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Urban Nation – Sour Harvest

A TASTE OF URBAN NATION AT SCOPE BASEL

Works from URBAN NATION Berlin’s permanent collection that were featured as part of this last September’s big opening celebration are now on view at SCOPE Basel thru this Sunday, June 17.

Works are from:
Haroshi, Ben Frost, Bust, Mia Florentine Weiss, Cranio and HERAKUT.

Tickets and full details at:

www.Scope-Art.com

The Opening Reception of “DUO” & “NEMETA” – February 27, 2016

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Have you ever seen a surf shack inside an art gallery? Well if you were at the opening reception of “DUO”, the answer would be, “Yes and it was AMAZING!”

Yok & Sheryo transformed the nook in Thinkspace Gallery’s main room with the contruction of thier palm leaf convered shack. Adorned with hand painted signage and displaying new works from the duo on the inside, they figuratively and litterally nailed their install. Not to be overshadow, the talented duos’; BEST EVER, Snik, Telmo Miel, Nevercrew, Jana & JS, and Cyrcle complete the exhibition with a cohesive flow of colorful, layered, and textured works.

DUO Opening Reception

Duo Opening Reception

Duo Opening Reception

In the Thinkspace Gallery project room, Rodrigo Luff exhibited 11 new pieces for Nemeta. His signature ethereal style and unique brilliant colors jumped off the canvas, find out more about his inspiration for the show in our exclusive interview with Luff.

Rodrigo Luff Nemeta Opening Reception

Rodrigo Luff Nemeta Opening Reception

Rodrigo Luff Nemeta Opening Reception

Rodrigo Luff Nemeta Opening

Duo Opening Reception

Duo Opening Reception

Duo Opening Reception

Duo Opening Reception

Duo Opening Reception

Duo Opening Reception

Duo Opening Reception

Duo Opening Reception

Duo Opening Reception

Duo Opening Reception

Duo Opening Reception

Duo Opening Reception

Duo Opening Reception

Duo Opening Reception

Duo Opening Reception

Duo Opening Reception

Duo Opening Reception

Duo Opening Reception

To view the full set of photos from the opening night please visit the Thinkspace Gallery Facebook and Flickr account. “DUO” & “Nemeta” are on view till March 19th, please visit the Thinkspace Gallery website for more information.

Thinkspace Family on Instagram : “DUO” Edition

Thinkspace Gallery in collaboration with Berlin’s Urban Nation is pleased to present DUO, a group exhibition featuring works by internationally acclaimed contemporary art duos: Best/Ever, Cyrcle, Jana & JS, Nevercrew, Snik, Telmo Miel, and Yok & Sheryo.

As a special edition of our Thinkspace Family on Instagram series, the following accounts are of the talented artists in the exhibition. We invite you to the opening reception for “DUO” tonight Saturday, February 27th from 6-9pm and runs to March 19th.

The Instagram accounts below are in the following order;  Nevercrew, The Yok, Sheryo, Jana and JS, Telmo Miel, Snik, Cyrcle, Best/Ever. To view more of each artist’s Instagram account click their username next to the profile picture.

 

@bedrockla studios EchoPark still Rollin . Photo @the1point8 Circa 2012 #cyrcle #magicisreal

A photo posted by cyrcle (@cyrcle) on

“DUO” Interview with CYRCLE

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CYRCLE is a two-man collective made up of, American artists David Leavitt (Davey Detail) and David Torres (Rabi), born out of Los Angeles, California in 2010. Their artwork focuses on life, duality, and the human condition combined with the aesthetic consideration of form, typeface, color, and balance which is what creates their “signature” style.

Thinkspace Gallery in collaboration with Berlin’s Urban Nation, is pleased to present DUO, a group exhibition featuring works by internationally acclaimed contemporary art duos. The following is an exclusive Sour Harvest interview with CYRCLE.

CYRCLE face paint

How did you two first meet and decide to collaborate together?
We met in Los Angeles at a 4th of July rooftop party 2007 I think. There were literally fireworks, it was the gayest of times :). We spent years hanging out and developing the friendship. Painting and creating together had many ups and downs. It wasn’t until 2010 that we focused our experiences in life together into CYRCLE.

CYRCLE cube

What inspires you or where do you find inspiration?
Inspiration comes in all shapes, sizes, sounds, and smells.  It’s interesting where an idea can come from. By nature from birth we are absorbing information and spewing shit back out, so it makes sense that it’s just a combination of what we have learned and know (or think we know) plus feel, plus want to say. Fuck man there’s no way to answer this question without sounding pretentious, lol, but its true. It’s deep. Sometimes we think we don’t have a choice in the matter at all. We can say most recently our interest is in science and religion. Faith and Fact. What is truth?

CYRCLE Mural

How do you two work through conflict when creating a cohesive vision?
Basically, Davey has a very passive way of saying no, it’s kinda like saying yes but not really. Where as when I see something I don’t like I’m like FUCK NO! Fire and ice.  We value each other’s opinions so it usually just takes a cigarette or two.

CYRCLE art

What is your process for collaborating, does one artist do xyz and the other abc? Please elaborate.
Our creative process is always evolving. We have uniquely different skills. Ideas are selected based on who has the superior or best-refined concept. This varies from project to project. Usually, we start with a word or defining statement which catalyzes the creative process. We tend to think thematically and tediously dissect a concept in depth which then informs the art, it’s medium, composition, and aesthetic. We treat our exhibitions as if a fashion collection, each story is like a new season, with a unique inspiration. We like to create cohesive body’s of work, that make sense when viewed in entirety or seen as a collection. With that said, we both inform each other of ideas that help explain the narrative. Davey’s strengths are in design and Rabi’s in painting and execution. We balance each other well, we have a symbiotic relationship. We are yin and yang.

