Join us this coming Saturday, February 24 from 2-6pm as we celebrate a life lived to the fullest!!!
Shawn Mary Vezinaw Hosner March 11, 1966 to February 14, 2024
This event is open to all, just like Shawn’s heart was.
At 4pm there will be a special reading of Shawn’s favorite song, followed by the release of a flock of white doves to help usher her spirit away.
This is not a memorial, this will be a party in her honor. Shawn stressed to me she wanted us happy and sharing fond memories of her, not mourning her. There will be an open bar and we will have tacos. There will be an alter, so please bring something to leave and honor her by.
This will all revolve around an art show that her husband Andrew is putting together to showcase the amazing life she led, so that all may get to know her like he did.
The evening’s soundtrack will be provided by Shawn, as she planned for this… so be sure to bring your dancing shoes, the good grooves will be flowing.
Memorial tattoos from her good friend GoopMassta featuring her iconic tarantula tattoo, a Hello Kitty head, the Grateful Dead dancing bear, the Zoso symbol from Led Zeppelin and a recycling symbol will be available to all who want a lasting memory from this special day.
We are working on some special surprises too. Hopefully Shawn is watching down over the proceedings and can help align the heavens to make them happen.
Thinkspace Projects 4207 W. Jefferson Blvd. 4217 W. Jefferson Blvd. Los Angeles 90016
We love you all. Shawn loved everyone. Please come help us say goodbye to one of the best humans that all of us have ever had the pleasure to know.
A note from Andrew Hosner and the Thinkspace Projects Family:
“Shawn’s cancer battle exhausted our personal savings and cut badly into our gallery’s savings and safety net. I can not let cancer take away what we’ve spent the last 19 years building. We need the help and support of our worldwide art community now more so than ever.
Any additional funds raised will go towards a future art award / fund we are putting together with JUXTAPOZ. Full details will follow on this in the coming months.
Your support can make a tremendous difference in making sure Thinkspace Projects is around for years to follow and that we also build towards a lasting annual award in her name. Any contribution, whether big or small, will be greatly appreciated. Here are some ways you can help:
Make a Donation: Your financial contribution will go a long way in helping us honor Shawn’s memory and legacy, helping us to rebuild our savings so that we can operate at full capacity and to build towards an annual artist fund / award / contest with Shawn’s favorite magazine, JUXTAPOZ.
Share Our Campaign: Please share this and our fundraising campaign with your friends, family, and social networks to help us reach a wider audience.
We want to express our heartfelt gratitude in advance for any support you can provide. Together, we can ensure that Shawn’s legacy continues to grow and allow another generation of emerging artists to be inspired by her vision, love and kindness, while simultaneously helping our family in this most difficult time.
Thank you for being a part of preserving the memory and legacy of one of the best humans ever (ini our humble opinions).. If you have any questions or would like more information, please feel free to reach out.
Our new rallying cry… Shawn Forever!”
Shawn Mary Vezinaw Hosner 3/11/66 to 2/14/24
“I am absolutely shattered to share the news that Shawn Mary Vezinaw Hosner, my beautiful wife and co-owner of Thinkspace Projects, took her last breath at 10:21pm (Wednesday, February 14), surrounded by her family and close friends after a 15 month battle with stage 4 metastatic breast cancer that had spread throughout her body. 57 years YOUNG. Gone too soon.
Wife. Soulmate. Best Friend. Partner. Daughter. Sister. Aunt. Gallery Mom. Dead Head. A close friend to thousands of people. The love of my life that I was lucky enough to have been with for 24 years and blessed to have been friends with for 31 years. She was my world, so many saying they can’t even picture me without her and vice versa. Two halves of the same seed.
From volunteering every Saturday during Covid alongside her Nourish LA friends, they worked together to provide food for families in need to giving up her free time every Monday and Tuesday of her busy schedule to drive all around LA volunteering for Meals on Wheels and brining food to homebound elderly people, most of whom she became very close with to volunteering once a week at our local animal shelter, Shawn was simply the kindest and most thoughtful person that I have ever had the pleasure to know. She was the best.
