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.
more photos after the jump
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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.
Thinkspace Family artist Marco Mazzoni has launched a new project to honor his best friend who passed away a few weeks before his show with us back in March, his dog. The project, which is currently accepting donations through Kickstarter, is a hardcover book that will include 30 illustrations by Mazzoni telling the story of a little girl, Mirta, her dog King and the special bond between them. You can support Mazzoni by visiting his Kickstarter and checking out the various rewards he is offering to backers. For $300, you can get an original drawing of your furry friend, but don’t delay he is only taking on 15 more backers for that reward.
Thinkspace Family really understands the loss of a furry friend as a few of us at the gallery have also lost some of our pets within the past year, and applaud Marco’s for channeling his love for his companion into this beautiful story.
Learn more about the project here.
To view all available artwork by Marco Mazzoni, please click here.
Thank you to Arrested Motion for posting a preview of the upcoming “Juxtapozed” exhibition opening this weekend at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art. Arrested Motion shared several of their favorite pieces from the show in anticipation of the opening April 21st. Juxtapozed celebrates Juxtapoz Magazine’s impact on this genre is curated by Andrew Hosner of Thinkspace Gallery, Gary Pressman of Copro Gallery, and Adjunct Curator of the museum, Josef Zimmerman.
Thinkspace Family artist, James Bullough just completed a beautiful mural ‘Pania of the Reef’ in Napier, New Zealand as a part of the Pangeaseed Foundation’s Sea Walls project. The mural was inspired by local Maori folklore depicting Pania a fierce protector of the waters off the coast of Napier. Read about James’s experience painting the mural in his own words below,
“I had the great honor of meeting with some of Pania’s direct descendants in the city of Napier and other local Maori historians and speak with them about the best way to depict Pania and tell her story through my mural. In working with Pangeaseed Foundation and the Sea Walls project on this mural, it was also my honor to highlight a pressing ocean conservation issue for which I chose to speak about, the acidification of our oceans. Due to man-made climate concerns, specifically, the rising CO2 levels in our atmosphere, the acidity levels of our oceans have risen and continue to rise at alarming rates killing our reefs and the delicate ecosystems around them worldwide. To illustrate this I have depicted Pania floating defiant and hopeful over her reef despite the fact that it is void of all life and she herself is dissolving from the dangerously high acid levels.”
We’re always amazed by the gorgeous work Bullough creates and can’t wait to have him as a featured artist in our upcoming return to Detroit for Inner State ‘LAX/DTW: Part II’ opening June 30th.
View more works from James Bullough here.
Photo credit: Tre @pangeaseed
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.
ODESZA – Kusanagi
Nomadic Firs – Cover Bombs (ODESZA Edit)
Steve Aoki – Just Hold On
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.