Last week to view our current April exhibitions…

Brandi Milne ‘Run Rabbit, Run’
Cherri Wood ‘trouble, clearly’

Alex Garcia ‘Blood & Steel’
We’ll be open this Thursday and Friday from 1-6PM. Don’t miss the final two days to view these great exhibitions.

Mention this post when you swing through, and we’ll give you a limited edition decal from Brandi Milne courtesy of the good folks at Gelaskins.
4210 Santa Monica Blvd (near Sunset Junction)
Los Angeles 90029

Press coverage for Brandi Milne & Cherri Wood’s solos @ Thinkspace…

“…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.” – Brandi Milne

Brandi Milne completely knocked it out of the park with Run Rabbit, Run and the press and fans agree. We had a huge turnout on opening night to support Brandi and many were out front waiting for the doors to open to take part in Brandi’s special ‘Easter Egg Hunt’ that was held during the opening reception. In all, over 50 eggs were hidden about the gallery, both inside and out, and over 40 lucky winners walked away with some amazing prizes, including one-of-a-kind original drawings from Brandi as well as special hand-knit stuffed Easter Bunny heads on lil’ sticks with ribbons and bells attached. Be sure to check out the opening night shots for many of the lucky winners and their prizes as well as pics of all the action, including shots of all the artists that came out that evening to support Brandi.

View the opening night photo set on our Flickr page here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/thinkspace/sets/72157616520749945/

Interviews set up around Run Rabbit, Run:
Juxtapoz
’20 Questions’:

http://sourharvestblog.blogspot.com/2009/04/interview-with-brandi-milne.html

*Please note each of these interviews has a different vibe to ‘em and expose different elements of Brandi’s world… so please be sure to check ‘em all out if you’re a fan of her work or just discovering it for the 1st time.

Press previews of Run Rabbit, Run:
Arrested Motion
:

http://www.hifructose.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=336&Itemid=56

Coverage of the opening night of Run Rabbit, Run:
Juxtapoz:

http://dailydujour.com/2009/04/13/seen-brandi-milnes-cheri-woods-thinkspace/

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.

For more on that, check here:
http://www.hifructose.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=323&Itemid=56

THE Magazine also ran a nice preview in their April issue with an image accompanying the mention. View it here: http://www.thinkspacegallery.com/press/THE_pg1_apr09.jpg

Some amazing pieces are still on hand from the show. There are so many intricate levels of detail in each piece, many of which are hard to view online via a jpeg, so if you are local, please be sure to get out to view the show.

Brandi MilneRun Rabbit, Run works:

For all the latest, watch Brandi’s blog: http://brandimilne.blogspot.com/
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Cherri Wood
trouble, clearly
On view in our project room through May 1st

Cherri Wood also debuted 22 new pieces for her debut Los Angeles solo show, opening in our project room, the same eve as Brandi’s show opened in our main gallery.

“This latest series is her best yet, with exploration of new techniques combined with a strong progression in the overall composition of her work.” Arrested Motion

Arrested Motion preview:

Cherri Woodtrouble, clearly works:
For all the latest, watch Cherri’s blog: http://cherridarling.blogspot.com/
Both exhibits run through May 1st.

Please be sure to get on out and view these great shows before they come off view next Friday, May 1st.

Happy Easter everyone! We’ll be open today…

Happy Easter everyone!
What a great show to come on out and view on this special day… ‘Run Rabbit, Run’ will be on view through May 1st. We’re open today from 1-6, so please swing on through.

View the opening night shots from Brandi and Cherri’s solo shows here.

What an amazing night – so many out to support Brandi! Look for a full recap here tomorrow. Some of the artists that came out to support included Greg “Craola” Simkins, Audrey Kawasaki, Daniel Peacock, Ana Bagayan, Bob Dob, Zoso, Peekaboo, Yem, Boxi, Jason Maloney, Mear One, Craig “Skibs” Barker, Gris Grimley, and many more. What a night!

4210 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles 90029

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/

An interview with Cherri Wood…

An interview with Cherri Wood
Cherri Wood is a young illustrator that is based out of Minnesota. Her watercolor and ink studies explore various areas of the human psyche such as alienation, childhood idiosyncrasies, and general psychosis. Each drawing contains quotes and dialog culled from a plethora of classic plays and short stories helping to narrate each work in its own special way. She is deeply influenced by independent films, graphic novels, comic art, and photography.

In the new series of works for ‘trouble, clearly’ a variety of methods and mediums were used in the creative process such as staining patterns created with tea, floral material, caramel soda, and various juice mixes along with acrylic paint and india ink.

Wood has shown with Andenken Gallery, Gallery 1988, Project Gallery, O Contemporary/Opus Underground, and also took part in this past year’s GenArt Vanguard Fair that took place during Art Basel in Miami, FL.

Please talk a lil’ bit about the general idea/vibe behind you new series of works for “trouble, clearly”?
The general vibe behind ‘trouble, clearly’ is fairy dark and haunting. There are mixture of ghost-like figures in ambiguous locations….there are lots of layering with maps, text.

