Thinkspace Invades Detroit – LAX/DTW

LAX DTW Thinkspace Invades Detroit

Los Angeles based gallery Thinkspace has teamed up with Inner State Gallery in Detroit, Michigan to present ‘LAX / DTW’. This special exhibition has been curated by Thinkspace and serves as an amazing introduction to the burgeoning New Contemporary movement for art lovers in the Midwest. Featuring 16×20 inch works from over 80 artists spanning the globe including featured artists: Stephanie Buer and Liz Brizzi.

‘LAX / DTW’ will kick off with an opening reception on Saturday, June 6th with two of the owners of Thinkspace on hand. With roots firmly planted in illustration, pop culture imagery, comics, street art and graffiti, put quite simply the New Contemporary Art Movement is art for the people.

Featuring 16×20 inch works from:

123Klan
Aaron Nagel
Adam Caldwell
Alexis Diaz
Allison Sommers
Amanda Marie
Andy Kehoe
Angry Woebots
Anthony Clarkson
Bec Winnel
Brett Amory
Brian Mashburn
Carl Cashman
Chie Yoshii
Christine Wu
Craig ‘Skibs’ Barker
Curiot
Dan-ah Kim
Dave MacDowell
David Cooley
Derek Gores
Derek Hess
Drew Leshko
EINE
Ekundayo
Erik Jones
Erik Siador
Frank Gonzales
Fumi Nakamura
Glenn Barr
Greg Mike
Henrik Aa. Uldalen
Hueman
Jacub Gagnon
James Bullough
James Marshall (Dalek)
Jeff Ramirez
Jeremy Hush
Jim Houser
Jolene Lai
Joram Roukes
Joseph Martinez
Kelly VIvanco
Ken Flewellyn
Kevin Peterson
Kikyz1313
Ki Sung Koh
Kojiro Ankan Takakuwa
Kozyndan
Kwon Kyung-yup
Kyle Stewart
Labrona
Lindsey Carr
Linnea Strid
Luke Chueh
Marco Mazzoni
Mari Inukai
Mary Iverson
Matthew Grabelsky
Meggs
Michael Ramstead
Michelle Tanguay
Mike Egan
Naoto Hattori
Naturel
Nick Jaskey
Nosego
Okuda
Paul Barnes
Paula Zammit
Persue
Peter Adamyan
Rodrigo Luff
Rone
Ryan Hewett
Sarah Joncas
Sean Mahan
Sebastian Wahl
Seth Armstrong
Shark Toof
Stinkfish
Tony Philippou
Tran Nguyen
Troy Lovegates

Taking place at:
Inner State Gallery
1410 Gratiot Avenue
Detroit, Michigan 48207
www.innerstategallery.com

Opening Reception: Saturday, June 6th 7-10PM
On view: June 6th through July 4th, 2015

Featured artist Stephanie Buer:
Portland based artist Stephanie Buer explores derelict and abandoned urban spaces in her meticulously detailed oil paintings and charcoal drawings. Looking to the barren architectural vestiges of industry, Buer explores the life of marginalized structures once they’re divested of function and condemned to vacancy and neglect. Buer is fascinated by the living histories of absence, and by the poetic solitude of remnants; these buildings, once brimming with purpose and commercial enterprise remain untenanted reminders of human desertion and waste.

Stephanie Buer’s work is inspired by an untiring search for the spectral half lives of desolate spaces. Ever in search of dissonant juxtapositions and interesting details, Buer captures the poetry of imperfection in the graffiti marred walls of abandoned factories, and in the permanent vacancy of old buildings overgrown and dispossessed by the progress of nature. Initially, Buer began her search for these urban ruins and relics in the abandoned industrial recesses of Detroit. From these early urban explorations sprang an interest in the stories of structures, and in the spatial poetry of architectural remains. Her works are very much about the process of looking, of excavating beauty and value from inglorious castoffs and flawed fragments. Critically, her work encourages the viewer to consider the larger significance of a culture that pursues indiscriminate and unsustainable development; the abandoned buildings themselves endemic of the progress that once necessitated their development. Buer reminds us that things continue to live, even once they have been discarded.

