Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Recommended openings to catch this weekend...

Fri, Jan. 2nd 8-11PM
La Luz De Jesus Gallery
4633 Hollywood Blvd in Los Angeles / 323.666.7667
New works from Alan Forbes and Mark Todd
(On view through Jan. 25th)

Sat, Jan. 3rd 7-10PM
Corey Helford Gallery
8522 Washington Blvd in Culver City / 310.287.2340
New works from James Naccarato and Erik Alos + new works from Lauren Bergman in the loft

Sat, Jan. 3rd, 6-10PM
Goods Gallery
200 Long Beach Blvd. in Long Beach / 305.794.2154
Duo Show & Live Painting by Michael Pukac & Max Neutra

Sat, Jan. 3rd 8:30PM-12:30AM ($8 admission)
The Hive Gallery
729 South Spring Street in downtown Los Angeles
“Temple Of Visions” group show featuring works from Alex Grey, Allyson Grey, James Zar, Michael Brown, Delphia, Voytek Nowakowski, Orion, Sensei, Robert Venosa, Martina Hoffmann and many, many more plus an installation from Shrine, live DJ action, live music and much more

Coming up next week, the 2009 LA art season really kicks into gear. Some shows to look forward to include the following:

Thurs, Jan. 8th 7-10PM
Gallery 1988
7020 Melrose Ave in Los Angeles / 323.937.7088
“Under The Influence: An Official Tribute To The Beastie Boys” featuring works by over 100 artists – go to to view the complete list and for more info
(On view through Jan. 29th)

Fri, Jan. 9th 7-11PM
C.A.V.E. Gallery
507 Rose Ave in Venice
“Winter Light” group show featuring works from Terri Woodward, Zoso, Macsorro, Shahid Brown, Walt Hall, Zombienose, L. Croskey, Andy Haynes, Nathan Cartwright, Johnny Siu and much more plus live DJ action and live painting from J. Martin
(On view through Jan. 24th)

Fri, Jan. 9th 7-11PM
Thinkspace Gallery
4210 Santa Monica Blvd in Los Angeles / 323.913.3375
“From The Streets Of Brooklyn” curated by Ad Hoc Art – featuring installations from Gaia and Rachel Lowing in the front room, Imminent Disaster in our project room and chalk art on the streets from Ellis G. in addition to works from almost 50 artists in our main gallery all representing the streets of Brooklyn
(On view through Feb. 6th)

Sat, Jan. 10th 7-10:30PM
Black Maria Gallery
3137 Glendale Blvd. Los Angeles / 323-660-9393
“Welcome to the Greenhouse” featuring new works from Renee’ Lawter + on the Project Wall: “The Soreheads” featuring new works from Vanessa Matthews & Nancy Mancini
(On view through Jan. 31st)

Sat, Jan. 10th 8PM-Midnight
Carmichael Gallery
1257 N. La Brea in Los Angeles / 323.969.0600
“Man Is The Bastard” featuring new works from Ericailcane (work shown above)

Sat, Jan. 10th 6-8PM
Koplin Del Rio
6031 Washington Blvd in Culver City / 310.836.9055
“Night Vision” new watercolors from Moira Hahn
(On view through Feb. 28th)

Sat, Jan. 10th 6-10PM
POVevolving Gallery
939 Chung King Road in Los Angeles
“It’s Just A Ride” featuring new works from Derek Albeck

Sat, Jan. 10th 7-10PM
Billy Shire Fine Arts
5790 Washington Blvd in Culver City / 323.297.0600
New works from Esther Pearl Watson + Jessica Joslin
(On view through Feb. 7th)

Sat, Jan. 10th 6-9PM
Track 16 Gallery
2525 Michigan Avenue, C1 at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica / 310.264.4678
“All Hands On Deck” featuring new works from Harriet Zeitlin
(On view through Feb. 21st)

Hope you all had a great holiday season!!! Can't wait to get back in the swing of things this weekend!

"From the Streets of Brooklyn" opens next Fri, Jan. 9th...

