Pow! Wow! Antelope Valley 2020

Pow! Wow! Antelope Valley returned for its third year in Lancaster, California this past month. From September 5th through September 12th a dozen talented artists added to the 31 murals and installations, created during 2016 and 2019 editions of the festival, which can be discovered around the city.

In blistering heat and under a smoky sky, these twelve amazing artists: Allison Bamcat, Carlos Mendoza, Carlos Ramirez, Casey Weldon, Chloe Becky, Gustavo Rimada, Huntz Liu, Kim Sielbeck, Manuel Zamudio, MJ Lindo, Spenser Little, and Victoria Cassinova; brought their vision to life and infused the streets of Lancaster with their distinct creative voices.

For the safety of the artists and the general public and in compliance with the Los Angeles County Health Department’s COVID-19 protocols, no public events were held during POW!WOW! AV. While the expansion of the Antelope Valley’s outdoor museum is exciting and visiting the murals offer some escape for all that have been trapped indoors these past several months, we ask that you wear a mask while touring the new murals.

The Lancaster Museum of Art and History is dedicated to strengthening awareness, enhancing accessibility and igniting the appreciation of art, history and culture in the Antelope Valley through dynamic exhibitions, innovative educational programs, creative community engagement and a vibrant collection that celebrates the richness of the region.

Pow! Wow! Antelope Valley is made possible due to the support and sponsorship of the Lancaster Museum of Art and History and Thinkspace Projects from Los Angeles, California.

Special thanks to the City of Lancaster, Destination Lancaster, The BLVD Association, Signs & Designs, and all who help bring POW! WOW! AV to life.

For further details please check www.lancastermoah.org and www.powwowworldwide.com

Videos by Birdman

Virtual Walkthrough of Carlos Ramirez’s ‘A Faster Hallelujah’ and Huntz Liu’s ‘Subtraction’

We’re excited to offer you all a virtual walkthrough of our current exhibitions:https://players.cupix.com/p/7yBx10SK    

Once you enter either room, navigate around the virtual gallery using your arrow keys. (Further control instructions are visible once you enter.).

The ‘Highlights’ bar at the bottom of your viewing window also provides short cuts to both exhibitions, along with the map of our space in the lower-left corner of your screen. 

 To see a piece up close, click on it on the wall or on the artwork navigation bar at the bottom of the window.  

When viewing a work up close, you can then click the Info Icon in the upper right corner to see more information about the piece (title, medium, etc.). 

Click HERE to view the new works from Carlos Ramirez 

Click HERE to view the new works from Huntz Liu 

Click HERE to view the virtual opening tour for both exhibits 

Click HERE to view our studio visit with Carlos Ramirez

 Click HERE to check out our interview with Carlos Ramirez

 Click HERE to check out our interview with Huntz Liu 

Click HERE to view a selection of installation photographs of both exhibits 

Both exhibitions on view through April 25

Tour developed by Birdman

Opening Reception of Carlos Ramirez’s “A Faster Hallelujah” and Huntz Liu’s “Subtraction”

Welcome to our first virtual opening reception, featuring new works from Carlos Ramirez’s “A False Hallelujah” and Hunt Liu’s “Subtraction.”

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we will be closed until at least April 30th in accordance with California’s Statewide Lockdown.

But a lockdown won’t keep us down —

Join us on Tuesday, April 7th at 4 pm for a live exhibition tour and Q&A via Zoom. Details to be shared this coming Monday.

Thank you all for the love and support during these ever-changing times. Keep safe. Keep strong. Keep creative.

Photos courtesy of Birdman

Virtual Opening for Carlos Ramirez’s “A Faster Hallelujah” and Huntz Liu’s “Subtraction”

Virtual Opening Schedule for our April exhibitions:

CARLOS RAMIREZ “A Faster Hallelujah”
HUNTZ LIU “Subtraction”

Our virtual coverage of our April exhibitions will kick off this Saturday, April 4 at 5pm pacific time.

