Inside Olga Esther’s Studio

Inside the studio of Olga Esther as she prepares for her solo show ‘Princesses, Gender Mandates and Other Stories’ at Thinkspace Projects in Gallery II

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’

Inside the studio of Roos van der Vliet while she prepares for her exhibition ‘Mirrors of Your Soul’ showing at Thinkspace Projects from September 18, 2021 – October 9, 2021

‘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

Inside the studio of Tran Nguyen while she prepares for her exhibition ‘Remedy’ showing at Thinkspace Projects from July 17 – August 7th.

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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Inside the studio of Ken Nwadiogbu as he prepares for ‘UBUNTU’

Take a tour inside the studio of Ken Nwadiogbu as he prepares for his upcoming exhibition ‘UBUNTU’

March 6, 2021 – March 27, 2021

Thinkspace Projects is pleased to present Nigerian-born multidisciplinary artist Ken Nwadiogbu’s first solo exhibition in the United States. ‘UBUNTU’ is an ideology of humanity, often translated as “I am because we are.” In twenty new hyperrealist works, Nwadiogbu investigates representation through a focal-point of eyes as a means of discovering and revelation.

By recreating his own realities as a young Nigerian, his work projects the experiences encountered by black lives around the globe. Nwadiogbu invokes a humanist connection to the ongoing issues of police brutality, racism, xenophobia, culture conflict and shock. Working with charcoal and acrylic he creates a hyperrealist narrative that demands socio-political thought and discourse, bringing the ideology full circle by emphasizing an understanding that we are more alike than different.

Societal tendencies drive Nwadiogbu’s work and his commitment to technique amplifies the intention behind every mark. Nwadiogbu explains, “I implore us to consider our society as spaces we occupy and challenge us to think, in a larger context, about our role in these spaces, what we can do to influence these spaces and how we react to these spaces, because I believe, it is only then that we can discover the true meaning of Ubuntu.”

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