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

STRAAT present:

ASIAN INFLUENCE
Curated by Thinkspace Projects

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

STRAAT Museum
NDSM Plein 1
1033WC Amsterdam
Netherlands

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

STRAAT
NDSM Plein 1
1033 WC Amsterdam
Netherlands

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

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

Video Tour & Opening Reception of February 2024 Exhibitions featuring works from Ryol, Danny J. Martinez, Paola Ciarska, ‘NERDSTALGIA’ group show, and Steve Martinez

Thinkspace presents a video tour and opening reception of RyolStealing Drinks From A Drunk Rock Star.‘ Along with Van Dam OneLost & Found‘ showing in Gallery II, Paola CiarskaPaolaverse‘ in Gallery III, The ‘NERDSTALGIA’ group show curated by our own Ken Flewellyn in Gallery IV, and lastly Steve MartinezShuffle‘ in The Doghouse Gallery.

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

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

Special thanks to all that rocked the Night Market in our courtyard including  1440 + to our artists Miss BrixxAlepsis HernandezAmy SmithFl.our Pots & Anthony Manorek’s vintage offerings + the amazing grub from Zavala’s PiesThe Cure CompanyLiquid Death, the Mad BaristaDigital 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.

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.

Video by @BirdManPhotos

Continue reading Video Tour & Opening Reception of February 2024 Exhibitions featuring works from Ryol, Danny J. Martinez, Paola Ciarska, ‘NERDSTALGIA’ group show, and Steve Martinez

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.

New print from RYOL available this Friday September 15, 2023

‘Rain’ (standard edition)

Watch for two new print editions coming soon with RYOL (aka Ryo Laksamana). Both works were originally featured in the artist’s sold out ‘Caught In The Art’ exhibition with us earlier this year.

Rain‘ will be the first print published this Friday, September 15, followed by ‘Caught In The Act‘ on Friday, October 20. Details shared soon on ‘Caught In The Act.’ 

RYOL (aka Ryo Laksamana)

‘Rain’ standard edition

Giclee print on 290gsm paper

Deckled edges

57.1 x 45.7 cm

Signed and numbered by the artist

Printed by Static Medium

$250

Available this Friday, Sept. 15 at 10am PST / 1pm EST via our web shop.

Shipping costs are additional and will be calculated during check out. Any customs or duty fees incurred, are not the responsibility of the gallery.

Sorry, no pre-orders are available.

‘Rain’ (deluxe edition)

RYOL (aka Ryo Laksamana)

“Rain” deluxe edition

Giclee print on 290gsm paper

Deckled edges

Large Format Deluxe Edition of 30

30 x 24 inches

76.2 x 60.9 cm

Signed and numbered by the artist

Printed by Static Medium

$400

Available this Friday, Sept.15 at 10am PST / 1pm EST via our web shop.

Shipping costs are additional and will be calculated during check out. Any customs or duty fees incurred, are not the responsibility of the gallery.

Sorry, no pre-orders are available.