Interview with RYOL for “Ready Known” | Exhibition on view July 9, 2022 – July 30, 2022

Thinkpace is pleased to have presented RYOL‘s exhibition “Ready Known.”

The new body of work reflects his dissatisfaction with reality in comparison to the world he has imagined as a kid watching childhood cartoons. His pop-surrealist artworks are skilfully done, illustrating issues in a patriarchal society, social behaviors, and the fluidity of modern-day gender and gender roles.

Our interview with Ryol discusses the takeaways and curiosities he had after meeting Robert Williams, Kenny Scharf, and Shepard Fairy, along with his fascination with the role pop culture plays in society.

For those unfamiliar with your work, can you share a little about your background and what inspired your artistic pursuits?

I explore a variety of artistic mediums by imitating popular figures from the 1990s and 2000s.

What was the inspiration behind this latest body of work? What themes were you exploring?

My latest works are inspired by my observations of visual arts that I come across on social media or the internet. I see a generation of artists who use social media as a means of expression or simply to display their work, but I also see a slight preference for the visual forms they create. This, in my opinion, is a type of information that is quickly transmitted from one artist to another. The acceleration of information will, to some extent, affect the artistic tendencies of artists. Unlike in the past, when there were no social media, information may be obtained more slowly.

Visual resemblance may become commonplace in today’s world, and it may even become a concept in work. In this exhibition, I incorporate that background into the exhibition’s theme. The title of this exhibition, READY KNOWN, refers to popular forms or momentum that I bring intimately and essentially.

What was the most challenging piece in this exhibition? How did it help you grow as an artist?

I live in a third-world country. Since I was a child, I have been exposed to Western pop culture, including music, cartoons, fashion, movies, and even food. I also learned a lot about American pop art history. I am going to have an exhibition in Los Angeles, and it makes me difficult to sleep because I am going to hold an exhibition where the pop culture that I frequently enjoy is born. And in this exhibition, I present myself as a consumer of pop culture.

What are elements of Indonesian pop culture that are uniquely Indonesian? Or what is an element of Indonesian culture that has the most global pop culture potential?

Pop culture is a popular culture in a society. I believe that Indonesia, a developing country with aspirations to become a developed country, is culturally similar to other developing countries. And I have my own opinions on popular culture. People in Indonesia are very friendly, helpful, and polite, even though queueing and littering can be a problem at times. Many large rivers are clogged with trash.

We also have traffic jams everywhere. Aside from that, I believe Indonesia is known for its diverse culture and strong traditional culture. As an artist, I am fully confident and ambitious that local Indonesian culture can be enjoyed globally, starting with batik, wayang, and local tropical culture that can be enjoyed as a popular product.

How important is experimentation in your creative process?

My creative process undergoes constant change over a predetermined time period. When I am working, my natural filter is my own boredom with what I have created.

When you were in LA, you were able to meet with a few notable artists who have been influential within the new contemporary space. Can you share what those various experiences were like?

When I met Robert William, I was more triggered when he explained his work process. I also had a brief conversation with Kenny Scharf. He added a new reference to my comprehension. With Shepard Fairey, I am curious about how he manages his studio and how he recycles production waste, such as collecting some production waste that he believes can be reused. They mostly have an impact on their respective portions.

If you could collaborate with any artist within any medium (movie, music, writing, etc.) who would you work with, and what would you develop?

First, I want to be able to collaborate on street art projects in every country. Then I would like to work with fashion designers to incorporate their products into my work. Virgil Abloh is one of the fashion designers with whom I would like to collaborate.

How would you describe the evolution of your artistic expression and work over the last three years? What were you exploring and the challenges along the way that informed the evolution?

I am very interested in popular culture. In the last three years, my creative process has been focused on how to process narratives in my visuals by experimenting with existing mediums such as acrylic, oil, and others.

I went through this process for nearly two years. In a certain point, I began to doubt my ability to explore as long as I was working. Finally, I started to consider the essence of the media, medium, and visuals that I chose and used. As in this exhibition, I believe my works are more significant in terms of medium and visual impact. The challenge that I face in the course of my work is delivering ideas in an essential manner.

If you could have any skill or topic downloaded into your brain, what would you want to be able to do/be an expert at?

I want to be an expert on what I am doing right now.

Thank you to those who submitted questions for this interview via Instagram

Virtual Tour of July 2022 Exhibitions

Thinkspace presents a virtual tour of our July 2022 exhibitions featuring Ryol’s (Ryo Laksamana) ‘Ready Known’, Mwanel Pierre-Louis ‘Memories and Manifesting’, Sentrock’s ‘Crash Course’, and group exhibition ‘Growth’.

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Video Tour & Opening Reception of July 2022 Exhibitions

Our July exhibitions marked the expansion of Thinkspace with four simultaneous shows that juxtapose and complemented each other perfectly. Thank you to all those who came out to see, Ryol’s (Ryo Laksamana)Ready Known,’ Mwanel Pierre-LouisMemories and Manifesting,’ Sentrock’sCrash Course’ and group exhibition ‘Growth.’ It was the first opportunity for people to explore over 8,500 square feet of exhibition spaces and our fully landscaped 15,000 square-foot courtyard that connects the two spaces. Music was provided by DJ Mr. NumberOnederful all evening, along with refreshments, a video installation from Michael Allen, live painting with Goopmassta, and installations from Balloonski and Spenser Little.

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Photo Tour of July 2022 Exhibitions

Thinkspace presents a photo tour of our July 2022 exhibitions featuring Ryol’s (Ryo Laksamana) ‘Ready Known’, Mwanel Pierre-Louis ‘Memories and Manifesting’, Sentrock’s ‘Crash Course’ and group exhibition ‘Growth’.

