Christine Wu featured on Juxtapoz.com

Juxtapoz Christine Wu

In just a few hours Christine Wu’s “Sleepless” opens at Thinkspace Gallery. A solo exhibition in Thinkspace Gallery’s main room, Christine Wu’s latest body of work is one part a love letter and second explores all the things that keep you up at night – real and imaginary. Visit Juxtapoz.com for a preview of the show and artistic background of Christine Wu.

“Known for her subtle tonal palettes, and exquisitely precise line work, Wu’s new works are darker and more muted than her previous. This aesthetic shift is Intended to capture a feeling of isolation and emotional strain,” – Juxtapoz.com

Thinkspace Gallery love from LA CANVAS

LA CANVAS booth LA ART SHOW

Next week we return to Littletopia at the LA Art Show, taking over the Los Angeles Covention Center from January 28th and January 31st. With over a hundred galleries to persus over the weekend,  LA CANVAS was kind enough to name Thinkspace Gallery as one of the top 5 booths to visit.

Thinkspace’s roster of artists is larger than most galleries, with upwards of 75 contemporary and urban artists in the family.

Visit the LA Canvas website for the full write up and view their selection of choice booths to visit.

Thinkspace Family on Instagram: 3

On Instagram, you will always find us posting sneak peeks, studio shots, and the work of our Thinkspace family from around the world. Follow the accounts of those artists and you’ll get a sneak peak into their lives and creative process. To continue our series, Thinkspace Family on Instagram, here are the accounts of a few artists who will be showing at the upcoming Pow! Wow! Hawaii exhibition in February. The Instagram accounts below are in the following order; Bec Winnel, Craig ‘Skibs’ Barker, Ken Flewellyn, Sean Mahan, Fumi Nakamura.

 

 

 

 

If you’re not already following us on Instagram, please be sure you are doing so at @thinkspace_art. For those without a smart phone, just click here to view our feed online.

Interview with Christine Wu for “Sleepless”

Christine Wu Interview for Sleepless

Christine Wu’s “Sleepless” takes over Thinkspace Gallery’s main room next Saturday, January 23rd. We had the opportunity to interview Christine Wu to find out the inspiration behind the exhibition and how she has grown as an artist. Please join us at the opening reception for “Sleepless” from 6 to 9pm, January 23rd.

What is the inspiration behind the upcoming exhibition?
There are a lot of parts to this exhibition since the ideation of the work took some time to incubate. There’s a part of it that’s a love letter to a specific someone who will never realize it. Another part is in the title, Sleepless, as a reference of the things that keep you up and go bump in the night, real and imaginary. And yet another part is the idea of PTSD and how we hide the things we find hurtful or embarrassing and the different ways that they may manifest, whether or not we chose to allow it. In all my work, there’s a discussion between intimacy and space. How someone occupies a space, and how their body language changes the mood of that space.

What does a day in the studio look like? When are you most creatively inspired?
I always try to set a routine, but it rarely ever works. I like to think that I work at art as a 9-5, but it’s more like a hurricane, where you can see it coming from afar and you don’t do too much about it, then it all comes crashing down and you find yourself scrambling to find which pencils haven’t been broken. Typically, I’m most creative when I’ve just come out of an emotional shit-storm.

Christine Wu Interview for Sleepless

How do you think you’ve grown as an artist in the last 5 years?
I have matured emotionally and come to terms with limitations in society. Five years ago I would have told you that I wanted it all and I wanted to do everything, and though that’s a fine thought, it’s just not possible. Every day in our lives we make decisions that closes and opens doors, and there are simply so many things that we will never be able to experience. My technical skills have also tremendously improved, as it always will with 5 years of continuous practice. I plan on continuing to grow in the coming years and to create more conceptual work as well as establish concrete ideas.

There is a movement in your work that is disjointed but fluid at the same time, how did you come to develop this style?
It’s an examination of memories and the way we move through time. I have a faulty memory when it comes to my adolescence, and my memories and dreams blend together to the point where I sometimes mistake a dream for a memory. We never remember things exactly as they were, there will always be some kind of fuzziness here and there, I think simply because we can’t focus on and experience every single thing around us. The disjointedness comes from the feeling of wanting to experience everything and not being able to. Hesitation with a tinge of regret.

What do you feel is the biggest misconception about being an artist?
I get the feeling that many people see being an artist in extremes, that it’s either fun, easy and full of parties, or that we’re constantly, horrendously tortured. There are moments of both, like nearly all humans, but most of my existence lies numbingly in the middle. People want to see the wild, crazy creative so that they have a story to go along with the art. There’s this great segment that Willem de Kooning did when he was being recorded for an interview. A documentary was being recorded while he was doing this interview and he made a big show about his process and he wildly flung paint on a canvas. After the interviewers left he turned to the documentarians and asked them if they really wanted to know how he worked. Of course they said yes, and they watched him put a single stroke down, then walk across the room and sit in a chair, whereupon de Kooning revealed that he sits in said chair for most of the day while figuring where the next stroke should fall.

