Interview with Joanne Nam for “Hiatus”

Joanne Nam Hiatus

We (SH) interviewed Joanne Nam (JN) for her upcoming solo exhibition HIATUS on view in Thinkspace’s project room this October. Please join us during the opening reception this Saturday, October 10th from 6-9pm.

SH: What is your inspiration behind the work in your upcoming exhibition? Are there specific themes you were exploring?
JN: The paintings I prepared for the show represents my unconscious emotions that I would feel uncomfortable to show to the public. Personally, art has been a sort of a constant observation to the world outside and myself. I wanted to focus on the deep inside of my mind more than before and how it changes over time and situations. These emotions don’t appear on a person’s face easily, but it always shows in the air. That’s why I titled the exhibition Hiatus.

SH: It seems there has been a shift in your color palate from very light colors and highly render backgrounds that communicated a sense of frailty to a bolder palate and a looser background that is more defiant, does this shift in style reflect a shift in you as an artist as well?
JN: I spent lots of days this year thinking about my art and its direction. “Does my art represent myself?” has always been a big main question that I asked to myself constantly. The reason of the question was because of my painting’s identity. For this show Hiatus, I wanted to let things flow, and decided to represent a bit of my strong and unstable emotions such as fear, anger, and disappointment. Which was a new thing for me because I don’t really feel these emotions often from my usual days. I sometimes even had to make myself angry intentionally, just to hit the canvas with a brush in a right motion. Making myself angry was actually quite hard. I was surprised that I didn’t know how to do that at first. Also, it was interesting to watch how my mood changed the air around me. I wanted to focus on that more than anything. I wanted to focus on things that I cannot see but definitely exist.

Joanne Nam Red

SH: What is your favorite horror movie?
JN: A movie I can think of right now and want to watch again soon is an old Korean horror movie called Ol-Ga-Mi. The film was made in 1997 and it is about a crazy obsession of a mother. In the movie, a gorgeous looking single mother raises her son and they are happy together until her son gets married. When the mother’s ugly obsessions over her son goes out of a boundary, she numerously tries to kill her daughter in law because the mother thinks that her daughter in law is stealing her son away. It is a great movie that has illustrated the crooked emotions very well. I think complicated human minds are scarier than unknown phenomena.

SH: If you had a day with yourself as a child, what would you tell her and what would you two do together?
JN: If I had a day with myself as a child… I want to tell her I’ll live a very very interesting life with a very very confused mind. There wouldn’t be much to do together. When I was living in a forest, what I did was climbing up to the mountain, feeding fish at ponds, and collecting wild berries and vegetables to play and to eat. My grandma taught me what to collect in the forest. I used to like being outside. Nowadays, I realized I had a pretty funny childhood. I didn’t know it until I became an artist.

One thing I just remembered is that there was a sweet potato field that I made for my school project when I was in elementary school. After my 32 classmates came over and planted their own sweet potato vines in the field, somehow I was responsible to take care of them. It was hard work to a child, but I couldn’t stop working at the field because everyone asked me how’s their sweet potatoes doing every morning I went to school. I think I would help myself to stop being obsessed with the field and let the potatoes go because they died soon anyway.

Joanne Nam Lost Drawing

SH: What do you listen to while you’re painting?
JN: I listen to classic music, opera, and some sound effects that made for horror movies. Sometimes, I play random movies or documentaries next to my easel and listen. I love documentaries about nature, serial killers, anatomy, and healthy eating.

SH: Based on past interviews, you seem to be very acutely attuned to your emotions, either pulling them from the past or capturing them in a little bubble to be used for inspiration for your work, does using your emotions as inspiration for your pieces help you process them?
JN: If my emotions change too much when I work, I can’t concentrate. I would rather go to sleep without doing anything to my painting. One thing I realized throughout out my artist career is that my mood somehow shows up in my painting. If my emotion changes too much, my works would be looking like they have no subject and unplanned. Which I think it might be interesting to see, but I wouldn’t like that yet.

