Details for the pre-sale process for ‘The Gilded Age’ editions

Gilded Age Horkey

‘The Gilded Age’
Aaron Horkey
Esao Andrews
Joao Ruas

Opening Reception:
Saturday, September 12th 6-9PM

Collector Previews for both shows will be shared on Wednesday, September 9th. NO additional details of any kind are available currently regarding original works.

Please note: Horkey and Ruas will each have nine new works and Esao will have eight. If you’d like to be added to the preview list, please sign up for our mailing list on the Thinkspace Gallery website.

Here are the details on how and when we will release ‘The Gilded Age’ editions:
We’re excited to share these details with everyone and can’t wait for you all to see the exhibition. There has been a slew of moving parts for this show to sort out, awaiting final invoices to come in, making sure all the production at various companies was on track, etc. before we felt confident in sharing everything with you all. So, here we go…

  • There will be a folio set in an edition of 250 featuring a 12.75×12.75 inch varnished giclee print from each artist in the exhibition, housed in a deluxe folio similar to the recent ‘Vacuum’ set. Three prints total, only available as a set.
  • Each artist will have an individual screen print, in an edition of 200. Each sold separately and of varying size.
  • There will be an enamel pin set featuring a deluxe soft enamel pin from each artist ranging in size from 1.25 to 1.5 inches. Available as an edition of 100 and only as a set of three.
  • Images and pricing for all of the above editions will be shared next week (we are just awaiting final images and a photograph of the completed folio set and enamel pins).

Out of respect to our neighboring businesses, we do not want anyone lining up overnight or before the day of the show. To make sure this does not happen and to avoid making anyone sleep overnight or sit all day in the heat, we will be passing out numbered tickets. The number you receive will correspond to the folio sets and/or individual screen prints, guaranteeing you first choice at those corresponding numbers.

The numbered tickets will be passed out in random order, so those showing earliest could get a higher number, making it a total in-person lottery system. We will, however, aim to give out 1-200 first, helping to alleviate any worry of showing early and being shut out of the individual screen printed editions.

We will aim to pop outside on the morning of the exhibition (Saturday, Sept. 12th) every 30 minutes from 9AM until 12 Noon (9 / 930 / 10 / 1030 / etc.) to hand out tickets to those awaiting us outside. Please do NOT show up before 8AM the morning of Sat., Sept. 12th. Anyone gathering before 8:30 am will be asked to leave and come back at 9:00 am. We’re serious in trying our best to be courteous to our neighbors, prevent lines, and be fair.

Prints will then be pre-sold that same afternoon (Saturday, Sept. 12th) from 1PM to 4PM to avoid a long line at the opening and to help ease the stress of the sale for everyone. The numbered ticket you receive will give you 1st dibs on anything corresponding to your number. Those that get a number higher than 100 will not have a chance at a button set unless someone that did get 1-100 passes. Those with numbers 200-250 are not guaranteed an individual screen print, but will get one of the folio sets being offered guaranteed. Odds are not everyone will pickup each edition, and thus the love will be spread. There is a strict limit of one per person on each edition, no matter the circumstances. Horkey’s individual screen print will have ONE variant, but please note now you are only allowed to purchase one of them (no one is allowed to purchase both editions, this from Aaron himself).

The opening reception then takes place from 6 to 9PM with all artists in attendance.

To help with the worry and wait of those with a number lower than yours, passing over an edition to open it up for someone with a later number, we feel that come 7PM during the opening reception, we will open up all editions for sale. If you received a number that morning, I would think it a good plan to come to the 1st window of sales or arrive 1st thing to the opening at 6PM. So, come 7PM, ALL editions will go wide for open sale. We are not calling numbers or such, so no need to worry about missing out, but after 7PM the tickets become null and void.

We went over many different scenarios and at the end of the day, this is the one we all agreed on and has been approved and given the thumbs up by all three artists and those that work closely with them. We hope this works for everyone, we know we will never be able to make everyone happy, but please know we put a good bit of thought into this and all is now set.

