RAIZ II Group Show with a featured installation from Carlos Ramirez in Palm Desert curated by Thinkspace Projects | Tlaloc Studios | The Perez Brothers at Walter N. Marks Center for the Arts College of the Desert on September 26, 2023

The Walter N. Marks Center for the Arts presents:

RAIZ II
Group Show + a solo exhibition and installation from Carlos Ramirez

Curated by Thinkspace Projects | Tlaloc Studios | The Perez Brothers
with installations and mini-artist mart from the Bloody Gums Collective + live screen printing from Blue Hill Studios + the Bajitos Del Valle CC car club + free tacos from SALSITAS_V.I.P + live music from Cálmala I Cumbia de Coachella and DJs in the courtyard.

Opening Reception:
Thursday, September 28 from 4-7pm, open and free to all!

On view September 26 through October 27, 2023 at:
Walter N. Marks Center for the Arts
College of the Desert
43-500 Monterey Avenue
Palm Desert, California 92260

Collector Preview will be shared this Friday, September 22.

Always in pursuit of uniting and elevating the New Contemporary Art community, Thinkspace Projects teams up with Tlaloc Studios and the Perez Bros to present ‘RAIZ II’. Building on the community created with our first ‘RAIZ’ exhibition that took place at the Brand Library and Art Center in Glendale, California earlier this year, ‘RAIZ II’ seeks to strengthen.

We are also excited to be able to provide Alejandra and Vicente Perez their first opportunity to curate as well. The brothers have helped to make ‘RAIZ II’ a true family affair and we are so honored to have them a part of this special showcase.

With nearly 60 artists in the group show alone, the extravaganza is sure to be diverse and varied, bringing universal appeal from so many incredible contributors. With a focus on local Los Angeles based artists, the lineup is as impressive as it is varied. A solo show from the legendary Carlos Ramirez (ex-Date Farmers) rounds out the exhibition, filling the walls with innovative and genre-blending pieces across several mediums from the Coachella Valley artist.

The surrounding grounds themselves will also be bursting with compelling content, from live screen printing with our friends at Blue Hill Studios to a mini-mart filled with local creatives put together by the Bloody Gums artist collective alongside installations and more from the Bloody Gums crew plus local low rider club Bajitos Del Valle will be on hand to showcase as well. Save the date and we will see you soon!

The show opens with a special celebration on Thursday, September 28th with a reception from 4PM to 7PM. The exhibition will be on view from September 26 through October 27 at the Walter N. Marks Center for the Arts, located at the College of the Desert in Palm Desert, California.

Featured solo exhibition from Carlos Ramirez (work shared above) alongside a group show with:

Abars
Estefania Ajcip
Anta52
Andrea Aragon
Michael Bardales-Uriostegui
Alex Bargas
Brek
Joshua Castaneda
Emilia Cruz
Deladeso
Delisha
Leo Eguiarte
Sofia Enriquez
Priscilla S. Flores
Eduardo Gomez
GoopMassta
Emiliana Henriquez
Cody Jimenez
Haylie Jimenez
Sydnie Jimenez
Larry Li
Daniel Lopez
Kiara Aileen Machado
Danny Martinez (aka Van Dam One)
Steve Martinez
Jay McKay
Mister Toledo
Nikkolos Mohammed
Kristy Moreno
Lolbette Moreno (aka Lola)
Mr. B Baby
Baby Mueller
Jasaya Neale
Chaz Outing
Jerry Peña
Jacky Pereo
Randy Perez
Simone Quiles
Johnny Quintanilla
Lily Ramirez
Roger Ramirez
Nori Rasmussen
Roja
Conrad Ruiz
Javier Hache Ruiz
Esteban Raheem Abdul Raheem Samayoa
Tamara Santibanez
Mia Scarpa
Eduardo Soto
Sob Story
Hedy Torres
Melly Trochez
Juri Umagami
Bryan Valdez
Ramon Vargas
Josh Vasquez
Daisy Velasco
Manuel Zamudio

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Virtual Tour of April Exhibitions at Thinkspace Projects | Exhibitions on view April 1 – April 22, 2023

Thinkspace presents a virtual tour of ‘Trying To Keep It Together’ featuring new work from EZRA BROWN showing in Gallery I and the CAROLINE WEAVER‘S ‘A Gummy Wormhole In The Sugar Dimension‘ in Gallery II. Along with DELISHA‘S
Sweet Dreams & Beautiful Nightmares’ in Gallery III and WILLEM HOEFFNAGEL‘S
Similarities’ showing in Gallery IV.

Explore the virtual tour here: https://players.cupix.com/p/am0nvxmj

All exhibitions are on view at Thinkspace Projects now through April 22, 2023.

Virtual tour created by Birdman.

