Being There

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Nothing Ever Happens (Still), 2011 Oil On Wood Panel 24x24" © Courtesy of the Artist and Thinkspace
Two Years, Two Hundred and Sixty Four Days and This Morning, 2011 Oil On Canvas 26x18" © Courtesy of the Artist and Thinkspace
Being There

6009 Washington Blvd.
90232 Culver City

May 21st, 2011 - June 4th, 2011
Opening: May 21st, 2011 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Other (outside areas listed)
Tue-Sat 12-6


In our main gallery this Saturday we'll be showcasing 'Being There' from Pakayla Rae Biehn and Jeff Ramirez along with 'Ghost of a Chance' from Kevin Titzer in our project room, and new works from David Cooley in our office area.  


Biehn and Ramirez are two of the most exciting young voices working within the realms of realism today and we're excited that they've come together for 'Being There'. Ramirez will be showing 9 new oil paintings on wood panel alongside 8 new oil paintings on canvas from Biehn. 'Being There' has received some very impressive press thus far and below are links to some recent interviews with both artists. Be sure to check out our blog ( for links to additional coverage on the show. 


'Being There'  

Featuring new works from Pakayla Rae Biehn and Jeff Ramirez     


View the works featured in 'This Is Forever' via our digital preview:

We will have a reception with the artists

THIS Saturday, May 21st from 6-8PM

~ All the artists will be in attendance ~

"I was diagnosed with strabismus at birth. One of my eyes was severely crossed, causing a lot of strain on the eye's muscles. I did have three corrective surgeries quite young, all before 4 years old, I think. I wasn't a recluse or outsider, but I tended to move in between different social circles. I really vibe of off people's energies, so it's important for me to maintain a heavy rotation of friends. Deciphering how isolation affected my adolescence is hard, because there are a couple metaphors I can pull from it, and a lot of things I haven't really processed yet. Physically, I have always had a very literal barrier between others and myself with my glasses, and I think that warped my sense of dependency. I've always been violently independent, and that's been fairly consistent my whole life. I've been brought up to believe that the only one you can rely on is yourself, which sounds like a simple enough piece of advice, but is really hard to completely comprehend. It's something that I should have applied earlier on in life, but I only realized it in hindsight. Everything I've done in the last couple years has blossomed from my truest application of self-reliance and my lust to live the unlikely life." - Pakayla Rae Biehn


Check out an in-depth interview with Pakayla here: 


"I always felt like I was a different person depending on whom I was around, whether it be friends or family or whomever. It often felt unnatural, like a performance. Gradually, I realized that I had grown really skeptical of images and their supposed content, even images of myself. I just didn't relate to them on the same level as I think a lot of people might. I was more interested in them for context or absurd moments than as mementos or reminders. And now, with the rise of digital photography, social networking and this blurring of reality, there is a real lack of emotional truth in many of these supposedly candid shots. I'm interested in using that look to create new images that do have emotional truth for me and so it is often necessary to obscure elements in order to make for a different experience from these rather ubiquitous images." - Jeff Ramirez  

Check out an in-depth interview with Ramirez here: