New Audrey Kawasaki & Stella Im Hultberg Prints Available This Saturday

Thinkspace Editions is excited to announce two brand new limited fine art editions from both Audrey Kawasaki and Stella Im Hultberg in celebration of their new solo exhibitions with us.

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Audrey Kawasaki
‘Nocturne’
Edition of 200
13×21 inches
Fine art print on 290gsm paper
Signed & numbered by the artist
$200

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Stella Im Hultberg
‘花樣年華 (Age of Blossoms)’
Edition of 75
16×20 inches
Fine art print on 290gsm paper
Signed & numbered by the artist
$75

PLEASE NOTE:
There are no pre-sales of any kind, no special requests for a certain number, and no phone orders at this time. Prints will go on sale at 5PM PST this coming Saturday, November 12 at our gallery to in-person sales only, one hour before we open the doors to the public for her new solo show ‘interlude’.

Cash or credit card only this Saturday for print purchases. Limit one per person / household. No exceptions. Thank you.

Opening Reception: 6-9PM this Sat., Nov. 12 at Thinkspace with both artists in attendance

Audrey Kawasaki’s “Interlude” Opening November 12th

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Audrey Kawasaki
“Interlude”
November 12 – December 3

Thinkspace is pleased to present new works by Audrey Kawasaki in Interlude. This highly anticipated exhibition is her first with the gallery in LA since 2011. Based in Los Angeles, the Japanese-American painter is known for her erotically charged figurative works and the consistency of her highly sought after style. She chases a ghostly and forever evasive muse, always in search of the same cagey persona. Reinvented endlessly through mutable guises and incarnations, Kawasaki pulls “her” from beneath and within the surface of panel in what can only be described as an exorcism or a labor of love.

Born in Los Angeles to Japanese parents, Kawasaki grew up drawn between two worlds, immersed in Japanese culture while growing up in America. As a result, her childhood experience was divided in some ways, informing a sensibility that permeates her work still in its unique combination of Eastern and Western aesthetics. She grew up with manga comics, which ultimately inspired her to draw, and anime, and lists them still among her influences. Her illustrative style and preference for clean line work are equally informed by a love of European Art Nouveau. The wide-eyed muse that guides her hand clearly draws from both figurative traditions, while her use of ornate graphic motifs, organic imagery, and curvilinear lines feels indebted to the likes of Mucha and Klimt, also among her inspirations. Despite these clear antecedents, her work combines them into a cohesive style that feels entirely unique and personal.

Kawasaki’s paintings are firmly rooted in drawing. She begins each work with pencil on wood panel, her preferred ground for its organic warmth and natural inconsistencies. Once the drawing is complete and sealed with a gel medium, she coaxes the figure to the surface, bringing it to life gradually with multiple layers of oil paint. A perfectionist with a penchant for luminous and translucent skins and gradient color transitions, the paintings, and the fugitive within them, reveal their debt to process. With a preference for muted palettes, though she has recently experimented with bolder hues, Kawasaki uses the panel as an element in her compositions, allowing the grain to show through the pellucid paint.

The undeniable eroticism of Kawasaki’s works has garnered some controversy given the precocious innocence and ambiguously ageless quality of her ghost. The figure Kawasaki tirelessly chases, however, is inextricably linked to the satisfaction of personal fiction. Though not an alter-ego per se, “she” is an expression of the artist’s freedom and a grounds for fantasy and desire, exempt from the reality of social constraints. She is bold, at times vulgar, and at others vulnerable, a vehicle through which Kawasaki has explored feminine expressions of sexuality.

The coexistence of contradictory elements is central to the staying power of Kawasaki’s scintillating universe. Graphic yet ethereal, her paintings are innocent and dark, hopeful and morbid, controlled and ecstatic. Like any good haunting, the ghost refuses to relent.

