Interview with Ryol for ‘Reimagined Heroes’ on view at Thinkspace Projects | December 11, 2021 – January 1, 2022

Thinkspace Projects is pleased to present ‘ReImagined Heroes,’ a body of work that provides a small taste of what we can expect from RYOL’s upcoming July 2022 debut U.S. solo exhibition

At a glance, RYOL’s paintings are charmingly whimsical; pop surrealist artworks skillfully done in an illustrative style reminiscent of the world of anime. The visual veneer of his artworks camouflages the fact the artist broaches subjects that are in contrast quite contemporary.

Upon closer examination, the subjects this young artist’s works address are far from frivolous. Among them, critiques of traditional patriarchic society, social behavior that is quick to judge others, as well as the fluidity of modern-day gender and gender roles, to name a few.

To celebrate ‘ReImagined Heroes‘ and Thinkspace Projects final exhibitions of 2021, our interview with RYOL explores his experimentation with different mediums and his insight into the soul of an artist.

What was the inspiration behind this latest body of work? What themes were you exploring?

The inspiration came from the habits of scribbling on the photos of figures in history books.

Theme: focus on ready-made works initiated by Marcel Duchamp whose a label of a contemporary pop artist. The preference of the theme refers to the inspiration for creation that comes from the inspiration I mentioned above.

What was the most challenging piece in this exhibition? How did it help you grow as an artist?

Challenge: I bring the pop artworks to the center of pop culture itself, where the pop culture grows. It’s very challenging because I’m growing up within this pop culture.

As an Eastern person who grew up in the middle of Eastern culture, I’m experiencing today’s global culture. The basic principles of life embedded in local culture have become a culture that I must involve into my area of art.

Well, this is the characteristic of the artwork I brought to the global realm.

In essence, products of pop culture are generated by Western. Regarding this, I have the opinion that pop culture in Indonesia is consumerism. This is the reason why there are some of my works which were made in the form of appropriations.

Could you share what your day-to-day looks like when working on a new body of work?

Starting with the idea that I wanna make, then figuring out the concept. The next step is visualizing. I make the visuals based on the idea and concept. Then I put those visuals on the papers. When it’s in line with what I thought, I just process it on the canvas.

What’s in your “artistic toolbox”? Are you particular about brands you use?

My works are divided into several mediums and media. My explorations are independent of the nature of the mediums. For example: once, I explored oil pastels or crayons on paper. After I finished drawing on paper, I glazed it with Watch Paints which  were mixed with quite a lot of  water.

When the works were perfectly dry, the results were beyond my expectation. I also did the explorations on my canvas works. For example: I used raw canvas for oil pastel (medium). The results were different from the paper ones that had smooth surfaces.

There were also some canvas explorations that used transparent methods. Transparent method here is a particular method I applied by laying the acrylic paints with sufficient moisture content layer by layer. This accumulation then formed an object. I also used visual techniques, such as stencils, splashing paints, and many more.

How do you like to unwind outside of the studio?

I commonly go home, take a shower, then watch videos of interviews (about artists). Everything relates to YouTube. When I’m bored with those activities, I prefer hunting sneakers.

Do you have a process for sourcing and/or keeping track of your inspiration?

I always look for inspiration. When I am presented with a new canvas or a paper for an upcoming event, I keep searching for inspiration.

Most artists express themselves creatively as a child, but there is a moment when a shift occurs from just being creatively inclined to being more artistically minded – do you know when that moment was for you?

When I’m bored, I don’t think I’m creative. I always find that it’s hard to think of something creative. Moving from this boredom, I’m required not to be in boredom and have to create something fresh at least for myself. One thing I need to say: creating something fresh doesn’t always generate something new.

Where have you traveled to either work on a mural or showcase your work in a gallery space?

When I visited Art Stage, Singapore. It was the first time I saw the works created by the great artists like Yoshitomo Nara and others who really inspired me to always create the works.

Do you have a favorite destination/wall and why?

This question is the same as the friends’ question: if you were given an opportunity to exhibit your works in the big gallery, which would you choose? I answered: I will display my works in the gallery that invited me today, right now. It means big galleries are definitely the good and favorite ones for me.

I thought I should create a good work for every exhibition that will be held today.

Thinkspace and other big galleries are the galleries I frequently see in Juxtapoz Magazine. From this, I just thought one day I would definitely be there.

What words of wisdom would you share with your past self when you were just starting to show your work/ create murals?

The language of art is the art itself. I have always thought that art is borderless, meaning that art doesn’t need language in it.

Is there anything in your artistic journey that you wish you may have done differently?

