The New Vangaurd at MOAH

The New Vangaurd

Thinkspace x Lancaster Museum of Art and History present ‘The New Vanguard’

On view August 13th – October 30th, 2016

Opening Reception: Saturday, August 13th at MOAH

Murals and installations in the museum:
Alex Yanes
Bumblebeelovesyou
Meggs

In the ‘Vault Gallery’:
‘Once An Astronaut’ from Scott Listfield

‘The New Vanguard’ in the ‘South Gallery’ – curated by Thinkspace:

Aaron Li-Hill
Adam Caldwell
Alex Garant
Alex Yanes
Amandalynn
Amy Sol
Benjamin Garcia
Brett Amory
Brian Viveros
C215
Carl Cashman
Casey Weldon
Chie Yoshii
Cinta Vidal
Craig ‘Skibs’ Barker
Cryptik
Dan Lydersen
Dan-ah Kim
Derek Gores
Dulk
Erik Siador
Felipe Pantone
Fernando Chamarelli
Glennray Tutor
Henrik Aa. Uldalen
Icy and Sot
Jacub Gagnon
Jaime Molina
James Reka
Jana & JS
Jean Labourdette (aka Turf One)
Jeremy Hush
Joel Daniel Phillips
Josie Morway
Juan Travieso
Kyle Stewart
Linnea Strid
Lisa Ericson
Low Bros
Lunar New Year
Mando Marie
Marco Mazzoni
Mark Dean Veca
Mark Warren Jacques
Martin Whatson
Mary Iverson
Matt Linares
Matthew Grabelsky
Meggs
Mike Egan
Nosego
Pam Glew
Ricky Lee Gordon
Scott Radke
Sean Norvet
Tony Philipppou
Wiley Wallace
X-O
Yosuke Ueno

Taking place in tandem with ‘POW! WOW! Antelope Valley’ featuring:
Amandalynn
Andrew Schoultz
Bumblebeelovesyou
David Flores
Hueman
Julius Eastman
Kris Holladay
Mando Marie
Mark Dean Veca
Meggs
Michael Jones

For tickets and more, please check out www.lancastermoah.org

Lancaster Museum of Art and History
665 W. Lancaster Blvd.
Lancaster, CA 93534

Low Bros ‘Wasted Youth’ & Bumblebeelovesyou ‘#WhereWeBeelong’ Opening Night

Wasted Youth Thinkspace Gallery Low  Bros

The opening reception of  Low Bros ‘ Wasted Youth’ and Bumblebeelovesyou ‘#WhereWeBeelong’ was a vibrant night buzzing with colorful art enthusiasts from across the globe. With the release of two prints from Low Bros and an exclusive limited edition Bumblebeelovesyou clock, for the first twenty-five guest who completed an interactive scavenger hunt, there was quite a crowd in front of the gallery before doors. Thinkspace Gallery filled up quickly and it was a fun night for all those who attended. Low Bros ‘ Wasted Youth’ and Bumblebeelovesyou ‘#WhereWeBeelong’ is up for one more week and closing on July 11th.

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Bumblebeelovesyou Phone

Bumblebeelovesyou Mural

Line outside Thinkspace

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low bros mural wasted youth

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bumblebeeloves you clocks

bumblebeelovesyou clock

looking at low bros work

gallery patrons

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bros with puppy

end of the night

 

Hi-Fuctose Studio Visit with Bumblebeelovesyou

HiFructose Bumblebeelovesyou

Hi-Fructose checked in with upcoming project room artist Bumblebeelovesyou and posted lots of sneak peeks from their studio visit. His show #WhereWeBeelong opens this Saturday, June 20th with an opening reception from 6-9pm. Visit Hi-Fructose online for the full story.

With a quirky attention to detail, Bumblebee is also preparing a schoolhouse-themed installation for the exhibit. This includes painstakingly hand-stenciled notebook paper and drawings on fine art paper. – Hi-Fructose

Interview with Bumblebeelovesyou for #WhereWeBeelong

Bumblebeeloveyou Studio Visit III
Interview with BumblebeeLovesYou’s for upcoming exhibition #WhereWeBeelong in Thinkspace Gallery’s project room.
SH: What was your inspiration for #WhereWeBelong?
BLY: The title #WhereWeBeelong is mostly about what we are meant to do, where we should bee, where we have been, or where we want to bee. For example, faced with an important decision (boy with film reel, ‘Director’s Cut’), or simply sitting out in the sun carelessly enjoying life (girl on grass ‘Butterflies’). I feel that the children in the paintings are exactly where they beelong at that particular moment. And also, beecause that hashtag wasn’t used yet.

SH: What are the last three songs on your ‘recently listened’ too?
BLY: Ok don’t judge me but hip hop is really good right now. Drake ‘On a Wave’, Drake fea. Beyonce ‘Can I’ & Drake ‘Go Out Tonight’ I mean Drake is really good right now.  But I do listen to all types of music.

