The Perez Bros are identical twin brothers Alejandro and Vicente (born 1994) from South Gate, California. After graduating from South East High School, they attended the Otis College of Art and Design to pursue a degree in Fine Art, focusing on painting. At Otis is where they began working as a collaborative duo.
They were exposed to the car culture in Los Angeles at a very young age. Their father has been a part of a lowrider car club for as long as they can remember. The brothers are fascinated with the culture, from the cars to the models, from the people to the music. Through their paintings, they try and capture certain moments that they see when they attend car shows. Larger paintings seem to capture the mood and feeling of these car events, while smaller paintings tend to capture more intimate events. Through their paintings, they hope to make the viewer feel as if they were attending a car show, soaking in all the sites and sounds around them.
Stella Im Hultberg was born in South Korea, raised in Seoul, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and later in California. She studied Industrial Design and worked as a product designer before serendipitously falling into the art world in late 2005.
Hultberg’s paintings are conceived in varying combinations of ink, watercolor, and oils on paper, wood and canvas. Her lyrical depictions of women combine decorative elements and graphic patterns, melding the figurative with the illustrative and a looser more painterly component. Ever present, this tension between the gestural and the controlled describe space in her dynamic compositions. Her palettes tend towards the monochromatic, moody and dark, but are punctuated by moments of contrast and vibrancy.
Her mannered figurative style, both elegant and selectively awkward, is at times reminiscent of early 20th century artists like Egon Schiele, Aubrey Beardsley or Gustav Klimt. Though beautiful, her figures are strangely displaced, subtly distorted, and at times melancholically encumbered with ornamentation, as seen in a recent series in which her nudes are laden with heavy blooms. Darkly beautiful, Hultberg’s feminine imaginary is an ambiguous terrain of melancholic desire.
Having grown up in Hong Kong, Korea and Taiwan, she has a diverse blend of cultural influences to pull from. After a decade in NYC, she now lives (and works) in Portland OR with her daughter and husband.
Thank you to all those who came to the opening reception of Brian Viveros’s “Tougher Than Leather” and Ken Flewellyn’s “SHINE” last weekend. The gallery was packed to the brim with art lovers, and Viveros had a never-ending line of fans waiting to share their love of his work with him. He was signing books, posters, and taking pictures – overjoyed by the response to the work. Flewellyn’s second solo with the gallery, “SHINE” was a great pairing to Viversos’s “Tougher Than Leather” with a collaborative piece by the artists acting as the cherry on an already great show.
Anaheim Convention Center 800 W. Katella Ave, Anaheim, CA 92802
For 14 years, DesignerCon has been a destination for designer toy brands, collectible artists and the people who love them, hosting world-renowned brands like MEDICOM, KidRobot, Mighty Jaxx, and Giant Robot. Now, for the first time ever, the convention will have a traditional art space dedicated to the lowbrow, pop surrealist and outsider art movements that flourished in Southern California. On the heels of Littletopia that drew crowds at the LA Art Show, Beyond Eden is spearheaded by Thinkspace Projects founder Andrew Hosner, as a way to connect DesignerCon attendees directly to the larger art world. Many artists who are prominent in the designer toy realm also have thriving fine art careers. Most notable at the moment is KAWS, who is best known for his OriginalFake series of vinyl toys, but recently made a $14 million sale of one of his museum-quality artworks.
The addition of Beyond Eden to Designercon is perfect for the evolution the convention has been undergoing for the past several years. Many avid fine art collectors actually get their start collecting designer toys—something that Designercon founder Ben Goretksy can attest to, personally.
Picking up where Greg Escalante’s Littletopia left off, Hosner’s Beyond Eden will be exhibiting many of the artists DCON attendees already know and love, plus the galleries who rep them, and other artists in their repertoire.
The inaugural archway welcoming attendees into the new section will be designed by Carlos Ramirez, formerly of The Date Farmers artist collective. The Date Farmers were a collaboration of artists Carlos Ramirez and Armando Lerma, best known for paintings and assemblages steeped in California’s Mexican-American experience, referencing street art, posters of the Mexican Revolution, and popular tropes of Hollywood and the media.
Galleries that will be part of this year’s programming include:
Founded in 2005, Thinkspace has garnered an international reputation as one of the most active and productive exponents of the New Contemporary Art Movement. Maintaining its founding commitment to the promotion and support of its artists, Thinkspace has steadily expanded its roster and diversified its projects, creating collaborative and institutional opportunities all over the world. Founded in the spirit of forging recognition for young, emerging, and lesser-known talents, the gallery is now home to artists from all over the world, ranging from the emerging, mid-career, and established.
La Luz De Jesus
Established in 1986 La Luz de Jesus Gallery is the brainchild of entrepreneur and art collector Billy Shire, considered primarily responsible for fostering a new school of California art and prompting JUXTAPOZ Magazine to dub him “the Peggy Guggenheim of Lowbrow.” Showcasing mainly figurative, narrative paintings and unusual sculpture, the exhibitions are post-pop with content ranging from folk to outsider to religious to sexually deviant. The gallery’s objective is to bring underground art and counter-culture to the masses. Past shows have been groundbreaking, exhibiting artists, such as Manuel Ocampo, Joe Coleman, and Robert Williams.
One of Los Angeles’ premier art galleries specializing in contemporary pop surrealism, new contemporary, and street art. KP Projects is home to several of the most significant artists working today. The gallery’s focus is to continually champion emerging and mid-career artists who push beyond the boundaries of formal definition.
