Photo Tours of Paola Ciarska ‘Paolaverse,’ ‘NERDSTALGIA’ group show, and Steve Martinez ‘Shuffle’

Thinkspace presents a photo tour ‘Paolaverse’ – the debut of Paola Ciarska’s largest collection of works to date (with a nearby magnifying glass at the ready, to really soak in those details) in Gallery III. In Gallery IV, Thinkspace Projects is excited to present ‘NERDSTALGIA’ a group show curated by Ken Flewellyn that showcases new works from over 30 incredible artists, all mind melding with their inner nerd. And in the Doghouse Gallery we have fine artist, muralist, photographer, and graphic designer Steve Martinez‘s contemporary work ‘Shuffle‘ which deals with the discourse between the symbolic and the realistic within daily urban life. 

All exhibitions are on view at Thinkspace Projects now through March 2, 2024. The Thinkspace Projects compound is open Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 6pm. Please note the Dog House Gallery and our courtyard are only open for viewing on Saturdays.

Photos by @BirdManPhotos.

On view February 10 thru March 2, 2024

Thinkspace Projects
4207 W. Jefferson Blvd.
4217 W. Jefferson Blvd.
Los Angeles, California 90016

Continue reading Photo Tours of Paola Ciarska ‘Paolaverse,’ ‘NERDSTALGIA’ group show, and Steve Martinez ‘Shuffle’

February Exhibitions featuring works from Ryol, Van Dam One, Paola Ciarska, Steve Martinez, and ‘NERDSTALGIA’ group show open this Saturday February 10, 2024

Thinkspace Projects presents:

Gallery I:
RYOL (aka Ryo Laksamana)
Stealing Drinks From A Drunk Rock Star

Gallery II:
DANNY J. MARTINEZ (aka Van Dam One)
Lost & Found

Gallery III:
PAOLA CIARSKA
Paolaverse

Gallery IV:
NERDSTALGIA‘ group show
Curated by our own Ken Flewellyn

The Doghouse Gallery:
STEVE MARTINEZ
Shuffle

Opening Reception: Saturday, February 10 from 6-10pm

Plus be sure to also check out the Thinkspace Night Market located in the courtyard between our two spaces during our opening night festivities.

Live painting from 1440 + an artist mini-mart with booths from Miss Brixx, Alepsis Hernandez, Amy Smith, Fl.our Pots & Anthony Manorek’s vintage offerings + amazing grub from Zavala’s Pies + weed bar from The Cure Company + our open bar + free Liquid Death + coffee and warm drinks from the Mad Barista + video projections from Digital Debris Video Gallery + Venice Beats providing the soundtrack to the evening and shout out to GoopMassta for holding it all down in our courtyard!

On view February 10 thru March 2, 2024

Thinkspace Projects
4207 W. Jefferson Blvd.
4217 W. Jefferson Blvd.
Los Angeles, California 90016

RYOL (aka Ryo Laksamana)
Stealing Drinks From A Drunk Rock Star
(Gallery I)

For our third solo exhibition together, the Indonesian artist Ryol has created a series of 12 paintings, ten of which see the artist re-imagining masterpieces from nine legendary artists. Through the lens of his distinctive style, this series of works explores the intersections between classical artistry and today’s dynamic cultural landscape. 

Ryol’s new works are quite different from his past works: in “Rain,” “Chupa Chups for You,” “Iced Tea,” “Half-Shredded Painting,” and “Man with a Parasol,” to name a few, he responded to popular culture products and phenomena. However, in some of his works in this new series, such as “Cats of Golconda,” we can experience both of these approaches when Magritte’s idea of human’s uniformity in 1953 meets Sanrio’s anthropomorphized animal characters, mainly the so-called Global Marketing Phenomenon, Hello Kitty. 

“Stealing Drinks From A Drunk Rockstar” is a cheeky nod to what he does: a joyous act of challenging perceptions and definitions of good art – if not art itself – by representing a moment from the great masters and toasting to the unending contemporary artistic expression. Ryol creates new situations and therefore a new set of invoked feelings and meanings for not only familiar, but iconic works. 

