Press love for our March exhibitions…

Matthew Feyld “Untitled (Three Men)”
Matthew Feyld combines fantasy, reality, and optically operative patterning into a new series of super-flat, cartoonish paintings that could easily be the result of South Park animators taking down Victor Vasarely at a Cut&Paste tourney. In the project room, Virginia’s David MacDowell goes hog-wild on his peculiar vision of a jumbled-up American culture, wherein movies, music, strange characters, and politics are all complicit in the violent surrealism of modern life — as well as in the crisp hyper-realism of his own graphically dense painting style.” – Shana Nys Dambrot / Flavorpill
A great interview with Matthew was posted a bit back, leading into this show, that I never posted by The Lumper. Check it out here.

David MacDowell “All Works and No Play Makes Jack A Dull Boy”
Press love for our March exhibitions…

Opening night pics from Matthew Feyld & David MacDowell @ Thinkspace…

Shawn from Thinkspace with collector Stephen Davis (aka Svenman) in front of Matthew Feyld’s new works…
David MacDowell gives the big thumbs up to the evening alongside good friend and fellow artist Jeff McMillan.

We just posted some pics from the opening night receptions for Matthew Feyld‘s new solo show with us as well as the debut solo show from Virginia’s David MacDowell here.
In addtion to our shots, Daily DuJour just posted their full coverage of the show along with some additional images from the opening night festivities here. Thanks Jack!
Praise for Feyld’s new body of work:
“By focusing on individuals, this new body of work feels more intimate and perhaps more compelling than his older work. The portrayal are at once alluring and upon reflection a bit troubling. While one might describe Feyld’s subjects as emotionless, there’s also a sense of melancholy as they clutch to bowls of fruit, decorative vases or walls.” – Daily DuJour
Praise for MacDowell’s new series:
“David MacDowell’s presents a riot of colorful cultural parody sparing no sacred cows – iconic personalities including Walt Disney and Jack Nicholson are skewered and remixed in consistently humorous ways. In his own words, his art encourages people to embrace “their inner crazy person”. His infectious brand of irreverent parody comes across in varying doses mild to full-tilt…” – Daily DuJour
Both exhibits are on view through April 3rd. Please be sure to swing through and check them out if you get a chance.
View works from both exhibits here and here.

TONIGHT @ Thinkspace…

Sneak Peek at Matthew Feyld‘s ‘Untitled (New Works)’
Feyld really took things up a notch with this new series of paintings and works on paper. Hope you are all able to make it out to enjoy these in person.

Sneak Peek of David MacDowell‘s ‘The Sins Of Atticus Finch’

TONIGHT: Fri, March 13th 7-11PM
Thinkspace Gallery
4210 Santa Monica Blvd in Los Angeles / 323.913.3375
“Untitled (New Works)” featuring new works from Matthew Feyld + “The Sins Of Atticus Finch” featuring new works from David MacDowell in the project room
(On view through April 3rd)

Preview links now posted for our March exhibitions…

Thinkspace presents:

‘Untitled (New Works)’
Featuring new works from Matthew Feyld

Also showing in our project room:
David MacDowell ‘The Sins Of Atticus Finch’

March 13th – April 3rd, 2009

Opening Reception: Fri, March 13th 7-11PM

Thinkspace Gallery is proud to present the second solo exhibition with our gallery from Saskatchewan based artist Matthew Feyld. This exhibition will feature new paintings on wood panel and canvas along with works on paper. In addition to Untitled (New Works), we will also be presenting the debut solo show, The Sins of Atticus Finch, from Virginia based artist David MacDowell in our project room.



If you are interested in any of the works in either exhibit, please get in touch and be sure to include the best method to contact you at during the day, and we will follow up asap.

