Interview with Low Bros for ‘Wasted Youth’

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Excited is an understatement for the anticipation that is building for Low Bros ‘Wasted Youth’. The duo has been spinning their creative wheels since landing stateside and thankfully we were able to nab an interview.

SH: What was the inspiration behind “Wasted Youth”?
LB: It‘s a reflection upon the fact that what we love since our childhood is nowadays the basis for what we make for a living. It seemed that we were wasting our youth with graffiti and other activities, but this led us where we are now. With this show we want to recap all our influences from our childhood to our adulthood.

SH: Tell us what you feel is your brother’s artistic strength and how he helps you be a better artist (a reply from each would be great here).
LB: As Low Bros we are two sides of one coin, we don‘t want to be seen as individuals.

SH: Being from Hamburg, what was your first influences of American culture whether it be television, skating, movies, or music?
LB: The first of the many American influences was certainly watching cartoons like Ninja Turtles, He- Man and Marshall Bravestarr. Only a little bit later we started to read comics in the original American editions of Calvin and Hobbes and Spawn with drawings from Todd McFarlane and Ashley Wood.

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SH: Your work is very geometric, do you use geometry to create your pieces and, if so, would you like to give your Geometry teacher a shout out.
LB: Funnily, our style has nothing to do with geometry classes. Our approach is more intuitive than mathematical. Therefore, we sometimes make mistakes. But we find these mistakes rather charming, they form the soul of the work. We‘re aware of using wrong perspectives and like to play with them. So we get an own aesthetic. Something you wouldn‘t get if you‘d just build it in 3D

SH: What is your collaborative process like with gallery pieces versus murals?
LB: First, we plan everything together and do the sketches together. While painting a gallery piece, we take turns with the canvases because there is only little space for the two of us to paint at the same time. With murals it‘s easier because there is enough space for painting at the same time. The sketches we draw are rather raw at the beginning and give the main idea. But many details come out during the process of painting in which we work more intuitively.

SH: In an interview you guys stated how you enjoy listening to Audio Books while painting, what is a recent recommendation? All time favorite you go back to if nothing else is fitting the bill?
LB: There are some all time favs but we can recommend them only to German speaking people. These are novels by Sven Regener, a German author and musician who embodies like only few others a Northern German attitude and sense of humour. As another all time favorite we‘d also suggest “Papillon” from Henri Charrière.

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SH: Since you’re a collaborative team, how do you resolve conflicts or come together on a piece when the other person is resistant or doesn’t like the direction.
LB: Luckily, we are most of the time on the same wavelength and don‘t have too many discussions. If there is a detail in which we don‘t agree, we go the way of the more enthusiastic one.

SH: What artists are you totally stoked by right now?
LB: Spontaneously, the following spring to our minds: James Turrell, Alicija Kwade, Revok, Axel Void and Clemens Behr.

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SH: As a street artists we’re sure there was a time murals were done without permits or challenging locations, tell us a story!
LB: There is this small town near Hamburg called Itzehoe. Years ago, we used to go there nearly every weekend with our Hamburg-based graffiti crew TPL to paint on an abandoned concrete factory. Our crew managed to get the highest wall in the whole area. Every time we were there we repainted the wall. It became a private joke that each time we had to add a detail on the wall to set the bar higher than the time before. We didn‘t have a lift and only ordinary ladders that we sometimes even tied together to reach the top. So this became a real challenge. One of our crew members was able to rope down to add some special details.

SH: Tell us about your recent collaboration with El-P and Killer Mike and how that came about. Any future plans to work together?
LB: El-P and Killer Mike aka Run the Jewels had commissioned a worldwide graffiti project called Tag The Jewels to promote their free album Run the Jewels Pt 2. The Fatcap Agency in France coordinated the project and asked us if we‘d like to contribute. El-P and Killer Mike are legends and personal heroes to us so we didn’t hesitate to say yes. We hope we get the chance to paint Killer Mike‘s barbershop when we get back to Atlanta as we‘d love to work for them.

