Tour Alvaro Naddeo’s studio while he prepares for his exhibition ‘IndigNation‘ showing at Thinkspace from September 19, 2020 – October 10, 2020
The inspiration behind ‘IndigNation’: The inspiration behind this latest body of work is the political place that our society finds itself at. It’s about our present days and the marginalized, the minorities, the revolt and the voices that need to be heard.
The inspiration behind ‘Deconstructing Identities’: The exhibition was created while self-isolating and navigating the ups and downs of the pandemic. This surreal setting gave birth to pieces inspired by self-reflection and specifically the role of self-inflicted appearances. People’s constructed nature fighting with their instinctive core and trying to visually translate a complete persona. This collection also introduces more contextual elements to my work. Featured are little pieces of nostalgia riding the line between kitsch and whimsy contrasting with the expression of the characters sometimes melancholic or naive.
Kathy Ager – Fool’s Gold | September 12, 2020 – December 27, 2020
The inspiration behind ‘Fool’s Gold’: For this body of work, I continued to delve into my own personal experiences and observations and seek ways to express them through objects and light. A lot of my inspiration comes from my more painful experiences and outlook on life, but I try to make something beautiful out of that darkness. I was particularly inspired by the alienation I felt last year when caught up with someone who valued the pursuit of the party life over building something solid and real. That’s where the title “Fool’s Gold” came from. It’s painful to feel like you’re not enough, but to those who are after more fucked up pursuits and easy highs – the fool’s gold – you will never be valued the way you deserve. I find so much inspiration in that heartbreak.
The inspiration behind the exhibition: In ‘Don’t use me, I’m broken’, I basically wanted to talk about the flaws, fails, and challenges, unique to each individual, that make us interesting and complex beings. But since this exhibition was mainly created during the pandemic, it took a darker turn than my usual work. Before this period, some of us had the opportunity to avoid facing problems, consciously or not, by loading our lives with work, obligations and activities. But because the recent confinement had a mirror effect on ourselves, it forced us to confront our darker facets and our relationship issues and I wanted to address that with the show. It will, therefore, be a mix of reflections, overflow, fears, hope, humor, and once again an attempt to encourage the spectator to express his feelings and to free himself from a weight that a person is often unconscious of carrying.
Brian “Dovie” Golden – Warning Signs | July 25, 2020 – August 15, 2020
The inspiration behind the exhibition: My latest body of work focuses on the “fiends” and the idea of these characters as hazard signs. Imagine if we could see those caution signs (similar to road signs) in the people or those decisions we inevitably regret. Most of the dangers that surround us are invisible so my current work invites us to consider how we experience the sensation of intuition. What does it look like when we sense danger and deception, and how does this lend us insight into our surroundings and foresight into the road ahead?