Amy Sol’s Mural Progress for Vitality & Verve III: Transforming the Urban Landscape

We are excited to have Amy Sol as a part of Vitality & Verve III: Transforming the Urban Landscape creating a mural on the same space her peers Audrey Kawasaki and Sarah Joncas executed their murals in our past collaboration with the Long Beach Museum of Art.

Amy Sol spent her childhood years in Korea then moved to the United States where she currently lives and works. Though the style of her work is greatly influenced by a combination of manga, folk-art, vintage illustration and modern design, she remains a self-taught artist. The artist works intuitively from the beginning to end of each piece, with the intent that each painting’s theme or message can be interpreted subjectively. Yet, the unique color palette of subtly muted tones in the delicate works tends to always evoke peaceful reflection and a sense of companionship.

Amy Sol’s Instagram at @amysol

Click through the Instagram post to see Amy Sol’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

Opening Reception of Amy Sol’s “Bird of Flux” and Liz Brizzi’s “Tokyo”

The opening reception of Amy Sol’s “Bird of Flux” and Liz Brizz’s “Tokyo” was filled with fans of the artists throughout the evening. A few collectors were surprised and delighted to be able to secure their own original during the reception, and both exhibitions are nearly sold out.

The exhibition is open now through March 24th, gallery hours noon to 6 pm, Tuesday through Thursday.

View available pieces from Amy Sol’s “Bird of Flux” here.

View available pieces from Liz Brizzi’s “Tokyo” here.

Photos courtesy of  Birdman Photos

“BIRD OF FLUX” INCLUDES AMY SOL’S DEEP DIVE INTO SCULPTURE

Thinkspace is closed this week for the install of Amy Sol’s solo exhibition “Bird of Flux” and we’re in love with the new works, in addition to Amy’s inspired exploration of sculptures for the show.

“I took my first deep dive into sculpting for this exhibition! It was a challenge, I learned a lot! looking forward to exploring 3D realms into the future.. so many possibilities 🔮” – Amy Sol’s Instagram 

Join us for the opening reception of “Bird of Flux” this Saturday, March 3 from 6 – 9pm.

Thinkspace Projects
6009 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA

COMING TO THINKSPACE PROJECTS – AMY SOL’S “BIRD OF FLUX”

AMY SOL
BIRD OF FLUX
March 3, 2018 – March 24, 2018

Thinkspace is pleased to present new works by Korean-born painter Amy Sol in Bird of Flux. A self-taught artist currently based in Northern California, her delicately rendered paintings offer introspective meditations on the fluidity of fairytale and fiction, tapping into the endless permutations of subconscious reverie. Sol’s intuitive imagery is drawn from instinctual reserves, referencing several visual traditions of storytelling by enigmatically combining both the personal and archetypal. In her new body of work, Sol explores themes of transition, adventure, and adaptation, considering the individual faced by external and internal forces of change. In Bird of Flux physical metamorphosis is posited as a visual metaphor for inner transformation, offering the viewer borrowed ingress into an imaginative universe of muted hues, unlikely companions, softened edges, and shadowy phantasms.

Sol’s graphics and illustrative inspirations are drawn from enduring collective influences. Everything from animation to decorative design makes an appearance in her esoterically stylized worlds. Influenced by Japanese manga and the whimsy of Ghibli films, as well as the idyllic natural worlds of classic-era Disney and the Golden Age of turn-of-the-century American Illustration, Sol Incorporates references to varied cultural and folkloric embodiments of the feminine. Her works often feature a female protagonist in collusion with supporting animal or creature characters, a tradition of friendship long spun in popular culture from animé to Bambi.

Presented in a state of calm albeit apprehended action, the narratives she advances remain partial and unresolved moments, mere glimpses in a shifting arc rather than a finite plot. These imagined propositions are lawless rather than earth-bound imperatives. With a creative unhinging, Sol’s limitless imagination slips fluidly beyond the restrictions of the real into a world of surreal gentility.
Technically self-taught, Sol has spent many years perfecting her own mixed pigments and materials. Known for a distinctive palette with a subtle ghostly cast, she has in recent years experimented with more intense contrasts and darker hues. Her use of color often recalls late 19th and early 20th-century illustration, art nouveau design, and even the Celadon vases she remembers from her childhood. The diffuse effect of her pigments, however, tends to feel
generally nostalgic rather than specifically referential, as though drawn from a distant and strangely non-existent past. Her technique is labor intensive, involving the application of several layers of acrylic washes to achieve the translucence and opacity of her surfaces. She is also using oils and exploring sculpture in this new body of work. Preferring wood panel to canvas for its unique material qualities, Sol often allows the organic nature of the substrate to dictate the direction of her compositions.

Bird of Flux will include new paintings and sculptural works by the artist. In the spirit of transformation on both conspicuous and imperceptible planes, her new output fittingly reflects her own openness to experimentation and unexpected shifts. Sol’s poetically measured images retain traces of melancholic pause in spite of their idyllic beauty and calm, feeling at times like the magic of fairytale tempered by the ambivalence of the adult. Personal and simultaneously universal, the powerful quiet of her works force a reflective distance into an otherwise unmanageably chaotic visual world.

A Bit of Animated Amy Sol

The animated translation of Amy Sol’s imagination invites us into the world that will be “Bird of Flux.”  We’re anxious to show Sol’s new venture into sculpture, along with a fresh collection of paintings. Join us for the opening reception of   Amy Sol’s Bird of Flux, March 3rd from 6 to 9 pm.