Timothy Karpinski solo show in Portland, OR – tonight at Together Gallery

One of our favorite artists, Timothy Karpinski, is opening a big solo show tonight in his hometown of Portland, OR – don’t miss it if you are in the area. Look for Timothy to be back in LA with us next spring, until then be sure to check out all the goodness in his new show, ‘Bright Eyed and Bushy Tailed’

‘Bright Eyed and Bushy Tailed’ – new work and installations by Timothy Karpinski

Opening Reception – TONIGHT, September 30th 5-10 pm
On view: September 30th – October 24th 2010

Together Gallery / 2916 NE Alberta Street in Portland, OR

For more on Karpinski check out: www.TimothyKarpinski.com

Opening night at Thinkspace (Karpinski, Turf One, “Skibs” Barker)…

A small glimpse inside Timothy Karpinski's 'fear fort'...
A small glimpse inside Timothy Karpinski's 'fear fort'...

This past Friday we opened our November exhibitions with Timothy Karpinski (main gallery), Turf One (project room) and Craig “Skibs” Barker (‘Fresh Faces’ series) to a very appreciatve crowd that built as the evening drew on. Many artists came out to show their support throughout the evening including Stella Im Hultberg (in town for her show at Copro), Shawn Barber (just settling into LA after moving down from SF), Jesse Hotchkiss (look for him next month in our project room), Kim Saigh (of LA Ink fame / soon to open a new shop in LA with Shawn Barber), LA graffiti icons Mear One and Yem, and Aussie exports Dabs Myla. The press were out in force as well, so be sure to look for features soon on Arrested Motion, Coagula, Juxtapoz and Dailydujour (who just posted here).

View over 100 pics from the opening here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/thinkspace/sets/72157622648975191/

On View: Nov. 6th – Nov. 27th, 2009

Timothy Karpinski in the front entry install area... you just have to see his show in person folks!!!
Timothy Karpinski in the front entry install area... you just have to see his show in person folks!!!

Works featured in ‘My Heart Never Sleeps’ from Timothy Karpinski:
http://www.thinkspacegallery.com/2009/11/works.php

Turf One alongside his mind blowing wall piece that he painted during the week of installation
Turf One alongside his mind blowing wall piece that he painted during the week of installation

Works featured in ‘Shining Darkness’ from Turf One:
http://www.thinkspacegallery.com/2009/11/project/works.php

Craig "Skibs" Barker alongside his wall of works
Craig "Skibs" Barker alongside his wall of works

Works featured in ‘Sight For Sore Eyes’ from Craig “Skibs” Barker:
http://www.thinkspacegallery.com/2009/11/project2/works.php

The works from Karpinski and Turf One are just incredible and it’s criminal they haven’t found homes yet. Mention this post, and I’ll be happy to provide a nice discount on any of their works. They really need to be seen in person, SO much detail and thought go into each piece from both of these emerging talents.

Main gallery view opening night
Main gallery view opening night

Thinkspace
4210 Santa Monica Blvd. (near Sunset Junction)
Los Angeles, CA 90029
#: 323.913.3375
E-mail: contact@sourharvest.com
www.thinkspacegallery.com

An interview with Timothy Karpinski

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An interview with Timothy Karpinski

Coming up THIS Fri, Nov. 6th we are proud to present ‘My Heart Never Sleeps’, the second solo show at our gallery from Portland based artist Timothy Karpinski. This will be the first solo exhibition with the artist in our main gallery space, following ‘The Place I Call Home’, which took place in our project room in the fall of 2008. ‘My Heart Never Sleeps’ will feature a large installation featuring the artist’s ”Fear Fort” which he has been living in for the past few months as he worked on the show and he plans to be sleeping and living in the fort during the week-long installation of the exhibition itself.

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Please talk a lil’ bit about the general idea/vibe behind your new series of works for “My Heart Never Sleeps”? What’s the story with the show’s title?
The title comes from my friend’s band “lovers” – me and cubby the singer/songwriter are alot alike but she makes songs and i make art 🙂 With this show ill be telling a love story – the best one I’ve ever told.

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Tell us a lil’ bit about the idea behind your ‘fear fort’, which will be one of the highlights of your upcoming show with us.
It’s where I can go and everything is okay, no fears in the fear fort.

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If you had an unlimited budget and time was not an issue, what grand artistic vision would you look to bring to life?
Hmmmmm…. i have a sweet idea about a traveling artshow via sailboat, a really beautifull and huge old shanty sailboat, kinda like a noah’s ark type thing, but Timothy’s Art Ark is where I’d maybe take one piece from all my favorite artists and friends and sail around the world. You wanna back this idea Andrew?

