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.

“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:

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:

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:

‘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:

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:

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):

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:

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:

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:

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

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

Morgan Spurlock in discussion with Andrew Hosner from Thinkspace at the Affordable Art Fair LA

On Fri, Jan. 20th writer, director and producer Morgan Spurlock (Supersize Me, 30 Days, The Greatest Movie Ever Sold) sat down with Thinkspace Gallery director Andrew Hosner for a discussion during the Affordable Art Fair LA regarding his love for contemporary art and the upcoming exhibit he will be curating at Thinkspace this coming April.

Interesni Kazki this Saturday at Mid-City Arts

This Saturday at Mid-City Arts marks the debut US exhibit from Ukrainian artistic duo Interesni Kazki. The duo have created all new works for this special show which will run through the end of the year. Don’t miss this one!

Sat, Nov. 19th 6-9PM
Mid-City Arts
5113 West Pico Blvd. in Los Angeles
‘Nothing Special’ featuring new works from Interesni Kazki