Thursday, January 21, 2021

Glow, 36x48 inches oil on gallery wrapped stretched canvas by Kenney Mencher

 Glow, 36x48 inches oil on gallery wrapped stretched canvas by Kenney Mencher $2,800

https://www.kenney-mencher.net/listing/935956995/glow-36x48-inches-oil-on-gallery-wrapped

The finished large canvas.

Glow, 36x48 inches oil on gallery wrapped stretched canvas by Kenney Mencher $2,800

https://www.kenney-mencher.net/listing/935956995/glow-36x48-inches-oil-on-gallery-wrapped




The original small 8x10 inches painting that the larger 36x48 inch painting is based on.


The underpainting


The underpainting

The underpainting

Intermediate step









Tuesday, January 19, 2021

 

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New Edition from Nuno Viegas
We are honored to publish this new edition, based on the painting of the same name, from our recent sold out solo show with Nuno Viegas. Printed by our friends at Static Medium, this large scale edition perfectly captures Nuno's iconic LA shirt mask image.

NUNO VIEGAS
Shirt Mask x LA
Edition of 75
20 x 30 inches / 50.8 x 76.2 cm
Fine art print on Signa Smooth 300gsm with hand deckled edges
Hand signed and numbered by the artist
$275

This special edition will be available this Friday, January 22 at 9am Los Angeles / 12:00pm NYC / 5pm London / 6pm Berlin / 1am (January 23) Hong Kong in our web shop.

Please Note: NO pre-orders or requests for specific numbers.
On View Now At Thinkspace - Schedule Your Visit
Didn't make it by yet to check out our Aloha, Mr. Hand group exhibition? You can schedule your visit via the link below. If the 1st group is filled, be sure to check out Group II and Group III as well.

A link to the exhibition's viewing room and a self-guided virtual tour can also be found below.

If interested in purchasing a work from our new group exhibit, please reply to this e-mail or send an e-mail to contact@thinkspaceprojects.com.

Thank you all for your ongoing support!
Coming up February 6 at Thinkspace
ROBY DWI ANTONO
EPOS

Opening Reception:
Saturday, February 6 from noon to 6pm
* schedule your visit via our website / masks & social distancing required at all times

Collector Preview will be shared on Monday, February 1 via our newsletter. If you got this e-mail, you are all set and ready to receive. Thank you.

NEW LOCATION: 4217 W. Jefferson Blvd., Los Angeles, CA. 90016

On view February 6 - February 27, 2021

Roby Dwi Antono (b. 1990) is a surrealist painter based out of Yogyakarta, Indonesia. His visual language forms connections between classical renaissance paintings, futurism, and fantasy, and draws inspiration from science fiction and natural history.

“I would often say that my works contain a set of idioms which have very personal meanings to me. I leave some visual cues in my works which act as a melancholic conundrum, for my audiences to set their eyes and mind upon. I love it when people try to guess the message behind my works and in the end each person will have their own interpretation, which is good because it opens the way for another enriching dialogue between us. The human experience affects both the idea and visual aspect of my works.” - Roby Dwi Antono

Epos (from the Bahasa Language) / noun
ep·​os | \ ˈe-ˌpäs

An epic poem, or epope, is a lengthy narrative poem, ordinarily involving a time beyond living memory in which occurred the extraordinary doings of the extraordinary men and women who, in dealings with the gods or other superhuman forces, gave shape to the mortal universe for their descendants, the poet and his audience, to understand themselves as a people or nation.
EDITH LEBEAU
Certain Scars Can't Be Seen

Opening Reception:
Saturday, February 6 from noon to 6pm in Gallery II
* schedule your visit via our website / masks & social distancing required at all times

Collector Preview will be shared on Monday, February 1 via our newsletter. If you got this e-mail, you are all set and ready to receive. Thank you.

NEW LOCATION: 4217 W. Jefferson Blvd., Los Angeles, CA. 90016

On view February 6 - February 27, 2021

Edith Lebeau is a Canadian artist based on the north shore of Montreal, Quebec. She spends most of her time painting in her studio with her cat named Jack. For some time, Lebeau lived in the countryside, surrounded by fields, forest and a distant horizon line. Lebeau tells stories through the portraits that she creates. She paints strong female figures intricately paired with fauna and flora elements that are facing their own insecurities.

