Mark your calendars because this weekend Thinkspace Projects celebrates the opening of ‘Real Life Is Fragile’, the highly anticipated group exhibition featuring the works of Ayanfe Olarinde, Boris Anje, Chigozie Obi, Eshinlokun Wasiu, Elizabeth Ekpetorson, Jimbo Lateef, Ken Nwadiogbu, Michelle Okpare, Patrick Akpojotor, and Yusuff Aina Abogunde. This exciting new collection of work, co-curated with artist Ken Nwadiogbu, forges the distinct voices of ten artists from West Africa and their inspiring creative prowess. Don’t miss out, it’s on view for one week only!
Also on view is ‘Trapped’, a special mini-show from Super A (aka Stefan Thelen) and ‘New works on paper from Lucas Lobo and Imon Boy’… learn more below!
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Really humbled to have been part of the curatorial process of ‘Real Life Is Fragile’ exhibition. Featuring amazing African artists who continue to evolve their art and share the narrative of the fragile world we live in.
‘Real Life Is Fragile’ Group Exhibition
Opening Reception: Saturday, July 3 from 5-9pm
Exhibition Dates: July 3 – July 10, 2021 in main gallery
Open daily 12-6pm from Sunday, July 4 through Saturday, July 10
4217 W. Jefferson Blvd., Los Angeles, CA. 90016
Thinkspace Projects Press // This July at Thinkspace Projects we are honored to host a special group show exhibition bringing together ten creatives from West Africa. Curated in co-operation with artist Ken Nwadiogbu, this exhibition serves as a spotlight to help expose just a fraction of the amazing talent coming out of West Africa, in particular the countries of Nigeria and Cameroon. The artists featured offer a vast array of visual languages, all coming together to tell their stories in unique ways. We normally take a small break in the summer time, but as we reflected back on the past 18 months we realized we’ve already had too much downtime and that this break in our program could be better spent highlighting some of the many incredible artists we’ve been exposed to since hosting Ken Nwadiogbu’s debut North American solo exhibition earlier this year. This special one-week only showcase will be open daily for all to come by and enjoy. We will be working with many of the featured artists further in 2021 and beyond, with Boris Anje returning this November for his debut North American solo exhibition.
Special mini-show from Super A (aka Stefan Thelen)
On view July 3 – July 10, 2021 in Gallery II
Special U.S. launch of his new ’Trapped’ book (limited qty. / 90 signed copies for the States)
+ TMNT Pizza Box (Ed. of 30 / 10 available for the States)
+ “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?” limited edition fine art print (Ed. of 100 standard + 50 deluxe size)
+ Two new acrylic on linen paintings
‘Trapped’ is an overview of all Super-A’s work made for the “trapped” series he started working on over 3 years ago. This hand-bound book contains of photo’s of all the paintings, the murals, work in progress pictures and text by Katharina Gallade (Galerie Droste) and Andrew Hosner (Thinkspace Project). For the design we worked together with SYB who is a well known book designer, he added some crazy features like fold-outs, laser cut pages and a 95 x 63 cm fold out poster. To bring this crazy design to life we worked together with Lithographer Sebastiaan Hanekroot, printer Jos Morree Fine Books and professional bookbinder Wytze Fopma.
Super A short bio:
Stefan Thelen’s anti-superhero identity Super A is a Dutch artist who uses traditional painting technique and a knack for design to create compositions that manipulate familiar iconography into mind-bending and inquisitive pieces. His alter-ego, Super A is the filter with which the life and observations of Stefan Thelen are distilled down and turn into inspiration. All of his work evolves out of personal experiences or thoughts that grow into concepts which tightrope between fiction and nonfiction. Super A is a mystery that leans on the art doing most of the talking for Stefan Thelen, taking the viewer into a wonderland walking down a yellow brick road in which Thelen’s figurative and modern surrealist compositions are providing playful puzzles to decipher.
- Hand-bound hardcover book
- 24 x 32 cm (9.45″ x 12.6″), 256 pages
- Offset printed inner pages on 120 grams Munken Lynx Rough paper
- Offset printed cover on 120 grams Wibalin paper, with embossed details
- Edition of 1000 copies (90 available signed for the U.S.)
- ISBN: 978-90-830221-8-5
New works on paper from Lucas Lobo and Imon Boy
On view July 3, 2021 – August 7, 2021 in the Viewing Room / Office Area
Imon Boy short bio:
Born in 1992 Imon Boy has spent years in the world of graffiti, alternating between street art and other studio projects, in a parallel yet enriching manner. In a self-referential way, he brings all which has made him who he is into the artistic realm: graffiti, videogames, internet, cinema, music, or travel, to create stories marked by cartoonish characters in seemingly comical situations. The key factor in his production is the union of these pop elements with his curiosity for drawing and the search for the expression of irony, quirkiness, and joy within new forms and scenery. His works are full of bright and colourful detail which, influenced by pop and graffiti, evoke in the observer a sense of playfulness to take life less seriously by.
While Imon Boy closely guards his identity, much of the inspiration behind his work comes directly from his day-to-day experiences as a graffiti writer in his native Málaga, one of Europe’s oldest cities. Whether detailing his run-ins with local law enforcement, pondering the mysteries of modern romance or poking fun at the so-called “graffiti establishment,” his paintings and illustrations are tongue-in-cheek but surprisingly tender, exploring and evoking universal themes and emotions.
In addition to tagging walls throughout Spain, Imon Boy has exhibited in locations including Munich, Seville, Hamburg, Sydney, Taiwan, Madrid and New York City.
Lucas Lobo short bio:
Lucas Lobo lives and works in Brazil… past that, he is an enigma, even to us. His hyper detailed, overly saturated works are a mind-bending menagerie of pop culture imagery funneled through Lobo’s unique lens.