Thank you to all those who came out to our final show of 2019, Joao Ruas’s Knots and Carl Cashman’s The Cult of Superficial Spectacle. The gallery was buzzing all evening with excitement over Ruas’s and Cashman’s new body of work.
Both exhibitions are on view until January 4th, and you can view available work on the Thinkspace Projects website.
Thank you to all that came out to the opening reception of our current exhibitions on Saturday, November 8th. It was an incredible evening and great to see so many of the artists in “Re-Beginning” make it out. Congratulations to all those who contributed works for the big PaintGuide curated show, along with Stella Im Hultberg and the Perez Bros on their new body of work.
All three exhibitions remain on view through November 30 and can also be enjoyed via our website. Please stop by if in the Culver City Arts District of Los Angeles.
Thinkspace Projects is honored to present Instruments of Change at the Fullerton Museum Center, a groundbreaking exhibition that transforms the museum with site-specific murals by 8 Latin-American street artists. This will be the first time in history that a US museum has hosted this kind of art show. In mid-November, the Fullerton Museum Center will open its doors to Alvaro Naddeo, Curiot, Fefe Talavera, Fernando Chamarelli, Hilda Palafox (aka Poni), Paola Delfin, Saner, and Zezao, giving them 10 days to create a series of large-scale murals and installations. The new work will be revealed on November 24 with an opening reception from 6pm to 10pm, in tandem with the closing party of DesignerCon. Instruments of Change will be on view until February 23, 2020. In addition, the Instruments of Change: A Compendium exhibition will be on view up the street at the Fullerton College Art Gallery on the campus of the Fullerton College, from January 30 to February 19, 2020.
Dedicated to full-inclusion, all materials, signage, and advertising will be presented in both English and Spanish. “We really want to welcome in a portion of the SoCal community that is often overlooked and neglected by the area’s museums,” saysAndrew Hosner, co-owner and curator of Thinkspace Projects. “We are very excited and honored to have the opportunity to put together a show of this caliber for a Southern California based institution. The street art culture throughout Mexico and South America is rich with history and has so many varied styles. Following in the footsteps of the ‘Vitality and Verve’ exhibitions that we curated at the Long Beach Museum of Art, ‘Instruments of Change’ aims to shine a spotlight on some of the most innovative artists from Latin America.”
“Much like the featured muralists in Instruments of Change, The Fullerton Museum Center seeks to engage, inform, inspire, and, when necessary, challenge the viewer,” says Kelly Chidester, curator for the Fullerton Museum Center. “We are excited to partner with Thinkspace to bring this socially conscious and timely exhibit to Fullerton as a celebration of art, culture and powerful storytelling.”
Instruments of Change will feature a diversity of artistic styles, ranging from photorealistic black and white portraiture to colorful, abstract works with indigenous aesthetics. Some artists in the show, such as Paola Delfín and Saner, have a track record of crafting intricately detailed, building-sized murals, while others like Zezao and Curiot often create work out of the public view in obscure locations like sewers and jungles.
The birthplace of the low-brow art movement, as well as a nexus of many cultures’ creatives, LA has become a destination for street artists over the past few decades. The unique art scene allowed many Hispanic-American graffiti artists to transcend the streets and thrive in fine art settings—Thinkspace Gallery being among them. Instruments of Changemarks a new chapter in the story of street art’s evolution, and starts its next decade on a whole new level.
Instruments of Change will be on view at Fullerton Museum Center from November 24, 2019 to February 23, 2020. The museum is located at 301 N. Pomona Ave. Fullerton, California 92832.
Stella Im Hultberg was born in South Korea, raised in Seoul, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and later in California. She studied Industrial Design and worked as a product designer before serendipitously falling into the art world in late 2005.
Hultberg’s paintings are conceived in varying combinations of ink, watercolor, and oils on paper, wood and canvas. Her lyrical depictions of women combine decorative elements and graphic patterns, melding the figurative with the illustrative and a looser more painterly component. Ever present, this tension between the gestural and the controlled describe space in her dynamic compositions. Her palettes tend towards the monochromatic, moody and dark, but are punctuated by moments of contrast and vibrancy.
Her mannered figurative style, both elegant and selectively awkward, is at times reminiscent of early 20th century artists like Egon Schiele, Aubrey Beardsley or Gustav Klimt. Though beautiful, her figures are strangely displaced, subtly distorted, and at times melancholically encumbered with ornamentation, as seen in a recent series in which her nudes are laden with heavy blooms. Darkly beautiful, Hultberg’s feminine imaginary is an ambiguous terrain of melancholic desire.
Having grown up in Hong Kong, Korea and Taiwan, she has a diverse blend of cultural influences to pull from. After a decade in NYC, she now lives (and works) in Portland OR with her daughter and husband.
Thank you to all those who came to the opening reception of Brian Viveros’s “Tougher Than Leather” and Ken Flewellyn’s “SHINE” last weekend. The gallery was packed to the brim with art lovers, and Viveros had a never-ending line of fans waiting to share their love of his work with him. He was signing books, posters, and taking pictures – overjoyed by the response to the work. Flewellyn’s second solo with the gallery, “SHINE” was a great pairing to Viversos’s “Tougher Than Leather” with a collaborative piece by the artists acting as the cherry on an already great show.