Fuco Ueda & Small Works Opening Reception

The opening reception of Fuco Ueda’s “Odd Eye” was a beautiful exhibition to close out the year, as our Small Works Holiday Group show was a visual celebration of some of the talented artists we worked with this year. With holiday parties, shopping, and end of year project(s) wrapping up we are grateful to those who chose to spend their Saturday night with us in Culver City. We are excited for 2017 and all the amazing work we will be able to share with our amazing supporters.

Make sure to come in and see Fuco Ueda’s work now until December 31st. Please note that pieces from the small works show will be available for pickup at the gallery on Friday, December 23rd. And lastly, we will be closed Saturday, December 24th to spend time with our families.

Thank you again for another fantastic year!

Small Works Holiday Group Show

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Opening tomorrow, Saturday, December 10th is our Small Works Holiday Group Show. A collection of new 6×6″ paintings from over 50 internationally renowned artists, just in time for the holidays. The small works in this show are delightfully affordable, with the majority of works priced under $1,000, many under $500. There will not be a digital preview, so if you’re local don’t miss out! This exhibition is first come, first served from 6-9pm.

All local patrons will be able to pick up their works from the “Small Works Holiday Group Show” on Fri., Dec. 23rd. We can not guarantee holiday delivery to anyone who purchases out of state, nor will the preview be shared until after the opening of this special exhibition.

Featuring small and affordable works from:
Alex Garant
Bumblebeelovesyou
David Cooley
Derek Gores
Dulk
Ghostbeard
Greg Mike
Isaac Cordal
Jana & JS
Jaime Molina
Kohshin Finley
Linnea Strid
Liz Brizzi
Mando Marie
Nosego
Patch Whisky
Wiley Wallace

Concurrently on view in the Thinkspace Gallery main room will be a solo exhibition from Japanese artist, Fuco Ueda.

Nexus & SANER ‘In a Dream (En un Sueño)’ at the Brand Library & Art Center

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This past weekend our group exhibition Nexus and SANER’s solo exhibition ‘In a Dream (En un Sueño)’ at the Brand Library & Art Center. The opening saw over 2,00o attendees through the doors from young children to those in their golden years, everyone loved the exhibitions responding to the works with intrigue and astonishment. We want to thank the artists and the incredible staff at the Brand, who made the night possible. The opening had an incredible energy that will be carried through out the end of the year.

Be sure to check out ‘NEXUS’ featuring a 64 artist group show along with murals and installations from bumblebeelovesyou, Cryptic, Drew Merritt, Kelly Vivanco, Lucien Shapiro, and Yoskay Yamamoto, plus the solo exhibition from SANER in association with Fifty24MX.

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On view through January 7th at:
Brand Library & Art Center
1601 W. Mountain Street.
Glendale, CA 91201
*Mon – Thurs. 10am – 8pm & Fri – Sun 10am – 5pm*

 

THINKSPACE AT SCOPE NEW YORK 2016 | Brian M. Viveros and Group Show

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Thinkspace at SCOPE NEW YORK this coming March 3 – March 6

Look for Thinkspace at Booth B1 featuring a solo show from Brian M. Viveros
We’ll also be exhibiting new works from:

Alex Yanes
Brian Mashburn
Bumblebeelovesyou
Cinta Vidal
David Cooley
Drew Leshko
Dulk
Isaac Cordal
James Bullough
Jean Labourdette (aka Turf One)
Jolene Lai
KiSung Koh
Mina Hamada
Nosego
Sean Mahan
Sergio Garcia
Seth Armstrong
Zosen

Fearless

Brian M. Viveros ‘Fearless’ – oil and acrylic on maple board

Thinkspace is pleased to be returning to New York City next week for the 16th edition of SCOPE New York which will be returning to its location one block from the Armory Show Piers at Metropolitan West Pavilion. We will be featuring a solo show from Brian M. Viveros along with various works from our Thinkspace Family this coming March. This special presentation of new work is Viveros’ first on the East Coast since 2012. The past year has been a significant one for the artist, following Viveros’ hugely popular and sold out exhibition with the gallery in November 2015, Matador, and the launch of his first art book The Dirtyland; the 216 page, full color monograph surveys 18 years of Viveros’ work, and is the first publication released by Thinkspace Editions. This dedicated project at Scope will offer East Coast and international fans alike a chance to access brand new, never-before-seen works by the artist.

