Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Dennis McNett special event this August @ Thinkspace...

Dennis McNett will be trekking across the U.S. from New York to the west coast beginning in July. He has a few special shows and works shops along the way and we're honored to be hosting one of them coming up in August.

Confirmed Dates/Places:

Frogmans - South Dakota, July 5th-12th - one week mask and sculpture making workshop

Fecal Face Dot Gallery - San Francisco, CA - opening July 18th 7pm-10pm and 19th 12-4pm (weekend show only)

Thinkspace Gallery - Los Angeles, CA - opening August 8th 7pm-10pm and the 9th from 12pm-4pm (weekend show only)

Space 1026 - Philadelphia, PA - opening October 2nd (installation up for the month of October)

Dennis McNett was born in 1972 and grew up in Virginia Beach, VA. He moved to New York in 2001. He has been carving the hell out of surly block prints for over 17 years. All of his encouragement as a young kid came from his blind grandfather, who told him over and over again that his drawings were good. Later influences came from the raw high-energy graphics pouring out of the 80's skateboard and punk rock scene. Dennis has been fortunate enough to show work both nationally and internationally, design board graphics for Anti-Hero skateboards, design shoes for Vans, participate in the Deitch Art Parade, and do collaborations with Cannonball Press. His work has been featured in The New York Times, Juxtapoz Magazine, Thrasher and Complex Magazine. He holds an MFA from Pratt Institute, where he now teaches as a printmaking professor at the graduate and undergraduate level. He wants to live until he dies. Breathing is good.

Amazing layered detail in McNett's wood carved and collaged works...

Sizes range from 4 foot by 8 foot tapestry size woodcuts to smaller 8" x 11" lino-cut prints... and print prices will range from $1,500 to $10. Also on view will be several one-of-a-kind drawings, collages, masks and sculptures.

Look at that carved detail... these pieces sceam to be viewed in person this August.

Examples of McNett's beautiful wood cut block prints (above & below)

Dennis McNett 'Year of the Wolfbat' (special weekend-only event)

Exhibition run dates: Sat, August 8th & Sun, August 9th
Opening Reception: Sat, August 8th 7-11PM

Keep tabs on McNett here.

For add'l 'sneak peeks' from 'Year of the Wolfbat', click here.

Thinkspace Gallery
4210 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90029

Stella Im Hultberg in the final stages for her solo next Fri...

Above is a shot of Stella's studio out in Brooklyn as she finishes things up for our 2nd solo show with her here at our gallery. The canvas pieces are on their way to us now for framing with the paper and wood works to follow later this week. Can't wait to see this new series in person!

Stella arrives in town next Tuesday, so look for progress shots of the show coming together to be posted here soon, as well as on the show's Flickr set here. There will also be a special interview posted in the coming week with Stella as well, so be sure to watch for that.

Stella Im Hultberg
'Memento Mori'

Opening Reception: Fri, July 10th 7-11PM
*Artist will be in attendance

Show runs: July 10th - August 7th

4210 Santa Monica Blvd (near Sunset Junction)
In the Silver Lake area of Los Angeles

Monday, June 29, 2009

CA/Boom recap + coverage from NotCot...

This past weekend we took part in the annual CA/Boom design show out in Beverly Hills (years prior they were at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica)... a very rewarding experience for sure and we made and met many new fans of the gallery and had a great time checking out all the amazing furniture and design items on view. Thank you to all that came by our booth to say hi and take in the new works we had on view.

For some great coverage, be sure to check out NotCot. Check out their coverage here. Thanks Jean!

For additional pictures from this past weekend's CA/Boom show, check out our Flickr set here.

Yosuke Ueno prepares for his solo in Japan this Nov...

The first glimpse of new work to come out of Yosuke Ueno's studio as he prepares for his solo at Unseal Contemporary in Japan this November. More sneak peeks into his studio soon...

This November @ Unseal Contemporary
16-1 Kabutocho Nihonbashi, Chuoku Tokyo

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Annual Print Fair tomorrow at Self Help Graphics & Art...

Come meet the artists and take home one-of-a-kind pulled prints - from monoprints and etchings to linocuts and wood blocks.

Sun, June 28th Noon-5PM
Self Help Graphics & Art
3802 Cesar Chavez Avenue in Los Angeles
(at the cornger of Gage and Cesar Chavez)

Tonight @ Subliminal Projects...