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SH: Any big projects coming up you want to share with us here?
LB: When this interview is online, hopefully our new website is already released. It took us ages to get it done because we were involved in so many different projects during the last months. (www.lowbros.de) We are also looking very much forward to painting a mural with Jeff Soto in Long Beach for POW! WOW! Festival and being part of the group show at the Long Beach Museum of Art. In September we’ll show new works at StolenSpace Gallery in London in connection with the ‘LAX /LHR’ show. This trip to Los Angeles and Long Beach is packed with activities that are being filmed by friends for a documentary movie. We hope we can show the results in public screenings by the end of the year.

SH: Star Wars or Star Trek?
Star Wars, but only the first 3 episodes. Let‘s see what the new one will be like.

Low Bros In Gallery

‘Wasted Youth’ opens June 20th with an opening reception from 6-9pm.
For additional information please visit the Thinkspace Gallery website.

Hi-Fuctose Studio Visit with Bumblebeelovesyou

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Hi-Fructose checked in with upcoming project room artist Bumblebeelovesyou and posted lots of sneak peeks from their studio visit. His show #WhereWeBeelong opens this Saturday, June 20th with an opening reception from 6-9pm. Visit Hi-Fructose online for the full story.

With a quirky attention to detail, Bumblebee is also preparing a schoolhouse-themed installation for the exhibit. This includes painstakingly hand-stenciled notebook paper and drawings on fine art paper. – Hi-Fructose

Fresh Low Bros Mural Located in Echo Park

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completed mural @Thinkspace_Art Instagram

In a collaboration with Branded Arts, this past week the Low Bros duo have been painting a bright mural in Echo Park on the wall of 88monks. The two have been in town for their upcoming show ‘Wasted Youth’ at Thinkspace Gallery,  opening Saturday, June 20th; and next up they’ll be transforming the inside of Long Beach Museum of Art for ‘Vitality and Verve’. Although a long way from home, these two hard-working artists are far from being on a vacation.

Special thanks to Graphaids and Montana Cans for the deal on supplies.

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photo from @Thinkspace_Art Instagram

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photo from Low Bros Instagram 

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photo from @Thinkspace_Art Instagram

Low Bros at 88monks

photo from 88monks Instagram 

For additional information on ‘Wasted Youth’ please visit the Thinkspace Gallery website. 

Interview with Bumblebeelovesyou for #WhereWeBeelong

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Interview with BumblebeeLovesYou’s for upcoming exhibition #WhereWeBeelong in Thinkspace Gallery’s project room.
SH: What was your inspiration for #WhereWeBelong?
BLY: The title #WhereWeBeelong is mostly about what we are meant to do, where we should bee, where we have been, or where we want to bee. For example, faced with an important decision (boy with film reel, ‘Director’s Cut’), or simply sitting out in the sun carelessly enjoying life (girl on grass ‘Butterflies’). I feel that the children in the paintings are exactly where they beelong at that particular moment. And also, beecause that hashtag wasn’t used yet.

SH: What are the last three songs on your ‘recently listened’ too?
BLY: Ok don’t judge me but hip hop is really good right now. Drake ‘On a Wave’, Drake fea. Beyonce ‘Can I’ & Drake ‘Go Out Tonight’ I mean Drake is really good right now.  But I do listen to all types of music.

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SH: Your postcard has a fun emoji inspired scavenger hunt, what is your spirit emoji? What three emjois do you use most often?
BLY: Thanks, I love the postcard beecause it’s like a little game you can play so it’s more than a regular show flyer. My spirit emoji is probably the sunflower and the 3 that I use most often are bumblebee, lightning bolt, and star.

SH: Children are used in your artwork to represent a sense of nostalgia, but do these kids develop their own story line while you are creating the pieces they inhabit?
BLY: Usually the idea starts off with a feeling or concept, and then it develops more as I start creating them. For example, the pink painting, started off by me wanting to visually create the sense of when you drop your cell phone your whole life seems to flash beefore your eyes. It later developed into what you see now, which is a girl literally ‘falling asleep’ with all these ideas from the day surrounding her but the last thing she sees before she closes her eyes is her cell phone. Kinda like a self-portrait, but I’m a boy.

