Brian M. Viveros Featured in Juxtapoz’s October Issue

Brian M Viveros Juxtapoz

Artist Brian M. Viveros dishes the dirt in an 8 page spread in this month’s Juxtapoz discussing his much anticipated Matador exhibition opening at Thinkspace Gallery, Saturday, November 7th.  Jump on over to Juxtapoz.com to read an excerpt from Brian’s interview and scroll through Brian’s studio, shot by the awesome Birdman.

“I decided to tell their stories using iconoclastic types and casting them in strong roles, so I started to develop the boxing girl, the matador, the lucha libre, Dia De Los Muertos girl, the army girl, all of these versions to play a part in this DirtyLand world I was creating.” – Brian M. Viveros,  Juxtapoz October 2015

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Brian M. Viveros’s Thinkspace Takeover – Matador!

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Brian M. Viveros
‘Matador’

Book Signing:
Saturday, November 7th 5:30-7PM

Opening Reception (taking over our entire space):
Saturday, November 7th 7-10PM

* Collector Preview to follow the morning of Wednesday, November 4th

Thinkspace is pleased to present Matador, featuring new paintings, prints and charcoal works by Brian M. Viveros. This highly anticipated solo exhibition, opening November 7, is the first comprehensive presentation of all new work by the artist in years, and will feature some of Viveros’ largest and most accomplished paintings to date. The epic gallery takeover will include a site-specific installation, props and source materials from the artist’s studio, a new large-format sculpt, created in collaboration with Pretty In Plastic, and the release of a 216-page full color art book, the artist’s first, with essays, interviews and behind-the-scenes. Inspired by the tempestuous Spanish tradition of bullfighting, Matador takes Viveros’ iconic Dirtyland to blazing new heights and bloody new recesses.

Known for his phenomenally detailed and hyperrealistic paintings, Viveros’ world is a complete universe unto itself. The “Dirtyland,” well-known by Viveros fans and collectors, plays host to a long cast of recurring female characters; part vixen, part superhero and all bad-ass. These unapologetic survivors, often bloodied and bandaged, smoking and defiant, have the battle scars to boast their warrior worth. Long fascinated by the figure of the Matador and its implicit theme of conquest and survival, Viveros reinterprets the Spanish tradition through the lens of an uncompromising feminine imaginary. The artist’s well-known “bad-girls” emerge victorious in Matador, embodying the power, passion and poetry of the bloody sport.

Brian Viveros Matador

Viveros has pushed his execution of detail to new extremes. Working with a personal collection of historical props, like a hand-embellished bullfighter’s jacket from the 1940’s and his signature collection of helmets and head gear, the new work incorporates highly detailed, ornate patterns from Spanish textiles and objects. Viveros includes historical motifs from this cruel, and yet passionate, spectacle of violence; bullfighting pits man, or in this case woman, against the brute force of nature in a highly ritualized and symbolic dance of death, an intense aesthetic tradition that resonates clearly with the artist’s work. Viveros harnesses this raw energy in new paintings that ooze carnal ferocity and physical presence. The diversity of the color palette is also new for Viveros in Matador, as he incorporates stark tonal contrasts between warm and cool hues, crimson reds, pastels and brilliant golds, to bring minute textural details to life.

Brian Viveros Matador

Matador will include some of Viveros’ largest and most complex works to date, including his largest-ever signature EVILLAST boxing girl and BULL-FIGHT-HER matador paintings. The exhibition will also include charcoal renderings in a looser and gesturally energetic new series, and the unveiling of Bullheaded, a three-dimensional sculpt created in collaboration with LA’s own Pretty In Plastic (Viveros shown above checking out the progress at their studios in North Hollywood). The exciting new piece brings a wall-mounted, bull-horned Viveros bad-girl to sculptural life, incorporating signature elements from the artist’s iconic paintings. An exhibition of several firsts, Matador launches an unprecedented new era of the Dirtyland.

Brian Viveros Dirtyland

‘The Dirtyland’ – The Art of Brian M. Viveros
The debut collection from Viveros published by Thinkspace Editions.

216 pages documenting eighteen years of his work including in-depth essays, an interview with the artist and much more.

Available at the opening reception of ‘Matador’ on November 7th at Thinkspace and on-line via our shop and other fine outlets come late November for those unable to attend the opening reception. Please note that no pre-sales are available at this time.