I know we've already hyped this one a couple times, but it's worthy of one more shout out as we head into Saturday evening...

"Park Life: The New Utopia", curated by Studio Number One, opens TONIGHT at Subliminal Projects!

The grouping aims to offer varrying representations of utopias from a very diverse group of creative folk from artists and designers to writers and musicians and more.

Curated by Studio Number One, the exhibition is the second installment of their annual 'Park Life' series and will feature works from:

Shepard Fairey, Florencio Zavala, The Date Farmers (work shown above), Cleon Peterson, Zach Gibson, Michael Muller, Jessica Williams, Hellovon, Kristian Henson, Casey Ryder, Jesselisa Moretti, Tanya Rubbak, Gail Swanlund, Jeremy Landman, Simon Steinhardt, Philip Lumbang, Ernesto Yerena, Marissa Textor, Adrianne Reade, Amanda Fairey, Jeremy Kaplan, POW WOW, Seth Ferris, Sage Vaughn, Maya Hayuk, Eric Elms, Mansi Shah, Z. James, Devin Gallagher, Fighting, Nicholas Bowers, & Spencer Elden

Sat, June 27th 8-11PM
Subliminal Projects
1331 W. Sunset Blvd in the Echo Park region of Los Angeles
“Park Life: The New Utopia” - curated by Studio Number One
(On view through July 25th)

Friday, June 26, 2009

Come see us at CA Boom this weekend in Beverly Hills...

We'll be on hand this weekend in Beverly Hills at the annual CA Boom Design Show exhibiting works from Brett Amory (shown above), Rebecca Hahn, Nathan DeYoung, Damon Soule, Yosuke Ueno, Cherri Wood, Hannah Stouffer, Seth Armstrong, Tony Philippou, Matthew Feyld, Craig "Skibs" Barker, and Dan-ah Kim. More details here.

The CA Boom Design Show (www.caboomshow.com) is North America’s only multi-discipline non-traditional design trade fair exhibition combining the highest caliber of architects, designers and design manufacturers on the West Coast. The show brings together the best of modern and contemporary design and architecture in a unique exhibit, conference, and tour format. A favorite place for incubating companies and products to make their debuts, the show draws both the design trade and design savvy consumer, and has become a must-attend event for specifiers of quality design and architecture.

CA Boom 2009 takes place this weekend - Friday, June 26 through Sunday, June 28 - in the former Robinsons flagship department store in Beverly Hills. Friday is “Trade Only Day,” with the show floor opening up to the general public Friday evening at 6PM for the opening gala. Admission is $20 per day in advance or $25 at the door, with Friday reserved as a “Trade-Only” day, and Friday evening open to the general public as a preview night.

The Former Robinsons Department Store
9900 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Friday Evening Event: Open to the public ($20 in advance, $25 at the door)
6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. - Complimentary Sparkling Wine

Saturday and Sunday - General Admission: ($20 online $25 at the door) open Sat. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Advance Tickets online at www.caboomshow.com (enter code MC in the discount field to get a 20% discount on behalf of Thinkspace).

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Recommended openings to catch this weekend...

APAK - this Sat @ Tinlark (details below)

Fri, June 26th / Sat, June 27th / Sun, June 28th (times / add’l info below)
Thinkspace presents:
The Robinsons Store in Beverly Hills @ 9900 Wilshire Blvd

Featuring new works from:
Hannah Stouffer, Seth Armstrong, Brett Amory, Rebecca Hahn, Matthew Feyld, Nathan DeYoung, Tony Philippou, Craig “Skibs” Barker, Cherri Wood, & Dan-ah Kim

Thinkspace is pleased to announce its participation at this year’s CA Boom Show, the West Coast’s largest design & architecture show. The show takes place in Beverly Hills, June 26th-28th, and combines the best of modern design, furnishings, artwork, design panel discussions and architecture tours into three action-packed days. Friday is ‘trade only day’, but the Friday night opening gala and all of Saturday and Sunday are open to the public.

Fri, June 26th 6-10PM (opening event)
Sat, June 27th 11AM-6PM
Sun, June 28th 11AM-5PM

Discounted advance tickets are available at http://www.caboomshow.com/ for $20 ($25 at the door). Thinkspace guests receive an additional 20% off the preshow sales price by typing MC in the discount field (only $16 after discount).

