Matthew Grabelsky’s “Jungle Train” opens Saturday, August 3rd.

MATTHEW GRABELSKY
Jungle Train
August 3 – August 24. 2019

Opening Reception with the Artist(s):
Saturday, August 3, 2019
6:00pm – 9:00pm 

On view in the Thinkspace project room is Jungle Train, featuring new oil paintings by Los Angeles-based artist Matthew Grabelsky. His works combine a hyperrealistic painting technique with a surreal penchant for unlikely juxtapositions. Raised in New York City, Grabelsky uses its subway’s underground world as the setting for his unlikely pairings.

Grabelsky’s works depict his subjects traveling on subways, often nonchalantly reading magazines or newspapers, while the protagonists in these dyads are strange, quasi-mythological human hybrids with animal heads. Deer, bears, elephants, tigers, and everything in between, make a suited appearance in rush hour. By contrasting the platitudes of the day-to-day with the presence of the extraordinary and unlikely, Grabelsky stages the unexpected within the most unassuming of circumstances.

The appearance of the animal head feels distantly totemic, an archetype for something primordial, ancient, and psychologically motivated. Fascinated by the persistence of animal imagery in mythology and communal cultural imaginaries, Grabelsky superimposes its presence onto his depictions of the contemporary world. For the artist, the animal becomes a manifestation of the inner workings of the hidden subconscious, literally revealing the latent identities and motivations lurking beyond the composure of the human mask.

Technically inspired by 19th Century academic and naturalist painters, Grabelsky creates these unlikely, surreal scenes with a staggering degree of realistic detail. The contrast created between the visual verisimilitude of the works, and the surreal improbability of their content catches the viewer in a prolonged moment of convincingly suspended disbelief.

Kyle Bryant’s “On Broken Wings” opens Saturday, August 3rd.

KYLE BRYANT
On Broken Wings
August 3, 2019 – August 24, 2019

Opening Reception with the Artist(s):
Saturday, August 3, 2019
6:00pm – 9:00pm

Kyle Bryant graduated from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design with a BFA in 2008 and has been perfecting his special brand of what he refers to as “Present Surrealism” ever since, an aesthetic bordering on the edge of a believable reality. A fine artist focusing on woodcut printmaking, Bryant recently took his oeuvre into a new direction, by adding layering and dimension to his wood-carved works. 

“The work that I create takes a traditional medium and expands upon it by completely dismantling it. After years of creating woodblock prints, I decided to take one apart, carve each piece individually, and put it back together in three-dimensional form. The result is a stunning combination of artistic expression, tradition, craftsmanship and an explosion of color.” – Kyle Bryant

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.

New Thinkspace Editions from artist SLINKACHU

We’re excited to share details on four new editions from SLINKACHU that we have published. They will be available via our webshop Friday, July 19 at 10 AM Pacific Time. Each image is taken from “Trash Talk”, our recent exhibition with the UK based artist.

SLINKACHU
Exhale
Edition of 20 Signed, titled and numbered by the artist.
Archival Fine Art Print on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Paper
Screen Printed Varnish Layer 
18 1/8 x 12 3/4 inches / 46 x 32.6
$450 

Each print comes complete with a numbered certificate and features a full context image on the back of each (showing the work in situ in the wild).  

Purchase via our online shop on Friday, July 19 here: https://shop.thinkspaceprojects.com

SLINKACHU
Deserted
Edition of 20
Signed, titled and numbered by the artist
Archival Fine Art Print on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Paper
Screen Printed Varnish Layer
18 1/8 x 12 3/4 inches / 46 x 32.6 cm
$450

Each print comes complete with a numbered certificate and features a full context image on the back of each (showing the work in situ in the wild).

Purchase via our online shop on Friday, July 19 here:https://shop.thinkspaceprojects.com

SLINKACHU
SOS
Edition of 20
Signed, titled and numbered by the artist
Archival Fine Art Print on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Paper
Screen Printed Varnish Layer
18 1/8 x 12 3/4 inches / 46 x 32.6 cm
$450

Each print comes complete with a numbered certificate and features a full context image on the back of each (showing the work in situ in the wild).

Purchase via our online shop on Friday, July 19 here:https://shop.thinkspaceprojects.com  

SLINKACHU
Stuck On You
Edition of 20
Signed, titled and numbered by the artist
Archival Fine Art Print on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Paper
Screen Printed Varnish Layer
18 1/8 x 12 3/4 inches / 46 x 32.6 cm
$450

Each print comes complete with a numbered certificate and features a full context image on the back of each (showing the work in situ in the wild).

Purchase via our online shop on Friday, July 19 here:https://shop.thinkspaceprojects.com

Look for new print editions coming soon from Lauren YS, Amy Sol, Michael Reeder, Matthew Grabelsky, Esao Andrews, Super A, Jolene Lai, Laura Berger, Kobusher, Ermsy, Brian Viveros, Ken Flewellyn and more.

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