20 Years Under the Influence of Juxtapoz

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Guest Curators: Andrew Hosner (Thinkspace) & Gary Pressman (Copro Gallery)
February 22nd – April 19th, 2015

On view: Sunday, February 22nd – April 19th, 2015
Gallery Hours: 12-5PM, Thursday – Sunday
Barnsdall Park at 4800 Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles, California.

ADDITIONAL PROGRAMMING:
Saturday, March 14th 2PM: Curator / Juxtapoz Talk (with Andrew Hosner, Gary Pressman, Greg Escalante, Robert Williams, Suzanne Williams, Gwynn Vitello, Evan Pricco, and Jeff Soto)

(Los Angeles) - The Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery and Juxtapoz magazine are pleased to present 20 Years Under the Influence of Juxtapoz, a group exhibition to commemorate two decades of the magazine’s influential contribution to contemporary art and culture. On view at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, and curated by Andrew Hosner of Thinkspace Gallery and Gary Pressman of Copro Gallery, the exhibition features close to one hundred artists who have graced the publication’s pages and website, and showcases the diversity and breadth of the New Contemporary movement Juxtapoz has championed and helped to uphold.

In 1994 in San Francisco, Robert Williams, Craig Stecyk, Greg Escalante, Eric Swenson and Fausto Vitello founded Juxtapoz with the intent of fostering the art and culture of the underground. Providing an alternative voice and narrative as a counterpart to the dominant New York-centric discourse of contemporary art, it featured artists who straddled “high” and “low” culture. Aligning itself with the aesthetics of contemporary street culture, figurative art, California car culture, gig posters, tattoos, graphics, psychedelia and comics, the publication became a conduit and forum for an entirely new generation of artists who were latching on to the visual vernacular of powerfully populist themes. At a time when representational forms of art were widely disparaged by the reigning critical discourse of the art world, a discourse which championed hyper-conceptual and minimalist dogmas, Juxtapoz provided a mouth piece for the New Contemporary movement. Fluid rather than prescriptive, this movement has many monikers but is united by an ethos. The expressive possibilities afforded by figurative or representational work came to the fore, and a democratic sensibility was unleashed.

What once began as an alternative magazine is now the most widely disseminated art publication in the world. Predicated on the rejection of the artificial boundaries that consecrated “high”, Juxtapoz effectively broke down walls to allow young artists a chance at their own history. It is also an ideal that attests to the power of making accessible art about shared cultural experiences, identities and aesthetics.

The artists featured in this exhibition have been chosen based for their impact on the movement, and on how they themselves have been motivated by such an abundance of inspiration. With access to this imagery and community, new and multifaceted generations of artists continue to emerge from the ranks. Avenues made possible by Juxtapoz, through its wide variety of featured media and expressions, have shaped this aesthetic and preserves its trajectory as far as the imagination will allow.

Full lineup of participating artists in 20 Years Under the Influence of Juxtapoz:

