New print from Brian M. Viveros available today – part of our ‘Shawn Forever’ series of fund-raising print editions

Excited to share details on a very special fund-raising edition available today from Brian M. Viveros. The original painting from Viveros was originally featured in our F Cancer benefit that we put together here in Los Angeles in March of 2023 in Shawn’s honor.

F Cancer Trooper‘ will only be available for 72 hours and then the edition will be closed forever.

The edition will then be printed by Static Medium and then Brian will head by Static Medium’s studios in downtown LA to sign and number the prints based on the quantity sold during the 72 hour sale period. Prints should be ready to ship by the end of April and we will be sure to keep all updated via our e-mail newsletter here and on our socials, as well.

Available TODAY (Friday, March 22) at 10am PST / 1pm EST via our web shop as part of a special 72 hour sale that will run through Monday, March 25th at 10am PST / 1pm EST. 

The edition will be based on the number of prints that sell during this period.

SHAWN FOREVER.

BRIAN M. VIVEROS
F Cancer Trooper
Special 72 hour timed edition
14 x 16 inches
35.6 x 40.6 cm
On Moab Entrada 290gsm
Each print is signed and numbered by the artist
Printed by Static Medium (Los Angeles)
$125

Available TODAY (Friday, March 22) at 10am PST / 1pm EST via our web shop as part of a special 72 hour sale that will run through Monday, March 25th at 10am PST / 1pm EST. The edition will be based on the number of prints that sell during this period.

Please note that the prints will not appear on our web shop until time of release.

Shipping costs are additional and will be calculated during check out. Any customs or duty fees incurred, are not the responsibility of the gallery.

Sorry, no pre-sales are available.

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Some Beautiful Words From Longtime Gallery Family Member Bekka Koontz

In the back pages of the August 2006 issue of JUXTAPOZ there was an announcement of Thinkspace’s relocation from its original spot on Melrose, leased through a handshake, to artist Logan Hick‘s studio space on 4210 Santa Monica in Silver Lake, the re-located gallery headed up by L. Croskey and the Hosner brothers. A published mistake that would be rectified in later issues of JUXTAPOZ clarifying the relationship between Thinkspace co-founders Andrew Hosner, wife Shawn Vezinaw (Hosner), and close friend L. Croskey, who was the founder of underground art event Cannibal Flower that underscored the LA Art Scene in the early aughts. Andrew and Shawn connected with L. Croskey through mutual friends as the couple documented the burgeoning scene within the digital pages of their art blog Sour Harvest, which, at the time, provided regular updates on gallery openings, artist interviews and exhibitions of note to several thousand art lovers each month well before any other site was doing so and before many of today’s go to art sites had even launched.

Nearly twenty years later, Thinkspace has fostered the growth of emerging artists and leveraged established names to solidify the importance of New Contemporary work within the greater art landscape. Yet, the history and legacy of this LA establishment and third space for the Los Angeles creative community is threatened by the ramifications of having cancer in America and, with it, the opportunity to recognize one of the most genuine gallery owners in the art market. A fierce woman and gallery mother with a genderless name. Collectors often assumed Shawn to be a man and others that were unfamiliar with Thinkspace, and at times, the tone would shift, but people quickly understood Shawn was not one to be a pushover.

Andrew Hosner highlighted the impact of co-founder and wife Shawn Mary Vezinaw Hosner, who acted as the gallery’s Senior Director and Financial Coordinator in interviews and on social media by expressing how her contributions helped to propel the spaces forward with every growth spurt. The yin to his yang, a balancing force that ensured Thinkspace Projects was in a position to participate in art fairs that brought forth recognition to the movement and collaborative projects with galleries and museums developing curated exhibitions across the country and abroad.

Andrew, Shawn, and L.C. photographed by Estevan Oriol

The 20th-anniversary museum exhibition for JUXTAPOZ at the LA Municipal Art Gallery in 2015 was a milestone moment for Thinkspace, as the show was coordinated in tandem with the debut museum solo exhibition from the esteemed Robert Williams with ‘SLANG Aesthetics!‘. William’s show going on to tour four other museums across the U.S. 

