New print from Brian M. Viveros available today – part of our ‘Shawn Forever’ series of fund-raising print editions

Excited to share details on a very special fund-raising edition available today from Brian M. Viveros. The original painting from Viveros was originally featured in our F Cancer benefit that we put together here in Los Angeles in March of 2023 in Shawn’s honor.

F Cancer Trooper‘ will only be available for 72 hours and then the edition will be closed forever.

The edition will then be printed by Static Medium and then Brian will head by Static Medium’s studios in downtown LA to sign and number the prints based on the quantity sold during the 72 hour sale period. Prints should be ready to ship by the end of April and we will be sure to keep all updated via our e-mail newsletter here and on our socials, as well.

Available TODAY (Friday, March 22) at 10am PST / 1pm EST via our web shop as part of a special 72 hour sale that will run through Monday, March 25th at 10am PST / 1pm EST. 

The edition will be based on the number of prints that sell during this period.

SHAWN FOREVER.

BRIAN M. VIVEROS
F Cancer Trooper
Special 72 hour timed edition
14 x 16 inches
35.6 x 40.6 cm
On Moab Entrada 290gsm
Each print is signed and numbered by the artist
Printed by Static Medium (Los Angeles)
$125

Available TODAY (Friday, March 22) at 10am PST / 1pm EST via our web shop as part of a special 72 hour sale that will run through Monday, March 25th at 10am PST / 1pm EST. The edition will be based on the number of prints that sell during this period.

Please note that the prints will not appear on our web shop until time of release.

Shipping costs are additional and will be calculated during check out. Any customs or duty fees incurred, are not the responsibility of the gallery.

Sorry, no pre-sales are available.

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Some Beautiful Words From Longtime Gallery Family Member Bekka Koontz

In the back pages of the August 2006 issue of JUXTAPOZ there was an announcement of Thinkspace’s relocation from its original spot on Melrose, leased through a handshake, to artist Logan Hick‘s studio space on 4210 Santa Monica in Silver Lake, the re-located gallery headed up by L. Croskey and the Hosner brothers. A published mistake that would be rectified in later issues of JUXTAPOZ clarifying the relationship between Thinkspace co-founders Andrew Hosner, wife Shawn Vezinaw (Hosner), and close friend L. Croskey, who was the founder of underground art event Cannibal Flower that underscored the LA Art Scene in the early aughts. Andrew and Shawn connected with L. Croskey through mutual friends as the couple documented the burgeoning scene within the digital pages of their art blog Sour Harvest, which, at the time, provided regular updates on gallery openings, artist interviews and exhibitions of note to several thousand art lovers each month well before any other site was doing so and before many of today’s go to art sites had even launched.

Nearly twenty years later, Thinkspace has fostered the growth of emerging artists and leveraged established names to solidify the importance of New Contemporary work within the greater art landscape. Yet, the history and legacy of this LA establishment and third space for the Los Angeles creative community is threatened by the ramifications of having cancer in America and, with it, the opportunity to recognize one of the most genuine gallery owners in the art market. A fierce woman and gallery mother with a genderless name. Collectors often assumed Shawn to be a man and others that were unfamiliar with Thinkspace, and at times, the tone would shift, but people quickly understood Shawn was not one to be a pushover.

Andrew Hosner highlighted the impact of co-founder and wife Shawn Mary Vezinaw Hosner, who acted as the gallery’s Senior Director and Financial Coordinator in interviews and on social media by expressing how her contributions helped to propel the spaces forward with every growth spurt. The yin to his yang, a balancing force that ensured Thinkspace Projects was in a position to participate in art fairs that brought forth recognition to the movement and collaborative projects with galleries and museums developing curated exhibitions across the country and abroad.

Andrew, Shawn, and L.C. photographed by Estevan Oriol

The 20th-anniversary museum exhibition for JUXTAPOZ at the LA Municipal Art Gallery in 2015 was a milestone moment for Thinkspace, as the show was coordinated in tandem with the debut museum solo exhibition from the esteemed Robert Williams with ‘SLANG Aesthetics!‘. William’s show going on to tour four other museums across the U.S. 

