‘Asian Influence’ coming up July 6, 2024 in Amsterdam at STRAAT

STRAAT present:

Curated by Thinkspace Projects

On view July 6 through September 15, 2024 in the Netherlands

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STRAAT and Thinkspace Projects are excited to present a third collaborative gallery exhibition, ‘ASIAN INFLUENCE,’ an exhibition celebrating Southeast and East Asian artists’ impact on global street art culture.

This exhibition will be on view in the STRAAT Gallery from Sunday, July 7th through Sunday, September 15th, with a special opening reception on Saturday, July 6th from 6-10pm. The exhibition is included with any regular admission ticket to STRAAT Museum.

The gallery exhibition features new work from three artists: Mark Jeffrey Santos (aka Mr. S), Ryo ‘Ryol’ Laksamana, and Alex Face.

To complement the works from these featured artists, STRAAT will also showcase a group show put together by Thinkspace Projects with new works from more than 30 contemporary Southeast and East Asian artists. Visitors should expect a mix of vibrant street art culture and contemporary art perspectives.

Opening Reception:
Saturday, July 6th from 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

The opening reception is free to the public with RSVP to gallery@straatmuseum.com

All three of the focus artists will be in attendance.

Live Painting Events:
Indonesian artist Ryol (@ryol.id) and Filipino artist Mr. S (@mister_sasquatch) will be live-painting new mural-scale creations for STRAAT’s permanent main hall collection during museum hours in the week leading up to the exhibition opening.

Alex Face (@alexfacebkk) from Thailand, who already has a giant canvas at STRAAT, will be creating a new public mural on the large exit doors of the museum. Keep an eye out!

Mr. S (1990, Philippines) @mister_sasquatch

Mark Jeffrey Santos transports viewers to a fantasy realm through his engaging works. His pieces frequently depict characters embarking on adventures with colossal creatures, showcasing his world-building and character design prowess. A fixture in art exhibitions since 2015, Santos has gained an online and offline following, earning the moniker “Mister S” or “Mister Sasquatch” within street art circles. His work has graced exhibitions globally, from Taiwan to the UK, highlighting his expanding international presence.

Ryo Laksamana (1993, Indonesia) @ryol.id 

Hailing from Banyuwangi in East Java, Laksamana Ryo aka RYOL is an artist whose journey began during his academic years at the Seni Indonesia Institute in Yogyakarta. RYOL’s paintings exude a vibrant and captivating quality, infused with pop culture influences and a style that evokes the charm of the cartoon universe. Yet, beneath this playful exterior lies a depth of subject matter. Ryo deftly navigates themes like social criticism, human behavior, and intricate relationships.

Alex Face (1981, Thailand) @alexfacebkk

Patcharapon Tangruen, aka Alex Face, is a celebrated graffiti artist from Thailand who originally studied fine arts at Bangkok’s King Mongkut Institute of Technology. Intrigued by abandoned structures, he turned streets and alleys into his canvas. Operating under the name Alex Face, he aims to engage urban communities, especially in underprivileged areas. His iconic character, a disillusioned child in a rabbit costume, juxtaposes cuteness with a wise, concerned demeanor about the world’s future.

Alongside the main 3-person show, we have also curated a group show of smaller works from a cast of emerging artists from across Asia, including works from:
Abenk Alter | @abenkalter Indonesia
Riki Antoni | @rikiantoni77 Indonesian
Blic | @blicpinas Phillipines
Bluepalete | @bluepalete Thailand
Kim Borja | @art.kimborja Phillipines
Cham Cristobal | @chamemoii Phillipines
Darbotz | @darbotz Indonesia
Addy Debil | @addydebil Indonesia
Kratai Dudu | @kratai_dudu Thailand
Decki Leos Firmansah | @decki_leos_firmansah Indonesia
Shinnosuke Hariya | @shinnosuke_hariya Japan
Humbly | @humbly.ph Phillipines
Krachok | @kra_chok Thailand
Hanna Lee Joshi | @hannaleejoshi South Korea
Don Bosco Laskar | @donboscolaskar Indonesia
Huntz Liu | @huntzhuntz Taiwan
Pony Ma | @ponyhorsema Taiwan
Valdo Manullang | @nimrod_studio Indonesia
Mr. Kreme | @mrkreme Thailand
Manow Nowhere | @manow_nowhere Thailand
Buakow Phasom | @buakow_phasom Thailand
Heru Priyono | @heru_priyono_art Indonesia
Lee Salvador | @lee.salvador Phillipines
Fandi Angga Saputra | @fandianggasaputra Indonesia
Guy Satayuu | @guy_satayuu Thailand
Marilou Solano | @mayuenaise Thailand
Cy Wang | @cy_wang_art Taiwan
Liffi Wongso | @liffi_wongso Indonesia
Cheong Yoon | @cheong_yoon South Korea

On view July 7 – September 15, 2024

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Interview with Mark Jeffrey Santos for ‘Uncharted Paths’ | Exhibition August 5 – August 26, 2023

Photo by Birdman

Thinkspace Projects is proud to present Mark Jeffrey Santos‘ (aka Mr. S) U.S. debut solo exhibition Uncharted Paths in our main gallery. His new body of work is based on his personal experiences traveling, creating a body of work that evokes the certain feeling of excitement when you find yourself in a new place. Complete with a dreamlike environment and his wide-eyed characters, Santos is not only technically skilled, but also gifted with the vision to construct imaginary, bordering on surreal, scenes. His characters can often be found on an adventure, accompanied by larger-than-life creatures. Such talent in world-building and character design only comes natural for Santos, who did works in video and film before becoming a visual artist.

