Photo Tour of Ryol’s ‘Caught In The Art’ and Shinnosuke Hariya ‘s ‘Power Up’

Thinkspace presents a photo tour of Ryol‘s ‘Caught In The Art‘ in Gallery I and Shinnosuke Hariya‘s ‘Power Up‘ in Gallery II.

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Virtual Tour of January Exhibitions at Thinkspace Projects | Exhibitions on view January 7 – January 28, 2023

Thinkspace presents a virtual tour of ‘Caught In The Art‘ featuring new work from Ryol showing in Gallery I and Shinnosuke Hariya‘s ‘Power Up‘ in Gallery II. Along with Michael Polakowski‘s ‘Anywhere & Here‘ in Gallery III and Abi Castillo‘s ‘Allergic Party‘ showing in Gallery IV.

Explore the virtual tour here:

All exhibitions are on view at Thinkspace Projects now through January 28, 2023.

Virtual tour created by Birdman.

Video Tour & Opening Reception of Ryol’s ‘Caught In The Art,’ Shinnosuke Hariya’s ‘Power Up,’ Michael Polakowski’s ‘Anywhere & Here,’ and Abi Castillo’s ‘Allergic Party’ at Thinkspace Projects

Thank you so much to everyone that came out and helped us kick off our 2023 program this past Saturday.

In Gallery I, RYOL has returned with a new body of work that fills our space with paintings that showcase how light is the most fundamental element in the visual arts. ‘Caught In The Art’ is a play on the phrase “caught in the act,” and refers to the play of light in each of Ryo’s new oil paintings that appear to capture his subjects as if they have just been cornered and, indeed, caught in the act.

In Gallery II, Japanese drawing monster Shinnosuke Hariya presents ‘Power Up,’ a new series of 14 graphite works on an illustration board. This show is the artist’s debut North American solo exhibition.

Gallery III holds ‘Anywhere & Here’, a series of paintings that depict a shifting cast of protagonists from Detroit based artist Michael Polakowski. ‘Anywhere and Here’ is a reference to our own sense of presence. It acts as a response to the question asked by each painting in this series “where can we find clarity in our day to day lives?”

Gallery IV features ‘Allergic Party’, showcasing 30 incredible new ceramic works from Spanish artist Abi Castillo in her debut North American solo exhibition.

Shout outs to Jacqueline Valenzuela, Goopmassta, The Roll N’ Bunn, Venice Beats, Digital Debris Video Gallery plus all of this month’s exhibiting artists, everyone that rocked Goop’s Mini Mart, our family & everyone that helped to make this a night to remember.

All four exhibits remain on view until January 28.

Open Tuesday to Saturday from 12-6pm. Viewing Rooms for each show are now live on our website.

Video + photos courtesy @BirdManPhotos

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Interview with RYOL for “Caught in the Art” | Exhibition on view January 7 – January 28, 2023

Thinkspace is pleased to present Ryol’s (aka Ryo Laksamana) new body of work, Caught in the Art in Gallery I.

The exhibition fills the space with paintings that showcase how light is the most fundamental element in the visual arts. Light becoming the experimental medium in Ryo’s new series of oil paintings.

Our interview with Ryol discusses the influence of local street culture on the works, the impact of his friendships, and why boredom is an essential tool for pushing as an artist.

The work within “CAUGHT IN THE ART” explores how light and illumination create a mood. What are a few of your favorite pieces from art history that celebrates the use of light?

Madame Monet’s works, one of which is Women with Parasol. I can see how the painter captured the impression of light and color into the painting in Monet’s works.

As the pieces are playing on the idea of being caught in the act, what are some
moments (that you feel open to sharing) where you were “caught in the act?” Do you think you are a mischievous person?

Some of the works are inspired by street culture in my neighborhood, particularly at red-light intersections. Clowns being apprehended by police and other stories served as inspiration for the visuals.


What does a day in the studio look like for you? How do you structure your days?

Because I grew up in my parents’ home industry, I enjoy a hectic situation. Something is missing if I see my studio in silence. Eccha and I have created a schedule from morning to evening that includes all deadlines and other responsibilities.

Do you have any rituals that help you tap into a creative flow?

I do not have it, but I usually chat with friends outside the studio to exchange ideas, and those conversations serve as motivation for me to work in the studio.

You’ve shared that you enjoy listening to artist interviews and have even met a few artists you admire. Have you adopted any of their practices or wisdom into your studio that you’ve felt have vitally shifted your work?

My first trip to Los Angeles last year provided me with valuable feedback for my current studio practice. Every place I visit gives me a new thing, and I can learn to be better and better right now. Like Kenny Scharf Studio, which was my first studio visit in LA, and he gave me a new pop culture reference, and Obey Giant, which looks like a massive studio, and it looks proper, and I can see the trash of Shepard Fairey’s works and the perfection of Robert William.


Expressions of pop culture are seen within this latest body of work but have become less of the focus of the subject matter; what was the core spirit behind the icons you pulled into this work?

I did not use many popular icons in this exhibition, but I did draw some from the street culture around me. I believe the street culture I encounter around me is a component of popular culture, and I can sense its intimacy firsthand.

The eyes within your work have a sparkling static effect and various symbols. Could you share your thoughts on this choice and if it has any deeper symbolic meaning?

In my previous work, I used a realistic approach to create each eye in my works. I painted the eyes layer by layer to achieve depth, and I attempted to make the eyes in my works more lifelike. However, after discovering the sparkling technique in my working process, I discovered depth in another version after further exploration. This effect creates a lighter, more playful impression while still retaining a sense of depth and mystery.

“The Kitchen”

You’ve shared that boredom with your work drives creative evolution. Do you find that you become quickly bored by various stimuli? How do you keep the creative process interesting?

My boredom, like a judge in a competition, is the best judge to keep exploring my works in the future. I am the most intimate with my works. So I can tell when I am bored and need to do something different.

Has there been an artistic catalyst in your life? Something, someone, some event that made a significant impact on you that has led you to where you are now.

In this case, perhaps I can say that my friends are my best process mentors.

Photo by Birdman

Exhibitions on view January 7 – 28, 2023

Ryol merchandise Wednesday drop!

We were recently doing our end of the year inventory in our warehouse and discovered we had neglected to offer the remaining limited edition t-shirts from Ryol’s debut U.S. solo exhibition Ready Known, that took place with us this past July. So we thought this would be a nice surprise for the end of the year!

Ryol printed up a limited number of t-shirts featuring designs from his “Motorbike Vibes“, “Airplane Emoji of Snorlax” and “Fred On Felix Silhouette” paintings. Most of the shirts were used as promotional gifts and given to collectors who attended the show during the opening reception.

We still have a small handful of each design in all sizes and these will be made available this Wednesday via our web shop.

Available starting Wednesday, December 7 at 10am PST / 1pm EST via our web shop. Please be sure to use Google to check the exact time in your area.

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-sales of any kind are available. Thank you.

PLEASE NOTE: items will NOT start to ship until the week of January 9, 2023 – after the holidays and our holiday break. There are NO exceptions. Please do not buy these for gifts, as they will not ship until after our team returns from holiday break.
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