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 Tours of Super A ‘Atypical,’ Humbly ‘Make Them Real,’ and Willem Hoeffnagel ‘New Works’

Thinkspace presents a photo tour of our fourth solo presentation of Dutch artist Stefan Thelen, renowned as Super A, ‘Atypical’ in the main gallery space. In Gallery II, Thinkspace Projects introduces ‘Make Them Real,’ the inaugural U.S. solo show by Philippines-based artist Humbly, also known as Bryan Reynald Antonio. Lastly, Willem HoeffnagelNew Works‘ in The Viewing Room has been extended another week from last month’s exhibition.

All exhibitions are on view at Thinkspace Projects now through February 3, 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 January 13 – February 3, 2024

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

Continue reading Photo Tours of Super A ‘Atypical,’ Humbly ‘Make Them Real,’ and Willem Hoeffnagel ‘New Works’

Photo Tours of Gustavo Rimada ‘Campo Santo,’ Anthony Solano’s ‘Alive & Well,’ and L. Croskey’s ‘Cuttin’ It Close.’

Thinkspace presents a photo tour of our sophomore solo exhibition with Gustavo RimadaCampo Santo’ in Gallery III. In Gallery IV we unveil Anthony Solano’s ‘Alive & Well’ —where the artist explores the echoes of recent human existence and ponders the essence of thriving life. In the Dog House, Thinkspace Projects presents LA legend, L. Croskey’s ‘Cuttin’ It Close.’ L.C.’s art is a diary of emotions from his past and the lessons he has learned.

All exhibitions are on view at Thinkspace Projects now through February 3, 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 January 13 – February 3, 2024

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

Continue reading Photo Tours of Gustavo Rimada ‘Campo Santo,’ Anthony Solano’s ‘Alive & Well,’ and L. Croskey’s ‘Cuttin’ It Close.’

Video Tour & Opening Reception Party of January Exhibitions featuring works from Super A, Humbly, Gustavo Rimada, Anthony Solano, L. Croskey, and Willem Hoeffnagel

Thinkspace presents a video tour and opening reception of SUPER A (aka Stefan Thelen) ‘Atypical.’ Along with HUMBLY ‘Make Them Real’ showing in Gallery II, GUSTAVO RIMADA ‘Campo Santo’ in Gallery III, ANTHONY SOLANO ‘Alive & Well’ in Gallery IV, and L. CROSKEY ‘Cuttin’ It Close’ in The Doghouse Gallery. And last but not least, WILLEM HOEFFNAGEL ‘New Works’ in the Viewing Room has been extended for another week!

LA was out this past Saturday!!! Shows all over the city were packed and the vibes in all our spaces and our courtyard were just magical. Many thanks to all that came through and to our courtyard community that continues to grow and grow and grow… Much love to all of this month’s exhibiting artists for rocking with us, it was a beautiful evening. ⚡️⚡️⚡️ vibes.

All exhibitions are on view at Thinkspace Projects now through February 3, 2024.

Gallery I
SUPER A (aka Stefan Thelen)
Atypical’

Gallery II
HUMBLY
Make Them Real

Gallery III
GUSTAVO RIMADA
Campo Santo

Gallery IV
ANTHONY SOLANO
Alive & Well

The Doghouse Gallery
L. CROSKEY
Cuttin’ It Close

Viewing Room (held over one more week)
WILLEM HOEFFNAGEL
New Works

Shout out to all that rocked the Night Market in our courtyard including Roshi + an artist mini-mart with booths from Sean Keeton, Raymond Argumedo, Crux, Fl.our Pots & Anthony Manorek, The Cure Company, Liquid Death, Hulk Smash Burgers, Zevala Pies, Mad Barista 1989, DJ Venice Beats, and Digital Debris Video Gallery.

On view January 13 – February 3, 2024

4207 + 4217 W. Jefferson Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90016

All exhibitions are on view at Thinkspace Projects now through February 3, 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.

Video + photos courtesy of BirdMan Photos.

Continue reading Video Tour & Opening Reception Party of January Exhibitions featuring works from Super A, Humbly, Gustavo Rimada, Anthony Solano, L. Croskey, and Willem Hoeffnagel

January Exhibitions featuring works from Super A, Humbly, Gustavo Rimada, Anthony Solano, L. Croskey, and Willem Hoeffnagel open this Saturday January 13, 2024

Thinkspace Projects presents:

SUPER A (aka Stefan Thelen)
‘Atypical’
(Gallery I)

HUMBLY
‘Make Them Real’
(Gallery II)

GUSTAVO RIMADA
‘Campo Santo’
(Gallery III)

ANTHONY SOLANO
‘Alive & Well’
(Gallery IV)

WILLEM HOEFFNAGEL
‘New Works’
(Viewing Room / held over one more week)

L. CROSKEY
‘Cuttin’ It Close’
(The Doghouse Gallery)

Opening Reception: Saturday, January 13 from 6-10pm

Plus be sure to also check out the Thinkspace Night Market located in the courtyard between our two spaces during your visit featuring…

Live painting from Roshi + an artist mini-mart with booths from Sean Keeton, Raymond Argumedo, Crux, Fl.our Pots & Anthony Manorek’s vintage offerings + amazing grub from Hulk Smash Burgers + our open bar + samples from The Cure Company + free Liquid Death + coffee and hot beverages from Mad Barista 1989 + video projections from Digital Debris Video Gallery + Venice Beats providing the soundtrack to the evening – special thanks to GoopMassta for keeping the ‘Courtyard Sessions’ vibes going strong.

