New screen prints from Ben Tolman available at tonight’s holiday art opening!

‘Flow’ (framed edition $500)
‘0001’ (framed edition $300)

We are excited to share details on two new serigraph print editions from Ben Tolman that will be available at tonight’s opening reception for Unmode from 6-10pm.

BEN TOLMAN
Flow
Silkscreen on handmade paper
Edition of 20
38.25 x 27 inches
Signed and numbered by the artist
$300

Ben’s new prints will be available for in-person sales only starting tonight at 6pm during the opening reception for Unmode.

Any copies remaining after the opening will be shared on our web shop next Wednesday, December 7 at 10am PST. Please note that the prints will NOT ship until the week of January 8, 2023 to avoid any issues with the holiday shipping rush. Thank you.

Sorry, no pre-sales of any kind are available. Thank you.

BEN TOLMAN
0001
Silkscreen on handmade paper
Edition of 20
15 x 20 inches
Signed and numbered by the artist
$100

Ben’s new prints will be available for in-person sales only starting tonight at 6pm during the opening reception for Unmode.

Any copies remaining after the opening will be shared on our web shop next Wednesday, December 7 at 10am PST. Please note that the prints will NOT ship until the week of January 8, 2023 to avoid any issues with the holiday shipping rush. Thank you.

Sorry, no pre-sales of any kind are available. Thank you.

PLEASE ALSO NOTE:
Ben Tolman has also created an incredible collection of small works on paper, each measuring only 4 7/8″ x 4 7/8″ and framed and ready to hang. “Praxis” is a series of 480 unique works on paper that make up the main massive installation for his Unmode solo exhibition this month.

Please click here to view the full “Praxis” collection.

Each work also comes with a corresponding ERC-721 NFT that functions as the certificate of authenticity for each work as an added bonus. The NFT will be air-dropped to each patron once your wallet address has been shared with the artist. Details will follow before the end of the exhibition via e-mail, once you’ve purchased a work from his “Praxis” series.

Thinkspace Monthly IG Charity Auction with Artist Allison Bamcat. Bidding will be live until Monday, November 28th at 5pm PST!

We’re holding an IG auction here to allow one lucky fan the chance to own this original canvas created by @allisonbamcat in our new courtyard this past October 29th during the opening of our late October exhibitions.

Allison has chosen to work with @endthebacklog and 100% of the proceeds of the sale will be donated to End The Backlog.

End The Backlog tracks the progress of all 50 states in enacting laws and policies embracing our six legislative pillars of comprehensive rape kit reform. These are criteria experts have determined are critical elements in eliminating the untested rape kit backlog once and for all.

Allison Bamcat
“Meidi”
Acrylic, acryla gouache and aerosol on canvas
48 x 48 inches / 122 x 122 cm
Signed lower right corner

Bidding will start at $250. Please bid in increments of $25 in the comments below. Bidding will be live until Monday, November 28th at 5pm PST. Winner will be notified over DM and payment will be due by the end of the day on Wednesday, November 30th via PayPal or credit card.

Please Note: Shipping charges will be additional, if the winner is based outside of Los Angeles.

Each month we have a local artist painting live in our courtyard as part of our ongoing ‘Courtyard Sessions’ curated by @goopmassta and each artist will get to choose the charity that their painting’s proceeds will be donated to.

Coming up next Saturday, December 3 we will have BREK @brushwork painting live during the opening of our December exhibitions. Continued thanks to @graphaids for the discount on the canvases.

December Exhibitions featuring Ben Tolman, Hanna Lee Joshi, Nika Mtwana, Carl Cashman & Oscar Joyo Open on December 3rd at Thinkspace Projects

Thinkspace Projects presents:

BEN TOLMANUnmode

HANNA LEE JOSHIWhat Is It You Seek?

NIKA MTWANAProtagonist

CARL CASHMAN & OSCAR JOYOHybrid

Opening Reception:

Saturday, Dec 3, 6-10 pm

DJ, Refreshments, Live Painting and More

On view December 3 – December 31, 2022

True to their commitment to the New Contemporary Art community, Thinkspace Projects rings in the holidays with an exciting lineup of December shows, fun-filled opening night, and a toy drive. With their beautiful expanded space filled with art, they are thrilled to celebrate this milestone year.

In Gallery I, Thinkspace Projects is thrilled to present Ben Tolman’s Unmode. Known for his carefully detailed, architecture based drawings often pointing to social issues, Tolman uses this exhibition to turn his focus inward, examining his creative process directly. Tolman found that the idea of complexity is closely related to creativity. Complexity can be described as a process by which two or more preexisting things are combined to create something new that could not have been previously predicted from the starting point. Creativity can be described the same way with the added element of intent or preference. Drawing on this comparison, he uses a study of black and white two-dimensional shapes to explore the possibilities of creativity. 

In Gallery II, Hanna Lee Joshi’s What is it You Seek? will be on display. The Korean-Canadian explores the search for autonomy within and themes of individuality and how it relates to universal identity. Her vibrant faceless figurative works evoke an ethereal goddess, luminous and full of wonder and yet also deeply human. Drawing on her own lived experience, her work offers a glimpse into synesthetic realms that chart a journey through the inner landscape. With this body of work, she explores the deep seeded longing to know what it is we seek in this lifetime. Touching on unfulfilled desire and uncertainty, Joshi delves into the conscious and unconscious drives that shape our behavior and motivations.

Gallery III will be filled with Nika Mtwana’s Protagonist. This new collection from the South African artist was created to elevate African identity. His paintings explore AfroFuturism, and the resulting work is some of the most unique and instantly recognizable coming out of South Africa at the moment. Protagonist broaches a conversation about culture and identity, bringing personal elements from Mtwana’s life in Johannesburg. 

Gallery IV features Hybrid, the work of both Carl Cashman and Oscar Joyo coexisting in the same space. Cashman’s vibrant neon colored works are best described as a genre he has coined “neometry,” or neon geometry. The works are hypnotic, at times bordering on the hallucinatory, and blur the distinction between digital and analogue forms. Entirely executed by hand, the paintings are crisp, precise and graphically decisive, though clearly hand crafted rather than digitally produced. Joyo’s work is also deeply rooted in color exploration, due in part to his chromesthesia (the ability to see colors when hearing sounds). Thanks to this unique perspective, he uses various color gradients and intergalactic color schemes, paying homage to his Malawian heritage by his use of fun shapes and patterns that breathe life into the paintings. 

All four incredible shows kick off with an opening and holiday party featuring DJs Venice Beats, an open bar, free drinks from Liquid Death, Live Painting from Brek as part of ‘Courtyard Sessions’ curated by GoopMassta, Tamales from The Roll ’N Bun, a Vape bar from Timeless, and Video Projections from Digital Debris. In the holiday spirit, the THINKSPACE TOY DRIVE will be happening all evening! Bring a new wrapped toy and Thinkspace will be giving out books, sticker / button packs and more to all that bring by a toy for a child in need. All toys will be donated to the local Salvation Army Community Corps and then be distributed to underserved children in Southern California, in tandem with Toys for Tots. For those who need to do a bit of their own shopping, GoopMassta will be curating a small artist mart perfect for last minute gift purchases and treating one’s self.

These shows open December 3rd with a reception from 6PM to 10PM. They will remain on view until December 31st at Thinkspace Projects.

About Thinkspace                                

Thinkspace was founded in 2005; now in LA’s thriving West Adams District, the gallery has garnered an international reputation as one of the most active and productive exponents of the New Contemporary Art Movement. Maintaining its founding commitment to the promotion and support of its artists, Thinkspace has steadily expanded its roster and diversified its projects, creating collaborative and institutional opportunities all over the world. Founded in the spirit of forging recognition for young, emerging, and lesser-known talents, the gallery is now home to artists from all over the world, ranging from the emerging, mid-career, and established. 

