Opening Night of Christine Wu’s “Sleepless” & Linnea Strid’s “Love Me When I’m Gone”

Christine Wu and Linnea Strid Opening Reception

New York-based artist Christine Wu and Swedish painter Linnea Strid packed Thinkspace Gallery on opening night, January 23, for their exhibitions “Sleepless” and “Love Me When I’m Gone”.  The gallery’s main room showing Christine Wu exhibits new work and includes a hanging installation of broken dishes; symbolic of the frustration, satisfaction, and swift remorse gained from such a spontaneous action.

Linnea Strid’s new body of work in Thinkspace Gallery’s project room is a collection of artists who sent in their images submerged or drenched in water for Linnea to paint. A collaborative effort as Linnea did not direct the artists in how to take their photo, many of the artist she worked with on the pieces showed up for the opening. You can read more about her inspiration for the show in our interview with the artist.

Both exhibitions will be on view till February 20th, please visit the Thinkspace Gallery website for additional details.

Christine Wu and Linnea Strid Opening Reception

Christine Wu and Linnea Strid Opening Reception

Christine Wu and Linnea Strid Opening Reception

Christine Wu and Linnea Strid Opening Reception

Christine Wu and Linnea Strid Opening Reception

Christine Wu and Linnea Strid Opening Reception

Christine Wu and Linnea Strid Opening Reception

Christine Wu and Linnea Strid Opening Reception

Christine Wu and Linnea Strid Opening Reception

Christine Wu and Linnea Strid Opening Reception

Christine Wu and Linnea Strid Opening Reception

Christine Wu and Linnea Strid Opening Reception

Opening Reception Linnea Strid

Opening Reception Linnea Strid

Opening Reception Linnea Strid

Christine Wu and Linnea Strid Opening Reception

Christine Wu and Linnea Strid Opening Reception

Christine Wu and Linnea Strid Opening Reception

Christine Wu and Linnea Strid Opening Reception

Christine Wu and Linnea Strid Opening Reception

 

Aaron Nagel in Thinkspace Office

Aaron Nagel’s work is concurrently on view in the Thinkspace office. He was surprised to have come to the show for Linnea and Christine, and find he had his own mini-exhibit in our office. You can view additional photos from the night on our Flickr account and Facebook page.

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Arrested Motion: Linnea Strid – “Love Me When I’m Gone”

Interview with Linnea Strid for “Love Me When I’m Gone”

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Linnea Strid’s exhibition” Love Me When I’m Gone” opens next Saturday, January 23rd. The Swedish painter will be showing new work in Thinkspace Gallery’s project room. We had the opportunity to ask Linnea a few questions regarding her upcoming exhibition, creative process, and her spirit animal.

What was the inspiration behind your upcoming exhibition?
For this show, I decided to make paintings and drawings of some of my fellow artist friends. Making a living as an artist is certainly not an easy task, and one would think that there is a great deal of competition, jealousy and just general bad mouthing going on in the art world. And I’m sure that happens to some extent, but personally, it’s not something that I’ve experienced much. On the contrary, I’ve received so much love and support from artists all over the world. It’s like we’re all in the same boat so we’re here to help and support and inspire each other, and I just love that. I’ve never felt like I fit in anywhere in society in my life until I found my place in this crazy global art community. It feels just like home and I am very grateful for the connection that we share through our everyday struggles with artist blocks, money, deadlines and so forth. So this is pretty much my tribute to all artists out there – keep going because you are amazing.

Depicting water isn’t the easiest artistic technique, what made you want to explore this style?
Haha, well basically because it’s a very hard thing to depict. I needed a challenge and it seemed like a cool one. I’ve been painting water for 7 or 8 years now and I feel like I’m finally getting the hang of it. The idea of combining water with portraits came to me one day when I just thought “Damn, being an artist really feels like drowning sometimes. Maybe I should try to paint that?” So I painted a portrait of myself in the bathtub titled “The Drowning Artist” and that’s where it all started.

What were you listening to while creating this show?
A lot of different things. Different kinds of music depending on the mood I’m in. Sometimes it’s indie rock, sometimes death metal, other days I listen to Beethoven. I also listen to a lot of documentaries. Radio shows about philosophy and science. And the Transgression podcast.

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What’s your favorite paints and brushes?
I’m really not that picky about brands, mainly because I can’t afford to be. I just paint with whatever is handed to me and make the very best of it. I guess I see it as a challenge haha. I wish I could afford top quality paint and brushes but meh. Some day. I’ll wait. Rather impatiently.

What does a day in the studio look like?
Well, I spend most of my days and nights in there. I transformed my living room into my studio a while back and it was the best decision EVER. I mean why have a big living room that you’re not actually “living” in? I mean I live in my studio obviously. Anyway, I usually sit down at my cluttered desk and pick things up where I left them last night. Or I start something new, but I find that hard to do early in the morning for some reason. The best creative ideas usually come to me later at night. I also have a tendency to forget to eat while I’m painting, so if anyone could come over to feed me on a regular basis that would be great.

Do you take your own reference photos, is the work planned before or inspired by the photoshoot?
I always plan my work before doing the photo shoot. And yes I normally take my own reference photos. However, not for this series and there are a few pretty good reasons for that. One is the artists that I have painted live all over the world and it would be catastrophic for my wallet to fly over to each and every one of these artists just to take a picture. I would love love to hang out with them though and I’m sure that’ll happen one day.

Tell us about the collaboration with your fellow artists for this exhibition?
Since this series is a tribute to other artists I wanted it to be some sort of collaboration, so I let the artists take the reference pics themselves. And I told them very little about what to do for the shoot. Only that the photo should involve their faces and some water. It has been really exciting waiting for them to get back to me with their photos just to see their artistic visions shine through and then work from that.

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What other artist work are you currently excited by?
Artists like Jeremy Geddes and Lee Price excite me immensely. Also, I’ve just recently started working with watercolors after a long time off from them and I’m soaking up a lot of inspiration from different watercolor artists that I keep discovering on social media.

What’s the best advice you’ve received as an artist?
Don’t paint for anyone else, do because it makes your heart sing. That way your artwork will always be pure and honest.

What is your spirit animal?
I guess it would be a mix of a sloth and a moth. And yes I just said that to be funny.

If there was a cocktail inspired by your work, what would be the ingredients?
A cocktail inspired by my art? Oh shit, there’d be a whole lot of bitter tears and suffering in there and maybe a tablespoon of humor and self-distance. I definitely wouldn’t drink that gross cocktail haha.

Linnea Strid Love Me When I’m Gone

“Love Me When I’m Gone” will be on view from January 23rd to February 20th; please visit the Thinkspace Gallery website for more details.

Linnea Strid’s “Love Me When I’m Gone” exhibition coming to Thinkspace Gallery’s Project Room

Linnea Strid Love Me When I'm Gone

Concurrently on view in the Thinkspace project room is Love Me When I’m Gone, featuring new works by Swedish painter Linnea Strid. Known for her emotive, hyperrealistic paintings, Strid captures minute details with surreal precision, creating a world that feels uncannily amplified.

In this new series of works, Strid continues to explore imagery with water. Expert at capturing its reflective movement and depth, her paintings are filled with refracted light and distortions. Her subjects are presented in varying states of submersion and vulnerability, as her watery portraits take on a meditative dimension. Suspended somewhere between an unsettling and eerie calm and a foreboding anticipation, Strid arrests time.

In this series, Strid celebrates, and sensitively portrays, the artist’s struggle with anonymity, under-recognition and self-exposure, and the passion that nullifies the rational avoidance of this price, in a tribute to friends and artist peers. Recognizing that the work of many artists evades validation and economic success in their lifetime, the exhibition title expresses the delayed validation and expected sacrifice that comes with dedicating one’s life to art.

Linnea Strid Love Me When I'm Gone

Work in progress from Linnea Strid’s exhibition “Love Me When I’m Gone” 

Last week to catch our current exhibits at Thinkspace

Linnea Strid 'Quiet' - oil on wood panel (2011)

“Inspired by human emotions and the tedious details in everyday routine, Linnea Strid creates hyper-realistic oil paintings depicting the insignificant actions involving water that we mechanically repeat in any given day. In ‘As It Falls Over You’, Linnea explores the darker side of the human psyche conveyed through water, thereby opening the door to our most private moments and personal stories.” – Platinum Cheese

Check out Platinum Cheese’s interview with Linnea here:
http://platinumcheese.com/2011/12/09/art-chat-with-linnea-strid/

Nathan DeYoung 'Porcelain' - acrylic on MDF panel (2011)

DeYoung’s first solo exhibit with the gallery highlights concepts of strength and desire via flawless renderings of feminine allure saturated with vibrant hues. This latest body of work also offers DeYoung’s first abstract works–intense, palpable energy on display in every brushstroke.– Hi-Fructose

View all the works in ‘As It Falls Over You‘ here:
www.thinkspacegallery.com/2011/12/works-fALL.php

Leontine Greenberg 'Satellite' - Watercolor, gouache and pencil on paper (2011)

View all the works in ‘Specimens‘ from Leontine Greenberg here:
www.thinkspacegallery.com/2011/12/project/works-sPECi.php

David Cooley 'Rhythmic Nonsense' - Acrylic, Spray Paint and Resin on Found Fabric adhered to wood (2011)

View all the works in ‘Rhythmic Nonsense‘ from David Cooley here:
www.thinkspacegallery.com/2011/12/project2/works-RhYtH.php

All exhibits on view through Fri, December 30th. We’ll be open this coming Wed, Dec. 28th through Fri, Dec. 30th from 1 to 6PM each day. These will be your final days to view our current exhibits. Please note we’ll be closed from Dec. 31st through Jan. 6th for installation of our upcoming shows from Esao Andrews and Allison Sommers which open on Sat, Jan. 7th.