SH: Do you have a favorite plant or flower?
JN: I don’t have any specific plant I liked because I usually love all the plants and find them very interesting. I even love dried, dead, and rotten plants on a random street. However, I don’t really like bright shiny tasteful looking flowers because, personally, I feel like they are lying to me to get my attention. They crave for my love and I really hate that kind of attitude. Their bright colors yell at me and it hurts my eyes. I also hate their fragrances. I know those fancy flowers are also from nature just like wildflowers but they still feel so intentional and fake. I always want to tell those flowers to leave me alone.

Joanne Nam Paranoia

SH: Are any of the subjects in your work informed by you or, in a way, represent anyone you know?
JN: The people I painted are basically nobody to me. I don’t want to make them look like someone, but I want to make my audiences feel like they’ve met my characters sometimes at somewhere in their life before. I use myself or my friends as models to inform myself about a certain forms and shadows, but I characterize or even simplify figures too. My work never looks like my reference photos but somehow they are. I like to stay in between reality and surreality.

SH: If you were to throw a dinner party for a few people who inspired you the most, who would you invite, what would be on the menu, and what is one question you would ask them all?
JN: Lucien Freud is one of my all-time favorite artists. If he actually decides to show up to my dinner party… I wouldn’t be able to think of anything else when I see his face in front of my door. I would laugh and black out and then happily die knowing that I breathed the same air with him in a very same room…… Then he could grill my flesh after I’m gone.


Hi-Fructose Studio Visit with Meggs

Meggs Studio Visit  Hi Fructose

Hi-Fructose visited the studio of artist Meggs while he was working on his solo exhibition “Paving Paradise” for Beyond Eden Art Fair. The interview and behind the scene shots are up on now.

“It questions our effect on the planet’s rapidly diminishing natural resources, and where our values lie as living beings on this planet,” he told Hi-Fructose in a recent studio visit.

View “Paving Paradise” at Beyond Eden this weekend.

LA Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park
4800 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90027

Schedule of events / viewing hours:
Saturday, October 3rd 6PM-11PM
Opening Reception with live painting & music by DJ Mr. NumberOnederful & DJ Bu$RiD3R
$5 US | admission at the door / open to all

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

Meggs Studio Visit for ‘Paving Paradise’ at Beyond Eden

Meggs Paving Paradise

We stopped by Meggs’s Venice studio to check up on the finishing touches to his solo exhibition ‘Paving Paradise‘ at Beyond Eden opening this weekend. A multi-gallery event celebrating the New Contemporary Art Movement, Beyond Eden in it’s fifth and final edition will be at LAMAG October 3rd and 4th. Saturday’s hours for Beyond Eden will be 6pm-11pm and Sunday noon to 5pm; admission is $5 at the door.

The artwork in this show plays on the same irony and notion of tragedy. Consumerism, materialism, and over-development of the urban landscape are rapidly devastating the same natural resources and beauty we conceive as ‘Paradise’ — a utopian place where its community can live in peace, resources are sustainable, and we can equally appreciate the natural and social environment we live in.

Meggs Beyond Eden PP

Meggs Beyond Eden PP

Meggs Beyond Eden PP

Meggs Beyond Eden PP

Meggs Beyond Eden PP

Meggs PP Beyond Eden

Meggs PP Beyond Eden

Meggs PP Beyond Eden

Meggs PP Beyond Eden

please note there will not be an ATM at the gallery

Dabs Myla with Modernica ‘Before and Further’

Dabs Myla Flowers

For their most ambitious exhibition to date – artist duo DABS MYLA presents Before and Further, a 4,000 square foot installation takeover of a stand-alone 1930 built Spanish Revival workplace building, located on the Modernica factory property. DABS MYLA have fully transformed its interior and exterior with their newest paintings, sculptures, installations and exclusive furnishings from limited-edition fiberglass shell chairs and hand painted ceramics to custom-built lighting installations, all designed and created exclusively for their collaboration with Modernica utilizing the factory’s extensive technical capabilities.

