STUDIO PREVIEW OF NEW WORK IN LAX/DTW

Stephanie Buer Featured Artist LAX/DTW
piece by Stephanie Buer – featured artist in LAX/DTW at Inner State Gallery

LAX/DTW opens next Saturday, June 6 at Inner State Gallery in Detroit, Michigan. The show features 16×20 inch works from over 80 artists spanning the globe, including featured artists: Stephanie Buer and Liz Brizzi. This special exhibition has been curated by Thinkspace and serves as an amazing introduction to the burgeoning New Contemporary movement for art lovers in the Midwest. Please join us at the opening reception from 7-10 pm, but if missed LAX/DTW will be on view through July 4th, 2015. For additional details please visit the Thinkspace Gallery website.

Enjoy the following peak of the ‘works in progress’ for LAX/DTW

Sean Mahan Lemons

Sean Mahan 

Allison Sommers

Allison Sommers

Tony Philippou

Tony Philippou

Kikyz1313

Kikyz1313

Adam Caldwell

Adam Caldwell

Frank Gonzales

Frank Gonzales

Kyle Stewart

Kyle Stewart

STUDIO PREVIEW OF NEW WORK IN LAX/DTW

Liz Brizzi

piece by Liz Brizzi – featured artist in LAX/DTW at Inner State Gallery

LAX/DTW is only a few weeks away and the artists have been busy in their studios preparing for the show. This collaborative show with Inner State Gallery in Detroit, Michigan features 16×20 inch works from over 80 artists spanning the globe, including featured artists: Stephanie Buer and Liz Brizzi. The opening reception is Saturday, June 6th 7-10PM, and the exhibition will be on view through July 4th, 2015. For additional details please visit the Thinkspace Gallery website.

Enjoy the following peak of the ‘works in progress’ for LAX/DTW

artist stephanie buer Featured artist Stephanie Buer

James BulloughJames Bullough

Bec WinnelBec Winnel

Ken FlewellynKen Flewellyn

DalekJames Marshall (Dalek)

Sales for this special exhibition are going through Inner State, so please be sure to reach out to them to receive the preview. Contact them via info@innerstategallery.com

An interview with Liz Brizzi

Liz Brizzi at work in her downtown LA studio

A native of France, born of Italian parents, Liz Brizzi grew up in Los Angeles. Inspired by urban themes, she loves to portray the beauty she captures in the raw, desolate and industrial aspects of cities and their outskirts. Her unique mixed media technique begins with the manipulation of her original photography collaged onto acrylic painted wood panels, finally blended within layers of colorful acrylic washes. She began this series of works with landscape paintings of the streets and alleys of Downtown L.A. A city that is currently changing and developing rapidly, her artwork captured its authenticity and some of the disappearing traces of its History. Her more current work is less lifelike, as she utilizes various architectural details found in her photos to create more complex graphics, structures and imaginary landscapes, while using shapes reminiscent of street art found in the very same cities she photographs.

Liz graduated in 2002 from Otis Art Institute with a BFA in Illustration and now works as a graphic artist from her studio in Downtown Los Angeles.

Liz Brizzi 'Closing Act' - collaged photography and acrylic on wood panel

An interview with Liz Brizzi

Can you share a lil’ bit about your new body of work that will be on view this February?
I sure can! These new pieces have a lot of my usual cityscape elements and moods… but I did several paintings which I call the “night time series”. It’s something I had only done once before at a previous show; the setting for those is… you guessed it… night time. I just love the contrast and play in colors that it allowed me to play with. I am very fond of driving through downtown at night and love the atmosphere that is created by the dim security lights on the warehouses and buildings. So I tried to bring that into these new pieces. There is also another piece that brings newness to the show. It’s a piece I did on reclaimed wood from old palettes. I’m excited to introduce this concept into my body of work and really look forward to doing more.

