This Saturday, in it’s third gallery, Thinkspace Projects will present Floyd Stickland’s Super Rich Kids, the artist’s debut solo exhibition with the gallery. Featuring a body of work that delves into the rich tapestry of African American culture, history, and its pivotal economic contributions, Strickland has created a collection of 12 meticulously crafted oil paintings. The exhibition artfully weaves together historical imagery and contemporary scenes to illuminate the significance of cultural and financial districts from the past.
The artwork in the show features a diverse array of black children, each depicted with their cherished possessions, offering a vivid narrative of cultural pride and individuality. These visual vignettes celebrate the enduring essence of African American culture, juxtaposed against the backdrop of historical landmarks and symbols.
Beyond aesthetics, Super Rich Kids resounds with a powerful message. It underscores how African American prosperity and wealth have functioned as an agent of change, challenging oppressive systems within the broader American society. The show captures the essence of the cultural and financial districts that were pivotal in the past, showcasing their role as spaces of empowerment and resistance.
Also on view at Thinkspace is Dan Lydersen’s Plasticine Dream. The exhibition takes the idea of the Plasticine Epoch–a hypothetical idea that sometime in the future plastics will be so ubiquitous in the environment that they’ll be traceable in the fossil record and will define a new epoch in geologic time–a step further, imagining an outlandish scenario where plastics have entirely merged with organic matter so that the two are indistinguishable from one another.
In its fourth gallery, Thinkspace will also debut the solo exhibition from Long Beach-based painter Priscilla S. Flores. Where the Spirit Meets the Skin is a convergence of reality and fantasy. By drawing from memory and personal experiences with sensuality, Flores explores the external and internal relationships she has with the world around her.
In their Dog House Gallery, Thinkspace’s newest Gallery, they will be showcasing the work of Allison Bamcat, a color-obsessed painter living in Los Angeles. Through her use of texture, expression, and vivid color, she seeks to invoke feelings of nostalgia, magic, intensity, and gravity. The creatures, props and plants in her paintings serve as guides on her personal journey, assembling a series of surreal snapshots of her own personal journey, one of beautiful growth and also the simmer of trauma. Fish Fingers works to hypnotize the audience through her dizzying use of color and detail.
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