Jolene Lai’s ‘Beside You’ Coming February 2017

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Jolene Lai
Beside You
February 4 – February 25, 2017

Thinkspace is pleased to present new works by Jolene Lai in her third solo exhibition with the gallery, Beside You. Known for her narrative paintings in which characters are caught somewhere between dream and dread, Lai reimagines archetypal stories drawn from myth, Chinese folklore, and fairytale and transforms them into surreal compositions. By combining the uncanny with familiar scenes and contexts from the everyday, Lai arrests our imaginations in a state of suspended disbelief. Her world is full of contrasts, extended metaphors, disorienting manifestations of fantasy, and hallucinatory dreamscapes weaved into otherwise familiar settings. In Beside You, Lai explores a progression of childhood scenes gone strangely awry, where the imagery is both whimsical and increasingly phobic. The playful naiveté of the children’s story ebbs into an ever encroaching sense of darkness and ends, entangled, in shadowy linings.

Born in Singapore and now based in Los Angeles, Lai studied graphic design and began her career designing movie posters. She eventually decided to pursue her fine art practice exclusively, exhibiting solo for the first time in 2012. Lai works primarily in oil on canvas and mixed media on watercolor paper to create beautifully chromatic works, densely populated with characters and haunted by ambiguous stories. Devised to be freely read by the viewer, Lai stages compelling, and at times puzzling, scenes that lead us down the proverbial rabbit hole. In BesideYou Lai begins with the familiar as a point of entry into the work, whether it be a domestic interior or an urban setting, and then allows the illogical progress of fantasy to overcome the conventions of reality.

Lai is inspired by everything from mythologies, Asian culture, and children’s stories, to fashion editorials, cityscapes, and illustration. She is always seeking new “sets” and stages for her characters and their outlandish encounters. Aesthetically, her work combines the beautiful and the grotesque with the quiet and the excessive in fluid and unexpected ways, just as innocence in her imagery tends to be shadowed by the suggestion of something sinister or dark. Her previous work has included strangely faceted, marionette-like figures, faceless characters, doubles, automatons, and stylized doll-like girls. Her imagery remains universally accessible in its psychologically motivated nuance.

Beside You is a world of melancholic nostalgia in which a little girl can as easily dissolve into candy as she can laugh amidst a city invasion of monster octopi. Here, a house fills with water as a quiet onlooker observes the descent of the drowned, and a carousel horse bursts through an otherwise ordinary domestic interior. There are no impediments to the possible here; it is a world unhinged from plausibility and law. When we look at Lai’s work in Beside You, we are asked to project, to infer, and to create stories, to draw from the trappings of our own memories.

A mirror to our fantasies and subconscious, Lai’s work pulls us into the thick.

Mural Line Up for Pow! Wow! Hawaii 2017

Pow Wow Hawaii 2017

We’re excited to share with you the official mural line up of  Pow! Wow! Hawaii 2017. The week of art and festivities kicks off on February 11th and runs till the 18th, artist and musicians will come together in the Kak’ako neighborhood to create all new murals and installations.

Pow! Wow! Hawaii’s block party runs concurrently alongside the Honolulu Night Market, an exhibition curated by Thinkspace at the Honolulu Museum of Art, a print show with Detroit-based 1xRun, artist talks, “Saving Banksy” documentary premiere, “Art to the Pitch” soccer tournaments, break dancing battles with UDEF, as well as a DIM MAK Anniversary Concert with Steve Aoki presented by Electric Palms and POW! WOW!.

POW! WOW! Hawaii 2017 Visiting Artist Roster
Careaux
Cinta Vidal
Dan Witz
Defer
The Draculas
Drew Merritt
Evoca
Glazed Paradise
James Jean
Joram Roukes
Kevin Lyons
Maya Hayuk
Michelle Tangua
Jago
Oakoak
OG Slick
Ouizi
PichiAvo
Shok-1
Tara McPherson
Tavar Zawacki (Above)
Telmo Miel
Woes

POW! WOW! Hawaii 2017 Local Artists
Beak
Ckaweeks
Dak1ne
Devour
Gavin Murai
Hoven
Jasper Wong
Jeffrey Gress
Kai Kaulukukui
Kamea Hadar
Kaplan Bunce
Katch
Lucky Olelo
Maek
Mason Rose

Opening Night of Stephanie Buer’s ‘Uncommon Silence’ and So Youn Lee ‘Limpid’

We kicked off the year with two stellar exhibitions. In the main room Stephanie Buer entranced those in attendance with her latest body of work ‘Uncommon Silence’. The urban abandoned landscapes and often ignored landmarks of Los Angeles were rendered in picturesque detail.  Then in the project room So Youn Lee’s newest body of work for ‘Limpid’ dazzled in their whimsical neon pastel dreamlands and sticker glitter details.

Both exhibitions are on view now till January 28th.

