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Delusional: Jonathan LeVine Projects Launches First Ever Artist Competition!

Jonathan Levine

Hey what’s up. I’ve got some good news for all of my artist friends out there who wish they could catch a break when it comes to finding exposure for their art, or the elusive gallery representation. Our very favorite art gallery, Jonathan LeVine Projects (now located in beautiful downtown Jersey City) has issued an Open Call to Artists! It is pretty sweet.

It is no secret that LeVine has been the go-to destination for the very best in contemporary Pop and Street Art for over a decade.  If you’ve ever thought that your art would be a perfect fit for the gallery, now’s your chance to get in on the action.  Jonathan LeVine is looking for the world’s next great artist and wants to see if you have what it takes. The gallery’s first (of what will become an annual) art competition is now open to artists ages 18 and older, and from all backgrounds and levels of experience. Whip out your portfolios and show off your best stuff!

To submit your work, you’ll have to visit This Link. Artworks will only be considered if they are submitted via this platform.

Here are the major guidelines:

  • There is an Entry Fee of $45 for 3 submissions ($10 for each additional submission)

The following must be included with each submission:

  • CV/Bio
  • 1 image for two dimensional works and 2 images for 3 dimensional works
  • Work details (title, year, medium, dimensions, price). There is a size limit of 6 x 6 feet for Paintings and 6 x 4 feet for Sculptures.

More information is available at the link above. Once the deadline has passed and all artworks are received, a selection of submissions will be chosen for exhibition in Delusional, a group show highlighting the finalists. Delusional, will open on August 9th, 2017.

Jonathan LeVine will personally choose first, second and third place winners and award the following prizes:

1st Place – Solo Exhibition at Jonathan LeVine Projects

2nd Place – Participation in a group show at Jonathan LeVine Projects

3rd Place – A week of promotion via Jonathan LeVine Projects website and social media platforms

The Submission Deadline is July 5th, 2017, so get to work! Good luck to all!

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Changing Subjects By Elmgreen & Dragset at Flag Art Foundation

Untitled
Untitled, 2011 By Elmgreen & Dragset (All Photos By Gail)

The Flag Art Foundation is currently hosting Changing Subjects, a solo exhibition by internationally acclaimed Scandinavian artists Elmgreen & Dragset. Changing Subjects, designed by the artists, presents new and existing works from the duo’s twenty-year-long collaboration that address existential issues linked to identity, sexuality, and mortality, as well as an examination of social value systems and the expectations that surround them.

Changing Subjects investigates the multiple meanings of the word “subject” as a noun. In grammatical terms, the subject can be a noun functioning as one of the main components of a clause, making it the element about which the rest of the clause is predicated. In turn, the predicate is the part of a sentence or clause that expresses what is said of the subject on its own. In the context of Changing Subjects, the subject of each work exists independently of the others, yet when viewed together, they shift positions, creating a complex interconnection between the autonomous works.

Go Go Go
Go, Go, Go!

The works in the exhibition, ranging in date of creation from 1998 to 2016, collectively guide visitors on a non-linear journey through various life stages. However, the sculptures and installations do not mark momentous occasions; on the contrary, they show introspective, unspectacular moments, by way of a figurative representation, by the use of a minimalist symbolic language, or by employing the actual materials to which they refer. Even when a lifelike human form is not shown, presence is implied through absence. The repeated use of an antiseptic material like stainless steel underscores a sense of a clinical study and evokes solitary feelings of abandonment.

Modern Moses
Modern Moses

Among the works in the exhibition on the 9th floor is Modern Moses, 2006, a wax figure depicting a sleeping baby in a carrycot at the food of an ATM machine; and The Experiment (2011) a sculpture of a little boy in front of a mirror wearing his mother’s lipstick and high heels.

The Experiment

Powerless Structures Fig 19
Powerless Structures, Fig. 19

An early readymade by the artist duo, Powerless Structures, Fig. 19, (1998), consists of two pairs of Calvin Klein underwear inside faded Levi’s jeans lying on the floor, as if someone has just undressed and dropped them.

Side Effects

Side Effects (2015), fills the 10th floor with an installation of hand-blown glass vases filled with the actual pastel-colored pigments used to coat the latest generation of HIV medicines. The title refers to the physiological effects of the life-saving medication, as well as the resulting decrease in media attention that has followed these medical advances.

