Photo Tour of Dulk’s ‘Heritage’ and Charlie Immer’s ‘Glow Up and Down’

Thinkspace presents a photo tour of DulkHeritage’ in Gallery I and Charlie ImmerGlow Up and Down’ showing in Gallery II.

All exhibitions are on view at Thinkspace Projects now through June 24, 2023.

Photos by @BirdManPhotos.

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Virtual Tour of June Exhibitions at Thinkspace Projects | Exhibitions on view June 3 – June 24, 2023

Thinkspace presents a virtual tour of ‘Heritage’ featuring new work from DULK showing in Gallery I and CHARLIE IMMERGlow Up and Down’ showing in Gallery II. Along with SENTROCK ‘Two Birds, One Stone’ in Gallery III, and TOYAMEG The Pinkish Paradise’ showing in Gallery IV.

Explore the virtual tour here: https://players.cupix.com/p/qSyD5y5L

All exhibitions are on view at Thinkspace Projects now through June 23, 2023.

Virtual tour created by Birdman.

Video Tour & Opening Reception Party of June 2023 Exhibitions featuring Dulk, Charlie Immer, Sentrock, Toyameg, and Mister Toledo at Thinkspace Projects

Thinkspace presents a video tour and opening reception of Dulk ‘Heritage’. Along with Charlie Immer ‘Glow Up and Down’ showing in Gallery II, Sentrock ‘Two Birds, One Stone’ in Gallery III, and Toyameg ‘The Pinkish Paradise’ in Gallery IV. ALSO new works from Mister Toledo showcased this month in our new Dog House Gallery (now live on our webshop for immediate purchase). The Dog House Gallery will be open during our monthly receptions and also each Saturday from noon to 6pm during the run of our monthly exhibitions.

Much love to all that came through this past Saturday to show such insane support for our June exhibitions. What an amazing night and epic turnout! All of our gallery spaces and courtyard were packed all evening long.

June 3 – June 24, 2023

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

Gallery I
DULK
Heritage

Gallery II
CHARLIE IMMER
Glow Up and Down

Gallery III
SENTROCK
Two Birds, One Stone

Gallery IV
TOYAMEG
The Pinkish Paradise

The Dog House Gallery
MISTER TOLEDO
New Works

Shout outs to Mr B Baby,  GoopmasstaPhobikGod, Vanessa GarciaQuiralta, In The Box Collectibles, Kabob Senpai, Liquid Death, Venice Beats and Digital Debris Video Gallery for providing the non-stop vibes in our courtyard.

Open Tuesday to Saturday from 12-6pm.

All five exhibitions are on view through Saturday, June 24. Please note the Dog House Gallery and our courtyard are only open for viewing on Saturdays.

Viewing Rooms for each show will be live on our website later this week.

Video + photos courtesy @BirdManPhotos

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Interview with DULK for ‘Heritage’ | Exhibition June 3 – June 24, 2023 

Thinkspace is excited to present DULKHeritage‘ where he brings his worlds of stylized animalia and character creatures. Striking an unlikely balance between the playful ease of children’s make-believe and the prescient threat of ecological doomsday, Dulk’s works celebrate the beauty of nature’s biodiversity while simultaneously mourning the imminence of its loss. Much in the same way that fantasy actively invites collusion with nightmare, Dulk’s extravagantly lush imagination, for all of its seductive warmth, is punctuated by premonitory distress, and poignantly aberrant, if not predictive, details. 

Our interview with Dulk (aka Antonio Segura) reveals places he’s explored to find his inspirations for his latest collection, about his safari trips, how he makes a great paella and so much more!

What was your inspiration and process for developing the works within this exhibition? Did all the ideas evolve over the last year, or did you peak into past archives and explore previous sparks of inspiration?

In 2017 I traveled to Denver for a mural project and after that me and my wife decided to spend some days to discover the natural spaces close to the city. A friend of us brought us to the Rocky Mountains and I felt so impressed about the amount of wildlife and incredible landscapes that we discovered there. It was truly amazing. Since then, every time that we came back to the US we took some days to scape from the city and visit the natural spaces that we could find around. It’s incredible the diversity of ecosystems that you can find in North America. It’s probably one the most diverse continents on earth. And it’s the only place where you can find every landscape from polar ice cap to baking desert, and everything in between. To prepare this exhibition I spent the last 5 years visiting and photographing most of the places you can find in the artworks. I visited the natural paradise of Alaska, the mangroves of the Everglades in Florida, the magical sequoias forests in California, the astonishing and unique Yellowstone or the breathtaking volcanoes in Hawai’i among many others. In each place I felt something very special and it’s why I decided to produce a body of works to collect all these journeys and experiences as memories.

