The Long Beach Museum of Art in collaboration with Thinkspace and POW! WOW! Long Beach present “Vitality & Verve: In The Third Dimension” with an opening reception on Friday July 15th. Tickets can be purchased here.
“Vitality & Verve: In the Third Dimension” is a sequel to last year’s record-breaking exhibition Vitality & Verve: Transforming the Urban Landscape, which saw over 22,000 visitors to the Museum last summer.
Presented in collaboration with POW! WOW! Long Beach and Los Angeles’ Thinkspace gallery, “Vitality & Verve: In the Third Dimension” showcases works by some of the world’s best street artists, muralists, and new contemporary artists placing an emphasis on their unique sculptural and installation practices.
Highlighting this steadily expanding young art movement within a mainstream, museological context, the exhibition celebrates its momentum and cultural presence.
The new contemporary movement may have begun in the public and urban domains, but now steadily continues to assert its significance within museum walls. Historically urban public art in general has had to create contexts for the reception and support of its work in the community. It has never been fixed to a singular genre but rather has prospered with fluidity and expanded into all manner of techniques, expressions, media and spaces. This exhibition captures an historical moment of transition in the global trajectory and increasing diversity of new contemporary art.
Each artist interpreted the Museum space with site-specific installations, murals, and sculptural vignettes, collectively transforming all 8,000 square feet of the venue in an environmental immersive experience.
Participating artists include Craig ‘Skibs’ Barker, Susan Beiner, Rebekah Bogard, Bumblebeelovesyou, Isaac Cordal, Patsy Cox, Ariel DeAndrea, Aaron De La Cruz, Sergio Garcia, Glazed Paradise (Mark Jenkins & Sandra Fernandez), Andrew Hem, Kiel Johnson, Sarah Joncas, Jean Labourdette (aka Turf One), Drew Leshko, Aaron Li-Hill, Troy Lovegates (aka Other), Telmo Miel, Jaime Molina, Brendan Monroe, Luke O’Sullivan, Felipe Pantone, Erika Sanada, Slinkachu, Mark Dean Veca, Cinta Vidal, Hilary White, Yoskay Yamamoto, Alex Yanesw, and Ernest Zacharevic with Martha Cooper.
Vitality & Verve: In the Third Dimension captures the diversity, breadth, and complexity of an art movement no longer confined to subcultural recesses, singular applications of media, or even two dimensions. The artists are working across an impressive array of materials including fiber, wood, plastics, acrylics, resins, cardboard, textiles, paint, ceramics, cement, paper, and reclaimed industrial materials. Activating the spaces of the Museum with murals, site-specific installations, sculptures and immersive environments, the collaborative energy of the complete transformation highlights the heterogeneity of its participants.
By elevating the social and experiential above the formal and academic, these works speak with an immediacy that connects disparate worlds and spaces. Technically accomplished, and undeniably manifold, the artists in this exhibition combine a variety of styles and aesthetic influences to transform and occupy the interior and exterior spaces of the Museum in unique ways. Perhaps most unified by its lack of stylistic exclusion, Vitality & Verve: in the Third Dimension captures the new contemporary art’s tireless energy and profusion, showcasing its continual tendency to change, morph, develop and defy all confines.
Note: the above text is courtesy of Marieke Treilhard through Thinkspace.
V&V3D will be one of several locations in Long Beach this summer, featuring public art. POW! WOW! Long Beach 2016 has returned with mural projects, gallery shows, and exciting programming throughout downtown and nearby locations. See Cartwheel Art’s coverage here from contributors Julie, faith, Melinda Sanchez and Cindy Schwarzstein.
Exhibition runs July 16th through October 16th
Murals and site-specific installations from:
Aaron De La Cruz
Craig ‘Skibs’ Barker
Ernest Zacharevic with Martha Cooper
Glazed Paradise (Mark Jenkins & Sandra Fernandez)
Mark Dean Veca
Alongside works from:
Jean Labourdette (aka Turf One)
Troy Lovegates (aka Other)