OZABU at Thinkspace
Sep
17
6:00pm 6:00pm

OZABU at Thinkspace

OZABU /// Instagram

"Ozabu is an illustrator who only seems to be situated on instagram, yet this proclaimed "hobbyist" has an incredibly refined style and touch. These ghostly graphite visions are inspired by fashion, asian visual culture and mythology. " -Juxtapoz

Her drawings are pure magic and I won't believe they're real until I see them with my own eyes. So excited to meet this woman and tell her she's a witch! 

Opening Reception with the Artist: Saturday, September 17, 2016 6:00 - 9:00pm

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Kevin Peterson @ Thinkspace
Aug
20
to Sep 10

Kevin Peterson @ Thinkspace

KEVIN PETERSON /// Website l Instagram

Kevin Peterson was born in 1979 in Elko, Nevada. After a childhood which included stints in Nevada, Michigan and Washington, Kevin arrived in Texas in 1996. He studied art and psychology at Austin College in Sherman, TX. He received degrees in Fine Art and Psychology in 2001.

Kevin pursued a career in Social work after graduating. He worked as a Probation Officer in Austin for 3 years. During this time, difficulties with drugs and alcohol plagued his life and eventually led to an arrest and the loss of his job. While in a drug/alcohol treatment facility, Kevin rediscovered his love and passion for creating art. He decided to pursue this passion after completion of the treatment program.

Kevin has been sober since July 30, 2005 and has been immersed in his art ever since.

Kevin now makes his home in Houston, TX where he works out of Winter Street Studios.

Artist Statement:

My work is about the varied journeys we take through life. It’s about growing up and living in a world that is broken. These paintings are about trauma, fear and loneliness and the strength that it takes to survive and thrive. They each contain the contrast of the untainted, young and innocent against a backdrop of a worn, ragged, and defiled world. Support versus restraint, bondage versus freedom, and tension versus slack are all themes that I often visit. My work deals with isolation, loneliness and longing teamed with a level of optimistic hope. Issues of race and the division of wealth have arisen in my recent work. This work deals with the idea of rigid boundaries, the hopeful breakdown of such restrictions, as well as questions about the forces that orchestrate our behavior.

Opening Reception with the Artist:

Saturday, August 20, 2016 6:00 - 9:00pm

Show runs through Saturday, August 20th 

Gallery Hours:
Tuesday 12PM-6PM
Wednesday 12PM-6PM
Thursday 12PM-6PM
Friday 12PM-6PM
Saturday 12P-6PM

 

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Vitality & Verve: In The Third Dimension
Jul
16
to Oct 16

Vitality & Verve: In The Third Dimension

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The Long Beach Museum of Art, in collaboration with Thinkspace and POW! WOW! Long Beach, present: 'Vitality & Verve: In The Third Dimension'

Murals and site-specific installations from:
Aaron De La Cruz @aarondelacruz
Aaron Li-Hill @li_hill
Andrew Hem @andrewhem
Ariel DeAndrea @cranegirl1
Brendan Monroe @brendantheblob
Cinta Vidal @cinta_vidal
Craig ‘Skibs’ Barker @craigskibsbarker
Ernest Zacharevic with Martha Cooper@ernestzacharevic @marthacoopergram
Felipe Pantone @felipepantone
Glazed Paradise (Mark Jenkins & Sandra Fernandez) @markjenkins
Jaime Molina @cuttyup
Kiel Johnson @kieljohnson
Mark Dean Veca @markdeanveca
Rebekah Bogard #RebekahBogard
Sarah Joncas @sarah_joncas
Telmo Miel @telmomiel
Yoskay Yamamoto @yoskayyamamoto

Alongside works from:
Alex Yanes @alexyanes
Bumblebeelovesyou @bumblebeelovesyou
Drew Leshko @drewleshko
Erika Sanada @erikasculpture
Hilary White @hilarywhiteart
Isaac Cordal @isaaccordal
Jean Labourdette (aka Turf One)@jeanlabourdette
Luke O’Sullivan @the_lewko
Patsy Cox #PatsyCox
Sergio Garcia @_sergiogarcia_
Slinkachu @slinkachu_official
Susan Beiner #SusanBeiner
Troy Lovegates (aka Other)@troy_lovegates

Opening Celebration: Friday, July 15th

Check lbma.org for tickets and further info.

