POW! WOW! Long Beach : Imprint Presents Jeff Staple 1-2-1 Talk with Fafi

jeff staple 1-2-1 with Fafi

Pow! Wow! Hawaii always delivers when it comes to fantastic talks and show stopping murals. So it’s no surprise the Jeff Staple 1-2-1 with Fafi SOLD OUT before we had a chance to share about this amazing event. Congratulations to the lucky Fafi fans who were able to reserve a seat, and we’ll see you all for the opening of Vitality and Verve: Transforming the Urban Landscape.

By exploring femininity through stereotypes and using them to her advantage, Fafi not only knocked her male colleagues and competitors out their socks, she also locked toy manufacturing deals with Sony and Medicom, countless press stories and illustrations for Commons & Sense, Vogue, Elle or The Face, big market collaborations with Adidas, M.A.C, Hennessy, Swatch, Samsung and Le SportSac, not to mention many solo and prestigious group shows in the most respected galleries around the globe.

Her presence during the last Miami Art Basel at Wynwood walls “Women on the walls” curated by Jeffrey Deitch, brought her back to the art world with two art pieces showcasing her usual Fafinettes and a flower “SALOPE” installation opened to new mediums.

Becoming a mother, her next natural move was animating the ‘Fafinettes’ in music videos like Lily Allen and Mark Ronson’s ‘Oh My God’ or her co-directed ‘Do Do Do’ for Ed Banger act Carte Blanche. She also directed full-kino videos for Mademoiselle Yulia and Azealia Banks, those latters becoming real-flesh characters.

Her last but not least director’s job was to shot live M.I.A for the first Youtube Music Award in New-York in November 2013 along with Spike Jonze’s team.

Her first comic book ‘THE CARMINE VAULT’ released in April 2012 on eminent Rizzoli Books and Alternatives.
Fafi ran for the occasion a Signature world tour in major cities around the globe gathering her friends and throwing parties from Mexico city to Tokyo and L.A to London.

Now not only the Fafinettes are fly girls, they also run a whole universe of creatures, homes and vehicles. It’s a dreamy and peculiar place.

Get in an in-depth look into the world of Fafi through Jeff Staple’s 1-2-1 talks.

POW! WOW! Long Beach : The Deepest Depths Of The Burrow

pow wow hawaii

Documenting the adventures of Nychos as he traverses the world and painting every corner of it. Within the last two years Nychos was accompanied by filmmaker Christian Fischer who recorded his journeys to create a full length film. “The Deepest Depths Of The Burrow” is a documentary about art, lifestyle and subculture. The movie captures the experiences of Nychos and other members of the RABBIT EYE MOVEMENT within the last several years. Exceeding the Austrian scene, they flew from Berlin to San Francisco to Copenhagen to Hawaii and many more places to visit artists who all provide a unique view into their (street) culture. They lead Nychos through the streets of their home cities and show them the deepest depths of their burrows. ”Travel to paint, paint to travel” is the motto, which runs like a golden thread throughout the entire movie.

After the screening of “The Deepest Depths of the Burrow”, we will host a special 1-2-1 talk between Jeff Staple and Nychos.

As of this very moment tickets are still available, so get them now before you miss out!

For more information, go to the following websites:

www.powwowlongbeach.com
www.rabbiteyemovement.at

POW! WOW! Hawaii and SXSW Spontaneous Mural

pow wow sxsw barton springs muralphotograph by Brandon Shigeta | Mural off Barton Springs in Austin, TX

POW! WOW! Hawaii was invited by SXSW to curate murals across Austin during its annual interactive, film, and music conference. In collaboration with SpATX, an Austin-based art collective, who coordinated a lot of the wall space logistics. POW! WOW! brought local Austin artists, Ana Maria, Lucas Aoki, Mouf and Truth together with international artists; among them Ron English, Rone, and Risk to add to Austin’s already colorful personality. Over the course of the week, the murals began to evolve and take shape on the buildings. Most of the murals finished by the time the music showcase portion of SXSW kicked off, except for one spontaneous wall space.

We met up with out of town artists, Tatiana Suarez, Yoskay Yamamoto, Meggs, Kamea Hadar, and Jeff Gress as they were finishing up Barton Springs’ last minute mural. Sprung out of the pre-planned space on the west side of 901 Barton Springs Road; Kamea discussed with the building owner how the connected north wall, which faces the street, would feel incomplete and encouraged him to allow the artists to create a uniform piece of work on the building.

Yoskay Yamamoto and Tatiana Suarez muralphotograph by Brandon Shigeta | Mural by Yoskay Yamamoto and Tatiana Suarez

Pulling the color palate from Yoskay’s and Tati’s mural on the west wall, the artists continued the ocean theme onto the new massive space. The concept seed was a feather to tie into Meggs’ owl, but it was Yoskay’s signature moon that inspired a mural full of cultural history. Painted by Hawaiian artist Kamea, Hina, the Hawaiian goddess of the moon who guided sailors, carries the moon in her hand. In her hair is a lotus flower, painted by Tatian Suarez. Symbolic of a Brazilian folktale her mother would tell her. In the story a woman, Naia, reached for the moon and drowned in its reflection; in her death the gods took pity on her and turned her into a lotus flower which only blooms at night. Jeff Gress worked on the feather which blows in the wind opposite to Hina, inspired by Texas, the feather’s western scroll pulls in the cities own history.

