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Bezt Etam Talks About “Beautiful Mistakes”

Bezt Etam Talks About “Beautiful Mistakes”

A certain unease follows Street Artist Bezt in his creative practice.

“I get bored very fast so I try not to repeat myself.” Not an Achilles heel exactly, this need to experiment and learn, as many artists who are stylistically or thematically in a rut could benefit from that affliction.

In New York recently for a brief show entitled “Beautiful Mistakes” at Spoke Art in cooperation with Thinkspace in Manhattan’s Lower East Side , the Polish neo-realist appears to thrive on trying new things – including this solo career he’s embarked on after seven or so years painting in tandem with Sainer as one half of the very popular Etam Cru.

Bezt Etam. “Beautiful Mistakes”. The artist is pictured here looking at his self portrait. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

“Our styles were really separate but when we started we began to blend in – it was kind of natural. We didn’t talk about it,” he says of the friend he met when they were both art students at University of Łódź.

“There was a point with Sainer when we met we kind of knew – like best friends who kind of understand each other on some level. And the goal was always to do a good piece. It is never about me or about him. It was always to do the best thing on the wall,” he says as he describes a collaborative style that was born out of both artists desire to find a common style and to learn from each other.

Bezt Etam. “Beautiful Mistakes”. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

“To do that we had to kind of resign from our own kind of “super styles” and mix them together, if that makes sense. It was a slow process but we got to the point where everyone thought that only one person was painting. But still after so many years we can both see the differences.”

His new canvasses stand still, portraits primarily, with often singular figures caught in a moment contemplating in an eerie series of twilights and meditations. A master of light, he talks about his ongoing challenge to understand it and to reveal structure with it.

Bezt Etam. “Beautiful Mistakes”. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

“You use the lights of the first figure as a shadow,” he says of a woman who faces you against a backdrop of ornate patterning, evocative of wall paper from a large old house. “I like to feel the structure of the face and so I like to see the shadow and the lighting on the face, how the face is built.”

He points to a darker figure in front of a brightly heraldic architectural background. “The colors on his shirt and his jacket are the shadows from the background. It’s kind of a trick that I like to do with the painting because the person pops out and blends in at the same time. It’s hard to explain and it is easier to show when I am in the process.

Bezt Etam. “Beautiful Mistakes”. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Bezt explains that really he just wanted to paint the background but realizes that many of his fans will also appreciate a figure – which he gets bored with.

Sometimes a portrait is actually the means to an end, rather than the focal point, just so he has the opportunity to paint something new. “For example the painting with the woman and the daughter piece, that one with the house. I wanted to paint the trees! I had a night photo of the trees and I said ‘Okay, I need an idea so I can paint the trees.’

Bezt Etam. “Beautiful Mistakes”. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

“I did another piece for a big show in Germany that has a big fallen tree. Basically I saw the tree when we were driving and I was with Natalia, my girlfriend, and we just jumped out and I took the photos. And again, I needed to find a concept for a painting where I could include that image of the tree. Sometimes you just want to learn something – to try something new.”

Bezt Etam. “Beautiful Mistakes”. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

He pauses for a moment in front of a painting and you realize that the shape of his head is mirrored in it, and actually the painting is a self portrait. And then you see the small white rat –a moniker that has been occurring in Etam Cru and Bezt pieces over this last half-decade or so.

“It’s like a spirit animal. I don’t like to paint rats. I think that I can’t really paint a good mouse and I’m always trying to do my best. It’s never perfect. There is always something wrong with it. But I add it as a sort of friend or a spirit animal. If the person is alone he always has some company.”

“Years ago when I was painting girls I was always adding a bird, so like the rat is a boy thing. But I have started to mix things and I add the rat to wherever the character is. It’s an animal that is quite small so it doesn’t take much space to add to the piece and it kind of adds some warmth.”

Bezt Etam. “Beautiful Mistakes”. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)



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Dabs and Myla Create Their Own “Best of Times” at ThinkSpace Tonight

Australian Fine and Street Artist duo Dabs & Myla have been living in LA for a little while and this much will be evident at their fun packed solo show tonight at ThinkSpace Gallery in Culver City. Their love of architecture and words mashed up with 50’s and 60’s hues and artifacts as realized on their works in the gallery travel around a cartoonish camp land.

