Photo Tours of ‘Common Ground’ group show, Floyd Strickland ‘Higher Learning’ and ABARS ‘Beware of Dawg’

Thinkspace presents a photo tour of ‘Common Ground’ group show curated by Kristy Moreno, which includes ceramicists from her clay community in Gallery III. Thinkspace is proud to present Floyd Strickland‘s sophomore solo exhibition Higher Learning in Gallery IV, which depicts a collection of portraits of African Americans students at HBCUs or aspiring towards higher education.   Last but not least, in the Dog House Gallery ‘Beware of ‘Dawg,’ a new collection of paintings, works on paper, ceramics and photographs from Abars, the mastermind behind Bloody Gums.

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.
4217 W. Jefferson Blvd.
Los Angeles, California 90016

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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.
4217 W. Jefferson Blvd.
Los Angeles, California 90016

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March Exhibitions featuring works from David Kaye, Young-Ji Cha, STOM500, Andrea Guzzetta, and ‘FRESH’ group show open this Saturday March 9, 2024

Thinkspace Projects presents:

FRESH
Group Show
(Gallery I)

DAVID KAYE
Whispers
(Gallery II)

YOUNG-JI CHA
Dear My Dead
(Gallery III)

STOM500
Alliance Ethnique
(Gallery IV)

ANDREA GUZZETTA
Glass Houses
(The Doghouse Gallery)

Opening Reception:
Saturday, March 9 from 6-10pm

Plus be sure to also check out the Thinkspace Night Market located in the courtyard between our two spaces featuring live painting, DJs, open bar, a weed bar, an artist mini-mart, amazing food, murals, art installations and so much more!

On view March 9 – March 30, 2024

Thinkspace Projects
4207 W. Jefferson Blvd.
4217 W. Jefferson Blvd.
Los Angeles 90016

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‘FRESH’
Group Show
(Gallery I)

‘FRESH’ returns with a new installment this year, showcasing a vast array of styles and mediums from around the world. The majority of the creatives featured all have solo shows or larger showings ahead with us in 2024 or 2025. This special presentation serves as a bit of a looking glass into our future. We fully believe in all of the artists featured and we are so excited to share them with you all. 

Featuring 2-4 new works each from:
Kim Borja
GNCH
Lucas Lobo
Yu-Chun Ma | aka Pony Ma
Janiece Maddox
Eli McMullen
Muebon
Janina Myronowa
Bell Nakai
Taylor Schultek
Sr. Papá Chango
Andie Taylor
Melly Trochez
Wang Yalong
Yokoteen
Cheong Yoon
Jaime Zacarias | aka GERMS

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DAVID KAYE
‘Whispers’
(Gallery II)

Thinkspace Projects is honored to be hosting the debut North American solo exhibition from UK artist David Kaye. In ‘Whispers’, we see Kaye brining a together a collection of his precocious li’l characters for their first big trip together across the pond. 

About the artist:
David Kaye was born in Bradford, England in 1986, during the time when cartoons were at their best and going to play out in the morning and not coming home till the streetlamps came on was the norm. From an early age I was drawing the cartoons and putting my own little twist onto the things they were doing. Fast forward 10 years and I’m in the middle of Afghan with the British army, I found time to burn in between patrols so started drawing again. I practiced drawing objects that was in magazines that had been send out to us and mixed it with a cartoon aspect of the things I used to draw when I was a child.

When I left the forces, I found myself slightly lost and was told to turn to my creative side to help me. I started painting and this opened a new feeling of achievement and ambition. I took to the kitchen “that was my studio for a while” and started painting portraits where I taught myself the techniques that are seen in my work today with the realistic aspects of some of the objects in my paintings. I also started adding hidden and visible emotions within them to acknowledge some of the things that I have felt or been through. The works are also heavily influenced by my daughter who loves everything a young girl should like unicorns, animals and everything magical mixed in with some of the toys that I grew up with. The figure that is in all the pieces is a childlike figure wearing a helmet with big glossy spheres attached and is usually accompanied by an animal or object that has a realistic aspect to it. 

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YOUNG-JI CHA
‘Dear My Dead
(Gallery III)

Thinkspace Projects is thrilled to welcome Young-Ji Cha back for her sophomore solo exhibition with us. With ‘Dear My Dead’, Cha continues to develop her universe and cast of characters that showcase underlying tropes of morality, life, and death.

Artist Statement:

‘Dear My Dead’ is a series I started with wishing for a way to deliver a message to loved ones who have passed. I wanted to create images where I could express to them how their families are doing and send them their favorite foods along with having one last drink with them. Translating death into images of my little world was my way of mourning and it lifted a lot of pure sadness when I thought of them. The process of creating this series helped me to remember them with joyful memories and believe that they are comfortably waiting for me on the other side until it’s time. I hope these paintings can be relatable to others who are missing their loved ones and bring some comfort to them as they did for me.

About the artist:
Young-Ji Cha was born in Seoul, Korea, and currently works in Los Angeles, California. She started her training in classical fine arts and later in illustration. Her recent works are inspired by traditional Korean elements, folktales, and various forms of animation. Within her paintings lies various characters which often are juxtaposed against a thin line between reality and fantasy. Although the themes are seemingly whimsical in nature, they showcase underlying tropes of morality, life, and death. 

