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.
“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
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.
Our long time friend and contributing artist Usugrow, with his masterful calligraphy works, is renown for his hand style and collaborations around the world. After several years of hiatus and reorganizing himself in Tokyo, he is finally making his way to San Francisco for a solo show and book release this month at Fifty24SF Gallery.
Here’s a sneak peek of his Book due for an exclusive release later this month at Upper Playground:
Renown muralist El Mac recently made his mark in Toronto, completing his first mural in the city. Commissioned by Eventscape Inc, the mural was completed in collaboration with Montreal artist STARE and KWEST from Toronto, located at Eventscape Inc, 4 Bestobell Rd, Toronto, ON.
ElMac: “This is a new mural I just painted in Toronto titled “To the Future”. The background was painted byKWEST of Toronto and STARE of Montreal, two of the most talented and respected graffiti artists in Canada, it was a pleasure to work with them on this. I’ve painted in Montreal a few times over the years, but this is my first mural for Toronto, so I was excited to explore the city a bit and paint there. The image is an homage to one of my favorite artists, Alex Colville, referencing his iconic 1965 painting, “To Prince Edward Island”. Colville, who passed away last year, was one of Canada’s best artists. I’ve been a fan of Colville’s work since I first saw it as a kid, and felt it would be appropriate to paint this mural in Toronto, the city of his birth. His work often elevated and mythologized the commonplace, something I strive for in my own art. He also put a great deal of time and subtlety into his paintings, an aesthetic I share, which is at odds with our modern culture of increasing speed and decreasing attention spans. Describing his painting process, Colville said:
“It’s a very unspectacular business, laborious, as I think it is with writers too. Every day you do a little bit and you hope it’ll all come into focus.”