Opening Reception for “Act 1: Warped Passage”, “Breaking Point”, & “Destroy’ed and Rebuilt”

Act 1 : Warped Passages, Breaking Point,

The problem with hyperbole is when you abuse it and then actually need to describe something, but the word you’ve abused, like transform now means nothing. I’ve stated Thinkspace Gallery’s main room has been transformed by our artists, and in one respect they have setting the tone for the gallery’s atmosphere with their latest body of work. But Curiot truly has transformed the space and has made our gallery unrecognizable, complete with a fur room, pink room, and purple floors. Last, Saturday, May 28th the gallery opened with a line and a small delay to doors as we prepared for the drop of two prints; one from Curiot and the second from our project room artist James Bullough.

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Print Signing Curiot and James Bullough

The entire night was vibrating with an electric energy fueled by the vision of Curiot’s world, James Bullough’s work celebrating the body in motion , and UR New York’s resourceful work manipulating found pieces into fine art. Curiot’s Act 1: Warped Passage, James’s Bullough’s Breaking Point, and UR New York’s Destroy’ed and Rebuilt are on view till June 18th.  If you are in a 2 hour drive time radius of Culver City and have an inkling to see this exhibition, know that you will regret missing it if you don’t come in.  Also, please wear socks, no shoes on the fur.

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Opening reception photos courtesy of Birdman

Curiot’s Works In Progress for “Act 1: Warped Passage”

Curiot Works In Progress

Curiot has been transforming Thinkspace Gallery’s main room for his exhibition “Act 1: Warped Passage” opening this Saturday, May 27th. The inspiration for the show in Curiot’s words, “The strangeness of life and this question of what is real, are we all just part one highly elaborate simulation? Some little kids project from some super advanced race.”

Read our full interview with Curiot and view a few of the works in progress below.

Curiot Works In Progress

Curiot Works In Progress

#wip “Burning Skies v.8” #laxlhr @thinkspace_art @stolenspacegallery #🔥⛅️🌞🌀

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James Bullough’s Works In Progress for “Breaking Point”

James Bullough Works In Progress

James Bullough’s “Breaking Point” opens tomorrow and the culmination of months of work will be on view in Thinkspace Gallery’s project room. We asked James what he thought was the biggest misconception of being an artist and he shared, “The work ethic! I think people have an impression of artists as relaxed maybe even somewhat lazy creatives. The fact is almost every successful artists I know is an extreme workaholic and a master of the hustle. Learning to paint and create an image from absolutely nothing is a skill and takes a lot of hard work, time, and focus, but the business side of the job is just as demanding.”

Read the rest of his interview with us and view a few of the works in progress below.

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James Bullough Works In Progress

Thinkspace Family on Instagram: RFK Mural Edition

On Instagram, you will always find us posting sneak peeks, studio shots, and the work of our Thinkspace family from around the world. Follow the accounts of those artists and you’ll get a sneak peak into their lives and creative process. To continue our series, Thinkspace Family on Instagram, we’re highlighting a few of the artists participating in the RFK Mural Festival and our current exhibiting artists Curiot, James Bullough, and UR New York.  The Instagram accounts below are in the following order; Andrew Hem, Jeff Soto, Curiot, James Bullough, and UR New York.

Painting next to @aaronhorkey @davidchoe @esao. #rockthekasbah

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🚨🔷⏩🖲 #act1warpedpassage #thinkspacegallery

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New Print from Matthew Grabelsky’s Underground Exhibition

Matthew Grabelsky’s Underground exhibition received a great response and we’re thrilled to release our first print with the artist. This foxy print 18 x18 inch print “Franklin Street” is now available on thinkspaceprints.com as an edition of 30. Each giclee print is on archival cotton rag paper and signed by the artist. Unfortunately, if you were not able to make it the opening and view Grabelskys full body of work please visit our recap of the opening reception and the Thinkspace Gallery website.

Matthew Grabelsky Print

Grabelsky’s works depict couples on subways, often nonchalantly reading magazines or newspapers, but the male figures in these dyads are strange, quasi-mythological human hybrids with animal heads. Deer, bears, elephants, tigers, and everything in between, make a suited appearance in rush hour. By contrasting the platitudes of the day-to-day with the presence of the extraordinary and unlikely, Grabelsky stages the unexpected within the most unassuming of circumstances.

 

Interview with Curiot for “Act 1: Warped Passage”

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Thinkspace Gallery is proud to present Curiot’s solo exhibition Act 1: Warped Passages, in the gallery’s main room. In anticipation for the show, we have an exclusive interview with Curiot that is a soundbite into the artist’s mind. Short and sweet; discover the inspiration behind the show, a symbolic day in the studio, and what he wishes was invented.