In her newest body of work she is exploring through the eyes of different female protagonists, the various fears and dark emotions that we have in the deepest recesses of our mind. These women are left alone with these feelings and fears that we ourselves try to forget and try to bury.

Lebeau draws inspiration from her own experiences as well as from nature, pop culture, movies, music videos, fairytales and various mythologies. Her works has been exhibited in Montreal, Berlin, Rome, Las Vegas, San Francisco and New York. Certain Scars Can’t Be Seen is her debut solo exhibition with Thinkspace Projects, following numerous group show appearances over the last couple of years.
Special show with DULK in NYC this February
Excited to announce Ephemeral Treasures from DULK coming up this February in NYC.

We will be curating and co-hosting a special exhibition taking place in NYC with our good friends at Spoke Art.

On view February 20 through March 13, 2021 at:
Spoke Art
210 Rivington Street
New York, NY 10002

New works on canvas. New prints. The debut of a new sculpture. The debut of his new jewelry line. Full details shared soon.

Collector Preview will be shared on Monday, February 15 via our newsletter. If you got this e-mail, you are all set and ready to receive. Thank you.
About Thinkspace Projects
Thinkspace Projects was founded in 2005; now in LA's burgeoning West Adams District, the gallery has garnered an international reputation as one of the most active and productive exponents of the New Contemporary Art Movement. Maintaining its founding commitment to the promotion and support of its artists, Thinkspace has steadily expanded its roster and diversified its projects, creating collaborative and institutional opportunities all over the world. Founded in the spirit of forging recognition for young, emerging, and lesser-known talents, the gallery is now home to artists from all over the world, ranging from the emerging, mid-career, and established.
 
The New Contemporary Art Movement, not unlike its earlier 20th Century counterparts like Surrealism, Dada, or Fauvism, ultimately materialized in search of new forms, content, and expressions that cited rather than disavowed the individual and the social. The earliest incarnations of the Movement, refusing the paradigmatic disinterest of "Art" as an inaccessible garrison of 'high culture', championed figuration, surrealism, representation, pop culture, and the subcultural. By incorporating the 'lowbrow,' accessible, and even profane, an exciting and irreverent art movement grew in defiance of the mandated renunciations of "high" art. Emerging on the West Coast in the 90's partly as a response to the rabid 'conceptual-turn' then championed on the East Coasts, the Movement steadily created its own platforms, publications, and spaces for the dissemination of its imagery and ideas.
 
Though the New Contemporary Art Movement has remained largely unacknowledged by the vetted institutions of the fine art world and its arbiters of 'high culture,' the future promises a shift. The Movement's formative aversion to the establishment is also waning in the wake of its increased visibility, institutional presence, and widespread popularity.
 
Thinkspace has sought to champion and promote the unique breadth of the Movement, creating new opportunities for the presentation of its artists and work. Though still very much invested in the elevation and exposure of its emerging talents, the gallery, now in its 13th year, has come into its own with a roster that reflects this maturity. An active advocate for what is now one of the longest extant organized art movement's in history, Thinkspace is an established voice for its continued growth and evolution.
 
The gallery has in recent years expanded its projects beyond Los Angeles, exhibiting with partner galleries and organizations in Berlin, Hong Kong, London, New York City, Detroit, Chicago, and Honolulu among many others, participating in International Art Fairs, and curating New Contemporary content for Museums. Committed to the vision, risk, and exceptional gifts of its artists, the gallery is first and foremost a family. From the streets to the museums, and from the "margins" to the white cube, Thinkspace is re-envisioning what it means to be "institutional."

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Thinkspace Projects | 310.558.3375 | 4217 W. Jefferson Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90016

Monday, January 18, 2021

 

 

As we approach the first anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic, with an ongoing economic crisis, and the rise of visible fascist violence, we find ourselves needing each other's support more than ever. The 2020 Community Portrait Project (gallery now live on our website) gave our community a chance to come together—while remaining socially distanced—and be photographed by commissioned photographer Felicita “Felli” Maynard as they considered how queer community has supported them through these transformative times. 

On Thursday, January 28 at 6pm EST members of the Queer|Art|Mentorship community will be gathering (virtually) for the Queer|Art Community Portrait Project Release Party to share offerings from community members, organized around the subjects of collective care and creative resilience. Ranging from poems to playlists, recipes to rituals these offerings provide wisdom gained through quarantines and uprisings, shared here as performances, readings, and discussions. Presenting artists include: Olaiya Olayemi, Heather Lynn Johnson, Carlos Motta, Candystore, Nelson Santos, and more!

The night will also feature a conversation with Felli about their work on the 2020 Community Portait Project, as well as the presentation of the 2020 Community Portrait Publication, an unbound collection of Felli’s portraits combined with offerings from participating Queer|Art|Mentorship artists. The full line-up of presenting artists will be announced over social media during the days leading up to the event and as additional RSVPs are confirmed. To learn more, be sure to follow Queer|Art on Instagram.

We invite you to join us to receive these offerings!

All are welcome, though we suggest donating what you can for admission. 100% of all donations for this event will benefit the Queer|Art|Mentorship Giving Circle—an initiative that provides direct financial assistance to members of the Queer|Art community, to ensure all artists in  our community have the support they need to meet their basic needs during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and beyond.  Visit our website to learn more about the Giving Circle.

The first 50 people to donate $50 or more will also receive a complimentary copy of the 2020 Community Portrait Project Publication!

The Queer|Art Community Portrait Project is made possible with generous support from HBO.
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Wednesday, January 13, 2021

 

QUEER|ART|FILM CLUB:
FREE YOUR MIND
January - April on Zoom

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QUEER|ART|FILM CLUB:
FREE YOUR MIND

 A New Season of QUEER|ART|FILM 

Organized by Curators Adam Baran and Heather Lynn Johnson

The third “stay-at-home” season of Queer|Art|Film— titled Queer|Art|Film Club: Free Your Mind— focuses on the art of cinema as it arrives at a challenging crossroads. During the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, funding, production and distribution opportunities changed dramatically in a variety of ways. As we enter year two, we'll be talking with five filmmakers at different phases in their careers about the unique challenges they've faced in the pursuit of their art, and how they envision the future of film. What does it mean to be a queer filmmaker during the COVID-19 pandemic? How can LGBTQ movie makers continue to get their stories and voices heard in a content-cluttered media landscape? And can the cinema of the past offer clues and guidance for how to move forward into uncharted territory? Join us for another thought-provoking season of groundbreaking films and conversation. All discussions begin at 8:00 pm EST, on Zoom. 

WINTER LINEUP
January 25th - Gustavo Vinagre and Fábio Leal present VEREDA TROPICAL, FILM FOR A BLIND POET, and DAYTIME DOORMAN
February 22nd - Tourmaline presents THE MATRIX
March 22nd - Frédéric Tcheng presents TEOREMA and A SUMMER DRESS 
April 12th - Patricia Resnick presents THE GRADUATE

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MONDAY, JANUARY 25TH, 8PM
Gustavo Vinagre and Fábio Leal present VEREDA TROPICAL, FILM FOR A BLIND POET, and THE DAYTIME DOORMAN
(Joaquim Pedro de Andrade, 1978; Gustavo Vinagre, 2012; Fábio Leal, 2016)

Our first guests this season are queer Brazilian filmmakers Gustavo Vinagre and Fábio Leal, whose films are unabashedly bold, sexually-explicit and confront the realities of living under repressive dictatorial regimes. Their new documentary GOD HAS AIDS shines a light on the little known history of Brazil’s response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the 1980s via interviews and performances by contemporary HIV+ artists. For this program, Vinagre and Leal have chosen to screen Joaquim Pedro de Andrade’s short film VEREDA TROPICAL, which features a man who develops an erotic obsession with fruits and vegetables. Made during the military dictatorship in the 1970s, the film was quickly banned for its subversive portrait of liberation. Though it features a heterosexual protagonist, Leal and Vinagre both feel it is a queer film which uses humor and sexuality to break down barriers. 
 
