Fernando Chamarelli ‘Secret Code’ and Carl Cashman ‘ An Edited Version of Life’ Opening Reception.

Fernando Chamarelli Secret Code

While making plans for the weekend, include a stop into our latest exhibition with Brazilian artist Fernando Chamarelli and London-based artist Carl Cashman. Our main room show with Fernando Chamarelli exhibits two large-scale pieces that are a must see and a fresh mural just for the show. In our project room is a full collection of new works by Carl Cashman that play with line, shape, and depth.

Fernando Chamarelli Secret Code

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Fernando Chamarelli Secret Code

Fernando Chamarelli Secret Code

Artist Fernando Chamarelli

Fernando Chamarelli Secret Code

Carl Cashman An Edited Version of Life

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Carl Cashman An Edited Version of Life

Carl Cashman

For more information on the artists please visit the Thinkspace website.

Both exhibitions are on view through Saturday, September 5th.

Fernando Chamarelli “Secret Code” featured on Juxtapoz.com

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Secret Code‘ exhibiting new works from Brazilian artist Fernando Chamarelli opens Saturday, August 15th. Juxtapoz.com wrote a great feature on the artist, capturing his style and alluding to his upcoming show. The opening reception at Thinkspace Gallery begins at 6 pm and will continue into the night till 9 pm. Please visit Juxtapoz.com for the full online article.

Lots of colors, lots of details, lots hybrid human-creatures, go get it.

Interview with Fernando Chamarelli for ‘Secret Code’

Fernando Chamarelli

We interviewed Brazilian artist Fernando Charmarelli (FC), who will be exhibiting his latest body of work in the Thinkspace Gallery main room for his show ‘Secret Code’. English is not Charmarelli’s first language and without compromising the integrity of his interview, we have rephrased a few parts for clarity.  ‘Secret Code’ will be opening August 15th and will run through September 5th.

SH: What was the inspiration behind “Secret Code”?
FC: The main idea is everything is connected. If you look back at the ancient civilizations, it’s intriguing to see how many similarities that exists between them. It’s as if they shared the same knowledge, even though they far apart or separated by oceans. It proves that there is much more to know and discover, beyond what we learn in history books.

Ancient wisdom, teachings and knowledge through symbolic codes can answer the main questions we have about life.

In each of my paintings you will find a mixture of myths, symbols, subliminal messages and secret codes that will take you on a journey through time and space that can confuse your mind or bring you revelations.

SH: What paints and brushes do you use to create your work? Do you have a favorite brush?

FC: I use acrylic ink, but I don’t have a favorite brush. I also don’t have a favorite brand of paint. I usually buy brushes and different paints when I’m traveling.

Fernando Charmarelli Painting


SH: Your work is very culturally inspired by your home country Brazil; what is the biggest misconception about Brazil or what do you wish people knew about Brazil?

FC: When talking about Brazil most foreigners think about football, samba and Carnival. In fact, Brazil is much more than that.

Each state or region of Brazil has its traditions and differences. Southern Brazil is very different from the north. The country has a rich culture with many different kinds of music, dances, different foods and landscapes.

This mixture of things and the economic situation of the people, makes every Brazilian need to be creative. So we have a lot of very good artists here.
We absorb what’s around us, mix it with our culture and create something new.

SH: Your favorite place you have visited so far while traveling?

FC: I don’t have a favorite place. I like to see new things, to see new places and to have new experiences. The places I’ve never been before are my favorites.

Fernando Chamarelli

SH: You’ve shared before your pieces have Their Own Story; in your creative process does the story come first or does it develop while you’re painting the piece? Do you ever imagine creating your own book explaining the works personal mythology?

FC: I never thought about this idea of creating a book, but this seems like a great idea. All my paintings have a story. Some more than others, but they all convey a message. Sometimes I already have a story in the head, but when I start to paint the history mixes with new myths, thus creating new stories during the process. I often try to summarize the whole story that happens inside the painting in the title of the piece.

SH: If you could create any art project and time and money were not an issue, what might it look like?

FC: I was recently living in a paradisiacal island in southern Brazil. In one part of this island, there is a fishing village and I  imagined myself painting all
those boats. Imagine several small and colorful boats on the sea, seen from the beach. It would be lovely!

SH: In an interview with Juxtapoz you shared how you have always wanted to draw at the ruins of Machu Picchu, and you just recently achieved this. How was your visit there?

FC: I didn’t remember that I had said this in some of my interviews.
But this is true. Machu Picchu was a dream because I have a lot of influence of the Inca culture in my artworks. It is very close to Brazil and fortunately I was able to visit it last month. Machu Picchu is a beautiful and magical place. I recommend going to all people.

Machu Picchu FC

SH: What do the when you’re in a creative dry spell or feel a lack of inspiration?

