Juan Travieso’s “Entropy” Closes Out June at Thinkspace Projects Culver City

June 30, 2018 – July 21, 2018

(Los Angeles, CA) – Thinkspace is pleased to present new works by Cuban-born painter Juan Travieso in Entropy. Currently based out of Miami and New York, Travieso creates visually complex worlds suspended in a state of fracture. Dismantled into seismic shards, these fragments are subject to the disorienting effects of constant spatial interruption. Combining a realist painting technique with surreal juxtapositions, spatial splicing, bright palettes, and geometric abstraction, Travieso conveys the textures of a universe in breach, distorted and split by its endless potential for loss. Fascinated by the extinction of countless endangered species and the often irrevocable influence of human intervention, Travieso presents the reality of a world in transition. His compositions often look like digitized renderings, informed by the awkward, artificial simultaneity of 3-D models, and devolve in moments to pixelated digital facsimiles, reminding us of the unavoidably temporal nature of disappearance.

Travieso was born in Havana, Cuba. He credits his love of color in his work to the scarcity of resources in his home country, a stark contrast to the sheer availability of art supplies and imagery in the US. Inspired by this profusion of access to information and paint colors, the artist has taken on a series dedicated to endangered bird species, capturing them on the cusp of imminent disappearance. In the works, their facets are compartmentalized into geometric patterns and their edges striated to dissolve into quasi-architectural grids. A requiem of sorts for the irremediably compromised state of our biodiversity, Travieso’s paintings capture the cataclysmic energy of its decay and the transience of this biological exhaustion and loss, proposed in stark contrast to the permanent ambitions of the digital age. This re-articulation of environmental damage through the visual and graphic language of digital culture gets at the fundamental contradiction between the organic and the artificial, the finite and the infinite; the natural world is forever at odds with the perpetuity of artificial, manmade technologies.

As an activist and environmentalist, Travieso hopes that his dynamic works will draw attention to the ecological carelessness we’ve abetted and the necessity of our continued vigilance in the preservation of what’s left. This compassion for the vulnerable and voiceless has clear political affinities for Travieso, relating to his personal experiences growing up in Communist Cuba where persecution for perceived dissent was a constant threat and the silencing of censorship unavoidable. Perhaps in keeping with this tendency to combine oppositions like freedom and constraint, Travieso depicts the lawlessness and diversity of nature at odds with the enforced geometry of human constructs.

Wiley Wallace’s “Stay Connected” Closes Out June at Thinkspace Gallery

Stay Connected
June 30, 2018 – July 21, 2018

(Los Angeles, CA) – Thinkspace is pleased to present Stay Connected, featuring new works by Phoenix-born painter Wiley Wallace. Playful and ambiguous, his luminous and ostensibly radioactive worlds suggest a metaphysical interest in the possibility of alternate realities: the endlessly shapeshifting and protean nature of fantasy at the intersection of the imagined and “real.” Wallace’s paintings combine realistic rendering with elements of the surreal, and near-magical references that include eerily cast light sources bordering on the supernatural. Playful and macabre, his works combine intense thematic contrasts between light and dark to achieve suspense and evasion.

Children are a recurring theme in his compositions, representing a kind of primordial link to something invisible and beyond comprehension, exempt from the rationalizations of the adult. Often using his own children as models, Wallace’s narratives are open-ended, filled with suggestion and partial disclosures rather than forceful assertions or posited certainties. The themes of connection and communication resonate throughout Wallace’s imagery, as the works’ protagonists seem ever in search of fugitive contact. The skeleton is a recurring figure throughout Wallace’s imagery as well, appearing at times as a sinister harbinger of some kind and at others as Halloween costume level kitsch.

Wallace’s pieces convey a kind of sci-fi nostalgia harkening back to a Spielberg-era of extraterrestrial-themed filmmaking. At times their implied innocence and naiveté give way to darker and more dystopian readings, surfacing amidst the neon-hued glow.




Opening Reception: Saturday, June 9 from 6-11PM

Taking Place at:
Antler Gallery
Click HERE to join the Facebook event
Collector Preview will be shared next Wednesday, June 6

Excited to get back up to Portland for our second exhibition in the great state of Oregon. This time around we’ll be teaming up with our good friends at Antler Gallery for the 13th iteration of our ongoing traveling ‘LAX‘ exhibition series. ‘LAX / PDX II’ will showcase the work of 80 internationally acclaimed artists, many new to the Thinkspace Family. We hope you’re able to join us for one hell of an opening night celebration!