The works are now coming in fast and furious for our big group show opening next Fri, January 9th... From The Streets Of Brooklyn will start to take over thinkspace this Sunday once Gaia and Rachel Lowing start their install of the front entry area and Imminent Disaster starts her transformation of our project room. Next week the gallery will be a mini-studio of sorts for each, as they put together one of the highlights of our 2009 program. What a way to kick off the new year!

Below are some sneak peeks at works that will be featured in the show opening next Fri, January 9th at thinkspace...

Chris Stain "Good Morning Vietnam"

Peru Ana Ana Peru - untitled #3

Faro "Anarchy"

Watch for more sneak peeks to be posted soon as well as a cool contest with our friends over at Arrested Motion involving some one-of-a-kind pieces from the mysterious Stikman.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Happy Holidays from the Thinkspace crew!!!

Happy Holidays from the Thinkspace crew!!!

Shown above is "Toymaker" - a glimpse at James Jean's vision of Santa Claus taken from his upcoming show at Jonathan LeVine Gallery in NYC opening next month. Soooo can't wait for this show!!!

Sat, Dec. 27th 1-6PM / Sun, Dec. 28th 1-6PM / Fri, Jan. 2nd 1-6PM

David Choe signing for his Choegal at GR2...

Tonight was the signing at GR2 for the long awaited wooden Choegal figure from David Choe. Limited to only 1,000 pieces, it features mechanical parts and has three facial expressions (happy, sad, angry). All are hand-painted, so no two are different, though not by Choe himself.

Choe was signing anything and everything, taking his time for each fan as they waited patiently in line, some for well over two hours plus. In addition to the Choegal, GR2 also had a new limited edition skateboard deck on hand that many were picking up, as well as the new issue of Giant Robot which Choe graces the cover of. Below he can be seen working on a sweet whale drawing that the owner was going to go get made into a tattoo...

The "PostIt Show" (see below) was still up and provided a great back drop to pass the time for those waiting in line once they got into GR2 (picked up a sweet lil' Evah Fan and LeMerde myself)...

Joe Hahn of Linkin Park swung by (seen below) to offer up his congrats to Choe and got in on the action as well, signing/drawing in a few sketch books for fans... James Jean was also spotted swinging through to offer his congrats to Choe as we were leaving for the evening...

If you weren't lucky enough to roll through GR2 this evening, you can pick up the new Choegal from Ningyoushi here.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Citizen LA interviews ELBOW-TOE / Holiday Hours...

The new issue of CITIZEN LA features a nice interview with Brooklyn based artist ELBOW-TOE who just opened his stellar new show with German based artist ARMSROCK a couple weeks back at Thinkspace.

The interview is now posted on line for those not in the LA area, you can check it out here.

Last days to view "Mostly Memory" + "Life Sentence" at Thinkspace:

Sat, Dec. 27th 1-6PM
Sun, Dec. 28th 1-6PM
Fri, Jan. 2nd 1-6PM

Gaia and Rachel Lowing continue the progress of their "Uroboros Project" installation series...

First discussed and explained at length here, The Uroboros Project from Gaia and Rachel Lowing is an ongoing collaboration between the two artists that has really got us excited for our upcoming show this January featuring the final installment of this installation series.

The second piece was installed this past week in a neighborhood not far - but completely different- from where both the artist's are currently living in Baltimore. The space is an abandoned set of row houses that have been converted into a squat/shooting gallery... and the surrounding area is questionable at best...

The Uroboros Project's aim is to articulate the inexorably intertwined relationship between people and nature. Through the project the artist's examine the act of consumption and its implications on contemporary life. The urban environment is an organism whose growth is dictated by the symbiotic relationship between the city and it's inhabitants. It is the ideology and laws of society manifest, yet simultaneously it obeys basic, natural properties of formation and development that is shared by all sentient creatures. By considering our connection and correspondence with the city, we come closer to understanding the purgatory between nature and culture that defines our internal struggle as human beings.

Stay up with the project here:

The final installation is coming... Friday, Jan. 9th to Thinkspace... but there will be more between now and then... stay tuned.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Sneak peek at Hi Fructose Vol. 10...

Annie and Attaboy over at HI FRUCTOSE just shot out a lil' preview of the goodness that will be Volume 10. Look for the new issue on stands this January.

