Interview with Abigail Goldman for ‘Instincts and Indulgences’ | Exhibition on view October 29 – November 19, 2022

Thinkspace is pleased to present Abigail Goldman, showing her newest die-o-rama sculptures in her solo exhibition “Instincts and Indulgences” in Gallery III.

Goldman creates intricate die-o-ramas rendered in 1:87 scale. The diminutive size of the works is in contrast to the tableaus of gore and mayhem rendered within. Often both humorous and grotesque, the detailed pieces are a wholly engaging product of Goldman’s life-long fascination with crime and the dark side of the human psyche.

Our interview with Abigail Goldman discusses rage and violence in America, how she jump-starts her motivation to work in the studio after a long day, and a bit of macabre history.

Can you share a little about your background and how you first heard of Thinkspace? 

I was born in San Francisco and grew up in the Bay Area. Today, I live in Washington state, so far north that it’s practically Canada. I work as an investigator for the Federal Public Defender. I have two small kids who are still too young to grasp the messy projects I’m always working on are gory little murders. It will be an interesting detail for their therapists someday. 

I’ve known about Thinkspace for so long that I’m not sure where I first learned of the gallery! But if I had to guess, it was either an art-savvy friend that clued me in or the all-knowing power of Instagram’s algorithm. 

What is the inspiration and themes you were exploring in this latest body of work? Can you share your process for capturing the ideas that lead to these pieces? 

I’m preoccupied with the idea that many of us are privately seething under the surface, and that American culture has become an escalating feedback loop of rage and violence. It’s a frequency running in the background, so omnipresent that violence has essentially become banal. It’s the theme behind this show, and really all my work. I feel successful if I’ve made something both troubling and amusing. For some, maybe there’s a kind of catharsis in it, or a mirror into our collective psyche. Or maybe it’s just plain black humor (which I’d argue occurs as an outlet for that same rage and violence). 

The process for capturing the idea usually starts with me building an empty room or building. Then I slowly fill details to approximate reality while the idea churns in the back of my mind. Typically, by the time I have an unpopulated scene complete, I’ve got the human drama ready to model in my mind. 

What was the most challenging piece in this exhibition? How did it help you grow as an artist?

Ooof – they are all challenging. But if I had to pick, I’d say larger works tend to be the trickiest, just because there’s more that can go wrong. Dieoramas with interior lighting elements are technically difficult, as are dieoramas that show a scene with multiple rooms. I am always striving to increase the complexity and detail, and working in my ultra-small scale, it gets painstaking. But I’m always learning – better supplies, better ways to approximate real life in 1:87 scale, better technique. 

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

Because I have a day job and two kids to keep alive, I now primarily work in the late evening – I call it the night shift. This is also precisely the time you want to lie motionless on their couch and disassociate with doom-scrolling. So, I find that if I start with some mundane, non-creative chore, like cleaning paint brushes or organizing supplies, I can build the momentum I need to tackle bigger projects. The ideas kind of churn in the background. And once I get started, then I invariably stay up too late working in the end. 

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

My favorite part is seeing the narrative of a dieorama come together – all the details that add up in each scene to tell a story or convey a mood. It feels almost cinematic, like pausing a movie at your favorite frame. It’s also extremely fun to meet people at shows and enjoy the instant bond that comes with sharing questionable interests. 

My least favorite part: Photography. Hands down. Effectively capturing extremely tiny things just isn’t easy. Then you add in the glare from reflective plexiglass? Nightmare. I’m on the hunt for a professional photographer, but it’s been a challenge in the small town where I live. 

Did you watch the Angelyne mini-series? What inspired you to create a piece honoring this Los Angeles icon? 

I did not watch the Angelyne series. In fact, it wasn’t until I was searching around for some photos of her billboards that I even learned her story had been made into a show. I had an existing association with her as this very local, very Los Angeles icon. Initially, I was contemplating making a dieorama with the Hollywood sign, but then I realized Angelyne was a better symbol – more of a wink or inside joke. 

What would be your anecdote to violence and rage in America? 

There’s a lot that needs to be done: Education. Intelligent news coverage. Gun control. Taking measures to halt the spread of disinformation online. Increasing wages. Universal health care. Decreasing the cost of college and student debt. More parental leave and affordable childcare. Employers who embrace telecommuting or the 4-day work week. Ending food deserts, corporate tax loopholes, gerrymandering, cash bail, corporate money in politics, three strikes laws and mass incarceration. Cutting military spending, funding early education and taxing billionaires into oblivion. I could go on, but I won’t hold my breath. 

The dioramas transmute violence through absurdity. Why do you think there is a human desire to look (and laugh at) gruesome violence? Do you ever think about where the line is of where it goes from healthy dissociation to unhealthy detachment? 

