‘5 Years / 5 Questions’ with Fernando Chamarelli – Thinkspace 5 Year Anniversary Show (Sat, Nov. 6th)

Fernando Chamarelli's new piece for Thinkspace's 5 Year Anniversary Show

This November Thinkspace will celebrate our 5 Year Anniversary. To help celebrate we’ve put together a group show we can’t wait for everyone to see this coming November.

’5 Years / 5 Questions’ with Fernando Chamarelli

Tell us a little bit about your piece is Thinkspace’s ‘5 Year Anniversary Show ‘this November?
For this show I wanted to do something special, with a new color combination. This painting is a little different from other recent paintings of mine, but I liked the result.

What were you doing back in 2005 when Thinkspace started?
I was at university, in the midst of my graphic design class. I didn’t think I would start painting two years later and that the art would be so important in my life.

Name five things you can not live without in your studio?
Music, brushes, music, acrylic paint and music

Where do you hope to be five years from now?
Perhaps in another city, but I do not know, I usually do not have many plans for the future. I just paint and things happen. My art guide my life.

What have you got coming up in 2011?
Some exhibitions here in Brazil and the USA, including my debut LA solo show with Thinkspace in August.

Artist website: www.myspace.com/chamarelli

Check out the ‘Sneak Peek’ for our 5 Year Anniversary group show here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/thinkspace/sets/72157625035068712/

‘5 Year Anniversary Show’
Group exhibition showcasing 48 artists representing our past, present and future with a featured installation from Johnny ‘KMNDZ’ Rodriguez

Opening Reception: Sat, Nov. 6th, 2010 7-10PM
On view: Nov. 6th – Nov. 27th, 2010

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

‘5 Years / 5 Questions’ with Sarah Joncas – Thinkspace 5 Year Anniversary Show (Sat, Nov. 6th)

Sarah Joncas 'Foreboding' - Oil on canvas

This November Thinkspace will celebrate our 5 Year Anniversary. To help celebrate we’ve put together a group show we can’t wait for everyone to see this coming November.

’5 Years / 5 Questions’ with Sarah Joncas

Tell us a little bit about your piece for Thinkspace’s ‘5 Year Anniversary Show’ this November?
Much of the painting was developed on a whim, but as it progressed, a lot of native inspired imagery surfaced. I enjoyed the mixing of something sincerely natural with the plastic, funky appeal of a modern looking girl – even the markings are meant to look like they’ve been made with the lipstick she’s wearing.

What were you doing back in 2005 when Thinkspace started?
I was in my last year of high school, preparing to leave for art college to study ‘drawing and painting’ in Toronto.

Name 5 things you can’t live without in your studio?
My music, the cat, paint supplies, the computer, my pajamas…

Where do you hope to be 5 years from now?
I just want to be painting and living self sustainable… I’d hate to revert back in any way.

What have you got coming up in 2011?
I have a solo show in NYC at the Last Rites Gallery in April owned by Paul Booth. Have already started the work, too. I’m pretty excited! The work is certainly getting darker for this one.

Artist website: www.teapartylove.digitalinkz.com

Check out the ‘Sneak Peek’ for our 5 Year Anniversary group show here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/thinkspace/sets/72157625035068712/

‘5 Year Anniversary Show’
Group exhibition showcasing 48 artists representing our past, present and future with a featured installation from Johnny ‘KMNDZ’ Rodriguez

Opening Reception: Sat, Nov. 6th, 2010 7-10PM
On view: Nov. 6th – Nov. 27th, 2010

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

‘5 Years / 5 Questions’ interview with Emma Tooth – Thinkspace 5 Year Anniversary Show (Sat, Nov. 6th)

Emma Tooth 'Howie's Hands' - Oil on canvas

This November Thinkspace will celebrate our 5 Year Anniversary. To help celebrate we’ve put together a group show we can’t wait for everyone to see this coming November.

‘5 Years / 5 Questions’ with Emma Tooth

Tell us a little bit about your piece for Thinkspace’s ‘5 Year Anniversary Show’ this November?
I have sent 2 paintings of my father, entitled “Howie’s Hands”. I had been meaning to paint his portrait for many years, inspired by the character in his talented woodworking hands and my childhood memories of “helping” him saw wood on old trestles by sitting on them to stop them wobbling. The saw he holds was given to him by his late father, and was thought to have been lost in a fire at his workshop which took thousands of pounds worth of equipment he had collected over a lifetime. The saw was only saved from immolation by the fact that I had borrowed it and forgotten for some time to return it. He was amazed and delighted when he found it at my house, miraculously unharmed. My sister says of the portrait, ‘It’s quite moving; its exactly him, all weathered from his years of working his fingers to the bone to give us a good life.’

What were you doing back in 2005 when Thinkspace started?
I was getting married in a 900 year old castle. My husband, I and the 100 guests all wore black; it was beautiful!

Name 5 things you can’t live without in your studio?
Brioche, Mana, Lady Cora and Lady Clarice (my hens) and Owen (my husband).

Where do you hope to be 5 years from now?
Big in Japan!

What have you got coming up in 2011?
Same as usual – lot more paintings! And my book, From Pig farmers and Showgirls, will be out.

Check out the ‘Sneak Peek’ for our 5 Year Anniversary group show here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/thinkspace/sets/72157625035068712/

‘5 Year Anniversary Show’
Group exhibition showcasing 48 artists representing our past, present and future with a featured installation from Johnny ‘KMNDZ’ Rodriguez

Opening Reception: Sat, Nov. 6th, 2010 7-10PM
On view: Nov. 6th – Nov. 27th, 2010

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

‘5 Years / 5 Questions’ interview with Linnea Strid – Thinkspace 5 Year Anniversary Show (Sat, Nov. 6th)

Linnea Strid 'Zero (When I'm Alone I Cease To Exist)' - Oil on wood panel

This November Thinkspace will celebrate our 5 Year Anniversary. To help celebrate we’ve put together a group show we honestly can’t wait for everyone to see this coming November. We also wanted to help profile all the artists we chose to take part in the show, so we’re launching a series of ‘5 Years / 5 Questions’ mini-interviews with all the featured artists.

‘5 Years / 5 Questions’ with Linnea Strid

Tell us a little bit about your piece for Thinkspace’s ‘5 Year Anniversary Show’ this November?
My piece is called “Zero (When I’m Alone I Cease To Exist)”. It’s a self portrait, and for me, the painting deals with the issues of self-confidence and the difference of simply being alone or feeling lonely, even though you’re surrounded by people. I don’t really like to tell everyone how they should interpret my work though. I like to leave some stuff to the viewer’s imagination.

What were you doing back in 2005 when Thinkspace started?
Hmm, I believe I was having a blast studying art in a small Swedish town called Gävle. Aah, those were the days!

Name 5 things you can’t live without in your studio?
Paint, small brushes, music, my computer and candy.

Where do you hope to be 5 years from now?
I have no clue where I will be since I hardly ever make plans for more than like a year at a time. But I hope I’ll be in a happy place somewhere, doing my thing, just like today… I’m pretty easy to please, haha!

What have you got coming up in 2011?
Lots of work! More group shows, including a 2-person show at the end of the year at Thinkspace. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a pretty important one in Stockholm as well… however I don’t want to jinx it, so that’s all I’m going to say. We’ll see what happens but it will be an exciting year for sure!

Check out the ‘Sneak Peek’ for our 5 Year Anniversary group show here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/thinkspace/sets/72157625035068712/

We’ll be updating the ‘Sneak Peek’ photo set on our Flickr regularly with new studio and progress shots, so be sure to check it out often.

‘5 Year Anniversary Show’
Group exhibition showcasing 48 artists representing our past, present and future with a featured installation from Johnny ‘KMNDZ’ Rodriguez

Opening Reception: Sat, Nov. 6th, 2010 7-10PM
On view: Nov. 6th – Nov. 27th, 2010

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

An interview with Brian M. Viveros

Brian M. Viveros alongside 'Samur-Rising' - his largest painting to date.

An interview with Brian M. Viveros

Thinkspace is pleased to present the debut Los Angeles solo exhibition from Riverside, California based artist Brian M. Viveros. The Dirtyland will feature a series of new oil paintings on wood alongside a series of mixed media works on paper and a small edition of hand-touched unique screen prints on wood. The exhibition will also showcase a mixed-media installation featuring a new short film directed by the artist alongside sculptural works created in collaboration with artist Gustavo Ponce.

