Thank you for joining the virtual opening of Hilda Palafox’s ‘Cuando Baja Le Marea (When The Tide Comes Down)’ and Kayla Mahaffey’s ‘Deconstructed.’

Thank you to everyone that joined us on our Instagram for the “opening” of Hilda Palafox’s Cuando Baja Le Marea (When The Tide Comes Down) and Kayla Mahaffey’s Deconstructed.

Please look over the below collection of links to enjoy both exhibits via an array of tours and photographs, as well as links to view the complete bodies of new works from both artists and interviews with each as well.

We can’t thank you all enough for your support during these rather uncertain times. We feel that art is more important now than ever, giving our souls and psyches a much-needed escape and providing the fuel for our minds to wander.

We can’t wait to see you all in our gallery again soon. Until then, stay inspired and stay strong.

Click HERE to view Palafox’s new works

Click HERE to view Mahaffey’s new works

Click HERE to view a self-guided virtual tour of both exhibitions 

Click HERE to view a professionally shot video tour of both exhibitions 

Click HERE to view installation photographs of both exhibitions  

Click HERE to view a video of our studio visit with Palafox  

Click HERE to read our interview with Palafox 

Click HERE to read our interview with Mahaffey 

Online Schedule of Virtual Events: 

Tune in each Monday at 4 pm PST for ‘Magic Mondays’ with our good friend WORM and some of his fellow magicians, who will wow us all. We’ll give everyone a look at the exhibitions as well, and maybe give away some stuff… you won’t know unless you join us. 

 Tune in each Friday around 6 pm PST for our ‘Thinkspace Happy Hour’. Join us as we go live on our Instagram with Mr. NumberOnederful spinning tunes and share some good vibes and enjoy a wine or three with us as we tour our space. 

Photo Tour of Our Latest Exhibition with Hilda Palafox (aka Poni) and Kayla Mahaffey

A photo tour through Hilda Palafox’s (aka Poni) “Cuando Baje La Marea” and Kayla Mahaffey’s “Deconstructed” at Thinkspace Projects.

Online Schedule of Virtual Events:

Monday, May 4 at 2PM pacific time we will share a link to our self-guided virtual tour of both exhibitions on all of our social networks

Monday, May 4 at 4PM pacific time we will debut ‘Magic Mondays’ with our close friend @wormtv who will wow us all with his slight of hand magic.

Photos courtesy @birdmanphotos

Virtual Opening Reception for Hilda Palafox (aka PONI) and Kayla Mahaffey

Excited to share the new works from Hilda Palafox (aka Poni) and Kayla Mahaffey with you all. Both artists have delivered absolutely incredible new bodies of work.

Online Schedule of Virtual Events:

Saturday, May 2 at 12:00 noon pacific time we will post our professionally shot video tour of both our May exhibitions to our Instagram TV

Saturday, May 2 from 1-2PM pacific time we will go live on our Instagram Stories to tour both exhibitions, have a bit of fun, giveaway some stuff and answer some questions

Sunday, May 3 at 2pm pacific time we will post a full set of photos from both exhibitions to our Facebook and blog

Monday, May 4 at 2PM pacific time we will share a link to our self-guided virtual tour of both exhibitions on all of our social networks

Monday, May 4 at 4PM pacific time we will debut ‘Magic Mondays’ with our close friend @wormtv who will wow us all with his slight of hand magic.

Studio visit with Hilda Palafox for her upcoming solo show “Cuando Baje La Marea”

Studio visit with Hilda Palafox for her upcoming solo show “Cuando Baje La Marea” opening May 2 at Thinkspace.

Following her inclusion in our landmark “Instruments of Change” exhibition at the Fullerton Museum Center, we are excited and honored to showcase her largest body of work in the States to date.

Online Schedule of Virtual Events:

Saturday, May 2 at 12:00 noon pacific time we will post our professionally shot video tour of both our May exhibitions to our Instagram TV

Saturday, May 2 from 1-2PM pacific time we will go live on our Instagram Stories to tour both exhibitions, have a bit of fun, giveaway some stuff and answer some questions

Sunday, May 3 at 2pm pacific time we will post a full set of photos from both exhibitions to our Facebook and blog

Monday, May 4 at 2PM pacific time we will share a link to our self-guided virtual tour of both exhibitions on all of our social networks

Monday, May 4 at 4PM pacific time we will debut ‘Magic Mondays’ with our close friend @wormtv who will wow us all with his slight of hand magic.

