New print from Joao Ruas now available…

Joao print

Exclusive Release
Jan. 22nd, 2010

Thinkspace is excited to announce a new limited edition print release from artist Joao Ruas.

This is the first print we’ve published from Joao Ruas and we’re extremely happy with how it came out. This particular work was a big hit during his sold-out ‘Inner Myth Pt. 1’ exhibition and we felt it was a great fit for our first print with Joao.

“Enkindu & Gilgamesh”
12×12” giclee print on Epson Ultrasmooth smooth cotton rag fine art paper
Hand signed and numbered by Joao
Limited edition of 30 prints (+ 5 artist proofs)
$60 each

To order this print, please click below:

About Joao Ruas:


Born in Brazil, 28-year old artist João Paulo Alvares Ruas was still a young child when his interest for visual art started to grow. Comic books were his first bridge to lines and colors, during high school much of his time was devoted to creative thinking due to the almost alternative education institution he studied under. Later, he took Design as his choice in University.

After a three year stint in London, João went back to his home town, São Paulo, where he works and lives.

To view available original works from Joao, please click here:

Look for Joao to make his return to Los Angeles this coming May at our new gallery space in Culver City.

Thinkspace Gallery
4210 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90029
Thur-Sun 1-6PM or by appointment

An interview with Jesse Hotchkiss…

'Little Planet'
'Little Planet'

An interview with Jesse Hotchkiss

Opening in conjunction with ‘The World Unseen and Those In Between’ from Andy Kehoe is our second solo show with artist and professional skateboarder Jesse Hotchkiss. In Jesse’s new series, he aims to portray moments of dreamlike intimacy, both visually foreign and familiar, yet somehow comforting and empowering to the characters within his work.

“The feeling of surrender washes over everything—a relaxing if daunting position to be in. But Hotchkiss seems to imply that falling, sinking, even being buried, might be just another way to reach something higher.”

“Jesse Hotchkiss is one of these gifted individuals. He has a second-nature style when it comes to riding his skateboard and doing the crazy tricks. You’ve probably seen him somewhere at some time doing his thing, and maybe you agree with me that the dude has some natural talent. The thing is he’s also a very gifted artist and illustrator. His paintings and drawings come directly from the heart, and that’s part of why they’re so easy to enjoy.” – Jeremy Fish’s words in Transworld Skateboarding Magazine

Jesse at work on his deck
Jesse at work on his deck

Please talk a lil’ bit about the general idea/vibe behind your new series of works for “Learning To Fall“? What’s the story with the show’s title?
This new body of work is a reflection of the place I find myself these days. The title, “Learning To Fall”, was extracted from a Blonde Redhead tune called “Falling Man”. The idea of falling, both physically and metaphorically, has been a potent image in my work. It also has played a big role in my physical life; I’ve been learning to fall off my skateboard for two generations. Last May I pinched a nerve in my lower back and was immobilized for quite some time. This injury was the catalyst for exaggerated confusion and darkness in my life. I was no fun for a while… The title and concept was created before this debilitating injury, but this fall only seemed to accentuate a feeling that was already there; a need to get back in touch with the physical. I feel like the more we are in touch with both our physical and emotional shells, the better we will be prepared to eventually let them go. End of life transitioning surrounds us every day, yet it remains one of the biggest taboos. Personally, I feel a great momentum to explore this concept with an open mind and heart; both in my work and life.

On your site you separate your work into four distinct categories (“Air,” “Land” “Love Lump” and “Water”). Please tell us a lil’ about each series?
These are general groupings for my past work. The catagories are essentially the four elements with Love Lump representing fire. The Love Lump series was for a Valentine’s Day themed show titled “Love It Or Leave It”..Look for my revamped website following the Learning To Fall exhibit (

You are also a pro-skater, tell us a lil’ bit about your crazy summer that saw you going across the U.S. and then some?
Thanks to a crash course with my amazing yoga instructor and chiropractor I was able to bounce back (pun intended) and return to my skateboard. Last summer I went on an epic road trip with my friends at American Misfits (a skateboard/comedy show on Fuel TV). For all of August I was driving (sometimes the iconic ’79 Mercedes Benz hearse, complete with skatable coffin) from Los Angeles to Portland, Maine. The premise of this trip was to document all the skate scenes we could find, add slapstick and bands to make eight episodes of American Misfit’s third season. I met so many new and old friends and experiences along the way it was like life in fast-forward. We hit 22 cities in 31 days! It was the best summer ever!…that is except for driving from Alaska to LA the summer before.

