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

Juxtapoz interview Lindsey Carr

Lindsey Carr 'Taffy IV' - acrylic, ink and gold leaf on paper - 22x30 inches (2011)

The moment you realized you were an ‘artist’:
“When my mum & nan started telling their friends I was…”

Check out the full Juxtapoz ‘Back Talk’ interview with Lindsey here:
www.juxtapoz.com/Current/back-talk-a-conversation-with-lindsey-carr

Look inside Lindsey’s studio over in Scotland here:
www.flickr.com/photos/thinkspace/sets/72157627127930881/

Lindsey Carr
‘Homage To Canton’

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

Look for an interview with Lindsey to follow here tomorrow and for the digital preview to be ready on Thursday AM.

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

An interview with Fernando Chamarelli + digital preview for ‘Lost Civilization’

Fernando Chamarelli 'Thalassoma Pavo' - acrylic on canvas - 15.75x23.5 inches (2011)

Fernando Chamarelli is a graphic designer, illustrator and visual artist. After initially drawing cartoons, caricatures and portraits he later became involved in street art and tattooing: it is by merging these different mediums that he creates his art.

Chamarelli lives in Brazil, a multicultural country of contrasts, many of which are reflected in his work. Everpresent, is the influence of Brazilian popular culture and pre-Columbian indigenous art on the Sao Paulo-based artist. His work includes mosaic, geometric elements, organic forms and harmonic lines connecting symbols, legends, philosophies, religions and customs of ancient and modern civilizations.

Please tell us a lil’ bit about yourself and what you hope to communicate through your work.
Well, I started drawing a little late, when I was a teenager of 14 years, unlike most artists who begin to draw since early childhood. At first I liked to draw realistic portraits and caricatures, I did tattoos on friends for some years while doing art on the streets too. I went to college to study graphic design. After college, when I graduated, I started to paint. To have done a lot things I mixed everything in my paintings and now I believe I have a strong distinctive style. I have painted since 2007, but a lot of good things have happened in this time and now I live doing art. I expect people to travel inside my artworks.

Can you share a lil’ bit about the themes behind your new body of work for ‘Lost Civilization‘.
For this exhibition there are different and exotic characters. They seem to come out of another era, another planet or perhaps the ocean’s depths. Some resemble beings of Atlantis and carry ancient symbols.

Fernando Chamarelli ‘Pandava’ – acrylic on canvas – 35.5×23.5 inches (2011)

When did you know you wanted to follow the path of being a full-time artist?
When I was a designer in an agency I didn’t have much time to do my things. I painted canvas and made illustrations only at night and during weekends. Then I started to get the call for exhibitions. So I took the leap and quit my job and I became a full-time artist.

What fuels you to keep creating?
There is an inexplicable thing inside me that will never let me stop creating.

Please describe your dream project if time and money were not issues.
Building art schools in various poor regions of Brazil. The achools would be different, crazy places where would be shown what is art to children. Teach them to do something and turns them artists in the future. There are many talented people who have no opportunity to develop, enhance, or simply show what they already know to do. The Brazilian people are very creative.

Fernando Chamarelli 'Marionete' - acrylic on canvas - 35.5x23.5 inches (2011)

Favorite item in your studio?
My berimbau.

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

Any shows or special projects coming up after your exhibit with us here at Thinkspace you would like to mention?
Still in this year I’m goig to do a solo show in Sao Paulo, at Galeria QAZ Street Art and will participate in a group show in December at 5pieces Gallery in Switzerland.

Fernando Chamarelli 'Canções do Oceano Índico (Songs of the Indian Ocean)' - acrylic on canvas - 35.5x23.5 inches (2011)

Digital preview for ‘Lost Civilization‘:
www.thinkspacegallery.com/2011/08/project/works-lost.php

Please get in touch via contact@thinkspacegallery.com if you would like to purchase any works from the exhibit or have any questions concerning the artist or featured paintings.

Fernando Chamarelli ‘Lost Civilization’

Reception: Sat, August 13th 5-9PM in our project room (with DABS MYLA in the main gallery)

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

Juxtapoz interview DABS MYLA

DABS MYLA "Top Of The Morning" - acrylic on wood - 18x22 inches (2011)

Juxtapoz recently caught up with Australian duo DABS MYLA as they finished up their works for ‘The Best of Times‘ – their new LA solo show opening this Sat, Aug. 13th @ Thinkspace in Culver City.

Something that concerns you?
“The blender breaking, because without smoothies we are kinda fucked.” – DABS MYLA

Check out the full Juxtapoz ‘Back Talk’ interview here:
www.juxtapoz.com/Current/back-talk-a-conversation-with-dabs-myla

If you haven’t had a look yet, check out the ‘Sneak Peek’ photo set on our Flickr:
www.flickr.com/photos/thinkspace/sets/72157626821470632/

DABS MYLA ‘The Best of Times’

Reception with the artists: THIS SAT, August 13th 5-9PM

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