‘PERSPECTIVES’ featuring Zeinab Diomande, Ayobola Kekere-Ekun, Chigozie Obi, & Bianca Walker showing at Thinkspace Projects | October 1 – October 22, 2022

Thinkspace Projects presents:

‘PERSPECTIVES’
Zeinab Diomande, Ayobola Kekere-Ekun, Chigozie Obi, & Bianca Walker

Opening Reception:
Saturday, October 1 from 6-10pm with DJ’s Venice Beats, open bar + free H20 from Liquid Death, video projections from Digital Debris, a vape bar from our friends at Timeless, live painting from Nina Palomba, grub from The Roll N’ Bun & more

Exhibitions on view October 1 – October 22, 2022

In Gallery I, Thinkspace Projects is thrilled to present our new group show titled PERSPECTIVES featuring the work of Zeinab Diomande (aka Z the Rat), Ayobola Kekere-Ekun, Chigozie Obi, and Bianca Walker.

Born in 1999, in Virginia (USA) Zeinab Diomande (aka Z the Rat) left Abidjan (Ivory Coast), where she spent her childhood and adolescence, to pursue her university studies in Philadelphia (USA) in 2017. The artist explores the theme of mental health and her experience as a black woman. These themes mark out and feed her warm and colorful world. Adapting what already exists and reinventing it in a way that also shapes a new reality is the main focus of this expression.

Diomandé is currently studying at the University of the Arts, pursuing a BFA in Fine Arts with a concentration in painting and drawing.

Chigozie Obi (b. 1997) is a multi-dimensional visual artist. Her work explores experimentation with multiple materials to tell stories formed from personal/societal experiences. Obi’s work authenticates her keen interest for the human aspect of life, the body, beauty standards and the strive for self-acceptance. She aims to create sustained conversations about people and society – the cultural narratives adopted and how it affects people in it, especially women.

Chigozie’s new series ‘A Seat At the Table’ showcases women working in different occupations, many of which are still believed or expected to be jobs for men alone but they continue to prove that wrong.

‘A Seat at the Table’ illustrates women of different careers. From low income jobs to the high earners – it seeks to honor women working in all occupational fields, showing them in their element, capturing their stories, highlighting the difficulties they might be facing while working in those occupations and more.

Women are strong, reliable, capable of everything and can be a part of anything they choose. They continue to break boundaries and push even in male dominated fields, creating change, overcoming obstacles and opening doors for the next generation of women.

Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Ayobola Kekere-Ekun is a contemporary visual artist who attempts to unravel the connections between the self and identity and how they interface with individual and collective memory via her art. In creating the paintings that make up this body of work, she toys with the most wholesome of ideas/experiences: childhood. Seemingly random and benign scenes of existence are shadowed by objects that become breadcrumbs of the artist’s attempts to understand her own trauma and beyond.

Bianca Walker is a 24-year-old, nonbinary, painter from the Bay Area, California. Bianca was raised surrounded by vibrant street art until gentrification began to ravage the place they once called home, leaving colored walls bare. Walker migrated to Louisiana and began their studies at rambling State University where they were submerged in painting and black history. As their education continued, they quickly grew tired of traditional art methods and began to use a drip painting technique that reflects their street art roots. Now developing an MFA thesis at the University of New Orleans, Walker uses these drips as an integral part of their visual language while incorporating archival imagery of the African Diaspora activating a history they can see being erased.

Yumi Yamazaki’s exhibition ‘Moku’ showing at Thinkspace Projects | October 1 – October 22, 2022

Thinkspace Projects presents:

YUMI YAMAZAKI
Moku

Opening Reception:
Saturday, October 1 from 6-10pm with DJ’s Venice Beats, open bar + free H20 from Liquid Death, video projections from Digital Debris, a vape bar from our friends at Timeless, live painting from Nina Palomba, grub from The Roll N’ Bun & more

Exhibitions on view October 1 – October 22, 2022 in gallery II

Japanese Artist Yumi Yamazaki fills Gallery II with the new show Moku. The title, like the work itself, has many layers to its meaning. Depending on the Japanese kanji, it can mean silence, to see, to cleanse, to rise, or even simple objects like trees and smoke. These definitions all apply to Yamazaki’s painting style which the artist describes as, “a deeply cleansing ritual that allows me to see and reveal my inner feelings. Most of my work is inspired by emotions that I struggle to express physically. They are manifestations of my silent emotions that rise to the surface.” This body of work was created out of necessity, providing Yamazaki with a safe and stable outlet in a time of turmoil.

