“There was a special era in underground art, right before blogs and social media took hold and that monthly magazine that came to your doorstep was your only window into culture. This isn’t a time to wax poetic, but in hearing about Dalek/James Marshall’s Space Monkey 20th Anniversary exhibition at Thinkspace this Winter, it made us think about that time of discovery. It made us think of Murakami’s Mr. Dob, Camille Rose Garcia’s fairytale flourishes or a Shag lounge scene. These are icons that helped shaped the 21st-century art landscape, and the Space Monkey is right there.” – —Evan Pricco
Brooklyn Street Art connected with Bezt while in New York for the exhibition Beautiful Mistakes at Spoke Art NYC. The feature is a great piece that walks with Bezt as he discusses the work in the show in addition to his creative process with longtime collaborator Sainer (who work as a duo under the moniker Etam Cru), visit the Brooklyn Street Art website for the full article.
Sometimes a portrait is actually the means to an end, rather than the focal point, just so he has the opportunity to paint something new. “For example the painting with the woman and the daughter piece, that one with the house. I wanted to paint the trees! I had a night photo of the trees and I said ‘Okay, I need an idea so I can paint the trees.’ – Brooklyn Street Art
Thinkspace Family member Seth Armstrong was recently featured on the Huffington Post in an article highlighting work from the exhibition “Pretty Deep Shit.” Art critic, Shana Nys Dambolt explores the use of the magic hour and city lights in Armstrong’s voyeuristic compositions. Read the full piece on Huffington Post’s website.
We’re excited to continue showing new works from Seth Armstrong until the end of 2017, with pieces currently one view at LAX/ JFK and more coming up in December when we head to Miami.
Robert William’s ‘SLANG Aesthetics!‘ currently on view in Mesa, Arizona at the Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum, grabbed the attention of the Phoenix New Times who connected with Williams for a ten question interview. Read the full interview on the Phoenix New Times website.
Are you part of a specific art movement?
I belong to an arts movement that’s kind of undefinable. It’s kind of a feral art movement of realists that have been scourged and put themselves back together over the past 30 years. It’s been difficult to be a realist since World War II, because abstract expressionism has cramped realism, and pushed it towards illustration.
When I was an art student in the early ‘60s, you were either an abstract realist or you weren’t anything. But a lot of mangy characters have come back to realism through surfer art, hot rod culture, skateboard art, and tattoos. The art world put its foot on the neck of those things, and I’m an evil product of that.
I’m considered the father of lowbrow art, although it’s not a great term. A lot of young artists prefer the term pop surrealism, but that’s not applicable to me. I’m just left in the bushes, in the wilderness on my own.
We feel a great sense of pride seeing the artists we represent interviewed in the pages of our favorite art magazine, so when one of our co-owners gets some attention, it puts us over the moon. We’re extremely excited to share Andrew Hosner, Thinkspace Gallery co-owner and curator’s 10-page spread in French publication Graffiti Art Magazines. The article discusses how Andrew’s background in the music industry informs his approach to the art world. You can view a PDF version of the article here, “Andrew Hosner L’amplificateur.”
We had an amazing time at the Moniker International Art Fair, but don’t take it from us. Below is a few press placements highlighting our Moniker takeover.
Worth mentioning is the vast, eight-stand takeover by leading Los Angeles-based gallery, Thinkspace. In the first five hours of sales, the California gallery reported an income of over £100,000 across its group show and seven solo exhibitions, including the UK debut of Audrey Kawasaki, whose lowbrow artworks command between £15,000-£25,000 on the market, and other stands dedicated to Kevin Peterson, David Cooley, Brian Viveros, and Cinta Vidal. – Art Net
London’s Financial Times on MONIKER
“(Thinkspace are the) mandarin of the graphic and urban art scene.” – Financial Times
London Calling Blog
Thinkspace Gallery visiting from LA stole the show with an incredible 7 solo shows and one group exhibition – two of which sold out entirely on the preview night – with Dulk’s solo show ‘Extinction’ being our favourite show of the event. – London Calling Blog
Our friends at Arrested Motion published some amazing coverage of the opening of Urban Nation Museum in Berlin.
“Located on Bülowstraße in Berlin-Schöneberg, Urban Nation Museum now offers a clear overview of the current state of the street and urban art scene worldwide. Under the motto “UNique. UNited. UNstoppable.”- Arrested Motion.
The Urban Nation Museum has been 4 years in the making, and our curator/ co-owner Andrew Hosner has been going back and forth between Berlin and Los Angeles as one of ten curators who worked together to select 150 pieces that combine various styles and techniques of the urban art scene.