The momentum growing with curated exhibitions at the Honolulu Museum of Art and Long Beach Museum of Art as part of our ongoing partnership with Jasper Wong, founder of Pow! Wow!, a non-profit organization of contemporary artists committed to community enrichment. Thinkspace’s intervention pushed Executive Director of the Long Beach Museum of Art, Ron Nelson, into this Contemporary art world subsect as he was “already looking down the rabbit hole of New Contemporary art and street art.” The show ‘Vitality and Verve‘ pulled in a record number of visitors over the museum’s 60+ year history, as the Long Beach Museum of Art became host to the first-ever all-ephemeral mural exhibition in the USA, which was executed by internationally recognized street artists and muralists who painted directly on the museum walls.

The New Contemporary Art Movement’s institutional recognition is part of Thinkspace Projects‘ continued mission. Ensuring living artists are being supported and able to be seen by a hungry audience of art enthusiasts who are looking for voices that reflect their unique experience. Our second special collaborative exhibition alongside Ozzie Juarez‘s Tlaloc Studio at Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center in Anaheim, ‘TRADITIONS: Honoring Heritage, Ritual, and Family‘ pays homage to the many familiar and cultural facts of our diverse Southern California landscape. The celebration of life for our family member, Shawn Mary Vezinaw Hosner, was held just a day before this meaningful show’s closing, the culmination a bittersweet echo of how our community influences our voice. Shawn’s influence is seen amongst the hundreds and hundreds of faces who came to celebrate her brilliant life and rich contribution to the LA art and music scene.

The belief that a gallery needs to earn and maintain an artist’s respect through ethical and proactive investment in their growth has been a key component to the sustaining business model. Andrew, Shawn, and LC maintained secondary income streams for years to ensure the gallery’s profits were reinvested into its advancement in the LA art scene. The Thinkspace owners’ collective passion aligned with providing a platform for artists to be seen and exposed to a collector base that is more concerned with building an art collection based on personal taste and not potential resell value. Unlike gallery spaces that operate on the intergenerational wealth of the artistic elite that comes with gratuitous praise and prestige. Thinkspace had been running for 6 years before co-owner Andrew Hosner was able to leave his role at Century Media, and the gallery was able to hire full-time staff with Associate Director Ken Flewellyn. Shawn continued to uphold her role at Ipecac Records til 2017. L. Croskey, Head Preparator, a known Westside DJ with independent expansion of his entrepreneurial role with Art Bar LA in Mar Vista where he continues to provide portfolio reviews, a page from Thinkspace’s early days in Silver Lake where artists like Dabs Myla were discovered.

The wisdom of Shawn Vezinaw has accompanied each expansion of Thinkspace Projects, currently located in the growing West Jefferson district, is a factor that would be limitedly acknowledged by the art establishment as her husband and figured head Andrew Hosner has been the face and voice of Thinkspace Projects for a majority of the last 19 years. Shawn was never one to draw attention to herself. But ask any of the artists who have come through the gallery’s doors, and Shawn’s impact is felt through their ongoing career developments and outpouring of love. Shawn, like most mothers, her contributions can go widely unnoticed, and her influence is rarely seen, although experienced through the planned dinners, booked travel, and the cultivation of community through ensuring connections are made between the talented voices that will shape this next era of art.

Now, Thinkspace, in its 19th year, struggles to fully grasp where it may go from here as co-owner Shawn Vezinaw Hosner joined her ancestors on Wednesday, February 14th, after a courageous 15-month battle with stage 4 metastatic breast cancer. The illness exhausted the Hosner’s personal savings and cut badly into Thinkspace’s savings and safety net. A once lean gallery that’s made it through several fluctuations in the economy now relies on its community more than ever to help see a legacy founded and fostered by Shawn continue on and shape the future of the LA Art Scene, as inspired and determined as the landscape its carved out the last two decades.