Included within are features with Thinkspace artists Yosuke Ueno (solo summer 2010), Nicholas Di Genova (solo winter 2010), Camilla d'Errico (two person show with Caia Koopman this coming summer) and Andrew Hem (solo summer 2010)... below are sneak peeks at some of their features for Volume 10. Can't wait!

Hi Fructose Vol. 10 will also feature Glenn Barr (cover image shown above), Chris Scarborough, Mandy Greer, Bob Dob, Chris Ryniak, Kevin Cyr, Laurie Hassold, plus reviews and much more.

Great new book just released by Gestalten out of Germany... 'The Upset'

The Upset
Young Contemporary Art
Editors: R. Klanten, H. Hellige, S. Ehmann, P. Alonzo
288 pages, full colour, hardcover
ISBN: 978-3-89955-221-8

A new breed of contemporary artists is celebrating new found international recognition for their style and approach to creating art that is sprouting from and largely influenced by visual subcultures. The Upset documents the burgeoning artists in this new movement whose works are often figurative and narrative employing classical techniques with great skills to create sculpture, illustration design and painting with the use of spray cans, sharpies and elaborate colour palettes on canvas. In addition to the striking visual work, the book features portraits of the artists as well as in-depth interviews with selected artists who are creating outstanding cutting-edge contemporary fine art.

Featured artists:
Maike Abetz / Oliver Drescher, Alexone, Grant Barnhart, Gary Baseman, Tilo Baumgartel, Tim Biskup, Mark Bradford, Daniele Buetti, Cailan Burns, Ray Caesar, Miguel Calderon, John Casey, Paul Chatem, The Clayton Brothers, Joe Coleman, John Currin, Brendan Danielsson, Stephan Doitschinoff, Blaise Drummond, Dzine, Ala Ebtekar, Martin Eder, David Ellis, Ron English, Faile, Christian Farner, Rosemarie Fiore, FriendsWithYou, Camille Rose Garcia, Os Gemeos, Michael Genovese, Charles Glaubitz, Benjamin Güdel, Robert Hardgrave, Maya Hayuk, Ryan Heshka, Femke Hiemstra, Cody Hudson, Gisela Insuaste, Rich Jacobs, John John Jesse, Colin Johnson, Mel Kadel, David Kassan, Aya Kato, David Kinsey, Henning Kles, Kozyndan, Susanne Kuehn, Mia Mäkila, Mateo, Elizabeth McGrath, Casey McKee, Jason McLean, Philip Metten, Moki, Brendan Monroe, Heiko Müller, Muntean/Rosenblum, Yoshimoto Nara, Aaron Nather, Anne Faith Nicholls, Jose Parla, Nigel Peake, Raymond Pettibon, Danielle de Picciotto, Anthony Pontius, Pooch, Johan Potma, Jeremy Pruitt, Leopold Rabus, Scott Radke, Rex Ray, Scott Rench, Daniel Richter, Rostarr, Christoph Ruckhaberle, Mark Ryden, Christoph Schmidberger, David Schnell, Sebastian Schrader, Michael Sieben, Michael Slack, Jeff Soto, Fred Stonehouse, David Stoupakis, Swoon, Johannes Tiepelmann, Chris Uphues, Miss Van, Vania Ivan Zouravliov, Matthias Weischer, Martin Wittfooth and Chet Zar.

More details here. Currently only available on their site to those in Europe, but Gestalten books get out there pretty good distribution wise, so be sure to hit up your local museum book shop, or search the web, but this is well worth the hunt. Gestalten's books are always the highest quality.

Joao Ruas named as the new cover artist for the Fables series...

Last September, Fables fans got a bit of a shock. After 81 issues, Eisner-winning cover artist James Jean was leaving. The man whose work was infamous for his dazzling Fables iconography was moving on, and everyone wondered who would replace him.

Time has passed, and we are happy to announce that the new cover artist for the Fables series is none other than Brazilian artist Joao Ruas, whom we just started working with here at Thinkspace during The Drawing Room exhibition.

Ruas' first cover will be for April's issue #83 (shown above), which is the first part of "The Great Fables Crossover", a nine-part story arc which will see Jack of Fables and Fables interact for the first time.

