Thinkspace Projects presents
The Perez brothers
cruise night 2
The artist duo embodies SoCal culture with their third solo show
6 AUGUST – 27 AUGUST
4207 W. Jefferson Blvd. & 4217 W. Jefferson Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90016
T: 310.558.3375 | Tuesday – Saturday noon to 6 p.m
Saturday, August 6, 6pm-10pm
DJ, refreshments, live painting and more
Los Angeles, CA (July 25, 2022) – Southern California is undeniably a center of culture. With so many influences and interests, it can be difficult to summarize them all, but The Perez Brothers have pulled off just that. It’s their understanding of LA, particularly lowrider culture, that has garnered so much attention and drawn fans into their world eagerly awaiting more. A perfect example of collaboration right through to the creation of the work itself, the identical twin brothers paint side by side, embodying the carefree spirit of the city while working on shocking emotional depth. With such a commitment to the city and such an understanding of its cultural history, it makes perfect sense for Thinkspace and The Perez Brothers to reunite, two pillars of LA working together to shape the cityscape.
This exhibition, which is the third solo show for The Perez Brothers and second with the gallery, is deeply rooted in their shared heritage – Los Angeles, but there is also a deeper connection as both the gallery and the artists have long shared their commitment have demonstrated to incorporate simple interest and more sophisticated techniques for a beautiful and appealing juxtaposition.
The Perez Brothers were immersed in California lowrider culture from a young age, constantly impressed by their father’s own collection and often being invited to ride with him on the weekends. These experiences were formative for the brothers, turning cars and the surrounding culture from a simple hobby into a true passion they carry with them.
The organic influence of their childhood is only enhanced by ingenious techniques learned at Otis College of Art and Design. With a Fine Arts degree in hand, they realized that collaboration is power and formed the duo we see before us today. Each painting embodies balance, balancing their styles, heritage and influence for something truly magical. Their flow and comfortable togetherness is evident in every work. Showcasing Southern California’s lowrider culture, viewers get a glimpse of the complexities that make an emotional impact on each generation, overlaying exciting themes with nuanced sentimentality.
“One of us paints all the details of the people in the picture and the other then paints all the details of the cars, including the chrome on the wheels. We tag the whole team. Sometimes we do half and half, and then we found that our styles could be combined better, so that there are parts of all of us in all art.”
Community is an incredibly important part of this work, which is fitting for such a community-run gallery. In each of the new works, “the people are the most important part of the play. You make the picture.” That commitment is evident as the subjects effortlessly evoke emotion and evoke human connections
The resulting show is a love letter to SoCal – the people, the weather, the whole vibe. With 6 works on canvas and 7 works on paper, the exhibition is varied but the mood is constant.
This show takes full advantage of Thinkspace’s epic expansion, now spanning 8,500 square feet of exhibit space and 15,000 square feet of fully landscaped courtyard connecting the two spaces. It wouldn’t be the Perez Brothers experience without Lowrider, and luckily there’s the perfect outdoor space for them, bringing new energy to the well-kept area.
Featuring a taco stand, light projections, a live painting by Angel Once, local artisan stalls and Timeless Vapes, this is an event not to be missed.
The show will open on August 6th with a reception from 6pm to 10pm. It will be on view at Thinkspace Projects through August 27th.
About the Perez brothers
The Perez Bros. eat, breathe, photograph and paint lowrider car culture like no other. Raised in South Gate, California, Alejandro and Vicente (born 1994) were born into a family of Motorheads, so it was only a matter of time before the identical twins began documenting custom vehicles and the homies they love. They both attended Otis College of Art and Design to pursue a degree in Fine Art with a concentration in painting, and it was at this point that they began collaborating as an artistic duo. Her photographs, murals, and paintings capture bits of SoCal life as only locals can.
Thinkspace was founded in 2005; Now located in LA’s thriving West Adams District, the gallery has earned an international reputation as one of the most active and prolific exponents of the New Contemporary Art Movement. While maintaining its founding commitment to nurturing and supporting its artists, Thinkspace has steadily expanded its roster and diversified its projects, creating collaborative and institutional opportunities worldwide. Founded in the spirit of creating recognition for young, emerging and lesser-known talent, the gallery now hosts artists from all over the world, from emerging to emerging to established artists.
Although the New Contemporary Art Movement has largely gone unnoticed by the scrutinized institutions of the art world and its “high culture” arbiters, the future promises change. The movement’s defining dislike of the establishment is also waning as its visibility, institutional presence, and widespread popularity grow. Thinkspace has sought to defend and promote the movement’s unique breadth and create new opportunities for the presentation of its artists and work. As an active advocate of one of the longest-running organized art movements in history, Thinkspace is an established voice for its continued growth and advancement, demonstrating its commitment by expanding its projects beyond Los Angeles and exhibiting with partner galleries and organizations in Berlin. Hong Kong, London, New York City, Detroit, Chicago and Honolulu among many others, participating in international art fairs and curating new contemporary content for museums. Committed to the vision, risk and exceptional gifts of its artists, the gallery is first and foremost a family. From the streets to the museums and from the ‘edges’ to the white cube, Thinkspace is reimagining what it means to be ‘institutional’.