THE NEW VANGUARD II at the LANCASTER MUSEUM OF ART & HISTORY Coming This October

THE NEW VANGUARD II
October 20 – December 30, 2018
Curated by Thinkspace Projects

Sandra Chevrier | Cages and the Allure of Freedom
Seth Armstrong | Lil’ Baja’s Last Ride
Craig ‘Skibs’ Barker | Suzy is a Surf Rocker
Brooks Salzwedel | Rut in the Soil

(Lancaster, CA) – The Lancaster Museum of Art and History, in collaboration with Los Angeles’ Thinkspace Projects, is pleased to present The New Vanguard II, a dynamic group exhibition of works by international artists working in the New Contemporary art movement. The highly anticipated follow up to 2016’s successful first iteration of The New Vanguard, on view in tandem with this year’s POW WOW! Antelope Valley will feature special solo projects by artists Sandra Chevrier, Seth Armstrong, Craig ‘Skibs’ Barker, and Brooks Salzwedel.

A sequel to what was in 2016 the most extensive presentation of work from the New Contemporary movement in a Southern Californian museum venue to date, The New Vanguard II, in keeping with the first, will present a diverse and expansive group of curated new works. The group show will include new pieces by ABCNT, Adam Caldwell, Alex Garant, Alex Hall, Alexandra Manukyan, Amy Sol, Andrew Schoultz, Benjamin Garcia, Brian Mashburn, Carl Cashman, CASE, Dan Witz, Drew Merritt, EINE, Ekundayo, Ermsy, Esao Andrews, Evoca1, Fernando Chamarelli, Fidia Falaschetti, Fintan Magee, Helen Bur, Hueman, Hula, Huntz Liu, Jaune, Joel Daniel Phillips, Jolene Lai, Juan Travieso, Kaili Smith, Kathy Ager, Kikyz1313, Laura Berger, Lauren YS, Lonac, Mark Dean Veca, Mars-1, Martin Whatson, Masakatsu Sashie, Meggs, Michael Reeder, Milu Correch, The Perez Bros, PichiAvo, RISK, Robert Xavier Burden, Robert Proch, Ronzo, Saner, Scott Listfield , Sergio Garcia, Seth Armstrong, Snik, Stephanie Buer, Super A, Super Future Kid, TikToy, Tran Nguyen, Van Arno, and Yosuke Ueno.

Alongside the focused solo presentations by Chevrier, Armstrong, Barker, and Salzwedel, the exhibition will include site-specific installations by Andrew Hem, Dan Witz, HOTxTEA, Isaac Cordal, Jaune, Laurence Vallieres, and Spenser Little.

A movement unified as much by its diversity as its similitude, ‘New Contemporary’ has come to denote an important heterogeneity of styles, media, contexts, and activations over the course of its establishment since the 90s. Unified in its fledgling beginnings by a founding countercultural impulse searching for its own nomenclature, the New Contemporary movement’s shifting and inclusive designations have offered alternative narratives over the years to those popularized by the dominant art establishment and its conceptual predilections.

Though stylistically disparate, the work belonging to this rapidly expansive movement reveals a desire to reference the popular, social, and subcultural domains of contemporary experience, grounding, rather than rarifying, imagery in the familiar. Looking to the urban landscape and the kaleidoscopic shift of individual identities within it, these artists use the figurative and narrative to anchor their work in the accessible and aesthetically relatable. A fundamentally democratic stance governs the ambitions of this new guard, ever in search of novel ways to expand rather than to contract.

Sandra Chevrier | Cages and the Allure of Freedom
The Montréal-based Canadian artist creates mixed-media works that explore identity as a locus of competing imperatives and complex contradictions. Drawing parallels between the assumed invulnerability of the superhero and the impossible demands placed upon the contemporary individual, Chevrier creates literal and metaphoric masks by combining comic book imagery assembled from found and imagined sources. Her dystopian spin on the iconic figure of the superhero looks to reveal the flaws in the staged extroversion of the superficial veneer.

In Cages and the Allure of Freedom, her first significant solo museum presentation, Chevrier will be showing three life-sized, hand-painted sculptural busts for the first time alongside new two-dimensional works in acrylic, graphite, china ink, and pastels.