“Stealing Drinks From A Drunk Rockstar” serves as a playful reminder that the boundaries of creativity are fluid, and the echoes of the past can find resonance in the beats of the contemporary. Here Ryol skillfully employs humor and irony to break down the barriers that separate centuries, inviting the audience to witness the timeless conversation between art forms.

DANNY J. MARTINEZ (aka Van Dam One)
Lost & Found
(Gallery II)

Born in the South Suburbs of Chicago, IL, Danny J. Martinez (aka Van Dam One) is an artist whose work blurs the line between realism, illustration, cartoons, comics, and absurdity to create a blend of tangible surrealism that pulls the viewer into each piece. His work across different genres and mediums fuses together contemporary subjects with traditional mark making techniques that focus on both universal and individual understandings of the world. He uses this blend of surrealism as a means of self-discovery, drawing on his own experiences and the experiences of his community, to convey emotion and storytelling through multiple visual mediums.

PAOLA CIARSKA
Paolaverse
(Gallery III)

Paola Ciarska revels, excites and rejoices in the unrestrained potential of imagination. Each miniature painting has a vast cast of female characters, living out a virtual fantasy from the comfort of their multi-room domiciles. The viewer is turned into a voyeur, spying on the indulgent private moments and left to try and discern just what is going on.

The paintings have a physical presence that far exceeds their small scale. Each work is packed with painterly detail. Rooms are filled with the trinkets of modern life, decorated with reproductions of modern masters and adorned with fairy-lights, all set against psychedelic (and mildly suggestive) patterned backgrounds. Ciarska enjoys the labour of a marathon painting session, getting lost in the haze of its intricate, obsessive application.

NERDSTALGIA‘ group show
Curated by our own Ken Flewellyn
(Gallery IV)

“Stoked to announce my new curated exhibit ‘Nerdstalgia!’ For those of y’all that know me, I’m nerdy AF. To this day I still play dungeons and dragons weekly like that 15 year old looking for a magical escape. After the pandemic, catching up with a lot of artists, I was excited to hear how many took refuge in nerdy pursuits of their past. I decided then, I wanna see the nerd origin story that shaped the artist they are today.” – Ken Flewellyn (Thinkspace Projects director)

‘Nerdstalgia’ will showcase new works from over 30 incredible artists, all mind melding with their inner nerd.

Featuring new work from:
Jon Ching
Anthony Clarkson
L. Croskey
Risa Culbertson
Emily Ding
Alex Face
Ken Flewellyn
Jacub Gagnon
Sergio Garcia
GoopMassta
Matthew Grabelsky
A.L. Grime
Andrea Guzzetta
Cody Jimenez
Jolene Lai
Scott Listfield
Huntz Liu
Jeremie Marie
Marie-Claude Marquis
Mr. B Baby
Dustin Myers
Alvaro Naddeo
Francesca Quintano
Juan Manuel Sanabria
Zachary Schoenbaum
Floyd Strickland
Jane Tardo
TRAV MSK
The Obanoth
Madeleine Tonzi
Brian M. Viveros
Mark Waldman
Casey Weldon
Woes
Jasper Wong

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STEVE MARTINEZ
Shuffle
(The Doghouse Gallery)

Long beach native Steve Martinez is a fine artist, muralist, photographer, and graphic designer. His contemporary work deals with the discourse between the symbolic and the realistic within daily urban life. The thread of Mayan symbols and hieroglyphs—both representative of Martinez’s history and culture—is inescapable in his work, always connecting the present to the past by uplifting, preserving, and honoring a significant layer of meaning and identity.

‘LAX x AMS’ Thinkspace x STRAAT Group Show Opening in Amsterdam | June 17, 2023

We’re excited to share details on our next group show with our friends at the STRAAT Museum in Amsterdam.

‘LAX / AMS’ is an international artistic convergence at STRAAT | curated by Thinkspace Projects

Opening Reception:
Saturday, June 17 from 7:30 to 11pm

STRAAT Museum
NDSM-Pleiin 1
1033 WC Amsterdam
Netherlands

This dynamic group show brings together 83 artists from 20 countries spanning the globe, showcasing a diverse range of artistic backgrounds and career stages.

As a special highlight, participating artists Super A and Collin van der Sluijs will create stunning mural-scale works to be added to the ever-evolving STRAAT main hall collection during the week leading up to the grand opening.