Featured artist Liz Brizzi:
Los Angeles based, French born, artist Liz Brizzi’s mixed media collage paintings combine photography, paper and acrylic washes of paint on board to build complex and layered graphic works that capture the architectural specters of the urban core.

Brizzi is an artist adrift and in search of the mutable lives of structures. Through her travels, Brizzi has sought to capture the cultural specificity of her subjects, looking to the ways in which architecture speaks of its city’s past and present. A central component of her practice involves the undertaking of urban “safaris” on which she seeks and arrests the absentia of industrial relics and buildings through photography. Her work can be defined as architectural portraiture, seeking the evasive identities of these receding and often forgotten edifices. Whether in a decrepit neon sign, a vacant alley way or a gutted building, Brizzi excavates the lives of partial vestiges. In the absence of human subjects, the works focus on these architectures and environments as living entities subject to the ravages of time and neglect.

Brizzi’s gritty and colorful works are ambient, and capture the moodiness of these urban hauntings with impressionistic license. At once graphic and painterly, the works are often composites of fractured moments and vistas. Architectonically devised compositionally, the panels are nonetheless as deeply emotive and stirring as they are technically impressive. They feel both holistically bound and fragmentary – a beautifully injured vision of remnants and unknown hollows. An avid traveller with an interest in Japanese philosophy, particularly the tenets of Wabi-Sabi which expound an appreciation of transience and imperfection, Brizzi is a spatial poet in search of ragged edges and haunted fissures.

About Inner State Gallery / 1xRun:

1xRUN is the premier online destination for exclusive one of a kind artwork in any and all forms. Working with leading and emerging artists from around the world, 1xRUN is focused on bringing limited-edition time released artwork to collectors across the globe. Here at 1xRUN, our artists are a special breed and so are our customers. We strive to offer a one of a kind product that suits both and is unlike anything else in the marketplace.

1xRUN was founded by the team at Inner State Gallery ( formally 323East) in Detroit’s Historic Eastern Market. Over the past 6 years, we’ve worked with hundreds of amazing artists, both locally and internationally, and we’re constantly adding new artists.

Formed out of years and years of developing trusted relationships with our favorite artists, gallerists and curators, our team is a rotating band of artists, filmmakers, musicians, writers, photographers and designers. We do this because we love it. We get up every day and love coming to work, because we work on what we love. We’re here to tell you that mail-order is still fun.

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New Works by Bec Winnel in ‘Beautanica’ Opens April 25, 2015

Bec Winnel Beautanica

Bec Winnel: Beautanica
Opening Reception: April 25, 6-9pm
On view: April 25, 2015 – May 16, 2015Thinkspace project room is

Beautanica, on view in the Thinkspace project room, will be featuring new works by Australian artist and illustrator Bec Winnel. A self-taught talent, Winnel is known for the ethereal quality of her feminine portraits. She creates hauntingly lush drawings with layer upon layer of graphite, colored pencil and pastel, an impressive technique that makes viewing her work undeniably magnetic. The drawings convey an incredible amount of luminosity and depth, while also feeling quite impermanent and on the verge of disappearance. With cobweb like delicacy, their elegance is palpable. This material illusion of airiness and fragility transports the imagery beyond mere portraiture into a realm of otherworldly fantasy and calm.

In Beautanica, Winnel continues her exploration of feminine beauty, in all its strange and compelling guises. In a dreamlike trance, her figures seduce and scintillate, but we are left with the distinct feeling that their beauty exceeds the physical and is somehow filled with pathos and understanding. Like sympathetic harbingers emerging from the ravages of a storm, they offer their beauty as a comforting mirage and a promise of something better. Entirely transporting, her spellbinding work verges on the truly magical.

Opening Night of Seth Armstrong and Erik Jones

It was a packed house the opening night of Seth Armstrong’s “The Air Is Thick” and Erik Jones’ “Color|Full“. Robert Williams even paid Thinkspace a visit after a full day of book signings up at LAMAG. Both exhibits remain on view through April 18th, so please swing on by if you missed the opening reception. The shows really demand in person viewing to best appreciate them, from the numerous hidden details in Armstrong’s paintings to the three-dimensional aspects in Jones’ new works. Visit our Flickr account  for full coverage of opening night and below are a few of our favorite shots.

