‘PERSPECTIVES’ featuring Zeinab Diomande, Ayobola Kekere-Ekun, Chigozie Obi, & Bianca Walker showing at Thinkspace Projects | October 1 – October 22, 2022

Thinkspace Projects presents:

‘PERSPECTIVES’
Zeinab Diomande, Ayobola Kekere-Ekun, Chigozie Obi, & Bianca Walker

Opening Reception:
Saturday, October 1 from 6-10pm with DJ’s Venice Beats, open bar + free H20 from Liquid Death, video projections from Digital Debris, a vape bar from our friends at Timeless, live painting from Nina Palomba, grub from The Roll N’ Bun & more

Exhibitions on view October 1 – October 22, 2022

In Gallery I, Thinkspace Projects is thrilled to present our new group show titled PERSPECTIVES featuring the work of Zeinab Diomande (aka Z the Rat), Ayobola Kekere-Ekun, Chigozie Obi, and Bianca Walker.

Born in 1999, in Virginia (USA) Zeinab Diomande (aka Z the Rat) left Abidjan (Ivory Coast), where she spent her childhood and adolescence, to pursue her university studies in Philadelphia (USA) in 2017. The artist explores the theme of mental health and her experience as a black woman. These themes mark out and feed her warm and colorful world. Adapting what already exists and reinventing it in a way that also shapes a new reality is the main focus of this expression.

Diomandé is currently studying at the University of the Arts, pursuing a BFA in Fine Arts with a concentration in painting and drawing.

Chigozie Obi (b. 1997) is a multi-dimensional visual artist. Her work explores experimentation with multiple materials to tell stories formed from personal/societal experiences. Obi’s work authenticates her keen interest for the human aspect of life, the body, beauty standards and the strive for self-acceptance. She aims to create sustained conversations about people and society – the cultural narratives adopted and how it affects people in it, especially women.

Chigozie’s new series ‘A Seat At the Table’ showcases women working in different occupations, many of which are still believed or expected to be jobs for men alone but they continue to prove that wrong.

‘A Seat at the Table’ illustrates women of different careers. From low income jobs to the high earners – it seeks to honor women working in all occupational fields, showing them in their element, capturing their stories, highlighting the difficulties they might be facing while working in those occupations and more.

Women are strong, reliable, capable of everything and can be a part of anything they choose. They continue to break boundaries and push even in male dominated fields, creating change, overcoming obstacles and opening doors for the next generation of women.

Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Ayobola Kekere-Ekun is a contemporary visual artist who attempts to unravel the connections between the self and identity and how they interface with individual and collective memory via her art. In creating the paintings that make up this body of work, she toys with the most wholesome of ideas/experiences: childhood. Seemingly random and benign scenes of existence are shadowed by objects that become breadcrumbs of the artist’s attempts to understand her own trauma and beyond.

Bianca Walker is a 24-year-old, nonbinary, painter from the Bay Area, California. Bianca was raised surrounded by vibrant street art until gentrification began to ravage the place they once called home, leaving colored walls bare. Walker migrated to Louisiana and began their studies at rambling State University where they were submerged in painting and black history. As their education continued, they quickly grew tired of traditional art methods and began to use a drip painting technique that reflects their street art roots. Now developing an MFA thesis at the University of New Orleans, Walker uses these drips as an integral part of their visual language while incorporating archival imagery of the African Diaspora activating a history they can see being erased.

Virtual Tour of September 2022 Exhibitions at Thinkspace Projects

Thinkspace presents a virtual tour of our September 2022 exhibitions spanning four gallery spaces and our viewing room. ‘Habitat’ in Gallery I showed new works from Kevin Peterson, Kisung Koh, Jacub Gagnon, and Anthony Solano.

Erik Mark Sandberg’s ‘Golden Pacific’ was presented in Gallery II with Sarah Joncas Washed Ashore’ in the Viewing Room. And Gallery III & IV features ‘Amplify,’ a group exhibition highlighting 34 artists who provide a window into the New Contemporary art movement at this moment.