People like to brush up against death. Or be confronted with the blow of mortality now and again. In 19th century Europe, executioners made a side profit by selling cuts of their used hangman rope to people in the audience. Today, we have entire TV networks dedicated to crime coverage – coverage I contributed to as a former newspaper reporter. Acts of gruesome violence are a direct route to the animal in us, and when the veil gets pulled back, it’s hard to look away. There is absolutely an unhealthy detachment, and it’s metastasizing. We’re no longer completely safe sitting in a movie theater, or sending a kid to school. That’s the background rage again, humming and getting louder. 

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?

Languages. Even one additional language would feel like a miracle to me. I’ve tried, but to my great shame, never really surpassed the communication skills of a demanding toddler. 

Photos by Birdman

Photo Tour of Abigail Goldman’s “Instincts and Indulgences” and Huntz Liu’s “Dissolution”

Thinkspace presents a photo tour of Abigail Goldman‘s “Instincts and Indulgences” in Gallery III and Huntz Liu’s “Dissolution” in Gallery IV.

All exhibitions are on view at Thinkspace Projects now through November 19, 2022

Photos by Birdman.

Virtual Tour of October Halloween Weekend Exhibitions at Thinkspace Projects | Exhibitions on view October 29 – November 19, 2022

Thinkspace presents a virtual tour of “Mania” featuring new work from Brian M. Viveros showing in Gallery I and Motelseven‘s “Waiting For Atlantis” in Gallery II. Along with Abigail Goldman‘s die-o-ramas “Instincts and Indulgences” in Gallery III and Huntz Liu‘s “Dissolution” showing in Gallery IV.

Explore the virtual tour here:

All exhibitions are on view at Thinkspace Projects now through November 19, 2022.

Virtual tour created by Birdman.

Video Tour & Opening Reception of Brian Viveros’s ‘Mania,’ Abigail Goldman’s ‘Instincts and Indulgences,’ Motelseven’s ‘Waiting for Atlantis’ and Huntz Liu’s ‘Dissolution’ | Exhibitions on view October 29 – November 19, 2022

Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate the opening of Thinkspace Project’s new shows this past Saturday. Not only was the art incredible, art lovers showed up in amazing costumes to celebrate LA’s biggest Halloween art party!

Check out Brian M. Viveros‘s largest show yet, with 35 new works for ‘MANIA‘ in Gallery I. He delivered his signature detailed work, creating femme fatales as the heroes of their own stories.

In Gallery II, Motelseven‘s ‘Waiting for Atlantis‘ is playing with the juxtaposition of the colorful and playful among tragedy and existential turmoil. The subjects are callbacks to the women they’ve painted in the past, but this time they are ready to be defiant and break free.

Abigail Goldman brings the macabre on a tiny scale for ‘Instincts and Indulgences‘ in Gallery III. Enjoy the artist’s die-o-ramas of seemingly boring scenes with bits of gore and humor weaved throughout.

Don’t miss Huntz Liu‘s signature layering technique in their new collection ‘Dissolution.’ The way the artist plays with geometry and negative space to create is out of this world art.

Much love to Allison Bamcat, GoopMassta, Balloonski, The Roll n Bun, Timeless Vapes, Venice Beats, and everyone that came together to create one hell of a vibe in our courtyard!

All four exhibitions run through November 19.

Photos by Birdman

Late October Exhibitions featuring Brian M Viveros, Abigail Goldman, Motelseven, & Huntz Liu Open October 29th at Thinkspace Projects


Instincts and Indulgences

Waiting For Atlantis


Opening on Saturday, October 29 from 6-11pm with DJ’s Venice Beats, open bar + free drinks from Liquid Death, video projections from Digital Debris, installations from Balloonski, a vape bar from our friends at Timeless, live painting from Allison Bamcat, photo op props from GoopMassta, Day of the Dead stilt walkers, grub from The Roll N’ Bun + a Halloween costume contest with $500 top cash prize + loads of runner up prizes!!!

FREE poster commemorating ‘MANIA’ given away to the first 200 patrons through the doors!

Exhibitions on view October 29 – November 19, 2022


Just in time for a Halloween celebration, Thinkspace Projects is thrilled to present Brian Viveros’s MANIA. The CA-based artist best known for his highly detailed paintings of anti-pin-up doe-eyed ‘Woman of Power’ and his Dirtyland universe, brings an entirely new body of work to the gallery.

