‘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
Brian ‘Dovie’ Golden
Ryo Laksamana (aka Ryol)
Mr. B Baby
The Perez Bros
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.
Saturday, June 11
‘Ahora’ is on display free to the public in the Historic Carnegie Galleries.
Opening Reception Saturday, June 4 from 6PM-10PM DJ + Refreshments Served
Thinkspace Projects is presenting Scott Listfield’s latest show with the gallery, ‘The Multiverse.’ This complex show is the result of two years of feeling stuck, both physically and mentally. On the other side of a difficult period globally and personally, Listfield set out to make a show that was autobiographical in nature.
Looking back at the different lives he’s lived, people he’s known, and almost 600 paintings he’s created, Listfield was able to see his signature astronaut in a new light. Revisiting some of the earliest settings as a means to revisit the time in his life when he first created those pieces, and walk in the shoes of a much younger version of himself.
The result is striking, balancing the alien with the familiar, the realistic with the fantastic. At its core, the show is about escaping—escaping as both a means of relief and self-discovery. As Listfield relives some of his earliest days and earliest work, he finds his way back to his own beginnings in parallel with the astronaut. The work is vast and varied.
“The centerpiece of this show are the three largest paintings I’ve ever made, each a literal monument to memories of those I’ve lost along the way. I needed to build those monuments to remember. I needed to build those monuments to move on. I’ve been inside lately, looking back. It’s time to go outside again and look to the future.”
‘The Multiverse’ opens Saturday, June 4th with a reception from 6PM to 10PM. The show will remain on view until June 25th at Thinkspace Projects.
About Scott Listfield Scott Listfield is known for his paintings featuring a lone exploratory astronaut lost in a landscape cluttered with pop culture icons, corporate logos, and tongue-in-cheek science fiction references. Scott grew up in Boston, MA and studied art at Dartmouth College. After some time spent living abroad, Scott returned to America and, shortly before the real life, non-movie version of the year 2001, began painting astronauts and, sometimes, dinosaurs.
Scott has been profiled in Juxtapoz, Wired Magazine, the Boston Globe, New American Paintings, and on at least one local television station. He has exhibited his work in Los Angeles, London, Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Miami, Montreal, Boston, and many other nice places.
Opening Reception Saturday, June 4 from 6 PM-10 PM DJ + Refreshments Served
Thinkspace Projects is presenting TRNZ’s debut US solo show, ‘Cotton Harlequins.’ Inspired by the artist’s recent trips to local thrift shops and his childhood love of anime, the resulting collection is a colorful story told through clothing and facial expressions.
“Ukay-ukay” is a store in the Philippines where secondhand clothes, shoes, bags, and accessories are sold at a cheap price. The items sold are usually brought from European countries and North America, and resold to the community, bringing fashion influence and history.
In this collection, TRNZ breathes life into the garments for a third time, painting portraits featuring various pieces, patterns, and textures, each found during trips to the Ukay-ukay store. The result is layered and complex, just like the pieces of clothing, offering a window into cultural influence and the power of fashion as a visual medium.
‘Cotton Harlequins’ opens Saturday, June 4th with a reception from 6PM to 10PM. The show will remain on view until June 25th at Thinkspace Projects.
About TRNZ Born in Manila, TRNZ (Terence) was introduced to art through dubbed Japanese anime which aired daily on his family’s local television. After receiving a BFA Major in Advertising, he spent his early years as an art director at TBWA/SMP, a global network advertising agency. In 2017, he shifted directions and started dabbling in visual art. His time in advertising taught him to embrace a multimedia approach in his work. Now, he creates a world with alluring narration while keeping characteristics that are unique to him and his style.
One of the amazing part of being an artist is that we have the opportunity to start up conversations about things that are relevant to us in this very time of our existence. For every platform and opportunity we are given, we do our best to respond to issues around the world.
Just after the covid lockdown, I remember an article I read and it headlined, “FINALLY FREE”. It reminded me of how important freedom was and how we constantly aim to be free from many things; including pain, debt, memories, obstacles, illness and slavery. Talking about Freedom reminds us of how valuable it is, and replenishes our determination to achieving it.
Freedom Protesters will include 30 cut out flags of different colors with “FREE” written on it, and 12 16inch square paintings of the protesters. In some sense, I’m trying to create a protest scene using the most basic protest material- the Cardboard paper.
About Ken Nwadiogbu Ken Nwadiogbu (b. 1994, Lagos, Nigeria) is a multidisciplinary artist who creates innovative conceptual works that explore black identity and make more visible people of colour, even those in diaspora, within the context of broader issues. It is his desire that through his work, he is able to invite viewers to ponder and critically examine socio-political structures in this present day. Gender equality, African culture, and Black power are a few aspects of his current research and artistic practice.
Ken Nwadiogbu is constantly revitalizing his practice by challenging modes of Black representation. His oeuvres do not just encompass various forms of painting but most recently transcends into photography, sculpture, installation, NFT and video.