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.

Ending SOON! Giorgiko’s ‘Dark Matter’ ends Sunday and Sentrock’s ‘The Boy Who Wanted to Fly’ comes to a close in February

Last chance to catch Giorgiko‘s ‘DARK MATTER’ exhibition at the Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum in Mesa, Arizona! On view through Sunday January 29, 2023.

Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum
One East Main Street
Mesa, Arizona 85211

Giorgiko’s ‘Dark Matter’

‘DARK MATTER’ explores the invisible forces behind the decisions we make and the narratives we create. The dark matter hypothesis proposes that 85% of all matter in the universe is unseen. Astronomers have observed that galaxies seemingly do not have enough mass to account for the gravitational forces needed to hold them together in clusters. However, there is evidence of a nearly undetectable, or “dark”, matter that generates binding forces in the universe while remaining a complete mystery.

In this body of work, Giorgiko plays with the idea that a significant percentage of our lives may be made of a different “dark matter” — one of untold stories, hidden agendas, and powerful feelings — which plays an equally significant force on our lives and our relationships with others. With so much unknown, what is perceived with the senses may only reveal a part of the story. Through this exhibition, we invite viewers to consider what we really know, what we don’t, and the mystery that holds us all together when, theoretically, we should be flying apart.

Sentrock in front of ‘I’m Still Listening’

Sentrock‘s first solo museum exhibition ‘The Boy Who Wanted To Fly‘ is closing on Sunday February 12, 2023 so while you still have a couple of weeks left please make sure to visit the Elmhurst Art Museum.

Elmhurst Art Museum
150 Cottage Hill Avenue
Elmhurst, Illinois 60126

(630) 834-0202

For this exhibition, Sentrock presents a new signature mural in the galleries as well as animated video projections, a ten-foot-tall sculpture, a life-size birdhouse installation, paintings, and works on paper that reveal narratives about the Bird City Saint character, and its origins in the artist’s biography. The exhibition, across numerous galleries, will explore the dreams of a little boy living in an urban environment, the importance of his Mexican-American community, and why the boy has a bird mask.

Giorgiko and Reen Barrera showing at The Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum | September 9, 2022 to January 29, 2023

The Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum and Thinkspace Projects are proud to present:

GIORGIKO
Dark Matter

On view September 9, 2022 to January 29, 2023 in the SRP Room

Opening Reception: Friday, September 9 from 6-10pm

Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum
One East Main Street
Mesa, Arizona 85211

Dark Matter explores the invisible forces behind the decisions we make and the narratives we create. The dark matter hypothesis proposes that 85% of all matter in the universe is unseen. Astronomers have observed that galaxies seemingly do not have enough mass to account for the gravitational forces needed to hold them together in clusters. However, there is evidence of a nearly undetectable, or “dark” matter that generates binding forces in the universe while remaining a complete mystery.

In their new body of work, the artist duo Giorgiko play with the idea that a significant percentage of our lives may be made of a different “dark matter”, one of untold stories, hidden agendas, and powerful feelings; which plays an equally significant force on our lives and our relationships with others. With so much unknown, what is perceived with the senses may only reveal a part of the story. Through seven oil paintings and 13 special edition sculptures, Giorgiko invites viewers to consider what we really know, what we don’t, and the mystery that holds us all together when, theoretically, we should be flying apart.

About the artists:

Giorgiko (pronounced jee-OR-jee-koh) is the product of a collaborative experiment between Darren and Trisha Inouye melding minimal, expressive character illustration with large-scale classical painting. Conceived in 2012, the Giorgiko universe is home to lost boys and wayfaring girls, and explores the stories of their wanderings and their dreams of being found again. Urban and classical youth are portrayed in city and nature scenes as part of their journeys through the world.

