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

GAIA 'Subversion of Korean Post Colonial Identity' - Acrylic on paper mounted to hand-cut wood panel

“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 Gaia

Tell us a little bit about your piece for Thinkspace’s ‘5 Year Anniversary Show’ this November?
The hybrid of the Tiger and Rabbit signifies the annual transition in the Korean calendar. Furthermore, these archetypal symbols of aggression and submission address the hierarchy of japanese colonization and contemporary korean identity. Situated in Hongdae, the center of Seoul’s fashion and nightlife, the neighborhood is the confluence of traditional korean culture and American influence.

What were you doing back in 2005 when Thinkspace started?
I was fifteen. I was a wigger doing my PSAT’s.

Name 5 things you can’t live without in your studio?
Gin, Anoushe, foosball table, projector, tape.

Where do you hope to be 5 years from now?
Doing museum shows would be incredible…

What have you got coming up in 2011?
A couple things in the mix with the Irvine Contemporary, Nelly Duff, residency in Korea, traveling throughout the UK, and a gig with Gallery Heist.

Artist website: www.flickr.com/photos/gaiastreetart

Check out the ‘Sneak Peek’ for our 5 Year Anniversary group show here:

‘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

Tons of love for thinkspace in new issue of Juxtapoz…

A full-page of opening night shots from ‘Mostly Memory’ with ELBOW-TOE and ARMSROCK and ‘Life Sentence’ with Jon Todd are included in the ‘Pop Life’ section…

Plus a ‘Showstoppers’ feature for our current exhibition ‘From the Streets of Brooklyn’

Pick up the new issue of Juxtapoz on stands now with cover art from the one and only Mars-1

Gaia and Rachel Lowing lay the groundwork for their installation that will be a part of "From the Streets of Brooklyn" this Jan…

Gaia recently checked in to let us know that he’s in the midst of preperation for our upcoming show together this January (and about 40 of his friends) – the epic From The Streets Of Brooklyn.

“My girlfriend (Rachel Lowing) and I are collaborating on a project that will culminate in three installations, the final one concluding in January for a show at Thinkspace gallery in Los Angeles. The pictures included are from our first piece that was set along the Jones Falls River. We had a little gathering from people at our school before the bridge was washed away with the recent rains.”

The photos above showcase the bridge the two built that lead to the first part of the installation by the Jones Falls River in Baltimore, and the opening night party/bonfire that followed.
The photos below highlight the focal point of the installation, an extremely time-intensive piece that included a shawl made from hand-made, dried fish skin and a portrait from Gaia printed onto standard consumer grade plastic bags. Fish skins, plastic consumer waste… nature, consumption, infinity? An epic and inspiring idea for an install project to say the least and we can’t wait to see this all come to fruition this January at our gallery.

Allow Gaia to further explain:
“The Uroboros Project
is a collaborative effort between artists Rachel Lowing and Gaia. Spawned from a mutual interest in articulating the inexorably intertwined relationship between people and nature, we examine the act of consumption and its implications on contemporary life. The urban environment is an organism whose growth is dictated by the symbiotic relationship between the city and it’s inhabitants. It is the ideology and laws of society manifest, yet simultaneously it obeys basic, natural properties of formation and development that is shared by all sentient creatures.
By considering our connection and correspondence with the city, we come closer to understanding the purgatory between nature and culture that defines our internal struggle as human beings.
The project’s title, Uroboros, is derived from a circular symbol depicting a snake, or less commonly a dragon, swallowing its tail as an emblem of wholeness, totality, or infinity.”
Learn more about The Uroboros Project at: http://uroborosproject.blogspot.com/
And keep an eye on Gaia here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/gaiastreetart/
Mark your calendar now to see this project come to fruition as part of our epic From the Streets of Brooklyn group show this January.
From The Streets Of Brooklyn
Curated by Ad Hoc Art (Brooklyn, NY)

January 9th – February 6th, 2009

Opening Reception: Fri, Jan. 9th 7-11PM

With featured installations from:
Gaia (front entry installation area)
Imminent Disaster (project room installation)
Ellis G. (special street installation in surrounding area)
Luna Park (special photo collage install)

Over 40 Brooklyn, NY based artists in the main gallery, including:
Abe Lincoln Jr. / Acne / AIKO (aka Aiko Nakagawa) / AnerA / Avoid Pi / avone / Bast / Bloke / c.damage / Celso / Chris Stain / Dan Witz / Dark Clouds / ELBOW-TOE / Ellis G. / ELC (aka Endless Love Crew) / Faro / Gaia / Graffiti Research Lab (G.R.L.) / Imminent Disaster / infinity / jm rizzi / Josh MacPhee / Juse One / Kuma / Matt Siren / Maya Hayuk / McMutt (aka Dennis McNett) / Michael DeFeo (aka The Flower Guy) / MOMO / Peru Ana Ana Peru / PMP (aka Peripheral Media Projects) / Rate / Robots Will Kill / Royce Bannon / Skewville / Slept / Sometimes / Sonet / Stikman / Swoon / Thundercut / UFO / Unplate

Gaia sightings in LA…

Brooklyn based artist Gaia was in town this past week.
The above gem is downtown around the 3rd Street area… for more, check out his flickr here:
If you get a chance, swing by the Carmichael Gallery sometime this month to catch his works in person and get ready for his show/featured installation with us this January – “From The Streets Of Brooklyn“… more soon!