TONIGHT @ Thinkspace…

Brandi Milne ‘Run Rabbit, Run’ preview:

‘Brandi Milne’s Easter Egg Hunt’ details:

A large number of Easter eggs will be hidden about the gallery (both inside and out – hoping it doesn’t rain!!!) for patrons to hunt for and discover. Each egg will contain a special ticket, good for one of many prizes to be redeemed that evening, including the grand prize, a framed one-of-a-kind original drawing from Brandi herself. Other prizes will include limited edition giclee prints, copies of Brandi’s latest book with Baby Tattoo “So Good For Little Bunnies”, one-of-a-kind original sketches, one-of-a-kind hand-made creations from Brandi, copies of her new Gelaskins, and much more.

*Limit one egg per patron during the hunt

Cherri Wood ‘trouble, clearly’ preview:
http://www.thinkspacegallery.com/2009/04/project/works.php

Alex Garcia ‘Blood & Steel’ preview:
http://www.thinkspacegallery.com/2009/04/project2/works.php

Thinkspace Gallery
4210 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90029
#323.913.3375
Thur-Sun 1-6PM or by appointment
http://www.thinkspacegallery.com/

Recommended openings to catch this weekend…

Sylvia Ji (at Corey Helford Gallery this Sat)

Thurs, April 9th 7-10PM
Carmichael Gallery of Contemporary Art
1257 N. La Brea Ave in West Hollywood / 323.969.0600
“Grey Area” from Boxi + “Hollowood” in rear gallery with the Neo Cons & Zeus
(On view through April 30th)
www.carmichaelgallery.com

Thurs, April 9th Noon – 9PM
Downtown Art Walk
www.downtownartwalk.com

Thurs, April 9th 7-10PM
Xin Boutique & Gallery
8064 Melrose Ave in Los Angeles
New works from Plasticgod

Fri, April 10th 7-11PM
Thinkspace
4210 Santa Monica Blvd / 323.913.3375
“Run Rabbit, Run” featuring new works, an installation and a special ‘Easter Egg Hunt’ from Brandi Milne + “trouble, clearly” from Cherri Wood in our project room + “Blood & Steel” from Alex Garcia on our ‘Fresh Faces’ wall
(On view through May 1st)
www.thinkspacegallery.com

Sat, April 11th 7-10:30PM
Black Maria Gallery
3137 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles / 818.613.9090
“Spring Bazaar” with works from Juri Ueda, Jamie Fales, Julie Nishioka, Jenna Colby and Tsai-Fi
(On view through May 2nd)
www.blackmariagallery.com

Sat, April 11th 7-10PM
Corey Helford Gallery
8522 Washington Blvd in Culver City / 310.287.2340
“Haute Epoch” featuring new works from Sylvia Ji
www.coreyhelfordgallery.com

Sat, April 11th 7-10PM
LeBasse Projects
6023 Washington Blvd in Culver City / 310.558.0200
“Future Perfect” from Tessar Lo + “Lost In Light” from Eric Fortune
(On view through May 2nd)
www.lebasseprojects.com

Sat, April 11th 7-10PM
Nucleus Gallery
210 E. Main St., Alhambra / 626.458.7482
“Graf*ck” Book 4 group show & release party featuring works from James Jean, Camilla d’Errico, Luke Ramsey, Colin Cassidy, Audrey Kawasaki, Edwin Ushiro, Tessar Lo, and many more
(On view through April 20th)
www.gallerynucleus.com

Sat, April 11th 7-10PM
SCION Installation L.A.
3521 Helms Ave in Culver City / 310.815.8840
“Paper Shapers” curated by Giant Robot and featuring Shin Tanaka, Hunter Stabler, Polly Verity, Annie Vought, Ana Serrano, Richard Sweeney, Peter Callesen, Brian Dettmer, and Ryohei Tanaka
(On view through May 2nd)
www.scion.com/space

Sat, April 11th 7-10PM
Billy Shire Fine Arts
5790 Washington Blvd. in Los Angeles / 323.297.0600
New works from Torii B. Cooper, Ken Tanaka and Corey Sandelius
(On view through May 2nd)
www.billyshirefinearts.com

Brandi Milne installation action + Murphy Design interview…

Brandi Milne came in the other day and did her part of the installation for ‘Run Rabbit, Run’ which opens this Fri at Thinkspace. The show came out amazing. She’s really knocked it out of the park with this new batch, and viewed as a body of work all together, is just magical. Our front installation room features 22 hand-painted antique books beautifully displayed and in the main gallery there are 13 new paintings on wood, four new works on paper, four brand new wooden cut-out works and more…

After interviews with Juxtapoz (both their short ’20 Questions’ feature and a more in-depth feature), a studio visit from Hurley and the interview we just posted…you’d think you’d have read all you possibly could about Brandi by now, but the Brandi Milne media blitz continues…

Mark Murphy from Murphy Design just posted a nice lil’ feature with Brandi as well here. All these interviews have a different vibe to them and expose different elements of Brandi’s world… so please be sure to check them out if you’re a fan of her work or just discovering it for the 1st time.