Fr, June 26th 7-10PM
102 Washington Blvd in Venice
The Arbor Collective and Venice Eco Fest invite you to a special night of art and music featuring the works of Blaine Fontana, Yoskay Yamamoto, Peter Goetz and Mike Benninghoven + catered food from The Green Truck, drinks from Fat Tire and Elvino Organic Wines + Honest Beverages and Patisseraw will be on hand….
RSVP to cynthiar@arborcollective.com

Sat, June 27th 7-10PM
Corey Helford Gallery
8522 Washington Blvd in Culver City / 310.287.2340
“Echo” featuring new paintings from Korin Faught

Sat, June 27th Noon-4PM
Gallery 1988 Los Angeles
7020 Melrose Ave in Los Angeles / 323.937.7088
An Afternoon with Greg Simkins event with the release of a special print, laser etched skate deck and Simkins will be painting live (with the piece to be auctioned off at day’s end to benefit cancer research in the name of Jensen’s dad)

Sat, June 27th 7-9PM
Riverside Art Museum (RAM)
3425 Mission Inn Ave in Riverside
“Strips, Scripts and Scapes: Contemporary Comix in Southern California” featuring Sammy Harkham, Johnny Ryan, John Pham, Mike Bertino, Travis Millard, Rusty Jordan, Souther Salazar, Brent Harada, Walt Holcombe, Martin Cendreda, Mary Fleener, Taylor McKimens, Roberta Gregory, and Megan Whitmarsh
(On view through Aug. 22nd)

Sat, June 27th 11AM-4PM
“Poketo Pop-Up Show”
(On view through July 18th)

Sat, June 27th 8-11PM
Subliminal Projects
1331 W. Sunset Blvd in the Echo Park region of Los Angeles
“The New Utopia” from Park Life
(On view through July 25th)

Sat, June 27th 6-8PM
Tarryn Teresa Gallery
1820 Industrial Street, #230 in Los Angeles / 213.627.5100
“Suspended Animation” featuring new sculptural works from Dave Bondi

Sat, June 27th 6-9PM
Tinlark Gallery
6671 Sunset Boulevard, #1512, Hollywood / 323.463.0039
“Rainbow Garden” featuring new works from Apak
(On view through July 25th)

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Hi-Fructose Vol. 12 to hit stands in early July...

Hi-Fructose Volume 12 will feature an extensive feature on Todd Schorr, a cover feature on the powerful paintings of Josh Keyes, a look inside the world of Luke Chueh, Yu Jinyoung’s haunting sculptures, the brilliant meditations of painter Michael Hussar, survive a ride on Michael Page’s maelstrom, explore Fuco Ueda’s disturbing dreamscapes, visit Travis Lampe’s world of weeping pulps, spend some time at Mike Shine's Art Shack, get exposed to Scott Hove's Cakeland and much more. As usual, another great issue awaits!

For a sneak peek at Volume 12, click here.

Poketo Pop-Up shop opens this Sat @ Royal/T

Sat, June 27th 11AM-4PM
“Poketo Pop-Up Show”
(On view through July 18th)

There will also be an additional event to follow on July 10th - a Poketo Karaoke Dance Party. Mark your calendars now for that craziness. Poketo's residency at Royal/T will include new product launches from artists APAK, James Gulliver Hancock, Devil Robots, Wonderful Design Works!, and Motomaho. Poketo will also be curating a special menu inspired by Japanese street foods for the Royal/T cafe.

LA premiere of "Herb & Dorothy" coming up in July...

Arthouse Films present 'Herb and Dorothy', a new award winning documentary that will debut in Los Angeles, on Friday, July 10 at the Landmark Nuart on Santa Monica Boulevard. For those of you out in the OC, there's a special screening tomorrow night at the Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA).

The film tells the extraordinary story of Herbert Vogel, a postal worker, and Dorothy Vogel, a librarian, who managed to build one of the most important contemporary art collections in history with very modest means. They lived off of Dorothy’s salary and used Herb’s to collect art. They only had two requirements when purchasing art: the piece had to be affordable, and it had to be small enough to fit in their one-bedroom Manhattan apartment. Over the decades they collected over 2,000 pieces of art, (keeping all of it in their tiny apartment) and became patrons of artists like Sol LeWitt, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Richard Tuttle, Chuck Close, Robert and Sylvia Mangold, Lynda Benglis, Pat Steir, Robert Barry, Lucio Pozzi, and Lawrence Weiner.

