FIRST EXHIBITIONS OF 2018 – SCOTT LISTFIELD “1984”

SCOTT LISTFIELD
1984
January 6, 2018 – January 27, 2018

Opening reception Saturday, January 6th from 6 to 9 pm. 

Concurrently on view in the Thinkspace project room are new works by painter Scott Listfield in 1984. His hyper-realistic oil paintings depict sprawling, sparsely occupied and seemingly unpopulated landscapes, cast with the unease of an ambiguous end of days. A single astronaut appears prominently throughout Listfield’s works, wandering this timeless fugue terrain that feels at once familiar and distant, dreamy and ill-defined, strange, even, in its displaced familiarity. The artist’s works draw from a ScFi inflected imaginary in which nostalgic references to pop culture and quasi-apocalyptic cynicism playfully, if not ominously, collude.

For his new body of work, 1984, Listfield, as the title suggests, invokes the dystopian futurity of Orwell’s 1949 classic, a text which has experienced a recent surge in Amazon sales, perhaps an indication of some collective, self-reflexive admission. This incidental fact piqued the artist’s interest in the current timeliness of the Orwellian nightmare; a vision of surveilled humanity seems somehow less outlandish and far-fetched in our era of simulated falsification and mediated experience. Our culturally dictated über reliance on social media, handheld devices, and virtual platforms, all in service of some feigned human connectivity, are forged through a bizarre consensual voyeurism – not such a far cry from Big Brother’s omniscience after all.

These new works include bright saturated visions inspired by a stylized 1980s Los Angeles, hedged by a requisite amount of Listfield’s dystopian edge and barbed wire. The artist’s own 1980s childhood memories inform the paintings, as does the culturally produced aesthetic nostalgia for the decade, evidenced in recent television shows and style trends. Producing a pastiche of time and place, Listfield taps into the misleading anachronisms of memory, and nostalgia’s power of stylization, not to mention the strange ways in which our versions of the past may in fact tell us more about our conditions in the present.

SARAH JONCAS & KELLY VIVANCO “BETWIXT AND BETWEEN”

SARAH JONCAS & KELLY VIVANCO
BETWIXT AND BETWEEN
January 6, 2018 – January 27, 2018

Opening reception Saturday, January 6th from 6 to 9 pm. 

Thinkspace is pleased to present new works by Canadian artist Sarah Joncas and Southern Californian artist Kelly Vivanco in Betwixt and Between. An exhibition about the creative potential of unscripted spaces and the generative possibility of in-betweens, Joncas and Vivanco, forego the limits of the aphoristic for the contiguous freedom of the fable. Both create narrative-based works that embrace the ambiguity and imaginative potential of the subconscious. Creatively playful with elements of the surreal, they capture a feeling of melancholia and aesthetic nostalgia in their styles, Joncas with her cinematic invocation of neo-noir film and Vivanco with imagery influenced by classic fairytales and vintage illustration. Fundamentally, both artists’ work offers an intrinsic pleasure in viewing and the kind of escapism possible only in worlds that lie beyond rationally dictated limits.

Toronto-based Sarah Joncas first exhibited with the gallery in 2009 when only 19 years old. Since then, her accomplished work has developed technically and conceptually, garnering international attention for its moody stylization and emotive impact. Her portrait-based paintings focus primarily on female subjects that function as alter egos or symbolic avatars for social, psychological, and personal themes. The figurative becomes a vehicle for more existential and constructivist emphases, an armature around which to posit narrative suggestions and symbolic inferences. Always striving to create a moment of discomposure or tension in her works, Joncas aestheticizes with melancholy and melodrama, tapping into an emotionally charged visual spectrum.

Joncas began her art career intending to pursue illustration and animation, directions that clearly still inform the visual diction of her current work. Highly refined areas of figurative rendering, like the lush skin tones she achieves with oils, are combined with elements of a more graphic sensibility, executed in acrylics, to establish compelling visual tensions between realistic dimensional space and flattened stylization. An early interest in animé and manga, as well as in those neo-noir cinematic references aforementioned, helped to galvanize Joncas’ interest in character-based works. Often posited in heightened emotional contexts, her protagonists are framed by suspenseful allusions to an overarching story or caught in the midst of ambiguous or invisible unfolding scenes. This penchant for plot, mystery, and symbolism is captured in moments of dynamic stillness in which action is both suggested and seized. The surrounding elements in her works, whether animals, objects or patterns, take on concomitant meanings, further reinforcing the larger thematic intimations of her works.

Based in Escondido, California, Kelly Vivanco’s depicted world is one of fantastical tall tales and mysterious encounters. Not unlike the magical wardrobe of C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia or Lewis Carroll’s Alice and her rabbit hole or fugitive fleet through the looking glass, Vivanco’s paintings themselves are thresholds. Each is an aperture into an alternate world of enigmatic episodes and apocryphal creatures, at times beatific and at others unsettlingly sinister; these storied landscapes and characters are more brooding and mysterious than flippantly whimsical. Playful and nostalgic, however, her works are far from sentimental or honeyed. Like the best fairy tales and all of their allegorical apologues, a darkness lurks in the beauty of their imaginative distortions and hyperboles.

The subconscious undeniably shapes Vivanco’s images. By exploring her figurative subjects through surreal shifts in scale and shadowy casts of mood and light, her paintings feel like their drawn from the recesses of dream. Psychologically inflected, the depictions of her characters range from the lighthearted to the more somber and foreboding. Vivanco works primarily in acrylic on panel and canvas, and her stylized hand is immediately recognizable, as is her signature palette of muted and darkened vintage-inspired colors. The speculative scenes she stages remain slightly intangible; we are given moments from a more substantial story that is then left to our imaginative work to unfold. The mystery lingers in these captures, as little is explicitly unraveled but rather implied. In addition to her fine art practice, Vivanco has been commissioned to illustrate children’s books, including Snow White and the Red Rose in 2014 and her second, Thumbelina, in 2016.