'Learning To Fall'
'Learning To Fall'

Much of your new work includes the use of drift wood, did you gather the wood yourself and if so, do you have a favorite spot you regularly hit up?
I’ve been collecting driftwood for years. Mostly I’ve found it on the shores of Goat Rock Beach, Hollister Ranch beaches, and various Alaskan and Oregon beaches.

How did spending time during your youth in New Mexico influence your artwork?
I spent the years between 5th and 12th grade in Santa Fe, NM. I became friends with young artists out there that were inspiring and also somehow affiliated with the skateboard scene. People like Nate Kraw, Joe Melvin, Mike Giant and Sam Flores became my peer teachers. Also I had an amazing art teacher (Gary Myers) in high school that supported all the exploring I was into. Aside from the people, the environment had a profound effect on me. My work often revisits those stark, muted landscapes of the Land of Enchantment.

Jesse at work in his studio
Jesse at work in his studio

If you had an unlimited budget and time was not an issue, what grand artistic vision would you look to bring to life?
First I would acquire a large plot of land with natural swimming holes, hiking trails and seashores. I would invite some close friends to help me build and live in this art house. It would be mostly handmade with lots of personality and space. There would also be a skateboarding component to this community.

Do you listen to music while painting/drawing? If so, do you have a current favorite that inspires?
Silence is golden, yet I also work while listening to music. I find welcoming creative sound-scapes in the music of Ulrich Schnauss, Built to Spill, Augustus Pablo, Tommy Guerrero, Abstract Rude, and Ratatat most recently…

What do you consider your biggest overall influence?
My grandmother’s example of passionate, creative living has influenced me the most.

'Transcending Form'
'Transcending Form'

What have you got coming up in terms of shows after your solo with us – both artistically and on the skate front?
After the Learning To Fall show, I will be exhibiting at Thinkspace Gallery again in January. The show is called ‘A Cry For Help’; it’s an endangered species benefit group art show. I can’t wait to see everyone’s creatures! The American Misfits episodes I skateboarded and acted in will be televised sometime next spring on Fuel TV

Also I have launched a environmentally conscious skateboard company called ShredLife with the producers of the American Misfits show, Laban Pheidias and Ted Newsome. Also on the team is Chris Lambert and Chuck Wampler. I hand draw the majority of the graphics.


My skateboarding/acting will be featured in a music film produced by and for the band Angels and Airwaves. It’s in celebration of their new album “Love”. I believe it will premier on Valentine’s Day ’10.

Back on the art front, look for me in a two man show at 2HeadedHorse Gallery in Echo Park sometime in spring ’10.

'Terra Fermentation'
'Terra Fermentation'

Check out the works featured in ‘Learning To Fall’ here:  

Please shoot a mail to if you are interested in any of the works in the show.

‘Learning To Fall’ featuring new works and a mural from Jesse Hotchkiss

Fri, Dec. 11th 7-11PM

4210 Santa Monica Blvd (near Sunset Junction in Silver Lake area of LA)

Dabs Myla ‘Primary Flight’ mural during Art Basel…

The 'Primary Flight' mural from Dabs Myla
The 'Primary Flight' mural from Dabs Myla

The good folks over at Arrested Motion were down in force last week during Art Basel in Miami, FL. We were so slammed with the action over at Aqua Art Miami, we didn’t get much chance to swing through and check out all the ‘Primary Flight’ action that was going off in the Wynwood district.

Check out the amazing mural from Dabs Myla coming together at the link below:

And be sure to roll through Thinkspace tomorrow night for ‘Earthquake Weather’ featuring a half dozen new works including an amazing collaboration with the one and only Greg Simkins.

