Beyond Eden Recap Part II

Beyond Eden October 3

The fifth and final edition of Beyond Eden was once again hosted by the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park on October 3rd and 4th. Beyond Eden is a multi-gallery event celebrating the New Contemporary art movement in Los Angeles put together by Andrew Hosner (co-owner / curator at Thinkspace) and made possible by the City Of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.

Beyond Eden 2015 showcased the works of five of California’s finest New Contemporary art galleries including C.A.V.E. Gallery (Venice, CA), Copro Gallery (Santa Monica, CA), Spoke Art (San Francisco, CA), Hashimoto Contemporary (San Francisco, CA) and event organizers Thinkspace (Culver City, CA).

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Beyond Eden October 3

Beyond Eden October 3

Beyond Eden October 3

Beyond Eden October 3

Beyond Eden October 3

Beyond Eden October 3

Beyond Eden October 3

Beyond Eden October 3

Beyond Eden October 3

Beyond Eden October 3

Beyond Eden October 3

Beyond Eden October 3

Beyond Eden October 3

Beyond Eden October 3

Beyond Eden October 3

Beyond Eden October 3

Beyond Eden October 3

Beyond Eden October 3

Beyond Eden October 3

Beyond Eden October 3

Beyond Eden October 3

The fifth and final edition of Beyond Eden was once again hosted by the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park on October 3rd and 4th.

Beyond Eden October 3

Beyond Eden October 3

Beyond Eden October 3

Beyond Eden October 3

Beyond Eden October 3

Beyond Eden October 3

Beyond Eden October 3

Beyond Eden Recap Part I

Beyond Eden Entrance

The fifth and final edition of Beyond Eden was once again hosted by the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park on October 3rd and 4th. Beyond Eden is a multi-gallery event celebrating the New Contemporary art movement in Los Angeles put together by Andrew Hosner (co-owner / curator at Thinkspace) and made possible by the City Of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.

Beyond Eden 2015 showcased the works of five of California’s finest New Contemporary art galleries including C.A.V.E. Gallery (Venice, CA), Copro Gallery (Santa Monica, CA), Spoke Art (San Francisco, CA), Hashimoto Contemporary (San Francisco, CA) and event organizers Thinkspace (Culver City, CA).

Find even more coverage of Beyond Eden on Hi-Fructose.com

Beyond Eden Gallery

Beyond Eden Gallery

Beyond Eden Gallery

Beyond Eden Gallery

Beyond Eden Gallery

Beyond Eden Gallery

Beyond Eden Gallery

Craig Skibs Barker Beyond Eden Gallery

Craig Skibs Barker Beyond Eden

Meggs Beyond Eden Paving Pavement

Meggs Beyond Eden Paving Pavemen

Meggs Beyond Eden Paving Pavemen

Meggs Beyond Eden Paving Pavemen

Meggs Beyond Eden Paving Pavemen

Meggs Beyond Eden Paving Pavemen

Meggs Beyond Eden Paving Pavemen

Meggs Beyond Eden Paving Pavemen

Mear One Beyond Eden

Beyond Eden Gallery

Beyond Eden Gallery

Beyond Eden Gallery

Mear One

Mear One

Meggs Beyond Eden

Meggs Beyond Eden

Craig Skibs Parker Beyond Eden

Craig Skibs Barker Beyond Eden

MEAR ONE ‘Cognitive Dissonance’ at BEYOND EDEN

Thinkspace and C.A.V.E. Gallery present
MEAR ONE ‘Cognitive Dissonance’

Featured solo showcase as part of BEYOND EDEN 2015 this October

We are honored this year to also be showcasing the powerful new work from Los Angeles’ very own west coast king of graffiti, MEAR ONE. In ‘Cognitive Dissonance’ MEAR ONE explodes back onto the scene with a thought-provoking narrative series of large oils and acrylics, recently described by the SF WEEKLY as the “blood diamonds of pop-surrealism” and by fans as the “Robert Williams of Graffiti.” Don’t miss this special exhibition, on display as part of C.A.V.E. Gallery and Thinkspace’s featured programming for Beyond Eden 2015.

Mear One Dawning of a New Age

Mear One Revolution

Mear One Self Scientific

‘Culver City INVASION’ opens large…

Our ‘Culver City INVASION’ went off HUGE this past Saturday and was, for many, the highlight of the Art Walk. So many through this past Saturday afternoon offering up praise as one of the best, if not the best, show on the walk. It was humbling to hear it so often. Of course, that’s what makes art great – it’s all one’s personal perception… with that said, I’m sure many just didn’t get some of the art we represent, and that’s fine. As I so don’t get much of the work on display over in Culver City myself, but to each their own as they say. All I know is a slew of folks were making return visits throughout the day to view the progress of their favorite artist, and at several times throughout the day we had a line to get into the gallery. Many of the works created that day found homes as well, not to mention a good chunk of work from the group show, including both the major works from Ekundayo, our featured artist. All in all, an amazing day out in Culver City opening minds and exposing those we work with to a new audience.

