Some Beautiful Words From Longtime Gallery Family Member Bekka Koontz

In the back pages of the August 2006 issue of JUXTAPOZ there was an announcement of Thinkspace’s relocation from its original spot on Melrose, leased through a handshake, to artist Logan Hick‘s studio space on 4210 Santa Monica in Silver Lake, the re-located gallery headed up by L. Croskey and the Hosner brothers. A published mistake that would be rectified in later issues of JUXTAPOZ clarifying the relationship between Thinkspace co-founders Andrew Hosner, wife Shawn Vezinaw (Hosner), and close friend L. Croskey, who was the founder of underground art event Cannibal Flower that underscored the LA Art Scene in the early aughts. Andrew and Shawn connected with L. Croskey through mutual friends as the couple documented the burgeoning scene within the digital pages of their art blog Sour Harvest, which, at the time, provided regular updates on gallery openings, artist interviews and exhibitions of note to several thousand art lovers each month well before any other site was doing so and before many of today’s go to art sites had even launched.

Nearly twenty years later, Thinkspace has fostered the growth of emerging artists and leveraged established names to solidify the importance of New Contemporary work within the greater art landscape. Yet, the history and legacy of this LA establishment and third space for the Los Angeles creative community is threatened by the ramifications of having cancer in America and, with it, the opportunity to recognize one of the most genuine gallery owners in the art market. A fierce woman and gallery mother with a genderless name. Collectors often assumed Shawn to be a man and others that were unfamiliar with Thinkspace, and at times, the tone would shift, but people quickly understood Shawn was not one to be a pushover.

Andrew Hosner highlighted the impact of co-founder and wife Shawn Mary Vezinaw Hosner, who acted as the gallery’s Senior Director and Financial Coordinator in interviews and on social media by expressing how her contributions helped to propel the spaces forward with every growth spurt. The yin to his yang, a balancing force that ensured Thinkspace Projects was in a position to participate in art fairs that brought forth recognition to the movement and collaborative projects with galleries and museums developing curated exhibitions across the country and abroad.

Andrew, Shawn, and L.C. photographed by Estevan Oriol

The 20th-anniversary museum exhibition for JUXTAPOZ at the LA Municipal Art Gallery in 2015 was a milestone moment for Thinkspace, as the show was coordinated in tandem with the debut museum solo exhibition from the esteemed Robert Williams with ‘SLANG Aesthetics!‘. William’s show going on to tour four other museums across the U.S. 

The momentum growing with curated exhibitions at the Honolulu Museum of Art and Long Beach Museum of Art as part of our ongoing partnership with Jasper Wong, founder of Pow! Wow!, a non-profit organization of contemporary artists committed to community enrichment. Thinkspace’s intervention pushed Executive Director of the Long Beach Museum of Art, Ron Nelson, into this Contemporary art world subsect as he was “already looking down the rabbit hole of New Contemporary art and street art.” The show ‘Vitality and Verve‘ pulled in a record number of visitors over the museum’s 60+ year history, as the Long Beach Museum of Art became host to the first-ever all-ephemeral mural exhibition in the USA, which was executed by internationally recognized street artists and muralists who painted directly on the museum walls.

The New Contemporary Art Movement’s institutional recognition is part of Thinkspace Projects‘ continued mission. Ensuring living artists are being supported and able to be seen by a hungry audience of art enthusiasts who are looking for voices that reflect their unique experience. Our second special collaborative exhibition alongside Ozzie Juarez‘s Tlaloc Studio at Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center in Anaheim, ‘TRADITIONS: Honoring Heritage, Ritual, and Family‘ pays homage to the many familiar and cultural facts of our diverse Southern California landscape. The celebration of life for our family member, Shawn Mary Vezinaw Hosner, was held just a day before this meaningful show’s closing, the culmination a bittersweet echo of how our community influences our voice. Shawn’s influence is seen amongst the hundreds and hundreds of faces who came to celebrate her brilliant life and rich contribution to the LA art and music scene.