Side Effects

The exhibition also includes a site-specific sculpture on its outdoor terrace, overlooking the Hudson River.

Watching

Watching (2016) is a new, life-size sculpture of a man on a lifeguard stand, likely more voyeur than rescuer, looking out over the Hudson River with binoculars. Made out of stainless steel, the polished surface mirrors and distorts the surroundings, and shifts the perspective on who and what is being watched.

Changing Subjects By Elmgreen & Dragset will be on Exhibit Through December 17th, 2016 at Flag Art Foundation, Located at 545 West 25th Street, 9th Floor, in the Chelsea Gallery District.

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Pink Thing of The Day: Pink Water Tower

Pink Water Tower Close Up
All Photos By Gail

Ah, a pink-hued water tower, what a pleasant object to spot on the skyline. I shot these photos from the 9th floor patio of the Flag Art Foundation, which is located at 545 West 25th Street (Between 10th and 11th Avenues), so this tower is also going to be somewhere on the south side of West 25th Street, in that same block.

Elmgreen & Dragset Watching, 2016

You can see it in the background of this photo, which is of an Elmgreen & Dragset sculpture called Watching (2016).

Pink Water Tower Distance

Perspective!

BKLYN House: Affordable Boutique Hotel Showcases Work By Local Street Artists!

BKLYN House Front
BKLYN House, Located at 9 Beaver Street, Brooklyn NY (All Photos By Gail)

Street art fans already know that the neighborhood of Bushwick, Brooklyn, with its artist-friendly rent and budding gallery scene, is also one of the hottest, most fertile areas in NYC to find amazing new street art popping up virtually everywhere you look. Appropriately, BKLYN House, an affordable  new hotel, which had its soft opening in December, 2015, is providing a dynamic venue for showcasing  the work of many of Brooklyn’s local artists.

BKLYN House Lobby
Lobby of BKLYN House Features This Brooklyn-By-Neighborhood Mural By Artist DINK C

The bright, loft-style boutique hotel has 116 guest rooms, a modern and sleek industrial-style design and a collection of local street-art inspired artwork, including unique murals — one on each floor —  depicting one of the unique areas of Brooklyn, which were commissioned specifically for the BKLYN Hotel.

Brooklyn 718

Additionally, the walls of the hotel’s common areas, such as the breakfast room — where guests can enjoy a delicious free breakfast that is included with their room reservation — and the lounge / business center, feature many colorful paintings that pay homage to the vibrant neighborhood scene.

Lounge

Business Center

Two Brooklyn

BKLYN House Art

Brooklyn Street Signs

All art was curated by local gallerist Steven Gonzalez Marin of the Renaissance Collective, who partnered with Image Gallery to select a group of 11 artists, each assigned a neighborhood in Brooklyn that would inspire a wall-sized thematic mural. Check these out!

Bed Stuy Mural
Welcome to Bed Stuy (Bedford Stuyvesant) by Josie’s Boy.

Bed Stuy Mural Detail
Bed Stuy Mural Detail

Bushwick by Mano a Mano
Bushwick by Mano a Mano

Bushwick Detail Biggie
Bushwick Mural Detail (Biggie)

Crown Heights by Rez Shaolin
Crown Heights Mural on Post Card by Rez Shaolin

Flatbush by Yes One

Flatbush Mural on Post Card by Yes One

Fort Green eby Mason Eve

Fort Greene Mural on Post Card by Mason Eve

Coney Island

Coney Island Mural by Ovrlnd Collective

Coney Island by Ovrlnd Collective Detail

Coney Island Mural Detail

Dumbo 2

Dumbo Mural By Phetus 88

Dumbo 1

Watch a fun video of the murals in the process of being created, including interviews with some of the artists, at This Link.

Single Queen

BKLYN House features comfy single and double occupancy rooms with Queen size beds, each room featuring Pillow-top Bedding, Flatscreen TV, Free High Speed Wi-Fi and In-Room Coffee Service, among other amenities.

Double Occupancy Room

I tried out the beds and they are super comfy.

BKLYN House is located in Bushwick, Brooklyn at 9 Beaver Street, Between Fayette and Ellery streets. The closest subway station is the J or the M Train to Flushing Avenue, and then a very short walk to the Hotel. Visit BKLYN House Hotel Dot Com for Rates, Reservations and More information!

