Opening Reception of September 2022 Exhibitions at Thinkspace Projects

Thank you to all those who came out to see our September 2022 exhibitions spanning four gallery spaces and our viewing room. ‘Habitat’ in Gallery I showed new works from Kevin PetersonKisung KohJacub Gagnon, and Anthony Solano.

Erik Mark Sandberg’s ‘Golden Pacific’ was presented in Gallery II with Sarah Joncas Washed Ashore’ in the Viewing Room. And Gallery III & IV features ‘Amplify,’ a group exhibition highlighting 34 artists who provide a window into the New Contemporary art movement at this moment.

Exhibitions are on view now through September 24, 2022

Photos courtesy of Birdman Photos

Group Exhibition ‘Habitat” featuring works from Kevin Peterson, Kinsung Koh, Jacub Gagnon, and Anthony Solano on view at Thinkspace Projects | September 3, 2022 – September 24, 2022

Thinkspace Projects is pleased to present Habitat, a group show featuring the work of Kevin Peterson, Kisung Koh, Jacub Gagnon, and Anthony Solano. The gallery is thrilled to bring together four of their surreal naturalist painters for one impactful exhibition. Each artist has delivered new work for the show, pushing the boundaries of their previous creations, ultimately creating some of their strongest pieces to date.

Nevada-born Kevin Peterson spent his childhood in many places from Nevada to Michigan to Washington, finally arriving in Texas in 1996, where he studied both Fine Art and Psychology. With a varied background in both mental health and art, Peterson infuses each of his pieces with complex and layered emotion. His own struggle with drugs and alcohol is what led him back to art, which he now immerses himself in fully. It is this deep connection with and passion for his work that is undeniably apparent in each piece.

South Korean artist Kisung Koh uses his art to open gateways into nature’s spiritual dimensions and explores the intimate connections he has built with wildlife during his lifetime. Drawing heavily on the memories and dreams provided to him by the sheer awe-inspiring spectacles he has witnessed in the great outdoors, Koh pays tribute by creating imagery that is suggestive of the metaphysical energies and bonds which can exist between two living creatures, even when interacting from a distance. Through his art, Koh captures the essence and beauty of the natural world, reminding his audience that their own relationships with it are precious and rewarding.

Jacub Gagnon is one of Toronto’s great emerging contemporary artists, known for his curious backgrounds of void space, whimsical representations of naive fauna, and their juxtaposition with human objects. Through the use of meticulous blending, layers, and remarkable detail, Jacub tells the story of a world that is sweet as well as disturbing, showcasing how humans manipulate and borrow from nature. Using small brushes and handling them as he would a pencil, Jacub is able to achieve an illustrative quality that edges into the peculiar world of Pop Surrealism. This colorful, almost child-like fantasy renders the troubling issues that face the habitats and species of our time into otherworldly depictions that capture the imagination.

Having spent his childhood years between California and Guadalajara, Mexico, artist Anthony Solano turned to art at a young age, seeing it as both a source of escape and comfort. In high school he was exposed to painting for the first time, sparking what would become his life’s passion. Anthony, a self-taught painter, now resides in Portland, Oregon and credits the local landscape for a major creative shift, from abstract painting to the surreal genre that he currently practices. His work explores today’s environmental conflicts, communicated with vibrant hyper-realistic imagery and thought-provoking storytelling. A sense of optimism and hope within his work allows the viewer to experience a complex, emotional response.

These artists and their works display an apparent harmony, complimenting each other with elements of the natural world and surrealist attitudes.

Erik Mark Sanberg’s ‘Golden Pacific’ showing at Thinkspace Projects | September 3, 2022 – September 24, 2022

Thinkspace Projects is pleased to present Erik Mark Sandberg’s latest solo show ‘Golden Pacific’. Following a run of successful group exhibitions together, the gallery is thrilled to host their debut solo exhibition with the local LA artist. This will be Sandberg’s ninth solo exhibition overall and first in almost four years.

Golden Pacific consists of six paintings, four etchings, and two monoprints, each offering an idealized sunset-bathed surreality. The uncanny nature of the paintings allows for ambiguity within the pictorial codes loosely themed around daily recreational activities, love in the modern age, or the ersatz reality of the digital realm.

“I am interested in suggestions and the transaction between the environment and the individual. The sky color gradations in this body of work speak to a momentary idealism evoking pause, much like the shared impulse to photograph a slow-moving sunset. This new series of paintings also employed an increased level of detail and craft, which was an ideological choice to express the nuanced figurative portrayals in relation to the influences that govern them.”

The show itself depicts a process, featuring the etchings that were the preliminary drawing for three of the featured paintings. This is a unique window into Sandberg’s painting process, which he has not previously shared. Illustrating the differences between the beginning drawing state and the finished painting state, he adds a layer of depth and transparency to the show.

About Erik Mark Sandberg
Erik Mark Sandberg was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and attended Art Center College of Design, receiving a B.F.A with distinction in 2002. His body of work ranges from an experimental mix of painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, and video. Since 2002, Sandberg’s work and projects have been exhibited at galleries and museums nationally and internationally. Including the solo exhibitions Atwater at Det Nya Museet, Stockholm, Sweden (2017), Interlude at Stephanie Chefas Projects, Portland, Oregon (2018), The New Pretty, RMIT University Residency Exhibition, Melbourne, Australia (2011), Get Pretty Now, Jonathan Levine Gallery, New York, NY (2011). Before becoming an assistant professor of art at California State University Northridge in 2018, Sandberg has lectured at Otis College of Art and Design, Art Center College of Design, and Pacific Northwest College of Art.

Thinkspace Projects Galleries III and IV feature group exhibition ‘Amplify’ showing 34 artists | September 3, 2022 – September 24, 2022

Galleries III and IV bring the exciting and comprehensive group show ‘Amplify’ to the Thinkspace community. Bringing together new work from 34 artists from the Thinkspace Family including one or more pieces from each, the show is a window into the New Contemporary art movement at this very moment, marking our place in the evolution of this realm of art. Featuring work from Yusuff Aina Abogunde, Antonio J. Ainscough, Langston Allston, Stephanie Buer, Victoria Cassanova, Young-Ji Cha, Paul Flores, Priscilla S. Flores, Sergio Garcia, Armani Howard, Anjastama Hp, Blake Jones, Ozzie Juarez, Tosin Kalejaye, Jolene Laim, Ryo Laksamana (aka Ryol), Torto Lawrence, Loser Angeles, Dan Lydersen, Marie-Claude Marquis, B. Robert Moore, Dustin Myers, Ayanfe Olarinde, Michael Polakowski, Jack Shure, David Speed, Stom500, Austyn Taylor, Roos van der Vliet, Wiley Wallace, Eshinlokun Wasiu, Caroline Weaver, Casey Weldon, and Brad Woodfin, the show is sure to be varied and engaging.

Video Tour & Opening Reception of August 2022 Exhibitions

Thank you to all those who came out to see our August 2022 exhibitions presenting ‘Cruise Night 2’ by The Perez Bros, Nicola Caredda’s ’Don’t Trust Anyone Over 30,’ Dredske’s ‘Grind,’ Aof Smith’s ‘Irrepressible Summer Melody’ and Adam Caldwell’s ‘Frontal.’

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.

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