As we all forge ahead into the new year with hopeful thoughts, fresh starts, and new chapters waiting to be discovered, it’s certainly a time to rejuvenate that which motivates us. Take a moment and delve into the wonderful imagination of Thinkspace Projects’ upcoming group exhibition, “Aloha, Mr. Hand”… where the distinct styles of each talented artist is sure to inspire your artful wanderlust.
This highly anticipated collection, inaugurating their much larger gallery space, features new work from Anthony HurdBrian M. Viveros, Cinta Vidal, Dan Lydersen, Esao Andrews, Hanna Lee Joshi, Hilda Palafox (aka Poni), Huntz Liu, Imon Boy, Jack Shure, Jacub Gagnon, James Bullough, Jeremy Geddes, Julio Anaya Cabanding, Kayla Mahaffey, Lucas Lobo, Marie-Claude Marquis, Michael Reeder, Nosego (aka Yis Goodwin), Reen Barrera, Sandra Chevrier, Scott Listfield, Sean Banister, Sergio Garcia, Stom500, Troy Lovegates, Victoria Cassinova, Wiley Wallace, and Yosuke Ueno.
Thinkspace Projects has a full schedule of online events for all exhibitions, including virtual tours, live streaming, interviews and much more… so be sure to follow their blog Sour Harvest to stay updated! If you’re looking to add to your budding collection of art, take a moment and visit their store to view available inventory.
“Aloha, Mr. Hand” Group Exhibition
Exhibition Dates: January 9 – January 30, 2021
NEW LOCATION: 4217 W. Jefferson Blvd., Los Angeles, CA. 90016
Thinkspace Projects Press // 2020 has proven to be an immensely challenging time for galleries and the art world as a whole, but for its 15th anniversary, Thinkspace powered through the chaos to have one of its most successful years to date. When galleries and museums began closing their doors due to COVID-19, Thinkspace immediately pivoted to virtual programming, hosting opening nights on IG Live, and virtual Google Street View-style gallery tours on their website. The gallery was at a unique advantage in digital programming, since for years they have had the artists themselves walk viewers through their exhibitions in a series of first-person videos, providing unparalleled commentary and insight into the work on the wall and their creative processes. This positioning and preparation allowed a number of their shows to sell out in spite of lockdown, raising over $110,000 for local COVID relief and Black Lives Matter charities. Thinkspace is even kicking off the decade with a move to a new location in December, opening its doors in the new arts district emerging at Jefferson and La Brea, at 4217 W. Jefferson Blvd. Los Angeles, California.
Among successes for the gallery this year, 2020 kicked off with an 80 artists group show celebrating Thinkspace’s 15th anniversary, with custom 15-inch square panels from Trekell. To date, the show has nearly sold out. Following the abrupt change in March that halted in-person capabilities, the gallery continued its programming with sold out virtual exhibitions of artists James Bullough, Ermsy, Kayla Mahaffey, Scott Listfield, Max Sansing, and many more. In June, Thinkspace released an exclusive series of prints by Kayla Mahaffey and successfully raised over $90,000 for Black Lives Matter.
With 15 years and counting of success, in December, Thinkspace expanded from its current 2,200 square foot space in Culver City and more than double in size to a 4,500 square foot warehouse in the new Jefferson / La Brea arts district in the heart of Los Angeles. The dramatic change takes the gallery from the current 2,200 sq ft space to a brand new 4,500 sq ft space with 12 foot walls and 20 foot arched ceilings. With unparalleled success in one of the toughest years for galleries in recent times, it’s safe to say there is more coming from Thinkspace and it is not to be missed.
About the Gallery // 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.”
Super A New Edition Available Friday, January 15
Thinkspace Projects is excited to share a very special edition from Super A. Based on the original work of the same name in his recent solo exhibition Apostasy, this unique edition is printed on an actual U.S. government note. Limited to only 50 copies and housed in an acrylic presentation holder.
SUPER A Scrooge McDuck. Digital DTG print on U.S. Five Dollar Bill Edition of 506.1 x 2.6 inches / 15 x 7 cm. Signed and Numbered on the back by the artist. This special edition will be available on Friday, January 15 at 9am Los Angeles / 12:00pm NYC / 5pm London / 6pm Berlin / 1am (Dec. 12) Hong Kong in the Thinkspace Project’s web shop.