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Thinkspace is pleased to present Reflections of a New Generation\, featuring new work by  Ekundayo\, Joram Roukes\, and Ad am Caldwell. These three distinct artists are unified by a painter ly approach to their subject matter and by a tendency towards the surreal. Each works from a unique set of influences and introjects a personal dimens ion into that of the cultural. Gleaning inspiration from subculture\, perso nal experience\, and art history\, each has developed a style entirely thei r own that speaks to a complex locus of coexisting cultural sensibilities. While their work remains graphic and representational\, their painterly exe cution tends towards the expressionistic and the emotive. Each artist's con tribution speaks powerfully to the potential of the new contemporary moveme nt to explore the conflicted accretions of our contemporaneity.

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Ekundayo is a Hawaii based ar tist\, having spent many years here in LA prior to moving back home recentl y. The artist's mixed media work harnesses the visual power of the subconsc ious through hyperbole and juxtaposition. Owing to his mastery of a surreal grotesque and his early beginnings as a graffiti artist\, Ekundayo's work is monumental and larger than life. The artist's intuitive recombinations a re uncanny and haunting\, and betray an understanding of life's most aberra nt and disturbing dimensions. Ekundayo channels the sordid and the abject\, but mobilizes the imaginary to attenuate its ravages through fantasy. The artist combines the human with the animal to explore a conflicted interconn ectedness\, and creates imagery that is allegorical and even mythological a t times. Much like an idyllic nightmare\, beauty exists with deformity in i ts midsts. Ekundayo combines the monstrous and the teratological with the b eautiful and the redemptive\, to convey a profound empathy for the duality of the human condition.

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Jor am Roukes is a painter based in the Netherlands\, and a recent add ition to the Thinkspace roster. His works delve into the inherent contradic tions of Western culture with seething wit and abrupt adjacency. His works are painterly recombinations of daily imagery wielded into a Frankensteinia n grotesque that is at once expressionistic and representational\; familiar and yet dissonant. His composites are at times violent and jarring\, even abject and intensely surreal\, as he combines the human with the animal and the inanimate to the point of abstraction. In Roukes' work\, the represent ational is delivered with the expressionistic force of the abstract express ionists and the graphic precision of the illustrator. Interested in the fal lacies of consumer culture\, Roukes draws from daily life to seek out poeti c discord from the familiarity of the mundane.  

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Adam Caldwell is a Bay area painter whose wo rk explores the intersection of the psychological and the cultural. Taking stylistic elements from abstract expressionism and classical figuration\, a nd combining them with the pop cultural and the illustrative\, Caldwell ama lgamates distinct and seemingly adverse vocabularies to invoke contemporary conflicts. With an interest in the thematic exploration of self and other\ , present and past\, identity and gender\, the artist explores the polariti es of the colonized self with a social and political conscience. Caldwell's work unfolds like a surreal psychological tableau\, presenting a simultane ity of antagonisms and unresolved impulses: life set against death\, the se rious in concert with the absurd\, the beautiful coexisting alongside the a bject. These juxtapositions of violent classicism and seductive destruction challenge the feigned simplicity of our cultural paradigms.

DTEND:20130803 DTSTAMP:20141123T132926 DTSTART:20130713 GEO:34.031982;-118.37656 LOCATION:Thinkspace\,6009 Washington Blvd. \nCulver City\, CA 90232 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Reflections of a New Generation\, Adam Caldwell\, Ekundayo\, Joram Roukes UID:281636 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20130713T210000 DTSTAMP:20141123T132927 DTSTART:20130713T180000 GEO:34.031982;-118.37656 LOCATION:Thinkspace\,6009 Washington Blvd. \nCulver City\, CA 90232 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Reflections of a New Generation\, Adam Caldwell\, Ekundayo\, Joram Roukes UID:281637 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR