Thinkspace and 1xRUN Present LAX / DTW Exhibition at Inner State Gallery
Featuring Over 75 Artists From The New Contemporary Movement In Detroit
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Opening Saturday, June 6th at Detroit’s Inner State Gallery “LAX/DTW” will feature over 80 local and international artists curated by Los Angeles-based gallery Thinkspace. The massive group exhibition serves as introduction to the burgeoning New Contemporary art movement for art lovers in the Midwest, handpicked by one of the scene’s most prolific galleries.
“With roots firmly planted in illustration, pop culture, comics, street art and graffiti, put quite simply the New Contemporary Art Movement is art for the people,” Thinkspace co-founder Andrew Hosner said.
For the eight iteration of Thinkspace’s traveling group exhibitions, co-owners Andrew and Shawn Hosner hand picked Detroit to showcase one of their most ambitious collections to date. As part of the exhibition the Hosners have also picked two featured artists, Stephanie Buer and Liz Brizzi for their unique hyperreal depictions highlighting Detroit’s vast and varied landscapes.
“We are extremely honored to present this amazing group show alongside Thinkspace. We have always admired the way Andrew and his partners have pushed boundaries and constantly strived to elevate each of their artists. Their attention to detail and passion in this community is unparalleled,” Inner State Gallery owner Dan Armand said.
This event will be free and open to the public with an artists reception June 6th from 7-10pm. Opening Reception: Saturday, June 6th 7-10PM // On view: June 6th through July 4th, 2015
Featuring 16×20 inch works from: 123Klan, Aaron Nagel, Adam Caldwell, Alexis Diaz, Allison Sommers, Amanda Marie,Andy Kehoe, Angry Woebots, Anthony Clarkson, Bec Winnel, Brett Amory, Brian Mashburn, Carl Cashman, Chie Yoshii, Christine Wu, Craig ‘Skibs’ Barker, Curiot, Dan-ah Kim, Dave MacDowell, David Cooley, Derek Gores, Derek Hess, Drew Leshko, EINE, Ekundayo, Erik Jones, Erik Siador, Frank Gonzales, Fumi Nakamura, Gaia, Glenn Barr, Greg Mike, Henrik Aa. Uldalen, Hueman, Jacub Gagnon, James Bullough, James Marshall (Dalek), Jeff Ramirez, Jeremy Hush, Jim Houser, Jolene Lai, Joram Roukes, Joseph Martinez, Kelly VIvanco, Ken Flewellyn, Kikyz1313, Ki Sung Koh, Kevin Peterson, Kojiro Ankan Takakuwa, Kozyndan, Kwon Kyung-yup, Kyle Stewart, Labrona, Lindsey Carr, Linnea Strid, Luke Chueh, Marco Mazzoni, Mari Inukai, Mary Iverson, Matthew Grabelsky, Meggs, Mia Araujo, Michael Ramstead, Michelle Tanguay, Mike Egan, Naoto Hattori, Naturel, Nick Jaskey, Nosego, Okuda, Paul Barnes, Paula Zammit, Persue, Peter Adamyan, Ryan Hewett, Rodrigo Luff, Sarah Joncas, Sean Mahan, Sebastian Wahl, Seth Armstrong, Shark Toof, Stinkfish, Tony Philippou, Tran Nguyen & Troy Lovegates.
Featured artist Stephanie Buer:
Portland based artist Stephanie Buer explores derelict and abandoned urban spaces in her meticulously detailed oil paintings and charcoal drawings. Looking to the barren architectural vestiges of industry, Buer explores the life of marginalized structures once they’re divested of function and condemned to vacancy and neglect. Buer is fascinated by the living histories of absence, and by the poetic solitude of remnants; these buildings, once brimming with purpose and commercial enterprise remain untenanted reminders of human desertion and waste.
Stephanie Buer’s work is inspired by an untiring search for the spectral half lives of desolate spaces. Ever in search of dissonant juxtapositions and interesting details, Buer captures the poetry of imperfection in the graffiti marred walls of abandoned factories, and in the permanent vacancy of old buildings overgrown and dispossessed by the progress of nature. Initially, Buer began her search for these urban ruins and relics in the abandoned industrial recesses of Detroit. From these early urban explorations sprang an interest in the stories of structures, and in the spatial poetry of architectural remains. Her works are very much about the process of looking, of excavating beauty and value from inglorious castoffs and flawed fragments. Critically, her work encourages the viewer to consider the larger significance of a culture that pursues indiscriminate and unsustainable development; the abandoned buildings themselves endemic of the progress that once necessitated their development. Buer reminds us that things continue to live, even once they have been discarded.
Featured artist Liz Brizzi:
Los Angeles based, French born, artist Liz Brizzi’s mixed media collage paintings combine photography, paper and acrylic washes of paint on board to build complex and layered graphic works that capture the architectural specters of the urban core.
Brizzi is an artist adrift and in search of the mutable lives of structures. Through her travels, Brizzi has sought to capture the cultural specificity of her subjects, looking to the ways in which architecture speaks of its city’s past and present. A central component of her practice involves the undertaking of urban “safaris” on which she seeks and arrests the absentia of industrial relics and buildings through photography. Her work can be defined as architectural portraiture, seeking the evasive identities of these receding and often forgotten edifices. Whether in a decrepit neon sign, a vacant alley way or a gutted building, Brizzi excavates the lives of partial vestiges. In the absence of human subjects, the works focus on these architectures and environments as living entities subject to the ravages of time and neglect.
Brizzi’s gritty and colorful works are ambient, and capture the moodiness of these urban hauntings with impressionistic license. At once graphic and painterly, the works are often composites of fractured moments and vistas. Architectonically devised compositionally, the panels are nonetheless as deeply emotive and stirring as they are technically impressive. They feel both holistically bound and fragmentary – a beautifully injured vision of remnants and unknown hollows. An avid traveller with an interest in Japanese philosophy, particularly the tenets of Wabi-Sabi which expound an appreciation of transience and imperfection, Brizzi is a spatial poet in search of ragged edges and haunted fissures.
About Thinkspace Gallery:
Founded in Los Angeles in 2005, and located in the Culver City art district since 2009, Thinkspace was established with a commitment to the promotion and dissemination of young and emerging art. The gallery is a catalytic conduit for the emerging art scene, and is dedicated to the exposure of its tenets and its artists. This movement, straddled between popular culture, graphic art, design, and street art, is subject to steadily increasing global expansion, and is in need of institutional advocates. Thinkspace is positioned to create opportunities and a visible platform for its recognition and proliferation. The movement is young, but significant, and Thinkspace's aim is to establish both a curatorial forum and a collector base for its output. As an institution, Thinkspace is committed to vision, risk, and the exceptional talents that wield it. From the streets, to the gallery, from the "margins", to the white cube, Thinkspace is re-envisioning what it means to be "institutional". As a haven for talent, and a venue founded in passion, conviction, and community, the gallery's mandate is rooted in projections for its future longevity. We intend to be a vehicle for the talents we vet for year's to come, and are passionate advocates for their vision and their dreams. http://thinkspacegallery.com
About Inner State:
Inner State Gallery is Detroit’s premier art gallery for established and emerging artists, from Detroit and across the globe. Located in Eastern Market, Inner State Gallery has exhibited the work of local artists Glenn Barr, Camilo Pardo and Tyree Guyton, as well as international street artists Nychos, Askew, Ben Frost and Meggs. The 10,000 square foot building is home to two exhibition spaces, an artist residency program, a print studio and the gallery's publishing company 1xRUN.
Stephanie Buer - Featured Artists
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