POW WOW HAWAII! 2018 RECAP

POW! WOW! Hawai’i 2018 is a wrap and I can’t say mahalo enough to all that make the POW! WOW! machine run so strong. So very honored to be a part of the extended POW! WOW! family and to be able to bring out members of our Thinkspace Family each year makes it all the more special.

Special thanks to Jasper, Kamea, Gress and Amy for being so amazing.

This year we invited out James Bullough (who collaborated with Ricky Watts), Dulk, Icy and Sot, Laurence Vallieres, Sandra Chevrier, Tran Nguyen and Spenser Little. To say we are proud of them and the works they created while on the island would be a vast understatement. Each embraced the POW! WOW! spirit and energy in a big, big way. So happy to have them all a part of our Family and looking forward to big things ahead with each in the coming years.

A big shout out goes to the POW! WOW! Hawaii B-Team squad of Christopher Konecki and Carly Ealey who came out to hang on their own dime and ended up rocking two incredible walls during the fest. The first of which is shared below. They just finished the other in the wee hours of last eve (pic to follow soon). So rad to have them both out on the island!

Until next year, aloha!

www.PowWowHawaii.com

James Bullough with Ricky Watts
Laurence Vallieres
Dulk
Sandra Chevrier
Tran Nguyen
Christopher Konecki with Carly Ealey
Icy and Sot ‘The Fence Between Us’
Icy and Sot ‘The Fence Between Us’
Spenser Little / photo credit Andrew Hosner
Spenser Little / photo credit Andrew Hosner

POW WOW HAWAII 2018 – MURALS + INSTALLS IN PROGRESS

Last Friday over two dozen talented New Contemporary artists took to the walls of Kaka’ako for the 5th annual Pow! Wow! Hawaii arts festival. The murals are nearly complete with some intense progress being made.

Here are a few progress shots of a few Thinkspace Projects’ artists.

Tran Nguyen | Instagram

Sandra Chevrier | Instagram 

DULK | Instagram 

James Bullough x Ricky Watts

JB: Instagram RW: Instagram  | Photo by Mark Susuico

Laurence Vallieres | Instagram 

Spenser Little 

Icy & Sot | Instagram 

We can’t wait to see the end results! 🍍 Aloha!🌺

A full map of the Pow Wow Hawaii murals in progress and those from past years, visit this link here. 

Interview with James Bullough

Scope is a great way for us to close out the year, and 2017 didn’t disappoint. We want to thank everyone that came to the booth and a big round of applause to the entire staff of Scope. Also, major kudos to both James Bullough and Michael Reeder who sold out their solo shows during the fair. Below is our interview with Jame Bullough on behalf of his mini solo at Scope.

Was this your first time at Scope?  If not, what is your favorite thing about Scope? Any good stories from this year to share?

2017 was my third year in a row showing at Scope, each time with Thinkspace Gallery.  My first two years, however, I only showed one or two pieces versus the 7 that I showed this year.  Maybe because it takes place in December but I see Scope and the whole Miami Basel week as a culmination of the years work for everyone in the industry.  It’s a place where you can come and see a good percentage of the active people in the scene all in one place and see how their work has progressed since the last year (or not) and who is showing with who.  It’s kind of like a “state of the union” for the art world.  Add on top of that that many of the artists make the trip to Miami so it’s also kind of a family reunion of sorts for everyone to catch up and party and let loose to celebrate the end of another successful year.

Every day and especially every night is an adventure with that many friends in town.  There were a couple epic nights this year, the stories of which I should probably keep to myself, but one that stands out was definitely the night of the Secret Walls battle which I participated in followed by a secret birthday party for my man Alexis Diaz… that was a HEAVY night.

What did you want to push and explore whether in technique or theme in your body of work for Scope?

Showing 7 paintings at Scope allowed me to showcase a few different techniques and styles that I’ve been playing with over the past couple years.  Seeing my work online and in person are two very different experiences and I knew that more actual people would see my work in person at Scope than any other exhibition so I took the opportunity to really push each painting and show the world what I can do.  I showed 5 of my more traditional “fractured” paintings but with each of them, I pushed them further than I normally had in the past.  I added more complex backgrounds and use more complex clothing on my models and I also fractured the figures more than I normally would to really blow peoples minds.  I also worked with one model for two of my paintings who has a very intricate full sleeve tattoo which I highlighted to emphasize the technical quality of my work.  On the final two paintings, I showed a new technique I’ve been slowly incorporating into my work where it appears that the painting is peeling off of the canvas (or wood panel in my case).  When done correctly the effect is really grabbing and I enjoy watching people walk up to the painting to see if it is really peeling off or just painted to look like it is.  My work has always been about distorting or disrupting the traditional idea of portraiture so, in a way, the peeling paintings are actually no different from the fractured paintings, it’s just a different way to break up and disrupt the portrait.

Who has been a major artistic influence in your life? Not influencing your style of art, but influencing your approach to art.

