An interview with Stella Im Hultberg…


1) Please give us a lil’ background info on yourself. Where were you born and raised?
i was born in seoul, south korea, moved around to hong kong, back to seoul, to taiwan, then to california for college. i’m totally what they call a “third culture kid”. it definitely gave me the grounds for having fascination for identities, to add to the confusion, in those chinese culture countries, i went to british and american schools.

2) If I came to your area, what would we do / where would you take me?
there’s so much to do in brooklyn, or NYC in general. i normally take any visitors to eat inexpensive good food that i know of. there are a lot of music venues and galleries in brooklyn (bushwick area) as well.

3) Did you go to college / art school? If so, what are your thoughts on art school in general?
i went to cal state for industrial design, which is completely different than an art school. it was much more of a practical, vocational, technical training of designers than a pool of academic creativity and imagination.

as for art schools, i think it’s beneficial for any artists to take fundamental classes, and after you have those technical skills, you can probably take yourself anywhere from that. having said that, i do need to probably go take some classes, since i’m mostly self taught and possibly bad-habit-ridden.

4) What’s your earliest memory involving art or creating art?
i remember being very little, possibly before i could draw or hold a pencil right. i started speaking a little too early for my own good (or my mom’s), and i kept asking my mom to
draw all these things for me. probably the earliest.

in school, as young kids (kindergarten to 2nd, 3rd grade) in korea we were required to keep a drawing journal. i drew in it everyday, writing one line or two of what happened that day.

5) When are you most productive / when do you normally work on art?
i oscillate between being a night owl and an early bird. it’s either paint all night and sleep all day – or wake up at 4am and get to work.

6) Tell us something about yourself that someone would never guess in their wildest dreams.
i’m really not sure that i’d possess any quality that is that shocking, but maybe the closest thing i can think of is that i’m pretty handy due to my industrial design background. in the past, i’ve had to weld metal, build furniture, mold plastic, and maneuver all the shop machines like table saws, routers, miters, etc. i guess it’s useful to know how products are built, because i can fix them when they’re broken. i could also say that i know a few languages, but is that that wild?

7) Are you reading anything right now?
i’m finishing murakami haruki’s “after dark”, his latest novel – my favorite novelist. no matter what book i read, i always randomly open up joseph campbell’s “power of myth” and read whatever is on the page – it’s the most inspiring book of all time, so much so that we gift it to friends and family all the time.

8) What’s your favorite color and why?
i have too many favorites, for different contexts. it seems that , in general, i like blue hues.

Stella with artist Travis Louie at the opening reception of Raveled
9) Do you listen to music while painting/drawing? If so, do you have a current favorite that inspires?
i tend to title my paintings after songs (titles or lyrics) that feels like are on the same wavelength to me. for my last round of paintings (for Raveled), i listened to a lot of the pixies, blonde redhead, peter, bjorn, and john, coltrane, pink floyd. all time favorites are the beatles, zeppelin, dylan, neil young, the zombies and hendrix.

although to be honest, i’m not as auditory as i’m visual, so these are mostly influenced by my husband, matthew, and most of my inspiration comes from books (like joseph campbell’s books) or film.

10) If you had to explain your work to a stranger, how would you do it?
i’ve had to do this, and it never works. i’d just give them my website link, or show them pictures on my ipod.

11) Favorite artist (living or dead) and what makes them special to you?
i went to see egon schiele exhibit at the neue gallerie here in nyc a few years ago, and it really blew me away to see them in person, and fueled me to start creating. his paintings and drawings are amazing overall, and when you zoom into a square inch of his works, they’re still amazing and interesting – like a mini abstract painting, and just the sheer amount of work he’s left behind in his short life and from what little he had is astounding.

but really, there are too many to list all the artists that inspire me, and i admire each of them for different reasons.

12) What have you got coming up in terms of shows and projects?
i have a couple group shows for this year, one of which will be a collaboration with a friend. so that will be exciting. the next couple years are a string of solo shows, which kind of scares me a little. it would be nice to kind of take a break for a bit after them.

13) What are you doing right after this interview?
i might have to go purge myself first of all this self-indulgence. then i will probably go read a book, “after dark” and sketch maybe.

Recommended openings to catch this weekend…

Recommended openings to catch this weekend…

Thurs, August 14th 7-9:30PM
FIFTY24LA / Upper Playground
125 East 6th Street in downtown Los Angeles / 213.623.4300
New works from Patrick Martinez and Munk One
(On view through October 4th)

Thurs, August 14th 6-9PM
8910 Washington Blvd in Culver City
“All Of This Is Melting Away” group show curated from the collection of Susan Hancock
(On view through Dec. 31st)

Thurs, August 14th 8PM-Midnight
World Of Wonder Storefront Gallery
6650 Hollywood Blvd (corner of Cherokee) in Los Angeles
“I Am 8-Bit” themed group show featuring over 100 artist remixing their favorite characters and themes from noted video games of the 1980’s
(On view through Sept. 7th)

Fri, August 15th 7-10PM
Cush Salon
171 S. Robertson Blvd in Beverly Hills
“Chase at Cush” featuring new works from Chase