With this installation, not restricted at all to framed works, they show why they are masters of a vernacular and astute observers of today’s geopolitical realities. When they ask you to breathe as they welcome you in their “Best of Times” world it is not a command as much as it is a cue to prepare yourself to experience their world of vignettes with a little nostalgia.

brooklyn-street-art-dabs-and-myla-jaime-rojo-thinkspace-gallery-08-11-9-webDabs and Myla “The Best of Times” (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Dabs and Myla “The Best of Times” (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Dabs and Myla “The Best of Times” (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Dabs and Myla “The Best of Times” (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Dabs and Myla “The Best of Times” (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Dabs and Myla “The Best of Times” (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Dabs and Myla “The Best of Times” (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Dabs and Myla “The Best of Times” (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Fun Friday 01.07.11


Tonight in Brooklyn: “Wholetrain” Screening at Closing Party for H. Veng Smith


Tonight at Pandemic they’ll be screening the film “Wholetrain” to close the “Identifiable Reality” show by H. Veng Smith.

“Florian Gaag manages to recount a tale colored by tension and aggression. The result is a many-sided portrait of characters whose world has never been documented in this way before. Their subculture remains authentic and realistic. Edgy editing and grandiloquent camerawork, a pulsating soundtrack and an excellent ensemble of actors, make WHOLETRAIN a film experience not to be missed.” – Wholetrain Website


PANDEMIC gallery
37 Broadway btwn Kent and Wythe
Brooklyn, NY 11211

Walk All Over Shepard Fairey If You Like

On the streets of Milan, Italy five artists (Shepard Fairey, Invader, The London Police, Flying Fortress and Rendo) has been invited to create about 20 manhole covers.

more at The Street Art Blog


West Coast Holla! – Here’s Three;

Carmichael Gallery “After the Rain”


Carmichael’s first show of the year “After the Rain” featuring new work by Boogie, Guy Denning, Aakash Nihalani, and Pascual Sisto.

5795 Washington Blvd Culver City, CA 90232
January 8 – February 5, 2011

Opening Reception: Saturday, January 8, 2011, 6-8pm

Whoops, “There It Is” at ThinkSpace

“There it Is” at ThinkSpace

‘There It Is’
Featuring new works from three Oakland CA artists:
Brett Amory / Adam Caldwell / Seth Armstrong
(Main Gallery)
Paul Barnes
‘Happy Valley’
(Project Room)
Both exhibits on view: January 8th – January 29th
Opening Reception: Sat, January 8th 7-10PM

Thinkspace Art Gallery
6009 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
(310) 558-3375 | Open Wed. – Sat.
or by appointment

“Street Degrees of Street” – Abztract Collective


Abztract Collective and Crewest Gallery group show “Street Degrees of Separation”

Opening Reception Jan 2008


110 Winston Street

Los Angeles, CA

213 627 8272

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Here are the Final Results of the Year End 2010 BSA Polls

It was a blast to watch the images jumping positions like a horse race for the last weeks of the year as two BSA Polls were up on the Huffington Post.  Thousands of people participated in the voting and we got lots of funny emails, and some varying opinions – and here are the results;

As voted by readers on Huffing Post Arts page , here are the top 10 Brooklyn Street Art images from 2010.

1. Boxi


2. ROA, “Ibis”

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3. ROA, “Squirrel”


4. Retna & El Mac


6. Os Gemeos and Futura


7. Jef Soto


8. El Mac

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9. Gaia


10. Gaia



And in our highly subjective and fun compilation of 10 Best Street Art Moments of the Decade, here are the results of the votes – The Top Five

1.     “Exit Through the Gift Shop”, Banksy

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2.     Tate Modern hosts “Street Art”

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© Tate Photography

3.     Nuart Festival Established by Martyn Reed

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© CF Salicath

4.     Shepard Fairey’s Obama Posters

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© Jaime Rojo

5.     Swoon’s Swimming City Arrives at Venice Biennale

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© Tod Seelie

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ROA Gifts A New Zoo to The City Of Los Angeles

Belgian-born Street Artist ROA is back in The US, this time on the West Coast. On the occasion of his debut solo show in Los Angeles presented by the indefatigable Andrew Hosner (of ThinkSpace) at the pop-up “New Puppy”, ROA has brought a modest zoo’s worth of wild friends.

Here are exclusive set-up pictures of ROA’s prep for the show.


ROA Image Courtesy of Think Space Gallery

ROA’s animal kingdom contains singular images, realistically depicted with influence from fairy tales, biology books and urban decay. Using discarded materials (sometimes in new constructions) as his canvas in the white box setting, the surfaces can be rusted sheets of metal, abandoned cabinetry doors, discarded window panes and wooden planks. The materials lend context, dimension and texture while summoning old animal biology plates from veterinarian school books.

When he works on the street ROA paints large, sometimes even monumental portraits of birds of all kinds, rodents, squirrels, hogs, skunks and myriad animals that are often not in the graces of their fellow earth inhabitants: The Humans. All cans, this dude keeps true to his graff roots even as he perfects a style that lands him in the street art catalog.