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Much of your work includes the use of found objects and old books. Do you have a favorite place around Portland that you go hunting for that perfect object? Old books? Do you gather items while traveling?
I’m a dilligent collector. I kinda plan my day around different thrift stores around Portland, I know which ones are near the bank or a gas station or on pretty much any errond, I sail thru a thrift store almost everday, and this summer me and my lady made weekend trips all around Oregon hunting for treasures. I have too much stuff, but I think I’m getting better at thrifting, I can now walk out sometimes empty handed 🙂

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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 have been interested in seeing Henry Darger at work for sure.

What do you consider your biggest overall influence?
I think love for sure, both loving others, myself and the work I make, but I’m also pretty influenced by my friends and my surroundings, NE Portland represent!

Do you listen to music while painting/drawing? If so, do you have a current favorite that inspires?
I pretty much listen to music around the clock, I wake up and sometimes have my headphones on from the night before still playing, and always all day in the studio, all my roomates also play music and there’s a mini recording studio in my basement, so my house is always shaking! Right now I’m really digging jazz of all sorts, Dizzy, John C. Miles and anything on 89.1 the jazz station. But for the muses, currently in the studio I have Karen O blasting from the yeah yeah yeahs, and for supe late nights like tonight it’s gonna be M83 – they always make the sun come up.

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What’s your favorite thing about living in Portland?
I guess the attitude among the community, everyone I know is doing something rad and creative, it seems everyday I see someone who’s workin’ on some new project or is playing a show that night or having an art show, so it’s really inspiring and motivating, and pretty dang affordable, plus my cats like it, NE Portland where I live has a huge cat community, they have friends coming over all the time.

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What makes your cat cooler than everyone else’s cat?
Good question. I have 2 and they are polar opposites, one is the sweet and cuddly type and the other is the hunter, so I get love and protection!

You co-own and operate Together Gallery up in Portland, OR. Tell us a lil’ bit about how that came about and some of the ups and downs you’ve encountered thus far. Best show thus far? Upcoming show you are looking forward to?
Running a gallery is great and a lot of work, but it’s great for the community, I have sooo many people who come in and say wow, this is sooo inspiring, or kids who make zines and prints just to get there stuff on the walls. It’s got me way in tune with the Portland art communty and the community in general, and given me a real good understanding of the art as a “business” and helped me be more professional as a working artist. The downside is the backend of running a business, taxes, rent, managing employees, emails, countless sleepless nights hanging shows. Coming up we have a huge group show and our 2 year anniversary with over 40 artists, then next year a few solo shows by the likes of Doodles, Jay Howell and more!

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What have you got coming up in terms of shows after your solo show with us?
Pretty much right back to work when I get home, I’m in the December group show at Whitewalls in SF, alongside some of my heroes: the Clayton Brothers and Thomas Campbell, I think it was some sorta mistake, but I’m gonna send work anyways 🙂 – j.k. – but really excited about that, then right after that in January I’m in a split show at Gallery Three in SF with the Shooting Gallery / Whitewalls crew with my studio mates Mark and James. Then some sleep 🙂

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Check out a great interview that Juxtapoz just conducted with Timothy Karpinski below:
http://www.juxtapoz.com/Features/back-talk-with-timothy-karpinski

View a ’sneak peek’ of Karpinski’s work for the show via the link below:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/thinkspace/sets/72157622377680535/

Timothy Karpinski
‘My Heart Never Sleeps’

Opening Reception: THIS Fri, Nov. 6th 7-11PM

Timothy will be in attendance from Portland for the opening reception, so please be sure to swing through and say hello.

Thinkspace
4210 Santa Monica Blvd. (near Sunset Junction) in Silver Lake area of Los Angeles

Karpinski cometh…

Timothy Karpinski - 'Hold Tight' - graphite on handcut paper collage
Timothy Karpinski - 'Hold Tight' - graphite on handcut paper collage

Timothy Karpinski ‘My Heart Never Sleeps’

Opening: Fri, Nov. 6th 7-11PM
@ Thinkspace
4210 Santa Monica Blvd. (near Sunset Blvd in Silver Lake area of Los Angeles)

There will be an awesome installation accompanying the exhibit as well as a special musical performance on opening night from Lovers. Timothy will be attending the opening reception, so please plan to swing by and say hey and check out the show.

Look for an interview with Karpinski and add’l sneak peek pics to be posted here soon.

Jackass World interview/feature Timothy Karpinski…


Timothy Karpinski: Thinkspace Gallery from lauren Graham

Jackass World recently posted a killer lil’ piece on Portland based artist Timothy Karpinski that revolves around his recent solo show with us from this past November, The Place I Call Home. The press for his debut Los Angeles solo show just keeps coming!

The short came out great (thanks Lauren), and I hope you all enjoy it, as Timothy is a special soul. They broke the mold when they made this guy. We love him and his work, so please take a moment to get to know him a bit better and get ready for his return to Los Angeles coming up this November @ Thinkspace.