Preview: Hultberg, Hayes, and Sommers @ Thinkspace (8.8)


Thinkspace will host a trio of solo shows this Friday (August 8th) headlined by Stella Im Hultberg’s Raveled in their main gallery.  Driven by her recent trip to her native Korea and Japan, Stella’s new work explores the darker side of being.  Several of her new pieces are stunning and arresting – beautiful in a haunting manner. In addition to her new work, she’s in the process of creating an elegant front room install (shown above in a pic courtesy of Andrew Hosner).

Also opening on Friday in Thinkspace’s Project Room are Dennis Hayes IV’s Against the Grain and Allison Sommers’s  Waterways.  At first glance, Dennis’s work comes across as pacific abstract scenes combining finely rendered birds and circles awash in color. Down a layer, each of his paintings reflects a comment on society which each type of bird representing a social role or class.  Delving deeper, Dennis explained that his recent work incorporates elements of Sacred Geometry – nearly every color, shape and symbol works to build the commentary.  Each painting is consciously created out of recycled and “found” objects.  Each of the boards he paints on is in reality constructed of numerous wood squares cut from discarded wood and the paint he use has been rescued from dumpsters.

Finally, Allison Sommers’s new body of fantastic aquatic-minded  work is a joy to see.  Each piece is packed with colorful detail blurring the lines between the whimsical and the gritty.  These can really only be truly appreciated up close. 

After the jump, previews of all three artists’ work.  Be sure to drop by the opening reception this Friday from 7 to 11 PM.

Thinkspace Art Gallery
4210 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90029