Catherine Brooks hard at work on ‘The Seeded Wind and Silent Motion’…

Catherine Brooks is hard at work in her studio out in Virginia on her debut Los Angeles solo show… and things are looking amazing so far. Can’t wait!!!

Catherine BrooksThe Seeded Wind and Silent Motion; an Oeuvre of Beetled Beauty – coming up next month in our project room

Keep tabs on Catherine via her blog:
Catherin’s pet ferret Shiki lends a hand in the studio…
Check out a Sneak Peek at ‘The Seeded Wind and Silent Motion…’:

Look for an interview with Catherine to be posted her soon. In the meantime, check out a great gathering of past works here from a recent artist feature that Creep Machine did on her.

Close up of work in progress for this July…
July 10th – August 7th @ thinkspace
Opening Reception: Fri, July 10th, 7-11PM

Catherine will be in town for the opening reception and it will serve as a homecoming of sorts, so please be sure to mark your calendars now and plan to come out next month to support.
4210 Santa Monica Blvd in Los Angeles / 323.913.3375

Thinkspace invades the CA Boom Show in Beverly Hills next weekend…

Thinkspace is proud to present:

The Robinsons Store – Beverly Hills, CA
9900 Wilshire Blvd
June 26th – 28th

Featuring new works from:
Hannah Stouffer
Seth Armstrong
Brett Amory
Rebecca Hahn
Matthew Feyld
Nathan DeYoung
Tony Philippou
Craig “Skibs” Barker
Cherri Wood
Dan-ah Kim

Thinkspace is pleased to announce its participation at this year’s CA Boom Show, the West Coast’s largest design & architecture show. The show takes place in Beverly Hills, June 26th-28th, and combines the best of modern design, furnishings, artwork, design panel discussions and architecture tours into three action-packed days. Friday is ‘trade only day’, but the Friday night opening gala and all of Saturday and Sunday are open to the public.

Fri, June 26th 6-10PM (opening event)
Sat, June 27th 11AM-6PM
Sun, June 28th 11AM-5PM

Discounted advance tickets are available at for $20 ($25 at the door). Thinkspace guests receive an additional 20% off the preshow sales price by typing MC in the discount field.

We look forward to seeing you at CA Boom!

The Thinkspace crew

Stella Im Hultberg studio visit…

Stella Im Hultberg is hard at work at her new studio in Brooklyn, NY on the new body of work that will make up her 2nd solo with Thinkspace, coming up this July.

Keep up with Stella as she prepares for her return to Los Angeles this July here:

Be sure to check out the ‘Sneak Peek’ set on our Flickr too for add’l pics:
Watch for more information, additional sneak peeks and an interview with Stella to follow in the weeks ahead leading into her 2nd solo show with us.
Stella Im Hultberg
‘Memento Mori’
Opening Reception: Fri, July 10th 7-11PM
*Artist will be in attendance
Show runs: July 10th – August 7th
4210 Santa Monica Blvd (near Sunset Junction)
In the Silver Lake area of Los Angeles

An interview with Kelly Vivanco…

An interview with Kelly Vivanco
Kelly Vivanco was born and raised in front of a sketchpad and a box of colors in Southern California. She later received her BFA with honors from LCAD in Laguna Beach. In 2004 Kelly became a Studio artist at Distinction in Escondido and currently maintains a working studio there. Her work has shown in numerous galleries and is held in collections across the U.S. and abroad. Kelly enjoys setting whimsy to work in many mediums and pulls inspiration from the natural and imagined world, vintage photographs, children’s literature and the oddness of her dreams.

