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in the Midwest, and will feature a selection of brand new oil paintings by the artist alongside all the works that originally made up this amazing exhibition alongside a suite of drawings, a series of large-scale sculptures, and the largest array of his ephemera to date.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. 

Wide Walls Interview with Laurence Vallieres

Wide Walls published an interview with artists Laurence Vallieres. We’re excited to have Vallieres as a featured installation artist at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art’s upcoming exhibition Juxtapozed. The exhibition is co-curated by Thinkspace Gallery, Gary Pressman of Copro Gallery, and Adjunct Curator of the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Josef Zimmerman.

The exhibition is, “A continuation of Thinkspace’s mutually reinforced mission to garner institutional exposure and recognition for New Contemporary Art, its history, founders, key players, and artists, the exhibitions celebrate the impact of its most enduring media platforms, Juxtapoz Magazine, and the work of one of its most iconic trailblazers. Now widely considered the largest and longest running art movement in history, the New Contemporary Art Movement encompasses everything from Street Art and Muralism to Pop Surrealism and Hyperrealism.”

Visit Wide Wall’s website for the full interview with Laurence Vallieres.

Juxtapozed and Robert Williams: SLANG Aesthetics Opening at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art April 2017

 

Opening April 21, 2017, at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art are Juxtapozed and Robert Williams: SLANG Aesthetics!, co-curated by Andrew Hosner of Thinkspace Gallery, Gary Pressman of Copro Gallery, and Adjunct Curator of the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Josef Zimmerman. The second installment of exhibitions Los Angeles’ Thinkspace Gallery has brought to the Museum to date, following the success of Invisible College from 2015, both showcase new and exciting work from the steadily expanding New Contemporary Art Movement. A continuation of Thinkspace’s mutually reinforced mission to garner institutional exposure and recognition for New Contemporary Art, its history, founders, key players, and artists, the exhibitions celebrate the impact of its most enduring media platforms, Juxtapoz Magazine, and the work of one of its most iconic trailblazers. Now widely considered the largest and longest running art movement in history, the New Contemporary Art Movement encompasses everything from Street Art and Muralism to Pop Surrealism and Hyperrealism.

The New Contemporary Art Movement has been largely self-sustained through a network of alternative cultural platforms, primarily outside of the mainstream and institutionally vetted art markets, including social media, blogs, zines, underground collectives, galleries, and urban and alternative spaces. Copro and Thinkspace galleries in Los Angeles are two of the movement’s most visible and active proponents, taking the work to art fairs, collaborating with galleries internationally, and opening institutional channels for its exhibition and appreciation. Boasting 400,000 followers through its various social media outlets, Thinkspace has helped to bring the work to a wider international audience. As the movement continues to expand on a global scale, its diversity, inclusivity, and vitality set it apart from more exclusionary art world models.

Co-founder and Curator of Thinkspace Gallery, Andrew Hosner, says, “Our plan is to continue to knock on the door of the establishment until more listen, more take notice, more start to add these artists to their permanent collections, and start to give the movement the attention it has earned and deserved.”

Juxtapozed, a show title drawn from the magazine of the same name in the imperative tense, celebrates the legacy made possible by Juxtapoz. The access the publication has facilitated since the early 90s to a widely cast variety of media and expressions has shaped the movement itself and preserved its continued relevance. Founded in San Francisco in 1994 by Robert Williams, Craig Stecyk, Greg Escalante, Eric Swenson and Fausto Vitello, Juxtapoz evolved from the intent to foster and support the art and culture of the underground. The magazine provided an alternative voice and narrative as a counterpart to the dominant New York-centric discourse of contemporary art and featured artists who straddled the boundaries between “high” and “low” culture. Aligning itself with the aesthetics of contemporary street culture, figurative art, California car culture, gig posters, tattoos, graphics, psychedelia, and comics, the publication became a conduit and forum for an entirely new generation of artists who were latching on to a populist visual vernacular.

Juxtapozed features an installation by Laurence Vallieres and murals by Cinta Vidal & Bumblebeelovesyou. The group exhibition features individual works by 48 New Contemporary artists, including 1010, Aaron Nagel, Alex Garant, Allison Sommers, Amy Sol, Bec Winnel, Benjamin Garcia, Brian M. Viveros, Chris Mars, Cinta Vidal, Craig ‘Skibs’ Barker, Daniel Bilodeau, David Rice, Derek Gores, Dulk, Erik Siador, Erika Sanada, Fernando Chamarelli, Frank Gonzales, Fuco Ueda, Ian Francis, Jeff Gilette, Joe Sorren, Joel, Daniel Phillips, Jolene Lai, Jon Swihart, Josh Keyes, Juan Travieso, Kazu, Kelly Vivanco, Kikyz1313, Lauren Brevner, Liz Brizzi, Mark Ryden, Martin Whatson, Martin Wittfooth, Mary Iverson, Mike
Davis, Meggs, Ron English, Sepe, Sergio Garcia, Shag, Shepard Fairey, Stephanie Buer, Telmo Miel, Travis Louie, Wiley Wallace, and Yosuke Ueno.

