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, creative producers Think Tank Gallery identify artists that create impressive and highly shareable work with important messaging embedded in every Instagrammable moment. Alongside our decade of experience producing largescale art installations into which audiences may immerse themselves, and hundreds of millions of social shares and media impressions to capture and spread them, 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 TO embody 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 its 2700sqft of industrial space with a moody, transformative ecosystem of light, sound, and introspection.
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, and no guests will leave the experience without bringing this “body’s” healing outside 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 the environment of screen printing and signage, Ginger 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. With the goal of removing the static aspect of mounted wall neon and constructing sculptures that connect various elements, such as the motion of a car in the piece “Cabroncita” (below), with the electricity running through neon, and as a result, create movement. In this context, the produced mobility represents the forward momentum of womxn representation.
It's difficult to separate activism from her métier. These issues are a reality for Ginger Q and many others.
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.
THINK TANK GALLERY HAS MOVED OPERATIONS TO LITTLE TOKYO.
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 we have been named by Vice Magazine as one of the country’s “Top 25 Most Instagrammable Arts Spaces.”
ANTIBODIES will take place in both The Showroom and The Gallery.
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AS W/IN SO W/OUT - ANTI WHITE CUBE INSTALLATION
The anti “White Cube” is an exploration of organic form and color. As viewers enter the installation, they will be illuminated by a gradation of neon colors. The neons will be set on a timer creating a temporal, gradient light. The installation will consist of multi-colored, non-angular neons hung in a cylindrical space. The viewers will be able to stand at the center of the piece, creating a cast of neon light on the individuals.
ANTI AXIOM - CAR INSTALLATION
A 1997 Toyota Tacoma car-wrapped and lined with white neon. It will be raised at a 45 degree angle and exhibited in front of a full decal wall.
ANTI-ARCHETYPE - FOYER NEON
Welded steel cube with four sets of layered neons (two stacked neons on each face) set to a three second timer. The whole piece will rotate on a motor.
DECAL WALL INSTALLATION
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CURATOR AND PRODUCTION LEAD
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Dino Nama was trained by some of the best creatives in the industry, which included coordinating the art department for a billion dollar company. He strives to bring clean and impactful design to Think Tank Creative Solutions.
Kim Secoquian is a born and raised Bay Area native. Her love for graffiti lead her to pursue an M.A. in Art History studying female participants in L.A.'s graffiti scene. Since graduating in 2016, Kim has stayed close to the pulse of L.A.'s dynamic art community by working with institutions like Art Share L.A., Sergott Contemporary Art Alliance, 5-Art Gallery, Maurice and Paul Marciano Art Foundation, MoCA Los Angeles and now Think Tank Gallery. Her favorite color is magenta.
Willie Gomez is a photographer who prides himself in shooting all his work in film only, while also exploring videos with an early 2000's skate camera. Having worked with BloodyGums art collective his work has been shown at Superchief Gallery, Delicious Vinyl & 1700 Naud. Working under Think Tank he has shot such events as “Drinking, Smoking & West Coastin" with Vans & "We Stole the Fire" with Mezcal El Silencio. Willie’s work has been mentioned in LA.MAG, LA.Weekly & Juxtapoz Magazine.