Coming to Thinkspace Gallery in April : Jacub Gagnon’s “Short Stories”

Jacub Gagnon
Short Stories
April 1 – April 22, 2017

Los Angeles, CA – Thinkspace is pleased to present Short Stories, featuring new works by Canadian painter Jacub Gagnon. In the artist’s third solo exhibition with the gallery, Gagnon stages impossible sequences of the known. His works combine familiar elements like woodland animals and domestic objects in unlikely pairings to create wonderfully strange encounters and evocative juxtapositions. Pushing the natural world and the rules of its probability into the realm of the unreal and unnatural, Gagnon transforms the animal world into one of puzzling beauty and surreal interrelationship. Here, everything is enigmatically interconnected, subject to its own elusive order, and governed by attenuated physical laws where anything is possible. The human looms as a suggested presence in artifacts alone, shadowed in objects and traces, but ultimately remains outside of, and uninitiated to, this curious animal world.

Known for these meticulous paintings of animals and objects, Gagnon creates limitless combinations, contingencies, and distortions of scale. He achieves an impressive level of luminosity and detail with layered acrylic paints and the application of tiny brushes. The works feel hyperreal, thanks to their execution and richness of minutiae, dramatically lit from within through a spotlight approach to contrasting light. Subjects are usually rendered on dark black backgrounds and suspended in empty, nondescript spaces to sustain these moments of disbelief and contextual ambiguity. The dramatic lighting is undeniably theatrical and otherworldly, with the single directional flooding of light to contribute to the feeling of arrest. Strangely Baroque in their richness, jeweled tones, and contrasts, the paintings demand the viewer’s complete and rapt absorption. Recently, Gagnon has started to work on light or white backgrounds as well to create a different feeling of contrast and starkness, using negative, rather than blackened, space to isolate the subjects on the surface.

Inspired by a stream of consciousness approach to language, Gagnon’s compositions often begin with words and associative vignettes which he forges into literal images; abstract ideas sprung from dreamlike recombinations of creatures and scenarios, ideas and stories. Whether giraffes tethered to tea cups, birds in armor, or wolves befriending deer, endless possibility reigns in this creative landscape of extended visual metaphor – unfettered by physics, common sense or the mores of practicality. The impossibility of these relationships remains a constant inspiration to the artist, fascinated by the perversely beautiful manifestations of the familiar transformed through the free association of the surreal. At times, the contortion of the probable and commonplace leads to moments of discomfort, aberration, and darkness, and at others to whimsy and playfulness. At times, freakishly beautiful, these worlds force the viewer to reconsider their own place amongst these fictions and, by proxy, to the unknowns of the natural world. Anything here is possible; magic is reality freed from law.

In this new body of work, Gagnon continues to play with the suggestion of narrative and story, capturing concise moments of the unbelievable in each painting. Animals become vehicles for relatable human experiences, and each”short” suggests a part of a larger story and framework – a lengthier narrative arc just beyond the image frame. Inspired by the tradition of fairytale and its archetypes, Gagnon explores themes like family, encounters between friend and foe, love and loss, and the disruption and restitution of order.  Like a world ecstatically unhinged, Gagnon’s imagination knows no limits or bounds. Here, anything is possible, and magic is a matter of course.

 

New canvas print from Jacub Gagnon to be released at BEYOND EDEN via Thinkspace

We’re excited to be issuing our first canvas print with Toronto, Ontario based artist Jacub Gagnon. His piece entitled ‘Best Laid Plans‘ from this past April’s ‘Elements and Oddities‘ show at Thinkspace is the work we’ve chosen due to the great reaction it received. The print is the same size as the original painting by Gagnon – 14×11 inches (36×28 cm) – and is wrapped on a 1.5 inch stretcher bar so the finished piece really resembles the original in a big way.

Jacub Gagnon
‘Best Laid Plans’
Edition of 10 (plus 2 APs)
Giclee print on Museo Anastazi Canvas
Hand-signed and numbered by the artist
14x11x1.5 inches
$250 each

Available this Saturday, October 1st starting at 6PM at Thinkspace (inside the BEYOND EDEN multi-gallery event).