Exhibition runs July 16th through October 16th

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Boy’s Club at SHQ
Jun
17
7:00pm 7:00pm

Boy’s Club at SHQ

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Boy's Club was my gateway drug to comics so this holds a real special place in my heart. Sure, I already own all the zine sin this series thanks to Quimby's, but now I can also have the whole gang together in one shiny book. I'll even let strangers touch it!

Thanks to Fantagraphics, Matt Furie (omg!) is bringing the fury of Boy’s Club (omg!) to Secret Headquarters in Los Angeles for a book release shindig (omg!). This will be a hot one, so don’t sleep on it! 

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Larry Caveney “Super Freaks”
Jun
11
to Aug 4

Larry Caveney “Super Freaks”

LARRY CAVENEY /// Website l Instagram

“As males in the world or art world, we have a tendency to maintain our own position of power or that persona of power or youth, where in reality it’s lost to time and gravity. The piece speaks to that false facade. That’s why I use the idea of ‘the artist as fool’ in most of my work. Basically I poke fun at my own self, Super Heroes/cartoons that I studied in comic books. As a white male, in this state of culture, I think that’s all I have to work with… that and humility. The fool is the placement of matter that threatens reality. At the same time, the fool sacrifices himself while defining the difference between the concepts of right and wrong by acting as the fool. It’s a device that functions as a pressure release within the context of a ‘civilized’ community. Where in reality it’s lost to time and gravity. These works speak to that false facade. That’s why I use the idea of ‘the artist as fool’ in most of my work. This collection of paintings is based on principles of using familiar imagery (codified) and cracking it out to reveal other truths within an analogue approach to color.” –Caveney

 

Exhibition Dates: June 11 – August 21, 2016

Opening Public Reception: June 11, 2016: 6 – 9 pm

RSVP required

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EPIC CARNIVAL
Jun
11
12:00pm12:00pm

EPIC CARNIVAL

DANIEL ROLNIK GALLERY Invites you to the EPIC CARNIVAL

This coming Saturday, JUNE 11th, is the EPIC CARNIVAL at Daniel Rolnik Gallery - featuring 30+ art vendors (including: Little Friends of Printmaking, Tuesday Bassen, Flower Pepper Gallery, Co-Lab Gallery, Giant Robot Magazine, and way way more!), 10 Bands, 10 stand-up comedians, and a brand spanking new art show, "KROSSD KOVERS" by Keith Dugas, featuring original paintings inspired by rock n' roll for under $100.

This event is free, all ages, and will be going on from noon - 11pm.

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Above The Fold at JANM
May
29
to Aug 21

Above The Fold at JANM

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ABOVE THE FOLD: New Expressions in Origami

Origami—the Japanese tradition of folding paper into recognizable objects—dates back at least 1,000 years, with possible roots in Shinto purification rituals and gift exchanges among the nobility. By the 18th century, the practice had come into popular use, and in the mid-20th century, it was further modernized and popularized by Akira Yoshizawa, who is considered the first true “origami artist.” Yoshizawa created enchanting new designs and introduced a system of notation for origami folds that become the international standard. Today, origami is so popular that it is practiced all around the world.

In the hands of a number of extraordinary contemporary artists, the art form has recently been evolving in remarkable new directions, including sculpture, large-scale installations, and conceptual works. Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami presents the work of nine renowned artists working in six different countries and ranging in age from 29 to 71. These artists—Erik Demaine and Martin Demaine (Canada/USA), Vincent Floderer (France), Miri Golan (Israel), Paul Jackson (UK/Israel), Robert J. Lang (USA), Yuko Nishimura (Japan), Richard Sweeney (UK), and Jiangmei Wu (China/USA)—have been pushing the boundaries of origami to elevate what was once considered a children’s craft into a sophisticated global art form. Each work, created specifically for this touring exhibition, presents a unique perspective on contemporary social, political, and aesthetic ideas.

