If we referred to Jacob Gagnon’s work from “Short Stories” as stories themselves, then there would only be two left to read. A nearly sold out exhibition, Gagnon’s work is filled with whimsical narratives of compositional wordplay and at times translating the real world into the unreal at the delight of collectors. Below are a few words from Jacub Gagnon regarding the available works from Short Stories.
The flare is struck, the roar of its signal matched only by the bear’s cry for help. The Polar Bear’s habitat is vanishing; the sea ice is melting, and as a result of the changing ecosystem the current status of the Polar Bear is vulnerable. With this painting, I tried to express both the emotion and urgency of this situation. I want the viewer to hear the call and I want it to elicit a strong discourse. Furthermore, I believe this painting to be a symbol to spark change.
“The Belly of the Beast”
Based on the concept of a Matryoshka doll (Russian nesting doll), I tried to represent a natural food-chain with each respective predator’s prey in its belly. I’ve taken some liberties in doing so but enjoyed “stacking” these mammals one inside another. The title can be interrupted in an obvious manner with the leopard being the beast, or rather in the reverse, with the rabbit being the beast consuming the blade of grass. I like to think the latter is true and hope to reprise the role of “the beast” in a subsequent painting.
Hi-Fructose recently featured Thinkspace Family artists Jolene Lai in an online editorial. The piece highlights several of her works from Lai’s latest exhibition ‘Beside You’ that opened this past February. To view all available works from ‘Beside You’ please visit the Thinkspace Gallery website.
Jolene Lai’s Surreal Paintings Reference Dreams, Childhood : Hi- Fructose
These surreal images can feel both pensive and intense, conjuring familiar images and the otherworldly. The artist, formerly a movie poster designer, often anchors her paintings in youthful contexts.
Kari-Lise Alexander recently exhibited a stunning collection of work at Thinkspace Gallery this past April. We’re excited to share her work has also caught the attention of Urban Outfitters, who interviewed Alexander for their weekly featured artists series. Jump over to the UO blog to read the full feature and interview with Kari-Lise Alexander, and visit the Thinkspace Gallery website to view all available work by the artist.
What is your creative process? Do you work from photographs, sketches or from your mind?
I work from all of the above! I start the process for a painting by doing thumbnail sketches from my ideas about what I want to do. From there, I set-up a photo shoot to photograph the reference photos I need. After I’ve selected my reference photo, I start working on the painting. I will often add or subtract things for the final piece depending on what I want for the overall vision.
New to the Thinkspace Family, Juan Travieso was recently featured and interviewed for artist of the week on Urban Outfitters UK blog. Travieso has shown with us in various group exhibitions including Scope, Pow! Wow! Hawaii, Nexus and more. He currently has two new pieces on view, one in Juxtapozed at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art and soon to be opened Flourish at the Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum. To view all available work from Juan Travieso visit the Thinkspace Gallery website.
How would you describe your work?
My work is an appropriation of different styles and techniques that brings my compositions and color together. How I do this is I use my computer as a tool to create compositions that don’t physically exists in the world and through that I am able to open windows into virtual or digital spaces and create possibilities that are endless.
View full interview on UO Blog UK.
Thinkspace Family artist Marco Mazzoni has launched a new project to honor his best friend who passed away a few weeks before his show with us back in March, his dog. The project, which is currently accepting donations through Kickstarter, is a hardcover book that will include 30 illustrations by Mazzoni telling the story of a little girl, Mirta, her dog King and the special bond between them. You can support Mazzoni by visiting his Kickstarter and checking out the various rewards he is offering to backers. For $300, you can get an original drawing of your furry friend, but don’t delay he is only taking on 15 more backers for that reward.
Thinkspace Family really understands the loss of a furry friend as a few of us at the gallery have also lost some of our pets within the past year, and applaud Marco’s for channeling his love for his companion into this beautiful story.
Learn more about the project here.
To view all available artwork by Marco Mazzoni, please click here.
New to the Thinkspace Family, Los Angeles-based artist Michael Reeder was recently featured on Creators. The piece highlights Reeder’s work and it’s birth from the repetition of painting the same portrait to developing into the creation of different personas. View the full article on the Creators website.
Essentially he’s a chemist, blending between cultural touch-points, religious iconography, and contemporary visual stylings. – The Creators
We’re excited to be working with Michael Reeder on a new mural in LA, upcoming museum shows, and his solo in Miami December 2017.
Seth Armstrong’s paintings self-consciously capture a sense of looking, arresting moments with cinematic detail and voyeuristic curiosity. Varying in scale, the paintings offer views that are alternately intimate and vast, moving expertly between the monumental and the minute. Laden with detail and suggestion, each piece offers a moment in the trajectory of a larger narrative, and the viewer is compelled to realign the fractures of these inconclusive moments. Hanging the works on suggestion rather than on the overt, Armstrong builds tension and excitement in every painting with the possibility and expectation of action.
Very excited to share this new body of work with you all soon. Stay tuned for more sneak peeks and details as we grow closer to the show.
Pretty Deep Shit opening at Thinkspace Gallery, April 29th.