Left to Right: Seth Armstrong, Robert Williams, Suzanne Williams

crowd at seth armstrong and eric jones show

eric jones and andrew hosner chatting about art

seth armstrong, eric jones, and ken

 

Don’t miss our next opening Beautanica and group exhibition Gumbo, Saturday April 25. Beautanica will be showing new works by Australian artist Bec Winnel. Gumbo will be displaying the work of artists Alex Yanes, James Bullough, Matthew Grabelsky, Ryan Hewett, Sergio Garcia, Troy Coulterman, and Troy Lovegates. Visit the Thinkspace Gallery website for more details.

Robert Williams Book Signing – Saturday, March 28th!

book signing Robert Williams

As a part of the special programming for Robert Williams: SLANG Aesthetics! and ’20 Years Under the Influence of Juxtapoz’; Robert Williams will be signing his new book published by Baby Tattoo Saturday March 28, 2015 at LAMAG. There will only be 150 copies of Williams’ book available for this special signing event. Unfortunately if you miss out, you’ll have to wait until the full shipment comes into the States. So arrive early! Gallery hours are Thursday through Sunday from noon to 5pm, signing begins at 2pm.

Located At:
Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery
4800 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA
(In the Barnsdall Art Park)

Both exhibitions are sponsored in part by the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. To contact the gallery please call 323.644.6269. For special tours and school groups, please contact Marta Feinstein at met_marta@sbcglobal.net or to arrange special adult tours, please contact Gabe Cifarelli at Gabriel.cifarelli@gmail.com – visit LAMAG on the web at www.lamag.org

New work by Seth Armstrong in “The Air is Thick”

Seth Armstrong The Air is Thick Postcard

New work by Seth Armstrong in “The Air is Thick” on view March 28, 2015 to April 18, 2015.
Opening Reception with artists on hand:
Saturday, March 28th 6-9PM

 

Thinkspace is pleased to present The Air is Thick featuring new works by Los Angeles based artist Seth Armstrong. Armstrong’s paintings self-consciously capture a sense of looking, arresting moments with cinematic detail and voyeuristic curiosity. Varying in scale, the paintings offer views that are alternately intimate and vast, moving expertly between the monumental and the minute. Laden with detail and suggestion, each piece offers a moment in the trajectory of a larger narrative, and the viewer is compelled to realign the fractures of these inconclusive moments. Hanging the works on suggestion rather than on the overt, Armstrong builds tension and excitement in every painting with the possibility and expectation of action. Surfeited with this palpable sense of permanent anticipation and arrest, the air is indeed thick enough to cut.

Originally from Los Angeles, Armstrong studied painting in Northern Holland and completed a BFA at San Francisco’s California College of the Arts. His deft handling of oil paint clearly demonstrates a facility inspired by traditional painting techniques, and a material aptitude for the dense capture of light and color. The intense realism of his style is often tempered by a looser, more painterly approach, and by a stylized handling of light and dimension. With viscous luminosity and substantive flesh, qualities achieved with a seamlessly clean application, his works feel heavy with tactility and dense with tangible space and body. Armstrong’s use of stark saturated contrasts is offset by a tendency towards stylized hyper-color, creating both depth and edge that exceeds the muted tones of the real. These contrasts achieve a sense of brooding visual tension that manages to evoke both nostalgia and strangeness simultaneously.

In The Air is Thick, Armstrong continues to explore themes that have consistently fascinated his output: the intrigue of illicit looking, and the fine line between intimacy and trespass. Just as cinema manages to satisfy our innate love of voyeuristic access, so too do the paintings offer us views onto private lives that both frustrate and satisfy. The suggestion of constant narrative pervades even the stillest and least active views, as Armstrong reminds us of the secret recesses behind all closed doors and all quiet faces.

Seth Armstrong The Air Is Thick

Seth Armstrong – “The Air is Thick”