Interview with Giorgiko for “Horizon Light”

Thinkspace is pleased to present Horizon Light featuring new work by duo Giorgiko.

Giorgiko’s latest body of work explores the transition and tension between seasons of life so often filled with uncertainty.  What lies in the darkness when the sun fades behind the horizon? Will the darkness flee from the morning light? What will comfort us in times of desperation? Come enter a world where wonder dwells in the mystery between light and shadow.

In anticipation of Horizon Light, our interview with Giorgiko explores their collaborative relationship, creative process, and a romantic comedy starring Jack Black.

SH: For those that are not familiar with your work, can you give us a brief look at your individual artistic backgrounds and how you came to work together?

Darren: Both Trisha and I graduated from ArtCenter College of Design, which is also where we met and started dating. During school, Trisha took a children’s book illustration class, where she wrote a story about a wayfaring little girl. I loved the story, and we talked about possibly working together in the future. Post-grad, we worked separately as illustrators doing small commissions, shows, and freelance jobs. In 2014, we finally decided to collaborate on a few post-it note paintings for GR2’s “Post-it Show” and had so much fun with it. We continued to create and develop our joint style and in late 2018 we officially became “Giorgiko”. 

SH: What’s the story behind the name you chose for your collaborative output?

G: Giorgiko started as a mashup of our middle names George and Songyi. We thought the name Georgie fit our collaborative style well, and sounded a little cuter than our other options: Darisha or Trisharren, haha. As we explored the name further, we found that “Giorgi” comes from the Greek word meaning “farmer” or “earth-worker”, and “-ko” is the Japanese suffix that means “child”. We feel that the resulting meaning of “earth-working child” represents our work very well, as we depict very human emotions and experiences through a childlike lens.

SH: What is the inspiration and themes you explored for this body of work?

G: The main theme we are exploring in this body of work is life transition, as well as the feelings of fear and hope associated with it, metaphorically depicted through the transition between light and dark. It explores the calm before the storm and the storm before the calm. We were inspired by our experiences in life of waiting hopefully for dawn to break in seasons of darkness, and the feelings of bracing for what is to come as the sun dips below the horizon.

SH: Is there a particular piece in this exhibition you feel really challenged the two of you? If so, why and what makes you proud of this piece.

G: In this body of work, we stretched ourselves with more involved and complex imagery, with some of the images featuring multiple characters and other images having diverse and imaginative backgrounds. Probably the most challenging piece for us was “Stampede,” which we redrew and repainted repeatedly as we tried to figure out the character’s pose and the feeling of the piece. In doing so, the image has changed substantially, and in the end we love how it turned out and feel it is a piece that really engages the viewer.

SH: What is your individual favorite and least favorite part of the creative process?

Darren: “My favorite part of the process would have to be ideation. When Trisha and I start talking about an image or series we want to create, it is exhilarating and we often find ourselves building on top of each other’s ideas, making them better and better. My least favorite part of the process is drawing.”

Trisha: “My favorite part of the creative process is when we get on the same page and get all pumped up about the piece or concept. My least favorite part is when we have clashing visions and get annoyed at each other.”

SH: Tell us what you feel is your partner’s artistic strength and how he/she helps you be a better artist (a reply from each would be great here)

Darren: “Trisha has an uncanny ability to create cuteness. It’s in her nature to know how to make everyday moments sweet and convey them in imagery. She can draw with effortlessness and capture these moments in a few simple strokes of her pen. I love this, and it inspires me to pay attention to subtleties in life and work.”

Trisha: “Darren is a total big-picture person, whereas I tend to get stuck in the small details. He is always dreaming, thinking ahead, and problem-solving. He is often the catalyst that sets our exhibitions and storylines into motion.

SH: Who is an artist; musician, director, any art form – who would be a dream collaboration for the two of you and what would you create?

G: The first thing that comes to mind is “Hedgehog in the Fog,” an animated short directed by Yuri Norstein. We’re not familiar with his other works, but we love this super mysterious, dreamy, and weird short of his. We’d love seeing our characters in stop-motion, encountering their fears as well as great beauty in the fog with the little hedgehog.

SH: A Netflix movie is being made about your life / partnership, who would be cast to play each of you (the actor does not need to look like you, more be able to capture your essence) and what kind of movie would it be? 

G: Our Netflix movie would be a romantic comedy war movie, starring Ken Watanabe as Darren and Jack Black as Trisha.

SH: If you could download any skill into your brain, Matrix-style, what would you want to instantly learn?

Darren: “Piano. When I see a professional pianist playing, it feels like they are pushing the notes out of their body in the most satisfying way.”

Trisha: “How to sing like Celine Dion.”

SH: Would you rather be able to talk to animals or read people’s minds?

Darren: “Talk to animals. I feel if I could read people’s minds, every conversation would be too tempting to manipulate.”

Trisha: “Talk to animals. I’m pretty sure I don’t want to know what goes on in people’s minds. Plus, I would like to be able to convince animals to not eat me if the situation were ever to arise.”

