Studio visit with DABS MYLA

DABS MYLA at work in their Hollywood studio

Recently made the trip out to Hollywood to visit the studio of Australian duo DABS MYLA as they begin work on ‘The Best Of Times‘. The team have been unstoppable as of late – everything from designing a new line of t-shirts to designing a new tour poster for Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder to killing it back in their homeland of Australia. Whew! This globetrotting couple is turning heads and selling every piece they create as they continue to gain momentum and new fans in the process.

A look at the early stages of some of the new works for 'The Best Of Times'

This will be the first studio visit I post as I plan to swing back a bit closer to the show and take some add’l pics. Hi-Fructose and Daily Dujour will also be doing studio visits in the month ahead, so be sure to keep an eye out for those. They are deep into the show at this point and I’m happy to share with you all a lil’ sneak peek into the goodness factory that is their studio. BIG plans are in store for this August, for now, take a peek at the paintings coming to life. More details announced soon!

Check out the full set of pics from my studio visit here:
www.flickr.com/photos/thinkspace/sets/72157626821470632/

Close up look at one of the duo's new paintings... yes, this is a painting! Insane details in the new works.
Close up view at their largest painting to date - 4x4 feet!!!

Check out a nice lil’ “introduction” to DABS MYLA over at Erratic Phenomena here:
www.erraticphenomena.com/2011/06/dabs-mylas-graffiti-wonderland.html

Also watch for an in-depth interview with the couple to be posted on Erratic Phenomena closer to the exhibit.

DABS at work applying his goodness
MYLA lays in the photo realistic details

Try and keep up with ’em at www.dabsmyla.com

Get ready for this August!!! More details and sneak peeks released soon!

First look at one of the finished gems from 'The Best Of Times'

DABS MYLA ‘The Best Of Times’

August 13th – September 3rd

Thinkspace / 6009 Washington Blvd. in Culver City, CA 90232 / www.thinkspacegallery.com

Studio visit with Jen Lobo

Jen Lobo will be debuting a brand new body of work with us next Saturday in our project room. ‘Inherit The Wound’ will feature four new oil paintings on wood panel alongside two new watercolor works on paper. Her love of all creatures great and small is showcased within this new series, all of whom she renders to speak on universal themes of love, loss, tragedy and triumph.

We recently paid a visit to her studio in Pasadena and brought back some pictures to share with you all as we get ready for the opening of ‘Inherit The Wound’ next Sat, June 18th.

View the full visit to Lobo’s studio here:
www.flickr.com/photos/thinkspace/sets/72157626740175102/

Look for an interview with Jen to be posted here in the week ahead.

Jen Lobo
‘Inherit The Wound’

Reception with the artist:
Sat, June 18th 6-8PM in our project room

On view through July 9th

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

My Love For You studio visit with Pakayla Rae Biehn

The press love for our upcoming show ‘Being There’ featuring Pakayla Rae Biehn and Jeff Ramirez continues with today’s post from one of my favorite blogs, My Love For You. Meighan got a chance to swing by Pakayla’s studio before she drove down to LA this past weekend and was cool enough to share her visit with all of us.

“Once I stood back and took her work in – it was mindblowing to see the many layers that appear suddenly. They literally transform before your eyes, playing tricks as you focus all the while remaining utterly breathtaking.” – My Love For You

Check out My Love For You’s studio visit with Pakayla Rae Biehn here:
http://myloveforyou.typepad.com/my_love_for_you/2011/05/studio-visit-pakayla-rae-biehn.html

‘Being There’
New oil paintings from Pakayla Rae Biehn and Jeff Ramirez
On view May 21st – June 3rd

Reception with the artists:
Sat, May 21st 6-8PM

Thinkspace / 6009 Washington Blvd. in Culver City, CA / www.thinkspacegallery.com
*above images courtesy of My Love For You

A visit to Jeff Ramirez’s studio

I recently swung by the Atwater Village studio of oil painter Jeff Ramirez as he finished up his pieces for ‘Being There’, his upcoming show at Thinkspace alongside the Bay Area’s Pakayla Rae Biehn that opens this coming Sat, May 21st.