Speaking of Craola, if you didn’t check out his interview yet with Dabs Myla over at Juxtapoz, check it out here:

'Diamonds In The Rough' hand touched limited giclee print
'Diamonds In The Rough' hand touched limited giclee print

‘Diamonds in the Rough’
Giclee print on 300gsm cotton rag archival paper
Limited edition of 25
Each hand touched with a unique character (unframed)
36 x 11″
91 x 28 cm

Check out the works featured in ‘Earthquake Weather’ here:

Please shoot a mail to if you are interested in any of the works in the show

‘Earthquake Weather’ new works and a mural installation from Dabs Myla

Fri, Dec. 11th 7-11PM

4210 Santa Monica Blvd (near Sunset Junction in Silver Lake area of LA)

*Pic courtesy of Arrested Motion

Andy Kehoe ‘Back Talk’ interview with

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Fresh off his successful ‘Living In Twilight’ solo show at Jonathan LeVine Gallery in NYC this past spring, Andy Kehoe has not missed a beat and is preparing for his 2nd solo show with us, opening this coming Friday, Dec. 11th.

Check out Kehoe’s recent ‘Back Talk’ feature with here:

Sneak Peek at works from ‘The World Unseen and Those In Between’ coming together here:  

Look for my interview with Kehoe to be posted here early next week.

“The World Unseen and Those In Between” from Andy Kehoe
Opening Reception: Fri, Dec. 11th 7-11PM

4210 Santa Monica Blvd (near Sunset Junction) in Silver Lake area of Los Angeles

If you’d like to receive the digital preview to view the works featured in ‘The World Unseen and Those In Between’ please send a request to

See you in Miami – here’s your roadmap for Art Basel week…

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Art Basel kicks off this week in Miami, and with it over 20 additional art fairs around the city – all playing host to almost 1,000 international galleries. To say this is a must see event in person is a huge understatement. Your eyes will be bleeding on the way home giving new meaning to the term sensory overload.

We’re happy to be taking part again this year in all the fun. Look for Thinkspace at Aqua Art Miami in the Wynwood district at booth #25 showing new works from: Allison Sommers, Brett Amory, Brian Viveros, Dabs Myla, Damon Soule, Ekundayo, Imminent Disaster, Joao Ruas, Kris Lewis, Mr. Jago, Nathan DeYoung, Sarah Joncas, Scott Radke, Seth Armstrong, Tony Philippou, Tran Nguyen, and Yosuke Ueno. Please check out a condensed road map of the main fairs we’ll be hitting up as well as a breakdown of all the special events worth checking out while in Miami below. This is by no means a full listing of all the fairs or special events, but these are the main events happening that feature artists and galleries from our movement. There will be much to discover out of sheer happenstance once in Miami. Can’t wait!

Aqua Art Miami:
(42 NE 25th Street (at North Miami Ave) in the Wynwood Arts District, near important venues like the Rubell Collection and many others)

Noteworthy galleries taking part:
Yves Laroche
Murphy Design
Bold Hype
White Walls
Shooting Gallery
Harold Golen Gallery
Black Maria Gallery

Plus a large outdoor mural from Greg Gossel and daily screenings of ‘Scribble.08’ from Murphy Fine Art Flims in the Aqua Video Lounge

Press / VIP Preview (invite only): Thurs, Dec. 3rd 10AM-1PM

Gen Art Vanguard Official Party: Thurs, Dec. 3rd 8-11PM (*tickets required)

Public Hours:
Thursday, December 3: 1pm – 7pm / Friday, December 4: 11am – 7pm / Saturday, December 5: 11am – 7pm / Sunday, December 6: 11am – 4pm

$15 Admission

In Wynwood, Aqua will run shuttles from Pulse at the Ice Palace, from the Midtown fairs (Art Miami and Red Dot), and possibly from Scope

Art Basel:
(located at the Miami Beach Convention Center via entrances on Convention Center Drive (Hall D) and Washington Avenue (Hall B))

Noteworthy galleries taking part:
Blum & Poe
Deitch Projects
Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin
Roberts & Tilton
Tony Shafrazi Gallery

Fair Hours:
Opening Reception for invited guests: Wednesday, December 2nd from 5 to 8 p.m.

Public Show Days:
Thursday, December 3rd to Saturday, December 5th: Daily from noon to 8 p.m / Sunday, December 6th: noon to 6 p.m.

One-Day Ticket $35 Two-Day Ticket $55 Permanent Pass $75

(new location in the Wynwood Arts District – SOHO Studios – 2136 NW 1st Avenue – enter at NW 21st St.)

