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Tran Nguyen and Erik Jones

March 1, 2014
Asja Nastasijevic is an Art Historian with the major in Modern Art. She's involved in art writing and criticism for several years now. Art is her passion and writing about it is both work and pleasure. Among modern art movements she loves Fauvism, Abstract Expressionism, and POP ART and her favorite artists are Henri Matisse, Mark Rothko and Andy Warhol. She fell in love with Street Art when she first saw ROA’s Sleepy Pigs in Brussels few years ago. Since then, she devotedly explores this form of artistic expression. She hates when someone asks her whether the street art is a real art. What makes any art a real art? Art is an evolutionary act with constant changes in its performance. In Asja’s opinion, the real art is what you want to hang on the walls of your living room, as simple as that. So she wants to hang the works of Ron English, Gaia and ROA above her TV cabinet or to place the artworks of Mark Jenkins and Isaac Cordal next to her sofa. She enjoys bowling and doodling.

Next Saturday, March 1, Thinkspace gallery in L.A. opens New Works exhibition, featuring artists Tran Nguyen and Erik Jones. Both artists foster a unique visual vocabulary that synthesizes figuration and abstraction into stylized composition. The exhibition will run until March 22nd.

Nguyen’s Work

With an emotional generosity, Nguyen’s work strives to speak to the viewer on a personal level. She is interested in the psycho-therapeutic potential of art. ‘I find interest in illustrating the universal emotions we come across in everyday living – emotions that are tucked away, deep inside our psyches’, says Nguyen. Her art resides in the potential of associative imagery believing that the image has a therapeutic role. While crossing beyond the self into a shared realm of experience, Nguyen creates deeply moving, and at times unsettling, surreal visuals. Nguyen’s masterly figurative illustrations are realized with a delicate quality using color pencil and thin glazes of acrylic on paper.

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Tran Nguyen

Jones’ Work

Erik Jones deftly combines a hyper-realistic approach to figuration with an expressionistic use of color and pattern. His portraits exist almost as conceptual fashion designs. Jones clothes his figurative subjects in elegant and brilliantly patterned bouquets of color and geometry. He gets inspired from various photos as a starting point of his creative process, then sketches and later builds shapes on top of the figure, methodically picking and choosing forms with color. This mixture of abstraction and representation result in exciting and dynamic tension between the hyper-real and the surreal. Even his approach to media is a mix of watercolor, colored pencil, acrylic, water-soluble wax pastel and water-soluble oil on paper.

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Erik Jones

About Thinkspace

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 New Contemporary 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’s aim is to establish both a curatorial forum and a collector base for its output. 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.