Introducing our ‘Shawn Forever’ series of fund-raising prints

This coming Monday, March 11 would have been Shawn Mary Vezinaw Hosner’s 58th birthday. To help us recover from the mountain of medical bills from Shawn’s cancer battle, we are launching a special suite of fund-raising editions in tandem with our good friends at Static Medium on this most special of days.

We are honored to kick things off with two beautiful new editions from Cinta Vidal of works featured in her recent sold-out NYC solo show we hosted for her. We’ve worked with Cinta for over a decade now, and she loved Shawn, so this is a great starting point for this special series.

Static Medium is generously waving all productions fees and the artists are donating the full runs to helping us re-build, get out of debt and back into fighting shape for 2025 and beyond, not to mention build towards a fund for our future art award in Shawn’s honor with our good friends at JUXTAPOZ. The support has been overwhelming to us and we can not begin to express in words what this all means to us, as we are all still so in shock at the loss of our dear Shawn.

Both ‘Eames’ and ‘Plaza’ from Vidal will be available on Monday, March 11 at 10am PST / 1pm EST via our web shop. Full details shared Monday morning via our e-mail newsletter and can be found now on our Facebook page.

CINTA VIDAL
“Eames”
Edition of 50
32 x 32 inches / 81.28cm x 81.28cm
Hand Deckled Edges
On Moab Entrada 290gsm
Each print is signed and numbered by the artist
Printed by Static Medium (Los Angeles)
$250

*Prints will ship rolled in a tube and ship out by the week of the 18th of March.

Available on Monday, March 11 at 10am PST / 1pm EST via our web shop

CINTAL VIDAL
“Plaza”
Edition of 50
24 x 24 inches
60.96cm x 60.96
Hand Deckled Edges
On Moab Entrada 290gsm
Each print is signed and numbered by the artist
Printed by Static Medium (Los Angeles)
$200

*Prints will ship rolled in a tube and ship out by the week of the 18th of March.

Shipping costs are additional and will be calculated during check out. Any customs or duty fees incurred, are not the responsibility of the gallery.

Sorry, no pre-orders are available.

Anyone that has donated to our GoFundMe, Venmo or helped in any way so far, we can not begin to thank you enough. Our community means so much to us and it was EVERYTHING to Shawn. She always wanted everyone to know how much we loved them and respected the fact that there is so much to do every night in Los Angeles, so when you choose to come and hang out with us and our family of creatives, that that really meant something to her and always will to everyone one of us here at Thinkspace.

72 hour timed editions coming up with:
Giorgiko on Friday, March 15
Brian M. Viveros on Friday, March 22

Also watch for new ‘Shawn Forever’ print editions coming very soon with:
Yosuke Ueno, Gustavo Rimada, Dulk, Audrey Kawasaki, Amy Sol, Stom500, Scott Listfield, Jasper Wong, Esao Andrews and many more in the works

SHAWN MARY VEZINAW HOSNER
3/11/66 to 2/14/24

Donation Links:
GoFundMe Link
Paypal Link
Venmo Link

Interview with Yosuke Ueno for ‘Beautiful Noise’  | Exhibition September 2 – September 23, 2023

Thinkspace is excited to present YOSUKE UENO for ‘Beautiful Noise‘ our sixth solo exhibition together with the artist. His new series of works are inspired by the reborn aesthetic of the Japanese art of “kintsugi,” which refers to repairing broken pottery by mending the breaks with powdered gold. Ueno explores the Japanese tradition of admiring beauty in the incompleteness of objects, acknowledging breakage, damage, and noise as proof of existence. ‘

Our interview with Ueno shares his rituals before painting, his creative influences/motivations and about his fantasy dinner party.

What themes were you exploring in this body of work? Did you have a piece that was particularly challenging?

Our brain cells are replaced every day, but we sometimes stay where we are. That sound unnatural to me. I always want to erase myself of yesterday. Scrap & build. The highest point of yesterday is just a new starting point today.

What does a day in the studio look like for you? How do you structure your days?

Usually go to bed around 9pm and find myself at my studio 4 in the morning. I keep painting until get tired.

Do you have any rituals that help you tap into a creative flow?

For me, things like rituals and motivations are not necessary. If I take any of these into my creation, I wouldn’t be able to keep on by losing them. No one needs motivation to brush teeth, painting is just the same natural thing to me.

What is your most favorite and least favorite part of the creative process?

I have image in my mind. First I try to paint it out on canvas. However that eventually makes me bored because I already see it myself. At some point, I start breaking the image and then something comes up which makes me trembled. This is exactly when I feel alive.

