March Exhibitions featuring B. Robert Moore, Marissa Reyes, Roja, & F CANCER Charity Benefit Group Show Open March 4th at Thinkspace Projects

B. ROBERT MOORE
Out the Mud: A Black American Rite of Passage

F CANCER
Group Show to benefit the American Cancer Society

MARISSA REYES
Fighting Fickle Feelings For You

ROJA
Asco

Opening Reception on Saturday, March 4 from 6-10pm with DJ’s Venice Beats, open bar + free drinks from Liquid Death, video projections from Digital Debris, artist installations, live painting, and food vendors TBA.

Exhibitions on view March 4, 2023 – March 25, 2023

B. ROBERT MOORE
Out the Mud: A Black American Rite of Passage

Show Statement:
Most the time, when you born Black in America, you don’t have the same rights. For many, it’s even harder, you might not even survive.

As I heard growing up, “Get It Out The Mud”. *

From birth, diggin’ out the mud, working to get it how you can with little to no help. Most the time, mud pulls you down, so you got adversity all around you. Constant weight.

It’s survival until you finally out the mud.

For this debut solo, b. Robert Moore, lays out his experience as a Black American, in the perspective of a linear Rite of Passage. As his experiences, and as a Black community in America.

In many African societies, art plays an important role in various rites of passage throughout the cycle of life. These rituals mark an individual’s transition from one stage of life to another. The birth of a child, a youth’s coming of age, and the funeral of a respected elder are all events in which an individual undergoes a change of status. During these transitional periods, individuals are considered to be especially vulnerable to spiritual forces. Art objects are therefore created and employed to assist in the rite of passage and to reinforce community values. **

A Rite of Passage can be different depending on culture, tribe, region, etc.; however, it’s understood generally as important life events as you cycle through stages of “life” and or after life.

For many Black Americans, we have no direct understanding of our traditional African tribes rite of passage. Our only Rite Of Passage is what we have inherited being born descendants of African slaves here in America. For many, birth and childhood are traumatic, coming of age is a form of warfare (if we even survive), conditioned to not understand martial structure, religious confusion through manipulation, death…. And more.

In hopes that our coming of Age, our Rite of Passage, is to make it past the age of 25….

If we do, some of us may even thrive. We may even find a smile. We may recreate. We may be the rose that grew from concrete.

Out The Mud.

References and Credits:

*Ref: My Grandma “Get It Out The Mud”
Out The Mud: The phrase “out the mud” means to come from the bottom of something and rise to the top. (Virginia Thomas)

**Ref: Khan Academy ‘Rites of Passages’ // Dr. Crista De Clarke // (Metropolitan Museum of Art New York)

About the artist…
b. Robert Moore (b.1983-) Des Moines, Iowa | Lakewood, California. Robert, a multidisciplinary contemporary artist started painting to counter drug addiction and alcoholism among mental and emotional health outlets. A self taught folk artist, Robert’s mastery is infant but seasoned and continues to be a focus of his practice. Mastery of his passion.

To Robert, he is constantly in pursuit of happiness, which in his current state is defined by fulfillment + purpose. He finds purpose in connecting narrative and opening doors for connection, relation, healing, discussion. From up-cycled sculpture to abstract portrait and urban neo-expressionism, Robert has defined his genre or style as “narrative”. He is purposeful with every word, brushstroke and connection to the work with contention if intentionally or accidental occurrences influenced the work.

Like many human and human experiences, the exterior never truly tells how the person was composed within the interior or influences/experiences that impacted them and so human nature typically has a subjective stance. Robert attempts to strip away those subjective “soft” assumptions of narrative, instead, calling it out directly. That is the goal in his work, to conflict and provoke thought of narrative of African and African American diaspora as well as social and civil experiences of underrepresented people + narrative. A true representation of his experiences through a collective community lens.
“As a recovering alcoholic and addict, art is my therapy and I find fulfillment in producing the work as a healthy alternative to addiction and mental health disorders (a/k/a super powers). As long as I am representing the underrepresented narrative and narrative that exposes the most vulnerable forms of authenticity and growth, then I find this as a form of currency to me”. Blessings & Good Vibes –

For Robert, art should be felt, not just seen.