Liz Brizzi 'Convergence' - collaged photography and acrylic on wood panel

What draws you to the desolate and derelict areas of our city?
I’ve tried to figure that out myself. At first it was inexplicable even to myself. Why am I so attracted to these old dirty alleys and buildings that are falling apart? The only explanation I can think of is this one… To me, there’s something really beautiful about things that are not “perfect”. I live in Los Angeles, where the city’s whole culture revolves around perfection. People want perfect faces, perfect bodies, perfect new houses, with perfect lawns and perfect weather. I’m not complaining. I love living here. I have perfect fun here. 🙂 But sometimes, it ends up looking very fake, and bland, and boring. And mostly… very new. I think, and maybe it’s because I’m European, I love it when I find something here that is old, and shows marks from the past… something that is somewhat imperfect. Stained, lived in, sometimes falling apart. That is why I started taking photographs of Downtown Los Angeles, which I completely rediscovered when I moved there. I love it. I feel like it’s the only place in LA that is old and historical. Just like its bridges over the LA river. I love them so much. I live right next to one. So, that fascination of mine evolved and I started exploring the outskirts of LA, where I found almost surreal places (see my “Hobart Station” or “Outskrts” paintings). I love those places. They’re like… my little secret. They’re so detached from the “Hollywood” world. They’re hiding. But they’re real, and I sometimes feel they are the City’s heart beat.

What fuels you to keep creating?
I think it’s just the most rewarding work you can do. I love “making stuff”. You start with a concept in your head, an image… a sudden idea you may get from seeing or hearing something that inspires you. Then you take that and bring it to life, building it from A to Z. Then you have something to show for your hard work. You made that. And when other people enjoy it too… well it’s just really rewarding. I also couldn’t see myself doing anything else. I will never go back to an office desk job. So I gotta keep up with creativity if I wanna to stay on its path.

Liz Brizzi 'Trespass' - collaged photography and acrylic on wood panel

Please describe your dream project if time and money were not issues.
I’d love to go around the world for a couple of years and paint scenes from all the big cities I would get to see. Get a studio space in each city, go out and shoot photographs for days, then create a few pieces inspired by them. Then on to the next city… Mostly, I want to do a Tokyo series so bad! That would be really amazing…

Favorite item in your studio?
My computer, my awesome new printer, and my inspiration board.

Liz Brizzi at work

Is there anyone in particular, artist or otherwise, that you’d like to give a shout out to here?
Oh yeah! I definitely wanna dedicate these few lines to your partner in crime L. Croskey. Aside from being an amazing artist and curator, LC has been a mentor to me (and many other artists!). I came to him with my first few pieces about 3 years ago, and he gave me the advice and constructive criticism that I needed to hear. He gave me my first show with Cannibal Flower, and then helped me grow as an artist as I went back to him for more words of wisdom. I owe him a lot and have a lot of respect for him as a mentor and fellow artist. So yeah… Thank you LC.

Any shows or special projects coming up after your exhibit with us here at Thinkspace you would like to mention?
I’m excited to have a feature in Blue Canvas Magazine #12 coming up in April I think. Then I should have a show at Curbside Gallery in Santa Ana this summer. And I’ve been in touch with a couple of galleries in Paris that are interested in showing my work, so hopefully I’ll be showing there around the end of the year.

Liz Brizzi 'Beyond The Tracks' - collaged photography and acrylic on wood panel

Take a sneak peek at Liz Brizzi’s new works here:
www.flickr.com/photos/thinkspace/sets/72157628506554335/

New works from Liz Brizzi

Reception with the artist: THIS Sat, Feb. 4th 5-8PM in our project room

On view Feb. 4th – Feb. 25th in our project room

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

Ana Bagayan + Liz Brizzi – coming up Feb. 4th at Thinkspace

Ana Bagayan
‘There Is Time To Kill Today’

Reception with the artists: Sat, Feb. 4th 5-8PM

‘There Is Time To Kill Today’ will showcase new paintings, drawings and the debut of a new series of charcoal works on canvas from artist Ana Bagayan.

Ana Bagayan was born in the Armenian capital of Yerevan. She studied painting at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. Her work explores images of adolescence as metaphors for larger themes of ethos and wonder and has been featured in such publications as Rollingstone, Spin, GQ and various others. She currently lives and works in Burbank, California.

Ana talks a lil’ about the show... “Although theres no unifying theme to this show, the inspiration for the work comes from the metaphysical- ghosts, spirits, intergalactic space creatures, anything that hints at the idea that we are just a small part of the unimaginably vast universe. Some of the works are based on hypnosis sessions of people who believed they had been abducted by aliens. I’ve created human/alien hybrid creatures based on the experiences these people described. All of the works, I feel, incorporate the inherent beauty of interpreting both the known and unknown.”