FC: I don’t know. I’ve never gone through a creative dry period. There are many things inside my head wanting to come to life.

SH: What is the best advice you’ve received and what advice would you give another artist who looks up to you?

FC: I don’t remember very well the advice I’ve received. I always believed in my work and did everything in my own way. I can say this for other artists; believe in your work, but don’t forget to be humble. Do something new and that you enjoy. Keep your mind open to absorb all the things without preconception. Then create something that comes from within you and smile.

SH: As an artist and person how are you different from who you were 5 years ago? Where do you want to be in 5 years?

FC: I haven’t changed a lot about myself as a person. I just obtain experience and knowledge. My art is more complex now and I’m able to create it in the way I want. My art is more spiritual. My idea is to live one year in each city, living with my art. However, although I do not even know where I’ll be next year, I still imagine that in 2020 I will continue to be doing art. So I’ll be happy anywhere in the world.

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Coming in August – New Works by Fernando Chamarelli ‘Secret Code’

Fernando Chamarelli

Fernando Chamarelli – Secret Code
August 15th – September 5th, 2015

Thinkspace (Los Angeles) – is pleased to present new works by Brazilian designer, illustrator and artist Fernando Chamarelli in Secret Code, the artist’s second solo exhibition with the gallery. Chamarelli combines diverse graphic and cultural references to produce stunningly dense acrylic paintings. His distinctive use of line work and color reflect an eclectic graphic sensibility informed by everything from design, tattoos, street art and ancient history. Schooled in graphic design, Chamarelli creates complex mosaic like surfaces, filled with hybrid imagery and symbolism he has drawn from the varied aggregate of aesthetics, visual cultures and philosophies that inspire him. Recurring references in his works include Brazilian culture and music, astrology, occultism, and ancient pre-Columbian cultures. He creates an immersive and storied visual world that with each revisitation offers a new discovery. By merging contemporary influences with ancient and historical elements, Chamarelli creates a visual language that suspends past and present.

Inspired by his Brazilian heritage, Chamarelli channels the disparateness of his cultural environment through his work, tapping into his country’s rich history of contrasts and coexisting diversities. He incorporates elements of Brazilian folklore, carnival, indigenous costume and myth, while borrowing imagery from Aztec, Incan and Mayan histories, among others. Fascinated by sacred geometries and the symbology of ancient cultures, Chamarelli builds beautifully anomalous and surreal iconographies with hidden meanings and intersecting significations. By drawing from different philosophies, and seemingly divergent aesthetics, he creates something entirely transformed from the appropriated parts of existing traditions.

Chamarelli’s works are filled with mystical creatures, organic flora, totemic animals and geometric motifs, knit together in dense interconnected compositions that are brought to life with vibrantly psychedelic color palettes. These compositions are thick with visual information, line, shapes, geometries and figures. Their individual parts, however, are completely absorbed and integrated into the whole of an indivisible design. Incredibly stylized and optically intricate, the work at first reads as seamless overall pattern until, upon closer inspection, the elements are disentangled and individuated by the viewer. Chamarelli successfully unites several stories and traditions into a single image, encouraging a multiplicity of tangential readings and discoveries.

As the exhibition title, Secret Code, suggests, Chamarelli’s works present hidden narratives and mysteriously adapted iconographies. Like intricately constructed tessellations, each minute element in each composition is an integral piece of a larger puzzle. The cryptic symbolism of these works feels somehow infinite and universal; simultaneously contemporary and ancient, historical and yet entirely new. Chamarelli offers us a dense and evasive world of appropriated histories, and inventive new ones, all held together by the harmony of beautifully continuous and uninterrupted lines.

Studio visit with Fernando Chamarelli

Fernando Chamarelli is a graphic designer, illustrator and visual artist. After initially drawing cartoons, caricatures and portraits he later became involved in street art and tattooing: it is by merging these different mediums that he creates his art.

Chamarelli lives in Brazil, a multicultural country of contrasts, many of which are reflected in his work. Everpresent, is the influence of Brazilian popular culture and pre-Columbian indigenous art on the Sao Paulo-based artist. His work includes mosaic, geometric elements, organic forms and harmonic lines connecting symbols, legends, philosophies, religions and customs of ancient and modern civilizations.

Chamarelli has to date exhibited extensively in North and South America, as well as in Europe, and the UK. ‘Lost Civilization’ will feature nine new acrylic on canvas works and will mark his first solo show in Los Angeles.

Take a look at our Flickr ‘Sneak Peek’ for more from Chamarelli’s studio in Brazil:

Take a look at more of Chamarelli’s work here:

Fernando Chamarelli ‘Lost Civilization’

Reception with the artist: Sat, August 13th 5-9PM in our project room

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

*Portions of text courtesy of Tina Ziegler / Hunt and Gather