Thinkspace Projects Presents James Marshall (aka DALEK) “SPACE MONKEY 20th ANNIVERSARY”

JAMES MARSHALL (AKA DALEK)
THE SPACE MONKEY RETURNS
December 2 – December 23, 2017

(Los Angeles, CA) – Thinkspace is pleased to present The Space Monkey Returns featuring new works by North Carolina-based artist James Marshall. Also known by his mutant cyborg epithet “Dalek,” an ode to the classic sci-fi British series Doctor Who, Marshall is most widely known for his iconic character “Space Monkey,” who first appeared in his early graffiti work in 1995 and was to become a mainstay of the artist’s imagery.

This maniacally unhinged looking ball-shaped cartoon mouse, often seen wielding a blood dappled cleaver, is equal parts avatar, alter ego, and geometric abstraction. The figure became an emblem of sorts for the artist and a recurring protagonist used to convey themes in which he was interested. Space Monkey was a stand-in for the idea of the individual caught in a frenetic landscape of technology and misinformation, an obsequious reliance on tech “progress” Marshall felt would, presciently, it should be noted, reduce us all to “button pushers.” Inspired by Marshall’s affinity for Japanese pop, street art, and punk culture, Space Monkey became a vehicle for the exploration of a variety of ideas and themes.

Marshall’s practice has since evolved into a highly detailed form of neo-geo, or geometric abstraction, expertly executed with hard-edging and endless gradations of color. Each time-consuming panel can take upwards of 150 hours to paint and attests to the meticulous technical facility needed to create them. At times the Space Monkey has reappeared, or at least the kaleidoscopically dissembled suggestion of his parts, but he has been enjoying a prolonged sabbatical, until now, that is. Marshall’s critically acclaimed paintings, murals, and site-specific public projects have also found new expression in recent installation-based works, pushing his aesthetic into exciting, and transformative, new dimensional contexts.

Currently based in Raleigh, North Carolina, Marshall had an itinerant youth and adolescence, displaced geographically every couple of years as the child of a Navy nuclear submarine captain. Having grown up throughout several different cities in the United States, he moved to Japan at the age of 16 and later to Hawaii and Virginia. A constant for the artist amidst all of this dislocation was the sense of community and personal identity he found in the punk and skateboarding countercultures so interconnected in the 80s and 90s. His early style and imagery evolved out of the aesthetics of these subcultures and eventually came to technical fruition after 2001, benefitting from Takashi Murakami’s tutelage while working as his studio assistant.

In 2006, Marshall felt constrained by the iconic avatar that had put him on the map and began moving away from the illustrative Space Monkey character towards more complex and abstract geometric works. He has perfected the subtle transition and graded succession of every imaginable hue, creating at times upwards of 40 tonal variations on a single color, all mixed by the man himself. These fine-spun moments of visual transition contribute to the phenomenal level of depth and optical illusion the artist is able to achieve within a simple set of converging hard-edge forms and planes. The works shift imperceptibly as their dynamic surfaces push and pull, flatten and swell, recede and advance; these tectonic planes feel as though they contain physical light, emitting psychedelic halos of electric color. Marshall’s duality resides in the fact that the work is simultaneously planate and intermittent, like something flat that’s strangely self-animated from within.

Dedicated to the Space Monkey’s unexpected reprieve from a decade-long hibernation, this special exhibition features old, new, and rare works, revisiting the deranged rodent and the extraterrestrial mutant handler namesake that started it all.

Opening Reception of ICY and SOT’s HUMAN (NATURE)

Icy and Sot’s first solo exhibition with Thinkspace Projects, Human (Nature) was a complete space takeover. The exhibition included a fish tank installation and a wide arrange of work showing the breadth of the duo’s talents. The intricate stencils on canvas are hypnotizing portraits that play optical illusions on the viewer.  The internationally acclaimed Iranian artists, now based in Brooklyn use art as a form of activism and address the heartbreaking damage inflicted on the planet. A cry to us all to take responsibility and fight on behalf of the defenseless creatures and life that encompass what we define as nature.

Phoenix New Times Interviews Robert Williams

Robert William’s ‘SLANG Aesthetics!‘ currently on view in Mesa, Arizona at the Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum, grabbed the attention of the Phoenix New Times who connected with Williams for a ten question interview. Read the full interview on the Phoenix New Times website.

Are you part of a specific art movement?
I belong to an arts movement that’s kind of undefinable. It’s kind of a feral art movement of realists that have been scourged and put themselves back together over the past 30 years. It’s been difficult to be a realist since World War II, because abstract expressionism has cramped realism, and pushed it towards illustration.

When I was an art student in the early ‘60s, you were either an abstract realist or you weren’t anything. But a lot of mangy characters have come back to realism through surfer art, hot rod culture, skateboard art, and tattoos. The art world put its foot on the neck of those things, and I’m an evil product of that.

I’m considered the father of lowbrow art, although it’s not a great term. A lot of young artists prefer the term pop surrealism, but that’s not applicable to me. I’m just left in the bushes, in the wilderness on my own.

