ALEX GARANT’S “VOYAGE OF THE INSOMNIAC” EXHIBITION SHOWING AT THINKSPACE – AUGUST 2018

ALEX GARANT
VOYAGE OF THE INSOMNIAC
August 4, 2018 – August 25, 2018

(LOS ANGELES, CA) – Thinkspace is pleased to present Voyage of The Insomniac, featuring new works by Toronto-based, Canadian, Québéquois artist Alex Garant. A painter known for her hyper-realistically rendered Op art portraits in which the faces and eyes of her subjects seem to skip their registers through image redoubling and superimposition, Garant is in search of the frenetic internal life of the sitter.

Not unlike the fugitive flicker of a screen or the spectral layering of multiple film exposures, her portraits reveal an unsettling multiplicity, shifting beneath the subject’s surface. Garant creates faces that challenge the optics of identity and the reductive way in which it is perceived, with a visual gimmick that quite literally dislodges and displaces its coherence to produce skittering psychological images of fracture and ricochet.

Garant has long been fascinated by the interaction of patterns and symmetry, and the resulting optics of their graphic repetition and layering. Her portraits begin with a series of superimposed drawings based on her sitters, actual individuals, and muses from her life, and pushes the familiar confines of portraiture to a newly strange and re-sensitized place of sensory confusion. Her subjects and their energy seem to erupt from within, testing the tensile seams of the skin, the body, as always, an insufficient vessel for the incongruous experience within.

The artist’s labor-intensive oil paintings are meticulously executed, often incorporating patterning or other graphic elements and motifs to produce reverberating visual effects. Her color palette ranges from the subtlety of realistic flesh tones to hyper-colored gradients, saturated pastels, and translucent gem-like washes of color. Her stylizations of these vertiginous portraits thrive in surreal kitsch to interrupt the apprehension of the subject, activating a process of invested viewing, that is of trying to “see” the person amidst the trappings of hallucinatory visual interference. The compelling and somewhat unsuccessful process of attempting to stabilize the image produces a fundamental feeling of perceptual instability, one that intensifies our stolen communion with an evasive subject.

YOSUKE UENO’S “BUT BEAUTIFUL” EXHIBITION SHOWING AT THINKSPACE – AUGUST 2018

YOSUKE UENO
BUT BEAUTIFUL
August 4, 2018 – August 25, 2018

(LOS ANGELES, CA) – Thinkspace is pleased to present new works by Japanese artist Yosuke Ueno in But Beautiful. A self-taught painter based out of Tokyo, Ueno is known for his imaginative, character-driven worlds created in symbolic pursuit of innocence, hope, and positivity. These loosely narrative-based paintings evolve intuitively, the artist’s approach to his compositions seldom premeditated, preferring instead to embrace the creative tangents of his subconscious. By allowing the process of painting to dictate the outcome, the works host a recurring cast of playful creatures, hybrids, and psychotropic fantasies. The artist, amidst these playful gestures, emerges as an inventor of psychedelic metaphor and cultural pastiche, freely combining references to everything from Japanese culture, ancient Greek mythology, Tokyo Street fashion and video games to Disney animation and the Western canon of art history. Driven by a genuine desire to capture our philosophical interconnectivity through art, Ueno’s multicultural references coalesce through the unpretentious spontaneity of his imagination and a fundamental belief in the universality of a shared condition.

Thematically, Ueno’s works are inspired by several influences, including the polytheistic tradition of Japanese Shinto, an ancient Japanese religion with a symbolic tradition of personifying the sacred energies of every living and inanimate thing as individual deities. According to this worldview, the universe is a complex amalgam of sacred, interdependent energies and personalities, and the tangible vessels of this plane, inhabited by the spectral presence of spirits and ancestry. The multiplicity of this theistic framework posits the coexistence of complex symbolic worlds on an infinite level, with entire microcosms existing in endlessly divided parts of the whole: an infinite precondition necessary to the surreal.

Other major influences apparent in Ueno’s works include Japanese Animé, specifically Manga and Studio Ghibli, particularly the works of artist and filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki, and theatrical pictorial conventions borrowed from art history, like the memento mori typical of the Baroque or the Northern Renaissance’s penchant for Vanitas, both devices prophetic heralds emphasizing the inevitability of human mortality. Ueno has been known to appropriate classical works of art as well, directly reinterpreting them through the cast of his aesthetic; Johannes Vermeer’s mid-seventeenth century, The Milkmaid, and Manet’s Impressionist masterpiece, A Bar at the Folies-Bergère, for instance, have both made appearances in Ueno’s current repertoire.

Unexpected juxtapositions and cleverly contradictory elements emerge and interact within Ueno’s worlds, while a surreal freedom conflates the ordinary restrictions of time and space in support of its fantasies. The ancient and the contemporary are continually recombined, existing on a timeless plane through the simultaneous referencing of the traditional and pop-cultural. The unexpected poetry of these alliances, much like the paintings themselves, reveal complex accretions of cultural sediment, the result of an unimpeded admixture of worlds. Anchored by the concept of Yin and Yang and the elemental balance of the light and dark forces it implies, Ueno’s works strive to capture the plasticity and flux of these energetic constellations as they vie for poetic balance and positive resolve.

Vitality & Verve III: Transforming the Urban Landscape Featured on Hypebeast

Hypebeast just hyped our collaboration with the Long Beach Musem of Art for Vitality and Verve III: Transforming the Urban Landscape and we couldn’t be more excited.

Jump over to their website to view a collection of the installations – Long Beach Museum Transformed into a Street Art Playground. 

 

NEW PRINT EDITION THIS FRIDAY FROM KEVIN PETERSON

This Friday we are honored to share a new print edition from Kevin Peterson (Houston, Texas). “Bella” was featured in our sold out London solo exhibition with Peterson this past October as part of Moniker Art Fair.
KEVIN PETERSON

Bella
18×19.5 inches / 45.7×49.5 cm
Edition of 200
Hand signed and numbered by the artist
$200

Available this Friday, July 13 at 10 AM Pacific Time via our shop:

https://shop.thinkspaceprojects.com

 

NEW HAND-PAINTED SKATE DECKS FROM MARTIN WHATSON

We are excited to be able to present a collection of 10 new hand-painted skate decks from Martin Whatson out of Norway.

Please note each deck is numbered on the back, but each is a 100% unique, all hand-painted edition. Whatson has been creating these on and off, for a few years now, and he numbers the back of each to simply to keep track. They are not a part of any specific numbered edition. This is the first time a collection of these has been made available for online purchase.
All decks will ship from our gallery next week.
Thank you.

Martin Whatson
Skateboard Deck
Spray paint and paint marker on wooden skate deck 
8.5×32 inches / 21.5×81.2 cm
Created during May and June of 2018
10 available (6 horizontal / 4 vertical)
$1,250

Available TODAY – Wednesday, July 11 – at 10 AM Pacific Time: 

https://shop.thinkspaceprojects.com

* PLEASE NOTE: They will not appear in our shop until 10 AM. Three new canvas works from Whatson will also be included in today’s online release.