BEYOND EDEN 2011
Sat, October 1st 6-11PM
* 8PM – special presentation honoring the art and accomplishments of Antony Ausgang

Taking place at the LA Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park / 4800 Hollywood Blvd. in Los Angeles

Gallery Lineup:
Thinkspace – La Luz De Jesus – Copro Gallery – Toy Art Gallery – Gallery Nucleus – C.A.V.E. Gallery

Special Exhibits from:
Spoke Art presents ‘Round III’ – the LA stop of the traveling ‘Quentin vs. Coens’ exhibit

Creator / Spectator” – showcase of LA street artists curated by local street artist Euth and presented by Thinkspace

Cannibal Flower – group show featuring emerging LA area artists / celebrating 11 years strong

In the media room:
A special showcase of the ‘best of’ Sketch Theater (popular online site showcasing artists creating works from scratch on camera that is filmed from above)

ALSO ON VIEW on Sun, October 2nd from Noon-5PM

Website: www.beyondedenartfair.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/BeyondEden

Opening night at Thinkspace for ‘Elements and Oddities’ and ‘Lowbrow Love Letter’

Jacub Gagnon

Thank you to everyone that came through this past weekend and showed support for Yosuke, Jacub, and MacDowell. There was a special energy in the air as the two shows fed off one another beautifully throughout the evening and judging by the amount of positive words being bestowed upon this months featured artists, we’d have to say all that came through were really enjoying both exhibits. Several artists both local and international also swung through to check out the show and say hi to the exhibiting artists. To cap things off, the evening also saw the 2nd successful marriage proposal at Thinkspace go down in front of Yosuke Ueno’s ‘Unity’ piece. Just magical to witness and had the whole place cheering!

Yosuke Ueno

View our full set of opening night pics here:
www.flickr.com/photos/thinkspace/sets/72157626630868332/

David MacDowell with Luke Chueh in front of MacDowell's "The Vengeance of Luke Chueh"

Check out some additional coverage on the show from Daily Dujour here:
http://dailydujour.com/2011/05/01/seen-yosuke-ueno-and-jacub-gagnon-elements-and-oddities/

Also check out Hi-Fructose’s coverage of the evening here:
www.hifructose.com/the-blog/1468-elements-a-oddities-and-lowbrow-love-letter-at-thinkspace-gallery.html

The proposal in front of Yosuke Ueno's 'Unity'

Check out some great available works from both shows at the below links.

‘Elements and Oddities’www.thinkspacegallery.com/2011/04a/works.php

‘Lowbrow Love Letter’www.thinkspacegallery.com/2011/04a/project/works.php

Close up look at Yosuke Ueno's blank canvas he laid out for patrons to right messages to Japan

‘Elements and Oddities’
New works from Yosuke Ueno and Jacub Gagnon

Plus in our project room:
David MacDowell ‘Lowbrow Love Letter’

Both shows on view April 30th – May 14th

Thinkspace
6009 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232
Wed-Fri 1-6PM and Sat 1-8PM / #310.558.3375
www.thinkspacegallery.com

TONIGHT at Thinkspace (Sat, April 30th 6-8PM)

Just a quick reminder that ‘Elements and Oddities’ and ‘Lowbrow Love Letter’ open tonight at Thinkspace with an artist reception from 6-8PM. Yosuke Ueno is in town from Japan. Jacub Gagnon is in town from Toronto. Dave MacDowell is in from Virginia. The gallery is just alive with vibrant energy. Both shows play off each other in a wonderful fashion. If all that wasn’t enough, we’ll also be debuting new works from David Cooley in our office area.

David MacDowell
‘ABIDE’
16″ x 20″ (image size 14×18″)
Giclee print on Museo Portfolio Rag paper printed with Epson HDR inks
Hand-signed and numbered edition of 25
$100 each

The ‘ABIDE’ print will be issued this evening during the artist’s reception from 6-8PM. Remaining copies will be available next week on our website. In-person sales only this evening. We’ll post details here once they are ready to go up for sale on our website.