'Dirtyland 4 Life' in Viveros' Riverside studio

Artist bio:
Celebrated fetish artist Brian M. Viveros is internationally embraced for his erotic paintings of doe-eyed beauties with Marlboros dangling seductively from their lips and has also recently been utilizing the medium of film to capture the dark and evocative debris that radiates from his mind. His paintings are a drunken mix of oil, airbrush, acrylic, and ink. In his work Viveros shines a light on his own inner world and society at large and aims to captivate even the most jaded eyes.

Viveros’ recognition accelerated with his participation in ‘The Art of Porn’ exhibition held in Switzerland (1997), where he exhibited alongside H.R. Giger. Since then Viveros’ work has been exhibited extensively in North America and Europe in numerous gallery shows and at Aqua Art Miami (2009) and GenArt’s Vanguard Fair (2008). His work has also been featured in numerous books including Les Barany’s ‘Carnivora: The Dark Art Of Automobiles’, Harry Saylor and Carolyn Frisch’s ‘Edgy Cute: From Neo-Pop to Low Brow and Back Again‘, Matt Jordan’s ‘Weirdo Noir‘, and Erotic Signature’s ‘The World’s Greatest Erotic Art of Today – Vol. 1 and Vol. II’.

His work has also been featured in the pages of Juxtapoz (no. 118), Secret Magazine, In the Flesh, Skin Two, Drawing Blood, Darks Art, Joia Magazine, Tattoo Extreme, XFUNS Magazine, Let’s Motive, Truce, Digital Temple, Riviera Magazine, Uce Magazine, Ego Magazine, Real Detroit Weekly, .ISM Quarterly, Tattoo Society, Dark Art’s Parlour Magazine, Revolution Art, Iniciativa Colectiva, Fetish Magazine, and was also recently featured on the TV show ‘LA Ink’ (where artist Nikko Hurtado tattooed one of Viveros’ paintings onto a client).

Viveros made his directing debut in 2005 with his quietly eerie, boldly stylized short film Dislandia, a psycho-drama revolving around a young girl who exists in a desolate world full of dreamlike images that range from bizarre to symbolic and erotic. Southern, his latest surreal film, returns cinema to the unclean. Southern is an experience of primordial sights, sounds, and sentiment, blanketed by a fog of troubling eroticism and violence. Viveros was also recently featured on the Sundance Channel’s ‘Pleasure for Sale’ where they featured a behind the scenes look at the artist and the dislandic crew that helped him to create his film Southern .

'Dirty, Dirty' in all its glory on display in Viveros' Riverside studio

Please talk a lil’ bit about your new series making up ‘The Dirtyland’.
Dirty, very dirty my friend. Just kiddin’, the series is a mad, mad world of New Smoking troops showing off there new helmets, new smokes, battle scars… total no holds barred. The Smoking Arm-Me of power will be marching there way into Thinkspace on October 2nd so go get your best helmet and come out to the Dirtyland. The exhibition will feature my largest painting to date ‘Samur-Rising’.

Viveros at work on 'Scorpio Rising' - one of his largest works to date

You’re also shooting a new short film to premiere at the opening of ‘The Dirtyland’ – can you a share a bit of the concept behind this new short?
In our traditional dislandic-southernesk approach to filming, me and Mr. Eriijk Ressler will be putting together a little four to five minute surreal loop that will be played somewhere hidden inside of the Thinkspace Gallery. Shhhhh come find me. A fun little loop-dee-loop-dee-loop for the whole Dirtyland family to enjoy. That’s about all I can say really because we never know how things are going to unfold when we film. Lets just say there will be a helmet involved and some smokin’ hahaha.

A look inside Viveros' Riverside studio as the works for 'The Dirtyland' come to life (notice the life sized 'Dirty Trooper' hiding in the back)

Your friend Gustavo Ponce collaborated with you on the sculptural works that will be included in ‘The Dirtyland’ as well as the must-see installation. Can you tell us a lil’ bit about how this collaboration came about?
After I had the title in mind for the exhibition there were these ideas that we’d talked about and discussed in the past. If I ever I did have a Dirtyland show we should do this or could we do this. Always thinking ahead and trying to push the envelope. I had the idea sketched out in my head for sometime. After talking it over with Gustavo, who’s worked with me on past films and is just an amazing sculptor, he assured me and said “Yeah, I can rock this homie” and let’s just say he fukin’ killed it. So for all you coming out to the exhibition you are in for a really dirty treat. Hats off to my close friend and homie Mr. Gustavo Ponce for bringing the Dirtyland to life. IT’S ALIVE, ALIVE!! You can check out more of Gustavo Ponce’s work at: www.gustavoponce.com

A sneaky blurry look at the 'Dirty Troopers' sculpted by Gustavo Ponce in collaboration with Viveros for 'The Dirtyland' - trust me, this installation has to be seen in person!!!

