‘5 Years / 5 Questions’ with Allison Sommers – Thinkspace 5 Year Anniversary Show (Sat, Nov. 6th)

Allison Sommers 'Depot' - Gouache on illustration board - 16x18"

“If you’re looking for one art show to attend this year, I’d like to suggest Thinkspace’s upcoming 5 Year Anniversary blow out. Established in 2005, Thinkspace is one of the few galleries who doesn’t just follow trends, they start them.”MyModernMet.com

’5 Years / 5 Questions’ with Allison Sommers

Tell us a little bit about your piece for Thinkspace’s ‘5 Year Anniversary Show’ this November?
All I’m going to say is that disgruntled travelers are involved.

What were you doing back in 2005 when Thinkspace started?
Graduating college.

Name 5 things you can’t live without in your studio?
Coffee and a pitcher of water. Periodic Elvis breaks. Extra towels for frequent spills. My tiny Dr. Zoidberg. Constant noise.

Where do you hope to be 5 years from now?
Madder, geniuser.

What have you got coming up in 2011?
I’ll be participating in a few group shows and will certainly be bringing more strange, lumbering beasts to life.

Artist website: www.allisonsommers.com

Check out the ‘Sneak Peek’ for our 5 Year Anniversary group show here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/thinkspace/sets/72157625035068712/

‘5 Year Anniversary Show’
Group exhibition showcasing 48 artists representing our past, present and future with a featured installation from Johnny ‘KMNDZ’ Rodriguez

Opening Reception: Sat, Nov. 6th, 2010 7-10PM
On view: Nov. 6th – Nov. 27th, 2010

Thinkspace / 6009 Washington Blvd in Culver City / www.thinkspacegallery.com

Erratic Phenomena interview Allison Sommers

'Cormorant' - 14x18 / Gouache on illustration board

“While exploring the concept of consumption, Allison thumbs her nose at societal conventions of beauty, sexuality and morality. Working at a deliciously miniature scale, she has invented a cheerfully morbid fantasy-land that gives her leeway for infinite flourishes of invention.” – Erratic Phenomena

Check out the full interview with Allison from Erratic Phenomena here:
http://www.erraticphenomena.com/2010/05/allison-sommers-schlaraffenland.html

Allison Sommers
‘Schlaraffenland’
New paintings, drawings and sculpture

View the ‘Sneak Peek’ of the show coming together here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/thinkspace/sets/72157623393138819/

Opening Reception: THIS FRI, May 7th 7-10PM

Thinkspace
6009 Washington Blvd. in the Culver City Arts District
www.thinkspacegallery.com

Juxtapoz 15th Anniversary Art Show TONIGHT

TheBigPayback

On the way to the amazing Dabs Myla show last night I swung through to check out the progress of tonight’s big Juxtapoz 15th Anniversary Art Show and say hey to the crew down from SF… all I can say is do all you can to get down there tonight to catch this one-night only event. Below are some sneak peek images of this massive event coming together…

TONIGHT – Sat, November 14th 7-11PM
Factory Place Arts Complex
1308 Factory Place in downtown Los Angeles (just off of Alameda off the 10)

An epic Thomas Campbell triptych - bid now at charitybuzz.com
An epic Thomas Campbell triptych - bid now at charitybuzz.com

This year, 2009, Juxtapoz is celebrating their 15th Anniversary. To help celebrate, Juxtapoz decided to put together a huge group show and have teamed up with Powerhouse Project in Detroit to help raise money to buy homes in abandoned neighborhoods in order to regenerate one of the symbols of American middle class cities.

To help make this event as big as possible, Juxtapoz reached out to some of their favorite galleries and asked for their help in curating this milestone event.

Robert Williams, Ausgang, David Stoupakis, David MacDowell (bid on these beauties at charitybuzz.com)
Robert Williams, Ausgang, David Stoupakis, David MacDowell (bid on these beauties at charitybuzz.com)

Artists featured in the auction on behalf of Thinkspace include:
Anthony Clarkson, Dabs Myla, L. Croskey, Cherri Wood, Tran Nguyen, Brett Amory, Erik Siador, Nathan DeYoung, Anthony Pontius, Craig ‘Skibs’ Barker, Sarah Joncas, Dan-ah Kim, Catherine Brooks, Kelly Vivanco, David MacDowell, Ekundayo, Brandi Milne, Tony Philippou, and Joshua Mays

Anthony Lister & Charlie Isoe
Anthony Lister & Charlie Isoe

Besides our gallery, others that helped bring the show together include Shooting Gallery, Copro Gallery, White Walls, Subliminal Projects, Jonathan LeVine, Show & Tell, and Fifty24SF. Nice company to say the least. We are honored to have been asked to help curate this special charitable auction and can’t wait for all to see this amazing collection of work this evening.

The lot outside will be filled with amazing lowriders and much more...
The lot outside will be filled with amazing lowriders and much more...
AJ Fosik looms in the darkness... this piece is just MASSIVE in scale.
AJ Fosik looms in the darkness... this piece is just MASSIVE in scale.

Independent of the above galleries, Juxtapoz has also secured works from the likes of Matthew Barney, Kehinde Wiley, Robert Williams, Shepard Fairey, Swoon, Craola, Todd Schorr, David Choe, Todd “Reas” James, WK Interact, Robert Williams, “Big Daddy” Roth, Thomas Campbell, Estevan Oriol, Mister Cartoon, Paul Insect, Jeremy Fish, Sam Flores, Alex Pardee, Saber, David Ellis, Travis Millard, Mel Kadel, Skinner, Haze, San, Dan Witz, D*Face, Andrew Schoultz, Richard Colman, Aaron Horkey, Saelee Oh, Lucy McLauchlan, Adam Wallacavage, AJ Fosik, Ron English, Josh Keyes, Monica Canilao, Shawn Barber, Kenji Hirata, Jay Howell, Vhils, Eine, Jeremyville, Augor, Herbert Baglione, Liz McGrath, Kelsey Brookes, Charles Glaubitz, Dennis McNett and many, many more. A simply STUNNING lineup of artists taking part in this awesome show.

