Mahalo Pow! Wow! Hawaii 2017

Pow! Wow! has grown into an international movement bringing their vision of art and collaboration to cities around the world. Yet, it is Pow! Wow! Hawaii that has an electric energy that can’t be measured as the heart beats harder at home. We are honored to have taken part in Pow! Wow! Hawaii for the fourth consecutive year and we still have some amazing pieces available. Big mahalo to all that make Pow! Wow! Hawaii happen!

Redefined Media did a fantastic job capturing the weeklong event and what Pow! Wow! is really all about.

Video directed by Andrew Tran of Redefined.Media in collaboration with Cory Stephen Martin.
Additional Footage from Jonas Maon.

Music:
ODESZA – Kusanagi
Nomadic Firs – Cover Bombs (ODESZA Edit)
Steve Aoki – Just Hold On

Coming to Thinkspace Gallery in April : Jacub Gagnon’s “Short Stories”

Jacub Gagnon
Short Stories
April 1 – April 22, 2017

Los Angeles, CA – Thinkspace is pleased to present Short Stories, featuring new works by Canadian painter Jacub Gagnon. In the artist’s third solo exhibition with the gallery, Gagnon stages impossible sequences of the known. His works combine familiar elements like woodland animals and domestic objects in unlikely pairings to create wonderfully strange encounters and evocative juxtapositions. Pushing the natural world and the rules of its probability into the realm of the unreal and unnatural, Gagnon transforms the animal world into one of puzzling beauty and surreal interrelationship. Here, everything is enigmatically interconnected, subject to its own elusive order, and governed by attenuated physical laws where anything is possible. The human looms as a suggested presence in artifacts alone, shadowed in objects and traces, but ultimately remains outside of, and uninitiated to, this curious animal world.

Known for these meticulous paintings of animals and objects, Gagnon creates limitless combinations, contingencies, and distortions of scale. He achieves an impressive level of luminosity and detail with layered acrylic paints and the application of tiny brushes. The works feel hyperreal, thanks to their execution and richness of minutiae, dramatically lit from within through a spotlight approach to contrasting light. Subjects are usually rendered on dark black backgrounds and suspended in empty, nondescript spaces to sustain these moments of disbelief and contextual ambiguity. The dramatic lighting is undeniably theatrical and otherworldly, with the single directional flooding of light to contribute to the feeling of arrest. Strangely Baroque in their richness, jeweled tones, and contrasts, the paintings demand the viewer’s complete and rapt absorption. Recently, Gagnon has started to work on light or white backgrounds as well to create a different feeling of contrast and starkness, using negative, rather than blackened, space to isolate the subjects on the surface.

Inspired by a stream of consciousness approach to language, Gagnon’s compositions often begin with words and associative vignettes which he forges into literal images; abstract ideas sprung from dreamlike recombinations of creatures and scenarios, ideas and stories. Whether giraffes tethered to tea cups, birds in armor, or wolves befriending deer, endless possibility reigns in this creative landscape of extended visual metaphor – unfettered by physics, common sense or the mores of practicality. The impossibility of these relationships remains a constant inspiration to the artist, fascinated by the perversely beautiful manifestations of the familiar transformed through the free association of the surreal. At times, the contortion of the probable and commonplace leads to moments of discomfort, aberration, and darkness, and at others to whimsy and playfulness. At times, freakishly beautiful, these worlds force the viewer to reconsider their own place amongst these fictions and, by proxy, to the unknowns of the natural world. Anything here is possible; magic is reality freed from law.

In this new body of work, Gagnon continues to play with the suggestion of narrative and story, capturing concise moments of the unbelievable in each painting. Animals become vehicles for relatable human experiences, and each”short” suggests a part of a larger story and framework – a lengthier narrative arc just beyond the image frame. Inspired by the tradition of fairytale and its archetypes, Gagnon explores themes like family, encounters between friend and foe, love and loss, and the disruption and restitution of order.  Like a world ecstatically unhinged, Gagnon’s imagination knows no limits or bounds. Here, anything is possible, and magic is a matter of course.