SH: Fun Hypothetical: A world-renowned chef wants to make a dish inspired by your artwork and favorite food. What would be the dishes ingredients and what is it similar too?

Trisha: “That’s a hard question because I like things like cheeseburgers and pizza. Maybe something kind of earthy and bitter, with a hint of sweetness that isn’t overpowering, like a cherry on top. Something reminiscent of 87% dark chocolate cake that mostly tastes like dirt, a la mode. Darren likes Japanese food.”

Join us for the opening reception of Horizon Light Saturday, February 29th, from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm.

‘Fauna’ : Bushfire Relief Fundraiser

FAUNA 

Bushfire Relief Fundraiser Curated by Lisa King / Supported by Thinkspace 

100% of all proceeds are going to the Wildlife support/organization WIRES.

Absolutely all funds raised will be donated directly to the cause. Find out more on all the good that WIRES are doing here.  

WHY: Throughout the recent devastating Global Catastrophe of the Australian Bushfires it has been estimated that 1.25 billion native animals have perished. It’s been estimated that as many as 8,400 koalas have been lost in the fires in NSW alone, and these numbers continue to rise. It is with this and a heavy heart that Thinkspace has decided to raise funds with 100% proceeds going to WIRES. 

WIRES Wildlife Rescue is the largest wildlife rescue & rehabilitation charity in Australia. It is a non-profit organization providing rescue and rehabilitation for all native Australian fauna. We want to thank Australian artist Lisa King for spearheading this fundraiser event and bringing together a great collection of creatives to help raise some badly needed funds.

Participating Artists: Aaron Nagel, Adnate, Askew, Case Maclaim, Claire Toms, David Rice, Dulk, Ellie Kammer, Jeremy Geddes, Joshua Smith, Lauren YS, Lisa King, Meggs, Nuno Viegas, Odeith, Pogo, Syd Bee + more to be announced.

Works are available for purchase on our webshop at: https://shop.thinkspaceprojects.com

Meggs – “Our Worlds Needs More Give or Take”

Art Affairs Podcast sits down with Andrew Hosner

A new interview with Thinkspace’s curator and co-founder Andrew Hosner is now live on the Art Affairs podcast. Many thanks to Michael Faith for having him on to chat. Plans are in place to have him on again later in the year to continue their talk.

We love this photo they used in the batch shared with the podcast. We had not seen this shot in a good while… still hard to believe he’s gone. RIP Greg 

https://artaffairspodcast.com/

Josie’s Morway “Watershed” opens February 1st, 2020

JOSIE MORWAY  
Watershed 

Advance Collector Preview will be shared on Wednesday, January 29

Opening Reception: Saturday, February 1 from 6-9 pm

Josie Morway is a painter and designer living and working in Providence, Rhode Island. Her works have shown widely, from the DeCordova Museum in Massachusetts to the streets of Juarez, Mexico.

Moway’s paintings are fragmented narratives, inspired by everyday words and phrases that bombard us – old signage, broken billboards, overheard conversations. Morway is of the opinion that omissions tell half the story.

Substituting animals for human characters in her visual narratives, she explores gestures, postures, and expressions that are familiar and universal but at the same time ambiguous. 

Telmo Miel’s “Encounters ” opens February 1st, 2020

TELMO MIEL  
Encounters 

Advance Collector Preview will be shared on Wednesday, January 29

Opening Reception: Saturday, February 1 from 6-9 pm 

A muralist and image-making duo from the Netherlands, Telmo Miel is Telmo Pieper and Miel Krutzmann. They have worked together since meeting at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam in 2007, officially becoming Telmo Miel in 2012.

The duo’s murals are both surreal and realistically rendered, with a tremendous amount of detail and vibrant color. Able to work fairly seamlessly, their styles have combined to such an extent that they’re able to execute multiple areas in tandem, exchanging places and completing each other’s work.

With a respect for both visions, they found that ‘perspective’ is one of the most important & interesting aspects of art. The perspective of the maker compared to the viewer, the difference in intend, meaning and interpretation. Perspectives on concept, colors and composition and so forth. This idea of ‘multiple viewing points’ and opinions is an ongoing discovery in their work.

They often execute their pieces on a monumental scale, creating huge architecturally sized spray-paint paintings on building façades. Combining multiple elements in a single composition, they layer references to the human and animal worlds to create complex creatures and fantastic scenarios. With positivity, humor and a touch of the romantic, their work is arresting and epic.

Recent paintings contain playfulness in abstraction of reality, attempting to make the viewer see subjects with a different eye; They grew into using multiple images, layered over one another. By cutting away a top layer, another comes forward to complete the design. This provides a convenient abstraction, but the intend is more so to create a sort of marriage between figurative parts. Pieces that weren’t normally seen as one, but now complete each other in weird and beautiful ways.
Recent mural from Telmo Miel in Germany