March 30, 2019 - April 20, 2019

12x12 inch invitational curated by Booooooom

Boooooooom x Thinkspace: ‘Seeing Red’ (Main Room)

Opening Reception with the Artist(s): Saturday, March 30, 2019 6:00pm - 9:00pm

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(Los Angeles, CA) – Thinkspace is pleased to present Seeing Red, an invitational group show of 12 by 12-inch format works curated by Boooooom founder and Vancouver-based artist Jeff Hamada. Combining work by more than a hundred artists featured over the past ten years on the personal art blog turned internet phenom, Seeing Red embodies the intrepid curatorial spirit that established Booooooom in its beginning as an unexpected cultural centrifuge. Led by its creator’s singular knack for finding and connecting unknown talent, Booooooom evolved into an exciting digital platform, at a time predating the web’s current over-saturation of trend-driven channels, and has become a proverbial ‘last man’ standing in a digital graveyard of exhausted outlets.

Driven by a love for the discovery of all things obscure, and perhaps just as equally by a longing for professional resources in a notoriously exclusionary and cryptic creative industry, some ten years ago Hamada began a motivated and sweeping excavation of the internet for art and design, expertly curating content based entirely on individual interest. Booooooom still combines high and low, emerging and established, blue chip and anti-establishment, indiscriminately blending content in an accessible, living, visual archive, truly unlike any other. Over a decade, when virtually all of the other comparable sites of its kind have vanished into the digital ether, Booooooom has grown from an individually curated content site into a generative community and network championing artists and their creativity.

Hamada founded Booooooom in Vancouver, Canada, in 2008 as a way of featuring and sharing exciting, unknown, work he had scoured the internet in search of, hoping to inspire artists to share and like-minded creatives to make. The blog at its inception – somewhat famously forced to take on its seven o’s in place of its intended two – was meant to inspire that eureka of discovery on the virtual frontier, the “boom!” moment of connecting to the find and clicking on the link. Appended with a few more vowels, though in a befittingly odd number, Booooooom quickly reached traffic in the millions per month, reaching an unparalleled level of visibility for an art blog and making it the most visited in the world, and on the internet, ever. Since then, Hamada has grown the site into a full-time vocation, with its content still entirely selfdirected and single-handedly curated to preserve the pioneering feel of its un-coerced vision. Hamada has likened the Booooooom site aesthetic to a well “lived-in apartment,” imperfect, hand-made, and not too precious, a vivid and endearing analogy that brings a missing element of human warmth to the prevailing cold of so much “high” art.

Hamada has worked creatively, and inventively, with brands worldwide, including Mercedes, MTV, Adobe, VICE Media, Herschel Supply, Converse, Jameson, WeTransfer, Levi’s, Oakley, Native Shoes, Aritzia, Flexfit, Poketo, and Ray Ban. Booooooom has recently grown into a community with formal membership, and Hamada continues to create and develop new projects, and professional networking opportunities for the artists championed by its efforts.

For Booooooom and Thinkspace’s first collaborative project, each participating artist was asked to produce an original piece For Seeing Red and given only two limiting criteria: that it be a 12″ x 12″ work, and that they incorporate the color red. The straightforward theme for the exhibition is intended to provide a simple but striking visual thread linking the many artists in the show in spite of their apparent diversity, and providing the viewer with an accessible way to navigate and engage with that range.

Featuring works from:
Aaron De La Cruz
Alessandra Maria
Alex Roulette
Alice Fennessy
Andrea Wan
Andrew Schoultz
Andrew Tavukciyan
Andy Busc
Angela Gram
Audrey Kawasaki
Bagger 43
Ben Bauchau
Bráulio Amado
Brecht Vandenbroucke
Brendan Monroe
Céline Ducrot
Cinta Vidal
Daniela Carvalho
Drew Young
Emily Lovejoy
Eric Louie
Erik Jones
Erik Mark Sandberg
Esao Andrews
Evah Fan
Evan M. Cohen
Fumii Nakamura
Hanna Lee Joshi
Hellen Jo
Hola Lou
Hope Gangloff
Huntz Liu
Ilya Milstein
James Acrow
James Chia Han Lee
Jasper Wong
Jean Jullien
Jean Nagai
Jen Mann
Jet Martinez
Jon Boam
Joshua Barrigada
Julia Petrova
Julian Glander
Kamea Hadar
Kami + Sasu (Hitotzuki)
Kate Wadsworth
Katie So
Kayla Mahaffey
Kellie Orr
Kenichi Hoshine
Kevin Lyons
Kim Leutwyler
Kristina Collantes
Laura Bifano
Lauren YS
Linsey Levendall
Low Bros
Lucie Salgado
Luke Ramsey
Mandy Tsung
Marco Mazzoni
Mark Sarmel
Marsi van de Heuvel
Martine Johanna
Mary Henderson
Mina Hamada
Nate Burbeck
Neva Hosking
Nomi Chi
Ping Zhu
Rob Sato
Sam Rodriguez
Sam Vanallemeersch
Simon Landrein
Tatiana Suarez
Tierney Milne
Tiffany Bozic
Tran Nguyen
Tyler Keeton Robbins
Wakana Yamazaki
Will Gaynor
Will Laren