Brian M. Viveros Presents New Body of Work in “Tougher Than Leather”

Thinkspace is honored to present Tougher Than Leather, our fifth solo exhibition with Brian M. Viveros. This highly anticipated solo show, opening October 12, is the first comprehensive presentation of all new work by the artist in almost four years in the Los Angeles area, and will feature some of Viveros’ largest and most accomplished paintings to date. The epic gallery takeover will showcase 15 new paintings, new pastel works, charcoal on paper, collaborative works with Sandra Chevrier and Ken Flewellyn, a new print edition, a free poster for the 1st 200 patrons to visit the opening reception, a new limited edition enamel pin (the artist’s first), a site-specific installation, a new sculpture, and we will be publishing a 60-page exhibition catalog in support of the show. Tougher Than Leather promises something magical for all of his Dirty Troops, new and old.

The artist’s well-known “bad-girls” emerge stronger than ever in Tougher Than Leather, embodying the tenacity and fight that it has taken Viveros to get through the past few years that have been wrought with personal struggles. Having recently lost many prominent members of his close-knit family, the resolve it took the artist to weather this storm pulses through his new body of work with a power that is palpable.

Known for his phenomenally detailed and hyper-realistic paintings, Viveros’ world is a complete universe unto itself. The “Dirtyland,” well-known by Viveros fans and collectors, plays host to a long cast of recurring female characters; part vixen, part superhero and all bad-ass. These unapologetic survivors, often bloodied and bandaged, smoking and defiant, have the battle scars to boast their warrior worth.

Viveros has pushed his execution of detail to new extremes while continuing to expand his palette Incorporating stark tonal contrasts between warm and cool hues, crimson reds, lush pastels and brilliant blues and shimmering golds, to bring minute textural details to life. Tougher Than Leather also delivers Viveros’s most complex work to date, ‘Tame The Beast’, showcasing one of his iconic Matadors captured for the first time ever in her full glory, in the midst of battle with a raging bull. Filled with firsts, this special showcase also includes ‘EviLAst!’, the artist’s largest and most complex sculpture to date and serves as the exhibition’s showstopper. This exciting new piece perfectly captures the ferocity and beauty of the Dirtyland, incorporating signature elements from several of the artist’s past iconic paintings.

Tougher Than Leather is dedicated to the fighter in all of us. All that are fighting for their lives, fighting their inner demons and fighting the evil that is cancer. The artist’s iconic warrior women are emblematic of their refusal to submit; tough but sensual, they embody the courage of the feminine as empowered Victor. These heroes cannot be broken. They bleed, they fight, they are Tougher Than Leather.

Please join us for the opening reception this October 12 and be sure to wear your dirty best. All those attending in a costume that celebrates one of Brian’s iconic characters will have a strong chance of being included in the opening night recap featured within the exhibition catalog for Tougher Than Leather that will follow shortly after the exhibition has come to an end. Viveros will be in attendance and the opening is free and open to all. Come celebrate with us.

Opening Reception: Sat., October 12th, 6 – 9 PM

On view: October 12, 2019 – November 2, 2019

“LAX / MSY” at Red Truck Gallery

Thank you to all that came through Red Truck Gallery this past Saturday to support the opening celebration of our big “LAX / MSY” group exhibition we curated for the beautiful people of New Orleans to enjoy!

Over 100 works will be on view through August 30, don’t miss your chance to check them out in person if you find yourself in the French Quarter this month. Many thanks again to the entire Red Truck crew for a fun-filled week in NOLA!

LAX – MSY: Thinkspace Invades New Orleans

‘LAX / MSY’
Curated by Thinkspace
Taking Place At: Red Truck Gallery
940 Royal Street New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
**In the heart of the French Quarter**

Opening Reception: Saturday, August 10 from 6-10PM
**Dirty Linen Night**

Excited to get down to New Orleans for the first time ever and partner with our good friends at Red Truck Gallery this coming August. Over 100 artists will be taking part in “LAX / MSY” in what will be the largest collection of artists from the New Contemporary Movement under one roof to date in the south.