The belief that a gallery needs to earn and maintain an artist’s respect through ethical and proactive investment in their growth has been a key component to the sustaining business model. Andrew, Shawn, and LC maintained secondary income streams for years to ensure the gallery’s profits were reinvested into its advancement in the LA art scene. The Thinkspace owners’ collective passion aligned with providing a platform for artists to be seen and exposed to a collector base that is more concerned with building an art collection based on personal taste and not potential resell value. Unlike gallery spaces that operate on the intergenerational wealth of the artistic elite that comes with gratuitous praise and prestige. Thinkspace had been running for 6 years before co-owner Andrew Hosner was able to leave his role at Century Media, and the gallery was able to hire full-time staff with Associate Director Ken Flewellyn. Shawn continued to uphold her role at Ipecac Records til 2017. L. Croskey, Head Preparator, a known Westside DJ with independent expansion of his entrepreneurial role with Art Bar LA in Mar Vista where he continues to provide portfolio reviews, a page from Thinkspace’s early days in Silver Lake where artists like Dabs Myla were discovered.

The wisdom of Shawn Vezinaw has accompanied each expansion of Thinkspace Projects, currently located in the growing West Jefferson district, is a factor that would be limitedly acknowledged by the art establishment as her husband and figured head Andrew Hosner has been the face and voice of Thinkspace Projects for a majority of the last 19 years. Shawn was never one to draw attention to herself. But ask any of the artists who have come through the gallery’s doors, and Shawn’s impact is felt through their ongoing career developments and outpouring of love. Shawn, like most mothers, her contributions can go widely unnoticed, and her influence is rarely seen, although experienced through the planned dinners, booked travel, and the cultivation of community through ensuring connections are made between the talented voices that will shape this next era of art.

Now, Thinkspace, in its 19th year, struggles to fully grasp where it may go from here as co-owner Shawn Vezinaw Hosner joined her ancestors on Wednesday, February 14th, after a courageous 15-month battle with stage 4 metastatic breast cancer. The illness exhausted the Hosner’s personal savings and cut badly into Thinkspace’s savings and safety net. A once lean gallery that’s made it through several fluctuations in the economy now relies on its community more than ever to help see a legacy founded and fostered by Shawn continue on and shape the future of the LA Art Scene, as inspired and determined as the landscape its carved out the last two decades.

Thinkspace was the first gallery to host a solo, two-person show, and/or provide institutional inclusion of several prominent artists over the last 19 years including Michael Alvarez, Joshua Petker, Peter Chan, Lola Gil, Felipe Pantone, Hilda Palafox (aka Poni), Roby Dwi Antono, Ozzie Juarez, Keita Morimoto, Giorgiko, Yosuke Ueno, Robert Pokorny, Julio Anaya Cabanding, Noritoshi Mitsuuchi, Hebru Brantley, Taylor Lee, Imon Boy, Perez Bros, Amy Crehore, Ryan Hewett, Willem Hoeffnagel, Kristy Moreno, Audrey Kawasaki, Esao Andrews, B. Robert Moore, Sydnie Jimenez, Dabs Myla, Seth Armstrong, Ozabu, Yasuhito Kawasaki, Kukula, Camilla d’Errico, Brandi Milne, Andrew Hem, Amy Sol, Joao Ruas, Brian M. Viveros, Sandra Chevrier, Michael Reeder, Alex Face, Brett Amory, Ana Bagayan, So Youn Lee, Ryol, Cinta Vidal, TRNZ, Kayla Mahaffey, Sainer, DULK, MILLO, Saner Edgar, and ROA. 

Thinkspace Projects has curated and collaborated with several major art institutions in the Los Angeles / Orange County areas, including:
Long Beach Museum of Art (Long Beach, CA.)
Lancaster Museum of Art and History (Lancaster, CA.)
Lancaster Museum of Art and History: MOAH CEDAR (Lancaster, CA.)
MUZEO Museum and Cultural Center (Anaheim, CA.)
Fullerton Museum Center (Fullerton, CA.)
The Brand Library & Art Center (Glendale, CA.)
Walter N. Marks Center for the Arts (Palm Desert, CA.)
Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Art Park (Hollywood, CA.)
The Muckenthaler Cultural Center (Fullerton, CA.)
Fullerton College Art Gallery (Fullerton, CA.)