Seth Armstrong | Lil’ Baja’s Last Ride
Los Angeles-based painter Seth Armstrong creates paintings that seize time, near-cinematic moments of suspended or implied action. Some offer vast views, and others contracted intimacy, moving freely in and out of public and private spaces to create ambiguous vantage points. Known for paintings that self-consciously capture the act of looking – whether as a voyeur in trespass or a participant in the landscape – Armstrong captures the simultaneity of the city as a place of endless, contingent narratives, jarring interruptions, and suspenseful pauses.

In Lil’ Baja’s Last Ride, Armstrong combines his patented interest in the grittier recesses of urban life with his penchant for humor and a good inside joke, dedicating the exhibition’s title to his recently retired car, the unsuspecting casualty of a freak fire in the MOAH’s parking lot.

Craig ‘Skibs’ Barker | ‘Suzy is a Surf Rocker’
A Huntington Beach native based in Southern California, mixed media painter Craig ‘Skibs’ Barker creates imagery inspired by print media and the graphic sensibilities of 80’s SoCal punk and surf, the subcultural terrain shaping the 80’s in which he grew up. His works feel surreal and partial, intentionally stylized to the point of decontextualization. By framing figurative subjects with an element of voyeuristic ambiguity, Barker’s compositions have the intuitive spontaneity of a Polaroid and the deliberate staging of a stencil. Familiar and far, they feel strange in their proximity.

Brooks Salzwedel | Rut in the Soil
Born in Long Beach, Salzwedel creates translucent landscapes that shift in and out of solid and ethereal states. Like fluid worlds suspended in a cycle of perpetual haunting, the imagery often feels loosely real but undeniably hallucinated and invoked. His works play with the depiction of these unhinged natural and hyperbolically unnatural physical states, combining sparse terrains with fictional mountain ranges and shadowy, diaphanous atmospheres. His mixed-media drawing-based works are created using a combination of graphite, mylar and resin, tape, colored pencil, and ink.

Exhibition on view October 20 through December 30 at:
Lancaster Museum of Art and History
665 W. Lancaster Blvd.
Lancaster, California 93534
www.LancasterMOAH.org

Taking place as part of POW! WOW! Antelope Valley
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Release of Scott Listfield Prints this Friday, January 20th

Tomorrow, Friday, January 20th, we will be dropping two new prints from Scott Listfield taken from his recent solo exhibition that we curated for the Lancaster Museum of Art and History this past fall.  We’re looking forward to our debut solo show with Listfield coming up in January 2018 and much ahead in 2017 as well with this amazing creative.

Both will be available this Friday, January 20th at 10AM PST via  www.thinkspacegallery.com/shop

Scott Listfield River

Scott Listfield
The River
Edition of 30
16×24 inches
Signed and numbered by the artist
$75

Scott Listfield
Map of the Stars
Edition of 30
16×24 inches
Signed and numbered by the artist
$75

PLEASE NOTE:

There are no pre-sales of any kind, no special requests for a certain number, no in-person sales, and no holds. Prints will go on sale at 10AM PST the morning of Friday, January 20 via our online shop at www.thinkspacegallery.com/shop

Please be sure your PayPal address is current. We will ONLY guarantee shipping to the address associated with your PayPal account. It only takes a minute to check, so a good idea to do so before you place your order.

Prints will ship out within two weeks or less from the date your order has been placed, most likely in one week or less all will have been shipped off to their new homes. Tracking details will be shared to your PayPal account. Thank you for your support.

Three Simultaneous Museum Exhibitions Now On View : Final Weeks

Thinkspace is currently involved in three major museum exhibitions, all of which are coming to an end soon, so we wanted to be sure and share a lil’ recap with you all. Full details on each show are below, along with links to purchase some of the original works featured in these landmark exhibitions for the New Contemporary Art Movement. 2016 has been an eventful year for our gallery, and it’s far from over yet. We still have our big show with the Brand Library and Arts Center in Glendale, California this November and SCOPE Miami Beach this December in Miami, Florida during Art Basel week, to look forward to.

2016 also marks our 11th year operating as a gallery, a year that saw us play host to 26 solo exhibitions // curate six major institutional-level exhibitions in Honolulu, Fullerton, Long Beach, Lancaster, and Glendale  // take part in major art fairs in Los Angeles, New York City and Miami // curate a 100+ artist group show in Chicago with our friends at Vertical Gallery // take part in building the foundation and permanent collection for the Urban Nation Museum in Berlin, Germany // produced numerous murals in Los Angeles and abroad // published numerous sold-out editions // placed hundreds of original works of art into new homes the world over // all in all, a very active and productive year for our gallery.