None of the editions are being held back for later on-line offering. If any remain come the end of the exhibition, we will share details at that time. For now, the editions will only be available for in-person purchase at our gallery during the run of ‘The Gilded Age’ exhibition.

Thank you and we look forward to all seeing the works for the 1st time in person. Each artist has delivered in such a huge way, being pushed by one another to deliver simply incredible new bodies of work.

– The Thinkspace team

Fernando Chamarelli ‘Secret Code’ and Carl Cashman ‘ An Edited Version of Life’ Opening Reception.

Fernando Chamarelli Secret Code

While making plans for the weekend, include a stop into our latest exhibition with Brazilian artist Fernando Chamarelli and London-based artist Carl Cashman. Our main room show with Fernando Chamarelli exhibits two large-scale pieces that are a must see and a fresh mural just for the show. In our project room is a full collection of new works by Carl Cashman that play with line, shape, and depth.

Fernando Chamarelli Secret Code

fernando chamarelli

Fernando Chamarelli Secret Code

Fernando Chamarelli Secret Code

Artist Fernando Chamarelli

Fernando Chamarelli Secret Code

Carl Cashman An Edited Version of Life

carl cashman

Carl Cashman An Edited Version of Life

Carl Cashman

For more information on the artists please visit the Thinkspace website.

Both exhibitions are on view through Saturday, September 5th.

New Casey Weldon Print Coming Soon!

Casey Wheldon Print

We are releasing a new print by Casey Weldon of his fantastic painting ‘Bright Eyes’. The edition will be available this Friday, August 28th at 10AM PST through the Thinkspace Gallery print website. The original painting is from our recent ‘LAX / SFO’ show that we curated up in San Francisco with our good friends at Hashimoto Contemporary.

Casey Weldon
‘Bright Eyes’
Edition of 75
16×16 inches (40x40cm)
Hand-signed and numbered by the artist
Giclee print on Museo Portfolio Rag Paper
$75

Printed by Static Medium

Order now at www.thinkspaceprints.com

Launching Your Art Career: A Practical Guide for Artists Book Signing & Discussion

book signing

Alix Sloan of Sloan Fine Art Gallery in New York put out the definitive guide for launching and advancing one’s art career earlier this year. The book includes contributions from working artists and art dealers, including Thinkspace Gallery’s owner and curator Andrew Hosner. This expertly curated guide of advice will come to life September 20th at La Luz De Jesus Gallery with a book signing and paneled discussion. Join author Alix Sloan with artists Roni Feldman, Camille Rose Garcia and Aaron Smith, along with Billy Shire and Thinkspace’s Andrew Hosner as they discuss the elusive art world moderated by La Luz de Jesus Gallery Director Matt Kennedy. Any serious artists in the Southern California region should come out to this meeting of the minds, so visit La Luz de Jesus website for full details.

Launching Your Art Career:
A Practical Guide for Artists by Alix Sloan
Book Signing & Discussion
Sunday, September 20th, 4-7pm
With special guests Roni Feldman, Camille Rose Garcia, Andrew Hosner, Aaron Smith, and Billy Shire.

The Fifth and Final Edition of Beyond Eden!

beyond eden 2015

BEYOND EDEN
A multi-gallery event celebrating the New Contemporary Art Movement put together by Thinkspace

Location:
LA Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park
4800 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90027
www.beyondedenart.com

Schedule of events / viewing hours:
Saturday, October 3rd 6PM-11PM
Opening Reception with live painting & DJ Mr. NumberOnederful
$5 Admission at the door / open to all

Sunday, October 4th Noon-5PM
Art viewing / Last chance to see the exhibition
$5 Admission at the door / open to all

The fifth and final edition of Beyond Eden will once again be hosted by the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park this coming October. Beyond Eden is a multi-gallery event celebrating the New Contemporary art movement in Los Angeles put together by Andrew Hosner (co-owner / curator at Thinkspace) and made possible by the City Of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. The public is invited to attend this special event and admission will be $5 and open to all.

