Thinkspace + Spoke Art present ‘Synergy’ this Thursday in SF

Jeff Ramirez 'You're Probably Gonna Die' - oil on wood panel - 8x10 inches (2012)

Thinkspace in co-operation with Spoke Art present:
‘Synergy’

Thinkspace curated exhibit at:
Spoke Art
816 Sutter Street | San Francisco, CA 94109
www.spoke-art.com

Opening Reception: Thursday, May 3rd 6-10PM

On view through May 26th

Featuring new works from:
Allison Sommers
Ana Bagayan
Bumblebee
Craig “Skibs” Barker
Dabs Myla
Dan-ah Kim
Dave MacDowell
David Cooley
Derek Gores
Elliot Brown
Erik Siador
Jeff Ramirez
Jolene Lai
Kelly Vivanco
Liz Brizzi
Matt Doust
Nathan DeYoung
Seth Armstrong
Stella Im Hultberg
Stephanie Buer
Yosuke Ueno

Matt Doust 'Floating Exposure' - graphite on paper - 23x29 inches (2012)

View more info on the above featured artists here: http://thinkspacegallery.com/artists/

Derek Gores 'Coud Do Anything' - collage on canvas - 24x24 inches (2012)

Join the party – Facebook event page here:
www.facebook.com/events/157032324423380/

See you this Thursday San Francisco!!!

Opening nights photos posted from ‘Torn and Tattered’ and ‘Place to Place’ at Thinkspace

LC (thinkspace), Reuben Rude, Derek Gores, Liz Brizzi, Craig "Skibs" Barker, Shawn and Andrew Hosner (thinkspace)

Thank you to all that came out to the artist’s reception this past Sat for ‘Torn and Tattered’ and ‘Place to Place’. We received great feedback throughout the evening and all of the featured artists had a great night. If that wasn’t enough, we were also able to find a lot of new homes for their works. Speaking of which, some great pieces are still available from each exhibition. Check out the works for ‘Torn and Tattered’ here and for‘Place to Place’ from Reuben Rude here.

Check out some great shots from the evening here:
www.flickr.com/photos/thinkspace/sets/72157626265165526/

Both exhibits on view through March 26th

Thinkspace / 6009 Washington Blvd in Culver City / Wed through Fri 1-6PM and Sat 1-8PM

An interview with artist Derek Gores

An interview with artist Derek Gores

In his popular collage portraits, Derek Gores (b. 1971) recycles magazines, labels, and assorted found analog and digital materials to create the works on canvas. The series showcases Gores’ contrasting interests in the living beauty of the figure, the mechanically angular and abstract design aesthetics of fashion, and a fearless sense of play. Also a successful designer and illustrator for 15 years, clients include ESPN, Lenny Kravitz, Lucasfilm, Kings of Leon, U2, Adidas, Madonna, Harley Davidson, 321 Agency, the National Football League, LiveNation, SEIU, Love Haight Apparel, Draftfcb and JCPenney.

The Rhode Island School of Design grad lives and works in Melbourne, Florida, exhibiting and curating with the bold upstarts there, surrounded by the intellect and culture of the Space Coast. Recent adventures have taken his work to Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami and Sacramento. Derek was honored to have his work selected for the Manifest Hope DC exhibit coinciding with the Presidential Inauguration in 2009.

His subjects are simply figures and objects in a space, influenced by heroes Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Franz Kline, Rube Goldberg, Max Ernst, and, “those great old long-exposure photos of Abraham Lincoln where you can feel the whole minute inside each image. I love that buzzing stillness. I do reference a classic beauty, but made of raw and geometric and un-designed parts, so I feel it’s a contemporary beauty too. I’m not interested in heavy, conscious concepts- I make something simple and let the elements combine in the head, reacting with each history the viewer brings to the table. When it goes well, I hope to create a real experience, instead of just a picture of an experience. But that sounds a little too huge… really I’m searching for that feeling of having the eyes of a kid, where everything is new.”