‘JUXTAPOZED’
Curated by Andrew and Shawn Hosner with Gary Pressman & Josef Zimmerman

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

On View: April 22nd – July 9th, 2017

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

Featuring murals and installations from:
Meggs – Cinta Vidal – Icy and Sot – Laurence Vallieres

Alongside a group show featuring works from:
1010
Aaron Nagel
Alex Garant
Allison Sommers
Amy Sol
Bec Winnel
Benjamin Garcia
Brian Viveros
Chris Mars
Cinta Vidal
Craig ‘Skibs’ Barker
Daniel Bilodeau
David Rice
Derek Gores
Dulk
Erik Siador
Erika Sanada
Fernando Chamarelli
Frank Gonzales
Fuco Ueda
Ian Francis
Jason Seife
Jeff Gillette
Joe Sorren
Joel Daniel Phillips
Jolene Lai
Jon Swihart
Josh Keyes
Juan Travieso
Kazu
Kelly VIvanco
Kikyz1313
Lauren Brevner
Liz Brizzi
Mark Ryden
Martin Whatson
Martin Wittfooth
Mary Iverson
Meggs
Mike Davis
Ron English
Scott Listfield
Sepe
Sergio Garcia
Shag
Shepard Fairey
Stephanie Buer
Telmo Miel
Travis Louie
Wiley Wallace
Yosuke Ueno

Thinkspace Gallery
www.thinkspacegallery.com
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Copro Gallery
www.coprogallery.com
IG icon @coprogallery

FWMoA
www.fwmoa.org
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‘Invisible College’ at the Fort Wayne Museum Of Art is ALMOST OVER!

Fort Wayne Invisible College

Invisible College, a group exhibition co-curated by Thinkspace Gallery and Josef Zimmerman of the Fort Wayne Museum of Art is coming to a close next Sunday, September 27th.  The exhibition features new and representative works by 46 artists belonging to the New Contemporary movement, with special mural installations by Andrew Schoultz, Cyrcle, Mark Dean Veca and Troy Lovegates. Invisible College also includes a must-see featured installation by Brett Amory. If you are in the area, make weekend destination plans for the Fort Wayne Museum of Art and don’t miss being a part of the new contemporary art movement.

 

‘Invisible College’ Fort Wayne Museum of Art Recap

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Thank you again to the hundreds of you that came out to our opening of ‘Invisible College’ at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art (FWMoA) earlier this month.

We just got back the professional photos of the opening night festivities and the exhibition layout and wanted to share some of the gems with you all. Look for the full set on our Facebook in the week ahead.

So very happy with how strong the exhibition came together and the museum staff could not have been more amazing to work in tandem with. All the visiting artists were well taken care of and we really got to experience the Fort Wayne community thanks to the unofficial mayor of the town (and the show’s co-curator), Mr. Josef Zimmerman. Everywhere we went, all knew Joe haha

Much love to the museum’s head adjunct curator Josef Zimmerman and President and CEO Charles Shepard III for allowing us into their beautiful space and being such gracious hosts. Props to registrar Leah Reeder as well as Joslyn Elliott and Lauren Wolfer for the excellent job with getting all the works checked in and up on the walls. Big ups to Kay Gregg too (Josef’s better half) for being so welcoming to all of us (hope your ankle is healing up!).

Don’t think I’ll ever forget buzzing about the skies of Fort Wayne with Rabi from Cyrcle in a small helicopter we rented at the town fair.

View the works from ‘Invisible College’ here:
http://thinkspacegallery.com/shows/2015-07-ftwayne/show-pieces/

We look forward to returning to Fort Wayne soon for our next adventure with the FWMoA!

-Andrew Hosner

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The News Sentinel drops by ‘Invisible College’ Fort Wayne Museum of Art

*Update: The News Sentinel full article is now up on their website, Invisible College” will be seen starting Saturday.

Local Fort Wayne, IN newspaper The News Sentinel came by the Fort Wayne Museum of Art the other day and interviewed Thinkspace’s co-owner/curator Andrew Hosner and co-curator of ‘Invisible College’ Josef Zimmerman. Look for a full piece on the exhibition in tomorrow’s newspaper, but the paper posted a lil’ snippet of the interview in video form today here:

‘Invisible College’ Exhibit Brings the Streets Indoors – 89.1 WBOI Press

Invisible College Podcast

89.1 WBOI in Indiana interviewed ‘Invisible College‘ co-curator Josef Zimmerman and artist Andrew Schoultz to discuss the upcoming exhibition at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art. The three-minute segment touches on ‘new contemporary’ arts’ place in the traditional art world and how artists are developing outside white walls. Please visit WBOI website to listen to the full segment.

But a new exhibit at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art is blurring those lines – bringing traditional public and street art inside its walls.  “Invisible College” includes pieces from all over the world, and five original murals painted right inside the museum.