In addition to numerous curated exhibitions abroad with various museums and institutions, including:
Urban Nation (Berlin, Germany)
STRAAT (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum (Mesa, AZ.)
Fort Wayne Museum of Art (Fort Wayne, IN.)
Honolulu Museum of Art (Honolulu, HI.)
LSU Museum of Art (Baton Rouge, LA.)
Elmhurst Art Museum (Elmhurst, IL.)
University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ.)
University of Texas (El Paso, TX.)

Along with curated exhibitions with gallery partners in Hong Kong, London, Berlin, New York City, San Francisco, Chicago, Portland, New Orleans, and Detroit.

Please help us bounce back after Shawn’s cancer battle

Shawn Mary Vezinaw Hosner’s cancer battle exhausted the Hosner’s personal savings and cut badly into Thinkspace’s savings and financial safety net. We need the help and support of our worldwide art community now more so than ever, and can not let cancer take away what Shawn and the Thinkspace Family has spent the last 19 years building.

Any additional funds raised will go towards a future art award / fund we are putting together with JUXTAPOZ. Full details will follow on this in the coming months.

Your support can make a tremendous difference in making sure Thinkspace Projects is around for years to follow and that we also build towards a lasting annual award in her name. Any contribution, whether big or small, will be greatly appreciated. Here are some ways you can help:

Make a Donation: Your financial contribution will go a long way in helping us honor Shawn’s memory and legacy, helping us to rebuild our savings so that we can operate at full capacity and to build towards an annual artist fund / award / contest with Shawn’s favorite magazine, JUXTAPOZ.

Share Our Campaign: Please share this and our fundraising campaign with your friends, family, and social networks to help us reach a wider audience.

We want to express our heartfelt gratitude in advance for any support you can provide. Together, we can ensure that Shawn’s legacy continues to grow and allow another generation of emerging artists to be inspired by her vision, love and kindness, while simultaneously helping our family in this most difficult time.

Thank you for being a part of preserving the memory and legacy of one of the best humans ever (in our humble opinions).. If you have any questions or would like more information, please feel free to reach out.

SHAWN MARY VEZINAW HOSNER
3/11/66 to 2/14/24

SHAWN FOREVER.

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Cannibal Flower TONIGHT!!!

Cate Rangel “White Oleander”
Featured in tonight’s Cannibal Flower event
Are you ready to see eye popping art, live music, knife throwers, belly dancers and a dune buggy?! Join us this evening and get ready for a wild show!!
TONIGHT – Sat, May 23rd 9PM-1AM ($8 admission / $5 as walking art)
Sour Harvest and C.A.V.E. Gallery present:
Cannibal Flower Group Show & Performance Place
New Puppy Gallery @ 2808 Elm Street in Los Angeles
Huge travelling group show featuring Alex Garcia, Mark Dugalley, Patrick Hammerlein, Jose Carabes, Cambria, Yuki Miyazaki, Macsorro, Delphia, James Bentley, Stephen Canthal, Nicole Bruckman, Liz Brizzi, Terri Berman, Doulglas Alvarez, Taslimur, Ted Von Heiland, Anna Chung, Christopher Hall, Azikiwe Atiba Andrews, Bill Bronson, Ubaldo Miranda Villa, Yvette Ulrich, Laura Brody, Paul Torres, Jules Muck, Kelly Berg, Greg Yoshitaki, Lynn Marie Greaves, Lauri Robertson, John P. Wales, Steven Darden, Michael Pukac, Louie Metz, Erick Rodriguez, Josh Hart, Brett Gilbert, Eban Lehrer, Jun Alvarado, Hilary Bond, Adam Smithmada, Kelly Thompson, Lucia Jurado, Elizabeth Caffey, King Casanova, Eric Fobair, Fabius, Gino Burman-Loffredo, Paul Allison, Brian Robertson, L. Croskey, Michele Waterman, Shahid, Miss Withers, Nick Hernandez, Pablo Damas and more with featured artist Cate Rangel http://www.caterangel.com/
Beats courtesy of XPoint and Mr.NumberOnederful plus guest DJ DoublePlay
Live performances from Seeing Thingz PLUS Impalement Arts: Knife Throwing Duet Jack Dagger & Tonya Kay PLUS Belly Dancing from Salawa PLUS live painting with Michael Pukac
First six people in costume/walking art will get in free tonight.
For all the details – check out http://www.cannibalflower.com/