Thinkspace was the first gallery to host a solo, two-person show, and/or provide institutional inclusion of several prominent artists over the last 19 years including Michael Alvarez, Joshua Petker, Peter Chan, Lola Gil, Felipe Pantone, Hilda Palafox (aka Poni), Roby Dwi Antono, Ozzie Juarez, Keita Morimoto, Giorgiko, Yosuke Ueno, Robert Pokorny, Julio Anaya Cabanding, Noritoshi Mitsuuchi, Hebru Brantley, Taylor Lee, Imon Boy, Perez Bros, Amy Crehore, Ryan Hewett, Willem Hoeffnagel, Kristy Moreno, Audrey Kawasaki, Esao Andrews, B. Robert Moore, Sydnie Jimenez, Dabs Myla, Seth Armstrong, Ozabu, Yasuhito Kawasaki, Kukula, Camilla d’Errico, Brandi Milne, Andrew Hem, Amy Sol, Joao Ruas, Brian M. Viveros, Sandra Chevrier, Michael Reeder, Alex Face, Brett Amory, Ana Bagayan, So Youn Lee, Ryol, Cinta Vidal, TRNZ, Kayla Mahaffey, Sainer, DULK, MILLO, Saner Edgar, and ROA. 

Thinkspace Projects has curated and collaborated with several major art institutions in the Los Angeles / Orange County areas, including:
Long Beach Museum of Art (Long Beach, CA.)
Lancaster Museum of Art and History (Lancaster, CA.)
Lancaster Museum of Art and History: MOAH CEDAR (Lancaster, CA.)
MUZEO Museum and Cultural Center (Anaheim, CA.)
Fullerton Museum Center (Fullerton, CA.)
The Brand Library & Art Center (Glendale, CA.)
Walter N. Marks Center for the Arts (Palm Desert, CA.)
Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Art Park (Hollywood, CA.)
The Muckenthaler Cultural Center (Fullerton, CA.)
Fullerton College Art Gallery (Fullerton, CA.)

In addition to numerous curated exhibitions abroad with various museums and institutions, including:
Urban Nation (Berlin, Germany)
STRAAT (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum (Mesa, AZ.)
Fort Wayne Museum of Art (Fort Wayne, IN.)
Honolulu Museum of Art (Honolulu, HI.)
LSU Museum of Art (Baton Rouge, LA.)
Elmhurst Art Museum (Elmhurst, IL.)
University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ.)
University of Texas (El Paso, TX.)

Along with curated exhibitions with gallery partners in Hong Kong, London, Berlin, New York City, San Francisco, Chicago, Portland, New Orleans, and Detroit.

Please help us bounce back after Shawn’s cancer battle

Shawn Mary Vezinaw Hosner’s cancer battle exhausted the Hosner’s personal savings and cut badly into Thinkspace’s savings and financial safety net. We need the help and support of our worldwide art community now more so than ever, and can not let cancer take away what Shawn and the Thinkspace Family has spent the last 19 years building.

Any additional funds raised will go towards a future art award / fund we are putting together with JUXTAPOZ. Full details will follow on this in the coming months.

Your support can make a tremendous difference in making sure Thinkspace Projects is around for years to follow and that we also build towards a lasting annual award in her name. Any contribution, whether big or small, will be greatly appreciated. Here are some ways you can help:

Make a Donation: Your financial contribution will go a long way in helping us honor Shawn’s memory and legacy, helping us to rebuild our savings so that we can operate at full capacity and to build towards an annual artist fund / award / contest with Shawn’s favorite magazine, JUXTAPOZ.

Share Our Campaign: Please share this and our fundraising campaign with your friends, family, and social networks to help us reach a wider audience.

We want to express our heartfelt gratitude in advance for any support you can provide. Together, we can ensure that Shawn’s legacy continues to grow and allow another generation of emerging artists to be inspired by her vision, love and kindness, while simultaneously helping our family in this most difficult time.

Thank you for being a part of preserving the memory and legacy of one of the best humans ever (in our humble opinions).. If you have any questions or would like more information, please feel free to reach out.

SHAWN MARY VEZINAW HOSNER
3/11/66 to 2/14/24

SHAWN FOREVER.

Photo by BirdMan

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Introducing our ‘Shawn Forever’ series of fund-raising prints

This coming Monday, March 11 would have been Shawn Mary Vezinaw Hosner’s 58th birthday. To help us recover from the mountain of medical bills from Shawn’s cancer battle, we are launching a special suite of fund-raising editions in tandem with our good friends at Static Medium on this most special of days.

We are honored to kick things off with two beautiful new editions from Cinta Vidal of works featured in her recent sold-out NYC solo show we hosted for her. We’ve worked with Cinta for over a decade now, and she loved Shawn, so this is a great starting point for this special series.

