Thinkspace is honored to present Tougher Than Leather, our fifth solo exhibition with Brian M. Viveros. This highly anticipated solo show, opening October 12, is the first comprehensive presentation of all new work by the artist in almost four years in the Los Angeles area, and will feature some of Viveros’ largest and most accomplished paintings to date. The epic gallery takeover will showcase 15 new paintings, new pastel works, charcoal on paper, collaborative works with Sandra Chevrier and Ken Flewellyn, a new print edition, a free poster for the 1st 200 patrons to visit the opening reception, a new limited edition enamel pin (the artist’s first), a site-specific installation, a new sculpture, and we will be publishing a 60-page exhibition catalog in support of the show. Tougher Than Leather promises something magical for all of his Dirty Troops, new and old.
The artist’s well-known “bad-girls” emerge stronger than ever in Tougher Than Leather, embodying the tenacity and fight that it has taken Viveros to get through the past few years that have been wrought with personal struggles. Having recently lost many prominent members of his close-knit family, the resolve it took the artist to weather this storm pulses through his new body of work with a power that is palpable.
Known for his phenomenally detailed and hyper-realistic paintings, Viveros’ world is a complete universe unto itself. The “Dirtyland,” well-known by Viveros fans and collectors, plays host to a long cast of recurring female characters; part vixen, part superhero and all bad-ass. These unapologetic survivors, often bloodied and bandaged, smoking and defiant, have the battle scars to boast their warrior worth.
Viveros has pushed his execution of detail to new extremes while continuing to expand his palette Incorporating stark tonal contrasts between warm and cool hues, crimson reds, lush pastels and brilliant blues and shimmering golds, to bring minute textural details to life. Tougher Than Leather also delivers Viveros’s most complex work to date, ‘Tame The Beast’, showcasing one of his iconic Matadors captured for the first time ever in her full glory, in the midst of battle with a raging bull. Filled with firsts, this special showcase also includes ‘EviLAst!’, the artist’s largest and most complex sculpture to date and serves as the exhibition’s showstopper. This exciting new piece perfectly captures the ferocity and beauty of the Dirtyland, incorporating signature elements from several of the artist’s past iconic paintings.
Tougher Than Leather is dedicated to the fighter in all of us. All that are fighting for their lives, fighting their inner demons and fighting the evil that is cancer. The artist’s iconic warrior women are emblematic of their refusal to submit; tough but sensual, they embody the courage of the feminine as empowered Victor. These heroes cannot be broken. They bleed, they fight, they are Tougher Than Leather.
Please join us for the opening reception this October 12 and be sure to wear your dirty best. All those attending in a costume that celebrates one of Brian’s iconic characters will have a strong chance of being included in the opening night recap featured within the exhibition catalog for Tougher Than Leather that will follow shortly after the exhibition has come to an end. Viveros will be in attendance and the opening is free and open to all. Come celebrate with us.