Noteworthy galleries taking part:
Carmichael Gallery
New Image Art
David B. Smith Gallery
Irvine Contemporary
Jonathan LeVine Gallery
Joshua Liner Gallery
Opus Gallery
Sloan Fine Art
Mauger Modern Art

There will also be a special exhibition entitled “Chimera” curated by David Hunt (director of SCOPE’s curatorial committee and Jonathan LeVine) which will take place at the fair and it will feature new large-scale works by: Pedro Barbeito, Melissa Brown, Doze Green, Luis Macias, Christof Mascher, Jeff Soto, Fernando Mastrangelo, Dave McDermott, Ted O’Sullivan, Christoph Steinmeyer, Ouattara Watts, Andrzej Zielinski, Kevin Zucker, and Stephan Doitschinoff aka CALMA

Plus Ellis G. will be out doing a special project for SCOPE involving his chalk shadows throughout the fair and surroundings and Gaia will be doing a 40 foot long mural inside of SCOPE as well as special projects from several of the Primary Flight artists throughout.

First View for all VIPs and Press:
Wednesday, December 2nd 10am-6pm ($100 donation also available for non-VIP pass holders)

Fair Hours:
Thursday, December 3rd to Saturday, December 6th 10am-7pm / Sunday, December 7th 10am-6pm

General $20

(new location – The Ice Palace – 1400 North Miami Avenue in Miami’s media and entertainment district)

Noteworthy galleries taking part:
Richard Heller Gallery
Mark Moore Galllery
Spinello Gallery

Fair Hours:
Wednesday, December 2nd 10am – 3pm / Thursday, December 3rd to Saturday, December 5th 10am – 6pm / Sunday, December 7 10am – 5pm

General Admission $15.00

(new location – The Deauville Beach Resort – 6701 Collins Avenue in Miami Beach)

Opening Reception: Thurs, Dec. 3rd 10AM-2PM (invite only)

Fair Hours:
Thursday, Dec 3rd 2pm to 8pm / Friday, Dec 4th 10am to 8pm / Saturday, Dec 5th 10am to 8pm / Sunday, Dec 6th 10am to 4pm

Admission: Free to public

‘Primary Flight’ – outside street level mural project
The world’s largest site-specific street level mural installation will be taking place daily all week long during Art Basel. Check out the site for full details and a map of all the action.

Artists taking part this year include Augor, Bask, C215, Case, Dabs Myla, Jim Darling, D*Face, Dolla Lama, Ellis G., Ewok, Kenny Scharf, Parskid, Push, Shepard Fairey, Meggs, Michael De Feo, Ron English, El Mac, Logan Hicks, Kenton Parker, Rime, Risk, Santiago Rubino, Retna, Reyes, Revok, Jeff Soto, Tes One, Sever, The London Police, Tristan Eaton, Zevs, and many more

‘Blueprint For Space’ – Primary Flight group show
Art Center South Florida Gallery
800 Lincoln Road at Meridian Ave in Miami Beach

Group show featuring works from several of the artists taking part in this year’s ‘Primary Flight’ mural project including Augor, Bask, C215, Jim Darling, D*Face, Shepard Fairey, Meggs, Michael De Feo, Ron English, El Mac, Logan Hicks, Kenton Parker, Santiago Rubino, Retna, Reyes, Revok, Jeff Soto, Tes One, Zevs, and many more

Opening Reception: Wed, Dec. 2nd 8-10PM

On view:
Dec. 1st – Jan, 2nd, 2010 (free admission)

‘STAGES’ Group Show
888 Biscayne Blvd. in Miami

Opening Reception: Thurs, Dec. 3rd (invite only – featuring a performance by Atlas Sound)

Open to the public: December 4th – December 6th

Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong and Nike are bringing STAGES (a global art exhibition which raises funds and awareness for the fight against cancer) to Miami for Art Basel – presented in part by O.H.W.O.W. – the list of artists include Geoff McFetridge, the Clayton Brothers, Cai Guo-Qiang, KAWS, Futura, Kenny Scharf, Erik Parker, Tom Sachs, José Parlá, Shepard Fairey, Os Gemeos, and more

Jeffrey Deitch & Tony Goldman present ‘The Wynwood Walls’
Goldman Warehouse (404 NW 26th Street at 2nd Avenue in Miami)

Opening Reception:
Thurs, Dec. 3rd 8-11PM with a performance by New Orleans bounce diva Big Freedia & DJ Rusty Lazer