SH: Last year in an interview with The Hundreds, you go into detail about your California upbringing and wanting to move to Mexico, care to share some of that story with our readers here?
C: Yeah, after high school I wasn’t doing much so I decided to move back to Mexico and ended up studying art.

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SH: You’ve mentioned that you’re outside environment and Mexican culture strongly inspires your work, is your studio a blank slate or do you surround yourself with inspiration within the studio as well?
C: I just go with the flow with whatever interests me at the moment. The work itself takes me down different paths, just try to stay open as possible.

SH: What is the inspiration or narrative behind the current exhibition?
C: The strangeness of life and this question of what is real, are we all just part one highly elaborate simulation? Some little kids project from some super advanced race haha.

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SH: A handful of your pieces involve mixed media and elements of folk art, like weaving or carpentry, did you collaborate on those pieces or teach yourself the trades?
C: I like to make everything myself but there are some exceptions, like the pieces I’ve made in the past that incorporate knitting, my friend Julieta helped me out with that. I try to learn as many skills as I can so I have full control over the creative process.

SH: What does a day in the studio look like?
C: Like a leaf in a pond

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SH: Your pieces involve a lot of detail from subtle shifts in tones and to different patterns, is it safe to say your process is almost meditative?
C: Very, it’s what I love the most, the loss of time and the thought process that surges from that state.

SH: Favorite Mexican folktale?
C: Popol Vuh, so good!

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SH: The beasts in your work possess a god like quality and interaction with the human-like figures in your work, can you elaborate on the dynamic of these creatures to the rest of the world they inhabit? Or outline what their presence symbolizes?
C: Always considered them as creatures from the spirit realm.

SH: Favorite Color?
C: It’s always fluctuating, right now it’s lavender before it was indigo haha

SH: What do you wish was invented? Would it help your artwork, your life, or the world?
C: A real fucking spaceship! None of this rocket bs. Let’s see what’s out there!

Curiot New Work

Please join us this Saturday, May 28th from 6-9pm for the Opening Reception of Act 1: Warped Passage. The show will not only feature a collection of new paintings but two new digital editions and an adventurous installation component, including musical accompaniment from Franz (Pira MD Records).   To catch a sneak peak of what is happening inside the gallery, add us on snapchat at thinkspace_art , as we’ve already shared Curiot shopping through yards and yards of brightly colored fabric. What could he be making?

 

Interview with UR New York for “Destroy’ed and Rebuilt”

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Thinkspace Gallery is proud to present UR New York taking over the galleries office for Destroy’ed and Rebuilt. UR New York is the New York-based duo Ski and 2esae, in anticipation for the show we have an exclusive interview with the duo discussing their artistic mission, a perfect day in New York, and their creative process.

SH: How did you guys meet and start working together?
Ski: 2esae and I met in New York around 2006. He was going to court for graffiti and I was working for a newspaper doing Merchandising and Sales. We started hanging out a lot and realized that we had similar work ethics so we started painting together. We began selling small art pieces in Soho NYC around 2007 with a few friends and we were fueled by the love we got from everyone which lead to me quitting my job and spending the next 4yrs standing in Soho finding myself thru art.

2esae: Me and Ski met thru the art of graffiti, at the time circa 2006-ish I was bombing the city, and Ski was filming a graff video at the time. A mutual friend told me he wanted to film me and at that time I was facing a 43 count indictment of graff charges; so last thing I wanted to do was meet anyone new none the less to have myself being filmed. Let’s just say I’m very glad I agreed to it, I got me meet my best friend and business partner.

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SH: Who were your artistic influences growing up? Who are you stoked on right now?
Ski: Growing up in New York I was into graffiti and only graffiti. My favorites were and still are GHOST, MQ, TRAKE, KET, SEEN, JOZ&EASY, VE, SEUS/SPOOK, GAZE, SUB to name a few. Today there is so much great talent which continues to inspire me but I will not mention any names with respects to the ones I may forget.

2esae: Maaan that’s a loaded question I’m super inspired by the greats from Mucha to Rauschenberg, Magritte to Calder, way too many to name as for right now I’ll always be stoked on my NYC graffiti heads but in a finer aspect people like Bk the artist, James Bullough, Distort, to name a few.

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SH: What is your creative process? Can you walk us through a day in the studio?
Ski: When I’m in the creative zone I think about what I want to say. Meaning, what do I want you to look at, and how do I want you to feel. Sometimes it’s as easy as mixing some colors and images but other times I want to go deeper into the piece. We start with a warm or cool palate, followed by some line work to create volume and depth and then the magic starts happening once we lay down the first image which sets the tone for the piece.

It’s a series of back and forth flow of creativity when we’re building our scene piece by piece. Our image library is very extensive. We document every detail in our days which finds its way into our work from people to a lamp post, cars, water towers, and all types of architecture. Sometimes you create the piece and other times it’s the piece that creates you. Either way, I love finding every piece within and all the challenges that go along with it.

