Fort Wayne Museum of Art ‘Invisible College’ Teaser

Front of Fort Wayne Museum of Art

July 11th – September 27th, 2015

We’ve been in Indiana this week getting Invisible College up at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art. Co-curated by Andrew and Shawn Hosner of Los Angeles’ Thinkspace Gallery, and Josef Zimmerman of the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Invisible College offers a cross-section of some of the most exciting artists working in the New Contemporary genre. As it continues to evolve and expand, the movement embraces talent from all over the world and ushers in a new guard that seeks to increase the social and popular relevance of contemporary art. Below are process shots of a few of the mural installations coming from Andrew Schoultz, Cyrcle, Mark Dean Veca and Troy Lovegates. The exhibition will also include a featured installation by Brett Amory.

FWMoA invisible college 1

FWMoA invisible college 2

detail shot of mural

FWMOA hanging

FWMoA mural

FWMoA mural 2

Fort Wayne Museum of Art
311 E Main Street
Fort Wayne, Indiana
46802
www.fwmoa.org
(260) 422-6467

Please visit the Thinkspace Gallery website for more information.

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.

Bumblebeelovesyou title

Bumblebeelovesyou Phone

Bumblebeelovesyou Mural

Line outside Thinkspace

low bros wasted youth I

low bros mural wasted youth

wasted youth low bros

bumblebeeloves you clocks

bumblebeelovesyou clock

looking at low bros work

gallery patrons

low bros

bumblebeelovesyou

bros with puppy

end of the night

 

Installations Underway at Long Beach Museum of Art

Long Beach Museum of Art

The opening of ‘Vitality and Verve: Transforming the Urban Landscape’ is only a week away. Murals are being finished while new ones are beginning inside the Long Beach Museum of Art. The current state of LBMA is like navigating through a quarantined building, an intense ventilation system pumps in fresh air for the artists and drop cloth covers the doorways and floors. Andrew has been Periscoping his trips to the museum which can give you a sense of  the different world the artists are working in and creating.  The Long Beach Museum of Art is right on the coast and the second-floor muralist have the treat of  natural light flooding from windows that look out onto the beach.

The ‘Vitality and Verve’ exhibition at the Long Beach Museum of Art is made possible via a collaboration with Thinkspace and Pow! Wow! and will be open to the public 6/27 through 9/27.  Tickets are still available to come and kick off the event with us June 26 from 7 -10 pm with Long Beach Museum of Art After Dark.

Audrey Kawasaki LBMA

 

Audrey Kawasaki

Aaron Horkey LBMA

Aaron Horkey 

Greg Simkins LBMA

Greg ‘ Craola’ Simkins

Jeff Soto LBMA

Jeff Soto

James Bullough LBMA

James Bullough

Brendan Monroe LBMA

Brendan Monroe

For more information on ‘Vitality and Verve: Transforming the Urban Landcape’ visit the Thinkspace Gallery website or www.lbma.org.

vitality and verve

Interview with Low Bros for ‘Wasted Youth’

Low Brow Wasted Youth I

Excited is an understatement for the anticipation that is building for Low Bros ‘Wasted Youth’. The duo has been spinning their creative wheels since landing stateside and thankfully we were able to nab an interview.

SH: What was the inspiration behind “Wasted Youth”?
LB: It‘s a reflection upon the fact that what we love since our childhood is nowadays the basis for what we make for a living. It seemed that we were wasting our youth with graffiti and other activities, but this led us where we are now. With this show we want to recap all our influences from our childhood to our adulthood.

SH: Tell us what you feel is your brother’s artistic strength and how he helps you be a better artist (a reply from each would be great here).
LB: As Low Bros we are two sides of one coin, we don‘t want to be seen as individuals.

