Kisun Koh’s “WAY OF LIFE II” Showing at Thinkspace in February

Kisun Koh’s
“WAY OF LIFE II”
February 2 – February 23, 2019

(Los Angeles, CA) – Thinkspace is pleased to present new works by Southern Korean, Toronto-based artist and illustrator Kisung Koh in Way of Life II, the artist’s first solo exhibition in the gallery’s main space. Koh creates an allegorical universe through which to explore human loss and longing. The animal subjects in his paintings are laden, haunted, in a way, by a parabolic significance beyond their nature. Hyper-realistically rendered but staged in abstracted or imagined spaces, these creatures become emissaries of a spiritual dimension. Inexplicably prescient as both surrogates and revenants, they’re split between past and present tenses, animated by memory, the insatiable pining of nostalgia, and the impossible projections of fantasy. In search of the spiritual in nature, Koh’s emotionally heightened naturalism stages the animal as a manifest vehicle of the inexpressibly human.

Born in South Korea, Koh moved to Canada in 2006. His earliest childhood memories are of exploring rural settings where he grew up in Korea, a place that has fostered his lifelong love and attachment to nature. Koh studied illustration at Sheridan College in Toronto, Canada, graduating with a BAA in 2012, and works professionally as an illustrator in tandem with his fine art practice. He has exhibited extensively in group shows internationally, though Way of Life II is only Koh’s third solo exhibition to date. Inspired by the intersection of nature, memory, and dream, his world of imagery is an extended metaphor for the personal and intrapsychic struggles in which our modern humanity is mired.

The artist describes an early experience of witnessing a family of deer at close distance in the wild, and the inexplicable ‘presence’ of the spiritual harbored within nature, often thought to be an ingress or gateway to the spectral or supernatural. The animal world attentively and lovingly brought to life by Koh, is steeped in this inscrutable magic. He accesses an ancient and collective impulse towards the enigmatic displacement of the human onto the animal found in myth and archetype; a storytelling convention and psychic tool shared, since time immemorial, across multiple locations of culture and place, perhaps due in part to the animal exemption from language and its self-conscious legacy of human bondage. Koh projects affect onto the creature threshold, dramatizing a world of animal proxies to explore mortal fear, loss, hate, dislocation, isolation, mercy, and love, in the absence of any divisive human ideologies of belonging.

In Koh’s works, the inexpressible elisions of language are given a tangible, universally approachable guise in animal form. In previous bodies of work, he has explored elephants, deer, fox, owls, tigers, and has even dedicated an entire series of peaceful portraits to the itinerant polar bear, personally moved by the tragedy of his forced nomadism and rapidly receding habitats. Hoping to inspire pause, appreciation, and an increased awareness of our responsibility to protect the nature in our midsts, Koh’s dramatically high contrast and yet simultaneously diffuse and dreamlike works in oil, oscillate between the idyllic and the unsettling.

In Way of Life II, Koh considers the necessity of interrelationships, and the fundamental exclusions and reciprocities established between creatures in wild coexistence to survive. Koh hopes to encourage the viewer to question the basis of these exchanges and to think about how we occupy its propositions. Are we aggressors and predators, or hapless victims? Or, as is more generally and imperfectly the case, a complex and unreconciled embodiment of the two.

New DULK sculpture now available for pre-order on Monday, January 21st.

Hot on the heels of our SOLD OUT solo exhibition from DULK, we are excited to publish a beautiful new sculpture edition in collaboration with the good folks at Silent Stage. Based on DULK’s recent painting of the same name that we displayed at SCOPE Miami Beach this past

December, Eternal came out just amazing and is an absolute must for any fan of DULK’s work. We are all so thrilled with how it came out and know you will be too.

DULK
Eternal
Limited Edition of 100
8 inches tall x 11 inches long (20.3 x 27.9 cm)
Cast in high impact resin
All details and highlights are hand-painted
Comes with a COA signed and numbered by the artist
 $399.99 each


 

NEW PRINT EDITION FROM KEVIN PETERSON AVAILABLE JANUARY 18th

 Excited to share that we’ll be publishing a new limited edition fine art print from Kevin Peterson in anticipation of his upcoming solo show ‘Wild‘ opening on March 2. Don’t miss out on your chance to pick up this iconic image before it’s sold out forever!

KEVIN PETERSON 
Sentry
23.5 x 14 inches / 59.6 x 35.5 cm 
Edition of 175
Fine art print on 290gsm paper
Hand signed and numbered
$175 AVAILABLE ONLINE THIS FRIDAY
JANUARY 18 : 10AM Los Angeles / 1PM NYC / 6PM London / 7PM Berlin Shop our webshop 24/7 at :https://shop.thinkspaceprojects.com


“CONVERGENCE” Coming to the University of Texas at El Paso

‘CONVERGENCE’ Curated by Thinkspace
On view January 24 – April 6 

Opening Reception:

Thursday, January 24 5-7:30 PM at:
Rubin Center for the Visual Arts
The University of Texas at El Paso
500 W. University Avenue El Paso, Texas 79968

Excited to be curating our second exhibition at a major university later this month. Many thanks for the staff of the University of Texas at El Paso and the Rubin Center for the Visual Arts for inviting us. This exhibition features a series of paintings by emerging and established artists associated with the New Contemporary Art movement – a return to realism and representation in painting with an embrace of popular and counter-culture with themes that range from the fantastic to the mundane

Featuring an installation from Michael Reeder alongside works from: Alex Garant, Brian Mashburn, Casey Weldon, Cinta Vidal, David Rice, Drew Merritt, Jolene Lai, Michael Reeder, Scott Listfield, Telmo Miel, Wiley Wallace



Stephanie Buer & Daniel Bilodeau Opening Reception – January 5, 2019

Thank you to all those who made it out to the first opening of 2019. We kicked off the year with new works from Portland-based artists Stephanie Buer in our main room and New York-based artists Danial Bilodeau in the project room, with wire works by Spenser Little in the office space. The exhibition drew a great turnout despite the Los Angeles rain and set a nice tone for the rest of the year. Make sure to come out and see both exhibitions now on view till January 26th.

To view available pieces from Stephanie Buer’s “Wild Abandon” and David Bilodeau’s “State of the Art” visit the Thinkspace website.