Derek Gores 'Mystery Rewarded' - 30x30" - collage on canvas

Can you tell us a little about your background and where you grew up and spent your childhood?
Born in New York in 1971 somewhere that ends in “-chester” I believe. I grew up in Massachusetts and remember the slate walks, sense of history and good sense to keep McDonalds signs close to the ground. I moved to Florida at age 10. My hometown here in FL is a mix of people either headed to the beach or headed to outer space.

Please tell us a lil’ bit about your creative process and what brought you to collage as a medium.
I start with a photo shoot, play around deconstructing digitally, and then recreate the tones on canvas with aggressive textures from magazines, maps, song lyrics, etc. I was the typical tight artist at age 17 but saw the light at the end of that particular tunnel when I was introduced to swashbuckling painters and talking trees and have been fleeing forward into looseness ever since. I now like tools that are big and clumsy and open up the range of touch, including the process of ripping paper in collage. What I initially thought of as an academic exercise has become heavier and more real than anything else I’ve sunk my teeth into. I started with my love of the figure, the living breathing real thing, and with this fashion/ german expressionist aesthetic I get to mix in abstract art and shape play.

Do you have a favorite place to go and find obscure source material for your collage work?
Very free-association. Lots of google inspiration, digging for things as opposite as possible from the natural beauty of the figure. Man made stuff like schematics and data and junky culture.

Derek Gores 'Liberate & Fascinate' - 48x48" - collage on canvas

What issues and/or ideas are important to your work?
Nothing intellectual. I hope to create a felt experience, where the figure I depict reflects more than just a frozen moment and teases the viewer with fractured references. I like it when I see very stylish and deliberate people come in to a show and turn into kids again as their senses wake up. Most of my pictures are of beauty, but beauty built of chaos and mess and dischord. I like the end result to be positive, and I always depict a strong and individual presence.

What’s the one thing you took away from your time at the Rhode Island School of Design that still helps to define you as an artist to this day?
A healthy battle between the dreamy abstract searching and representational images.

Do you feel there is still a strong division between your more commercial driven art and your fine art?
They’ve always both been fun. It took a while for me to embrace that people seek me out for my particular take on things. In both, I look for an obtuse take on the subject. I steer clear of symbols mostly, preferring instead to just know the subject and then make a quirky and quick piece of art and trust that the connection will be there. I did a very fun piece for Aerosmith recently that I reallly hope they use. Sweet Emotion… cop cars… high heels. Also trying hard to make the new Van Halen album cover.

Gores at work laying in the details

Your earliest memory involving creating art?
Fake R2D2 made of a 5 gallon paint bucket. It didn’t even beep. Either that or my Dukes of Hazzard portrait series.

What do you do when procrastinating in the studio?
I think up art for other people to make.

Future goals for your art?
Make it faster. I wanna approach the speed of the eye.

Gores in his FL studio working on 'Bad Machine'

What are you working on at the moment?
A collage commission for Rouge Hotel in DC. Also I’m working on opening a gallery / studio, a collaborative thing with some surprises, because the art wants to be seen!

Any advice for folks getting ready to graduate and enter the art world?
Make it personal. As soon as I trusted my daydreams and stray thoughts and made them my process and my subject, it became interesting to the viewer too.

Close up of 'Too Busy Fascinating' from Derek Gores

Favorite living artist? Favorite artist from the past?
Living I’ll take Cliffton Chandler, and from the past is easily Egon Schiele.

If you could collaborate with any one artist, who would it be and why?
Tie: Goya and I make Los Caprichos 2, or I help Neil Young make guitar noises while Brian Eno looks on from his chalkboard.