You can also find out more about the film at the film's site: http://www.herbanddorothy.com/

More details on the July 10th premiere will be posted here soon.

Monday, June 22, 2009

ComiCon: special events from Murphy Design and Planet Illogica...

'Scribble08' Film Premier and Art Exhibition
Thursday, July 23rd 6:30PM – 11:30 PM

Featuring 25 artists curated by Mark Murphy (of Murphy Design) and the premiere of a 48 minute art documentary film featuring the Clayton Brothers, Martha Rich, Jeff Soto, Joe Sorren, Tim Biskup, Camile Rose Garcia, and Kevin Christy.

Wonderhaus @ 1600 National Avenue in San Diego : CA : 92113
More details on the event location here:

Be sure to RSVP for this great event held at a Andy Warhol styled warehouse space minutes away from the San Diego Comic-Con convention hall.

Featured Artists: Jesse M Balmer + Tim Biskup + Cathie Bleck + Matthew Bone + Marc Burckhardt + Sas Christian + Kevin Christy + Christian and Rob Clayton + Robert Connett (work featured above) + Tony Fitzpatrick + AJ Fosik + Femke Hiemstra + Hiru Kurata + James Jean + Chris Mars + Jeff Soto + Gary Taxali + Thesis + Mark Todd + Damon Soule + Esther Pearl Watson + Kent Williams + Martin Wittfooth

Sponsored by http://www.planetillogica.com/ : create : participate : contribute

'Planet Illogica Extravaganza and Art Exhibition'

Friday, July 24th 6:30PM – 12:30 AM

Wonderhaus @ 1600 National Avenue in San Diego : CA : 92113
RSVP to murphy@murphydesign.com
More details on the event location here: http://www.wonderbreadhaus.com/

Please join the folks from Planet Illogica for a major art happening that delivers fine art, major live music (shhhh it’s a secret), cash bar, food and great friends.

Featured Artists: Brandt Peters + Kathie Olivas + Matt Stallings + Marco Wagner (work featured above) + Raudiel Sanudo + David Van Alphen + Lola + Nathan Spoor + Leslie Ditto + Amy Crehore + Dan May + Chris Ryniak + Chris Buzelli + Jason Limon + Jon Todd + Travis Lampe + Jonathan Bergeron + Molly Crabapple + Joel Nakamura + Mike Maxwell + Steven Daily

For all the latest on both events, keep an eye out here on Murphy's excellent blog.

Anthony Clarkson to show in SF this weekend at 1988...

Anthony Clarkson "Star Light, Star Fright" - Acrylic on panel

Our very own Anthony Clarkson will be making the trip north this weekend for a group show at Gallery 1988SF.

'Battle Royal' also features the talents of Joshua Clay (his new works are awesome), Gene Guynn, Walt hall, Martin Hsu, Aaron Jasinski, Marcus Schafer, Jeremy Tinder, Julian Callos and Patrick Gannon

"Gift From The Heart" - acrylic on panel

Keep tabs on Clarkson via his MySpace here.

Catherine Brooks hard at work on 'The Seeded Wind and Silent Motion'...

Catherine Brooks is hard at work in her studio out in Virginia on her debut Los Angeles solo show... and things are looking amazing so far. Can't wait!!!

Catherine Brooks - The Seeded Wind and Silent Motion; an Oeuvre of Beetled Beauty - coming up next month in our project room

Keep tabs on Catherine via her blog:

Catherin's pet ferret Shiki lends a hand in the studio...

Check out a Sneak Peek at 'The Seeded Wind and Silent Motion…': http://www.flickr.com/photos/thinkspace/sets/72157617936915467/

Look for an interview with Catherine to be posted her soon. In the meantime, check out a great gathering of past works here from a recent artist feature that Creep Machine did on her.

Close up of work in progress for this July...

July 10th – August 7th @ thinkspace
Opening Reception: Fri, July 10th, 7-11PM

Catherine will be in town for the opening reception and it will serve as a homecoming of sorts, so please be sure to mark your calendars now and plan to come out next month to support.

