April Exhibitions featuring works from Buakow Phasom, Kristy Moreno and friends, Floyd Strickland, Abars, and ‘A Better Tomorrow’ group show open this Saturday April 6, 2024

Thinkspace Projects presents our upcoming April 2024 exhibitions. In our main gallery we are thrilled to introduce one of our biggest group shows to date with our ‘A Better Tomorrow’ group exhibition, alongside our debut solo show from Buakow Phasom in Gallery II In Gallery III we welcome back Kristy Moreno and this time she’s brought along some friends ini ‘Common Ground.’ Upstairs in Gallery IV we welcome back Floyd Strickland for our sophomore solo show together plus out in our courtyard a new collection of work from Abars lines the walls of Brek’s Dog House Gallery.

Thinkspace Projects presents:

A BETTER TOMORROW
Group Exhibition
(Gallery I)

BUAKOW PHASOM
My Precious Things
(Gallery II)

COMMON GROUND
Group Exhibition
Curated by Kristy Moreno
(Gallery III)

FLOYD STRICKLAND
Higher Learning
(Gallery IV)

ABARS
Beware of Dawg
(Dog House Gallery)

Opening Celebration:
Saturday, April 6 from 6-10pm

  • many of the exhibiting artists will be in attendance

When attending one of our opening celebrations, please be sure to also check out the Thinkspace Night Market located in the courtyard between our two spots featuring an artist mini-mart, DJs, an open bar, a weed bar, amazing food, murals, art installations and so much more!

On view April 6 – April 27, 2024

A BETTER TOMORROW
Group Exhibition
(Gallery I)

Our new group exhibition is named ‘A Better Tomorrow’ and we have aimed to inspire all those in the show to create a work that showcases how we can all work towards a better tomorrow for ourselves and for future generations. Be that via community activism / service, building on family traditions to keep one’s culture alive, fighting climate change, helping our animal population, teaching our youth, inspiring change in perspectives towards cultures unfamiliar to our own, saving our ecosystem / nature… whatever constitutes ‘A Better Tomorrow’ for them and their loved ones.

Featuring new works from:
Antonio J. Ainscough
Estefania Ajcip
Alex Face
Fajar Amali
Adrian Armstrong
Vincent Arnold
Reen Barrera
Benzilla
Blic
Destiny Branay
Brek
Ezra Brown
Stephanie Buer
Phoenix Chan
Cham Cristobal
Emilia Cruz
Cryptik
Dragon76
Dullk
Leo Eguiarte
Sofia Enriquez
Jordan Ferguson
Liz Flores
Priscilla S. Flores
Jacub Gagnon
Brian “Dovie” Golden
GoopMassta
Shinnosuke Hariya
Willem Hoefnaggel
Anjastama Hp
Anthony Hurd
Charlie Immer
Ronald Jackson
Tosin Kalejaye
Leon Keer
Jolene Lai
Young Lee
Scott Listfield
Huntz Liu
Lucas Lobo
Lonesome Town
Yu-Chun Ma
Kiara Aileen Machado
Sean Mahan
Mando Marie
Steve Martinez
Eli McMullen
Millo
Vanessa Morata
Mister Toledo
Mr. B Baby
Alvaro Naddeo
Bell Nakai
Fumi Nakamura
Taylor Lee Nicholson
Jerry Pena
Kevin Peterson
Gustavo Rimada
Euan Roberts
Roja
Fandi Angga Saputra
Byun Sehee
Stom500
Andie Taylor
Yusuke Toda
TRNZ
Melly Trochez
Shar Tuiasoa
Jacqueline Valenzuela
Roos van der Vliet
Michael Vasquez
Daisy Velasco
Nuno Viegas
Brian M. Viveros
Cy Wang
Brad Woodfin
Wang Yalong
Yokoteen
Cheong Yoon
Jaime Zacarias (aka GERMS)
Manuel Zamudio

BUAKOW PHASOM
My Precious Things
(Gallery II)

Thinkspace Projects is honored to be hosting the debut North American solo exhibition from artist Buakow Phasom from Thailand. In ‘My Precious Things’, we see Buakow bringing together a collection of work focusing on the adventures of her beloved cat.

Show Statement:
My works often talk about my own emotional experiences or observations of people around and put their story in my paint.

I enjoy considering simple feelings such as sadness and loneliness, mixed with the stories that originate from these feelings. and put my own imagination into it. It makes me happy and excited every time I get to work.

The concept of this work is about taking care of our hearts or our feelings. I think the main thing that controls who we are is our mind and heart.