Featuring new work from:
Ador
Kathy Ager
Antonio Ainscough
Aof Smith
Julian Adon Alexander
Langston Allston
Jordi Alos
Fajar Amali
Blic
Philip Bosmans
Brek
Ezra Brown
Carl Cashman
Ikechukwu A. Christian
Cryptik
Preston Daniels
Delisha
Dredske
Leo Eguiarte
Sofia Enriquez
Jordan Ferguson
Priscilla S. Flores
Jacub Gagnon
Genavee Gomez
GoopMassta
Daniela Garcia Hamilton
Ha Haengeun
Hendra “HeHe” Harsono
Anjastama Hp
Humbly
Cody Jimenez
Haylie Jimenez
Sydnie Jimenez
Oscar Joyo
Ozzie Juarez
Kapitan
David Kaye
Scott Listfield
Huntz Liu
Dan Lydersen
Sean Mahan
Al Marcano
Marie Claude Marquis
Danny Martinez (aka Van Dam One)
Steve Martinez
Jay McKay
b. Robert Moore
Vanessa Morata
Kristy Moreno
Jesse Morsberger
Mr. B Baby
Baby Mueller
Janina Myronova
Bell Nakai
Arnon “Cheese” Neiysoongnoen
Guillaume Ollivier
Chaz Outing
Perez Bros
Michael Polakowski
Gustavo Rimada
Roja
Mia Scarpa
Byun Sehee
Sheryo
Jeremy Shockley
Jack Shure
Collin van der Sluijs
Anthony Solano
Stom500
Super A
Floyd Strickland
Rain Szeto
Yuta Tamura
TRAV MSK
Melly Trochez
Jocelyn Tsaih
Daisy Velasco
Wiley Wallace
Casey Weldon
Woes
Brad Woodfin
Yok
Manuel Zamudio
Zeye Oner

On view June 17 – July 30, 2023 in Amsterdam, Netherlands

‘The 9th Annual Exploring The New Contemporary Movement’ Group Exhibition this May in Honolulu for this year’s Hawai’i Walls mural festival

‘The 9th Annual Exploring The New Contemporary Movement’
May 10 – May 13, 2023 in Honolulu, Hawai’i

Opening Reception: Wednesday, May 10 from 6-10pm

Open Thursday through Saturday from 1-6pm daily

Palama Settlement
810 N. Vinyard Blvd.
Honolulu, HI 96817

We’ll be donating 10% of all proceeds to various cancer charities to help fund the research for a cure for this horrible disease.

Featuring new work from:
123Klan
Ador
Antonio Ainscough
Alex Face
Langston Allston
Jordi Alos
Balloonski
Blic
Philip Bosmans
Brek
Ezra Brown
Cryptik
Rene Cuvos
Preston Daniels
Aaron De La Cruz
Dredske
Leo Eguiarte
Sofia Enriquez
Kamele Eskaran
Jordan Ferguson
Ken Flewellyn
Liz Flores
Kolten French
Thao Huynh French
Gian Galang
GATS PTV
Giorgiko
GoopMassta
Kris Goto
Kamea Hadar
Ha Haengeun
Daniela Garcia Hamilton
Hendra “HeHe” Harsono
Anjastama Hp
Lucinda Hinojos(aka La Morena)
Humbly
Andrea James
Haylie Jimenez
Sydnie Jimenez
Oscar Joyo
Kapitan
David Kaye
Jason Keam
Jana Lam
Huntz Liu
Dan Lydersen
Al Marcano
Marie Claude Marquis
Danny Martinez (aka Van Dam One)
Steve Martinez
Jay McKay
b. Robert Moore
Kristy Moreno
Jesse Morsberger
Mr. B Baby
Baby Mueller
Iker Muro
Janina Myronova
Bell Nakai
Guillaume Ollivier
JT Ojerio
Chaz Outing
Perez Bros
Gustavo Rimada
Roja
Mia Scarpa
Boz Schurr
Byun Sehee
Jeremy Shockley
Jack Shure
Alex Solis
Stom500
Floyd Strickland
Yuta Tamura
Madeleine Tonzi
TRAV MSK
Melly Trochez
Shar Tuiasoa
Daisy Velasco
Casey Weldon
Woes
Manuel Zamudio
Zeye Oner