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Brian M. Viveros ‘Cleopatra Forever’ – oil and acrylic on maple board

The mini-solo show will include phenomenal new paintings and charcoal drawings, some of Viveros’ very best and most accomplished to date. Gorgeously detailed, the saturated paintings continue the use of meticulous patterning, figurative hyperrealism, texture, and prop detail that Viveros had channeled throughout his last show Matador.Alongside these paintings are a series of new charcoal works on paper executed in a much looser and more gestural rendering style.The level of depth and minutiae in the work is greater than ever, as his signature no holds barred vixens haunt from incredibly complete surfaces. With new palettes and contrasting color combinations that include everything from deep plums and teal blues to cobalts and his signature crimsons, Viveros’ Dirtyland continues to stake its claim as an undeniably seductive empire…ruled by smoking hot sovereigns.

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Cinta Vidal ‘Connected and Disconnected’ – acrylic on wood panel

SCOPE New York’s convenient and well-appointed venue will host 60 international galleries and a focused schedule of special events, performances and talks to complement its new open-plan exhibition format. The first fair to run concurrent with The Armory Show, SCOPE New York’s spirit of innovation has consistently forged the way for emerging artists and galleries. Attuned to nuances in the market and itself an influential force in the cultural sphere, SCOPE continues to usher in a new vision of the contemporary art fair.

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David Cooley ‘Festooned’ – acrylic and resin on wood panel

Located at:

SCOPE
639 W 46th St (between 11th & 12th Avenues)
New York, NY 10036

Schedule:

Platinum First View: Thursday | Mar 3 | 2PM – 4PM
VIP | Press Preview: Thursday | Mar 3 | 4PM – 6PM
Thursday | Mar 3 | 6PM – 10PM
Friday | Mar 4 | 11AM – 8PM
Saturday | Mar 5 | 11AM – 8PM
Sunday | Mar 6 | 11AM – 8PM

Tickets and full details can be found at www.scope-art.com

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Sean Mahan ‘The Continuous Thread’ – acrylic on wood panel

“DUO” Interview with CYRCLE

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CYRCLE is a two-man collective made up of, American artists David Leavitt (Davey Detail) and David Torres (Rabi), born out of Los Angeles, California in 2010. Their artwork focuses on life, duality, and the human condition combined with the aesthetic consideration of form, typeface, color, and balance which is what creates their “signature” style.

Thinkspace Gallery in collaboration with Berlin’s Urban Nation, is pleased to present DUO, a group exhibition featuring works by internationally acclaimed contemporary art duos. The following is an exclusive Sour Harvest interview with CYRCLE.

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How did you two first meet and decide to collaborate together?
We met in Los Angeles at a 4th of July rooftop party 2007 I think. There were literally fireworks, it was the gayest of times :). We spent years hanging out and developing the friendship. Painting and creating together had many ups and downs. It wasn’t until 2010 that we focused our experiences in life together into CYRCLE.

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What inspires you or where do you find inspiration?
Inspiration comes in all shapes, sizes, sounds, and smells.  It’s interesting where an idea can come from. By nature from birth we are absorbing information and spewing shit back out, so it makes sense that it’s just a combination of what we have learned and know (or think we know) plus feel, plus want to say. Fuck man there’s no way to answer this question without sounding pretentious, lol, but its true. It’s deep. Sometimes we think we don’t have a choice in the matter at all. We can say most recently our interest is in science and religion. Faith and Fact. What is truth?