And perhaps the best cure for feeling bad inside is a small, cute thing. In this series, I drew my cat. Her name is Ungpung. She is a mischievous cat but she is cute. When we are sad, we are with a cat and we feel better. When we feel sad or discouraged, we naturally have to find a way to heal ourselves in some way.

Artist Bio:
I am an ordinary person who has liked to draw since childhood. Until at a certain age in life that very down.

I didn’t expect that painting just one picture would help heal our hearts this much.

That was the starting point of deciding to paint. Painting makes me feel better from sad things in my brain because when I concentrate on painting I will stop to think about anything. It feels like my brain relaxes like when I sleep.

Pictures that can connect stories, feelings and yourself. We want to write it. Write as much as I can in this one life. Cuteness, mystery, melancholy, or any of the many feelings that viewers can relate to through my work. It is nonverbal. That I want to communicate to you, but you don’t have to understand.

I’m so glad I was able to connect with myself, my feelings, and my passions. Mix all of this together and create my paintings.

It was like I knew myself completely.

It’s very important for me because I used to be a person who never saw any value in myself. Until I knew I could paint.

My paintings come from all my mind, I hope you guys like them.

COMMON GROUND
Group Exhibition
Curated by Kristy Moreno
(Gallery III)

Featuring new works from:
Renata Cassiano Alvarez
Soojin Choi
Brooke Felix
Michelle Im
Haylie Jimenez
Sydnie Jimenez
Gabo Mortinez
Kristy Moreno
Tracy Wilkinson

A few words from curator Kristy Moreno:
When I was presented with the opportunity to curate a group exhibition of my choice, I knew exactly who I wanted to include. I decided to round up these artists because they are people who freely share their knowledge of the material, provide guidance to me and others concerning studio practices and they make an effort to think outside of a scarcity mindset. The artists on this roster all come from different backgrounds, vary in their aesthetics and come from different regions around the world. Although we have our differences as a group we do share a common ground of wanting to build a community of inclusion within the field of ceramics.

‘Common Ground’ includes the artists I’ve had the honor of meeting within the clay community over the past few years. I’m fortunate enough to call these artists my friends, peers and mentors and I’m delighted to share space with them this upcoming month. Thanks again to Andrew and the Thinkspace family for this amazing opportunity.

FLOYD STRICKLAND
Higher Learning
(Gallery IV)

Excited to welcome Floyd Strickland back for his sophomore solo exhibition with us here at Thinkspace Projects.

Show Statement:
‘Higher Learning’ depicts a collection of portraits of African Americans students at HBCUs or aspiring towards higher education. The collection aims to reinvigorate positive portrayals of HBCUs in pop culture, highlighting their historical resilience and empowerment. It underscores the significance of preserving and elevating these institutions as pillars of leadership and social progress. Additionally, three of the paintings prominently feature my son. I hope that through these portraits, he can envision himself as a successful college student, contributing to the normalization of higher education within him and my community.

This body of work serves as a progression from my previous show, ‘Super Rich Kids,’ by further portraying young black individuals in a positive light. It aims to highlight the positive aspects of our culture and emphasize the significant contributions of African Americans to society.

Artist Bio:
Floyd Strickland, a versatile artist based in Los Angeles, CA, offers an introspective and critical exploration of American culture, particularly through the perspectives of black and brown children. Inspired by his own childhood environment, Strickland employs realistic figures that intertwine with aspects of American cultural imagery, resulting in ethereal and figurative paintings.

Strickland’s artistic journey is a testament to the distinctiveness of his work. Having previously engaged in building and renovating elementary schools nationwide, he observed a troubling lack of confidence in many black and brown children—a struggle he himself experienced during his own upbringing. To address this issue, Strickland embarked on a mission to create large-scale figurative oil paintings that depict the beauty, strength, and untapped potential within these children.

Strickland’s own children often serve as focal points in his artwork, reflecting his deep care and emotional connection to them. He strives to portray them as larger-than-life figures, conveying the immense love he feels for them.

ABARS
Beware of Dawg
(The Doghouse Gallery)

A new collection of paintings, works on paper, ceramics and photographs from Abars, the mastermind behind Bloody Gums. ‘Beware of ‘Dawg’ pays homage to the backyard guard dawgs of America, the often overlooked and forgotten dawgs who live a hard life, but still deserve the love and attention of a good human.

Abars has spent years working on developing and building worlds with his friends based on their creative projects in his role as production lead for DIY underground art collective, Bloody Gums. About 2 years ago he started making work of his own after a long hiatus from creating. He started painting dogs for the simple reason that they made him happy, and they were a form of distraction from all the recent traumatic events the whole world has been experiencing these past few years.

