New Prints from Brian M. Viveros Available Now at Thinkspace Shop

“Lonely Bull” is one of the more iconic works featured in MANIA from BRIAN M. VIVEROS and we just knew we had to have this be one of the first print editions published from his new show. For each solo exhibition, Viveros always does a new version of his iconic Bull-Fight-Her heroine. This is his largest scale full body matador to date and showcases a real matador jacket from the 1930’s that is in Brian’s personal collection of ephemera. 

We have also published a special framed edition of “Lonely Bull” at a larger size, that comes in a deluxe walnut frame with gold matte and UV Plexi. With only 12 produced, these are sure to go fast.

We’re also excited to offer “Vengeance Lucha Bat” as a limited edition giclee print. This piece recalls Brian’s mania over Batman as a kid. This kickass Lucha Bat Warrior pays homage to the OG blue and black bat suite and early MEGO toys.

The team over at Static Medium did an incredible job recreating these gems from Viveros. We are all thrilled with the final products and are confident that you will be, too.

BRIAN M. VIVEROS
Lonely Bull
Standard Edition of 66
Giclee print on Moab Entrada 290gsm paper
18 x 27 inches / 45.7 x 68.6 cm
Signed and numbered by the artist
Printed by Static Medium
$275

BRIAN M. VIVEROS
Vengeance Lucha Bat
Edition of 66
Giclee print on Moab Entrada 290gsm paper
20 x 20 inches / 50.8 x 50.8 cm
Signed and numbered by the artist
Printed by Static Medium
$275

BRIAN M. VIVEROS
Mania
Edition of 50
One inch, five color enamel pin
$20

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

Available now at Thinkspace Shop.

Photo Tour of Kristy Moreno’s “Matter of Survival” and Mr. B Baby’s “The Show Must Go On”

Thinkspace presents a photo tour of Kristy Moreno’s “Matter of Survival” in Gallery III and Mr. B Baby’s “The Show Must Go On” in Gallery IV.

All exhibitions are on view at Thinkspace Projects now through October 22, 2022.

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Interview with Ayobola Kekere-Ekun for ‘Perspectives’ | Exhibition on view October 1 – October 22, 2022

Thinkspace is pleased to present Ayobola Kekere-Ekun, showing work from her “She and I” series in group exhibition “Perspectives.”

Ayobola Kekere-Ekun is a contemporary visual artist who attempts to unravel the connections between the self and identity and how they interface with individual and collective memory via her art. In creating the paintings that make up this body of work, she toys with the most wholesome of ideas/experiences: childhood. Seemingly random and benign scenes of existence are shadowed by objects that become breadcrumbs of the artist’s attempts to understand her own trauma and beyond.

Our interview with Ayobola Kekere-Ekun explores the malleability of memory, her creative process, and words of advice for fellow artists applying for grants.

Can you share a little about your background and how you first heard of Thinkspace? 

My name is Ayobola Kekere-Ekun. I was born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria. I moved to Johannesburg, South Africa, in 2018 to study for my PhD. I’m a mixed-media artist, and I really enjoy working with paper and lines. I first came across Thinkspace on Instagram a couple of years ago. I remember thinking they ran a visually interesting program, and it could be pretty cool to work with them.

In your body of work “She and I,” you are exploring your own childhood memories or the awareness that there are memories you’re unable to reach/unlock. What are some truths about your childhood, or even what you know of yourself now, that ground you in that mining for information as you build your pieces? Will there be pieces from that series in this exhibition?

All the pieces in the show are from the She and I series. They’re actually a continuation of the first piece I created in the series, where I realized my memory of my mother and I swimming couldn’t possibly be real. I think for me this process of reclamation has been incredibly empowering. When I realized how big the chasm I was dealing with was, I’m not sure I even have the words to even describe how soul-crushing it was. Something had been taken from me, and there was no way I could ever truly get it back. There was a moment when I knew this was either going to kill me or be a catalyst to do something interesting. I chose to do something interesting.

What does your creative process look like? Can you walk us through a day in the studio?

My day usually starts with a cup of tea. I’ll wander around the garden a little bit and hang out with whichever neighbour’s cat is visiting that morning. I’m not sure if it’s the bird feeder I put out there, but they really seem to enjoy the space. After tea, I’ll run through my emails and general admin and figure out what needs to be prioritized in that regard. Only then do I get down to doing something creative. That varies a little from day to day. It could be working on existing paintings or planning new work.

Do you have any rituals that help you tap into a creative flow?

I’m not sure I do, to be honest. I’m rather obsessed with my work, and It’s quite literally always on my mind in one form or another. I suppose the upside of working in such a time-consuming style is that I’ll never be able to keep up with ideas I’d like to explore. There’s always something I want to try, and that keeps me going.

What do you have playing in the background while you’re in the studio – music, movies/tv shows, podcasts? 