Our interview with Mr. S shares his creative influences, which skill he would easily download in his brain if he could, and what he hopes viewers take away/experience while viewing his work.

What does a day in the studio look like for you? How do you structure your days?
Do you have any rituals that help you tap into a creative flow?

There’s isn’t any specific routine to my workflow. I like to be spontaneous when it comes to my schedule. I noticed that I come up with great ideas when I’m doing mundane tasks. Still, I make sure that I meet the deadlines.

What is your most favorite and least favorite part of the creative process?
Who are some of your creative influences? Why do they inspire you?

Besides the painting itself, my favorite part is solving how to achieve a certain mood in my paintings. I have a lot of influences in terms of painting, but I think Andrew Hem really inspired me to learn how to paint landscapes and understand more about color temperature.

If you could have any skill or topic downloaded into your brain, what would you want to be able to do / be an expert at?
What do you hope viewers take away or experience while viewing your work?

Learn a new language. I want to be able communicate better.
When I paint, I usually like to look at my subjects to have a feeling of calmness in them. And I hope that’s what the viewers would feel when they look at my paintings.

How do you like to enjoy your time outside of the studio? Do you celebrate the completion of a body of work?

I actually do a lot of things. I try to stay away from painting but still try to be creative in other ways. it’s important to live life and be present in the moment because I’d like to think that my art is a representation of my life experiences.

If you could collaborate with any artists in any sort of medium (i.e. movies, music, painting) who would you collaborate with, and what would you be making?

I would definitely collaborate with an animator. Seeing my characters to life would be awesome. Think of the movie ‘Kubo.’

Who would be on the guest list if you could throw a dinner party for five people, dead or alive? What would be on the menu? What would be the icebreaker question?

No comment. 😅

What was in your musical rotation during the development of this body of work?

My playlist is super random. But usually I listen to korean and japanese musicians like Ovall, Kan Sano, Tsubaki, Sweet william, Nujabes, and yes I listen to Kpop as well.

Photo Tour of Mark Jeffrey Santos’ ‘Uncharted Paths’ and Clementine Bal’s ‘Magic Friends’

Thinkspace presents a photo tour of Uncharted Paths debuting as his first U.S. solo exhibition by MARK JEFFREY SANTOS (aka Mr. S) showing in Gallery I and CLEMENTINE BAL‘S who is also experiencing her debut U.S. solo show with  Magic Friends’ in Gallery II. 

All exhibitions are on view at Thinkspace Projects now through August 26, 2023.

Photos by @BirdManPhotos.

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Video Tour & Opening Reception Party of August 2023 Exhibitions featuring Mark Jeffrey Santos, Clementine Bal, Jamiah Calvin, Wiley Wallace & GoopMassta at Thinkspace Projects

Thinkspace presents a video tour and opening reception of Mark Jeffrey Santos’s (aka Mr. S / @mister_sasquatch) new collection ‘Uncharted Paths’ is on view in Gallery I for his debut U.S. solo show. Clémentine Bal (@clementine.bal) is also experiencing her debut U.S. solo show with ‘Magic Friends’ in Gallery II. Jamiah Calvin’s (@miahthecreator) new body of work ‘Reganomics, Cocaine ‘80s and the ‘90s Re-Up’, is on display in Gallery III. Wiley Wallace (@wileywallace) is back in Thinkspace Projects with his new solo show ‘Woven Trails’ in Gallery IV. ANd last but not least GoopMassta’s (@goopmassta) debut solo show ‘Leader of the Pack’ is the perfect fit in the Dog House Gallery and worth a visit.

All exhibitions are on view at Thinkspace Projects now through August 26, 2023

On view August 5 – August 26, 2023

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

Gallery I:
Uncharted Paths

Gallery II:
Magic Friends

Gallery III:
Reganomics, Cocaine ’80s and the ’90s Re-Up

Gallery IV:
Woven Trails

The Dog House Gallery:
Leader of the Pack

Thank you to all of the art collectors and lovers who came out to celebrate the opening of our latest exhibitions. Love seeing so many people packing all of our gallery spaces and courtyard to take in all of the incredible art on view from our family of creatives. A big shout out to everyone at GoopMassta’s ‘Courtyard Sessions’… Alex Solis with the live painting + a mini artist mart with booths from GoopMassta, Atlasgraffiti, Sean Keeton, & Anthony Patrick Manorek + amazing grub from Kabob Senpai + live DJs Venice Beats PLUS + Brushwork’s Dog House Gallery!

Video by Birdman

Continue reading Video Tour & Opening Reception Party of August 2023 Exhibitions featuring Mark Jeffrey Santos, Clementine Bal, Jamiah Calvin, Wiley Wallace & GoopMassta at Thinkspace Projects

Virtual Tour of August Exhibitions at Thinkspace Projects | Exhibitions on view August 5 – August 26, 2023

Thinkspace presents a virtual tour of Uncharted Paths debuting as his first U.S. solo exhibition by MARK JEFFREY SANTOS (aka Mr. S) showing in Gallery I and CLEMENTINE BAL brings her new sculpture collection Magic Friends’ showing in Gallery II. Along with JAMIAH CALVIN (aka MIAH THE CREATOR) bringsReganomics, Cocaine ’80s and the ’90s Re-Up’ in Gallery III, and WILEY WALLACE returns for his new solo show ‘Woven Trailsshowing in Gallery IV. And last but not least GOOPMASSTA Leader of the Pack in The Dog House Gallery.

Explore the virtual tour here: https://players.cupix.com/p/agSnUXQ1\

All exhibitions are on view at Thinkspace Projects now through August 26, 2023.

Virtual tour created by Birdman.