What do you have coming up in the year ahead after your show with Thinkspace in Culver City?
– Super excited about doing the Quentin vs Coen show with Ken Harman in NYC at Bold Hype… met Ken at the Manifest Hope show: www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=112825448794782
– Text show at Parlor Gallery April 23: www.parlor-gallery.com/
– 2 person show at Elltiott Fouts Gallery in Sacramento in November: www.efgallery.com/index.php
– Scheming some fun at the Brevard Art Museum in my own Melbourne, FL. The same town that spawned Robot Love I and II: http://brevardartmuseum.org/
– More stuff brewing for Lakind Fine Art in Santa Fe, and other good stuff later in the year.
– And collaborating with Places Please! Theatre Co in Florida: www.placesplease.org

Website: www.derekgores.com

Derek Gores 'Hopeless Romantic' - 24x24" - collage on canvas

Gores has been receiving a ton of press lately including recent interviews with The Citrus Report and Juxtapoz along with a nice profile from Hi-Fructose. In addition to our interview above, another new one was just posted on Empty Kindgom.

Check it out here:
www.emptykingdom.com/main/featured/empty-kingdom-interview-derek-gores/

Take a ‘Sneak Peek’ at the works for ‘Torn and Tattered’ coming together here:
www.flickr.com/photos/thinkspace/sets/72157625811564276/

‘Torn and Tattered’
New works from Derek Gores, Craig “Skibs” Barker, and Liz Brizzi

Reception with the artists this Sat, March 12th from 6 to 8PM

Thinkspace / 6009 Washington Blvd / Culver City, CA 90232

‘Torn and Tattered’ install underway…

Skibs gives the thumps up! 'Torn and Tattered' install in full effect currently...

Hope to see you this Saturday, March 12th when ‘Torn and Tattered’ and ‘Place To Place’ open to the public.

Thinkspace / 6009 Washington Blvd / Culver City, CA

Derek Gores featured on The Citrus Report

Derek Gores 'Take This With You' - 5x6 feet - collage on canvas

The Citrus Report just posted a crazy featured with FL. based collage artist Derek Gores where Gores ‘interviews’ the likes of painter Francisco Goya, author Douglas Adams, German expressionist Egon Schiele, writer/comedian/musician Steve Martin, and Louden Swain from the movie Vision Quest.

Check out this insanely fun ‘interview’ conducted by Gores here:
www.thecitrusreport.com/2011/features/derek-gores/

Please be sure to come through Thinkspace this Saturday to see if Derek has recovered from his dementia and is feeling better. We’ll be featuring 9 new works from Gores in ‘Torn and Tattered‘ including a pair of 5×6 foot monsters as well as a trio of 4×4 foot b&w portrait works that demand to be seen in person.

‘Torn and Tattered’
New works from Derek Gores, Craig “Skibs” Barker, and Liz Brizzi

Reception with the artists this Sat, March 12th from 6 to 8PM

Thinkspace / 6009 Washington Blvd / Culver City, CA 90232

Check out a nice interview with Derek Gores

Derek Gores 'Liberate & Fascinate' - 48x48" - collage on canvas

“The RISD grad’s collages are comprised of various clippings, creating a style of portraiture that is full of contradiction; seemingly photo realistic yet angular and cubist, distinctly modern yet often with a vintage or classic feel.” – Hi-Fructose

Florida based art blog MajorHops just posted a short lil’ interview with Derek Gores:
http://majorhops.com/?p=2768

In case you missed it, Juxtapoz did an interview with Derek last year. Check it out here:
www.juxtapoz.com/Features/interview-with-derek-gores-intricacies-of-collage

Check out the updated ‘Sneak Peek’ for Torn and Tattered here:
www.flickr.com/photos/thinkspace/sets/72157625811564276/

Look for a more in-depth interview with Derek to be posted here in the days ahead…

Please be sure to come through this Sat, March 12th when ‘Torn and Tattered’ opens to the public. Derek and the other exhibiting artists will all be in attendance, so please stop in to say hi.

Thinkspace / 6009 Washington Blvd in Culver City / www.thinkspacegallery.com

Get to know collage artist Derek Gores

Catch the collage work of Derek Gores in person as part of ‘Torn and Tattered’ opening on March 12th in Culver City at Thinkspace. Look for an in-depth interview with Derek to be posted here in the coming week.

In the meantime, you can check out a sneak peek of the show here.