CYRCLE Mural

Do you remember your first wall? Or have a good story to share from when you were doing a mural together…
We can Remember our first really big wall in LA. It was on Bedrock studios in Echo Park.  It took over a month and basically killed us. We would have nightmares about it getting buffed, or torn down by an earthquake. So funny. Now a days its another day at the office, a wall that size will take a week. We’ve come a long way, in what feels like a very short time.

CYRCLE cube

If you could live in a movie for a day, what would it be? Would you be yourself or a specific character?
RABI- Bill Murray, Groundhogs Day.
Davey- Same.

Anything else you would like to share? Next big project?
@BLACKCYRCLE @DOUGLYFESUCKS

CYCLE Mural

View new work from CYRCLE during our opening reception for “DUO” Saturday, February 27th from 6 -9 pm. For additional information on the exhibit please visit Thinkspace Gallery’s website; if you’d like to receive a preview of the show make sure to sign up for the Thinkspace Gallery mailing list.

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“DUO” Interview with Snik

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Britain’s Snik is couple Nick and Laura. Nick began working as Snik in 2005, later pairing up with Laura at the end of 2011. Working in stencil and spray paint, the duo is constantly pushing the boundaries of their medium. Snik will hand cut up to nine layers of stencils at a time, creating the depth and realism for which their work is known, with several overlays and applications of paint and varnish. The level of detail in their work is impressive, and the painterly approach of their technique is unique in its texture and dimensionality. By combining the precision of the graphic stencil cuts with the more chaotic and free application of paint, their works balance chaos with control. The same aesthetic applies to their work on canvas, where they offset the accidental aspects of studio work with drips, bleeds and smudges, with the precision of graphic stenciling. 

Thinkspace Gallery in collaboration with Berlin’s Urban Nation, is pleased to present DUO, a group exhibition featuring works by internationally acclaimed contemporary art duos. The following is an exclusive Sour Harvest interview with Snik. 

How did you two first meet and decide to collaborate together?
Nik originally started teasing out Snik back in 2003 after being immersed in the street art scene from visiting prolific cities across the world. We actually started speaking in 2010, both living in a small town it wasn’t long before we realised we were one of the few people that not only painted but adored finding out about new pieces painted across the globe. Late night studio sessions, ideas and bottles of wine were shared so in a short time 2011 summer came around and we both collaborated with Ben Slow on a wall in Bristol. I guess from there we realised our ideas bounced off each other well. Watching Nik work on the 2011 solo show was a great time for me to step back and really think what I could bring. Officially a duo from the Stencil Bastards show in Zurich in 2012 to our most recent show in LA with Thinkspace we’ve had a great time trying new ideas and concreting Snik being a duo.

SNIK mural melrose

What inspires you or where do you find inspiration?
I guess it all starts with a conversation. Whether it’s over music, films or exploring every single art form that really speaks to us. We took a lot of inspiration at the end of 2015 in Paris. The louvre always stands out to us in a big way, the colours and depths of the 16th-century paintings. But then again we can have what seems to be the best idea going but when it comes to putting spray paint and paper to canvas it can fall apart. Sometimes a late night studio session can bring about an idea that is so much fun to roll with.

Snik WIP tiger

How do you two work through conflict when creating a cohesive vision?
Haha, I think we are lucky that “constructive criticism” only really comes up when we paint a wall. We are both bursting with enthusiasm about ideas that we wanna do but both realise we need to take a step back to chat. Our ideas always combine well. When painting in masks its impossible to talk, so we’ve learned to trust the process and each other. Allowing each other do what we need to do and know it’s going to work…..hopefully.

Snik Mural

What is your process for collaborating, does one artist do XYZ and the other ABC? Please elaborate.
The best way to describe it is we can admit each other’s strong points. I love messing around with colour scales and the contrast it can bring. Being clean and precise. Nik is great at being messy, to be ballsy and drag something pure and clean back to an unstructured piece. We both cut, paint and plan to produce something we can both be proud of.

Do you remember your first wall? Or have a good story to share of when you were doing a mural together…
As mentioned before it was Bristol, Summer 2011. BSU Crew (shout to cosmo, ben slow and DON). An amazing day of beers and sunshine working a wall with Ben Slow. I think if anything, it was Nik seeing I could work his stencils as well as my own and that we could have fun really bringing something to life. That something was Snik. Knowing with 2 people our walls can be bigger and bolder. One of the best feelings ever is standing back from a finished wall together.

Snik Mural

If you could live in a movie for a day, what would it be? Would you be yourself or a specific character? 
Hands down for me it’s True Romance. Alabama’s style, the crazy love story warped in pimps, murder and a classic soundtrack. I’m sure Nik would pick something completely different, maybe Lord of the Rings? Just for the scenery.

Anything else you would like to share? Next big project?
2016 is all about the walls. There’s been a lot of cutting going on, we’re ready to hit walls all over the place. Keep your eyes peeled!

View new works from the duo Snik during our opening reception for “DUO” Saturday, February 27th from 6 -9 pm. For additional information on the exhibit please visit Thinkspace Gallery’s website; if you’d like to receive a preview of the show make sure to sign up for the Thinkspace Gallery mailing list.