An Interview with Alex Yanes for new group exhibition ‘GUMBO’

Alex Yanes Aves Fiera

A short but sweet interview with Alex Yanes for his upcoming show ‘GUMBO’ at Thinkspace Gallery. ‘GUMBO’ will be featuring new pieces from seven Thinkspace artists who all bring a different style, voice, and flavor to their art. ‘GUMBO’ opens Saturday April 25th from 6-9pm, and will be on view till May 16th. 

SH: What artist in the upcoming ‘Gumbo’ show would you want to collaborate with and why?
AY: It’s a dead tie between Sergio Garcia & Troy Coulterman. Both of them blew my mind during Art Basel this year! Would be cool to create something really crazy and busy, coming out of the walls with those two.

SH: When do you get the most work done; morning, noon, or night?
AY: I’m a morning person, but work 10 hour days. Cuban expresso all day, everyday.

SH: In three words, describe your artwork.
AY: Clean Calm Collected

SH: How long does it take you to finish a piece? What is your processes?
AY: About a week or so, depending on size. I always work on more than one piece at a time, hate watching paint dry. Usually begins with a rough sketch, then individually hand cut shapes or built out boxes. I transform them into things as I go along, attach them together and there you have it.

Alex Yanes Bubblegum Rider

SH: Do you remember the first time you showed your work to the public? Where was it?
AY: Yup. The bar at the Marlin Hotel on Miami Beach back in 2004. Although according to my Mom, I had a drawing of a rabbit wearing a Walkman, riding a skateboard exhibited at the County Youth Fair when I was in 1st grade.

SH: Do you have any wise words for a fledgling artist who admires your work?AY: I never did it for the money. Trained myself to create every day, even when I don’t feel like it. My Art has always helped me through the low spots in my life and granted me unimaginable accomplishments. People told me I could never make it a career and I stuck with it anyway. Never quit! Although it doesn’t define me as a person, my art is a piece of me. I feel most alive in the studio, in my zone, making something out of nothing.

SH Bonus question: Speaking of gumbo, have you ever been to New Orleans? If so, tell us a tale! If not, tell us another tale.
AY: Nope, but its cousin Key West is only a 2.5 hour drive from Miami. Been there many, many times, but only remember bits and pieces. Cheers!!

gumbo postcard

Bec Winnel Interview for Beautanica

Bec Winnel Beautanica ‘Beautanica‘ opening reception Saturday April 25th from 6 -9pm. 

Warm-Up Questions:
Coffee or Tea?
Coffee

Spirit Animal?
Moth

What was your background noise when creating this show?
The radio (Triple J) for most of it and then a new born baby girl!

Main Interview:

BEc Winnel Progress Shot I

SH:  Are the women in your work based on people you know or an imagined reference?
BW: They aren’t based on anyone I know in particular. Although I use shots of models backstage for reference, the women in my art are meant to capture and represent the soulfulness of women in general.

SH: What inspired the direction of this latest body of work?
BW: I was pregnant when I started and had a baby by the time I finished. I’m sure she, Bridget, inspired my work strongly along with the subject matter I always use, feminine beauty, mixed with elements of nature. A lot of the reference for the nature elements in my work come from plants around my house.

SH: If you had only 5 minutes to go shopping at your favorite art supply store and buy whatever you wanted, money is no object, what would you throw in your basket? (or cart)
BW: Ooo, can I have the whole shop? I would probably head to the watercolour section and pick out the most beautiful and expensive full set of watercolours, packaged in a beautiful wooden box.

SH: How did you develop and find your artistic voice?
BW: While I always stayed with females as my subject, I experimented with a lot of different styles and mediums. Eventually I stuck with realism using pencils as I felt this area was where my strengths were. Around the same time I discovered the work of Sara Moon who influenced my style also. Sara Moon created vintage style images of women in a smokey and dreamy world. From there my style has developed to include areas of 2D abstract imagery and patterns of mixed media such as watercolour and metallic inks. Also incorporating pan pastels into the realism of the ladies. Always experimenting and trying new things helps you to find your voice.

New Piece for Beautanica by Bec Winnel

SH: What do you do when you’re filled with self-doubt or stuck in a creative rut?
BW: Sometimes I’ll walk away from my art (go outside, have a hot shower, go for a drive, go visit a friend) until I feel inspired to create again or if there is a deadline and I have no choice but to produce work, I’ll start several artworks until finally one feels like it is working. Most important and almost impossible sometimes, is not to over think what I’m doing but to let it just happen, almost on a subconscious level.