The Cerulean Girl” by Tran Nguyen | acrylic & colored pencil on paper
Featuring works from:
Abigail Goldman
Alex Yanes
Alexandra Manukyan
Allison Sommers
Amy Sol
Anthony Clarkson
Anthony Solano
Bicicleta Sem Freio
Brian Mashburn
Brian Viveros
Brooks Salzwedel
Buff Monster
Candice Tripp
Carl Cashman
Carly Ealey
Christopher Konecki
Craig ‘Skibs’ Barker
Dan Witz
Daniel Bilodeau
David Cooley
David Rice
Drew Merritt
Edith Lebeau
Ellen Rutt
Erik Siador
Isaac Cordal
Jana & JS
Josh Keyes
Josie Morway
Kaili Smith
Kari-Lise Alexander
Kathy Ager
Kelly Vivanco
Ken Flewellyn
Kevin Peterson
Lauren YS
Leon Keer
Marco Mazzoni
Marie Claude Marquis
Mark Dean Veca
Mary Iverson
Matthew Grabelsky
Molly Gruninger
Mwanel Pierre-Louis
Ricky Watts
Rosa de Jong
Sam Yong
Scott Radke
Sean Chao
Sean Mahan
Sergio Garcia
Seth Armstrong
So Youn Lee
Spenser Little
Stephanie Buer
Super A
Telmo Miel
Timothy Karpinski
Tran Nguyen
Van Arno

On view June 9 thru June 28 at Antler Gallery in Portland, Oregon
“55th Street & 7th Avenue” by Matthew Grabelsky

New Contemporary Art Madness Ahead – June 2018 Thinkspace Calendar

Juan Travieso – “Expiring #5” (2016)

June is madness for Thinkspace Projects and we have a lot on our calendar, so friends, take note whether you’re on the other side of the Atlantic or just up the Pacific Coast there are some great new contemporary art shows for you to attend this summer curated by Thinkspace Projects.

June 2:
Fintan Magee The Big Dry
David Rice Hanging Valley
RSVP: Location – Thinkspace Culver City

June 9 – June 28:
LAX / PDX at Antler Gallery in Portland, OR.
RSVP: Location – Antler Gallery

June 12 – June 17:
SCOPE Basel (Basel, Switzerland) – Booth B03

June 29 – September 9:
Vitality and Verve III at the Long Beach Museum of Art in Long Beach, CA.
RSVP: Location – Long Beach Museum of Art

June 29 – August 19:
Jana & JS at the Fullerton Museum Center in Fullerton, CA.
Location – Fullerton Museum Center

June 30 – July 21:
Juan Travieso Entropy
Wiley Wallace Stay Connected
Alvaro Naddeo AmeriCan’t
Location: Thinkspace Culver City

PLUS new murals from Fintan Magee and Jeremy Fish in Napa for RAD Napa
POW! WOW! Long Beach June 24 – June 30

Fintan Magee’s “The Big Dry” Coming in June to Thinkspace Culver City

The Big Dry
June 2 – June 23, 2018

Thinkspace is pleased to present The Big Dry, its first solo exhibition of new works by Australian-born artist and muralist, Fintan Magee. A prolific international muralist, Magee has created architecturally scaled paintings and public interventions all over the world; over 200 murals across five continents, including pieces in Bogota, Buenos Aires, Copenhagen, London, Vienna, Los Angeles, Moscow, and Oslo, among many others. Magee draws from the personal and the social to reveal unexpected moments of universality and connection, addressing topical and current issues like climate change, environmental crisis, political inequity, loss, and displacement, all framed with pathos, sensitivity, and humor.

In The Big Dry, Magee looks to the idea of the American dream, specifically, the white picket fence and the aspirational ambitions it represents. As a symbol of the ownership of affluent middle white class America, the white picket fence has endured historically in our cultural consciousness. A product of the post-war capitalist idealism of the 50s, the white suburban domestic enclosure is a socially acceptable symbol of class division and segregation. Omitted from this narrative, however, is the tradition of migrant labor upon which this dream and its ideological mores have relied; those who have been excluded from its privileges are those who have physically built its foundations. Drawing parallels with the exclusionary policies of the Trump era and its constant inculcation and threat of ‘the wall,’ Magee considers the white picket fence as another divisive symbol, and asks the question: “who built the American dream?”

Born in Lismore, New South Wales, Australia, to creative parents, Magee grew up in Brisbane where he first gravitated towards graffiti. Encouraged to pursue drawing at an early age, Magee started painting local walls in his hometown at the beginning of high school and remained a graffiti writer, primarily, until 2010. He eventually outgrew the aesthetic and compositional limitations of writing and turned towards figuration and ambitious large-scale mural painting instead. Inspired by the street art scene and muralism movement evolving in the UK at the time with artists like Chloe Early, Connor Harrington, and Ian Francis, Magee began experimenting with narrative representation and figuration. Executing larger and more complex murals all over the world, Magee began developing his own voice, responding to site and place with contextually inflected public works created in specific response to the environment.

Magee is ultimately a contemporary social realist and a portrait painter. Though he incorporates compelling and poetic elements of the surreal into his impressive murals, his works are driven by an emphasis on individual stories and socially conscious narratives. Magee keeps his imagery firmly rooted in real human concern while drawing personal parallels with his own experiences and anecdotes. A firm believer in the substantive power of art to transform city spaces, democratize culture, and resonate with the masses on a guttural level, Magee continues to convert endless city sprawls into physically imposing stories, one massive wall at a time.