Above the Fold demonstrates how origami has become a multifaceted method of artistic expression. It is increasing in size, with larger single sheets or multiple modules being formed into large-scale sculptures that blend geometry and grace. It is creased and crumpled to create fantastic new worlds inhabited by life-like organisms, and it is folded along curved lines to twist and swirl in unexpected directions, sometimes inside of other materials. Some artists have even employed mathematical theorems to solve folding problems and advance the capabilities of the medium. Now, origami not only expresses the beauty and spirit of natural forms such as birds and animals, but it also touches on religious, social, and political ideas—moving the viewer with both the intricacy of its craft and the power of the artist’s message.

You can also check out samples from all participating artists on JAMN's blog

Show runs from May 29th - August 21st

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday–Sunday: 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Thursday: 12 p.m.–8 p.m.*

Visit JANM for more details to plan your trip.  

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EXISTENCE at Slow Culture
May
28
to Jun 3

EXISTENCE at Slow Culture

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Sydney artist Kyle Montgomery’s infatuation with the afterlife is intriguing to say the least. He finds himself exploring symbolic items from both religious and spiritual realms then comparing their relevance to one another through various sculptural forms. He’s often hunting antique centres and auction sites for second hand ‘Mary’ statues - a common icon in Christian faith, seen to offer guidance and support on the path to life after death. Montgomery also has a strong interest in crystals and the knowledge and power they are said to contain, symbolise relevance to those on a more spiritual front.

The Crystal Mary - is an intentional collision of two beliefs in physical form, combining religion and spirituality to create the ultimate icon. These sculptural works delve into ideas of re-birth and the after- life, principals and messages he portrayed earlier collage works before transforming them into the three dimensional. 

Opening Reception: May 28, 7-10PM
Exhibition Dates: May 28 - June 3

Slow Culture hours:  Wednesday - Saturday: 12 - 6PM, Sunday 12-4PM

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Curiot Act 1: Warped Passage
May
28
to Jun 18

Curiot Act 1: Warped Passage

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Curiot is a painter and street artist working in Mexico City. He earned his B.F.A from the Universidad Michoacana de S.N. Hidalgo in 2008. His paintings have been exhibited in diverse solo and group venues including Fecal Face, Anno Domini, Fifty24MX, CC186, Centro Cultural Border, Galeria David Alfaro Siqueiros, Lavamp, La Cream Galeria, and received an award for his work ‘Mass Media’ in the 7th National Biennial of Painting and Engraving Alfredo Zalce. Curiot’s work has been featured in numerous online and print publications including Beautiful Decay, Indie Rocks, El Fanzine, and Tongue Mag. Curiot’s colorful paintings, featuring mythical half-animal half-human figures and scenes, which allude to Mexican traditions (geometric designs, Day of the Dead styles, myths and legends, tribal elements), are rendered in precise detail with a mixture of highly vibrant yet complementary colors. ‘Growing up in the States sort of gave me a diluted Mexican culture, I had no clue what I was missing out on until I moved back 10 years ago’, says Curiot. ‘The bright colors, folklore, ancient cultures and the beautiful handcrafts are some of the things that I embraced and which influence my work deeply’.

Opening Reception with the Artist(s):

Saturday, May 28, 2016 6:00 - 9:00pm

Show runs through June 18, 2016

Gallery Hours:
Tuesday 12PM-6PM
Wednesday 12PM-6PM
Thursday 12PM-6PM
Friday 12PM-6PM
Saturday 12P-6PM

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Little Dame Gallery Night!
May
27
6:00pm 6:00pm

Little Dame Gallery Night!

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"When considering Tijuana, after copious amounts of drugs and alcohol, art would be the last thing to spring to anyone’s mind. But infamously elusive ‘donkey shows’ and said donkeys painted like zebras aside, the Mexican/American boarder city seems to be harbouring an absolute creative gem. Her name? Panca! 