It will be sometime before we kick back and rest on our laurels here at Thinkspace. Too many are doing that these days or are simply tossing in the towel due to these new and more challenging times that gallery owners now face. By branching out of our white cube, we’ve kept things exciting and challenging for us, regularly providing new opportunities for our family of artists. With each new major museum exhibition we help to put together, there seems to be another door waiting to be opened and we will always be there to help push it open, ever ready to keep guiding our movement forward, pouring gas on the flames of opportunity and bringing the artists we support to new corners of the globe, all the while growing their patron base in the process.

Looking ahead to 2017, we already have four major museum exhibitions in the works, a curated show in Detroit with our friends at Inner State / 1xRun, two new artist monographs from Thinkspace Editions, a major event in the United Kingdom set to profile some of our most established artists & more that’s cooking we can’t share yet… all in tandem with our exciting exhibition program here at our gallery and our dynamic fair schedule. So much to look forward to, we can’t thank you enough for being along for this amazing adventure and for all your support over the years.

LBMA Vitality and Verve In The Third Dimension Sarah Joncas, Andrew Hem and Telmo Miel – 1st-floor mural installations

VITALITY AND VERVE: IN THE THIRD DIMENSION
Presented by the Long Beach Museum of Art in collaboration with Thinkspace and POW! WOW! Long Beach

By far our most immersive curated exhibition to date featuring some of the most respected and sought after muralists and installation-based artists of the moment.

On view through October 16th in Long Beach, California

Click HERE to view available works from VITALITY AND VERVE

Email contact@thinkspacegallery.com about purchasing a work from this landmark exhibition.

Click HERE to view photos from the exhibition

New Vangaurd

THE NEW VANGUARD
Group show curated by Thinkspace at the Lancaster Museum of Art and History

Featuring site specific murals and installations from Meggs, Bumblebeelovesyou, Yoskay Yamamoto and Alex Yanes.

On view through October 30th in Lancaster, California

Click HERE to view available works from THE NEW VANGUARD

Email contact@thinkspacegallery.com about purchasing a work from this landmark exhibition.

Click HERE to view photos from the exhibition

mural lost and found ‘Rarely Tidy’ – site specific mural from TELMO MIEL at the Fullerton Museum Center

LOST AND NOT FOUND
TELMO MIEL

Solo show & site specific mural from Netherland based artist duo Telmo Miel at the Fullerton Museum Center

On view through November 27th in Fullerton, California

Click HERE to view available works from TELMO MIEL

Email contact@thinkspacegallery.com about purchasing a work from this landmark exhibition.

Click HERE to view photos from the exhibition

A Look Into “The New Vanguard” at the Lancaster Museum of Art and History

Lancaster MOAH The New Vanguard

“The New Vanguard” opened at the Lancaster Museum of Art and History in tandem with POW! WOW! Antelope Valley to a vibrant reception on August 12th. The exhibition features over 55 artists from the new contemporary movement with a solo presentation by Scott Listfield in the Vault Gallery, and site-specific murals and installations created by Alex Yanes, Bumblebeelovesyou, Meggs, and Yoskay Yamamoto.  We’re thrilled to have been welcomed into the walls of the MOAH and are excited for the future of the new contemporary movement. Please visit the Thinkspace Gallery website for more information on the exhibition and to view available works.

“The New Vanguard” and POW! WOW! Antelope Valley murals can be viewed now through October 30th.

The Lancaster Museum of Art and History is dedicated to strengthening awareness, enhancing accessibility and igniting the appreciation of art, history and culture in the Antelope Valley through dynamic exhibitions, innovative educational programs, creative community engagement and a vibrant collection that celebrates the richness of the region.

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Arrested Motion Coverage of “The New Vanguard” at Lancaster MOAH

Arrested Motion MOAH

Thank you to our friends over at Arrested Motion for covering the “The New Vanguard” at Lancaster Museum of Art and History.

Visit their website for full story.

As part of this event, the museum collaborated with Thinkspace Gallery to present murals and installations inside by Alex Yanes, Bumblebeelovesyou, Meggs, and Yoskay Yamamoto (seen above) as well as The New Vanguard, a group exhibition in the South Gallery featuring works from the artists listed below. – Arrested Motion

View all available works from “The New Vanguard” on the Thinkspace Gallery website : http://thinkspacegallery.com/shows/the-lancaster-museum-of-art-and-history-moah/show-pieces/