed now too.

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3) What do the words Upper Playground mean to you?

When I first heard about “Upper Playground”, I thought it must be a skate park or a record store. There were just these giant photocopies pasted up around town with a walrus on it. It was mysterious. Then, when the store opened on Fillmore I was like, “Oh, these are some nice sweatshirts!”. So, the art comes and goes, but I was really struck by the quality of the clothing. So, when I think about Upper Playground my first thought is that it’s going to be warm and it’s going to be mysterious.

Upper Playground, as I’ve come to understand it, is now a well curated gallery cleverly disguised as a clothing store. Instead of canvases, the spotlight is on hoodies and tshirts. They’re taking the art world to the cleaners, literally.

New OS GEMEOS Bros Mural to be unveiled September 7th at Vancouver Biennial

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The world famous Os Gemeos brothers are currently working on a 75 foot tall wall of six gigantic silos as part of their ongoing “Giants” series at this year’s Vancouver Biennial.

“We did not want a conventional two-dimensional wall that we had done before – we wanted something different, special and unique… The connection between water and land on Granville Island, on the False Creek margins, also had a lot to do with the choice of location – for us, the water acts as a vein, symbolizing life, and it is very present in our work.”

The 70-foot tall silos with the total surface area of  23,500 square feet, will all be painted by Sept 7th, with an official public unveiling and celebration on the Island of Granville.

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Check out their recent interview:

OSGEMEOS In Conversation with Vancouver Biennale from Vancouver Biennale on Vimeo.

Photographs via Street Art News

Dan Quintana: Sketch Book

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A closer look at painter, Dan Quintana’s works in progress through his sketchbooks. Every finished work has a beginning and often times it begins from a simple sketch, or rather from an intricate and eloquent exercise in the case of Dan Quintana. We take a look at his recently published photos of his sketch works via his Instagram: @quintanarte

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WARNING: VINTAGE VANS ARE TRENDING!

Jeremy Fish x Upper Playground releases new Superfishal designs this week focused on “survivor relics of the true era of Vanning”.

“Much like the sad trending of fixed gear bikes, and more recently vintage chopper motorbikes, the iconic 70′s van is unfortunately somehow having a retro resurgence. We at Superfishal have been up on the vintage van game for the last 15 years, and have always loved a good shaggin wagon, stabbing cabin, or rolling room. The vintage van t-shirt capsule is a direct reflection of our everlasting love for a little home on wheels. Don’t get it twisted, these drawings were inspired by real survivor relics of the true era of Vanning. Be sure to score these now before naked tattooed unicycling becomes the thing to match your old timey haircut and weak facial hair.”-JF

Check out the new designs and pick up the gear here.

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Massive T-REX mural by ROA in Sweden

Massive mural by ROA, who recently painted a large-scale factory building in Bromölla, Sweden.  An upside down skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus was the subject of the wall and our contributing photographer Henrik Haven covered its work in progress:
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The mural was made possible by the Ifö Center (who organized the mural) and their Artist-in-Residence program that ROA participated in.

Info about Ifo Center and their Artist-in-Residence program
Ifo Center is a new culture center still in its development stage. The initiative was taken in 2011 by artist couple Teresa Holmberg and Jonathan Haner. The goal is to open up the factory area for both culture and tourism. The project encompasses over 4,200 square meters of the unoccupied floors of the factory. Here we are creating collective work areas for professional artists, exhibition spaces, as well as areas for workshops. Simultaneously, we have already begun holding workshops, guided tours and have just completed our first Artist-in-Residence program with ROA being the first international artist to leave his mark on the factory walls. Ifo Center is located in the center of Bromolla, situated in north-east Scandia. The village is known for its large ceramic industry, prehistoric fossil-finds and for the world’s largest ceramic fountain (Gunnar Nylund’s ‘Scanisaurus’). Ifo Center is financed via an EU grant and is owned by Bromolla County.