The momentum growing with curated exhibitions at the Honolulu Museum of Art and Long Beach Museum of Art as part of our ongoing partnership with Jasper Wong, founder of Pow! Wow!, a non-profit organization of contemporary artists committed to community enrichment. Thinkspace’s intervention pushed Executive Director of the Long Beach Museum of Art, Ron Nelson, into this Contemporary art world subsect as he was “already looking down the rabbit hole of New Contemporary art and street art.” The show ‘Vitality and Verve‘ pulled in a record number of visitors over the museum’s 60+ year history, as the Long Beach Museum of Art became host to the first-ever all-ephemeral mural exhibition in the USA, which was executed by internationally recognized street artists and muralists who painted directly on the museum walls.

The New Contemporary Art Movement’s institutional recognition is part of Thinkspace Projects‘ continued mission. Ensuring living artists are being supported and able to be seen by a hungry audience of art enthusiasts who are looking for voices that reflect their unique experience. Our second special collaborative exhibition alongside Ozzie Juarez‘s Tlaloc Studio at Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center in Anaheim, ‘TRADITIONS: Honoring Heritage, Ritual, and Family‘ pays homage to the many familiar and cultural facts of our diverse Southern California landscape. The celebration of life for our family member, Shawn Mary Vezinaw Hosner, was held just a day before this meaningful show’s closing, the culmination a bittersweet echo of how our community influences our voice. Shawn’s influence is seen amongst the hundreds and hundreds of faces who came to celebrate her brilliant life and rich contribution to the LA art and music scene.

The belief that a gallery needs to earn and maintain an artist’s respect through ethical and proactive investment in their growth has been a key component to the sustaining business model. Andrew, Shawn, and LC maintained secondary income streams for years to ensure the gallery’s profits were reinvested into its advancement in the LA art scene. The Thinkspace owners’ collective passion aligned with providing a platform for artists to be seen and exposed to a collector base that is more concerned with building an art collection based on personal taste and not potential resell value. Unlike gallery spaces that operate on the intergenerational wealth of the artistic elite that comes with gratuitous praise and prestige. Thinkspace had been running for 6 years before co-owner Andrew Hosner was able to leave his role at Century Media, and the gallery was able to hire full-time staff with Associate Director Ken Flewellyn. Shawn continued to uphold her role at Ipecac Records til 2017. L. Croskey, Head Preparator, a known Westside DJ with independent expansion of his entrepreneurial role with Art Bar LA in Mar Vista where he continues to provide portfolio reviews, a page from Thinkspace’s early days in Silver Lake where artists like Dabs Myla were discovered.

The wisdom of Shawn Vezinaw has accompanied each expansion of Thinkspace Projects, currently located in the growing West Jefferson district, is a factor that would be limitedly acknowledged by the art establishment as her husband and figured head Andrew Hosner has been the face and voice of Thinkspace Projects for a majority of the last 19 years. Shawn was never one to draw attention to herself. But ask any of the artists who have come through the gallery’s doors, and Shawn’s impact is felt through their ongoing career developments and outpouring of love. Shawn, like most mothers, her contributions can go widely unnoticed, and her influence is rarely seen, although experienced through the planned dinners, booked travel, and the cultivation of community through ensuring connections are made between the talented voices that will shape this next era of art.

Now, Thinkspace, in its 19th year, struggles to fully grasp where it may go from here as co-owner Shawn Vezinaw Hosner joined her ancestors on Wednesday, February 14th, after a courageous 15-month battle with stage 4 metastatic breast cancer. The illness exhausted the Hosner’s personal savings and cut badly into Thinkspace’s savings and safety net. A once lean gallery that’s made it through several fluctuations in the economy now relies on its community more than ever to help see a legacy founded and fostered by Shawn continue on and shape the future of the LA Art Scene, as inspired and determined as the landscape its carved out the last two decades.