Explore the virtual tour here: https://players.cupix.com/p/9yJErDuO

Exhibitions are on view now through September 24, 2022

Virtual tour courtesy of Birdman Photos

Opening Reception of September 2022 Exhibitions at Thinkspace Projects

Thank you to all those who came out to see our September 2022 exhibitions spanning four gallery spaces and our viewing room. ‘Habitat’ in Gallery I showed new works from Kevin PetersonKisung KohJacub Gagnon, and Anthony Solano.

Erik Mark Sandberg’s ‘Golden Pacific’ was presented in Gallery II with Sarah Joncas Washed Ashore’ in the Viewing Room. And Gallery III & IV features ‘Amplify,’ a group exhibition highlighting 34 artists who provide a window into the New Contemporary art movement at this moment.

Exhibitions are on view now through September 24, 2022

Photos courtesy of Birdman Photos

Photo Tour of September 2022 Exhibtions at Thinkspace Projects

Thinkspace presents a photo tour of our September 2022 exhibitions spanning four gallery spaces and our viewing room. ‘Habitat’ in Gallery I showed new works from Kevin PetersonKisung KohJacub Gagnon, and Anthony Solano.

Erik Mark Sandberg’s ‘Golden Pacific’ was presented in Gallery II with Sarah Joncas Washed Ashore’ in the Viewing Room. And Gallery III & IV features ‘Amplify,’ a group exhibition highlighting 34 artists who provide a window into the New Contemporary art movement at this moment.

Exhibitions are on view now through September 24, 2022

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Group Exhibition ‘Habitat” featuring works from Kevin Peterson, Kinsung Koh, Jacub Gagnon, and Anthony Solano on view at Thinkspace Projects | September 3, 2022 – September 24, 2022

Thinkspace Projects is pleased to present Habitat, a group show featuring the work of Kevin Peterson, Kisung Koh, Jacub Gagnon, and Anthony Solano. The gallery is thrilled to bring together four of their surreal naturalist painters for one impactful exhibition. Each artist has delivered new work for the show, pushing the boundaries of their previous creations, ultimately creating some of their strongest pieces to date.

Nevada-born Kevin Peterson spent his childhood in many places from Nevada to Michigan to Washington, finally arriving in Texas in 1996, where he studied both Fine Art and Psychology. With a varied background in both mental health and art, Peterson infuses each of his pieces with complex and layered emotion. His own struggle with drugs and alcohol is what led him back to art, which he now immerses himself in fully. It is this deep connection with and passion for his work that is undeniably apparent in each piece.

South Korean artist Kisung Koh uses his art to open gateways into nature’s spiritual dimensions and explores the intimate connections he has built with wildlife during his lifetime. Drawing heavily on the memories and dreams provided to him by the sheer awe-inspiring spectacles he has witnessed in the great outdoors, Koh pays tribute by creating imagery that is suggestive of the metaphysical energies and bonds which can exist between two living creatures, even when interacting from a distance. Through his art, Koh captures the essence and beauty of the natural world, reminding his audience that their own relationships with it are precious and rewarding.

Jacub Gagnon is one of Toronto’s great emerging contemporary artists, known for his curious backgrounds of void space, whimsical representations of naive fauna, and their juxtaposition with human objects. Through the use of meticulous blending, layers, and remarkable detail, Jacub tells the story of a world that is sweet as well as disturbing, showcasing how humans manipulate and borrow from nature. Using small brushes and handling them as he would a pencil, Jacub is able to achieve an illustrative quality that edges into the peculiar world of Pop Surrealism. This colorful, almost child-like fantasy renders the troubling issues that face the habitats and species of our time into otherworldly depictions that capture the imagination.

Having spent his childhood years between California and Guadalajara, Mexico, artist Anthony Solano turned to art at a young age, seeing it as both a source of escape and comfort. In high school he was exposed to painting for the first time, sparking what would become his life’s passion. Anthony, a self-taught painter, now resides in Portland, Oregon and credits the local landscape for a major creative shift, from abstract painting to the surreal genre that he currently practices. His work explores today’s environmental conflicts, communicated with vibrant hyper-realistic imagery and thought-provoking storytelling. A sense of optimism and hope within his work allows the viewer to experience a complex, emotional response.

These artists and their works display an apparent harmony, complimenting each other with elements of the natural world and surrealist attitudes.