‘The 9th Annual Exploring The New Contemporary Movement’ Group Exhibition this May in Honolulu for this year’s Hawai’i Walls mural festival

‘The 9th Annual Exploring The New Contemporary Movement’
May 10 – May 13, 2023 in Honolulu, Hawai’i

Opening Reception: Wednesday, May 10 from 6-10pm

Open Thursday through Saturday from 1-6pm daily

Palama Settlement
810 N. Vinyard Blvd.
Honolulu, HI 96817

We’ll be donating 10% of all proceeds to various cancer charities to help fund the research for a cure for this horrible disease.

Featuring new work from:
Antonio Ainscough
Alex Face
Langston Allston
Jordi Alos
Philip Bosmans
Ezra Brown
Rene Cuvos
Preston Daniels
Aaron De La Cruz
Leo Eguiarte
Sofia Enriquez
Kamele Eskaran
Jordan Ferguson
Ken Flewellyn
Liz Flores
Kolten French
Thao Huynh French
Gian Galang
Kris Goto
Kamea Hadar
Ha Haengeun
Daniela Garcia Hamilton
Hendra “HeHe” Harsono
Anjastama Hp
Lucinda Hinojos(aka La Morena)
Andrea James
Haylie Jimenez
Sydnie Jimenez
Oscar Joyo
David Kaye
Jason Keam
Jana Lam
Huntz Liu
Dan Lydersen
Al Marcano
Marie Claude Marquis
Danny Martinez (aka Van Dam One)
Steve Martinez
Jay McKay
b. Robert Moore
Kristy Moreno
Jesse Morsberger
Mr. B Baby
Baby Mueller
Iker Muro
Janina Myronova
Bell Nakai
Guillaume Ollivier
JT Ojerio
Chaz Outing
Perez Bros
Gustavo Rimada
Mia Scarpa
Boz Schurr
Byun Sehee
Jeremy Shockley
Jack Shure
Alex Solis
Floyd Strickland
Yuta Tamura
Madeleine Tonzi
Melly Trochez
Shar Tuiasoa
Daisy Velasco
Casey Weldon
Manuel Zamudio
Zeye Oner

May 2023 Exhibitions featuring Brian ‘Dovie’ Golden, Armani Howard, Austyn Taylor, and Jimbo Lateef Open May 6, 2023 at Thinkspace Projects

Thinkspace Projects presents:

Hard Candy

Songs of Dawn

Cookie Monster

Chronicles of Life

Opening Reception:
Saturday, May 6 from 6-10pm

On view May 6 – May 27, 2023

Thinkspace Projects
4207 W. Jefferson Blvd + 4217 W. Jefferson Blvd.
Los Angeles, California 90016
#310.558.3375 | Tues. – Sat. noon to 6pm

Collector Preview will be shared on Monday, May 1



Hard Candy

On view May 6 – May 27, 2023 in Gallery I

A study in contradictions, Hard Candy underscores the struggle of preservation. With a hard exterior and a soft heart, Brian “Dovie” Golden relates to the sweet treat, calling attention to the internal strife caused by human duality. 

Thinkspace Projects continues their ongoing relationship with the visual artist, presenting their fourth solo show together, and the largest to date for both the artist himself and the partnership. Using painting and drawing to better understand issues of identity, race, gender, and mental health, the Chicago-based African American contemporary artist attempts to reconcile the harsh realities of life. 

Golden wields thought-provoking, emotionally-charged portraiture and abstract line sketches as a tool for facilitation conversation, inviting others to examine complex and even uncomfortable topics. His imagery is personal, incorporating realism amongst cartoonish inclusions ranging from angels to devils, ropes to ribbons, claws that cling, and bared teeth, each in pursuit of a balanced composition. 

In this particular collection, Golden presents the world through his own eyes. Often taught to “toughen up” and “be a man,” the show is a reflection of the artist’s personal experiences as a Black man navigating emotions, family, faith and life. His childhood love of drawing shines through in pop culture elements and vibrant colors. Nodding to both pop art and photorealism, Golden presents something fresh to the new contemporary art scene

About Brian “Dovie” Golden
Brian Dovie Golden is a visual artist who uses painting and drawing as an introspective tool for understanding issues of identity, race, gender and mental health, as well as an attempt to reconcile the harsh realities of life. His imagery is personal, incorporating realism through portraiture with cartoon style inclusions. Golden was born and raised in Chicago and studied Graphic Design/Multimedia Production at the International Academy of Design and Technology, earning his BFA in 2007. He has exhibited at various galleries including Thinkspace Gallery, Elephant Room Gallery, Vertical Gallery and Line Dot. Golden was awarded 1st Place at the Black Creativity Expo at the Museum of Science & Industry in Chicago in 2018 for his painting “Promises… Promises”. He currently lives and works in the Chicago-land area, continuing to expand his body of work through exhibitions, commissions and projects.