It’s either music or a TV show I’ve already seen, so I can watch it in my head as I listen to it.

Do you have any advice for other artists who are looking to leverage grants to help pursue their ambitions?

Learn to process rejections because there will be a lot of them. Don’t take them personally; there are a lot of variables that go into those types of selections. Apply to everything you might be even remotely qualified for, and don’t be afraid to reapply. Creating a solid application is a skill, and like all skills, it requires practice.

“Perspective” is a group exhibition along with three other talented artists. Could you share with us an element of your fellow exhibitors’ work that inspires, challenges, or intrigues you?

I have a lot of admiration for the other artists in the show, and it is such an honour to be sharing space with them. I have to admit I have a particular soft spot for Chigozie Obi. I’ve had the pleasure of watching her work grow over the past few years, and the sensitivity she handles her figures with is something I’ve always found beautiful.

You’ve shared in interviews that you are an avid reader of what you like to call “bubble gum,” just fun reads – nothing too taxing. Can you share with us what some of your favourite tropes are? 

I really enjoy reading romance novels. I find the guarantee of a happily ever after very comforting. I am a sucker for historical romance in particular, and depending on my mood, I tend to lean towards tropes around rejection and miscommunication, betrayal, enemies to lovers, plain janes, wallflowers, heiresses, and jaded, morally ambiguous characters.

If you could have any skill downloaded into your brain, what would it be and why?

This might sound very mundane, but I’d learn how to swim and drive. I think I’ve put them off so long they’ve become these insurmountable hurdles in my head.

If you could have a dinner party with 5 people, dead or alive, who would they be? What would be on the menu? And what is your icebreaker question?

This is a tough one. I’d invite Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, Gustav Klimt, Artemisia Gentileschi, and my grandmothers. We’d have a hot pot.

Opening Reception of Early October Exhibitions ‘Perspectives,’ ‘Moku,’ ‘Matter of Survival,’ and ‘The Show Must Go On’ on view October 1 – October 22, 2022

Thank you to those who joined us for the opening reception of “Perspectives,” featuring new work from Zeinab Diomande, Ayobola Kekere-Ekun, Chigozie Obi, and Bianca Walker. Along with Yumi Yamazaki’s “Moku” showing in Gallery II, Kristy Moreno’s “Matter of Survival” in Gallery III, and Mr. B Baby’s “The Show Must Go On” in Gallery IV.

A night complete with a piñata and Chuco, the brainchild of Mr. B Baby, to celebrate the artist’s birthday!

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STRAAT Gallery presents ‘SHARED EXPERIENCE’ a two-person exhibition showing Kayla Mahaffey and Carlos Ramirez | August 20, 2022 – October 30, 2022

STRAAT is proud to announce SHARED EXPERIENCE, a two-person exhibition at STRAAT Gallery featuring American artists Kayla Mahaffey and Carlos Ramirez, co-hosted by Los Angeles-based Thinkspace Projects.

SHARED EXPERIENCE highlights the ongoing racial pressures and class separation still rampant in the United States and how Kayla Mahaffey (b. 1994 on Chicago’s South Side) and Carlos Ramirez (b.1967 in the Coachella Valley of Indio, California), even though decades separate their formative years, each faced many of the same obstacles growing up and still do to this day, simply for being a person of color in America.

This exhibition celebrates one of the museum’s ongoing and long term aims; to show the diversity and popularity of our worldwide street art and graffiti culture.

The opening reception for SHARED EXPERIENCE is Saturday, August 20th, 2022 from 5-9 PM, and will feature refreshments and live DJ’s. Both artists will be in attendance along with the curator, Thinkspace’s Andrew Hosner.

STRAAT
NDSM-Plein 1
1033 WC, Amsterdam
The Netherlands

ARTIST BIOGRAPHIES:

KAYLA MAHAFFEY
Kayla Mahaffey is a contemporary artist and muralist specializing in illustration and fine arts. Her style being a mixture of pop art and Afro-surrealism, makes for a bright and colorful experience that packs a punch and sends an important message with each piece.

Born on the Chicago South Side, she has a strong sense of resilience and community that is displayed in her art time and time again.

She studied at the American Academy of Art in downtown Chicago, taking some classes, before leaving in 2017 to pursue art full-time

CARLOS RAMIREZ
Carlos Ramirez’ painting and sculpture work often speaks of the inequalities within Mexican American communities and champions the common man as underdog.

Snakes, spiders, scorpions, and other bits of nature from his former life as a date farmer in the Coachella Valley in Indio, California, appear mixed in with Catholic symbolism, aliens, gang members, pop-culture references, and commercial imagery, giving brand logos and religious icons the same attention and placement.

Carlos’ work is tremendously resourceful, scavenging for creative materials within various abandoned desert locales.

As a former member of the seminal street art duo ‘The Date Farmers’, Carlos’ paintings continue to evolve, becoming denser and more meaningful while remaining alluring and magical.