A glimpse at Ruas' second cover, for issue #84, is shown above.

According to Ruas, he was in the midst of eating sashimi when he first received a phone call regarding the possibility of working on the Fables covers. Getting the job was a mix of excitement and fear for the artist. "It's cliche, but the fact that I used to read Vertigo titles in my teenage years and now having the opportunity to be on the other side of the mirror is fantastic," said Ruas. "Another [thing that excites me] is the range that comics can reach; I hope my work is able to say something to the readers. "Obviously replacing James Jean was the [most frightening issue]. He gave so much to the series with his amazing technique, but especially with his illustrative emotional storytelling that is hard to detach one from another. The other issue was the pressure, Fables is a big title and a lot of people will have opinions and judgments about my work. In the end, I just put the insecurity aside and started to paint."

Read the full press release from Vertigo over at IGN, including a short interview with Fables writer/creator Bill Willingham, here:

Look for more great new works to arrive soon to our gallery from Ruas, as we work towards hosting his debut Los Angeles solo show in the spring of 2010. The beautiful work we took to Art Basel - "Scowrer" - is still on hand (view a close up below). Please inquire if you are interested and view all our available works here.

Look for more on Ruas in the coming months...

Yoshitomo Nara opening at Blum & Poe...

Yoshitomo Nara's big LA opening was last night over at Blum&Poe, and what a show it was. A great way to wrap up the year and the opening brought many regulars out to view the playful works of Nara. A nice lil' mini family reunion of sorts before the holidays. In attendance were Mark Ryden, Marion Peck, Yoskay Yamamoto, Nate Frizzel, Gary Baseman, James Jean, Beau from Cerasoli : Le Basse Gallery, Steve and Marcus from Arrested Motion, CommandaX and so many more... a great night!

The main gallery hall featured a handful of beautiful new paintings on canvas, including the gem of the show shown above - “Agent Orange in the Milky Lake”. There was also a nice wall of tightly hung new large drawings (shown below)...

The below piece measured a good 6' tall and greeted patrons as they entered the main hall (outside of the two main gallery spaces)...
As one left the main gallery, and prepared to enter the next gallery (which had been outfited with a special rounded and lowered opening - sorry, we didn't get a good shot of the entry way), you noticed hanging above a large clear acrylic peace symbol that was packed full of hand-made Nara plush characters... a good 4' round, it was a sight to behold and set the vibe for the fun that lay within Nara's covered wagon...

Upon entering the 2nd gallery that housed the magnificent covered wagon studio installation, you were met with the below monster of a piece - "Lonely" - it had to have been at least 18-20 feet long and a good 8 feet high. Impressive in scope for sure.

But the true highlight of the show was the amazing covered wagon installation - “California Orange Covered Wagon” - from Nara's YNG.

Every lil' detail was thought through and executed with amazing skill... just a magical wagon that we wish we could have hitched up to our VW and drove home with...

Below was the entry to the back of the wagon, where one could see a small recreation of sorts of Nara's working space. Included were many smaller works, works in progress, old mail, photographs, and various ephemera that might normally be found in his studio and in some way had an impact on the creation of the works that made up this show.... many great interior shots follow...

Below is a glimpse behind the scenes, at many smaller works most patrons probably didn't get the chance to view. There were at least an additional dozen unframed smaller drawings on old, discarded envelopes, as well as two additional works on canvas that were just beautiful and a series of about 4 drawings based around The Ramones that were framed and hanging about... so tempting to have all laid out in front of you like that :)

New works from Yoshitomo Nara - on view at Blum & Poe through January 30th - don't miss it. Blum & Poe is located at 2754 S. La Cienega Blvd. in Culver City.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

'Mostly Memory' + 'Life Sentence' opening night shots posted...

View the opening night shots we took during 'Mostly Memory' and 'Life Sentence' at thinkspace here:

(L-R) Jon Todd, Sam Horine (ELBOW-TOE's photographer/friend), ARMSROCK, ELBOW-TOE, Martin Wittfooth (in town assisting Jon Todd with his install/mural)

Some beautiful works from Mostly Memory still on hand, view here:

As well as absolute gems all the way from Canada courtesy of Jon Todd here:

Some great shots from the opening have also been posted at the below links:

From the Streets of Brooklyn coming this January to Thinkspace...