“I have always felt like I was living between two worlds. In each, I was a different person, always hyperaware of my surroundings. Every gesture amounted to a self-conscious performance. In images, I felt improperly represented. I grew to disassociate with my own reflection in imagery and thus became skeptical of the images of others.” – Jeff Ramirez

“Every day I take in countless pictures, many of which encourage me not to ask questions, but rather to just accept their truths. While they may appear to be candid, they are capturing both pose and performance. I am compelled to create images using others as props, stand-ins and doubles for myself. While typical portrait subjects want to demonstrate their power and import, the subjects in my paintings are isolated and aware that they are being watched. They are barely there, reduced by the act of creation.” – Jeff Ramirez

We’ll be profiling 9 new oil paintings on wood panel from Jeff and the level of detail in the new series is just stunning. As with all his work, Ramirez photographs all of his own reference in photo shoots he sets up with friends and area models. We’re big fans of Jeff’s unique take on realism and his work is quickly catching the eye of many established collectors.

Take a further look inside Ramirez’s studio here:
www.flickr.com/photos/thinkspace/sets/72157626144613841/

‘Being There’
New oil paintings from Jeff Ramirez and Pakayla Rae Biehn
On view May 21st – June 3rd

Reception with the artists:
Sat, May 21st 6-8PM

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

Inside Jacub Gagnon’s studio as he prepares for ‘Elements and Oddities’ opening April 30th at Thinkspace

Jacub Gagnon is one of Toronto’s great emerging artists in the new contemporary movement. He graduated in 2009 and holds a BFA specialized in Drawing & Painting from the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD) in Toronto, Canada. Gagnon’s greatest strength derives from his ability to transfer the fine qualities from his drawings to canvas. Gagnon renders miniscule forms with great accuracy. His work is heightened from his aptitude for color and applying layers.

String Theory’, his most recent body of work, is one that brings viewers into a whimsical, bizarre, and curious world that is loosely based on the leading scientific theory that everything is connected. Within the stage that is his canvas, Gagnon presents animals and objects in bizarre manners, placing them in scenes that oppose practicality. His paintings showcase a world in which nature becomes unnatural, bordering on the surreal.

‘Elements and Oddities’ will feature eight brand new works on canvas from Gagnon and are, even though it may sound cliche, by far his strongest and tightest works to date. We’re very excited to be showcasing these latest works and look forward to all being able to see them once his new show alongside Japan’s Yosuke Ueno opens to the public on April 30th at Thinkspace.

Find more about Jacub here and be sure to check out his ‘Profile’ feature in the April issue of Juxtapoz.

‘Elements and Oddities’
New works from Yosuke Ueno and Jacub Gagnon

Reception with the artists: Sat, April 30th 6-8PM

On view April 30th – May 14th

Thinkspace / 6009 Washington Blvd. / Culver City, CA 90232 / Wed-Fri 1 to 6PM and Sat 1 to 8PM
www.thinkspacegallery.com

Studio visit with Dan-ah Kim

Dan-ah Kim recently sent us over some shots from her Brooklyn based studio as she gears up for ‘This Is Forever‘ opening with us here in Culver City next month. Dan-ah will be showing alongside Portland based artist Timothy Karpinski in what will be her first show in our main gallery following two highly successful solo shows in our project room over the past few years.

Coming up April 9th at Thinkspace:

‘This Is Forever’
Featuring new works from Dan-ah Kim and Timothy Karpinski
+ ‘Split Ends’ featuring new works on paper from Eveline Tarunadjaja in our project room

Check out a sneak peek of ‘This Is Forever‘ coming to life here:
www.flickr.com/photos/thinkspace/sets/72157625851095463/

Thinkspace / 6009 Washington Blvd / Culver City, CA 90232 / www.thinkspacegallery.com

Hi-Fructose visit the studio of Reuben Rude

Inside Reuben Rude's Bay Area studio

Hi-Fructose recently visited the studio of Reuben Rude as he wrapped things up for ‘Place to Place‘, which just opened this past weekend in our project room here at Thinkspace.

Check out their full studio visit here:
www.hifructose.com/the-blog/1347-studio-visit-with-reuben-rude.html

View the works in ‘Place To Place’ from Reuben Rude via our digital show catalog:
www.thinkspacegallery.com/2011/03/project/works.php

On view through March 26th – be sure to catch these in person if you can, so many layers of goodness!

Thinkspace / 6009 Washington Blvd / Culver City, CA 90232