CARLOS RAMIREZ A Faster Hallelujah On view April 4 – April 25, 2020
Thinkspace is pleased to present new works from Carlos Ramirez in A Faster Hallelujah, opening April 4. This upcoming show perfectly illustrates Ramirez’s evolution as an artist. His oeuvre remains alluring and magical while simultaneously offering satirical commentary on political and social issues on behalf of the oppressed.
Ramirez was born in 1967 in the Coachella Valley (California) where he is currently based. He was formerly part of the artist collaboration The Date Farmers with Armando Lerma for over a decade. The duos work was exhibited in museums such as Oakland Museum of California, Laguna Art Museum and Palm Springs Art Museum. The Date Farmers began working independently in 2017.
Carlos’ works are layered reflections of a polymorphous identity; foreign yet familiar perspectives existing in a liminal reality between cultures, collecting ephemera and detritus, and combining it into playful assemblage pieces. Ramirez’s work often speaks of the inequalities within Mexican American communities and often champions the common man as underdog.
His work is tremendously resourceful, scavenging for creative materials within various desert locales. The work is replete with layers and textures intertwined with the political while being disguised as popular. Works include a combination of house paint,, sparkly stickers, handwritten bilingual text, rusted bottle caps, discarded packaging, and an iconic stylized use of acrylic paint with deeply layered figurative workings. Snakes, spiders, scorpions, and other bits of nature from his hometown appear mixed in with Catholic symbolism, aliens, perceived gang members, pop-culture references, and commercial imagery, giving brand logos and religious icons the same attention and placement.
Honored to be included in the Spring 2020 issue of JUXTAPOZ magazine (issue no. 213) in recognition of our 15 year anniversary.
Our curator and co-owner Andrew Hosner was interviewed by JUXTAPOZ editor Evan Pricco for a 3-page feature discussing our vision, the LA scene and plans for the future.
Big thanks to Evan and the entire JUXTAPOZ family for always supporting us and being down to collaborate on various projects together over the years. Looking forward to many more years working together.
“Fifteen years in the art works is like an eternity. Movements, scenes, the Next Big Thing, they come and go, not so much like pop sensations in the larger cultural world, but propelled by the unparalleled fluctuating beast that is the art market. That Thinkspace Projects has fostered something rare in the art world since 2005, supporting artists through traditional exhibitions, sales, fairs, museum shows and festivals, as well as fully participating in the culture, is pretty exceptional. They have engaged with street art, New Contemporary and Pop Surrealism, and not idly standing by, waiting for the culture to come to them.” – JUXTAPOZ
Excited to have our curator and co-owner Andrew Hosner featured in the debut issue of PAINTGUIDE Magazine.
Find out more about this new art and culture magazine below:
We, at PaintGuide, and the digital world have a complicated relationship, as much as we love social media, we also find a tangible magazine to be incredibly liberating yet somewhat (some may say) spontaneous. Unlike our conventional styles of meeting you online, PaintGuide will be taking you offline into an alternate dimension into the creative arts with even more diversities in styles, mediums and perspectives. Shinning the spotlight back to the arts behind the artworks, bringing you behind the scenes on what happens with players of the arts industry. PaintGuide Magazine Volume 1 will be presenting you two amazing feature artists: Kaili Smith and Amy Sol, both figurative yet intrinsically unique in their styles and background. Bringing our take-overs offline, we ask a series of Smith and Sol’s inspirational artists their insights on their artistic careers – from artistic duos TelmoMiel, Portugese street artist Nuno Viegas, complex wire sculptor Spenser Little, illustrator Kristina Collantes, to contemporary British painters Chloe Early and Jake Wood-Evans. Alongside, these amazing artists we introduce Mat Tomezsko to share his insights on bringing art off the walls and introducing a new series ‘Inside a Gallery’ with the co-owner and curator of Thinkspace Projects Andrew Hosner.
Bushfire Relief Fundraiser Curated by Lisa King / Supported by Thinkspace
100% of all proceeds are going to the Wildlife support/organization WIRES.
Absolutely all funds raised will be donated directly to the cause. Find out more on all the good that WIRES are doing here.
WHY: Throughout the recent devastating Global Catastrophe of the Australian Bushfires it has been estimated that 1.25 billion native animals have perished. It’s been estimated that as many as 8,400 koalas have been lost in the fires in NSW alone, and these numbers continue to rise. It is with this and a heavy heart that Thinkspace has decided to raise funds with 100% proceeds going to WIRES.
WIRES Wildlife Rescue is the largest wildlife rescue & rehabilitation charity in Australia. It is a non-profit organization providing rescue and rehabilitation for all native Australian fauna. We want to thank Australian artist Lisa King for spearheading this fundraiser event and bringing together a great collection of creatives to help raise some badly needed funds.
Participating Artists: Aaron Nagel, Adnate, Askew, Case Maclaim, Claire Toms, David Rice, Dulk, Ellie Kammer, Jeremy Geddes, Joshua Smith, Lauren YS, Lisa King, Meggs, Nuno Viegas, Odeith, Pogo, Syd Bee + more to be announced.
We’re excited to get back over to Honolulu this February for our seventh consecutive showcase with our POW! WOW! Hawai’i Family. We’ve opened the doors wide open this year and will be including works from all the local creatives doing murals too. We’re super excited to return to Cooke Street and the energy found in the Kaka’ako neighborhood.
POW! WOW! Hawaii 2020
The 7th Annual Exploring The New Contemporary Movement
Curated by Thinkspace
Opening Reception: Tuesday, February 11 from 6-10 PM
Taking Place At 449 Cooke Street Honolulu, HI 96813* around the corner from Lana Lane / POW! WOW! Hawai’i HQ