COMING TO THINKSPACE PROJECTS – AMY SOL’S “BIRD OF FLUX”

AMY SOL
BIRD OF FLUX
March 3, 2018 – March 24, 2018

Thinkspace is pleased to present new works by Korean-born painter Amy Sol in Bird of Flux. A self-taught artist currently based in Northern California, her delicately rendered paintings offer introspective meditations on the fluidity of fairytale and fiction, tapping into the endless permutations of subconscious reverie. Sol’s intuitive imagery is drawn from instinctual reserves, referencing several visual traditions of storytelling by enigmatically combining both the personal and archetypal. In her new body of work, Sol explores themes of transition, adventure, and adaptation, considering the individual faced by external and internal forces of change. In Bird of Flux physical metamorphosis is posited as a visual metaphor for inner transformation, offering the viewer borrowed ingress into an imaginative universe of muted hues, unlikely companions, softened edges, and shadowy phantasms.

Sol’s graphics and illustrative inspirations are drawn from enduring collective influences. Everything from animation to decorative design makes an appearance in her esoterically stylized worlds. Influenced by Japanese manga and the whimsy of Ghibli films, as well as the idyllic natural worlds of classic-era Disney and the Golden Age of turn-of-the-century American Illustration, Sol Incorporates references to varied cultural and folkloric embodiments of the feminine. Her works often feature a female protagonist in collusion with supporting animal or creature characters, a tradition of friendship long spun in popular culture from animé to Bambi.

Presented in a state of calm albeit apprehended action, the narratives she advances remain partial and unresolved moments, mere glimpses in a shifting arc rather than a finite plot. These imagined propositions are lawless rather than earth-bound imperatives. With a creative unhinging, Sol’s limitless imagination slips fluidly beyond the restrictions of the real into a world of surreal gentility.
Technically self-taught, Sol has spent many years perfecting her own mixed pigments and materials. Known for a distinctive palette with a subtle ghostly cast, she has in recent years experimented with more intense contrasts and darker hues. Her use of color often recalls late 19th and early 20th-century illustration, art nouveau design, and even the Celadon vases she remembers from her childhood. The diffuse effect of her pigments, however, tends to feel
generally nostalgic rather than specifically referential, as though drawn from a distant and strangely non-existent past. Her technique is labor intensive, involving the application of several layers of acrylic washes to achieve the translucence and opacity of her surfaces. She is also using oils and exploring sculpture in this new body of work. Preferring wood panel to canvas for its unique material qualities, Sol often allows the organic nature of the substrate to dictate the direction of her compositions.

Bird of Flux will include new paintings and sculptural works by the artist. In the spirit of transformation on both conspicuous and imperceptible planes, her new output fittingly reflects her own openness to experimentation and unexpected shifts. Sol’s poetically measured images retain traces of melancholic pause in spite of their idyllic beauty and calm, feeling at times like the magic of fairytale tempered by the ambivalence and empathy of adult disappointment. Personal and simultaneously universal, the powerful quiet of her works force a reflective
distance into an otherwise unmanageably chaotic visual world.

A Bit of Animated Amy Sol

The animated translation of Amy Sol’s imagination invites us into the world that will be “Bird of Flux.”  We’re anxious to show Sol’s new venture into sculpture, along with a fresh collection of paintings. Join us for the opening reception of   Amy Sol’s Bird of Flux, March 3rd from 6 to 9 pm.

Thinkspace Gallery Print Archive Sale – Saturday January 21st

This Saturday, January 21st from noon to 6PM we will be having our first print archive sale in over three years. We will be sharing the final copies of several sold out editions, the framed display copies of several sold editions, final copies of rare editions, some Artist Proofs, and much more. Plus, there will be some gems from our personal collection made available too.

First come, first served. In-person sales only.

There is no online catalog available and no phone orders being taken. There will be gems from the likes of Audrey Kawasaki (shown above), Etam Cru, Esao Andrews, Brian Viveros, Kevin Peterson, Stella Im Hultberg, Amy Sol, and many, many more.

We will also have our recent books from Brian Viveros and Joao Ruas available for sale as well as Jeremy Fish’s recent book. We’ll also have some cool giveaways throughout the day plus freebies including new magnets for your fridge and our new ‘Miami Vice’ inspired logo button from our trip down to Miami for SCOPE this past December.

Thinkspace Family on Instagram: 4

On Instagram, you will always find us posting sneak peeks, studio shots, and the work of our Thinkspace family from around the world. Follow the accounts of those artists and you’ll get a sneak peak into their lives and creative process. To continue our series, Thinkspace Family on Instagram, here are the accounts of our current exhibiting artist, Amy Sol and KIKYZ1313, along with the work of other inspired whimsical detailed artists.  The Instagram accounts below are in the following order; Amy Sol, Kelly Vivanco, Alison Sommers, KIKYZ1313, Ozabu.