Sat, August 16th 6-10PM
01 Gallery
530 S Hewitt St. #141 in Los Angeles / 213.689.0101
“Undisputed Champions (Bored of the Rings)” featuring new works from Sam Fuchs and Adam Gray

Sat, August 16th 7-10PM
Avenue 50 Studio
131 North Avenue 50 in Highland Park / 323.258.1435
$100 Dollar Fundraiser – one of a kind small works by many artists including Abel Alejandre, Linda Arreola, Chaz Bojorquez, Kay Brown, Irene Carranza, Peter Carrillo, Mita Cuaron, Raoul De La Sota, Judith Duran, Margaret Garcia, Pat Gomez, CiCi Segura Gonzalez, Daniel Gonzalez,Yolanda Gonzalez, Emelda Gutierrez, Roberto Gutierrez, Cidne Hart, Kevin Hass, Peter Hess, Leo Limon and more

Sat, August 16th 7-10:30PM
Black Maria Gallery
3137 Glendale Blvd., LA
“Creeps & Dreamers” with Jennybird Alcantara and Craig LaRotonda plus new works from Luke Feldman on the project wall – “The Sleep Of One Hundred Years”
(On view through Sept. 19th)

Sat, August 16th 8PM – Midnight
Carmichael Gallery of Contemporary Art
1257 N. La Brea Ave in West Hollywood / 323.969.0600
“You’ve Been Wasting Your Time” featuring new works from Hush, Other and Flip
(On view through Sept. 14th)

Sat, August 16th 7-10PM
Crewest Gallery
110 Winston St. in downtown Los Angeles / 213.627.8272
“Eye Candy” group show with works from Marka27, Mad, Man One, Lichiban, Jesse Hernandez, Biz20, ninerevolutions, Blokhedz, Problak, Axis, Gregg Stone, Asylm, Fearo & many more
(On view through August 31st)

Sat, August 16th 6:30-10PM
2062 Sawtelle Blvd in Los Angeles / 310.445.9276
“The Wild Life” featuring new works from Susie Ghahremani
(On view through September 17th)

Sat, August 16th 4-8PM
Jet Set Graffiti
1321 W. Sunset Blvd. in Los Angeles (out in Silver Lake / Echo Park area I think…)
“The Official Abraham Obama Tour” stop with Ron English – mural installation, signing, free posters, stickers and more – don’t miss this!

Sat, August 16th 6-10PM
The Lab 101 Space
8539 Washington Blvd. in Culver City / 310.945.5974
“Loved” featuring new works from Trish Grantham, Julianna Swaney, Amy Ruppel & Keith Obrien
(On view through September 10th)

Sat, August 16th 7-10PM
New Image Art
7908 Santa Monica Blvd in Los Angeles“Cannibal Carnival” featuring new works from Neckface(On view through September 20th)

Sat, August 16th 7-10PM
Nucleus Gallery
210 E. Main St., Alhambra / 626.458.7482
“The Great, Great Grand Show” featuring new works from Scott Campbell, Jon Klassen, Graham Annable, and Israel Sanchez
(On view through Sept. 1st)

Sat, August 16th 7-10PM
8545 Washington Blvd. in Culver City / 310.558.0200
“Buried Beneath Me” – group exhibition curated by the Friends United Network

September show info & sneak peeks posted…

New works from Lesley Reppeteaux

Also showing in our project room:
Zach JohnsenSunny-side Yard

+ select new works from Paul BarnesCome Wander With Me

September 12th – October 3rd

Opening Reception: Friday, September 12th 7-11PM

And below is a lil’ sneak peek of one of the eight new gems coming from Scotland based artist Paul Barnes… so amped to have him in our gallery showcasing some new works.

August opening night shots posted…

Opening night shots from Stella Im Hultberg‘s “Raveled”, Dennis Hayes IV‘s “Against The Grain” and Allison Sommers‘ “Waterways” are now posted on our Flickr page at the following link:

Was very cool to see the show of support from local artists and some from out of town too… Amy Sol, Audrey Kawasaki, Van Arno, Josh Taylor, Zoso, Andrew Hem, Catherine Brooks, Travis Louie, Jim & Tina Darling, Kent Williams, Mari Inukai, Jon Todd, Martin Wittfooth, Dave Chung, Kristian Olson, the one and only Bumblebee, and more all came out to show their support for Stella and the crew on view.

Sadly Allison didn’t make it out for this showing, but we’re working to have her out for her debut LA solo next season. More on that soon.

Some amazing works are still on hand from all the shows. Check ’em out below:

Stella Im Hultberg “Raveled” works:

Dennis Hayes IV “Against The Grain” works:

Allison Sommers “Waterways” works:

FACEBOOK decided to ‘disable’ our profile… RAD!

Sorry to those that were our friends and contacts on Facebook… we’ve had our account taken down or ‘disabled’ as they like to say. Seems we’ve suffered the same fate as the nice folks over at, as we registered as a single person, and they seem to feel Thinkspace should have been registered as a ‘group’ or a ‘page’, so instead of a nice head’s up mail or such, asking us to update our overall profile info, they’ve simply taken down all we’ve built there.

We may relaunch something there in the near future, but this has left a rather sour taste in my mouth, no pun intended.