‘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

Late June Exhibitions featuring works from Lucas Lobo, Z The Rat, Alvaro Naddeo, Hendra ‘HEHE’ Harsono, and our ‘SMOL’ group show opens Saturday June 29, 2024

Thinkspace Projects presents our upcoming late June 2024 exhibitions:

Gallery I
SMOL
Small works group exhibition

Gallery I
LUCAS LOBO
I Water Flowers In the Rain

Gallery II
ZEINAB DIOMANDE (aka Z THE RAT)
S.T.A.R. | Seeing Through Arbitrary Realms

Gallery III
ALVARO NADDEO
Reaganomics Killed America’s Middle Class

Gallery IV
HENDRA ‘HEHE’ HARSONO
Once Upon A Blue Light

Dog House Gallery
FL.OUR.POTS
Smoke and Mirrors

Opening Reception:
Saturday, June 29 from 6-10pm

On view through this Saturday, July 20

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

❤️ SHAWN FOREVER ❤️

Visit Andrew & Shawn’s garage sale!

Come check out 25 years of prints, toys / figures, random editions, small original works, random objects, etc. – all available for immediate cash n’ carry sale. Cash preferred, but credit / debit cards also accepted.

We made so many folks happy this past Saturday, so don’t miss out on this coming Saturday’s 3rd and final edition. More originals will be added! More toys! More prints!

Saturday, June 29th 6-10pm

The sale is located in the Bungalow in our courtyard behind our 4207 building.

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

COMING UP:
Get ready for the mother of all auctions to then follow this September with Rago & Wright / LAMA that will focus on the major items from Shawn and I’s art collection. Over 500 original works from a who’s who of contemporary art will be included in this special auction. Help me save our home. Full details shared soon!

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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: https://players.cupix.com/p/dYOy4d9n

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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