Sandra Chevrier Interview on PROHBTD

A fresh interview with Sandra Chevrier went live on yesterday. The Canadian artist exhibited her latest body of work at Thinkspace Gallery this past October for a nearly sold-out show, The Cages; and the Reading Rooms of their Lives. Visit PROHBTD’s website for the full interview with Chevrier and view available work by her on the Thinkspace Gallery website.

If a woman facing high expectations were to see your work, what emotions and feelings would you hope she would experience?

Art to me is not only a way of expression, it is a language on its own. I’ve always used it to release my inner demons. I now try to reflect not only my inner vision but find a matter that will speak to a larger audience.

The way I see it, the work demands to be dissected beyond its surface value. The masks that overlay the portraits are quite literally torn between the fantastical heroics and iconography of comic books and the harsher underlying tragedy of oppressed female identity and the exposed superficial illusion therein. Inside the male-dominated world within the Cages, my subjects denounce the role given to the female counterpart therein, refusing to play the part of seducer or victim. Also, the images used within the “cages” range from scenes of conflict, triumph and defeat. It gives focus to the latter, highlighting the fragility of the superhero, their own struggles and weaknesses, exposing the humanity within the superhuman. Society is asking us to become Superheros; we should allow ourselves to be fragile.

Audrey Kawasaki Interview on PROHBTD

Online culture magazine PROHBTD posted an incredible interview with Thinkspace Family artist Audrey Kawasaki. The interview features her most recent exhibition Interlude. Visit PROHBTD’s website for the full interview.

Do you envision your characters as inherently good or deceptively dangerous? 

Both, but more towards the latter. I imagine that, if she appeared in front of me, I would keep good distance. Her charm would be undeniable, and I’d be drawn to her, sure, but I’d rather watch and observe her from afar. I wouldn’t want to get entangled in her affairs. I think for me, as the artist who creates them, I like the idea that they are mysterious, secretive and difficult. Their intangibility makes for a good story and keeps me interested.

James Bullough Featured on Artist A Day

Thinkspace Family artist James Bullough was recently featured on Artist A Day. Bullough’s distinctive style has graced found materials, canvases, and massive walls. We have big things coming up this year with James Bullough including an artist spot in ‘LAX / DTW: Detroit Hustle II’ opening June 30th at Inner State Gallery/ 1xRun.

All available work from James Bullough can be viewed on Thinkspace Gallery website, and make sure to sign up for the Thinkspace Gallery newsletter for updates on Bullough.

Jump over to Artist A Day to view James Bullough’s feature. 

Stephanie Buer “Uncommon Silence” Coming January 2017

Stephanie Buer

Uncommon Silence

Opening Reception: Saturday, January 7 from 6-9PM
On View: January 7 – January 28, 2017

Thinkspace is pleased to present new works by Portland-based artist Stephanie Buer in Uncommon Silence, the artist’s fifth show with the gallery. Buer’s incredibly realistic paintings and charcoal drawings capture the vacant and desolate sprawl of abandoned urban spaces. An avid urban explorer, she seeks the quietude and calm of inactive buildings and areas, those marginalized and in disrepair. Capturing the life in absentia of these architectures and environments as they are overcome by vandalism, nature, and time, Buer finds beauty in the remnants that are left behind.

Buer went to art school in Detroit, Michigan at the College for Creative Studies, and spent the following decade in the area, capturing the infamous urban erosion left by the collapse of the American auto industry. In Detroit, a unique city with a host of abandoned industrial vestiges, Buer sated her need for contemplative calm and escapism through urban exploration. Interested in the layers of history that accrete in emptiness, and the stark contrast of desolation in the midst of excessively populated urban areas, Buer’s work began to question our relationship to excessive consumerism and unsustainable consumption through depictions of dissipated spaces. She likens the feeling of isolated discovery when traipsing through condemned buildings and architectural ruins, to her remote wanderings through rural Michigan where she grew up. In search of a poetic calm and beauty in the midst of what most would consider deterioration, she continues to uncover the oft-neglected sublime of the condemned and castaway.

