Casey Weldon’s “Latent Content” opening April 27th.

CASEY WELDON
LATENT CONTENT
April 27 – May 18, 2019

Thinkspace is pleased to present new works by Southern Californian-born artist Casey Weldon in Latent Content. Known for surreal imagery that combines darkness with humor, Weldon creates visual puns and narratively suggestive contexts to stir associations or deliver smart, if at times irreverent, punch lines. His works have often sought to critique and consider the role of popular culture and digital media in the creation of hyperbole and representational extremes.

Striving to create works that are accessible and readily legible rather than obscure, Weldon invokes familiar elements in surreal ways to play with our expectations of the everyday and commonplace. An aspect of absurdity shapes much of Weldon’s work, and a willingness to connect dreamlike extremes with creative recombinations of the known. Looking to popular culture, Weldon has played to the internet’s penultimate tendency towards distortion; his multi-eyed cats come to mind, inspired by its insatiable feline obsession and our weird cultural brevity in the age of memes. Weldon explores the wild in contrast with the domestic, and the safe punctuated by the wonderfully aberrant and strange.

By combining light with dark, Weldon’s richly hued, though at times aphotic palette becomes luminous, revealing otherworldly sources of light that often emanate or erupt impossibly from figures and landscapes. In past works, fireworks have burst forth from human eyes, a great white shark bares mandibles of Lite-Brite bulb teeth, and humanoid figures emerge mythically from otherworldly landscapes. Preferring amplified and even psychedelically disorienting colors, Weldon incorporates neons to alter the atmospheric cast of his paintings and heighten their jarring impact.

Favoring the combination of kitsch and pop, Weldon’s work in the past has gravitated towards melancholy and nostalgia, invoked longing, or inspired a vertiginous kind of confusion when faced with cutie cakes made out of steak, multi-eyed animals, or giant predatory cats shown through extreme amplifications of scale. His new body of work, however, feels thematically darker than previous output. Focusing on the theme of latency as an underlying current for this exhibition, Weldon mines the subconscious potential of his imagery, combining his penchant for narrative with a more acute and psychologically-inflected angle.

In Latent Content, Weldon continues to explore surreal hybrids, free associations, and unlikely amalgams, combining objects and creatures in symbolically valent ways. Playing with optical illusion and trompe-l’oeil techniques, Weldon creates new works that gradually reveal their initially invisible or latent layers, stirring just beneath the surface.

Liz Brizzi’s “CDMX” opening April 27th

LIZ BRIZZI
CDMX
April 27 – May 18, 2019

Concurrently on view in Thinkspace’s project room is CDMX, featuring new works by French/Italian, Los Angeles-based artist Liz Brizzi. Drawn to the momentums of recession and dissipation that shape the physical character of city streets over time, Brizzi’s refined mixed media technique combines the hauntings of photography with the impressionistic intercessions of paint to produce ambiguously merged dimensions of time and space.

With selective omissions and emphases in her imagery, Brizzi interprets the photograph with stylistic and poetic introjections, refusing it the neutrality of an unmitigated document, and pushing and pulling its edges from the brink of abstraction. Her works subtly dramatize the erasure and preservation invisibly at work in not only our subjective attempts to remember our experience of time and place but in the living character and ephemerality of cities – forever the subject of interpretation and vague longings but seldom satisfied through literal articulation. Brizzi’s works capture something determinative and essential in the individual cores of cities – in the transience of their poetry and in the impossible task of freezing the living bones of their history in intangible progress. Both haunting and immersive, Brizzi’s cityscapes are full of the imperfect poetry and ruinous stirrings that make the study of erosion a more compelling pursuit than that of the pristine.

An avid traveler always in search of poignant pause and solace in the midst of the frenetic urban fray, Brizzi documents and explores the character of place, seeking its histories and stories in the edges and details, contrasts and tensions, that impress a place’s soul upon an observer’s memory. From Los Angeles to Tokyo, Brizzi’s work is based in an exploratory impulse, a desire to lose oneself in the anonymity of frozen observation. With works conspicuously devoid of human subjects, but rather filled with the traces of their work, life, and intervention, the images hover strangely in a register of heavy absence – strung somewhere between the empirically reliable and the poetically sapient.

In CDMX, Brizzi looks to Mexico City’s venerable history, architecture, and street life for the first time, creating works based on her recent travels and photographs there. Capturing her living impressions of its textures, light, and urban anatomy, Brizzi arrests a breathing world in a state of temporary athanasia.

Opening Reception of “Seeing Red” a collaboration between BOOOOOOOM & Thinkspace Projects

Last, Saturday March 30th, Thinkspace Projects presented “Seeing Red” curated by BOOOOOOOM founder and Vancouver-based artist Jeff Hamada. The invitational group exhibition featured new 12 x12 works by over a hundred artists who have been featured on the art website BOOOOOOOM over the last decade. The gallery was packed with artists and fans throughout the evening, enjoying the wide variety of artistic styles and voices.

“Seeing Red” is on view now through April 20th at Thinkspace Projects in Culver City.

To view all available piece from the exhibition, please click here.

POW! WOW! Hawaii 2019

Our annual trip out to Hawaii for Pow! Wow! at the start of the year is always a highlight of Thinkspace’s curatorial calendar. If you were unable to meet up with us in Honolulu, check out all the action above in the official recap video.

Visit ThinkspaceProjects.com to see all available art work from the group exhibition we curated for Pow! Wow! Hawaii 2019.

Andrew Hosner’s Influential Voice on BOOOOOOOM

In anticipation of the upcoming collaborative show “Seeing Red” at Thinkspace curated by the creator of BOOOOOOOM Jeff Hamada. Co-Owner and Curator of Thinkspace, Andrew Hosner was interviewed by Jeff for BOOOOOOOM’s “Influential Voices” series. Below are a few highlights of the interview which can be seen in full on BOOOOOOOM.com.

Join us for the opening of “Seeing Red”, Saturday, March 30th from 6 -9 pm.

Jeff Hamada: I’ve read (and listened to) a bunch of interviews you’ve done in the past, what can you tell me about yourself that you’ve never shared in an interview before?

Andrew Hosner: I obsessively drew Winnie the Pooh and his world of friends from the time I was like 4 until 7. My mom still has many of those drawings framed and hanging around my childhood home back in Michigan. From there, I moved on and grew to constantly copy the pages of Capt’n America and Fantastic Four comics… I still have the skills, I can copy just about anything put in front of me, I just never really developed that remarkable skill of being able to create my own world or draw without reference. Perhaps I should have pushed myself harder, but as I entered my teen years the world of heavy metal took over and I didn’t really draw anything past Metallica and Slayer logos and skulls for a long time haha. I’m happy with where I’m at and constantly get to use my creativity in exciting new ways. I feel it helps to be able to relate in some small way to the challenges our family of artists face with having to always come up with that next great image.

JH: What about now? I’d assume a lot more are artists are seeking you out now.

AH: Yes, we are inundated with submissions via email and the ungodly DM submission. A quick DM saying “Check me out” is kind of the “You up?” version of a submission in this digital age I feel haha. Just half assed and barely any info is ever given and I always get a HUGE laugh when I do click on a DM submission and it’s from a private account. I’m not going to friend request you, just to view your work. I mean…

With that said, I will never loose site of the fact that I can’t believe creative types from all around the world hit us up, and show us love and have followed us for years in hopes of one day working with us. The mere fact that they took the time to do so… the fact they even know we exist, I try to never lose site of that simple notion. I’m still blown away that anyone outside of LA is into what we’re rocking and love our creative vision. Keep it humble, and life rewards you.


Keep it humble, and life rewards you. – Andrew Hosner