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Thinkspace presents a photo tour of “Intersections” featuring new work from Alvaro Naddeo, Manuel Zamudio, Sean Banister, and Gustavo Rimada. Along with Andrea Aragon’s “Somas Magicas” showing in Gallery Two, and new works from Marie Claude Marquis, Eshinlokun Wasiu, and Alex Face in our viewing room.Continue reading Photo Tour of February 2022 Exhibitions
Thank you to all those who attended the opening reception of “Intersections” featuring new work from Alvaro Naddeo, Manuel Zamudio, Sean Banister, and Gustavo Rimada. Along with Andrea Aragon’s latest solo exhibition “Somas Magicas” showing in Gallery Two, and our Viewing Room showcasing new works from Marie-Claude Marquis, Eshinlokun Wasiu, and Alex Face.
All exhibitions are on view at Thinkspace Projects now through February 26th.Continue reading Opening Reception of February 2022 Exhibitions
Thinkspace Projects is pleased to present Manuel Zamudio as part of our new group exhibition, “Intersections”. The exhibition is a solo show for each artist in their own right and continues to build on their momentum into 2022. Each artist’s work is unified by storytelling, displaying an array of memories and experiences within the walls of the gallery.
Manuel Zamudio also brings the theme of life and death into his collection, focusing on the transition between them. He maintains the post-apocalyptic world that he had built with his previous solo show here at Thinkspace, but delves into architecture and urban landscape as a foundation for the exploration of the afterlife. With new-age ghost-inspired characters, Zamudio explores the delicate line between life and death, which grows thinner every day. He highlights the fragile boundaries between body and soul, life and death, day and night, living in the transitions.
In our interview with Manuel Zamudio, he shares with us his bad habits, how his work has helped to heal past trauma, and the artistic influence of Dragon Ball Z.
Can you share with us a little bit about your upbringing and where you are currently creating?
I was born in Mexico City; years later my family and I came over to the United States, and we landed in South Texas. Since the transition was a difficult one and we did not have our papers, we really couldn’t move around so we stayed in Texas. Growing up was difficult, especially during my teens, since there weren’t a lot of different cultures in the area, but as I’ve gotten older I’ve learned to love the peacefulness of it. I’m still currently living in South Texas and it’s where I create.
What was the inspiration behind this latest body of work? What themes have you been exploring in your work?
With this body of work, I still kept the post-apocalyptic world that I had built with my previous solo show. But this time around I delved into architecture and ways to bring these people into an urban landscape. The main theme explored is the transition from life to death. It didn’t start out that way but it slowly began building into that. I also started incorporating new characters into my world, like new age ghosts type of characters, which bring the theme of the afterlife into play. I lost my father at a very young age and it was very traumatic. I think this show really has helped me bring closure to that aspect of my life.
Could you share what your day-to-day looks like when working in your studio
Sure! I usually wake up and go straight for the coffee, as most of us do. If I’m in the middle of a painting, I just go right into it. I’ll start the day off painting, take a break to have breakfast, then go back for a couple of hours, take another break for lunch, etc. In the evening I usually go for a long run, little bit over an hour. Then head back into the studio and work into the late night/early morning. I try to get in at least 8 hours of work a day.
What’s in your “artistic toolbox”? Are you particular about brands that you use?
I think my toolbox is pretty standard: mediums, paints, brushes. But lately, I’ve been starting to buy different higher quality brands, especially with paint, and it makes all the difference in the world. So I’m not particular about brands but just the quality. I also hoard a ton of brushes, that way when I’m working and need a fresh brush, I just open a new pack. Kind of a bad habit, haha.
How do you like to unwind outside of the studio?
I usually like to curl up with a good video game at the end of the day, maybe a good movie. I also really enjoy grabbing dinner and beers with friends.
Do you have a process for sourcing and/or keeping track of your inspiration?
I usually have a string of ideas of things that I want to work on, so when I shoot my reference photos I capture a few ideas at once and have them ready for the next piece. Of course, I will go back and change things, move things around, but the ideas are set.
What was on your playlist while creating this new body of work?
A lot of ambient music/electronic music was on my playlist, especially at the beginning when building ideas. Artists like Haircuts for Men, Aphex Twin, and Harold Budd were in rotation to name a few. The music really helped me build an understanding of the atmosphere I was trying to go for.
Most artists express themselves creatively as a child, but there is a moment when a shift occurs from just being creatively inclined to being more artistically minded – do you know when that moment was for you?
