Voyage LA Interview with Jolene Lai

Thinkspace Family artist Jolene Lai was recently interviewed by Voyage LA. The online magazine’s piece on Lai is insightful, and for those unfamiliar with Lai’s work it will make you want to discover more. Join us for her solo exhibition in the main room opening at Thinkspace Gallery, February 4th, 2017.

“Call it weird, but I had a moment of ‘epiphany’. I realized I missed the feel of a paintbrush, the smell of oils and turps, and the excitement of creating short stories through them. But trying to take a detour at 30 seemed more challenging, even in my own perspective. I had to work on building enough courage and confidence to convince not just myself, but the people around me that a career as an artist is really what I am meant for.” – Jolene Lai for Voyage LA

New Cinta Vidal Interview in Juxtapoz Magazine

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Cinta Vidal was interviewed for the December 2016 issue of Juxtapoz magazine discussing her love of gravity and the details of her creative process. The issue is on newsstands now and the interview can be viewed on Juxtapoz.com.

Cinta Vidal‘s gravity defying work has been capturing the attention of the art world. She’s executed murals around the world from Long Beach to Tokyo, and her topsy-turvy pieces continue to be in demand. We’re excited to be showing new pieces from Cinta Vidal at Scope Miami this week, and for those interested in seeing new work from Vidal make sure to sign up for our mailing list to receive the preview.

How do you manage the accelerated pace of the demand for your work?
I am very happy to see that many people like what I do. I receive many proposals and I would like to accept all of them but I can’t. I am learning to manage this. It is not easy to say no, but I have to say it often. Sometimes it is frustrating, because I am forced to reject really interesting proposals. But I can’t complain. I paint what I really want to paint and I am able to earn a living with that. I know I am very fortunate. –  Cinta Vidal in Juxtapoz

 

Interview with Cinta Vidal for ‘Gravities’

Cinta Vidal Interview

Cinta Vidal’s fist US-based solo exhibition ‘Gravities’ opened at Thinkspace Gallery in the project room, Saturday, July 20th and is on view through August 13th. The exhibition is a collection of new works commenting on relationships and the various perspectives within one scene.  In our interview with Cinta Vidal for ‘Gravities’, we discuss her creative process and life as a painter.

SH: What motivated you to get an apprenticeship and work at the Castells Planes Scenography Atelier at 16? Do you think taking on that kind of responsibility at that age has shaped you as an artist now?
CV: It happened a little bit by coincidence, as the workshop is located in the same village where I live, and I have friends there. Since I have been working there I have learned many things and one of them is respect and responsibility at work.

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SH: Your work has often been compared to MC Escher, but how much influence has his art actually played on your work (if any)?
CV: MC Escher’s work has always fascinated me. It’s an honor to be compared with him. However, he was not an inspiration for my artworks. He plays with optical illusions and I don’t. In some occasions our languages look similar but I think there is a big difference between us, since his approach is very mathematical and mine is rather human.

SH: What was the inspiration behind this latest exhibition?
CV: I always find inspiration in human relations (relations among humans and also between humans and their environment). I seek to talk about shared loneliness, setting people very close to each other but at the same time very far from a gravitational point of view. I also like to set my tiny characters in various environments, both architectural and natural, so that I can provoke several feelings from the viewer.

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SH: Your work features many different planes of activity, there is a central point, but it is not bound by the idea of up or down, how do the stories with in the work unfold and find direction? What is your creative process?
CV: My creative process always starts with a sketch made of vanishing lines. I try to attach importance to every point of view, and to create more than only one outstanding scene in each painting. All paintings can be turned around and have 2, 3 or 4 possible points of view. My goal is to let viewers interact with each painting. To let them explore a painting and decide which scene they like most.

SH: What does your idea day in the studio look like?
CV: Relaxing but active. I always begin with a coffee and the preparation of the paints. After having started I often lose track of time and I must be told once it is time to have lunch or dinner.

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SH: How do you work through a creative blocks?
CV: It is a matter of not getting stressed. In my job there are uncreative tasks, like preparing wood, sanding or transferring images onto wood. When I don’t feel creative I focus on these rather mechanical tasks so that I can keep moving forward.

SH: Your entire life seems to be a commentary on scale and perspective, from working on the scenography to then the small details found within your paintings. Do these different artistic expressions feed off each other or are they two separate ideas in your life?
CV: They feed off each other. In fact, the only important difference is scale and that different technical procedures are required. I feel comfortable with both artistic expressions. Also, after having spent much time working in one of them I always need to switch to the other.

Cinta Vidal Escape to The Hills

SH: Favorite thing to do when not working?
CV: Relax. I like the pleasure of doing nothing.

SH: What elements of other artists work excites you? Are you looking forward to any upcoming exhibitions?
CV: I like many artists. I am passionate most of all about artists with a stroke that is free, and spontaneous. I pay much attention to details and it is hard for me to be like them, thus I admire pretty much these artworks where spontaneity can be perceived.

To view all available works from the exhibition please visit the Thinkspace Gallery website here:
http://thinkspacegallery.com/shows/cintavidal-2016/show-pieces/

Long Beach Post Interview with Cinta Vidal

Long Beach Post Cinta Vidal

The Long Beach Post interviewed artist Cinta Vidal to discuss her murals for Pow! Wow! Long Beach and ‘Vitality and Verve: In The Third Dimension‘ at the Long Beach Museum of Art. We are excited to be showing Cinta Vidal’s latest body of work at Thinkspace Gallery for Gravities in the Project Room opening this Saturday, July 23rd. Visit the Long Beach Post website for the full interview and insight into this perspective bending artist.

Cinta Vidal’s work may remind you of M.C. Escher’s mind-boggling staircase illusion, or even the movie Inception, where Parisian streets fold over unto themselves. However, these paintings are more about the distances between our varying perspectives and how, although we may live and breathe in close proximity to each other, we may also be living in completely different dimensions. – Long Beach Post

Matthew Grabelsky Interviewed on the PO SHO

Matthew Grabelsky

Last month’s project room artist, Matthew Grabelsky was recently interviewed on hybrid podcast/web series the PO SHO to discuss his work and other fun topics. View the full interview in the YouTube video below and check out available works from Grabelsky over on the Thinkspace website here.