Dustin Myers’s new works ‘The Misfit Menagerie’ showing at Thinkspace Projects | May 7, 2022 – May 28, 2022

Dustin Myers’s The Misfit Menagerie showing in the viewing room of Thinkspace Projects from May 7 through May 23, brings together a collection of hyper-realistic miniature portraits created with oil paint on panel.

Dustin Myers was born and raised in Southern California and has been following his passion for painting for his entire life. He has been drawing and painting since he was a boy and spent a lot of time at his family’s auto body shop where he developed an appreciation for color and paint. Myers spends most of his time painting, and the rest of the time he enjoys teaching and cooking. His paintings blend his many interests, which include mythology, philosophy, and religion.

David Shillinglaw’s new works ‘Dream Machine’ showing at Thinkspace Projects | May 7, 2022 – May 28, 2022

David Shillinglaw’s ‘Dream Machine‘ showing in the Thinkspace Projects Viewing Room will feature a series of works on canvas, paper and ceramics that present the human head as a vessel full of dreams, a flesh machine in constant flux.

These paintings and sculptures play with the human form. Shillinglaw invites you to find yourself or someone you know in these twisted and colourful characters. Part hieroglyphic beast, part comic book hero, the works pop with humour and naive charm. A mix of modern and ancient, the sensitive and brutal, the personal and universal.

David Shillinglaw is a UK-based artist, best known for his works exploring human nature, success and failure, and the language people use to describe their experiences. David’s practice shifts between the street and studio using a variety of materials and mediums, creating work that ranges from drawings and collages to large-scale murals and installations. Shillinglaw lives and works in Margate, UK

“As an artist, David wrestles with this equilibrium of order and disorder. He has returned numerous times to the Carl Jung quote: “In all chaos there is a cosmos, in all disorder a secret order.” His works speak of our all-consuming journey to figure out some form of neat structure. But they also suggest that we will never fully understand the world around us, and that is where the real meaning lies.

These works confront the restrictive framework that is often applied to human life, leading to rigid definitions of gender, personality type and identity. David’s portraits pull away the calm and singular facades that many people walk around with and return the human to its innately complicated, beautiful self. These portraits do away with the binaries typically used to understand humanity and offer a more open-minded, compassionate view. These figures are allowed to be exactly as they are, jumbled but whole.”

-Emily Steer (extract from the introduction to Relax, The Universe Is Expanding)

Troy Lovegates exhibition “Would” showing at Thinkspace Projects | May 7, 2022 – May 28, 2022

Thinkspace Projects is thrilled to present Troy Lovegates’ latest solo show, ‘Would.’ The artist, formerly known as Other, brings his vast knowledge of street art and work with found objects to the gallery, presenting his first collection composed entirely of his intricate, hand-carved wooden sculptures.

While Lovegates has left his mark on communities around the world, adorning walls and bringing color to otherwise monotone cityscapes, this exhibition is a milestone for his career, bringing solely his sculptures to a new audience.

Lovegates has carefully crafted a diverse cast of characters in the hopes that it will encourage interaction and provoke thought from viewers. The grizzled characters are sure to provoke conversation, bringing attendees together to wonder about the history and personality of each and every one.

About Troy Lovegates
Troy Lovegates (formerly known as Other) is a world-renowned street artist and painter of found objects from Canada. Lovegates’ bright paintings criss-cross the globe on the sides of rail cars and appear both large and small on walls around the world. He has called many places home, including Montreal, Berlin, Buenos Aires, Toronto, and San Francisco. When not hopping trains or painting on walls, he turns his brush and pen to discarded books, hand-carved wooden characters, aged paper, and scavenged wooden objects, rendering patterned portraits of wizened faces as rough and aged as the surfaces they appear on.

Sandra Chevrier exhibition “Cages and the Shadow of the Colors” showing at Thinkspace Projects | May 7, 2022 – May 28, 2022

Thinkspace Projects is presenting Sandra Chevrier’s highly anticipated second solo show with the gallery, ‘Cages and the Shadow of the Colors.’ The Montréal-based Canadian artist creates work that explores identity as a locus of competing imperatives and complex contradictions. Drawing parallels between the assumed invulnerability of the superhero and the impossible demands placed upon the contemporary individual, Chevrier creates literal and metaphoric masks by combining comic book imagery assembled from found and imagined sources. Her dystopian spin on the iconic figure of the superhero looks to reveal the flaws in the staged extroversion of the superficial veneer.

The artist examines gender identities and roles, exhibiting a male-dominated world where Chevrier’s subjects denounce the role given to the female counterpart therein, refusing to play the part of seducer or victim. In the greater body of Chevrier’s work, the images represented range from scenes of conflict, triumph and defeat. They delve into social limitations, which corrupt what truly is beautiful and lock women into prisons of highly-codified and narrow identities. In this, her subjects become nothing short of superheroines.

Chevrier paints masterfully detailed portraiture, making her women seemingly emerge from a surreal world, onto the canvas, wherein a dance is performed between reality and imagination, truth and deception. She chooses to highlight the fragility of the superhero, their struggles and weaknesses and exposes the humanity within the superhuman. Despite all the playfulness of the superhero trope, she emphasized that superheroes are also fragile, all merely human men and women, all entitled to our flaws and errors.

“To paint is to play with colors, to let them dance with each other, to intertwine to become one or more, an infinite chromatic circle. To paint is to take everything that nature offers us and make it yours. All those hues that are only available to us because our eyes and brain work together to translate light into color. An apple is not red. Color exists only in the mind of the beholder.”

Ever inspired by color and its influence, Chevrier has incorporated color shading into her reference photoshoots over the last couple years, playing with blues, ambers, yellows, and reds on the skin. She has found each one tells a different story and embraces that in this new body of work.

Cages and the Shadow of the Colors’ opens Saturday, May 7 with a reception from 6 PM to 10 PM. Additionally, there will be a new print in an edition of 50 from the artist only available on opening night, and beginning an hour ahead of the reception at 5 pm. The show will remain on view until May 28 at Thinkspace Projects.

About Sandra Chevrier
Sandra Chevrier is a Canadian contemporary / pop urban artist, known for her captivating portraits of women from The Cages series. Born in 1983, Chevrier got her Bachelor’s degree in visual and media arts from UQAM – L’Université du Québec à Montréal. As a self-taught artist, Sandra Chevrier first fell in love with art as a kid. Art rapidly became a language on its own. Her interest began with sketching eyes and grew from there, with the initial obsession still highly visible in her present work, leading to her self-appointed epithet, the “gaze collector.” Her work is exhibited internationally and her artworks are now in the collections of art collectors all over the world.

Sandra produces work ranging over vastly fluctuating emotional enigmas and concepts that have set the standard of our modern communication, exposing the limitations of our world; our self-imposed expectations and the cages we have allowed to bar us from the fullness of life’s experience. With work demanding to be dissected beyond its surface value, Chevrier’s portraits are quite literally torn between the fantastical heroics and iconography of comic books and the harsher underlying tragedy of oppressed female identity and the exposed superficial illusion it conveys.

Opening Reception & Video Tour of April 2022 Exhibitions at Thinkspace Projects

Thank you to all those who could come out and support the opening of Casey Weldon’s ’Tacit Turnabout’ and Brian ‘Dovie’ Golden’s ‘Parking Lot Carnival’. Along with Toco-Oco’s ‘The World Within’ showing in Gallery II, and Carlos Ramirez’s ‘High-Fructose‘ and new works from Langston Allston in our viewing room.

All exhibitions are on view at Thinkspace Projects now through April 23.

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