Lauren YS’s Mural for Vitality & Verve III: Transforming the Urban Landscape

Lauren YS is a Bay Area artist whose work is influenced by multiple stages of focus, both geographically and in practice. With dynamic bouts in academics, literature, and writing, teaching, illustration, and animation leading up to her arrival in the urban art sphere, these phases of her own career informed her robust style of murals and fine art. Influenced by dreams, mythology, death, comics, love, sex, psychedelia, animation, nostalgia, and her Asian-American heritage, Lauren’s work is often geared towards pushing a narrative undertone, addressing the absurdities of reality in the confines of a page or a wall, weaving in an always fantastical aesthetic.

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

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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

Friday, June 29 opening night gala tickets available now for only $15 at:
www.lbma.org/after-dark-2018

Juan Travieso Mural for Vitality & Verve III : Transforming the Urban Landscape

The murals and installations for Vitality and Verve III: Transforming the Urban Landscape at the Long Beach Museum of art have been underway for a week now and the artists’ various visions continue to come to fruition.

Below are a few shots of Juan Travieso’s bold mural as a work in progress at the  Long Beach Museum of Art.

Juan Travieso (born Havana, Cuba 1987), is an artist based in Miami and New York.  His work explores notions of impermanence and decay through a combined language of pop, realism, and abstraction. Figures, be them humans or animals, are broken up into spaces and forms much like 3d models, speaking to both their temporality and transition into the digital age. What once was abstractions interacting with disappearing animals, are now figures of disappearing and transforming ideologies and culture.  Travieso is a dynamic maker, he approaches painting with great appetite and produces a feast for the eyes and mind.

Join us Friday, June 29th for the opening night gala, After Dark.

Tickets available now for only $15 at: www.lbma.org/after-dark-2018

“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

Friday, June 29 opening night gala tickets available now for only $15 at:
www.lbma.org/after-dark-2018

Wiley Wallace’s “Stay Connected” Closes Out June at Thinkspace Gallery

WILEY WALLACE
Stay Connected
June 30, 2018 – July 21, 2018

(Los Angeles, CA) – Thinkspace is pleased to present Stay Connected, featuring new works by Phoenix-born painter Wiley Wallace. Playful and ambiguous, his luminous and ostensibly radioactive worlds suggest a metaphysical interest in the possibility of alternate realities: the endlessly shapeshifting and protean nature of fantasy at the intersection of the imagined and “real.” Wallace’s paintings combine realistic rendering with elements of the surreal, and near-magical references that include eerily cast light sources bordering on the supernatural. Playful and macabre, his works combine intense thematic contrasts between light and dark to achieve suspense and evasion.

Children are a recurring theme in his compositions, representing a kind of primordial link to something invisible and beyond comprehension, exempt from the rationalizations of the adult. Often using his own children as models, Wallace’s narratives are open-ended, filled with suggestion and partial disclosures rather than forceful assertions or posited certainties. The themes of connection and communication resonate throughout Wallace’s imagery, as the works’ protagonists seem ever in search of fugitive contact. The skeleton is a recurring figure throughout Wallace’s imagery as well, appearing at times as a sinister harbinger of some kind and at others as Halloween costume level kitsch.

Wallace’s pieces convey a kind of sci-fi nostalgia harkening back to a Spielberg-era of extraterrestrial-themed filmmaking. At times their implied innocence and naiveté give way to darker and more dystopian readings, surfacing amidst the neon-hued glow.

Dennis McNett Mural for Vitality & Verve III : Transforming the Urban Landscape

Dennise McNett is reimagining the south-west in his installation for the Long Beach Museum of Art for Vitality and Verve III. Below include a few shots of the dreamy install as a work in progress.

Dennis McNett became obsessed with printmaking in art school and never looked back, as a printmaker and printmaking educator, the graphic quality of woodcuts was a natural fit.  The tactile nature of the medium requires an amount of energy that lends itself to McNett’s graphic drawings and animal imagery. A love of storytelling and mythology is alive in the works of Dennis McNett as he is able to capture the movements and interactions of his compositions to grab the viewer with an urgency of predator or prey.

Join us Friday, June 29th for the opening night gala, After Dark.

Tickets available now for only $15 at: www.lbma.org/after-dark-2018

“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

Friday, June 29 opening night gala tickets available now for only $15 at:
www.lbma.org/after-dark-2018

Herakut Installation for Vitality & Verve III : Transforming the Urban Landscape

HERAKUT is bringing their unique style to the walls of the Long Beach Museum of art, as they’ve been developing a new piece for ‘Vitality and Verve III’ this week at the Long Beach Museum of Art. Below include a few shots of the piece as a work in progress.

The duo, Herakut, HERA (Jasmin Siddiqui) and AKUT (Falk Lehmann) have been collaborating and working together for nearly 15 years. They are perfectly balanced, blending their own clearly defined and individual styles into a beautiful visual melody.  Herakut is a yin and yang forces that have come together and become one of the most influential duos in the street art scene today. Inspired by quotes, lyrics, and various narratives found within the world, they develop pieces with the main objective of communicating a message, and will use whatever medium they can to translate their thoughts, as the purpose of their art is to communicate.

Join us Friday, June 29th for the opening night gala, After Dark.

Tickets available now for only $15 at: www.lbma.org/after-dark-2018

“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

Friday, June 29 opening night gala tickets available now for only $15 at:
www.lbma.org/after-dark-2018