Christine Wu Interview for Sleepless

What is your creative process, do you develop the idea first and then take a reference photo or does the photo shoot inspire the ideas?
My process is very organic, where everything informs each other. I’ve never been a person who does thumbnail sketches for my pieces, and I’m quite horrible at doing them if I was forced to.

What were you listening to while creating the work from this show; podcast, music, Netflix?
Most of the time I was working in silence. I have a hard time concentrating if there are too many things going on at once, especially when I’m working (I’ve even unplugged the internet on multiple occasions). When I was listening to music I had PJ Harvey, Chelsea Wolfe and Laura Marling on heavy repeat. Oddly enough, I don’t typically listen to too many female artists, but it was fitting for this body of work.

Christine Wu Interview for Sleepless

How do you push through moments of self-doubt?
Tears. Lot of tears. And writing. I am constantly analyzing and reflecting on myself. My journal is my therapist and I’m brutally honest with myself and critical of my abilities and contributions to society. People who never experience self-doubt should be checked into a mental institution for extreme narcissism and sociopathy. I’m an empath sponge and I absorb the feelings of everyone around me. If I’m not in a calm environment, the self-doubt can be crushing, especially since I give a sincere effort to consider everyone’s opinion. It all makes me feel very stupid, more frequently than I’d like to admit.

Is your work a reflection of personal emotions or observations?
My work is definitely more emotional, but that’s an easily misinterpreted scenario since our emotions are informed by observations. It’s all personal in the end, that’s something my work will not be able to escape.

If you knew when the world would freeze for an hour, what would you do during that time?
Enjoy the silence.

Christine Wu Interview for Sleepless

Interview with Linnea Strid for “Love Me When I’m Gone”

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Linnea Strid’s exhibition” Love Me When I’m Gone” opens next Saturday, January 23rd. The Swedish painter will be showing new work in Thinkspace Gallery’s project room. We had the opportunity to ask Linnea a few questions regarding her upcoming exhibition, creative process, and her spirit animal.

What was the inspiration behind your upcoming exhibition?
For this show, I decided to make paintings and drawings of some of my fellow artist friends. Making a living as an artist is certainly not an easy task, and one would think that there is a great deal of competition, jealousy and just general bad mouthing going on in the art world. And I’m sure that happens to some extent, but personally, it’s not something that I’ve experienced much. On the contrary, I’ve received so much love and support from artists all over the world. It’s like we’re all in the same boat so we’re here to help and support and inspire each other, and I just love that. I’ve never felt like I fit in anywhere in society in my life until I found my place in this crazy global art community. It feels just like home and I am very grateful for the connection that we share through our everyday struggles with artist blocks, money, deadlines and so forth. So this is pretty much my tribute to all artists out there – keep going because you are amazing.

Depicting water isn’t the easiest artistic technique, what made you want to explore this style?
Haha, well basically because it’s a very hard thing to depict. I needed a challenge and it seemed like a cool one. I’ve been painting water for 7 or 8 years now and I feel like I’m finally getting the hang of it. The idea of combining water with portraits came to me one day when I just thought “Damn, being an artist really feels like drowning sometimes. Maybe I should try to paint that?” So I painted a portrait of myself in the bathtub titled “The Drowning Artist” and that’s where it all started.

What were you listening to while creating this show?
A lot of different things. Different kinds of music depending on the mood I’m in. Sometimes it’s indie rock, sometimes death metal, other days I listen to Beethoven. I also listen to a lot of documentaries. Radio shows about philosophy and science. And the Transgression podcast.

Linnea Strid Love Me When I’m Gone 1

What’s your favorite paints and brushes?
I’m really not that picky about brands, mainly because I can’t afford to be. I just paint with whatever is handed to me and make the very best of it. I guess I see it as a challenge haha. I wish I could afford top quality paint and brushes but meh. Some day. I’ll wait. Rather impatiently.

What does a day in the studio look like?
Well, I spend most of my days and nights in there. I transformed my living room into my studio a while back and it was the best decision EVER. I mean why have a big living room that you’re not actually “living” in? I mean I live in my studio obviously. Anyway, I usually sit down at my cluttered desk and pick things up where I left them last night. Or I start something new, but I find that hard to do early in the morning for some reason. The best creative ideas usually come to me later at night. I also have a tendency to forget to eat while I’m painting, so if anyone could come over to feed me on a regular basis that would be great.

Do you take your own reference photos, is the work planned before or inspired by the photoshoot?
I always plan my work before doing the photo shoot. And yes I normally take my own reference photos. However, not for this series and there are a few pretty good reasons for that. One is the artists that I have painted live all over the world and it would be catastrophic for my wallet to fly over to each and every one of these artists just to take a picture. I would love love to hang out with them though and I’m sure that’ll happen one day.

