Damon Soule “Modus Alone” (main gallery)
Group Show “Fresh” (project room)
(Los Angeles, CA)Thinkspace is honored to welcome New York City based artist Damon Soule to our gallery this coming February for his first ever solo show in Los Angeles. In ‘Modus Alone’ Soule presents an impressive collection of new work that is sure to challenge and excite all who view it.
Feb. 12th 7-11PM
12th, 2010 – Mar. 5th, 2010
Damon Soule's most recent body of work for ‘Modus Alone’ continues his exploration of geometry, color and space. What makes this work different from previous showings however, is its focus on the metaphysical aspects of these perceptions rather than the material. As an extremely pragmatic and empirically minded person Damon's work most often centers on scientific themes, choosing to reflect on the complexity of technological, political, and social life in our modern times, rather than the esoteric nature of consciousness. In many ways these new works are more personal, as Soule, through the use of geometry attempts to gain a better understanding of the ethereal.
“Materializing space into a simple geometry, Damon Soule works in the fissure between pop surrealism, neo cubism and fractalism. Using geometrical elements he creates the illusion of the third dimension, and his shapes are allowed to slide, flip, and rotate, all meeting at the same corners. He uses proportions, patterns, and geometry, proving proficiency in spatial understanding and advanced mathematics.
A number of painterly elements are scattered over his paintings, creating this illusion of spontaneous space, cosmic debris, the borderlands of astral travels. His version of the universe is diagrammed by hard outlines of form, everything spiraling in from the borderlands, and with maximum intensity.
He paints with a great verve in expressive power of his planar components, precise honeycombs of color, constructing this universe with mutually stimulating colors, highly saturated, and wonderfully vivid. Even Soule's discordant, high-keyed oranges and teals and pinks and neons and yellows are chromatically magnificent in his nervous (yet meticulous, obsessively compulsive) contour and color and shape.” – ArtSlant.com
Opening Friday, February 12h in our main gallery:
Damon Soule ‘Modus Alone’
As a child, Damon Soule (b. 1974) became so engrossed in his drawing that it became a distraction; at age 16 he dropped out of school opting for the immediacy of GED. At 19, with $300, a packed bag of clothes, and small box of art supplies, Damon moved to San Francisco, CA and enrolled in the Interdisciplinary Program at the San Francisco Art
In 1996 Soule became the Art Director and Co-founder of FIT skateboards and Civilian Clothing. After art directing the brands for a number of years, he sold his portion of the business to pursue art full-time.
Soule’s paintings and drawings have been featured in group and solo exhibitions in such established galleries as Joshua Liner Gallery (NY), 111 Minna Gallery (SF), White Walls (SF), Dorothy Circus Gallery (Rome), Robert Berman Gallery (Santa Monica), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (SF), and BLVD. Gallery (Seattle).
Recent shows include ‘New Works’ alongside Oliver Vernon at BLVD Gallery, Seattle (2007); ‘Green Art’ group exhibition at Robert Berman Gallery, Santa Monica (2007); ‘Stories From the Wonderland’ group show at Dorothy Circus Gallery, Rome, Italy (2008); ‘Amused Loon’ solo show at Joshua Liner Gallery, New York City (2008); and ‘Same Loud No’ solo show at Fecal Face Dot Gallery, San Francisco (2009).
Artist website: www.damonsoule.com
Take a ‘Sneak Peek’ at the works for ‘Modus Alone’ coming together
opening on Friday, February 12th, in our project room:
‘Fresh’ group show
Craig 'Skibs' Barker – http://www.skibsart.com/
Craig “Skibs” Barker grew up in Southern California during the early ‘80s in the midst of both the punk rock and surfing culture explosions. With a healthy dose of punk flyers, album covers, and surfing magazines buzzing through his head, 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.
Dabs Myla – www.dabsmyla.com
Dabs is a prolific illustrator and graffiti artist who spent his teenage years growing up in Melbourne in the Early ‘90s. The graffiti scene influenced him greatly in his style and technique. These days Dabs’ characters come to life in more contextualized environments than ever before, whether they are painted on walls in the streets, or on canvases for a gallery setting. Myla was also raised in Melbourne where she was obsessed with detailed painting and drawing from an early age. Throughout her life Myla has continued to develop her artistic ways, and now concentrates on detailed cities and landscapes. Three years ago, along with Dabs, they combined forces to solely collaborate on their works together.
Dabs Myla currently live in Hollywood, Los Angeles, spending everyday working on artworks, painting walls and being influenced by the wonders of their new city.
Jacub Gagnon - http://www.jacubgagnon.com/
Gagnon is one of Toronto’s most promising young artists in the new contemporary movement. He graduated in 2009 with a BFA in Drawing & Painting from the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD) in Toronto, Canada. His most recent body of work titled ‘String Theory’ is one that brings viewers into a whimsical, bizarre, and curious world that is loosely based on the leading scientific theory that everything is connected. Gagnon creates his first series beyond the educational sphere cleverly connecting animals with random objects.
John Park is an artist and teacher living in Los Angeles. He received his training at the Rhode Island School of Design where he studied classical drawing, painting, sculpture and anatomy. His current series is an attempt at reconciling these classical influences with the more urban aesthetic of the Pop Surrealist movement. The paintings themselves are executed in a live, public setting usually in one evening and then taken back to his studio for further reworking and detail work. He teaches drawing and painting at Concord High School in Santa Monica, has three cats and one Tree.
Josie Morway - http://www.josiemorway.com/
Josie Morway is a painter and designer living and working in Providence, Rhode Island. Her work has shown widely, from the DeCordova Museum in Massachusetts to the streets of Juarez, Mexico. In her free time she enjoys triathlons, scraping superfluous apostrophes off signs, eating nuts, keeping her ear to the ground, and overdoing it.
Linnea Strid - http://www.linneastrid.se/
Linnea Strid was born in 1983 in a small Swedish village where she lived until she was 16, when her family decided to move to Fuengirola in Southern Spain. She lived there during her teens and it was here that she started up her artistic career with several exhibitions. In 2004 she moved back to Sweden and attended art schools for four years. Strid now lives in Uppsala, Sweden, and is working as an artist full-time. She knew when she was a small child that some day she would become an artist, since the need to express herself with paint and in other creative ways has always been fundamental to her. Strid likes to paint in a photo realistic style, but always with the strong desire to convey an odd feeling, a forgotten memory, or maybe just something that is typical of her own little world.
Wesley Burt - http://www.wesleyburt.com/
Wesley Burt was born and raised in Kansas City, KS and has been drawing and painting his whole life. He received a
BFA from The Cleveland Institute of Art in 2004, majoring in Drawing with minors in Printmaking and Painting. He
currently lives in San Francisco, CA, working with Massive Black, an art studio specializing in concept art and illustration.
He continues to pursue his own work showing with various galleries throughout the United States, primarily working with graphite, oils, and other traditional mediums, focusing on a fascination to the human condition.
Take a ‘Sneak Peek’ at the works in ‘Fresh’ coming together here: