We had the good fortune of connecting with Andrew Hosner and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Andrew, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Without risk, we would not be where we are today. I would not even be in Los Angeles. I moved across country to be with my soul mate, now wife, and had I not taken that leap of faith, all that has unfolded after wouldn’t have happened. As for our gallery, every time we have moved, it has been to a bigger space, with a higher rent and more room to fill. Each move is a risk, without risk, life would be like a treadmill. I like to bet on myself and our strength as a unit, when it comes to our gallery.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Thinkspace Projects is an art gallery started in 2005, our gallery has garnered an international reputation as one of the most active and productive exponents of the New Contemporary Art Movement. It’s funny how many noteworthy galleries have come and gone in the past 16 years. As strange as it sounds, we’ve always put our artists first, and we’ve never done wrong by them. That one thing, in and above itself, is one of the keys to our success. Too many worry about profits and their clients first, and we have always felt we exist to help our artists first and foremost. Over the years we have learned so many things, but we always circle back to our community that we’ve built and what we’ve learned from them. Collaboration and appreciation can go so very far, especially when embraced by both parties. We’re looking forward to the decade ahead in our new space and continuing to push the envelope and do all that we can to make the artists we strive to support household names in the art world.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
That’s always a tough one, and kind of depends on the person in question. I’ll share my “to do” list that I would have given to my self upon arriving into LA back in 2001.
Must visit restaurants:
Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles
In N’ Out
The Stinking Rose
Must visit hiking spots:
Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area
Coral Canyon Park
Zuma Canyon Trailhead
Malibu Creek State Park
Must visit art galleries / art institutions:
UTA Artist Space
Jeffrey Deitch Gallery
Walk 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica, then hit the Pier and venture over to the Venice Boardwalk after that, get some pizza and watch the graffiti pits as they change constantly throughout the day, an ongoing parade of artists getting up in the famous spot. Though becoming more and more commercial, the nearby Abbot Kinney Blvd area is a great place to get a snack and do a bit of shopping and people watching. If so inclined, head up the Sunset Strip to see the historical bars and venues, from the heyday of hair metal and check out the freak parade on Hollywood Blvd. From there go out into the Silver Lake / Echo Park area and discover some of the coolest art venues, restaurants and walking shopping districts in LA county.
Definitely drive up the PCH on a Sunday afternoon and pull off at various spots to enjoy the view and mother nature. Stop by the legendary Malibu Seafood and keep driving up the coast to find a nice place to go for a hike.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My mentor and the one person I can say has pushed me the most, is the late Greg Escalante. The former owner of Copro Gallery and one of the co-founders of Juxtapoz. He was a magically inspiring man and always pushed me to dream bigger with my curatorial efforts at the museum level and was just a good friend. Forever missed, but always in my thoughts.
As for the Thinkspace story, every ying needs its yang, and without my wife and partner in the space, Shawn Hosner, we would never had made it to the 5 year mark, let along be fast approaching our 20th anniversary. She’s the backbone of the gallery and keeps everything on course and our artist’s up to date and happy.
Please check with Heidi from Hijinx, who will be submitting photos. Our only photographer is Bryan ‘Birdman’ Mier