‘5 Years / 5 Questions’ with Joao Ruas – Thinkspace 5 Year Anniversary Show (on view through Nov. 27th)

Joao Ruas 'Haunted #30' - Mixed media on Fabriano 300gsm paper

’5 Years / 5 Questions’ with Joao Ruas

Tell us a little bit about your piece for Thinkspace’s ‘5 Year Anniversary Show’ this November?
It’s part of my ongoing “Haunted” series which portrays fragments of memories, many times taken out of place and context, in a certain aesthetic way that is being refined (or mutated) with time.

What were you doing back in 2005 when Thinkspace started?
I was living in London, working in entertainment, happy to be there, unhappy to be working there.

Name 5 things you can’t live without in your studio?
Pencils, paper, coffee, music and silence.

Where do you hope to be 5 years from now?
I want to be doing the same I do now but hopefully more complete, perhaps finally outside a big city.

What have you got coming up in 2011?
I got a pencil group show curated by Ryan Graff scheduled for the first semester at Gallery Nucleus and a solo in November at Thinskspace.

Artist website: http://feral-kid.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 49 artists representing our past, present and future with a featured installation from Johnny ‘KMNDZ’ Rodriguez

On view: Nov. 6th – Nov. 27th, 2010

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

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

Pakayla Rae Biehn 'It Is Here Where You Are For Faraway' - Oil on canvas wrapped board

“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 Pakayla Rae Biehn

Tell us a little bit about your piece for Thinkspace’s ‘5 Year Anniversary Show’ this November?
It’s in the vein of my other recent oil paintings. Except I’m bringing some bits of nature into this one.

What were you doing back in 2005 when Thinkspace started?
2005 was a temperamental year. I was a mathematics major, making strictly charcoal drawings and living in a cloud.

Name 5 things you can’t live without in your studio?
My carefully selected set of oil paints, the word “tender”, my little silver tea kettle, Netflix’s ‘Watch Instantly’ feature, loads of smooches, and PMA.

Where do you hope to be 5 years from now?
Oh, who knows, I’m too into the present to let the future take up space, but I hope that I’m still being creative in some way.

What have you got coming up in 2011?
A two person show with Jeff Ramirez at Thinkspace and perpetually being covered in paints.

Read a more in-depth article about Pakayla here that really explains her world:
http://articles.sfgate.com/2009-12-17/entertainment/17224564_1_double-vision-eyes-brush-strokes

Also check out a cool studio visit with Pakayla over at My Love For You here:
http://myloveforyou.typepad.com/my_love_for_you/2010/08/you-me-oui-studio-visit-with-pakayla-biehn.html

Artist website: www.youshouldtakecare.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 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