Upcoming Exhibition at Thinkspace Gallery – Ozabu’s ‘彷徨 (Wander)’

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Ozabu
彷徨 (Wander)
September 17, 2016 – October 8, 2016

Thinkspace is pleased to present new works by Japanese artist Ozabu in Wander. Her drawings are staggeringly detailed, stylized and yet lifelike, rendered with incredibly subtle line work. Created with minimal media in pencil and graphite on paper, her ghostly hauntings of paper flesh range from the comely to the macabre.

Aesthetically inspired by the visual cultures and mythologies of Japan, Ozabu’s emotive figurative drawings often incorporate animal symbolism and references to the natural world. Preferring to allow the work to speak for itself, Ozabu often avoids comment on her imagery, hoping the viewer will shape personal readings themselves.

Sensual, dark, and at times ominous, the open-ended works reveal moments of a larger narrative and plot beyond the frame. Characters appear with symbolic aegis under the cover of wings, bird’s heads, insects, and lush flora, like woeful apparitions or powerful augurs. Ozabu’s world is a mysteriously beautiful shadow land.

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Upcoming Exhibition at Thinkspace Gallery – Allison Sommers’s ‘Bruxism’

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Allison Sommers
Bruxism

September 17, 2016 – October 8, 2016

(Los Angeles) – Thinkspace is pleased to present Bruxism, a solo exhibition of new works by Brooklyn-based artist Allison Sommers. In her sixth exhibition with the gallery, Sommers presents new mixed-media works that veer increasingly towards an expressionistic abstraction of the figurative. Known for her imaginative and irreverent worlds of creature curiosities and disobedient bodies, Sommers conveys an irrepressible disquiet through an undoing and upended capsizing of skins. Anatomically impressionistic, and at times barbaric, her renderings of bodies and humanoid animals appear in a state of troubling excess, rupturing through the flawed boundaries of their outsides. She presents us with a nightmarish vision of embodiment, reminding us of the body’s impermanence and mortal failure while revealing the uncomfortable beauty of the abhorrent.

Sommers’ vaguely apocalyptic world is aesthetically fraught and anxiety-ridden. Simultaneously gestural and painstakingly contained, a sustained tension emerges between the loose and the drawn, the chaotic and the controlled. Evocative and symbolically open-ended, her imagery evolves through exhaustive sketchbooks and the wrought work of constant mark making. Though familiar, her creatures are at far enough of a remove from the real to evade heavy-handed horror. The surreal proportions of the grotesque keep the imagery on another, more poetically licentious, plane. Seductive and simultaneously pained, Sommers’ world of viscera loosely intermingles violence with calm, the sacred with the profane, and the hideous with the alluring. The brutality of the flesh is an unavoidable precondition of the self, in both its violence and vulnerability, a theme that continues to seep from her work.

Sommers describes her process as one of frenetic distillation, a constant consumption and extraction of experience and influence. Working across a variety of media, she creates installation and sculptural-based works from found materials and altered remnants alongside her two-dimensional pieces. Starting from sketchbook drawings, Sommers builds her paintings through the accretion of marks and materials, layering drawing in various media such as graphite, copier pencil, wax crayon, china marker, magic marker, ballpoint pen and fountain pen, and interspersing these with layers of gouache, her preferred painting medium.

A former history major fascinated by 18th,19th and early 20th, Century historical and cultural themes, Sommers’ work has become decreasingly narrative-based over the years in favor of a more interpretative exploration of its various inheritances. She is interested in what she has called the “scale of grief” in the interwar period, a legacy of existential distress explored by the likes of Francis Bacon, George Grosz, and Otto Dix, all of whom she identifies as influences. Sommers invokes this dissociative experience of the body as a philosophically fractured, psychically incohesive, and ultimately disjointed vessel for the self. Though she dissuades an overly prescribed interpretation of her work, preferring to keep it loosely associative, Sommers’ references and allusions are complex and nuanced.

