A COLLABORATIVE, IMMERSIVE INSTALLATION BY LIGHT ARTIST GINGER Q
Neon and light artist Ginger Q designs and fabricates innovative works made of light, steel, acrylic, and other sculptural elements to create moody environments.
With a goal of creating meaningful – not mindless – entertainment, the creative producers at Think Tank Gallery identify artists that create impressive and highly shareable work with important messaging embedded in every Instagrammable moment. With that goal at the forefront, the Think Tank proudly presents Ginger Q’s newest project, Antibodies: an experiential, highly shareable installation that counteracts societal homogeneity.
The project opens on March 23rd, 2019 at Think Tank Gallery & Showroom in Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles
and features a variety of programming until its closing on April 12th.
CLICK ON A SECTION BELOW AND start EMBODYing YOURSELF IN ANTIBODIES.
After nearly 10 years in the Fashion District of Downtown Los Angeles, Think Tank Gallery has a brand new location in Little Tokyo with a focus on experimental, immersive environments. For its first solo concept production, they have invited neon artist and sculptor Ginger Q to imbue their 2700sqft of industrial space with a moody, transformative ecosystem of light, sound, and introspection.
ThINK TANK’s tradition of sharply clever brand collaborations also continues with Ginger’s Antibodies, and the project invites NATIONAL COMPANIES, LOCAL event producers, and talent agencies to join in this exploration.
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Antibodies will be the local fabricator’s largest solo project to date, and will reimagine the layout of the DTLA venue, converting its very infrastructure – lighting, pathways, and wayfinding signage – into a narrative that reimagines our navigation of modern social structures. This newfound approach to societal navigation does not actively destroy norms, but rather builds pathways out of their imminent ruins.
Just as antibodies protect and heal our biological forms, Ginger’s project of the same name protects all peoples from a national gut biome that has long been in need of an insightful transplant. Playing on the term, Antibodies also recognizes our collective tendency to objectify certain bodies (often at the subconscious expense of others), by presenting a new look on body acceptance with application to biological systems of natural healing.
Antibodies represents an attempt to scale this biological analogy, an evolved understanding which all people carry in our DNA, to a level of national comprehension. Ginger’s approach to environmental creation touches the infrastructure of the environment itself as her cohesive presentation overtakes the building like a healing agent injected directly into its bloodstream. No guests will leave the experience without bringing this “body’s” healing outside with them, into their everyday lives.
GINGER Q: ANTIBODIES ARTIST STATEMENT
“Iconographies we accept as “standard” can be detrimental for individuals who do not fit within the structure. Enter: Antibodies: An experiential installation that counteracts societal homogeneity. The collection focuses on rebutting a heavily imposed trope of uniformity. This is where dynamic forms deplatform the status quo. The exhibit is a series of pieces that represent the urgency of inclusion and embrace the antibody.”
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ABOUT GINGER Q
Born in Guadalajara, Jalisco and raised in Los Angeles, CA, Ginger Q is a multidisciplinary artist and experiential designer who received her B.F.A. at The California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). Ginger’s work concentrates on rethinking classics by blending and bending mediums in innovative combinations that defy prescribed compositions.
Growing up in LA, Ginger was constantly exposed to vibrant neon signs. Her interest peaked when her brother opened his signage company where she’d spend a large portion of her upbringing. Working alongside sign makers in the Valley, she delved into the world of signage and noticed she was often the only womxn in the workshop. She decided to create works that visually represent the urgency of equality, specifically in a time where womxn's rights are being questioned and actively threatened.
Ginger is interested in pushing the commercial roots of signage and expanding the boundaries of its material limitations. Her goal is to remove the static aspect of mounted wall neon and construct sculptures that connect various elements, such as plexi, concrete, and metal. Her sculptural interpretations of unconventional forms are seven-dimensional manifestations intended for transcendent souls only.
Ginger Q’s most recent project, “Cabroncita,” recontextualizes a classic 1997 Toyota Tacoma pickup, creating a mobile sculpture that challenges established social gender boundaries. The motivation behind this piece was to dismantle misogyny by putting womxn behind the driver’s seat and giving them control to lead the way. *This truck is a bad girl vehicle made to pave the way for womxn disrupting the status-quo. Click through here to see full creative production credits.
EXAMPLES OF PRIOR WORKS
CLICK HERE FOR A FULL PORTFOLIO OF GINGER Q’S WORK, AND DETAILED ART INFO.
The Think Tank is a transient art collective, creative solutions, and production company established in Downtown LA in 2010.
They occupy a conceptual space and HQ in Little Tokyo.
The collective builds Molotov cocktail vending machines available to tourists on Melrose Ave, skate parks in galleries, houses made exclusively out of coffee byproducts, and many other site-specific environments. Their goal is for audiences to stumble upon meaningful — not mindless — entertainment, and they have been named by Vice Magazine as one of the country’s “Top 25 Most Instagrammable Arts Spaces.”
THINK TANK GALLERY & SHOWROOM
516 E 4TH ST., LOS ANGELES (LITTLE TOKYO), CA, 90013
ANTIBODIES will take place in both The Showroom and The Gallery.
Pictured: Various Antibodies install previews.
ONGOING AT THE MARRIOTT DOWNTOWN
Starting March 22 Ginger’s original video content will blast from the massive screen afixed to the Marriott Downtown Los Angeles. She joins an elite group of artists from around the world to have been awarded a space on the leading face of video technology.
During opening night Ginger will be mounting various bodies in the gallery with her neon bodies suits to summon the antibodies. Join us from 7-11pm and be on the lookout for a small handful of "models" to be put on display, witnessing her work and messaging come to life in a durational performance art work.
OPENING NIGHT BAR
You've had an old fashioned, but this one is made in the most old fashioned way possible. We stole the fire from the gods to make the mezcal, and present the same fire used to bend neon glass to char the orange peel before it's dropped in.
El Silencio Mezcal
FLAMED ORANGE PEEL
Think Mexican candy with the spicy stuff, then flame a pineapple wedge with actual fire and cayenne pepper. This cocktail is a fan favorite.
El Silencio Mezcal
Passion Fruit Syrup
TORCHED CAYENNE BRÛLÉED PINEAPPLE WEDGE
Like Ginger Q, this drink is anything but "girly." Don't let it's bright pink color fool you, this cocktail's floral flavor is nowhere near as sweet as it looks.
Topped with Topo
CHARRED CINNAMON BRÛLÉED LEMON WHEEL
Live Aura Portrait by @slow_toast
For opening night only, a handful of attendees may acquire a ticket including an original Polaroid portrait by renowned photographer Sarah Elise Abramson (@slow_toast). Ticketholders will be shot inside of a neon installation, live during the event, and will keep the signed, original copy of their aura portrait.
More info to come.
3/31/19 : 8-11pm
draw me, fools!
Live figure drawing and performances. Explore the Ginger Q show and get creative with friends. Burlesque dancers and poets will pose in 5, 10 and 15 minute intervals and then perform!
Bring your own art supplies, draw 3 live models and enjoy special performances! Door opens at 8, drawing begins promptly at 8:30. Space is limited, get there early. Sliding scale donation for artists $10-20*, *no one turned away for lack of funds. 💸
Hosted by Little Face
GLOW IN THE DARK PIN
Think Tank Productions and Ginger Q will collaborate with friends at Bloody Gums, Pizzaboyzzz, and others to produce a variety of show-specific merchandise.
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FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT JACOB PATTERSON
THINKTANKGALLERY@GMAIL.COM – 916.670.3801