RAIZ II Group Show with a featured installation from Carlos Ramirez in Palm Desert curated by Thinkspace Projects | Tlaloc Studios | The Perez Brothers at Walter N. Marks Center for the Arts College of the Desert on September 26, 2023

The Walter N. Marks Center for the Arts presents:

Group Show + a solo exhibition and installation from Carlos Ramirez

Curated by Thinkspace Projects | Tlaloc Studios | The Perez Brothers
with installations and mini-artist mart from the Bloody Gums Collective + live screen printing from Blue Hill Studios + the Bajitos Del Valle CC car club + free tacos from SALSITAS_V.I.P + live music from Cálmala I Cumbia de Coachella and DJs in the courtyard.

Opening Reception:
Thursday, September 28 from 4-7pm, open and free to all!

On view September 26 through October 27, 2023 at:
Walter N. Marks Center for the Arts
College of the Desert
43-500 Monterey Avenue
Palm Desert, California 92260

Collector Preview will be shared this Friday, September 22.

Always in pursuit of uniting and elevating the New Contemporary Art community, Thinkspace Projects teams up with Tlaloc Studios and the Perez Bros to present ‘RAIZ II’. Building on the community created with our first ‘RAIZ’ exhibition that took place at the Brand Library and Art Center in Glendale, California earlier this year, ‘RAIZ II’ seeks to strengthen.

We are also excited to be able to provide Alejandra and Vicente Perez their first opportunity to curate as well. The brothers have helped to make ‘RAIZ II’ a true family affair and we are so honored to have them a part of this special showcase.

With nearly 60 artists in the group show alone, the extravaganza is sure to be diverse and varied, bringing universal appeal from so many incredible contributors. With a focus on local Los Angeles based artists, the lineup is as impressive as it is varied. A solo show from the legendary Carlos Ramirez (ex-Date Farmers) rounds out the exhibition, filling the walls with innovative and genre-blending pieces across several mediums from the Coachella Valley artist.

The surrounding grounds themselves will also be bursting with compelling content, from live screen printing with our friends at Blue Hill Studios to a mini-mart filled with local creatives put together by the Bloody Gums artist collective alongside installations and more from the Bloody Gums crew plus local low rider club Bajitos Del Valle will be on hand to showcase as well. Save the date and we will see you soon!

The show opens with a special celebration on Thursday, September 28th with a reception from 4PM to 7PM. The exhibition will be on view from September 26 through October 27 at the Walter N. Marks Center for the Arts, located at the College of the Desert in Palm Desert, California.

Featured solo exhibition from Carlos Ramirez (work shared above) alongside a group show with:

Estefania Ajcip
Andrea Aragon
Michael Bardales-Uriostegui
Alex Bargas
Joshua Castaneda
Emilia Cruz
Leo Eguiarte
Sofia Enriquez
Priscilla S. Flores
Eduardo Gomez
Emiliana Henriquez
Cody Jimenez
Haylie Jimenez
Sydnie Jimenez
Larry Li
Daniel Lopez
Kiara Aileen Machado
Danny Martinez (aka Van Dam One)
Steve Martinez
Jay McKay
Mister Toledo
Nikkolos Mohammed
Kristy Moreno
Lolbette Moreno (aka Lola)
Mr. B Baby
Baby Mueller
Jasaya Neale
Chaz Outing
Jerry Peña
Jacky Pereo
Randy Perez
Simone Quiles
Johnny Quintanilla
Lily Ramirez
Roger Ramirez
Nori Rasmussen
Conrad Ruiz
Javier Hache Ruiz
Esteban Raheem Abdul Raheem Samayoa
Tamara Santibanez
Mia Scarpa
Eduardo Soto
Sob Story
Hedy Torres
Melly Trochez
Juri Umagami
Bryan Valdez
Ramon Vargas
Josh Vasquez
Daisy Velasco
Manuel Zamudio

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Video Tour & Opening Reception of August 2022 Exhibitions

Thank you to all those who came out to see our August 2022 exhibitions presenting ‘Cruise Night 2’ by The Perez Bros, Nicola Caredda’s ’Don’t Trust Anyone Over 30,’ Dredske’s ‘Grind,’ Aof Smith’s ‘Irrepressible Summer Melody’ and Adam Caldwell’s ‘Frontal.’

We’re thrilled to continue to elevate and celebrate the artists during the opening reception, and we thank those who helped to make the evening an experience. Those in attendance could partake in a delicious taco stand, engaging light projections, live painting by Angel Once, and merchandise booths from local artisans and Timeless Vapes. And bringing the work of The Perez Bros to life, a few polished lowriders were parked in front of the courtyard providing additional eye candy for guests as they walked between the two gallery spaces.

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Photo Tour of August 2022 Exhibitions at Thinkspace Projects

Thinkspace presents a photo tour of our August 2022 exhibitions ‘Cruise Night 2’ by The Perez Bros, Nicola Caredda’s ‘Don’t Trust Anyone Over 30,’ Dredske’s ‘Grind,’ Aof Smith’s ‘Irrepressible Summer Melody’ and Adam Caldwell’s ‘Frontal.’

Exhibitions are on view now through August 27, 2022

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Virtual Tour of August 2022 Exhibitions

Thinkspace presents a virtual tour of our August 2022 exhibitions ‘Cruise Night 2’ by The Perez Bros, Nicola Caredda’s ‘Don’t Trust Anyone Over 30,’ Dredske’s ‘Grind,’ Aof Smith’s ‘Irrepressible Summer Melody’ and Adam Caldwell’s ‘Frontal.’

