Radio Juxtapoz, ep 062: Thinkspace Projects' Andrew Hosner is Going Big and Building a New Art Universe
We are back with a new season and new year of the Radio Juxtapoz podcast! While sorting through art news, it was clear we would talk with a friend who is also celebrating some 2021 newness. That call was quickly made to the co-owner of Los Angeles-based gallery Thinkspace Projects, Andrew Hosner, who recently opened a sprawling new space in LA. But of course, the caveat is that nothing is really open right now, especially in California, so Hosner is on a bit of delay mode. Yes, a celebratory mega group show inaugurated the space, but we are all just waiting for that moment. when we can get together and properly kick this party off.
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Regardless, there is always so much to discuss with Hosner, who transformed a small space into a major player in the New Contemporary Art movement (more on that in the podcast) and has been at the helm of Thinkspace for over 15 years now, and pushing a stable of artists into the institutional conversation. His gallery continues to cultivate and champion the elemental Los Angeles art mavericks who founded and still fuel Juxtapoz. Coming from the world of collecting prior to establishing Thinkspace, he is still motivated and inspired about the ongoing process.
In what turns out to be a n intense conversation, we speak to Hosner about the evolution of LA's art scene, what made it so special in the early 00's and how to build community in such a competitive landscape. We talk about the gallery's stance during last summer's activist renaissance, as well as proactive steps the art world can take to build a more inclusive future. He also offers experienced advice for creatives and collectors regarding decisions for a sustained career, along with his hope that Thinkspace can be a helpful bridge to those who choose the artistic path.
The Radio Juxtapoz podcast is hosted by FIFTH WALL TV's Doug Gillen and Juxtapoz editor, Evan Pricco. Episode 062 was recorded via Skype from Los Angeles, San Francisco, London, January 15, 2021. The image used as the thumbnail is Kayla Mahaffey's Wear & Tear from her solo show at Thinkspace in May 2020.