Besides freelance illustration and gallery art, Young-Ji Cha also works with various studios within the animation industry as a visual development artist. 

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STOM500
‘Alliance Ethnique’
(Gallery IV)

Excited to welcome Stom500 back for his sophomore solo exhibition with us here at Thinkspace Projects. ‘Alliance Ethnique’ is a reference to the name of a French rap group from the ’90s, whose songs are always very positive and defend respect and cultural diversity. It’s a play on words to define Stom’s new exhibition as a whole:

Artist Statement:

Alliance for the “living together” aspect, the team aspect through my animal compositions, which all seem to be moving in the same direction to become one. It’s a reference to tribes from a general point of view. Both from an ancestral point of view, through masks, jewelry and fabrics and from a modern point of view, with the reflection of what is a tribe today? Sports fans? Music fans?

Wearing a Chicago Bulls tracksuit today shows that you’re a fan of the team and belong to a specific group. Every country has its own culture, idols and modern crews.

In my new works focusing on masks, the hamster refers to an endangered species in my region, which for me is a strong symbol of animals to be saved. On the other hand, the sculpture of the owl represents a very strong animal from Native American culture and makes the link with the gallery in LA. In both works, I drew inspiration from various techniques and systems to create motifs inspired by tribes from all over the planet. The idea was not to steal a tribe’s culture, but to pay homage to them. Both masks are an opening to the world around us.

About the artist:

Cultivating a delirious and humorous universe nourished by the euphoric energy of cartoons, this self-taught virtuoso from a neighboring village in the Swiss municipality of Basel is multiplying his talents. Trained as a graphic designer, professional illustrator and renowned graffiti artist for In the Over the past five years, Stom500 has been, as he defines himself with humor, a veritable “Swiss army knife”. Spray, brushes, acrylic … Large murals or small canvases: he uses a variety of mediums and styles with a predilection for animal themes which, under the varnish of pleasure, carry a relevant message, often humanistic or ecological. Like his swirling bees or his seemingly incompatible bestiaries, such as the raven and the fox inspired by La Fontaine’s fables.

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ANDREA GUZZETTA

‘Glass Houses’
(The Doghouse Gallery)

In Andrea Guzzetta’s new collection, ‘Glass Houses’, the work focus entirely on endangered species. In the centerpiece, “Mutually Assured”, several endangered species of the Amazon are encapsulated within the crystalline palace of a human skull. This piece is a reminder that the fate of humanity is intertwined with the fates of all animal life. 

The other skulls, housing endangered animals of the same species, reflect how delicate the continuation of their species is. The single outlier, a group of native Everglades animals resting on the backs of manatees, represent a more hopeful scene – how human efforts can help declining animal populations as we’ve seen manatee populations increase in the last few years. 

Despite all the skulls, Guzzetta’s message is a hopeful one – that the fragile beauty of the world can be preserved with the right effort.

About the artist:
Andrea Guzzetta is an LA-based artist obsessed with the harmonious relationship between love and death. She grew up barefoot in a remote part of the midwest picking berries for breakfast and spending summers laying in the grass listening to grasshoppers and watching for deer. Long enchanted by the beauty of nature, she has extensive bone, feather, and pressed flower collections from her youth and subsequent travels. 

Heavily influenced by Zoobooks, Lisa Frank, Polly Pocket and Littlest Pet Shop with a sprinkling of early childhood trauma, her work focuses on cultivating perfect little worlds for her animal families full of tranquil abundance even while the promise of eventual mortality encompasses each scene. Although each piece is, at its core, a reminder of mortality, the cheery palette reflects the artist’s opinions that all is as it should be, that the promise of death is integral to the nature of life.

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Photo Tours of RYOL ‘Stealing Drinks From A Drunk Rock Star’ and DANNY J. MARTINEZ ‘Lost & Found’

Thinkspace presents a photo tour of our third solo exhibition together with RYOL (aka Ryo Laksamana)Stealing Drinks From A Drunk Rock Star‘ in Gallery I. And in Gallery II Thinkspace presents Chicago artist DANNY J. MARTINEZ (aka Van Dam One) with his debut solo show ‘Lost & Found.’

All exhibitions are on view at Thinkspace Projects now through March 2, 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 February 10 thru March 2, 2024

Thinkspace Projects
4207 W. Jefferson Blvd.
4217 W. Jefferson Blvd.
Los Angeles, California 90016

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Photo Tours of Paola Ciarska ‘Paolaverse,’ ‘NERDSTALGIA’ group show, and Steve Martinez ‘Shuffle’

Thinkspace presents a photo tour ‘Paolaverse’ – the debut of Paola Ciarska’s largest collection of works to date (with a nearby magnifying glass at the ready, to really soak in those details) in Gallery III. In Gallery IV, Thinkspace Projects is excited to present ‘NERDSTALGIA’ a group show curated by Ken Flewellyn that showcases new works from over 30 incredible artists, all mind melding with their inner nerd. And in the Doghouse Gallery we have fine artist, muralist, photographer, and graphic designer Steve Martinez‘s contemporary work ‘Shuffle‘ which deals with the discourse between the symbolic and the realistic within daily urban life. 

All exhibitions are on view at Thinkspace Projects now through March 2, 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 February 10 thru March 2, 2024

Thinkspace Projects
4207 W. Jefferson Blvd.
4217 W. Jefferson Blvd.
Los Angeles, California 90016

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