Booooooom x Thinkspace “SEEING RED”

SEEING RED
Booooooom x Thinkspace
Over 100 artists are invited to create 12 x 12-inch works
Curated by Booooooom
March 30 – April 20, 2019

Thinkspace is pleased to present Seeing Red, an invitational group show of 12 by 12-inch format works curated by Boooooom founder and Vancouver-based artist Jeff Hamada. Combining work by more than a hundred artists featured over the past ten years on the personal art blog turned internet phenom, Seeing Red embodies the intrepid curatorial spirit that established Booooooom in its beginning as an unexpected cultural centrifuge. Led by its creator’s singular knack for finding and connecting unknown talent, Booooooom evolved into an exciting digital platform, at a time predating the web’s current over-saturation of trend-driven channels, and has become a proverbial ‘last man’ standing in a digital graveyard of exhausted outlets.

Driven by a love for the discovery of all things obscure, and perhaps just as equally by a longing for professional resources in a notoriously exclusionary and cryptic creative industry, some ten years ago Hamada began a motivated and sweeping excavation of the internet for art and design, expertly curating content based entirely on individual interest. Booooooom still combines high and low, emerging and established, blue chip and anti-establishment, indiscriminately blending content in an accessible, living, visual archive, truly unlike any other. Over a decade, when virtually all of the other comparable sites of its kind have vanished into the digital ether, Booooooom has grown from an individually curated content site into a generative community and network championing artists and their creativity. Hamada founded Booooooom in Vancouver, Canada, in 2008 as a way of featuring and sharing exciting, unknown, work he had scoured the internet in search of, hoping to inspire artists to share and like-minded creatives to make. The blog at its inception -somewhat famously forced to take on its seven o’s in place of its intended two – was meant to inspire that eureka of discovery on the virtual frontier, the “boom!” moment of connecting to the find and clicking on the link. Appended with a few more vowels, though in a befittingly odd number, Booooooom quickly reached traffic in the millions per month, reaching an unparalleled level of visibility for an art blog and making it the most visited in the world, and on the internet, ever. Since then, Hamada has grown the site into a full-time vocation, with its content still entirely self-directed and single-handedly curated to preserve the pioneering feel of its un-coerced vision. Hamada has likened the Booooooom site aesthetic to a well “lived-in apartment,” imperfect, hand-made, and not too precious, a vivid and endearing analogy that brings a missing element of human warmth to the prevailing cold of so much “high” art.

Hamada has worked creatively, and inventively, with brands worldwide, including Mercedes, MTV, Adobe, VICE Media, Herschel Supply, Converse, Jameson, WeTransfer, Levi’s, Oakley, Native Shoes, Aritzia, Flexfit, Poketo, and Ray Ban. Booooooom has recently grown into a community with formal membership, and Hamada continues to create and develop new projects, and professional networking opportunities for the artists championed by its efforts.

For Booooooom and Thinkspace’s first collaborative project, each participating artist was asked to produce an original piece For Seeing Red and given only two limiting criteria: that it be a 12″ x 12″ work, and that they incorporate the color red. The straightforward theme for the exhibition is intended to provide a simple but striking visual thread linking the many artists in the show in spite of their apparent diversity, and providing the viewer with an accessible way to navigate and engage with that range.

Seeing Red will include new 12″ x 12″ works by Aaron De La Cruz, Alessandra Maria, Alex Roulette, Alice Fennessy, Alina-Ondine, Andrea Wan, Andrew Schoultz, Andrew Tavukciyan, Andy Busc, Angela Gram, ASKEW, Audrey Kawasaki, Bagger 43, Ben Bauchau, Bráulio Amado, Brecht Vandenbroucke, Brendan Monroe, Caratoes, Céline Ducrot, Cinta Vidal, Daniela Carvalho, Drew Young, Emily Lovejoy, Eric Louie, Erik Jones, Erik Mark Sandberg, ERMSY, Esao Andrews, Evah Fan, Evan M. Cohen, Fafi, Fumii Nakamura, Hanna Lee Joshi, Hellen Jo, Herikita, Hola Lou, Hope Gangloff, Huntz Liu, Ilya Milstein, James Acrow, James Chia Han Lee, Jasper Wong, Jean Jullien, Jean Nagai, Jen Mann, Jet Martinez, Jon Boam, Joshua Barrigada, Julia Petrova, Julian Glander, Kamea Hadar, Kami + Sasu (Hitotzuki), Kate Wadsworth, Katie So, Kayla Mahaffey, Kellie Orr, Kenichi Hoshine, Kevin Lyons, Kim Leutwyler, Klone, Kristina Collantes, Laura Bifano, Lauren YS, Linsey Levendall, Low Bros, Lucie Salgado, Luke Ramsey, Madsteez, Mandy Tsung, Marco Mazzoni, Mark Sarmel, Marsi van de Heuvel, Martine Johanna, Mary Henderson, Mina Hamada, Nate Burbeck, Neva Hosking, Nomi Chi, Nosego, Ping Zhu, PREF, Rob Sato, Sam Rodriguez, Sam Vanallemeersch, Simon Landrein, Smithe, Tatiana Suarez, Tierney Milne, Tiffany Bozic, Tran Nguyen, Tyler Keeton Robbins, Wakana Yamazaki, WAONE, Will Gaynor, Will Laren, and YESNIK.

Abigail Goldman’s “Dieorama”

Topic Studios created a beautiful short featuring artist Abigal Goldman. A cinematic portrait directed by Kevin Staake.

Abigail Goldman’s morbidly delightful dioramas have been sprinkled throughout various group shows we’ve curated the past few years, and we will be continuing to show new works from her throughout the Summer and Fall of this year.