The Date Farmers
The Date Farmers
Breaking out the big guns for the amazing lighting show in the rafters above...
Breaking out the big guns for the amazing lighting show in the rafters above...

For full details go to:
www.juxtapoz.com/auction

And place your bid now at:
http://www.charitybuzz.com/auctions/juxtapoz/catalog_items

Thinkspace May News Update…

Kathleen Lolley‘s mural/installation as part of
‘…Away From The Things Of Man’

Currently on view at Thinkspace:

‘…Away From The Things Of Man’ featuring new works and an installation from Kathleen Lolley + ‘A Brief History’ from Allison Sommers & ‘Inner Myth Pt. 1’ from Joao Ruas in our project room. All current exhibits are on view through June 5th.

View works from our current exhibits via the links below:
Kathleen Lolley – http://thinkspacegallery.com/2009/05/works.php

Allison Sommers – http://thinkspacegallery.com/2009/05/project/works.php

Joao Ruas – http://thinkspacegallery.com/2009/05/project2/works.php

View opening night photos here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/thinkspace/sets/72157618023944392

Great video tour of all three exhibitions courtesy of mrvader24

Some of the press received thus far for our May exhibits:

Juxtapoz: http://www.juxtapoz.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=6127&Itemid=1

Fecal Face: http://www.fecalface.com/SF/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1551&Itemid=90

Arrested Motion: http://arrestedmotion.com/2009/05/openings-allison-sommers-a-brief-history-joao-ruas-inner-myth-thinkspace-gallery/

Dailydujour: http://dailydujour.com/2009/05/09/seen-joo-ruas-inner-myth-part-1/
Dailydujour: http://dailydujour.com/2009/05/09/seen-allison-sommers-a-brief-history/
Dailydujour: http://dailydujour.com/2009/05/09/seen-kathleen-lolley-away-from-the-things-of-man/

Formag Mag: http://www.formatmag.com/news/kathleen-lolleys-away-from-the-things-of-man-exhibition/

Ekundayo tearing it up during last week’s Downtown Art Walk

Thank you to those that came down to the Downtown Art Walk last Thursday and said hey. We had a great time and Ekundayo and Mear One rocked some awesome pieces during their time at the Citizen Downtown Art Park.

Check out some coverage from Jack over at Dailydujour via the links below:

Mear One live painting at the Citizen Downtown Art Park: http://dailydujour.com/2009/05/16/seen-mear-one-for-thinkspace-downtown-art-park/

Ekundayo live painting at the Citizen Downtown Art Park: http://dailydujour.com/2009/05/16/seen-ekundayo-for-thinkspace-downtown-art-park/

Coming up at Thinkspace:
June 12th – July 3rd:
Sarah Joncas “Beneath The Seams” + Kelly Vivanco “The Conservatory” & Tran Nguyen “Portraits of the Unknown” as part of our ‘Fresh Faces’ series in our project room

July 10th – August 7th:
Stella Im Hultberg “Memento Mori” + Catherine Brooks “The Seeded Wind and Silent Motion; an Oeuvre of Beetled Beauty” & Hannah Stouffer “Twilight & Fate” as part of our ‘Fresh Faces’ series in our project room

August 8th & August 9th:
Dennis McNett “Year of the Wolf” (special weekend only event)

August 14th – Sept. 4th:
‘Point Of No Return’ group show curated by MODART Magazine with featured artist Mr. Jago

Sept. 11th – Oct. 2nd:
Camilla d’Errico & Caia Koopman + Lilly Piri, Fumi Nakamura + Yuka Yamaguchi in our project room and Nathan DeYoung as part of our ‘Fresh Faces’ series

Oct. 9th – Oct. 30th:
Esao Andrews solo + Tony Philippou in our project room and Joshua Mays as part of our ‘Fresh Faces’ series

Nov. 6th – Nov. 27th:
Timothy Karpinski solo + Turf One in our project room & Craig “Skibs” Barker as part of our ‘Fresh Faces’ series

Dec. 11th – Jan. 2nd:
Andy Kehoe solo + Jesse Hotchkiss in our project room & Rebecca Hahn as part of our ‘Fresh Faces’ series

Thank you all for the ongoing support!!!

Photos from this past Friday’s opening night reception now posted…

(l-r) Andrew Hosner (Thinkspace), Allison Sommers, Kathleen Lolley, Joao Ruas, Shawn Vezinaw Hosner & L. Croskey (Thinkspace)
Photos are now posted on our Flickr from this past Friday’s opening night reception. Thank you to all that came out and said hello to this month’s exhibiting artists and made them fell like they were at home. They all had a blast and had very succesful debut Los Angeles solo shows. We can’t thank you all enough for coming out and showing them support. There are some great pieces still on hand from each show, and their works are even better in person, so please be sure to come on through before their shows come down in early June.
Links to all the works in each show and interviews with each can be found on our homepage at www.thinkspacegallery.com
Some great coverage of the opening night festivities courtesy of Dailydujour can also be found here, here and here as well. Thanks Jack!
Thinkspace
4210 Santa Monica Blvd (near Sunset Junction)
Thur-Sun 1-6PM