Explore the virtual tour here: https://players.cupix.com/p/W1Lr6jeS

Exhibitions are on view now through August 27, 2022

Tour created by Birdman Photos

Interview with Perez Bros for “Cruise Night 2” | Exhibition on view August 6 – August 27th, 2022

Thinkspace is pleased to present The Perez Bros third solo show and second with the gallery, “Cruise Night 2” an exhibition deeply rooted in their shared heritage–Los Angeles.

 The Perez Brothers were immersed in California lowrider culture from a very young age, their work showcasing the culture to allow viewers a glimpse into the complexities that leave an emotional imprint through each generation, layering exciting subjects with nuanced sentimentality.

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.

Our interview with the Perez Bros discusses their process, dream car, and their signature WWE move.

What would you define as distinct cultural markers of Los Angeles? Where would you take someone to show them what you love about LA?

For sure a lowrider car show or a cruise night either on Whittier Blvd or in Van Nuys. You can’t get any more L.A. then that.

How many pieces do you work on at a time? Was there a piece in this show that really challenged and stretched you two as artists?

Alejandro: We usually work on one piece at a time. If it’s a big enough piece, we both paint it together at the same time. For smaller pieces, we both paint one separately, then switch off and complete the other one. I would say there were two pieces in the show that really challenged me. “Viva La Raza” was really challenging because it’s our largest piece we’ve ever done, and it’s highly rendered, so it took a long time to complete. “Straight Posted” was a bit challenging too because it was our first time using gold leaf, and it took us a while to figure it out and get it to come up how we wanted it.

Vicente: I agree; working with the gold leaf was really hard and frustrating. We didn’t really get it to work the way we wanted. Also, Viva LA Raza got really challenging for me during the last two weeks of working on it. I caught an infection in both my eyes, and it really affected my vision. I was literally painting blind the last few days.

Are you still on the pepperoni hot pocket kick, or is there another preferred studio snack?

Haha, yes. It is still what we eat in the morning before heading into the studio.

We also snack on chocolate chip chewy bars throughout the day to keep us going.

Listening to music is an essential part of tapping into your creative flow. Are there any newer artists or albums that excite you? Or do you tend to listen to familiar and favorite artists on repeat?

We listen to a lot of different artists and genres, and we usually stick to our favorite artists on repeat. But some newer bands that we’ve been listening to are definitely Tropa Magica and The Crudes.

Have you driven across or visited the 6th St Bridge yet? Do you have any thoughts about what’s currently happening in LA around the bridge? 

A: I haven’t driven across the bridge yet, but I visited when they had the grand opening event. I couldn’t get in, but I saw it from afar on a hill. I think it’s really beautiful; I think it’s funny that people were doing random things in the middle of the bridge, like someone getting a haircut and a banda playing. Los Angeles is just a crazy but dope city.

V:  Yes, driving across it is still something we want to do. Who knows, maybe we’ll see something crazy. Apparently, something different happens there every day.

If you had become WWE tag team champions, would you still be called The Perez Bros? Or need something menacing? What would your signature move look like?

A: If we had made it to the WWE and became Tag Team Champions, we would still be The Perez Bros. Our signature move would probably be something off the top ropes, like a frog splash, to pay tribute to Eddie Guerrero.

V: Yea, we’d still be The Perez Bros. We’re not menacing; we’ll probably be the good guys. I agree; our signature move would probably be from the top ropes. We’re little guys, we probably wouldn’t be able to suplex or body slam anyone.

Can you share a painting technique or piece of knowledge that you feel helped elevate your skills? What advice would you give artists about developing their skills?

A: Definitely doing an underpainting. It really helps figure out all the tones and highlights before we start the actual painting. And also painting in layers helps us build up the contrast. Some advice I would give other artists about developing their skills is just to keep practicing. To try out different techniques and figure out what works best for them.

V: Also, use lots of water. A teacher in high school named Mr. Islas told me once that if you’re working with acrylics to use water, because otherwise, you’d just be painting with plastic. The water helps the paint move more loosely and it also doesn’t dry up as fast. Some advice about developing a skill is to keep practicing and never stop.

Do you have a dream car? How would it be painted and modified?

A: I would really love an impala, but I feel that I’m too short for those. So I would love a 1985 Buick Regal. I would keep it simple. With some Daytons, hydraulics, a simple paint job, and a sick-ass mural on the trunk. Another dream car of mine is a 1969 Ford Mustang. I would just keep that one stock because in my eyes it’s already perfect.

V: My dream car is for sure Eleanor from the movie Gone in 60 seconds. It’s a silver 1967 Shelby GT 500. Ever since I saw that movie at like age 7, I fell in love with it. My dream Lowrider is an Impala; I’m not set on the year yet. Not sure how I’d modify it yet, but it would be horror themed because I’m a huge horror movie fan.

Are there unspoken rules and etiquette at a lowrider car show? Is there a show that you’d recommend to people if they wanted to see the world of your paintings for themselves?

Some unspoken rules at lowrider car shows are don’t touch the cars, just be respectful to everyone, and don’t start any beef. We would recommend the Torres Empire Super Show that happens every year in the convention center here in L.A. Also any cruise night on Whittier Blvd or Van Nuys Blvd; those usually happen on Sunday Nights. Another really cool one is Cinco de Mayo weekend in Elysian Park.

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?

A: Recently I’ve been thinking about learning how to airbrush. It’d be dope if I can airbrush a sick-ass mural on my dad’s 1961 Impala or any lowrider in general.

V: It would be cool if I can translate my thoughts into paintings. Like if I have a thought, I’d just blink, and it would already be a finished painting on canvas or whatever it may be.

The ‘Cruise Night 2’ opens on August 6th with a reception from 6 PM to 10 PM.

It will remain on view until August 27th at Thinkspace Projects