Skibs

OC Artists Shine in Culver City – A Review of “In Our Wake” by Curbside Gallery owner Craig Richenburg

“In Our Wake” at Thinkspace Gallery.
-review by Craig Richenburg, owner and curator of Curbside Gallery Santa Ana
-photos from Chantal de Felice, artist and owner of Thump Gallery

I think it would be best to start pointing out the obvious; Culver City is not in the OC, so why cover a show with no readily apparent ties to the art world of Orange County.  The answer to that question is Costa Mesa’s own Craig “Skibs” Barker who’s graced the walls of pretty much every significant gallery here.  Also, in the show is Liz Brizzi who’s made the trek behind the curtain to show at Curbside and AR4T.

It was great to see Craig’s progression and confidence grow with the direction he’s been taking in presenting his art.  If you’re used to seeing white walled galleries with the work displayed, you need to check out one of Craig’s shows. They’ve become complete installations as he incorporates flea market finds, TV’s,  & random furniture to showcase his paintings.  “Steal Every Moment” featured a slight change of pace, as the main subject was a shark skinned suited man with his muse seated in the background.  Growing up here I’ve always enjoyed his blend of mid-century modern aesthetic interpreted through the influence of the OC surf/punk scenes.  Think living in an Eichler home on the sand listening to Middle Class with surf wax on your feet.

Liz Brizzi stunned again with her dystopic take on the modern urban landscape with her combination of photo collage and painting.   Her pieces in this show had Liz to be incorporating more color and more traditional brush strokes to create a powerful emotional effect, especially in “Avenue 17” & “Charm City, MD”

Thinkspace always does an amazing job of curating fantastic shows and this one included works from Jason Thielke, Drew Young, Mary Iverson, Henrik Aa. Uldalen, Caitlin Hackett, & David Cooley.  The anterior room featured an almost sold out show from LA artist Anthony Clarkson.

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Thinkspace Gallery is located at 6009 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232.  More info at thinkspacegallery.com

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