I had always been drawing and doodling as a kid, but there was a moment for me early on, when I was around 11. During this particular moment it had been a few weeks, maybe two months after my dad passed and I had an epiphany that I wanted to become an artist. Mind you, this happened while I was drawing a large-scale Dragon Ball Z piece. That moment always stuck with me, it was euphoric; I truly felt in that moment being an artist was it for me, nothing else.
Have you ever worked outside creating public murals? If not, would you be interested in pursuing one day?
I had the pleasure of being a part of POW!WOW! Lancaster in 2020, and prior to that I’ve done a few graffiti murals, since that’s what got me into painting. I really would like to learn more and follow the art of mural painting at a more professional level, hopefully later on.
What words of wisdom would you share with your past self when you were just starting to create art? Is there anything in your artistic journey that you wish you may have done differently?
I think that the best advice I could give to my younger self is not to waste time on self-doubt, or the doubts of others. I think if I had done that and focused more, I could’ve become a better artist at a faster rate. But like they say, everything happens for a reason and you are where you need to be.
What did you find to be the biggest challenge of 2020 for you?
The biggest challenge for me in 2020 was transitioning to a full-time artist during a pandemic. It was a strange and trying time, I had to be aware of the world but also separate myself from it in order to create. It felt surreal.
What is your proudest accomplishment of 2021? Life thus far? (can be art-related or not)
I think becoming a full-time working artist is the biggest one for me so far. It’s been my dream for so many years. Shout out to my wife, I could not have done it without her!
After the show in February, I have a split 2 person show with A Hurd Gallery and a feature at Archenemy Gallery. Excited to see what the future brings!
MANUEL ZAMUDIO Artist Statement
The delicate line between life and death grows thinner every day. Along with that dissolution, other threads come unraveled. Perception shifts, and memories can blur until they don’t feel like our own.
Are we united in the disintegration? Body and soul, dust and stardust, the boundaries breaking down until only that which is shared endures. Then we are finally something other than a body, a mirror more than flesh.
Or are alienated spirits connected only in their collective struggle? Drifting through shades of experience and longing to escape the mundane. Feeling its pull from purity to profane as powerless observers.
In any order of our experience, there is a perpetual transition between states of being. Death amidst life, night within day, the carnal enveloped by the ethereal. The cosmic dance between is the grace and terror of existence.
Gallery One | SEAN BANISTER, ALVARO NADDEO, GUSTAVO RIMADA and MANUEL ZAMUDIO | Intersections
Gallery Two | ANDREA ARAGON | Somas Magicas
Viewing Room | MARIE CLAUDE MARQUIS | Thinking of You
Viewing Room | ESHINLOKUN WASIU | New Works
Viewing Room | ALEX FACE | New Works
On view February 5 – February 26, 2022
Saturday, February 5 from 5pm-9pm | artists will be in attendance
– Masks are required during your visit –
Thinkspace Projects is thrilled to present an all-new group exhibition and all-new solo show simultaneously, continuing their 2022 momentum. Each artist’s work is unified by storytelling, displaying an array of memories and experiences within the walls of the gallery.
In Gallery One, four artists join forces for Intersections, filling the space with complementary and contrasting works from Sean Banister, Alvaro Naddeo, Gustavo Rimada, and Manuel Zamudio. The exhibition is incredibly relevant, drawing on themes of time, identity, and blurring boundaries to explore true connection.
Southern California-based artist Sean Banister uses this show as an expansion and continuation of his work in 2020, delving into the identity of humans as storytellers and collectors. Having developed a strong interest in how the items we interact with and collect help us to craft our own self-narratives, Banister explores how this affects image and individuality, from the way one sees themself personally to the way they exist and are viewed in the world. While each of his pieces for “Intersections” is unique, together they all act as facets of the same experience of living in our current time.
Alvaro Naddeo approaches Intersections with the desire to create work that mixes personal memories with the collective memories of our society. In pulling textures from the places Naddeo has personally been and incorporating them into greater social and political commentary, he is able to tell stories that may not have previously been told. He works to give space to the marginalized and the minorities, “those who can see and smell everything good that America has, but are never allowed to get there.”
Gustavo Rimada brings the perspective of his own ancestry to the show. This body of work is part of an on-going series from Rimada, which tells a story about how our ancestors connect with us. “Whether it’s celebrating Dia de los Muertos in my work or telling old folk stories about our ancestors returning to nature, my goal is to create a space where you can feel the connection and spirit between nature and the afterlife.” This series is heavily influenced by his culture, emphasizing the connection between humans and nature from the day they are born to the day they pass away. With these works, Rimada aims to translate that journey, aiding viewers in understanding.
Manuel Zamudio also brings the theme of life and death into his collection, focusing on the transition between them. He maintains the post-apocalyptic world that he had built with his previous solo show here at Thinkspace, but delves into architecture and urban landscape as a foundation for the exploration of the afterlife. With new-age ghost-inspired characters Zamudio explores the delicate line between life and death, which grows thinner every day. He highlights the fragile boundaries between body and soul, life and death, day and night, living in the transitions.
In Gallery Two, Andrea Aragon fills the space with her latest solo show Somas Magicas. Aragon draws upon her own experiences and surrounding community to create breath-taking oil paintings that do not sugar coat the human experience. Aragon’s goal is to present an awareness and give a perspective of individuals whose story has yet to be fully told, reaching a broader audience than they might on their own. The artist hopes her works sheds light on how similar we are as inhabitants of this earth, and how we can benefit from just a little bit more understanding. With each piece, Aragon evokes compassion.
As an added bonus, in our viewing room we’re excited to showcase a small new collection of plates from longtime gallery favorite Marie Claude Marquis, alongside new works from recent Thinkspace Family new comers Eshinlokun Wasiu and Alex Face.
About Sean Banister
Sean Banister is a SoCal artist. Working as a high school teacher for the past 18 years, he has always been a passionate learner and works to bring that excitement for learning to the classroom. Banister is largely a self-taught artist, having pursued a degree in English and taken a just few very encouraging classes at the local community college to get back into drawing and painting after a long time away. In his work, Banister often chooses objects and their human counterparts to be the subject of his work, drawing out the relationships between them. Banister’s work draws out the narratives stored in the items in his paintings to reveal feelings we have about who we are and how we chose to exist.
About Alvaro Naddeo
Originally from São Paulo, Brazil, Naddeo has lived in Lima, New York City, and is currently based in Los Angeles. These urban environments shaped his memory and permeate most of his work. Naddeo’s father is an illustrator, and as a child he spent many hours drawing and watching him work. Constantly encouraged by his father, he was both inspired and intimidated. At 17, the intimidation got the best of him and he quit, choosing to pursue a career in advertising as an Art Director. This allowed him to exercise his interest in art, without requiring mastery with the pencil or brush. Twenty years later, while living in New York City he found himself inspired to once again pick up the brush. Now he is back to painting, this time Naddeo is not quitting.
About Gustavo Rimada
Born in Torreon, Mexico, Rimada and his family immigrated to California when he was seven years old. Raised in Indio, California, he began taking art classes at a young age and attended The Art Institute in Santa Monica California. After September 11th 2001, Rimada was inspired to join the Army, serving three years before returning to his true love, art. Rimada painted on any surface he could find, canvas, shoes, bags, etc, eventually finding the tattoo culture that inspired him to further pursue his passion for painting. When Rimada is not painting, he is a devoted father and family man.
About Manuel Zamudio
Zamudio is a painter, a muralist, and a storyteller. Born in Mexico City, Zamudio made his way to the talent-rich city of McAllen, Texas in 1992 at the age of 5. While dealing with the challenges that often come with assimilating to a starkly different culture at a very young age, Zamudio found refuge by immersing himself in art. As a self-taught artist, he started perfecting his technique by replicating comic books, without knowing or understanding the human figure and the concepts of color schemes. As he grew older, he started taking an interest in the urban culture of South Texas, learning color schemes, perception, shadow, and so on from local graffiti artists. Now, Zamudio has taken his passion into a new path: storytelling. He has displayed his artwork in numerous galleries and museums in the United States and Mexico. His new line of work has been immensely inspired by great works of cinematography, street art, and post-apocalyptic sci-fi novels. His new work explores new methods of how to bring cinematography onto the canvas. Zamudio is a painter, a muralist, and a storyteller.
About Marie Claude Marquis
Excited to have a collection of 25 new insults on antique plates from Canada’s Marie Claude Marquis on view this February in our viewing room for her mini show Thinking of You.
MC Marquis is an artist whose practice is rather multidisciplinary. Touching both graphic design and visual arts, she is inspired by souvenirs, nostalgia, pop culture, Québec identity and her own emotions which she expresses with humor, a feminine touch and a colorful sensitivity.
In her gallery work, Marie-Claude has mastered the art of re-appropriation in giving found objects new meaning. That way she can give these objects a second life, prolong their existence and reduce her own environmental impact. Mainly by typographical interventions, she always finds a way to give new meanings to these antiques. The result of her work is often humorous, sometimes irreverent but always keeps a big focus on aesthetics
About Andrea Aragon
In Gallery Two, Andrea Aragon fills the space with her debut solo show Somas Magicas. As an artist and first-generation Mexican American, Andrea Aragon has chosen oil painting as an avenue to illustrate and shape the human experience within her community. She draws upon the community around her, the majority of which can be categorized as lower to lower middle-class America. Aragon uses her ongoing knowledge of political, cultural, and social understandings to entice a juxtaposed narrative that invites the viewer to tap into their self-consciousness, ultimately creating raw and relatable works.
About Esihinlokun Wasiu
Eshinlokun Wasiu (b. 1998, Lagos, Nigeria) is a full time surrealist artist who sees life’s challenges as a tool for creating his masterpieces. And has been prolific in producing works that speak about the society and its effect on the people around. Culture, identification and power of humanity are a few aspects of his current research and artistic practice.
Eshinlokun Wasiu studied Business Administration at Yaba College of Education, Nigeria. His interest in art, as well as his career began while he was a kid with the support of his mother. Inspired by issues relating to him and those who are around him, he began creating works that reflect the everyday struggles of people, with the hopes of making a change in people life and way of thinking. He exercises himself by using of charcoal and acrylic paints to create silhouette that seem to have been in bond and value.
Eshinlokun is reintroducing the “ Surrealism “ movement in a way the world will appreciate in a different form. His also part of the title deed art collective curated by Ken Nwadiogbu 2019/2020. Also had a residency at AAF ( African Artists’ Foundation ) in the year 2020
Eshinlokun Wasiu is constantly revitalizing his practice by challenging modes of Black representation. His oeuvres do not just encompass various forms of drawing using acrylic and charcoal, but most recently transcends into photography, sculpture, installation and performance art.
About Alex Face
Patcharapol Tangruen (aka Alex Face / b. 1981) is a well-known and influential graffiti artist in Thailand. Alex studied architecture at Bangkok’s King Mongktut Institute of Technology and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in the Department of Fine and Applied Arts. An interest in architecture led Alex Face to explore and wander the streets and back alleys of Bangkok for abandoned buildings, sites that he eventually used as a canvas to develop his street art.
Using Alex Face as his alter ego, the artist attempts to create a link with the urban population, the underprivileged of Bangkok and the surrounding provinces. His iconic character showcases the adventures of a disillusioned child in a baby rabbit costume who looks wise beyond his years, at first glance appearing cute, but all the time worrying about the future of our world.
Thinkspace was founded in 2005; now in LA’s thriving West Adams District, the gallery has garnered an international reputation as one of the most active and productive exponents of the New Contemporary Art Movement. Maintaining its founding commitment to the promotion and support of its artists, Thinkspace has steadily expanded its roster and diversified its projects, creating collaborative and institutional opportunities all over the world. Founded in the spirit of forging recognition for young, emerging, and lesser-known talents, the gallery is now home to artists from all over the world, ranging from the emerging, mid-career, and established.
Though the New Contemporary Art Movement has remained largely unacknowledged by the vetted institutions of the fine art world and its arbiters of ‘high culture,’ the future promises a shift. The Movement’s formative aversion to the establishment is also waning in the wake of its increased visibility, institutional presence, and widespread popularity. Thinkspace has sought to champion and promote the unique breadth of the Movement, creating new opportunities for the presentation of its artists and work. An active advocate for what is now one of the longest extant organized art movements in history, Thinkspace is an established voice for its continued growth and evolution, proving their commitment by expanding its projects beyond Los Angeles, exhibiting with partner galleries and organizations in Berlin, Hong Kong, London, New York City, Detroit, Chicago, and Honolulu among many others, participating in International Art Fairs, and curating New Contemporary content for Museums. Committed to the vision, risk, and exceptional gifts of its artists, the gallery is first and foremost a family. From the streets to the museums, and from the “margins” to the white cube, Thinkspace is re-envisioning what it means to be “institutional.”