Think Tank Gallery, Los Angeles is an arts experience space that is indebted to the complexities of a quickly urbanizing world, and caught right in the middle of it. Our space in its Downtown LA location of the historic Santee Shopping District is a pristine gallery carved out of a century-old warehouse's huge second floor. We blog about things you might have missed but would be interested to see.
10-YEAR ANNIVERSARY PARTY ON SATURDAY SEES TONS OF GREAT ART AT THE THINK TANK
Some of the funnest events we have ever hosted have been thrown by Assembly Line Collective. This weekend ALC is hosting a celebration of their first ten years together, which is no small accomplishment. Some of the best neo-pop surrealism, street art, and illustration you could see will be filling our walls, with pieces by around 40 artists in our 8,000 sq ft of space. Here is what ALC has to say about the exhibit:
10 years ago, ALC hosted their first art show in Los Angeles, CA. It took place under the 1st street bridge in a parking lot of a loft. The bridges base walls were used for live graffiti, and a loft was used for the art show. They had live performances by hip hop artists from Project Blowed (who later one of them turned out to be nocando).
As they grew, they captured the attention by many artists who wanted to contribute and collaborate with ALC. From an art crew, they grew into an entire collective working with artists around the globe. They’ve worked with artists such as: Angry Woebots, Eye One, Date Farmers, Kofie, 123Klan, Marka1, Michael Page, Yosuke Ueno, Allison Hueman Torneros, Mimi Yoon, and so much more. They’ve done shows out of California and into international territories.
The Decade is a show to celebrate their success. It will consist of artists anew and old. The show will feature many types and styles, and more importantly; inspiration to the community.
THe party is on Saturday, and you can RSVP and find more about the event at their Facebook page here.
THINK TANK PRESENTS AVI ROTH: COFFEEGRAPH – RECAP VIDEO
In what became the most popular and in-depth exhibit the Think Tank has produced to date, Avi Roth: Coffeegraph brought players from DTLA’s exploding craft coffee scene under the same roof to celebrate the urban phenomenon that is craft roasting.
While Avi’s art was certainly the focus, the gigantic Think Tank creative team used the opportunity to explore what we found interesting about coffee, and discovered that mostly it was the various strains of social structure that are stuck together through this magical chemical compound. We decided to put together a sort of festival of coffee, planning 21 events in 21 days (ended up having closer to 16) after teaming up with LA Coffee Club, who brought in the most highly-curated names in LA coffee.
From a YouTube brand integration panel to a Wu Tang VHS Kung Fu Pajama Party, and from Chess Boxing to sword swallowing, the Think Tank served as a cultural hub for a month, bringing in all sorts of audiences during the hours we ran a pop up coffee shop in the middle of the gallery. It was a show of firsts for us, bringing everything from our first real partnerships to our first self-produced and well-attended events. Check out the video above, see a list of Think Tank contributors below, and look out for our next big show this Summer!
Think Tank Production Team: Avi Roth – Artist Patrick Nissim – Content Manager Patricia Wayne – PR Manager Aurelia Friedland – Lead Experience Designer Garrett Kovacs – Lead Installation Artist Pilar Chavez – Installarion Artist Danny Heidner – Installation Artist Ana Thomas – Installation Artist / Assistant Producer MACA – Lead Designer Drew Cox – Lead Preparator Colin Bookout – Preparator Arnaud Delente – Preparator / Documentarian Dan Snyder – Preparator David Darley – Preparator John Kennamann – Executive Producer Jordan Paul – Preparator / Chess Boxing Ambassador Dylan Froelich – Preparator / Research Assistant Jacob Patterson – Director Brandon “Monk” Muñoz – Furniture Designer Evan Hagen – Promoter Jen Reed – Performance Artist
DESIGNER REPLACES REAL ESTATE AGENT PHOTOS WITH REENACTMENTS OF THEIR PORTRAITS
Phil Jones, who you might know from his Mr. Tee photo that got passed around a while back, or this cute little video of a man running from transitions, has an obsession with the way real estate agents photograph themselves to be placed on a public bench, to be treated in such a way as only an image of one’s face could expect to be treated on a public bench. And, as with one of our favorite projects on real estate photos, Phil decided to turn this into a blog project and photo series.
He says that they don’t stick around for long, as people usually peel them off to see what is underneath.
MASSIVE DESERT LAND ART INSTALLATION CAN BE SEEN FROM SPACE
Land Art is one of the most awe-inspiring, hard-to-reach forms of monumental artwork that contemporary art contains. And it is almost always temporal, like graffiti. But because of these elements, it is also one of the most thoroughly meditated-upon genres we have. Themes are amongst the purest and most well thought out concepts in the whole art world.
And Desert Breath by D.A.ST. Arteam (Danae Stratou :installation artist, Alexandra Stratou: industrial designer, & Stella Constantinides: architect) is no exception. D.A.ST. explains the piece as such:
The project is rooted in our common desire to work in the desert. In our mind’s eye the desert was a place where one experiences infinity. We were addressing the desert as a state of mind, a landscape of the mind. The point of departure was the conical form, the natural formation of the sand as a material.
Desert Breath expands in an area of 100.000 m2, in the eastern Sahara desert bordering the Red Sea in El Gouna, Egypt. It is a site-specific work that generated out of our perception of the site itself. Its construction consists of the displacement of 8.000 m3 of sand formed so as to create precise positive and negative conical volumes. The conical volumes form two interlocking spirals that move out from a common centre with a phase difference of 180° degrees in the same direction of rotation. The centre is a 30-metre diameter vessel formed in a W-shaped section and filled with water to its rim.
