Recommended openings for this weekend…

Allison Sommers "Annunciation" - showing this month at Exhibit A Gallery as part of their 'Bipolar' group show
Allison Sommers "Annunciation" - showing this month at Exhibit A Gallery as part of their 'Bipolar' group show

Thurs, August 27th 6-10PM
BFF Storefront Gallery
4316 Melrose Ave (near Heliotrope) in Los Angeles
“Joyride Art Show” in conjunction with the Bicycle Film Festival – group show presented in collaboration with New Image Art and Anonymous Gallery featuring works from Kenny Scharf, Martha Cooper, Kelsey Brookes, Cheryl Dunn, Maya Hayuk, Scott Campbell, Erik Foss, Mike Giant, Mear One, Chris Stain, Geoff McFetridge, AIKO, Ellis Gallagher, Leo Fitzpatrick, Rich Jacobs, I LOVE DUST, James Jean, Aakash Nihalani, and many, many more.

Fri, August 28th 6-10PM
The Gas Company Lofts
810 Flower Street in Los Angeles
“Kaboom!” featuring new works from Michael Pukac and Mear One plus both will be painting live
(On view through Sept. 4th)

Fri, August 28th 7-11PM
Ronin Gallery
1924 Echo Park Ave in Los Angeles
“In the Flat Field” featuring new works from Parskid and Julian Duron
(On view through Sept. 25th)  

Sat, August 29th 9PM-1AM (Admission is $8 – $6 entrance with a costume)
New Location: 2079 E. 15th St Los Angeles, CA 90021 – Just off of Alameda, near the 10 Freeway / Cross street is Santa Clara
With featured Artist Kelly Berg and live Performance from the Ephemme Suspension Performance (ESP), plus live music and fashion show alongside live painting from Mear One and Michael Pukac along with Live Body Painting from Bryan Crump and a huge group show featuring works from Mark Mothersbaugh, Robert Miltenberg, Chris Peters, Chet Zar, Mear One, Alex Garcia, Ekundayo, Paul Chatem, Dabs and Myla, Nate Seubert, Craig “Skibs” Barker, Tiki Jay One, Liz Brizzi, Joe Bravo, Brian Robertson, Michael Pukac, L. Croskey, Erick Rodriguez, Delphia, Anton Godard, Donna Louise Seron, Katherine Siy, Nicole Bruckman, Macsorro, Salah, John P. Wales, Shay Davis, Paul Torres, Patrick Hammerlein, Kyle Harper, Shahid Brown, Michele Waterman, Emiliana Henriquez, Matt Rae, Terri Berman, Douglas Alvarez, Carlos Ulloa, Richard Arthur, Kelly Thompson, Stephen Canthal, Taslimur, Rebecca Peloquin, Dion Macellari, Brendan Tierney, Rory Gilmore, John Hicks, Snow Mack, Emily Scott, David Foto, Mickey M. Edtinger, Sergio D. Robleto, N.S. David, Yuki Miyazaki, Atiba Azikiwe Andrews, Jose Carabes, Cambria, Glenn Arthur, Cate Rangel, Ubaldo Miranda Villa, Greg Yoshitaki, Elizabeth Caffey, Marla Carter, Donna Letterese, Sarah Ramirez, Michelle Cohen and more along with resident DJ’s Mr. NumberOnederful and X-Point along with guest DJ’s DJ Jas Shepherd of KPFK’s Forward Motion along with Patrick Icon of C.A.V.E Gallery ad DJ Bus Rider
(One-night only event)

Sat, August 28th 7-11PM
Exhibit A Gallery
1086 South Fairfax Ave in Los Angeles / 323.954.7295
“Bipolar” group show featuring works from Allison Sommers, Bigfoot, James Naccarato, Melissa Haslam, Mike Maxwell, Nate Frizzell, Sas Christian, Tiffany Liu, Tim Biskup, Jenn Porreca and many more

