Juxtapoz interview Esao Andrews

Esao Andrews "Sea Villa" - 12x12 inches - oil on panel (2011)

Something that concerns you?
Birds falling out of the sky. Toddlers in Tiara’s. Pizza sauce being considered a veggie serving. My dog Soybean dragging his butt on the carpet.

Check out the full Juxtapoz interview with Esao here:
www.juxtapoz.com/Current/back-talk-a-conversation-with-esao-andrews

Esao Andrews ‘Nowhere’

Reception with the artist:
Sat, Jan. 7th 5-8PM

Thinkspace / 6009 Washington Blvd. in Culver City, CA / www.thinkspacegallery.com

An interview with Leontine Greenberg

Leontine at work in her NY studio

Leontine Greenberg grew up in Tucson, Arizona, and now lives in Jackson Heights, Queens with her husband, daughter and two cats. Her favorite cities are Barcelona, Hong Kong, and New York. Her favorite foods are Pad Thai and mayonnaise sandwiches. She does not always eat her vegetables. She is inspired by other people’s photographs, old boats, city rooftops, the coming environmental apocalypse and Beatrix Potter.

Leontine Greenberg 'Devourer' - watercolor, gouache and pencil on paper (2011)

Can you share a lil’ bit about the themes behind your new body of work for ‘Specimens’?

The first drawings I did for Specimens were the ones of the birds dressed up in ridiculous giant paper mache heads. They’re obviously trying to be something they’re not, but I don’t know who they think they’re fooling. I’d just gotten back to NYC from Los Angeles when I started drawing them, so I suspect I was reacting to the general aura of artifice and theatricality that permeates your town. (And that’s a good thing! Artifice and theatricality are awesome.)

The other works in the show are based on ideas about technology and nature that I’ve touched on in a lot of my previous work.

Work in progress for 'Specimens'

What does the crow / black bird symbolize to you in your works?

The birds are meant to be the viewpoint character, the everyman. You’re the bird; I’m the bird…and whatever’s going on in the world, there are probably some little birds watching it happen. Next time you’re outside, look around. You’ll probably find a bird within 20 seconds.

What fuels you to keep creating?

I can’t help it, basically. If I go too long without making something, I start arranging the crumbs on the table into pictures.

Leontine Greenberg 'Her' - watercolor, gouache, and pencil on paper (2011)

Please describe your dream project if time and money were not issues.

More paintings! Bigger paintings! A children’s book and a comic book. If I had infinite time, infinite money and an army of helpful clones, I’d make an animated film.

Favorite item in your studio?

My studio is my apartment, so my favorite thing in it is my family. When they’re not around, it’s my Zebra .5mm mechanical pencil and HB leads. Or my cats.

Work in progress for 'Specimens'

Is there anyone in particular, artist or otherwise, that you’d like to give a shout out to here?

My friend Ahn Behrens who ran Cooper Gallery in Jersey City–the first gallery I ever showed at–and who died in 2007. I wish she could see what’s happening now in the lowbrow art world, particularly the great work that’s being shown by female artists. She’d love it.

Any shows or special projects coming up after your exhibit with us here at Thinkspace you would like to mention?

I have a show with Lou Pimentel coming up at myplasticheart in New York and another solo with Gallery1988 in LA.

Leontine Greenberg 'Incognito' - watercolor, gouache, and pencil on paper (2011)

Artist website: http://leontinegreenberg.tumblr.com/

Take a ‘Sneak Peek’ at the works for ’Specimens’ coming together here:
www.flickr.com/photos/thinkspace/sets/72157627754757683/

Reception with the artist: Sat, December 10th 5-8PM in our project room

Exhibit on view: December 10th through December 30th, 2011

Thinkspace / 6009 Washington Blvd. in Culver City, CA / www.thinkspacegallery.com

An interview with Andrea Offermann

Andrea Offermann at the opening of "Here Be Dragons" at Thinkspace

An interview with Andrea Offermann

Please tell us a lil’ bit about yourself and what you hope to communicate through your work.

I was born and raised in Germany and, after first trying two years of med school, came to the US to study illustration at Art Center College of Design.

Med school influenced me in my work in that I tend to bring a scientific part to my concepts, and often have an analytical approach to the themes I choose. But in my work I focus on more intuitive solutions, I want to give the viewer the freedom to wander to new interesting possibilities, always keeping in mind that science has boundaries which the imagination doesn’t have.

Studying illustration shaped my way of thinking in that I always tend to tell stories and want the viewer to go on a journey when he looks at my paintings. I also found my love for linework during printmaking courses at the school.

I am now back in Germany, living in Hamburg and working as an illustrator as well as a fine artist.

Andrea Offermann 'Skin Deep' - Pen and ink, watercolor, oil glazes - 9 7/8 x 7 3/4" (2011)

Can you share a lil’ bit about the themes behind your new body of work for ‘Here Be Dragons‘.

On medieval maps people would mark unknown territory by writing “here be dragons” or drawing a dragon or a sea serpent in that spot. In my new body of work I focused on the experience of people reaching an unknown land and trying to make it their home. They do not really understand the “creature” they are walking upon, and are shying away from everything strange while relating to things they recognize and can identify with, like their own likeness. They bring their understanding of the world to this strange place and try to apply it there, not noticing the changes and also destruction they are forcing onto this new place. With this body of work I wanted to comment on the mix of curiosity and fear of the unknown that drives the human mind.

When did you know you wanted to follow the path of being a full-time artist?

I decided to try it while I was still studying Medicine, but found myself relating a lot of the things I learned with art. I was interested in being able to express my own point of view and have the freedom to analyze and work with what I saw not only scientifically.

