Timothy Karpinski solo show in Portland, OR – tonight at Together Gallery

One of our favorite artists, Timothy Karpinski, is opening a big solo show tonight in his hometown of Portland, OR – don’t miss it if you are in the area. Look for Timothy to be back in LA with us next spring, until then be sure to check out all the goodness in his new show, ‘Bright Eyed and Bushy Tailed’

‘Bright Eyed and Bushy Tailed’ – new work and installations by Timothy Karpinski

Opening Reception – TONIGHT, September 30th 5-10 pm
On view: September 30th – October 24th 2010

Together Gallery / 2916 NE Alberta Street in Portland, OR

For more on Karpinski check out: www.TimothyKarpinski.com

Digital preview for ‘The Dirtyland’ from Brian M. Viveros

Brian M. Viveros 'Lord In-Vade-Her' - 18x24" - Oil, acrylic, and airbrush on maple panel

Below is the preview link for Brian M. Viveros‘ exhibit ‘The Dirtyland‘, which opens next Sat, Oct. 2nd from 7-10PM. We’re so excited and honored to be hosting Brian’s debut Los Angeles solo show and are happy to say he has delivered a simply stunning body of work.

The Dirtyland’ consists of 15 new oil paintings on maple panel, including Brian’s largest works to date. Additionally the exhibition will also feature 5 new mixed media works on Twinrocker handmade paper, 3 new hand-embellished silk screen prints on wood (1 of 1 editions), 2 new hand-embellished giclee prints (1 of 1 editions), 4 new sculptural busts + some smaller works on paper (which are being held back for the opening along with a couple gems from Brian’s archives / these are not included in the preview below).

Check out the full digital preview for ‘The Dirtyland‘ here:

We will be contacting people for purchases in the order in which they were added to Brian’s waiting list. Speed of response to this preview does not factor in. We’ll give the preview a couple days to circulate to help ensure that all on Brian’s waiting list have had the chance to view the preview and get back to us with their top choices.

Please e-mail your top choices to: contact@thinkspacegallery.com and please be sure to include your best contact number during daytime hours. Due to the demand for this show, it would be very helpful if you can send us your top pick as well as any secondary choices. Hopefully we’re able to connect as many people as possible on the show’s waiting list. We will begin reaching out and selling works from the preview starting on Mon, Sept. 27th. Until then, if you have any questions or would like a larger file of any image, please drop me a line and I’ll get right back to you. Enjoy the show!

We will also be publishing 3 new giclee print editions to be released during the opening reception (to follow on-line the Monday following the Saturday reception). Full details on prints to follow soon. There will be no out-of-state print pre-sales before opening night, sorry.

Brian M. Viveros 'Viva' - Graphite, airbrush, and watercolor on Twinrocker hand-made paper - 9x12"

“Blood, cigarettes, beautiful ladies. Brian Viveros combines macabre elements to fashion a new world, The Dirtyland, in his upcoming solo.” – Juxtapoz.com

Check out a recent interview Juxtapoz did with Viveros here:

Check out our interview with Viveros on our blog, Sour Harvest, here:

If all that wasn’t enough, we’ll also be premiering Viveros’ new short film that he created for this exhibition plus the debut of Brian’s ‘Dirty Troops’ in all their glory. This installation begs to be seen in person, so be sure to come on by Sat, Oct. 2nd when ‘The Dirtyland’ opens to the public!

The Komodo Food Truck will be out too, so be sure to bring your appetite – the exhibition is free and open to the public + the 1st 200 people through the door this weekend will get a free autographed poster from Brian M. Viveros courtesy of Thinkspace so don’t sleep!!!

Thinkspace Gallery
6009 Washington Blvd.|Culver City, CA 90232
#310.558.3375 | Wed-Sat 1-6PM or by appointment

Thinkspace celebrates 5 years this November – huge group show + special pop-up show from ROA

This coming November Thinkspace will be celebrating its 5 Year Anniversary. We’re pretty excited about this and to help celebrate we have put together a group show that aims to focus on the artists that have helped to establish us as a gallery and that will also provide a glimpse at some of the artists we’ll be showcasing in the years ahead.