We know every piece brings forth its own challenges and tests. Did you ever have to start over and completely pivot with a piece in this exhibition? Do you embrace or resist those types of choices?

Not in this show, but I did it many times. For me being satisfied with the result is essential and if something is failed between it I would never hesitate in restart the concept or whatever. I know myself and I know that every time that I look the artwork I would think, why I didn’t changed it? For this exhibition I spent a lot of time in conceptualizing each artwork, this is my favorite part of the process in a project like this one. It has been the longest process I did ever for an exhibition and I’m quite happy with the result. Each time I’m investing more time in the sketching and concept development so when I take the brushes the main idea is already solid. Some small details can change during the progress but not so much.

Who are some our your favorite nature photographers? Have you learned techniques from them that have influenced your own nature photography?

I’m amateur in wildlife photography but it’s a long time since I’m following the work of incredible photographers as Joel Sartore, Shaaz Jung or Paul Nicklen to inspire my work. It was during my first Safari in Kenya when I discover that this discipline could be the perfect starting point of my creative process. Not only to get a good image with my camera, also living the sensation of being in the place surrounded by the inhabitants of it. Nature has a special power and feeling it in first person is just incredible. For me the most special point about this is living the moment and remind it forever. I really enjoy being in the place in the perfect moment, but at the same time is very difficult to complete with a nice picture. To get one OK I normally shoot dozens of them, but when you get the perfect light with the perfect composition that’s magical.

What helps to ground you in the inherently chaotic and unpredictable profession of a full-time artist?

Creative process is something that I always needed. At the same time I always thought that I could never live from my art so that’s the reason that I pushed myself so hard working day at night to get something with this. At 18 I started my university career in economics and I left it two years later to start with the fine arts. I consider myself very young and I try to not thinking in the future so much and work hard day by day. Art scene is very unpredictable and I prefer to work hard and motivate my mind traveling and discovering the nature worldwide to keep harvesting my labor. If I look back I see a strong evolution in my work and that’s what motivate me to keep working hard. Nowadays for me being an artist is my life, it’s not just a work, it’s a way of life.

You’ve shared before that you do not mean to be an activist with your work but merely provide a catalyst for reflection. However, the state of our planet’s ecosystem is definitely a concern and value of yours. Are there activists or organizations you admire and believe more people should be aware of the work they are doing?

Cold reasoning does not change people. Emotion is necessary, as Jacques Cousteau said, “Man only cares for what he loves, and only loves what he knows.”
That is why I am convinced that my images can help. Shocking, exciting, moving. And with this helping many people, especially the youngest, to fall in love with nature and therefore decide to protect it throughout their lives. I have worked and shown my work in many corners of the planet. In presentations, workshops, murals in many countries. I have seen and heard comments of love, emotion, even tears. It is then when I consider that I have contributed something to the message of change. With art we extol an element, we can do it with the nature.
I consider myself as an artivist. We can educate people and organizations through artistic expression, to convey the importance and urgency of conserving and promoting the wealth of natural heritage.
I collaborated with some organizations like Olpejeta Conservancy in Kenya, Pangeaseed foundation or WWF Spain and I’m totally open to do it more often as an important goal as an objective.

How has fatherhood influenced your art and practice? What element of fatherhood is most rewarding at the moment and most challenging?

Being a father made me view life with another eyes. It has awakened something in me that I did not know and I could never expect in any way. Since then every day has a moment of joy saved for you and that’s magical.
Luckily me and my wife, Sara, are a strong team, personal and professional. She is my manager, so we travel together most of the time. It makes everything easier in terms of organization. We travel a lot and since we are parents it is a bit different because we no longer go alone, sometimes it is complicated but all the times it is a joy to be all together. A young kid demands a lot and it is difficult to balance it with an artist’s life but I think we do our best with him. Sara is the best and she manages the home and the studio as no one could do it. She deserves the best from us. I try to do the best I can do and it’s not easy but seeing how a two and a half years old kid has visited places all over the world makes me look at him and feel proud to be able to offer that to my son. I think traveling is very important to open minds and learn about different cultures and places. Looking at him amazed observing the whales of Alaska, the dolphins in French Polynesia or the sequoias in California makes me shed a tear.

You have ventured into collaborations with clothing brands and jewelry, along with regularly producing amazing sculptures and traveling for mural opportunities. Do you have support for these business ventures, or do you manage both these efforts along with your painting independently? And advice for other artists looking to expand their revenue streams?

We are a team of 5 people in the studio right now. It truly helps to get new goals and expand my work to new places that I could never get working alone. It let me focus myself in the creative process and in the painting development. Collaborations with brands that have on mind the same goals as ours and spread your message make me comfortable of working together. I enjoying viewing my work growing to new directions without losing the essence of itself.

