Photo Tours of ‘A Better Tomorrow’ Group Show and Buakow Phasom ‘My Precious Things’

Thinkspace presents a photo tour of our new group show ‘A Better Tomorrow’ in Gallery I featuring works from over 80 artists. Thinkspace is pleased to present the debut North American solo exhibition from artist Buakow Phasom, who was inspired by her cat named Ungpung in ‘My Precious Things’ in Gallery II. 

All exhibitions are on view at Thinkspace Projects now through April 27, 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 April 6 thru April 27, 2024

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

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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 the collector previews for 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:

Group Exhibition
(Gallery I)

My Precious Things
(Gallery II)

Group Exhibition
Curated by Kristy Moreno
(Gallery III)

Higher Learning
(Gallery IV)

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

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
Destiny Branay
Ezra Brown
Stephanie Buer
Phoenix Chan
Cham Cristobal
Emilia Cruz
Leo Eguiarte
Sofia Enriquez
Jordan Ferguson
Liz Flores
Priscilla S. Flores
Jacub Gagnon
Brian “Dovie” Golden
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
Vanessa Morata
Mister Toledo
Mr. B Baby
Alvaro Naddeo
Bell Nakai
Fumi Nakamura
Taylor Lee Nicholson
Jerry Pena
Kevin Peterson
Gustavo Rimada
Euan Roberts
Fandi Angga Saputra
Byun Sehee
Andie Taylor
Yusuke Toda
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
Cheong Yoon
Jaime Zacarias (aka GERMS)
Manuel Zamudio

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.

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.

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.

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.

Brooklyn Streat Art reviews Leon Keer’s new book “Break Glass In Case of Lost Childhood”

Leon Keer’s new book “Break Glass In Case Of Lost Childhood” is given an early valentine by Brooklyn Street Art Loves You More Every Day with love for how the book manages to hold onto the magic of Keer’s anamorphic art.

Looking through the various venues he creates with and within, you can find an imagination that fully entreats you to join in the fun. Whether they are street paintings. floor paintings, anamorphic rooms for you to pose in, experiments in augmented reality brought alive on your phone, enormous land art paintings, or oddly shaped painted canvasses, Keer is not keeping the fun to himself. You are the welcomed and necessary ingredient that will supremely complete the scene. – | LEON KEER: “BREAK GLASS IN CASE OF LOST CHILDHOOD”

Visit to read the full piece.

Interview with Leon Keer

Dutch artist Leon Keer’s anamorphic paintings hung in the Brand Library last year for NEXUS III, and are currently on view for our inaugural exhibition Aloha, Mr.Hand. Keer comments on society, cultural issues, and the environment by creating narratives with familiar objects that force us to re-examine how we interpret the world around us. Below is our interview with Keer discussing the inspiration behind his most recent pieces with us, getting into a creative flow, and Funky Fridays.

What was the inspiration behind the body of work that will be showing at the Brand Library & Art Center?

The freedom of speech is the most important right in our constitution, the way demonstraters are being chased and hammered down in many countries is an annoyance for me. Also, I find the abuse of power a tricky issue. You see it on the street on a small scale. You see it on large scale in political decisions, both in developed and underdeveloped countries. I am not a speaker, but I feel inspired to make a visual story about the abuse of power. When a certain group of people is demonized, I denounce the situation. 

Do you have any pre-studio rituals that help you get into a creative flow?

I mostly travel by bike to the studio. Takes me half an hour in where I soak in all the energy around me. That’s what I also do when I am abroad. I scout the neighborhood to find the energy for the next work

When you were working on this body of work, what were you listening to in the background? Do you have a different soundtrack for the various stages of the creative process? 

There is a variety of music I listen to. The broadcasting station I listen to has a variety of music, games and interviews. I like this variety as I get bored very fast if I listen to too much of the same music.

One program on that radio station that I like most is ‘funky friday’ which will bring you to the smooth funky music of the early 90 ties. 

Is there an artist or piece of work that has made a significant impact on you? Has that work influenced your own artistic voice/style? 

I really love the work of Leandro Erlich. The grandness of his work and the way he is putting the spectators to another dimension of reality.I love the work of Leandro Erlich. The grandness of his work and the way he is putting the spectators to another dimension of reality are very inspiring

What piece challenged you most in this body of work, and why?

The piece Withered Bauhinia was most challenging to make. The background tells the story that many Hong Kong people took to the streets to protest against the ruling power for the sake of democracy. People are left with the choice of either staying home and keeping their opinions to themselves, or attending an unauthorized protest and risking police violence, judgment, and imprisonment. To underline this thought of oppression makes me humble towards these protesters and obliges me to approach the situation with honor and respect.

What do you think will be said about the New Contemporary Art Movement in 100 years?

An era of reflections of the people’s voice.

Schedule a visit to see Leon Keer’s work and the other talented artists in “Aloha, Mr. Hand” here. Masks required!

Inside the studio of Leon Keer as he prepares for ‘Contradictions’ showing at The Brand Library & Art Center

Inside the studio with Leon Keer as he prepares for his exhibition ‘Contradictions’ showing at The Brand Library & Art Center for NEXUS III.

Leon Keer is a world-leading artist in the anamorphic street art. He has executed commissions in Europe, The United States, Mexico, The United Arabic Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Russia, New Zealand, Australia and several Asian countries.

A message seems to be present in his work. Current issues are reviewed, such as environmental concerns and the livability of this world. Leon Keer is constantly aware of the playfulness and beauty versus the degradation around him, a contrast that he expresses and amplifies in his work and which he uses as a metaphor for live.

His paintings reflect his thoughts, confronting the viewer with the diseased spirit of our times, visible decay counter-pointing a timeless longing for unspoiled beauty.

The artist adds: “Every street art piece is unique and belongs to the street and its residents, the temporary fact about this artform strengthens its existence”