Songs of Dawn

On view May 6 – May 27, 2023 in Gallery II

Affording viewers the opportunity to view transitional phases through the mind and eyes of whimsical beings, Armani Howard’s Songs of Dawn captures growth in a remarkable way. Filling Thinkspace Projects’ Gallery II, Howard encourages a dialogue of mysticism–the emotional and physical conduit that occurs when a body has a new experience. 

Creating a form of contemporary folklore, Howard reimagines his existence and experiences as a black body into a visually sizable body of work. Dream-like and at times bewildering, his work is expressive of narratives unbounded in time. 

Hoping to aid future humans in navigating internal dialogue surrounding identity and heritage, Howard provides the space to question American traditions. His work, which is layered with compositions of abstract figuration, loose gestural marks, and an evocative usage of color, upholds the antecedents of the African American dialogue before him. He cross-examines the roles of memory, nostalgia, and folkloric narratives in the creation and preservation of identity. His nebulous, conceptually layered compositions depict an intersectional space between objective reality and the more speculative mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of life.

About Armani Howard
Armani Howard (b.1993, Chicago, Illinois) is an African American-Thai contemporary artist, working primarily in painting and drawing. His work explores the themes of preservation of identity, escapism, pop culture, self-discovery, mental health, and loss of innocence. Howard’s paintings are often depicted with allegorical or symbolic features. The physical environments they inhabit are heavily abstracted and obscured, suggesting a realm outside of time in which dream life, memory, and imagination coexist with materiality.



Cookie Monster

On view May 6 – May 27, 2023 in Gallery III

With a collection named for famous authors, Thinkspace is excited to present their debut solo exhibition with Austyn Taylor. Cookie Monster is inspired by the meanings behind people’s names. 

What started as Taylor’s assignment to art students years ago has become the inspiration for this collection of sculptures. With varied influences, each piece is full of personality. With lovable characters and vibrant colors, the sculptures are endearing. This effect is only magnified by the researched history and inspiration behind each work. 

Taylor’s panpsychist humorist narrative has led her to create a world of familiar characters–bear, bull, horse, deer, lion, duck, predator, prey etc. Each piece is a declaration, a statement, and an optimistic reframe from the rampant psychological banalities of human narrative.

The sculptures marry Taylor’s view on contemporary design with pop culture. Drawing on both ancient and contemporary sources, she creates works of “folk-pop” that lie somewhere between “hype” and “hope.” Inspired by American animation, Austyn’s art calls back to our animist history where wandering spirits found refuge in masks and idols. 

About Austyn Taylor
Austyn Taylor was born in 1984, Rochester, New York. Since obtaining an MFA from Alfred University in 2016 she has pursued life as a nomadic sculptor traveling and lecturing regularly in studios around the world. Residencies include Aout Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon; Guldagergaard, Skælskør, Denmark; China Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China; Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota; Sonoma Ceramics, Sonoma, California; Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, Texas; VARDA residency, Sausalito, California; and currently she is in her second year at the historic Mendocino Art Center in Mendocino, California.

Her work has been exhibited internationally and throughout the States, notably at Art Basel (Miami), Art Taipei, UNVT Fair (Madrid, Spain) and SOFA in Chicago.



Chronicles of Life

On view May 6 – May 27, 2023 in Gallery IV

Calligraphic marks blend with portraiture to make up Jimbo Lateef’s latest body of work. With Chronicles of Life, Lateef reflects on his Yoruban heritage, as well as the ideas of identity and history to weave together an image of daily life. Drawing on everyday activities and the series of events that can make up a person’s life, he presents a show inspired by Pablo Picasso’s blue period. 

Opting for vibrant reds and oranges he leans into the monochromatic, merging multiple calligraphy strokes and realism painting techniques to reproduce familiar daily life events. The calligraphic markings demonstrate Lateef’s role and his hand as the artist, bringing a personal layer to the relatable scenarios. 

With the creation of each piece bringing the artist peace and tranquility, the paintings are both a therapeutic exercise and a breathtaking creative output, serving as containers for narratives from the deeply unique to near mundane. Using calligraphy as a means of expressing emotion within the body, Lateef is able to reflect on both the mental and physical elements of his life and the life of his subjects. 

About Jimbo Lateef
Jimbo Lateef (b. 1999 Nigeria) started to learn about art at a very young age, after which he went to study art at Yabatech College Of Technology. The artist explores the use of modern calligraphy to create his character, combining the calligraphy with portraiture in digital-like works that stare back at the viewer. His distinct style, functional inscriptions, and designs represent the various manifestations of his subject. Painting people around him, Lateef demonstrates how we all carry ancient ideas with us, touching on the concept of culture and how it is passed down from one generation to the next.