Coming up in 2013 at Thinkspace

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Very excited for the year ahead. After taking on NYC this March we’ll be going to Philadelphia in May and then on to Basel, Switzerland in June. Plans are already in place for this coming December in Miami as well. Some very promising projects in the works for this fall too… we’ll be sure to keep everyone posted.

More details here:
http://thinkspacegallery.com/2013-exhibitions/

Coming up on September 29th at Thinkspace

‘Borrowed Memories’
Featuring new works from Stella Im Hultberg and Tran Nguyen

Plus in our project room:
Jeremy Hush
‘At A Loss For Words’

In our office area:
New works from Michael Ramstead

Reception with the artists:
Sat., September 29th 6-9PM

Exhibitions on view: September 29th – October 20th

Thinkspace is pleased to present Borrowed Memories, an exhibition featuring new works by Tran Nguyen and Stella Im Hultberg. Concurrently on display in the Thinkspace project room are new works by Jeremy Hush along with a small showcase of new works from Michael Ramstead in our office area.

Stella Im Hultberg
Stella Im Hultberg is a Korean born, New York based artist. Her work is self-described as being driven by intuition and process. The impression of spontaneity and resolve when faced with her work speaks to this willingness to allow it to define its own end results. The artist produces across media, experimenting with materials and applications, and allows the work to evolve organically through its execution. At the heart of her practice is the exploration of identity, and an interest in shifting possibilities for the self and other. Her paintings of ethereal women subtly excavate the possibility of multiplicities in a single self. By combining detailed figurative rendering with surreal imagery, Im Hultberg probes the porous boundaries between self and other. The figures in her work appear in various guises, and she mobilizes them as vehicles for affect and suggestion. At times they are mirrored, multiplied, fractured; they emerge as haunting spectral entities without definitively binding selves. In this respect the figurative in her work seems a symbolic trope for the impermanence and inconstancy of our unremittingly changing lives and relationships. These beautifully executed images are populated with figures who seem unspecific and somehow symbolic, rather than literal individuals. The mutability and amorphousness in the figure, conveyed by the artist’s work, speaks somehow to the excesses of subjectivity.

The artist’s background in industrial product design helped to eventually guide her towards painting. A self taught painter, Im Hultberg’s aesthetic has evolved from an intuitively realized place and is informed by her material command of aesthetic and design. Her penchant for experimental investigations seems to permeate the materiality of her work. The artist’s command of several media is evident in her ability to take material risks, and to allow each material incarnation to have its own life. At times very graphic and guided by a clear acuity for design, the artist’s work clearly draws from several aesthetic influences. This is particularly visible in her use of abstract geometry and patterning, something Im Hultberg is able to seamlessly integrate compositionally with the figurative. These juxtapositions of the organic and the graphic create compelling tensions and associations. The “self” in her work is always positioned in relationship to an external reality or competing force or framework. Though the figures seem unspecific, they are intensely emotive nonetheless: they are vehicles for intensity. We are left with a very relatable impression of a fractured and unresolved contemporary existence, in which the self remains nebulous and shifting. Seductive and enticing, her work beckons us to lose ourselves in the world of the image.

Artist website: www.stellaimhultberg.com

Tran Nguyen
Tran Nguyen is a Vietnam born, Georgia based artist who mobilizes her illustrative imagery as a vehicle for latent psychic experience. As haunting dreamscapes, the narratives that emerge from Nguyen’s works are at once uncanny and eerily relatable. Suspended somewhere between waking consciousness and the subconscious, the imagery she unfolds feels as spontaneous and creative as the wanderings of free cognitive association. The stories that emerge from her pieces are charged with familiar psychological themes, everything from the phobic object, to the transformative metamorphosis, to the personal fantasy, but in the artist’s hands, far from being contrived, these stories feel organic, immediate, and beautifully eruptive, as though they have unfolded effortlessly. It is this illusion of effortlessness that makes the work feel truly liminal. Looking into these images we are elsewhere, we are other, we are held by an ambiguous suspension of reality. At times the artist’s strategies feel dark and haunted, but the beauty and delicacy with which they are rendered attenuates any feelings of anxiety or distress in their presence. This combination of charged content with delicate and luxurious execution make Nguyen’s vision truly magnetic.