There are two very different worlds that have influenced my work heavily, both in style but also approach… Graffiti and street artists, and traditional ‘Old Mastery’ type oil painters.  The two couldn’t be more opposite in many ways.  The technique, style, approach, desired outcome, target market… almost every aspect poses the two worlds against each other.  But perhaps that’s exactly why I look to both of them for my inspiration.  From the traditional oil painting worlds I take the discipline and passion for technique and detail as well as the ability to spend weeks or months on one piece until it’s absolutely just right, but if I lived only in that world all the time I would go absolutely mad.  Luckily for me, I also paint murals and am influenced by the street art world as well which is more about collaboration and working within restrictions such as time and physical limits.  When I’m working on the streets I’ve got to be much freer and more open to making adjustments on the fly.  It’s also a more physical work where I’m moving around a lot and climbing up on scaffolding or using huge machinery, versus the hours on end I sit in my studio at my easel not moving more than a few inches for an entire day.  I need both situations in my life to feel whole.

What does a cram day in the studio look like? What are you eating? How much coffee are you drinking? What are you listening to? – Did you cram to finish pieces for Scope?

Cram DAY???  more like cram month(s).  I paint slowly so I am methodical about planning things out and setting goals for finishing paintings and starting the next one.  It took me roughly 6 months to paint the 7 pieces for Scope and I was working on the last one, one-week before the show opened in Miami.  I take on average about three weeks per painting and I know if I go beyond those three weeks I’m eating into the time for the next painting so I get stressed out about every three weeks as one piece comes to an end.  In all honesty though, I’m a pretty hard worker and my studio days weather stressed or not are mostly the same.

I get in around noon after spending the morning do administrative work or going to the gym.  Then from around noon until 7 or 8 pm I’m painting solid without many brakes at all.  I try not to drink too much coffee or beer (which is extremely difficult) so i’ve switched to Yogi Tea which I’m not sure is any better and I snack on terrible cheap german snacks from the corner shop throughout the whole day, just to ensure that any work I did at the gym that morning was completely nullified.  As for what I listen to, it’s mostly NPR, and science and comedy podcasts, including the best podcast ever… VantagePoint!

What’s coming up next for you?

This year I’ll be quietly working away on a new body of work for my big solo show at Thinkspace in 2019.  I’ll also be traveling around painting murals from time to time starting off with a mural in Hawaii for Pow Wow in February followed by a few big projects I have in the works for the spring and summer.  Other than that I’ll be doing my best impersonation of a good dad and hopefully go on a family vacation for the first time in a couple years with my very supportive and patient wife.

We can’t wait to be showing more of Bullough’s work throughout the year and his solo coming in 2019!

THINKSPACE PROJECTS IN MIAMI THIS DECEMBER

Look for Thinkspace to return to the sands of Miami Beach this coming December in Florida during Art Basel week. This will be our 8th trip down to Miami and we’re excited at the stellar lineup we’ve put together for you all to enjoy.

Look for us at SCOPE Miami Beach at booth F05 near the fair’s main entrance.

Mini-solo shows from:
Michael Reeder & James Bullough

New works from:
Wiley Wallace, Sergio Garcia, DotDotDot & Lauren Brevner

Plus our wall of over 40 12×12 inch works from our international family of artists.

Tickets and full details at:
www.scope-art.com

Honored to share that Thinkspace will be taking part once again in the JuxtapozClubhouse during Art Basel week in Miami. This second iteration is being presented in tandem with Adidas Skateboarding.

A 3-Story building in downtown Miami will be packed with art & installations from Conor Harrington, Jean Jullien, Faith 47, Lucy Sparrow, Laurence Vallieres and many more.

Thinkspace will have James Bullough and Jaune on site leaving their unmistakable marks. We will share more details on our participation shortly.
Very excited to be included again this year.

Find us in downtown Miami at:

JUXTAPOZ Clubhouse
200 East Flagler Street
Downtown Miami, FL.

Opening Reception:
Wed., December 6th from 6-10PM

Open daily from December 7-10 (details to follow soon)

Support from Mana Urban Arts Projects

LAX / DTW: Detroit Hustle II – Coming Soon

Thinkspace Gallery owner Andrew Hosner is excited to get back to his home state of Michigan for the galleries second exhibition with our good friends at Inner State Gallery and 1xRun in Detroit, Michigan. This time around, we’ve upped the ante in a major way bringing in artists for interior and exterior murals along with interior and exterior installations.

This time we’ll have James Bullough as our featured artist and he’ll also be gifting the streets of Detroit with a brand new outdoor mural. We’ll also have an interior mural from our good buds Ghostbeard and Patch Whisky along with an installation in the gallery from Drew Leshko. If that wasn’t enough, we’re also bringing out Dan Witz and Skewville from NYC to leave their mark on the streets of Detroit. All this alongside one hell of a group exhibition featuring over 80 artists from around the globe, many of whom will be submitting 2-3 works each. This is going to be a massive show with close to 200 works of art on view and available for purchase PLUS we’re also working with the 1xRun crew to create a beautiful suite of prints to be available in tandem with this special exhibition throughout the run of the exhibition.
Opening Reception:
Friday, June 30 from 6-10PM