I think the artist is a soul who has to see things; and fine art is the instrument I used to express my soul. I’m also interested in exporting the elements outside of fine art. I personally get more interesting ideas when I implement them outside of fine art. Once, I thought about making interior designs with my taste and artistic soul. I even designed my own house with my artistic soul. Many things I should be able to do everyday related to ideas outside of the fine arts.

What did you find to be the biggest challenge of 2020 for you?

My biggest challenge in 2020 was there were a lot of big moments in my career, but I fought my fear of exploration. And yes, this year there are opportunities and new possibilities keep coming. This is against the thoughts that I had believed before.

What is your proudest accomplishment of 2021? Life thus far? (can be art-related or not)

I’m able to explore the simplest things in my head and turn them into the amazing works displayed in several countries.

What big projects do you have coming up in 2022?

The upcoming shows are 3 big solo shows collaborated with several big galleries. The next upcoming project is the labeling RYOL Studio as a company that focuses on producing & branding the side products for the secondary markets. These side products are taken from my own original works.

I will also release some ideas beyond my fine art into an area of design. I named it ORIGINALCOPY as the brand. This is a continuing pure idea of mine, and I will always apply it to products of designs.

Interview with Ador for ‘Tales of Past Times’ on view at Thinkspace Projects | December 11, 2021 – January 1, 2022

Thinkspace Projects is pleased to present ‘Tales of Past Times,’ the debut west coast solo show of Ador, one of three revered street artists featured this month, who have remained relevant and versatile over the years, blessing walls around the world, and now our gallery walls.

ADOR’s ‘Tales of Past Times’ presents novel scenes that allow the viewer to create their own story and interpretation. The work contains the humanoid characters that have made ADOR’s murals so iconic, albeit on a smaller scale. In his newest works, he has created work that is influenced by and even extracted from, tales of our own deviances. Although the characters are whimsical, they are deeply rooted in reality, thanks to ADOR’s observational nature.

To celebrate ‘Tales of Past Times’ and Thinkspace Projects final exhibition of 2021, our interview with Ador explores how his work builds upon itself and what he’s looking forward to in 2022

What was the inspiration behind this latest body of work? What themes were you exploring?

Tales of Past Times is a summation of my work in general. I use to represent childish characters as if they come from modern tales and some have few meanings behind.

What was the most challenging piece in this exhibition? How did it help you grow as an artist?

All experiences complete the former and feed the next. What is important is the body of works, I can’t talk about only one.

Every research and every project is a step.

Could you share what your day-to-day looks like when working on a new body of work?

My sketchbook is everyday burning and as ready as possible to let be a vessel that births a corpus of ideas. I notate, I write, I draw every day and sometimes an idea make come at any point in my day and in this case, I only have one thing in mind: let it exist.

What’s in your “artistic toolbox”? Are you particular about brands you use?

Sketchbook is the first tool and a starting point for everything. I develop a universe that I make alive with murals, canvases, drawings, books and shows.

How do you like to unwind outside of the studio?

I share my time between studio woks and murals, more or less, half & half. Each one needs the other.

Do you have a process for sourcing and/or keeping track of your inspiration?

I try to capture the craziest part of our surrounding. I can be in the street, in a great exhibition, in books, or when watching a bad movie.

Most artists express themselves creatively as a child, but there is a moment when a shift occurs from just being creatively inclined to being more artistically minded – do you know when that moment was for you?

I keep playing as a kid, and we call it work, but when I produce an image, I’m this kid who keeps playing.

Where have you traveled to either work on a mural or showcase your work in a gallery space? Do you have a favorite destination/wall and why?

As I said before, every trip or project needs the one before and feeds the next. It can be close to the place I live or at the end of the world, my approach is to stay on the train (or thought) and allow myself to keep bouncing between each idea.

Travel is the best way to find myself in a situation that feeds creativity. No favorite place. I went to many countries for shows or murals and each one is important in what I build.

What words of wisdom would you share with your past self when you were just starting to show your work/ create murals? Is there anything in your artistic journey that you wish you may have done differently?

I wouldn’t imagine 10 years ago make those kind of project happen. Today I’m so happy to share it and feel supported. I keep enthusiasm and I go on in sharing it. Maybe it’s the key.

What did you find to be the biggest challenge of 2020 for you?

Make life goes on and keep trusting in (some) humans. Without enthusiast people, nothing happens.

What is your proudest accomplishment of 2021? Life thus far? (can be art-related or not)

Every day, or week, or month I find a new accomplishment that makes me smile.