We still have some great works available by Abigail Goldman in the Thinkspace inventory. After finding out more about Goldman’s background and life outside the studio, her work becomes even more endearing.

Esao Andrews mid-career retrospective “Petrichor” opens at the Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum this May

ESAO ANDREWS
PETRICHOR
May 10 – August 4, 2019

Thinkspace is pleased to announce Petrichor, a mid-career retrospective at the Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum dedicated to the surreal and darkly stylized work of Japanese American artist, and Mesa AZ native, Esao Andrews. Known for his minutely detailed and narratively suggestive paintings, Andrews brings haunting imagery to life through his uniquely mannerist distortion of subjects, both human and animal, and the strange undertow of his desolate, Gothically inspired landscapes. Themed around homecomings, departures, and afflictive transformations, Andrews’ works feel drawn from the same collective imaginary reserves as myth.

Andrews attended New York’s School of Visual Arts where he studied illustration and completed a B.F.A in 2000. An accomplished figurative painter, he participated in the BP Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery, London, in 2002. The artist has worked commercially in tandem with his fine art practice which has, in recent years, grown to include large-scale murals, and produced iconic album cover artwork for American rock band Circa Survive. He has also created numerous comic book covers for DC’s Vertigo Comics, and memorable deck designs for Deathwish and Baker Skateboards.    

Petrichor will feature over a dozen iconic works by Andrews, borrowed from private collections worldwide, and will include the original artwork from the Circa Survive album releases. Also included in the exhibition are never before seen sketches and maquettes, objects and skateboard decks, and twelve new, never before seen works alongside a site-specific mural created for the retrospective.

Staging a world of unlikely combinations and unexpected tensions, Andrews revels in the surreal elasticity of the subconscious and its penchant for the poetically absurd. No hybrid is too unimaginable, no character too fantastic, no anthropomorphous invention too unthinkable. Objects, animals, and people are all dynamically animate and sentient, subject to the inexplicable rules of their living fictional cosmos. Always one for compelling epilogues, Andrews has revisited past characters and themes throughout his career, building on earlier works and weaving a sort of narrative continuity throughout his output. Though the tone of his imagery often borders on the grotesque or even macabre, a literary impulse links Andrews’ works to the fabric of fable and myth, its folkloric threads binding it to something vaguely archetypal and collective in its haunting resonance. 

Andrews lists diverse sources of inspiration for his work, everything from art history to skate counterculture. The immersive manga fantasies of anime master Hayao Miyazaki figure prominently among his influences, as do French 19th-Century Academic painting styles, particularly its neoclassical revisitation of myth and the tenebrous cast of its moody contrasts. Andrews also cites the heightened emotional drama of Gustav Klimt’s Symbolist Art Nouveau style and Egon Schiele’s Expressionistic sensual grotesque as other stylistic sources. Contemporary painters James Jean and Inka Essenhigh list among his inspirations too, as does visionary cartoonist Al Columbia for his masterful, ghoulish reinterpretations of Americana.

“Petrichor” is said to be the fluid stone coursing through the veins of the Gods in Greek mythology, it is also the warm earthen smell after a downpour on desiccated land, the relief of rain on hot desert and dry air that signals a moment of elemental transformation and all the inexplicable micro-metamorphoses that attend a relieved and changing landscape. This is the dark but beautifully redemptive imaginary Andrews is continually bringing to life – one in which endings and beginnings are indivisibly bound.

Opening Reception of Kevin Peterson’s “Wild” and Frank Gonzales’s “Desert Discourse”

Kevin Peterson’s anticipated “Wild” and Frank Gonzales’s “Desert Discourse” opened last Saturday, March 2nd to a great reception. We thank everyone who came out to view these beautiful bodies of work in person. The shows are on view now through March 23, and available works from Desert Discourse and Wild can be viewed on the Thinkspace website.

SCOPE NYC 2019 Featuring New Works from Leon Keer

SCOPE New York
March 7-10, 2019

Thinkspace will be featuring a solo booth from Leon Keer

Located At:
125 West 18th Street
New York, New York 10011

General Admission:
Saturday, March 9 11AM-8PM
Sunday, March 10 11AM-7PM

We’re excited to be back in NYC for the 19th edition of SCOPE New York at the Metropolitan Pavilion in the Chelsea District. We are showcasing a solo booth featuring 12 new works on wood panel from Leon Keer out of The Netherlands. Keer is a world leading artist in anamorphic street art. He has executed commissions in Europe, The United States, Mexico, The United Arabic Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Russia, New Zealand, Australia and several Asian countries.

A message seems to be present in Keer’s work. Current issues are reviewed, such as environmental concerns and the livability of this world. The artist is constantly aware of the playfulness and beauty versus the degradation around him, a contrast that he expresses and amplifies in his work and which he uses as a metaphor for life. His paintings reflect his thoughts, confronting the viewer with the diseased spirit of our times, visible decay counter-pointing a timeless longing for unspoiled beauty.

Known for presenting groundbreaking contemporary work, SCOPE New York will welcome 60 international exhibitors at its centrally-located venue.

The first fair to run concurrent with The Armory Show, SCOPE New York’s spirit of innovation has consistently forged the way for emerging artists and galleries. Attuned to nuances in the market and itself an influential force in the cultural sphere, SCOPE continues to usher in a new vision of the contemporary art fair.

SCOPE New York 2019 opened on Thursday, March 7, 2019 and will run through Sunday, March 10, 2019.

Full details at:
https://scope-art.com/show/new-york-2019/visitor/