20 Years Under the Influence of Juxtapoz

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Guest Curators: Andrew Hosner (Thinkspace) & Gary Pressman (Copro Gallery)
February 22nd – April 19th, 2015

On view: Sunday, February 22nd – April 19th, 2015
Gallery Hours: 12-5PM, Thursday – Sunday
Barnsdall Park at 4800 Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles, California.

ADDITIONAL PROGRAMMING:
Saturday, March 14th 2PM: Curator / Juxtapoz Talk (with Andrew Hosner, Gary Pressman, Greg Escalante, Robert Williams, Suzanne Williams, Gwynn Vitello, Evan Pricco, and Jeff Soto)

(Los Angeles) – The Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery and Juxtapoz magazine are pleased to present 20 Years Under the Influence of Juxtapoz, a group exhibition to commemorate two decades of the magazine’s influential contribution to contemporary art and culture. On view at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, and curated by Andrew Hosner of Thinkspace Gallery and Gary Pressman of Copro Gallery, the exhibition features close to one hundred artists who have graced the publication’s pages and website, and showcases the diversity and breadth of the New Contemporary movement Juxtapoz has championed and helped to uphold.

In 1994 in San Francisco, Robert Williams, Craig Stecyk, Greg Escalante, Eric Swenson and Fausto Vitello founded Juxtapoz with the intent of fostering the art and culture of the underground. Providing an alternative voice and narrative as a counterpart to the dominant New York-centric discourse of contemporary art, it featured artists who straddled “high” and “low” culture. Aligning itself with the aesthetics of contemporary street culture, figurative art, California car culture, gig posters, tattoos, graphics, psychedelia and comics, the publication became a conduit and forum for an entirely new generation of artists who were latching on to the visual vernacular of powerfully populist themes. At a time when representational forms of art were widely disparaged by the reigning critical discourse of the art world, a discourse which championed hyper-conceptual and minimalist dogmas, Juxtapoz provided a mouth piece for the New Contemporary movement. Fluid rather than prescriptive, this movement has many monikers but is united by an ethos. The expressive possibilities afforded by figurative or representational work came to the fore, and a democratic sensibility was unleashed.

What once began as an alternative magazine is now the most widely disseminated art publication in the world. Predicated on the rejection of the artificial boundaries that consecrated “high”, Juxtapoz effectively broke down walls to allow young artists a chance at their own history. It is also an ideal that attests to the power of making accessible art about shared cultural experiences, identities and aesthetics.

The artists featured in this exhibition have been chosen based for their impact on the movement, and on how they themselves have been motivated by such an abundance of inspiration. With access to this imagery and community, new and multifaceted generations of artists continue to emerge from the ranks. Avenues made possible by Juxtapoz, through its wide variety of featured media and expressions, have shaped this aesthetic and preserves its trajectory as far as the imagination will allow.

Full lineup of participating artists in 20 Years Under the Influence of Juxtapoz:

Aaron Horkey
Aaron Nagel
Adam Caldwell
Adam Miller
Alex Yanes
Amy Sol
Andrew Hem
Andrew Schoultz
Andy Kehoe
Anthony Ausgang
Aron Wiesenfeld
Audrey Kawasaki
Bezt
Billy Norrby
Brendan Monroe
Brett Amory
Brian M. Viveros
bumblebeelovesyou
C215
Candice Tripp
Chet Zar
Chris Mars
Christine Wu
CR Stecyk
Cryptik
Curiot
Dabs Myla
Dan Quintana
Dave MacDowell
David Cooley
David Molesky
EINE
Elizabeth McGrath
Eric Fortune
Erik Jones
Ernest Zacharevic
Esao Andrews
Femke Hiemstra
Fuco Ueda
Glenn Barr
Heidi Tailifer
Henrik Aa. Uldalen
Jacub Gagnon
James Marshall
Jeff Ramirez
Jeff Soto
Jeremy Fish
Jim Houser
Joanne Nam
Joao Ruas
Joe Sorren
Joe Vaux
John Brophy
Jon Swihart
Joram Roukes
Josh Keyes
Kazu Tsuji
Kevin Peterson
Kikyz 1313
Know Hope
Kozyndan
Kris Kuksi
KuKula
Kwon Kyung-yup
Linnea Strid
Low Bros
Luke Chueh
Luke Hillestad
Marco Mazzoni
Margaret Keane
Mark Dean Veca
Mark Garro
Mark Ryden
Matt Dangler
Michael Hussar
Mike Davis
Miss Van
Naoto Hattori
Natalia Fabia
Niagara
Nick Sheehy
Nicola Verlato
Nikko Hurtado
Nosego
Odd Nerdrum
Peter Ferguson
Rob Sato
Robert S. Connett
Ryan Heshka
Sainer
Sandra Chevrier
Scott Radke
Sergio Garcia
Seth Armstrong
Shag (Josh Agle)
Shepard Fairey
Tara McPherson
Tran Nguyen
Tristan Eaton
Troy Coulterman
Word To Mother
Yoko d’Holbachie
Yosuke Ueno

This exhibition is sponsored in part by the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. The LAMAG is located within the beautiful Barnsdall Park at 4800 Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles, California. To contact the gallery please call 323.644.6269. Gallery hours are Thursday through Sunday from Noon to 5PM. For special tours and school groups, please contact Marta Feinstein at met_marta@sbcglobal.net or to arrange special adult tours, please contact Gabe Cifarelli at Gabriel.cifarelli@gmail.com – visit LAMAG on the web at www.lamag.org

Robert Williams: SLANG Aesthetics!

 

Rober Williams Slang Aesthetics

Guest Curators: Andrew Hosner (Thinkspace) & Gary Pressman (Copro Gallery)
February 22nd – April 19th, 2015

On view: Sunday, February 22nd – April 19th, 2015
Gallery Hours: 12-5PM, Thursday – Sunday
Barnsdall Park at 4800 Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles, California

(Los Angeles) – The Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery and Juxtapoz magazine in association with Thinkspace Gallery and Copro Gallery are pleased to present new works by Robert Williams. SLANG Aesthetics! is on view at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery from February 22nd to April 19th, 2015. The exhibition is Robert Williams’ first major body of work to make its debut in Los Angeles in well over a decade, and will feature 25 new oil paintings by the artist alongside a suite of drawings, and a series of large-scale sculptures fabricated with the assistance of Gentle Giant Studios.

Robert Williams is widely upheld as the godfather of the low brow and pop surrealist art movements, and with as much frequency denigrated as an irreverent iconoclast among the arbiters of “high” art. As both patriarch and outlaw, Williams’ enduring influence on the New Contemporary movement is undeniable. A true maverick who sought to create vital work that channeled the shifting energies and immediacy of counterculture, from the 60’s onward, Williams’ paintings invoked a return to craftsmanship, figuration and demotic imagery that rejected the elitist tenets of conceptual minimalism. A kid of the 50’s, Williams grew up immersed in California’s hot rod Kustom Kulture, Rock n’ Roll and EC Comics, and was steeped in the populist currents of his era. He recognized the raw visual power of popular culture: its graphics, its counter movements and its undergrounds, a network of palpitations he would continue to tap well into the era of punk rock. He worked commercially and became studio Art Director to Kustom Kulture icon Ed “big daddy” Roth in 1965, and was a founding contributor to the underground ZAP Comix in the late 60’s, all the while creating his own caustic, unapologetic work.

The work that Williams’ created was different, and didn’t fit within the established critical and intellectual paradigms espoused by the East Coast dominated art scene. Creating epic cartoon inspired history paintings charged with sex and ultra-violence, Williams drew from the social power of the American vernacular and its visual slang. He refused the immaterial aspirations of the art object, as it moved further away from representation, and felt no affinity with the contentless legacy of Abstract Expressionism. Instead, Williams sought idiosyncrasy, content, narrative, skillful figuration and popular culture, and created work that captured its visceral and libidinal energies through accessible references. Williams continued to disregard the arbitrary exclusions of the low from “high” culture, and in 1979 coined the term “low brow” as a way to articulate his opposition to an establishment from which he was excluded. For better or worse, “low brow” became the namesake of a young fledgling art movement, which Williams would prove to be instrumental in fostering. In 1994 Williams founded Juxtapoz Art & Culture Magazine and created a platform for this young and insurgent energy on the West Coast; a publication that was dedicated to the underground and to its cultural mutineers.

Williams, a self described Conceptual Realist, continues to create artworks that elicit a response and offer an opinion. Relying on concrete, and relatable, imagery to invoke ideas and concepts, rather than on the non-comital spasms of abstraction, his work continues to cut, seethe, confront and move. Not for the faint of heart, Williams speaks an unruly truth that captures the dark, the beautiful and the appalling tenor of our modern world.

This exhibition is sponsored in part by the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. The LAMAG is located within the beautiful Barnsdall Park at 4800 Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles, California. To contact the gallery please call 323.644.6269. Gallery hours are Thursday through Sunday from Noon to 5PM. For special tours and school groups, please contact Marta Feinstein at met_marta@sbcglobal.net or to arrange special adult tours, please contact Gabe Cifarelli at Gabriel.cifarelli@gmail.com – visit LAMAG on the web at www.lamag.org

ADDITIONAL PROGRAMMING:

  • Sunday, Feb. 22nd 3PM: Movie Screening of Robert Williams’ Mr. Bitchin’ at the Barnsdall Gallery Theatre
  • Saturday, Feb. 28th 2PM: Artist Talk with Robert Williams
  • Saturday, March 14th 2PM: Curator / Juxtapoz Talk (with Andrew Hosner, Gary Pressman, Greg Escalante, Robert Williams, Suzanne Williams, Gwynn Vitello, Evan Pricco, and Jeff Soto)
  • Saturday, March 28th 2PM: Book Signing for Robert Williams’ new book SLANG Aesthetics! with Baby Tattoo