Featuring outdoor murals from:
Aiko, Jim Drain, Shepard Fairey, Stelios Faitakis, Futura, Barry McGee, Nunca, Os Gemeos, Nina, Finok, Ara Peterson, Clare Rojas, Kenny Scharf, Swoon, David Ellis, and Ben Wolf

Download a map of the murals here:

Ethos solo show
Opening Reception: Thurs, Dec. 3rd

On view Dec. 3rd – Jan. 20th, 2010

101 NE 40th Street in Miami

David Lynch & Danger Mouse
‘Dark Night Of The Soul’ featuring over 50 original photographs by David Lynch which are displayed alongside an accompanying soundtrack by Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse


‘It Ain’t Fair’ Group Show
Featuring works from over 30 artists including the likes of KAWS, Todd James, Scott Campbell, Neck Face, Jose Parla, Erik Parker, Kenny Scharf, Eric White, Aaron Young and many more

Opening Reception: Wed, Dec. 2nd

December 2nd – 6th

Opening night will feature a special rooftop performance by French symphonic composer Koudlam alongside a jumbo outdoor screening of Cyprien Gaillard’s ‘Crazy Horse’ accompanied by explosions and visual effects

O.H.W.O.W. Gallery
3100 NW 7 Avenue in Miami

Multiversal + Feminality Group Shows
December 3rd – 6th 5pm – 10pm (free admission)
American Legion in the Miami Modern District
6445 NE 7th Ave

Featuring a custom art toy expo including some of the top toy customizers in the business, live painting by Tara McPherson, Buff Monster, Kano, Phetus, Mear One and more, a South Florida room showcasing local famous talent (such as Skot Olsen), live music during and after gallery hours featuring iMayDay!, Fusik, Shawn Chrystopher among others, and the ‘School of Hard Knocks’ which highlights the best and brightest art by students, alumni and professional faculty from The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale and the Miami International University of Art & Design – in total over 150 artists will be taking part in this special event – check the site for the full lineup of artists in the accompanying group shows

Graffiti Gone Global group show
3252 NE 1st Avenue, Suite 101 in Miami

Opening Reception:
Thurs, Dec. 3rd (exact details not confirmed)

General Hours:
Friday, December 4th: 12 – 8pm / Saturday, December 5th: 12 – 9pm / Sunday, December 6th: 12 — 3pm

Curated by James and Karla Murray, authors of best-selling titles Store Front-The Disappearing Face of New York, Miami Graffiti, Broken Windows and Burning New York, the exhibition will feature a selection of work from today’s top street artists.

Exhibiting artists include: 131 Projects (Argentina), Aiko Nakagawa (Japan), Armogedon 2057 (Armenia), Billi Kid (Colombia), Crome (Miami), Cycle (NYC), David Cooper (NYC), Doze Green (NYC), Ewok One 5MH (NYC), Flip (Brazil), Ghost aka Cousin Frank (NYC), Jana Joana (Brazil), Lady Pink (Ecuador), Nina (Brazil), Shiro (Japan), Smael (Brazil), Sofia Maldonado (Puerto Rico), Suiko (Japan) and Vitché (Brazil).

Art Whino: MIAMI
Art from two separate traveling exhibitions, ‘Life Essentials’ and ‘Old Skoolin’’ will be brought together in Miami for the first time – over 150 artists taking part

Charcoal Studios (Across the street from Scope)
2135 NW 1st Ave. in Miami

Press Preview: Wed, Dec. 2nd 11am-5pm
Artists/Exhibitor Mixer: Wed, Dec. 2nd 5pm-8pm
VIP and Press Cocktail: Wed, 8pm-Midnight

General Admission: Thurs, Dec. 3rd – Sat, Dec. 5th 11am-8pm

Reception with musical performance: Thurs, Dec. 3rd 8PM-Midnight ($30 admission*)

* Admission includes complimentary food samplings by Urbanite Bistro and complimentary beverages

The official after-party bar of Art Basel 2009

Max Fish – 20 Year Anniversary
28 NE 14th Street in Miami

In celebration of the 20th Anniversary of this legendary New York City bar , a functioning bar in downtown Miami has been taken over and will feature an art installation created out of core elements of the Lower East Side location and will feature a full lineup of live bands and DJ’s performing nightly during the week as well as movie screenings in an outdoor space

For a full lineup of the bands and all the action:

Please swing by and see us at Aqua – booth #25 – if you make it down to Miami this coming week.