Coming to the Thinkspace Gallery Office this March – Alvaro Naddeo

We’re excited to announce artist Alvaro Naddeo will be showing his work in the Thinkspace Gallery ‘office’ coming this March.

Alvaro Naddeo is from São Paulo, Brazil and 15 years ago he started to move around as he searched for his path in life. First he found himself living in Lima, Peru then making the big move to New York City, followed by a short stint in Tampa, ultimately landing in Los Angeles where he currently lives and creates. All of these varying urban environments helped to shape his memory and inform his work. From an early age he fell in love with painting, watching his father who is a renowned illustrator work. Due to a lack of self-confidence, Naddeo pushed his brush aside and pursued a career in advertising as an Art Director. Twenty years later, while living in New York City and being exposed to its many contrasts, his desire to pick up his brushes was rejuvenated and he came back to painting with a focused intensity and a newfound confidence. The subject matter of his work is waste, overconsumption and social inequality. The brands, logos and packaging depicted in his work are objects with an inherent duality, both desirable and despicable, a clear byproduct of having worked in consumer advertising for all those years. We here at Thinkspace are excited to see where his work takes him and to be able to help give it an audience.

Coming in March – Marco Mazonni’s ‘Dear Collapse’

Marco Mazzoni
Dear Collapse
March 4, 2017 – March 25, 2017

We are  pleased to present its second solo exhibition of new works by Italian artist Marco Mazzoni in Dear Collapse. Mazzoni’s phenomenal drawings have the dense opacity and immersive depth of paintings. He achieves this quality of detail and rich tonality, more commonly associated with wet media, through dry, converting traditional old masters’ painting techniques to pencil. These emphasize dramatic uses of light and contrast, like chiaroscuro and tenebrism, to create dramatic extremes and pitches. The density and richness of his works on paper belie the simplicity of their materiality; though seemingly plush and heavy with wet pigment, they are entirely rendered in Faber Castells. Originally from Tortona in Northern Italy and now based in Milan, Mazzoni is known all over the world for his hauntingly beautiful images of women partially obscured by a hallucinogenic flood of flora and fauna. Caught somewhere between the swell of an eruption and the depletion of devouring, the faces Mazzoni reveals from beneath their burden of petals, leaves, and wings seem to bloom and corrode, as though possessed by a manic biology.

Inspired by ancient Sardinian folklore and its traditions of oral storytelling, Mazzoni is fascinated by the history of its matriarchal culture, and the central role women played as herbalists and healers in the 16th to 18th centuries. These women were objects of both admiration and dread, occupying a position of proximity to the great mysteries of life and death as both midwives and shamans; agented in the rituals of birth and dying. Myths grew from these powerful matriarchies and verbally recounted stories of darkly worlds had women as its subjects and arbiters. Prominent in Sardinian myth are Janas and Cogas, female figures deeply connected to nature who were either enchanted menders or seductive, curse-wielding, witches. Mazzoni’s works capture the ambiguity of these ancient harbingers of feminine power – galvanized as emotional extremes in his works. They appear as beautiful and seductive at times, or as vaguely ominous and morbid at others.

The artist’s technique involves the application of several meticulous layers of color pencil, much like the under paintings used in wet media, and “glazes” or final veils of color are applied as a finishing step to unify the pigment and visual tone of the works. Sketches have always been an integral aspect of the artist’s practice; the preliminary space in which he resolves his compositions and develops concepts and technique. Dear Collapse will include one of Mazzoni’s complete sketchbooks, available through the gallery for the first time, which will be filmed in its entirety by Thinkspace.

