Interview with Sentrock for ‘Two Birds, One Stone’ | Exhibition June 3 – June 24, 2023

Thinkspace is excited to present Sentrock Two Birds, One Stone’  which highlights the dichotomy of who he is as an artist and who he is as a person, bringing to light the relatable internal struggle of simultaneously being more than just one thing. The works highlight the times of his introspection, aiming to capture the raw energy or the fleeting moment. Through his creation, Sentrock has become a catalyst for his community. His work presents undertones of hope, freedom and expression, encapsulating his background, history, upbringing, empathy, and compassion for his community.

Our interview with Sentrock discusses his cocktail of choice, mentorship and community, about fatherhood and his ideal dream artist to collaborate with.

What was the inspiration behind this latest body of work? What themes were you exploring?

My inspiration for this body of work was to explore my internal reflections what or who I am as an individual, as an artist and as a person outside of that. Just allowing myself to create, based off that notion of who am I like what do I want as a person.

The last time we interviewed you, you were preparing for your museum exhibition at the Elmhurst Art Museum. How was that experience? You had several sculptural and animated elements in the exhibition, what was the process for making those concepts a reality?

The museum exhibition was amazing, the platform that a museum brings allowed me to vision my work through a different lens but also for the audience, I gave more of a story line with the art. I was able to dive deeper into the narrative and not just 2D but in a overall captivating way for the audience. The process deals with patience and trust, having an idea and working with some many moving parts you have to enjoy the process and trust the end result is worth it. Creating something that has value and impact takes time and understanding of what you want your audience to receive.

The opening of ‘The Boy Who Wanted to Fly’ had a signature, Paloma. Is that your favorite cocktail? If so, how would one make it. If not, what is your favorite drink to order when feeling fancy?

Haha anything with tequila is my favorite. Palomas are my go to when making them, so I figure why not give them out to the attendees. Paloma is my fancy drink but when I want to feel fancy and sophisticated I go for the Old Fashion.

Mentorship is important to you as an artist, not only helping young artist cultivate their voice but an understanding the business behind being a full-time artist. Who were some of the people who helped you learn the ropes early on?

I mean, yeah I wouldn’t have been into art if it wasn’t for a guest artists visiting my school. Mentorship is huge especially in my community, I want to continue to uplift my community and culture. I see a lot of the young latino community as my younger siblings. I was the oldest of 6 siblings, so it came natural.

Your mother helped to foster your creative practice and keep you out of trouble by giving you tools to be creative in your backyard. To other young artists who might not have that kind of support, what advice would you give them to not lose heart?

That’s tough because without some support, it’s like reaching for something you feel out of their grasps, I been there before as well. I would say just start from scratch, find any ways to create, when you have less that’s when the best ideas are cultivated.

Your father has played a notable role in inspiring your creative voice to dig into themes of freedom. And in your last exhibition with us, you were exploring those elements along with grappling with fatherhood yourself now. How has fatherhood influenced your art? What element of fatherhood is most rewarding at the moment and most challenging?

That’s a loaded question, I’ll get back to it after I speak to my therapist haha. The most rewarding part is knowing everything this kid knows or understands at this age is because what I have shown him, the smiles he has is because my playing with him or I showed him something funny. It’s really rewarding to know you can literally show this kid life, and introduce him to a live you want for him. All I can do right now is show up for him and give him love. The most challenging thing, is definitely the energy, learning to balance out the energy. You know the whole work / life balance thing.

What was in your musical rotation during the development of this body of work?

Definitely Drake haha but also a lot Mac Miller. I really listen to anything when in the studio. Mostly chill vibes though, bc I need to be able to chill out.

And do you have a favorite coffee brand? How do you take your coffee?

No real favorite. I take my son to Dunkin every morning on our morning walks so by default. Lol I love a good pour over v60 but dad life calls for a Dunkin, then in the afternoon I get a cappuccino.

If you could collaborate with any artists in any sort of medium (i.e. movies, music, painting), who would you collaborate with, and what would be making?

For sure, Kendrick Lamar. All his music and music videos are super inspirational.

What do you hope viewers take away or experience while viewing your work?

I think I want viewers to take more of a feeling away, like not necessarily my art technique or color palette but the idea of using art as an express tool, almost therapeutic.

How do you like to enjoy your time outside of the studio? Do you celebrate the completion of a body of work?

I would love to celebrate haha! Haven’t given myself a chance to slow down yet but a bottle of red wine, music and some friends is my usual .

Exhibition on view June 3 – June 24, 2023 at:
Thinkspace Projects
4207 W. Jefferson Blvd.
Los Angeles, California 90016

Photo Tour of Sentrock’s ‘Two Birds, One Stone,’ and Toyameg ‘The Pinkish Paradise’ and ‘New Works’ from Mister Toledo

Thinkspace presents a photo tour of  SENTROCK ‘Two Birds, One Stone’ in Gallery III, and TOYAMEG The Pinkish Paradise’ in Gallery IV, as well as ‘New Works’ from MISTER TOLEDO showcased this month in our new Dog House Gallery.