Photo Tour of Delisha’s ‘Sweet Dreams & Beautiful Nightmares’ and Willem Hoeffnagel’s ‘Similarities’

Thinkspace presents a photo tour of DELISHA‘S ‘Sweet Dreams & Beautiful Nightmares’ in Gallery III and WILLEM HOEFFNAGEL‘S ‘Similarities’ in Gallery IV.

All exhibitions are on view at Thinkspace Projects now through April 22, 2023.

Photos by @BirdManPhotos.

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Video Tour & Opening Reception Party of April 2023 Exhibitions featuring Ezra Brown, Caroline Weaver, Delisha, and Willem Hoeffnagel at Thinkspace Projects

Thinkspace presents a video tour and opening recap from this past Saturday’s reception for our April exhibitions. Many thanks to Ezra, Caroline, Delisha and Willem for believing in our team and delivering such strong bodies of work. Big love to all that came through to support!!!

April 1 – April 22, 2023

Thinkspace Projects
4207 W. Jefferson Blvd + 4217 W. Jefferson Blvd.
Los Angeles, California 90016

Gallery I
EZRA BROWN
Trying To Keep It Together

Gallery II
CAROLINE WEAVER
A Gummy Wormhole In The Sugar Dimension

Gallery III
DELISHA
Sweet Dreams & Beautiful Nightmares

Gallery IV
WILLEM HOEFFNAGEL
Similarities

Shout outs to Venice Beats, The Roll N’ Bun, Goopmassta, Digital Debris Video Gallery, Timeless Brand, Liquid Death, Dreyfus, Joon Alvarado, Raymond Argumedo, and Dirtcobain for helping provide great vibes for all in attendance.

All four exhibits remain on view until April 22, 2023.

Open Tuesday to Saturday from 12-6pm. Viewing Rooms for each show are now live on our website.

Video + photos courtesy @BirdManPhotos

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Interview with Delisha for ‘Sweet Dreams & Beautiful Nightmares’ | Exhibition on view Saturday April 1 – April 22, 2023

Thinkspace is pleased to present Delisha Sweet Dreams & Beautiful Nightmares.‘ The “BEAUTIFUL MONSTER” acts as a security blanket to help us navigate life’s problems and tune out the harshness of the world. It’s easier to tune out the judgement, the abuse, the neglect, and doubt while wrapped in the comfort of scarves. A BEAUTIFUL MONSTER manifested from a cold world, and is also a reminder to embrace fear, because you may find comfort in uncovering what’s really there.

Our interview with Delisha shares her rituals to stimulate her creative flow, her creative influences, and how she likes to enjoy her downtime.

What themes were you exploring in this body of work?

Mostly the idea of fear, the fear of individuality, the fear of another persons perception of you. I wanted to tell a story from three different perspectives; from the perspective of the viewer, the subjects in the paintings, and of the Beautiful Monster’s. The viewer sees a weird creepy thing, but inside the monster there’s an innocence there. The painting’s subjects ignore the Beautiful Monster all together.

Did you have a piece that was particularly challenging?

I feel the theme was more challenging. To create a monster that was fun but also a little creepy and weird, that really encapsulated the creative spirit was the most challenging. It definitely came from my own experiences with social anxiety of being called “different”.

What does a day in the studio look like for you?

A typical day in the studio, for me?
Lots and lots of work! I’m usually working on 4-5 projects at a time. Which is dope, because I remember a time when things weren’t as busy. But, a typical day is VERY focused from 9am-5pm.

How do you structure your days?

I’m learning to have 3 days in one day. I split my days in thirds so that I’m sure to have personal time, and to keep my interests on whatever I’m creating at that time.

Do you have any rituals that help you tap into a creative flow?

This answer goes back to timing and planning my days right. Personal time is very important to me so I’m usually up before the sun rises to meditate, medicate, and meal prep (make lunch for my daughter).

What is your most favorite and least favorite part of the creative process?

Showing my work is nerve wrecking. I get immortalized in my thoughts, so when I show to the public I’m wondering if they can feel what I felt, when making them.

Who are some of your creative influences?

Creators: Bill Watterson and Jim Henson
Artists: Frida Kahlo, Jean Mitchell Basquiat Photographers: James Van Der Zee and Annie Leibovitz.
Writers: Ayn Rand and Encyclopedias.

Why do they inspire you?

They inspire me for their passion. How they truly lived, and are living, through what they’ve created.
The encyclopedia has always been a staple, now that’s been replace with YouTube lol. Just as inspiring.

If you could have any skill or topic downloaded into your brain, what would you want to be able to do/ be an expert at?

Everything. I love learning new things/skills.

What do you hope viewers take away or experience while viewing your work?

A need to see more!

How do you like to enjoy your time outside of the studio?

Spending time with my daughter, with friends or dreaming.

Do you celebrate the completion of a body of work?

Sometimes. Sometimes the reward is to do nothing.

Exhibition on view April 1 – April 22, 2023 at:
Thinkspace Projects
4207 W. Jefferson Blvd.
Los Angeles, California 90016