Over the past two years you’ve been experimenting a good bit with the mediums that you create with, care to elaborate a bit onsome of the new techniques you have been incorporating into this new body of work?
There are a few newer techniques I’m using in this current body of work which I haven’t tried on my earlier work. I incorporated elements of collage and drawing, text, and map transfers to most of the pieces I have for ‘trouble,clearly’. The addition of using the map and text transfers let me experiment with the visual texture and noise I was creating on the page, so that was fun. These new techniques, I think, helped me create a much darker air to my pieces. In some ways I think the drawings slightly evolved from what they were in the past.

What’s your earliest memory involving art or creating art?
I’m not very sure…my memories are slight blurs nowadays….I remember when I was around five or six I had this obsession with ghosts and birds. There was something about them that intrigued me.


When are you most productive/when do you normally work on art?
I am mostly productive during the early hours of the morning. I’m currently attending school so it had now shifted to the late hours of night…which I dislike greatly, but I have to work with it.

Tell us something about yourself that someone would never guess in their wildest dreams.
I have this strange trait about my laugh and my sneeze. When I sneeze it sounds like a mouse just exploded. When I laugh it looks like someone pressed the mute button on me (however, it works in awkward situations pretty well).

Are you reading anything right now?
I’m rereading “Night” by Wiesel and Kobe Abe’s amazing book “The Box Man.”

Do you listen to music while painting/drawing? If so, do you have a current favourite that inspires.
Yes-yes! I need music when I’m drawing, it’s absolutely essential. My current favourites are Chopin, Strauss, Zoe Keating, Muhr, Nest, Amon Tobin, Blockhead…..many more.

If you had to explain your work to a stranger, how would you do so?
I’d say…my work explores various themes such as idiosyncrasies, isolation, humiliation, and memory. Haunting figures almost coming out of ghost-films appear in ambiguous space in each of my illustrations.

Favourite artists (living or dead) and what makes them special to you?
I absolutely love the work of Sophie Jodoin. Her work is so thought provoking and chilling, She is one of those rare jewels that literally take my breath every time and I am left never disappointed and always astonished. For more, check out: http://www.sohpiejodoin.com/

What have you got coming up in terms of shows and projects after “trouble, clearly”?
I will be in a group show around August 2009 at the Carmichael Gallery alongside Candice Tripp and two others. I’m also planning on launching some limited edition prints of my past work. I will hopefully be working on dry point and mono prints and exploring this whole aspect more, as it feels like very new territory for me.


Don’t miss Cherri’s debut Los Angeles solo show at Thinkspace coming up on April 10th.

Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/fysimone/
Live Journal: http://cherriwood.livejournal.com/
Sneak Peek at trouble, clearly:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/thinkspace/sets/72157613106779721/

Cherri Wood
trouble, clearly

Opening Reception: Fri, April 10th 7-11PM in the project room

Thinkspace
4210 Santa Monica Blvd. in Los Angeles
http://www.thinkspacegallery.com/

Coming up in April @ Thinkspace…

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.

FYI: There will also be a special ‘Easter Egg Hunt’ presented by Thinkspace and Brandi Milne taking place during the opening reception. Details will follow on this soon, but there will be several unique prizes awarded throughout the evening to patrons lucky enough to find one of the special eggs that will be hidden inside the gallery and out during the opening reception.

Website: http://www.brandimilne.com/
Blog: http://www.brandimilne.com/11HOME.htm

Sneak Peek of Run Rabbit, Run:

Cherri Wood is a young illustrator that is based out of Minnesota. Her watercolor and ink studies explore various areas of the human psyche such as alienation, childhood idiosyncrasies, and general psychosis. Each drawing contains quotes and dialog culled from a plethora of classic plays and short stories helping to narrate each work in its own special way. She is deeply influenced by independent films, graphic novels, comic art, and photography.

In the new series of works for trouble, clearly a variety of methods and mediums have been used in the creative process such as staining patterns created with tea, floral material, caramel soda, and various juice mixes along with acrylic paint and india ink.

Wood has shown with Andenken Gallery, Carmichael Gallery, Gallery 1988, Project: Gallery, O Contemporary/Opus Underground, and also took part in this past year’s GenArt Vanguard Fair that took place during Art Basel in Miami, FL.

We’re honored to be hosting her debut Los Angeles solo show and look forward to all getting a chance to see a large body of work from this emerging artist.

Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/fysimone/
Live Journal: http://cherriwood.livejournal.com/

Sneak Peek at trouble, clearly:

Alex Garcia returns to Thinkspace after having his debut solo show with us back in September of 2007. He’s been busy as a tattoo artist out in Studio City at Dolorosa Tattoo, and is now setting his sites on getting back in the art game. We’ll be getting add’l new works in from Garcia throughout the year as well. We’re really looking forward to having him back with us this April on our ‘Fresh Faces’ wall in our project room.

MySpace: www.myspace.com/el_mule

Look for interviews to be posted with each artist in the coming weeks.

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

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