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Thinkspace is pleased to present Curioso a group exhibition featuring new work by gallery artists  Jeremy Hush\, Lindsey Carr\, and Frank G onzales. These artists' respective\, and unmistakably distinct\, p ractices explore contemporary representations of the natural and animal wor lds. Their imagery is derived uniquely\, relying on a combination of observ ation\, historical 19th century natural history and botanical references\, and their personal experiences of nature drawn in sharp relief against thei r immersion in the urban. Each artist taps into the unwavering hold of the natural world on the creative imagination\, and distills a contemporary voi ce from a wealth of observed and appropriated traditions. Nature has long e ntranced the human as an anthropomorphic vehicle in visual art\, an extende d metaphor for the intrinsic animality of the human\, and a subject of taxo nomical conquest. Each artist revitalizes our visual interest in nature wit h a contemporary valence\, while tapping into the unerring enjoyment of the ir representational traditions.   < /span>
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Lindsey Carr's beautifully executed animal portraiture of birds and primates takes the 19t h century conventions of natural history printmaking and painting\, from th e likes of Audubon and Redoute\, and transforms them into distinctly contem porary revisitations of this meticulous representational tradition. At time s dark\, and at others whimsical\, her work incorporates text and unlikely juxtapositions with wit and humor. Her palette and execution recall antiqua ted relics\, or illuminated manuscripts\, invoking the past and confusing t he contemporaneity of the work visually. Her appropriation of this natural history tradition engages the historical conventions of taxonomy and catego rization with a contemporary appreciation of their uncanniness. Her work ex amines the proximity of the animal to the human\, and intuitively explores the indelible hold of that link.
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Frank Gonzales' paintings of birds and flora are highly d etailed and exceptionally rendered. As an arti  st having lived in Brooklyn for many years\, his fascination with the natural world has inspired dedic ated and meticulous representations. As a powerful counterpart to the urban \, the natural world returns us all to something elemental and redemptive i n the midst of the city's machinations. Gonzales taps into this fundamental pull that nature exercises over the imaginary\, and paints with true love of execution and process. His use of color and line\, and his compositional inclusion of abstract elements and pattern\, make his work distinctly cont emporary and entirely his own.
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Jeremy Hush's work is unmistakably his own in its combinati on of the lyrical and the chaotic\; the organized and the spontaneous. Loos ely influenced stylistically by historical 19th century print making\, his work combines historical suggestion with a highly stylized contemporary aes thetic. Working primarily with ball point pen and unlikely found materials for pigment\, Hush's imaginary landscapes are haunted and beautiful\, eerie and transporting. His works on paper are highly dense and lush\, containin g layer upon layer of symbolic iteration and elaborately elusive narrative. His use of natural imagery recalls the visual conventions of fable\, alleg ory\, and dream.
DTEND:20130629 DTSTAMP:20141218T015752 DTSTART:20130601 GEO:34.031982;-118.37656 LOCATION:Thinkspace\,6009 Washington Blvd. \nCulver City\, CA 90232 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Curioso\, Lindsey Carr\, Frank Gonzales\, Jeremy Hush UID:279400 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20130601T210000 DTSTAMP:20141218T015752 DTSTART:20130601T180000 GEO:34.031982;-118.37656 LOCATION:Thinkspace\,6009 Washington Blvd. \nCulver City\, CA 90232 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Curioso\, Lindsey Carr\, Frank Gonzales\, Jeremy Hush UID:279401 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR