Help Continue Shawn Mary Vezinaw Hosner’s Legacy

A note from Andrew Hosner and the Thinkspace Projects Family:

“Shawn’s cancer battle exhausted our personal savings and cut badly into our gallery’s savings and safety net. I can not let cancer take away what we’ve spent the last 19 years building. We need the help and support of our worldwide art community now more so than ever. 

Any additional funds raised will go towards a future art award / fund we are putting together with JUXTAPOZ. Full details will follow on this in the coming months.

Your support can make a tremendous difference in making sure Thinkspace Projects is around for years to follow and that we also build towards a lasting annual award in her name. Any contribution, whether big or small, will be greatly appreciated. Here are some ways you can help:

Make a Donation: Your financial contribution will go a long way in helping us honor Shawn’s memory and legacy, helping us to rebuild our savings so that we can operate at full capacity and to build towards an annual artist fund / award / contest with Shawn’s favorite magazine, JUXTAPOZ.

Share Our Campaign: Please share this and our fundraising campaign with your friends, family, and social networks to help us reach a wider audience.

We want to express our heartfelt gratitude in advance for any support you can provide. Together, we can ensure that Shawn’s legacy continues to grow and allow another generation of emerging artists to be inspired by her vision, love and kindness, while simultaneously helping our family in this most difficult time.

Thank you for being a part of preserving the memory and legacy of one of the best humans ever (ini our humble opinions).. If you have any questions or would like more information, please feel free to reach out.

Our new rallying cry… Shawn Forever!”

Shawn Mary Vezinaw Hosner
3/11/66 to 2/14/24

“I am absolutely shattered to share the news that Shawn Mary Vezinaw Hosner, my beautiful wife and co-owner of Thinkspace Projects, took her last breath at 10:21pm (Wednesday, February 14), surrounded by her family and close friends after a 15 month battle with stage 4 metastatic breast cancer that had spread throughout her body. 57 years YOUNG. Gone too soon.

Wife. Soulmate. Best Friend. Partner. Daughter. Sister. Aunt. Gallery Mom. Dead Head. A close friend to thousands of people. The love of my life that I was lucky enough to have been with for 24 years and blessed to have been friends with for 31 years. She was my world, so many saying they can’t even picture me without her and vice versa. Two halves of the same seed.

From volunteering every Saturday during Covid alongside her Nourish LA friends, they worked together to provide food for families in need to giving up her free time every Monday and Tuesday of her busy schedule to drive all around LA volunteering for Meals on Wheels and brining food to homebound elderly people, most of whom she became very close with to volunteering once a week at our local animal shelter, Shawn was simply the kindest and most thoughtful person that I have ever had the pleasure to know. She was the best. 

She was just about to learn the ukulele, just got tickets to the Dead at the Sphere in Vegas, we were to be at David Blaine last night in Vegas even… and she had SO much planned to still knock off her bucket list. I’ve got that list, and over the coming year I will be going through and doing as much of it as I can, knowing she will be there by my side the whole time. I’m going to be sure I am at her treasured niece’s wedding this September in Italy. She had so badly wanted to make it over for that, it was her current goal. Her 58th birthday was less than a month away…

57 years is too young. I feel robbed and I know she did too, though she would have never told anyone that, she never wanted anyone to worry about her, it’s just who she was. Shawn confided much in me as we got closer to the inevitable. She always told me to not be sad and to remember all the good times. She was so worried about me, but I was constantly re-assuring her in her final moments that I was going to be ok and we would all work so hard to keep her memory burning until the end of our time. Her light shall never dim. 

Moving forward, I will always pause and ask myself “What would Shawn do?”, as I know if I do this, I will become a better person and to me, that would be the best way to honor the memory of the most amazing person to ever enrich my life with their presence.

I know SO MANY of you loved her, I am so sorry to share this devastating news.

Hold on to those you love, so tightly. And remind them of this regularly. Give your friends their flowers NOW, before they’re gone… you never know who NEEDS to hear this, sometimes it can be life changing for a person to know how much they mean to you and if they’ve helped you and influenced you.

A ray of positive sunshine to the very end. I will never let her memory and influence fade. Goodbye my love, I will see you soon. Go play with all our fur babies that also left us too soon and say hi to your dad and grandparents and so many more that you’ve lost over the years.

There will be a CELEBRATION OF SHAWN’S LIFE on Saturday, February 24th from 2-6pm at our gallery, Thinkspace Projects. We will have a DJ spinning songs from the playlist that Shawn put together for her celebration, along with an art show I am putting together showcasing amazing bits of work Shawn made over the years and that I always tucked aside, a wall of amazing photographic memories all framed up by our family at Static Medium, all of our favorite commissions we put together alongside portraits of Shawn from Audrey Kawasaki, Brian M. Viveros and Natalia Fabia alongside all manner of ephemera from her amazing life working at Tower Sunset, Licorice Pizza, and Caroline Distribution to being a teen model to traveling the world following the Grateful Dead to all the good she did on the regular. We will also have an alter where friends and family can leave little mementos or notes to her. We’re trying to get a Grateful Dead cover band out, fingers crossed. We’ll have a release of white doves in her honor following a reading of one of her favorite songs. We will have a tattoo station where you can get your choice of Shawn’s well known tarantula tattoo, a Hello Kitty head, a Zoso symbol or a Dancing Bear, from two of her favorite band of all time, Led Zeppelin and The Grateful Dead. And of course there will be tacos and good times. Shawn didn’t want us to mourn her, but to honor her by coming together and sharing stories, rejoicing in her favorite songs and knowing that we’ve all gained a guardian angel, who’ll be up there kicking ass and taking names just like she did down here. Full details will be shared in coming days.

Shawn loved you all. Please light a candle tonight in her memory and keep our gallery family and her family and our fur babies who miss their mom so, in your thoughts over the coming weeks and months as we mourn the loss of one of most beautiful humans to ever walk this planet.

SHAWN FOREVER. —Andrew Hosner

“Please consider helping to continue Shawn’s legacy by donating to support Thinkspace Projects. The funds raised will go to medical bills, the memorial service, and to keep the gallery and all the artists it supports on their feet. We love you all and appreciate whatever you can do.” -Daniel “Halopigg” Weintraub

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FLOURISH Group Exhibition at Mesa Contemporary Art Museum, Arizona

FLOURISH group show
Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum, Arizona

May 12 – August 12, 2017
Opening Reception with the Artists:
Friday, May 12, 2017
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Opening at Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum on May 12, 2017, is Flourish, a group exhibition featuring works by artists belonging to the New Contemporary Art Movement. Curated by Los Angeles’ Thinkspace Gallery, one of the Movement’s most active proponents, the exhibition showcases new and relevant talent by some of its most compelling artists. Working in a variety of stylistic veins, New Contemporary Art includes everything from Pop Surrealism, Muralism, Installation and Street Art, to Graffiti, Hyperrealism, Illustration, and Portraiture. Though seemingly disparate, these genres are all linked by a vibrant community, multiple stylistic allegiances, and a return to the expressive possibilities of figurative and representational content, driven by a more populist sensibility. The Movement is loosely defined by its shared interest in the social rather than the abstract or conceptual.

Largely self-supported and community-driven since the 90s, the New Contemporary Art Movement has been steadily gaining in international recognition over the past decade and is now widely recognized as both the largest and longest running art movement in history. Inclusive and diverse, several styles, media, and exhibition platforms fall within the Movement’s now widely cast net. The potential of representation inspires these artists to draw from popular and counter-cultural sources like music, illustration, comics, design, tattoo culture, skate culture and the like, looking to the outside world rather than to the more self-referential gestures that typify that of fine art.

Flourish features a project room installation by Felipe Pantone, and site-specific murals by Esao Andrews and Nosego. The group exhibition includes works by 1010, Aaron Nagel, Alex Garant, Alexis, Diaz, Allison Sommers, Amy Sol, Bec Winnel, Benjamin Garcia, Cinta Vidal, Craig ‘Skibs’ Barker, Curiot, Daniel Bilodeau, David Cooley, David Rice, Derek Gores, Dulk, Erik Siador, Ernest Zacharevic, Fernando Chamarelli, Frank Gonzales, Ian Francis, Icy and Sot, James Bullough, Joel Daniel Phillips, Jolene Lai, Juan Travieso, Kelly Vivanco, Kevin Peterson, Lauren Brevner, Linnea Strid, Liz Brizzi, Marco Mazzoni, Martin Whatson, Mary Iverson, Meggs, Michael Reeder, Molly Gruninger, Rodrigo Luff, Sarah Joncas, Sepe, Sergio Garcia, Stephanie Buer, Telmo Miel, Tran Nguyen, Wiley Wallace, and Yosuke Ueno.

A continuation of Thinkspace’s recent guest forays into institutional spaces, Flourish brings New Contemporary Art to a museological context. By mobilizing alternative platforms like social media for the dissemination of work, the gallery, and its artists, have an exponential public following in the context of group shows, especially when placed within an institutional space. This mutually beneficial exposure helps to increase the visibility of a Movement that has thrived and grown largely outside of institutional aegises.

According to Andrew Hosner, Curator and Co-owner of Thinkspace Gallery, “That is our plan with these collaborative shows, to continue to knock on the door of the establishment until more listen, more take notice, more start to add these artists to their permanent collections and start to give this movement the attention it has earned and deserves.”

Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum
One East Main Street
Mesa, Arizona 85201

About the Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum
Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum is the exciting visual art exhibition space at Mesa Arts Center. In five stunning galleries, MCA Museum showcases curated and juried exhibitions of contemporary art by emerging and internationally recognized artists. MCA Museum also offers lectures by significant artists and arts professionals, art workshops and a volunteer Docent program.

About Thinkspace Gallery
Founded in 2005, Thinkspace Gallery was established with a commitment to the promotion and dissemination of young and emerging art. The Culver City gallery is a catalyst for the emerging art scene in Los Angeles and beyond and is dedicated to the exposure of its artists and the support of their tenets. This young movement straddled between street art, graphic art, design and popular culture, is subject to steadily increasing international exposure and interest, and is in need of institutional advocates. Thinkspace is positioned to create opportunities and act as a visible platform for the New Contemporary movement, and its aim as a gallery is to establish both a curatorial forum and a collector base for its output. As an institution, Thinkspace is committed to the vision, risk and the exceptional talents that wield it. From the streets to the gallery, from the “margins” to the white cube, Thinkspace is re-envisioning what it means to be “institutional.” As a haven for talent, and a venue founded with passion, conviction, and community, the gallery’s mandate is rooted in belief and support.