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 As such, he found the woodblock art form thematically appropriate to pair with the aesthetic of similarly outdated 20th century culture.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.
“Anachronisms”
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.

“Weathering the Storm” Epic leaps for Silly Pink Bunnies everywhere

Jeremy Fish’s “Weathering the Storm” opened in November at the Laguna Beach Art Museum to a full house.
Viewers of all ages were captivated by Jeremy’s, seemingly effortless, ability to recount tales of social calamities through his iconic characters. His fresh color combinations and satirical imagery lent a lighthearted feel to a show which pointedly exposed the (hopefully temporary) derailment of American society.

Evan Pricco, managing editor for Juxtapoz magazine, has offered up a preview of his January Show Stopper which covers the momentous occasion and the opening night sentiments more eloquently than I.
I’ll leave you with the words of Mr. Pricco.
Happy Holidays from FIFTY24SF!

Jeremy Fish didn’t know what to expect the evening before his Laguna Art Museum opening. He had spent the prior week hanging the work in the gallery, nearly a full year creating the pieces, and was just now taking his first walk through the exhibit with an outside audience. A typical Jeremy gathering, stereotypes in full-effect, tending to be of the creative young adult set: skateboarders, surfers, sneakerheads, and SPBs. Among the best artists of our time to combine the lifestyles, over the years Jeremy has become one of fine art’s most renowned storytellers.

On the night of November 6, 2009, Jeremy Fish had to tell the story to the members of the Laguna Art Museum. Truth be told, one of the great advantages of aging is that (1) you can become a museum member and attend quiet previews, and (2) you can live in Laguna Beach. So Jeremy Fish walked what may have been his oldest audience yet through the nuances of his craft, explaining his intentions, inspirations, and the story of Weather the Storm. “I was a little nervous that maybe the members wouldn’t be into it,” Fish admitted. “But it turned out they were really into it. In fact, I think one man asked a question about every piece, sometimes asking more than one. I think it was a successful night.”

As the years have rolled on, Jeremy has been a confident builder of tales, concepts, and environments. His Barbary Coast show last year became a unique picture book experience on the history of San Francisco. Weathering the Storm explores the “transformation and rebirth through struggle,” a timely concept given that most people you know are out of a job or out a savings account. Through his bunnies, beaver, birds, and skulls, his world evolves despite adversity, creates new beginnings and says hello/goodbye to the past.

The exhibit features wonderful literature provided by both Fish and Laguna curator Grace Kook-Anderson, bringing an essential academic outline of the work to an audience unfamiliar with the artist. One thing for certain, as Jeremy is coroneted into the museum world, he is becoming a subject worthy to write about in historical context. If a Cat with a Hat can change the world, why can’t a Silly Pink Bunny?

-Evan Pricco

Please conatct the gallery if you have any questions regarding this exhibition.

Lynzy@upperplayground.com

Object Based Deliciousness

Aussi-born artist Anthony Lister drops by the Nylon Magazine office to paint a superhero and share some whit. Check out the video from Nylon TV. Prepare for a chuckle.

Original, Home-Made Awesomeness

In a world where creativity is often looked at as a means to get paid, it’s refreshing to see and hear original work done for no reason other than to simply have fun making something.  Anthony Lane and Jon May live in Long Beach, CA  where they write unique, home-made songs that they refer to as “slop hop.”  The video was shot and put together by their good friend Kevin Bicknell.  Kevin recently moved back to Southern California after graduating with a film degree from San Francisco State.

Jon’s music site (ft. Anthony’s voice on several tracks) – http://besatree.com/

Kevin’s production company site – http://www.dystopianpictures.com/

A short video from Sao Paulo c/o Herbert Baglione