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

Digital previews for Yosuke Ueno, Jacub Gagnon, and David MacDowell (opening April 30th at Thinkspace)

Yosuke Ueno 'Electric Civilization' - 25x25" - acrylic on canvas

‘Elements and Oddities’ features a collection of 23 acrylic works on canvas from two of the leading voices in the new pop surrealism movement. Hailing from Canada, Jacub Gagnon examines the natural world’s connection to the inanimate and the relationships between humans and the animal kingdom in his detail drenched works which are set in a dark ‘every place’ void. Gagnon’s examinations of the unnatural state of nature are the perfect compliment to Yosuke Ueno‘s illusory landscapes rife with icons both puzzling and perfect. Ueno’s work is a refreshing mix of positive elements and colossal hope that echo the history of his native Japan. The two come together in ‘Elements and Oddites’ to play off each other in the most compelling way.

Jacub Gagnon 'Hold Your Little Horses' - 24x12" - acrylic on canvas

‘Elements and Oddities’
Featuring new works from Jacub Gagnon and Yosuke Ueno

View the works featured in ‘Elements and Oddities‘ via our digital preview:
www.thinkspacegallery.com/2011/04a/works.php

David MacDowell 'Who You Gonna Call?" - 16x20" - acrylic on canvas

ALSO showing concurrently in our project room will be ‘Lowbrow Love Letter’, an exhibition of 11 new acrylic works on canvas from east coast pop surrealist extraordinaire David MacDowell in what will be his second solo exhibition with our gallery. ‘Lowbrow Love Letter’ features some of MacDowell’s most brazen and hyper surreal works to date. Be sure to come through this Saturday to discover for yourself why Arrested Motion refer to him as a “master satirist painter“.

View the works in ‘Lowbrow Love Letter‘ via our digital preview:
www.thinkspacegallery.com/2011/04a/project/works.php

David Cooley 'Row, Row, Row Your Boat' - 24x20" - acrylic on treated printed fabric adhered to wood panel

We will also be showcasing a series of five new works from local artist David Cooley in our office area. Look for a digital preview of these works later this week. His paintings are layered with little 3D paint ‘spikes’ which are hand-painted over printed fabric with the precision of a surgeon and the patience of a saint. His work simply demands in-person viewing.

Please let us know if you have any questions, require additional images, or would like to purchase any of the works in either of this month’s exhibitions. Just shoot us an e-mail to contact@thinkspacegallery.com and we will get right back to you with full details. PLEASE NOTE: We’ll begin getting back to folks on Thursday afternoon, April 28th after all have had the chance to view the digital previews. We have a large list of regular patrons for all three artists and we’re just making sure everyone has had the chance to see the previews before we start following up, so please know speed of response doesn’t guarantee anything.

Reception with the artists:
THIS Saturday, April 30th from 6-8PM
~ All the artists will be in attendance ~

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

Arrested Motion interview Jacub Gagnon

Jacub Gagnon 'Cakes and Ladders' - acrylic on canvas

Arrested Motion just posted their in-depth interview with emerging Canadian artist Jacub Gagnon as he prepares to make the trip down to LA for his big ‘Elements and Oddities‘ show which opens this Saturday alongside new works from Japan’s Yosuke Ueno.

“I feel as though there is more to life than we know and this will always be so. I think there are connections and streams of consciousness tying us together in unimaginable ways. In my paintings I try to make these ‘unlikely’ connections, the unimaginable, imaginable, bringing what might seem like unconnected or unlikely paths of life together under a new light.” – Jacub Gagnon

Check out Arrested Motion’s full interview with Gagnon here:
http://arrestedmotion.com/2011/04/interviews-jacub-gagnon/#more-99954

Check out pics from Gagnon’s studio along with a look inside Ueno’s studio here:
www.flickr.com/photos/thinkspace/sets/72157626042350439/

‘Elements and Oddities’
New works from Jacub Gagnon and Yosuke Ueno

Reception with the artists: Sat, April 30th 6-8PM

On view April 30th – May 14th

Thinkspace / 6009 Washington Blvd. / Culver City, CA 90232 / Wed-Fri 1 to 6PM and Sat 1 to 8PM
www.thinkspacegallery.com

Jacub Gagnon’s ‘Profile’ feature in Juxtapoz (March/n.122)

Check out a larger version of Gagnon’s ‘Profile’ piece in the March issue of Juxtapoz here:
www.flickr.com/photos/thinkspace/5641840003/in/set-72157626042350439

‘Elements and Oddites’ opens April 30th at Thinkspace

www.jacubgagnon.com