The artists’ creative energy pulsated as they brought together their concepts and allowed the collaboration to bring about the mural’s direction. Even at the end of the week, with weary muscles and tired hands from 12 hour days of painting, the artists were in high spirits. As Kamea Hadar put it, who is also co-director of POW! WOW! Hawaii, the SXSW logo is an X “there’s three colors in the x and on represents film, one represents music, and on represents interactive. The fourth gray one, it’s a no-brainer to me to make the fourth one art.”

If you’re lucky to roam Austin while these murals are still up, rent a bike and go on a treasure hunt. Where is your favorite mural in your city?

New print from Meggs now available via Thinkspace

We’re excited to release a new print from Australia based artist Meggs that we published in conjunction with him around his recent trip to Hawaii to take part in the annual POW WOW Event.

Meggs
“Two Hands (white)”
18×18” paper size with 16×16” image area
Giclee print on Museo Portfolio Rag Paper
Edition of 40 + 4APs
Hand signed & numbered by artist
$100 each

Order your print here today:
www.thinkspacegallery.com/prints.php

Lots of great coverage of the big POW WOW event and the mural Meggs created with Will Barras, Mr.Jago, Angry Woebots & Peap Tarcan be found via the below links:
http://nakamabrand.com/content/2012/02/meggs-x-will-barras-x-peap-x-mr-jago-x-woes/
http://hypebeast.com/?s=Pow+Wow
www.booooooom.com/?s=pow+wow+hawaii
http://arrestedmotion.com/tag/pow-wow-12/
http://web.stagram.com/tag/powwowhawaii/

Follow Meggs at www.houseofmeggs.com and look for more to come from Meggs at Thinkspace in the months ahead.

New mural from Bumblebee in Burbank

“Somewhere I’d Rather Bee” by Bumblebee
At the Burbank Airport / 13 x 30ft

Bumblebee continues his efforts to help raise awareness of youth homelessness by painting children throughout Los Angeles. If you have a wall he can paint please contact him at bumblebeelovesyou@yahoo.com

For more on Bumblebee, check out:
www.flickr.com/photos/theuglyyou/

‘Picks of the Harvest 2012′ opens this Saturday, March 3rd at Thinkspace

Drew Young 'Blossom' - oil and collage on pine panel - 30x24 inches (2012)

‘Picks of the Harvest 2012′ will showcase numerous artists we’ve had our eye on over the past year exhibited alongside new works from several of our regular Thinkspace family members. Featuring work from over 60 artists from all walks of life from around the world, ‘Picks of the Harvest 2012′ aims to shine a light on some of the most exciting young contemporary artists in our movement.

Serge Gay Jr. 'Wild and Free' - acrylic on canvas - 24x30 inches (2012)

The full digital preview will be ready this Tuesday. If you see something here or via the sneak peek on our Flickr you would like to inquire about, please shoot a mail to contact@thinkspacegallery.com and we’ll get right back to you.

Frank Gonzales 'Purple Finches and Bladdernuts' - acrylic on cradled wood panel - 16x20 inches (2012)

Take a look at the full lineup and links to all the artist’s sites here:
www.thinkspacegallery.com/2012/03/press_release.pdf

Jason Thielke 'Rachel's Heart' - Laser etch, aerosol, lacquer on wood panel - 23x30 inches (2012)

Take a look at the full ‘sneak peek’ on our Flickr here:
www.flickr.com/photos/thinkspace/sets/72157628617551621/

Sarah Muirhead 'Tether's End' - acrylic on canvas - 24x36 inches (2012)

‘Picks of the Harvest 2012′

Reception with the artists: Sat, March 3rd 5-8PM

Facebook event (join and share):
www.facebook.com/events/319881174717819/

Darla Jackson 'With Love, North Philadelphia XOXO (Zombie Cat)' - Polyurethane Resin, Ribbon (Edition of 10) - 10 x 15 x 5.5 inches (2012)

Thinkspace / 6009 Washington Blvd in Culver City, CA / www.thinkspacegallery.com

‘Picks of the Harvest 2012′ coming to life…

Matt Doust at work on his new oil painting

Coming up on March 3rd we’ll be opening ‘Picks of the Harvest 2012‘. This is our 1st group show in a good while consisting almost solely of artists that are new to our gallery. There is some amazing talent on board for this one and we can’t wait for all to see their work in person this coming March.

Tony Philippou at work in his Bronx studio
Jolene Lai at work in her LA studio

Take a look at the full ‘sneak peek’ here:
www.flickr.com/photos/thinkspace/sets/72157628617551621/

We’ll continue to post more pics from the participating artist’s studios as we get closer to the opening on March 3rd so please be sure to check back at the above link often.

Megan Wolfe at work in her Bay Area studio
Hugh Leeman at work in his Bay Area studio

Take a look at the full lineup and links to all the artist’s sites here:
www.thinkspacegallery.com/2012/03/press_release.pdf

Inside Christina Mrozik's studio in Grand Rapids, MI
Sean Mahan at work on his piece

Reception with the artists: Sat, March 3rd 5-8PM

Facebook event:
www.facebook.com/events/319881174717819/

Mike Egan at work on his new piece inside his studio in Pittsburgh

Thinkspace / 6009 Washington Blvd in Culver City, CA / www.thinkspacegallery.com