4210 Santa Monica Blvd in Los Angeles / 323.913.3375

Reuben Rude debut LA solo show tomorrow night...

"RIP, V8" - acrylic & collage on board - 12x28"

Reuben Rude was born in San Francisco, as the sun was setting on the Free Love era. His bohemian parents then moved "back to the land" to the woods of Northern California, where he spent the better part of his childhood without a television. This lack of technology forced him to spend almost every waking hour drawing and painting. When he moved back to the city to attend art school, he got into all the usual trouble with graffiti writers, skateboarders and art students. He now lives in San Francisco with his wife and eight-year-old daughter, and yes, a television. However, he still spends most of his waking hours drawing and painting. Sometimes he even gets paid for it.

"Basic Communication Theory"
acrylic and collage on canvas -28 x 72"

"Do Something True"
acrylic and collage on paper8.75 x 10.75"

Join Reuben tomorrow night to help him celebrate the opening of his debut LA solo show. The sneak peeks offered above only hint at the goodness to come tomorrow.

Tue, June 23rd 7-10PM
Gallery 1988 Los Angeles
7020 Melrose Ave in Los Angeles / 323.937.7088
“Americana” featuring new works from Reuben Rude
(On view through July 11th)

Saturday, June 20, 2009

'Back Talk' feature with Tran Nguyen @ Juxtapoz...

Juxtapoz just posted their new 'Back Talk' interview segment with Tran Nguyen here. Tran is quite the character and it really comes out in this fun set of questions.

If you haven't checked out the interview I did with Tran yet, you can check it out here.

Check out Tran's blog here.

Artist website: http://www.trannguyen.org/

View the work from 'Portraits of the Unknown':

Currently on view through July 3rd

4210 Santa Monica Blvd. (near Sunset Junction) in Los Angeles

Thursday, June 18, 2009

June Art Adventure (Black Maria, Roberts and Tilton, BSFA, Tony Alva, POV, New Puppy)...

Last weekend we headed out for a tour of Los Angeles, and hit about every corner of the monsterous city as we took in a full night's worth of art. We started out the night at Black Maria, and checked in our weapons at the door as requested...

Below is a lil' photo recap of the evenings art tour....

Jason Hernandez

Michael C. Hsiung

The work of Sam Saghatelian

The project wall next door in Black Maria's shop that was curated by Ally Takeuchi

From Black Maria, we headed east to catch Andrew Schoultz' show at Roberts & Titlton...

The show's massive wall mural....

This piece is MASSIVE and so detailed - this picture doesn't even begin to do it justice.

Get out and see Schoultz' show before it comes down... these have to be seen in person to really appreciate the layers of collage elements in many of his works.

The man of the hour - Andrew Schoultz

From Roberts & Tilton we headed across the street to BSFA to take in the new works of Carrie Anne Baade and Christopher Ulrich...

The amazing work of surrealist Carrie Anne Baade...

Also in the show was the macbre yet wonderul work of Christopher Ulrich

Ulrich's piece above had a crowd of shocked Culver City gallery goers parked in front of it most of the time we were in attendance...

From Culver City we got back on the road and headed up Fairfax to Tonly Alva's shop to check out a special show where artists painted their renditions of classic Wynn Miller photographs...

Legends on the tables - Keith Morris of Circle Jerks & Shepard Fairey

Nate Frizzell

Dennis McNett

Shepard Fairey

Shawn Barber

From the Fairfax district we headed over to China Town to POVevolving to catch Attaboy's debut Los Angeles solo show...

J. Shea #9's amazing collaboration with Attaboy...

The Goo Berry install in all its glory... we had to rescue one of these lil' buggers. Too cool. The return of the pull string... they are very rude lil' creatures once you pull their string.

The artist - Attaboy alongside one of his works on acrylic

From China Town we got back on the highway and headed north east to find the New Puppy Gallery, where my partner in Thinkspace, LC of Cannibal Flower, was curating a special wine & Cheese tasting that featured Michael Pukac rocking the live painting action (shown above & below)...

The amazing work of Joe Bravo... yes, those are tortillas. Each treated and preserved, Bravo's work is in several prominent collections and has shown at LACMA as well as many other major institutions...

One of Pukac's finished oil works... all in all another great art adventure.