Each successive Beyond Eden event grows larger and larger with combined average attendance well over 5,000 people for the past four years of the event. The New Contemporary Art Movement continues to build momentum on a national level and is finally starting to receive mainstream recognition from major institutions and publications the world over. With its foundation firmly planted in Southern California and a patron base here in Los Angeles that has been building over the past several decades, it’s easy to see why Beyond Eden has been welcomed with such open arms by the Los Angeles arts community and has become an anticipated annual event. It will be sad to see it go but due to rising costs associated with the City, we can simply no longer afford to put this on and have it live up to the standards of our past events. We plan to make this final event one for the history books and one you won’t soon forget.

Beyond Eden 2015 will showcase the works of five of California’s finest New Contemporary art galleries and will be held during the weekend of October 3rd and 4th with an opening night celebration planned for Saturday, October 3rd from 6-11PM. Participating galleries include C.A.V.E. Gallery (Venice, CA), Copro Gallery (Santa Monica, CA), Spoke Art (San Francisco, CA), Hashimoto Contempoary (San Francisco, CA) and event organizers Thinkspace (Culver City, CA).

megs paving paradise

In addition to the works on display from the participating galleries, Beyond Eden 2015 will also feature a special solo showcase from Thinkspace represented artist Meggs. ‘Paving Paradise’ will feature an array of new works from the Australian artist along with a large-scale painting / mural for all to enjoy.

Live painting demonstrations on the gallery’s balcony will also be taking place during the opening reception on Saturday night.

About the location:
The Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery opened in 1971 and is comprised of a 10,000 square foot Gallery and facility located on the sprawling grounds of Olive Hill in the Barnsdall Art Park. The park overlooks the City of Los Angeles and is also home to the famous, historic Frank Lloyd Wright Hollyhock House and Junior Art Center and Barnsdall Park Theatre. Under the Department of Cultural Affairs, LAMAG is the premier city-run gallery that focuses on contemporary art, particularly the work of living Southern California artists.

beyond eden 2015

Presented by:
Arrested Motion
Cartwheel Art
City of LA Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA)
Hi-Fructose
Juxtapoz
Reverberations Media
Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (LAMAG)
Platinum Cheese
Sour Harvest
Supersonic Electronic

Official Website:
http://www.beyondedenart.com

Please be sure to join the Facebook page at:
www.facebook.com/groups/BeyondEden

Please visit the Thinkspace Gallery website for additional information.

 

Forest For The Trees 2015 Kicks Off August 24th.

forest for the trees mural festivals

The Pacific North West is about to get even more colorful with the work of Thinkspace family members; Josh Keyes, Joram Roukes, Troy Lovegates, Low Bros, and Andrew Hem. All artists will be creating murals for Portland’s Forest For The Trees; a non-profit project dedicated to the creation of contemporary public art.  You can preview previous murals from the event in the video below or on their website.

The Gilded Age Exhibition featuring Aaron Horkey, Esao Andrews, and Joao Ruas

The Gilded Age Postcard Ad

The Gilded Age – Aaron Horkey, Esao Andrews, Joao Ruas
September 12 – October 3, 2015

Thinkspace Gallery  is pleased to announce its highly anticipated three-man exhibition, The Gilded Age, featuring new works by Aaron Horkey, Esao Andrews and Joao Ruas. A rarely exhibited graphic designer, illustrator and artist, Horkey creates intricately detailed hand-drawn silkscreens, highly coveted by collectors the world over. Immediately recognizable, his aesthetic has permeated print culture at large, and is one of the most distinctive in contemporary concert posters and album art. When approached by the gallery’s Director and asked to describe his ideal group exhibition, Horkey immediately suggested Esao Andrews and Joao Ruas as choice gallery companions. All three artists share an inexhaustible penchant for detail, a preference for all things ornate, and an antediluvian sensibility that tends towards allegory and myth. Enter The Gilded Age: the fortuitous result of a seemingly unlikely pet-project, and a rare and unprecedented opportunity for collectors, fans and enthusiasts to see these three illustrative giants wring life from inanimate sands.