Take a ‘sneak peek’ at Ana’s new works here:
www.flickr.com/photos/thinkspace/sets/72157628307493099/

PLUS in our project room:

New works from Liz Brizzi

A native of France, born of Italian parents, Liz Brizzi grew up in Los Angeles. Inspired by urban themes, she loves to portray the beauty she captures in the raw, desolate and industrial aspects of cities and their outskirts. Her unique mixed media technique begins with the manipulation of her original photography collaged onto acrylic painted wood panels, finally blended within layers of colorful acrylic washes. She began this series of works with landscape paintings of the streets and alleys of Downtown L.A. A city that is currently changing and developing rapidly, her artwork captured its authenticity and some of the disappearing traces of its History. Her more current work is less lifelike, as she utilizes various architectural details found in her photos to create more complex graphics, structures and imaginary landscapes, while using shapes reminiscent of street art found in the very same cities she photographs.

Liz graduated in 2002 from Otis Art Institute with a BFA in Illustration and now works as a graphic artist from her studio in Downtown Los Angeles.

Take a ‘sneak peek’ at Liz’s new works here:
www.flickr.com/photos/thinkspace/sets/72157628506554335/

Both exhibits on view: Feb. 4th – Feb. 25th, 2012

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

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

Recommended openings for tonight in LA (Sat, March 12th)

Liz Brizzi 'Escape Route' (acrylic and photo transfer on paper adhered to canvas) - featured in 'Torn and Tattered' at Thinkspace

Sat, March 12th 8-11PM
Robert Berman Gallery
2525 Michigan Ave, Space C2 in Bergamot Station in Santa Monica
‘Revolutions – The Album Cover Art of Shepard Fairey’ – exhibit will feature over 80 pieces of Punk, Rock, New Wave, Jazz, and Hip-Hop inspired artwork based on the 12″ record cover format. To mark this occasion, two special Limited Edition Album Cover Print Box sets will be released for the exhibition – presented in conjunction with Obey Giant and Subliminal Projects
(On view through April 23rd)
www.obeygiant.com

Sat, March 12th 8-11PM
Robert Berman Gallery
2525 Michigan Ave, Space D5 in Bergamot Station in Santa Monica
‘Street ‘N Low’ group show featuring works from Williams | Retna | Haring | Saber | Quintana | Germs | Slagter | Dubin | Gieske | El Mac | Reyes | Banksy | English | Smith | Noremac | Von Dutch | Ehringer | Crash | ET Risk | Chaz | Shark Toof | Conal | Gibbs | Lengel-Bail | Bueno | Cristi | Soto | Valadez | Barminski | Ausgang | McGee | Crumb | Ryden | Fairey | Wisdom | Twitchell | and more
(On view through April 23rd)
www.robertbermangallery.com

Sat, March 12th 7-10PM
Gallery 1988 Venice
214 Pier Ave. in Santa Monica
‘Alone With Ghosts’ featuring new works from Ken Keirns
(On view through April 1st)
www.gallery1988.com

Sat, March 12th 6-10PM
Merry Karnowsky Gallery
170 S. La Brea Ave in Los Angeles
‘LAUNCH Projects LA’ present new work by Andy Moses, Phillipa OBlaire, Gretel Stephens & more
(On view through April 9th)
www.mkgallery.com

Sat, March 12th 6-8PM
Michael Kohn Gallery
8071 Beverly Blvd. in Los Angeles
‘Snow White and the Black Lagoon’ featuring new works from Camille Rose Garcia
(On view through April 9th)
www.kohngallery.com

Sat, March 12th 11AM-8PM
Martha Otero Gallery
820 N. Fairfax Ave. in Los Angeles
‘Rebus’ featuring new works from James Jean
(On view through April 30th)
www.marthaotero.com

Sat, March 12th 6-8PM
Thinkspace
6009 Washington Blvd. in Culver City
‘Torn and Tattered’ featuring new works from Derek Gores, Craig “Skibs” Barker, and Liz Brizzi + ‘Place to Place’ from Reuben Rude in our project room
(On view through March 26th
www.thinkspacegallery.com

For those that missed the opening last night:

Open this Sat and Sun from 11AM-6PM
Gallery 1988
7020 Melrose in Los Angeles
‘INLE’ – curated by Greg Simkins – over 100 artists interpret the anti-hero of Richard Adam’s ‘Watership Down’
www.gallery1988.com