Inside the studio of Evoca1 while he prepares for his exhibition ‘Sanctuary’ showing at Thinkspace Projects from July 17 – August 7th.
What was the inspiration behind ‘Sanctuary’ and this latest body of work?
“The initial concept for the show came up a few years back, after a conversation I had with my son who was 4 years old at the time.
After spending most of the time silent during dinner, he said to me “my friend is black”. He’d been friends with him since they were 2 years old and had never acknowledged his skin color. At first, we were furious and asked him who told him his friend was black and he replied “In school”. I always wondered at what age people start noticing skin color and the different ways it’s introduced.
From there I started thinking about how the world would be if the pandemic had wipeout all the adults and kids were left to inherit the earth. –“
Inside the studio of Tran Nguyen while she prepares for her exhibition ‘Remedy’ showing at Thinkspace Projects from July 17 – August 7th.
What’s the inspiration behind ‘Remedy’ and this latest body of work?
I often go through color phases through my work. Previously, the dominant color in my paintings have been blue, purple, sepia, etc., but for the longest time, I’ve avoided a green palette. I love organic floral patterns and the overall botanical aesthetic, and decided this show would be the perfect opportunity to illustrate the theme and color. This led to building the narrative for “Remedy” and its world — a world inhabited by fantastical characters that are both part-human and part-nature.
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.
Inside the studio of artist duo Giorgiko while they prepare for their exhibition “What Is (and what is not)” showing at Thinkspace Projects from April 3, 2021 – April 24, 2021
“What Is (and what is not)” draws on experiences of the last year and the word itself. A weighted word, just hearing “apocalypse” conjures imagery, imagery that Giorgiko has drawn on and specified creating a series that is hauntingly beautiful and relevant. The etymological root of the word “apocalypse” is the Greek word “apokálypsis”, which means “an unveiling or unfolding of things not previously known and which could not be known apart from the unveiling”. The husband and wife duo incorporates this definition, revealing truths about our world while maintaining a sense of whimsy.