About the artist…
Yumi Yamazaki is a Japanese artist based in Los Angeles, California. Yamazaki’s love for art began with her love for animated films which led her to pursue an education and career in art for entertainment. Yumi now works commercially as an artist and art director for entertainment and spend sthe rest of her time concocting traditional drawings and paintings in her cozy little SoCal based studio.

Kristy Moreno’s exhibition ‘Matter of Survival’ showing at Thinkspace Projects | October 1 – October 22, 2022

Thinkspace Projects presents:

KRISTY MORENO
Matter of Survival

Opening Reception:
Saturday, October 1 from 6-10pm with DJ’s Venice Beats, open bar + free H20 from Liquid Death, video projections from Digital Debris, a vape bar from our friends at Timeless, live painting from Nina Palomba, grub from The Roll N’ Bun & more

Exhibitions on view October 1 – October 22, 2022 in gallery III

In Gallery III, Kristy Moreno presents Matter of Survival, which focuses on the imagined personas of radicalized future ancestors. The hand-crafted ceramic forms are of fictional characters often resembling feminine personalities paused in space and time. Moreno examines the essence of these future communities through the use of body languages and attitudes to further explore themes of rage, empathy and curiosity.

“Individualizing these characters grants me the freedom to be curious about the influences they might have inherited from past societies, as I try to observe how the past often shapes future worlds. I’d like to imagine that these future ancestors survived by decolonizing their way out of patriarchal systems. They are no longer conditioned to believe that they have to live in someone else’s reality that is deemed worthy of living.”

About the artist…
Kristy Moreno was born in the city of Inglewood, California and often found herself creating doodles of her favorite cartoons. Moving to Orange County inspired her to become involved in the art communities of Santa Ana, leading her to collaborate with group collectives including We Are Rodents and Konsept. She then attended Santa Ana College where she found an interest in ceramics that led her to transfer to California State University, Chico to pursue a BFA degree. Her work now spans across mediums to bring awareness and visibility to an abundant future where mutual aid is possible.

Michelle Ruby’s (aka Mr. B Baby) exhibition ‘The Show Must Go On’ showing at Thinkspace Projects | October 1 – October 22, 2022

Thinkspace Projects presents:

MR. B BABY
The Show Must Go On

Opening Reception:
Saturday, October 1 from 6-10pm with DJ’s Venice Beats, open bar + free H20 from Liquid Death, video projections from Digital Debris, a vape bar from our friends at Timeless, live painting from Nina Palomba, grub from The Roll N’ Bun & more

Exhibitions on view October 1 – October 22, 2022 in gallery IV

Gallery IV holds Mr. B Baby’s The Show Must Go On. A Latina born and raised in San Diego, California, Michelle Ruby, aka Mr. B Baby, uses elements of her heritage as an inspiration for her striking and lively art work. By combining vibrant colors with traditional imagery, Michelle is able to uplift her audience and intrigue her viewers. The artist’s aims to bring happiness and joy to her collectors and community, while also having stronger messages intertwined, all of which are open to the viewer’s interpretation.

Mr. B Baby’s work explores the relationship between Mexican folk art and children’s books. Her artwork is a whimsical twist, combining the cultural world with a playful, colorful touch.

About the artist…
A Latina born and raised in San Diego, California, Michelle Ruby aka Mr. B Baby, uses elements of her heritage as an inspiration for her striking and lively art work. Mr. B Baby is heavily influenced by her community, as well as her Puerto Rican/ Mexican heritage. By combining vibrant colors with traditional imagery, Michelle is able to uplift her audience and intrigue her viewers. The artist’s aims to bring happiness and joy to her collectors and community, while also having stronger messages intertwined, all of which are open to the viewer’s interpretation.

Virtual Tour of September 2022 Exhibitions at Thinkspace Projects

Thinkspace presents a virtual tour of our September 2022 exhibitions spanning four gallery spaces and our viewing room. ‘Habitat’ in Gallery I showed new works from Kevin Peterson, Kisung Koh, Jacub Gagnon, and Anthony Solano.

Erik Mark Sandberg’s ‘Golden Pacific’ was presented in Gallery II with Sarah Joncas Washed Ashore’ in the Viewing Room. And Gallery III & IV features ‘Amplify,’ a group exhibition highlighting 34 artists who provide a window into the New Contemporary art movement at this moment.

Explore the virtual tour here: https://players.cupix.com/p/9yJErDuO

Exhibitions are on view now through September 24, 2022

Virtual tour courtesy of Birdman Photos