For his 7th show with the gallery, Viveros brings his biggest collection yet, with over 25 new pieces. Featuring the beautiful and yet barbarous subjects he is known for, each piece draws from the power of the feminine and its reconciliation of vulnerability, beauty, and power. His subjects are fighters and survivors, they are the heroes standing tall, rendered immaculately, and just bloodied enough to remind us that they are formidable opponents not to be taken lightly. Viveros’ work elevates the iconography of the femme-fatale as a powerful emblem of strength and retaliation: insubordinate beauties undaunted by the unruliness of a messy fight.

MANIA is a tribute show, it’s a personal show, and it’s a bit of a journey taking viewers back in time to the things Viveros obsessed over as a kid, the things that ultimately drove the MANIA inside of him. This body of work is a challenge and a true progression for the artist pushing him outside his comfort zone into breathtaking new territory, not only in theme in scale, size, color palette, techniques and even mediums like watercolors, gouache, and spray paint.

Thus far, his work has been about letting the viewer tell the story. With MANIA he reclaims the narrator role, taking viewers on a very personal journey.

“MANIA is the Battle Royal of everything that changed my life. Paying homage and tribute to such influences and heroes like Batman, Superman,  KISS, Nirvana, The early days of skating and the Bones Brigade, Bruce Lee & Quintin Tarantino, Conan the Barbarian, Excalibur, Cobra Kai, Wonder Woman, Lucha Libre, Wrestlemania, David Bowie, Star Wars, Boxing and more!”

The MANIA collection represents many notable firsts including his largest ‘Matador’ piece to date entitled ‘Solid Gold.’ His largest full-bodied Evillast entitled ‘In this Corner’ is also present in this collection, packed with detail using much more vibrant colors and patterns. The ‘Dirtyland,’ one of his most iconic characters, returns on a large scale more powerful than ever, with the return of spray paint elements in Viveros’s work.

About the artist…
Brian M. Viveros is a CA based artist, best known for his highly detailed paintings of his anti-pin-up doe-eyed ‘Woman of Power’ and his Dirtyland universe. Viveros’ recognition and exposure was catalyzed by his participation in a major group exhibition in Switzerland in 1997 entitled: The Art of Porn, in which he exhibited alongside celebrated artist and academy award winner H.R. Giger. Since then, Viveros’ work has been widely exhibited in North America and Europe and has been published in many books and magazines. Brian also had his first art book published in 2015 entitled ’The Dirtyland: The Art of Brian M. Viveros’ published by Thinkspace Editions.

Instincts and Indulgences

In Gallery II, Abigail Goldman’s latest body of work Instincts and Indulgences will be on display. Pulling from her personal experience as an investigator at the Public Defender in Bellingham, WA, a Las Vegas newspaper reporter, and investigator for the Federal Public Defender of Nevada, Goldman creates intricate die-o-ramas rendered in 1:87 scale. The diminutive size of the works is in contrast to the tableaus of gore and mayhem rendered within. Often both humorous and grotesque, the detailed pieces are a wholly engaging product of Goldman’s life-long fascination with crime and the dark side of the human psyche.

About the artist…
Goldman’s die-o-ramas have been exhibited nationally and internationally, and her work has been featured by numerous media outlets, including the LA Times, New York Times, NPR, Atlas Obscura, Juxtapoz and Huffington Post. In March 2019, Goldman and her work were the subject of a documentary produced for Topic Magazine.

Waiting For Atlantis

In Gallery III, Thinkspace presents Motelseven’s Waiting for Atlantis, an homage to Samuel Becket’s Waiting for Godot. Drawing on their own personal struggles about identity, fitting in, narcissism, and complexity, the resulting collection is a juxtaposition of the colorful and playful among tragedy and existential turmoil. Evolving from earlier works, the girls featured in the art are now defiant, determined to break free.

About the artist…
Motelseven first started painting graffiti at 16 and was immediately hooked. They went on to have their first solo show at the age of 21. After a few successful shows and extensive travelling and painting the streets of Europe, they decided to take a 10 year hiatus from the art world, focusing on becoming a pastry chef, something they had always been passionate about. At this point Motelseven is at a crossroads – creating a world filled with melancholia, hopes, dreams, nostalgia – alongside the often brutal, fast paced environment of a fine dining kitchen.


Gallery IV features Huntz Liu’s latest body of work, Dissolution, utilizing his signature technique of layering material. Using a straightedge and knife, Huntz Liu cuts and layers paper to expose geometric/abstract compositions. These compositions are made up of shapes that sit on different planes, creating literal depth, while the composition itself creates a perceived depth. It is this intersection of the literal and perceived that informs the work; where the absence of material reveals form and the casting of shadow creates lines. Furthering his work, Liu has incorporated recent study of the collision between imaginary space and real space, playing particularly with shadow.

About the artist…
Huntz Liu is a Taiwanese-American artist who works primarily with cut and layered paper. He lives and works in Los Angeles, California.