Upper Playground x adidas Originals

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, July 09, 2008
Upper Playground announced today that they will be releasing an exclusive sneaker series with adidas Originals next week. The new shoe line features four signature designs from fine artists Sam Flores, David Choe, Herbert Baglione, and hip hop artist Aesop Rock. Beginning next Thursday, July 17th, Upper Playground will release a new sneaker every Thursday. Each sneaker design will be available for sale at Upper Playground retail stores and online at www.upperplayground.com The new sneaker series is not the first time Upper Playground has collaborated with adidas Originals. In 2005, Upper Playground partnered with adidas Originals to create a limited-edition BBQ themed sneaker in celebration of the 35th anniversary of the adidas Superstar. The synthesis of one of our favorite shoe brands with four of our favorite artists is almost too much goodness to handle. Luckily, we have a pretty high tolerance for goodness. Stay tuned for more info on these epic releases coming soon.

Upper Playground LA / Mister Cartoon & Estevan Oriol

Juxtapoz // Thursday, May 22, 2008
SF-based apparel and art company Upper Playground, photographer and director Estevan Oriol, and artist Mister Cartoon are excited to announce the unveiling of a series of four one-of-a-kind retail establishments in the Skid Row area of downtown Los Angeles, offering customers a unique fashion and fine art experience. In celebration of the properties, the three entities will host a grand opening next Saturday, May 31st from 1-8pm that will feature a special art exhibit and appearances from some of the world’s leading designers involved in the project. As the pioneer of combining fashion and fine art, it seems fitting that Upper Playground will host a special art exhibit featuring the works of legendary artists: Usugrow, Sam Flores, Jeremy Fish, David Choe, Herbert Baglione, San, Retna, Saber, Alex Pardee, Ron English, Doze Green, Slick, Armsrock and David Ellis. Many of the featured artists on display also contribute designs to Upper Playground’s apparel line. In addition to Upper Playground, the new venture includes “The Last Laugh,” which will house the Mister Cartoon and Estevan Oriol retail experiences. Learn more about this exciting project, and get a peek at some new t-shirt graphics Upper Playground has ready for the LA store right here…

Aaron Rose Talks About "Beautiful Losers"

Juxtapoz // Monday, April 14, 2008
Aaron Rose, the man behind the fascinating documentary film Beautiful Losers, has been enjoying the immensely positive response from its recent release. In case you didn’t know, Rose was the man behind the Alleged Gallery in New York, which helped blossom the talents of great artists like: Mike Mills, Margaret Kilgallen, Thomas Campbell, Harmony Korine, Shepard Fairey, Ed Templeton, Barry McGee and more. Simply put, this guy knows his stuff. Beautiful Losers takes an inside look at the unique collective of artists who influenced one another at the Alleged Gallery, exploring their different outlooks and philosophies about creativity. The folks at The Filmlot recently completed an interview with Rose, discussing his process with Beautiful Losers. Take a look at the whole piece right here…

Shepard Fairey Hits the Books

Juxtapoz // Monday, April 14, 2008
It’s hard not to judge a book by its cover. In that case, it looks like two of George Orwell’s classic books, Animal Farm and 1984, just may be getting a resurgence of readers, as Penguin Books recently asked Shepard Fairey to redesign two covers for them. Maybe this is the best way to get kids to pick up a real book and start reading again! See the other cover here.

Obey Giant Prints

Juxtapoz // Thursday, April 10, 2008
In the past two years, Shepard Fairey has received more love and acclaim than most artists do in nine lives. Having been in the street art, and then fine art, game for years, Shepard has created an empire many kings would envy. With collectors all over the globe scrambling for his work, Shepard’s art can get quite pricey. Thankfully, the good folks at Toyroom Gallery have three new limited edition Shepard prints available at feasible prices. This Obey Giant SSI/Mea Culpa print comes in three different color versions, but the one shown may be our favorite. Why? Because this red and blue beauty comes with a pair of 3D glasses. As if Shepard weren’t cool enough- now you can enjoy his work in multiple dimensions! Cop your print at toyroomgallery.com.

Shepard Fairey at Merry Karnowsky Dec 1st

Juxtapoz // Saturday, December 01, 2007
And, because perhaps you want to round out this year with more of a good thing, Shepard Fairey's [JUXTAPOZ Issue #82] Imperfect Union drops this weekend at Merry Karnowsky. If you're not invited to the preview on Friday, November 29th, brave the stylish masses and prepare to jockey for a good view on Saturday night. Openings at Merry Karnowsky are always a hot item so go early if you really want to see the art. The exhibit will be up through January 5th.

Photos: Shepard Fairey at Stolen Space

Juxtapoz // Monday, November 05, 2007
We got a few pics from the November 2nd opening of Shepard Fairey's Nineteeneightyfouria at London's StolenSpace Gallery. The title is a reference to the surveillance culture in George Orwell's book 1984. The show is Fairey's largest exhibition to date, and it runs through November 25th.

Preview: Shepard Fairey "Nineteeneightyfouria"

Juxtapoz // Thursday, November 01, 2007
Chris Osburn brings us a preview from the set up of Nineteeneightyfouria, the largest solo Shepard Fairey exhibition to date. The show opens at StolenSpace in London, running from November 2nd until November 25th.

Shepard Fairey's New Book

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Coming down the pipe in early December (just in time for your annual incurrence of holiday debt) is the latest book by our upcoming cover artist Shepard Fairey, E Pluribus Venom. The book is a compilation of the huge body of work he showed in Brooklyn and NYC through Jonathan LeVine Gallery earlier this year as well as extras intended to expand on the themes tackled in his art. From the product description on Amazon.com, "The title E Pluribus Venom which translates "Out of many, poison" is derived from E Pluribus Unum (out of many, one) an early motto adopted by the U.S. Government which appears on U.S. currency. The artist's thesis is that many becoming one, or a loss of power and influence of the individual in favor of homogeny is a symptom of a society in decline. E Pluribus Venom is comprised of artworks designed to question the symbols and methods of the American machine and American dream and also celebrate those who oppose blind nationalism and war. Some of Fairey's works use currency motifs or a Norman Rockwell aesthetic to employ the graphic language of the subjects they critique. Other works use a blend of Art Nouveau, hippie, and revolutionary propaganda styles to celebrate subjects advocating peace."

Shepard Fairey Interview on Lifelounge

Juxtapoz // Friday, July 20, 2007
With the closing of his E Pluribus Venom show this weekend, it seems pertinent to mention that there is a good interview with Shepherd Fairey on Lifelounge. Talking points include skateboarding, New York, being broke, and influences for the Venom show. E Pluribus Venom is running at Jonathan Levine Gallery until tomorrow so if you're close enough to get there and you haven't seen it yet our advice to you is: peep don't sleep. www.lifelounge.com {moscomment}


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