Though the New Contemporary Art Movement has remained largely unacknowledged by the vetted institutions of the fine art world and its arbiters of ‘high culture,’ the future promises a shift. The Movement’s formative aversion to the establishment is also waning in the wake of its increased visibility, institutional presence, and widespread popularity. Thinkspace has sought to champion and promote the unique breadth of the Movement, creating new opportunities for the presentation of its artists and work. An active advocate for what is now one of the longest extant organized art movements in history, Thinkspace is an established voice for its continued growth and evolution, proving their commitment by expanding its projects beyond Los Angeles, exhibiting with partner galleries and organizations in Berlin, Hong Kong, London, New York City, Detroit, Chicago, and Honolulu among many others, participating in International Art Fairs, and curating New Contemporary content for Museums. Committed to the vision, risk, and exceptional gifts of its artists, the gallery is first and foremost a family. From the streets to the museums, and from the “margins” to the white cube, Thinkspace is re-envisioning what it means to be “institutional.” 

Video Tour & Opening Reception of Brian Viveros’s ‘Mania,’ Abigail Goldman’s ‘Instincts and Indulgences,’ Motelseven’s ‘Waiting for Atlantis’ and Huntz Liu’s ‘Dissolution’ | Exhibitions on view October 29 – November 19, 2022

Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate the opening of Thinkspace Project’s new shows this past Saturday. Not only was the art incredible, art lovers showed up in amazing costumes to celebrate LA’s biggest Halloween art party!

Check out Brian M. Viveros‘s largest show yet, with 35 new works for ‘MANIA‘ in Gallery I. He delivered his signature detailed work, creating femme fatales as the heroes of their own stories.

In Gallery II, Motelseven‘s ‘Waiting for Atlantis‘ is playing with the juxtaposition of the colorful and playful among tragedy and existential turmoil. The subjects are callbacks to the women they’ve painted in the past, but this time they are ready to be defiant and break free.

Abigail Goldman brings the macabre on a tiny scale for ‘Instincts and Indulgences‘ in Gallery III. Enjoy the artist’s die-o-ramas of seemingly boring scenes with bits of gore and humor weaved throughout.

Don’t miss Huntz Liu‘s signature layering technique in their new collection ‘Dissolution.’ The way the artist plays with geometry and negative space to create is out of this world art.

Much love to Allison Bamcat, GoopMassta, Balloonski, The Roll n Bun, Timeless Vapes, Venice Beats, and everyone that came together to create one hell of a vibe in our courtyard!

All four exhibitions run through November 19.

Photos by Birdman

Late October Exhibitions featuring Brian M Viveros, Abigail Goldman, Motelseven, & Huntz Liu Open October 29th at Thinkspace Projects

BRIAN M. VIVEROS
Mania

ABIGAIL GOLDMAN
Instincts and Indulgences

MOTELSEVEN
Waiting For Atlantis

HUNTZ LIU
Dissolution

Opening on Saturday, October 29 from 6-11pm with DJ’s Venice Beats, open bar + free drinks from Liquid Death, video projections from Digital Debris, installations from Balloonski, a vape bar from our friends at Timeless, live painting from Allison Bamcat, photo op props from GoopMassta, Day of the Dead stilt walkers, grub from The Roll N’ Bun + a Halloween costume contest with $500 top cash prize + loads of runner up prizes!!!

FREE poster commemorating ‘MANIA’ given away to the first 200 patrons through the doors!

Exhibitions on view October 29 – November 19, 2022

BRIAN M. VIVEROS
Mania

Just in time for a Halloween celebration, Thinkspace Projects is thrilled to present Brian Viveros’s MANIA. The CA-based artist best known for his highly detailed paintings of anti-pin-up doe-eyed ‘Woman of Power’ and his Dirtyland universe, brings an entirely new body of work to the gallery.

For his 7th show with the gallery, Viveros brings his biggest collection yet, with over 25 new pieces. Featuring the beautiful and yet barbarous subjects he is known for, each piece draws from the power of the feminine and its reconciliation of vulnerability, beauty, and power. His subjects are fighters and survivors, they are the heroes standing tall, rendered immaculately, and just bloodied enough to remind us that they are formidable opponents not to be taken lightly. Viveros’ work elevates the iconography of the femme-fatale as a powerful emblem of strength and retaliation: insubordinate beauties undaunted by the unruliness of a messy fight.

MANIA is a tribute show, it’s a personal show, and it’s a bit of a journey taking viewers back in time to the things Viveros obsessed over as a kid, the things that ultimately drove the MANIA inside of him. This body of work is a challenge and a true progression for the artist pushing him outside his comfort zone into breathtaking new territory, not only in theme in scale, size, color palette, techniques and even mediums like watercolors, gouache, and spray paint.