Thinkspace presents:

"From the Streets of Brooklyn"
Curated by Ad Hoc Art (Brooklyn, NY)

January 9th – February 6th, 2009

Opening Reception: Fri, Jan. 9th 7-11PM

(Los Angeles, CA) "From The Streets of Brooklyn" is a wide survey of the street and graffiti artists who call Brooklyn their home. From internationally renowned street artists such as Bast and Swoon to hardcore graf writers such as Kuma and Rate, this show features almost 50 artists from every walk of street art and graf art life. Wheat pastes, stencils, murals, installs and of course tags and piece ups are all recognized and included in this once in a lifetime examination of what is currently going up and staying up in the streets of Brooklyn, New York. A photo montage by street art photographer Luna Park is included in the show as well as great installations in the gallery by Gaia with Rachel Lowing (front entry area) and Imminent Disaster (project room area). Also, be sure to check the area around the gallery for the incredible chalk shadows of Ellis G. dotting the sidewalks and enhancing the mundane city landscape, even if only until the next rain.

“We’ve been huge admirers of the art scene in Brooklyn, from the streets to the underground galleries, for some time now. When it came time to put together our 2009 exhibition schedule we had the idea to bring a lil’ bit of Brooklyn to Los Angeles. A show of this magnitude has never been attempted and upon further talks, we thought it best to go to the source, and hit up the Ad Hoc Art crew to curate the definitive Brooklyn group show.”
- Andrew Hosner, co-owner/co-curator, Thinkspace

"We here at Ad Hoc Art have continued to be impressed with the quality of work being shown over the last few years at Thinkspace Gallery. The idea to bring Brooklyn artists to LA had been floating around in our heads for quite some time, but when Thinkspace showed interest in being the gallery to host such an event, we knew it was time to make it happen!"
- Andrew Michael Ford, director, Ad Hoc Art

With featured installations from:
• Gaia + Rachel Lowing (front entry installation area)
• Imminent Disaster (project room installation)
• Ellis G. (special street installation in surrounding area)
• Luna Park (special photo collage install)

Over 40 Brooklyn, NY based artists in the main gallery, including:
Abe Lincoln Jr. / Acne / AIKO (aka Aiko Nakagawa) / AnerA / Avoid Pi / avone / Bast / Bloke / c.damage / Celso / Chris Stain / Dan Witz / Dark Clouds / Dennis McNett / ELBOW-TOE / Ellis G. / ELC (aka Endless Love Crew) / Faro / Gaia / Graffiti Research Lab (G.R.L.) / Imminent Disaster / infinity / jm rizzi / Josh MacPhee / Juse One / Kuma / Matt Siren / Maya Hayuk / Michael DeFeo (aka The Flower Guy) / MOMO / Peru Ana Ana Peru / PMP (aka Peripheral Media Projects) / Rate / Robots Will Kill / Royce Bannon / Skewville / Slept / Sometimes / Sonet / Stikman / Swoon / Thundercut / UFO / Unplate

Sneak Peek of From the Streets of Brooklyn:

Sneak Peek of From the Streets of Brooklyn presented by noted photographer Luna Park here:

Gaia and Rachel Lowing statement on ‘The Uroboros Project’ installation:
Gaia is a young street artist from NYC who is currently based in Charm City, Baltimore. In less than a year, he has established a strong presence on the streets of both these cities. His subject matter combines personal experience with the expression of the emotional relationship between animals and humanity.

The Uroboros Project is a collaborative effort between artist Rachel Lowing and I. Spawned from a mutual interest in articulating the inexorably intertwined relationship between people and nature; we examine the act of consumption and its implications on contemporary life. The urban environment is an organism whose growth is dictated by the symbiotic relationship between the city and its inhabitants. It is the ideology and laws of society manifest, yet simultaneously it obeys basic, natural properties of formation and development that is shared by all sentient creatures.

By considering our connection and correspondence with the city, we come closer to understanding the purgatory between nature and culture that defines our internal struggle as human beings.

