Interview with Sergio Garcia for ‘Infinite Circles’

Thinkspace is pleased to present ‘Infinite Circles‘ from Dallas based artist Sergio Garcia. For this newest body of work, Garcia has created oversized sculptures of skateboard wheels to pay a playful homage to the defining adolescent subculture of the 1990s and 2000s.

Garcia views the skateboard wheel as an integral, yet often overlooked symbol of the skateboarding ethos. To Garcia, once a set of wheels has been used, they assume a new significance, representing the places (and surfaces) skated, like a trophy or badge of honor for teenage rites of passage.

In anticipation of ‘Infinite Circles,’ our interview with Sergio Garcia discusses skateboard culture’s influence on his creative voice, how he pushes himself as an artist, and the most rewarding moment of his career thus far.

SH: For those not familiar with your work, can you tell us a little bit about your background?

SG: I started in graffiti and then I got into murals and automotive airbrushing, where I airbrushed cars and motorcycles. That then evolved into my contemporary work.

SH: What is the inspiration behind ‘Infinite Circles’?  

SG: This group of work is a bunch of skateboard wheels, infinite circles the title is a play on initials “IC”(infinite crew), a graffiti crew I’m a part of. One of my first solo shows was titled Infinite Chapters, I’ve always liked the play on the initials “IC” and how it pertains to skateboard wheels, I feel that there are an infinite selection and combinations for skateboarders to choose from.

SH: How did you determine what wheels/skate brands you were going to create wheels for? Is there a significance behind the chosen brands?

SG: With skateboarding, there’s a core group of brands. I kind of chose these more for the graphics and ones that I really liked. I felt that they would aesthetically look good as a sculpture. I’m a big fan of skateboarding and skateboarding graphics, the hardest part is narrowing down which ones I want to do because there are so many others I’d love to do.

SH: How did this exhibition challenge you and your skills as an artist?

SG: I’ve done the wheels before in different sizes. Some of these are 10in which is the smallest ones I’ve done. I’ve tried to make some of these really aged and some of them coned and ridden. The way my work normally goes is I learn while I go with materials and paint sheens and oxidized colors for aging. This group challenged me to make them look more aged.

SH: What is your favorite part of the creative process?

SG: I feel I have the most fun creating them when they’re really thrashed out.

SH: We are in the middle of a global pandemic, it’s an unprecedented time, and it’s a weird time – What is your approach to life during this time?

SG: Honestly living in Texas I’ve been getting a lot of sun, skateboarding, and working in the studio a lot…so nothing has changed really on that aspect. When it first started I was kind of wrapped up in learning about it and how it hit the U.S. I still somewhat read up on it but not as much. I never really was a going out to bars type of person anyway so my lifestyle didn’t change a whole lot in that tip.

SH: What is your favorite local spot to pick up some take out?

SG: There’s a Krishna temple/restaurant called Kalachandjis, I’ve been going to that place since I was a teenager. I really love that place.

SH: What has been one of the most rewarding or exciting moments of your art career thus far?

SG: I got asked to do a traveling show with Santa Cruz Skateboards. It’s a traveling show of all of the original drawing concepts from the 80s. That and I had George Powell of Powell Peralta commission a piece for the new  Powell Peralta headquarters.

SH: Who are some of your creative influences?

SG: I’m really influenced by everyday objects, skateboard graphics, graffiti, and music, and subcultures.

SH: If your work inspired a Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream flavor, what would be the ingredients and the name of the pint?

SG: I know there’s a Cherry Garcia, so I would try to not include my last name. I would call it Infinite Coconut it would be Coconut ice cream mixed with real strawberries and toasted coconut flakes. I’ve always liked coconut custard.

SH: How old were you when you first got a skateboard? Was it a real board or a toy board?

SG: I was like 8 or 9.  I got a G&S Neil Blender Coffee Break Mini Board. It had tracker trucks and Bullet wheels. I got it from a place called Skate Time by Bauchman Lake. Home of the legendary Blue Ramp/Clown Ramp. I love how Jeff Grosso (r.i.p) would show love to that ramp and Texas in his Love Letter episodes. Jeff was a real one.

SH: Do you feel skate culture has influenced your artistic voice?

SG: Big time. Not just these, but my next group of sculptures as well.

Join us LIVE on Instagram, Saturday, August 22nd from 1 to 2 pm PST while we tour ‘Infinite Circles‘ along with new work from Sarah Joncas and Anthony Clarkson.

Sergio Garcia exhibition ‘Infinite Circles’ is on view starting August 22

Infinite Circles
On view: August 22, 2020 – September 12, 2020

Sergio Garcia’s oversized sculptures of skateboard wheels pay playful homage to the defining adolescent subculture of the 1990s and 2000s. Garcia views the skateboard wheel as an integral, yet often overlooked, symbol of the skateboarding ethos. To Garcia, once a set of wheels has been used they assume a new significance, representing the places (and surfaces) skated, like a trophy or badge of honor for teenage rites of passage.

