New Mural for RAD NAPA from Oakland-Based Artist HUEMAN

Our latest installment for RAD NAPA, a collaborative project with Thinkspace where the Napa Valley Vine Trail and Napa Valley Wine Train meet for a two-mile-long outdoor art gallery, is brought to the Napa Valley from Oakland artist Hueman.

Below are photos of the mural in progress and video shot by Birdman Photos. 

THE NEW VANGUARD II at the LANCASTER MUSEUM OF ART & HISTORY Coming This October

THE NEW VANGUARD II
October 20 – December 30, 2018
Curated by Thinkspace Projects

Sandra Chevrier | Cages and the Allure of Freedom
Seth Armstrong | Lil’ Baja’s Last Ride
Craig ‘Skibs’ Barker | Suzy is a Surf Rocker
Brooks Salzwedel | Rut in the Soil

(Lancaster, CA) – The Lancaster Museum of Art and History, in collaboration with Los Angeles’ Thinkspace Projects, is pleased to present The New Vanguard II, a dynamic group exhibition of works by international artists working in the New Contemporary art movement. The highly anticipated follow up to 2016’s successful first iteration of The New Vanguard, on view in tandem with this year’s POW WOW! Antelope Valley will feature special solo projects by artists Sandra Chevrier, Seth Armstrong, Craig ‘Skibs’ Barker, and Brooks Salzwedel.

A sequel to what was in 2016 the most extensive presentation of work from the New Contemporary movement in a Southern Californian museum venue to date, The New Vanguard II, in keeping with the first, will present a diverse and expansive group of curated new works. The group show will include new pieces by ABCNT, Adam Caldwell, Alex Garant, Alex Hall, Alexandra Manukyan, Amy Sol, Andrew Schoultz, Benjamin Garcia, Brian Mashburn, Carl Cashman, CASE, Dan Witz, Drew Merritt, EINE, Ekundayo, Ermsy, Esao Andrews, Evoca1, Fernando Chamarelli, Fidia Falaschetti, Fintan Magee, Helen Bur, Hueman, Hula, Huntz Liu, Jaune, Joel Daniel Phillips, Jolene Lai, Juan Travieso, Kaili Smith, Kathy Ager, Kikyz1313, Laura Berger, Lauren YS, Lonac, Mark Dean Veca, Mars-1, Martin Whatson, Masakatsu Sashie, Meggs, Michael Reeder, Milu Correch, The Perez Bros, PichiAvo, RISK, Robert Xavier Burden, Robert Proch, Ronzo, Saner, Scott Listfield , Sergio Garcia, Seth Armstrong, Snik, Stephanie Buer, Super A, Super Future Kid, TikToy, Tran Nguyen, Van Arno, and Yosuke Ueno.

Alongside the focused solo presentations by Chevrier, Armstrong, Barker, and Salzwedel, the exhibition will include site-specific installations by Andrew Hem, Dan Witz, HOTxTEA, Isaac Cordal, Jaune, Laurence Vallieres, and Spenser Little.

A movement unified as much by its diversity as its similitude, ‘New Contemporary’ has come to denote an important heterogeneity of styles, media, contexts, and activations over the course of its establishment since the 90s. Unified in its fledgling beginnings by a founding countercultural impulse searching for its own nomenclature, the New Contemporary movement’s shifting and inclusive designations have offered alternative narratives over the years to those popularized by the dominant art establishment and its conceptual predilections.

Though stylistically disparate, the work belonging to this rapidly expansive movement reveals a desire to reference the popular, social, and subcultural domains of contemporary experience, grounding, rather than rarifying, imagery in the familiar. Looking to the urban landscape and the kaleidoscopic shift of individual identities within it, these artists use the figurative and narrative to anchor their work in the accessible and aesthetically relatable. A fundamentally democratic stance governs the ambitions of this new guard, ever in search of novel ways to expand rather than to contract.

Sandra Chevrier | Cages and the Allure of Freedom
The Montréal-based Canadian artist creates mixed-media works that explore identity as a locus of competing imperatives and complex contradictions. Drawing parallels between the assumed invulnerability of the superhero and the impossible demands placed upon the contemporary individual, Chevrier creates literal and metaphoric masks by combining comic book imagery assembled from found and imagined sources. Her dystopian spin on the iconic figure of the superhero looks to reveal the flaws in the staged extroversion of the superficial veneer.

In Cages and the Allure of Freedom, her first significant solo museum presentation, Chevrier will be showing three life-sized, hand-painted sculptural busts for the first time alongside new two-dimensional works in acrylic, graphite, china ink, and pastels.

Seth Armstrong | Lil’ Baja’s Last Ride
Los Angeles-based painter Seth Armstrong creates paintings that seize time, near-cinematic moments of suspended or implied action. Some offer vast views, and others contracted intimacy, moving freely in and out of public and private spaces to create ambiguous vantage points. Known for paintings that self-consciously capture the act of looking – whether as a voyeur in trespass or a participant in the landscape – Armstrong captures the simultaneity of the city as a place of endless, contingent narratives, jarring interruptions, and suspenseful pauses.

In Lil’ Baja’s Last Ride, Armstrong combines his patented interest in the grittier recesses of urban life with his penchant for humor and a good inside joke, dedicating the exhibition’s title to his recently retired car, the unsuspecting casualty of a freak fire in the MOAH’s parking lot.

Craig ‘Skibs’ Barker | ‘Suzy is a Surf Rocker’
A Huntington Beach native based in Southern California, mixed media painter Craig ‘Skibs’ Barker creates imagery inspired by print media and the graphic sensibilities of 80’s SoCal punk and surf, the subcultural terrain shaping the 80’s in which he grew up. His works feel surreal and partial, intentionally stylized to the point of decontextualization. By framing figurative subjects with an element of voyeuristic ambiguity, Barker’s compositions have the intuitive spontaneity of a Polaroid and the deliberate staging of a stencil. Familiar and far, they feel strange in their proximity.

Brooks Salzwedel | Rut in the Soil
Born in Long Beach, Salzwedel creates translucent landscapes that shift in and out of solid and ethereal states. Like fluid worlds suspended in a cycle of perpetual haunting, the imagery often feels loosely real but undeniably hallucinated and invoked. His works play with the depiction of these unhinged natural and hyperbolically unnatural physical states, combining sparse terrains with fictional mountain ranges and shadowy, diaphanous atmospheres. His mixed-media drawing-based works are created using a combination of graphite, mylar and resin, tape, colored pencil, and ink.

Exhibition on view October 20 through December 30 at:
Lancaster Museum of Art and History
665 W. Lancaster Blvd.
Lancaster, California 93534
www.LancasterMOAH.org

Taking place as part of POW! WOW! Antelope Valley
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‘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)**

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