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.
YOSUKE UENO ‘Letters From The Other Side’ Viewing Room
Following our sold-out solo exhibition with Yosuke Ueno at the Brand Library and Arts Center at the end of 2020, we are excited to showcase a special collection of 36 new works on paper from the artist as we gear up for his return in the summer of 2024.
About Yosuke Ueno Born in Japan in 1977. Started to create original characters and draw them since early childhood, and learned his way to paint by himself.
The first solo show was held in Yamaguchi when he was sixteen, 1994. Known as Spaceegg77, and shows works in Asia, the U.S, and Europe, living in Tokyo.
Also known as a specialist of symbolism and innocence. Sometimes four colors like red, green, yellow, and blue appear in his works. These colors represent the four bases of DNA: adenine, thymine, guanine and cytosine, that is, A, T, G and C-molecular elements that all animate beings share. Yosuke paints these colors and A, T, G and C with a message that all animate beings should have equal worth.
The theme of Ueno’s art is “Love, Space and Positive Energy.”
Show Statement: We, as humans, are naturally drawn to the unorthodox. I have always enjoyed the use of the unconventional as a base for my artwork. I enjoy creating art that people can relate to and that stimulates the creative subconscious. Not only to create an emotional relationship between art and viewer, but to conjure up questions of how and why. It is this desire to create a connection with the viewer that fuels my creativity.
My passion is creating a perfect balance of light and shadow. Light is the core of my artwork. Without light there is no art. Without art there is no life. Amen, brother