Nathan DeYoung and Linnea Strid coming up on December 10th at Thinkspace

Linnea Strid at work in her studio in Sweden
Linnea Strid "No Looking Back" - oil on wood panel (2011)

Linnea Strid started to paint and draw as soon as she could hold a crayon in her hand. When growing up, she was handed a pile of ‘Learn-How-To-Paint-In-Oil’ books, but stubbornly ignored the written guidelines and instead tried to copy the paintings found in the books without any instruction. This persistent eagerness to be creative while doing things her own way hasn’t changed much over the years. Linnea currently lives in Sweden and enjoys creating lifelike, almost painfully over exposed portratis and with her most recent body of work, she playfully explores the complex relation between people and water, and how it can intensify all of the human emotions in one way or another.

Linnea Strid "In The End, There's Only Persistence Left" - oil on wood panel (2011)

Show statement from Linnea Strid:
I often get the question why I decided to start painting water in the first place, and what it all means to me. That can be a bit tricky to answer since I feel that I’ve gone a long way from my first water portrait. In the beginning, it was all just an experiment – a macabre fantasy – what if I depicted myself as drowned? How would it look? After that, I moved along to focusing on the small details in everyday routines: unsignificant actions involving water that we repeat mechanically a million times, over and over and over. Somehow,with time it has grown to something bigger and more important to me. I’ve always been obsessed by painting faces showing different emotions, and I’ve discovered water to be the perfect medium to convey this. Water can bring out so much emotions, and by opening the door ajar to our most private moments there are a lot of different stories waiting to be told. No day is exactly like the other, nothing in life is permanent and the water that surrounds us is just as fugitive as our feelings.

Nathan DeYoung at work inside his studio in Southern California
Nathan DeYoung "Warpaint II - Reflections In - Looping Loose Air" - Acrylic on MDF board (2011)

Nathan DeYoung‘s work stems from an inquisitive desire to connect with and understand those around him. DeYoung revels in people watching and trying to connect the human elements that bind us all together. However, because he is more or less offering his observations of others DeYoung finds a large amount of grey matter, where less is certain and more is implied. DeYoung’s work attempts to relate/conceptualize these observations and assumptions by using a mixture of delicate, soft painting and gestural frenzies of color and shape, with the hope that insight into others and their actions will enable a deeper understanding of his own self.

Nathan DeYoung "Porcelain" - Acrylic on MDF Board (2011)

Show statement from Nathan DeYoung:
There is no end to what we can learn from each other. Our interactions with those that surround us can prove to be a telling tale, one that paints a complex portrait of who and what we are. Highlighting our senses, instincts, strengths, failings and desires ‘As It Falls Over You’ is a body focused on realization, acceptance, and observation.

Take a ‘Sneak Peek’ at the works for ’As It Falls Over You’ coming together here:
www.flickr.com/photos/thinkspace/sets/72157626576781905/

Nathan DeYoung & Linnea Strid
‘As It Falls Over You’

Reception with the artists: Sat, December 10th 5-8PM

Exhibits on view: December 10th through December 30th, 2011

Thinkspace / 6009 Washington Blvd. in Culver City, CA / www.thinkspacegallery.com

One week left to catch ‘The Best of Times’ from DABS MYLA at Thinkspace

DABS MYLA "Golden Moments With Smokey Bear" - 48x48 inches - acrylic on wood panel (2011)

“Dabs Myla’s ‘The Best of Times’ was like stepping into a twisted colorful wonderland – think that Disney version of ‘Sword in the Stone’ where the teacups and such come to life at Merlin’s… meets the psychedelic part of Dumbo… and then make it all a little less PG.” – NOTCOT.com

Check out our full set of opening night pics here:
www.flickr.com/photos/thinkspace/sets/72157627452855578/

‘The Best of Times‘ from DABS MYLA is only on view for one more week – don’t miss it!

This coming Wednesday through Friday from 1 to 6PM each day and then Saturday from 1 to 8PMthose will be your final chances to catch one of the best exhibits to rock LA so far this year!

Thinkspace / 6009 Washington Blvd. in Culver City, CA / www.thinkspacegallery.com

‘Street Art Saved My Life: 39 New York Stories’ on view through Sept. 4th at C.A.V.E.