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July 2022 Exhibitions Showing at Thinkspace Projects | On view July 9 – July 30, 2022

Over the 17 years since their conception, Thinkspace Projects has carefully and thoughtfully built up their reputation as one of the most exciting and reliable sources of New Contemporary Art in not just Los Angeles, but on a global scale as well. They have proven their curatorial prowess, lending their skills as a gallery across the county and the world. No matter how many exciting endeavors they embark on, their LA gallery remains a cultural hub with new shows every month that span themes, styles, and mediums.

Now, they take commitment to the space and the Los Angeles art community and push the boundaries of the gallery quite literally, spreading down the block into a new space in addition to the existing gallery! On July 9th, Thinkspace makes their expansion official, with four simultaneous shows that juxtapose and compliment each other perfectly.

In Gallery One, visual artist RYOL’s (aka RYO LAKSAMANA) new body of work, ‘Ready Known’ fills the space with paintings that reflect his dissatisfaction with reality in comparison to the world he has imagined as a kid watching childhood cartoons. His pop-surrealist artworks are skilfully done, illustrating issues in a patriarchal society, social behaviors, and the fluidity of modern-day gender and gender roles.

Mwanel Pierre-Louis’s ‘Memories and Manifesting’ takes over Gallery II, rounding out the already established Thinkspace locations. With work that combines realism and abstraction in a narrative that draws from personal interactions and pop references, Mwanel explores juxtapositions of fragmented experiences and a strong emphasis on the relationship between subject and color.

Then with just a quick walk next door, Thinkspace presents their new space with work from many more exciting artists. Gallery III, one of the new spaces, holds Sentrock’s ‘Crash Course,’ which explores the artist’s life right now as a new father living in the West Side Chicago. Sentrock uses this collection to find peace in life while everything around us is a struggle, hoping to pass that message on to the viewers. This collection contains his signature iconic bird mask in many of the pieces, representing escape.

Gallery IV houses the group show GROWTH, featuring work from artists like Abi Castillo, Caroline Liu, Dredske, Jamiah Calvin, Kiko Miyares. With each painting in this collection, viewers are taken on a journey not just through the new space, but through the mind of each individual and the collective. Somehow both embracing conflict and cohesion, this show represents pure potential.
With two floors, over 4,700 square feet of exhibition space, plus a 15,000+ square foot courtyard that connects the two spaces, this is certainly a massive undertaking, but it’s one the Thinkspace team is entirely prepared for.

“We were very involved and hands-on throughout the entire design and renovation process, which resulted in two beautiful new gallery spaces for us to expand our program within, not to mention one of the nicest courtyards in LA for our patrons to enjoy. If all that wasn’t enough, we’ll launch our residency ’The Bungalow’ this fall. As we prepare to celebrate our 18th birthday, we feel we are just getting started.”

The opening reception welcomed attendees to explore over 8,500 square feet of exhibition spaces and the new fully landscaped 15,000 square foot courtyard that connects the two spaces along with DJ Mr. NumberOnederful, refreshments, a video installation from Michael Allen, live painting with Goopmassta, installations from Balloonski and Spenser Little, a taco stand and more.

RYOL (aka RYO LAKSAMANA)
Ready Known

RYOL aka RYO LAKSAMANA bio:
Originally from Banyuwangi in East Java, Ryo Laksamana is a recent graduate of the prestigious Institut Seni Indonesia in Yogyakarta. This young artist’s career, however, began much earlier while he was still a student, and in the past few years his artworks have been exhibited quite extensively within and beyond the borders of Indonesia.

At a glance, Ryo’s paintings are charmingly whimsical; pop surrealist artworks skillfully done in an illustrative style reminiscent of the world of anime. The visual veneer of his artworks camouflages the fact the artist broaches subjects that are in contrast quite contemporary.

Upon closer examination, the subjects this young artist’s works address are far from frivolous. Among them, critiques of traditional patriarchal society, social behavior that is quick to judge others, as well as the fluidity of modern-day gender and gender roles, to name a few.

MWANEL PIERRE-LOUIS
Memories and Manifesting

MWANEL PIERRE-LOUIS bio:
Mwanel Pierre-Louis is an Artist based out of Miami, Florida. His work combines realism and abstraction in a narrative that draws from personal interactions and pop references. Mwanel’s paintings feature juxtapositions of fragmented experiences and a strong emphasis on the relationship between subject and color. Born in NY, from Haitian descent, he’s spent time living and absorbing the culture from New York, Miami and Los Angeles.

SENTROCK
Crash Course

SENTROCK bio:
Joseph Perez, best known as “Sentrock” is a self taught street artist. Sentrock witnessed street art as a form of expression, birthing his interest to pickup a spray can and continue to share his artistic voice. His early works were developed from graffiti writing in Mexican-American neighborhoods. Sentrock’s signature bird-mask over a human figure has become his most recognizable declaration. Sentrock describes his bird-mask as analogous to humanity: a person who is able to find or escape to their freedom by placing them in a different reality.

Through his work, he has become a catalyst for his community. His work presents undertones of hope, freedom and expression. His work encapsulates his background, history, upbringing, empathy, and compassion for his community.

GROWTH
Group Exhibition

Featuring new works from:
Jamiah Calvin
Abi Castillo
Ikechukwu A. Christian
Delisha
Dredske
Maya Fuji
Laust Hojgaard
Kazuhiro Hori
Yasuhito Kawasaki
Kwang Hyun Kim
Caroline Liu
Mr. B Baby
Nika Mtwana
Kiko Miyares
Caroline Weaver

All exhibitions on view July 9 – July 30, 2022

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