Check out the ‘Sneak Peek’ for our 5 Year Anniversary group show here:

‘5 Year Anniversary Show’

Opening Reception: Sat, Nov. 6th, 2010 7-10PM
On view: Nov. 6th – Nov. 27th, 2010

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

Artists taking part include:
Aaron Nagel
Allison Sommers
Amy Sol
Andrea Offermann
Andrew Hem
Andy Kehoe
Anthony Clarkson
Audrey Kawasaki
Brett Amory
Brian Viveros
Caia Koopman
Camilla d’Errico
Chet Zar
Craig “Skibs” Barker
Dabs Myla
David Bray
David MacDowell
Derek Gores
Emma Tooth
Esao Andrews
Fernando Chamarelli
Jacub Gagnon
Jeff Ramirez
Jen Lobo
Joao Ruas
Johnny “KMNDZ” Rodriguez
Joshua Petker
Kelly Vivanco
Kevin Titzer
Lindsey Carr
Linnea Strid
Liz Brizzi
Natalia Fabia
Nathan DeYoung
Pakayla Rae Biehn
Pedro Matos
Sarah Joncas
Scott Radke
Stella Im Hultberg
Sylvia Ji
Timothy Karpinski
Tony Philippou
Tran Nguyen
Yosuke Ueno

With a featured installation from: Johnny ‘KMNDZ’ Rodriguez

We’ll be updating the ‘Sneak Peek’ link regularly as we get closer to the show this November. We will also be launching a series of ‘5 Years / 5 Questions’ interviews with all the artists we’ll be featuring in the show. Look for the 1st of those to be posted here in the week ahead.

ROA's massive mural at this year's Nuart Festival in Norway

Just in case that wasn’t enough, we’re not stopping there. We’re also happy to announce that we will be presenting Belgian-born artist ROA‘s debut west coast solo show the following weekend on Sat, Nov. 13th. This will be a special pop-up event presented by Thinkspace and taking place at New Puppy Gallery just outside of downtown Los Angeles. ROA has been extremely busy of late and traveling all over Europe. So far this summer he’s put up amazing pieces at Nuart, Infart, Critica Urbana and just finished up a few pieces in Ancona, Italy as part of Popup! 2010. On top of that he did a special piece in the UK that ended up on the cover of the recent issue of VNA. He’s currently preparing for a major trip to Russia that’s just around the corner. After all that, he’ll jet across the pond and will arrive into Los Angeles in late October… get ready!

Check out a nice set of ROA’s work on the streets courtesy of Unurth here:

More details will be announced soon…

Opening Reception: Sat, Nov. 13th 6PM-Midnight
On view: Nov. 13th – Nov. 24th

Taking place at New Puppy Gallery
2808 Elm Street in Los Angeles

An interview with Brian M. Viveros

Brian M. Viveros alongside 'Samur-Rising' - his largest painting to date.

An interview with Brian M. Viveros

Thinkspace is pleased to present the debut Los Angeles solo exhibition from Riverside, California based artist Brian M. Viveros. The Dirtyland will feature a series of new oil paintings on wood alongside a series of mixed media works on paper and a small edition of hand-touched unique screen prints on wood. The exhibition will also showcase a mixed-media installation featuring a new short film directed by the artist alongside sculptural works created in collaboration with artist Gustavo Ponce.

'Dirtyland 4 Life' in Viveros' Riverside studio

Artist bio:
Celebrated fetish artist Brian M. Viveros is internationally embraced for his erotic paintings of doe-eyed beauties with Marlboros dangling seductively from their lips and has also recently been utilizing the medium of film to capture the dark and evocative debris that radiates from his mind. His paintings are a drunken mix of oil, airbrush, acrylic, and ink. In his work Viveros shines a light on his own inner world and society at large and aims to captivate even the most jaded eyes.

Viveros’ recognition accelerated with his participation in ‘The Art of Porn’ exhibition held in Switzerland (1997), where he exhibited alongside H.R. Giger. Since then Viveros’ work has been exhibited extensively in North America and Europe in numerous gallery shows and at Aqua Art Miami (2009) and GenArt’s Vanguard Fair (2008). His work has also been featured in numerous books including Les Barany’s ‘Carnivora: The Dark Art Of Automobiles’, Harry Saylor and Carolyn Frisch’s ‘Edgy Cute: From Neo-Pop to Low Brow and Back Again‘, Matt Jordan’s ‘Weirdo Noir‘, and Erotic Signature’s ‘The World’s Greatest Erotic Art of Today – Vol. 1 and Vol. II’.

His work has also been featured in the pages of Juxtapoz (no. 118), Secret Magazine, In the Flesh, Skin Two, Drawing Blood, Darks Art, Joia Magazine, Tattoo Extreme, XFUNS Magazine, Let’s Motive, Truce, Digital Temple, Riviera Magazine, Uce Magazine, Ego Magazine, Real Detroit Weekly, .ISM Quarterly, Tattoo Society, Dark Art’s Parlour Magazine, Revolution Art, Iniciativa Colectiva, Fetish Magazine, and was also recently featured on the TV show ‘LA Ink’ (where artist Nikko Hurtado tattooed one of Viveros’ paintings onto a client).