Thus far, his work has been about letting the viewer tell the story. With MANIA he reclaims the narrator role, taking viewers on a very personal journey.

“MANIA is the Battle Royal of everything that changed my life. Paying homage and tribute to such influences and heroes like Batman, Superman,  KISS, Nirvana, The early days of skating and the Bones Brigade, Bruce Lee & Quintin Tarantino, Conan the Barbarian, Excalibur, Cobra Kai, Wonder Woman, Lucha Libre, Wrestlemania, David Bowie, Star Wars, Boxing and more!”

The MANIA collection represents many notable firsts including his largest ‘Matador’ piece to date entitled ‘Solid Gold.’ His largest full-bodied Evillast entitled ‘In this Corner’ is also present in this collection, packed with detail using much more vibrant colors and patterns. The ‘Dirtyland,’ one of his most iconic characters, returns on a large scale more powerful than ever, with the return of spray paint elements in Viveros’s work.

About the artist…
Brian M. Viveros is a CA based artist, best known for his highly detailed paintings of his anti-pin-up doe-eyed ‘Woman of Power’ and his Dirtyland universe. Viveros’ recognition and exposure was catalyzed by his participation in a major group exhibition in Switzerland in 1997 entitled: The Art of Porn, in which he exhibited alongside celebrated artist and academy award winner H.R. Giger. Since then, Viveros’ work has been widely exhibited in North America and Europe and has been published in many books and magazines. Brian also had his first art book published in 2015 entitled ’The Dirtyland: The Art of Brian M. Viveros’ published by Thinkspace Editions.

ABIGAIL GOLDMAN
Instincts and Indulgences

In Gallery II, Abigail Goldman’s latest body of work Instincts and Indulgences will be on display. Pulling from her personal experience as an investigator at the Public Defender in Bellingham, WA, a Las Vegas newspaper reporter, and investigator for the Federal Public Defender of Nevada, Goldman creates intricate die-o-ramas rendered in 1:87 scale. The diminutive size of the works is in contrast to the tableaus of gore and mayhem rendered within. Often both humorous and grotesque, the detailed pieces are a wholly engaging product of Goldman’s life-long fascination with crime and the dark side of the human psyche.

About the artist…
Goldman’s die-o-ramas have been exhibited nationally and internationally, and her work has been featured by numerous media outlets, including the LA Times, New York Times, NPR, Atlas Obscura, Juxtapoz and Huffington Post. In March 2019, Goldman and her work were the subject of a documentary produced for Topic Magazine.

MOTELSEVEN
Waiting For Atlantis

In Gallery III, Thinkspace presents Motelseven’s Waiting for Atlantis, an homage to Samuel Becket’s Waiting for Godot. Drawing on their own personal struggles about identity, fitting in, narcissism, and complexity, the resulting collection is a juxtaposition of the colorful and playful among tragedy and existential turmoil. Evolving from earlier works, the girls featured in the art are now defiant, determined to break free.

About the artist…
Motelseven first started painting graffiti at 16 and was immediately hooked. They went on to have their first solo show at the age of 21. After a few successful shows and extensive travelling and painting the streets of Europe, they decided to take a 10 year hiatus from the art world, focusing on becoming a pastry chef, something they had always been passionate about. At this point Motelseven is at a crossroads – creating a world filled with melancholia, hopes, dreams, nostalgia – alongside the often brutal, fast paced environment of a fine dining kitchen.

HUNTZ LIU
Dissolution

Gallery IV features Huntz Liu’s latest body of work, Dissolution, utilizing his signature technique of layering material. Using a straightedge and knife, Huntz Liu cuts and layers paper to expose geometric/abstract compositions. These compositions are made up of shapes that sit on different planes, creating literal depth, while the composition itself creates a perceived depth. It is this intersection of the literal and perceived that informs the work; where the absence of material reveals form and the casting of shadow creates lines. Furthering his work, Liu has incorporated recent study of the collision between imaginary space and real space, playing particularly with shadow.

About the artist…
Huntz Liu is a Taiwanese-American artist who works primarily with cut and layered paper. He lives and works in Los Angeles, California.