New Print ‘Damashiai’ from Ozabu Is Available Online

Ozabu Print

A beautiful new print edition from Japanese artist Ozabu is now available online at www.thinkspacegallery.com/shop. The image for the print is from our show with SCOPE Miami Beach this past December. Printed by the pros at Static Medium and hand-stamped in red ink by the artist, this special edition print is limited to a run of 50. 

Ozabu
‘Damashiai’
Edition of 50
14×14 inches (12×12 inch image area)
Giclee print on 290gsm paper
Hand-varnished in image area
Hand-stamped in red ink by the artist
Hand-signed and numbered by the artist as well
$90 each

Ozabu’s latest body of work for her exhibition 彷徨 (Wander) is now on view at Thinkspace Gallery until October 8th. To view the pieces from the show online visit the Thinkspace Gallery website here. Find out more about Ozabu and the inspiration behind the exhibition through our interview with the artist here.

Opening Reception of Allison Sommers’s ‘Bruxism’ & Ozabu’s ‘彷徨 (Wander)’

Opening Reception Ozabu and Allison Sommers

If you aren’t signed up for the Thinkspace Gallery newsletter you might not have seen our sweet thank you to everyone who came to the opening reception of Allison Sommers’s ‘Bruxism’ and Ozabu’s ‘彷徨 (Wander)’, here it is below along with Allison’s insight into her installation.

Much love to everyone that came out this past Saturday evening to celebrate our new exhibitions from Allison Sommers and Ozabu. Sommers has created one hell of a show complete with an immersive installation and accompanying video. The depth of layers and texture in her new works is really something to behold in person. Alongside Allison’s exhibition in our project room, we are featuring nine new works from Ozabu that comprise her debut solo exhibition. Her works contain so much minute detail that in person viewing is definitely a rewarding experience. We hope you are able to stop by next you’re in the Culver City Arts District of Los Angeles.

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Allison Sommers
“I Made My Bed, Now-“ installation

The installation is a contextual companion to the two-dimensional work featured in ‘Bruxism’ and is a wordless record of how the show’s work were conceived and completed. The installation contains objects used in the completion of the show, such as the scores of pencil nubs strewn on the ground, and a suggestion of the pharmaceutical-based help required for pulling a body and mind through protracted periods of work.

Walls full of text suggest the confused, compulsive mind-space inhabited by the artist, interspersed with the objects of compulsion collected over the years from the streets, trash, and junk shops of New York. They are both sites of memory (either known or intimated), orphans whose worth is rescued in the act of collection, and a womb in which the artist can ensconce herself for protection from the outside and introspection. Names of family members and phrases of secret importance are interspersed with seemingly important photographs of strangers and the detritus of others’ sickness.

Finally, the method in which the installation is composed- half melee, half obsessive order- echoes the artist’s patterns of making, both systematic and random, tied as much to gut-level creative impulse as to anxiety-driven compulsion.

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The full collection of images from the opening reception on Facebook.

View the show pieces by Allison Sommers here & Ozabu here.

Interview with Ozabu for 彷徨 (Wander)

Ozabu Interview

Next Saturday, Japanese artist Ozabu will be exhibiting her latest body of work at Thinkspace Gallery in the project room. Ozabu’s graphite drawings are highly rendered with subtle line work leaving a weightless ghost on the paper. Our interview with Ozabu for 彷徨 (Wander) is slightly edited to compensate for the language barrier but gives insight into her self-taught discipline and if she drinks coffee or tea.

SH: As a self-taught artist, what motivated you to pursue a life in the arts and what books or techniques did you study to develop your own artistic style?
OZ: My parents are a big influence and introduce me to art. They like drawing and love art, so we’d often go to museums and draw together at the park when I was a child. But as I grew older, I became less interested in drawing. Then about 5 years ago, I suddenly was inspired to try drawing again and realized I did not have the skill to draw as I wish I could. So, I decided to start again from that point on. I’m attracted to the profundity express in graphite and now here I am.

I didn’t use any reference books to learn drawing. I’ve never researched what kind of techniques or tools other artist use. I would just see a piece in person and then analyze it, teaching myself the technique and trying out different tools until I understand how the piece was created myself.

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SH: What is the inspiration or theme behind this latest body of work?
OZ: I’ve always pulled inspiration from the things that I’ve felt and my experience with a bit of Japanese extract. I experienced the death of an important person in my life around the time I started working on this show. So the pieces in the exhibition include funeral and parting scenes. I felt that the more I drew, that dark place within myself is what was brought up when drawing those pieces.

SH: Many of your pieces involve birds or feathers the elements adding movement and dimension to the work. Are the birds and feathers also symbolic?
OZ: Yes. They possess something that I don’t have. I don’t know why, but they’ve always fascinated me very much.

SH: What are your favorite tools to work with?
OZ: Mechanical pencil and pencil of Staedtler and Pentel

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SH: What is a common mistake people make with drawing?
OZ: That they don’t put their emotions into the drawing.

SH: When not working on art, what captures your attention and takes up your time?
OZ: Walking around places full of nature

SH: Are you a coffee or tea drinker?
OZ: coffee, of course!

SH: Who are a few of your favorite artists right now?
OZ: Esao Andrews,Dan Quintana,Ito Jakuchu,James Jean,Jessica Joslin,Katsuya Terada, Kikyz1313, Kent Williams ,Gakkin, Fuyuko Matsui, Vania Zouravliov and more!

SH: Are you left or right handed?
OZ: Left handed but pencil is right

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The opening reception of Obazu’s 彷徨 (Wander) is Saturday, September 17th from 6pm to 9pm. Please visit the Thinkspace Gallery website for more information.

Upcoming Exhibition at Thinkspace Gallery – Ozabu’s ‘彷徨 (Wander)’

Ozabu Postcard

Ozabu
彷徨 (Wander)
September 17, 2016 – October 8, 2016

Thinkspace is pleased to present new works by Japanese artist Ozabu in Wander. Her drawings are staggeringly detailed, stylized and yet lifelike, rendered with incredibly subtle line work. Created with minimal media in pencil and graphite on paper, her ghostly hauntings of paper flesh range from the comely to the macabre.

Aesthetically inspired by the visual cultures and mythologies of Japan, Ozabu’s emotive figurative drawings often incorporate animal symbolism and references to the natural world. Preferring to allow the work to speak for itself, Ozabu often avoids comment on her imagery, hoping the viewer will shape personal readings themselves.

Sensual, dark, and at times ominous, the open-ended works reveal moments of a larger narrative and plot beyond the frame. Characters appear with symbolic aegis under the cover of wings, bird’s heads, insects, and lush flora, like woeful apparitions or powerful augurs. Ozabu’s world is a mysteriously beautiful shadow land.

Ozabu New Wors

Ozabu New Works