SH: When do you get the most work done; morning, noon, or night?
BW: Either early morning or late at night. I’m useless during the middle of the day.

SH: How do you know a piece is finished?
BW: I once read that a piece is finished when your eye can move freely around a piece and all areas of the artwork feel resolved. I pretty much try to follow that idea. I usually check with partner or family too and ask them if they think it looks ‘finished’. A fresh eye never goes astray.

Bec Winnel Progress Shot II

SH: What other artists work are you a fan of right now?
BW: There are so many artist work that I love, I think I’m following around 300 of them on Instagram! An artist my friend just introduced me to is Lorraine Loots. She creates mind blowing little realistic artworks the size of your thumbnail!

SH: What do you know now, that you wish you’d known when you were first embarking on your artistic career?
BW: When I was starting out, it did take a long time to find my artistic ‘voice’ and at times it was really hard and frustrating. I still feel like I’m finding it with every piece I create, however, one artist said to me a couple of years ago, finding your voice simply takes time. Knowing that, I could have accepted the journey is an ever-growing one and to be more patient!

SH: If you could live in any movie for a day, what would it be? Would you be a specific character or yourself?
BW: It would have to be a Drew Barrymore movie. Either ever after or 50 first dates. I would just be myself and watch Drew. She seems so nice and funny.

Sergio Garcia featured in High Time Magazine

Sergio Garcia Feature in High Times

Artist Sergio Garcia, who will be showing new work in “Gumbo” opening Saturday April 25, has been featured in High Times magazine. Highlighting his works inclusion into the permanent collection of the Hash, Marihuana, and Hemp Museums in Amsterdam and Barcelona; the magazine is available on newsstands now.

Thinkspace Invades Detroit – LAX/DTW

LAX DTW Thinkspace Invades Detroit

Los Angeles based gallery Thinkspace has teamed up with Inner State Gallery in Detroit, Michigan to present ‘LAX / DTW’. This special exhibition has been curated by Thinkspace and serves as an amazing introduction to the burgeoning New Contemporary movement for art lovers in the Midwest. Featuring 16×20 inch works from over 80 artists spanning the globe including featured artists: Stephanie Buer and Liz Brizzi.

‘LAX / DTW’ will kick off with an opening reception on Saturday, June 6th with two of the owners of Thinkspace on hand. With roots firmly planted in illustration, pop culture imagery, comics, street art and graffiti, put quite simply the New Contemporary Art Movement is art for the people.

Featuring 16×20 inch works from:

123Klan
Aaron Nagel
Adam Caldwell
Alexis Diaz
Allison Sommers
Amanda Marie
Andy Kehoe
Angry Woebots
Anthony Clarkson
Bec Winnel
Brett Amory
Brian Mashburn
Carl Cashman
Chie Yoshii
Christine Wu
Craig ‘Skibs’ Barker
Curiot
Dan-ah Kim
Dave MacDowell
David Cooley
Derek Gores
Derek Hess
Drew Leshko
EINE
Ekundayo
Erik Jones
Erik Siador
Frank Gonzales
Fumi Nakamura
Glenn Barr
Greg Mike
Henrik Aa. Uldalen
Hueman
Jacub Gagnon
James Bullough
James Marshall (Dalek)
Jeff Ramirez
Jeremy Hush
Jim Houser
Jolene Lai
Joram Roukes
Joseph Martinez
Kelly VIvanco
Ken Flewellyn
Kevin Peterson
Kikyz1313
Ki Sung Koh
Kojiro Ankan Takakuwa
Kozyndan
Kwon Kyung-yup
Kyle Stewart
Labrona
Lindsey Carr
Linnea Strid
Luke Chueh
Marco Mazzoni
Mari Inukai
Mary Iverson
Matthew Grabelsky
Meggs
Michael Ramstead
Michelle Tanguay
Mike Egan
Naoto Hattori
Naturel
Nick Jaskey
Nosego
Okuda
Paul Barnes
Paula Zammit
Persue
Peter Adamyan
Rodrigo Luff
Rone
Ryan Hewett
Sarah Joncas
Sean Mahan
Sebastian Wahl
Seth Armstrong
Shark Toof
Stinkfish
Tony Philippou
Tran Nguyen
Troy Lovegates