Watch for the return of the ‘Thinkspace Happy Hour’ every Friday around 6PM as we go live on our Instagram Stories during the run of our May exhibitions. We’ll have live DJ action with Mr. NumberOneDerful spinning as we share good vibes and enjoy a wine or three with you all.

Video courtesy @birdmanphotos

Cuando baje la marea

Cuando baje la marea

The intrinsic softness of silence; in the midst of darkness we often mistake solid ground for certainty. 

Amongst the cosmic alignment lay the possibilities of every single one of our existences. As the tide lowers our bodies follow, reaching and crawling to get hold of what the water and salt have whispered to us. Confronting immensity to plot against her, believing truth should be spelled out to us in the syllables we find comfort in. As we scheme the path to our grand finale before we notice, she will have already drowned us. 

Could you best attempt to remember when you helped her carry the weight of the ocean? The night you did not seek for its ending and lent a hand to an old friend. Erasing every horizon, shifting the meaning of reality; lost between beneath or above, resistance and malleability dissolving. The smell of the changing seasons and their secrets, the disappearing aches of your own secrets and fears. Blending your eyes with hers, in the end, aren’t we all the same underwater? 

In Hilda Palafox’s latest body of work the artist found a calling for the unveiling of her future from a tarot card reading that repeatedly revealed the moon card. The moon here is understood as the drive for the discovery of something laying in front of our eyes that we are unable to see up until the tide lowers. For the artist, such revelation has yet to come. 

Carefully depicting the playful lack of an epiphany through rough strokes and layering of colors; portraying her own struggles in tearing down the perception she has of herself. A subtle release of the mind comes with the optic illusion of the place she wants the viewer to inhabit. Corpulent figures settling into the canvas aiming for doubt over clarity. Unifying her pictorial universe through the shift of focus to imagery before color. This exploration of a mystery placed upon her lap becomes a proven reality that answers are not revealed on command but rather unleash our capacity to outgrow ourselves. 

Erasing the limit of space and volume, a balance between emphasizing on highlighted figures and the disappearance of contrast; a romantic mise-en-scène of intuition blending with the desperate human need to discover one’s true essence. 

By Ivonne Alcántara

(Spanish versión)

La intrínseca suavidad del silencio; en medio de la oscuridad solemos confundir el suelo firme con certidumbre. 

Entre el alineamiento cósmico se encuentran todas las posibilidades de cada una de nuestras existencias. Como baja la marea nuestrxs cuerpxs la siguen, añorando, gateando hacia ella para aprehender lo que el agua y la sal nos susurraron. Confrontando a la inmensidad, conspirando en su contra, creyendo que la verdad se nos debería deletrear con las sílabas que conocemos. Mientras planeamos el camino hacia nuestro gran final, sin darnos cuenta, ella ya nos habrá ahogado. 

¿Podrías intentar recordar cuando la ayudaste a cargar el peso del océano? La noche que no deseabas que terminara, ofreciéndole una mano a una vieja amiga. Borrando todos los horizontes, redefiniendo la realidad; perdidx entre arriba y abajo, la resistencia y la maleabilidad disolviéndose. El aroma de las temporadas cambiando con sus secretos, la desaparición del dolor de tus propios secretos y miedos. Combinando tus ojos con los suyos, al final, no somos todxs iguales bajo el agua?

En el cuerpo de trabajo más reciente de Hilda Palafox la artista se encuentra de frente con un llamado por desvelar lo que el futuro tiene para ella a partir de una lectura de tarot que le reveló tres veces la carta de “La Luna”. El símbolo de la luna se entiende como el empuje hacia el descubrimiento de algo que yace frente a nuestros que nos vemos incapaces de ver hasta que baja la marea para mostrárnoslo. Para la artista, aún no ha llegado tal revelación.

Cuidadosamente representando la alegre ausencia de la Epifanía con trazos rudos y capas sobre capas de colores; presentando su lucha interna por demoler la percepción que tiene de ella misma. Un tipo de liberación sutil de la mente llevada por la ilusión  óptica sobre el lugar a que invita al espectador a habitar. Figuras corpulentas descendiendo sobre el canvas optando por la duda sobre la claridad. Unificando su universo pictórico cambiando el enfoque a la imagen antes del color. Esta exploración por el misterio puesto sobre su regazo es la prueba de que las respuestas no se encuentran a la orden; llevándonos a desencadenar nuestra capacidad de crecer más allá de lo que somos.

Borrando el límite del espacio y el volumen, un equilibrio entre el emphasis de la figura y la desaparición del contraste; un romántico escenario donde la intuición se mezcla con la desesperada necesidad humana por descubrir su verdadera esencia.

Por Ivonne Alcántara