POW! WOW! Antelope Valley Recap Pt. 1

Pow! Wow! Antelope Valley was a weeklong mural festival that took place in Lancaster, California from October 14th through the 21st. International and local muralist adorned the walls of the city with fresh new art that engaged and excited the Antelope Valley community. Below is part one of a three-part visual recap showing the progress and development of the murals over the course of Pow! Wow!.

Make sure to explore the city and check out all the murals and street art that is on view in conjunction with The New Vanguard II showing at the Lancaster Museum of Art and History now through December 30th.

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A Behind The Scenes Look at The New Vanguard II Installations

A life-size giraffe, a shower of color, a cityscape covered in mischievous workmen – the installations inside The New Vanguard II at the Lancaster MOAH are impermanent masterpieces that must be seen in person. The installation artists worked tirelessly throughout the week leading up to the opening on October 19th, their finished pieces highlighting the museum’s expansive space and allow opportunities to view art at new heights. The site-specific installations were developed by Andrew Hem, Dan Witz, HOTTEA, Isaac Cordal, Jaune, Laurence Vallieres, and Spenser Little.

Visit our full recap of the exhibition and opening here.

All available work from the exhibition can be viewed on our website.

The New Vanguard II is open now through December 30th at the Lancaster Museum of Art and History.

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The New Vanguard II at MOAH Lancaster

This past weekend The New Vanguard II opened at The Lancaster Museum of Art and History, in collaboration with Los Angeles’ Thinkspace Projects. The museum exhibition includes a dynamic group exhibition of works by international artists working in the New Contemporary art movement, with featured solo projects by artists Sandra Chevrier, Seth Armstrong, Craig ‘Skibs’ Barker, and Brooks Salzwedel.

Thank you to the awesome community of Antelope Valley who came out and celebrate these talented artists who are defining the new contemporary art space.

The exhibition is on view now through December 30th.

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THE NEW VANGUARD II at the LANCASTER MUSEUM OF ART & HISTORY Coming This October

THE NEW VANGUARD II
October 20 – December 30, 2018
Curated by Thinkspace Projects

Sandra Chevrier | Cages and the Allure of Freedom
Seth Armstrong | Lil’ Baja’s Last Ride
Craig ‘Skibs’ Barker | Suzy is a Surf Rocker
Brooks Salzwedel | Rut in the Soil

(Lancaster, CA) – The Lancaster Museum of Art and History, in collaboration with Los Angeles’ Thinkspace Projects, is pleased to present The New Vanguard II, a dynamic group exhibition of works by international artists working in the New Contemporary art movement. The highly anticipated follow up to 2016’s successful first iteration of The New Vanguard, on view in tandem with this year’s POW WOW! Antelope Valley will feature special solo projects by artists Sandra Chevrier, Seth Armstrong, Craig ‘Skibs’ Barker, and Brooks Salzwedel.

A sequel to what was in 2016 the most extensive presentation of work from the New Contemporary movement in a Southern Californian museum venue to date, The New Vanguard II, in keeping with the first, will present a diverse and expansive group of curated new works. The group show will include new pieces by ABCNT, Adam Caldwell, Alex Garant, Alex Hall, Alexandra Manukyan, Amy Sol, Andrew Schoultz, Benjamin Garcia, Brian Mashburn, Carl Cashman, CASE, Dan Witz, Drew Merritt, EINE, Ekundayo, Ermsy, Esao Andrews, Evoca1, Fernando Chamarelli, Fidia Falaschetti, Fintan Magee, Helen Bur, Hueman, Hula, Huntz Liu, Jaune, Joel Daniel Phillips, Jolene Lai, Juan Travieso, Kaili Smith, Kathy Ager, Kikyz1313, Laura Berger, Lauren YS, Lonac, Mark Dean Veca, Mars-1, Martin Whatson, Masakatsu Sashie, Meggs, Michael Reeder, Milu Correch, The Perez Bros, PichiAvo, RISK, Robert Xavier Burden, Robert Proch, Ronzo, Saner, Scott Listfield , Sergio Garcia, Seth Armstrong, Snik, Stephanie Buer, Super A, Super Future Kid, TikToy, Tran Nguyen, Van Arno, and Yosuke Ueno.

Alongside the focused solo presentations by Chevrier, Armstrong, Barker, and Salzwedel, the exhibition will include site-specific installations by Andrew Hem, Dan Witz, HOTxTEA, Isaac Cordal, Jaune, Laurence Vallieres, and Spenser Little.

A movement unified as much by its diversity as its similitude, ‘New Contemporary’ has come to denote an important heterogeneity of styles, media, contexts, and activations over the course of its establishment since the 90s. Unified in its fledgling beginnings by a founding countercultural impulse searching for its own nomenclature, the New Contemporary movement’s shifting and inclusive designations have offered alternative narratives over the years to those popularized by the dominant art establishment and its conceptual predilections.

Though stylistically disparate, the work belonging to this rapidly expansive movement reveals a desire to reference the popular, social, and subcultural domains of contemporary experience, grounding, rather than rarifying, imagery in the familiar. Looking to the urban landscape and the kaleidoscopic shift of individual identities within it, these artists use the figurative and narrative to anchor their work in the accessible and aesthetically relatable. A fundamentally democratic stance governs the ambitions of this new guard, ever in search of novel ways to expand rather than to contract.

Sandra Chevrier | Cages and the Allure of Freedom
The Montréal-based Canadian artist creates mixed-media works that explore identity as a locus of competing imperatives and complex contradictions. Drawing parallels between the assumed invulnerability of the superhero and the impossible demands placed upon the contemporary individual, Chevrier creates literal and metaphoric masks by combining comic book imagery assembled from found and imagined sources. Her dystopian spin on the iconic figure of the superhero looks to reveal the flaws in the staged extroversion of the superficial veneer.

In Cages and the Allure of Freedom, her first significant solo museum presentation, Chevrier will be showing three life-sized, hand-painted sculptural busts for the first time alongside new two-dimensional works in acrylic, graphite, china ink, and pastels.

Seth Armstrong | Lil’ Baja’s Last Ride
Los Angeles-based painter Seth Armstrong creates paintings that seize time, near-cinematic moments of suspended or implied action. Some offer vast views, and others contracted intimacy, moving freely in and out of public and private spaces to create ambiguous vantage points. Known for paintings that self-consciously capture the act of looking – whether as a voyeur in trespass or a participant in the landscape – Armstrong captures the simultaneity of the city as a place of endless, contingent narratives, jarring interruptions, and suspenseful pauses.

In Lil’ Baja’s Last Ride, Armstrong combines his patented interest in the grittier recesses of urban life with his penchant for humor and a good inside joke, dedicating the exhibition’s title to his recently retired car, the unsuspecting casualty of a freak fire in the MOAH’s parking lot.

Craig ‘Skibs’ Barker | ‘Suzy is a Surf Rocker’
A Huntington Beach native based in Southern California, mixed media painter Craig ‘Skibs’ Barker creates imagery inspired by print media and the graphic sensibilities of 80’s SoCal punk and surf, the subcultural terrain shaping the 80’s in which he grew up. His works feel surreal and partial, intentionally stylized to the point of decontextualization. By framing figurative subjects with an element of voyeuristic ambiguity, Barker’s compositions have the intuitive spontaneity of a Polaroid and the deliberate staging of a stencil. Familiar and far, they feel strange in their proximity.

Brooks Salzwedel | Rut in the Soil
Born in Long Beach, Salzwedel creates translucent landscapes that shift in and out of solid and ethereal states. Like fluid worlds suspended in a cycle of perpetual haunting, the imagery often feels loosely real but undeniably hallucinated and invoked. His works play with the depiction of these unhinged natural and hyperbolically unnatural physical states, combining sparse terrains with fictional mountain ranges and shadowy, diaphanous atmospheres. His mixed-media drawing-based works are created using a combination of graphite, mylar and resin, tape, colored pencil, and ink.

Exhibition on view October 20 through December 30 at:
Lancaster Museum of Art and History
665 W. Lancaster Blvd.
Lancaster, California 93534
www.LancasterMOAH.org

Taking place as part of POW! WOW! Antelope Valley
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Release of Scott Listfield Prints this Friday, January 20th

Tomorrow, Friday, January 20th, we will be dropping two new prints from Scott Listfield taken from his recent solo exhibition that we curated for the Lancaster Museum of Art and History this past fall.  We’re looking forward to our debut solo show with Listfield coming up in January 2018 and much ahead in 2017 as well with this amazing creative.

Both will be available this Friday, January 20th at 10AM PST via  www.thinkspacegallery.com/shop

Scott Listfield River

Scott Listfield
The River
Edition of 30
16×24 inches
Signed and numbered by the artist
$75

Scott Listfield
Map of the Stars
Edition of 30
16×24 inches
Signed and numbered by the artist
$75

PLEASE NOTE:

There are no pre-sales of any kind, no special requests for a certain number, no in-person sales, and no holds. Prints will go on sale at 10AM PST the morning of Friday, January 20 via our online shop at www.thinkspacegallery.com/shop

Please be sure your PayPal address is current. We will ONLY guarantee shipping to the address associated with your PayPal account. It only takes a minute to check, so a good idea to do so before you place your order.

Prints will ship out within two weeks or less from the date your order has been placed, most likely in one week or less all will have been shipped off to their new homes. Tracking details will be shared to your PayPal account. Thank you for your support.