Sat, August 29th 7-11PM
Gallery Nucleus
210 East Main Street in Alhambra / 626.458.7477
“Sweet Streets” is a group show celebrating the enigmatic cool of Japanese Harajuku street fasion co-curated by CARO, the show’s impressive lineup features 40+ artists including Yumiko Kayukawa, CARO, Junko Mizuno, Angie Mason, Yoko d’Holbachie, Elizabeth Ito, Mizna Wada, Tiffany Liu, Hideo Okamoto, Griselda Sastrawinata, Kevin Dart, Fawn Fruits, Tessar Lo, Stef Choi, tokidoki, Anna Chambers, Kozyndan, Mari Inukai, Karen Chau, Jeremyville, You Byun, Attaboy, Lauren Gregg, SKAFFS, Kirsten Ulve, Thomas Han, Tim Biskup & Tigerlily, & Danni Luo and the opening feature music from the streets of Tokyo and appearances by Harajuku girls
(On view through Sept. 14th)

Sat, August 29th 8-10PM
Goodform Salon
725 N. Fairfax Ave
“Age Of Reason” featuring new works from Nathan Spoor

Sat, August 29th 8-10PM
Japanese American National Museum
369 East 1st Street in Los Angeles / 213.625.0414
“Glorious Excess (Dies)” featuring new works from Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park
(On view through Oct. 4th)

Sat, August 29th – doors @ 7PM
Riverside Municipal Auditorium
3485 Mission Inn Ave. in Riverside
‘Sea No Evil Art Show 2009′ benefit auction featuring works from Anthony Lister, Arnold Cornelio, Ashley Macomber, Bwana Spoons, Cathie Bleck, Cali Dewitt, Chivo, Chris Rubino, Chris Ryniak, Greg ‘Craola’ Simkins, Dave Cooper, Dave Kinsey, Deph, Dire, Dustin Ortiz, Dylan Martorell, Fabian Iezzi, Jonathan Garcia, Justin Heathcoat, George Thompson, Glen E. Friedman, Gregory Euclide, Gretchen Ryan, Heather Carlton “Hezaa”, Hydro 74, Iqvinder Singh, Jeff Phillips, Jeff Soto, Jeffrey Pidgeon, Jennifer Becker, Jon Chase, Kevin Christy, Kevin Peterson, Logan Hicks, Lola, Louis Henderson, Madsteez, Marc Hemeon, Mars-1, Maxx 242, Maya Hayuk, Melinda Read, Michael Muller, Michael Sieben, Mike Stilkey, Munk One, Nathan Fischer, Neko, Oliver Sutter, Peggy Oki, Priscilla Iezzi, Renee Lawter, Renta, Ryan Jacob Smith, Scott Morse, Shaunna Peterson, Shepard Fairey, Six Gun Drums, Steven Daily, Tim Biskup, and Travis Millard

Sat, August 29th 8-11PM
Solid Gallery One
334 N. Fairfax Ave in Los Angeles
“Collaborations” a group show celebrating their 2 Year Anniversary featuring collaborative works from Axis, H.R. Giger, Slymenstra Hymen, 13:11, Miss Wendy, Eyesr, and many more
(On view through Oct. 18th)

Joao Ruas launches new site / print release(s) coming soon…

Joao Ruas Fables cover

Joao Ruas has been busy at work on upcoming covers for the Fables franchise as well as preparing to release his first prints.

Joao also just launched his new website – – be sure to check it out.

In addition to the prints Joao will be releasing himself via his site next month, look for a limited edition giclee print to be released from Thinkspace soon as well.


“Enkindu & Gilgamesh”
12×12″ giclee print
Hand signed and numbered by the artist
Limited edition of 30 prints (+ 5 artist proofs)
*more details and pricing to be announced soon…

Up next look for a couple of new works from Joao in LeBasse Project‘s special NYC show coming together for this November to be followed with a couple of new works for our booth at Aqua Art Miami this December. After that he’ll be hard at work on his debut Los Angels solo with us for April 2010. More to follow soon including some very big news from Mr. Ruas.

Juxtapoz 15th Anniversary Auction hits LA on Nov. 14th…


Juxtapoz has been busy preparing for thier upcoming 15th Anniversary Art Auction. “The Big Payback” is a benefit presented by Upper Playground in collaboration with Power House Project of Detroit. The art auction will help raise funds to purchase and renovate foreclosed and abandoned homes in the Detroit area.