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A Peak into Audrey Kawasaki’s Studio for ‘Interlude’ Coming in November

One of our most anticipated shows of the season, Audrey Kawasaki’s Interlude, is only a month away! Kawasaki’s stunning work continues to grow with her ethereal girls and dreamy layers. Fortunately, we have a taste of the upcoming show and a peak into her studio courtesy of photographer Jordana Sheara.

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The opening reception for Interlude is Saturday, November 12th from 6 to 9pm.

Audrey Kawasaki POW! WOW! Hawaii Mural Recap

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Audrey Kawasaki took the time to write out her personal experience of painting “The Siren” a 23 ft by 37ft mural for POW! WOW! Hawaii 2016. The thoughtful piece covers her initial concept and color testing to execution in front of an ever-changing audience. We encourage you to read her recap and view additional behind the scene photos that capture the process of bringing “The Siren” to life.

Full article on Audrey Kawasaki’s Blog. 

I’m not much of a writer, but I think it’s important to record my personal experience at Pow! Wow! Hawaii! What began with feeling anxious, nervous, overwhelmed, and even dreadful, ended up becoming one of the most beautiful, eye-opening, life changing experiences ever. – A. Kawasaki

Audrey Kawasaki x VNA x Thinkspace Gallery Launch Event

VNA Thinkspace Launch

VNA 32 launches at Thinkspace Gallery this Saturday, December 9th 6-9PM

Providing a little seasonal cheer and some festive beverages, this is the first opportunity worldwide to get your hands on a copy of the brand new Limited Edition box set, featuring Audrey Kawasaki.

VNA Magazine is proud to present the Limited Edition VNA 32, working closely with Audrey Kawasaki, they have produced a highly-collectible screen-printed set. Each imprint comes complete with a screen-printed sleeve, enamel badge and signed mini giclée print.

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Stamped and numbered, this is an edition of 150, with the first sets available to buy in person directly from the gallery. Perfect for last minute presents and personal treats, it doesn’t matter if you’ve been naughty or nice this year, come down for some holiday drinks and a few tunes courtesy of neighborhood superhero DJ, Kii Arens.

Thinkspace Gallery will be throwing the doors wide open from 6pm, but get down early to make sure you get a copy! Please do not line up before 5PM, there’s no reason to do so.

For international fans and those who can’t make the launch, a few issues will be held back to buy online after the launch via VNA (see below, we’re not able to help at this time in anyway for sales outside the gallery).

THIS Saturday, December 19th from 6-9PM

Taking Place At:
Thinkspace Gallery
6009 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232

PLEASE NOTE: all sales are going through VNA, we are unable to sell any of this special edition online or via phone. VNA is holding back a small quantity for an online drop to follow later, so please be sure to reach out to them for details. If these all went online, they would sell out in a minute and defeat the whole notion of this special event, which is to give back to Audrey’s hometown of Los Angeles and to help spread the word of VNA here. Thank you for understanding.

Come early if you don’t want to be disappointed!

Audrey Kawasaki on the cover of the next Juxtapoz!

We just got in our advanced copy of the January 2012 issue of Juxtapoz featuring cover artwork by Audrey Kawasaki. We are so proud of how far she has come – big props to Audrey for landing the cover with this her 2nd feature in the magazine.

Issue n.132 includes features on Kawasaki, Peter Beste, Charming Baker, Mark Whalen, Horfe, and Luis Toledo. Hitting your local news stands soon…

‘She Entwined’ print from Audrey Kawasaki

Audrey Kawasaki
‘She Entwined’
Giclee print on smooth cotton rag paper
16″x20″ (with a 1/16” white border included) with frame: 20.25” x 23.75”
Hand-signed and numbered by Audrey
limited edition of 300 (long sold out) / comes with COA
$460 each / only four available

Act fast / limited supply / in-person sales only (please do not call / NO out of state orders)

Thinkspace
6009 Washington Blvd in Culver City, CA
Wed through Fri 1 to 6PM and Sat 1 to 8PM
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