CYRCLE Mural

How do you two work through conflict when creating a cohesive vision?
Basically, Davey has a very passive way of saying no, it’s kinda like saying yes but not really. Where as when I see something I don’t like I’m like FUCK NO! Fire and ice.  We value each other’s opinions so it usually just takes a cigarette or two.

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What is your process for collaborating, does one artist do xyz and the other abc? Please elaborate.
Our creative process is always evolving. We have uniquely different skills. Ideas are selected based on who has the superior or best-refined concept. This varies from project to project. Usually, we start with a word or defining statement which catalyzes the creative process. We tend to think thematically and tediously dissect a concept in depth which then informs the art, it’s medium, composition, and aesthetic. We treat our exhibitions as if a fashion collection, each story is like a new season, with a unique inspiration. We like to create cohesive body’s of work, that make sense when viewed in entirety or seen as a collection. With that said, we both inform each other of ideas that help explain the narrative. Davey’s strengths are in design and Rabi’s in painting and execution. We balance each other well, we have a symbiotic relationship. We are yin and yang.

CYRCLE Mural

Do you remember your first wall? Or have a good story to share from when you were doing a mural together…
We can Remember our first really big wall in LA. It was on Bedrock studios in Echo Park.  It took over a month and basically killed us. We would have nightmares about it getting buffed, or torn down by an earthquake. So funny. Now a days its another day at the office, a wall that size will take a week. We’ve come a long way, in what feels like a very short time.

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If you could live in a movie for a day, what would it be? Would you be yourself or a specific character?
RABI- Bill Murray, Groundhogs Day.
Davey- Same.

Anything else you would like to share? Next big project?
@BLACKCYRCLE @DOUGLYFESUCKS

CYCLE Mural

View new work from CYRCLE during our opening reception for “DUO” Saturday, February 27th from 6 -9 pm. For additional information on the exhibit please visit Thinkspace Gallery’s website; if you’d like to receive a preview of the show make sure to sign up for the Thinkspace Gallery mailing list.

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“DUO” Interview with Snik

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Britain’s Snik is couple Nick and Laura. Nick began working as Snik in 2005, later pairing up with Laura at the end of 2011. Working in stencil and spray paint, the duo is constantly pushing the boundaries of their medium. Snik will hand cut up to nine layers of stencils at a time, creating the depth and realism for which their work is known, with several overlays and applications of paint and varnish. The level of detail in their work is impressive, and the painterly approach of their technique is unique in its texture and dimensionality. By combining the precision of the graphic stencil cuts with the more chaotic and free application of paint, their works balance chaos with control. The same aesthetic applies to their work on canvas, where they offset the accidental aspects of studio work with drips, bleeds and smudges, with the precision of graphic stenciling. 

Thinkspace Gallery in collaboration with Berlin’s Urban Nation, is pleased to present DUO, a group exhibition featuring works by internationally acclaimed contemporary art duos. The following is an exclusive Sour Harvest interview with Snik. 

How did you two first meet and decide to collaborate together?
Nik originally started teasing out Snik back in 2003 after being immersed in the street art scene from visiting prolific cities across the world. We actually started speaking in 2010, both living in a small town it wasn’t long before we realised we were one of the few people that not only painted but adored finding out about new pieces painted across the globe. Late night studio sessions, ideas and bottles of wine were shared so in a short time 2011 summer came around and we both collaborated with Ben Slow on a wall in Bristol. I guess from there we realised our ideas bounced off each other well. Watching Nik work on the 2011 solo show was a great time for me to step back and really think what I could bring. Officially a duo from the Stencil Bastards show in Zurich in 2012 to our most recent show in LA with Thinkspace we’ve had a great time trying new ideas and concreting Snik being a duo.

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What inspires you or where do you find inspiration?
I guess it all starts with a conversation. Whether it’s over music, films or exploring every single art form that really speaks to us. We took a lot of inspiration at the end of 2015 in Paris. The louvre always stands out to us in a big way, the colours and depths of the 16th-century paintings. But then again we can have what seems to be the best idea going but when it comes to putting spray paint and paper to canvas it can fall apart. Sometimes a late night studio session can bring about an idea that is so much fun to roll with.