The show at Thinkspace is one of the more important and beautiful projects I had.

What big projects do you have coming up in 2022?

A book about 18 years of painting, I work at 2 solo shows, and I want to make kids book.

Adors first language is French. We have slightly edited Adors answers where appropriate, but have left most of the responses untouched to maintain the integrity of the interview and sentiment expressed.

Interview with PEZ for ‘One Smile, Many Styles’ on view at Thinkspace Projects | December 11, 2021 – January 1, 2022

Thinkspace Projects is thrilled to present ‘One Smile, Many Styles,’ the debut west coast solo show of PEZ, one of three revered street artists featured this month, who have remained relevant and versatile over the years, blessing walls around the world, and now our gallery walls.

In this latest body of work, PEZ has curated his recent endeavors. Rather than feeling confined to the painting, the medium he is best known for, he explores a variety of mediums, creating a cohesive experience that immerses viewers in what he has dubbed the “PEZ Universe.” He asks his fans to travel to this fantastical place exploring all his different styles and mediums. Here, one can find sculptures, acrylic works, spray paint based works, wood cuts and other surprises. He aims to stimulate his signature joy in others.

To celebrate ‘One Smile, Many Styles’ and Thinkspace Projects final exhibition of 2021, our interview with PEZ explores his artistic toolbox, favorite destination his work has taken him, and what he’s looking forward to in 2022.

What was the inspiration behind this latest body of work? What themes were you exploring?

I got my inspiration for my own creations trying to recreate and reinvent my styles taking like a reference mi old works I like it more.

What was the most challenging piece in this exhibition? How did it help you grow as an artist?

Every piece was a challenge, I feel that a work of art is for life and creating something that can never be modified is always a challenge, maybe most challenging was my sculptures painted by spraycan with stencils. I feel I’m growing up as an artist creating sculptures and starting a new medium.

What’s in your “artistic toolbox”? Are you particular about brands you use?

I love to sketch on pencil on my sketchbook, then continue working on the IPad coloring and then vectoring my lines in Illustrator to do the stencils. My best spray paint will be forever Montana Colors also I love Liquitex and Golden High Quality on the acrylics.

How do you like to unwind outside of the studio?

I use to share and play with my kids, have a good dinner in my fav restaurant with my wife and then go to dance with her, enjoy a barbecue with my friends, cook delicious dishes in my kitchen, see a movie with my family eating popcorn.

Do you have a process for sourcing and/or keeping track of your inspiration?

I go with the flow!

Most artists express themselves creatively as a child, but there is a moment when a shift occurs from just being creatively inclined to being more artistically minded – do you know when that moment was for you?

When I started to paint graffiti in 1999.

Where have you traveled to either work on a mural or showcase your work in a gallery space? Do you have a favorite destination/wall and why?

Moscow Russia, where I had the opportunity to paint my biggest wall in my life, 18 floors of fun and creativity –  I’m going back this year to paint a big one again.

What words of wisdom would you share with your past self when you were just starting to show your work/ create murals? Is there anything in your artistic journey that you wish you may have done differently?

I think that everything I did in the past was just what I felt at that moment and I would not change anything about my evolution as an artist since everything happened in a very natural way of which I am very proud

What did you find to be the biggest challenge of 2021 for you?

Keep creating as I please and keep surprising my fans with new creations.

What is your proudest accomplishment of 2021? Life thus far? (can be art-related or not)

Earn money to buy my new house.

What big projects do you have coming up in 2022?

New Murals in Austin, Monaco, Moscow, Miami, Seoul, Paris, exhibitions in Barcelona, Mallorca, Miami, Tokyo, my new Art-Toy and my first collection of NFT’s.

Virtual Tour of Ador, PEZ, DRAGON76 Reen Barrera, and Ryol Exhibitions | December 11 – January 1 at Thinkspace Projects

Virtual tour of Ador’s Tales of Past Times, Pez’s One Smile, Many Styles, DRAGON76’s NoroshiReen Barrera’s Ugly Phasesand Ryol’s Reimagined Heroes exhibitions now on view through January 1st.

Virtual Tour: https://players.cupix.com/p/ds4Le5ay

Virtual tour created by Birdman

Opening Reception of Ador, PEZ, DRAGON76, Reen Barrera, and Ryol Exhibitions | December 11 – January 1 at Thinkspace Projects

Thank you to all those who attended Ador’s Tales of Past Times, Pez’s One Smile, Many Styles, DRAGON76’s Noroshi, Reen Barrera’s Ugly Phases, and Ryol’s Reimagined Heroes exhibitions now on view through January 1st.

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