Photo Tour of Jack Shure’s ‘Soul Sanitizer’ and Reen Barrera’s ‘Cluster Fudge’

Thinkspace presents a photo tour through Jack Shure’s ‘Soul Sanitizer’ and Reen Barrera’s ‘Cluster Fudge’.

Both exhibitions now on view through June 26th.

Video Tour of Jack Shure’s ‘Soul Sanitizer’ & Reen Barrera ‘Cluster Fudge’ at Thinkspace Projects

Jack Shure – Soul Sanitizer

Reen Berrera – Cluster Fudge

On view: June 5, 2021 – June 26, 2021

‘Soul Sanitizer’ is Jack Shure’s debut solo show with the gallery. This exhibition is coming on the heels of two very successful endeavors between Thinkspace and the Colorado artist. Having debuted his work during ‘Aloha, Mr. Hand,’ the gallery’s first show of 2021, and with work currently on display at ‘Decade of POW! WOW!” group exhibition at the Bishop Museum in Honolulu, Hawaii, this solo show continues the momentum and the partnership perfectly.

The exhibition represents a collection of work created to reflect Shure’s views and digestion of the world around him. Made up of an amalgamation of styles and subjects, Shure creates an intentionally cryptic narrative of his own personal journey from childhood to parenthood. Using art as a tool for comprehension and processing, the act of creating work becomes his “soul sanitizer,” the vehicle for healing and introspection.

‘Cluster Fudge’ is Reen Barrera’s newest solo show, following his most recent show at Pintô Art Museum in the Philippines.

Barrera has taken the idiom “it’s written all over your face” to heart and beyond, crafting his work around a central character he created early on in his career as an artist. Ohlala embodies Barrera’s thoughts, displaying them through a variety of colors painted on the being’s face. This serves as a mechanism to silently communicate, focusing on the unspoken rather than what is loud and clear.

The exhibition is a collection of work that pulls from facial expressions, allowing Barrera to turn experiences into artwork, taking the literal and mixing it up with symbols and patterns. Through acrylic, oil, and aerosol he crafts this work, embracing accidents like drips, smudges, and splatters, allowing these to lead him to the final product.

Inside the Studio of Jack Shure for upcoming exhibition ‘Soul Sanitizer’

Inside the studio of Jack Shure for ‘Soul Sanitizer

What is the inspiration behind this latest body of work? What themes or techniques were you exploring?

The inspiration behind these works spawned from the creative influences of my youth. I wanted to revisit themes and nuances of the things that drove me to paint in the first place all while creating a personal narrative around the characters and symbols.

Read the full interview with Jack Shure here.

Video by Birdman Photography

Inside the Studio of Reen Barrera for upcoming exhibition ‘Cluster Fudge’

Inside the studio of Reen Barrera for his upcoming exhibition ‘Cluster Fudge

What is the inspiration behind this latest body of work? What themes or techniques were you exploring?

The title of the show is ‘Cluster Fudge’, in my definition it is a situation of surprisingly having things done, despite the amount of hardships that we are facing right now in this pandemic, to overcome and survive our daily battles within ourselves and outside. In this collection of work I try to show a glimpse of my daily experiences and thoughts throughout this times.

Read the full interview with Reen Barrera here.

Video by Birdman Photography

Interview with Jack Shure for “Soul Sanitizer”

Thinkspace Projects is honored to present Jack Shure’s debut solo exhibition “Soul Sanitizer.”

‘Soul Sanitizer’ is a collection of work created to represent how Jack Shure views and digests the world around him. Made up of an amalgamation of styles and subjects, Shure creates an intentionally cryptic narrative of his own personal journey from childhood to parenthood. Using art as a tool for comprehension and processing, the act of creating work becomes his “soul sanitizer,” the vehicle for healing and introspection.

In anticipation for “Soul Sanitizer,” our interview with Jack Shure discusses tapping into creative flow, Beetle Juice, and exploring his subconscious through his work.

For those unfamiliar with your work, can you tell us a little about your background and how you came to work with Thinkspace Projects?

I got my start drawing very young and always kept a sketch book. By the time I got to high school I put a silkscreen press in my parents garage I would spend all my time out there then sell the shirts to kids who sold weed after class. Once out of high school a close friend took me to my first Grateful Dead ( minus jerry) concert. Here I saw many kids my age selling art and it inspired me to do the same. For the better half of 10 years I spent my time on the road selling posters in  parking lots around the country.

I bought a piece from the gallery some years ago and always admired their programming and taste. When I felt my art was ready I reached out to Andrew and immediately felt welcomed and supported.

What is the inspiration behind this latest body of work? What themes or techniques were you exploring?

The inspiration behind these works spawned from the creative influences of my youth. I wanted to revisit themes and nuances of the things that drove me to paint in the first place all while creating a personal narrative around the characters and symbols.

What do you find to be the most challenging and yet most rewarding part of the creative process?

Taking things too seriously, I constantly remind myself I make the best marks when I’m at play.

Do you have any rituals that help you tap into a creative flow?

I like to take a moment to breathe and thank creative spirit. I also enjoy dancing like a complete freak in between Strokes.

Who are some of your creative influences that have inspired you or had a direct impact on the  development of your artistic voice?

 Rick Griffin, Mati Klarwein and Corvaggio would probably be at the top.

Iconographgy from Beetlejuice can be seen throughout your work, do you remember the first time you saw that movie? Why has it left such a lasting impression?   

I’m pretty sure I was about eight or nine. I just remember being drawn in by the set design, prosthetics, and non-human characters more than the story itself. Something about the creepy yet goofy ambiance really stuck with me and fits well in my work naturally.

If you could download any skill into your brain, what would it be?

Akido

You’ve shared your work helps you process life and is self-reflective, has there been a piece you’ve worked on that while developing it has illuminated an aspect of your human experience that gave you a new perspective? Could you share the shift?

Every painting has a little taste of it and often reveals itself in ways that can be very mysterious until I understand why my subconscious chose it to begin with. For example, I often choose a subject or symbol that pertains to a significant moment or change in my life, I add these symbols together and they take on a new story that is congruent with my current state. Almost as if the painting is putting the pieces of the story together for me.

What has been the most surprising aspect of fatherhood?

My child is due in October but thus far I’d have to say the introspective journey it has taken me on, really taking inventory of every part of myself and personality.

If an ice cream flavor was made inspired by your work, what would be the ingredients and name of the pint?

Coconut based vanilla with some raspberry and blueberry swirls and it’s called spazz money.