On view from March 5th to March 26th, 2022
4217 W. Jefferson Blvd. | Los Angeles, CA 90016
T: 310.558.3375 | Tuesday – Saturday noon to 6 p.m
Saturday, March 5 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m
– Masks are compulsory during your visit –
Los Angeles, CA (February 28, 2022) – Thinkspace Projects is pleased to present Victoria Cassinova’s first major solo exhibition Without Ornament. Cassinova, 28, is an LA-based artist and longtime fan of Thinkspace, making this a perfectly cohesive debut.
In ten new works ranging in medium and size, including color and charcoal, Cassinova creates a harmonious experience. Aptly titled Without Ornament, this collection presents a juxtaposition of highly detailed and beautifully appealing bodies, many of them naked, with monstrous faces. By creating this contrast, Cassinova challenges the viewer’s gaze and ultimately captivates the audience.
As Cassinova describes herself, “The faces are a personified metaphor for my own human condition. I’ll embody my own inner demons, not necessarily negatively, but I’ll put on my mask and take possession of my own monsters.” In this way, Cassinova deepens the narrative of each piece and creates genuine dialogue. “This work is essentially my visual diary. It is an exploration of the absence and presence of ornamental feminism in my own life experience and the world around me.”
Just as there are multiple meanings and contrasts in each piece, the title itself is an ambiguity. Without Ornament refers to both the reduced optics and the minimalist approach and addresses women as ornaments. Throughout history, women have been positioned as jewellery, whether as brides on their wedding day or as young girls on social media in the throes of internet success. With this exhibition, Cassinova explores these positions, going so far as to reposition them and visually represent the inner demons to address the issue of body image and perception.
Cassinova is careful not to generalize when it comes to sensitive issues, recognizing that this is her personal interpretation. One she hopes will resonate with others, but not one she wants to force on them. “I speak for myself on all of this. I can’t speak for all women.” She goes on to explain the personal benefits of creating this work. “My work is more of a cathartic process. It’s often a conversation between me and myself. I feel as an artist in my autobiographical phase. It’s my healing period.”
Unadorned opens Saturday March 5th with a reception from 18:00 to 22:00 and stays up to see 26th of March at Thinkspace Projects.
About Victoria Cassinova
Victoria Cassinova (born 1993, Baton Rouge, LA) is a Los Angeles-based visual artist whose work ranges from murals and graphic art to illustration, drawing and painting. Solo and group exhibitions of her work have been held at venues such as Thinkspace Projects, Los Angeles (2022, 2021); Vertical Gallery, Chicago (2021); Band of Vices, Los Angeles (2021, 2020, 2019); Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, Honolulu (2021); and Spoke Art, San Francisco (2020), among others. Cassinova’s work has also been a significant contributor to many social justice collaborations, including Blackout for Human Rights’ annual MLK NOW event, the We Rise exhibit, Sons & Bros., the Truth Initiative, and more. Branded works include Urban Outfitters, Free People, Anthropologie, Condè Nast with Proactiv & Teen Vogue, Netflix, TIME Magazine, Disney, CNN and more
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 showcase 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’.
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