All the artists have been asked to work within the same space confines of 12×12 inches (30×30 cm) and left to their own devices from there. We’re excited to see the results and share them with you all this August. This collection helps to showcase just how vast and varied the Movement is, from portrait based works to the more fantastical, from landscapes to design based abstract works… “LAX / MSY” promises to bring your Instagram feed to life and expose you to your new favorite artist.

We are excited to be bringing down ABCNT and Spenser Little to add some flavor to the French Quarter as well as add some nice touches throughout the exhibition itself. Looking forward to seeing what these two creatives come up with. Featuring Installations from: ABCNT & Spenser Little

12×12 inch (30×30 cm) works from: ABCNT, Abigail Goldman, Adam Caldwell, Ador, Alex Garant, Alex Yanes, Alexandra Manukyan, Allison Sommers, Alvaro Naddeo, Amy Sol, Anthony Hurd, Anthony Solano, Baldur Helgason, Benjamin Garcia, Brad Woodfin, Brian Mashburn, Bryan Valenzuela, Caratoes, Carl Cashman, Carlos Ramirez, Casey Weldon, Chase Mullen, Chloe Becky, Collin Van Der Sluijs, Craig ‘Skibs’ Barker, Crash One, Cristian Blanxer, Daniel Bildodeau, Darcy Yates, David Cooley, David Rice, Derek Gores, Drew Young, Edith Lebeau, Eduardo F. Angel, Eelus, Egg Fiasco, Ermsy, Fafi, Fernando Chamarelli, Fumi Nakamura, Hanna Lee Joshi, Huntz Liu, JC Rivera, Jeremy Hush, Josie Morway, Kathy Ager, Kayla Mahaffey, Kelogsloops, Kelly Vivanco, Kelsey Beckett, Ken Nwadiogbu, Kevin Peterson, Kobusher, Koz Dos, Kyle Bryant, Lauren YS, Leon Keer, Linsey Levendall, Lisa King, Lonac, Louis Masai, Luke Chueh, Mando Marie, Marie-Claude Marquis, Martin Whatson, Martine Johanna, McKenzie Fisk, Meggs, Molly Gruninger, Nicola Caredda, Nomad Clan, Nosego, Nuno Viegas, OakOak, Olga Esther, The Perez Bros, PREF, Rachel Strum, Ricky Watts, Roos van der Vliet, Ryan Malley, Samuel Rodriguez, Sean Chao, Sepe, Sergio Garcia, Seth Armstrong, Spenser Little, Stephanie Buer, Stikman, Super A, Superdeux, Telmo Miel, Terry Arena,TMRWLND, Troy Lovegates, Wiley Wallace, Woes, Yok & Sheryo, Yosuke Ueno, Yusei Abe Zezão

Opening Night of “MOVEMENT” Curated by Thinkspace for Pow! Wow! Long Beach

Sunday was the opening of the group exhibition “MOVEMENT” for Pow! Wow! Long Beach. Thank you to all those who made it out, and those who were unable to swing by, you can still catch the show now through Saturday, July 27.

“MOVEMENT” features work from 40 different artists with a site-specific mural from CRASH alongside installations from Spenser Little and Balloonski.

Check out www.powwowlongbeach.com for all the special events this week and a full list of this year’s participating mural artists.

Location:
327 Pine Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90802
*Entry through the Pharmacy Boardshop

“MOVEMENT” made possible thanks to support from HEX and BEVEL.

Kathy Ager Interviewed in Beautiful Bizarre

Artist Kathy Ager, whose exhibition “Golden Age” is currently on view at Thinkspace Projects, was recently interviewed by Beautiful Bizarre about her latest body of work. Visit Beautiful Bizarre for the full interview.

“I love how much of a story can be told by the combination of objects. I also find peace in the strong stillness of still lives. I like to include objects and brands that are familiar to the viewer, but that have a secret significance to me personally. ” – Kathy Ager in Beautiful Bizarre