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
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.
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:
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.
Upper Playground artist Dennis McNett who made his way to San Francisco this month will be opening a show at Fifty24SF Gallery in conjunction to his installation at Outside Lands this weekend. His solo show titled, ‘WOLFBAT’ will feature prints and small original works hard to access on the west coast. Opening is Saturday, August 16th, 6PM.
Here’s a preview of the show along with his completed installation for Outside Lands.
Time to get nostalgic about gansta rap for a minute: Straight Outta Compton, the debut studio album by American hip hop group N.W.A, was released 26 years ago today on August 8, 1988. Revisit the original Music Video below and check out our homage to the N.W.A. caps available in Snapback or Fitted.
Up New Era Snapback and Fitted available now at www.upperplayground.com:
Come visit the Upper Playground merch tent while you’re out enjoying the festivities at Outside Lands this weekend! We’ve got all kinds of products from gloves, scarves, t-shirts and hoodies. We will be set up all weekend from Friday, August 8th until Sunday, August 10th! So stop on by and pick up some new gear.
“BLASPHEMOUS NATURE” is a collection of new paintings chronicling a bizarre place where the line between Mother Nature and the mechanical world has been blurred and broken. The show will be on display at Portland’s Upper Playground Gallery, opening on August 7th from 6-9 PM.
“With this new body of work I am continuing to focus on my fascination with animal/machinery hybrids. There are so many unanswered questions I have about them. Is this a not so distant future reality? A terrible road we should never go down? How do I make the Killer Whale a more efficient killer? Can the marlin and shark be even faster hunters, more dangerous to their only predators, man? If the bees continue to disappear, should we design a replacement to pick up where they left off? Or do we accept our fate and stop toying with Mother Nature since that is what got us into trouble in the first place. I’m continuing to play mad scientist in a lab that should never really exist. Oh, and there’s a few fire breathing cats in there, because…why not.” -R. Bowen
ROBERT BOWEN: Blashpehmous Nature
23 NW. 5th Ave, Portland, OR 97209
August 7 – September 27, 2014
Gallery open Monday through Saturday 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM and Sunday 12:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Opening Reception August 7 at 6:00 PM