Please check out Arrested Motion‘s studio visit here and Beautiful Bizarre‘s feature on Brian M. Viveros here.

Studio Visit with Brian M. Viveros for November Matador Exhibition

Brian M Viveros Matador

We recently stopped by the Riverside studio of artist Brian M. Viveros as he puts the finishing touches on his upcoming exhibition ‘Matador’. We are excited to share Viveros will be transforming the entire gallery space from main room to office space. A member of the Thinkspace family, Brian M. Viveros has been showing with Thinkspace gallery for nearly a decade and we’re thrilled to be hosting his book signing prior to the formal reception.

Book signing and opening reception for ‘Matador’ will take place on Saturday, November 7th. Book signing hours are from 5:30 pm – 7 pm and opening reception will be from 7 pm-10 pm. The exhibition will be on view till November 28th during regular gallery hours. Please visit the Thinkspace Gallery website for additional information.

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Brian M. Viveros’ new film ‘Lesser Eleusinian Mysteries’ now online

‘Lesser Eleusinian Mysteries’
Twelve minutes of slipping consciousness & ecstatic cinematic trance.

Featuring Pilar Alexandria • Brandi Lootens with soundtrack from Returning

Produced by Brian M Viveros • Eriijk Ressler
© 2012 Dislandia Folkloriques

Also be sure to look for Brian M. Viveros on the cover of the new issue of Skin Deep, the UK’s leading tattoo culture magazine. The cover features a lil’ teaser of a new work that will be featured with us this December when we take Viveros down to Miami for a special solo show. More on that soon…

Brian M. Viveros directs first music video / new piece to premiere at this January’s Affordable Art Fair

Brian M. Viveros has just directed his first music video short ‘Sodamuck no.10‘ for The Velvoids

Sodamuck no.10: a film by Brian M. Viveros and Eriijk Rêssler
An Opheliaist tightrope strut above the chasm separating the Godhead and death.

Look for a new work from Viveros to be showcased at Thinkspace‘s booth at the LA debut of the Affordable Art Fair this coming January.

Brian M. Viveros featured on the cover of Lowrider Arte

Brian M. Viveros is featured on the cover of the new issue of Low Rider Arte now on news stands nationwide. The new issue also includes a feature on Viveros’ work along with a profile on the recent ‘Art In The Streets’ show held earlier this year at MOCA and much more.

For more on Lowrider Arte check out: www.lowriderarte.com

Look for more from Viveros with us in the year ahead including an amazing new piece for our part in the Affordable Art Faircoming up this January. More news and details will be announced soon.

Behind the scenes of ‘Returning Art To The Unclean’ from Brian M. Viveros

After knocking things out of the park at his sold-out show with us last year, Brian M. Viveros made the trek to NYC yesterday to be on hand for the opening reception for his new body of work “Returning Art To The Unclean” which is showing at Paul Booth’s Last Rites Gallery.

Known for his strong and sensuous depictions of women, Brian M. Viveros is amaster of contemporary iconography paying homage to the femme fatale. While he almost exclusively paints portraits, within the expressions of his women is conveyed such deep emotion and overwhelming sexuality that his work is undeniably erotic. Often without even a hint of nudity, the viewer is seduced with a mere pout and gaze from his subject’s faces. Although carrying on a long tradition of the alluring female in art, his work differs from Pin-Up style images of the past. Aside from the absence of figurative representation, the commanding subjects in his art contrast “Cheesecake” ideology of the soft and innocent. Instead, with her empowered stare, the Viveros smoking bad-girls flaunt battle scars, tattoos, and army paraphernalia. A force to be reckoned with, she is the epitome of a subculture heralding a new era with shifting ideals. This underlying concept of grit combined with sensuality is brought forth in his execution and paint handling, as flesh rendered with an almost touchable suppleness is juxtaposed by paint splatters and brushstrokes. With explosive compositions and an unmistakable style, Viveros creates 20th century representations of both beauty and culture.

Brian’s paintings have appeared in museums and galleries throughout the world, and featured by media including Juxtapoz, Tattoo Society, Hi Fructose, Skin Two, TLC’s LA Ink and more. In 2005 Viveros made his directing debut with his short “Dislandia”, and he has since created the full length feature “Southern” and other films, which have premiered internationally and have been featured on networks including The Sundance Channel.

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“Returning Art To The Unclean”

Opening this Sat, Sept. 3rd at Last Rites Gallery in NYC