The husband-and-wife team first met while studying art at ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, California. Darren was attracted to Trisha’s authenticity and quirkiness, while Trisha was drawn to Darren’s dashingly good looks. Trisha hails from a Korean immigrant family in the San Francisco Bay area and was noticed at an early age for her talent in drawing. She brings a cuteness and sweet innocence to Giorgiko’s characters. Meanwhile, Darren is a 4th generation Japanese- American from Los Angeles who fell in love with hip hop dancing and graffiti in his youth, and the underground influence is evident throughout the Giorgiko universe. Darren and Trisha’s work blends street and cute to create relatable images for wanderers of all ages.

Darren and Trisha are parents to identical twin boys who keep the young artists occupied with finger foods and baby babble. Their greatest accomplishment to date is keeping their children alive.

REEN BARERRA
Children of Divorce

On view September 9, 2022 to January 29, 2023 in the Project Room

Opening Reception: Friday, September 9 from 6-10pm

Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum
One East Main Street
Mesa, Arizona 85211

There is an idiom that says “it’s written all over your face,” which gave me an idea that regardless of what we say, our true feelings can still be emancipated by our facial expressions. For me, it’s a silent way of communicating something without noise. It’s where I find the inspiration
to literally remember those facial expressions and create artwork out of it. This mix of facial expressions with different symbols and patterns have led to the development of characters known as “ohlala” dolls.

We humans have the same mold. We all have the same attributes. What differentiates us is the circumstances that we were born into. And one thing that I want to emphasize is the amount of detail each ohlala artwork has. Like humans, some have little while some have more.

In many of my works, I discreetly take on socio-economic classes. Some people are born rich, some are born middle

class, some are born poor. But the common ground for everyone is, we all have to deal with it.

I cover all the ohlala dolls heads with canvas cloth to give a freedom to paint their own symbols on their heads; as if they are designing their own fate. I guess that’s what we all have in common; the power to make things happen for ourselves.

Acrylic, oil, and aerosol paint are my choice of medium in painting. Many times, I let accidents like drips, smudges and splatter help me to decipher what to do next. I start with very loose abstract figures to overcome the fear of an empty canvas staring at me.

In this collection of work, I try to become as personal as possible, using ohlala as my main character to depict some of my experiences that led me to where I am right now as an artist.

About the Artist:
Born in Paris, France, Filipino artist Reen Barrera didn’t have a lot of toys during his childhood in the 90s. He vaguely remembers owning two or three action figures but considers himself a “toy deprived” kid. Out of sheer boredom, he started repurposing materials, like wood and fabric, into mixed media figuartive sculputures and paintings.

Barrera studied fine arts and majored in advertising in college. Before becoming a full-time working artist in 2014, his professional work consisted of sculpting bobble-head portraits, graphic design and illustration. He has shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions all over the world. He currently lives in the Philippines.

New book from Giorgiko available January 21

We’re excited to announce the first book from GiorgikoWhat is and what is not, through Thinkspace Editions. What is and what is not chronicles the duo’s experience of the 2020 apocalypse. Darren and Trisha this artist book from cover to cover and we are thrilled with how it came out.


What is and what is not includes new never-before-seen sketches, photographs, and entries from both of our personal journals, as well as full-color images and exhibition photographs from their 2021 solo exhibition at Thinkspace. This 96-page hardbound book is also beautifully stamped with gold and black foil on both the front and back covers and the spine.

GIORGIKO
‘What is and what is not’ – Hardcover Book
9 x 12 inches / 22.8 x 31 cm- 96 pages
Edition of 1,000
First 100 in the edition are signed by the artists
Written & designed by Darren & Trisha Inouye of Giorgiko – Published 2021 by Thinkspace Editions
$45 Standard Edition | $100 Signed Edition


Available next Friday, January 21 at 10 am Los Angeles / 1 pm New York City via our webshop.

Virtual Tour of Giorgiko’s “What Is ( and what is not)” and Brad Woodfin’s “Glad You’re Here“

Enjoy a virtual tour through Giorgiko’s “What Is ( and what is not)” and Brad Woodfin’s “Glad You’re Here“ by visiting the following link: https://players.cupix.com/p/qUG8O8Uj.

Both exhibitions are now on view through April 24th.

Virtual Tour created by Birdman