Tran Nguyen’s pieces are deliberately and delicately rendered with subtle washes of diluted acrylic, and detailed applications of colored pencil. Her aesthetic and rendering convey affectively charged psychological landscapes, dreamy, sensual, surreal, and fantastic, like the hyper-real of the “elsewhere” in the truly immersive dream. The juxtapositions in Nguyen’s work are fascinating. Unlikely pairings, and unexpected contexts emerge with seductive clarity. We are left with the feeling that nothing is extraneous, and that everything is connected to some ultimate symbology within the work. In the tradition of truly consummate illustration, each symbol, each suggestion of imagery, each object, is part of the narrative “moment”, and everything has its place. The artist’s interest in imagery as a vehicle for healing, combined with her masterful rendering of textures, skin, shadows and folds, speaks to the work’s deeply psychological valence. From the recesses of the unresolved, emerge beautiful lush images; like exorcisms through imagery. While the work is evasive in its symbolism, something raw and relatable draws the viewer into the experience. The work luxuriates in the baroque excesses of the dream.

Artist website: www.mynameistran.com

Take a sneak peek at the works coming to life for ‘Borrowed Memories’ here:
http://thinkspacegallery.com/shows/2012-10/#photos

ON VIEW IN OUR PROJECT ROOM:

Jeremy Hush ‘At A Loss For Words’

Jeremy Hush’s work will be featured in the Thinkspace project gallery. This artist draws from a wealth of sources and influences. An avid world traveller, and a recognized initiate of the heavy metal and punk scenes, Hush has been creating work for zines and bands for years. Over the past few years he has been increasing his focus on his practice and exhibiting his art more extensively.

His work is haunting and beautiful, wild and chaotic, dark and saturated, but entirely unique. Clearly influenced to some extent by the linear styles of 19th century prints and drawings, his work combines this suggestion to a historical aesthetic precedent with a contemporary inflection in content. Hush’s pieces feel like Grimm fairy tales, in the most visceral way possible prior to any of the sanitizing forces of Disney. They convey the solemnity of the ancient, and the guttural impulses of the nightmare. They are raw, they are meticulous, they are clearly symbolic. The work feels allegorical in its dense allusion to nature and associative metaphor. The artist uses found materials to execute much of the work, everything from ball point pens, collected in the course of his itinerant travels, to coffee used for pigment, to inky fingerprints for crosshatching. The works sophistication belies the raw immediacy of their provenance.

Take a sneak peek at Jeremy Hush’s new works coming to life inside his studio here:
http://thinkspacegallery.com/shows/2012-10-project/#photos

Artist Website: http://hushillustration.blogspot.com

ON VIEW IN OUR OFFICE AREA:

New works from Michael Ramstead

Michael Ramstead is an oil painter from Long Beach, California. In 2010 he earned his BA in Art Studio from UC Davis.

Ramstead grew up constantly drawing his favorite cartoon and video game characters and knew from a young age that he wanted to make art for the rest of his life. Michael was introduced to oil paints in high school, and he’s been working with them ever since.

Ramstead’s subject matter is often times inspired by the paranormal and the supernatural, and his style is influenced by the work of the Old Masters and the contemporary paintings of Pop Surrealists and Low Brow artists.

Artist Website: http://michaelramstead.com

* All the artists will be in attendance for the opening reception on Sept. 29th.

Hi-Fructose visit the studio of Jeremy Hush

Hi-Fructose recently visited the studio of Philadelphia based artist Jeremy Hush as he finishes up his new works for ‘At A Loss For Words’ opening on September 29th in the project room at Thinkspace.