Thinkspace was the first gallery to host a solo, two-person show, and/or provide institutional inclusion of several prominent artists over the last 19 years including Michael Alvarez, Joshua Petker, Peter Chan, Lola Gil, Felipe Pantone, Hilda Palafox (aka Poni), Roby Dwi Antono, Ozzie Juarez, Keita Morimoto, Giorgiko, Yosuke Ueno, Robert Pokorny, Julio Anaya Cabanding, Noritoshi Mitsuuchi, Hebru Brantley, Taylor Lee, Imon Boy, Perez Bros, Amy Crehore, Ryan Hewett, Willem Hoeffnagel, Kristy Moreno, Audrey Kawasaki, Esao Andrews, B. Robert Moore, Sydnie Jimenez, Dabs Myla, Seth Armstrong, Ozabu, Yasuhito Kawasaki, Kukula, Camilla d’Errico, Brandi Milne, Andrew Hem, Amy Sol, Joao Ruas, Brian M. Viveros, Sandra Chevrier, Michael Reeder, Alex Face, Brett Amory, Ana Bagayan, So Youn Lee, Ryol, Cinta Vidal, TRNZ, Kayla Mahaffey, Sainer, DULK, MILLO, Saner Edgar, and ROA. 

Thinkspace Projects has curated and collaborated with several major art institutions in the Los Angeles / Orange County areas, including:
Long Beach Museum of Art (Long Beach, CA.)
Lancaster Museum of Art and History (Lancaster, CA.)
Lancaster Museum of Art and History: MOAH CEDAR (Lancaster, CA.)
MUZEO Museum and Cultural Center (Anaheim, CA.)
Fullerton Museum Center (Fullerton, CA.)
The Brand Library & Art Center (Glendale, CA.)
Walter N. Marks Center for the Arts (Palm Desert, CA.)
Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Art Park (Hollywood, CA.)
The Muckenthaler Cultural Center (Fullerton, CA.)
Fullerton College Art Gallery (Fullerton, CA.)

In addition to numerous curated exhibitions abroad with various museums and institutions, including:
Urban Nation (Berlin, Germany)
STRAAT (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum (Mesa, AZ.)
Fort Wayne Museum of Art (Fort Wayne, IN.)
Honolulu Museum of Art (Honolulu, HI.)
LSU Museum of Art (Baton Rouge, LA.)
Elmhurst Art Museum (Elmhurst, IL.)
University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ.)
University of Texas (El Paso, TX.)

Along with curated exhibitions with gallery partners in Hong Kong, London, Berlin, New York City, San Francisco, Chicago, Portland, New Orleans, and Detroit.

Please help us bounce back after Shawn’s cancer battle

Shawn Mary Vezinaw Hosner’s cancer battle exhausted the Hosner’s personal savings and cut badly into Thinkspace’s savings and financial safety net. We need the help and support of our worldwide art community now more so than ever, and can not let cancer take away what Shawn and the Thinkspace Family has spent the last 19 years building.

Any additional funds raised will go towards a future art award / fund we are putting together with JUXTAPOZ. Full details will follow on this in the coming months.

Your support can make a tremendous difference in making sure Thinkspace Projects is around for years to follow and that we also build towards a lasting annual award in her name. Any contribution, whether big or small, will be greatly appreciated. Here are some ways you can help:

Make a Donation: Your financial contribution will go a long way in helping us honor Shawn’s memory and legacy, helping us to rebuild our savings so that we can operate at full capacity and to build towards an annual artist fund / award / contest with Shawn’s favorite magazine, JUXTAPOZ.

Share Our Campaign: Please share this and our fundraising campaign with your friends, family, and social networks to help us reach a wider audience.

We want to express our heartfelt gratitude in advance for any support you can provide. Together, we can ensure that Shawn’s legacy continues to grow and allow another generation of emerging artists to be inspired by her vision, love and kindness, while simultaneously helping our family in this most difficult time.

Thank you for being a part of preserving the memory and legacy of one of the best humans ever (in our humble opinions).. If you have any questions or would like more information, please feel free to reach out.

SHAWN MARY VEZINAW HOSNER
3/11/66 to 2/14/24

SHAWN FOREVER.

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Shawn Forever! A Celebration of Life Recap Video- February 24, 2022

Mike the Poet’s incredibly moving tribute to Shawn from this past Saturday’s celebration of her life ❤️

SHAWN MARY VEZINAW HOSNER
March 11, 1966 – February 14, 2024

We are holding the show over this week due to popular demand and so many visiting LA for #FriezeWeek. We will be open regular hours 12-6pm through Saturday. When visiting be sure to also check out Ryol’s ‘Stealing Drinks From A Drunk Rockstar,’ Paola Ciarska’s ‘Paolaverse,’ our ‘NERDstalgia’ group show, a special edited version of Danny J. Martinez’s ‘Lost & Found,’ and this Saturday the Dog House will be open again for the last day of Steve Martinez’s ‘Shuffle.’

