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Exhibition Detail
In Our Wake
6009 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232


February 9th, 2013 - February 23rd, 2013
Opening: 
February 9th, 2013 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
, Mary IversonMary Iverson
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Thinkspace is pleased to present In Our Wake, a small scale group show profiling new work from eight artists we feel are making strong strides in their creative process. 

Caitlin Hackett:
Born in 1986, Caitlin Hackett is a Brooklyn, New York based artist, illustrator and creature concept designer. In her work, Hackett explores the relationship between humans and animals; the idea of the human denial of our animal nature and of humans as the dominant species, as well as the mutation of the animal created by the human interpretation of the animal.

Hackett creates her large-scale drawings on paper using ebony pencil, ballpoint and micron pens, coloured pencil, and watercolours. Her "anthropomorphic creatures, which are installation pieces, are a balance between the power and physical presence of the life sized and the intensity of the dense, delicate, and time consuming detail of the ballpoint pen and ink. By installing these animals cut out on the walls they are released into our world and become characters that must be addressed in terms of our physical space, and must be granted an identity." 
Craig 'Skibs' Barker: 
Craig "Skibs" Barker likes legs. This Southern Californian artist grew up during the early '80s in the midst of both the punk rock and surfing culture explosions. These influences soon inspired his own fine art. With a healthy dose of punk flyers, album covers, and surfing magazines buzzing through his head as a youth, Barker began making flyers and t-shirts for his friends and his own punk bands. Fast-forward to today: Barker's most recent paintings infuse his long-standing love for painting and rendering the human female figure with his punk-fueled graphic design. 

Mixing different approaches, techniques, and mediums, he creates a sense of memory, personal history, and appreciation for the female form. Combining elements of pop culture, literary censorship, and a positive mental attitude, he creates layered scenes of voyeuristic mischief. Barker's work explores the junctions between past and present, memory and imagination, fantasy and reality, while creating a dialog between image and viewer. More recently he has been involved in creating spatially extended versions of these mixed media creations via three dimensional assemblage pieces, and large-scale gallery installations. 
David Cooley: 
David Cooley was born in North Hollywood, CA in 1978, and currently lives in Santa Barbara, CA. He's been creating art ever since he was a youngster. Now he's creating intricate multi layered, multi dimensional mixed media paintings using mostly acrylic, resin, spray paint, pen and fabric, to achieve an effect in and of his own. He's always been inspired by the idea of creating something that's previously only existed in thought and making something that's tangible, with the intent to have an impact on others, weather it's thought provoking, fun, or just aesthetically pleasing.
Drew Young: 
Drew Young's work currently focuses on lost and found adolescence. We are lost in our self-indulgent primal behavior, forgoing the morals and values our parents have instilled in us. In these images we reflect on our own experiences of these dark visceral moments and places. Our juvenility is found when we disregard our age and act on impulses, often finding ourselves demonstrating irreverent, self-gratifying exploits.

Spontaneous in some parts and carefully designed in others; my explorative compositions are the backbone to the figurative rendering. The result is sporadic abstraction paired with hyper-realism. My technical focus is to illuminate subjects with areas of saturated clarity, while obscuring them with textures of the known and discovered. The work blends the authentic with the abstract in order to form a relationship between the figure and the intangible - between order and chaos.

Henrik Aa. Uldalen: 
Henrik Aarrestad Uldalen (b. 1986) is a self-taught artist whose creative production revolves around classic figurative painting, presented in a contemporary manner. The atmosphere in his subject matter is often depict in a limbo or dream-like state. Despite his realistic approach, photographic accuracy is not what he seeks to achieve.
Jason Thielke: 
Jason Thielke's work demonstrates aesthetic elements that encompass both contemporary and traditional techniques much like modern architecture. This style emerges in deeply personal, figurative works, which comfortably contrast hard lines with soft features and mixed emotions. In the past, the artist's process of drawing, composing, and transferring images has mirrored the planning, deconstruction and reconstruction phases of urban gentrification. Later works speak to Thielke's fascination with behavioral juxtaposition within the individual. The conflict between one's ability to implement self control and compulsion to manipulate and constantly self-gratify emerges as a reoccurring theme. Jason Thielke's drawings illustrate this struggle with mathematical precision. Constellations of the human experience, the artist utilizes simple, structural forms to portray stark contrasts within the spirit of his subjects - swirls representing natural beauty and positive energy; straight lines referencing intentional thought and manipulation used to influence others. These figures depict the idiosyncrasies of human perception, examining the dynamics of body language, eye contact and spiritual interaction.

Jason Thielke earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Northern Illinois University School of Art. His work has been featured internationally in galleries and art fairs, with solo exhibitions in Denver, Portland and Seattle.
Liz Brizzi 
A native of France, born of Italian parents, Liz grew up in Los Angeles. Inspired by urban themes, she loves to portray the beauty she captures in the raw, desolate and industrial aspects of cities and their outskirts. Her unique mixed media technique begins with the manipulation of her original photography collaged onto acrylic painted wood panels, finally blended within layers of colorful acrylic washes. She began this series of works with landscape paintings of the streets and alleys of Downtown L.A. A city that is currently changing and developing rapidly, her artwork captured its authenticity and some of the disappearing traces of its History. Some of her more current work is less lifelike, as she utilizes various architectural details found in her photos to create more complex graphics, structures and imaginary landscapes, while using shapes reminiscent of street art found in the very same cities she photographs.

Liz graduated in 2002 from Otis Art Institute with a BFA in Illustration and now works as a full-time artist from her studio in Downtown Los Angeles. She is also represented by Wide Painting in Paris.
Mary Iverson: Mary Iverson (Seattle) is a painter and public artist. Her work portrays the clash between globalization and the environment, offering visions of container ships as they collide with national parks in surreal, post apocalyptic scenarios. In 2011, her work was profiled in Juxtapoz Magazine and Hi Fructose Magazine. She is represented by galleries in Seattle, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Copenhagen, and Munster, Germany. She teaches painting and drawing at Skagit Valley College in Mount Vernon, WA, where she is a tenured faculty member. Her studio is in Building C in Ballard, a vibrant community of artists. Building C hosts an annual holiday open house on the second Saturday in December. Drop by in December and visit!

 


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