The already rich history of this building and Modernica create a fitting compliment for DABS MYLA’s spectacular experience. This long awaited solo show will be the follow up to their tremendous work in designing the logo and set of the 2015 MTV Movie Awards. This exhibition closes their already very busy year, which includes an enormous private showcase in New York City and having painted numerous murals worldwide.

‘Before and Further’ is inspired by the individual life experiences of DABS MYLA – experiences that ultimately resulted in bringing the two artists together and explores their mystical union and shared balance of love, creativity, friendship and sexuality. The significance of two becoming one is most essential to DABS MYLA, in their work and more importantly in their role as husband and wife. Their artistic singularity is evident though the distinguished back-and- forth process of painting they equally share. Before and Further recalls their unseen journey of experience, the shared creative energy they’ve embraced and their cosmic consciousness of togetherness. This installation exemplifies DABS MYLA’s adventures in modern living and artistic partnership with a bit of psychedelic experimentation.

Look for details to be shared soon on the public reception to be hosted by Andrew & Shawn Hosner.

Dabs Myla with Modernica
‘Before and Further’
October 18—November 15, 2015

dabs myla dabs

dabs myla patterns

dabs myla myla


Photos courtesy of Kingston Photography 

The Fifth and Final Edition of Beyond Eden!

beyond eden 2015

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

LA Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park
4800 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90027

Schedule of events / viewing hours:
Saturday, October 3rd 6PM-11PM
Opening Reception with live painting & music by DJ Mr. NumberOnederful & DJ Bu$RiD3R
$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 Map

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

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Please visit the Thinkspace Gallery website for additional information.


MEAR ONE ‘Cognitive Dissonance’ at BEYOND EDEN

Thinkspace and C.A.V.E. Gallery present
MEAR ONE ‘Cognitive Dissonance’

Featured solo showcase as part of BEYOND EDEN 2015 this October

We are honored this year to also be showcasing the powerful new work from Los Angeles’ very own west coast king of graffiti, MEAR ONE. In ‘Cognitive Dissonance’ MEAR ONE explodes back onto the scene with a thought-provoking narrative series of large oils and acrylics, recently described by the SF WEEKLY as the “blood diamonds of pop-surrealism” and by fans as the “Robert Williams of Graffiti.” Don’t miss this special exhibition, on display as part of C.A.V.E. Gallery and Thinkspace’s featured programming for Beyond Eden 2015.

Mear One Dawning of a New Age

Mear One Revolution

Mear One Self Scientific


Beyond Eden Meggs

Featured solo exhibition as part of this year’s BEYOND EDEN event presented by Thinkspace – MEGGS: PAVING PARADISE

The title of this exhibition is inspired by the iconic lyric, “They paved paradise, to put up a parking lot,” sung by Joni Mitchell in her famous 1970’s song Big Yellow Taxi.

The sentiment of this powerful lyric and the song itself mourns the loss of natural beauty at the hands of industrialization. Mitchell mocks the irony of over-developing a place with natural surrounds, which attracted people in the first place.

The artwork in this show plays on the same irony and notion of tragedy. Consumerism, materialism, and over-development of the urban landscape are rapidly devastating the same natural resources and beauty we conceive as ‘Paradise’ — a utopian place where its community can live in peace, resources are sustainable, and we can equally appreciate the natural and social environment we live in.

‘Paving Paradise’ juxtaposes images of industry and urban decay with the beauty and vibrance of nature, sending a message that we must preserve & appreciate the ‘paradises’ we seek. We need to live with less, be more community-minded, and practice sustainability before it is too late to do so again.

“Don’t it always seem to go, that you don’t know what you’ve got till its gone.
They paved paradise, to put up a parking lot….”

More details coming soon.