Up Next at Thinkspace Gallery – Amanda ‘Mando’ Marie “The Light Touch”

Amanda Marie Mando The Light Touch

Amanda ‘Mando’ Marie
‘The Light Touch’
August 20th – September 10th

Opening Reception : August 20th from 6-9pm

Concurrently on view in the Thinkspace project room is The Light Touch, featuring new works by Amanda ” Mando” Marie. A stencil artist based out of Colorado, Marie creates large-scale site-specific murals and works on paper and canvas. Her images invoke a time of innocence through hyper-stylized and intentionally dated depictions of children and animals. With nostalgic storybook-like imagery that is at once playful and ominous, Marie subtly pairs lighter subject matter with elements of the uncanny. With graphic concision and compositional simplicity, particularly in her use of clean cut-out silhouettes, muted palettes, and graphic patterning, Marie uses seemingly innocuous images to convey more complex, and at times darker and more sinister, adult themes.

Marie’s works reference old-fashioned graphics and sewing patterns, as well as vintage 1940s “Little Golden Book” era illustrations. A recurring visual theme is “twinning” imagery, or a repetition of motifs to create unsettling doubles. Combining a variety of techniques and mediums, Marie is known for her use of screen printing, wheat pasting, drawing, hand cut stenciling, spray paint and brush applied acrylic paint. At first glance, her works feel light and whimsical, but with cleverly staged tension they unfurl an unsettling, albeit nonetheless charming and seductive, world of oppositions and disquiet.


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Up Next at Thinkspace Gallery – Kevin Peterson’s ‘Sovereign’

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Kevin Peterson
August 20th – September 10th

Opening Reception: August 20th from 6-9pm.

Thinkspace is pleased to present new works by Kevin Peterson in Sovereign, the artist’s third solo exhibition with the gallery. The Houston-based painter is known for his hyperrealistic works in which urban sprawls and rough city landscapes are offset by innocent subjects. Children and wild animals peacefully coexist as complicit companions in the detritus of stark urban environments. The poetic staging of these unexpected oppositions visually elicits powerful psychological themes. Recurring concepts continue to surface in Peterson’s work, like the perpetuity of change in self and environment, the navigation of personal trauma and loss, and solitude and the pursuit of companionship.

Peterson’s surreal compositions are meticulously laid out as preliminary studies with photographic references and models, then rendered imaginatively in oil on panel with deft detail and technical finesse. Everything from the figurative, the animal, and the inanimate is brought to dimensional life with expert attention to light, minutiae, placement, and context. Each work is meant to capture a fleeting moment; these encounters are ambiguous and fragmentary glimpses, suggestions of a universe colonized entirely by unlikely partnerships forged between the wild and misplaced.

The artist creates visual narratives that challenge our expectations of context, suspending the divisive nature of adult disbelief. Unexpected alliances thrive between wild beasts and young children in counterintuitive city environments. The compelling fantasy evolves from the interrelationships and staged contrasts of these incredible collusions and whimsical conspiracies; the youngest of protagonists find steady companions in wild foxes and bears, apprehensively navigating the solitude of the city. In fact, the adult human world is all but absent, seen only through the darker remnants of its urban leftovers and castaways; the legacies of its failures remain: old structures and abandoned spaces, industrial vacancies, and forgotten recesses. The bystanders of adult failure tread resiliently in these voids: nature and childhood.

In earlier works Peterson had focused on a closer, cropped, and more portraiture oriented view of his subject. In these and more recent works, he has widened the frame and opened the narrative, capturing more of the subjects’ environment, context, and interaction with the landscape. Graffiti graphics continue to figure prominently on the street structures in his work, looming suggestively in the backdrop and walls of these spaces. Reproduced in perfect detail and sourced from photo references of actual sites, Peterson develops a convincingly realistic snapshot of the cityscape in which to stage the wandering of his innocents. Their journeys, and what they are in search of, remain forever out of reach, but their pursuit and resilience resonate universally with our shared restlessness and disappointed inheritances.

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Coming this weekend to the Antelope Valley, Thinkspace Gallery and the Lancaster Museum of Art and History present, ‘The New Vanguard.‘ Join us on Friday and/or Saturday for the opening receptions that will include live entertainment, refreshments, and the opportunity to say you saw it first.

VIP Preview Night: Friday, August 12th 6-10PM

Tickets to the VIP kickoff event are $45 per person and include: 

-Opportunity to meet the artists of POW! WOW! Antelope Valley
-Two complimentary drinks & hors d’oeuvres
-Special previews of Made in America & The New Vanguard exhibitions
-Musical entertainment and dancing
-Proceeds from this event benefit the Lancaster Museum and Public Art Foundation’s ongoing support for MOAH’s arts education programming.

*tickets are available at www.lancastermoah.org

Public Opening BLOCK PARTY: Saturday, August 13 4-8PM
*Free and open to all including live music, food trucks, beer garden and view the completed murals from POW! WOW! AV

Murals and installations inside the museum from:
Alex Yanes

Yoskay Yamamoto

In the ‘Vault Gallery’: ‘Once An Astronaut‘ from Scott Listfield

The New Vanguard‘ in the ‘South Gallery’ – curated by Thinkspace:
Aaron Li-Hill
Adam Caldwell
Alex Garant
Alex Yanes
Amy Sol
Benjamin Garcia
Brett Amory
Brian M. Viveros
Carl Cashman
Casey Weldon
Chie Yoshii
Cinta Vidal
Craig ‘Skibs’ Barker
Dan Lydersen
Dan-ah Kim
Derek Gores
Erik Siador
Felipe Pantone
Fernando Chamarelli
Glennray Tutor
Henrik Aa. Uldalen
Icy and Sot
Jacub Gagnon
Jaime Molina
James Bullough
James Reka
Jana & JS
Jean Labourdette (aka Turf One)
Jeremy Hush
Joel Daniel Phillips
Josie Morway
Juan Travieso
Kyle Stewart
Linnea Strid
Lisa Ericson
Low Bros
Lunar New Year
Mando Marie
Marco Mazzoni
Mark Dean Veca
Mark Warren Jacques
Martin Whatson
Mary Iverson
Matt Linares
Matthew Grabelsky
Mike Egan
Pam Glew
Ricky Lee Gordon
Scott Radke
Sean Norvet
Tony Philipppou
Wiley Wallace