Viveros made his directing debut in 2005 with his quietly eerie, boldly stylized short film Dislandia, a psycho-drama revolving around a young girl who exists in a desolate world full of dreamlike images that range from bizarre to symbolic and erotic. Southern, his latest surreal film, returns cinema to the unclean. Southern is an experience of primordial sights, sounds, and sentiment, blanketed by a fog of troubling eroticism and violence. Viveros was also recently featured on the Sundance Channel’s ‘Pleasure for Sale’ where they featured a behind the scenes look at the artist and the dislandic crew that helped him to create his film Southern .

'Dirty, Dirty' in all its glory on display in Viveros' Riverside studio

Please talk a lil’ bit about your new series making up ‘The Dirtyland’.
Dirty, very dirty my friend. Just kiddin’, the series is a mad, mad world of New Smoking troops showing off there new helmets, new smokes, battle scars… total no holds barred. The Smoking Arm-Me of power will be marching there way into Thinkspace on October 2nd so go get your best helmet and come out to the Dirtyland. The exhibition will feature my largest painting to date ‘Samur-Rising’.

Viveros at work on 'Scorpio Rising' - one of his largest works to date

You’re also shooting a new short film to premiere at the opening of ‘The Dirtyland’ – can you a share a bit of the concept behind this new short?
In our traditional dislandic-southernesk approach to filming, me and Mr. Eriijk Ressler will be putting together a little four to five minute surreal loop that will be played somewhere hidden inside of the Thinkspace Gallery. Shhhhh come find me. A fun little loop-dee-loop-dee-loop for the whole Dirtyland family to enjoy. That’s about all I can say really because we never know how things are going to unfold when we film. Lets just say there will be a helmet involved and some smokin’ hahaha.

A look inside Viveros' Riverside studio as the works for 'The Dirtyland' come to life (notice the life sized 'Dirty Trooper' hiding in the back)

Your friend Gustavo Ponce collaborated with you on the sculptural works that will be included in ‘The Dirtyland’ as well as the must-see installation. Can you tell us a lil’ bit about how this collaboration came about?
After I had the title in mind for the exhibition there were these ideas that we’d talked about and discussed in the past. If I ever I did have a Dirtyland show we should do this or could we do this. Always thinking ahead and trying to push the envelope. I had the idea sketched out in my head for sometime. After talking it over with Gustavo, who’s worked with me on past films and is just an amazing sculptor, he assured me and said “Yeah, I can rock this homie” and let’s just say he fukin’ killed it. So for all you coming out to the exhibition you are in for a really dirty treat. Hats off to my close friend and homie Mr. Gustavo Ponce for bringing the Dirtyland to life. IT’S ALIVE, ALIVE!! You can check out more of Gustavo Ponce’s work at: www.gustavoponce.com

A sneaky blurry look at the 'Dirty Troopers' sculpted by Gustavo Ponce in collaboration with Viveros for 'The Dirtyland' - trust me, this installation has to be seen in person!!!

Please tell us what helmets mean to you / what they represent in your work?
To me, the helmets represent STRENGTH. When you wear a helmet you feel strong, you feel protected, like you’re ready to go into battle and take mutha-fuckas out.

Close-up view of 'All I See Is Red' - one of Viveros' largest paintings to date

At what moment did you realize you wanted to be a full-time artist?
Early on as a child I was always into art. I was always into anything different and constantly being creative, I started making my own splatter films at age twelve and drawing since I could hold a pencil. I saw a lot as a kid and I still use a lot of these elements to help decorate my Arm-me of Smoking gals.

Viveros at work on one of his largest paintings to date, 'Bleed For Me', in his Riverside Studio

What do you consider to be your biggest overall influence?
I’m inspired by so many things… music, movies, people, words, my dogs, my skulls, smoke, everything man, just everything.

'Mata-Adore You Forever' in Viveros' Riverside studio

What have you got coming up in terms of shows after your show with us?
I will be showing at Paul Booth’s Last Rites Gallery in NYC next year and would like to thank all of you Sour Harvest readers out there. See you this October! Cheerzzz!

The FREE POSTER that will be given out to the 1st 200 people through the door on Sat, Oct. 2nd - the opening night of 'The Dirtyland' - Viveros will be hand-signing each poster in gold ink too!

Brian M. Viveros ‘The Dirtyland

Opening Reception: Sat, October 2nd 7-10PM with the artist in attendance
*Free autographed poster to the 1st 200 through the door this weekend + the Komodo Food Truck will be on-site all night serving up the goods

PLEASE NOTE: The digital preview for ‘The Dirtyland’ will go out tomorrow morning on Fri, Sept. 24th. Please be sure you are on our mailing list to receive the digital preview.

6009 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232
Phone: 310.558.3375
Web: www.thinkspacegallery.com
Hours: Wednesday thru Saturday 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. (or by appointment)