More on Powerhouse Project:

The auction features original artwork from well over 100 national and internationally renowned contemporary artists including: Swoon, CR Stecyk III, Shepard Fairey, Robert Williams, Todd Schorr, Estevan Oriol, Mister Cartoon, Doze Green, Todd “Reas” James, Thomas Campbell, Tim Biskup, KR, Big Daddy Roth, WK Interact, Clayton Brothers, Andrew Schoultz, James Jean, Ron English, David Choe, Mike Giant, Paul Insect, Jeremy Fish, Alex Pardee, Saber, David Ellis, Boogie, D*Face, Cody Hudson, Herbert Baglione, Craola, and more along with add’l curatorial assistance from Shooting Gallery, Copro Gallery, New Image Art, Jonathan LeVine Gallery, Fifty24SF Gallery, White Walls Gallery and ourselves.

We’re honored to have been asked to take part and have asked the following Thinkspace regulars to donate works for this special charitable event:
Allison Sommers, Joshua Mays, L. Croskey, Ekundayo, Nathan DeYoung, Tony Philippou, Craig “Skibs” Barker, Sarah Joncas, Cherri Wood, Tran Nguyen, Brett Amory, Dan-ah Kim, Catherine Brooks, Kelly Vivanco, David MacDowell and Erik Siador

From November 9-19, 2009, the public will be able to bid on the artwork online. Additionally, in celebration of the auction and Juxtapoz’s 15th anniversary, Upper Playground in collaboration with SA Studios will host an exclusive event in Los Angeles on November 14th, 2009 at The Factory Place Arts Complex to view the featured artwork on display and meet with the contributing artists. More info to follow soon on this.

In order to shed further light on every artist who has generously contributed original artwork, will feature each artist alongside his or her donated artwork that will be available for bidding in November. They kicked things off today with SWOON, watch for regular updtes to follow as we head into the event this November. Can’t wait!

Keep tabs on the pieces for the auction coming together and bid online here.

Mr. Jago ‘Back Talk’ feature at…

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UK based artist Mr. Jago just completed the new ‘Back Talk’ feature with Juxtapoz as part of the set up for our show with him coming up on August 14th. Check out the full feature here.

The works are looking super strong and we’re excited to be hosting the largest collection of works yet from Mr. Jago in the Los Angeles area.

Check out additional shots from Jago’s studio here.

ModArt – A Celebration of 20 Issues & All That Lay Ahead
August 14th – September 4th
Opening Reception: Fri, August 14th, 7-11PM

4210 Santa Monica Blvd. in Los Angeles

Brian Viveros print release…

Brian Viveros 'Mess With The Bull'
Brian Viveros 'Mess With The Bull'

“Mess With The Bull”
12×16″ giclee print on Museo Portfolio Rag paper
Hand embellished, signed and numbered by the artist
Limited edition of 12 prints – ‘The Dirty Dozen’ (+ 3 artist proofs)
All prints are professionally mounted and framed by Sherman Gallery
LIMIT 1 PER CUSTOMER/ORDER – $400 each plus s&h

Framed image of 'Mess With The Bull'
Framed image of 'Mess With The Bull'

A note from Brian Viveros on the hand embellishment process:
– First what I did is I watered down some acrylic flesh tones and ran it through my custom micron to bring up certain areas bringing this print more to life. I wanted to bring more life to this print as a whole so I worked on each one individually adding to the face and body, just lil’ subtleties ya’ know – not taking away but adding more, something special to each one so its not just your everyday print.

– I then focused on my signature cigarette and eyes adding more detail with white to highlight the lips a little more and the cigarette ash looks even more lit and the eyes I made even deeper and more seductive with a slight touch of black.

– Last I came in with red (“The Blood”) overlaying each rose, her lips and the cape of the bullfighter so that each really pops and adds a little more life and richness to it. Practically bleeding off the paper.

What’s most important is just taking the time to give back & add a little somethin’-somethin’ for those that are purchasing this special print, not to mention the complimentary Spanish bullfighting reddish-black frame to keep her safe. The additions and embellishments are subtle, but it’s just cool and makes it that much more.

Frame closeup
Frame closeup

We’re honored to bring you all this special print. We showcased the original of “Mess With The Bull” at last December’s GenArt Vanguard fair during Art Basel and it was one of the most popular works we brought down to Miami by far.

Please shoot a mail to now to request your print. There’s been a huge demand for this, and we expect this dirty dozen to sell out quick, so please don’t sleep if you’re serious about wanting one.