Thank you to all those who came out to the opening reception of Jack Shure’s ‘Soul Sanitizer’ and Reen Berrera’s ‘Cluster Fudge.’ The exhibitions marked the first evening opening for the gallery in over a year and are the first of more to come! Both shows are on view now through June 26th.
Inspiration behind the exhibition: After reflecting on my last body of work from my show with Thinkspace in 2018, I had several points of changes I wanted for this show. The first was to move away from the “Le Petit Prince” reference in my paintings. Secondly, to include backgrounds that placed the context and environment of the figures, and lastly, work more on narrative in my paintings. I spent a long time working on a mind map drawn on to my studio wall. The mind map was made out of keywords that branched into sentences, rough painting sketches, photos from my childhood etc. This ended up with three themes that the works would center around: Violence/Vulnerability, Crime/Prize, and Companionship/Lotgenoot. The title of the show came up through the mind mapping process and is the perfect contradiction that in so many ways captures the world I’m trying to create in the paintings, as well as the environment and memories the works are inspired by.
Inspiration behind the exhibition: The main focus of my body of work for the last years has been the graffiti scene. Graffiti shaped my life and I keep evoking its elements in my work while paying a constant tribute to all the graff writers out there. I have huge respect for this scene and consider this way of life inspiring besides all the negativity associated with it. Even though graffiti can be visually aggressive, dirty, and disturbing to a lot of people I consider it carries many values humanity should be aware of and look up to. Values like brotherhood, teamwork, dedication, loyalty, passion, equality, amongst others, while having fun and living the moment pumped by adrenaline – to FEEL ALIVE! Graffiti only disturbs people who don’t like it, It doesn’t hurt anyone. The only “downside” I see to it is the fact that if you don’t like it and you wish to clean it up, you will need to spend money to do so and sometimes people are trapped in a position where they have to pay for it even if they don’t want to or can’t afford to – for example if you live in a condo and all of a sudden you have a massive condo bill to pay for maintenance of the building. That’s why I always avoided painting in private spots. But hey nothing is perfect in life!
Inspiration behind the exhibition: For the last couple of years, I have worked with light in my composition. The bees are like a kind of spot and they create some spectacular lights which are often colored. For this mini solo show, I wanted to create some works only with this same colored light. Also, I think the red is an interesting color choice because it creates something energetic and cozy too.
Also for me, it’s another highlight to show and make the focus on my bees. They are always the smallest part of my work but currently the most important because they give all the flow and the atmosphere.
The exhibition will be on view from October 17 through November 7.
We plan to have visitation for the show each Saturday, including opening day from noon to 6 pm. We will post a scheduling platform link on our website this coming week.
Thank you to everyone that came out this past Saturday to celebrate our new openings from James Bullough and Giorgiko. What a night! So many came out to support these incredible new bodies of work from both artists. A big congrats to both! Please be sure to stop by and view both exhibitions the next time you’re in the Culver City Arts District area of Los Angeles.
Parallel Truths Click HERE to view Bullough’s new body of work
Click HERE to check out our interview with Bullough
Horizon Light Click HERE to view the duo’s new body of work
Click HERE to check out our new interview with Giorgiko
Both exhibitions on view February 29 – March 21, 2020
Wow. What a turnout this past Saturday. So many faces
we’ve not seen in years… so many members of our artist family on hand… so
many new faces. Friends flying in from all over. Humbling and uplifting in so
many ways. So many cries of “15 more years”… we will keep it going as long as
you all keep coming out to show love!!! What a night.
Thank you all for coming out to support. Thank you to all who
shared their memories across social media. Our hearts are full and we are
fueled for the new year ahead. We are indeed just
getting started. Get ready for another epic year ahead.
15 Years of Thinkspace will remain on view through
January 25 and showcases new work from 70 of our family members from around the
globe all created on custom 16.5 x 16.5 inch (42×42 cm) wood panels (image area
of 15×15 inches / 38×38 cm) courtesy of Trekell.