F CANCER
Group Show to benefit the American Cancer Society

25% of each sale to be donated to the American Cancer Society

Our guiding light and gallery co-founder Shawn Hosner was recently diagnosed with Stage 4 Breast Cancer and it has tossed our entire world upside down and into the air. She’s lovingly referred to as “gallery mom” and she means so much, to so many around the world.

Our fight has just begun and we want to be sure that every member of our extended family and all of our supporters around the world know of her fight and are sharing their good energy and prayers for her. We want to use her fight as a vehicle to also help others that are facing this horrible disease head on and fighting for their lives.

All of us at the gallery have experienced the loss of friends and close loved ones over the years due to this dreaded disease and now that it has entered our home and is staring us directly in the face, we aim to do all we can to help spread awareness on early detection and what you can do to avoid this nightmare entering your life. F cancer!!!

Participating Artists include:
Alex Face
Langston Allston
Esao Andrews
Sean Banister
Craig ‘Skibs’ Barker
Chloe Becky
Stephanie Buer
James Bullough
Liz Brizzi
Adam Caldwell
Victoria Cassinova
Young-Ji Cha
Sandra Chevrier
Anthony Clarkson
L. Croskey
Dulk (aka Antonio Segura)
Ken Flewellyn
Sergio Garcia
Giorgiko
Goopmassta
Andrea Guzzetta
Anthony Hurd
Cody Jimenez
Haylie Jimenez
Sydnie Jimenez
Ozzie Juarez
Audrey Kawasaki
Josh Keyes
Scott Listfield
Spenser Little
Huntz Liu
Lost Object (aka Hyland Mather)
Kayla Mahaffey
Mando Marie
Marie-Claude Marquis
Brian Mashburn
Kristy Moreno
Alvaro Naddeo
Tran Nguyen
Perez Bros
RYOL (aka Ryo Laksamana)
Sentrock
Amy Sol
Stom500
Super A (aka Stefan Thelen)
TRNZ
Yosuke Ueno
Mark Dean Veca
Nuno Viegas
Roos van der Vliet
Cinta Vidal
Nuno Viegas
Kelly Vivanco
Brian M. Viveros
Wiley Wallace
Daniel Weintraub (aka Halopigg)
Casey Weldon
Jasper Wong
Brad Woodfin
Manuel Zamudio

To learn more about all the American Cancer Society do, or to make a donation, please check here: www.cancer.org

ROJA
Asco

Times is organized around damage. Moves across, an undaunted predator. An animal eating from our heart, and against which we react with nostalgia or with the burning gesture of revenge. But here there is no yearning. There is fury, there is rage, there is nastiness. And the alternative -both its poignancy and its affliction- that the work seems to suggest, is: facing the annihilation of time, self-destruction; facing its nightmare, hallucination.

If the apocalypse, recurring theme in the work, stem from revelation, perhaps we should wonder if what that brings to light is not the bad conscience of society. Its infected beauty, its aberration. The <> in which we do not tolerate recognizing ourselves.

About the artist…
Born in 1987, Comodoro Rivadavia, Chubut in Argentina where she tudied plastic arts at the UNLP with orientation to ceramics and engraving.

Her studies also included make-up and costumes at the theater school of La Plata. Roa also attended the special effects workshop at FX (School of special effects) and studied Art Direction at SICA.

Recently her focus has shifted after she attended an embroidery courses at the Border Workshop with Florencia Russi and at TAE (Escuela del Teatro Argentino), among others.

She has also worked as a make-up artist in several theatrical plays and fashion shoots. Since 2010, Roja works in art direction, where she has made music videos, movies and short series.

MARISSA REYES
Fighting Fickle Feelings For You

Marissa Reyes examines representations of the female body and to articulate sites of agency and resistance to surveillance and shame. Utilizing a visual culture of psychosexuality and psychological intimacy, she interrogates ways in which depictions of the female nude can be removed from historical regimes and systemic lenses of oppression and hypersexualization. Her self-portraits provide a safe space for the female body to experience personal and private narratives of pain, desire, doubt, and fear.