Dark Art Emporium
The Dark Art Emporium is located in Long Beach, CA close to Los Angeles and Orange County in Southern California.The Dark Art Emporium is host to a variety of unique art pieces which would not normally be seen in an art gallery including taxidermy, oddities, strange photography, etc.
Modern Eden Gallery
Modern Eden is located in San Francisco’s historic North Beach neighborhood. Established in June 2010 by local artists Bradley Platz and Kim Larson, the gallery regularly exhibits new works of representational painting and sculpture. Our aesthetic ranges from realism to surrealism, with a program that focuses on elevating Bay-Area artists in the global art market through the sophisticated use of digital channels and the organization of groundbreaking exhibitions.
Tierra Del Sol Foundation
A strong and vibrant community is one in which all of its members contribute to the strengths and assets for the common good. Tierra’s mission is to empower people with disabilities to fulfill their potential and desire to become productive citizens who are accepted, included and valued for the contributions they make to the economic, civic, and cultural vitality of the community. We are actively working towards the day when people with any type of disability are fully recognized as an integral part of our community – as neighbors, co-workers, and contributors.
The 2019 DesignerCon will be held at the Anaheim Convention Center on November 22 – 24, 2019. The
convention center is located at 800 W. Katella Ave, Anaheim, CA 92802.
More will be announced as details are confirmed.
Founded in 2005 by Ben Goretsky, DesignerCon brings together artists, manufacturers, distributors, and
retailers in the designer toy / vinyl collectibles market and has grown to incorporate everything in the
design world including apparel, plush, printing, sculpture, designer toys, and both fine and urban art. The
steady growth DesignerCon has enjoyed correlates with its popularity in today’s art nerd, geek culture;
collectors and designer toy lovers alike wait through the night for new releases, pre-orders for new artist
collaboration apparel are sold out within minutes, and artists use the convention as an opportunity to
announce exclusive releases and collaborations. www.designercon.com
Galleries that will be part of this year’s programming include:
“Five years in the making,
PaintGuide has officially opened up a new chapter, we are honoured to be in
collaboration with Thinkspace Projects to mark our new beginnings.” ~PaintGuide
November, we present: Re-Beginning, as PaintGuide’s first
and largest exhibition to date as its new entity, viewable from the 9th
– 30th November, 2019.
Contrasting from the conventional gallery path, PaintGuide established themselves through strategized chaos at the swipe of a finger. Diving into the creative arts world within the array of social media with a curatorial kaleidoscope. PaintGuide has been presenting an alternative creative experience since 2014, exhibiting this collection of works of over 95 international artists that has formerly participated in PaintGuide’s weekly take-overs.
to bring this overturned interaction into the physical space. Rendering
PaintGuide’s own ‘take-over’ onto the walls of Thinkspace. In hopes to
emancipate the strict ideology of arts and the sole preconception of ‘paint’
-guide. Presenting an expanded spectrum of works in this collection from
traditional figurative works to exquisite embroidery, all of which offers their
own unique visual languages.
with PaintGuide, come join us for Re-beginning,
celebrating their new beginning again. Opening on Saturday, November 9th
with an evening reception from 6 – 9 pm. The exhibition will be on view through
until Saturday, November 30th. For more information or additional
images, please email us at : email@example.com.
Nagel | Alessandra Maria | Alex Garant | Alexandra Gallagher | Ali Cavanaugh |
Allison Sommers | Alonsa Guevara | Alpay Efe | AM DeBrincat | Amy Sol | Andrew
Hem | Andrew Salgado | Andy Espinoza | Anthony Hurd | Anthony Waichulis | Axel
Void | Bo Bartlett | Christopher Charles Curtis | Caitlin McCormack | Carlos
Delgado | Charlie Immer | Cian McLoughlin | Cinta Vidal | Conrad Roset | Daan
Noppen | Dan Lam | Dan Witz | Daniel Martin | Daniel Ochoa | Daniel Segrove |
dontfret | Drew Merritt | Edwige Fouvry | Elly Smallwood | Eloy Morales | Erik
Formoe | Fabio La Fauci | Felicia Forte | Felipe Alonso | Fintan Magee |
Florian Eymann | Helice Wen | Henrik Uldalen | Hidden Velvet | Hollis Dunlap |
Jake Wood-Evans | James Kroner | Jana Brike | Jérémie Marié | Jessica Hess |
Jessica So Ren Tang | Johan Deckmann | John Wentz | Johnny Thornton | Julio
Reyes | Kai Samuels-Davis | Kaili Smith | Karla Ortiz | Kevin Llewellyn | Kevin
Peterson | Kikyz1313 | Kim Hyunji | Kit King | Linsey Levendall | Lizzie Gill |
Loribelle Spirovski | Lorraine Loots | Martin Wittfooth | Matt Gordon | Morten
Thyholt | Nadezda | Natalia Fabia | Nicomi Nix Turner | Olav Mathisen | Paul
Cristina | Pruch Sintunava | QimmyShimmy | Roos van der Vliet | Rui Matsunaga |
Sam Wolfe Connelly | Shawn Barber | Simon Fensholm | Soey Milk | So Youn Lee |
TelmoMiel | Tom Bagshaw | Tran Nguyen | Travis Louis | Victor Montaghini |
Vincent Xeus | Wendelin Wholgemuth | YanJun Cheng | Yoshino
Re-Beginning |A group exhibition co-curated by Paintguide & Thinkspace Projects
Opening night reception: Saturday, November 9th, 2019 (6-9 pm)
On view: November 9th – 30th, 2019
Thinkspace Projects – 6009 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232