Who are some of your creative influences? Why do they inspire you?

When I paint, I think of my friends who’ve passed away or who’re fighting with sickness in hospital. All the time I think about them, it tells me all I have to carry through my artworks is positive messages.
GOOD VIBES ONLY.
That’s it.

If you could have any skill or topic downloaded into your brain, what would you want to be able to do / be an expert at?

I feel that everything we need for life had already been installed when we were born. Also we were born, knowing what’s important. Perhaps we sometimes forget that in the middle of things surrounding our life. Through our experiences, the older we get, we remind ourselves of how to access or use these fundamental utilities within us.

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

All of my artworks cerebrate being alive. No matter what or how I paint, message of my creations shout out to you is “Go alive!” In addition, I would be happier if you can enjoy and feel the happiest to see my artworks.

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

Time with my wife. I’m with her except for the time when I’m alone. Feel comfortable to talk, and also just to be with each other.

Who would be on the guest list if you could throw a dinner party for five people, dead or alive? What would be on the menu? What would be the icebreaker question?

I will invite those who bought my artworks long time before when no one knew about me. Some of them passed away. I want them to see my latest works. I just want to thank them that their words made my artworks pushed forward to here I am. My dinner party would be like, in my studio, put my artworks side by side, have take-out hamburgers peacefully.

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

I always love straight-worded lyric music which teenagers like to hear.
Music for challengers.
Music spirited with not giving up, seeking and struggling for dreams. True and straight words of those music have been cheering me up since I was a teenager.

Photo tour of Yosuke Ueno’s ‘Beautiful Noise’ and  Dan Lydersen’s ‘Plasticine Dream’

Thinkspace presents a photo tour of ‘Beautiful Noise’ featuring new work from YOSUKE UENO in Gallery I and  DAN LYDERSEN ‘Plasticine Dream’ showing in Gallery II.

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

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Virtual Tour of September Exhibitions at Thinkspace Projects | Exhibitions on view September 2 – September 23, 2023

Thinkspace presents a virtual tour of ‘Beautiful Noise’ featuring new work from YOSUKE UENO in Gallery I and  DAN LYDERSENPlasticine Dream’ showing in Gallery II. Along with FLOYD STRICKLAND ‘Super Rich Kids’ in Gallery III, PRISCILLA S. FLORESWhere the Spirit Meets the Skin’ showing in Gallery IV, and last but not least in Brek’s Dog House Gallery ALLISON BAMCATFish Fingers.’

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

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

Virtual tour created by Birdman.

Video Tour & Opening Reception Party of September 2023 Exhibitions featuring Yosuke Ueno, Dan Lydersen, Floyd Stickland, Priscilla S. Flores & Allison Bamcat at Thinkspace Projects

Many thanks to all of the art lovers and our many patrons who came out to celebrate the opening of our September exhibitions. We just love seeing so many people packing all of our gallery spaces and courtyard to take in all of the inspiring new exhibits on view from our family of creatives.

Yosuke Ueno returns for his sixth solo show ‘Beautiful Noise’ with us in Gallery I. His new series of works are inspired by the reborn aesthetic of the Japanese art of “kintsugi,” which refers to repairing broken pottery by mending the breaks with powdered gold.

Dan Lydersen is also back with an astounding new body of work in Gallery II with ‘Plasticene Dream’, a series of absurdist portraits, sentient still lifes and fanciful visions of inanimate objects come to life.

Floyd Strickland’s new body of work ‘Super Rich Kids’ is on display in Gallery III, delving into the rich tapestry of African American culture, history, and its pivotal economic contributions, marvelously captured within 12 masterful new oil paintings.

Priscilla S. Flores holds down Gallery IV with her debut solo show ‘Where the Spirit Meets the Skin’, exploring the external and internal relationships she has with the world around her.

Allison Bamcat’s debut solo show ‘Fish Fingers’ is a festive and colorful takeover of our Dog House Gallery eliciting feelings of her neon, nineties-childhood in Los Angeles.

 Much love to all of this month’s exhibiting artists for delivering such stellar bodies of work, what an unforgettable celebration! Much love to all that rocked our courtyard as well Davia King ,GoopMasstaIzinfinite Matthew CrumptonWotto, Anthony Sanabria Miniatures & Anthony Patrick ManorekZavalas Pies , Liquid Death, DJs Venice Beats, and  The Phantom Train.

On view through September 23. 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. Free and open to all.

Video + Photos courtesy BirdMan.

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

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