Static Medium is generously waving all productions fees and the artists are donating the full runs to helping us re-build, get out of debt and back into fighting shape for 2025 and beyond, not to mention build towards a fund for our future art award in Shawn’s honor with our good friends at JUXTAPOZ. The support has been overwhelming to us and we can not begin to express in words what this all means to us, as we are all still so in shock at the loss of our dear Shawn.

Both ‘Eames’ and ‘Plaza’ from Vidal will be available on Monday, March 11 at 10am PST / 1pm EST via our web shop. Full details shared Monday morning via our e-mail newsletter and can be found now on our Facebook page.

CINTA VIDAL
“Eames”
Edition of 50
32 x 32 inches / 81.28cm x 81.28cm
Hand Deckled Edges
On Moab Entrada 290gsm
Each print is signed and numbered by the artist
Printed by Static Medium (Los Angeles)
$250

*Prints will ship rolled in a tube and ship out by the week of the 18th of March.

Available on Monday, March 11 at 10am PST / 1pm EST via our web shop

CINTAL VIDAL
“Plaza”
Edition of 50
24 x 24 inches
60.96cm x 60.96
Hand Deckled Edges
On Moab Entrada 290gsm
Each print is signed and numbered by the artist
Printed by Static Medium (Los Angeles)
$200

*Prints will ship rolled in a tube and ship out by the week of the 18th of March.

Shipping costs are additional and will be calculated during check out. Any customs or duty fees incurred, are not the responsibility of the gallery.

Sorry, no pre-orders are available.

Anyone that has donated to our GoFundMe, Venmo or helped in any way so far, we can not begin to thank you enough. Our community means so much to us and it was EVERYTHING to Shawn. She always wanted everyone to know how much we loved them and respected the fact that there is so much to do every night in Los Angeles, so when you choose to come and hang out with us and our family of creatives, that that really meant something to her and always will to everyone one of us here at Thinkspace.

72 hour timed editions coming up with:
Giorgiko on Friday, March 15
Brian M. Viveros on Friday, March 22

Also watch for new ‘Shawn Forever’ print editions coming very soon with:
Yosuke Ueno, Gustavo Rimada, Dulk, Audrey Kawasaki, Amy Sol, Stom500, Scott Listfield, Jasper Wong, Esao Andrews and many more in the works

SHAWN MARY VEZINAW HOSNER
3/11/66 to 2/14/24

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Help Continue Shawn Mary Vezinaw Hosner’s Legacy

A note from Andrew Hosner and the Thinkspace Projects Family:

“Shawn’s cancer battle exhausted our personal savings and cut badly into our gallery’s savings and safety net. I can not let cancer take away what we’ve spent the last 19 years building. We need the help and support of our worldwide art community now more so than ever. 

Any additional funds raised will go towards a future art award / fund we are putting together with JUXTAPOZ. Full details will follow on this in the coming months.

Your support can make a tremendous difference in making sure Thinkspace Projects is around for years to follow and that we also build towards a lasting annual award in her name. Any contribution, whether big or small, will be greatly appreciated. Here are some ways you can help:

Make a Donation: Your financial contribution will go a long way in helping us honor Shawn’s memory and legacy, helping us to rebuild our savings so that we can operate at full capacity and to build towards an annual artist fund / award / contest with Shawn’s favorite magazine, JUXTAPOZ.

Share Our Campaign: Please share this and our fundraising campaign with your friends, family, and social networks to help us reach a wider audience.

We want to express our heartfelt gratitude in advance for any support you can provide. Together, we can ensure that Shawn’s legacy continues to grow and allow another generation of emerging artists to be inspired by her vision, love and kindness, while simultaneously helping our family in this most difficult time.

Thank you for being a part of preserving the memory and legacy of one of the best humans ever (ini our humble opinions).. If you have any questions or would like more information, please feel free to reach out.

Our new rallying cry… Shawn Forever!”

Shawn Mary Vezinaw Hosner
3/11/66 to 2/14/24

“I am absolutely shattered to share the news that Shawn Mary Vezinaw Hosner, my beautiful wife and co-owner of Thinkspace Projects, took her last breath at 10:21pm (Wednesday, February 14), surrounded by her family and close friends after a 15 month battle with stage 4 metastatic breast cancer that had spread throughout her body. 57 years YOUNG. Gone too soon.