On view January 13 thru February 3, 2024

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

SUPER A (aka Stefan Thelen)
‘Atypical’
(Gallery I)

Dutch artist Stefan Thelen, better known by his moniker Super A, creates hyperreal murals and studio paintings that explore the world of human contradiction. Through the combination of realistic and surreal imagery, Super A is often dealing in visual metaphor and social messaging, questioning the ideologies and cultural myths we’ve become too complacent at accepting without critique. Interested in the interrogation of objectivity and its ultimate exposure as a construct, Super A combines elements of realism with the free reign of fiction to produce unexpected results.

‘Atypical’ is Thinkspace’s fourth solo presentation of Super A’s work. His well-established alias is a creative alter identity created to explore more contentious and difficult subject matter as a muralist in the public sphere. His most recent body of works in the ’Trapped’ series sees the artist stripping cartoon, fairytale, or pop cultural archetypes of their fantasy and veneer, revealing the realistic or historical counterparts beneath them. An apt commentary on the dissimulation of popular cultural mythology, Super A deconstructs its theater.

‘Atypical’ is an important next step in the artist’s evolution as this new series of works see’s Super A introducing two new ongoing series to his oeuvre. With the sculpture series ’Two Weeks’, the Netherlands based creative unveils new three dimensional works inspired by the iconic TSA type security scene in the original ’Total Recall’ film from 1990.

Along with ’Two Weeks’, Thelen has also set out to create an entirely new director for his works on canvas. With his new ’Twisted’ series, he aims to showcase how everyday house hold pets / animals have worked their way into popular culture as a whole and the zeitgeist of the last several decades of the human experience.

Super A is a mystery that leans on the art doing most of the talking for Stefan Thelen, taking the viewer into a wonderland walking down a yellow brick road in which Thelen’s figurative and modern surrealist compositions are providing playful puzzles to decipher.

Artist Bio:
Stefan Thelen’s anti-superhero identity Super A is a Dutch artist who uses traditional painting technique and a knack for design to create compositions that manipulate familiar iconography into mind-bending and inquisitive pieces. His alter-ego, Super A is the filter with which the life and observations of Stefan Thelen are distilled down and turn into inspiration. All of his work evolves out of personal experiences or thoughts that grow into concepts which tightrope between fiction and nonfiction. Super A is a mystery that leans on the art doing most of the talking for Stefan Thelen, taking the viewer into a wonderland walking down a yellow brick road in which Thelen’s figurative and modern surrealist compositions are providing playful puzzles to decipher.
Super A collector preview

HUMBLY
‘Make Them Real’
(Gallery II)

Artist Bio / Statement:
Bryan Reynald Antonio, better known by his artistic alias “Humbly,” is a self-taught illustrator and toy maker hailing from Rizal, Philippines, born in 1987. His imaginative creations have gained him recognition in the art world. Humbly’s work is characterized by children donning extravagant costumes, embarking on adventurous journeys, which serve as recurring motifs.

At the heart of his artistic repertoire lies a primary character—an enigmatic young boy adorned with a box on his head. This character embarks on captivating expeditions, traversing portals and exploring otherworldly realms. This protagonist, donning the box, serves as a self-referential symbol within Humbly’s art.

Drawing inspiration from both his past and present childhood experiences, Humbly crafts a blend of elements from 90s pop culture, science fiction, fantasy, comics, and toys. The mishmash of these influences creates a unique visual language that resonates with viewers.

Humbly’s exceptional talent has garnered international attention, with his works being featured in exhibitions across the United States, Tokyo, and Paris. As his reputation continues to grow, he has upcoming solo shows scheduled in prominent art destinations such as Shanghai, London, and Singapore in 2023.

Through his art, Humbly invites viewers to embark on whimsical and thought-provoking journeys. His imaginative creations not only reflect his personal artistic evolution but also serve as a bridge between his childhood nostalgia and contemporary artistic expression. With each brushstroke, Humbly continues to captivate audiences and leave an indelible mark on the art world.
Humbly collector preview

GUSTAVO RIMADA
‘Campo Santo’
(Gallery III)

Artist Bio / Statement:
“I was born in Torreon, Mexico in 1981, I am the youngest of four. My memories of Mexico are few, but of those I do remember I was constantly drawing. Whenever, wherever. My mother reminded me of my gift all the time as I grew up. Always encouraging me. She knew before I did what my true passion would become.