 

Coming to Thinkspace Gallery in April – Kari-Lise Alexander’s “Wake”

Kari-Lise Alexander
WAKE
April 1 – April 22, 2017

Concurrently on view in the project room are new works by Kari-Lise Alexander in WAKE, the artist’s first solo exhibition with the gallery. A Seattle-based painter, Alexander is inspired by her Scandinavian heritage, particularly its folklore. Her sensuous portraits of beautiful women, derived from traditional Nordic stories, appear haunted and ethereal at times, and at others formidable. Alexander’s paintings present pivotal moments drawn from these traditional stories, capturing junctures of transformation and episodes of vulnerability. Highly detailed and beautifully pigmented, her works are lush, hyperreal and stylized. Filled with rich flora in vibrant hues, and high contrasting lights and darks, the imagery she develops is both mysterious and dramatic, conjuring the intensity of the surreal.

Inspired by 19th Century Swedish illustrators like John Bauer, who similarly depicted mythological subjects and folklore, Alexander has continued to establish her stylistic voice while obliquely referencing similar historical precedents. Recent works, for instance, have felt inspired by the Pre-Raphaelites though transformed through a contemporary sensibility and palette all her own. In Wake, Alexander incorporates fluid textures and effects that reference water. At times her portraits dissolve or are submerged in a watery blur, existing in constant tension with the intermingling of fluid and solid states. A word that invokes several states of transition and change, from sleep to consciousness, the lulled disturbance of water, to the mourning of death, Wake is as hypnotic and seductive as it is emotionally resonant.

Second Mural for RAD Napa Completed by Felipe Pantone

We’re excited to share the completed mural ‘Chromadynamica’ from Felipe Pantone for the RAD Napa mural project in Napa, California curated by Thinkspace Gallery. The project is sponsored by the Wine Train and the Napa Valley Vine Trail.

Photos courtesy of project documentarian Birdman photos.

Cinta Vidal Interviewed about her POW! WOW! Hawaii at HoMA mural.

Thinkspace Family artist Cinta Vidal completed a stunning mural at the Honolulu Museum of Art during Pow! Wow! Hawaii this year that we were honored to curate. The above video documents the creation of this mural in addition to an interview with Cinta about her inspiration. We’re excited to see Cinta Vidal in action again in a few weeks as she works on a featured installation for Juxtapozed at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art.

You can view all available works from Cinta Vidal on the Thinkspace Gallery website.

Studio Visit with Seth Armstrong for “Pretty Deep Shit”

Seth Armstrong’s paintings self-consciously capture a sense of looking, arresting moments with cinematic detail and voyeuristic curiosity. Varying in scale, the paintings offer views that are alternately intimate and vast, moving expertly between the monumental and the minute. Laden with detail and suggestion, each piece offers a moment in the trajectory of a larger narrative, and the viewer is compelled to realign the fractures of these inconclusive moments. Hanging the works on suggestion rather than on the overt, Armstrong builds tension and excitement in every painting with the possibility and expectation of action.

Very excited to share this new body of work with you all soon. Stay tuned for more sneak peeks and details as we grow closer to the show.

Pretty Deep Shit opening at Thinkspace Gallery, April 29th.

Opening Reception of Marco Mazzoni “Dear Collapse”, Atsuko Goto “The Silence of Idols”, and Alvaro Naddeo “Discarded”

We’d like to thank everyone who came to the opening reception of Marco Mazzoni “Dear Collapse”, Atsuko Goto “The Silence of Idols”, and Alvaro Naddeo “Discarded”. In the installation space of the main room, a video of Marco Mazzoni’s moleskin notebook played while those in attendance perused the breathtaking new work. Atsuko Goto’s haunting images drew people closer to inspect the hypnotizing eyes within her work, while Alvaro Naddeo’s detailed compositions challenged viewers to question their own observations of the world.

All three exhibition are on view now through March 25th.