LUDO on the streets of LA as part of the 'LA Free Walls Project'

Street Art Saved My Life isn’t just street art in a gallery — Harrington and Rojo asked artists to play off of their street art to contribute fine art works that use a variety of mediums and work in the no-context space of a gallery. This yielded a surprisingly thoughtful and earnest outcome: in an artistic culture known for its focus on anarchic self-expression, it is surprising to see that so many pieces in the exhibit comment on serious social issues in an immediate way.” – LA Weekly

‎”In the spotlight created by MOCA’s ‘Art in the Streets’, many galleries have offered group shows in LA promoting different visions of what is purported to be ‘quality’ or even ‘the best’ street art. Unlike many pretenders that have come before it, ‘Street Art Saved My Life’ is the real deal and definitely worth a visit.” – DailyDujour.com

“The show is an interesting concept and definitely serves as one of the more thought out ones from recent memory. 39 (mostly NYC) artists have been selected by BSA for their consistent use of narratives in their work; artists who utilize the streets as a forum for their stories and storytelling are the focus. The inclusion of both established and emerging artists, along with the intriguing concept, make this more than your standard street art show and it looks to be a great alternative view of the scene.” – HiFructose.com

“The show was meant to display the current street art scene that’s taking place across New York and the surrounding areas. Although not all artists were born in that region, all of them have left their stamp on the East Coast street art scene one way or another and this exhibit was meant to show this in the best light possible. Although it can be difficult to feature a wide group of artists during one exhibit, the surrounding theme held the show in place. A great majority of the art focused on the New York experience but it also helped illuminate personal stories that touched more on the topic of family, friendships, and politics. Overall, the show featured a great collection of artists and various styles, so for anyone looking for a peek into the current street art movement happening in the East Coast, make sure you stop by before it closes on September 4th.” – ArrestedMotion.com

Check out LA Weekly’s coverage of the show and an interview with some of the featured artists here:
http://blogs.laweekly.com/stylecouncil/2011/08/street_art_saved_my_life_cave.php

Check out Brooklyn Street Art’s coverage of the show here:
www.brooklynstreetart.com/theblog/?p=23559

Check out Arrested Motion’s full coverage of the show here:
http://arrestedmotion.com/2011/08/openings-“street-art-saved-my-life”-c-a-v-e-gallery/

Catch BSA’s coverage of the artists at work around Venice and LA here:
www.brooklynstreetart.com/theblog/?p=23517

Some great pics of NohJColey and Hellbent at work in Venice also viewable here:
http://dailydujour.com/2011/08/11/nohjcoley-hellbent-in-venice/

Coverage from Platinum Cheese of the opening festivities here:
http://platinumcheese.com/2011/08/17/street-art-saved-my-life-c-a-v-e-gallery/

View our pics from the opening here:
www.flickr.com/photos/thinkspace/sets/72157627452275856/

Some amazing works are still available – view the show online here:
www.thinkspacegallery.com/2011/08/project2/works-street.php

‘Street Art Saved My Life: 39 New York Stories’

Curated by Steven P. Harrington and Jaime Rojo, founders of Brooklyn Street Art
In collaboration with Thinkspace

On view through September 4th

C.A.V.E. Gallery
1108 Abbot Kinney Blvd. in Venice
www.cavegallery.net

‘The Best of Times’ from DABS MYLA is quickly approaching!

Inside the goodness factory that is DABS and MYLA's studio

DABS and MYLA have been at it non-stop for months now and we’re about to share with you all the fruits of their labor as we present ‘The Best Of Times’ – coming August 13th to Thinkspace – new paintings – new drawings – murals – installations – the release of a new print & more! You don’t want to miss this one.

If you haven’t had a look yet, check out the ‘Sneak Peek’ photo set on our Flickr:
www.flickr.com/photos/thinkspace/sets/72157626821470632/

DABS MYLA ‘The Best Of Times’

Reception with the artists: Sat, August 13th 5-9PM

Thinkspace / 6009 Washington Blvd in Culver City, CA / www.thinkspacegallery.com

Opening night of Tran Nguyen and David Bray at Thinkspace

David Bray with Tran Nguyen on opening night

Thank you to everyone that braved ‘carmageddon’ earlier this month for the opening of Tran Nguyen and David Bray‘s new exhibits. We had a nice and full house throughout the evening and both artists thoroughly enjoyed themselves with their new works being very well received. It was great to see the showing of support across the board with several local artists out including the likes of Nathan DeYoung, Mia, DABS and MYLA, Ewelina Ferusso, Ana Bagayan, Melissa Haslam, Euth, and Jason Shawn Alexander.

Take a look at the full set of opening night photos here:
www.flickr.com/photos/thinkspace/sets/72157627228840296/

Tran Nguyen's 'The Synapse Between Here and There' on view in our main gallery

Tran Nguyen ‘The Synapse Between Here and There’

Take a look at the works from Tran’s show here:
www.thinkspacegallery.com/2011/07/works.php

David Bray's 'Return Of Bad Wisdom' in our project room

David Bray ‘Return of Bad Wisdom’

Take a look at the works from Bray’s show here:
www.thinkspacegallery.com/2011/07/project/works.php

Both exhibits on view through August 6th

Thinkspace / 6009 Washington Blvd. in Culver City, CA / www.thinkspacegallery.com