Aaron Horkey
Aaron Nagel
Adam Caldwell
Adam Miller
Alex Yanes
Amy Sol
Andrew Hem
Andrew Schoultz
Andy Kehoe
Anthony Ausgang
Aron Wiesenfeld
Audrey Kawasaki
Bezt
Billy Norrby
Brendan Monroe
Brett Amory
Brian M. Viveros
bumblebeelovesyou
C215
Candice Tripp
Chet Zar
Chris Mars
Christine Wu
CR Stecyk
Cryptik
Curiot
Dabs Myla
Dan Quintana
Dave MacDowell
David Cooley
David Molesky
EINE
Elizabeth McGrath
Eric Fortune
Erik Jones
Ernest Zacharevic
Esao Andrews
Femke Hiemstra
Fuco Ueda
Glenn Barr
Heidi Tailifer
Henrik Aa. Uldalen
Jacub Gagnon
James Marshall
Jeff Ramirez
Jeff Soto
Jeremy Fish
Jim Houser
Joanne Nam
Joao Ruas
Joe Sorren
Joe Vaux
John Brophy
Jon Swihart
Joram Roukes
Josh Keyes
Kazu Tsuji
Kevin Peterson
Kikyz 1313
Know Hope
Kozyndan
Kris Kuksi
KuKula
Kwon Kyung-yup
Linnea Strid
Low Bros
Luke Chueh
Luke Hillestad
Marco Mazzoni
Margaret Keane
Mark Dean Veca
Mark Garro
Mark Ryden
Matt Dangler
Michael Hussar
Mike Davis
Miss Van
Naoto Hattori
Natalia Fabia
Niagara
Nick Sheehy
Nicola Verlato
Nikko Hurtado
Nosego
Odd Nerdrum
Peter Ferguson
Rob Sato
Robert S. Connett
Ryan Heshka
Sainer
Sandra Chevrier
Scott Radke
Sergio Garcia
Seth Armstrong
Shag (Josh Agle)
Shepard Fairey
Tara McPherson
Tran Nguyen
Tristan Eaton
Troy Coulterman
Word To Mother
Yoko d’Holbachie
Yosuke Ueno

This exhibition is sponsored in part by the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. The LAMAG is located within the beautiful Barnsdall Park at 4800 Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles, California. To contact the gallery please call 323.644.6269. Gallery hours are Thursday through Sunday from Noon to 5PM. For special tours and school groups, please contact Marta Feinstein at met_marta@sbcglobal.net or to arrange special adult tours, please contact Gabe Cifarelli at Gabriel.cifarelli@gmail.com – visit LAMAG on the web at www.lamag.org

Robert Williams: SLANG Aesthetics!

 

Rober Williams Slang Aesthetics

Guest Curators: Andrew Hosner (Thinkspace) & Gary Pressman (Copro Gallery)
February 22nd – April 19th, 2015

On view: Sunday, February 22nd – April 19th, 2015
Gallery Hours: 12-5PM, Thursday – Sunday
Barnsdall Park at 4800 Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles, California

(Los Angeles) - The Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery and Juxtapoz magazine in association with Thinkspace Gallery and Copro Gallery are pleased to present new works by Robert Williams. SLANG Aesthetics! is on view at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery from February 22nd to April 19th, 2015. The exhibition is Robert Williams’ first major body of work to make its debut in Los Angeles in well over a decade, and will feature 25 new oil paintings by the artist alongside a suite of drawings, and a series of large-scale sculptures fabricated with the assistance of Gentle Giant Studios.

Robert Williams is widely upheld as the godfather of the low brow and pop surrealist art movements, and with as much frequency denigrated as an irreverent iconoclast among the arbiters of “high” art. As both patriarch and outlaw, Williams’ enduring influence on the New Contemporary movement is undeniable. A true maverick who sought to create vital work that channeled the shifting energies and immediacy of counterculture, from the 60’s onward, Williams’ paintings invoked a return to craftsmanship, figuration and demotic imagery that rejected the elitist tenets of conceptual minimalism. A kid of the 50’s, Williams grew up immersed in California’s hot rod Kustom Kulture, Rock n’ Roll and EC Comics, and was steeped in the populist currents of his era. He recognized the raw visual power of popular culture: its graphics, its counter movements and its undergrounds, a network of palpitations he would continue to tap well into the era of punk rock. He worked commercially and became studio Art Director to Kustom Kulture icon Ed “big daddy” Roth in 1965, and was a founding contributor to the underground ZAP Comix in the late 60’s, all the while creating his own caustic, unapologetic work.

The work that Williams’ created was different, and didn’t fit within the established critical and intellectual paradigms espoused by the East Coast dominated art scene. Creating epic cartoon inspired history paintings charged with sex and ultra-violence, Williams drew from the social power of the American vernacular and its visual slang. He refused the immaterial aspirations of the art object, as it moved further away from representation, and felt no affinity with the contentless legacy of Abstract Expressionism. Instead, Williams sought idiosyncrasy, content, narrative, skillful figuration and popular culture, and created work that captured its visceral and libidinal energies through accessible references. Williams continued to disregard the arbitrary exclusions of the low from “high” culture, and in 1979 coined the term “low brow” as a way to articulate his opposition to an establishment from which he was excluded. For better or worse, “low brow” became the namesake of a young fledgling art movement, which Williams would prove to be instrumental in fostering. In 1994 Williams founded Juxtapoz Art & Culture Magazine and created a platform for this young and insurgent energy on the West Coast; a publication that was dedicated to the underground and to its cultural mutineers.

Williams, a self described Conceptual Realist, continues to create artworks that elicit a response and offer an opinion. Relying on concrete, and relatable, imagery to invoke ideas and concepts, rather than on the non-comital spasms of abstraction, his work continues to cut, seethe, confront and move. Not for the faint of heart, Williams speaks an unruly truth that captures the dark, the beautiful and the appalling tenor of our modern world.

This exhibition is sponsored in part by the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. The LAMAG is located within the beautiful Barnsdall Park at 4800 Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles, California. To contact the gallery please call 323.644.6269. Gallery hours are Thursday through Sunday from Noon to 5PM. For special tours and school groups, please contact Marta Feinstein at met_marta@sbcglobal.net or to arrange special adult tours, please contact Gabe Cifarelli at Gabriel.cifarelli@gmail.com – visit LAMAG on the web at www.lamag.org

ADDITIONAL PROGRAMMING:

  • Sunday, Feb. 22nd 3PM: Movie Screening of Robert Williams’ Mr. Bitchin’ at the Barnsdall Gallery Theatre
  • Saturday, Feb. 28th 2PM: Artist Talk with Robert Williams
  • Saturday, March 14th 2PM: Curator / Juxtapoz Talk (with Andrew Hosner, Gary Pressman, Greg Escalante, Robert Williams, Suzanne Williams, Gwynn Vitello, Evan Pricco, and Jeff Soto)
  • Saturday, March 28th 2PM: Book Signing for Robert Williams’ new book SLANG Aesthetics! with Baby Tattoo

‘LAX / TXL’ – Thinkspace in Berlin this May

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‘LAX / TXL’

Curated pop-up exhibit and mural project from Andrew Hosner of Thinkspace presented as a part of Project M/4 withUrban Nation

Opening Reception: 
Saturday, May 17th 8PM-Midnight

On view: May 17th – July 12th

Taking Place At:
Buelowstrasse 97
Berlin, Schoeneberg,
Germany

‘LAX / TXL’ features 16×16 inch (40.5×40.5cm) works from:
Aaron Nagel
Adam Caldwell
Alex Yanes
Alexis Diaz (aka La Pandilla)
Allison Sommers
Amy Sol
Andrew Hem
Andrew Schoultz
Anthony Clarkson
Ariel DeAndrea
Bec Winnel
Brendan Monroe
Brett Amory
Brian Mashburn
Brian M. Viveros
Bumblebee
C215
Camilla d’Errico
Carl Cashman
Christine Wu
Craig ‘Skibs’ Barker
Cryptik
Curiot
Dabs Myla
Dave MacDowell
David Cooley
Derek Gores
Ekundayo
Erica Rose Levine
Erik Jones
Fernando Chamarelli
Frank Gonzales
Glenn Arthur
Glenn Barr
James Marshall (aka Dalek)
Jeff Ramirez
Jeremy Hush
Joanne Nam
Jolene Lai
Keita Morimoto
Kelly Vivanco
Kevin Peterson
Kikyz 1313
Kyungyup Kwon
Linnea Strid
Luke Chueh
Mari Inukai
Meggs
Mike Egan
Nosego
Paul Barnes
Paul Romano
Pixel Pancho
Rodrigo Luff
Ryan Hewett
Sam Wolfe Connelly
Sarah Joncas
Seth Armstrong
So Youn Lee
Word To Mother
Yoskay Yamamoto
Yosuke Ueno

