NEW CONTEMPORARY ART FEELING THE SUMMER VIBES

Low Bros – “#offtheline”

It’s the summer solstice so we went through our inventory and are highlighting pieces that have some major summer vibes.

Please reach out to contact@thinkspaceprojects.com or
call the gallery at (310) 558 – 3375 if you are interested in one of the pieces below.

Seth Armstrong – “7:45”
Germs – “Aloha”
Erica Rose Levine – “Carnival”
Meggs – “Dreams of Paradise Lost”
David Cooley – “Exotic Anxieties”
Low Bros – “Flaming-O”
Scott Listfield – “Hello”
bumblebeelovesyou – “Last Slice”
Jeff Ramirez -“Mr. Blue”

Alvaro Naddeo’s Studio Visit For All City Canvas

All City Canvas highlights Alvaro Naddeo’s upcoming exhibition at Thinkspace Projects Culver City “AmeriCan’t” in their online issue. They visited his studio in Torrance, California where Naddeo discusses his process and inspiration.

View the article on the All City Canvas website and enjoy the video above in anticipation of the opening Saturday, June 30th.

Alvaro Naddeo’s “AmeriCan’t” Closes Out June at Thinkspace Projects Culver City

 

ALVARO NADDEO
AmeriCan’t
June 30, 2018 – July 21, 2018
Concurrently on view in the Thinkspace project room is AmeriCan’t, featuring new works by Brazilian born and Los Angeles-based artist Alvaro Naddeo. Interested in the study of castaway objects and the subtle graphic nuances of urban detritus gleaned from the city sphere, the artist combines its textures and edges in compositional amalgams. His interest in the life of the unassuming object extends to billboards and signage, cast away containers and boxes, and domestic and industrial spaces, conjoined and superimposed in unexpected mashups, or cultural relics that speak of use and disposal in the contemporary city.

Working primarily in watercolor on paper, Naddeo achieves an impressive level of hyperrealistic rendering, bestowing unexpected poetry to the lowly remnants of the city’s waste and urban recesses. Naddeo’s works offer a commentary on the excessive momentums of contemporary consumerism, while his imagery explores the decay and deterioration of the city-worn.

Juan Travieso Mural for Vitality & Verve III : Transforming the Urban Landscape

The murals and installations for Vitality and Verve III: Transforming the Urban Landscape at the Long Beach Museum of art have been underway for a week now and the artists’ various visions continue to come to fruition.

Below are a few shots of Juan Travieso’s bold mural as a work in progress at the  Long Beach Museum of Art.

Juan Travieso (born Havana, Cuba 1987), is an artist based in Miami and New York.  His work explores notions of impermanence and decay through a combined language of pop, realism, and abstraction. Figures, be them humans or animals, are broken up into spaces and forms much like 3d models, speaking to both their temporality and transition into the digital age. What once was abstractions interacting with disappearing animals, are now figures of disappearing and transforming ideologies and culture.  Travieso is a dynamic maker, he approaches painting with great appetite and produces a feast for the eyes and mind.

Join us Friday, June 29th for the opening night gala, After Dark.

Tickets available now for only $15 at: www.lbma.org/after-dark-2018

“Vitality and Verve III” is the third iteration of the collaborative series curated by Thinkspace Projects with the support of POW! WOW! Long Beach for the Long Beach Museum of Art, and will be featuring ephemeral murals and installations from Bordalo II, CASE, Evoca, Sergio Garcia, Herakut, Hush,
Jaune, Leon Keer, Koz Dos, Spenser Little, Fintan Magee, Dennis McNett, Drew Merritt, Michael Reeder, RISK, SEEN, Amy Sol, Super A, Juan Travieso, Dan Witz and Lauren YS

The Long Beach Museum of Art presents:
‘VITALITY AND VERVE III’
Curated by Thinkspace with support from POW! WOW! Long Beach

On View June 30, 2018 thru September 9, 2018 at:

Long Beach Museum of Art
2300 East Ocean Boulevard
Long Beach, CA. 90803

Friday, June 29 opening night gala tickets available now for only $15 at:
www.lbma.org/after-dark-2018

Juan Travieso’s “Entropy” Closes Out June at Thinkspace Projects Culver City

JUAN TRAVIESO
Entropy
June 30, 2018 – July 21, 2018

(Los Angeles, CA) – Thinkspace is pleased to present new works by Cuban-born painter Juan Travieso in Entropy. Currently based out of Miami and New York, Travieso creates visually complex worlds suspended in a state of fracture. Dismantled into seismic shards, these fragments are subject to the disorienting effects of constant spatial interruption. Combining a realist painting technique with surreal juxtapositions, spatial splicing, bright palettes, and geometric abstraction, Travieso conveys the textures of a universe in breach, distorted and split by its endless potential for loss. Fascinated by the extinction of countless endangered species and the often irrevocable influence of human intervention, Travieso presents the reality of a world in transition. His compositions often look like digitized renderings, informed by the awkward, artificial simultaneity of 3-D models, and devolve in moments to pixelated digital facsimiles, reminding us of the unavoidably temporal nature of disappearance.

Travieso was born in Havana, Cuba. He credits his love of color in his work to the scarcity of resources in his home country, a stark contrast to the sheer availability of art supplies and imagery in the US. Inspired by this profusion of access to information and paint colors, the artist has taken on a series dedicated to endangered bird species, capturing them on the cusp of imminent disappearance. In the works, their facets are compartmentalized into geometric patterns and their edges striated to dissolve into quasi-architectural grids. A requiem of sorts for the irremediably compromised state of our biodiversity, Travieso’s paintings capture the cataclysmic energy of its decay and the transience of this biological exhaustion and loss, proposed in stark contrast to the permanent ambitions of the digital age. This re-articulation of environmental damage through the visual and graphic language of digital culture gets at the fundamental contradiction between the organic and the artificial, the finite and the infinite; the natural world is forever at odds with the perpetuity of artificial, manmade technologies.

As an activist and environmentalist, Travieso hopes that his dynamic works will draw attention to the ecological carelessness we’ve abetted and the necessity of our continued vigilance in the preservation of what’s left. This compassion for the vulnerable and voiceless has clear political affinities for Travieso, relating to his personal experiences growing up in Communist Cuba where persecution for perceived dissent was a constant threat and the silencing of censorship unavoidable. Perhaps in keeping with this tendency to combine oppositions like freedom and constraint, Travieso depicts the lawlessness and diversity of nature at odds with the enforced geometry of human constructs.