As a woman, most of us all have that moment we remember in grade school. We are sitting at the lunch table about to enjoy a tasty banana, when suddenly a group of boys behind you burst into laughter. You turn to see what the boys are laughing at, only to find it is you they are laughing at. They are making phallic jokes about the banana you are eating; you sit there confused and embarrassed and not understanding why you feel this way. Being sexualized at such an early age while eating a piece of fruit has altered the way I see men and the way I see myself. This thought has lingered in my mind for the past 22 years.

In this new body of work, I explore sexism, the self and the delicate emotions that encompass romantic relationships. I use the symbol of the banana to objectify men, they are a mere thing that is the source of the issues within my work. I use self-portraiture to convey the intimate emotions and conversations that we have with ourselves about the choices we make within a relationship. These emotions can be very intense and private. I allow the viewer insight into these very intimate moments of pain, hurt, love, doubt, and fear. My inner thoughts can sometimes be like the wild west, lawless and violent. These very serious topics are encased in that same humor I felt as a 10 year old that I still don’t quite understand.

About the artist…
Marissa Reyes (b.1991) is an oil painter who lives and works in San Bernardino, California. She holds a BA in Studio Art from The University of La Verne, followed by an MFA from Claremont Graduate University. The artist’s solo and group exhibitions include Humorous Hubris (2022), at East Gallery of Claremont Graduate University and 1° of Separation (2022), at Franchise in Los Angeles. Reyes’ most recent exhibitions include Raiz (2023), with Thinkspace Gallery at the Brand Library & Art Center in Glendale and Sunset Unlimited Curated by Devin Troy Strother (2023), at Intersect Palm Springs Art and Design Fair with The Pit LA in Palm Springs.

Virtual Tour of February 2022 Exhibitions

Thinkspace presents a virtual tour of “Intersections” featuring new work from Alvaro NaddeoManuel ZamudioSean Banister, and Gustavo Rimada. Along with Andrea Aragon’s “Somas Magicas” showing in Gallery Two, and new works from Marie Claude MarquisEshinlokun Wasiu, and Alex Face in our viewing room.

Virtual Tour: https://players.cupix.com/p/H0t97I9j

Virtual tour created by Birdman

Photo Tour of February 2022 Exhibitions

Thinkspace presents a photo tour of “Intersections” featuring new work from Alvaro Naddeo, Manuel Zamudio, Sean Banister, and Gustavo Rimada. Along with Andrea Aragon’s “Somas Magicas” showing in Gallery Two, and new works from Marie Claude Marquis, Eshinlokun Wasiu, and Alex Face in our viewing room.

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Opening Reception of February 2022 Exhibitions

Thank you to all those who attended the opening reception of “Intersections” featuring new work from Alvaro Naddeo, Manuel Zamudio, Sean Banister, and Gustavo Rimada. Along with Andrea Aragon’s latest solo exhibition “Somas Magicas” showing in Gallery Two, and our Viewing Room showcasing new works from Marie-Claude Marquis, Eshinlokun Wasiu, and Alex Face.

All exhibitions are on view at Thinkspace Projects now through February 26th.

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Interview with Alvaro Naddeo for “Intersections” | Exhibition on view February 5 – February 26 at Thinkspace Projects

Thinkspace Projects is pleased to present Alvaro Naddeo as part of our new group exhibition, “Intersections”. The exhibition is a solo show for each artist in their own right, and continues to build on their momentum into 2022. Each artist’s work is unified by storytelling, displaying an array of memories and experiences within the walls of the gallery.

Alvaro Naddeo approaches Intersections with the desire to create work that mixes personal memories with the collective memories of our society. In pulling textures from the places Naddeo has personally been and incorporating them into greater social and political commentary, he is able to tell stories that may not have previously been told. He works to give space to the marginalized and the minorities, “those who can see and smell everything good that America has, but are never allowed to get there.”

In our interview with Alvaro Naddeo, we get insight into his philosophy behind creating art and a deeper understanding of the life perspective expressed through his compositions, plus knowing his favorite activity outside the studio.

Can you share with us a little bit about your upbringing and where you are currently creating?

