‘5 Years / 5 Questions’ with Derek Gores – Thinkspace 5 Year Anniversary Show (Sat, Nov. 6th)

Derek Gores 'Miss V' - Collage on canvas - 40x40"

“If you’re looking for one art show to attend this year, I’d like to suggest Thinkspace’s upcoming 5 Year Anniversary blow out. Established in 2005, Thinkspace is one of the few galleries who doesn’t just follow trends, they start them.” MyModernMet.com

’5 Years / 5 Questions’ with Derek Gores

Tell us a little bit about your piece for Thinkspace’s ‘5 Year Anniversary Show’ this November?
A collage portrait of Chicago’s famed muse Veronika, black and white, a shot of red… titled ‘Miss V’… I met Veronika earlier this year for a fun show and she graciously allowed me to make this portrait. It’s the first where I’ve leaned so hard to the light side in my collages, but she still has her dark mystery. Particularly enjoyed playing with optical patterns in creating the grays. One of my favorites.

What were you doing back in 2005 when Thinkspace started?
I was art directing for a super-gigantic sports apparel company, daydreaming arty stuff and having tag-team-doodle wars at break time. Most of my creativity back then was in the form of showing my daughters what they could do with a leather sphere on a grassy field. The view inside my head was percolating though… prepping to get personal in my art again circa 2007.

Name 5 things you can’t live without in your studio?
Music, bedazzlement, magazines, lots of varnish, and wet charcoal whispering my name.

Where do you hope to be 5 years from now?
Chasing the art new places. Bigger? 3Der? Minimalist? Looking further outside the traditional art circles, collaborating. One long date with art and Art. Maybe have my kids involved in some gigantic Rube Goldberg Zen Art Randomizer Machine. In a theatre. In New York. With a team of shoe designers.

What have you got coming up in 2011?
3 person show at Thinkspace in March along with Craig ‘Skibs’ Barker and Liz Brizzi, a 2 person show at Elliott Fouts in Sacramento in November, some new fun brewing with SLOW Gallery in Florida and Parlor Gallery in New Jersey. That’s what’s up so far.

Artist website: www.derekgores.com

Check out the ‘Sneak Peek’ for our 5 Year Anniversary group show here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/thinkspace/sets/72157625035068712/

‘5 Year Anniversary Show’
Group exhibition showcasing 48 artists representing our past, present and future with a featured installation from Johnny ‘KMNDZ’ Rodriguez

Opening Reception: TONIGHT – Sat, Nov. 6th, 2010 7-10PM
On view: Nov. 6th – Nov. 27th, 2010

Thinkspace / 6009 Washington Blvd in Culver City / www.thinkspacegallery.com

‘5 Years / 5 Questions’ with Jeff Ramirez – Thinkspace 5 Year Anniversary Group Show (Sat, Nov. 6th)

Jeff Ramirez 'Smile' - Oil on wood panel

“If you’re looking for one art show to attend this year, I’d like to suggest Thinkspace’s
upcoming 5 Year Anniversary blow out. Established in 2005, Thinkspace is one of the few galleries who doesn’t just follow trends, they start them.”
MyModernMet.com

’5 Years / 5 Questions’ with Jeff Ramirez

Tell us a little bit about your piece for Thinkspace’s ‘5 Year Anniversary Show’ this November?
The piece is called “Smile” and for me, it is about finding a moment of beauty in the midst of turmoil. Much like a teenager’s school portrait, this image is a snapshot of the place between fear and control.

What were you doing back in 2005 when Thinkspace started?
I was still getting settled in LA, working like crazy and trying to paint when I could find some free time. It was a pretty rough schedule, but I wouldn’t be here now without all that hard work, so it was worth it.

Name 5 things you can’t live without in your studio?
Fresh air and daylight lamps are pretty key. I recently started displaying my reference photos on an iPad and that is a very important development. I absolutely must have good music, Netflix, or Stern shows to keep me sane during the long hours in the studio. And, of course, my dog. She is the world’s worst assistant but she is pretty great at sleeping under my easel and helping me procrastinate.

Where do you hope to be 5 years from now?
Hopefully, still working and growing. I have so many paintings that I want to do that it just might take me five years to get to most of them.

What have you got coming up in 2011?
After the “New Realism” group show in December with you, I am going to start on the work for my two-person show with Pakayla Rae Biehn at Thinkspace in May/June. I’m feeling really inspired and I think this show will be a big one. I will also be in a few group shows with Thinkspace and Gallery 1988.

Artist website: www.jefframirez.com

Check out the ‘Sneak Peek’ for our 5 Year Anniversary group show here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/thinkspace/sets/72157625035068712/

‘5 Year Anniversary Show’
Group exhibition showcasing 48 artists representing our past, present and future with a featured installation from Johnny ‘KMNDZ’ Rodriguez

Opening Reception: Sat, Nov. 6th, 2010 7-10PM
On view: Nov. 6th – Nov. 27th, 2010

Thinkspace / 6009 Washington Blvd in Culver City / www.thinkspacegallery.com

‘5 Years / 5 Questions’ with Dabs Myla – Thinkspace 5 Year Anniversary Show (Sat, Nov. 6th)

Dabs Myla 'Luck In Odd Numbers' - Acrylic on wood panel

“If you’re looking for one art show to attend this year, I’d like to suggest Thinkspace’s upcoming 5 Year Anniversary blow out. Established in 2005, Thinkspace is one of the few galleries who doesn’t just follow trends, they start them.”MyModernMet.com

’5 Years / 5 Questions’ with Dabs Myla

Tell us a little bit about your piece for Thinkspace’s ‘5 Year Anniversary Show’ this November?
Well, five years ago the Dabs Myla team started…and just last month we made it absolutely official! Dabs and Myla are married! Our piece for the show is about us!!