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SH: Your postcard has a fun emoji inspired scavenger hunt, what is your spirit emoji? What three emjois do you use most often?
BLY: Thanks, I love the postcard beecause it’s like a little game you can play so it’s more than a regular show flyer. My spirit emoji is probably the sunflower and the 3 that I use most often are bumblebee, lightning bolt, and star.

SH: Children are used in your artwork to represent a sense of nostalgia, but do these kids develop their own story line while you are creating the pieces they inhabit?
BLY: Usually the idea starts off with a feeling or concept, and then it develops more as I start creating them. For example, the pink painting, started off by me wanting to visually create the sense of when you drop your cell phone your whole life seems to flash beefore your eyes. It later developed into what you see now, which is a girl literally ‘falling asleep’ with all these ideas from the day surrounding her but the last thing she sees before she closes her eyes is her cell phone. Kinda like a self-portrait, but I’m a boy.

SH: What was your favorite video game, television show, and food as a kid?
BLY: Mario Kart, Family Matters, & pizza (of course)
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SH: If your artwork was a 90’s film, what would it be and why?
BLY: Home Alone. I always feel that way when I’m alone in my studio, excited to bee on my own using my imagination to create whatever I want, whenever I feel like it. It’s almost always a party in here.

SH: Your art has evolved from sculptural to more mural canvas based work, what is your favorite and least favorite of both mediums?
BLY: My least favorite is the ‘time’ it takes to create each piece. I feel that if I had more parts of my work outsourced I’d have more free time for family and friends, cause my mom is always saying how I never call her lol, luv u mom. My favorite thing about both is the relief I get when, an idea I’ve probably had for years, gets put out into the world and is exactly how I expected it to turn out or better. There’s nothing like that feeling when you’re finished like it was meant to bee.

SH: As a street artist we’re sure there was a time murals were done without permits or challenging locations, tell us a story! We’re big fans of your public phone booth installations and yellow and black spatial takeovers.
BLY: Ha! I’ll tell you about the first beehive I put in a telephone booth. I had been driving around looking for an empty telephone booth because finally I had this ‘amazing idea’. Finally found one near a construction site. Get all my supplies ️ ready for the installation, everything is going good, install complete. Go to get my camera across the street and as I am walking towards the piece, a group of random drunk people walk by and one of them knocks it down and steps on it. All that hard work – gone.  Another time in Downey I was on top of this old billboard and I invited my roommate to come with me to take pics. We took a little too long ️and the police came and had us on the sidewalk. Turned out they knew one of our parents and let us go #smalltown.
video by Steve Carrera
Join us for the opening reception of #WhereWeBeelong in our project room Saturday June 20th from 6-9pm. The exhibition will be on view to July 11. For additional information visit the Thinkspace Gallery website.

Bumblebeelovesyou Studio Visit

Bumblebeelovesyou Studio Visit - pink piece

We are here to bring you a Bumblebeelovesyou studio visit as we are all artistic voyeurs. His studio is a creative explosion of spray paint and the remnants of stencils extracted from a sharp exacto knife hang on the walls.  Bringing his colorful and nostalgia filled art work indoors to our project room June 20, the opening reception will be filled with surprises. Please join us next Saturday from 6-9pm for #WhereWeBeelong.

Nonetheless, his works manage to convey a feeling of incorruptible buoyancy; a remembrance of light in the midst of unavoidable darkness. With an investment and awareness for social and environmental themes, his images remind us of the invaluable gift of beginnings, and the shared responsibility of ensuring continuity.

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Bumblebeelovesyou Spray Paint Box

Bumblebeelovesyou Studio II

Bumblebeeloveyou Studio IV

 

New Works by Bumblebeelovesyou in #WhereWeBeelong

BumblebeeLovesYou

Bumblebeelovesyou
#WhereWeBeelong
June 20th – July 11th

Concurrently on view in the Thinkspace project room is #WhereWeBeelong featuring new works by LA based artist Bumblebeelovesyou. Known for his iconic street art pieces of playful children set in urban contexts, Bumblebee draws from a nostalgic love of childhood memory and its simplicity. Invested in the communicative power of imagery, he brings a poignant vision of innocence to life by drawing our attention to its displacement. Often clad in the artist’s preference for black and yellow, his graphically simple and stenciled characters are harbingers of hope and redemption; reminders of youth and promise in the darkness of gritty urban recesses.

Bumblebeelovesyou began his work on abandoned buildings in the town of Downey in South East Los Angeles County. He has created large-scale mural works and architectural interventions throughout the US, often under the auspices of raising awareness for social issues such as youth homelessness. Preoccupied thematically with the progress of time and change, Bumblebee creates thoughtful works about transition and the coming of age. Hopeful and reminiscent, though at times unsettling, his depictions of youth are set in stark contrast to the urban contexts in which they appear. Nonetheless, his works manage to convey a feeling of incorruptible buoyancy; a remembrance of light in the midst of unavoidable darkness. With an investment and awareness for social and environmental themes, his images remind us of the invaluable gift of beginnings, and the shared responsibility of ensuring continuity.

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