Photo Tour of ‘AHORA’ showing at Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center | June 11, 2022 – July 24, 2022

Photo tour of ‘AHORA‘ curated by Thinkspace Projects and Tlaloc Studios showing at Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center. The exhibition brings together two of LA’s most revered incubators for emerging artists and showcases the work of 44 contemporary artists from around the world, with a focus on Southern California.

This special exhibition is being curated by Ozzie Juarez from Tlaloc Studios and Andrew Hosner from Thinkspace Projects. Each curator has chosen a vast array of creatives across various mediums, each with that special something that places them firmly in the current zeitgeist.

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Photo Tour of Super A (aka Stefan Thelen) exhibition ‘The Other Way Around’ showing at MOAH Lancaster

A photo tour of Super A (Aka Stefan Thelen) debut solo museum exhibition ‘The Other Way Around’. An absolutely stellar show and a must-see this summer.

‘The Other Way Around’ is on view through August 21 at the Museum of Art and History in Lancaster, California.

‘AHORA’ a co-curated exhibition from Thinkspace Projects and Tlaloc Studios showing at Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center | June 11, 2022 – July 24, 2022

Haylie Jimenez

‘AHORA’
Curated by Thinkspace Projects and Tlaloc Studios

On view June 11 – July 24, 2022

Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center
241 S. Anaheim Blvd
Anaheim, California
www.muzeo.org

‘AHORA’ is on display free to the public in the Historic Carnegie Galleries

Bringing together two of LA’s most revered incubators for emerging art, ‘AHORA’ will showcase the work of 44 contemporary artists from around the world, with a focus on Southern California. This special exhibition is being curated by Ozzie Juarez from Tlaloc Studios and Andrew Hosner from Thinkspace Projects. Each curator has chosen a vast array of creatives across various mediums, each with that special something that places them firmly in the current zeitgeist.

From the delicate ceramic work of Lizette Hernandez, Sachi Moskowitz and Maria Paz to the more figurative-based ceramic creations of Sydnie and Haylie Jimenez, Abi Castillo and Kristy Moreno and the sculptural creations of Aaron Estrada, Kiko Miyares, Maria Maea and Toco-Oco, this exhibition run the gamut! Including the photographic work of Felix Quintana and Valerie J. Bower alongside the contemporary portraiture of Brian ‘Dovie’ Golden and Manuel Zamudio, and the surrealist leanings of Young-Ji Cha and Ryo Laksamana (aka Ryol) the juxtaposition is clear and powerful. These perfectly compliment the street art-infused work of Sentrock, Mr. B Baby, Loser Angeles and Motelseven and the observational works of the Perez Bros, Hely Gonzales, Johnny Quintanilla and Alvaro Naddeo. ‘AHORA’ aims to be a snapshot of the now, highlighting the creatives who make work that speak to the major upheavals of our modern times.

Featuring new works from:

Valerie J. Bower

Jamiah Calvin

Abi Castillo

Young-Ji Cha

Lauren D’amato

Aaron Estrada

Paul Flores

Abe Garcia

Brian ‘Dovie’ Golden

Hely Gonzales

Lizette Hernandez

Cody Jimenez

Haylie Jimenez

Sydnie Jimenez

Ozzie Juarez

Yasuhito Kawasaki

Ryo Laksamana (aka Ryol)

Loser Angeles

Kiara Machado

Maria Maea

Steve Martinez

Juan Medina

Kiko Miyares

Kristy Moreno

Sachi Moskowitz

Motelseven

Mr. B Baby

Alvaro Naddeo

The Perez Bros

Michael Polakowski

Felix Quintana

Johnny Quintanilla

Maria Paz

Carlos Ramirez

Albert Reyes

Gustavo Rimada

Rossana Romero

Javier Ruiz

Sentrock

Dulcito Soledad

Toco-Oco

Issac Vazquez

Josh Vazquez

Josh Young

Manuel Zamudio

About Tlaloc Studios:

Tlaloc Studios is an interdisciplinary creative space with a diverse range of artists and practices, including Film Photography, Printmaking, Ceramics, Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, Graphic design , Videography and Fashion Design. Tlaloc Studios also host workshops and curates exhibitions and events for the Los Angeles community.

About Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center:

The Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center engages the community in exploring and celebrating our diverse heritage, culture and arts through creative programming.
Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center is located in downtown Anaheim near the intersection of Broadway and Anaheim Boulevard. There are two galleries at Muzeo, the Main Gallery (which has an admission fee and houses rotating exhibits) and the Carnegie Gallery (which offers free admission and houses both rotating exhibits and a permanent exhibit on the history of Anaheim). NOTE that admission fees vary with each Muzeo Main Gallery exhibit. 

Opening Reception:

Saturday, June 11

‘Ahora’ is on display free to the public in the Historic Carnegie Galleries.

Super A (aka Stefan Thelen) at the Lancaster Museum of Art and History | Exhibition ‘The Other Way Around’ on view May 14, 2022 – August 21, 2022

SUPER A (aka Stefan Thelen)
The Other Way Around

Curated by Thinkspace Projects

Taking Place At:
Lancaster Museum of Art and History
665 W. Lancaster Blvd.
Lancaster, California 93534

May 14 through August 21, 2022

Stefen Thelen, also known by his anti-superhero alias, Super A, is a Dutch artist that specializes in murals and studio paintings. His works frequently blur the line between fiction and non-fiction, a common theme seen within his pieces and murals. This exhibition, The Other Way Around, is part of a larger body of work called Trapped — an investigation meant to unmask the truth surrounding fantasy. An example of this can be seen in his piece, The Fifth Month, where he paints the main characters from My Neighbor Totoro. At first glance, the viewer immediately recognizes the iconic characters but upon further inspection, the illusion dissipates, revealing a hyperrealistic translation of these figures.

Super A utilizes imagery that harkens back to famous figures in fantasy, cartoon, and pop culture archetypes. In this case, an archetype can be defined as, “the original pattern or model of which all things of the same type are representations or copies.” His works frequently feature these representations from well-known movies or TV shows like Toy Story, Spirited Away, The Little Mermaid, and more. The Other Way Around utilizes these archetypes by comparing their physicality by splicing realistic renditions within the confines of the fantastical — revealing the threshold between reality and fiction. This visual metaphor serves as a means of dissecting the pretense behind pop culture mythology with the interest of exploring the objective history and truth behind their narrative.


About the artist:
Stefen Thelen, otherwise known by his anti-superhero alter-ego, Super A, is a Dutch artist who specializes in a hyper-realistic and surrealist style. His alter ego was born out of his previous background as a graffiti artist and serves as a vessel for his more controversial interrogations of society — allowing for a more objective lens for his artistic analysis.

Super A officially started his artistic career in 2004 but before then, he would work in amusement parks where he would gain first-hand experience in the creation of fantasy for the general public. This experience would inform his future work, working to unravel the distinction between reality and illusion. The tension found between two opposing ideas is a common thread seen within his work, namely his Trapped series. The Other Way Around is a continuation of this series and demonstrates the distinction between reality and the facade, revealing the truth behind the metaphorical mask.

Stefan Thelen is a street and gallery artist based in the Netherlands who graduated from Graphic Lyceum in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Super A’s murals and works have been featured in galleries around the world including Germany, London, Paris, Belgium, The Netherlands, Spain, and the United States, among others. Super A’s mural was painted as part of Antelope Valley Walls! (formerly POW!WOW! Antelope Valley) in 2018. The mural is located at Lancaster Blvd in Lancaster, California.

Hebru Brantley’s ‘Saints & Shepherds’ now on view at Fort Wayne Museum of Art | December 4, 2021 through March 6, 2022

HEBRU BRANTLEY
‘Saints & Shepherds’

Curated by Thinkspace Projects and the FWMoA

Saints & Shepherds is an exploration of modern-day mythology through the contemporary Afro-Futuristic lens of Hebru Brantley. All of us at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art want to extend our heartfelt thanks to everyone that has come through so far during the opening week of the exhibition. It has been an amazing experience to watch Hebru’s fans interacting with the exhibit and we have heard some amazing stories so far and can not wait to hear from everyone as they visit over the months ahead. We will be sharing details soon on upcoming special events and programming that the museum has planned for early 2022 in conjunction with ’Saints & Shepherds’.