Taking place at:
Inner State Gallery
1410 Gratiot Avenue
Detroit, Michigan 48207
www.innerstategallery.com

Opening Reception: Saturday, June 6th 7-10PM
On view: June 6th through July 4th, 2015

Featured artist Stephanie Buer:
Portland based artist Stephanie Buer explores derelict and abandoned urban spaces in her meticulously detailed oil paintings and charcoal drawings. Looking to the barren architectural vestiges of industry, Buer explores the life of marginalized structures once they’re divested of function and condemned to vacancy and neglect. Buer is fascinated by the living histories of absence, and by the poetic solitude of remnants; these buildings, once brimming with purpose and commercial enterprise remain untenanted reminders of human desertion and waste.

Stephanie Buer’s work is inspired by an untiring search for the spectral half lives of desolate spaces. Ever in search of dissonant juxtapositions and interesting details, Buer captures the poetry of imperfection in the graffiti marred walls of abandoned factories, and in the permanent vacancy of old buildings overgrown and dispossessed by the progress of nature. Initially, Buer began her search for these urban ruins and relics in the abandoned industrial recesses of Detroit. From these early urban explorations sprang an interest in the stories of structures, and in the spatial poetry of architectural remains. Her works are very much about the process of looking, of excavating beauty and value from inglorious castoffs and flawed fragments. Critically, her work encourages the viewer to consider the larger significance of a culture that pursues indiscriminate and unsustainable development; the abandoned buildings themselves endemic of the progress that once necessitated their development. Buer reminds us that things continue to live, even once they have been discarded.

Featured artist Liz Brizzi:
Los Angeles based, French born, artist Liz Brizzi’s mixed media collage paintings combine photography, paper and acrylic washes of paint on board to build complex and layered graphic works that capture the architectural specters of the urban core.

Brizzi is an artist adrift and in search of the mutable lives of structures. Through her travels, Brizzi has sought to capture the cultural specificity of her subjects, looking to the ways in which architecture speaks of its city’s past and present. A central component of her practice involves the undertaking of urban “safaris” on which she seeks and arrests the absentia of industrial relics and buildings through photography. Her work can be defined as architectural portraiture, seeking the evasive identities of these receding and often forgotten edifices. Whether in a decrepit neon sign, a vacant alley way or a gutted building, Brizzi excavates the lives of partial vestiges. In the absence of human subjects, the works focus on these architectures and environments as living entities subject to the ravages of time and neglect.

Brizzi’s gritty and colorful works are ambient, and capture the moodiness of these urban hauntings with impressionistic license. At once graphic and painterly, the works are often composites of fractured moments and vistas. Architectonically devised compositionally, the panels are nonetheless as deeply emotive and stirring as they are technically impressive. They feel both holistically bound and fragmentary – a beautifully injured vision of remnants and unknown hollows. An avid traveller with an interest in Japanese philosophy, particularly the tenets of Wabi-Sabi which expound an appreciation of transience and imperfection, Brizzi is a spatial poet in search of ragged edges and haunted fissures.

About Inner State Gallery / 1xRun:

1xRUN is the premier online destination for exclusive one of a kind artwork in any and all forms. Working with leading and emerging artists from around the world, 1xRUN is focused on bringing limited-edition time released artwork to collectors across the globe. Here at 1xRUN, our artists are a special breed and so are our customers. We strive to offer a one of a kind product that suits both and is unlike anything else in the marketplace.

1xRUN was founded by the team at Inner State Gallery ( formally 323East) in Detroit’s Historic Eastern Market. Over the past 6 years, we’ve worked with hundreds of amazing artists, both locally and internationally, and we’re constantly adding new artists.

Formed out of years and years of developing trusted relationships with our favorite artists, gallerists and curators, our team is a rotating band of artists, filmmakers, musicians, writers, photographers and designers. We do this because we love it. We get up every day and love coming to work, because we work on what we love. We’re here to tell you that mail-order is still fun.

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Brett Amory Art Book Now Available Through Vivant Books

brett amory vivant books

 

San Francisco-based artist Brett Amory’s first book is now available and published by Vivant Books. Featuring his “Waiting” series, this coffee table book contains four color reproductions of Brett’s artwork, biography, and selected essays from art world luminaries and patrons. Thinkspace owner Andrew Hosner proudly contributed to this exciting publication with an essay on Brett’s work. A gorgeous addition to any art book collection, Brett Amory can be published on Vivant Books website now.