Please tell us what helmets mean to you / what they represent in your work?
To me, the helmets represent STRENGTH. When you wear a helmet you feel strong, you feel protected, like you’re ready to go into battle and take mutha-fuckas out.

Close-up view of 'All I See Is Red' - one of Viveros' largest paintings to date

At what moment did you realize you wanted to be a full-time artist?
Early on as a child I was always into art. I was always into anything different and constantly being creative, I started making my own splatter films at age twelve and drawing since I could hold a pencil. I saw a lot as a kid and I still use a lot of these elements to help decorate my Arm-me of Smoking gals.

Viveros at work on one of his largest paintings to date, 'Bleed For Me', in his Riverside Studio

What do you consider to be your biggest overall influence?
I’m inspired by so many things… music, movies, people, words, my dogs, my skulls, smoke, everything man, just everything.

'Mata-Adore You Forever' in Viveros' Riverside studio

What have you got coming up in terms of shows after your show with us?
I will be showing at Paul Booth’s Last Rites Gallery in NYC next year and would like to thank all of you Sour Harvest readers out there. See you this October! Cheerzzz!

The FREE POSTER that will be given out to the 1st 200 people through the door on Sat, Oct. 2nd - the opening night of 'The Dirtyland' - Viveros will be hand-signing each poster in gold ink too!

Brian M. Viveros ‘The Dirtyland

Opening Reception: Sat, October 2nd 7-10PM with the artist in attendance
*Free autographed poster to the 1st 200 through the door this weekend + the Komodo Food Truck will be on-site all night serving up the goods

PLEASE NOTE: The digital preview for ‘The Dirtyland’ will go out tomorrow morning on Fri, Sept. 24th. Please be sure you are on our mailing list to receive the digital preview.

thinkspace
6009 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232
Phone: 310.558.3375
Web: www.thinkspacegallery.com
Hours: Wednesday thru Saturday 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. (or by appointment)

Kevin Titzer interview

Kevin Titzer 'Nail Biter' - mixed media sculpture

Check out a great interview with sculpture artist Kevin Titzer here:
http://coatesandscarry.wordpress.com/2010/09/10/kevin-titzer/

We’ve been working with Kevin for a few years now and he just continues to gets better and better. His works in ‘Born Free’ and ‘Love Conquers All’ were very well received this year and we’re looking forward to more with the artist in the year ahead.

Kevin Titzer 'Puzzle Pieces' - mixed media sculpture

Watch for Titzer to have an amazing new piece in this October’s Beyond Eden with us as well as a nice new piece featured in our 5 Year Anniversary show this November. After that he’ll be gearing up for his solo show in our project room next June. Looking forward to that! We’ll keep you posted on Kevin’s happenings here in the meantime.

Keep tabs on Kevin Titzer here:
www.kevintitzer.com

An interview with Dabs Myla

Dabs and Myla at work in their Hollywood studio

An interview with Dabs Myla

Dabs Myla‘s new body of work is based on the overwhelming experiences the two artists had while visiting one of the most hectic cities in the world, Toyko. While creating a show about Tokyo is a bit like shooting a fish in a barrel due to all the visual stimuli found there, the couple took on the task and soaked up as much pop culture as their minds could take. Between taking photographs of the architecture and sketching up ideas wherever they went, Dabs Myla feel they have created a collection of paintings that reflects the stamp left on their brains from their trip to Tokyo. Our project room will be a virtual visual overload this September as the pair fill it with a wide array of new works layered on top of a full room mural and additional installation elements including die-cut figures, buildings, clouds, and more. ‘Tokyo Deluxe’ promises an immersive experience.

Dabs Myla 'Golden Moments With Fuji and the Yokai' - 22x18" - acrylic on wood panel

Please talk a lil’ bit about your recent trip to Japan where the photo reference shots for this new series were taken.
MYLA: We visited Tokyo in April on our way back to LA from Melbourne…we spent the 5 days there exploring the city and photographing the city’s landscapes, people and characters which inspired the series of work we have created for this show. All the paintings are about experiences we had there, Japanese character’s we saw in advertisements, the food we ate and the general awesomeness of Tokyo!