With all this considered, the works of Paola ‘Panca’ Villasenor are every bit as vibrant and immersive as her city of origin. Choosing to work predominantly through the non-traditional medium of street art, Panca creates mesmerizing large-scale murals and illustrations. Which, whilst captivating through their striking use of saturated colour, transport the viewer to the lucidly nightmarish visions of the artist mind. Drawing us into an acid trip realm, where torment and disfigurement are the norm and all is not what it seems!" -Blanc Magazine

Lithographs by Bella ll Photography by Kyle Herrera

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Wes Bruce talks "Reality" @ Creative Mornings!
May
27
8:30am 8:30am

Wes Bruce talks "Reality" @ Creative Mornings!

CreativeMornings is a monthly breakfast lecture series for creative types (including entrepreneurs, developers & crafters). Each event is free of charge, and includes a 20 minute talk, plus snacks! The aim for Creative Mornings San Diego is to bring people from different creative disciplines together to launch more awesome into the world. Sign up now to attend the next event in your city!

About May's San Diego Speaker, Wes Bruce:

Growing up in the woods of northern California, Wes began an exploration of the outdoor world, which rested and roared just outside his bedroom window. Beginning with the discovery of tree root formations and light broken by branches on the forest floor, he began to deeply value the process of noticing. This noticing lead to listening, which lead to asking, which lead to learning and making. Through this continuation of vocabulary tied to physical form, he makes artistic decisions, which aim at significant and vulnerable human connection. He attempts to collaborate with the poetry that is saturated into everything, but often unrecognized. Since graduating from Point Loma Nazarene University in 2007, his pursuits have led him towards west coast wanderings via thumb, abandoned buildings, a summer camp, imaginative education opportunities, dinner tables, strangers homes, families, scrap wood and many other objects and structures that play a part in our stories. Acting first as an explorative and curious individual with hopes of hospitality, then an artist, he acts on the freedom and responsibility to be inspired, daydream, create, and connect. Through this trial and error process he has experimented in a wide variety of mediums. Some of them being illustration, printmaking, fort building, poetry, and imaginative walking. Not tied to any specific discipline, he roams through his process focused more on ideas and connections that physical forms. Through every art endeavor he hopes to lean further into gratitude. He believes in a line spoken by G.K. Chesterton, which says, “The world will never lack for wonders, only wonder.”

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Silent Wonderment: Exploring the World of Giant Robot
Apr
23
to Jul 2

Silent Wonderment: Exploring the World of Giant Robot

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What will you see in Silent Wonderment: Exploring the World of Giant Robot? It’s pieces of the wondrous world of Giant Robot in various disciplines of contemporary art, indie publishing, vinyl toy figures, and the spaces in between. The collaborative offering of husband and wife team of Ako Castuera and Rob Sato will undoubtedly transform a space into an engulfing experience. Castuera’s ceramic works and Sato’s watercolor pieces will intertwine into an expansive universe. Albert Reyes is a Los Angeles treasure, and his works investigates his surroundings of El Sereno to his views on politics and media through a mixed array of drawings. Matt Furie’s work is in perhaps the most popular meme, Pepe the Frog. His characters, range from reptilian humanoids, melting masses, and Terminators, capturing the spirit of indie comics and popular culture. We’ll also display a playable video game, “Return of the Quack” with the art of Furie and the programming of Chevy Ray Johnson. Yoskay Yamamoto is known for his wood sculptures and he’ll create a single large scale installation piece. Also on display will be works by over 20 artists and a figure display echoing the many group exhibitions at the Giant Robot 2 Gallery. Rounding out Silent Wonderment will be a “Zine Habitat,” be a collaborative effort of Tiny Splendor zine collective and Giant Robot magazine.

“Where are the Giant Robots?” is an inevitable question. Giant Robot began as a photocopied, stapled and folded zine in 1994 and grew into a bi-monthly Asian and Asian American popular culture magazine for 16 years featuring cool films, interesting creatives, and cutting edge art. The internationally distributed magazine was often regarded as an “arbiter of cool” with cult audience hungry for culture. The publication ceased with issue 68 in 2010 and today operates Giant Robot store and GR2 Gallery in Sawtelle Japantown, West Los Angeles.

