FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Also showing in our project room:
Zach Johnsen “Sunny-side Yard”
And select new works from Paul Barnes “Come Wander with Me”
September 12 October 3, 2008
Opening Reception: Friday, September 12, 7 - 11PM
4210 Santa Monica Blvd. (near Sunset Junction), Los Angles, CA 90029
Contact, Andrew Hosner
Web site, http://www.thinkspacegallery.com
Gallery hours: Thursday through Sunday 1-6 PM (or by appointment)
Thinkspace Gallery is proud to present “Tumbling”. This exhibition will feature new paintings from Portland, OR based artist Lesley Reppeteaux in her second solo exhibition with our gallery, which follows an extremely well received two-person show from last season with OH based artist Chris Ryniak.
Tumbling... to fall helplessly down, end over end, as by losing one's footing, support, or equilibrium; to plummet, spill, stumble, or topple; to plunge headlong.
Lesley Reppeteaux is a storyteller whose paintings are deeply affected by the marriage of art and literature. Drawing influences from the Art Nouveau movement, vintage postcards, and the wonder of nature, the characters in her work celebrate strong ethereal beauty and invoke a femininity whose power is all-encompassing. Through a mindful balance of vision and improvisation, Reppeteaux submerges her viewers in an exploration of themes consisting of dream-like adventures and otherworldly mysteries.
With “Tumbling”, Reppeteaux has created a series of works based on the Greek Myth of Hades and Persephone. As with all myths, the story of Persephone is an allegory of life, which itself is a mixture of happiness and sadness; love and hatred; loyalty and betrayal.
Reppeteaux received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Illustration in 1998 from the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design in Denver, CO. and has been painting professionally for the past 10 years. She is a published comic book author and illustrator and has exhibited her paintings at galleries in London, Melbourne, Berlin, and Tokyo, on both coasts of the U.S.A. and at many cities in between. She has been featured in Hi-Fructose, ISM Quarterly, Art Prostitute, and Lemonade Magazine.
She prefers her clothes splattered with acrylic paint, and her workspace filled with tipped jars of brushes and numerous children books. She travels extensively and has lived in Canada, Europe, and all over the U.S.A. Reppeteaux currently resides in Portland, OR - home of zines, strong coffee, and galoshes.
Sneak Peek of “Tumbling”: http://flickr.com/photos/thinkspace/sets/72157606213631043/detail
Also opening on Fri, September 12th in our project room:
Zach Johnsen “Sunny-side Yard”
Zachariah Johnsen is a young artist concentrating in watercolor, pen & ink, and mixed media works on paper and wood as well as oil works on canvas. His medium of choice is the micron pen and he uses them exhaustively to describe a world of ghouls, monsters, and misfits the shady characters in everyday life, but just hidden from normal view. Zach focuses on the more ignored side of life on the sides of people and places that visitors rarely see. In Johnsen’s world, most of the people have obvious human/animal hybrids that can’t be hidden. The corrupt politician is a hideous beast wielding an ax and smoking a cigar. The Hollywood actress is a washed-up, half rat w/ open sores surrounded by a mob of rabid birds. The family portrait is a gaggle of jelly drop characters and mutated fish creatures.
Johnson has lent this fantastic world and his unique style of frenetic pen lines and loose, splashy water-based media to a number of surfaces and media across the industries. He has created original works for print and publications, skateboards, skis, furniture, sneakers, snowboards, clothing and apparel.
Having gained recognition across the United States, Australia, and Europe, Johsnen is now concentrating on expanding his visual range into paintings on canvas and installation works to video and motion graphics. With a number of exhibitions and published works under his belt, Johnson has become recognized as an artist whose future is much brighter than the often dark content of his work.
With “Sunny-side Yard”, Johnsen is creating a series of mixed media works on hand-cut life-size wood figures that will inhabit the darkest corners of our project room, making for a very unique and haunting viewing experience for our patrons.
Sneak Peek of “Sunny-side Yard”: http://flickr.com/photos/thinkspace/sets/72157606482173327/detail
“Come Wander with Me” new works from Paul Barnes (select new small works on view in our project room)
I guess my closeness to nature and the slight isolation of growing up in the rural north of Scotland, along with my fascination of its ancient traditions rich in folklore and legend no doubt forms the basis of my work, no matter how much I try to escape it.
It’s this inspiration, from a very early age, that fuels a big part of my imagination today.
Resurrecting the creatures from my childhood memories, conscious of the innocence and naivety in the forms, I enjoy playing with them like I did as a child.
I try hard to make my paintings look old, to recapture my visions with a feeling of timelessness and space, kind of like a dream or distant memory that has become all blurry and faded.
I feel very lucky to have had some interest in my paintings in the USA lately and am honored to have shown in galleries such as La Luz de Jesus, Billy Shire Fine Arts, DvA Gallery, Carmichael Gallery, and Gallery 1988, alongside so many incredible artists who have become a new and important inspiration to me.
Artist website: http://www.paul-barnes.com
Sneak Peek of “Come Wander With Me”: http://flickr.com/photos/thinkspace/sets/72157606482378427
About Thinkspace Gallery:
Established in November of 2005, Thinkspace exists as a catalyst for the ever expanding new contemporary art movement that is exploding forth from the streets and art schools the world over. We are here to help represent this new generation of artists, to provide them that home base and to aid them in building the right awareness and collector base necessary for long-term growth.
Our aim is to help these new talents shine and to provide them a gallery setting in which to prove themselves. It is our hope and dream that through these opportunities these individuals will prosper and continue to grow to amaze us all for years to come. With the love of and for our community, and with the talents of so many incredible artists involved, we believe that this movement will provide the necessary proving ground for the ideas and dreams of today to become the foundations of a new tomorrow.
Thinkspace Gallery is located at 4210 Santa Monica Blvd (near Sunset Junction), in the Silver Lake area, Los Angeles, CA 90029. Gallery hours are Thursday thru Sunday, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. and by appointment. For more information, please call 323.913.3375, visit http://www.thinkspacegallery.com, or email email@example.com
Coming up in October:
Ekundayo & KMNDZ - “Red Forest”
and Jeaneen Carlino “Moments of Bliss” in our project room
October 10 October 31, 2008
Opening reception: Friday, October 10, 7 - 11PM