View available work from Stephanie Buer here:
http://thinkspacegallery.com/shows/stephaniebuer-2017/show-pieces/

View available work from So Youn Lee here:
http://thinkspacegallery.com/shows/soyounlee-2017/show-pieces/

Thinkspace Gallery Curating Murals for Rail Arts District (RAD) Napa

The Napa Valley Vine Trail, Napa Valley Wine Train and members of Napa’s local arts community have partnered to create the first art district in the Napa Valley, designated as the Rail Arts District (RAD) Napa.

RAD Napa will transform the existing Cross-Town Commuter Path into a cultural corridor providing an experiential and educational trail celebrating our beautiful Napa Valley.  This will be accomplished by applying murals to the backs of buildings, installing sculptures, fence art, landscaping, gateway features, and more!

Thinkspace is honored to be the curator for the mural portion of this amazing project. This will be an ongoing, multi-year project spanning dozens of walls and featuring some of the biggest names in muralism.

Kicking things off this Thursday will be Bezt of Etam Cru in collaboration with Natalia Rak – both artists arrive in from Poland tomorrow afternoon and we can’t wait to watch them work their magic up in Napa Valley.

Recent mural by Betz

The wall in Napa being buffed for Betz

Coming up in March will be Felipe Pantone from Argentina, followed by Cinta Vidal in April. More projects currently in the works. Plans are to have 6-8 walls created annually. We will have Birdman on scene documenting all the goodness, so we will be sure to share some progress later this week.

www.radnapa.org

Announcing The 4th Annual ‘POW! WOW! Exploring The New Contemporary Movement

 

Thinkspace and POW! WOW! present:

The 4th Annual ‘POW! WOW! Exploring The New Contemporary Movement’
As part of POW! WOW! Hawai’i 2017 (Feb. 12 – Feb. 17)

Opening Reception: Sunday, February 12 5-10PM
Special engagement on view through February 17

Honolulu Museum of Art School
1111 Victoria Street
Honolulu, HI 96814
*Across the street from the main museum

Thinkspace is honored to once again be exhibiting with the Honolulu Museum of Art School as part of this year’s POW! WOW! Hawai’i mural event.

For the fourth iteration of Thinkspace’s special exhibition ‘POW! WOW! Exploring the New Contemporary Art Movement‘ we have curated an exciting mix of established and up and coming artists from around the world.

This special exhibition will feature close to 100 local and international artists curated by Los Angeles-based gallery Thinkspace. In addition to the group show there will be a featured artist showcase from UK based artist Shok-1 and an installation from Oak Oak out of France. This massive group exhibition serves as a survey of the burgeoning New Contemporary Art Movement for art lovers on Oahu and the world over via social media, handpicked by one of the movement’s most prolific and respected galleries.

“With roots firmly planted in illustration, pop culture, comics, street art and graffiti, put quite simply the New Contemporary Art Movement is art for the people,” Thinkspace co-founder Andrew Hosner

Thinkspace sponsored POW! WOW! mural at the Honolulu Museum of Art: Cinta Vidal
Featured Artist: Shok-1
Installation from: Oak Oak
12×12 inch works from:
Aaron Li-Hill
ABCNT
Alex Garant
Alex Yanes
Amy Sol
Baghead
Benjamin Garcia
Bob Dob
Brian Mashburn
Brooks Salzwedel
Bumblebeelovesyou
C215
Candice Tripp
Carl Cashman
Christopher Konecki
Collin Van Der Sluijs
Craig ‘Skibs’ Barker
Dan Lydersen
David Cooley
David Rice
Defer
Denial
Derek Gores
Drew Leshko
Dulk
Edwin Ushiro
Ekundayo
Erik Siador
Evoca
Fernando Chamarelli
Fuco Ueda
Ghostbeard
Henrik Aa. Uldalen
Ian Francis
Icy and Sot
James Bullough
James Marshall (aka Dalek)
James Reka
Jeff Gress
Jolene Lai
Jose Mertz
Joseph Martinez
Juan Travieso
Katch
Kelly Vivanco
Kohshin Finley
Kwanchai Moriya
Kyle Stewart
Linnea Strid
Lisa Ericson
Liz Brizzi
Liz McGrath
Low Bros
Luke Chueh
Mari Inukai
Martin Whatson
Mary Iverson
Matthew Grabelsky
Meggs
Mike Egan
Molly Gruninger
Oak Oak
Okuda
Patch Whisky
Peter Adamyan
Paul Barnes
Ricky Lee Gordon
Rodrigo Luff
Sail
Scott Listfield
Sean Lugo
Sean Mahan
Sebastian Wahl
Sergio Barrale
Sergio Garcia
Tara McPherson
Tati Suarez
Telmo Miel
Tran Nguyen
Wiley Wallace
Woes
Wooden Wave
Yok & Sheryo
Yosuke Ueno
For full details check out: