FREE GALLERY HOURS
EVERY THURSDAY - SUNDAY UNTIL MARCH 2ND
2PM-8PM (WITH POP UP EVERY SATURDAY NIGHT UNTIL 12AM!)
Think Tank Gallery & Showroom
516 E 4th St., Los Angeles (Little Tokyo), CA, 90013
Curated by Abars, LA is Trying to Kill Me is a giant group show to celebrate the grand opening of Think Tank Gallery & Showroom, a new experimental arts space in Little Tokyo, DTLA. The exhibit 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. Streetwear brand Pizzaboyzzz will preview a portion of their upcoming immersive show in the same location: a rundown pizza shop built from pieces of a family member’s restaurant in LA. A balloon graveyard by Balloonski at the end of the gallery creates a loud and vibrant meditation on every Angeleno’s end of days, as guests traverse a 60+ artist tour of the many SoCal circles of Hell, including artists like Deladeso, Ara Cho, Sarah Elise Abramson, Tommii Lim, Demon Slayer, and Francesca Quintano.
A Think Tank Gallery exhibit would not be complete without a bunch of parties, workshops, and pop-ups hosted inside of its detailed and interactive experience design, and this exhibit is no different. Instead of one big opening night and a month of poorly-attended gallery hours, LA is Trying to Kill Me will feature an almost nightly, rotating series of small exhibits themed to match the overall concept in the Think Tank’s new Showroom space (a storefront at the entrance to the venue). Film screenings, music performances, and even offsite activations and merch drops will complete a jam-packed addition to the series that will introduce a festival-like experience to the programming. Think Tank Members will also find extra benefits throughout the series as they receive tickets to private events, free merchandise, and other perks at the Gallery’s first official show at their new location.
FEBRUARY PROGRAMMING. MORE COMING SOON.
We’ve done this before. In 2017, Bloody Gums Collective came together with Think Tank Gallery to create a massive exhibit titled Drinkin’ Smokin’ & West Coastin.’ The show featured over 100 artists, a full calendar of events, and a big group of partners to make it all possible. It also marked the first official collaboration of many between Bloody Gums and the Think Tank.
Bloody Gums took over 20% of the exhibition space with a merch booth, mural and art exhibit, and co-produced Ray-Mart installation, under the LA is Trying to Kill Me banner. A show within a show, the exhibit saw thousands of guests during the month it ran, was featured on LA Weekly Live, and foreshadowed many big projects involving the art collective and transient art gallery. On February 16th, 2019, we invite you to come see the next one.