Opening Reception of “Flourish” at the Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum

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.

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It’s Install Week for ‘Flourish’ at Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum

Installation week in underway for Thinkspace Gallery’s latest curated exhibition ‘Flourish’ at the Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum. The exhibition will include an installation from Felipe Pantone and murals from Nosego and Esao Andrews, along with a collection of works from the various artists a part of the Thinkspace family. For more information on ‘Flourish‘ visit the Thinkspace Gallery website.

 Pipes for Filipe Pantone’s Installation

 

Opening Reception for Seth Armstrong’s ‘Pretty Deep Shit’ & Brian Mashburns ‘ Axiom’

We closed out April with new exhibitions from Seth Armstrong and Brian Mashburn that drew in quite the Saturday night art crowd. Armstrong’s ‘Pretty Deep Shit’ debuted a new body of work that was a love letter to the golden hour and shimmering night lights of Los Angeles. Rich saturated colors and voyeuristic details, Armstrong’s work is truly some that must be seen in person to fully appreciate the sometimes literal cheekiness of his pieces.

In the project room Mashburn’s ‘Axiom’ debuted a new body of work that was inspired by the current political climate and environmental concerns. He continues to take us on a tour of this other world where the clouds are thick and the mountains far in the distance.

Get to know the artists better in our interviews with Brian Mashburn and Seth Armstrong.

Available work from ‘Pretty Deep Shit’ and ‘Axiom’ can be viewed on the Thinkspace Gallery website.

Cinta Vidal’s ‘Floating Napa’ Mural is the Third Completed in RAD Napa Series

This past weekend Spanish artist Cinta Vidal completed her latest mural in the Napa Valley titled ‘Floating Napa’.  This piece is the third mural in the Napa Valley area of Northern California for our curation of the RAD Napa project. Previous murals to infuse the valley with color were done by Felipe Pantone and a collaborative mural by Bezt of Etam Cru and Natalia Rak

Many thanks to the Napa Valley Wine Train for making this one possible.

Photos courtesy of our documentarian Birdman.

Stay tuned as the coming muralists for this summer will be announced soon!

www.radnapa.org

Interview with Seth Armstrong for “Pretty Deep Shit”

Thinkspace is proud to present Seth Armstrong’s latest body of work ‘Pretty Deep Shitin our main room. Armstrong, a Los Angeles native, and based artist uses oil paints to capture the paused observation, catching a scene one might not be meant to be a witness.  In anticipation of Armstrong’s upcoming exhibition with us, we have an exclusive interview with Seth Armstrong to discuss his feelings about Los Angeles, a day in the studio, and how he pushes him to grow as an artist.

Pretty Deep Shit’s opening reception is from 6 – 9 pm this coming Saturday, April 29th in our main room

SH: What inspired your latest body of work?
SA: My personal life, basically. I’m looking at the artwork right now and it’s a map of where I spend my time and people I know. I can think it’s more complicated than that when I’m doing it, but sitting here now when it’s done, that’s how it looks.

SH: What is your favorite and least favorite part of LA? What do you think is the most overrated & underrated aspects of living in Los Angeles?
SA: I love the weather, I love the proximity to the ocean, I love my backyard, my parent’s backyard, backyards in general. My least favorite thing is the fact that I only see my friends on the Westside once a year.

SH: Do you imagine the people within your painting have connected story lines? Or are the all independent from each other?
SA: I like to think that they’re all related.

SH: How do you challenge yourself to grow and progress as an artist?
SA: I try not to paint the same thing too often. I feel like there are some aesthetic qualities that my paintings share, of course, but I don’t want to have a gimmick.

SH: What are your three favorite colors?
SA: Red, Yellow, and Blue.

SH: If you were to collaborate with any artists dead or alive, who would it be and why?
SA: Does Ben Franklin count as an artist? David Hockney, Edward Hopper, and Ben Franklin.

SH: What do you enjoy using oils over other mediums?
SA: I like their unpredictability. I never know quite what I’m gonna get, which is challenging and fun.

SH: Can you walk us through what a day in the studio might look like?
SA: My dog wakes me up by dropping toys on my face. I take her somewhere and get coffee. I come home, eat breakfast, answer emails and bullshit. Hopefully, by 11 or noon I’m painting. I paint until dinner time, take a break for an hour or two, then I’m back in the studio for another few hours at least.

SH: What excites you about other artists work?
SA: I like seeing the process within the finished piece. I like seeing the evidence of the work put in. And I like texture.

SH: If you work was translated into a cocktail what would it be made out of and taste like?
SA: Half coffee, half beer.

Robert Williams “Godfather of Low Brow” On the Cover of the Fort Wayne Reader

Fort Wayne Reader Cover

Robert Williams the Godfather of Lowbrow is on the front cover of the Fort Wayne Reader. The paper has a big feature on Williams this week leading into his exhibition opening next Saturday, April 22nd at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art.
The Fort Wayne Museum of Art in association with Thinkspace Gallery is pleased to present new works by Robert Williams. ‘SLANG Aesthetics!’ is on view at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art Gallery from April 22nd to July 23rd , 2017. The exhibition is Robert Williams’ first major body of work to make its debut in the Midwest, and will feature a selection of brand new oil paintings by the artist alongside all the works that originally made up this amazing exhibition alongside a suite of drawings, a series of large-scale sculptures, and the largest array of his ephemera to date.

Opening Reception:
Friday, April 21st 7-10PM

On View: April 22nd – July 9th, 2017 // showing in tandem with our ‘JUXTAPOZED’ group show

Taking Place At:
Fort Wayne Museum of Art
311 E. Main Street
Fort Wayne, IN 46802

To find out more about the exhibition please visit the Thinkspace Gallery website. 

The Space Monkey is Back! James Marshall aka Dalek is Coming this December

We’re beyond excited to announce Dalek is coming to Thinkspace Gallery this December. We will be hosting the return of the Space Monkey in celebration of his 20th anniversary. Thinkspace is honored to welcome James Marshall aka Dalek to our gallery for what promises to be a landmark exhibition. An exhibition that is not to be missed! This December we will be showcasing an array of newly created Space Monkey works alongside classics from his archives. PLUS never before shared early works on paper + new screen printed editions & more. Hot damn. I can’t express my excitement about this show properly in words. I’ve known this man for two decades and this is a dream come true. The Space Monkey is back!

This December we will be showcasing an array of newly created Space Monkey works alongside classics from his archives. PLUS never before shared early works on paper, new screen printed editions, and more. We can’t express our excitement about this show properly in words. In the words of our curator Andrew Hosner, “I’ve known this man for two decades and this is a dream come true. The Space Monkey is back!”