What were you doing back in 2005 when Thinkspace started?
We were both finishing up studying illustration in Melbourne, Australia, that’s where we met each other! And exactly 5 years ago was when we realized we were in love with each other!!!

Name 5 things you can’t live without in your studio?
Our iPods, yummy tasty snacks, each other, nice brushes and the dumbest jokes only the two of us ever get to hear!!!

Where do you hope to be 5 years from now?
Doing exactly what we do now, but just on a bigger scale!

What have you got coming up in 2011?
We are having a show alongside Shag at M Modern gallery, as a part of Modernism week in Palm Springs in February. Also, we will be showing in the front room of Thinkspace next August…we really have our work cut out for us!!!!

Artist website: www.dabsmyla.com

Check out the ‘Sneak Peek’ for our 5 Year Anniversary group show here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/thinkspace/sets/72157625035068712/

‘5 Year Anniversary Show’
Group exhibition showcasing 48 artists representing our past, present and future with a featured installation from Johnny ‘KMNDZ’ Rodriguez

Opening Reception: Sat, Nov. 6th, 2010 7-10PM
On view: Nov. 6th – Nov. 27th, 2010

Thinkspace / 6009 Washington Blvd in Culver City / www.thinkspacegallery.com

‘5 Years / 5 Questions’ with Kelly Vivanco – Thinkspace 5 Year Anniversary Show (Sat, Nov. 6th)

Kelly Vivanco 'Blanket Fort' - Acrylic on wood panel

“If you’re looking for one art show to attend this year, I’d like to suggest Thinkspace’s upcoming 5 Year Anniversary blow out. Established in 2005, Thinkspace is one of the few galleries who doesn’t just follow trends, they start them.” MyModernMet.com

’5 Years / 5 Questions’ with Kelly Vivanco

Tell us a little bit about your piece for Thinkspace’s ‘5 Year Anniversary Show’ this November?
“Blanket Fort” is part of a series that I touch on from time to time depicting ‘my girls’ in fantastical outdoor settings. It has the elements of mystery and wonder I love to work with rendered out in saturated tones. The theme partially stems from some nostalgic feelings of building ephemeral blanket forts and being ‘protected’ from things, real or imagined.

What were you doing back in 2005 when Thinkspace started?
I was ratcheting up my artistic works in a new studio after being creatively dormant for too many years. I was also going through some important and difficult personal transitions. It was a pretty intense time!

Name 5 things you can’t live without in your studio?
Ample paints and supplies, tons of music, inspiring books and clippings, dark chocolate and no interruptions.

Where do you hope to be 5 years from now?
Still going strong, as happy and healthy as ever and painting what ever I fancy. I would like to get back into oils, make more construction anchored pieces with my husband, Peter. I would also love to make more sculptures and larger works as well. I am excited to see the organic progression of what I am working on now.

What have you got coming up in 2011?
I have tons of new work in store for my “Springs To Mind” show with you guys in February! I will also have a few pieces in L.A. and London group shows through the year, another wine label released at Wiens and a solo in the Fall at Flatcolor in Seattle. It will be a busy year!

Artist website: www.kellyvivanco.com

Check out the ‘Sneak Peek’ for our 5 Year Anniversary group show here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/thinkspace/sets/72157625035068712/

‘5 Year Anniversary Show’
Group exhibition showcasing 48 artists representing our past, present and future with a featured installation from Johnny ‘KMNDZ’ Rodriguez

Opening Reception: Sat, Nov. 6th, 2010 7-10PM
On view: Nov. 6th – Nov. 27th, 2010

Thinkspace / 6009 Washington Blvd in Culver City / www.thinkspacegallery.com

‘5 Years / 5 Questions’ with Aaron Nagel – Thinkspace’s 5 Year Anniversary Show (Sat, Nov. 6th)

Aaron Nagel 'Spotless' - Oil on maple panel

“If you’re looking for one art show to attend this year, I’d like to suggest Thinkspace’s upcoming 5 Year Anniversary blow out. Established in 2005, Thinkspace is one of the few galleries who doesn’t just follow trends, they start them.” MyModernMet.com

’5 Years / 5 Questions’ with Aaron Nagel

Tell us a little bit about your piece for Thinkspace’s ‘5 Year Anniversary Show’ this November?
My piece is called “Spotless” and is oil on panel. It’s not really about anything, but is meant to convey a mood. For me, that mood is similar to what I feel like viewing certain iconography… foreboding yet inspiring.

What were you doing back in 2005 when Thinkspace started?
I was working a torturous office job, playing and touring on/off with a band, and painting…but painting in a totally different style than I do now. I had no idea how to paint flesh tones five years ago.

Name 5 things you can’t live without in your studio?
My computer (for playing audiobooks — really), naples yellow Italian, coffee, my cat Ty, and paper towels.

Where do you hope to be 5 years from now?
I hope to be painting in a bigger studio, and showing in more cities/countries. I’m happy where I am, so if I can keep this trajectory going, I should be ok.

What have you got coming up in 2011?
I have another solo show at the Shooting Gallery in San Francisco in May ’11. Then a 2-person show in September ’11 at Thinkspace… and probably some group stuff in between all that.

Artist website: www.aaronnagel.com

Check out the ‘Sneak Peek’ for our 5 Year Anniversary group show here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/thinkspace/sets/72157625035068712/

‘5 Year Anniversary Show’
Group exhibition showcasing 48 artists representing our past, present and future with a featured installation from Johnny ‘KMNDZ’ Rodriguez

Opening Reception: Sat, Nov. 6th, 2010 7-10PM
On view: Nov. 6th – Nov. 27th, 2010

Thinkspace / 6009 Washington Blvd in Culver City / www.thinkspacegallery.com