To help introduce art lovers to some of the Street Artists in the upcoming show “Street Art Saved My Life: 39 New York Stories”, Thinkspace arranged to have Steven P. Harrington and Jaime Rojo of Brooklyn Street Art connect with a number of the artists in the exhibit so they could take part in the “Back Talk” interview series made popular by the good folks at Juxtapoz. We want to thank Juxtapoz for running this series of interviews as they will serve as a great precursor to this very exciting show.
Hi-Fructose recently posted some nice studio shots from Caia Koopman as she prepared for her ‘Lost Souls & Sacred Hearts’ solo exhibition which will be touring France this year visiting all of the various Spacejunk outlets.
Watch for Caia to return to Thinkspace next spring in a special show alongside Sarah Joncas. Until then, those in France need to get out to Spacejunk this summer and check out her traveling exhibition.
“Pakayla Biehn’s beautiful paintings are delicate confections of dreams and spun sugar, her subjects swathed in petals or soft cloth, her signature double exposure effect lending a gentle sense of unreality. The double exposure effect, usually limited to photographic work, for obvious reasons, shows her mastery at deciphering the space in which she places her subjects and sheds light on the way they relate to one another.”– Flavorwire.com
‘Being There’ will feature eight new oil paintings on canvas from Pakayla and we’ll also be showcasing her “lens curtain” as well as her collection of corrective eyewear from over the years due to suffering from Strabismus.
In Pakayla’s own words she describes Strabismus: “My paintings are based on the side effects I encounter from this condition. The simplest explanation of my disease is that the muscles in my eyes do not communicate with the other and each eye struggles for dominance. I can not focus both my eyes on a single point in space at the same time and this fight between them is what causes double vision.”
To help share her perception of the world Pakayla often takes her own source photographs and then manipulates a ‘double exposure’ image in photo shop and uses that as a reference for her final oil painting. All this while suffering from the above mentioned site condition is just a wee bit mind blowing if you ask me.
New oil paintings from Pakayla Rae Biehn and Jeff Ramirez
On view May 21st – June 3rd
Hi-Fructose just interviewed Seth Armstrong as he prepares to open up his new solo show this evening at Gallery Heist in San Francisco. Better yet, the interview was conducted by fellow Thinkspace family member Brett Amory (who just showed alongside Seth at Thinkspace this past January).
Arrested Motion just posted their in-depth interview with emerging Canadian artistJacub Gagnon as he prepares to make the trip down to LA for his big ‘Elements and Oddities‘ show which opens this Saturday alongside new works from Japan’s Yosuke Ueno.
“I feel as though there is more to life than we know and this will always be so. I think there are connections and streams of consciousness tying us together in unimaginable ways. In my paintings I try to make these ‘unlikely’ connections, the unimaginable, imaginable, bringing what might seem like unconnected or unlikely paths of life together under a new light.”– Jacub Gagnon