Ekundayo‘s monster ‘Running Man’ piece (above) greeted patrons as they entered our ‘pop up’ show this past Saturday in Culver City. Measuring in at 4′ x 5′, it was a true showstopper and sold moments after the doors opened.

We filled up 9 pages (30 names per sheet) of new sign ups in our mailing list and gave out 2,000 lightbulb logo stickers, 2,000 1″ logo buttons and over 1,000 each of our June opening event show cards. To say we made a nice impact is an understatement. Thank you to all that came out, showed support and spread the word throughout the day and kept coming back for the live art, positive energy, and cold Grolsch beer. So many kept coming in saying they heard it was the show to check out, from press to fellow MOCA Contemporaries members to collectors to other gallery owners. Just an awesome day.
Please read on for a recap of the day’s events. The energy kept us going throughout the day, but when Sunday morning hit, the reality of what was in fact an eight hour long opening hit hard on the old body/mind. A packed house all day long made all the hard work that went into this event so very much worth it. Such a long and rewarding day.

Ekundayo early in the day working on his piece…

Ekundayo putting on touches towards the end of the day…

Jesse Hotchkiss mid-afternoon working away on his piece… look for this one to appear in his upcoming Thinkspace solo show this December. Can’t wait!

Hotchkiss laying in the details towards day’s end…

LC, aka Mr. NumberOnederful, laid down the beats throughout the day, along with a lil’ help from our good friend DJ Patrick Icon from C.A.V.E. Gallery… works from ELBOW-TOE were holding down the fort out front the DJ area.

Mear One arrived a bit late in the day, but once he set up, it was on. Watching Mear paint live is an event unto itself. Within a matter of a few hours he had rocked out a sick live work…

Mear laying in some final details…

Finished piece from Mear One at night’s end.

Michael Alvarez was out and doing his thing, here’s his piece towards the end of the day. Shortly after this a friend got to bustin’ on the piece as well. See our Flickr for more shots of that.

Michael Pukac working away on one of three pieces he completed that day. The man is a machine and his more refined oil works are just stunning. Look for more from him at Thinkspace next year, in the meantime, we’ll be having him out for numerous live painting events throughout year’s end including a special event with MOCA coming up later this June.

Pukac at work…

The crowd in the back gallery watching the live painters about 3PM… just a packed house!
One of the newest members of the Thinkspace family, Nathan DeYoung, grew a big crowd early and it never let up, with many returing throughout the day to watch his progress over and over, some collectors coming back to check in as many as four or five times.

DeYoung hard at work…

Close up of Nathan DeYoung‘s piece

Front of house about 2PM – just packed taking in the work of our artists. From young to old, we were getting some nice compliments on the variety and quality of work on view, not to mention the energy being given off by the 9 live painters and live DJ action…

Back of the gallery about 5PM… still packed and still pulsating out the positive energy…

Picking apart the work of David MacDowell. His piece had many figuring out the characters included and then discussing the meaning… good luck folks, Mr. MacDowell is a mad man (and that’s why we love him).

Taking in the work in the front gallery

Mid-poetry slam around 430PM – the crowd LOVED the slam and we can’t wait for Mike The Poet to invade Thinkspace on Sun, August 30th for the first of many Poetry Slams to follow.

The Poetry Slam in progress…

Michael Pukac continued to draw a crowd into the evening…

What a line up… Ekundayo, Michael Alvarez, Jesse Hotchkiss, Zoso, Michael Pukac and Nathan DeYoung on the end… to soon be joined by Mear One later in the afternoon (with Asylm and Anthony Clarkson holding down fort on the other side)…

Back gallery install shot…

Front gallery install shot complete with huge door coutresy of Gaia
Front gallery install shot

Back gallery install shot

Anthony Clarkson and Asylm going to town in the back gallery

Anthony Clarkson laying in some detail work. Look for this piece to be included in his upcoming show at Gallery 1988 up in SF…

Asylm laying in the framework of his piece…

Asylm near day’s end working away on his piece…

It would be impossible to guess at how many cellphone photos were snapped on Saturday, everywhere I looked, folks were snapping away in front of their favorite works.

Crowd in the front gallery late in the afternoon, about 6PM, still packed and active…

Dog day afternoon… we had a sign up welcoming dogs with a lil’ water dish out front… so many out on the walk with their owners, it was very cool how many were coming through the space that afternoon…

Taking in the work of Brian Viveros

Zoso doing his thing, creating just a beautiful work for a live piece…

Mike The Poet doing his thing with Zoso painting away in the background…

Front gallery title wall view (with glimpse into the back gallery)

Front gallery title wall view 2

Check out some add’l coverage here courtesy of Dailydujour.
View all the works in the show here.
To view the full photo set featuring over 200 photos chronicling the day’s events over an 8 hour period, please click here.
It was pretty much a packed house from about 1PM until we closed the doors at 830PM. Again, thank you to all that came out and showed support and had a good time.
Big props to all our artists that took part in the show, those that came out and rocked it live for us, the city of Culver City and all at City Hall that helped to make this event possible, Living Color Graphics, Grolsch, Citizen and the MOCA Contemporaries for their support of this awesome event.
See you all at our next event, back at our gallery, next Fri, June 12th!