In preparing for this show, a whole world was born from Abar’s early comic style paintings of dogs in back yards hanging out next to fences and dog houses. The featured installation in ‘Beware of Dawg’ is meant to take you into the world of the Dawgs.

Photo Tours of Paola Ciarska ‘Paolaverse,’ ‘NERDSTALGIA’ group show, and Steve Martinez ‘Shuffle’

Thinkspace presents a photo tour ‘Paolaverse’ – the debut of Paola Ciarska’s largest collection of works to date (with a nearby magnifying glass at the ready, to really soak in those details) in Gallery III. In Gallery IV, Thinkspace Projects is excited to present ‘NERDSTALGIA’ a group show curated by Ken Flewellyn that showcases new works from over 30 incredible artists, all mind melding with their inner nerd. And in the Doghouse Gallery we have fine artist, muralist, photographer, and graphic designer Steve Martinez‘s contemporary work ‘Shuffle‘ which deals with the discourse between the symbolic and the realistic within daily urban life. 

All exhibitions are on view at Thinkspace Projects now through March 2, 2024. The Thinkspace Projects compound is open Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 6pm. Please note the Dog House Gallery and our courtyard are only open for viewing on Saturdays.

Photos by @BirdManPhotos.

On view February 10 thru March 2, 2024

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

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February Exhibitions featuring works from Ryol, Van Dam One, Paola Ciarska, Steve Martinez, and ‘NERDSTALGIA’ group show open this Saturday February 10, 2024

Thinkspace Projects presents:

Gallery I:
RYOL (aka Ryo Laksamana)
Stealing Drinks From A Drunk Rock Star

Gallery II:
DANNY J. MARTINEZ (aka Van Dam One)
Lost & Found

Gallery III:
PAOLA CIARSKA
Paolaverse

Gallery IV:
NERDSTALGIA‘ group show
Curated by our own Ken Flewellyn

The Doghouse Gallery:
STEVE MARTINEZ
Shuffle

Opening Reception: Saturday, February 10 from 6-10pm

Plus be sure to also check out the Thinkspace Night Market located in the courtyard between our two spaces during our opening night festivities.

Live painting from 1440 + an artist mini-mart with booths from Miss Brixx, Alepsis Hernandez, Amy Smith, Fl.our Pots & Anthony Manorek’s vintage offerings + amazing grub from Zavala’s Pies + weed bar from The Cure Company + our open bar + free Liquid Death + coffee and warm drinks from the Mad Barista + video projections from Digital Debris Video Gallery + Venice Beats providing the soundtrack to the evening and shout out to GoopMassta for holding it all down in our courtyard!

On view February 10 thru March 2, 2024

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

RYOL (aka Ryo Laksamana)
Stealing Drinks From A Drunk Rock Star
(Gallery I)

For our third solo exhibition together, the Indonesian artist Ryol has created a series of 12 paintings, ten of which see the artist re-imagining masterpieces from nine legendary artists. Through the lens of his distinctive style, this series of works explores the intersections between classical artistry and today’s dynamic cultural landscape. 

Ryol’s new works are quite different from his past works: in “Rain,” “Chupa Chups for You,” “Iced Tea,” “Half-Shredded Painting,” and “Man with a Parasol,” to name a few, he responded to popular culture products and phenomena. However, in some of his works in this new series, such as “Cats of Golconda,” we can experience both of these approaches when Magritte’s idea of human’s uniformity in 1953 meets Sanrio’s anthropomorphized animal characters, mainly the so-called Global Marketing Phenomenon, Hello Kitty. 

“Stealing Drinks From A Drunk Rockstar” is a cheeky nod to what he does: a joyous act of challenging perceptions and definitions of good art – if not art itself – by representing a moment from the great masters and toasting to the unending contemporary artistic expression. Ryol creates new situations and therefore a new set of invoked feelings and meanings for not only familiar, but iconic works. 

“Stealing Drinks From A Drunk Rockstar” serves as a playful reminder that the boundaries of creativity are fluid, and the echoes of the past can find resonance in the beats of the contemporary. Here Ryol skillfully employs humor and irony to break down the barriers that separate centuries, inviting the audience to witness the timeless conversation between art forms.

DANNY J. MARTINEZ (aka Van Dam One)
Lost & Found
(Gallery II)

Born in the South Suburbs of Chicago, IL, Danny J. Martinez (aka Van Dam One) is an artist whose work blurs the line between realism, illustration, cartoons, comics, and absurdity to create a blend of tangible surrealism that pulls the viewer into each piece. His work across different genres and mediums fuses together contemporary subjects with traditional mark making techniques that focus on both universal and individual understandings of the world. He uses this blend of surrealism as a means of self-discovery, drawing on his own experiences and the experiences of his community, to convey emotion and storytelling through multiple visual mediums.

