The Perez Bros ‘Cruise Night 2’ showing at Thinkspace Projects | August 6 – August 27, 2022

Thinkspace Projects presents:

‘Cruise Night 2’

Opening Reception: Saturday, August 6 from 6-10pm

On view August 6 – August 27, 2022

Southern California is indisputably a hub of culture. With so many influences and interests it can be difficult to encapsulate, but The Perez Brothers have mastered just that. It is their understanding of LA, particularly the lowrider culture, that has generated such buzz and drawn fans into their world, eagerly awaiting more. A perfect example of collaboration down to the creation of the work itself, the identical twin brothers paint side by side, embodying the carefree spirit of the city while honing in on shocking emotional depth. With so much commitment to the city and such an understanding of its cultural history, it makes perfect sense that Thinkspace and The Perez Brothers would come together once again, two LA mainstays working together to leave an imprint on the cityscape.

This show, which is the third solo show for The Perez Brothers and the second with the gallery, is deeply rooted in their shared heritage–Los Angeles, but there is also a deeper connection as both the gallery and the artists have long demonstrated their commitment to integrating lowbrow interest and more refined techniques for a beautiful and engaging juxtaposition.

The Perez Brothers were immersed in California lowrider culture from a very young age, constantly in awe of their father’s own collection and often invited to join him for a ride on the weekends. These experiences were formative for the brothers, taking the cars and surrounding culture from a simple hobby to a true passion that they carry with them.

The organic influence of their childhood is only improved by refined techniques they learned at Otis College of Art and Design. With Fine Art Degrees in hand, they came to realize there is power in collaboration and formed the duo we see before us today. Each painting embodies balance, balancing their styles, their heritage, and their influence for something truly magical. Their flow and comfortability with each other is evident in each work. Through the showcasing of Southern California lowrider culture, viewers catch a glimpse into the complexities that leave an emotional imprint through each generation, layering exciting subjects with nuanced sentimentality.

“One of us paints all the details of the people in the image and then the other one paints all the details of the cars, including the chrome on the wheels. We tag team all of it. Sometimes we do half and half, and then we realized our styles would be better combined so there’s pieces of each of us in all of the art.”

Community is an incredibly important part of this body of work, which is quite fitting for such a community-driven gallery. In each one of the new works, “the people are the most important part of the piece. They make the image.” This commitment is apparent, with the subjects effortless evoking emotion and provoking human connection

The resulting show is a love letter to SoCal–the people, the weather, the whole vibe. With 6 works on canvas and 7 works on paper, the display is varied but the sentiment is constant.

This show takes full advantage of Thinkspace’s epic expansion, which now spans 8,500 square feet of exhibition spaces and 15,000 square feet of fully landscaped courtyard that connects the two spaces. It wouldn’t be Perez Brothers’ experience without lowriders, and luckily there is the perfect outdoor space for them, bringing new energy to the manicured area.

With a taco stand, light projections, a live painting by Angel Once, merchandise booths from local artisans and Timeless Vapes, this is an event you won’t want to miss.

The show opens August 6th with a reception from 6PM to 10PM. It will remain on view until August 27th at Thinkspace Projects.

About The Perez Brothers
The Perez Bros. eat, breath, photograph and paint lowrider car culture like no one else. Growing up in South Gate, California Alejandro and Vicente (Born 1994) were born into a family of motor-heads, so it was only a matter of time before the identical twins took to documenting customized vehicles and the homies who love them. Both attended Otis College of Art and Design to pursue degrees in Fine Art focusing on painting, which is when they started collaborating as an artistic duo. Their photographs, murals and paintings capture slices of SoCa

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On View: October 16, 2021 – November 6, 2021

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

My paintings talk about feminism. With this exhibition I wanted to talk about gender mandates, how the construction of our identity as women is based on the fulfillment of certain mandates or roles, and how, despite all the pressures, some of us sometimes disobey. Like Tara, who against all recommendations, vowed to adopt only female reincarnations on her path to awakening.

Unconditional surrender, waiting for Prince Charming or the criticism of the myth of romantic love are some of the themes that appear in the paintings. The patriarchy finds in the myth of romantic love the perverse key that exposes the heart of women as an offering of unconditional surrender and sacrifice.

“Never safe” one of my favorite works of this show speaks of the double discrimination suffered by black women due to male chauvinist and racist violence.

Read her full interview here

Inside the studio of Roos van der Vliet as she prepares for ‘Mirrors of Your Soul’

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‘Mirrors of Your Soul’ features an entirely new collection of the hyperrealistic depictions of hair she is known for, there is a piercing energy at the heart of each piece. While the concepts of this solo exhibition are familiar for the artist – hair, piercing eyes, golden hour light – the intention behind the works has changed. Rather than focusing on differences, Mirrors of Your Soul highlights the similarities between us, emphasizing that we are all more alike than we often care to admit.

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Inside the studio of artist Tran Nguyen

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What’s the inspiration behind ‘Remedy’ and this latest body of work?

 I often go through color phases through my work.  Previously, the dominant color in my paintings have been blue, purple, sepia, etc., but for the longest time, I’ve avoided a green palette.  I love organic floral patterns and the overall botanical aesthetic, and decided this show would be the perfect opportunity to illustrate the theme and color.  This led to building the narrative for “Remedy” and its world — a world inhabited by fantastical characters that are both part-human and part-nature.

Read our full interview with Tran Nguyen here.

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Inside the studio of Brad Woodfin as he prepares for ‘Glad You’re Here’

Inside the studio of Brad Woodfin’s while he prepares for his exhibition ‘Glad You’re Here‘ showing at Thinkspace Projects from April 3, 2021 – April 24, 2021

“‘Glad You’re Here’ is influenced by the moods and colors of certain old songs, how they can be sort of soft and spacious but at the same time be sort of devastating. I named the paintings after real old songs, I made them to sound like old songs. It’s devotional, it’s a bit sentimental and a bit dark and I love all those things.”

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