Studio visit with Mear One…

Went out to Echo Park last weekend to visit the studio of the legendary graffiti artist Mear One. Always fun catching up with Mear and during this visit, he was in the final stages of an epic piece immortalizing the one and only Jimi Hendrix. Measuring in at 6′ x 5′, this will be one of a series of pieces that will revolve around important figures in Mear’s life, in terms of inspiration and personal evolution.

Close up of the Hendrix piece coming together

One of Hendrix’ immortal stances given the Mear treatment

This piece is amazing in scope – I can’t wait for him to finish this series and debut them for all to relish in. Will be a good year, as he spends a good bit of time on these massive pieces, and there’s at least nine planned for this series I believe.

Initial sketch for the Hendrix tribute piece

One of the numerous sketch books littering his hilltop studio

Mear with his baby pet boa constrictor Magma (2 years old now)

Mear is in a constant state of creativity, and always seems to have at least a dozen huge works going at any given time. The above piece is all about rallying against authority and going up against the city…

The true impact of this piece is in the subtle details. The main character has just taken down a plane with his slingshot – very powerful the statement being made here.

Tools of the trade

A beautiful woven tapestry a friend made of his signature icon/logo

This one is all about the common man looting and taking back control of the Masonic Temple (found on our money due to the early beliefs of our gov’t) and what it represents to our founding fathers. Taking back our nation, Mear style.
Close up shot of the piece above

Shot of one of the many bookshelves in Mear’s home filled with inspiration.

This piece sums up many an artist’s hardship. All the time and money one puts in… often times doesn’t come back out right away.

Another massive work in progress. Mear’s been adding to this one on and off for a couple years now. There is SO much detail in this one…

Including this awesome portion featuring Jay-Z in the foreground…

The visit included a trip into one of Mear’s back rooms where a vast array of his live paintings are warehoused… if you haven’t seen Mear paint live, you have not witnessed what live painting can be. Be sure to swing by our ‘Culver City INVASION’ show this Sat to witness Mear painting for yourself. More details on that here.

Pretty much sums this piece up.
“The most powerful weapon in the world”
Keep tabs on Mear One here:

‘Culver City INVASION’ coming up Sat, May 30th…

Thinkspace is proud to present:

‘Culver City INVASION’

May 30th 12 Noon – 8PM

During the 4th Annual ARTWALK Culver City

With special support from:
Citizen LA / MOCA Contemporaries / Grolsch

‘Pop Up’ Gallery Location during ARTWALK Culver City:
8542 Washington Blvd. (just a couple doors west of Corey Helford & Cerasoli)

* A portion of the proceeds raised will go to benefit the MOCA Contemporaries

With featured artist:
EKUNDAYO

Alongside works from:
Acorn, Allison Sommers, Anthony Clarkson, Anthony Pontius, ARMSROCK, Brandi Milne, Brian Viveros, Camilla d’Errico, Catherine Brooks, Cherri Wood, Craig “Skibs” Barker, Damon Soule, Dan-ah Kim, David MacDowell, Dennis Hayes IV, ELBOW-TOE, Erik Siador, Fafi, Fumi Nakamura, Gaia, Ghostpatrol, G.R.L., Hannah Stouffer, Joao Ruas, John Antoski, Joshua Mays, KMNDZ, Lilly Piri, Matthew Feyld, Microbo, Nathan DeYoung, Paul Barnes, Peter Taylor, Rebecca Hahn, Reuben Rude, Seth Armstrong, Skewville, Stella Im Hultberg, Timothy Karpinski, Tony Philippou, Tran Nguyen, Turf One, Yosuke Ueno, Yuka Yamaguchi, & Zach Johnsen

PLUS a live painting demonstration featuring:
Mear One – Asylm – Nathan DeYoung – Anthony Clarkson – Michael Pukac – Michael Alvarez – Zoso – Jesse Hotchkiss + more TBC

PLUS a poetry slam @ 4PM:
With ‘Mike The Poet’ & friends

PLUS beats curated by:
Mr. Numberonederful

Mear One gets up on Santa Monica Blvd…

Walking out of the gallery yesterday I noticed that LA graff legend MEAR ONE was busy across the street from us laying down a great new piece…

Applying some finishing touches…

The finished piece – corner of Santa Monica and Hoover.
Keep an eye out for a studio visit with MEAR ONE to be posted here soon…