‘VITALITY AND VERVE III’ ON VIEW NOW AT THE LONG BEACH MUSEUM OF ART

Nearly 1,900 of you came out this past Friday to witness the kick-off of the third iteration of our Vitality and Verve exhibition series with the Long Beach Museum of Art as part of the special programming for POW! WOW! Long Beach. If you didn’t make it out this weekend, hours and days are shared below. This history-making exhibition will remain on view through September 9, don’t miss your chance to catch these murals before they are painted over and gone forever. Many thanks to Birdman for capturing them for the ages.

The Long Beach Museum of Art presents:
VITALITY AND VERVE III
 
Curated by Thinkspace as part of POW! WOW! Long Beach
 
On view through September 9, 2018, at:
Long Beach Museum of Art
Amy Sol
Tea Leaves II, 2018
Acrylic on museum wall
Bordalo II
Plastic Seal, 2018
Spray paint on recycled plastics
CASE
In This Together, 2018
Acrylic on museum wall
Dan Witz
Trompe L’Oeil grates and vents, 2018
Oil and digital media on Sintra
Dennis McNett
Back in 5, 2018
Wolfbat’s blood and love installation
Drew Merritt
Coward, 2018
Acrylic on museum wall
Evoca1
Unrest, 2018
Acrylic on museum wall
Fintan Magee
American Fortress, 2018
Acrylic, oil on wood
HERAKUT
ALL QUEENS HERE AGREED that they depended on each other and no kingdom was too small to matter, 2018
Spray painted canvas, acrylic on cardboard on museum wall
Hush
Three Sirens, 2018
Acrylic, spray paint, screen print inks made on paper then deconstructed and reassembled as collage on wall with wheat paste
Jaune
What A Wonderful World, 2018
Acrylic and spray paint on museum wall
Juan Travieso
The Guardian, 2018
Gold leaf, acrylic, oil, on museum wall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KOZ DOS
NU-VES, 2018
Acrylic on museum wall
Leon Keer
Buy, Consume and Die, 2018
Acrylic on museum wall
Lauren YS The Lotus Eaters, 2018 Acrylic on museum wall
Michael Reeder
Death from Above 2079, 2018
Spray paint, acrylic, acrylic on wood on museum wall
RISK
Metallic Tissue, 2018
Spray paint, enamel on repurposed license plates and signs
SEEN
Multi-Tags, 2018
Spray paint on museum wall
Sergio Garcia
RISK and SABER, 2018
Oil, acrylic on resin with spraypaint on museum wall
Spenser Little
Matisse Drawing in Bed, 2018
Welded metal with projected LED light
Spenser Little
Spiritual FlucDiety, 2018
One continuous 16 gauge steel wire with projected LED light
Super A
Down The Rabbit Hole (from the Trapped series), 2018
Acrylic on museum wall
Jaune
Trash Planet
Spray paint and acrylic on the side of the Long Beach Museum of Art
Jaune
Coffee Break
Spray paint and acrylic on the side of the Long Beach Museum of Art

The Long Beach Museum of Art (LBMA) presents Vitality and Verve III, an exhibition dedicated to showcasing new works by artists of the New Contemporary Art Movement. Presented in curatorial collaboration with Los Angeles’ Thinkspace Projects and the support of POW! WOW! Long Beach, the exhibition is the third iteration in the collaborative series which has secured record-breaking public attendance since 2015.
Vitality and Verve III presents a relevant cross-section of some of the most exciting artists working under the New Contemporary handle today and will feature site-specific works by these 21 individuals brought together in the same space for the first time. Their impermanent installations are tangentially activated, transforming the ground floor and Ocean View gallery of the LBMA into an immersive ephemeral playground for the senses.
The exhibition features new, site-specific works by internationally renowned artists, Bordalo II, CASE, Evoca1, Sergio Garcia, Herakut, Hush, Jaune, Leon Keer, Koz Dos, Spenser Little, Fintan Magee, Dennis McNett, Drew Merritt, Michael Reeder, RISK, SEEN, Amy Sol, Super A, Juan Travieso, Dan Witz and Lauren YS. Each has contributed a unique piece and vantage point, working across a variety of media.
The New Contemporary Art Movement is known for its diversity; several styles, media, contexts, and exhibition platforms fall within its expansive cast, including public art interventions and site-specific urban murals. This breadth has long been embraced as a subversive impulse vis-a-vis the more exclusionary and contained tenets of contemporary art production, particularly those minted in academe and aspiring to the vetted legitimacy of the ‘white cube.’ The movement’s vested interest in incorporating the social and representational, counter to its often systemic disavowal, has allowed it to thrive outside of institutional support, though this exclusionary paradigm is rapidly shifting.
Largely self-supported and community-driven since the 90’s, many of the movement’s artists are self-taught or have come into their own through multi-disciplinary backgrounds. Gaining international recognition over the past decade, the movement is now widely recognized as both the largest and longest running organized art movement in history, boasting veterans and established artists as well as emergent ones. The evocative potential of representation inspires these artists to draw from popular and countercultural sources like music, illustration, comics, graffiti, design, punk, tattoo culture, hip-hop, skate culture, etc., looking to the outside world rather than to the self-referential gestures that have typified the traditional exclusions of contemporary art.