April 23 to July 2, 2016
Opening reception: Saturday, April 23, 7 to 10 p.m.

Sunday: Museum closed
Monday: Museum closed
Tuesday: Museum open 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Wednesday: Museum open 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Thursday: Museum open 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday: Museum open 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday: Museum open 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Photo by Brandon Shigeta.

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DO HO SUH @ MCASD
Mar
8
to Jul 4

DO HO SUH @ MCASD

DO HO SUH /// at MCASD

This solo exhibition by artist Do Ho Suh features work ranging from large-scale architectural installations and sculptures, to works on paper and video. Operating within a distinctly twenty-first century global mode, Suh crafts evocative works that reflect ideas of home, identity, and personal space.

In his work, Suh draws on his personal experiences growing up in Seoul, South Korea, studying art in the U.S., and moving homes several times over the course of his life. He now lives a global and “nomadic” existence, with homes in New York, London, and Seoul. Inspired by his personal history and biography, the artist’s sculptures and installations reveal a range of powerful themes, including notions of public versus private space, global identity, memory, and displacement. At the same time, Suh’s works strike viewers with their delicate monumentality, subtle beauty, and intricate construction techniques.

This exhibition will transform MCASD Downtown’s Jacobs Building into a maze-like installation that replicates the artist’s apartment spaces from a single building in New York City. Created in luminous swaths of translucent fabric, the ghostly rooms and hallways are mysteriously supported by a subtle stainless steel armature. Three combined installations—Apartment A, 348 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10011, USA (2011–2012); Corridor and Staircase, 348 West 22nd Street New York, NY 10011, USA (2011–2012); and Unit 2, 348 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10011, USA (2014)—encourage the public to pass through the ephemeral, dreamlike representation of the artist’s personal history. Rendered in blocks of translucent color, the fabric walls at once conceal and reveal the details articulated within. A long, salmon-colored corridor connects to a bright red stairway suspended from the ceiling. A veil of blue walls contains a kitchen, bathroom, and living spaces with details including window moldings and interior fixtures. In Unit 2, the artist’s latest and final work in the series, yellow walls describe additional rooms, which the artist added to his New York apartment and that served alternately as his studio space and living quarters.

In contrast to this bright, airy space, the artist’s Specimen Series(2013) is installed in illuminated vitrines in a darkened gallery. These sculptures replicate appliances and fixtures in exacting detail and, like the larger installations, are constructed entirely out of polyester fabric over a stainless steel framework. For instance, inSpecimen Series: Stove, Apartment A, 348 West 22nd Street, APT. New York, NY 10011(2013), elements such as the stove top burners and control knobs are rendered with meticulous realism. At the same time, the ghostly translucency of the blue fabric comprising the sculpture lends a delicate, otherworldly air to what would otherwise be a heavy cast iron fixture.

The exhibition will also include a selection of works on paper, rendered in thread, watercolor, and pencil, as well as videos and a model from Suh’s 2012 work Secret Garden.

Do Ho Suh isorganized by The Contemporary Austin with additional support by Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong. Funding for the San Diego presentation is made possible by generous lead underwriting by Joan and Irwin Jacobs. Additional support has been provided by Matt and Nancy Browar. Institutional support of MCASD is provided by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture and the County of San Diego Community Enhancement Fund.

Pictured: Do Ho SuhApartment A, Unit 2, Corridor and Staircase, 348 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10011, USA (detail), 2011-2014, Polyester fabric and stainless steel tubes, Apartment A, 271 2/3 x 169 3/10 x 96 7/16 in. Unit 2, 422 7/16 x 228 1/3 x 96 1/16 in. Corridor and Staircase, 488 3/16 x 66 1/8 x 96 7/16 in. Installation view, The Contemporary Austin – Jones Center, Austin, 2014. Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong. Photograph by Brian Fitzsimmons.

 

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