Moving to the Pacific Northwest, where she continues to work, Buer has since begun to capture new cities and spaces through her photorealistic oil paintings and heavily contrasting, dramatic charcoal drawings. Her preference for traditional art historical media is a conscious one, fascinated by how the same media used for centuries can capture a contemporary moment without loss or inadequacy. In Uncommon Silence, Buer has taken on the city of Los Angeles as her subject for the first time, the result of a week spent exploring its recesses and urban derelicts; the works capture the light and atmospheric nature of LA in stark contrast to those of Detroit. An homage to a city that has played an integral role in the development of her career, the exhibition captures the specificity of LA as a place of great cultural and environmental contrasts, architectural diversity, fullness, and scarcity. Known for its murals, contemporary art scene, graffiti, and urban interventions, LA provided Buer with no shortage of color or drama in the landscape.

Her works begin with the journey into the city, where she documents her explorations photographically. Buer then creates compositions from her source material and executes the work with a staggering level of technical precision and detail. Always devoid of people, Buer’s works capture the traces of their intervention and the marks of their passing, whether through the shadow of the hollow structure itself or the evidentiary residues of physical interactions with the space. A recurring element in her work has always been graffiti, a primary way in which forgotten urban spaces are marked and reclaimed. The sense of collapsing temporality is salient, as old and new coexist on top of one another in these peripheries.

So Youn Lee “Limpid” Coming January 2017

So Youn Lee


Opening Reception: Saturday, January 7 from 6-9PM
January 7 – January 28, 2017

Concurrently on view in the Thinkspace project room is Limpid, featuring new works by San Francisco-based artist So Youn Lee. Her works depict a pastel-colored world of innocence and whimsy and follow the surreal adventures of a serial character she’s named Mango and her entourage of fanciful, candy-tinted friends. Inspired by 90’s illustration and short animation films, Lee creates a crystalline universe of translucent textures and glassy surfaces. Her densely textured and stylized works are executed in a harmonious blend of oil and acrylics, varying from canvas to panels.

In this new body of work, Lee chases the visualization of nostalgia, creating pieces that invoke a sensory-based recall of childhood and its immersive experiential innocence. Known for her representations of an ambiguous, positivist, and captivating inner world, Lee creates delicately outlined figures pulled from effervescent fantasy. Light and playful, her world is a genderless, intergalactic, pristine, and suspended in a patterned space of bubbles, soft gelatin- like contours, and brilliant sparkling light.

Please join us on Saturday, January 7th to welcome in the new year and celebrate the opening of two new incredible bodies of work.

SCOPE Miami Beach 2016 Recap

Thank you again to all that came through and visited our booth with SCOPE MIAMI BEACH. We were honored to take part in the fair’s 16th edition and are already looking forward to returning next year. Over 50,000 art lovers visited the fair, with the pace of sales consistently growing throughout the week. We were fortunate to place 75 original works of art into new homes over the course of the fair, one of our most successful outings to date.

Thank you again to the artists that believed in us and delivered beautiful new pieces for our booth. So many highlights, but it’s easy to say that our solo shows from Cintal Vidal, David Cooley and Alex Yanes were big crowd pleasers as well as the new paintings from Miami favorite Brian Viveros and the new sculptural works from Sergio Garcia, not to mention ‘The Wall’ (as it’s become known around the fair) featuring sixty 12×12 inch works from as many artists. Our booth was packed and buzzing daily, complete with a beautiful view of the Ocean and next to the bar and DJ. Thank you again, Miami!!!

So many stunning pieces remain. Please do not hesitate to reach out and let us know if you would like to discuss a work. Happy to offer a discount to past patrons and work on payment plans with those new to our gallery. We’re here to make it possible for you, just reach out.

Fuco Ueda & Small Works Opening Reception

The opening reception of Fuco Ueda’s “Odd Eye” was a beautiful exhibition to close out the year, as our Small Works Holiday Group show was a visual celebration of some of the talented artists we worked with this year. With holiday parties, shopping, and end of year project(s) wrapping up we are grateful to those who chose to spend their Saturday night with us in Culver City. We are excited for 2017 and all the amazing work we will be able to share with our amazing supporters.

Make sure to come in and see Fuco Ueda’s work now until December 31st. Please note that pieces from the small works show will be available for pickup at the gallery on Friday, December 23rd. And lastly, we will be closed Saturday, December 24th to spend time with our families.

Thank you again for another fantastic year!