Among the themes explored by Sommers in Bruxism are the consuming compulsions and wasting momentums of anxiety, the repetitive and forced nature of nostalgia, and the imperfect and unresolved nature of embodiment. In keeping with her preference for references that function as thematic “scaffolding,” her title refers to “bruxing” the term given to the compulsive grinding of a horse’s teeth.

 New Works by Allison Sommers

New Works by Allison Sommers

New Works by Allison Sommers

New Works by Allison Sommers

Opening Reception for Kevin Peterson ‘Sovereign’ & Amanda Mando Marie ‘The Light Touch’

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We’re thrilled to share Kevin Peterson’s much-anticipated exhibition “Sovereign” sold out before doors and opened with red dots lining the walls. Amanda ‘Mando’ Marie’s “The Light Touch” latest body of work extended into the office with a beautiful stenciled mural with pieces purchased on sight. A line before doors formed as people anxiously waited to pick up a new print from Peterson, and both shows were well received throughout the evening. Peterson warmly answered questions regarding his work during the reception and unfortunately Marie had to rush off post-mural for her next art adventure.

Both exhibitions are on view now until September 10th during gallery hours, Tuesday – Saturday noon to 6pm. To view all available work from Amanda ‘Mando’ Marie and to view the pieces from Kevin Peterson online, visit the links below.

Kevin Peterson:
http://thinkspacegallery.com/shows/kevinpeterson-2016/show-pieces/

Amanda ‘Mando’ Marie:
http://thinkspacegallery.com/shows/amandamarie-2016/show-pieces/

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Heads Up Chicago! LAX / ORD – Thinkspace & Vertical Gallery Opening Next Week

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LAX / ORD – curated show at Vertical Gallery (Chicago, IL)
Opening Reception with the Artist(s):
Saturday, September 3, 2016
6:00 – 10:00pm

Opening September 3rd at Vertical Gallery, Chicago, is LAX/ORD, a group exhibition showcasing new small format works by some of the most relevant and exciting artists working in the New Contemporary Art Movement. Connecting the West Coast art scene to that of the MidWest’s, this survey exhibition will feature local and international artists curated by one of the movement’s most active and respected proponents: Los Angeles’ Thinkspace gallery. This collaborative presentation with Patrick Hull’s Vertical Gallery is Thinkspace’s tenth iteration of its successful traveling exhibition series, and will be the largest presentation of New Contemporary art ever to take place in Chicago.

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Featuring 12″ x 12″ small format works by nearly one hundred individual artists, LAX/ORD is broadly curated by Thinkspace’s co-founder Andrew Hosner. This comprehensive exhibition is meant to capture the diversity and dynamism of the steadily growing New Contemporary Art Movement, bringing the largest representative cross-section of its burgeoning international community to the MidWest for the first time. In addition to the ambitious gallery display, a site- specific mural collaboration between Ghostbeard and Patch Whisky will be presented in tandem with the exhibition.

With roots firmly planted in illustration, pop culture, comics, street art, and graffiti, put quite simply the New Contemporary Art Movement is art for the people,” said Thinkspace co-founder Andrew Hosner.