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How do you two work through conflict when creating a cohesive vision?
Haha, I think we are lucky that “constructive criticism” only really comes up when we paint a wall. We are both bursting with enthusiasm about ideas that we wanna do but both realise we need to take a step back to chat. Our ideas always combine well. When painting in masks its impossible to talk, so we’ve learned to trust the process and each other. Allowing each other do what we need to do and know it’s going to work…..hopefully.

Snik Mural

What is your process for collaborating, does one artist do XYZ and the other ABC? Please elaborate.
The best way to describe it is we can admit each other’s strong points. I love messing around with colour scales and the contrast it can bring. Being clean and precise. Nik is great at being messy, to be ballsy and drag something pure and clean back to an unstructured piece. We both cut, paint and plan to produce something we can both be proud of.

Do you remember your first wall? Or have a good story to share of when you were doing a mural together…
As mentioned before it was Bristol, Summer 2011. BSU Crew (shout to cosmo, ben slow and DON). An amazing day of beers and sunshine working a wall with Ben Slow. I think if anything, it was Nik seeing I could work his stencils as well as my own and that we could have fun really bringing something to life. That something was Snik. Knowing with 2 people our walls can be bigger and bolder. One of the best feelings ever is standing back from a finished wall together.

Snik Mural

If you could live in a movie for a day, what would it be? Would you be yourself or a specific character? 
Hands down for me it’s True Romance. Alabama’s style, the crazy love story warped in pimps, murder and a classic soundtrack. I’m sure Nik would pick something completely different, maybe Lord of the Rings? Just for the scenery.

Anything else you would like to share? Next big project?
2016 is all about the walls. There’s been a lot of cutting going on, we’re ready to hit walls all over the place. Keep your eyes peeled!

View new works from the duo Snik during our opening reception for “DUO” Saturday, February 27th from 6 -9 pm. For additional information on the exhibit please visit Thinkspace Gallery’s website; if you’d like to receive a preview of the show make sure to sign up for the Thinkspace Gallery mailing list.

“DUO” Interview with Yok and Sheryo

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Yok, Australian born, and Sheryo, from Singapore, are a muralist duo and couple based in Brooklyn, New York. They first started painting walls together in Cambodia, where they realized the aesthetic and personal affinity they shared. Known for their twisted, dynamic illustrative style, and their use of stark primary palettes, they often work in red, white and black tricolor. Their hallucinatory murals feature everything from cannibalistic pizza slices to pineapple people and hot dog characters, incorporating the monstrous to the macabre with ample humor and absurdity. Eastern influences and kitschy references to surf and skate culture often appear in the work, and both artists cite 90’s cartoons like Ren & Stimpy as major graphic influences. With a love of gnarly subversive imagery, from grim reapers to deadly pina coladas, their line work is detailed, complex, and a total trip.

Thinkspace Gallery in collaboration with Berlin’s Urban Nation, is pleased to present DUO, a group exhibition featuring works by internationally acclaimed contemporary art duos. The following is an exclusive Sour Harvest interview with Yok and Sheryo. 

How did you two first meet and decide to collaborate together?
Y: We met by accident, after I missed a flight and had a day to spend in Singapore. Sheryo gave me a zombie sticker and I was hooked.
We hung out for a day in Singapore and went our separate ways. We met up soon after in Cambodia and painted our first wall together and discovered we had a similar style and vision for future artworks. We also discovered a shared passion for traveling and experiencing new cultures.

S: That zombie sticker I gave Yok when I first met him must have ignited that deep passionate fire in him. It was love at first sticker for him. For me, it was all about the beard, just the beard.