PAOLA CIARSKA
Paolaverse
(Gallery III)

Paola Ciarska revels, excites and rejoices in the unrestrained potential of imagination. Each miniature painting has a vast cast of female characters, living out a virtual fantasy from the comfort of their multi-room domiciles. The viewer is turned into a voyeur, spying on the indulgent private moments and left to try and discern just what is going on.

The paintings have a physical presence that far exceeds their small scale. Each work is packed with painterly detail. Rooms are filled with the trinkets of modern life, decorated with reproductions of modern masters and adorned with fairy-lights, all set against psychedelic (and mildly suggestive) patterned backgrounds. Ciarska enjoys the labour of a marathon painting session, getting lost in the haze of its intricate, obsessive application.

NERDSTALGIA‘ group show
Curated by our own Ken Flewellyn
(Gallery IV)

“Stoked to announce my new curated exhibit ‘Nerdstalgia!’ For those of y’all that know me, I’m nerdy AF. To this day I still play dungeons and dragons weekly like that 15 year old looking for a magical escape. After the pandemic, catching up with a lot of artists, I was excited to hear how many took refuge in nerdy pursuits of their past. I decided then, I wanna see the nerd origin story that shaped the artist they are today.” – Ken Flewellyn (Thinkspace Projects director)

‘Nerdstalgia’ will showcase new works from over 30 incredible artists, all mind melding with their inner nerd.

Featuring new work from:
Jon Ching
Anthony Clarkson
L. Croskey
Risa Culbertson
Emily Ding
Alex Face
Ken Flewellyn
Jacub Gagnon
Sergio Garcia
GoopMassta
Matthew Grabelsky
A.L. Grime
Andrea Guzzetta
Cody Jimenez
Jolene Lai
Scott Listfield
Huntz Liu
Jeremie Marie
Marie-Claude Marquis
Mr. B Baby
Dustin Myers
Alvaro Naddeo
Francesca Quintano
Juan Manuel Sanabria
Zachary Schoenbaum
Floyd Strickland
Jane Tardo
TRAV MSK
The Obanoth
Madeleine Tonzi
Brian M. Viveros
Mark Waldman
Casey Weldon
Woes
Jasper Wong

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STEVE MARTINEZ
Shuffle
(The Doghouse Gallery)

Long beach native Steve Martinez is a fine artist, muralist, photographer, and graphic designer. His contemporary work deals with the discourse between the symbolic and the realistic within daily urban life. The thread of Mayan symbols and hieroglyphs—both representative of Martinez’s history and culture—is inescapable in his work, always connecting the present to the past by uplifting, preserving, and honoring a significant layer of meaning and identity.

Photo Tour of TRNZ’s ‘The Weight of Things,’ Jolene Lai’s ‘Secret Garden,’ and Tenser’s ‘Three Halves’

Thinkspace presents a photo tour of our sophomore show with artist TRNZThe Weight of Things’ in Gallery III. Gallery IV holds Jolene Lai’s ‘Secret Garden,’ a collection of oil paintings and drawings inviting viewers to gaze out of the window of their souls to see what lies within.  And in The Dog House, the debut exhibition from TENSERThree Halves,’ which was curated by Carmen Acosta

All exhibitions are on view at Thinkspace Projects now through October 28, 2023. The Thinkspace Projects compound is open Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 6pm. Please note the Dog House Gallery and our courtyard are only open for viewing on Saturdays.

Photos by @BirdManPhotos.

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Virtual Tour of October Exhibitions at Thinkspace Projects | Exhibitions on view October 7, 2023 – October 28, 2023

Thinkspace presents a virtual tour of Langston Allston is in Gallery I with ‘A Passing Love.’ The show conveys real stories and experiences with striking colors. In Gallery II, Fajar Amali brings his new show ‘Among Our Existence.’ The artist’s collection explores the worth of things that are often underestimated. TRNZ is showing ‘The Weight of Things’ in Gallery III. The show assembles visual imagery in uncanny ways drawing from the artist’s own memories. ‘Secret Garden’ by Jolene Lai is in Gallery IV and is inviting viewers to gaze out of the window of their souls to see what lies within. In the Dog House Gallery, TENSER takes an expansive look at his life up to now drawing on studio work, graffiti, and street portraits with ‘Three Halves.’ Lastly our Viewing Room holds ‘Spirit Ditch’, a special installation from Al Marcano, that represents finding a new religion through skateboarding.

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

All exhibitions are on view at Thinkspace Projects now through October 28, 2023.

Virtual tour created by Birdman.