ROA Image Courtesy of Think Space Gallery

To the artist, these animals are survivors. “I think it is fascinating that certain animals really did not die out because of humanity but instead they use humanity to survive. I think it is interesting to see birds making nests in old buildings,” says ROA.


ROA Image Courtesy of Think Space Gallery

As he told us on an interview when he was in Brooklyn for his solo show at Factory Fresh this year in May, difficult surfaces are an inspiration.  “I like when a wall, or an area, or a building tells a little bit of a story. It is sometimes really boring to paint on a wall that is just one color. It is always better to start from something that is interesting,” he explains. He likes to create “lenticulars”, rigid surfaces, geometrically organized, that play with perception and angles to bring a level of wit and discovery. Mostly monochromatic, his palette adds occasional vivid reds and blues to highlight the inner working of subjects.


ROA Image Courtesy of Think Space Gallery

To experience ROA’s art, first hand, please visit the gallery if you are on the West Coast or go to the gallery site to see his new work. ROA’s show is currently on view at the pop-up shop space “New Puppy Gallery” located just outside downtown Los Angeles at 2808 Elm Street (at Cypress Ave).

If you are interested on reading more about ROA please click on the links below for our two part interview with him:

ROA Part I:

ROA Part II:

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Think Space Gallery Presents: Ekundayo and Brett Armory New Paintings (Culver City L.A.)

Think Space Gallery

Ekundayo Image Courtesy Think Space Gallery

Ekundayo Image Courtesy Think Space Gallery

Thinkspace presents:

Main Gallery:

‘Joy Today Jeopardy Tomorrow’

New paintings, drawings and an installation from Ekundayo

Project Room:

‘The Waiting Room’

New paintings from Brett Amory

Opening Reception:

Fri, June 11th 7-10PM with both artists in attendance

The Crepe’n Around Truck will be out during the opening reception – be sure to bring your appetite!

Both exhibitions on view: June 11th – July 2nd

(Los Angeles) Thinkspace is excited to welcome back Los Angeles based artist Ekundayo for his second solo show with our gallery. Also taking place at the same time in our project room will be the debut Los Angeles solo show from San Francisco based Brett Amory.

‘Joy Today Jeopardy Tomorrow’ is an exhibition about the beautiful struggle we all face of reaching for our dreams, in hopes of guiding our own destiny. Whether we succeed or fail is not important, as long as it’s on our own terms. Ekundayo’s work illustrates the sacrifices we make in the pursuit of fulfillment, while simultaneously questioning the actions taken to attain this ‘fulfillment’ we all seek. A great deal of inspiration for this new body of work has come from the life of Marcus Mosiah Garvey Jr., an African nationalist who during the 1920’s had a vision to bring his people from all over the world to a higher level of  conciseness in regards to where they come from and how they provided for themselves. Although Garvey failed in his ultimate goal of having a fleet of steamships fairing people from all over the world to Africa in-order to connect them to their origins, he left a legacy behind that continues to inspire countless others.

When looking at the work you get a sense of an inner struggle with the central figures being anchored by a large burden, while at the same time appearing weightless, as if suspended in moments of relief. A sort of “misshapen beauty” which speaks to the imperfections and vices found within all of us. Ekundayo’s pieces are handled with a deliberate sensitivity, framed by moments of very loose, almost sporadic applications of paint, which help to give the finished works a sense of inadvertence, that in turn serve as a testament to the artist’s intent.

In our project room we welcome Brett Amory. His painting series entitled “Waiting” depicts the urban individual’s yearning for presence and the seeming impossibility of attaining it. The paintings portray commuters in transit immersed in either a quiet, even hopeful state or, alternately, a state of anguish due to unfulfilled anticipation.

At first, the series, begun in 2001, depicted travelers waiting underground. But as the paintings evolved, the people ceased to be exclusively travelers, and began to emphasize figures selected from anonymous snaphots of city streets taken by the artist during his travels. Although the experience of waiting remains, the perception of it has changed from one of mundane task to one leavened with transcendence.

The series has also charted the evolution of an artist—the reductive elements of the compositions provide an outward echo of the inner states of the figures.  By reducing the elements of the painting as far as possible, a frozen moment is extended.

Lastly, Amory has developed favored motifs in the series, a kind of visual music, such as repetition of a human image, to show not only the passage of time but of the human being through it.