SPOKE NYC & THINKSPACE GALLERY PRESENT LAX/JFK

 

LAX/JFK
a 40+ artist group show curated by Thinkspace
Opening Reception: November 11th, 6 – 9pm
On view: November 11th – 26th, 2017

SPOKE NYC is pleased to present LAX/JFK, a group exhibition curated by Los Angeles-based gallery, Thinkspace. This comprehensive exhibition is Thinkspace’s eleventh iteration of its widely respected traveling series, which will bring Thinkspace’s unique focus on the New Contemporary Art Movement to New York City.

Featuring over forty artists, LAX/JFK will include a mini solo exhibition by Matthew Grabelsky, comprised of 8 new oil paintings from his subway series as well as a new limited edition print. The exhibition will showcase over 50 new works from some of the top artists working in the New Contemporary Movement.

“With roots firmly planted in illustration, pop culture, comics, street art and graffiti, put quite simply the New Contemporary Art Movement is art for the people,” Thinkspace co-founder Andrew Hosner has stated.

Please join us Saturday, November 11th from 6 – 9 pm for the opening reception of LAX/JFK. Complimentary beverages will be served and some of the artists will be in attendance. For more information or additional images, please email us at nyc@spoke-art.com.

Participating Artists Include:
Abigail Goldman | Alvaro Naddeo | Anthony Ausgang | Ben Frost
Bob Dob (collaboration with Greg ‘Craola’ Simkins | Carl Cashman | Carlos Ramirez
Christopher Konecki | Collin van der Slujis | Derek Gores | Drew Merritt | Ekundayo
Erica Rose Levine | Evoca | Frank Gonzales | Jacub Gagnon | Jason Seife | Jaune
Joram Roukes | Jose Mertz | Joseph Martinez | Juan Travieso | Kaili Smith | Ken Flewellyn Kisung Koh | Mari Inukai | Martin Whatson | Matthew Crumpton | Matthew Grabelsky
Mwanel Pierre-Louis | Nosego | OakOak | Oneq | Sean Mahan | Sebastian Wahl
Seth Armstrong | Slinkachu | Snik | Stikman | Super A | Syd Bee

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WHAT : LAX/JFK – a 40+ artist group show curated by Thinkspace Gallery

WHEN : Opening Reception: November 11th, 6 – 9 pm / On view: November 11th – 26th, 2017

WHERE : SPOKE NYC – 210 Rivington Street NYC 10002
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ABOUT THE GALLERY | SPOKE NYC + SF

SPOKE is an art space specializing in new contemporary painting, sculpture and illustration with an emphasis in accessible programming. Started in 2010, the gallery now houses two locations, one in San Francisco’s Lower Nob Hill neighborhood and one in New York City’s Lower East Side. Each space rotates monthly exhibits that feature a wide variety of solo and group shows, many of which feature an international roster of represented artists.
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ABOUT THE GALLERY | THINKSPACE

Founded in Los Angeles in 2005, and located in the Culver City art district since 2009, Thinkspace was established with a commitment to the promotion and dissemination of young and emerging art. The gallery is a catalytic conduit for the emerging New Contemporary art scene, and is dedicated to the exposure of its tenets and its artists. As a haven for talent, and a venue founded in passion, conviction, and community, the gallery’s mandate is rooted in projections for its future longevity.
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Moniker Art Fair 2017 Official Video

A quick two-minute tour of the Moniker International Art Fair with flashes of Audrey Kawasaki, Cinta Vidal, Dulk, Kevin Peterson, Telmo Miel and more.

Visit the Thinkspace Gallery website to view available pieces from the Moniker International Art Fair.

 

ICY and SOT “Plastic Oceans” for Human (Nature) Opens November 4th.

Two days away, ICY and SOT’s Human (Nature) takes over Thinkspace Gallery.

Human (Nature), its first solo exhibition and full gallery takeover by internationally acclaimed Iranian, Brooklyn-based artist-activist duo, ICY and SOT. In Human (Nature) ICY and SOT return to one of the most fundamental and widely disavowed plights that face us, globally and universally as humankind – the necessity of nurturing the environment we have steadily marauded and violated beyond repair. Invoking the peaceful balance of nature as a counterpoint to the deleterious effects of human consumption and waste, ICY and SOT want to inspire us all to see the planet’s vulnerability and to make small strides towards productive change and personal accountability.

Opening reception for Human (Nature) is Saturday, November 4th from 6 pm to 9 pm.

Opening Reception of BEZT “Beautiful Mistakes” at Spoke Art NYC

It’s the last week to view BEZT’s “Beautiful Mistakes” at Spoke Art NYC. We’re appreciative of all those who came out to the opening on October 21st and thrilled to share photos of the evening snapped by Lane E. Bird. The exhibition displays incredible new works by BEZT and is on view through November 5th.

For more information on “Beautiful Mistakes” visit the Thinkspace Gallery website.