If all that wasn’t enough, she has a full interview in Vol. 11 of Hi Fructose now hitting stores and subscribers nationwide. If you are a subscriber, keep an eye out, you may be one of the lucky 100 to get one of Brandi’s special prints.

Oh… and THE Magazine also included a preview of the show in their new issue. The coverage for this show just keeps coming.

The goodies for ‘Easter Egg Hunt’get ready!!!

‘Brandi Milne’s Easter Egg Hunt’ details: A large number of Easter eggs will be hidden about the gallery (both inside and out) for patrons to hunt for and discover. Each egg will contain a special ticket, good for one of many prizes to be redeemed that evening, including the grand prize, a framed one-of-a-kind original drawing from Brandi herself. Other prizes will include limited edition giclee prints, copies of Brandi’s latest book with Baby Tattoo “So Good For Little Bunnies”, one-of-a-kind original sketches, one-of-a-kind hand-made creations from Brandi, copies of her new Gelaskins, and much more.
*Limit one egg per patron during the hunt

‘Easter Egg Hunt’ grand prize – framed original drawing with acrylic touches from Brandi

“And The Choir Sings Quiet” limited edition giclee print
(9 of 10 available ‘artist proofs’ of this limited edition print will be included in the ‘Easter Egg Hunt’ as special prizes to those lucky few who find the special eggs)
Look for the digital preview for ‘Run Rabbit, Run’ to follow tomorrow.
We can’t wait for Friday for all to see this new body of work in person and to take part in the ‘Easter Egg Hunt’. She really went all out for this show and the special ‘Easter Egg Hunt’. There are some AMAZING prizes to be had in the egg hunt, so be sure to show up early to take part.

Thinkspace presents:
Brandi Milne
‘Run Rabbit, Run’
Opening THIS Fri, April 10th 7-11PM
(also on view: Cherri Wood ‘trouble, clearly’ + Alex Garcia ‘Blood & Steel’)

http://brandimilne.blogspot.com/

An interview with Brandi Milne…

An interview with Brandi Milne

‘Run Rabbit, Run’ is the first solo exhibition at our gallery from Los Angeles-based artist Brandi Milne. ‘Run Rabbit, Run’ will feature a new fantastical world of whimsy painted with acrylic on wood panels and a collection of hand-painted antique books that will make up a very special installation.
Born and raised in Anaheim, California, Brandi Milne always had a love for creativity. Growing up, she was happily influenced by the oddities of the 1970’s and 80’s, vintage Halloween decorations, classic cartoons and an abundance of nostalgic child playthings. A self taught artist and illustrator, Milne’s work represents a melding of many very different genres while embracing beauty and aesthetic over message or propaganda. Milne has shown at numerous galleries throughout California including Corey Helford Gallery, CoproNason, Gallery 1988 LA and SF, and La Luz de Jesus.

Brandi also recently wrote and illustrated her first book, “So Good For Little Bunnies”, which was published by Baby Tattoo Books. Plans are already underway for her next book project as well.

Please talk a lil’ bit about the general idea/vibe behind your new series of works for ‘Run Rabbit, Run’?
The idea and feeling behind this body of work is strongly related to my mother’s passing in March ’08. My work is emotionally narrative (not by choice), and because I’m struggling through this huge loss, it’s reflected in my new works. I’ve tied in the show’s theme ‘Run Rabbit, Run’ – a lyric from Pink Floyd that hit hard for me one day while I was listening to Dark Side of the Moon, and really feeling my mom’s absence. It struck a note with me, and opened up this idea in my mind. This was the inspiration for my new show, and in turn, extremely helpful in my heart.
“And The Choir Sings Quiet” – 12×16″
There’s been a shift in your technique over the past couple years that has really given your latest works a vintage look & feel. I think this has really breathed a whole new life into your work. You’ve made many great strides in your style and the mediums you create with, care to elaborate a bit on some of the new techniques you have been incorporating into this new body of work?
My techniques have drastically changed in the past few years as I moved from working in an illustrative style to that of a more painterly style. I used to work on paper/illustration board with watercolors, pencil and ink in order to keep things REAL tight and clean. I used to hold my breath whenever I worked, and my poor hand would cramp up because I was so pressed for perfection. Over time, I couldn’t stand feeling like a mistake would set me back the entire piece – I wanted to be free. Painting on wood was my ticket out of that stress filled bind I was putting myself in, and I took the leap a few years back, scared as hell! But since then, that freedom is the rabbit I’ve been chasing!
“Ice Cream Smile” – 16 x 13 1/2″

What’s your earliest memory involving art or creating art?
My earliest memories of creating art was coloring books. It was always special to me, all the hours I spent coloring, looking at the drawings, choosing which ones I preferred to color and why. I remember I loved the pictures with thick lines, and would scribble out the thin-lined drawings in a rage! My mom was really good at making (us) feel better if we were sick by having my dad bring home a new coloring book and a new box of crayons – the big box!
“My Pain” – 12×16″
When are you most productive / when do you normally work on art?
In the morning/day I guess. It used to be at night, and still my mind won’t shut up when I lay down to go to sleep. Maybe that’s it, my mind works all night with ideas and visions and when I wake up, I can’t wait to turn on some musica and get to work!