If you could bring any extinct animal back, which one would it be and why?

I don’t have any preference on that. I would prefer choose the option of not losing more. It’s going so fast and it’s real. Day by day we are losing species worldwide and people doesn’t pay the necessary attention. Art is an invaluable tool for create awareness in people about the risks and dangers of climate change, as well as inspiring a commitment to address it. The works can help people to understand the importance of acting to prevent climate change and promote sustainability.

What is one of your most memorable meals? It could be because of the food you ate or the company you dined with, but a meal that has stood the test of time.

If I have to choose one I choose the Paella, we love cooking at home but my work each weekend is cooking it for the family or friends. The Valencian paella is the most famous Spanish dish worldwide and I learnt it from my grandma. I’m cooking it for my friends since I was 15 years old and I never stoped. For Valencians cooking the paella it’s like a religion and I’m not a believer but I think I do it quite well haha.

How do you like to enjoy your time outside of the studio? Do you celebrate the completion of a body of work?

Normally if I’m in town a normal day would be being in the studio around 7 hours, I’m an early bird and I’m much more productive the first hours of the day. The rest of the day is being with my family and do some trail in the mountains. We got a nice house close to there and doing sport makes me release my mind after a hard working day. I enjoy being involved around nature, running or wildlife photography would be my favorite activities out of the studio and of course traveling with my family.

When I finish a body of work is something unique. The feeling of finally see in front of you the idea and concept that you had in mind 8 months ago done is amazing. This time we celebrated with the studio team at home having a lunch party and relaxing a bit after a several months of hard work.

Exhibition on view June 3 – June 24, 2023 at:
Thinkspace Projects
4217 W. Jefferson Blvd.
Los Angeles, California 90016

June Exhibitions featuring works from Dulk, Charlie Immer, Sentrock, Toyameg, and Mister Toledo Open June 3, 2023 at Thinkspace Projects.

Thinkspace Projects presents:

DULK (aka Antonio Seguro)
Heritage

CHARLIE IMMER
Glow Up and Down

SENTROCK
Two Birds, One Stone

TOYAMEG
The Pinkish Paradise

MISTER TOLEDO
New Works

Opening Reception:
Saturday, June 3 from 6-10pm

Book Signing & Print Release + Mural Reveal:
Saturday, June 3 from 5-6pm

Experience Goopmassta’s ‘Courtyard Sessions’ between our two spaces with Mr. B Baby live painting alongside a mini artist mart with booths from GoopmasstaPhobikGod, Vanessa GarcialUpendo_ & In The Box Collectibles  + amazing grub from Kabob Senpai + open bar + Venice Beats on the 1’s and 2’s + video projections from Digital Debris Gallery + check out the Dog House Gallery with new works from Mister Toldeo.

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

GALLERY I:

DULK (aka Antonio Segura)
‘Heritage’

Antonio Segura, known internationally by the pseudonym Dulk, brings his worlds of stylized animalia and character creatures to Thinkspace Projects with ‘Heritage’. Striking an unlikely balance between the playful ease of children’s make-believe and the prescient threat of ecological doomsday, Dulk’s works celebrate the beauty of nature’s biodiversity while simultaneously mourning the imminence of its loss. Much in the same way that fantasy actively invites collusion with nightmare, Dulk’s extravagantly lush imagination, for all of its seductive warmth, is punctuated by premonitory distress, and poignantly aberrant, if not predictive, details. 

Dulk’s work seems to evolve as quickly and drastically as the climate crisis itself. Dulk, always in pursuit of capturing the immensity of the moment, has assembled a series of work that represents a new level both in terms of its technical eloquence and its urgency. For all of their surreal elements and his immense gifts for personification, Dulk’s paintings are the immediate byproduct of his travels into remote areas. 

Every one of these works in this collection is tied to his memories of a natural wonder and wildlife, some as close as the deserts of the southwest, to the mythical redwood forests of northern California to his travels into the arctic circle of Alaska. He has witnessed first hand both the beauty of these landscapes and the terrible collapse that is creeping over them like a fatal tide. He works hard to capture both elements because above all he is asking us to go out and do the same. By painting something beautiful he asks audiences to gather the strength to look away from art and toward nature, as painful as that may be. Dulk’s works always seem to possess their own magical dream, their own colors and narratives, but at the core every work has one single voice and one message; he is asking us to wake up.