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What inspires you or where do you find inspiration?
Y: Inspiration comes directly from our surroundings. We draw what we are interacting with, what we are eating, what we are seeing, we are like sponges absorbing everything that comes at us and putting our twist on it. We keep a black book and all the idea’s sketches and scribbles go in there. It’s kind of like a visual diary. We spend a lot of time in NY and Indonesia so you will see a lot of influence from these two areas. For example we did a series of bad pineapples that were breaking into train yards, doing tags and getting up to no good. There is always a lot of jungle foliage and some pizza slices in our paintings. NY with a tropical angle.
The pattern work is based from batik patterns that are native to a certain part of Indonesia, they also infiltrate the artwork in various places.

S: I find inspiration in the littlest, most mundane things like dry leaves, and interesting people in interesting places. Some come to me in dreams, others on our adventure scooter rides around the world.

Yok Sheryo WIP

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How do you two work through conflict when creating a cohesive vision?
Y: Normally if we are butting heads on an idea, we will just talk it out and see what works best. Sometimes we find it’s best if one person leads on a project, so there is a clear direction, and keeps things cohesive. The other person usually chimes in along the way and makes a change that makes the whole project come together in a way that would have been reached alone.

S: When things get awkward, we turn to the almighty rock paper scissors.

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What is your process for collaborating, does one artist do XYZ and the other ABC? Please elaborate.
Y: We normally start with a sketch that we have both developed. Sometimes we pass the artwork back and forth, erasing parts here and there as we go till we have something we like. Some time one person will draw the whole thing but it will be based off the other persons sketch or idea, then there will be some erasing and tweaking from both sides. It’s all very organic and there is no real method, but there is definately a rhythm to it that we kind of just fell into from the first few walls.

S:
1. Arrange a beverage of choice (tea and coffee before 5pm, beer after 5pm)
2. Sit down and talk ideas and make sketch together
3. Look at sketch and erase off parts we don’t like
4. Make new sketch if needed, else skip to 5.
5. Hi-fives, more choice of bevys – rinse & repeat till too tired – sleep

Yok Sheryo WIP

Yok Sheryo WIP

Do you remember your first wall? Or have a good story to share from when you were doing a mural together…
Y: We were painting a lot in South East Asia and we were stopped for painting a spot without permission. We were taken back to the station and Sheryo was proposed to by a detective. This was all happening via a translator. It’s funny to look back on. But I was terrified I was going into a manky prison, I thought the detective was going to lock me up to take me out of the equation, Hahaha.

S: We have plenty!! Second wall in Cambodia, we painted on a public holiday, no one was around and there were a lot of monkeys on the wall, so we painted a monkey god, some local guy rode past on his motorbike and tells us to stop what we were doing because the popos were on their way to bust our asses so we ran to the nearest hostel, and some dudes from the hostel hid us and covered for us while the popos showed up.
Had a few funny comments along the way painting too, like an American guy who lived in Mexico told me I was an ornamental oriental. Thanks dude.
And also that detective who made me sit on his lap and took a ton of selfies with me, proposed to me said he wanted to marry me. So they had been looking for us for a week or so and finally turned up while we were having beers and satays (skewered chicken cubes with peanut sauce) at the front of a convenience store….He proposed through a translator and held on to my hands and looked me in the eye. Good times.

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If you could live in a movie for a day, what would it be? Would you be yourself or a specific character?
Y: Mad Max would be pretty fun, adventuring around in one of those turboed out frankenstein-mobiles.
S: This is a toughie, for over a day this question has bugged me, what will i choose? But I’ve finally decide that I want to be in a Wes Anderson film as myself, but tweaked out or in Ghostbusters

Yok Sheryo WIP

Yok Sheryo WIP

Anything else you would like to share? Next big project?
Making surf shacks in various parts of the world (might or might not come with rice wine) and 10ft Sheryo & Yok characters and a short 15-minute cartoon thing more animated stuff and 3d sculptural stuff in general.

View a special installation from the duo Yok & Sheryo during our opening reception for “DUO” Saturday, February 27th from 6 -9 pm. For additional information on the exhibit please visit Thinkspace Gallery’s website; if you’d like to receive a preview of the show make sure to sign up for the Thinkspace Gallery mailing list.