All exhibitions are on view at Thinkspace Projects now through June 24, 2023.

Photos by @BirdManPhotos.

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Virtual Tour of June Exhibitions at Thinkspace Projects | Exhibitions on view June 3 – June 24, 2023

Thinkspace presents a virtual tour of ‘Heritage’ featuring new work from DULK showing in Gallery I and CHARLIE IMMERGlow Up and Down’ showing in Gallery II. Along with SENTROCK ‘Two Birds, One Stone’ in Gallery III, and TOYAMEG The Pinkish Paradise’ showing in Gallery IV.

Explore the virtual tour here: https://players.cupix.com/p/qSyD5y5L

All exhibitions are on view at Thinkspace Projects now through June 23, 2023.

Virtual tour created by Birdman.

Video Tour & Opening Reception Party of June 2023 Exhibitions featuring Dulk, Charlie Immer, Sentrock, Toyameg, and Mister Toledo at Thinkspace Projects

Thinkspace presents a video tour and opening reception of Dulk ‘Heritage’. Along with Charlie Immer ‘Glow Up and Down’ showing in Gallery II, Sentrock ‘Two Birds, One Stone’ in Gallery III, and Toyameg ‘The Pinkish Paradise’ in Gallery IV. ALSO new works from Mister Toledo showcased this month in our new Dog House Gallery (now live on our webshop for immediate purchase). The Dog House Gallery will be open during our monthly receptions and also each Saturday from noon to 6pm during the run of our monthly exhibitions.

Much love to all that came through this past Saturday to show such insane support for our June exhibitions. What an amazing night and epic turnout! All of our gallery spaces and courtyard were packed all evening long.

June 3 – June 24, 2023

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

Gallery I
DULK
Heritage

Gallery II
CHARLIE IMMER
Glow Up and Down

Gallery III
SENTROCK
Two Birds, One Stone

Gallery IV
TOYAMEG
The Pinkish Paradise

The Dog House Gallery
MISTER TOLEDO
New Works

Shout outs to Mr B Baby,  GoopmasstaPhobikGod, Vanessa GarciaQuiralta, In The Box Collectibles, Kabob Senpai, Liquid Death, Venice Beats and Digital Debris Video Gallery for providing the non-stop vibes in our courtyard.

Open Tuesday to Saturday from 12-6pm.

All five exhibitions are on view through Saturday, June 24. Please note the Dog House Gallery and our courtyard are only open for viewing on Saturdays.

Viewing Rooms for each show will be live on our website later this week.

Video + photos courtesy @BirdManPhotos

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June Exhibitions featuring works from Dulk, Charlie Immer, Sentrock, Toyameg, and Mister Toledo Open June 3, 2023 at Thinkspace Projects.

Thinkspace Projects presents:

DULK (aka Antonio Seguro)
Heritage

CHARLIE IMMER
Glow Up and Down

SENTROCK
Two Birds, One Stone

TOYAMEG
The Pinkish Paradise

MISTER TOLEDO
New Works

Opening Reception:
Saturday, June 3 from 6-10pm

Book Signing & Print Release + Mural Reveal:
Saturday, June 3 from 5-6pm

Experience Goopmassta’s ‘Courtyard Sessions’ between our two spaces with Mr. B Baby live painting alongside a mini artist mart with booths from GoopmasstaPhobikGod, Vanessa GarcialUpendo_ & In The Box Collectibles  + amazing grub from Kabob Senpai + open bar + Venice Beats on the 1’s and 2’s + video projections from Digital Debris Gallery + check out the Dog House Gallery with new works from Mister Toldeo.

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

GALLERY I:

DULK (aka Antonio Segura)
‘Heritage’

Antonio Segura, known internationally by the pseudonym Dulk, brings his worlds of stylized animalia and character creatures to Thinkspace Projects with ‘Heritage’. Striking an unlikely balance between the playful ease of children’s make-believe and the prescient threat of ecological doomsday, Dulk’s works celebrate the beauty of nature’s biodiversity while simultaneously mourning the imminence of its loss. Much in the same way that fantasy actively invites collusion with nightmare, Dulk’s extravagantly lush imagination, for all of its seductive warmth, is punctuated by premonitory distress, and poignantly aberrant, if not predictive, details. 

Dulk’s work seems to evolve as quickly and drastically as the climate crisis itself. Dulk, always in pursuit of capturing the immensity of the moment, has assembled a series of work that represents a new level both in terms of its technical eloquence and its urgency. For all of their surreal elements and his immense gifts for personification, Dulk’s paintings are the immediate byproduct of his travels into remote areas. 

Every one of these works in this collection is tied to his memories of a natural wonder and wildlife, some as close as the deserts of the southwest, to the mythical redwood forests of northern California to his travels into the arctic circle of Alaska. He has witnessed first hand both the beauty of these landscapes and the terrible collapse that is creeping over them like a fatal tide. He works hard to capture both elements because above all he is asking us to go out and do the same. By painting something beautiful he asks audiences to gather the strength to look away from art and toward nature, as painful as that may be. Dulk’s works always seem to possess their own magical dream, their own colors and narratives, but at the core every work has one single voice and one message; he is asking us to wake up.