5pm – Video your posted to our Instagram TV

5:15pm – We will go live on our Instagram

6pm – We will go live on our Facebook

Full digital previews for both exhibits will be live tomorrow morning at 10 am pacific time on our website:
www.thinkspaceprojects.com

Virtual self-guided tour to follow late next week. Details to follow on that soon.

Thank you all for the love and support during these ever-changing times. Keep safe. Keep strong. Keep creative.

Video by Birdman

Interview with Carlos Ramirez for ‘A Faster Hallelujah’

Thinkspace is pleased to present A Faster Hallelujah featuring new work by Carlos Ramirez in our project room.

This exhibition perfectly illustrates Ramirez’s evolution as an artist. His oeuvre remains alluring and magical while simultaneously offering satirical commentary on political and social issues on behalf of the oppressed.

In anticipation of  A Faster Hallelujah our interview with Carlos Ramirez explores his inspiration for the exhibition, artistic influences, and an album cover he wishes he could design.

SH: For those that are not familiar with you and your work, can you give us a brief look at your artistic background and how you came to meet our curator and co-owner Andrew Hosner?

CR: Initially, before working and coming to Los Angeles, I lived and worked in the Coachella valley. It’s where I was born and raised and became a self-taught artist. I eventually ventured out and began working with galleries in Los Angeles like New Image Art and Ace Gallery, Jonathan Levine Projects in New York, and a few in London like Pow.

I believe the first time I met Andrew was around 2005. We eventually worked together, when I took part in an exhibition at Thinkspace Gallery titled ‘New Blood’ in 2012 curated by producer Morgan Spurlock .

SH: What was the inspiration behind this latest body of work?

CR: The inspiration for my latest work – I think is inspired or compelled by an internal and personal dialogue or discussion, I think most of us are having around this social and political climate. The American fabric seems to be forced into fraying by its own doing. America finds itself forced into drawing social and even racial lines in some unfortunate cases, and those lines become more defined the longer it goes on.

 I have a sense of duty as an artist, and for me to not say or question anything – for me that would be almost sinful.

SH: Who are some of your creative influences?

CR: There are so many it’s hard to narrow down, but some of my earliest influences were from people I didn’t even know. Early influences came through prison letters sent to family members containing some of the most amazing art I had ever seen. Then later on in life artist like Francisco Toledo to Ai Wei Wei … there are just too many.

SH: Did you have an art mentor at the beginning of your career?

CR: Unfortunately besides my 8th-grade art teacher not really, unless you can consider the hood mixed with a little reality as a mentor.

SH: What is your favorite and least favorite part of the creative process?

CR: My favorite part of the creative process would have to be the learning experiences and the journey’s they’ve created. Not that it’s bad, but my least would have to be staying disciplined and approaching it like an 8 to 5 .

SH: Is there a particular piece in this exhibition you feel really challenged you?

CR: Yes there is a couple but it’s a smaller piece that challenged me emotionally ‘Your Hood’, for some reason that piece kept pissing me off. I think the fact that the subject matter is still relevant in 2020 just blows my mind.

SH: If you could make an album cover for any musical artist, who would it be?

CR: I’ve already worked with some awesome people in the music industry like Primus, Joe Jonas, Brant Bjork formerly of Kyuss , John Garcia, and a few others but I think even though he’s no longer with us, and if I had a choice –  it would be Gil Scott-Heron.

SH: If you could download any skill into your brain, Matrix-style, what would you want to instantly learn?

CR: Where is the power source .

SH: Would you rather be able to talk to animals or read people’s minds?

CR: Even though it might be a lil scary to know what animals think of us, I’d have to always go with the animals. 

SH: If you could have dinner with 5 people dead or alive, who would they be and what would you be eating?

CR: With my semi twisted thinking I would have to say Ghandi, Richard Ramirez , Dr. Kevorkian , Nostradamus, and John Lennon to compare notes and we’d be eating THC edibles.