We’re thrilled to continue to elevate and celebrate the artists during the opening reception, and we thank those who helped to make the evening an experience. Those in attendance could partake in a delicious taco stand, engaging light projections, live painting by Angel Once, and merchandise booths from local artisans and Timeless Vapes. And bringing the work of The Perez Bros to life, a few polished lowriders were parked in front of the courtyard providing additional eye candy for guests as they walked between the two gallery spaces.
Southern California is indisputably a hub of culture. With so many influences and interests it can be difficult to encapsulate, but The Perez Brothers have mastered just that. It is their understanding of LA, particularly the lowrider culture, that has generated such buzz and drawn fans into their world, eagerly awaiting more. A perfect example of collaboration down to the creation of the work itself, the identical twin brothers paint side by side, embodying the carefree spirit of the city while honing in on shocking emotional depth. With so much commitment to the city and such an understanding of its cultural history, it makes perfect sense that Thinkspace and The Perez Brothers would come together once again, two LA mainstays working together to leave an imprint on the cityscape.
This show, which is the third solo show for The Perez Brothers and the second with the gallery, is deeply rooted in their shared heritage–Los Angeles, but there is also a deeper connection as both the gallery and the artists have long demonstrated their commitment to integrating lowbrow interest and more refined techniques for a beautiful and engaging juxtaposition.
The Perez Brothers were immersed in California lowrider culture from a very young age, constantly in awe of their father’s own collection and often invited to join him for a ride on the weekends. These experiences were formative for the brothers, taking the cars and surrounding culture from a simple hobby to a true passion that they carry with them.
The organic influence of their childhood is only improved by refined techniques they learned at Otis College of Art and Design. With Fine Art Degrees in hand, they came to realize there is power in collaboration and formed the duo we see before us today. Each painting embodies balance, balancing their styles, their heritage, and their influence for something truly magical. Their flow and comfortability with each other is evident in each work. Through the showcasing of Southern California lowrider culture, viewers catch a glimpse into the complexities that leave an emotional imprint through each generation, layering exciting subjects with nuanced sentimentality.
“One of us paints all the details of the people in the image and then the other one paints all the details of the cars, including the chrome on the wheels. We tag team all of it. Sometimes we do half and half, and then we realized our styles would be better combined so there’s pieces of each of us in all of the art.”
Community is an incredibly important part of this body of work, which is quite fitting for such a community-driven gallery. In each one of the new works, “the people are the most important part of the piece. They make the image.” This commitment is apparent, with the subjects effortless evoking emotion and provoking human connection
The resulting show is a love letter to SoCal–the people, the weather, the whole vibe. With 6 works on canvas and 7 works on paper, the display is varied but the sentiment is constant.
This show takes full advantage of Thinkspace’s epic expansion, which now spans 8,500 square feet of exhibition spaces and 15,000 square feet of fully landscaped courtyard that connects the two spaces. It wouldn’t be Perez Brothers’ experience without lowriders, and luckily there is the perfect outdoor space for them, bringing new energy to the manicured area.
With a taco stand, light projections, a live painting by Angel Once, merchandise booths from local artisans and Timeless Vapes, this is an event you won’t want to miss.
The show opens August 6th with a reception from 6PM to 10PM. It will remain on view until August 27th at Thinkspace Projects.
About The Perez Brothers The Perez Bros. eat, breath, photograph and paint lowrider car culture like no one else. Growing up in South Gate, California Alejandro and Vicente (Born 1994) were born into a family of motor-heads, so it was only a matter of time before the identical twins took to documenting customized vehicles and the homies who love them. Both attended Otis College of Art and Design to pursue degrees in Fine Art focusing on painting, which is when they started collaborating as an artistic duo. Their photographs, murals and paintings capture slices of SoCa
Espacio Gallery 159 Bethnal Green Road London, England E2 7DG
Opening Reception: Thursday, July 28th, 6-9 pm
Open 1-6 pm on Friday, July 29th and Saturday, July 30th for additional viewing
Excited to get back over to London, England, this July for our sixth showing in the UK. We’ve taken it upon ourselves to rent a spot in the Brick Lane area of the city.
‘Across the Pond’ showcases the work of 31 contemporary artists from around the globe. This special exhibition will feature four featured artists, that will each be contributing three or more works, alongside a group show of 27 artists, each contributing one or two new works.
Group show with featured artists: Langston Allston Giorgiko Kayla Mahaffey Z the Rat (aka Zeinab Diomande)
Alongside new works from: Ador Alex Face Reen Barrera Jamiah Calvin Victoria Cassinova Abi Castillo Carl Cashman Young-Ji Cha Ikechukwu A. Christian Dredske Maya Fuji Dovie Golden Imon Boy Haylie Jimenez Sydnie Jimenez Loser Angeles Audrey Kawasaki Yasuhito Kawasaki Josh Keyes Ryo Laksamana (aka RYOL) Jimbo Lateef Caroine Liu Kiko Miyares Kristy Moreno Motelseven Ken Nwadiogbu Michael Polakowski Euan Roberts Junar Rodriguez Max Sansing Sentrock Stom500 Super A (aka Stefan Thelen) Rain Szeto Toco-Oco Yosuke Ueno
Our July exhibitions marked the expansion of Thinkspace with four simultaneous shows that juxtapose and complemented each other perfectly. Thank you to all those who came out to see, Ryol’s (Ryo Laksamana) ‘Ready Known,’ Mwanel Pierre-Louis ‘Memories and Manifesting,’ Sentrock’s ‘Crash Course’ and group exhibition ‘Growth.’ It was the first opportunity for people to explore over 8,500 square feet of exhibition spaces and our fully landscaped 15,000 square-foot courtyard that connects the two spaces. Music was provided by DJ Mr. NumberOnederful all evening, along with refreshments, a video installation from Michael Allen, live painting with Goopmassta, and installations from Balloonski and Spenser Little.