“As an art historian specializing in Contemporary Art, and as an art history professor and museum director for thirty-five-plus years, I’ve charted and guided the careers of quite a number of emerging contemporary artists. That said, I have to say that when my radar picked up on Hebru Brantley’s work the alert alarm beeped beyond all expectations. Hebru inhaled everything that Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein breathed out and transformed it into a whole new form of expression which, frankly, gave new life to everything the Pop Art movement was trying to accomplish. More than that, is that Hebru is a new genre unto himself. His subjects and their narratives speak to each of us in a more personal way than any of the Pop artists ever could of imagined. Hebru Brantley is both a contemporary pioneer and a powerhouse who is playing a leadership role in challenging contemporary art to step up its game and, once again, play a role in advancing american culture.” – Charles Shepard / FWMoA CEO


“Brantley’s newest large-scale works add presence and weight to the ever-growing mythos of Afro-futurism. Intimate drawings and sketches accompany his refined paintings and complete one another with an almost invisible narrative.” – Josef Zimmerman / Curator of Contemporary Art at FWMoA

“I’ve known Hebru for well over a decade now and I have always wanted to do something next level with him. I knew an institutional level show in the MidWest would be key, given his importance to the Chicago art scene. After several shows together with the amazing team at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, I knew the timing was right to discuss a major showing for Hebru to help showcase his impact on an entire generation of young creatives. Without question, Brantley is one of the most important artists of our time, breaking molds and invisible barriers at almost every turn of his career thus far.” – Andrew Hosner / curator and co-owner of Thinkspace Projects (Los Angeles)

Exhibition overview:
In Brantley’s Negros Mythos world, heroes can be Saints and Shepherds – Shepherds, the Purveyors of Culture, and Saints: the ‘outliers’ – those that are blossoming into new leaders by bringing foward a new way of thought. Saints often have their story embellished and revered when they pass on, while in their lifetime their ideas or ways are not always welcomed. This exhibition is a celebration of being a Shepherd and a Saint, echoing the process of going from adolescence to adulthood, from supporter to leader.

In the context of Sainthood, we are challenged to explore the definition of a hero. Themes of idolization and leadership are explored. In the current cultural system, previously accepted norms and expectations are being called to question and one is increasingly challenged to choose who their role models are based on their own set of values. This show explores the dichotomy of breaking down past role models by cultural reappropriation, while also building them up in the celebration of mythology itself. There is also a duality in the concept of reappropriation – where the current culture has often appropriated aspects of black culture, Hebru flips this concept, reimagining traditionally Anglo-Saxon superheroes as people of color.

About Hebru Brantley:
Hebru Brantley creates narrative-driven work revolving around his conceptualized iconic characters which are utilized to address complex ideas around nostalgia, the mental psyche, power, and hope. The color palettes, pop-art motifs, and characters themselves create accessibility around Brantley’s layered and multifaceted beliefs. Majorly influenced by the South Side of Chicago’s Afro Cobra movement in the 1960s and 70s, Brantley uses the lineage of mural and graffiti work as a frame to explore his inquiries. Brantley applies a plethora of mediums from oil, acrylic, watercolor and spray paint to non-traditional mediums such as coffee and tea. Brantley’s work challenges the traditional view of the hero or protagonist and his work insists on a contemporary and distinct narrative that shapes and impacts the viewer’s gaze.

Recognized internationally, Hebru Brantley has exhibited in Chicago, Hong Kong, London, San Francisco, Atlanta, Miami, Seattle, Los Angeles and New York including Art Basel Switzerland, Art Basel Miami, Scope NYC, and Frieze London. Brantley has been recognized in publications including the Chicago Tribune, Forbes, WWD, HypeBeast, Complex Magazine, the Chicago Sun-Times, and the New York Post.

Collectors of his work include LeBron James, Jay-Z & Beyonce, Lenny Kravitz, George Lucas, and Rahm Emanuel, among others. Brantley has collaborated with brands like Nike, Hublot, and Adidas.

In October 2019, Brantley opened an experiential fine art installation fueled by the narrative of his characters FLYBOY and LIL MAMA. The 6,000-square-foot installation in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood hosted over 23,000 ticketed guests and offered them limited-edition merchandise. Brantley currently resides in Los Angeles where he is expanding into content creation including the adaptation of the FLYBOY Universe through his media company, Angry Hero.

Brantley earned a B.A. in Film from Clark Atlanta University and has a background in Design and Media Illustration.

On view December 4, 2021 through March 6, 2022 at:
Fort Wayne Museum of Art
311 E. Main Street
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802

Visiting the exhibition: Sunday 12-5pm | Tuesday to Saturday 10am-6pm | Thursday open late 10am-8pm | closed on Mondays and major holidays$8 Adults / $6 Seniors 65+ / $20 Families / Free Admission every Thursday from 5-8pm – Full details at www.fwmoa.org.