She was just about to learn the ukulele, just got tickets to the Dead at the Sphere in Vegas, we were to be at David Blaine last night in Vegas even… and she had SO much planned to still knock off her bucket list. I’ve got that list, and over the coming year I will be going through and doing as much of it as I can, knowing she will be there by my side the whole time. I’m going to be sure I am at her treasured niece’s wedding this September in Italy. She had so badly wanted to make it over for that, it was her current goal. Her 58th birthday was less than a month away…
57 years is too young. I feel robbed and I know she did too, though she would have never told anyone that, she never wanted anyone to worry about her, it’s just who she was. Shawn confided much in me as we got closer to the inevitable. She always told me to not be sad and to remember all the good times. She was so worried about me, but I was constantly re-assuring her in her final moments that I was going to be ok and we would all work so hard to keep her memory burning until the end of our time. Her light shall never dim.
Moving forward, I will always pause and ask myself “What would Shawn do?”, as I know if I do this, I will become a better person and to me, that would be the best way to honor the memory of the most amazing person to ever enrich my life with their presence.
I know SO MANY of you loved her, I am so sorry to share this devastating news.
Hold on to those you love, so tightly. And remind them of this regularly. Give your friends their flowers NOW, before they’re gone… you never know who NEEDS to hear this, sometimes it can be life changing for a person to know how much they mean to you and if they’ve helped you and influenced you.
A ray of positive sunshine to the very end. I will never let her memory and influence fade. Goodbye my love, I will see you soon. Go play with all our fur babies that also left us too soon and say hi to your dad and grandparents and so many more that you’ve lost over the years.
There will be a CELEBRATION OF SHAWN’S LIFE on Saturday, February 24th from 2-6pm at our gallery, Thinkspace Projects. We will have a DJ spinning songs from the playlist that Shawn put together for her celebration, along with an art show I am putting together showcasing amazing bits of work Shawn made over the years and that I always tucked aside, a wall of amazing photographic memories all framed up by our family at Static Medium, all of our favorite commissions we put together alongside portraits of Shawn from Audrey Kawasaki, Brian M. Viveros and Natalia Fabia alongside all manner of ephemera from her amazing life working at Tower Sunset, Licorice Pizza, and Caroline Distribution to being a teen model to traveling the world following the Grateful Dead to all the good she did on the regular. We will also have an alter where friends and family can leave little mementos or notes to her. We’re trying to get a Grateful Dead cover band out, fingers crossed. We’ll have a release of white doves in her honor following a reading of one of her favorite songs. We will have a tattoo station where you can get your choice of Shawn’s well known tarantula tattoo, a Hello Kitty head, a Zoso symbol or a Dancing Bear, from two of her favorite band of all time, Led Zeppelin and The Grateful Dead. And of course there will be tacos and good times. Shawn didn’t want us to mourn her, but to honor her by coming together and sharing stories, rejoicing in her favorite songs and knowing that we’ve all gained a guardian angel, who’ll be up there kicking ass and taking names just like she did down here. Full details will be shared in coming days.
Shawn loved you all. Please light a candle tonight in her memory and keep our gallery family and her family and our fur babies who miss their mom so, in your thoughts over the coming weeks and months as we mourn the loss of one of most beautiful humans to ever walk this planet.
SHAWN FOREVER. —Andrew Hosner
“Please consider helping to continue Shawn’s legacy by donating to support Thinkspace Projects. The funds raised will go to medical bills, the memorial service, and to keep the gallery and all the artists it supports on their feet. We love you all and appreciate whatever you can do.” -Daniel “Halopigg” Weintraub
All exhibitions are on view at Thinkspace Projects now through March 2, 2024. The Thinkspace Projects compound is open Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 6pm. Please note the Dog House Gallery and our courtyard are only open for viewing on Saturdays.