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

Linnea Strid featured in the new issue of Juxtapoz

Linnea Strid is featured with a ‘Profile’ piece in the new issue of Juxtapoz (Dec issue with Mark Ryden cover) – on news stands now.

Take a ‘Sneak Peek’ at the works for ’As It Falls Over You’ coming together here:
www.flickr.com/photos/thinkspace/sets/72157626576781905/

Nathan DeYoung & Linnea Strid
‘As It Falls Over You’

Reception with the artists: Sat, December 10th 5-8PM

Exhibits on view: December 10th through December 30th, 2011

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

Nathan DeYoung and Linnea Strid coming up on December 10th at Thinkspace

Linnea Strid at work in her studio in Sweden
Linnea Strid "No Looking Back" - oil on wood panel (2011)

Linnea Strid started to paint and draw as soon as she could hold a crayon in her hand. When growing up, she was handed a pile of ‘Learn-How-To-Paint-In-Oil’ books, but stubbornly ignored the written guidelines and instead tried to copy the paintings found in the books without any instruction. This persistent eagerness to be creative while doing things her own way hasn’t changed much over the years. Linnea currently lives in Sweden and enjoys creating lifelike, almost painfully over exposed portratis and with her most recent body of work, she playfully explores the complex relation between people and water, and how it can intensify all of the human emotions in one way or another.

Linnea Strid "In The End, There's Only Persistence Left" - oil on wood panel (2011)

Show statement from Linnea Strid:
I often get the question why I decided to start painting water in the first place, and what it all means to me. That can be a bit tricky to answer since I feel that I’ve gone a long way from my first water portrait. In the beginning, it was all just an experiment – a macabre fantasy – what if I depicted myself as drowned? How would it look? After that, I moved along to focusing on the small details in everyday routines: unsignificant actions involving water that we repeat mechanically a million times, over and over and over. Somehow,with time it has grown to something bigger and more important to me. I’ve always been obsessed by painting faces showing different emotions, and I’ve discovered water to be the perfect medium to convey this. Water can bring out so much emotions, and by opening the door ajar to our most private moments there are a lot of different stories waiting to be told. No day is exactly like the other, nothing in life is permanent and the water that surrounds us is just as fugitive as our feelings.

Nathan DeYoung at work inside his studio in Southern California
Nathan DeYoung "Warpaint II - Reflections In - Looping Loose Air" - Acrylic on MDF board (2011)

Nathan DeYoung‘s work stems from an inquisitive desire to connect with and understand those around him. DeYoung revels in people watching and trying to connect the human elements that bind us all together. However, because he is more or less offering his observations of others DeYoung finds a large amount of grey matter, where less is certain and more is implied. DeYoung’s work attempts to relate/conceptualize these observations and assumptions by using a mixture of delicate, soft painting and gestural frenzies of color and shape, with the hope that insight into others and their actions will enable a deeper understanding of his own self.

Nathan DeYoung "Porcelain" - Acrylic on MDF Board (2011)

Show statement from Nathan DeYoung:
There is no end to what we can learn from each other. Our interactions with those that surround us can prove to be a telling tale, one that paints a complex portrait of who and what we are. Highlighting our senses, instincts, strengths, failings and desires ‘As It Falls Over You’ is a body focused on realization, acceptance, and observation.

Take a ‘Sneak Peek’ at the works for ’As It Falls Over You’ coming together here:
www.flickr.com/photos/thinkspace/sets/72157626576781905/

Nathan DeYoung & Linnea Strid
‘As It Falls Over You’

Reception with the artists: Sat, December 10th 5-8PM

Exhibits on view: December 10th through December 30th, 2011

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

Coming up this December at Thinkspace

‘As It Falls Over You’

New paintings from Nathan DeYoung and Linnea Strid

Take a sneak peek here:
www.flickr.com/photos/thinkspace/sets/72157626576781905/

Plus in our project room:

Leontine Greenberg ‘Specimens’

Take a sneak peek here:
www.flickr.com/photos/thinkspace/sets/72157627754757683/

Look for more details on both shows as we get closer to this coming December.