Stella Im Hultberg “Hollow Resonance”
November 12 – December 3
Concurrently on view in the Thinkspace project room is Hollow Resonance, featuring new works by Stella Im Hultberg. Born in South Korea and now based in Portland, OR, Hultberg’s career began in industrial design. A self-taught painter, she has also worked in sculpture, creating objects based on motifs explored in her two-dimensional works. Hultberg’s mixed-media practice includes drawings and paintings in ink, watercolor, and oils on paper, wood, and canvas. Playing with varying qualities of opacity and translucency, in her application and interaction of these mediums, she creates works that vary in tone from dreamy and ethereal to bold and delineated.
Hultberg’s lyrical depictions of women combine decorative elements and graphic patterns, melding the figurative with the illustrative and a looser more painterly component. Ever present, this tension between the gestural and the controlled describe space in her dynamic compositions. Her palettes tend towards the monochromatic, moody and dark, but are punctuated by moments of contrast and vibrancy.
Her mannered figurative style, both elegant and selectively awkward, is at times reminiscent of early 20th century artists like Egon Schiele, Aubrey Beardsley or Gustav Klimt. Though beautiful, her figures are strangely displaced, subtly distorted, and at times melancholically encumbered with ornamentation, as seen in a recent series in which her nudes are laden with heavy blooms. Darkly beautiful, Hultberg’s feminine imaginary is an ambiguous terrain of melancholic desire.
We’re excited to announce that Stella Im Hultberg will be having her debut UK solo show next month at London Miles Gallery in London, England.
New works by Stella Im Hultberg
Opening Reception: Fri, March 11th 7-11PM
Showing alongside Scott Belcastro
“Stella Im Hultberg is raw femininity, sexuality, vulnerability, and reality. Nothing is masked in the faces of her girls; all misery, all troubles are fully evinced. Hultberg’s paintings and drawings cause the viewer to feel for her girls. They are the type of girls that everyone subconsciously desires [male and female alike]. They’ve faces like sombre supermodels but the way their sleepy eyes stare, the way their hands grasp for more, the way their hair falls and rises so freely are what make them so innocently seductive. The girls of Stella Im Hultberg may look as though they are trying to hide away, but they’re not at all. They show you everything everyone should know and appreciate about a woman.”– Trendland Magazine
Look for Stella to return to Thinkspace this October alongside Audrey Kawasaki, Amy Sol, and Mari Inukai in what will be a very special exhibition taking over our entire gallery.
View available works in our inventory from Stella here.
‘In The Trees: TWIN PEAKS 20th Anniversary Art Exhibition’
Sat, Feb. 12th 8-11PM
648 South Broadway in downtown Los Angeles
Featuring works from David Lynch, Stella Im Hultberg, Amy Casey, Jessica Joslin, Glenn Barr, Tim Biskup, Scott Campbell, Paul Chatem, Ryan Heshka, Ashley Wood, Eric White, Elizabeth McGrath, Chris Mars, and more! Hearing word that the Log Lady will even make an appearance. DAMN.