Inside the Studio of Super A for ‘Atypical ‘

Inside the studio of SUPER A (aka Stefan Thelen) while he prepares for his exhibition ‘Atypical’ showing at Thinkspace Projects from January 13 – February 3, 2024.

Dutch artist Stefan Thelen, better known by his moniker Super A, creates hyperreal murals and studio paintings that explore the world of human contradiction. Through the combination of realistic and surreal imagery, Super A is often dealing in visual metaphor and social messaging, questioning the ideologies and cultural myths we’ve become too complacent at accepting without critique. Interested in the interrogation of objectivity and its ultimate exposure as a construct, Super A combines elements of realism with the free reign of fiction to produce unexpected results.

‘Atypical’ is Thinkspace’s fourth solo presentation of Super A’s work. His well-established alias is a creative alter identity created to explore more contentious and difficult subject matter as a muralist in the public sphere. His most recent body of works in the ‘Trapped’ series sees the artist stripping cartoon, fairytale, or pop cultural archetypes of their fantasy and veneer, revealing the realistic or historical counterparts beneath them. An apt commentary on the dissimulation of popular cultural mythology, Super A deconstructs its theater.

‘Atypical’ is an important next step in the artist’s evolution as this new series of works see’s Super A introducing two new ongoing series to his oeuvre. With the sculpture series ‘Two Weeks’, the Netherlands based creative unveils new three dimensional works inspired by the iconic TSA type security scene in the original ‘Total Recall’ film from 1990.

Along with ‘Two Weeks’, Thelen has also set out to create an entirely new direction for his works on canvas. With his new ‘Twisted’ series, he aims to showcase how everyday house hold pets / animals have worked their way into popular culture as a whole and the zeitgeist of the last several decades of the human experience.

SUPER A (aka Stefan Thelen)
Atypical

On view January 13 – February 3, 2024

4207 + 4217 W. Jefferson Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90016

Studio Tour by @BirdManPhotos

Inside the Studio of FANDI ANGGA SAPUTRA for ‘UNEN-UNEN’

Inside the studio of Fandi Angga Saputra in Indonesia as he prepares for his debut U.S. solo exhibition, ‘UNEN-UNEN’ showing at Thinkspace Projects from December 9, 2023.

From the earliest stages of our lives, through the winding paths of adulthood, we find ourselves surrounded by the echoes of advice. Regardless of our age, wisdom imparted by those who came before us remains an integral part of our growth. These words sometimes come in the form of proverbs, acting as vessels for a community to preserve its cultural legacy and values. Fandi Angga Saputra’s solo exhibition this time carries a lot of influence from words imparted by his elders, exploring proverbs that have become a guide for the next generation.

In Javanese proverbs are called “unen-unen”, which comes from the word “unen” meaning sounds. Unen can also be interpreted as a saying or speech, where the word indicates the importance of the person who utters it. Proverbs can find their way into everyday conversation, through stories told by our elders or instruction given by them. Just like how we are more likely to remember words spoken by those close to us, proverbs can be memorized subconsciously through the conversations we remember.

The exhibition title, ‘Unen-Unen’, reflects how Fandi frequently recalls the precious advice given by his father and elders, given his responsibility now to provide, lead, and set an example as the head of his own family. Now, he often encounters life situations that resonate with unen-unen he has heard before in his younger days, helping him make important life decisions that affect himself and his family.

FANDI ANGGA SAPUTRAUNEN-UNEN

December 9, 2023 – January 6, 2024

4207 + 4217 W. Jefferson Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90016

Inside the Studio of Dustin Myers for ‘Perfectly Normal’

Inside the Southern California studio of Dustin Myers as he wraps up the work on his solo exhibition ‘Perfectly Normal’ set to open on November 4 at Thinkspace Projects.

“In our pursuit of perfection, we tend to overlook the beauty that exists in imperfection. ‘Perfectly Normal’ serves as an ode to those idiosyncratic qualities that make us unique. It challenges conventional standards and invites viewers to see the extraordinary in the ordinary, the exceptional in the everyday. My goal is to highlight the small things about ourselves that make us unique. Sometimes they may not be conventionally attractive, but they are perfect how they are. You can still be perfectly normal and feel extraordinary. By elevating the imperfect to the extraordinary, this collection aims to redefine our understanding of beauty and inspire a new sense of self-acceptance. Through meticulous attention to detail, I aim to highlight the subtle nuances that shape a person’s identity. These portraits are not about capturing a flawless facade, but about revealing the depth and character that lies beneath the surface and about the diversity and richness that exists within us, inviting viewers to see themselves and others through a lens of appreciation and acceptance.” – Dustin Myers

‘Perfectly Normal’ opens on November 4 in Gallery II with a reception from 6-10pm at Thinkspace Projects.

On view November 4, 2023 – November 25, 2023

4207 + 4217 W. Jefferson Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90016

Final edit courtesy of Birdman.

Inside the Studio of Aof Smith for ‘Vibration’

Inside the studio of Aof Smith in Thailand as he prepare for his sophomore U.S. solo exhibition, ‘Vibration.’

The Bangkok-based contemporary artist expresses his perception and imagination through the limitless possibilities of Pop-surrealism. With loveable characters that create whimsical scenarios and dynamics, Smith balances an innate dark humor with lighter, brighter elements. Drawing inspiration from manga, science fiction, and other art forms, Smith creates the unique creatures he calls “Furries.” These fantastical characters are rendered in complex detail, often accompanied by unsettling elements like lit fuses and missiles, reflecting Smith’s satirical take on modern society.

Environmental consciousness is a driving force behind his art. In a world struggling with consumerism and waste, Smith contemplates what legacy humanity will leave for future generations. Smith’s goal for the future is simple yet ambitious: to continue creating, fueled by a commitment to his artistic vision.

‘Vibration’ opens on November 4 in Gallery III with a reception from 6-10pm at Thinkspace Projects.

On view November 4, 2023 – November 25, 2023

4207 + 4217 W. Jefferson Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90016

Final edit courtesy of Birdman.

Inside the Studio of Alex Face for ‘Fictional City’

A look inside the Bangkok studio of Alex Face (b. 1981 Thailand) as he wraps up the work for ‘Fictional City,’ our sophomore solo exhibition with the artist.

We are excited to welcome Alex back following successful solo exhibitions in Bangkok, Thailand and Rome, Italy. His signature subject, a quizzical smoking baby, can be seen contemplating the future, turning an eye to the world around it, an extension of Alex Face’s identity as an artist with a social conscience.

‘Fictional City’ opens on Saturday, November 4 in our main gallery with a reception from 6-10pm at Thinkspace Projects. Alex Face will be in attendance all the way from Thailand.

On view November 4, 2023 – November 25, 2023

4217 + 4207 W. Jefferson Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90016

Final edit courtesy of Birdman.