SH: Being from Hamburg, what was your first influences of American culture whether it be television, skating, movies, or music?
LB: The first of the many American influences was certainly watching cartoons like Ninja Turtles, He- Man and Marshall Bravestarr. Only a little bit later we started to read comics in the original American editions of Calvin and Hobbes and Spawn with drawings from Todd McFarlane and Ashley Wood.

low bros print shop

SH: Your work is very geometric, do you use geometry to create your pieces and, if so, would you like to give your Geometry teacher a shout out.
LB: Funnily, our style has nothing to do with geometry classes. Our approach is more intuitive than mathematical. Therefore, we sometimes make mistakes. But we find these mistakes rather charming, they form the soul of the work. We‘re aware of using wrong perspectives and like to play with them. So we get an own aesthetic. Something you wouldn‘t get if you‘d just build it in 3D

SH: What is your collaborative process like with gallery pieces versus murals?
LB: First, we plan everything together and do the sketches together. While painting a gallery piece, we take turns with the canvases because there is only little space for the two of us to paint at the same time. With murals it‘s easier because there is enough space for painting at the same time. The sketches we draw are rather raw at the beginning and give the main idea. But many details come out during the process of painting in which we work more intuitively.

SH: In an interview you guys stated how you enjoy listening to Audio Books while painting, what is a recent recommendation? All time favorite you go back to if nothing else is fitting the bill?
LB: There are some all time favs but we can recommend them only to German speaking people. These are novels by Sven Regener, a German author and musician who embodies like only few others a Northern German attitude and sense of humour. As another all time favorite we‘d also suggest “Papillon” from Henri Charrière.

low bro flamingos

SH: Since you’re a collaborative team, how do you resolve conflicts or come together on a piece when the other person is resistant or doesn’t like the direction.
LB: Luckily, we are most of the time on the same wavelength and don‘t have too many discussions. If there is a detail in which we don‘t agree, we go the way of the more enthusiastic one.

SH: What artists are you totally stoked by right now?
LB: Spontaneously, the following spring to our minds: James Turrell, Alicija Kwade, Revok, Axel Void and Clemens Behr.

low bros sketching

SH: As a street artists we’re sure there was a time murals were done without permits or challenging locations, tell us a story!
LB: There is this small town near Hamburg called Itzehoe. Years ago, we used to go there nearly every weekend with our Hamburg-based graffiti crew TPL to paint on an abandoned concrete factory. Our crew managed to get the highest wall in the whole area. Every time we were there we repainted the wall. It became a private joke that each time we had to add a detail on the wall to set the bar higher than the time before. We didn‘t have a lift and only ordinary ladders that we sometimes even tied together to reach the top. So this became a real challenge. One of our crew members was able to rope down to add some special details.

SH: Tell us about your recent collaboration with El-P and Killer Mike and how that came about. Any future plans to work together?
LB: El-P and Killer Mike aka Run the Jewels had commissioned a worldwide graffiti project called Tag The Jewels to promote their free album Run the Jewels Pt 2. The Fatcap Agency in France coordinated the project and asked us if we‘d like to contribute. El-P and Killer Mike are legends and personal heroes to us so we didn’t hesitate to say yes. We hope we get the chance to paint Killer Mike‘s barbershop when we get back to Atlanta as we‘d love to work for them.

low bros working on painting

SH: Any big projects coming up you want to share with us here?
LB: When this interview is online, hopefully our new website is already released. It took us ages to get it done because we were involved in so many different projects during the last months. (www.lowbros.de) We are also looking very much forward to painting a mural with Jeff Soto in Long Beach for POW! WOW! Festival and being part of the group show at the Long Beach Museum of Art. In September we’ll show new works at StolenSpace Gallery in London in connection with the ‘LAX /LHR’ show. This trip to Los Angeles and Long Beach is packed with activities that are being filmed by friends for a documentary movie. We hope we can show the results in public screenings by the end of the year.

SH: Star Wars or Star Trek?
Star Wars, but only the first 3 episodes. Let‘s see what the new one will be like.

Low Bros In Gallery

‘Wasted Youth’ opens June 20th with an opening reception from 6-9pm.
For additional information please visit the Thinkspace Gallery website.

Low Bros Debut New Murals in Hamburg

Low Bros Mural Hamburg

Low Bros sent over a few photos of their two new murals in Hamburg, along with sharing great insight into the murals placement. The location is rich in history and symbolism adding to the murals overall message. Below you can read in Low Bros words the significance behind these pieces.