BKLYN House Social Media

Corey Helford Gallery Presents Between Worlds Group Show

Whisper By Carol Liu
Whisper By Carol Liu (All Photos By Gail)

In addition to its really amazing exhibit of bold new works by Ron English, LA’s Corey Helford Gallery is also hosting Between Worlds, a group exhibition curated by Caro that explores the fantasy of planets and lands yet to be explored.

A Possible World by Carlo Cane
A Possible World by Carlo Cane

The exhibition is a follow up to Dreamlands, where artists pushed the boundaries of the limitless landscape of our imaginations. Inspired by the spirit of NASA’s photographs of Pluto, Between Worlds features 30 international contemporary artists who share an otherworldly quality in their art. In a variety of media and styles, their works romanticize both their hope and despair for the future, and express a deep desire to reconnect with our home planet, which is threatened by pollution. Participating Artists include: Ana Bagayan, Carlo Cane, Carmel Seymour, Carol Liu, David Slone, Hannah Yata, Heiko Müller, Hikari Shimoda,Jennybird Alcantara, Jess Littlewood, Joe Hengst, Juan Travieso, Kazuki Takamatsu, Kazuhiro Hori, Meghan Howland, Naoto Hattori, Natalie Shau, Nathan James, Okuda, Sarah Dolby, Simone Legno, Hirabayashi Takahiro, Tom Bagshaw, Yasuaki Okamoto, Yoko d’Holbachie, Yosuke Ueno, Yoh Nagao,Yumiko Kayukawa and Yusk Imai.

Cow By Okuda
Cow By Okuda

This psychedelic, cubist Cow Head sculpture by multidisciplinary artist Okuda (Oscar San Miguel Erice) is one of my favorite pieces in the show!

Reflections of God By Okuda
Reflections of God

Okuda also contributed the painting above, which displays an array of easy-to-grasp, thematic symbolism.

Love is Not Light Years Away
Love is Not Light Years Away By Simone Legno

I also really love this vibrant-hued painting by Italian artist Simone Legno, creator of Tokidoki, the Japanese-inspired lifestyle brand that produces apparel, footwear, accessories and other products using art, iconic characters and the logo designed by Legno.

Here are some of our other favorite pieces from this fabulous show:

Dream Garden By Jennybird Alcantara
Dream Garden By Jennybird Alcantara

Dream Garden Detail
Dream Garden Detail

The Forgotten By Tom Bagshaw
The Forgotten By Tom Bagshaw

Distance By Kazuhiro Hori
Distance By Kazuhiro Hori

Mechanical Love By Natalie Shau
Mechanical Love By Natalie Shau

Ocean Planet By Natalie Shau
Ocean Planet By Natalie Shau

Hello By Kazuki Takamatsu
Hello By Kazuki Takamatsu

Solitary Child 1 By Hikari Shimoda
Solitary Child 1 By Hikari Shimoda

Let the TV Teach You By Nathan James
Let the TV Teach You By Nathan James

If you’re in or near the LA area, be sure to check this show out before it closes this coming weekend. The good news is that Corey Helford Gallery will be hosting a new exhibit by SHAG (one of our favorites) beginning on January 16th!

Between World’s Group Show will be on Exhibit only Through January 9th, 2016 at Corey Helford Gallery, Located at 571 South Anderson Street, Los Angeles, CA 90033. Get directions, and gallery hours, at This Link!

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Calm Before The Storm: Featuring the Art of Logan Hicks and Beau Stanton

Beau Stanton
Art By Beau Stanton (All Photos By Gail)

Here’s a Must See Art exhibit that features new works by two New York-based artists — Logan Hicks and Beau Stanton — who should be Art World Superstars any second now.  Curated by Lori Zimmer and Natalie KatesCalm Before the Storm, the two person show which opened this past Saturday at the Highline Loft, takes inspiration from nautical superstition, flood myths, classical paintings, life changing events and the modern issue of rising seas.

Beau Stanton

Stanton and Hicks have created new paintings, multiples, and a site-specific installations for this fantastic show. A special print release party with 1xRun will take over the space on October 22nd and, in honor of Halloween, the show will conclude with a costume party, Sailors, Sirens and Sea Hags, in honor of maritime folklore, on October 28th.

Logan Hicks
Art By Logan Hicks

Logan Hicks‘ interpretation of Calm Before the Storm fuses the photorealistic stencil artist’s interest in nautical traditions with the implications surrounding the serenity felt before major life changing events. With a foot planted in acceptance of fate, Hicks‘ new works reflect both traditional imagery and modernity, such as the role of and reliance upon technology as our means of communication — which has created an impersonal barrier when receiving news both good and bad. For Hicks, the works in the exhibition examine the driving force of fate, and the inability to alter momentum, via paintings, aerosol on canvas, aerosol on panel and editions of aerosol on paper.

Beau Stanton Captain's Study
Captain’s Study By Beau Stanton

Through oil painting, sculptural works and multiples, Beau Stanton’s take on the exhibit’s theme meshes the artist’s long-time interest in nautical lore, relating the storied takes of deluge myths and divine retribution to the current concerns with global climate change and rising waters. Like Hicks, Stanton takes influence from classical painting and sculpture, weaving ancient superstitions with modern environmental realities.

Here are some of our favorite pieces from the show!

Captain's Study Detail
Beau Stanton, Captain’s Study (Detail). The exhibition and installation is set to an original score by Luv Jonez.

Beau Stanton

Beau Stanton

This piece is huge, and I left a bit of the floor in the shot so you can see the scale. Beau Stanton’s work — which I have been following for about five years — is just crazy great, and not only is he a phenomenally talented artist, but he is also a genuinely nice and gracious person. Stanton is supportive of the work of other artists, as I see him all the time at other gallery openings, and he remembers my name and is always friendly and nice when we run into each other. Considering how few people I write about can even be bothered to retweet a link, Beau’s appreciation of the importance of press is invaluable to bloggers like me. His work will always be welcome for coverage at The Gig.

Beau Stanton

These pieces are all priced-to-own, and all collectors should be snatching them up immediately.

Beau Stanton Ship

Stanton also built a ship inside the gallery.

Beau Stanton Ship

Beau Stanton Ship Detail

Beau Stanton Ship Porthole

Each side of the ship has a porthole with a Steam Punk-esque animated video playing inside it. Check that out in the video below:

Seriously cool!

Logan Hicks
Art By Logan Hicks

Logan Hicks is an artist whose work I was first encountered through shows at the late Opera Gallery on Spring Street.

Logan Hicks

His work is very beautiful dark, and romantic. It always sets a mood.

Logan Hicks

This grid of paintings on canvas, which are being sold as individual works, includes many multiples and variations of the same image.  However, it seems a shame to break up the set.

Logan Hicks

Logan Hicks

Logan Hicks

(Click on Image to Enlarge for Detail)

This piece by Hicks is just insanely great. I recognized the location immediately as the platform at the Chambers Street stop on the J and Z trains. I have long referred to this station the “Jacob’s Ladder Subway Station” (for reasons that will be obvious to anyone familiar with the film) and the fact the Hicks chose to use this ultra-creepy, real life location as the setting for a gaggle of identical Harpies from Hell encircling a woman who is, seemingly obliviously, using her smart phone, lets me know that we are of the same mind. Well played.

Logan Hicks

I watch a lot of horror moves and this painting reminds me of the excellent vampire film, Only Lovers Left Alive. I recommend you see it.

Calm Before The Storm, Featuring the Artwork of Logan Hicks and Beau Stanton, will run through October 28th, 2015 at the Highline Loft, Located at 508 W 28th St, 5th floor, in the Chelsea Gallery District.

Calm Before the Storm Signage

Ghost & Giz Mural at 44th Street and Eleventh Avenue in Manhattan

Ghost & Giz Mural
All Photos By Gail

While on a my way to a Fashion Week event, I spotted this very fun, psychedelic mural on the side of McQuaids Restaurant & Pub, located at the corner of 44th Street and 11th Avenue. At first, I thought it might be the work of Buff Monster, but it turned out to be by graffiti artists Ghost and Giz.

Here’s another shot.

Ghost & Giz Mural Close Up

The Mural is part of Animal NY’s Pub(lic) Art Project, which will see new murals by other street artists cycle through the space every few months. This one has been up since July, 2014.

Ghost & Giz Mural Detail
Detail