Ghostbeard & Patch Whisky public mural produced by Thinkspace x Vertical Gallery

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Featuring 12×12 inch works from (99 total):
Aaron Nagel
ABCNT
Adam Caldwell
Alex Garant
Alex Yanes
Allison Sommers
Amanda Marie
Amy Crehore
Anthony Clarkson
Apex
Ariel DeAndrea
Baghead
Benjamin Garcia
Brandi Read
Brian Mashburn
Buff Monster
C215
Candice Tripp
Carl Cashman
Casey Weldon
Chad Pierce
Chie Yoshii
Christina Mrozik
Colin McMaster
Craig ‘Skibs’ Barker
Cycle
Dan Lydersen
Dan-ah Kim
David Rice
Derek Gores
Drew Leshko
Dulk
Edwin Ushiro
Erik Siador
Felipe Pantone
Fernando Chamarelli
Fintan Magee
Frank Gonzales
Fuco Ueda
Fumi Nakamura
Gaia
Ghostbeard
Greg Mike
Henrik Aa. Uldalen
Icy and Sot
Jacub Gagnon
Jaime Molina
James Bullough
Jana & JS
Jason Thielke
Jason Woodside
Jeremy Fish
Jeremy Hush
Joanne Nam
Josie Morway
Juan Travieso
Kelly Vivanco
Kohshin Finley
Know Hope
Kwanchia Moriya
Kyle Stewart
Linnea Strid
Lisa Ericson
Liz Brizzi
Lunar New Year
Martin Whatson
Mary Iverson
Matt Linares
Matt Small
Matthew Grabelsky
Meredith Marsone
Michael Reeder
Mike Egan
Miles Toland
Molly Gruninger
Nevercrew
Neil Perry
Nosego
Okuda
Oneq
Pam Glew
Patch Whisky
Paul Barnes
Peter Adamyan
Seamus Conley
Sean Mahan
Sean Norvet
Sebastian Wahl
Sepe
Sergio Garcia
Seth Armstrong
Stella Im Hultberg
Stinkfish
Tatiana Suarez
Tony Philipppou
Troy Coulterman
Troy Lovegates
UR New York
Wiley Wallace
X-O
Yok & Sheryo
Yosuke Ueno

See you soon Chicago!

A Look Into “The New Vanguard” at the Lancaster Museum of Art and History

Lancaster MOAH The New Vanguard

“The New Vanguard” opened at the Lancaster Museum of Art and History in tandem with POW! WOW! Antelope Valley to a vibrant reception on August 12th. The exhibition features over 55 artists from the new contemporary movement with a solo presentation by Scott Listfield in the Vault Gallery, and site-specific murals and installations created by Alex Yanes, Bumblebeelovesyou, Meggs, and Yoskay Yamamoto.  We’re thrilled to have been welcomed into the walls of the MOAH and are excited for the future of the new contemporary movement. Please visit the Thinkspace Gallery website for more information on the exhibition and to view available works.

“The New Vanguard” and POW! WOW! Antelope Valley murals can be viewed now through October 30th.

The Lancaster Museum of Art and History is dedicated to strengthening awareness, enhancing accessibility and igniting the appreciation of art, history and culture in the Antelope Valley through dynamic exhibitions, innovative educational programs, creative community engagement and a vibrant collection that celebrates the richness of the region.

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Arrested Motion Recap of POW! WOW! Antelope Valley

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Our friends over at Arrested Motion are on top of it and posted a recap of Pow! Wow! Antelope Valley.

Visit Arrested Motion’s website for more photos.

Held in conjunction with The New Vanguard at MOAH was the latest iteration of the POW! WOW! series of street art festivals. POW! WOW! Antelope Valley featured murals from Amandalynn, Andrew Schoultz, David Flores, Bumblebeelovesyou, Yoskay Yamamoto (seen above), Julius Eastman, Kris Holladay, Lady Echo, Mark Dean Veca, MEGGS, MOUF and Michael Jones – Arrested Motion

 

Arrested Motion Coverage of “The New Vanguard” at Lancaster MOAH

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Thank you to our friends over at Arrested Motion for covering the “The New Vanguard” at Lancaster Museum of Art and History.

Visit their website for full story.

As part of this event, the museum collaborated with Thinkspace Gallery to present murals and installations inside by Alex Yanes, Bumblebeelovesyou, Meggs, and Yoskay Yamamoto (seen above) as well as The New Vanguard, a group exhibition in the South Gallery featuring works from the artists listed below. – Arrested Motion

View all available works from “The New Vanguard” on the Thinkspace Gallery website : http://thinkspacegallery.com/shows/the-lancaster-museum-of-art-and-history-moah/show-pieces/