Opening Reception of “Flourish” at the Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum

Last weekend FLOURISH  at Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum curated by Thinkspace Gallery opened to a positive reception. We’d like to thank all that came to the exhibition from all over Arizona and beyond to support the opening night. We were so thrilled to see over 1,200 art lovers come through the doors of the Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum in the beautiful Mesa Arts Center located in the heart of downtown Mesa, Arizona.

The site-specific ephemeral murals from Esao Andrews and Nosego along with the site-specific installation from Felipe Pantone are reason enough to visit, if not for the incredible group show featuring close to 100 artists from around the globe. A great introduction to the burgeoning New Contemporary Art Movement for those new to this scene and an incredible survey of some of the hottest artists out there for those that are in the know and already familiar. This landmark exhibition remains on view through August 6th, so please be sure to pay it a visit this summer.

For more information on the exhibition and to view the available pieces from the show visit the Thinkspace Gallery website.

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Two Stories Left from Jacub Gagnon’s “Short Stories”

If we referred to Jacob Gagnon’s work from “Short Stories” as stories themselves, then there would only be two left to read. A nearly sold out exhibition, Gagnon’s work is filled with whimsical narratives of compositional wordplay and at times translating the real world into the unreal at the delight of collectors.  Below are a few words from Jacub Gagnon regarding the available works from Short Stories.

“Polar Flare”
The flare is struck, the roar of its signal matched only by the bear’s cry for help.  The Polar Bear’s habitat is vanishing; the sea ice is melting, and as a result of the changing ecosystem the current status of the Polar Bear is vulnerable.  With this painting, I tried to express both the emotion and urgency of this situation. I want the viewer to hear the call and I want it to elicit a strong discourse.  Furthermore, I believe this painting to be a symbol to spark change.

“The Belly of the Beast”
Based on the concept of a Matryoshka doll (Russian nesting doll), I tried to represent a natural food-chain with each respective predator’s prey in its belly.  I’ve taken some liberties in doing so but enjoyed “stacking” these mammals one inside another.  The title can be interrupted in an obvious manner with the leopard being the beast, or rather in the reverse, with the rabbit being the beast consuming the blade of grass.  I like to think the latter is true and hope to reprise the role of “the beast” in a subsequent painting.

Hi-Fructose Features Jolene Lai

Hi-Fructose recently featured Thinkspace Family artists Jolene Lai in an online editorial. The piece highlights several of her works from Lai’s latest exhibition ‘Beside You’ that opened this past February. To view all available works from ‘Beside You’ please visit the Thinkspace Gallery website.

Jolene Lai’s Surreal Paintings Reference Dreams, Childhood : Hi- Fructose

These surreal images can feel both pensive and intense, conjuring familiar images and the otherworldly. The artist, formerly a movie poster designer, often anchors her paintings in youthful contexts.

Kari-Lise Alexander featured on Urban Outfitters Blog

Kari-Lise Alexander recently exhibited a stunning collection of work at Thinkspace Gallery this past April. We’re excited to share her work has also caught the attention of Urban Outfitters, who interviewed Alexander for their weekly featured artists series. Jump over to the UO blog to read the full feature and interview with Kari-Lise Alexander, and visit the Thinkspace Gallery website to view all available work by the artist.

What is your creative process? Do you work from photographs, sketches or from your mind?

I work from all of the above! I start the process for a painting by doing thumbnail sketches from my ideas about what I want to do. From there, I set-up a photo shoot to photograph the reference photos I need. After I’ve selected my reference photo, I start working on the painting. I will often add or subtract things for the final piece depending on what I want for the overall vision.

New Mural by Artist Dulk in Wittenberg Germany

Thinkspace Family artist Dulk recently completed a new mural in Wittenberg Germany for Kura Fest. The mural titled “Where We Used to Scream” addresses the struggle between life and death that is the nature of all things. The salmon, which is represented in the crest of Wittenberg, symbolizes the desire to return to a place of peace in order to continue a legacy, despite the peril that awaits.

Dulk currently has two new pieces on view at the Mesa Contemporary Art Museum and one at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art. To view all available work by Dulk, visit the Thinkspace Gallery website.

 

New Mural from Telmo Miel in Australia – “Knight In Shining Armor”

Thinkspace Family artists and muralists, Telmo Miel completed a new mural for Wonderwalls in Port Adelaide Australia titled “Knight In Shining Armor.” Next up the artists will be in Perth creating their next awesome mural.

For more information on the Wonderwalls Festival visit their website here.

All available work from Telmo Miel can be viewed on the Thinkspace Gallery website.

Phoenix New Times features “Flourish” at the Mesa Contemporary Art Museum

The Pheonix New Times featured Flourish at the Mesa Contemporary Art Museum. A slideshow tour of the works and opening night now live on their website. David Cooley’s “Melange (Zoetrope)” seen above, just one of the many pieces that wowed and dazzled those in attendance.

Visit the Pheonix New Times website for the full feature of the show.

All available work from Flourish is available on the Thinkspace Gallery website.