Tell us about the collaboration with your fellow artists for this exhibition?
Since this series is a tribute to other artists I wanted it to be some sort of collaboration, so I let the artists take the reference pics themselves. And I told them very little about what to do for the shoot. Only that the photo should involve their faces and some water. It has been really exciting waiting for them to get back to me with their photos just to see their artistic visions shine through and then work from that.

Linnea Strid Love Me When I’m Gone

What other artist work are you currently excited by?
Artists like Jeremy Geddes and Lee Price excite me immensely. Also, I’ve just recently started working with watercolors after a long time off from them and I’m soaking up a lot of inspiration from different watercolor artists that I keep discovering on social media.

What’s the best advice you’ve received as an artist?
Don’t paint for anyone else, do because it makes your heart sing. That way your artwork will always be pure and honest.

What is your spirit animal?
I guess it would be a mix of a sloth and a moth. And yes I just said that to be funny.

If there was a cocktail inspired by your work, what would be the ingredients?
A cocktail inspired by my art? Oh shit, there’d be a whole lot of bitter tears and suffering in there and maybe a tablespoon of humor and self-distance. I definitely wouldn’t drink that gross cocktail haha.

Linnea Strid Love Me When I’m Gone

“Love Me When I’m Gone” will be on view from January 23rd to February 20th; please visit the Thinkspace Gallery website for more details.

3RD ANNUAL POW! WOW! HAWAII 2016 LINE UP

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The 3rd annual ‘POW! WOW! Exploring The New Contemporary Movement’
As part of POW! WOW! Hawaii 2016 (Feb. 7th – Feb. 13th)

Opening Reception: Sunday, February 7th 6-10PM
On view through February 15th

Honolulu Museum of Art School
111 Victoria Street
Honolulu, HI 96814
*Across the street from the main museum

Featuring an installation from Aaron Li-Hill alongside 16×20 inch (40x50cm) works from:
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Aaron Li-Hill
Aaron Nagel
Adam Caldwell
Alex Garant
Alex Yanes
Andrew Schoultz
Anthony Clarkson
Apex
Baghead
Bec Winnel
Ben Frost
Benjamin Garcia
Brian Mashburn
Buff Monster
bumblebeelovesyou
C215
Carl Cashman
Casey Weldon
Cinta Vidal
Craig ‘Skibs’ Barker
Cryptik
Cyrcle
Daniel Bilodeau
Derek Gores
Drew Young
Dulk
Drew Leshko
Edwin Ushiro
Ekundayo
Erik Siador
Ernest Zacharevic
Esao Andrews
Faith47
Felipe Pantone
Fintan Magee
Francesco Lo Castro
Frank Gonzales
Fumi Nakamura
Gaia
Germs
Greg Mike
Haroshi
Henrik Aa. Uldalen
Hilary White
Hueman
Hula
Icy and Sot
Isaac Cordal
Jacub Gagnon
Jaime Molina (aka Cuttyup)
James Bullough
James Marshall (aka Dalek)
Jana & JS
Jeremy Hush
Jim Houser
Joel Daniel Phillips
Kamea Hadar
Kari-Lise Alexander
Kelly Vivanco
Ken Flewellyn
KiSung Koh
Kojiro Takakuwa
Kozyndan
Kukula
Kyle Stewart
Lauren YS
Low Bros
Luke O’Sullivan
Marco Mazzoni
Mario Belem
Mark Dean Veca
Mark Warren Jacques
Martin Whatson
Meggs
Mina Hamada
Nevercrew
Nosego
OG Slick
Okuda
Onur
Ozabu
Peter Adamyan
Ratur
Reka
Ricky Lee Gordon (aka Freddy Sam)
Risk
Robbie Conal
Sarah Joncas
Sckaro
Scott Listfield
Sean Mahan
Sean Newport
Sean Norvet
Sepe
Seth Armstrong
Shai Dahan
Sheryo
Slinkachu
Snik
Stephanie Buer
Stinkfish
Tatiana Suarez
Telmo Miel
Tony Philippou
Tran Nguyen
Troy Lovegates (aka Other)
Usugrow
Wes21
Woes
Yok
Yosuke Ueno
Zio Ziegler
Zosen

Thinkspace Family on Instagram Pt. 2

Instagram is by far the spot where we share the most content, more than any other social outlet. You will always find us posting sneak peeks, studio shots, and much more on Instagram. It’s also the first place we drop early information on big events. If you’re not already following us on Instagram, please be sure you are doing so at @thinkspace_art. For those with out a smart phone, just click here to view our feed online.

We’re resuming the Thinkspace Family on Instagram series in 2016 as it didn’t get much traction in 2015. New year, new resolutions for weekly content. If you don’t want to wait, you can always check our Instagram account and see who were following and tagging there as well.

Christine Wu

Ashes to ashes. In progress.

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Linnea Strid


Etam Cru – Bezt

Etam Cru – Sainer

BOMBERMAN Weil am Rhein, Germany, 2015 Thanks for @colab_gallery A photo posted by @sainer_etam on


Cinta Vidal