We’re turning 15 and a few of our friends have shared some incredible sentiments that are making us blush.
It’s impressive for ANY business to last 15 years, but the art world is even more impressive. The trends, the market, the ebbs and flows of how much social media has changed the way we view and buy art, are all things that have to be taken into account. Think about the last 15 years: stock market crash, Instagram’s emergence as the predominant communication tool, Obama, Trump… it’s the shit even Hollywood (or Orwell) could come up with. And that is what makes Thinkspace Projects, one of the most enduring galleries of outsider and emerging contemporary art, such a fantastic story. From gallery shows in Culver City to curating and supporting museum shows around the world for a new generation of artists, their influence is remarkable. – JUXTAPOZ
“Thinkspace can boast an international household name in contemporary art and new contemporary art. This is due to both its longevity and unique eye to find talent and beauty. As, indeed, for fifteen years in a row, the Culver City based art gallery has offered opportunities to a lot of artists we love, as well as created wonderful partnerships around the world with other actors of the art industry and community. Thinkspace has even widened the sense of these two words, building something closer to a family for artists and art lovers.” – Beautiful Bizarre
A lot have galleries have come and go in the last 15 years in our niche of the art world, but one constant has been the Thinkspace family. Tirelessly promoting their artists with shows at their Culver City location, with collaborative exhibitions with different galleries nationally and internationally, with participation in art fairs around the world, by plugging their artists into mural projects and street art festivals, and perhaps most importantly by garnering institutional support, the gallery has become one the most prominent leaders in the movement.” – Arrested Motion
Join us this weekend, Saturday, January 11th between 6 to 9 pm for the opening reception of 15 Years of Thinkspace.
Artist Kathy Ager, whose exhibition “Golden Age” is currently on view at Thinkspace Projects, was recently interviewed by Beautiful Bizarre about her latest body of work. Visit Beautiful Bizarre for the full interview.
“I love how much of a story can be told by the combination of objects. I also find peace in the strong stillness of still lives. I like to include objects and brands that are familiar to the viewer, but that have a secret significance to me personally. ” – Kathy Ager in Beautiful Bizarre
In anticipation of the upcoming collaborative show “Seeing Red” at Thinkspace curated by the creator of BOOOOOOOM Jeff Hamada. Co-Owner and Curator of Thinkspace, Andrew Hosner was interviewed by Jeff for BOOOOOOOM’s “Influential Voices” series. Below are a few highlights of the interview which can be seen in full on BOOOOOOOM.com.
Join us for the opening of “Seeing Red”, Saturday, March 30th from 6 -9 pm.
Jeff Hamada: I’ve read (and listened to) a bunch of interviews
you’ve done in the past, what can you tell me about yourself that you’ve never
shared in an interview before?
Andrew Hosner: I obsessively drew Winnie the Pooh and his world of friends from the time I was like 4 until 7. My mom still has many of those drawings framed and hanging around my childhood home back in Michigan. From there, I moved on and grew to constantly copy the pages of Capt’n America and Fantastic Four comics… I still have the skills, I can copy just about anything put in front of me, I just never really developed that remarkable skill of being able to create my own world or draw without reference. Perhaps I should have pushed myself harder, but as I entered my teen years the world of heavy metal took over and I didn’t really draw anything past Metallica and Slayer logos and skulls for a long time haha. I’m happy with where I’m at and constantly get to use my creativity in exciting new ways. I feel it helps to be able to relate in some small way to the challenges our family of artists face with having to always come up with that next great image.
JH: What about now? I’d assume a lot more are artists are seeking
you out now.
Yes, we are inundated with submissions via email and the ungodly DM submission.
A quick DM saying “Check me out” is kind of the “You up?” version of a
submission in this digital age I feel haha. Just half assed and barely any info
is ever given and I always get a HUGE laugh when I do click on a DM submission
and it’s from a private account. I’m not going to friend request you, just to
view your work. I mean…
With that said, I will never loose site of the fact that I can’t believe creative types from all around the world hit us up, and show us love and have followed us for years in hopes of one day working with us. The mere fact that they took the time to do so… the fact they even know we exist, I try to never lose site of that simple notion. I’m still blown away that anyone outside of LA is into what we’re rocking and love our creative vision. Keep it humble, and life rewards you.
Keep it humble, and life rewards you. – Andrew Hosner
Matt Gondek recently sat down with curator and co-owner of Thinkspace Projects Andrew Hosner for podcast Harsh Truth and the results are now live over at www.HarshTruthPodcast.com or on your favorite podcast streaming network.
“We discussed our gallery’s history, the state of the art world today, how to properly submit to a gallery these days, what we look for in new artists, are galleries still a viable outlet and so much more. Good talk, thanks again for the invite, Matt!” – Andrew Hosner