Hard at work on the installation for ‘The Conservatory’

“Rather than try to make a statement with my art I paint scenes and characters that draw me in and resonate with something deeper inside. Most of my paintings are inspired from something intangible like the complex feelings knocking around inside of me; or simple like the pose of a child in a vintage photograph or the quizzical tilt of a bird’s head. I enjoy portraiture without parameters and a sliding scale of exaggerated features for the subjects of my paintings. It is not an intention of mine to create a tableau of symbolism or encode some secret meaning in my paintings. They take shape spontaneously and develop organically. I like to paint and see where it goes. I often don’t have answers to questions posed by my finished works. People ask me what a painting is about, I just ask them what they think it’s about. Their answer is as valid as mine, in my opinion. To me, painting is like magic; it’s like in a child’s world where animals can talk and doorways have personality and anything can happen. Through painting I hope to engage the innate sense of wonder I believe is in everyone.” – Kelly Vivanco
“Tender Shoots” / Acrylic on wood panel / 16×16″
Please talk a lil’ bit about the general idea/vibe behind your new series of works for ‘The Conservatory’?
A conservatory can be a place where people create music and art, as well as a place where people nurture things to grow. I was compelled by the idea of a place for reflection and creation and it was a wonderful, invented setting for creating pieces for this show. Many of the characters are set in interior spaces but still close to the natural world, with doors or windows to the outside, and a few are seen venturing outdoors to collect or observe things to bring back to the conservatory.

Close up of ‘The Conservatory’ installation element

“Love Note” / Acrylic on wood panel / 6″ in diameter

What’s your earliest memory involving art or creating art?
I remember tracing my hands in preschool to make ‘turkeys’ for Thanksgiving, making circles and drawing little “wailing beans” (alien beings?) figures with crayons and finger-painting with chocolate pudding. Though, that last one may have been from last week.
Working on the “Dollhouse/Dreamhouse” installation
When are you most productive / when do you normally work on art?
I am most productive after 7PM, which means some pretty late nights! It’s a tad inconvenient for dealing with the living/morning people so I have been trying to paint in the afternoon as well. It always seems that I get the most absorbed in creating things after the sun goes down.

“Terrarium” / Acrylic on wood panel / 24×16″
Please tell us a lil’ something about yourself that someone would never guess in their wildest dreams.
I was a teen wolf. Wait, no. I abhor poorly photoshopped dvd covers. I’ve been told I do good impressions, but never do them when asked.

Works from ‘The Conservatory’

“Gone Astray” / Acrylic on wood panel / 16×24″

Do you listen to music while painting/drawing? If so, do you have a current favorite that inspires?
I do, quite a bit actually! I have had Department of Eagles, Yppah, Grizzly Bear, Quantic, Sigur Rós, Boards of Canada, Jel and Pinback among many others circling through my ears recently.

“Dollhouse/Dreamhouse” installed… this has to be seen in person.
If you could stand by and watch the creation of any piece of artwork from over the years, which would it be and why?
I would want to watch someone work in a medium I am unfamiliar with. It would be interesting in the respect that I would be watching a talented individual in their creative environment and learn about the process at the same time. Dale Chihuly’s glass sculptures and Ron Mueck’s giant hyperreal figures come to mind.

“Handfuls” / Acrylic on wood panel / 10.5×21″
What do you consider your biggest overall influence?
My curious mind and love of color!

Putting some finishing touches on the install

You recently curated the show ‘Infinity Squared’ this past winter at Distinction Gallery in Escondido, CA. Any plans to curate again in the future following the success of this show?
It was great to connect with so many artists and to facilitate exposure of their work to a new audience. One of the hardest things about the curating experience was limiting how many artists I asked; I admire so many of them. I wanted to bring them all in, but it would have become unmanageable. I would love to do it again, I learned a lot from ‘Infinity Squared’. I have my eyes on lots of different artists I would like to invite as well as some I would have back again.

“The Conservatory” / Acrylic on wood panel / 16×16″

What have you got coming up in terms of shows after your solo show with us? We are already looking forward to having you back in some high profile group shows next year and for a big follow up in early 2011.
Coming up at the end of July I have the opportunity to show with the talented Jason Limón at Subtext in San Diego. I will have a few pieces for the ‘Kokeshi Show’ at the Japanese American National Museum and then the ‘Crazy for Cult’ show at Gallery 1988. Then I have a solo show in October up in Seattle at Halogen Gallery. Busy times, but then I get some time to start gathering new ideas and inspiration for next year and beyond!

“Vapors” / Acrylic on wood panel / 16×32″

The good folks over at Hi-Fructose recently posted a great interview with Kelly Vivanco as well – check it out here. Conducted by CommandaX of Erratic Phenomena, it’s a nice compliment to the interview above.
In additon to that, Jack from Dailydujour came through for a visit last night during the installation process and just posted a nice lil’ recap here.
The preview for her debut Los Angeles solo show is now live. Click here. We’re now in pre-sales, so please be sure to shoot a mail over to with any works that may catch your eye.
Kelly will be up from the San Diego area for the evening’s festivities. So please come on out and say hi.
Kelly Vivanco
‘The Conservatory’
Opening Reception: Fri, June 12th 7-11PM
4210 Santa Monica Blvd (Silver Lake area of Los Angeles)

An interview with Sarah Joncas…

An interview with Sarah Joncas
Sarah Joncas was born in 1986 and grew up within both Hamilton and Niagara Falls, Ontario. Her interest in the visual arts developed at an early age, starting with the dedicated drawings of dinosaurs and lizards. Eventually the study and enjoyment of working from existing images stirred up the need in Sarah to create images of her own; ones that could reflect the world, yet also appease the personal feelings/ideas that she herself maintained. With this, her direction changed gradually from the world of animation, towards a path in fine art. Sarah is currently working and finishing up her BFA at the Ontario College of Art and Design, in Toronto.

Progress of ‘Beneath The Seams’ coming together…
“Ultimately, I used this show as an opportunity to push my portraiture into a realm that involved more consideration of narrative. Though there are still some smaller portrait pieces included, I’ve used the larger works to develop these intentions.” – Sarah Joncas

Sarah Joncas in the middle of her installaton
Please talk a lil’ bit about the general idea/vibe behind your new series of works for ‘Beneath The Seams’?
I used this show as an opportunity to push my portraiture into a more narrative realm, referencing cinema/noir as a way of dramatizing and constructing the pregnant moment. Working with my usual atmospheres of anxiety and melancholy, I wanted to turn vignettes of the private-mundane into spaces more haunted. The actual title, ‘Beneath the Seams’, was inspired by the phrase “Behind the Scenes” – that kind of cinematic voyeurism, looking into the private-interior. I like the drama of settled name though, and the word ‘seams’ since it felt a little more intrusive, like peering into something meant to be closed. It also sounds like ‘seems’, which is another curious ambiguity.

Progress of the installaton for ‘Beneath The Seams’ coming together…

“Dinner and a Movie” / Oil on canvas / 30×60″

You recently completed your final semester of school and only have a couple classes left overall – how does it feel to be finished? What’s the single most important thing you feel you learned while there?
I actually feel very mixed about everything right now; excited, nervous, ambitious, confused… All, probably normal! I’ve wanted to be out of school so bad for the last 4 years, mainly because I was unhappy with my courses, but this final (full) year was a real turn around. I met a lot of great people, made good progress in my work, and for the 1st time had profs who seemed sincerely engaged with my crits… I had gotten threats about being labeled as illustrative previous to even entering thesis, but what I got was quite the opposite and surprisingly open minded.
I think the most important thing I’ve taken from school had nothing to do with my academic education though, but rather in maturing and taking on challenges. No matter how much people hate hearing the cliché ‘hardship builds character’, it does. I wouldn’t have learned nearly as much about myself if I decided to stay comfortably at home.

Progress of ‘Beneath The Seams’ coming together…
Your new works for ‘Beneath The Seams’ feature a marked growth in the use of narrative that really help add new life to your paintings. Care to comment further on this aspect of your work and perhaps talk about a piece or two from the new series?
Before planning any kind of thematic approach to using narrative in these works, I just knew I wanted to push myself in an area I wasn’t quite so great or comfortable with. Looking at my older works, the one thing that always seemed lacking to me was the environment I placed my girls in – was so focused on the figure that I neglected what setting could do for it all. As far as talking about individual pieces, I’d rather keep it general and say my narratives really just come from a culmination of everything in my life; personal, cultural, social… All that good stuff that makes up our little world.
“Intermission” / 20×24″ / Oil on canvas
I know you are a huge music fan. Do you have a current favorite that inspires? Favorite band overall – new? – old?
No absolute favourite, but many. I wouldn’t claim myself to be a music geek either (since I don’t obsess), I just really love my tunes ~ find a lot of comfort and inspiration in them! This past year has really been about listening to movie scores for me (Virgin Suicides, Fight Club, Blade Runner, Requiem, Donnie Darko etc.), but rock and alternative music are probably my favourites. Adore Radiohead, Portishead, P.Floyd, Led Zep, APC, Tool, Air, Beatles, Velvet Underground etc, etc… I’ve been really into Bat for Lashes the past year too. Tending towards more mellow stuff lately.

Progress of ‘Beneath The Seams’ coming together…

“Stroke of Midnight” / 14×18″ / Oil on canvas
If you could stand by and watch the creation of any piece of artwork from over the years, which would it be and why?
I’ve never thought about that one? I’d feel a little weird watching over someone’s shoulder like that, to be honest (and jealous because I’d want to be painting too!). I’d love seeing any of Joe Sorren’s pieces in evolution though. He had some stuff on his blog awhile back showing the steps taken with one piece called “The Overture”– started out as this lovely abstract, and slowly came into focus as this amazingly intricate and lush wonderland… I am absolutely in love with his paintings!

“Paper Trails” / 24×36″ / Oil on canvas

What do you consider your biggest overall influence?
Hmm… Life? Haha. Yep, that’s a big one!
What have you got coming up in terms of shows after your solo show with us? We are already looking forward to showcasing you this December during Art Basel.
Until Art Basel, I’ll be off the radar for a bit, but I have a solo coming up with Roq la Rue in February, will be in a show at m-modern for April, and then am back with you guys here at Thinkspace come next September. So, in between all of that is a whole lotta good ol’ painting!

Progress of ‘Beneath The Seams’ coming together…

You’ll be in town for the opening reception, any shout outs for your west coast fans? Any plans while in LA to get out and do some touristy stuff if time permits?
Oh yes, definitely come out and say hi at the opening night! Always a pleasure meeting everyone and it’s not an opportunity I get very often being a full country away!

On the tourist stuff, I’m not so well informed as to what people do there? Not totally interested in the whole ‘sidewalk of stars’ business, but I definitely want to see some art. The ocean again, too! Maybe check out ‘Whisky A Go-Go’. Someone told me I should get to Topanga Canyon if possible… Hey, send me must-see tips in the comments, if you got them!

“White Noise” / 18×24″ / Oil on canvas

Hi-Fructose recently posted an interview with Sarah as well conducted by CommandaX of the Erratic Phenomena blog here.

As did Juxapoz, their ’20 Questions’ feature with Sarah can be checked out here.

Peep the ‘Sneak Peek’ set for the show here.
View all the works from ‘Beneath The Seams’ here.
If you see anything you would like to discuss further, please don’t hesitate to shoot an email to and we’ll follow up with you right away. Sarah’s really taken her work to another level with this show, we can’t wait for all to see them in person this Friday, as the size of the works really needs to be seen to be appreciated.
Sarah Joncas
‘Beneath The Seams’
Opening Reception: This Fri, June 12th 7-11PM
4210 Santa Monica Blvd. (near Sunset Junction)
In the Silver Lake area of Los Angeles / #323.913.3375