With a specificity of imagery that rivals that of a miniaturist, with hidden vignettes, characters, subplots, and gems peppered throughout his tightly composed images, Dulk’s work is breathtaking. The breadth of his inspirations alone, including everything from contemporary illustration and graphics, graffiti and public muralism, ensures Dulk’s world is as expansive and elated as it is heartbreaking and wounded.

About Dulk:
Valencian artist Dulk, Antonio Segura, is one of the most important names in Valencian painting of the moment internationally. His body of work begins to form in urban art and mural painting—to which he remains closely linked today— along with study work, but does not stop there. He continues to research and constantly create new forms of expression through different media, drawing, sculpture or photography among others. True to its essence —with a strong ecological conviction to defend ecosystems and the most vulnerable species— this work invites the viewer to be part of a unique imaginarium, full of energy and with a special sensitivity to color. A dream world with animals and natural spaces that tells personal, universal and unique stories.

GALLERY II:

CHARLIE IMMER
‘Glow Up and Down’

Thinkspace Projects is pleased to present Charlie Immer’s ‘Glow Up and Down’ in Gallery II. His spectacular and surprisingly inviting world of candy-coloured-gross-out-flavored mayhem offers truly wondrous visual feasts for those who are unperturbed by oodles of goo, slime, blood and the occasional severed head. 

Due to the jubilant carnage occurring between Immer’s protagonists and their merry little victims, who incidentally range from dancing skulls dripping with jellied ooze, to fruity characters in varying stages of dismemberment, one cannot help but get swept up in the high spirited horror and overall exuberance on display. These expertly rendered gory happenings carefully tread the fine line between repulsion and attraction, exploring the duality that exists and striking an extraordinary balance; the result is a masterclass in titillation that also succeeds in tickling funny bones.

“Titled ‘Glow Up and Down,’ my upcoming exhibition encapsulates the joy of radiant exploration. Each piece aims to capture the allure and mystique of glowing forms, inviting viewers to bask in the radiance of peculiar characters as they navigate through ambiguous spaces.  As with all my work I hope it makes the viewer smile.”

About Charlie Immer
Charlie Immer is an American Postwar & Contemporary artist who was born in 1983 in the state of Maryland. In 2008, Charlie graduated with distinction from the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, gaining himself a BFA in Illustration. His artwork has since been shown in prestigious galleries around the world, and has also been published in prominent art magazines, such as Juxtapoz and Hi-Fructose, earning him a large following and considerable acclaim.

GALLERY III:

SENTROCK
‘Two Birds, One Stone’

Sentrock’s ‘Two Birds, One Stone’ fills Thinkspace Projects’ Gallery III this June. In a collection of paintings and drawings, Sentrock reflects his mental perspective at this time in his career and stage in life. 

‘Two Birds, One Stone’ highlights the dichotomy of who he is as an artist and who he is as a person, bringing to light the relatable internal struggle of simultaneously being more than just one thing. 

The works highlight the times of his introspection, aiming to capture the raw energy or the fleeting moment. In works on canvas and on paper, Sentrock presents something that is deeply personal, but rings true to many. Further emphasizing duality and contrast, Sentrock presents large scale works as pivotal statements of the show and smaller sketches as a more intimate display. 

Through his creation, Sentrock has become a catalyst for his community. His work presents undertones of hope, freedom and expression, encapsulating his background, history, upbringing, empathy, and compassion for his community.

About Sentrock
Joseph Perez, best known as “Sentrock” is a self taught street artist. Sentrock witnessed street art as a form of expression, birthing his interest to pick a spray can and continue his artistic voice. His early works were developed from graffiti writing in Mexican-American neighborhoods. Sentrock’s signature bird-mask over a human figure has become his most recognizable declaration.  Sentrock describes his bird-mask as analogous to humanity: a person who is able to find or escape to their freedom by placing them in a different reality.

GALLERY IV:

TOYAMEG
‘The Pinkish Paradise’

Japanese artist Toyameg brings her own personal fantasy to life, filling Gallery IV of Thinkspace Projects. Known for her vicious pop illustration, she brings her signature style to a fictional world of her creation. 

Drawing on her experiences in apparel and the music industry, Toyameg creates an engaging scape inspired by a dream. Affectionately called ‘The Pinkish Paradise’, the artist welcomes audiences to the pink desert she dreamt of. 

Describing the scene, the artist says, “All people and animals love each other there. It was a very happy place and I thought it was paradise. I have created works that imagine the people and plants living in this paradise.” The resulting collection is heart-warming and vibrant. 

About Toyameg
Toyameg is an artist based in Fukuoka, Japan. She is self-taught and started her career in music culture and the streets. She describes her art as “pop with a pinch of poison.” She holds solo exhibitions throughout Japan and provides illustrations to musicians, apparel brands, and other clients.