By the age of seven my parents decided to move to California. In Mexico, my father was a lawyer, my mother a doctor. Upon arriving, their employment changed drastically. Now they were washing dishes and housekeeping. Our lives had been flipped upside down. They were tough times, but with that I saw the strength my parents put up and it is something I keep close to me.

I was raised in Indio, California. Throughout school I took art classes, it came easy. After graduating from high school, I decided (with the encouragement of family) to move to Santa Monica and attend The Art Institute where I chose to study Computer Animation. While in school, the tragedy of September 11th hit and after that happened it left me feeling inadequate in my life. I needed something more, my heart wasn’t in animation nor school anymore. While walking passed an Army Recruitment office I went in and sat down. A few hours later I was signed up and to be leaving for boot camp within weeks.

I spent three years in the Army. Within that time art took a backseat. Dabbling here and there but nothing serious. It really wasn’t until about two years after the Army that I was given two huge pieces of MDO board to paint on. It was truly the beginning of my journey back into art.

My heart and hand took over. I sketched, I painted till late in the night. Painting on everything from shoes to bags, to just about anything. In less than a month I filled a sketchbook full of Elvgren pinups and Olivia paintings. Soon after all that, I started working at a tattoo shop. The tattoo world inspired my artwork with a whole new life and passion. The knowledge and history of the industry was incredible to me.

It has now been well over a decade in this profession. Art has given me so much knowledge of maturity and growth, and I will continue to pursue it with my whole being. It is my air and my life. I would say that in every piece I create I learn something new in what ever the context of the painting brings. Each detail, each decision of color, it has become an education all in its own.

I am definitely a workaholic with painting, and honestly, I love what I do. Wouldn’t trade it for anything. I truly eat, breath and sleep art. I work hard and will continue to do so whatever it may be.

Last but not least I am a devoted father, husband and family man, but non the less a truly passionate artist.

Thank you for being here and reading my story.”
Gustavo Rimada collector preview

ANTHONY SOLANO
‘Alive & Well’
(Gallery IV)

Artist Statement:
‘Alive & Well’ is the fourth chapter within an on-going story told through Anthony Solano’s vibrant and now recognizable style of painting. Starting in 2021 with his series ‘Once We Are Gone’, in which Solano began to explore a reawakening and thriving world without humans. Followed by ‘Fun & Games’, which opened at Thinkspace Projects in 2022, and ‘Dazed & Confused’ in 2023, ‘Alive & Well’ is a continuation of a story, in which nature’s tenacious will to live is highlighted in scenarios surrounded by a juxtaposition of emotions, beauty and sadness, humor and anger, strength and tenderness, sparking thoughts of self-reflection in the viewers of his work. Within his evolving story, a theme that remains consistent in Solano’s work is nature’s strength and ability to thrive under the pressure of living surrounded by all the human stuff that, for the most part, does not decompose quickly. Different from the previous stories told, in ‘Alive & Well’, hints of recent human existence become louder, and the artist asks himself “who is Alive & Well? The thriving life that so strongly existed before, or could it be humans, that this body of work refers to?”

Artist Bio:
Having spent his childhood years between California and Guadalajara, Mexico, artist Anthony Solano turned to art at a young age, seeing it as both a source of escape and comfort. In high school he was exposed to painting for the first time, sparking what would become his life’s passion. Anthony, a self-taught painter, now resides in Portland, Oregon and credits the local landscape for a major creative shift, from abstract painting to the surreal genre that he currently practices.

Solano’s work explores today’s environmental conflicts, communicated with vibrant hyper-realistic imagery and thought-provoking storytelling.
Anthony Solano collector preview

L. CROSKEY
‘Cuttin’ It Close’
(The Doghouse Gallery)

Artist Bio / Statement:
One wouldn’t think that a collage artist, working with glue and paper would have once been bombing the streets of LA. But back in the 80’s Leonard Croskey known to everyone as LC, used to go by the name King Kaoski and ran with Pasadena graffiti crew, IBM: Images Beyond Mentality. This once strictly street art man then stretched his creative palate and turned to fashion and studied design for two years. This love for design is how the graffiti artist and fashion designer turned into a collage artist. LC’s art combines graffiti’s movement and color with the design and pattern making of fashion. Collage is the creative outlet that brings his two different talents together and produces a new kind of image. An image with clean tight lines that reflect those of the modern digital arts with a graffiti bounce, except LC leaves the computer behind. And lets paper, glue and scissors be the means to an artistic end. Inspired by vintage pin up art, design, and advertising, LC creates a world of imagination, a very distinct world of his own, an image that reflects a metaphor or fantasy or delusion, a false paradise. By using magazines and books ranging from vintage pin up to children’s books and numerous others, he takes these classic beauties and other collected images and places them in a modern design setting. Years of collected wrapping paper, wallpaper, scrap booking paper and magazines are the materials LC uses to build this girl inspired world, luring you in to find out that the story might actually be saying more than what it may have initially alluded to. LC’s art is a diary of emotions from his past and the lessons he has learned from these various, funny, sometimes dark relationships, and sometimes just good old fashioned sex.
L. Croseky works available for purchase via our website