Andrea Offermann 'Their Lot' - Pen and ink, watercolor, oil glazes - 21 x 5.5" (2011)

What fuels you to keep creating?

A continuous urge to express experiences, pose questions, offer intuitive solutions or imaginative ideas relating to a question

Favorite item in your studio?

Right now my orchid. It was all withered up and I thought it was dead when all of a sudden there was a small green bud. Now its blooming again. Such an interesting plant…

Andrea Offermann 'Bricks' - Pen and ink, watercolor, oil glazes - 5 1/8 x 12 3/4" (2011)

Any shows or special projects coming up after your exhibit with us here at Thinkspace you would like to mention?

I have a few YA novels coming out next year but after this show I will take some time off before I start again with a new series of fine art. I want to have something to talk about first before I start a new body of work.

Check out the works from Andrea Offermann’s recent show at our gallery here:
www.thinkspacegallery.com/2011/11/project/works-offdrag.php

Juxtapoz interview Andrea Offermann

“In my new series of works I am playing with some basic human desires, the desire to recognize oneself in ones surroundings, creatures, other humans, the desire to understand something and make it useful, and the desire to leave something behind.”

Check out Andrea’s interview with Juxtapoz here:
www.juxtapoz.com/Current/back-talk-a-conversation-with-andrea-offermann

Be sure to swing by and view Andrea’s intricate works in person before her show ends this weekend.

‘Here Be Dragons’ will be on view this Wed and Fri from 1 to 6PM and this coming Sat from 1 to 8PM (please note we will be closed on Thursday for Thanksgiving).

Thinkspace / 6009 Washington Blvd in Culver City, CA / www.thinkspacegallery.com

An interview with Lindsey Carr + digital preview for ‘Homage To Canton’

Lindsey Carr 'Morbus Spiritus'

We’re excited to share with you the digital preview for Lindsey Carr‘s debut US solos show. Lindsey will be joining us all the way from Scotland for the reception tonight, so please be sure to swing through if in the area and say hi.

Check out all the works in ‘Homage To Canton‘ from Lindsey Carr here:
www.thinkspacegallery.com/2011/09/project/works-Carr.php

If you see a piece you would like to purchase from ‘Homage To Canton‘ or simply have a question on any of the works, please shoot a mail to contact@thinkspacegallery.com and we will get right back to you.

Lindsey Carr 'Foreign Medicine'

~An interview with Lindsey Carr~

Please tell us a lil’ bit about yourself and what you hope to communicate through your work.
I’m an artist living in Scotland but i’m actually from near Liverpool. I studied and worked in london for a long time before coming to the hills. My work depends on circumstance and mood really. So some paintings like “Dukkha” are quite pleasant and flowery to look at but I suppose it’s a cynical painting. While others can be just for the love of a subject or are quite joyful.

Lindsey Carr 'The Flower House'

Can you share a lil’ bit about the themes behind your new body of work for ‘Homage To Canton‘.
Canton refers to the port where Europeans were allowed to trade in China in the 18th – 19thC. One of the people who was there – a tea inspector called John Reeves – came back with some of the most beautiful pieces of natural history ever made – especially the bird and flower paintings. All of the paintings were made by anonymous artists working at the port.So the work references that time and place – the politics of it – and hopefully some of the aesthetic.

Actually I have to confess there’s one piece which doesn’t really have anything to do with that – but it was a portrait I desperately wanted to do….theme’s are made to be broken!

When did you know you wanted to follow the path of being a full-time artist?
As a teenager I thought it was a given but actually I landed a job straight out of college doing digital design. I didnt’ feel like I could refuse, the money was good, it was close enough to making art that it took a long time to figure out that there was a big difference. I didn’t make art during those 10 years and I greatly regret that now….Anyone who’s starting out and reading this – take heed!

Lindsey Carr "Taffy IV"

What fuels you to keep creating?
I’m not sure. It seems like a compulsive activity. I get anxious and annoyed if i’m not able to work. If I feel ill or unhappy it helps me forget myself. Sometimes it’s difficult of course but mostly it’s a privilege.

Please describe your dream project if time and money were not issues.
I would like to work to a much larger scale and start to work with etchings again. The second i’m doing but the former is limited by the size of my studio which is tiny.

Lindsey Carr 'The Transmigration of Flora'

Favorite item in your studio?
Not an item as such – I have a lot of beautiful books and folios of natural history art.

Is there anyone in particular, artist or otherwise, that you’d like to give a shout out to here?
If I started I wouldn’t stop honestly. The last year I’ve been fortunate enough to become acquainted with so many excellent artists and to a (wo)man all of them have been the total opposite of the egoistic self-centered artist stereotype.

Lindsey's studio in Scotland

Any shows or special projects coming up after your exhibit with us here at Thinkspace you would like to mention?
I’m working on a project called ‘The Unseen Bestiary‘ which is a set of paintings and etchings of animals and plants which I’ve never seen. I ask people to submit text descriptions to me – if I’ve never seen it before it can be used in the project. I’m not allowed to look it up or find any description outside of the one given to me. It’s based on the bestiaries of the middle ages which were generally populated with illustrations of animals that the artists had never seen.

The project site is here: www.unseenbestiary.com. I welcome and am grateful for anyone who is willing to take the time to describe an animal/plant/bird/insect etc to me that I might be able to use.

Lindsey Carr
‘Homage To Canton’

Reception with the artist: TONIGHT – Sat, Sept. 10th 5-8PM

Thinkspace / 6009 Washington Blvd in Culver City, CA / www.thinkspacegallery.com