In our main gallery space::


‘Joy Today Jeopardy Tomorrow’

Ekundayo (Dayo) was born in Honolulu, Hi, in 1983 where he lived with his mother and father until the age of five when his mother and father could no longer get along. Ekundayo’s father snuck him out of the state without his mother’s knowledge, and for seven years Ekundayo and his father moved from place to place living a life on the run. Meanwhile in her desperate need to find her son, Ekundayo’s mother helped start Hawaii’s first clearing house for missing children. The life on the run ended in 1994 when his father moved to California with Ekundayo’s sister because his father was dying from cancer. In early 1995, Ekundayo’s father passed away from lung cancer; Ekundayo was eleven…

Ekundayo lived with his sister, brother in-law, four nieces and his sister’s mother in a small three-bedroom and one-bath house in Pacoima, Ca. It was in this house at the age of 13 that Ekundayo discovered his love for art. After being involved in school fights, stealing and hanging with the wrong people, he was suspended from school. One day while in the garage, he found one of his uncle’s black books. This uncle wrote for a graff crew in L.A. called C.H.B. This book completely changed Ekundayo’s life. He became obsessed with drawing and copied every single page in that little book. Meanwhile, the Dept of Justice had located Ekundayo at his sister’s home and returned him to the custody of his mother. Ekundayo went back to Hawaii to live with his mother. His drive to create didn’t stop, and the encouragement from his family only fueled that ambition. Shortly after graduating high-school, Ekundayo moved back with his sister and brother in-law in much more spacious accommodations. He attended Pierce College in Winetka, Ca, where he practiced his craft and worked on his portfolio until 2003 when he was accepted into Art Center College of Art and Design on a scholarship.

Although the teachers he studied under and the friends he met while going to Art Center were priceless to his development, Ekundayo dropped out after completing his foundation courses in order to create his own path in the fine art world. He combines both subversive graffiti aesthetics in combination with art-historical erudition using acrylic, gouache, watercolor, ink and various carving techniques. Ekundayo’s work expresses the struggle of life and how those struggles and burdens can either inspire us to change in a constructive way or weigh us down by our own inability to change.

Take a ‘Sneak Peek’ at the works for ‘Joy Today Jeopardy Tomorrow’ coming together:

Artist website:

Brett Armory Image Courtesy of Think Space Gallery

Brett Armory Image Courtesy of Think Space Gallery

In our project room:

Brett Amory

‘The Waiting Room’

Brett Amory was born June 25th, 1975 in Portsmouth, Virginia. His father, Harry Amory, was a mechanic at a shipyard and his mother, Sally Roebuck, a nurse. When he was 21 Amory moved to San Francisco to study motion pictures at the Academy of Arts. Soon after enrolling in school, Amory took his first drawing class and was introduced to his passion for the arts. Around the time Amory celebrated his 24th birthday he tried his hand in painting. In 2002 Brett switched his major to fine art and started his current body of work called “Waiting”. This series of paintings explores the anticipation of the next moment.

Amory graduated from the Academy of Arts in 2005 and has shown his work all over the country. In 2006 Amory along with five other artists (Mars-1, David Choong Lee, Damon Soule, Nome Edona, Oliver Vernon) published a book called “Convergence” and had book signings in New York, Los Angeles and at the SFMOMA in San Francisco.

Amory currently works as a graphic designer at an environmental company in San Francisco and continues to show his work in galleries across the country.

Take a ‘Sneak Peek’ at the works for ‘The Waiting Room’ coming together:

Check out a great video documenting the process behind the piece ‘Waiting #54’:

Artist website:

About Thinkspace Gallery:

Established in November of 2005, Thinkspace exists as a catalyst for the ever expanding new contemporary art movement that is exploding forth from the streets and art schools the world over. We are here to help represent this new generation of artists, to provide them that home base and to aid them in building the right awareness and collector base necessary for long-term growth.

Our aim is to help these new talents shine and to provide them a gallery setting in which to prove themselves. It is our hope and dream that through these opportunities these individuals will prosper and continue to grow to amaze us all for years to come. With the love of and for our community, and with the talents of so many incredible artists involved, we believe that this movement will provide the necessary proving ground for the ideas and dreams of today to become the foundations of a new tomorrow.

Thinkspace Gallery is located at 6009 Washington Blvd, in the heart of the Culver City Arts District, Culver City, CA 90232. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. and by appointment. For more information, please call 310.558.3375, visit, or email

Also opening on June 11th in London, England:

‘The Next Generation: A New Chapter in Contemporary Art’ – 45 international artists curated by Thinkspace and presented by London Miles Gallery (

Coming up in July at Thinkspace:

July 9th – July 30th

‘Negative Never Again’ featuring new paintings and sculptures from Yosuke Ueno

+ ‘Waking in the Dark’ featuring new work from Dan-ah Kim (project room)

*Please note our new address and phone number*


6009 Washington Blvd.

Culver City, CA 90232



Wednesday thru Saturday

1 p.m. – 6 p.m. (or by appointment)

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