Kyle Bryant graduated from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design with a BFA in 2008 and has been perfecting his special brand of what he refers to as “Present Surrealism” ever since, an aesthetic bordering on the edge of a believable reality. A fine artist focusing on woodcut printmaking, Bryant recently took his oeuvre into a new direction, by adding layering and dimension to his wood-carved works.
“The work that I create takes a traditional medium and expands upon it by completely dismantling it. After years of creating woodblock prints I decided to take one apart, carve each piece individually, and put it back together in three-dimensional form. The result is a stunning combination of artistic expression, tradition, craftsmanship and an explosion of color.” – Kyle Bryant
Dutch artist Stefan Thelen, better known by his moniker Super A, creates hyperreal murals and studio paintings that explore the world of human contradiction. Through the combination of realistic and surreal imagery, Super A is often dealing in visual metaphor and social messaging, questioning the ideologies and cultural myths we’ve become too complacent at accepting without critique. Interested in the interrogation of objectivity and its ultimate exposure as a construct, Super A combines elements of realism with the free reign of fiction to produce unexpected results.
Apostasy is Thinkspace’s third solo presentation of Super A’s work. His well-established alias is a creative alter identity created to explore more contentious and difficult subject matter as a muralist in the public sphere. His most recent body of works strips cartoon, fairytale, or pop cultural archetypes of their fantasy and veneer, revealing the realistic or historical counterparts beneath them. An apt commentary on the dissimulation of popular cultural mythology, Super A deconstructs its theater.
Super A is a mystery that leans on the art doing most of the talking for Stefan Thelen, taking the viewer into a wonderland walking down a yellow brick road in which Thelen’s figurative and modern surrealist compositions are providing playful puzzles to decipher.
Now available in our webshop are 16 new studies from Matthew Grabelsky (shown above). The 16 new oil studies on canvas are beautifully framed in walnut floater frames (see below). One study for each new painting in Animal, on view through December 5 at Thinkspace, is available on our shop.
Please Note: These new studies from Grabelsky are NOT a part of the 20% off discount, just to be clear.
We are excited to welcome back Matthew Grabelsky for his fifth solo exhibition with our gallery. Animal will feature the largest collection of new oil paintings to date by Los Angeles-based artist Matthew Grabelsky. His works combine a hyperrealistic painting technique with a surreal penchant for unlikely juxtapositions. Raised in New York City, Grabelsky uses its subway’s underground world as the setting for his unlikely pairings.
Grabelsky’s works depict his subjects traveling on subways, often nonchalantly reading magazines or newspapers, while the protagonists in these dyads are strange, quasi-mythological human hybrids with animal heads. Deer, bears, elephants, tigers, and everything in between, make a suited appearance in rush hour. By contrasting the platitudes of the day-to-day with the presence of the extraordinary and unlikely, Grabelsky stages the unexpected within the most unassuming of circumstances. In Animal, the artist’s subjects find themselves coming above ground and exploring city centers and expanding their world view.
The appearance of the animal head feels distantly totemic, an archetype for something primordial, ancient, and psychologically motivated. Fascinated by the persistence of animal imagery in mythology and communal cultural imaginaries, Grabelsky superimposes its presence onto his depictions of the contemporary world. For the artist, the animal becomes a manifestation of the inner workings of the hidden subconscious, literally revealing the latent identities and motivations lurking beyond the composure of the human mask.
Technically inspired by 19th Century academic and naturalist painters, Grabelsky creates these unlikely, surreal scenes with a staggering degree of realistic detail. The contrast created between the visual verisimilitude of the works, and the surreal improbability of their content catches the viewer in a prolonged moment of convincingly suspended disbelief.
Tapas showcases a collection of small works from 60 new contemporary artists and marks the curatorial debut of our long time gallery director Ken Flewellyn. We’re excited to give Ken this opportunity and are thrilled with the collection of works he has helped to bring together. All the works in this special exhibition are 8 x 8 inches (20 x 20 cm) or smaller in size. Many of the participating artists have also contributed more than one piece. Much like the show’s namesake, these works may be small in size, but they still pack a powerful punch.
Featuring New Works from: Arthur Brouthers | ABCNT | Alex Garant | Allison Reimold | AngelOnce | Anthony Clarkson | Ariel Deandrea | Bier en Brood | Bri Cirel | Brian Mashburn | Chloe Becky | Dan Lam | Darcy Yates | Daria Aksenova | Drew Young | Dustin Myers | Erik Siador | Ernie Steiner | Frank Gonzales | Fumi Nakamura | Giorgiko | Goopmassta | Gustavo Rimada | Huntz Liu | Jacub Gagnon | Jessica Dalva | Jolene Lai | Kathy Ager | Kelly Vivanco | Kelsey Livingston | Ken Flewellyn | Lauren Mendhelson-Bass | L. Croskey | Linnea Strid | McKenzie Fisk | Molly Gruninger | Mwanel Pierre-Louis | Naoshi | Nate Seubert | Rachel Strum | Perez Bros | Scott Listfield | Sean Bannister | Sergio Garcia | Sloppy Seconds (aka Kiki Cuyler) | Spenser Little | Steve Martinez | Stephanie Buer | Tati Holt | Telmo Miel | Terry Arena | Vakseen | Wiley Wallace | Yu Maeda | Yusei Abe | Zachary Schoenbaum
Florescentia is Gustavo Rimada’s debut solo show at the gallery and will feature seven vividly colored and highly detailed acrylic paintings. Characterized by graphic aesthetics, Rimada often works with bold color palettes and stylized subjects. His paintings intermingle Mexican visuals, art history and contemporary tattoo culture. Mexican born, but California based, this coupling melds the bridge between his ancestral heritage and his current life in the United States. Oftentimes, Rimada can be found portraying his subjects as both historic and cultural icons laced with symbolic and organic elements such as flowers, skeletons and butterflies. A dynamic dance of history, color and representation that beautifully represents the blending and celebration of two cultures becoming one.