El Silencio Mezcal +Think Tank Gallery Host “We Stole The Fire” Art Show
Don’t miss the opportunity to hit the opening night for this gallery show launch hosted by Think Tank Gallery and El Silencio Mezcal For opening night party, tickets are available here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/we-stole-the-fire-a-group-rcnstrction-opening-night-tickets-48016666141
Opening night is August 4; gallery showing is August 5-7.
Think Tank Gallery and Mezcal El Silencio bring you “We Stole the Fire,” a month-long arts experience around the Melrose neighborhood, well-known to international shopping and graffiti enthusiasts alike.
–Think Tank Gallery will collaborate with creative director Phil America and a handful of local and Mexican artists to produce a month of street stunts, graffiti, performance artworks and installations, analog documentation, limited edition merchandise campaign, and a group art show to wrap it all up.
–Each contribution to this month of creation steals the fire of a different legend, art movement, or advertising campaign that came before it.
A Molotov cocktail has never been thrown to maintain the status quo.
Molotovs are assembled with a purpose of resistance, revolution, or even renaissance. They are a reconstruction of found materials with the purpose of reconstructing that at which they are aimed. Even when they are assembled with ironic or creative intent, their purpose is to make a statement, almost always in the face of oppression. Great artists also imbue their artworks with this same resistance to the status quo, and similarly to a Molotov, these works are made by sourcing readily available materials, filled with courage and kerosene. Artworks of resistance set ablaze the minds of viewers, igniting a creative fire of inspiration that things can change, and that prior traditions and systems of power can be burned down, reassembled, and replaced with new ones in their place. As artists, we take this fire and burn down what is old and dead. We choose what will rise in its place.
A Molotov cocktail is an inherently bold object. The Molotov explodes because it fills with so much pressure from its own heat that it must release violently, and many of the works of art in this exhibition are created with the same need for liberation. There is a freedom in this release of pent up heat and energy, and because of it – as well as the found object nature of the materials that make them – Molotov cocktails are a symbol of liberty. The fire that fills and floods from these objects also bears independence; many legends tell of stealing this fire from gods to gain free will for the people.
More on the show and gallery
“We Stole the Fire” is a group art show that will take place both in the gallery and on the street while stealing space from one environment and reconstructing it in the other, a concept born during our current Post-Street Art moment. The exhibit steals from advertising traditions, public space, old systems, historic art movements, passed down legends, and perceived truths to reconfigure these things into something that is more useful today. We must steal and recontextualize these ideas so that they may value everyone with their power. The very concept of “everyone” is one that is at risk beneath our current regime, and like the gods in legends of every ancient culture, they keep the fire from us so that they may use it to control us. We aim to steal that fire.
Every experience we provide will give audiences a chance to follow along with us or hop on and off the ride as they please, but nearly all of them will be incomplete without audience contribution. The entire campaign will culminate in an art show of the same name on August 4, in a beautiful space on the corner of Melrose Blvd and Martel Ave that has seen takeovers by such street legends as Shepard Fairey, Retna, and JR the photographer.
What: Think Tank Gallery x El Silencio Mezcal Present WE STOLE THE FIRE
OPENING NIGHT (August 4) IS 21+ ONLY.
When: Saturday, August 4th from 5:00pm – 6:00 pm
Where: RCNSTRCT STUDIO – 7400 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
ARTIST LIST AND STREET INTERVENTIONS TBA
GALLERY HOURS SUNDAY AUG 5-7, 11AM-5PM
FULL ARTIST LIST HERE: http://thinktank.gallery/stealthefire
Don’t miss this opportunity to see this gallery showing and be a part of the month-long events that El Silencio and Think Tank Gallery have created!
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