“We, as humans, are naturally drawn to the unorthodox. I have always enjoyed the use of the unconventional as a base for my artwork. I enjoy creating art that people can relate to and that stimulates the creative subconscious. Not only to create an emotional relationship between art and viewer, but to conjure up questions of how and why. It is this desire to create a connection with the viewer that fuels my creativity. My passion is creating a perfect balance of light and shadow. Light is the core of my artwork. Without light there is no art. Without art there is no life.” – Sergio Garcia

Join us LIVE on Instagram on Saturday, August 22 from 1 to 2pm PST while we tour our new exhibitions.

Taste of Vitality & Verve III: Transforming the Urban Landscape

Tonight marks the opening of Vitality & Verve III: Transforming the Urban Landscape curated by Thinkspace as a part of the special programming for Pow! Wow! Long Beach.

“Vitality and Verve III” is the third iteration of the collaborative series for the Long Beach Museum of Art and will be featuring ephemeral murals and installations from Bordalo II, CASE, Evoca1, Sergio Garcia, Herakut, Hush,
Jaune, Leon Keer, Koz Dos, Spenser Little, Fintan Magee, Dennis McNett, Drew Merritt, Michael Reeder, RISK, SEEN, Amy Sol, Super A, Juan Travieso, Dan Witz and Lauren YS.

The Long Beach Museum of Art presents:
Curated by Thinkspace with support from POW! WOW! Long Beach

On View June 30th thru September 9th at:

Long Beach Museum of Art
2300 East Ocean Boulevard
Long Beach, CA. 90803

Detail views of a massive new installation from HUSH

Leon Keer playing with perspectives in his installation for Vitality and Verve III

Collaborative installation from Sergio Garcia & SABER | Saber’s hand and forearm has been sculpted in resin and painted by hand by Sergio Garcia to capture the action and energy of one of his iconic tags. Pure magic.



Thinkspace Family artist, Sergio Garcia is known for his life-size and sometimes larger than life sculptures of hands and vices. Garcia has created these idle hands portraying various scenes mostly seen outside of the white walls of the gallery space garnering attention from collectors and celebrities. PROHBTD recently interviewed Sergio Garcia to dive deeper into his process.

Currently, Sergio Garcia will be exhibiting several new pieces this weekend at The 4th Annual ‘POW! WOW! Exploring The New Contemporary Movement’. To view more of Sergio Garcia’s work visit the Thinkspace Gallery website and view PROHBTD’s full interview with the artist on their site.

At Art Basel in Miami, you exhibited a giant ashtray with a cannabis joint that you titled A Little Conversation Piece. What is the conversation people should be having about cannabis?

It’s really a conversation piece about everything in America. It’s weird how [cannabis] is legal here, not there, this county yes, maybe that county. It gets to this point where it’s like, is it taboo to smoke out in the open? Where are we on this? Where are we with anything? When I was younger, there was more middle ground. It’s gotten so extreme that common sense went out the window. Especially with Donald Trump, it’s like, what are we doing now?

Sergio Garcia

Thinkspace at Scope Miami Beach 2016


Look for Thinkspace near the fair’s main entrance at booth F05, bringing the heat with mini solo shows from Cinta Vidal and David Cooley + new bodies of work from Alex Yanes / Alexis Diaz / Brian Mashburn / Brian M. Viveros / Glennray Tutor / Jean Labourdette (aka Turf One) / Josh Keyes & Sergio Garcia + our wall of sixty 12×12 inch works from our family of internationally renowned artists.
12×12 group show:
Aaron Li-Hill
Adam Caldwell
Alex Garant
Amy Sol
Carl Cashman
Chie Yoshii
Craig ‘Skibs’ Barker
Dan Lydersen
Dan-ah Kim
Daniel Bilodeau
David Rice
Derek Gores
Erik Siador
Frank Gonzales
Glenn Arthur
Henrik Aa. Uldalen
Icy and Sot
James Bullough
James Reka
Jana & JS
Jeremy Hush
Jolene Lai
Josie Morway
Juan Travieso
Kari-Lise Alexander
Kelly Vivanco
Ki Sung Koh
Kyle Stewart
Linnea Strid
Lisa Ericson
Liz Brizzi
Low Bros
Luke O’Sullivan
Lunar New Year
Mando Marie
Marco Mazzoni
Martin Whatson
Mary Iverson
Matt Linares
Matthew Grabelsky
Michael Reeder
Mike Egan
Pam Glew
Rodrigo Luff
Scott Listfield
Scott Radke
Sean Mahan
Sean Norvet
Tony Philipppou
Wiley Wallace
Yosuke Ueno
Platinum First View:

Tuesday November 29, 12pm-4pm

VIP & Press Preview:
Tuesday November 29, 4pm-8pm
General Admission:

Wednesday November 30 – Sunday December 4, 11am-8pm

Taking place on Miami Beach at Ocean & 8th