Myla at work on the install for 'Tokyo Deluxe'

How did you two meet? At what moment did you both realize you wanted to work together as a team?
DABS: We met each other about 7 years ago at art school in Australia. We where both studying illustration together, and over the years we developed a good friendship, then well…one thing led to another…and we fell in love! On the first weekend we spent together as a couple we sat inside for 2 days and made a collaboration painting. From then on we have always been collaborating on different pieces here and there…but it was about 3 years ago we decided to totally merge together and create one entity, every piece of artwork we have made since then has been a collaboration…except for our graffiti pieces…painting your name/letters is something that needs to be handled one on one.

Dabs Myla 'Mr. Danger' - 9x11" - acrylic on wood panel

What do you both consider to be your biggest overall influences?
MYLA: Working as a team is definitely our biggest influence in our work…the characters, locations and themes in our work represent things that we both like and experience together! We are always bouncing ideas off each other in our pieces and although we paint separate parts of the paintings, we both influence each other in the outcome!

Dabs Myla 'Takoyaki and the Sleezy Sushi King' - 9x11" - acrylic on wood panel

Name one artist from Australia that you think is criminally underrated outside of Australia and deserves more attention Stateside?
DABS: I gotta say NEW 2..Growing up he was a massive influence for me in graffiti through the mid/late 80’s to the mid 90’s. Then he came back on the scene about 10 years ago and is still such an amazing artist, with a real graff structure to his letters that can’t be beat! Then on top of that his fine art and ceramic letters that he sculpts are equally as strong and legit as his graffiti. New 2 recently relocated to Belgium where he is still totally on top of his game showing some Euro cats what time it is!

Dabs working on the installation for 'Tokyo Deluxe'

From your time in Australia running a gallery, please name one thing you learned from that experience that has stuck with you to this day?
DABS: As an artist, we really did learn a lot from the time spent running a gallery. A lot of artists i think find it hard to really understand the relationship between an artists and a gallery and that both are just as important as each other. A gallery needs good artists to run successfully, but an artist needs a good gallery working for them just as much! I think we have a pretty good understanding of that by having been on both sides of the fence!

Dabs laying in some final details on the 'Tokyo Deluxe' installation

What have you got coming up in terms of shows after your exhibit with us?
DABS: Well…First thing coming up for us after this show is our wedding which is just a few weeks after the show opens! We have a bunch of Australians coming out to LA to celebrate with us, as well as all our friends here in LA. It’s gonna be so much fun! In November we’ll have a new piece in your 5 Year Anniversary show. In December we will head back down to Miami for Art Basel/Primary Flight… Then we will start working on some new work for a show we are having in Palm Springs at M Modern gallery. It will be during Modernism week in Palm Springs, so we will make a set of paintings based on a modernism style?..but with a DABS and MYLA spin. We also have our show next summer at Thinkspace which we will start working on in the next couple of months too!!!

Dabs and Myla at work on the 'Tokyo Deluxe' installation

Being from Australia, what strikes you as the biggest difference between your home there and your new home here in Los Angeles?
MYLA: Donuts, the weather and palm trees! Australian donuts are not as fluffy, but are also very delicious, Melbourne weather has a pretty cold winter and there are only a few palm trees where we are from!!!

Paul Hogan or Russel Crowe?
DABS: Seriously…no contest at all!!..Paul Hogan is a true blue legend! Crocodile Dundee?..forget about it, that shit was genius! Russell Crowe…he can act I guess but he is such a douche that it cancels out any talent he may have!! I’m glad you didn’t mention Mel Gibson! You don’t wanna get me started on that guy, hes putting our country to shame!…see now im all worked up, thanks a bunch!

Why are Tim Tams SOOO damn good?
DABS: That would be because the chocolate they use in a Tim Tam has crack cocaine in it!..that’s my theory anyways..its the only explanation for it!

Dabs Myla 'Tokyo Deluxe' - 9x11" - acrylic on wood panel

Dabs Myla ‘Tokyo Deluxe’

Opening Reception: THIS FRI, Sept. 3rd 7-11PM in our project room

Check out Dabs Myla’s progress on their installation here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/thinkspace/sets/72157624205650731/

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