With a specificity of imagery that rivals that of a miniaturist, with hidden vignettes, characters, subplots, and gems peppered throughout his tightly composed images, Dulk’s work is breathtaking. The breadth of his inspirations alone, including everything from contemporary illustration and graphics, graffiti and public muralism, ensures Dulk’s world is as expansive and elated as it is heartbreaking and wounded.

About Dulk:
Valencian artist Dulk, Antonio Segura, is one of the most important names in Valencian painting of the moment internationally. His body of work begins to form in urban art and mural painting—to which he remains closely linked today— along with study work, but does not stop there. He continues to research and constantly create new forms of expression through different media, drawing, sculpture or photography among others. True to its essence —with a strong ecological conviction to defend ecosystems and the most vulnerable species— this work invites the viewer to be part of a unique imaginarium, full of energy and with a special sensitivity to color. A dream world with animals and natural spaces that tells personal, universal and unique stories.

GALLERY II:

CHARLIE IMMER
‘Glow Up and Down’

Thinkspace Projects is pleased to present Charlie Immer’s ‘Glow Up and Down’ in Gallery II. His spectacular and surprisingly inviting world of candy-coloured-gross-out-flavored mayhem offers truly wondrous visual feasts for those who are unperturbed by oodles of goo, slime, blood and the occasional severed head. 

Due to the jubilant carnage occurring between Immer’s protagonists and their merry little victims, who incidentally range from dancing skulls dripping with jellied ooze, to fruity characters in varying stages of dismemberment, one cannot help but get swept up in the high spirited horror and overall exuberance on display. These expertly rendered gory happenings carefully tread the fine line between repulsion and attraction, exploring the duality that exists and striking an extraordinary balance; the result is a masterclass in titillation that also succeeds in tickling funny bones.

“Titled ‘Glow Up and Down,’ my upcoming exhibition encapsulates the joy of radiant exploration. Each piece aims to capture the allure and mystique of glowing forms, inviting viewers to bask in the radiance of peculiar characters as they navigate through ambiguous spaces.  As with all my work I hope it makes the viewer smile.”

About Charlie Immer
Charlie Immer is an American Postwar & Contemporary artist who was born in 1983 in the state of Maryland. In 2008, Charlie graduated with distinction from the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, gaining himself a BFA in Illustration. His artwork has since been shown in prestigious galleries around the world, and has also been published in prominent art magazines, such as Juxtapoz and Hi-Fructose, earning him a large following and considerable acclaim.

GALLERY III:

SENTROCK
‘Two Birds, One Stone’

Sentrock’s ‘Two Birds, One Stone’ fills Thinkspace Projects’ Gallery III this June. In a collection of paintings and drawings, Sentrock reflects his mental perspective at this time in his career and stage in life. 

‘Two Birds, One Stone’ highlights the dichotomy of who he is as an artist and who he is as a person, bringing to light the relatable internal struggle of simultaneously being more than just one thing. 

The works highlight the times of his introspection, aiming to capture the raw energy or the fleeting moment. In works on canvas and on paper, Sentrock presents something that is deeply personal, but rings true to many. Further emphasizing duality and contrast, Sentrock presents large scale works as pivotal statements of the show and smaller sketches as a more intimate display. 

Through his creation, Sentrock has become a catalyst for his community. His work presents undertones of hope, freedom and expression, encapsulating his background, history, upbringing, empathy, and compassion for his community.

About Sentrock
Joseph Perez, best known as “Sentrock” is a self taught street artist. Sentrock witnessed street art as a form of expression, birthing his interest to pick a spray can and continue his artistic voice. His early works were developed from graffiti writing in Mexican-American neighborhoods. Sentrock’s signature bird-mask over a human figure has become his most recognizable declaration.  Sentrock describes his bird-mask as analogous to humanity: a person who is able to find or escape to their freedom by placing them in a different reality.

GALLERY IV:

TOYAMEG
‘The Pinkish Paradise’

Japanese artist Toyameg brings her own personal fantasy to life, filling Gallery IV of Thinkspace Projects. Known for her vicious pop illustration, she brings her signature style to a fictional world of her creation. 

Drawing on her experiences in apparel and the music industry, Toyameg creates an engaging scape inspired by a dream. Affectionately called ‘The Pinkish Paradise’, the artist welcomes audiences to the pink desert she dreamt of. 

Describing the scene, the artist says, “All people and animals love each other there. It was a very happy place and I thought it was paradise. I have created works that imagine the people and plants living in this paradise.” The resulting collection is heart-warming and vibrant. 

About Toyameg
Toyameg is an artist based in Fukuoka, Japan. She is self-taught and started her career in music culture and the streets. She describes her art as “pop with a pinch of poison.” She holds solo exhibitions throughout Japan and provides illustrations to musicians, apparel brands, and other clients.