Mazzoni’s imagery conveys a heavy sensuality. Faces remain unspecific and anonymous, eyes are seldom revealed, either masked or left as expanses of negative space. The figurative component of his work functions almost as a vessel from which the flowers, plants, and butterflies burst. Seeping from mouths and consuming skins, the plants and flowers – direct references to the ancient traditions of herbal healing and psychoactive poisons – are inextricably merged with bodies. It is always somewhat unclear as to whether the growth comes from within or without, whether the body is the agent or the victim of its consumption. The works are also undeniably erotic, magnetized, suggesting something of the ambivalent coexistence of human desire and repulsion – frenzied bedfellows like beauty and disgust, vitality and rot, life and death – these figures, eerily more than human, are uncomfortably necromanced and bloated with strange, beautiful life.

Coming In March – Atsuko Goto’s ‘The Silence of Idols’

Atsuko Goto
The Silence of Idols
March 4, 2017 – March 25, 2017

Concurrently on view in the Thinkspace project room are new works by emerging Japanese artist Atsuko Goto; The Silence of Idols is the artist’s first solo project with the gallery. A graduate of the Tokyo University of the Arts, Goto also studied at the National School of Fine Arts in Paris.

The artist creates beautifully melancholic images of delicate figures cloaked and merged with natural elements, everything from flowers and butterflies to insects, birds, and fish. Her muted palette is as ghostly as haze, achieved through the unique application of diluted pigments made from semi-precious lapis lazuli, ink, and gum arabic applied to cotton.

Inspired by Japanese Shinto and the belief that nature is animated by divinity and sacred spirits harbored in every living and inanimate thing, Goto creates imagery that conveys this feeling of profuse life force and intangible mystery, offset by a darker suggestion of mourning and lament. Quietly meditative, her works exude a dreamlike calm and resignation despite their abundance of detail and the density of her compositions. Silence and forlorn composure define this existence of the preternatural.

Fragile in their tempered darkness, the works are subtle and near translucent – like the unknown light and strange optics of an otherworldly plane where everything is unsubstantial. A feeling of entrapment and isolation persists, however, in the quietude. Like hauntings from the subconscious, the paintings feel like faded dreams, surreal distortions bordering on the ominous. Unsettling, the muted beauty of these diaphanous idols loom, uncannily caught in a thin veil between worlds.

POW! WOW! EXPLORING THE NEW CONTEMPORARY ART MOVEMENT IS ALMOST HERE!!

Pow! Wow! Hawaii

Pow! Wow! Exploring The New Contemporary Art Movement is only a few days away and as of 2:00 pm our mainland feet will have touched the sweet island soil. We’re so excited to be returning back to paradise and working with the fantastic people behind Pow! Wow! Hawaii to curate our 4th exhibition at The Honolulu Museum of Art.

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See you in Hawaii! 

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Anthony Clarkson’s ‘Trail of Wandering Thoughts’ Coming February 2017

Anthony Clarkson Trail of Wandering Thoughts

Anthony Clarkson
Trail of Wandering Thoughts
February 4 – February 25, 2017

Concurrently on view in the Thinkspace project room is Trail of Wandering Thoughts, featuring new works by Anthony Clarkson in his fifth solo exhibition with our gallery. A painter, designer, and illustrator, Clarkson has worked extensively in the music industry, designing album artwork for prominent bands as the lead graphic designer of a well-known Los Angeles record company. In 2005, he began exhibiting his own work and focusing on his fine art career, returning to the expressive stream of consciousness style to which he had always gravitated.
Clarkson’s oil paintings are ghostly and surreal – dreamlike meanderings through eerily cast dimensions. Stylistically dark, they feel like haunted eruptions of the subconscious. Combining character-based narratives with the unexpected juxtaposition of suggestive symbols and absurd elements, they create jarring nightmarish figments and provocative associations. At times playful and others nihilistic, his works are graphically and illustratively inspired to elicit a gut reaction.

