Thinkspace at the LA Art Show – January 2014

December 28th, 2013 Comments off

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Thinkspace at the LA Art Show 2014

‘Littletopia’ – curated by Red Truck Gallery at the LA Art Show

‘Littletopia’ curated by Red Truck Gallery is a carefully chosen collective of innovative galleries who are breaking down barriers, bucking convention and letting their skilled artists create a new vocabulary. With a focus on craftsmanship, accessibility, and artistry, Littletopia embraces the adventurous collector and draws them into a place where the fantastic become reality on canvas, mixed media, sculpture and print. A place where the art curious can appreciate beautifully rendered pieces and be welcomed into a family of galleries who evoke a mood, from playful, provocative, intriguing, and shocking to downright scary.

The driving force behind Littletopia, Red Truck Gallery, founded by Noah Antieau, is the antithesis of white washed minimalism. Beneath its colorful and inviting veneer, this New Orleans gallery has a subversive soul, presenting eclectic works that combine a wicked sense of humor and an unflinching eye for detail. Littletopia is similarly and intentionally eclectic. Defying categorization, the participating galleries share a respect for artistic craft and a mission to bring a fresh new attitude to a cynical art establishment.

About The LA Art Show:

For 19 years The LA Art Show has delivered the broadest spectrum of art from across the globe to Los Angeles’ diverse and engaged collector base. The Los Angeles Art Show, created by KR Martindale Show Management and FADA, is the longest running venue for contemporary, modern, historic and traditional art in the country.

Taking place at:

LA Convention Center – South Hall J and K
1201 S. Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Look for Thinkspace in ‘Littletopia’ featuring works from:
Adam Caldwell
Alex Yanes
Allison Sommers
Anthony Clarkson
Ariel DeAndrea
Audrey Kawasaki
Bec Winnel
Brett Amory
C215
Craig ‘Skibs’ Barker
Curiot
Dabs Myla
Dave MacDowell
David Cooley
Ekundayo
Erik Siador
Esao Andrews
Fernando Chamarelli
Francesco LoCastro
Ghostpatrol
Glenn Arthur
Henrik Aa. Uldalen
Jeff Ramirez
Joram Roukes
Kevin Peterson
Know Hope
Liz Brizzi
Low Bros
Mary Iverson
Meggs
N.S. David
Nosego
Pam Glew
Ryan Hewett
Sam Wolfe Connelly
Sarah Joncas
Scott Radke
Seth Armstrong
Shark Toof
Stephanie Buer
Yosuke Ueno

Additional info on the fair at:
www.laartshow.com

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‘Art For Awareness 2013′ – OAC at Thinkspace on March 30th

March 15th, 2013 Comments off

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Oceanic Awareness Collaboration – Art For Awareness 2013 Special Event

Opening Reception: Sat, March 30th 5-9PM / One-Day only special event

A collaborative group show with an effort to raise awareness & funding for the purpose & progression of Oceanic Awareness Collaboration. Proceeds will be designated as scholarships & creative sustainability projects. This art show will directly benefit The O.A.C. Fund, which provides underprivileged kids with scholarships to attend CIMI Marine Biology Camp on Catalina Island, CA. Proceeds will also fund OAC’s creative endeavors built around art, music & fashion to make a difference in the youth culture & to provide positive change both locally & globally. O.A.C. is a 501(c)3 tax deductible charity organization.

More details at:
www.oacollabo.com

Take a sneak peek at:
http://thinkspacegallery.com/shows/2013-03-oac/

Art For Awareness Participating Artists:
Adam Wallacavage
Akira Beard
Ariel DeAndrea
Aunia Kahn
Blaine Fontana
Caitlin Hackett
Cat Cult
Cate Rangel
Chaz Bojorquez
Christina Mrozik
Christopher Konecki
Cleon Peterson
Craig ‘Skibs’ Barker
Craww
Cryptik
Dan Quintana
Darla DeSoto
David P. Flores
David Flores_ATC
Dean McDowell
Dennis McNett
Deph
Les Schettkoe
Eric Whitman
Jacub Gagnon (shown above)
Jared Joslin
Jason Gallo
Jesse Hazelip
Jessica Hess
Jessica Joslin
Joseph Todorovitch
Katie Boink
Kelly Allen
Kelly Berg
Liz Brizzi
Lou Pimentel
Marco Zamora
Mark Warren Jacques
MAXX242
MENSO
Mike Glory
Mike Rios
Mr. Jago
N.C. Winters
Niko Burke
Pedro Matos
Peter Gronquist
Robert Bowen
Roland Tamayo
Sergio Hernandez
Seth Armstrong
Skinner
Skullphone
Stephanie Buer
Steven Daily
Tyler Bruzzesi
Will Barras
William Zdan
Zaid Yousef

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Coming up in 2013 at Thinkspace

February 23rd, 2013 Comments off

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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/

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Coming up on September 29th at Thinkspace

September 11th, 2012 Comments off

‘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.

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Hi-Fructose visit the studio of Jeremy Hush

September 10th, 2012 Comments off

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