The project's title, Uroboros, is derived from a circular symbol depicting a snake, or less commonly a dragon, swallowing its tail as an emblem of wholeness, totality, or infinity." - Gaia

Blog chronicling the progress leading up to the final stage of the project at our gallery:

Gaia’s Flickr:

Rachel Lowing Flickr:

Imminent Disaster bio:
Imminent Disaster is an emerging Brooklyn-based artist creating in a variety of mediums including wheat pasted prints pulled from linoleum block cuts, silk screening, collage and assemblage. Disaster is inspired by the street as an environment: a place with people, structures and history that are constantly being destroyed and rebuilt. Combining carefully researched fact and legend, she creates figurative images and historically inspired broadsides that are glimpses of a world that has fallen through the cracks of time. Disaster has participated in the Miss Rockaway Armada and Wooster on Spring, amongst other high profile group and featured exhibitions, including showing at this past December’s Art Basel as part of the GenArt Vanguard Fair.

Imminent Disaster’s Flickr:

Ellis G. bio:
Ellis Gallagher is a native New Yorker. As a former graffiti writer, his work can be found in New York City and beyond, in Autograf: New York City's Graffiti Writers by Peter Sutherland (Powerhouse Books 2004), as well as in numerous newspapers, magazines, on television and in films. Currently a Contemporary/Street Artist known as (C)ELLIS G., Gallagher's work has appeared on the cover of Time Out New York, in the New York Daily News, The New York Times, New York Magazine, The Village Voice, The Brooklyn Paper, Mass Appeal Magazine, Artnet Magazine, Overspray Magazine, Der Spiegel Germany, The Area Revue France, H Magazine Spain, as well as on NY 1, RAI TV Italy, Chinese News Network, NYCTV, The Hallmark Channel, Current T.V., WPIX 11 (NYC), NBC 4 (NYC), WNET 13 PBS (NYC) and the streets of New York City and beyond. Gallagher will soon publish his first book "Adhesives," the ultimate compendium of graffiti, graphic design and street art stickers with Miss Rosen Editions for Powerhouse Books.

Ellis G.’s MySpace:

Luna Park bio:
Luna Park started documenting New York City street art and graffiti four years ago. Little did she know then that a small-time hobby would turn into a full-time obsession. Now she spends all her free time prowling around NYC's five boroughs in search of beauty in unexpected places. She is passionate about urban art and supportive of all creative endeavors to redefine and redesign public space.

For “From the Streets of Brooklyn” Luna will be creating a collage of some of her favorite shots focusing on the artists that make up the exhibition.

Luna Park’s Flickr:

Coming up in February, 2009:
“Dreamgirls and Ukes”
New works, an installation and a performance from Amy Crehore
+ “The Silent Treatment” featuring new works from Anthony Clarkson in our project room

Exhibition run dates: February 13th – March 6th

Opening reception: Fri, February 13th 7-11PM

Coming up in March, 2009:
“Untitled (New Works)”
New works and an installation from Matthew Feyld
+ “The Sins of Atticus Finch” featuring new works from David MacDowell in our project room

Exhibition run dates: March 13th – April 3rd

Opening reception: Fri, March 13th 7-11PM

Thinkspace Gallery
4210 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90029
Thur-Sun 1-6PM or by appointment

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Amy Crehore featured in new issue of Sadie Magazine...

The new issue of Sadie Magazine is here and they feature Amy Crehore's "French Bubble Gum Encore" on the cover. The new issue also features interviews with Sherman Alexie, Swoon, Mya Stark, and more!

"My girls express different moods and thoughts. These feelings are universal. They could all be aspects of the same girl, yet they could all be different girls. In some ways, the paintings are self-portraits because I am using memories of the way things have felt to me. But I know that externally, the girls appear to be different. These girls are open to experience and they are idealistic and full of dreams (in a somewhat pure, natural state). They appear young because we all tend to feel young inside." - Amy Crehore

Check out the full interview with Amy here.

We'll be posting some 'sneak peeks' on the progress of her upcoming show at Thinkspace this February soon... in the meantime, check out the below studio shot.