2esae: Shit my creative process truly is dependent on the type of day I’m having. Most the time I stay up late conceptualizing, at times so many things rush thru my brain that I can’t physically do anything, so I become overwhelmed and stare at my studio walls for hours. Other times I can blink and already see the work finalized. So those pieces usually get completed
fairly quickly, I like to get it all out on the canvas while it’s still fresh in my mind.

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SH: A part of your artistic mission is to connect with youth and encourage self-expression; in that kind of work every kid you meet is important but do you remember a single incident that changed you in some way that you could share?
Ski: As a youth growing up in NY, I was exposed to things I care not to talk about at this time, but they were fucked up. For some reason, I gravitated to graffiti as a way to channel my inner frustrations and thru that I was able to express myself. I created an identity and ran with it. I tried so hard to move up the ladder but the more I did, I realized I needed to do, know and learn more. The only problem was that is no one older than me was willing to show me the ropes, so I was forced to figure things out on my own. My friends and I grew up watching video graff or graffiti magazines to show us style and also gave us an insight on how to paint trains and this is how I learned. In PS84 I had an art teacher who let me use spray paint and she changed my life and I want to be able to do that for others.

Since art came into my life it’s given me a platform to where I can be an outlet for others, which is why we formed UR New York in 2009. It stood for individuality and being happy with who you because you are your greatest asset. I want to be able to help young kids embrace their creativity thru art and marketing.

2esae: Why wouldn’t any artist dedicate a portion of their brain power and influence to inspire and activate the youth! I feel who better to show these kids a way of expression brighten up their lives a bit and explain to them the business side of things at the same time having fun. One incident that truly changed me was third grade career day, one of the artists from Marvel comics showed up and blew my mind I was never the same after that.

SH: What’s your perfect day in New York?
Ski: My perfect day in NY is waking up and it’s as warm as you wearing your favorite sweater. I get a coffee and roll 2 joints. I enjoy one with my coffee and the other for when I walk the bridge into the city. I walk around for a couple hours and take a lot of photos and eat random NY food like pizza, bagel, smoothie, latté and of course plenty of Snapple ice tea. After I walk thru SoHo to see if I see anything interesting to buy from my local artist friends, I then go home and roll another couple J’s. At this point, I’ll either stay at home with my 2 dogs or go out and paint. Either way, it’s a great day.

2esae: Definitely summer time. I enjoy June, my birth month, Gemini season the weather’s usually perfect. Maybe a long bike ride exploring some sort of abandonment writing my nome de plume or positive affirmations on the way.
Then some more exploration at night maybe a rooftop or two, I truly enjoy being places we are not supposed to be in!

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SH: It seems every artist is born with the desire to create, but what was the moment you decided it would be your life’s work?
Ski: They say that if you love what you do you’re never working. I’ve always loved creating whether it’s legible or not, written or sculpted, but when I learned about Marketing it changed my life and helped me put being an “Artist” in perspective.

2esae: I truly think it was in third grade after career day, I remember going to art class that next day and swiping a Picasso book and a stack of construction paper going home and recreating all of Picasso characters. I came back to school the next day and my teacher was so impressed she took me up stairs to the 6th graders to offer my drawings for sale which I ended up selling them all for 3 bucks a pop!! So ultimately I’d love to be able to inspire as many kids as I can and assure them that if art is their passion it is possible to be successful at it.

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SH: What’s worse a paper cut or splinter?
Ski: For me a papercut. Splinters can be taken out but papercuts linger.

2esae: Splinters suck! We are truly self-sufficient building our stretchers screens etc, I also really love found weathered material usually made of wood hence why I usually more often than not end up with one or more splinters on the regular! So fuck you lil tiny shards of wood!!

SH: Rays or Original Rays?
Ski: Neither. Too much cheese for my taste. I like Gino’s near W4, Grand Ave pizza in Astoria, Jimmy’s on Amsterdam Ave to name a few.

2esae: Funny thing is as sensitive as my eyes are I never wear shades, don’t want to block all the beautiful colors of life!

SH: Are you constantly on the hunt for awesome found objects or only when you have a particular piece in mind?
Ski: I think that lost object find you. Even when your looking for it, it’s always been there waiting. It’s when the pieces come together that a piece is made.

2esae: I am constantly on the hunt for everything new ideas, adventures, knowledge it’s all intertwined let’s just say I never turn off this life we live in every aspect is truly a work of art!!

We invite you to the opening reception of Destroy’ed and Rebuilt this Saturday, May 28th from 6-9pm. UR New York’s new works will be showing in the Thinkspace office, so make sure to explore the entire gallery to see all of the fantastic artists showing this month. For more information on our current exhibition visit the Thinkspace Gallery website.