Artist Know Hope In ‘Wall Drawings – Urban Icons’ exhibition at Musée d’artcontemporain de Lyon


Thinkspace family artist Know Hope, who has shown with us at the gallery and in museum exhibitions over the years, is currently a part of  ‘Wall Drawings – Urban Icons’ exhibition at Musée d’artcontemporain de Lyon. We wanted to congratulate Know Hope on the honor of being a part of the prestigious show, and share some image and a snippet of the video installation he created for the exhibition titled, ‘Parallels’.

View available work from Know Hope on the Thinkspace Gallery website.

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Below is an explanation of the piece in Know Hope’s words. 

In ‘Parallels’, the documentation of a series of site-specific interventions, each essentially creating a ‘border’, form the basis this video installation.

These interventions were created during my stay in Lyon, each one organically interacting with the passers-by, allowing a correspondence and reflection on broader philosophical contemplations.

The documentation of these interventions were later paired with other representations of borders, or the meeting point of two separate realities such as the Segregation Wall in the West Bank, the Lesvos Shoreline and depictions of refugees and migrants breaking into trucks waiting to enter the Eurotunnel in Calais in order to enter UK territory.

This juxtaposition attempts to raise questions regarding the notions of territory, identity, and our emotional structures.



Know Hope opens debut LA solo show @ Carmichael…

Israeli artist Know Hope (pictured above) opened his debut LA solo show, ‘the times won’t save you (this rain smells of memory)’, at Carmichael Gallery last night to a very enthusiastic crowd.
The focal point of the show was his 400 sq ft installation featuring over 30,000 hand-cut rain drops, a handmade city constructed of old cardboard boxes and several life size renditions of his signature characters. As a whole, it was breathtaking. With the lighting low, the mood that was set was just perfect.

Know Hope installation close up views (above and below)…

It was awesome to see his ‘The Anytimes’ paper worked into the installation. The gallery should have some copies of this special paper still on hand, so be sure to roll through and grab a copy.

In addition to his incredible install, Know Hope also presented a series of smaller works all on cardboard, that complimented four of his larger framed works that all highlighted his dizzying diorama skills. All in all, a great debut solo show for Know Hope and one that is sure to have folks talking for a while. Don’t sleep on this guy, so much great and affordable work in this show.

Close up of one of Know Hope‘s intense diorama pieces…

While talking to Know Hope I learned he’d be going on to NYC now after this, for a special installation project at a non-profit venue that just popped up. So watch for more on that soon…

The crowd grew thick as the night drew on…

Also opening last night, and causing much discussion, was the ‘Moodswings’ group show in the back, where the large new work from Asbestos (shown above) stole the show.

Also featured was some amazing new works from Imminent Disaster (above and below). The new work is showing continued growth and maturity and we’re eager to see what she creates for her return to Los Angeles next year when she hits Thinkspace again alongside ARMSROCK.

Though not to be outdone, the up and coming Bumblebee rocked things and had but one piece left when we left at 1030PM (see images of his work below). Go Bumblebee!!!

The ever elusive Bumblebee…

One of his signature hive pieces installed in an old vacant phonebooth. AMAZING.

Detail shot of the above phonebooth piece. This lil’ roller, is created from a nail, a paperclip and some sculpey modeling clay. Insane detail and looks so good.

Bumblebee flies high over LA…

Both shows on view through July 2nd

Carmichael Gallery
1257 N. La Brea Avenue in West Hollywood

Recommended openings to catch this weekend…

Sage Vaughn “Mudfight” / 22×30″ / Oil & Mixed Media
Featured at Richard Heller this Friday
Thurs, June 4th 7-10PM
Carmichael Gallery of Contemporary Art
1257 N. La Brea Ave in West Hollywood / 323.969.0600
“The Times Won’t Save You (This Rain Smells Of Memory)” featuring new works and a massive installation from Know Hope + “Mood Swings” featuring new works from Bumblebee, Imminent Disaster, Asbestos, Cena 7, Fefe Talavera, Labrona and Oddzoo
(On view through July 2nd)

Thurs, June 4th 6-10PM
Ghetto Gloss
2380 Glendale Blvd in Los Angeles / 323.912.0008
“Travels In Time and Space” featuring new works and prints from Christopher Bettig

Thurs, June 4th 7-10PM
MOCA Grand Avenue, Sculpture Plaza
250 South Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles / 213.621.1745
‘Color Chorus’ by OJO – part of the special ‘Engagement Party’ series at MOCA this summer featuring social events and performances by LA-based artist collectives – in ‘Color Chorus’, OJO will lead a participatory musical performance organized by the interplay of primary colors and the thump of an 808 drum machine, with the audience being split into 3 groups, with each audience member being assigned a specific color upon entry… it goes on, just know this sounds like a very cool interactive art experience and definitely a series worth keeping an eye on.

Thurs, June 4th 7-10PM
The Art Show @ NEXT
8447 Wilshire Blvd., Penthouse in Beverly Hills
Benefit art show featuring a silent auction consisting of works from Mel Kadel, Retna, David Hinnebush, Oliver Pojzman, Alan Aldridge, Dominick Giullemot, and many more

Fri, June 5th 7-10PM
Harvey’s Melrose
7955 Melrose Ave in Los Angeles / 323.795.9000
“Cheers Big Ears – An Art Show Celebrating Our Favorite Mouse” from Disney Bloc 28 featuring works from Chaz Bojorquez, Mike Kungl, Noah, Trevor Carlton, David Garibaldi, Suiko and Tim Rogerson + the launch of the summer ’09 seatbelt bag collection from Disney Couture

Fri, June 5th 8-11PM
La Luz De Jesus Gallery
4633 Hollywood Blvd. in Los Angeles / 323.666.7667
New works from Mark Bryan, Daniel Elson, Krystopher Sapp & Magda Trzaski
(On view through June 28th)

Fri, June 5th 7-10PM
Poketo Studios
510 S. Hewitt St, #506 in downtown LA
“F*ck Cancer – We Love Justin” a benefit show for artist/designer Justin Van Hoy featuring works from Christopher Bettig, Derek Albeck, Jeremy Baker, Sheli Ben-Ner, Tim Biskup, Kime Buzzelli, Ryan Callis, Josh Cochran, Michael Coleman, Leah Chun, Shepard Fairey, Jason Filipow, Sarajo Frieden, Zach Gibson, Matt Goldman, Josh Hart, Kristian Henson, Caroline Hwang, Jordan Isip, Katsuo Design, Mel Kadel, Phillip Lumbang, Blake E. Marquis, Bill McRight, Travis Millard, Jesselisa Moretti, Saejeen Oh, Saelee Oh, Jared Purrington, Ye Rin Mok, Casey Ryder, Ashkahn Shahparnia, Damion Silver, Skyrocket Studios, Jeana Sohn, Sumi Ink Club, Marissa Textor, Amanda Visell, David Weidman, Ernesto Yerena, Marco Zamora, Florencio Zavala as well as prints from Dalek, Saber & Giant and products from Poketo, Obey Clothing & Swindle – silent auction ends at 9PM / winners take their works home at 10PM – come out and support and some great names in the mix / please note auction is cash or check only, so come ready to spend and support

Fri, June 5th 7-11PM
Ronin Gallery
1924 Echo Park Ave in Los Angeles
“Metallum” featuring new works on metal from Kofie and Codak

Fri, June 5th 5-8PM
Richard Heller Gallery
2525 Michigan Ave, Space B-5A at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica / 310.453.9191
New works from Derek Albeck, Hiro Kurata, Mars-1, G. Bradley Rhodes, Britton Tolliver, Sage Vaughn and Oliver Vernon – curated by Jeremy Kove with support from Vans
(On view through July 3rd)

Fri, June 5th 8-10PM
Secret Headquarters
3817 W. Sunset Blvd in Los Angeles (Silver Lake area)
“Guilty Pleasures” featuring new drawings from Aiyana Udesen

Sat, June 6th 7-10PM
1559 Echo Park Ave in Los Angeles
“Nuovo Mundus” featuring new works by Paul Torres
(On view through June 30th)

Sat, June 6th 8-11:30PM
Copro Gallery
2525 Michigan Ave, Space T-5 at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica / 310.398.2643
“The Glass Menagerie” from Nathan Spoor + “Death and Taxes” from Joe Ledbetter + “Immortality” from Vincent Cacciotti
(On view through June 27th)