Recommended openings to catch this weekend…

Fri, March 27th 5-10PM
Ronin Gallery
1924 Echo Park Ave in Los Angeles
New works from 2H
www.theroningallery.com

Sat, March 28th 9PM-1AM ($8 admission / $5 as walking art)
Cannibal Flower
NEW location: 2323 East Olympic Blvd in downtown Los Angeles
With featured artist Rebecca Hahn and beats curated by Mr. NumberOnederful & X-Point and live painting / art / music / dancing / performance art + a huge group show – check site for full details – don’t miss it!
(One-night only special event)
www.cannibalflower.com

Sat, March 28th 7PM-2AM ($10 admission)
Constant Elevation Group Show / Live Art / Live Beats / Drinks
929 E. 2nd Street in downtown Los Angeles
Some of today’s illest graff artists, beat makers, photographers, illustrators, DJ’s, live painters and more – loft party style event in lil’ Tokyo (18 and over only)

Sat, March 28th
Corey Helford Gallery (Special Event Space)
Special Event Location: 6086 Comey Street (off Venice / near LaBrea) / 310.287.2340
“Venice” featuring new photographic works from Chris Anthony
(On view through April 18th)
www.coreyhelfordgallery.com

Sat, March 28th 5-7PM
Richard Heller Gallery
2525 Michigan Ave, Space B-5A at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica / 310.453.9191
“The Outer World” from Tobias Waite + “November’s Ghosts” from Peter Halasz
(On view through April 25th)
www.richardhellergallery.com

Sat, March 28th 8-11PM
Merry Karnowsky Gallery
170 South La Brea Ave. in Los Angeles / 323.933.4408
“The World We Live In” featuring new works from Todd Schorr
(On view through April 18th)
www.mkgallery.com

Sat, March 28th 7-10PM
New Image Art
7908 Santa Monica Blvd. in Los Angeles / 323.654.2192
“American Realities” featuring new works from Clare Rojas, Andrew Jeffrey Wright and Lydia Fong (aka Robert Pimple, aka Barry McGee)
www.newimageartgallery.com

Sat, March 28th 7-11PM
Nucleus Gallery
210 E. Main St., Alhambra / 626.458.7482
The Illustration West 47 Exhibition presented by the Society Of Illustrators of Los Angeles (SILA)
(On view through April 3rd)
www.gallerynucleus.com

Sat, March 28th 7-10PM
Tropico de Nopal
1665 Beverly Blvd in Los Angeles / 213.481.8112
“Dibujos: Emergency Landing” drawing group show featuring works from a vast array of artists including Shizu Saldamando, Thomas Lee Bakofsky, Edity Abeyta, Charles Glaubitz, Vincent Valdez, and many more
(On view through April 25th)
www.tropicodenopal.com

Cannibal Flower returns next Sat, March 28th…

Mark your calendars now!
CANNIBAL FLOWER GROUP SHOW & PERFORMANCE SPACE
With featured artist Rebecca Hahn and beats curated by Mr. NumberOnederful
Live painting / Art / Music / Dancing / Performance Art
NEW LOCATION: 2323 East Olympic Blvd in downtown Los Angeles
$8 Admission / $5 as Walking Art
For full details and artist lineup: www.cannibalflower.com