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.
Chessboxing is a new sport in which one 3-minute round of chess is followed by one 3-minute round of boxing and then back to the same chess game against the same opponent. Whoever wins by either checkmate or in the ring first WINS! All events are dedicated to supporting charities and helping people who learn to chessbox become superheroes in their communities by fighting for philanthropy!
Come watch grown men duke it out in the ring and on the board, all for the sake of charity.
For more information on L.A. Chessboxing, check out their website or see the video below.
CHILLED AIR SKATE ART PARK OPEN NIGHTLY FOR 3 WEEKS
CHILLED AIR was pretty insane, and while we have been cleaning up so much that we haven’t had time to look through our pictures, we wanted to let you know that in case you missed it, the Skate Art Park will be open until July 12th. Every Monday through Saturday, from 6:30-9:30PM, you can come in and skate the ramps that have been painted by the talented muralists that Luke and Austin selected.
Come through tonight or any day this week!
Think Tank Gallery 939 Maple Ave Second Floor Los Angeles, CA 90015
This video featuring Miley Cyrus has barely been seen by anyone who hasn’t made it to her recent tour, Bangerz. This video piece is called “Tongue Tied,” and it was created by Quintin Jones.
Arguably doper than the Cyrus version except for the lack of separating heads, Jones originally created a video like this for a bold self-portrait. Having worked with such brands as Channel, Kenzo, and Louis Vuitton, it is an obvious connection to jump onto our most infamous pop star’s bandwagon.
Check out the video above and more of Quentin Jones’ work here.
DROSOPHILIA IS A TEXT-BASED GAME THAT PULLS FROM YOUTUBE
A drosophila is a tiny fruit fly, and its character is made up of “lull,” “annoying,” and not much else. Pippin Barr – who you might remember from the “Art Game" or "The Artist is Present" games (the latter scored him a collaboration with Marina Abramovic) – has worked with some friends to make a clever comparison to that animal’s life and the lives of 9-to-5 drones, or any human who does anything really, with his new game "Drosophilia."
The game is text-based, to some degree. It also pulls clips from YouTube and slowly distorts your perception of reality in a way that even real day-dreaming couldn’t.
This is what he has to say about it:
Work your depressing day job! Decorate your desk! Experience true apathy! But watch out for the twist! Maybe you’ll be all like, “Help me! Help me!”
Drosophilia was made in 48 hours at the Global Game Jam 2014 (plus a few more hours of polishing) with Gordon Calleja and Sidsel Hermansen. It was written in Twine. Sound effects were recorded by Sidsel with a Zoom H4 and music and effects were made in Logic. Background videos were recorded with cellphones and processed in After Effects and iMovie. Some background videos are of actual oil paintings by Gordon.
Barr also does a good job of explaining his experiences with each game he develops, which is an interesting insight into one of the newest forms of art. He does a worse job of explaining how good he is at what he does:
I started making games at the start of 2011 and I like it.
I write a blog, which is most usually my take on making games and playing games.
I have another website, which hosts my non-game “art”. You know, drawings, comics, interactive things, etc. (No longer updated.)
GIRL DRAWS HILARIOUS NAKED MEN TO GET BACK AT THEIR CREEPINESS
Buzzfeed sits outside of our normal information diet, with the constant lists and articles that can easily turn an hour of emails into six with no valuable culture added to one’s life, but sometimes a piece is too funny to miss. And with our obsession with Tumblr projects, we couldn’t pass up the newest one called instagranniepants.
Beginning as an Instagram campaign to reveal creepy men on the internet until the strict censorship rules of the platform got her account deleted, artist Anna Gensler took to the best idea she had after six months of objectified abuse on the dating network Tinder.
Gensler’s bio outlines three easy steps for “objectifying men who objectify women”: “Man sends crude line via internet. Draw him naked. Send portrait to lucky man, enjoy results.”
What came next is of course the guys trying to get onto her Instagram, and later Tumblr. And even some guys that reacted so well that she decided to actually go on a date with them.
Check out her project here and the interview here.
GO SKATEBOARDING NIGHT PARTY – CHILLED AIR OPENS SATURDAY! – TEASER VIDEO
On Saturday (aka National Go Skateboarding Day), we open our biggest show that we’ve ever had, CHILLED AIR. The exhibit features 30 artists, a mural-covered and fully-functional skate park built out by Keen Ramps, and a bunch of other cool stuff like free tacos and socks from Stance. For the last week, artists from all over the country have been staying in our gallery and covering the walls and ramps with art, skating, drinking, blasting music, and filling the space up with the good vibes you can expect from a show like this one. We’ve been documenting the whole process and put this video together to give an idea of the festivities.
Check out the video above, the announcement of the opening to find out about all the giveaways and things, and the event page here so you can RSVP! And tell your friends!
TATTOOED SENIOR CITIZENS SHOW OFF STIGMATIZED SKIN
So you saw our video of the beauty inherent in the piercing motion of a tattoo gun, and now you’re thinking about getting tatted up. But you’re worried about what you’ll look like when you’re old. Good news, as long as you don’t get a stupid tat, you won’t look back on the moment you went under the needle with remorse. And your finger won’t get stuck in your nose if you pick it, either.
The things our parents told us about tattoos are outdated now, and the art form is more accepted than ever. The unfortunate side effect of that fact is that you’ll never be as badass as the senior citizens in these photos, who surely dealt with a lot more taboo and nasty looks because of their inked skin than you ever will.
The tying factor in these photos is that the wearers of the sleeves pretty much all took great care of themselves, which you’ll likely want to commit to anyway. Some of the ink quality is poor, but again, with proper planning you needn’t worry about such fading. Check out the rest of them images over at MyModernMet.
GueT is a tattoo artist from Paris that creates organic shapes, scribble tattoos with assemblages of intersecting lines, and is also now known for this amazing video shot at extremely slow motion of the tattoo he gave to a Swiss gentleman by the name of Fabrice. The video gives a peculiarly entrancing view of what a tattoo looks like coming off of a beautiful piece of design like the No Iron Tattoo Machine.
Check out the video above and more of GueT’s work at his Instagram.
FREE STANCE SOCKS & RASTA TACOS – FIRST CHILLED AIR GIVEAWAYS
We promised there would be giveaways for CHILLED AIR, which opens on National Go Skateboarding Day, and we promised some upcoming announcements. While we are yet to announce the lineup that will wrap up the festivities, we want to make sure people are aware that it’s worth arriving early, as well.
Not only is stancesocks giving away tons of free care packages at the lukepelletier and mochelife curated event, but Rasta Taco (creating the outdoor taco patio) is also handing out free food to the first 50 at the door with a skateboard. If you don’t have a skateboard, don’t fret. The tacos are cheap, and Stance will be giving away one pair at a time all night to random visitors.
All the info you need on the amazing show Luke and Austin have created can be found here, and you can RSVP to the event here.