If you would like to help, please visit our GoFundMe Link that’s been setup to help us recover from the mountain of medical bills from Shawn’s 15 month long battle against stage four metastatic breast cancer and allow us to build towards a lasting annual art award and artist fund in her name with our friends at JUXTAPOZ.

SHAWN FOREVER.

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SHAWN FOREVER! Celebration of Life recap photos – February 24, 2024

Thank you to EVERYONE that came out this past Saturday to celebrate Shawn and a life lived to the fullest. The day was perfect. The sky was filled with beautiful clouds. That poem from Mike… those doves… the band… friends from all over the country flying in, a joining of her tribes.. all the memories being shared and all the love that was overflowing in our courtyard… it was just overwhelming on so many levels. In awe of the love shown, it was so special.

She was there. So many said the same thing. She will always be with all of us. She was a force. Her memory will never fade and we will all work non-stop to assure her legacy burns as brightly as she did in life.

She loved you all. She loved life. She fought to the very bitter end. She is our hero.

SHAWN MARY VEZINAW HOSNER
March 11, 1966 – February 14, 2024

We are holding the show over this week due to popular demand and so many visiting LA for #FriezeWeek ahead. We will be open regular hours 12-6pm this Tuesday through Saturday. When visiting be sure to also check out Ryol’s ‘Stealing Drinks From A Drunk Rockstar,’ Paola Ciarska’s ‘Paolaverse,’ our ‘NERDstalgia‘ group show, a special edited version of Danny J. Martinez’s ‘Lost & Found,’ and this Saturday the Dog House will be open again for the last day of Steve Martinez’s ‘Shuffle’. 

Special thanks to L.C. and Raul from Venice Beats, the Queso BBQ Taco gang, GoopMassta for tattooing non-stop all day long, Mike the Poet for the beautiful words, and The People’s Dead for playing an epic set filled with Shawn’s favorites and a special shout out to all at Static Medium, Sherman Gallery, Branded Arts and Never1959 for all the extra love to make Shawn’s celebration so damn special.

Please visit the link to our GoFundMe to help us recover from the mountain of medical bills from Shawn’s 15 month long battle against stage four metastatic breast cancer and to help us build towards a lasting annual art award and artist fund in her name with our friends at JUXTAPOZ.

SHAWN FOREVER.

Thinkspace Projects
4207 W. Jefferson Blvd.
4217 W. Jefferson Blvd.
Los Angeles 90016

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SHAWN FOREVER!!!

Join us this coming Saturday, February 24 from 2-6pm as we celebrate a life lived to the fullest!!!

Shawn Mary Vezinaw Hosner
March 11, 1966 to February 14, 2024

This event is open to all, just like Shawn’s heart was.

At 4pm there will be a special reading of Shawn’s favorite song, followed by the release of a flock of white doves to help usher her spirit away.

This is not a memorial, this will be a party in her honor. Shawn stressed to me she wanted us happy and sharing fond memories of her, not mourning her. There will be an open bar and we will have tacos. There will be an alter, so please bring something to leave and honor her by.

This will all revolve around an art show that her husband Andrew is putting together to showcase the amazing life she led, so that all may get to know her like he did.

The evening’s soundtrack will be provided by Shawn, as she planned for this… so be sure to bring your dancing shoes, the good grooves will be flowing.

Memorial tattoos from her good friend GoopMassta featuring her iconic tarantula tattoo, a Hello Kitty head, the Grateful Dead dancing bear, the Zoso symbol from Led Zeppelin and a recycling symbol will be available to all who want a lasting memory from this special day.

We are working on some special surprises too. Hopefully Shawn is watching down over the proceedings and can help align the heavens to make them happen. 

Thinkspace Projects
4207 W. Jefferson Blvd.
4217 W. Jefferson Blvd.
Los Angeles 90016

We love you all. Shawn loved everyone. Please come help us say goodbye to one of the best humans that all of us have ever had the pleasure to know.

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