For our third solo exhibition together, the Indonesian artist Ryol has created a series of 12 paintings, ten of which see the artist re-imagining masterpieces from nine legendary artists. Through the lens of his distinctive style, this series of works explores the intersections between classical artistry and today’s dynamic cultural landscape.
Ryol’s new works are quite different from his past works: in “Rain,” “Chupa Chups for You,” “Iced Tea,” “Half-Shredded Painting,” and “Man with a Parasol,” to name a few, he responded to popular culture products and phenomena. However, in some of his works in this new series, such as “Cats of Golconda,” we can experience both of these approaches when Magritte’s idea of human’s uniformity in 1953 meets Sanrio’s anthropomorphized animal characters, mainly the so-called Global Marketing Phenomenon, Hello Kitty.
“Stealing Drinks From A Drunk Rockstar” is a cheeky nod to what he does: a joyous act of challenging perceptions and definitions of good art – if not art itself – by representing a moment from the great masters and toasting to the unending contemporary artistic expression. Ryol creates new situations and therefore a new set of invoked feelings and meanings for not only familiar, but iconic works.
“Stealing Drinks From A Drunk Rockstar” serves as a playful reminder that the boundaries of creativity are fluid, and the echoes of the past can find resonance in the beats of the contemporary. Here Ryol skillfully employs humor and irony to break down the barriers that separate centuries, inviting the audience to witness the timeless conversation between art forms.
Born in the South Suburbs of Chicago, IL, Danny J. Martinez (aka Van Dam One) is an artist whose work blurs the line between realism, illustration, cartoons, comics, and absurdity to create a blend of tangible surrealism that pulls the viewer into each piece. His work across different genres and mediums fuses together contemporary subjects with traditional mark making techniques that focus on both universal and individual understandings of the world. He uses this blend of surrealism as a means of self-discovery, drawing on his own experiences and the experiences of his community, to convey emotion and storytelling through multiple visual mediums.
Paola Ciarska revels, excites and rejoices in the unrestrained potential of imagination. Each miniature painting has a vast cast of female characters, living out a virtual fantasy from the comfort of their multi-room domiciles. The viewer is turned into a voyeur, spying on the indulgent private moments and left to try and discern just what is going on.
The paintings have a physical presence that far exceeds their small scale. Each work is packed with painterly detail. Rooms are filled with the trinkets of modern life, decorated with reproductions of modern masters and adorned with fairy-lights, all set against psychedelic (and mildly suggestive) patterned backgrounds. Ciarska enjoys the labour of a marathon painting session, getting lost in the haze of its intricate, obsessive application.
“Stoked to announce my new curated exhibit ‘Nerdstalgia!’ For those of y’all that know me, I’m nerdy AF. To this day I still play dungeons and dragons weekly like that 15 year old looking for a magical escape. After the pandemic, catching up with a lot of artists, I was excited to hear how many took refuge in nerdy pursuits of their past. I decided then, I wanna see the nerd origin story that shaped the artist they are today.” – Ken Flewellyn (Thinkspace Projects director)
‘Nerdstalgia’ will showcase new works from over 30 incredible artists, all mind melding with their inner nerd.
Long beach native Steve Martinez is a fine artist, muralist, photographer, and graphic designer. His contemporary work deals with the discourse between the symbolic and the realistic within daily urban life. The thread of Mayan symbols and hieroglyphs—both representative of Martinez’s history and culture—is inescapable in his work, always connecting the present to the past by uplifting, preserving, and honoring a significant layer of meaning and identity.
Meet the creative team behind ‘TRADITIONS.’ Hear from the curators and talk with the artists about the exhibition, their creative practices, and what tradition means to them. We are honored to have Evan Pricco, the editor of JUXTAPOZ magazine, moderating the panel conversation.
‘TRADITIONS’ Panel Discussion Saturday, January 27, 2024 2:00-3:00 PM