Low Brows Murals II Hamburg

These are located in a very special place called Gängeviertel in the center of the city. Gängeviertel consists of twelve nice historical houses – the last ones of their kind – which are surrounded by soulless glass and concrete buildings. We are proud that we had the chance to paint the facades of the “Kupferdiebe Haus” (house of copper thieves), the building in which our studio was situated before we moved to Berlin.

Gängeviertel is an important cultural spot for Hamburg and a symbol against gentrification. These houses were empty for several years inspite of severe housing shortage and vanishing sub-cultural spots. The City of Hamburg had just sold the historical buildings to an investor who wanted to remove them when a strong alliance of artists occupied the place in 2009. Luckily, the occupiers were supported by numerous citizens. Under this pressure the City of Hamburg bought the houses back and made them available to the new registered and self-governed association Gängeviertel e.V.

We’re excited to present Low Bros ‘Wasted Youth’, the first LA based solo exhibition of works by sibling artist duo. The ‘Wasted Youth’ opening reception with artists is June 20th from 6 -9 pm.  Drawing from 80’s and 90’s skateboard, graffiti and hip hop cultures, the brothers appropriate imagery from the graphic histories that defined their youth, and transform nostalgia into something entirely fresh and innovative.

For more information please visit the Thinkspace Gallery website.

POW! WOW! Hawaii and SXSW Spontaneous Mural

pow wow sxsw barton springs muralphotograph by Brandon Shigeta | Mural off Barton Springs in Austin, TX

POW! WOW! Hawaii was invited by SXSW to curate murals across Austin during its annual interactive, film, and music conference. In collaboration with SpATX, an Austin-based art collective, who coordinated a lot of the wall space logistics. POW! WOW! brought local Austin artists, Ana Maria, Lucas Aoki, Mouf and Truth together with international artists; among them Ron English, Rone, and Risk to add to Austin’s already colorful personality. Over the course of the week, the murals began to evolve and take shape on the buildings. Most of the murals finished by the time the music showcase portion of SXSW kicked off, except for one spontaneous wall space.

We met up with out of town artists, Tatiana Suarez, Yoskay Yamamoto, Meggs, Kamea Hadar, and Jeff Gress as they were finishing up Barton Springs’ last minute mural. Sprung out of the pre-planned space on the west side of 901 Barton Springs Road; Kamea discussed with the building owner how the connected north wall, which faces the street, would feel incomplete and encouraged him to allow the artists to create a uniform piece of work on the building.

Yoskay Yamamoto and Tatiana Suarez muralphotograph by Brandon Shigeta | Mural by Yoskay Yamamoto and Tatiana Suarez

Pulling the color palate from Yoskay’s and Tati’s mural on the west wall, the artists continued the ocean theme onto the new massive space. The concept seed was a feather to tie into Meggs’ owl, but it was Yoskay’s signature moon that inspired a mural full of cultural history. Painted by Hawaiian artist Kamea, Hina, the Hawaiian goddess of the moon who guided sailors, carries the moon in her hand. In her hair is a lotus flower, painted by Tatian Suarez. Symbolic of a Brazilian folktale her mother would tell her. In the story a woman, Naia, reached for the moon and drowned in its reflection; in her death the gods took pity on her and turned her into a lotus flower which only blooms at night. Jeff Gress worked on the feather which blows in the wind opposite to Hina, inspired by Texas, the feather’s western scroll pulls in the cities own history.

The artists’ creative energy pulsated as they brought together their concepts and allowed the collaboration to bring about the mural’s direction. Even at the end of the week, with weary muscles and tired hands from 12 hour days of painting, the artists were in high spirits. As Kamea Hadar put it, who is also co-director of POW! WOW! Hawaii, the SXSW logo is an X “there’s three colors in the x and on represents film, one represents music, and on represents interactive. The fourth gray one, it’s a no-brainer to me to make the fourth one art.”

If you’re lucky to roam Austin while these murals are still up, rent a bike and go on a treasure hunt. Where is your favorite mural in your city?