The last day to view Amy Sol’s “Garden Gamine” and KIKYZ1313’s “Progeny of Chaos” is this Saturday, April 23rd. Catch up on the inspiration behind the exhibitions in our interview with Amy Sol and KIKYZ1313 and visit the gallery during our hours from noon to 6pm, today through Saturday.

all nighting 🌙🎨 #oilpaint #wip

A photo posted by Amy Sol (@amysol) on

Slowly🐌#kellyvivanco #tendrils

A photo posted by Kelly Vivanco (@verpabunny) on

Somehow, this manages to constitute hours’ work. #gouache #greyday

A photo posted by Atelierbetriebe A. W. Sommers (@allisonsommers) on

wip for my solo show in Sep at @thinkspace_art

A photo posted by おざぶ (@ozabu) on

Amy Sol’s ‘Miora’s Cup’ Print Available Online This Friday.

amy sol print

We will be releasing Amy Sol’s ‘Miora’s Cup’ print online, this Friday at 10:00 am PST. You can purchase the print on our website at thinkspacegallery.com/shop and view the original piece now at Thinkspace Gallery.

Amy Sol
‘Miora’s Cup’
18×24 inches
Edition of 40
Signed and numbered by the artist
Giclee print on 300gsm stock
$150 each

amy sol drawing

Amy Sol’s “Garden Garmine” Featured on Hi-Fructose.com

HiFructose Amy Sol

Hi-Fructose features Amy Sol’s exhibition”Garden Gamine” discussing her creative process and the organic inspiration behind the work.

Visit Hi-Fructose’s website for the full feature.

“Experimenting with mediums is the phase I am in right now”, says Sol, who just started using oil paint a year ago. “It is a huge challenge for me, and I feel it’s good because there are so many possibilities to be explored. My biggest rule is to trust my instinct.” – Amy Sol

Amy Sol’s “Garden Gamine” & KIKYZ1313’s “The Progeny of Chaos” Opening Reception Recap

amy sol and kikyz1314 opening reception Opening Reception Photo Courtesy of Bryan “Birdman” Mier

Last weekend Amy Sol’s “Garden Gamine” and KIKYZ1313 “The Progeny of Chaos” opened to a great reception with a modest line forming before doors. KIKYZ1313 set the mood for her exhibition in the project room with pink walls and an ambient noise track looping throughout the night. A number of pieces from Amy Sol sold throughout the night with only a few pieces still available. Both exhibitions are on view through April 23rd, the details in both artists work must be seen in person.

amy sol and kikyz1314 Opening Reception Photo Courtesy of Sam Graham

amy sol and kikyz1314 opening reception - photo by Bryan “Birdman” Mier

amy sol and kikyz1314 opening reception - photo by Bryan “Birdman” Mier

amy sol and kikyz1314 opening reception

amy sol and kikyz1314 opening reception - photo by Bryan “Birdman” Mier

amy sol and kikyz1314 opening reception - photo by Bryan “Birdman” Mier

amy sol and kikyz1314 opening reception photo by Bryan “Birdman” Mier

amy sol and kikyz1314 opening reception photo by Bryan “Birdman” Mier

amy sol and kikyz1314 Opening Reception Photo Courtesy of Sam Graham

amy sol and kikyz1314 opening reception - Opening Reception Photo Courtesy of Bryan “Birdman” Mier

amy sol and kikyz1314 opening reception - Opening Reception Photo Courtesy of Bryan “Birdman” Mier

amy sol and kikyz1314Opening Reception Photo Courtesy of Sam Graham

amy sol and kikyz1314 Opening Reception Photo Courtesy of Sam Graham

amy sol and kikyz1314 Opening Reception Photo Courtesy of Sam Graham

amy sol and kikyz1314 opening reception - Opening Reception Photo Courtesy of Bryan “Birdman” Mier

amy sol and kikyz1314 opening reception - Opening Reception Photo Courtesy of Bryan “Birdman” Mier

amy sol and kikyz1314 Opening Reception Photo Courtesy of Sam Graham

amy sol and kikyz1314 Opening Reception Photo Courtesy of Sam Graham

amy sol and kikyz1314 Opening Reception Photo Courtesy of Sam Graham

amy sol and kikyz1314 Opening Reception Photo Courtesy of Sam Graham

amy sol and kikyz1314 Opening Reception Photo Courtesy of Sam Graham

amy sol and kikyz1314 Opening Reception Photo Courtesy of Sam Graham

 

View all the pieces from both exhibitions on our website.

All photos are courtesy of Bryan”Birdman”Mier and Sam Graham.