Opening Reception: Saturday, October 16 from 6-9 pm
On view October 16 – November 6 in our main gallery
Thinkspace Projects is thrilled to present Hilda Palafox’s (also known as PONI) latest solo show, ‘Un día a la vez.’ Featuring an entirely new collection of the feminine subjects she is known for, there is an aura of mystery surrounding each piece.
This body of work furthers Palafox’s mission to explore the meaning of the feminine physical, emotional, and mental state. Examining the visible body as shapeless matter willing to mold itself, Palafox utilizes shapes, colors, and textures that seem to embody Latin American women. The radiant colors, robust silhouettes, dark skin, and monumental bodies intermingle with the spaces containing them, creating a study in space and femininity as a concept.
In describing the show, Palafox uses the phrase La vida a veces se manifiesta al regar tus deseos sin prisa, un día a la vez, which translates to “Sometimes life manifests itself by watering your wishes, unhurriedly, one day at a time.”
The show takes this statement to heart, creating a balanced and patient portrait of the women who have gone above and beyond to physically, energetically, and intellectually fill the world. Femininity becomes an important tool in restoring balance.
About Hilda Palafox (aka PONI) Hilda Palafox (b. 1982 Mexico) attended the School of Design of the National Institute of Fine Arts (EDINBA) and majored in Editorial Design. In 2011 she began her career as an artist producing works in different media, from illustration to ceramics, painting and monumental murals in Mexico, the United States, Canada, Japan, and Brazil. Hilda presented her first solo exhibition in Japan after an artist residency at AIR Onomichi in 2018. This was quickly followed by solo exhibitions in Los Angeles, Melbourne and Mexico City. The female body inspires Hilda Palafox’s work as the central element. Her images present a fresh look at the traditional representation of the female body in Western art.
Artist Mike Egan opens up and shares the inspiration behind various pieces that will be on view at Thinkspace Projects for his upcoming solo show, “Life is Hard” in a recent YouTube live stream. Egan expresses how life has been hard for him lately and digs into the juxtaposition of the bright colors in his work and the dark stories the compositions tell. A true reflection of the catharsis that art can give us as we navigate this human experience.
Join us October 16th for the opening of “Life is Hard” to view Mike Egan’s latest body of powerful work in person.
On view October 2 – December 26 as part of Structure: Museum of Art and History (MOAH) 665 W. Lancaster Blvd. Lancaster, California 93534
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 2 from 4 to 6 pm
The Lancaster Museum of Art and History (MOAH) is pleased to announce the opening of Structure, a series of solo exhibitions featuring artists HK Zamani, Kimberly Brooks, Chelsea Dean, Mela M, Matjames Metson, Jim Richard, and Cinta Vidal. Additionally, pieces by Coleen Sterritt from MOAH’s permanent collection will be on display. Structure explores the various ways in which humans organize their mental and physical spaces through art and architecture. Throughout the exhibition, time operates as a unique type of structure, itself — a river flowing from past to present to future — from which these artists draw inspiration.
About Concrete from Cinta Vidal: Multidisciplinary artist Cinta Vidal illustrates new perceptions of city landscapes by detaching and reimaging the architectural formations that function as the backdrops of life. For Vidal, depicting macro and micro levels of inverted apartment buildings and city structures illustrate the various ways the world is experienced by a mass population. Having grown up with an affinity for drawing, Vidal became an apprentice at Taller de’Escenografia Castells Planas, one of the most prestigious scenography ateliers in Spain and across Europe. There, she learned the trades of scenography, painting large-scale scenes and settings for theatre and opera backdrops. Utilizing this experience, Vidal uses acrylic paint on canvas to create what she describes as her “un-gravity constructions.” She paints each artwork with close attention to detail, fully realizing each structure and the unfolding scenes within. Vidal’s combination of saturation, detail, and balance work together to allow the viewer’s gaze to absorb these various and often intersecting viewpoints.
Cinta Vidal’s architecturally-inspired paintings encapsulate the concrete formations that enclose the day-to-day turbulence experienced at the personal and community level. Too often people are focused on individuality instead of commonality, leaving little room to observe the surrounding hustle and bustle of city-life. Vidal challenges viewers to look beyond the self and broaden their perceptions of the physical and divided structures humans frequently occupy. By depicting individuality within an arrangement of occupied spaces, she captures the conflict between the multifaceted nature in which society experiences the world, internal perceptions of reality, and the inflexible architecture people inhabit. Vidal’s unrelenting yet inverted constructions symbolize the “mental structures” of the individual. Thus Vidal’s unconventional portrayal of metropolitan architecture elevates these self-revolving structures, reminding viewers that they are not alone and to pay closer attention to the many pathways of life existing amidst the masses.
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. MOAH is open Tuesday – Friday, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., with extended hours on Thursdays until 8 p.m. For more information, please visit: www.lancastermoah.org.
“Concrete architecture pursues functionalism and the elimination of conventionalism and ornamentation. Durable and versatile, cement protects the fragility of the life that passes through it with hard and rough shapes.
In the uncertain times we have had to live, our refuge has been our home. Astonished, western civilization have discovered its collective vulnerability and revalued the sense of family, neighborhood and community.
The lights that shine from inside the homes are the reflection of everyday life inside each house in contrast to the darkness and uncertainty that is beyond. I love those mysterious moments between day and night, which invite rest and reflection.” – Cinta Vidal
About Cinta Vidal:
Cinta Vidal Agulló (b. 1982) has been drawing since she was a child. She studied at Escola Massana in Barcelona and at 16, she started working as an apprentice in Taller de Escenografia Castells Planas in St. Agnès de Malanyanes where she learned from Josep and Jordi Castells to love scenography and the backdrop trade. She currently lives and works in a studio located above her family’s toy store in Cardedeu, a small town near Barcelona, Spain.
Always pushing her craft forward, Vidal is also an avid muralist with murals in Hong Kong, Atlanta (Georgia), Barcelona (Spain), Vancouver (British Columbia), Kobe (Japan), Valencia (Spain), Calgary (Alberta), Honolulu (Hawaii), Culver City (California) Long Beach (California) and the Napa Valley region of Northern California.
Vidal was also recently commissioned by Facebook to paint their new headquarters in Northern California.