Drew Young 'Blossom' - oil and collage on pine panel - 30x24 inches (2012)
‘Picks of the Harvest 2012′ will showcase numerous artists we’ve had our eye on over the past year exhibited alongside new works from several of our regular Thinkspace family members. Featuring work from over 60 artists from all walks of life from around the world, ‘Picks of the Harvest 2012′ aims to shine a light on some of the most exciting young contemporary artists in our movement.
Serge Gay Jr. 'Wild and Free' - acrylic on canvas - 24x30 inches (2012)
The full digital preview will be ready this Tuesday. If you see something here or via the sneak peek on our Flickr you would like to inquire about, please shoot a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get right back to you.
Frank Gonzales 'Purple Finches and Bladdernuts' - acrylic on cradled wood panel - 16x20 inches (2012)
Sat, Feb. 25th 7-11PM Cella Gallery
11135 Weddington St, Suite #112 in North Hollywood
‘Femme Fatalle’ featuring works from Stella Im Hultberg, Aaron Nagel, Dave MacDowell, Jeff Ramirez, Linnea Strid, David Bray, L. Croskey, Aunia Kahn, Casey Weldon, Cate Rangel, Chris Peters, Christopher Umana, Chrystal Chan, Jessica Ward, Ken Garduno, Korin Faught, Paul Chatem, Sarah Folkman and more www.cellagallery.com
Sat, Feb. 25th 8-11:30PM Copro Gallery
2525 Michigan Ave, Space T-5 at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica
‘Vantastic Voyage’ featuring new works from Dirty Donny Gillies
(On view through March 17th) www.copronason.com
Sat, Feb. 25th 7PM Eat Your Art Out V
1121 Seward Street in Hollywood
Silent Art Auction to help support the Angel City Roller Derby Girls with live DJ sets by DJ Day, DJ Mahf, DJ Expo and many more
(One-night only special event) www.angelcityderbygirls.com www.titmouse.net
Sat, Feb. 25th 6-8PM Honor Fraser
2622 S. La Cienega Blvd in Culver City
‘BALLYHOO HULLABALOO HABOOB’ featuring new works from Rosson Crow
(On view through March 31st) www.honorfraser.com
Sat, Feb. 25th 7-10PM (6-7PM book signing) LeBasse Projects
923 Chung King Road in Los Angeles
‘After The Laughter’ featuring new works and an installation from Herakut + a book launch for their new book of the same name
(On view through March 17th) www.lebasseprojects.com
Sat, Feb. 25th 6-9PM PRISM
8746 West Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood
‘Miss You’ featuring new works and an installation from Os Gemeos
(On view through March 24th) www.prismla.com/
Sat, Feb. 25th 6-8PM Roberts and Tilton
5801 Washington Blvd in Culver City
‘In The Making’ group show featuring works from Noah Davis, Michael Dopp, Gregory Michael Hernandez, India Lawrence, Simone Leigh & Chi tra Ganesh, Dashiell Manley, Daniel Joseph Martinez, Aspen Mays, Kori Newkirk, Kour Pour, Fran Siegel and Natasha Wheat
(On view through March 31st) www.robertsandtilton.com
A massive night for the arts in Los Angeles – be sure to get out and check out at least a couple of these great shows!
Emma Tooth is among the most exciting fine art portrait painters in England today. Born in Cambridge, now based in rural Derbyshire, she exhibits her breathtaking oil paintings all over the UK and abroad. “It is the creation of likeness which fascinates me; a glint of gold in the shadows, the flicker of an eyelid, the shimmering pulsation of nerves under skin. Likeness is always at the centre of my work; the almost mathematical relationships of feature to feature are just the beginning, but accuracy is essential. Alongside my painting I also make the historically-influenced costumes which appear in some of my paintings. This is a response, I suppose, to my restless discomfort with a soulless, mundane 21st century devoid of decoration or beauty or the magical promises made by a century of fantastical predictions. I look back to the costume and manner of the 1880s, to Symbolist and Pre-Raphaelite art, to Art Nouveau and Japanese imagery. Costume, masquerade and artifice are essential elements of my work, continuing my long-time explorations of self-image and self-presentation. There is a sense of escapism; most of my paintings are of a single figure, of a solitary moment, withdrawn from the rest of the world. I relish the glowing transparency and texture of oil paint and more and more I seek to create, as well as the overall image, a kind of macro-feast of surface texture which can only really be appreciated close up”.