Yosuke Ueno

‘The New Vanguard‘ happening in tandem with the museum’s ‘MADE IN AMERICA’ exhibition + a special NASA-themed exhibition + a small collection of baseball-themed works from Raymond Pettibon + a quilt created in space by astronaut Karen Nyberg

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Taking place in tandem with ‘POW! WOW! Antelope Valley‘ featuring murals from:
Andrew Schoultz
David Flores
Julius Eastman
Kris Holladay
Mando Marie
Mark Dean Veca
Michael Jones

Yoskay Yamamoto

Painting will take place around the museum area from August 6th through August 14th  for more information visit the POW! WOW! website

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Interview with Cinta Vidal for ‘Gravities’

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Cinta Vidal’s fist US-based solo exhibition ‘Gravities’ opened at Thinkspace Gallery in the project room, Saturday, July 20th and is on view through August 13th. The exhibition is a collection of new works commenting on relationships and the various perspectives within one scene.  In our interview with Cinta Vidal for ‘Gravities’, we discuss her creative process and life as a painter.

SH: What motivated you to get an apprenticeship and work at the Castells Planes Scenography Atelier at 16? Do you think taking on that kind of responsibility at that age has shaped you as an artist now?
CV: It happened a little bit by coincidence, as the workshop is located in the same village where I live, and I have friends there. Since I have been working there I have learned many things and one of them is respect and responsibility at work.

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SH: Your work has often been compared to MC Escher, but how much influence has his art actually played on your work (if any)?
CV: MC Escher’s work has always fascinated me. It’s an honor to be compared with him. However, he was not an inspiration for my artworks. He plays with optical illusions and I don’t. In some occasions our languages look similar but I think there is a big difference between us, since his approach is very mathematical and mine is rather human.

SH: What was the inspiration behind this latest exhibition?
CV: I always find inspiration in human relations (relations among humans and also between humans and their environment). I seek to talk about shared loneliness, setting people very close to each other but at the same time very far from a gravitational point of view. I also like to set my tiny characters in various environments, both architectural and natural, so that I can provoke several feelings from the viewer.

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SH: Your work features many different planes of activity, there is a central point, but it is not bound by the idea of up or down, how do the stories with in the work unfold and find direction? What is your creative process?
CV: My creative process always starts with a sketch made of vanishing lines. I try to attach importance to every point of view, and to create more than only one outstanding scene in each painting. All paintings can be turned around and have 2, 3 or 4 possible points of view. My goal is to let viewers interact with each painting. To let them explore a painting and decide which scene they like most.

SH: What does your idea day in the studio look like?
CV: Relaxing but active. I always begin with a coffee and the preparation of the paints. After having started I often lose track of time and I must be told once it is time to have lunch or dinner.

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SH: How do you work through a creative blocks?
CV: It is a matter of not getting stressed. In my job there are uncreative tasks, like preparing wood, sanding or transferring images onto wood. When I don’t feel creative I focus on these rather mechanical tasks so that I can keep moving forward.

SH: Your entire life seems to be a commentary on scale and perspective, from working on the scenography to then the small details found within your paintings. Do these different artistic expressions feed off each other or are they two separate ideas in your life?
CV: They feed off each other. In fact, the only important difference is scale and that different technical procedures are required. I feel comfortable with both artistic expressions. Also, after having spent much time working in one of them I always need to switch to the other.

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SH: Favorite thing to do when not working?
CV: Relax. I like the pleasure of doing nothing.

SH: What elements of other artists work excites you? Are you looking forward to any upcoming exhibitions?
CV: I like many artists. I am passionate most of all about artists with a stroke that is free, and spontaneous. I pay much attention to details and it is hard for me to be like them, thus I admire pretty much these artworks where spontaneity can be perceived.

To view all available works from the exhibition please visit the Thinkspace Gallery website here:

Opening Reception of Adam Caldwell’s ‘Dark Stage’ and Cinta Vidal’s ‘Gravities’

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The sky was orange from smoke on Saturday, July 23rd, a fitting backdrop for the opening of Adam Caldwell‘s ‘Dark Stage’ in Thinkspace Gallery’s main room. Caldwell’s latest body of work inspired by a collaboration with the Badelion Dance Troupe is rich in color, composition, and emotion. Those who attended the opening were treated to two live performances from the dancers that inspired Caldwell’s work and a few of the models could be spotted amongst the attendees.

In Thinkspace Gallery’s project room, Spanish artist Cinta Vidal exhibited new works for her first US-based solo show, ‘Gravities’. A collection of paintings reflecting the varied perspectives within the world we live in. During the opening reception, two prints from Cinta Vidal, a giclee of ‘Brutal Architecture’ and a print on wood of ‘Together Alone’ were available to those looking to take a bit of Cinta’s work home with them that night.

We invite you to come see the current exhibitions Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 6pm, on view until August 13th.

To view available work from the both shows please click the links below.

Adam Caldwell: http://thinkspacegallery.com/shows/adamcaldwell-2016/show-pieces/
Cinta Vidal: http://thinkspacegallery.com/shows/cintavidal-2016/show-pieces/

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photos couresty of Birdman photography