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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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