“Lucky You” – 16 x 13 1/2″

For those new to your work, can you give us a lil’ background on the meaning associated with some of the recurring imagery / symbolism used in your work?
Let’s see…well, my girls are an endless narrative for me. She’s my way of voicing an emotion in a piece, sad, innocent, scared. The happy characters around her are flash and silly like the world we live in. The strawberries I draw are symbolic for my heart, or the hearts of people that I love. There’s a lot of strawberries in my recent work, for obvious reasons, they’re really special to me right now.

“Can You Hear Me?” – 16×27″

Tell us something about yourself that someone would never guess in their wildest dreams.
Wildest dreams? Um…I like to rub pig noses. I like dog noses and cat noses too, but pig noses are my favorite. What?
Are you reading anything right now?
I just finished reading Kat Von D’s book High Voltage Tattoo and Ghosts/Aliens by Trey Hamburger. Both books ruled. I need to finish my work and then I’ll have more time to read.

“Darkness Keeps A Steady Hold” – 20×20″

Do you listen to music while painting/drawing? If so, do you have a current favorite that inspires?
Yes, I have to listen to music to set me free!!! Pink Floyd really does it for me, as I mentioned before, but I also like Elton John (old classic Elton), Led Zeppelin, America, Tenacious D, and so on. Music is my foundation for creating. It’s key.
Speaking of music, I know you also play the guitar – any favorite songs to play? Ever thought of bringing the two worlds together and creating a soundtrack for one of your exhibits and/or performing at one of your exhibition openings?
I don’t think people are quite ready for my death-metal/flamenco stylings at this time. Maybe some day…
“Nice Face” – 9 1/2 x 12″
You mentioned to me recently that you’ve been working with Hurley – can you elaborate on any details yet / future plans?
I did some tee shirts with Hurley for the fall ’08 line of my “Alice In Wonderland” & “Patina” paintings. They also have a wonderful online artist feature that I’m part of along with other awesome artists like Jason Maloney, Bob Dob, Todd Schorr, Lola, Chet Zar, Greg Simkins and lots more.
If you had to explain your work to a stranger, how would you do so?
Yikes, this one’s hard. I never seem to get a grasp on describing my work, so I just say it’ s surrealistic, sloppy, old-time-fun, pop, paint on wood. And then people nod and smile and say “OH, yea, I think I know what you mean”, but they don’t.

“I Can’t See You” – 15×20″
Favorite artist (living or dead) and what makes them special to you?
If I had to chose one, I would say Camille Rose Garcia. Her work is special to me because it’s neverending insane. Her colors blow my mind and her stylings are impecable. She’s a jewel.
What have you got coming up in terms of shows and projects after ‘Run Rabbit, Run’?
I will be having my next solo show at the Corey Helford Gallery early 2010, I’m working on my next book with Baby Tattoo Books, a few features in magazines including Hi-Fructose and an exciting collaboration is in the works with Gallery 1988 and one beautiful rock star couple – so keep an eye out!
“Alphabet Babies” – 5 1/2 x 7 1/2″
If people walk away with one thing gained from seeing one of your exhibits, what would you hope that would be?
I hope that people go away with a feeling of warmth, love and hope.
Sneak Peek of ‘Run Rabbit, Run’:
‘Run Rabbit, Run’
Featuring new works and an installation from Brandi Milne

April 10th – May 1st, 2009

Opening Reception: Fri, April 10th 7-11PM

PLUS, don’t forget about Brandi’s “Easter Egg Hunt” taking place during the opening…
A large number of Easter eggs will be hidden about the gallery (both inside and out) for patrons to hunt for and discover. Each egg will contain a special ticket, good for one of many prizes to be redeemed that evening, including the grand prize, a framed one-of-a-kind original drawing from Brandi herself. Other prizes will include copies of Brandi’s latest book with Baby Tattoo “So Good For Little Bunnies”, copies of her new Gelaskins, and much more.
*Limit one egg per patron during the hunt

Thinkspace Gallery
4210 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90029
#323.913.3375
http://www.thinkspacegallery.com/

Juxtapoz post full interview with Brandi Milne…

Following their ’20 Questions’ mini-feature with Brandi Milne last week, Juxtapoz have gone and posted a more in-depth interview with Milne…
Check it out here and get ready for her solo show next Fri, April 10th @ Thinkspace… and be sure to attend to take part in her ‘Easter Egg Hunt’… details here.
We’ll also be posting a short interview we did with Brandi recently here in the coming days, so watch for that as well.

In the meantime, keep an eye on our ‘Sneak Peek’ feature over at Flickr. More shots will be posted as we head into the opening night including shots of the installation process. Keep an eye on things here.

*Portrait image courtesy of Hurley