SUPER A Mural for Vitality & Verve III : Transforming the Urban Landscape

Artist, Super A is hard at work developing his wonderland inspired mural for ‘Vitality and Verve III’ this week at the Long Beach Museum of Art.

Stefan Thelen’s anti-superhero identity Super A is a Dutch artist who uses traditional painting technique and a knack for design to create compositions that manipulate familiar iconography into mind-bending and inquisitive pieces. His alter-ego, Super A is the filter with which the life and observations of Stefan Thelen are distilled down and turn into inspiration. All of his work evolves out of personal experiences or thoughts that grow into concepts which tightrope between fiction and nonfiction. Super A is a mystery that leans on the art doing most of the talking for Stefan Thelen, taking the viewer into a wonderland walking down a yellow brick road in which Thelen’s figurative and modern surrealist compositions are providing playful puzzles to decipher.

Join us Friday, June 29th for the opening night gala, After Dark.

Tickets available now for only $15 at: www.lbma.org/after-dark-2018

“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

VITALITY & VERVE III COMING TO LBMA AT THE END OF MONTH

Mark your calendars and follow Thinkspace_Art on Instagram because Vitality & Verve III is coming to the Long Beach Museum of Art at the end of this month, and you won’t want to miss all the behind the scenes development we’ll be sharing.

VITALITY AND VERVE III
Long Beach Museum of Art

‘Art After Dark’ Opening Reception: Friday, June 29, 2018

On View: June 30, 2018, thru September 9, 2018

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 (LBMA) presents Vitality and Verve III, an exhibition dedicated to showcasing new works by artists of the New Contemporary Art Movement. Presented in curatorial collaboration with Los Angeles’ Thinkspace Projects and the support of POW! WOW! Long Beach, the exhibition is the third iteration in the collaborative series which has secured record-breaking public attendance since 2015.

Vitality and Verve III will present a relevant cross-section of some of the most exciting artists working under the New Contemporary handle today and will feature site-specific works by these 21 individuals brought together in the same space for the first time. Their impermanent installations are tangentially activated, transforming the ground floor and Ocean View gallery of the LBMA into an immersive ephemeral playground for the senses.

The exhibition will feature new, site-specific works by internationally renowned artists, 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. Each will contribute a unique piece and vantage point, working across a variety of media.

The New Contemporary Art Movement is known for its diversity; several styles, media, contexts, and exhibition platforms fall within its expansive cast, including public art interventions and site-specific urban murals. This breadth has long been embraced as a subversive impulse vis-a-vis the more exclusionary and contained tenets of contemporary art production, particularly those minted in academe and aspiring to the vetted legitimacy of the ‘white cube.’ The movement’s vested interest in incorporating the social and representational, counter to its often systemic disavowal, has allowed it to thrive outside of institutional support, though this exclusionary paradigm is rapidly shifting.

Largely self-supported and community-driven since the 90’s, many of the movement’s artists are self-taught or have come into their own through multi-disciplinary backgrounds. Gaining international recognition over the past decade, the movement is now widely recognized as both the largest and longest running organized art movement in history, boasting veterans and established artists as well as emergent ones. The evocative potential of representation inspires these artists to draw from popular and countercultural sources like music, illustration, comics, graffiti, design, punk, tattoo culture, hip-hop, skate culture, etc., looking to the outside world rather than to the self-referential gestures that have typified the traditional exclusions of contemporary art.

Long Beach Museum of Art – 2300 East Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, CA. 90803 – www.lbma.org

Click here to view posts on the 2016’s Vitality and Verve: In the Third Dimension

Click here to view posts on 2015’s Vitality and Verve: Transforming the Urban Landscape 

Last Weekend of “Vitality & Verve : In The Third Dimension” at LBMA

It’s the last weekend to catch “Vitality & Verve: In The Third Dimension” at the Long Beach Museum of Art!  

“Vitality & Verve: In The Third Dimension” presented by the Long Beach Museum of Art in collaboration with Thinkspace and POW! WOW! Long Beach is by far our most immersive curated exhibition to date. The above video was created by Selina Miles with assistance from Birdman.

The museum will be open this weekend from 11:00am to 5:00pm and admission is $7 per adult, $6 for students and seniors. 

 

RISE Long Beach Highlights LBMA “Vitality & Verve : In The Third Dimension”

Rise Long Beach LBMA

Rise Long Beach kicked off their Artober covering “Vitality & Verve: In The Third Dimension” that is currently on view at the Long Beach Museum of Art. They’ve written great description about each artist and their work in the exhibition. Check out Rise Long Beach’s coverage of the show here.

Ariel grew up atheist so she uses the crane as a way to pray, and make wishes. She loves being able to participate in prayer using the crane gives her the ability to meditate, and focus on a hope, wish, goal or dream without having to know who she’s directing them to. – Rise Long Beach regarding above image.

“Vitality & Verve: In The Third Dimension” currently on view until October 16th.

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