Think Tank Gallery is finally moving into a physical project space again, after two years of transient shows and programming stretching from the Santa Monica Pier to the Contemporary Art Museum in Raleigh, North Carolina. The new venue is called Think Tank Gallery & Showroom, and will also serve as a new headquarters and official partnership with longtime collaborators Bloody Gums Collective, who has taken over the gallery for the grand opening exhibit. The next in their series of knockdown, drag out, mega group shows, Bloody Gums will continue Think Tank’s trailblazing of the last decade as an experimental arts venue paving the way for Downtown LA’s crop of selfie palaces, ticketed immersive environments, and experimental theatre. Full of visceral street photography, illustration, painting, and art installations, the official grand opening exhibit of Think Tank Gallery & Showroom takes place on February 16th, 2019, with LA is Trying to Kill Me.
LA is Trying to Kill Me features a slew of immersive environments – a recognizable staple in the portfolio of shows that the Think Tank has featured over the years depicting different views of LA’s constant onslaught on the artistic psyche. Hospital and police station installations tie directly into the show’s visual threats on its audience, featuring various performance artworks and ubiquitous selfie opportunities complete with costumes, though admittedly much harsher in style and message than LA’s recent selfie station pop-ups.
LA is Trying to Kill Me is a show that feeds into a lifestyle of excess in Los Angeles,” says curator Andrew Barsoum. “LA is trying to kill us all, in one way or another. And it’s their own take on this excess that every artist in the show is expressing.”
The full list of artists and upcoming programming, exhibit information, a schedule of events, and a link to purchase tickets and memberships can be found at http://thinktank.gallery.
Official Grand Opening
Saturday, February 16, 2019, 7–11PM
February 16–March 2, 2019