Jolene Lai’s ‘Beside You’ Coming February 2017

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Jolene Lai
Beside You
February 4 – February 25, 2017

Thinkspace is pleased to present new works by Jolene Lai in her third solo exhibition with the gallery, Beside You. Known for her narrative paintings in which characters are caught somewhere between dream and dread, Lai reimagines archetypal stories drawn from myth, Chinese folklore, and fairytale and transforms them into surreal compositions. By combining the uncanny with familiar scenes and contexts from the everyday, Lai arrests our imaginations in a state of suspended disbelief. Her world is full of contrasts, extended metaphors, disorienting manifestations of fantasy, and hallucinatory dreamscapes weaved into otherwise familiar settings. In Beside You, Lai explores a progression of childhood scenes gone strangely awry, where the imagery is both whimsical and increasingly phobic. The playful naiveté of the children’s story ebbs into an ever encroaching sense of darkness and ends, entangled, in shadowy linings.

Born in Singapore and now based in Los Angeles, Lai studied graphic design and began her career designing movie posters. She eventually decided to pursue her fine art practice exclusively, exhibiting solo for the first time in 2012. Lai works primarily in oil on canvas and mixed media on watercolor paper to create beautifully chromatic works, densely populated with characters and haunted by ambiguous stories. Devised to be freely read by the viewer, Lai stages compelling, and at times puzzling, scenes that lead us down the proverbial rabbit hole. In BesideYou Lai begins with the familiar as a point of entry into the work, whether it be a domestic interior or an urban setting, and then allows the illogical progress of fantasy to overcome the conventions of reality.

Lai is inspired by everything from mythologies, Asian culture, and children’s stories, to fashion editorials, cityscapes, and illustration. She is always seeking new “sets” and stages for her characters and their outlandish encounters. Aesthetically, her work combines the beautiful and the grotesque with the quiet and the excessive in fluid and unexpected ways, just as innocence in her imagery tends to be shadowed by the suggestion of something sinister or dark. Her previous work has included strangely faceted, marionette-like figures, faceless characters, doubles, automatons, and stylized doll-like girls. Her imagery remains universally accessible in its psychologically motivated nuance.

Beside You is a world of melancholic nostalgia in which a little girl can as easily dissolve into candy as she can laugh amidst a city invasion of monster octopi. Here, a house fills with water as a quiet onlooker observes the descent of the drowned, and a carousel horse bursts through an otherwise ordinary domestic interior. There are no impediments to the possible here; it is a world unhinged from plausibility and law. When we look at Lai’s work in Beside You, we are asked to project, to infer, and to create stories, to draw from the trappings of our own memories.

A mirror to our fantasies and subconscious, Lai’s work pulls us into the thick.

Mural Line Up for Pow! Wow! Hawaii 2017

Pow Wow Hawaii 2017

We’re excited to share with you the official mural line up of  Pow! Wow! Hawaii 2017. The week of art and festivities kicks off on February 11th and runs till the 18th, artist and musicians will come together in the Kak’ako neighborhood to create all new murals and installations.

Pow! Wow! Hawaii’s block party runs concurrently alongside the Honolulu Night Market, an exhibition curated by Thinkspace at the Honolulu Museum of Art, a print show with Detroit-based 1xRun, artist talks, “Saving Banksy” documentary premiere, “Art to the Pitch” soccer tournaments, break dancing battles with UDEF, as well as a DIM MAK Anniversary Concert with Steve Aoki presented by Electric Palms and POW! WOW!.

POW! WOW! Hawaii 2017 Visiting Artist Roster
Careaux
Cinta Vidal
Dan Witz
Defer
The Draculas
Drew Merritt
Evoca
Glazed Paradise
James Jean
Joram Roukes
Kevin Lyons
Maya Hayuk
Michelle Tangua
Jago
Oakoak
OG Slick
Ouizi
PichiAvo
Shok-1
Tara McPherson
Tavar Zawacki (Above)
Telmo Miel
Woes

POW! WOW! Hawaii 2017 Local Artists
Beak
Ckaweeks
Dak1ne
Devour
Gavin Murai
Hoven
Jasper Wong
Jeffrey Gress
Kai Kaulukukui
Kamea Hadar
Kaplan Bunce
Katch
Lucky Olelo
Maek
Mason Rose