Located between the sea and a body of mountains at the point where the immensity of the sea meets the immensity of the desert, the work functions on two different levels in terms of viewpoint: from above as a visual image, and from the ground, walking the spiral pathway, a physical experience.
The construction of Desert Breath was completed in March 1997. Desert Breath still exists becoming through its slow disintegration, an instrument to measure the passage of time.
The piece has disintegrated over time, but even after 17 years, the work can be seen from outer space.
FREE HIP HOP INSTRUMENTALS ALBUM CALLED THINK TANK FROM HEIROGLYPHICS FOUNDER
A-Plus, an important figure in hip hop if ever there was one, released a full-length album of instrumentals for free last week, and it has what we may claim to be the most beautiful name any album could ever possibly have, ever, and that this is a sign that the album is the best music ever compiled into one glorious free download. You should download it and google image search “Think Tank Gallery" and spend the rest of your Friday feeling inspired.
Anyway, it’s a great album to work to if you’re not trying to “waste” your Friday afternoon scrolling through images of great art, and you can see what the Heiroglyphics SoundCloud page has to say about the album here below, plus the location to download the entire thing for free.
For nearly two decades, A-Plus has been honing his skills as producer, artist, and businessman as a founding member of Hieroglyphics and Souls Of Mischief. He and AAGEE joined forces as production team Compound 7 to earn production credits on albums such as A-Plus’ My Last Good Deed and Casual‘s Smash Rockwell LP. Their concept album, Pepper Spray, which features fellow Hiero member, Del The Funky Homosapien, reimagined some of the Red Hot Chili Peppers‘ most epic tracks.
Think Tank is a carefully curated body of work, serving as a return to familiar form after A-Plus ventured into the experimental world of electronic music with the release of Molly’s Dirty Water just last month.
HIGH ART DESIGN CONTEST BEARS $5,000 CASH PRIZE FOR MEDICINE LOVERS
Design contests are an easy way for companies to get a ton of options for packaging and such for a very small amount of money, but they’re also just fun for freelance designers who have some free time and may feel inspired by the product. We’re sure many freelance designers could find themselves inspired by this product, as Juxtapoz announces its annual “HIGH ART” design contest in collaboration with OrganiCann of Santa Rosa, CA.
The pioneering competition will engage artists from all over the globe, and the winning designs will become the package brand for the three OrganiCann product lines; Mendocann, Royal Humboldt,and Kronic Kush. We even have a special celebrity guest judge… the one and only Skinner.
Prizes include a $5,000 grand prize and two other cash prizes, and the honor of having your artwork be the first thing seen by eager patients on the packaging of three strains of their favorite medicine.
Rules ad templates can be seen at Juxtapoz’ site. The design is due on March 9th.
SHEP AND RISK CREATE LA’S FIRST LEGAL MURAL IN A LONG TIME
After a littledrama, RISK has prevailed, alongside his partner in no-longer-crime Shepard “OBEY” Fairey, and created LA’s first completely legal mural since our title of mural capital of the United States was stripped of us many years ago. It’s been a long time coming, and with the attention to detail placed on this piece, it’s easy to tell that this was an important moment for all parties involved, from Shep and RISK to LA Freewalls’ Daniel Lahoda and the Skid Row Housing Trust:
The project is a collaboration between the nonprofit Skid Row Housing Trust (which builds supportive housing) and Daniel Lahoda’s LA Freewalls project; the LA Timesreports they plan to put up “as many as 30 murals in the area by a variety of artists.” Lahoda says “Homeless people should have as much beautiful art on their living room walls as wealthy collectors.”
KCET reportedin October that mural permit #02 was expected to go to a Ron English piece for Jesse and Imperial Streets in the Arts District.
RISK has done many murals in the Row and Shepard Fairey will go down in history as a contender for the title of most famous muralist of all time. LA just became a more beautiful place.
IF YOU LIVE IN PARIS YOUR ABANDONED SUBWAY MAY BECOME A PUBLIC POOL OR NIGHTCLUB
Architects Manal Rachdi and Nicolas Laisné have been working with Paris mayoral candidate Nathalie Koziuscot-Morizet to propose a design plan which will transform some abandoned Métro stations underground into venues of all kinds. The spaces lay dormant now, and Koziuscot-Morizet’s proposal hopes to repurpose the spaces into some that can be productive and attractive places for Parisians to enjoy.
Many ideas have been tossed around, from art galleries to theaters, and from restaurants to night clubs, even an indoor community pool. It’s still in a formative stage, but the potential mayor hopes this will help her to garner support.
DUTCH ARTIST FINDS IMAGINATIVE IMAGES IN MUNDANE EVERYDAY SCENES
You’ve probably seen images from Tineke Meirink’s “Stop:Watch” project somewhere around the internet by now, but if you haven’t actually visited the Dutch artist’s site, you’re missing out.
Every day we see fantastical things in the objects around us, but how many of us take the time to actually express that out loud, much less photograph and draw it? Meirink prooves that this can be worthwhile in her project which involves a very simple digital drawing on top of often mundane, everyday sights, which truly brings them to life.
Perhaps the most entertaining part of this project is visiting her site, which she has set up in such a way that all of the regular images are listed, and once clicked on they show her imagination come through. Predicting these daydreams from another artist’s perspective is a great way to spend a lunchbreak.