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.

RAIZ II Group Show with a featured installation from Carlos Ramirez in Palm Desert curated by Thinkspace Projects | Tlaloc Studios | The Perez Brothers at Walter N. Marks Center for the Arts College of the Desert on September 26, 2023

The Walter N. Marks Center for the Arts presents:

RAIZ II
Group Show + a solo exhibition and installation from Carlos Ramirez

Curated by Thinkspace Projects | Tlaloc Studios | The Perez Brothers
with installations and mini-artist mart from the Bloody Gums Collective + live screen printing from Blue Hill Studios + the Bajitos Del Valle CC car club + free tacos from SALSITAS_V.I.P + live music from Cálmala I Cumbia de Coachella and DJs in the courtyard.

Opening Reception:
Thursday, September 28 from 4-7pm, open and free to all!

On view September 26 through October 27, 2023 at:
Walter N. Marks Center for the Arts
College of the Desert
43-500 Monterey Avenue
Palm Desert, California 92260

Collector Preview will be shared this Friday, September 22.

Always in pursuit of uniting and elevating the New Contemporary Art community, Thinkspace Projects teams up with Tlaloc Studios and the Perez Bros to present ‘RAIZ II’. Building on the community created with our first ‘RAIZ’ exhibition that took place at the Brand Library and Art Center in Glendale, California earlier this year, ‘RAIZ II’ seeks to strengthen.

We are also excited to be able to provide Alejandra and Vicente Perez their first opportunity to curate as well. The brothers have helped to make ‘RAIZ II’ a true family affair and we are so honored to have them a part of this special showcase.

With nearly 60 artists in the group show alone, the extravaganza is sure to be diverse and varied, bringing universal appeal from so many incredible contributors. With a focus on local Los Angeles based artists, the lineup is as impressive as it is varied. A solo show from the legendary Carlos Ramirez (ex-Date Farmers) rounds out the exhibition, filling the walls with innovative and genre-blending pieces across several mediums from the Coachella Valley artist.

The surrounding grounds themselves will also be bursting with compelling content, from live screen printing with our friends at Blue Hill Studios to a mini-mart filled with local creatives put together by the Bloody Gums artist collective alongside installations and more from the Bloody Gums crew plus local low rider club Bajitos Del Valle will be on hand to showcase as well. Save the date and we will see you soon!

The show opens with a special celebration on Thursday, September 28th with a reception from 4PM to 7PM. The exhibition will be on view from September 26 through October 27 at the Walter N. Marks Center for the Arts, located at the College of the Desert in Palm Desert, California.

Featured solo exhibition from Carlos Ramirez (work shared above) alongside a group show with:

Abars
Estefania Ajcip
Anta52
Andrea Aragon
Michael Bardales-Uriostegui
Alex Bargas
Brek
Joshua Castaneda
Emilia Cruz
Deladeso
Delisha
Leo Eguiarte
Sofia Enriquez
Priscilla S. Flores
Eduardo Gomez
GoopMassta
Emiliana Henriquez
Cody Jimenez
Haylie Jimenez
Sydnie Jimenez
Larry Li
Daniel Lopez
Kiara Aileen Machado
Danny Martinez (aka Van Dam One)
Steve Martinez
Jay McKay
Mister Toledo
Nikkolos Mohammed
Kristy Moreno
Lolbette Moreno (aka Lola)
Mr. B Baby
Baby Mueller
Jasaya Neale
Chaz Outing
Jerry Peña
Jacky Pereo
Randy Perez
Simone Quiles
Johnny Quintanilla
Lily Ramirez
Roger Ramirez
Nori Rasmussen
Roja
Conrad Ruiz
Javier Hache Ruiz
Esteban Raheem Abdul Raheem Samayoa
Tamara Santibanez
Mia Scarpa
Eduardo Soto
Sob Story
Hedy Torres
Melly Trochez
Juri Umagami
Bryan Valdez
Ramon Vargas
Josh Vasquez
Daisy Velasco
Manuel Zamudio

Continue reading RAIZ II Group Show with a featured installation from Carlos Ramirez in Palm Desert curated by Thinkspace Projects | Tlaloc Studios | The Perez Brothers at Walter N. Marks Center for the Arts College of the Desert on September 26, 2023

Virtual Tour of Early October Exhibitions at Thinkspace Projects | Exhibitions on view October 1 – October 22, 2022

Thinkspace presents a virtual tour of “Perspectives” featuring new work from Zeinab Diomande, Ayobola Kekere-Ekun, Chigozie Obi, and Bianca Walker. Along with Yumi Yamazaki’s “Moku” showing in Gallery II, Kristy Moreno’s “Matter of Survival” in Gallery III and Mr. B Baby’s “The Show Must Go On” in Gallery IV.

Explore the virtual tour here: https://players.cupix.com/p/ER6bgzsp

All exhibitions are on view at Thinkspace Projects now through October 22, 2022.

Virtual tour created by Birdman.

Michelle Ruby’s (aka Mr. B Baby) exhibition ‘The Show Must Go On’ showing at Thinkspace Projects | October 1 – October 22, 2022

Thinkspace Projects presents:

MR. B BABY
The Show Must Go On

Opening Reception:
Saturday, October 1 from 6-10pm with DJ’s Venice Beats, open bar + free H20 from Liquid Death, video projections from Digital Debris, a vape bar from our friends at Timeless, live painting from Nina Palomba, grub from The Roll N’ Bun & more

Exhibitions on view October 1 – October 22, 2022 in gallery IV

Gallery IV holds Mr. B Baby’s The Show Must Go On. A Latina born and raised in San Diego, California, Michelle Ruby, aka Mr. B Baby, uses elements of her heritage as an inspiration for her striking and lively art work. By combining vibrant colors with traditional imagery, Michelle is able to uplift her audience and intrigue her viewers. The artist’s aims to bring happiness and joy to her collectors and community, while also having stronger messages intertwined, all of which are open to the viewer’s interpretation.

Mr. B Baby’s work explores the relationship between Mexican folk art and children’s books. Her artwork is a whimsical twist, combining the cultural world with a playful, colorful touch.

About the artist…
A Latina born and raised in San Diego, California, Michelle Ruby aka Mr. B Baby, uses elements of her heritage as an inspiration for her striking and lively art work. Mr. B Baby is heavily influenced by her community, as well as her Puerto Rican/ Mexican heritage. By combining vibrant colors with traditional imagery, Michelle is able to uplift her audience and intrigue her viewers. The artist’s aims to bring happiness and joy to her collectors and community, while also having stronger messages intertwined, all of which are open to the viewer’s interpretation.