I was born in São Paulo and grew up one block away from a shantytown in a middle-class family. Brazilian shanty towns are a lot poorer than United States standards for the poor. The average “house” has no sewage, no water, and has stolen electricity. Around my teenage years, we moved to an upper-middle-class neighborhood very close to obscenely wealthy people. It was a shock and a very vivid example of wealth inequality. That had an impact on me for sure. 

Later moved to Lima, New York, Tampa, and currently living in the Los Angeles area, Lawndale, to be more precise.

What was the inspiration behind this latest body of work? What themes have you been exploring in your work?

The inspiration for this show comes from my desire to create something where I’m able to mix memories with textures of the places I’ve been while at the same time making a social and political commentary on our society. AmeriCan’t is about the marginalized, the minorities, those who can see and smell everything good that America has but are never allowed to get there.

Could you share what your day-to-day looks like when working in your studio? 

I’ve recently moved, and my studio is at home. The new place has great light, and with the working from home scenario (I have a job in advertising), I was able to enjoy the flexibility and paint more during day time, which I prefer. I paint during daylight and work on compositions on the computer at nighttime. During the day, I go back and forth, bouncing between painting and working on my job. An on and off approach works fine, considering sometimes I need time to let the paint dry (around 30 to 60 minutes breaks.)

What’s in your “artistic toolbox”? Are you particular about brands that you use? 

Before going into brand names, let me give unsolicited advice to future watercolor artists: Paper is the one item where quality and price make a considerable difference. Invest good money on it. Painting is the second in that regard. Professional-grade paint is a little better than student-grade paint, but the student-grade is fine too. And finally, brushes. No need to spend money on that. Cheap brushes are as good as any. I prefer Fabriano and Arches paper (I haven’t tried other “good ones” yet), and I like Winsor and Newton paint. I use Dynasty brush black gold.

How do you like to unwind outside of the studio? 

I enjoy spending time with my son and daughter; they are teenagers, and being with dad is not their first choice of “fun,” but we get to spend some quality time pretty often. Eating and watching movies is what we do the most. I also enjoy going to the gym almost every day; being physically active after a day spent almost entirely sitting is needed.

Do you have a process for sourcing and/or keeping track of your inspiration? 

I just jolt some scribble on any piece of paper or post-its with the intent of keeping a record of an idea. Is super rough and sometimes is just words, not even a sketch.

What was on your playlist while creating this new body of work?

This year I listened to a lot of Bauhaus, New Order, Joy Division, Judas Priest, and Dio.

Most artists express themselves creatively as a child, but there is a moment when a shift occurs from just being creatively inclined to being more artistically minded – do you know when that moment was for you?

No, I don’t think so. Sorry for the lack of modesty, but I’ve always been creative and active in that regard my whole life. I just expressed it differently at different stages in my life.

Have you ever worked outside creating public murals? If not, would you be interested in pursuing one day? 

No, I’ve never created murals, and yes, I would be interested in doing it someday.

What words of wisdom would you share with your past self when you were just starting to create art? Is there anything in your artistic journey that you wish you may have done differently? 

If I ever achieved anything, it was only because I wasn’t looking for it. I always painted for the instant reward of just being creative. I never had a goal; I wasn’t painting to achieve something specific. I never inflicted on me the responsibility or burden of being liked or selling my art. I love receiving positive feedback, it fuels my creativity, but I was lucky that that was not the reason. If I get isolated from society for any reason, I would still do what I do to entertain myself. I wouldn’t give my past self any advice because I believe my past self was painting for the right reasons, and I wouldn’t like to interfere with that. I wouldn’t try to be more famous, have more followers, or sell more. 

What did you find to be the biggest challenge of 2021 for you?

My job in advertising was demanding some periods this year. It looks like in some industries the working from home also became working anytime and any amount of hours.

What is your proudest accomplishment of 2021? Life thus far? (can be art-related or not)

That would be any time one of my kids expressed that they liked me and agreed that I am doing my best to be their father.

What big projects do you have coming up in 2023 that you’d like to share more about?

I don’t know yet. But I believe it would be at Thinkspace!