4210 Santa Monica Blvd in Los Angeles
#323.913.3375 gallery

An interview with David MacDowell…

“The Enchanted Mental Hospital” – 24×20″

An interview with David MacDowell

1) Please talk a lil’ bit about the general idea/vibe behind your new series of works for your upcoming solo show with us.
The overall push is to embrace our inner “crazy-person”. We’re all wild kids at heart, but life has a way of binding/repressing our desires for fun and freedom. This show reminds us that we can again view the world with child-like wonder against all odds.
2) What’s your earliest memory involving art or creating art?
Crayon’s and coloring books were serious business back in the day. I believed that coloring books were secretly given to me by their creators. I thought Josie and The Pussycats would be mad at me if I didn’t color their book the best that I could. These cartoon stars were gods, watching and judging my work. Talk about pressure on a kid, man!
“The Jaws Of Metal” – 24×20″
3) When are you most productive / when do you normally work on art?
I’m a 24-7 artist, and have around 16 hours a day to achieve the goal. Every working hour can feel like a minute, if you’re working it right. As anyone passionately in love with someone/ a project knows, time stands still. To make time stop, as long as possible, is the greatest thing in this world.
4) You are a completely self-taught artist, care to share with us how you developed your unique style, not to mention how you came to your totally eye-popping color palette?
I was broke and starving in early 2007, and my friends from California sent me a big box full of over a grand in Liquidex paint. I vowed to them and myself that I’d learn these colors to get their investment back. I taught myself color theory, and how to appear like I was painting professionally. Darker primary colors and a script brush became a habit that worked.
“The Samuel Jackson 5” in progress
“The Samuel Jackson 5″ complete – 24×20”
5) For those new to your work, can you give us a lil’ background on the meanings associated with some of your recurring characters like your lil’ devil girl, the Manson references and your love for Jack Nicholson and Samuel L. Jackson?
I started doing cultural parody and celebrity satire, and they blew up all over the Internet. I was too poor to get prints made, so I kept giving people what they wanted more of. People kept requesting intricate pop-culture scenes, and twisted movie themes, and I kept painting them, and they have all gone on to happy homes.

6) You’re far removed from the Los Angeles and NYC art scenes, but showing regularly in both areas. How does it feel being in such an isolated locale, while still branching out and growing as an artist in these major art centers… do you feel this helps you in some way?

I used to live in NY; so living in Virginia is like being isolated in outer space sometimes. Ground Control to Major Tom, anyone? I often get real anxious wishing that I could be at more of the openings, but I show often, so I have to remain chained to the easel. The cool thing is that I’m always accessible to everyone throughout the world, and never say no to helping people’s visions and dreams come to life.
7) Tell us something about yourself that someone would never guess in their wildest dreams.
Twice a week, I’m forced to wear a dress when I’m playing Barbie Princess’s with my daughter. I once beat up an English teacher at a keg party. Thinking back, I’m starting to see that my life outside of art was pointless and dangerous.
“The Critical Mass” progress shot 1
“The Critical Mass” – progress shot 2

“The Critical Mass” complete – 20×16″
8) Do you listen to music while painting/drawing? If so, do you have a current favorite that inspires?
While working on this solo, it was pretty much a Beatles festival. I found a site that had 100’s of hours of outtakes and studio mistakes. So I downloaded all of it and listened religiously. To hear musical god’s being human is really surreal and inspiring.
“Welcome To The Terrordome” – 18×24″
9) If you had to explain your work to a stranger, how would you do so?
I’d say, “My work is a fun-loving poke at consumerism, pop culture and the cult of personality.”
10) Favorite artist (living or dead) and what makes them special to you?
I’d say probably Todd Schorr. I wish I had the time to fill a gigantic canvas with intricate detail, like he does. I know all of the artist’s out there, and like American Top 40, I often wonder, “What does it take to be #1?” I’m just always trying to expand and create the most kick ass paintings that I can.
“Parents Just Don’t Understand” – 20×16″
11) What have you got coming up in terms of shows and projects after your solo show with us?
2009 will be busy, and a blast! I’ve got some cool group shows coming up, and I’m excited to be showcased at AdHoc Art out in NY and The Alcove in GA. My goal for the 3rd quarter of this year is to parlay my talents into print media and film. I never know the mechanics of how these goals come to fruition, but they systematically always do.
12) If people walk away with one thing gained from seeing one of your exhibits, what would you hope that would be?
I’ve seen everyday people walk away mind-blown and giddy. They forget about their responsibilities for awhile, and get personally touched by the experience. It’s a pretty profound event to witness, and it validates the entire purpose of sacrificing being a normal human being, to live this dream.
13) What are you doing right after this interview?
Brainstorming the next coolest thing to create!
Be sure to come on out to Thinkspace next Fri, March 13th for the opening of The Sins Of Atticus Finch. Dave will be in town and eager to chat with everyone, so come on out and say hi!
David MacDowell
The Sins Of Atticus Finch
Opening Reception: Fri, March 13th 7-11PM
4210 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90029
David MacDowell website: