After twelve years of inhabiting the famous Chelsea art district in New York City, Jonathan LeVine Gallery is now relocating to Jersey City with a newfound focus on community and collaboration. The latest Jonathan LeVine group show will now open as their inaugural exhibition in Jersey City. Titled Welcome to New Jersey, the exhibition will feature works by Adam Wallacavage, AJ Fosik, Alessandro Gallo, Andy Kehoe, Ashley Wood, Augustine Kofie, Beth Cavener, Camille Rose Garcia, Carlos Ramirez, Chloe Early, Cryptik, Dan Witz, Diego Gravinese, Dylan Egon, Eloy Morales, Erik Jones, EVOL, Gary Taxali, Handiedan, Haroshi, Hush, Jeff Soto, Jim Houser, Joel Rea, John Jacobsmeyer, Alex Diamond, Josh Agle (Shag), Kazuki Takamatsu, Mab Graves, Martin Wittfooth, Mary Iverson, Matt Leines, Matthew Grabelsky, Miss Van, Nychos, Phil Hale, Ron English, Shepard Fairey, Tara McPherson and Tristan Eaton.
With featuring over 40 artists, the exhibition will show a diverse selection that includes sculptures, paintings, and illustrations. While the American artist Adam Wallacavage is best known for his surreal and highly ornamented interior design details such as octopus chandeliers, Aj Fosik creates vividly colored and totem-inspired feral creations out of wood. On the other hand, sculptures by Alessandro Gallo, Haroshi and Beth Cavener are all inspired by the animal world. While painters Camille Rose Garcia, Mab Graves and Tara McPherson create work within the tradition of Pop Surrealism, the work of Joel Rea and Mary Iverson presents a contemporary take on landscape painting. On the other hand, Dan Witz, Diego Gravinese, Eloy Morales and Matthew Grabelsky all paint highly detailed photorealistic works. Jim Houser is best known for his works in installations, painting, sculpture and collage.
While the work of legends Ron English and Shepard Fairey comments on the issues facing contemporary society, Augustine Kofie is inspired by the basic building block of the geometric world and the work of Jeff Soto shows his affinity for fantastical narratives. While Cryptic explores the realm of spirituality and consciousness, EVOL is best-known for his urban installations and paintings made on used cardboard. Ashley Wood rotates around comic books, cover art, concept design and art direction with a painterly approach, while Josh Agle aka Shag works in the style based on a commercial illustration from the 1950s and 1960s. While Matt Leines creates drawings and paintings rich in color and detail that explore the kaleidoscope of memory and outer zones of imagination, Dylan Egon is best known for his assemblage art with an American pop culture imagery and motifs.
Committed to new and cutting edge art, Jonathan LeVine Gallery has nurtured careers of many celebrated artists. The gallery creates engaging programs and interesting partnerships beyond their gallery space, such as public murals and pop-up exhibitions. The newly opened place in Jersey City is named Jonathan LeVine Projects and it is located within Mana Contemporary, a leading arts organization dedicated to celebrating the creative process. The exhibition Welcome to New Jersey will be on view at the gallery from February 18th until March 18th, 2017. The opening reception will be held on February 18th from 6 to 8pm.
Featured image: Jeremy Geddes - Fall; Alessandro Gallo, Beth Cavener - Lost In Thought. All images courtesy of Jonathan LeVine Projects.
Jersey City, United States of America
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