Sat, June 6th 2-5PM
Corey Helford Gallery
8522 Washington Blvd in Culver City / 310.287.2340
Special signing event with COOP featuring his books ‘The Big Fat One’ and ‘The Devil’s Advocate’ as well as a chance to pre-order his new “Lil’ Mort” figure

Sat, June 6th 6-9PM
110 E. Winston Street @ Main St in Los Angeles / 213.627.8272
“The Legendary Belmont Tunnel: A tribute to the birth of Los Angeles Graffiti Art” featuring works from Acme, Aloy, Antonio Pelayo, Axis, BaBa, Besk, Bumper, Cab, Cale, Charlie, Cre8, Dash, Danny D, Defer, Duster, Earnone, Elser, Eriberto Oriol, Fearo, Fever, Frame, Frank Martinez, Gabe, Genius, Ghostone, Gilone, Graf One, Grande, Hex, Hyde, Jero, Jiro, Kopy, Make, Mandoe, Man One, Mosh, Nuke, OG Abel, Omega, Pale, Panic, Relax, Relic, Retna, Rickone, Risky, Ruets, Saber, Sacred194, Shandu, Siner, Size, Skept, Skyone, Sleez, Swan, Teler, Volt, Vox, Vyal, Wisk, Zender & many more…
(On view through June 28th)

Sat, June 6th 9PM-Midnight
Hairroin Salon
1553 N. Cahuenga in Los Angeles
“Bye Bye Birdy” featuring new works from Vanae Rivera with special guest DJs

Sat, June 6th 8PM-12:30AM ($8 at the door)
Hive Gallery
729 S. Spring St in downtown Los Angeles
Monthly group show and performance with featured artists Treiops Treyfid, Steven Sattler, Brian Smith, Sara Brum, Marlon McWilliams and Muffinhead + live painting, music, burlesque dancing, DJ action & cash bar
(On view through June 27th)

Sat, June 6th 7-10PM
Kinsey / DesForges
6009 Washington Blvd. In Culver City / 310.837.1989
New works from Cole Sternberg
(On view through July 11th)

Sat, June 6th 7-10PM
New Image Art Gallery
7908 Santa Monica Blvd. in West Hollywood / 323.654.2192
“Constant Flow” featuring new motion works, paintings and sculpture from David Ellis

Sat, June 6th 7-11PM
Nucleus Gallery
210 E. Main St., Alhambra / 626.458.7482
“The Art Of Bob Peak” – a retrospective collection from the late illustrator Robert Peak featuring original works and a rare selection of iconic movie posters and advertising work
(On view through June 25th)

Sun, June 7th Noon-6PM
33Third / Mid-City Arts Gallery
5113 West Pico Blvd in Los Angeles
Live painting and art exhibit from Retna & The Mac

Know Hope tomorrow night @ Carmichael Gallery…

Israeli street artist Know Hope‘s debut LA solo show opens tomorrow night at Carmichael Gallery out on LaBrea. ‘The Times Won’t Save You (This Rain Smells Of Memory)’ will feature a 400 square foot installation comprised of 30,000 handcut paper rain drops, a hand made cardboard city, birds, hundreds of small ‘signs’ and all of it populated by life-size cardboard cutouts of his iconic figure.
The work in the show runs the specturm, with the majority being very affordable and a great gateway into Know Hope’s world. He’s one to get on board with now, as only great things lay ahead. We’re huge fans and own a few pieces already from prior shows.
Below are some sneak peeks of the show coming together, as well as a shot of his ambitious homemade newspaper project, ‘The Anytimes’. Be sure to pick one up while at the opening tomorrow night, or keep an eye out about town, as he’s been putting them into weekly newspaper boxes about town this past week as well.

Know Hope at work…

An army of interns worked on creating these for days…

Can not wait to see this complete tomorrow…

Know Hope‘s ‘The Anytimes’ underground newspaper… a great keepsake from the show, don’t forget to grab yours at the opening tomorrow.

Opening Reception: Thur, June 4th 7-10PM

Carmichael Gallery @ 1257 N. La Brea in West Hollywood