Aaron Horkey lives and works in his rural hometown of Windom, Minnesota. He is renown for the iconic animalia and exquisite hand-drawn typography he has created for heavy-weight bands like Isis, Converge, Boris, The Melvins and Neurosis, among many others. Horkey stands alone as an uncompromising talent, famously only producing his highly sought after commercial work in the absence of art direction. A tireless obsessive, his aesthetic conveys horror vacui, or the paradigmatic dread of emptiness shared by both the dense sculptural reliefs of the ancients and the ornamentation of late 19th century graphic design. Linear detail is worked and accumulated to a staggering degree in “a Horkey”, and the surfaces are often densely impenetrable with layers of decorative, organic motifs and animals of surreal mythological proportions.

A visual storyteller, Horkey creates a post-apocalyptic, quasi-naturalism, Gothically stylized and yet reminiscent of the late 19th century’s penchant for beautiful design. His pieces, though clearly contemporary, reflect the primacy of craftsmanship and the love of ornament championed at the turn of the century. A time of economic growth, industry and expansion in America, the Gilded Age is characterized by an aesthetic return to the organic, ornate and man-made, but the era also betrayed a melancholic awareness of industry’s destructive supremacy, and feared a future dominion of the machine. This darker sensibility is consistently apparent throughout Horkey’s work; an artist always returning to the humbling power of the land as a theme, and to its momentums of survival and decay. Helmeted birds, airborne manta rays, prehistoric insects and winged buffalo, are but a few of Horkey’s recurring cast of characters. Evading a specific sense of time, history and place, the natural mythology Horkey has painstakingly crafted is markedly, and perhaps most tellingly, absent of humans.

Esao Andrews is an illustrator and painter based out of Los Angeles. His oil paintings on panel blend figurative and organic elements into beautifully haunting and distorted dreamscapes. Often surreal, eroticized, and exaggerated to the point of the grotesque, his works have been compared to Mark Ryden’s predilection for thorough stylization, and John Currin’s contemporary figurative Mannerism. An illustrator who has produced work for DC comics, and album art for bands like Circa Survive, Andrews creates emotive narratives and allegories through the intuitive juxtaposition of imagery. Often combining human and natural worlds in a mashup of symbolic gestures, Andrews’ highly detailed works resonate with the ghosts of our sub-conscious. Like worlds unto themselves, at times bordering on nightmare, his paintings provide glimpses into alternate and parallel psychic universes, capturing moments of meditative solitude, quiet realization and melancholy.

Brazilian artist Joao Ruas is similarly preoccupied with detailed stylization, narrative symbolism and the darkly emotive surreal. A consummate illustrator and designer from São Paulo, Brazil, and creator of Fables covers, Ruas combines ancient references with the contemporary, to create timeless visual mythologies. A gifted figurative artist, his works explore the universal themes of transition, power, strength, transformation and loss with an empathetic tenor. His haunting works are inspired by the age-old function of myth as an antiquated system of attributing meaning to natural and human chaos. Ruas’ beautifully executed lines, love of detail, and quasi-Gothic aesthetic, also recall the late 19th century golden age of illustration, and its propensity for lush hand-drawn worlds. Fascinated by the enigmatic mystery of lore and symbols, and drawn to the use of recurring contrasts, Ruas punctuates his work with a system of evasive signs. His pieces always tend to reveal the spectral traces of graphite in the end product, a choice that discloses both the presence of the artist and the ghostliness of his universe.

The Gilded Age presents three exceptional artists – two of whom are hand-picked by the inimitable Horkey – whose respective work, though entirely unique and contemporary, recalls many of the sensibilities shared by the late 19th and early 20th century return to craftsmanship, narrative and ornamentation. Particularly relevant given our entrenchment in an age of digital reign and impermanent culture, The Gilded Age betrays a nostalgic yearning for the maximalism of the human hand.

Aaron Horkey GA

Aaron Horkey Work In Progress Detail Shot

Esao Andrews GA WIP

Esao Andrews Work In Progress Detail Shot

Joaoa Ruas WIP Gilded Age

Joao Ruas Work In Progress Detail Shot