Ignite your wanderlust for contemporary art and delve into a world of imagination as Thinkspace Projects invites you to join them on a journey into the artistic prowess of five distinct artists. Scott Listfield, TRNZ, Ken Nwadiogbu, and Yosuke Ueno lead us into each new body of work. As each explore the symbolism and compositional narrative of their self-expressions, we long to explore the extraordinary visionary styles and echoing creative aptitude. Mark it in your calendar because this weekend something wonderful happens.
Also on view is a fantastic new body of work by Sergio Garcia. The Collector Preview will be shared Friday, June 3 via Thinkspace Project’s e-mail newsletter. Don’t miss it!
We, as humans, are naturally drawn to the unorthodox. I have always enjoyed the use of the unconventional as a base for my artwork. I enjoy creating art that people can relate to and that stimulates the creative subconscious. Not only to create an emotional relationship between art and viewer, but to conjure up questions of how and why. It is this desire to create a connection with the viewer that fuels my creativity.
My passion is creating a perfect balance of light and shadow. Light is the core of my artwork. Without light there is no art. Without art there is no life. Amen, brother.
Scott Listfield | TRNZ | Ken Nwadiogbu | Yosuke Ueno
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 4, 2022 | 6-10pm
Exhibition Dates: June 4, 2022 – June 25, 2022
4217 W. Jefferson Blvd. | Los Angeles, CA 90016
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About the Gallery //
Thinkspace was founded in 2005; now in LA’s thriving 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.
Scott Listfield, The Multiverse (Gallery I)
Thinkspace Projects is presenting Scott Listfield’s latest show with the gallery, ‘The Multiverse.’ This complex show is the result of two years of feeling stuck, both physically and mentally. On the other side of a difficult period globally and personally, Listfield set out to make a show that was autobiographical in nature.
Looking back at the different lives he’s lived, people he’s known, and almost 600 paintings he’s created, Listfield was able to see his signature astronaut in a new light. Revisiting some of the earliest settings as a means to revisit the time in his life when he first created those pieces, and walk in the shoes of a much younger version of himself.
The result is striking, balancing the alien with the familiar, the realistic with the fantastic. At its core, the show is about escaping—escaping as both a means of relief and self-discovery. As Listfield relives some of his earliest days and earliest work, he finds his way back to his own beginnings in parallel with the astronaut. The work is vast and varied.
The centerpiece of this show are the three largest paintings I’ve ever made, each a literal monument to memories of those I’ve lost along the way. I needed to build those monuments to remember. I needed to build those monuments to move on. I’ve been inside lately, looking back. It’s time to go outside again and look to the future.
About Scott Listfield //
Scott Listfield is known for his paintings featuring a lone exploratory astronaut lost in a landscape cluttered with pop culture icons, corporate logos, and tongue-in-cheek science fiction references. Scott grew up in Boston, MA and studied art at Dartmouth College. After some time spent living abroad, Scott returned to America and, shortly before the real life, non-movie version of the year 2001, began painting astronauts and, sometimes, dinosaurs.
Scott has been profiled in Juxtapoz, Wired Magazine, the Boston Globe, New American Paintings, and on at least one local television station. He has exhibited his work in Los Angeles, London, Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Miami, Montreal, Boston, and many other nice places.
Thinkspace Projects is presenting TRNZ’s debut US solo show, ‘Cotton Harlequins.’ Inspired by the artist’s recent trips to local thrift shops and his childhood love of anime, the resulting collection is a colorful story told through clothing and facial expressions. “Ukay-ukay” is a store in the Philippines where secondhand clothes, shoes, bags, and accessories are sold at a cheap price. The items sold are usually brought from European countries and North America, and resold to the community, bringing fashion influence and history.
In this collection, TRNZ breathes life into the garments for a third time, painting portraits featuring various pieces, patterns, and textures, each found during trips to the Ukay-ukay store. The result is layered and complex, just like the pieces of clothing, offering a window into cultural influence and the power of fashion as a visual medium.
About TRNZ //
Born in Manila, TRNZ (Terence) was introduced to art through dubbed Japanese anime which aired daily on his family’s local television. After receiving a BFA Major in Advertising, he spent his early years as an art director at TBWA/SMP, a global network advertising agency. In 2017, he shifted directions and started dabbling in visual art. His time in advertising taught him to embrace a multimedia approach in his work. Now, he creates a world with alluring narration while keeping characteristics that are unique to him and his style.
Ken Nwadiogbu, Freedom Protesters (Viewing Room)
One of the amazing parts of being an artist is that we have the opportunity to start up conversations about things that are relevant to us in this very time of our existence. For every platform and opportunity we are given, we do our best to respond to issues around the world.
Just after the covid lockdown, I remember an article I read and it headlined, “FINALLY FREE”. It reminded me of how important freedom was and how we constantly aim to be free from many things; including pain, debt, memories, obstacles, illness and slavery. Talking about Freedom reminds us of how valuable it is, and replenishes our determination to achieving it.
‘Freedom Protesters’ will include 30 cut out flags of different colors with “FREE” written on it, and 12 16inch square paintings of the protesters. In some sense, I’m trying to create a protest scene using the most basic protest material – the cardboard paper.
About Ken Nwadiogbu //
Ken Nwadiogbu (b. 1994, Lagos, Nigeria) is a multidisciplinary artist who creates innovative conceptual works that explore black identity and make more visible people of colour, even those in diaspora, within the context of broader issues. It is his desire that through his work, he is able to invite viewers to ponder and critically examine socio-political structures in this present day. Gender equality, African culture, and Black power are a few aspects of his current research and artistic practice.
Ken Nwadiogbu is constantly revitalizing his practice by challenging modes of Black representation. His oeuvres do not just encompass various forms of painting but most recently transcends into photography, sculpture, installation, NFT and video.
Yosuke Ueno, Letters From the Other Side (Viewing Room)
Born in Japan 1977. Started to create original characters and draw them since early childhood, and learned his way to paint by himself.
The first solo show was held in Yamaguchi when he was sixteen, 1994. Known as Spaceegg77, and shows works in Asia, the U.S, and Europe, living in Tokyo. Also known as a specialist of symbolism and innocence. Sometimes four colors like red, green, yellow, and blue appear in his works. These colors represent the four bases of DNA: adenine, thymine, guanine and cytosine, that is, A, T, G and C-molecular elements that all animate beings share. Yosuke paints these colors and A, T, G and C with a message that all animate beings should have equal worth.
The theme of Ueno’s art is “Love, Space and Positive Energy.”