Wife. Soulmate. Best Friend. Partner. Daughter. Sister. Aunt. Gallery Mom. Dead Head. A close friend to thousands of people. The love of my life that I was lucky enough to have been with for 24 years and blessed to have been friends with for 31 years. She was my world, so many saying they can’t even picture me without her and vice versa. Two halves of the same seed.

From volunteering every Saturday during Covid alongside her Nourish LA friends, they worked together to provide food for families in need to giving up her free time every Monday and Tuesday of her busy schedule to drive all around LA volunteering for Meals on Wheels and brining food to homebound elderly people, most of whom she became very close with to volunteering once a week at our local animal shelter, Shawn was simply the kindest and most thoughtful person that I have ever had the pleasure to know. She was the best. 

She was just about to learn the ukulele, just got tickets to the Dead at the Sphere in Vegas, we were to be at David Blaine last night in Vegas even… and she had SO much planned to still knock off her bucket list. I’ve got that list, and over the coming year I will be going through and doing as much of it as I can, knowing she will be there by my side the whole time. I’m going to be sure I am at her treasured niece’s wedding this September in Italy. She had so badly wanted to make it over for that, it was her current goal. Her 58th birthday was less than a month away…

57 years is too young. I feel robbed and I know she did too, though she would have never told anyone that, she never wanted anyone to worry about her, it’s just who she was. Shawn confided much in me as we got closer to the inevitable. She always told me to not be sad and to remember all the good times. She was so worried about me, but I was constantly re-assuring her in her final moments that I was going to be ok and we would all work so hard to keep her memory burning until the end of our time. Her light shall never dim. 

Moving forward, I will always pause and ask myself “What would Shawn do?”, as I know if I do this, I will become a better person and to me, that would be the best way to honor the memory of the most amazing person to ever enrich my life with their presence.

I know SO MANY of you loved her, I am so sorry to share this devastating news.

Hold on to those you love, so tightly. And remind them of this regularly. Give your friends their flowers NOW, before they’re gone… you never know who NEEDS to hear this, sometimes it can be life changing for a person to know how much they mean to you and if they’ve helped you and influenced you.

A ray of positive sunshine to the very end. I will never let her memory and influence fade. Goodbye my love, I will see you soon. Go play with all our fur babies that also left us too soon and say hi to your dad and grandparents and so many more that you’ve lost over the years.

There will be a CELEBRATION OF SHAWN’S LIFE on Saturday, February 24th from 2-6pm at our gallery, Thinkspace Projects. We will have a DJ spinning songs from the playlist that Shawn put together for her celebration, along with an art show I am putting together showcasing amazing bits of work Shawn made over the years and that I always tucked aside, a wall of amazing photographic memories all framed up by our family at Static Medium, all of our favorite commissions we put together alongside portraits of Shawn from Audrey Kawasaki, Brian M. Viveros and Natalia Fabia alongside all manner of ephemera from her amazing life working at Tower Sunset, Licorice Pizza, and Caroline Distribution to being a teen model to traveling the world following the Grateful Dead to all the good she did on the regular. We will also have an alter where friends and family can leave little mementos or notes to her. We’re trying to get a Grateful Dead cover band out, fingers crossed. We’ll have a release of white doves in her honor following a reading of one of her favorite songs. We will have a tattoo station where you can get your choice of Shawn’s well known tarantula tattoo, a Hello Kitty head, a Zoso symbol or a Dancing Bear, from two of her favorite band of all time, Led Zeppelin and The Grateful Dead. And of course there will be tacos and good times. Shawn didn’t want us to mourn her, but to honor her by coming together and sharing stories, rejoicing in her favorite songs and knowing that we’ve all gained a guardian angel, who’ll be up there kicking ass and taking names just like she did down here. Full details will be shared in coming days.

Shawn loved you all. Please light a candle tonight in her memory and keep our gallery family and her family and our fur babies who miss their mom so, in your thoughts over the coming weeks and months as we mourn the loss of one of most beautiful humans to ever walk this planet.

SHAWN FOREVER. —Andrew Hosner

“Please consider helping to continue Shawn’s legacy by donating to support Thinkspace Projects. The funds raised will go to medical bills, the memorial service, and to keep the gallery and all the artists it supports on their feet. We love you all and appreciate whatever you can do.” -Daniel “Halopigg” Weintraub

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