“Working in ball-point pen and an autumnal color palette, the new works explore themes of decay and rebirth, as his strange beauties double as vessels as birds and other wildlife find homes between their rib and jaw bones. Tangles of overgrown natural elements converge with rusted skeleton keys and clockwork parts, an interesting marriage between nature and machinery that provides a nuanced back drop for his ghostly figures.” – Hi-Fructose

View full studio visit here:
http://hifructose.com/2012/09/07/studio-visit-with-jeremy-hush/

Thinkspace
6009 Washington Blvd. / Culver City, CA 90232 / thinkspacegallery.com

*Above photo courtesy of JL Schnabel

Juxtapoz interview Dabs Myla as they prepare to launch ‘Marvelous Expeditions’

To help spread the word on Marvelous Expeditions, the Dabs Myla curated exhibition coming up this September at Thinkspace, Juxtapoz asked the duo to come up with questions for their friends that will be in the exhibition. Before that series gets started though, they turned the tables on ‘em and had them answer their own questions first to help kick things off.

Check out the full Juxtapoz interview with Dabs Myla here:
www.juxtapoz.com/Features/feature-dabs-myla-in-conversation-with-dabs-myla

Full show details:
Thinkspace is pleased to present the highly anticipated Marvelous Expeditions by Dabs Myla and Friends. In the spirit of travel and all things wonderfully itinerant, acclaimed duo Dabs Myla will take over the gallery space and will feature new work and an installation alongside curated selections from 32 of their closest and most inspiring artist friends. The gallery will in effect become a locus of meeting and communal exchange, as artists from all over the world are brought together by Dabs Myla to share their experiences of traveling through its landscapes.

Dabs Myla’s meticulously executed work combines narrative illustration, photorealistic drawing, and architectural rendering with a playful bawdiness and irreverence. Cast frequently as themselves in their imagery and host of characters, the artist pair create worlds of contentious and playful encounters against the seductive chaos of the urbanscape. The city features prominently in their work as the stomping ground for their numerous adventures. When looking at their pieces one has the impression of aesthetic confluence and fluidity, of two minds toiling together as one. The viewing experience is the keen pleasure of looking into another world and enjoying a story, and just as it is with the unrelenting freneticism of the city, there is always a new discovery to punctuate every observation right around every corner – and we’d be remiss to exclude mention of the donuts and street meat.

As artists and urban enthusiasts Dabs Myla translate their experience of the world through a distinctly collaborative amalgamation of their styles and rendering strengths. Their work conveys a synchronicity of vision and aesthetic uncommonly allied and collusive. It is constituted by their shared love of travel, food, graffiti, illustration, and urbanity. Just as all productive chaos emerges from unlikely places, the momentum of travel fosters unexpected discoveries and collisions of worlds. Dabs and Myla, originally from Melbourne Australia and now currently based in LA, are no strangers to this productive geographic disruption, and this project seeks to celebrate the unexpected encounters and inspirations catalyzed by travel. They have invited each of their featured friends to produce a piece for the exhibition on a 16” x 20” wood panel, and with these set material parameters each artist will work their magic. The series is loosely meant to invoke exploration and travel, and each participating artist will metabolize their impressions of the theme differently through their respective styles, voices, and memories.

Marvelous Expeditions showcases the duo’s love of friends, collegiality, exchange, and the proliferation of vision and variety that thrives alongside constant movement and displacement. These are the exploratory impulses of travel that lead to constant revisions, reconstitutions, influences, and to the indelible encounters that change everything.

Featuring 16×20” works from:
123 Klan Aaron, De La Cruz, Askew, Augustine Kofie, Axis, Cat Cult, Dabs Myla, Dscreet, Dvate, EINE, Elliot Francis Stewart, Ephameron, Greg Lamarche, Honkey Kong (aka Adam Hathorn), Johnny ‘KMNDZ’ Rodriguez, KC Ortiz, KEM5, Logan Hicks, Luke Chueh, Mark Mulroney, Meggs, Misery, NEW2, Pose, Remi Rough, Revok, Rime, Stormie Mills, Tatiana Suarez, Tom Gerrard, Tristan Eaton, Witnes and The Yok

Opening Reception with the artists: Sat, Sept. 1st 5-9PM

Thinkspace / 6009 Washington Blvd. in Culver City, CA / thinkspacegallery.com

New hand embellished prints from Brett Amory and Adam Caldwell

Brett Amory 'Waiting #145'

We’re excited to be publishing two new print editions for the opening of ‘Dirty Laundry‘ which brings together the works of Bay Area artists Brett Amory and Adam Caldwell.

Brett Amory has really added a ton of hand embellishing to each print with both acrylic and graphite creating truly unique works of art. While each is part of an overall edition of 10, each one has its own unique voice thanks to Brett’s numerous embellishments.

A sample of the hand embellished print from Brett Amory - each piece very unique.

Brett Amory
‘Waiting #145′
Edition of 10 prints
Hand embellished with acrylic and graphite by the artist + also signed and numbered
24×24″ paper size with 20×20″ image area
Giclee print on Moab Entrada 300 gsm Archival Cotton Rag Paper with Epson UltraChrome HDR inks
$200 each

Adam Caldwell 'Science of the Mind'

Adam Caldwell has gone in and added all sorts of flourishes of color and add’l details to each print with both acrylic and graphite creating truly unique works of art. While each is part of an overall edition of 10, each one has its own unique voice thanks to Adam’s added touches.

A sample of the hand embellished print from Adam Caldwell - each piece very unique.

Adam Caldwell
‘Science of the Mind’
Edition of 10 prints
Hand embellished with acrylic and graphite by the artist + also signed and numbered
20×30″ paper size with 18×27.25″ image area
Giclee print on Moab Entrada 300 gsm Archival Cotton Rag Paper with Epson UltraChrome HDR inks
$200 each

Both editions will be released this evening during the opening of ‘Dirty Laundry‘ from 5 to 9PM. If you are interested in either print and can not make the opening, please send us an email to contact(at)thinkspacegallery(dot)com and we will follow up this coming Monday to arrange details with you.

‘Dirty Laundry’
Featuring new oil paintings from Brett Amory and Adam Caldwell

On view August 4th – August 25th / reception tonight from 5 to 9PM with both artists on hand

Thinkspace / 6009 Washington Blvd. in Culver City, CA / thinkspacegallery.com

Juxtapoz interview Brett Amory

Brett Amory 'Waiting #137' - oil on canvas (2012)

Juxtapoz recently caught up with Bay Area artist Brett Amory as he laid the final touches to his new oil paintings for ‘Dirty Laundry’ set to open this Sat, August 4th at Thinkspace in the Culver City Arts District.

A quote that has stuck with you?
“Talent, don’t bother about wether or not you have it. Just assume that you do, and forget about it. Talent is a word we use after someone has become accomplished.” -Richard Schmid

Read the full Juxtapoz interview with Brett Amory here:
www.juxtapoz.com/Features/back-talk-a-conversation-with-brett-amory

‘Dirty Laundry’
New works from Brett Amory and Adam Caldwell

Opening this Sat, August 4th at Thinkspace

Juxtapoz interview Adam Caldwell

Adam Caldwell 'Pre-Established Harmony' - oil on canvas - 24x30 inches (2012)

Juxtapoz recently caught up with Bay Area artist Adam Caldwell as he laid the final touches to his new oil paintings for ‘Dirty Laundry’ set to open this Sat, August 4th at Thinkspace in the Culver City Arts District.

Favorite medium to work with?
Oil, I cannot stand the feel of acrylics. I know its toxic as fuck, but I am willing to die a little earlier if I get to paint with smooth, buttery, delicious oil paint.

Read the full Juxtapoz interview with Adam Caldwell here:
www.juxtapoz.com/Features/back-talk-a-conversation-with-adam-caldwell

‘Dirty Laundry’
New works from Adam Caldwell and Brett Amory

Opening this Sat, August 4th at Thinkspace