Video Tour and Opening Reception of EVOCA1’s ‘Sanctuary’, Tran Nguyen’s ‘Remedy’, and group exhibition #ThinkspaceHappyPlace

Opening reception of EVOCA1’s ‘Sanctuary’, Tran Nguyen’s ‘Remedy’, and group exhibition #ThinkspaceHappyPlace

On view until August 7, 2021 at Thinkspace Projects.

EVOCA1 (AKA ELIO MERCADO) – ‘Sanctuary

EXCERPT FROM EVOCA1 INTERVIEW

What is your most favorite and least favorite part of creating a mural? What is your most favorite and least favorite part of working in the studio?

My least favorite part of painting a mural is the prep work that goes on before I can actually start painting.  It could be from getting a concept approved to buffing the wall.

Once that process is done, then we can actually get into the paint, which is the best part. Seeing how the wall comes together and interacting with people in the street during the process is what makes it all worth it. In the studio, it’s pretty much the same. I really enjoy the creative process, but I struggle having to be indoors, confined to a space for long hours.

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TRAN NGUYEN – ‘Remedy

EXCERPT FROM TRAN NGUYEN INTERVIEW

Do you have any rituals that help you tap into a creative flow? Are you still a night owl when it comes to working?

Coming up with ideas is probably the hardest step for me.  Sometimes, the best way to get the creative flow moving is to sit in my living room for a few hours without any music, noise or distractions.  If I sit long enough my mind will eventually get bored and wander off, which can slowly get that little hamster wheel churning.  I think this is what you call modern meditation?  And yes, I still hoot at night.

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Video Tour of group exhibition, ‘Real Life is Fragile’ | July 3 – July 10 at Thinkspace Projects

Real Life is Fragile

‘Real Life is Fragile’ is a special group show bringing together ten creatives from West Africa. Curated in co-operation with artist Ken Nwadiogbu, this exhibition serves as a spotlight to help expose just a fraction of the amazing talent coming out of West Africa, in particular the countries of Nigeria and Cameroon. The artists featured offer a vast array of visual languages, all coming together to tell their stories in unique ways.

Featuring new works from: Ayanfe Olarinde, Boris Anje, Chigozie Obi, Eshinlokun Wasiu, Elizabeth Ekpetorson, Jimbo Lateef, Ken Nwadiogbu, Michelle Okpare, Patrick Akpojotor, Yusuff Aina Abogunde.

Video Tour of Julio Anaya Cabanding’s ‘Past and Present’ showing at MOAH Cedar

A video tour of Julio Anaya Cabanding’s ‘Past and Present’ at MOAH Cedar.

On view July 10, 2021 – September 19, 2021

“In one room will be all classic works up till Mannerism. All works will represent religion, mythology, and the Creation. In the other room of MOAH’s Cedar location there will be works from Modernism up to a work of Edward Hopper. In this room I will talk about the present through some works which really talk to us about the pandemic situation, poetically.” – Julio Anaya Cabanding

The relentless passage of time, its impact, and the constant change have been explained by classical philosophy through the concepts of the “past”, the “present”, and the “future”. It is their linear interchange that generates the unstoppable stream we all experience as life, an ongoing process which we had a chance to reexamine to great extent in the past year and a half of the global pandemic. Such historically unequaled premise prompted Julio Anaya Cabanding (1987), to conceptualize a showcase that will talk about human life history through the exploration of the history of painting, with an accent on the most recent period of lockdowns, quarantines, and social distancing. Channeling his personal concerns and experiences through his vast knowledge and love for the medium of painting, and materializing it through an impeccable conceptual and technical ability, Malaga-born artist is introducing his poetic vision of the Past and Present.

Video Tour of Jack Shure’s ‘Soul Sanitizer’ & Reen Barrera ‘Cluster Fudge’ at Thinkspace Projects

Jack Shure – Soul Sanitizer

Reen Berrera – Cluster Fudge

On view: June 5, 2021 – June 26, 2021

‘Soul Sanitizer’ is Jack Shure’s debut solo show with the gallery. This exhibition is coming on the heels of two very successful endeavors between Thinkspace and the Colorado artist. Having debuted his work during ‘Aloha, Mr. Hand,’ the gallery’s first show of 2021, and with work currently on display at ‘Decade of POW! WOW!” group exhibition at the Bishop Museum in Honolulu, Hawaii, this solo show continues the momentum and the partnership perfectly.

The exhibition represents a collection of work created to reflect Shure’s views and digestion of the world around him. Made up of an amalgamation of styles and subjects, Shure creates an intentionally cryptic narrative of his own personal journey from childhood to parenthood. Using art as a tool for comprehension and processing, the act of creating work becomes his “soul sanitizer,” the vehicle for healing and introspection.

‘Cluster Fudge’ is Reen Barrera’s newest solo show, following his most recent show at Pintô Art Museum in the Philippines.

Barrera has taken the idiom “it’s written all over your face” to heart and beyond, crafting his work around a central character he created early on in his career as an artist. Ohlala embodies Barrera’s thoughts, displaying them through a variety of colors painted on the being’s face. This serves as a mechanism to silently communicate, focusing on the unspoken rather than what is loud and clear.

The exhibition is a collection of work that pulls from facial expressions, allowing Barrera to turn experiences into artwork, taking the literal and mixing it up with symbols and patterns. Through acrylic, oil, and aerosol he crafts this work, embracing accidents like drips, smudges, and splatters, allowing these to lead him to the final product.

Video Tour of Millo’s “At The Crack of Dawn” & Mando Marie’s “Tell Me About It”

Millo – “At The Crack of Dawn

Mando Marie – “Tell Me All About It

On view: May 1, 2021 – May 22, 2021

EXCERPT FROM MILLO INTERVIEW

What is your favorite part of the creative process?

Sketching, it’s the first thing I do in the morning, still in my pajamas, with no coffee. I just slide from the bed to the kitchen table and I start to draw. It’s a kind of unconscious behavior, and that’s the part I prefer the most and that’s for sure where I got my best ideas.

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EXCERPT FROM MANDO MARIE INTERVIEW

There is a child-like whimsy to your work; how do you tap into your inner child?

There is whimsy, of course, but I think if someone looks at my work and only sees child-like, then they are missing the heft of the message.  I do tap that inner child, but I don’t know how I get there, or why I gravitate towards youth in my work … actually maybe I do know, youth is magnetic, and that helps explain why I’m drawn to it.  I think you can explore dangerous, brave, intense and important themes while still using youth to deliver the message…it’s maybe even better that way.  

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Video by Birdman