Both Joncas and Vivanco, though distinctly different in their unique styles, share an interest in the tangential work of the subconscious and all of its surreal textures and, potential, looking to the symbolism of the strange and relinquishing control of these mysterious spaces to the unscripted nature of its “in-betweens.” The ambiguity of their worlds is one in which enigmatic encounters remain partially unseen, and the suspenseful irresolution of the unknown lingers; whether through allegory or avatar, both Joncas and Vivanco look to the openings rather than the seams.

 

Opening Night of DALEK (AKA James Marshall) “The Return of the Space Monkey”

Thank you to all that came out to support our big show from DALEK (aka James Marshall). The Return of the Space Monkey has been a big hit so far and this coming Tuesday through Saturday are your final days to catch this special exhibition in person.

Some great works are still on hand and all original drawings are framed and ready to hang in an array of bright primary colors.

New screen print editions from DALEK will be shared online via our new web shop in late January. Watch for further details to be shared soon.

THANK YOU FOR THE MEMORIES SCOPE 2017!

Thank you to everyone that came through our booth with SCOPE this past week in Miami during Art Basel. Was so nice to reconnect with past patrons and to meet so many new fans of our space and program.

A big round of applause goes out to the entire staff of SCOPE on another stellar year on Miami Beach. Many thanks as well to all our exhibiting artists for delivering such beautiful and meaningful works.

Kudos are due to both James Bullough and Michael Reeder who SOLD OUT their solo shows at our booth during the fair. We can not wait until our solo shows with both incredible talents here in LA in 2018/2019. More details on those two highly anticipated exhibitions shared soon.

Excited to share that we placed over 70 original works of art this past week in Miami, a great many to new patrons. A simply incredible week to say the least and we can not thank you all enough for your support.

Just wait until you see what we have in store for 2018. Have a safe and happy holiday season everyone!

– Andrew Hosner
Co-Owner / Curator

Matthew Grabelsky Creates the Cover Art for Moby’s New Album “Everything Was Beautiful, And Nothing Hurt”

We’re so excited to share the announcement for Moby’s new album,  Everything Was Beautiful, And Nothing Hurt because Thinkspace Family artist Matthew Grabelsky was commissioned to do the album art. The new album from Moby features on the cover Grabelsky’s signature father and child on the subway composition, with the title of the album, reflected on the book the young calf is reading.

Visit Rolling Stone’s website for the full album announcement, and the Thinkspace Projects to view more works by Matthew Grabelsky.

Last year, Thinkspace Family artist Kevin Peterson was the album artist for Red Hot Chili Peppers Getaway. 

Music and art, they go together like the sun and the moon.

 

 

ART LOVERS GIFT GUIDE : LONDON STYLE

Want to know the perfect gift for the art lover in your life? It’s Art!

Here are a few stunning pieces for the walls of any passionate art collector who has a pulse on the new contemporary art movement. The following pieces were shown in London at the Moniker International Art Fair.

Sainer (Etam Cru) and Zoer “Plastic Psychodelic” (2017) Acrylic on linen Sainer and Zoer Collab 60″ × 48″ | 152× 122cm $9,000

Sainer (Etam Cru) is a painter and muralist who is a graduate of Academy of Fine Arts in Lodz. He currently lives and works in Gdynia, Poland.

Telmo Miel “Round About Midnight” (2017) Oil and acrylic on linen 19.69″ × 27.56″ | 50 × 70 cm $2,400

Telmo Miel is Telmo Pieper and Miel Krutzmann, a muralist and image-making duo from the Netherlands. Combining multiple elements in a single composition, they layer references to the human and animal worlds to create complex creatures and fantastic scenarios. With positivity, humor and a touch of the romantic, their work is arresting and epic.

James Bullough “Oblivion” (2017) Oil, acrylic and aerosol on wood panel 31.5″ × 27.5″ | 80× 70cm $4,400

James Bullough is an American born artist living and working in Berlin, Germany. His paintings, and huge monumentally scaled site-specific murals are phenomenal combinations of realist painting technique and graphic punctuation.

Carl Cashman “A Helmet Full of Tears” (2017) Spray on cradled wooden panel 16″ × 20″ | 41 × 51 cm $800

Carl Cashman creates vibrant neon colored op-art, a genre he has coined “neometry”, or neon geometry. The works are hypnotic, at times bordering on the hallucinatory, and blur the distinction between digital and analog forms.

David Cooley – “Epicycloidal” (2017) Acrylic and resin on wood panel 36″ × 36″ | 91× 91cm $6,500

David Cooley, a Santa Barbara-based artist is inspired by the idea of creating something that’s previously only existed in thought and making something that’s tangible, with the intent to have an impact on others, whether it’s thought-provoking, fun, or just aesthetically pleasing.

Kevin Peterson “Indie Lion” (2017) Oil on wood panel 28″ × 15″ | 71× 38cm $6,500

Kevin Peterson‘s work is about the varied journeys we take through life. It’s about growing up and living in a world that is broken. These paintings are about trauma, fear and loneliness and the strength that it takes to survive and thrive. They each contain the contrast of the untainted, young and innocent against a backdrop of a worn, ragged, and defiled world.

To view all available pieces from this international show and their US price click here.

If buying an original piece of artwork as a gift is too bold or rich for your blood, the Thinkspace Projects print shop is filled with beautiful high-quality giclee prints.

Happy Holidays! 

JUXTAPOZ MAGAZINE PREVIEWS THE SPACE MONKEY RETURNS

“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

Full Juxtapoz preview here.

Exhibition is open now through December, 23rd, 2017