To accompany this short, we’ll also be screening Vinagre’s short documentary FILM FOR A BLIND POET, about blind sadomasochistic poet Glauco Mattoso, and Leal’s narrative short THE DAYTIME DOORMAN, about a complicated affair between a gay man and the doorman who works at his building. The program will include a live screening of all three films, followed by a discussion and Q&A with Vinagre and Leal.


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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 22ND, 8PM
Tourmaline presents THE MATRIX
(Wachowski Sisters, 1999)

For our second program this season, activist, filmmaker, and writer Tourmaline will present the Wachoski Sisters’ 1999 cult classic, THE MATRIX. Starring Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, and Carrie-Anne Moss, THE MATRIX renders the liminal space in a future where the oppressors are hidden and the masses are satiated with simulations. Co-director Lilly Wachowski, describes this turn-of-the-century favorite as “a metaphor for transgender identities” and explains that, “when you talk about transformation, specifically in the world of science fiction, which is just about imagination and world-building…the idea of the seemingly impossible becomes possible.” In the Wachowski Sisters’ dystopian future, the physical body is only an avatar to the limitless power of the mind, as many of us on the gender spectrum have realized. For our guest presenter Tourmaline, THE MATRIX elicits a “compelling invite to shift the beliefs we hold to be more aligned with the world we want.”

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MONDAY, MARCH 22ND, 8PM
Frédéric Tcheng presents TEOREMA and A SUMMER DRESS
(Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1969; François Ozon, 1996)

Filmmaker and producer Frédéric Tcheng hosts our third program this season, leading discussions on two films: Pier Paolo Pasolini’s 1968 classic, TEOREMA and François Ozon steamy narrative short, A SUMMER DRESS. The cinematic dreaminess of Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Teorema brings a 1968 Italian middle-class family to the silver screen. The film portrays a family, spiritually bereft but living a comfortable life of complacency, social status, and corporate idealization—with no passion for life until a visitor arrives. Known for depicting sexuality as a tool to render everything from hypocrisy to the heroic, in this classic, Pasolini explores sexuality to narrate the 1968 political movement, Il Sessantotto. The movement, which comprised protests driven by the working class, opposed traditional Italian values and called for an end to consumer capitalism and patriarchal structures. For Queer|Art|Film Club: Free Your Mind, guest presenter Frédéric Tcheng will explain how the “sexual tension, the religious overtones, and Silvana Mangano’s glamour” in TEOREMA inspired his personal career as a filmmaker, editor, and producer. 
 
Tcheng will explore these themes and more in dialogue with François Ozon’s 1996 narrative short, A SUMMER DRESS, which he considers to be “an irresistible haiku on the circulation of desire and the fluidity of gender.” Regarded by many as the “first mainstream French queer filmmaker,” François Ozon has inspired generations to come with his flirtatious and evocative portraits of queerness.  


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MONDAY, APRIL 12TH, 8PM
Patricia Resnick presents THE GRADUATE
(Mike Nichols, 1967)

In Mike Nichols’ groundbreaking 1967 classic, floundering college grad Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) is seduced by a married female friend of the family (Anne Bancroft), but complications ensue when his parents pressure him to date her daughter (Katherine Ross). THE GRADUATE’s impact was monumental, making a star out of Dustin Hoffman, becoming the top-grossing film of the year, and scoring seven Oscar nominations and one win for Nichols’ brilliant direction. For acclaimed screenwriter Patricia Resnick (9 TO 5, 3 WOMEN, TALES OF THE CITY), who watched the film repeatedly while working at a movie theater, the film was deeply resonant. Resnick developed a teenage crush on Bancroft and deeply identified with Hoffman’s intense generational anxieties. Resnick writes, “I so related to the main character Ben’s feeling completely lost and adrift post college...Over the years I’ve gone back to THE GRADUATE, showing it to my nieces and nephews and then my own kids. They all loved it. I’ve found that it remains as funny and moving as it ever was and if anything the theme is even more apt for millennials than it was for boomers like me who had way more opportunities.”

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