Long Beach Museum of Art hours and admission: 
Thursday11 AM to 8 PM
Friday – Sunday11 AM to 5 PM
$7 adult admission / $6 seniors (over age 62) and students with Valid I.D.
Free for museum members and children under 12

**FREE ADMISSION after 3 PM on Thursdays and ALL DAY on Fridays (6/30-9/8)**

Opening Reception of solo exhibitions from Juan Travieso, Wiley Wallace and Alvaro Naddeo

Thank you to all that came out to celebrate the opening reception of our new solo exhibitions from Juan Travieso, Wiley Wallace and Alvaro Naddeo. Congratulations to each artist on their beautiful new bodies of work that will be on view now through July 21st.

Both Travieso and Wallace have new murals down in Long Beach as part of this year’s POW! WOW! Long Beach mural festival which wrapped up this past Sunday.

If you find yourself in Long Beach to enjoy the murals, be sure to also swing by the Long Beach Museum of Art for Vitality and Verve III, which Travieso has also contributed to.

Check out our interviews with  Juan Travieso, Wiley Wallace, and Alvaro Naddeo discussing their inspiration behind their individual body of work.

Photos courtesy of Birdman 

Interview with Juan Travieso for “Entropy”

Thinkspace is proud to present Cuban-born painter Juan Travieso latest body of work Entropy alongside Wiley Wallace in the gallery’s main room. Travieso creates visually complex worlds suspended in a state of fracture, combining a realist painting technique with surreal juxtapositions, spatial splicing, bright palettes, and geometric abstraction. Our interview with Juan Travieso discusses the inspiration behind Entropy, his creative process, and Batman.

The exhibition is on view now til July 21st at Thinkspace Projects in Culver City.

SH: Tell us about this show. What is the inspiration? What were you exploring in the work?

JT: The show is titled Entropy. What inspired me through the course of a year has been my surroundings. I am interested in our potential collapse. I feel like humanity is always playing with this idea. That’s the basis of the show.

SH: Where do you source inspiration?

JT: My inspiration comes from a variety of sources. Media, newspapers, documentaries, everyday life, etc. Practically whatever I encounter that strikes a chord I just run with it because that’s usually a sign that it’s something that matters to me. I have to have an emotional connection to the subjects that I deal with. This way I get totally invested and so I pursue visual solutions to whatever the problems are.

SH: How do you capture those ideas for pieces; do you have a sketchbook on hand or is it just a note to yourself in your phone?

JT: I do have a sketchbook, however, what helps me capture the ideas are notes I make not sketches. The sketches normally happen in my head.

SH: How do you plan out your compositions?

JT: Lately, I have been using photoshop exclusively.

SH: What excites you about your work / creative process?

JT: I love painting. I love using acrylic and oil and exploring their strengths. I still feel like I am a novice in the potentials of the painting practice. In addition

I feel like my work takes me to so many new subjects because I do research as much as I can about what I am interested in talking about.

SH: What frustrates you about your work / creative process?

JT: The most frustrating thing about my work is not being able to do it fast enough. Painting realistically has great gratification but it takes forever. Also, I would love it if I would achieve a higher level of control with paint. More preciseness and fewer color adjustments. I want to master paint. But I have a long ways to go.