Plus a massive full building mural from Dabs Myla as part of my curation of Project M/4

Project M/4 will showcase massive window murals from:
Alexis Diaz (aka La Pandilla)
Andrew Shoultz
C215
Curiot
Fernando Chamarelli
Glenn Barr
Joao Ruas
Low Bros
Nosego
Word To Mother

Additional details can be found at:
www.urban-nation.net

New print set available tonight from Fuco Ueda

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New print set available tonight from Fuco Ueda

‘Koku No Hana (Flower Of Memory)’
Edition of 75
Three print set
Each print in the set measures 12×14 inches (10×12 inch image area)
Giclee print on Museo Portfolio Rag Paper
Each print is hand signed, stamped & numbered by the artist
$90 per set of 3 prints

Available tonight, Saturday – March 29th, at Thinkspace starting at 6PM. We will be open to 9PM with Fuco in attendance from Japan.

Please swing by and view her new body of work along with new works in our project room from South African artist Ryan Hewett – lots of other great shows opening in the Culver City Arts District this evening too!

PLEASE NOTE:
Any remaining prints will be made available next week on our website. No phone or internet orders today, tonight’s print sale is for in-person sales only.

Thinkspace invades the Westside this Friday!

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Thinkspace presents:
VOYAGES
Highlights from our recent exhibits in Honolulu & New York City
Curated by Andrew Hosner
One-Night Only Special Event:
Friday, March 21st 7-11PM
Taking Place At:
12222 Venice Blvd. (near Centinela Ave. intersection)
Los Angeles, CA 90066
Live painting from Joram Roukes & Meggs
Featuring beats by Mr. Numberonederful & Bu$RiD3R
Works on view from:
Adam Caldwell
Alex Yanes
Alexis Diaz (aka La Pandilla)
Amy Sol
Andrew Hem
Andrew Schoultz
Angry Woebots
Bask
Becca
Buff Monster
C215
Craig ‘Skibs’ Barker
Dabs Myla
David Cooley
Ekundayo
Erik Jones
Joram Roukes
Kamea Hadar
Kevin Peterson
KNOW HOPE
Low Bros
Mark Dean Veca
Meggs
Mimi S.
Pam Glew
Pixel Pancho
Reka
Scott Radke
Seth Armstrong
Seth Globepainter
Shark Toof
Stinkfish
Soey Milk
Stephanie Buer
Tatiana Suarez
Word To Mother
Yoskay Yamamoto

Thinkspace invade Hawaii – February 2014 with POW! WOW!

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POW! WOW!: Exploring The New Contemporary Movement

Curated by Andrew Hosner from Thinkspace – Presented by POW! WOW!

Taking place at: Honolulu Museum Of Art School in Honolulu, HI

Located at:
111 Victoria Street
Honolulu, HI 96814

Opening Reception: Saturday, February 8th

Exhibition on view February 8th – February 15th

Featuring 2×2′ works from the following artists:
Adam Caldwell
Alexis Diaz (aka La Pandilla)
Andrew Hem
Andrew Schoultz
Angry Woebots
BASK
Becca
Bezt (Etam Cru)
Brendan Monroe
Brian Mashburn
Buff Monster
Bumblebee
C215
Carl Cashman
Cryptik
Curiot
Dabs Myla
David Cooley
Ekundayo
Esao Andrews
Fernando Chamarelli
Gaia
Ghostpatrol
James Marshall (aka Dalek)
Joram Roukes
Kamea Hadar
Kevin Peterson
Know Hope
Low Bros
Mark Dean Veca
Mimi S.
Nosego
Pam Glew
Pixel Pancho
Randy Hage
Reka
Sainer (Etam Cru)
Seth Armstrong
Seth Globepainter
Shark Toof
Soey Milk
Spencer Keeton Cunningham
Stephanie Buer
Stinkfish
Tatiana Suarez
Word To Mother
Yoskay Yamamoto

Additional details can be found at www.powwowhawaii.com