Right Place, Right Time
This Saturday, February 22nd, Jonathan LeVine Gallery will be hosting the opening of Kevin Cyr’s newest solo exhibition titled Right Place, Right Time. This is his second solo exhibition at the gallery and largest exhibition to date. New York-based artist will be presenting more of his signature portraits of vandalized vehicles. For almost a decade, Cyr paints portraits of vans. He began his unique exploration of this side of city’s character in New York City. In the meantime, he spent some time on the street of Berlin, Brussels and Paris bringing us new artistic records. Right Place, Right Time includes new oil paintings on panel in a range of sizes, depicting vehicles seen on the streets of three European cities. This series acts as a counterpart to In Praise of Rust, Cyr’s 2012 exhibition, in which he documented old vehicles seen on the streets of New York City – primarily vans and commercial delivery trucks covered in graffiti, rust and other imperfections.
Kevin Cyr’s Vans and Trucks
Cyr’s fascination with vans and trucks is based around the idea that they symbolize a place and an ethos. He finds himself discovering the character of each city he visits through its vehicles. He photographs them in profile and then paints them onto wood panels, using many layers of oil paint, which imparts a luminescent quality to the works. The more character the van has, the more fun it is for Cyr to paint. In his own words: These vehicles are the workhorses of the city and their owners seem to go to great lengths to keep them operable. The largest piece in the show, Professeur Gosset, exemplifies this through the broken passenger window secured with cardboard and packing tape—functionality outweighs vanity.”
About the Artist
Kevin Cyr was born in 1976 in Edmundston, New Brunswick, Canada and grew up in Madawaska, Maine. In 2000, he received a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. Cyr is currently based in New York. His paintings, drawings, sculptures and installations have been exhibited by galleries and museums, internationally. His work is included in the permanent collections of La Fondation d’Art Oxylane in Lille, France and the West Collection in Oaks, Pennsylvania. Cyr’s work has been featured in publications such as Desillusion Magazine, Juxtapoz Magazine, Huffington Post and The New York Times.
About the Gallery
Jonathan Levine Gallery is committed to new and cutting edge art. It contributes to the dialogue by challenging the conventions of the canon — exploring the terrain of the high/low and everything in between. It is responsible for nurturing the careers of Shepard Fairey, Invader, Olek and others and continues advocating for this cultural shift.