SH: If you could be a character in any movie for a day; who would you be in what film and why?

JT: If I could be a character I think I would choose Batman. Not because he’s rich, Handsome and a badass. But because he tries his best to help solve some of his worlds biggest problems.

SH: How do you approach developing work for an exhibition?

JT: I think of the work as if it was an album. Every track has to flow and that’s how I approach a body of work. There has to be a message and a cohesiveness to it.

SH: Do you immediately jump into work on it, or are you more of a procrastinator?

JT: I work really hard all the time. I’m a workaholic. My work requires crazy amounts of attention and detail. I don’t procrastinate at all.

SH: What is your Meyers-Briggs or Zodiac Sign? Does it influence your work / artistic process?

JT: I’m a Taurus. I’m not sure if it influences my artistic process.

SH: Can you explain what it feels likes to anticipate the opening of your exhibition, the opening night, and the day after – using food items as a representation of real emotions?

JT: The opening of the exhibition feels like staring at a storefront full of luscious chocolates. The opening night is asking questions about the chocolate, what flavors etc. The day after your sick of chocolates and its time to move on to pastries.

SH: Has there been an artistic catalyst in your life?

JT: Music and ideas keep me in a solid state of mind. They help me get through shit.

SH: Something, someone, some event that made a significant impact on you that has lead you to where you are now.

JT: My friends and family have made the most significant impact on my life. They play such an important role as to why I am able to do what I do.

View all available work from Entropy here

Taste of Vitality & Verve III: Transforming the Urban Landscape

Tonight marks the opening of Vitality & Verve III: Transforming the Urban Landscape curated by Thinkspace as a part of the special programming for Pow! Wow! Long Beach.

“Vitality and Verve III” is the third iteration of the collaborative series for the Long Beach Museum of Art and will be featuring ephemeral murals and installations from Bordalo II, CASE, Evoca1, Sergio Garcia, Herakut, Hush,
Jaune, Leon Keer, Koz Dos, Spenser Little, Fintan Magee, Dennis McNett, Drew Merritt, Michael Reeder, RISK, SEEN, Amy Sol, Super A, Juan Travieso, Dan Witz and Lauren YS.

The Long Beach Museum of Art presents:
‘VITALITY AND VERVE III’
Curated by Thinkspace with support from POW! WOW! Long Beach

On View June 30th thru September 9th at:

Long Beach Museum of Art
2300 East Ocean Boulevard
Long Beach, CA. 90803

Detail views of a massive new installation from HUSH
Leon Keer playing with perspectives in his installation for Vitality and Verve III
Collaborative installation from Sergio Garcia & SABER | Saber’s hand and forearm has been sculpted in resin and painted by hand by Sergio Garcia to capture the action and energy of one of his iconic tags. Pure magic.

 

Case Mural at Vitality & Verve III: Transforming the Urban Landscape

Over the last two decades, Case has mastered the ability to translate the complex detail, and graceful movements of humans and our hands in photorealistic murals and art pieces. A majority of his work focuses on the hands, as they hold the symbolic meaning of “power” and “unity,” but more so represent the universal language that exists within a hand gesture. An ability to communicate that transcends words, Case not only paints compositions but an emotional language, which all can understand if open to it.

Click through Case Maclaim’s mural for Vitality & Verve III: Transforming the Urban Landscape at the Long Beach Museum of Art opening this weekend.

Follow Case on Instagram @case_maclaim

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Vitality and Verve III” is the third iteration of the collaborative series curated by Thinkspace Projects with the support of POW! WOW! Long Beach for the Long Beach Museum of Art, and will be featuring ephemeral murals and installations from Bordalo II, CASE, Evoca, Sergio Garcia, Herakut, Hush,
Jaune, Leon Keer, Koz Dos, Spenser Little, Fintan Magee, Dennis McNett, Drew Merritt, Michael Reeder, RISK, SEEN, Amy Sol, Super A, Juan Travieso, Dan Witz and Lauren YS

The Long Beach Museum of Art presents:
‘VITALITY AND VERVE III’
Curated by Thinkspace with support from POW! WOW! Long Beach

On View June 30, 2018 thru September 9, 2018 at:

Long Beach Museum of Art
2300 East Ocean Boulevard
Long Beach, CA. 90803