Humans relate to images of of other humans, particularly faces, on a visceral, subconscious level; this is why portraiture is especially powerful and relevant. After layers of meaning and concept are stripped away, that relationship remains. Emmaʼs images can be very intimate and very personal, drawing on her own lived experiences of love, sadness and joy.
Emma Tooth 'Concilium Plebis #18' - oil on canvas
An interview with Emma Tooth
Can you share a little bit about your ‘Concilium Plebis’ series which we’re showing in Picks of the Harvest 2012?
Concilium Plebis is Latin for A Council Of The Ordinary People and it is an ongoing project I have been working on on-and-off since 2007. I found many of the models by just approaching strangers on British streets. The original idea was to take UK street-style – something often thought of as ugly, lowbrow or even frightening and find beauty in it, to encourage people to see art and nobility in unexpected places.
What fuels you to keep creating?
I want to make the world a little more beautiful.
Emma Tooth 'Concilium Plebis #15' - oil on canvas
Please describe your dream project if time and money were not issues.
I would like to take my work off the canvas a bit and perform actually! Maybe train to be a ballerina or a gymnast or something! I haven’t done ballet since I was a child and I’m still very flexible…
Favorite item in your studio?
My hens! And the beautiful easel my father made for me when I was a teenager.
Is there anyone in particular, artist or otherwise, that you’d like to give a shout out to here?
Yes, my husband Owen Tooth. He makes amazing films and he’s currently working on his biggest one yet – a film so scary I’m not even allowed to read the script!
Any shows or special projects coming up after your exhibit with us here at Thinkspace you would like to mention?
The Derby Museum and Art Gallery recently commissioned a new painting from me for their collection which is about to be unveiled, called The Captive. It is inspired by a painting in the Museum’s collection of the same title by 18th century master, Wright of Derby who I exhibited with in 2010.
Wright’s ‘Captive’, painted around 1775, shows a scene from Sterne’s A Sentimental Journey: a bearded man in the pose of Michaelangelo’s Adam, languishes in a prison cell having lost his passport. My new painting shows a young, tattooed man – a breakdancer actually – in the same pose, going to waste in front of his TV, held captive and lit by the utter banality projected from it into his room. The tattoo on his chest reads, “don’t count the days, make the days count”; the model really has that tattoo and I thought it sums up the sentiment of the picture perfectly. It’s something I feel really strongly about – it’s poison – just think what people, what humanity could achieve if they weren’t wasting their lives in front of the TV.
Emma Tooth 'Concilium Plebis #19' - oil on canvas
Look for three works from Emma’s ‘Concilium Plebis‘ series to be featured in our upcoming ‘Picks of the Harvest 2012′group show opening on Saturday, March 3rd.
Stella Im Hultberg 'L'ingénue' - 9"x12" - Acrylic, Colored Pencil & Crayon on Maple Panel
Opening this Saturday, February 25th will be Femme Fatale, a group show curated by Platinum Cheese and artist Nicole Bruckman. The show features a number of Thinkspace family members including Stella Im Hultberg (shown above), Aaron Nagel, Dave MacDowell, Jeff Ramirez, Linnea Strid and David Bray, not to mention the collage driven work of L. Croskey, my wife and I’s partner in Thinkspace. These works will be shown alongside new paintings from Aunia Kahn, Casey Weldon, Cate Rangel, Chris Peters, Christopher Umana, Chrystal Chan, Jessica Ward, Ken Garduno, Korin Faught, Paul Chatem, Sarah Folkman and more. This Saturday is one busy night in LA for art openings, so be sure to put this one on your list.
Recently headed downtown to catch up with artist Matt Doust and check out some of his new works coming to life. We just debuted Doust’s work at the Affordable Art Fair this past January and received a huge reaction, selling both of his new works for the fair almost immediately.
Matt Doust was born in 1984 in Santa Monica, California. He grew up in Perth, Australia. In July 2011, he moved back to Los Angeles where he now lives and works.
Doust was named a finalist in 2011 for Australia’s prestigious Archibald Prize.
Look for new work from Matt Doust to be profiled in our upcoming Picks of the Harvest 2012 (March), Synergy (May in SF) and Wild At Heart (May) group shows in the year ahead with a major 2-person exhibition to follow in 2013.