Thank you to everyone that came out earlier this month for the launch of our highly anticipated ‘Picks of the Harvest 2012’ group show. By far one of our strongest turn outs to date with a non-stop surge of patrons all evening long. ‘Picks…’ features over 60 artists hailing from 14 countries and we were lucky enough to have two dozen of the featured artists on hand for the opening reception.
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Thank you all again for the amazing support of this massive undertaking. Please swing on through if you missed the opening. Open Wed through Fri from 1 to 6PM and Saturdays from 1 to 8PM. Special thanks to Sam Graham for his amazing work documenting this exhibit and the opening reception.
Last week the Thinkspace crew took part in the Affordable Art Fair in downtown Los Angeles. We had a great response overall and hosted some great talks with the likes of Morgan Spurlock, artist duo Dabs Myla and writer and collector Amanda Erlanson.
“Inspired by human emotions and the tedious details in everyday routine, Linnea Strid creates hyper-realistic oil paintings depicting the insignificant actions involving water that we mechanically repeat in any given day. In ‘As It Falls Over You’, Linnea explores the darker side of the human psyche conveyed through water, thereby opening the door to our most private moments and personal stories.”– Platinum Cheese
“DeYoung’s first solo exhibit with the gallery highlights concepts of strength and desire via flawless renderings of feminine allure saturated with vibrant hues. This latest body of work also offers DeYoung’s first abstract works–intense, palpable energy on display in every brushstroke.” – Hi-Fructose
All exhibits on view through Fri, December 30th. We’ll be open this coming Wed, Dec. 28th through Fri, Dec. 30th from 1 to 6PM each day. These will be your final days to view our current exhibits. Please note we’ll be closed from Dec. 31st through Jan. 6th for installation of our upcoming shows from Esao Andrews and Allison Sommers which open on Sat, Jan. 7th.
Leontine Greenberg grew up in Tucson, Arizona, and now lives in Jackson Heights, Queens with her husband, daughter and two cats. Her favorite cities are Barcelona, Hong Kong, and New York. Her favorite foods are Pad Thai and mayonnaise sandwiches. She does not always eat her vegetables. She is inspired by other people’s photographs, old boats, city rooftops, the coming environmental apocalypse and Beatrix Potter.
Can you share a lil’ bit about the themes behind your new body of work for ‘Specimens’?
The first drawings I did for Specimens were the ones of the birds dressed up in ridiculous giant paper mache heads. They’re obviously trying to be something they’re not, but I don’t know who they think they’re fooling. I’d just gotten back to NYC from Los Angeles when I started drawing them, so I suspect I was reacting to the general aura of artifice and theatricality that permeates your town. (And that’s a good thing! Artifice and theatricality are awesome.)
The other works in the show are based on ideas about technology and nature that I’ve touched on in a lot of my previous work.
What does the crow / black bird symbolize to you in your works?
The birds are meant to be the viewpoint character, the everyman. You’re the bird; I’m the bird…and whatever’s going on in the world, there are probably some little birds watching it happen. Next time you’re outside, look around. You’ll probably find a bird within 20 seconds.
What fuels you to keep creating?
I can’t help it, basically. If I go too long without making something, I start arranging the crumbs on the table into pictures.
Please describe your dream project if time and money were not issues.
More paintings! Bigger paintings! A children’s book and a comic book. If I had infinite time, infinite money and an army of helpful clones, I’d make an animated film.
Favorite item in your studio?
My studio is my apartment, so my favorite thing in it is my family. When they’re not around, it’s my Zebra .5mm mechanical pencil and HB leads. Or my cats.
Is there anyone in particular, artist or otherwise, that you’d like to give a shout out to here?
My friend Ahn Behrens who ran Cooper Gallery in Jersey City–the first gallery I ever showed at–and who died in 2007. I wish she could see what’s happening now in the lowbrow art world, particularly the great work that’s being shown by female artists. She’d love it.
Any shows or special projects coming up after your exhibit with us here at Thinkspace you would like to mention?
I have a show with Lou Pimentel coming up at myplasticheart in New York and another solo with Gallery1988 in LA.