Ariel DeAndrea – Chasing the Current

Ariel DeAndrea studio shot

Ariel DeAndrea – ‘Chasing the Current’
Opening Reception: Saturday May 23, 6-9pm
‘Chasing the Current’ will be on view May 23rd – June 13th

Concurrently on view in the Thinkspace project room are new works by Ariel DeAndrea in Chasing the Current. Working primarily in oils on linen, DeAndrea’s paintings are beautifully serene expanses of water, gently travelled by delicate paper birds. By focusing on the recurring symbol of the origami paper crane, a talismanic object she reiterates in several aquatic contexts, the artist emphasizes the power and beauty of its unassuming simplicity. In a precisely realistic and understated style, DeAndrea renders the paper birds in a variety of patterns and colors, and stages them in open fields of rippling water. DeAndrea creates a stunning repertoire of images by exploring the subtle movement and variety in these repetitions. Not unlike hazy dreamscapes, her works feel intensely personal and heavy with meaning, conveying a feeling of arrested calm that borders on the uncanny at times. We are left with the feeling of having witnessed something simultaneously quiet and intensely poignant.

These inanimate objects become vessels for meaning that far exceeds their tangible significance. Vulnerable and beautiful, something ephemeral haunts the impermanence of the fragile paper bird. Finding resilience and beauty in small, humble things is a concept DeAndrea derives from her interest in the Japanese spiritual tradition of Shinto; a tradition that upholds the spiritual value of nature. By placing the little paper likenesses back into a depiction of the natural world, DeAndrea offers a powerful visual metaphor for a spiritual communion with nature.

Ariel Deandre Chasing the Current

Long Beach Museum of Art – Vitality and Verve

vitality and verve

The Long Beach Museum of Art is set to open ‘Vitality and Verve: Transforming the Urban Landscape’ on June 26th.

The exhibition will focus on current developments in the growing field of urban contemporary art. It will feature site-specific ephemeral murals and multi-media installations by established and emerging cutting-edge artists who will be demonstrating the skilled and nuanced application of their craft. The exhibition will run through September 27, 2015.

‘Vitality and Verve’ aims to illuminate the sensory value and powerful practice of these artists as they transform the urban landscape around them. The meticulous renderings, the hyper-realistic imagery and patterns and the gestural strokes assert the diversity in a fully immersive experience.

Participating artists will include:
Aaron Horkey, Alex Yanes, Andrew Schoultz, Audrey Kawasaki, Brendan Monroe, Brandon Shigeta, Cryptik, Esao Andrews, Greg ‘Craola’ Simkins, Hot Tea, James Bullough, Jeff Soto, John S. Culqui, Low Bros, Meggs, Nosego, Nychos, Saber, and Tristan Eaton.

“One of the goals behind ‘Vitality and Verve’ is to spotlight artists who are stepping out of their studios to paint on a grand scale using outdoor walls as their canvas as well as urban artists who are beginning to work in a traditional studio setting.” said Ron Nelson, Executive Director of the Long Beach Museum of Art. “Most of the works in this exhibition will be created on our gallery walls using both traditional and non-traditional art media resulting in an immediacy that extends well beyond the confines of a picture frame. Once the exhibition ends, the walls will be repainted and prepared for the next exhibition. Therefore, it is important for art enthusiasts to see this amazing exhibition before it closes.”

The ‘Vitality and Verve’ exhibition will be one of several locations in Long Beach this summer that will feature mural art. POW! WOW! Long Beach 2015, celebrates an inaugural art festival that will feature mural projects, gallery shows, and exciting programming – throughout downtown and nearby locations, which is slated to run the week of June 21 – June 28 featuring internationally renowned artists.
‘Vitality and Verve’ was made possible in collaboration with Thinkspace and Pow! Wow!

In conjunction with the opening of the Vitality and Verve exhibition, the museum will also be hosting its famed LBMA After Dark on Friday, June 26 from 7pm – 10pm located on the museum campus. Admission is $10 for non-members.

For more information please visit www.lbma.org

POW! WOW! Long Beach … Coming Soon in June!

 

Honored to once again be partnering up with the fine folks of POW! WOW! for the inaugural edition of POW! WOW! Long Beach taking place between June 22nd and June 27th.

The lineup includes: Jeff Soto, Low Bros, Bumblebeelovesyou, Tristan Eaton, Hueman, Fafi, Nychos, Cryptk, Jeff McMillan, Madsteez, Aaron De La Cruz, James Jean, Benjie Escobar, Push, and Jeff Staple.

Made possible with the help of  IntertrendImprint LabRVCAFlex FitMontana Cans, Jet BlueKnockaround Sunglasses, Meet In Long Beach, Long Beach Museum of Art, The Seventh Letter, and Thinkspace Gallery.

POW! WOW! Long Beach logo designed by Matthew Tapia.

Robert Williams on WTF with Marc Maron

WTF!? Robert Williams is on WTF with Marc Maron podcast! Well, it isn’t that surprising as Robert Williams is an intense creative force and deserves all the attention and accolades he can get. As Marc Maron refers to him, a genius artist and original mind blower. Listen to the episode on Marc Maron’s website.

Opening Night of Gumbo, Beautanica, and Contenders

Thinkspace hosted a gallery full of art lovers for the opening night of Gumbo, Beautanica, and Contenders. Gumbo is a group exhibition featuring works by Alex Yanes, James Bullough, Matthew Grabelsky, Ryan Hewett, Sergio Garcia, Troy Coulterman and Troy Lovegates. A diverse group of artists that reflect the diversity of our steadily expanding gallery roster. It’s a fantastic exhibition showing various styles, from sculpture to figurative abstract portraiture. Australian artist Bec Winnel exhibited her new work in our project room, featuring ethereal beauties who mesmerized guests. Forcing collectors to stare on, torn between which pieces to purchase. And sold out before doors opened, Brian Mashburn’s new work for ‘Contender’ is a captivating teaser for his upcoming show in July.
You can view all the photos from the opening night on Flickr or Facebook. The exhibitions are on view from April 25 through May 16 during gallery hours.


Above photos and all opening night photography is by photographer Sam Graham.