SH: What was your favorite video game, television show, and food as a kid?
BLY: Mario Kart, Family Matters, & pizza (of course)
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SH: If your artwork was a 90’s film, what would it be and why?
BLY: Home Alone. I always feel that way when I’m alone in my studio, excited to bee on my own using my imagination to create whatever I want, whenever I feel like it. It’s almost always a party in here.

SH: Your art has evolved from sculptural to more mural canvas based work, what is your favorite and least favorite of both mediums?
BLY: My least favorite is the ‘time’ it takes to create each piece. I feel that if I had more parts of my work outsourced I’d have more free time for family and friends, cause my mom is always saying how I never call her lol, luv u mom. My favorite thing about both is the relief I get when, an idea I’ve probably had for years, gets put out into the world and is exactly how I expected it to turn out or better. There’s nothing like that feeling when you’re finished like it was meant to bee.

SH: As a street artist we’re sure there was a time murals were done without permits or challenging locations, tell us a story! We’re big fans of your public phone booth installations and yellow and black spatial takeovers.
BLY: Ha! I’ll tell you about the first beehive I put in a telephone booth. I had been driving around looking for an empty telephone booth because finally I had this ‘amazing idea’. Finally found one near a construction site. Get all my supplies ️ ready for the installation, everything is going good, install complete. Go to get my camera across the street and as I am walking towards the piece, a group of random drunk people walk by and one of them knocks it down and steps on it. All that hard work – gone.  Another time in Downey I was on top of this old billboard and I invited my roommate to come with me to take pics. We took a little too long ️and the police came and had us on the sidewalk. Turned out they knew one of our parents and let us go #smalltown.
video by Steve Carrera
Join us for the opening reception of #WhereWeBeelong in our project room Saturday June 20th from 6-9pm. The exhibition will be on view to July 11. For additional information visit the Thinkspace Gallery website.

Ekundayo unveils 75ft mural for Honolulu Museum of Art

Beneath the Sea

photo via Ekundayo’s instagram account @sorrowbecomesjoy

Thinkspace family member Ekundayo unveiled a 75ft mural at the Honolulu Museum of Art last weekend in conjunction with World Oceans Day film and art festival hosted by Pangeaseed. The mural “Beneath the Sea” features ocean life in Ekundayo’s unique and original style. To find out more about Ekundayo and to view available works please visit the Thinkspace website.ekundayo mural

ekundayo mural

photo via @worldoceansdayhawaii  instagram

Hello Detroit! LAX/DTW Opening Night

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We want to give a big thanks to 1xRun and Inner State Gallery for helping to coordinate this extraordinary show. The LAX/DTW exhibit is showing 90 pieces from over 80 artists who are all contributing to the post contemporary art movement with their work and talent. We’re excited to share the photos of LAX/ DTW’s opening night. The exhibition is on view till July 4th for those looking for great art in Detroit. Please visit this link to view the full collection of available work from LAX/DTW and don’t forget to check out 1xRun’s coverage of the opening night as well.

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For more information on the exhibit please visit the Thinkspace Gallery website.

Long Beach Post picks up LBMA ‘Vitality and Verve’ exhibition

Long Beach Post covers Vitality and Verve

The Long Beach Post interviewed Thinkspace curator and co-owner Andrew Hosner for their story ‘LBMA Opens Doors to Urban Contemporary Art with Upcoming Exhibition, Vitality and Verve’. Visit their website for the full story.

Hosner said that both upcoming and established artists were chosen to be a part of this thought-provoking show to “hopefully” change how museum goers view public art as a whole. – Long Beach Post

Vitality and Verve: Transforming the Urban Landscape
Opening Reception with the Artist(s):
Friday, June 26, 2015
6:00pm – 11:00pm

The exhibition will focus on current developments in the growing field of urban contemporary art. It will feature site-specific ephemeral murals and multi-media installations by established and emerging cutting-edge artists who will be demonstrating the skilled and nuanced application of their craft. The exhibition will run through September 27, 2015.

For more information on the exhibition please visit the Thinkspace Gallery website.