“This video was made as an installation element for my show at Thinkspace Gallery in Los Angeles titled This is Forever, opening this Sat, April 9th 2011. I wanted to showcase things that inspire me and things I collect: old things, colorfull things, wooden things, childrens books. I’m really just a big kid, and I’m not afraid to say I like to play with toys.” – Timothy Karpinski
‘This Is Forever’ featuring new works from Dan-ah Kim and Timothy Karpinski opens to the public this Saturday, April 9th at Thinkspace. Both artists will be in town for the kickoff and you can meet them this Saturday from 6-8PM.
Tell us a little bit about your piece for Thinkspace’s ‘5 Year Anniversary Show’ this November?
The piece is called “Me and You” and it’s been a work in progress for the last month as I’ve been working on many other paintings at the same time. I’ve been taking a more intuitive approach to the piece randomly adding to it with only a loose concept which has been bringing new life into the feel of the piece, it’s also one of the bigger pieces I’ve made lately with alot going on. The painting also is a first for me to combine both a night and day scene into one piece which i want to explore more in the future as well as playing with silhouetting.
What were you doing back in 2005 when Thinkspace started?
I think I had just moved to Portland from the east coast, fresh out of art school from Vermont. I had moved to Portland to pursue my design career, I had always painted and done a few shows here and there, but mostly painted in my bedroom to unwind from all day design work. Now I’m painting almost full time and running my own art gallery, it’s been an amazing five years and so happy to have been embraced and motivated by everyone at Thinkspace, they truly light a well needed fire in me creatively and helped push me into the direction I’m headed today.
Name 5 things you can’t live without in your studio?
1: paper towels
2: mechanical pencil
4: blow dryer
5: studio mates to shoot the shit with and get inspired by
Where do you hope to be 5 years from now?
Making art full time, building my dreamhouse / studio near a river or lake, sailing on the ocean, playing the piano well, in love.
What have you got coming up in 2011?
Very excited to hunker down this winter and prepare for my show this spring at Thinkspace. Going to Mexico to surf with my sweetheart. Playing the piano and making some videos. Running the day to day at Together Gallery. Painting and loving everyday.