Artist Talks with Spenser Little and Craig “Skibs” Barker at Lancaster MOAH

Hop in your car and join us in Lancaster this afternoon as Craig “Skibs” Barker will lead a walk-through of his exhibition, Suzy is a Surf Rocker today,  November 25 at 1 pm followed by a walk-thru and talk with Spenser Little at 2 pm.

Craig “Skibs” Barker Bio:

Barker has been immersed in both the punk rock and surf culture of southern California since the early 1980s. His imagery, being informed by the print media and graphics of the subcultural terrain shaping the time period, reflects this upbringing. Influenced and surrounded by punk flyers, album covers and surfing magazines, Barker began testing his artistic skills by initially making flyers and t-shirts for his punk bands and his friends. Barker’s work explores the junctions between past and present, memory and imagination, fantasy and reality, while creating a dialog between image and viewer.

Barker’s most recent paintings infuse his long-standing love for painting and rendering the human female figure with his punk-fueled graphic design aesthetic. Mixing different approaches, techniques and mediums, he creates a sense of memory, personal history and appreciation for the female form. Combining elements of pop culture and literary censorship, he creates layered scenes of voyeuristic playfulness. His artworks feel surreal and partial, yielding results of decontextualization. The way Barker frames his figurative subjects, his compositions feel like spontaneously taken polaroids.

Born and raised in Huntington Beach, Barker has been exhibiting installations and his paintings in places such as Long Beach Museum of Art, Thinkspace Projects Los Angeles and was featured at MOAH in 2014. His work has been included in Newbrow and Juxtapoz magazines.

Spenser Little Bio: 

Spenser Little is a self-taught artist who has been bending wire for the last 15 years, allowing his creativity to morph into images that range from simple wordplay to complex portraits. He has related his wire work to a mixture of playing chess and illustration, as the problem-solving component of the work is what continues to inspire himself to create larger and more complex pieces.

 

NEXUS II at The Brand Library Opening Reception

We thank everyone who came out to the opening of Nexus II at Glendale’s Brand Library & Arts Center.

Nexus II is a group exhibition featuring works from a curated selection of New Contemporary artists, plus mini solo exhibitions by Drew Merritt, Ermsy, Super A, and Robert Proch, along-side a mural and installation by Bumblebeelovesyou, and sculptural installations in the Library’s outdoor courtyard by Spenser Little.

The exhibition is on view now through January 11th and you can view available pieces here and here.

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Spenser Little featured on Hi-Fructose

Congratulations to Spenser Little for his feature on the Hi-Fructose website.

When Spenser Little bends wire, an assuming material can become an elaborate tapestry. – Hi-Fructose

Visit the Hi-Fructose website to view the full story.

Vitality &Verve III: Artist Panel Discussion and Dinner by Long Beach Museum of Art – Friday, August 24th

Join LBMA for a night of cocktails, dinner, and discussion at our Artist Panel Discussion with POW! WOW! artists Michael Reeder, Lauren YS, and Spenser Little. The discussion will be moderated by the Museum’s Executive Director, Ronald C. Nelson, and the co-owner of Thinkspace Projects and co-curator of Vitality & Verve: Transforming The Urban Landscape (on view until September 9, 2018), Andrew Hosner.

For more information and to purchase a ticket for the dinner visit the Eventbrite link here.

Photos courtesy of Birdman Photography

Spenser Little Installations for Vitality & Verve III: Transforming the Urban Landscape

Spenser Little is a self-taught artist who has been bending wire for the last 15 years, allowing his creativity to morph into images that range from simple wordplay to complex portraits. He has related his wire work to a mixture of playing chess and illustration, as the problem-solving component of the work is what continues to inspire himself to create larger and more complex pieces. Some works contain moving components and multiple wires, but mostly the pieces are formed from one continuous piece of wire that is bent and molded to Little’s will. He has left the wire sculptures all over the world, in locations that range from the Eiffel Tower to bottom of caves, their location selected with little discernment only for the piece to be finally realized at the moment that someone discovers the surprise piece of art.

Click through Spenser Little’s installations for Vitality & Verve III: Transforming the Urban Landscape at the Long Beach Museum of Art opening this weekend.

Follow Spenser Little on Instagram at @SpenserLittleArt 

 

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“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