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A little Sunshine in San Francisco before the rain comes

Jason Jagel’s “I’ll Fly (Into Your Heart)”opens April 1st at FIFTY24SF

Jason Jagel has always been one of our favorite artists, even before we knew who he was. We saw the MF Doom covers, and became fans of the images, the style, the whole package. It wasn’t until later, when we received his beautiful mongraph, 73 Funshine, that we pieced it all together and realized the man making these paintings was also the man behind the album covers. It all made sense.

With Jason’s new show, I’ll Fly (Into Your Heart), opening at FIFTY24SF Gallery on April 1st, we get a few words in to Jason about more broader subjects of his art and career. The specifics of the show come in Part 2. —The Citrus Report


A Friday Night “Character Assassination”

Thanks to all who came by plane, car, Muni, bike, skateboard and foot to see David Choe’s “Character Assassination”. If you were not at Fifty24SF last Friday this is what you missed. The private view kicked off at 5. The sold pins began to cover the walls. The line stretched down Fillmore. As doors opened at 7, the gallery came to life as eager admirers spilled into the room. The walls were filled with original paintings, sold out prints and intimate backdrop photos, revealing an artistic evolution of comic characters to iconic figures. Faces lit up and cameras snapped away. As Choe arrived the crowds inside and out jumped at the opportunity to meet the man in the bright pink shirt. Many fellow Upper Playground artists joined in attendance. If you happen to have missed the reception, “Character Assassination” will hang through March 24th.

“Character Assassination” A sneak peak, you know you want it….

It’s our favorite time of month, install for our latest show, David Choe’s “Character Assassination” opening this Friday.

Check out some shots from the set up for “Character Assassination”…

The week before an opening reception is an interesting time, we all start to feel the pressure of the countdown, the artist gets final details harnessed, and we get an intimate look at how he/she functions in a studio environment. Late nights painting the gallery walls, hanging work, and shootin’ the shit, we are regaled with stories of travel and adventures and we learn more clearly why we love these guys. In a nut shell, it’s the time when we re-affirm our obsession with art. Choe is no exception.

Not to be missed, Choe returns to the bay area after almost ten years with a collection of new paintings and a plethora of sold out prints.

We cordially invite you to join us this Friday for the opening reception of

David Choe’s

“Character Assassination”

7-9:30 pm

David Choe returns to the 415… FRIDAY Feb. 5th

Fifty24SF is proud to host “Character Assassination” – a solo exhibition by David Choe.

One of the most diverse and prolific living artists, David Choe combines his interest in American and Asian pop culture, graphic novels, and cityscapes to produce some of the most dynamic work seen today.

His often lewd expressions of the female form, considered offensive to some, is, in all actuality, the most raw and honest appreciation of the male/female sexual interaction. Erratic brushwork and wild compositions convey a superficial sense of anarchy and abandon while the delicate and exotic portraits betray the implied chaos, revealing a passionate love of women.

In Dave’s work, discordance and serenity exist in impossible harmony as proof to the truest constitution of life. His paintings are testament to the fact that the gritty and the perceived offensive are necessary constituents of raw beauty.

David’s disinterest in social conformity and lack of need for social approval allows him to exist in a realm of indulgence, allowing his creativity to abound unfettered. Whether he be painting murals, paintings, or quick street commentary, that raw honesty is the element that drives his work deep into the psyche of the viewer.  Truths that we as an audience are not always brave enough to admit, even to ourselves, fuels the mastery behind the work.  A subliminal stirring of still waters, his paintings are thought provoking and engaging in a way that cannot always be justified as simply, aesthetically pleasing.

A seasoned globetrotter, David Choe’s murals cover walls from his native Los Angeles to Vietnam. His intricate brush strokes and characters translate well to consumer products and he has worked with Marvel Comics, Levis and Nike. His art, photos, and writing have been featured in Giant Robot, Hustler and Vice Magazine. David Choe has also self-published comic/journals: Bruised Fruit, Cursiv and Slow Jams. Most recently, he was featured in the documentary about his work “Dirty Hands.”

We cordially invite you to join us for the Opening Reception of

David Choe’s

“Character Assassination”

Friday, February 5th, 2010


248 Fillmore St, SF, Ca, 94117

Upcoming Shows at FIFTY24SF Gallery:
April: Jason Jagel

FIFTY24SF Gallery Contact Information:
Gallery Hours: Tuesday–Saturday from 12–6 P.M. and by appointment
Address:          248 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA 94117
Contact:           Lynzy Blair / Phone: (415) 252-9144 / Email: Lynzy@UpperPlayground.com

Not to be M.I.S.S.ed.

M.I.S.S. is the premier women’s online lifestyle magazine covering fashion, art, beauty, music and design. Founded by Gabriella Davi-Khorasanee and Liz Baca, the two sought to create a space that highlighted the talents and achievements of women, while also covering events and products for ladies and issues concerning women. With a cumulative 23 years in the fashion industry with experience in product design, product development, styling, photography, event planning and brand development, Baca and Davi-Khorasanee bring a keen insight and a refreshing perspective to the things they love. From haute couture to limited-edition kicks with matching manicures, M.I.S.S. is for fashion forward ladies who know style is something you’re born with and can’t buy . . . it’s all how you put it together.

M.I.S.S. and FIFTY24LA Gallery Present “Paper Dolls”

A Group Show Displaying New Works by Artists & Their

Interpretation of the Paper Doll

Curated by M.I.S.S. editors Lexx Valdez and Kimberly Jefferson, an impressive array of artists offer their artistic interpretation of the woman’s fashion figure using the iconic paper doll as inspiration.  Photographs, illustrations and paintings, all varied expressions of the paper doll – all with a personal twist.

Check out MissOmniMedia.com for more information on the contributing artists.

We invite you to join  M.I.S.S. and FIFTY24LA for the opening reception of

”Paper Dolls”

Thursday, January 14, 2010

7- 10pm

on display at FIFTY24LA Gallery from January 14, 2010 through March 3, 2010.

Check it out… Sten and Lex

Sten and Lex out to impress in Rome.

FIFTY24Seattle Presents: Jonathan Wakuda Fischer, Jan. 9th, 2010

Upper Playground in Association with FIFTY 24SEA Gallery present the Opening Reception of:
“ANACHRONISMS” by Jonathan Wakuda Fischer

Jonathan is fascinated with the role technology plays in the creation of art, as well as its obsolescence in the wake of human progress. This relationship between art and its process is well illustrated by the history of traditional Japanese woodblock; the printing technology integral to the popular rise of Ukiyo-e also contributed to its downfall. Coming from the cultures of both East and West, his life has revolved around the possibilities of creating something new from different origins. As such, he found the woodblock art form thematically appropriate to pair with the aesthetic of similarly outdated 20th century culture.  By combining antiquity with technology and past with (near) present, he creates a new context for the art that is seemingly transcendent of history.
Japanese woodblock printing was concerned with the nature of image duplication, and his choice of a modern technique is based on similar strengths and limitations. Using a stencil means working within a defined space, but different applications of spray painting within the template allow for wildly different interpretations of the same image, and ‘play’ in the grey area between uniformity and singularity. Exploring a painting through its variations helps me address the nature of individuality within a system and the concept of originality amid repetition.
To be  included on the preview list please contact upperplaygroundjen@gmail.com.

Opening Reception will be held for “Anachronisms” on January 9th from 6:00 – 9:30pm. Beverages will be provided as well as music from The Ken.