‘New Blood’ + Stephanie Buer at Thinkspace – opening night video recap

Please check out the above video from our good friend Birdman. He did an amazing job editing this video and really capturing the energy and buzz in the air during the opening of Morgan Spurlock’s ‘New Blood‘ and Stephanie Buer‘s debut solo show. We were packed from the get go and can’t thank everyone enough that came through that evening for their support. Just a non-stop flow of support the entire night – thank you again LA!

There are still some choice works on hand from ‘New Blood‘ – check them out here:
http://thinkspacegallery.com/works/?exhibit=162&p=NB2012

Stephanie Buer‘s debut solo show has sold out and we have also sold through her past inventory we had on hand. Look for a new work from Stephanie in our big ‘Wild At Heart: Keep Wildlife In The Wild‘ exhibit opening next Sat, May 26th and more to follow in the year ahead.

Morgan Spurlock’s ‘New Blood‘ + Stephanie Buer‘s ‘Nothing Lasts Forever’

Both exhibits are on view through this Sat, May 19th. We’ll be open 1-8PM this Saturday for your final chance to view these amazing exhibits.

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

‘Picks of the Harvest 2012’ opening night at Thinkspace

Thank you to everyone that came out earlier this month for the launch of our highly anticipated ‘Picks of the Harvest 2012’ group show. By far one of our strongest turn outs to date with a non-stop surge of patrons all evening long. ‘Picks…’ features over 60 artists hailing from 14 countries and we were lucky enough to have two dozen of the featured artists on hand for the opening reception.

Back row (l-r) N.S. David, Erik Siador, Sean Mahan, Emma Tooth and friend, Jesse Hotchkiss, Elliot Jackson, Matt Doust, Elliot Brown and Matthew Grabelsky / Front row (l-r) LC, Shawn and Andrew from Thinkspace
Emma Tooth and friend
Sean Mahan
Shark Toof
Jeff Ramirez
Michael Ramstead
Davey Havok (AFI, Blacq Audio) and Andrew Hosner from Thinkspace
Elliot Brown
Jeni Yang
Euth
David Cooley
Ariel DeAndrea
Matt Doust
Jesse Hotchkiss
(l-r) Dan Barry, friend, Ana Bagayan, Ana's husband Brendan out enjoying the show
N.S. David
Erik Siador
Mary Iverson
Matthew Grabelsky
Glenn Arthur
Soey Milk
Elliot Jackson
Anthony Clarkson
Craig 'Skibs' Barker
Darla Jackson
Nicholas Bohac
Serge Gay Jr.

See the full set of opening night photos here:
www.flickr.com/photos/thinkspace/sets/72157629529828437/

Lots of amazing works still available from the show:
www.thinkspacegallery.com/2012/03/works-12pOtH.php

If you see something, please know we accept payment plans and are willing to hear reasonable offers, so please drop a line to contact@thinkspacegallery.com if there’s something you’ve got your eye on and are on the fence.

Thank you all again for the amazing support of this massive undertaking. Please swing on through if you missed the opening. Open Wed through Fri from 1 to 6PM and Saturdays from 1 to 8PM. Special thanks to Sam Graham for his amazing work documenting this exhibit and the opening reception.

On view through March 24th

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

Thinkspace at the Affordable Art Fair recap

Opening night of the Affordable Art Fair
Thinkspace's booth at the Affordable Art Fair LA

Last week the Thinkspace crew took part in the Affordable Art Fair in downtown Los Angeles. We had a great response overall and hosted some great talks with the likes of Morgan Spurlock, artist duo Dabs Myla and writer and collector Amanda Erlanson.

Thinkspace's booth at the Affordable Art Fair LA (main aisle wall)
Jacub Gagon "Cute As A Mutton" - acrylic on canvas (2011)

Take a look at the works we showcased during the fair here:
www.thinkspacegallery.com/2012/01/aaf/works-aaF12.php

Just drop us a line to contact@thinkspacegallery.com if you see a work you would like to inquire about.

Dabs Myla's mural "Just Breathe" for the Affordable Art Fair - presented by Thinkspace
Thinkspace's booth at the Affordable Art Fair

Take a look at pics from the opening night kick-off of the fair here:
www.flickr.com/photos/thinkspace/sets/72157628970163859/

Thinkspace's booth at the Affordable Art Fair LA
Thinkspace's booth at the Affordable Art Fair LA

Thank you to everyone that came out and showed support!

Get ready for Ana Bagayan and Liz Brizzi up next on Feb. 4th at our gallery in Culver City.