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Gary Taxali, Unforget Me

Large Color Mural
All Photos By Gail

Currently sharing the space with the paintings of Kevin Cyr at Jonathan LeVine’s 22nd Street Location is a fun exhibit from Canadian artist Gary Taxali, whose whimsically twisted artwork is a perfect fit for the gallery. Unforget Me includes works on paper and panel, including the artist’s largest piece to date (as seen above).

Gary Taxali Unforget Me

Taxali creates hand-drawn typography and expressive, cartoon-like figures with layers of printmaking techniques such as rubber stamps and silkscreen. Known for a graphic style and retro aesthetic, his imagery is largely inspired by vintage animation and printed ephemera (comics, advertising and packaging). Taxali works with multiple mediums and utilizes a variety of found materials like old book covers and torn, age-worn, scribbled-on pages.

Yikes

Gary Taxali describes the exhibition as exploring: “themes of love, separation, isolation, unease, excitement, revelations and absolute joy through the overarching theme of paradoxes. In these works, my characters try to make sense of their situations and the dualities therein. Many of the works contain opposite reactions, both in concept and execution.”

Superman and Clark Kent

Cinema Please Don't

He continues, “I’ve also employed the use of non-existent words. An effective way for me to convey all of this is through humor, both light and dark, mocking the flaws of the human condition yet serving as a sweet reminder that nothing should ever be taken absolutely seriously — I try to unforget that every day.”

Sluggo

This is a very fun exhibit that I recommend you check out in the next few weeks.

Black & White Mural with Smaller Piece

Gary Taxali’s Unforget Me will be on Exhibit through March 22, 2014 at Jonathan Levine Gallery, Located at 529 W 20th Street, 9th Floor, in the Chelsea Gallery District.

Gary Taxali Unforget Me Signage

Friendship Parade

Bacon Thing of the Day: Cute Bacon Cartoons

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And…

I Heart Bacon

Thanks, Allison!!

Farewell, Joe Barbera

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Animation Greats William Hanna and Joe Barbera with Tom and Jerry

Joe Barbera, half of the Hanna-Barbera animation team that produced such beloved cartoon characters as Tom and Jerry, Yogi Bear and the Flintstones, passed away Monday, December 18th , a Warner Bros. spokesman said. He was 95.

I don’t know about you, but I was rasied on Hanna-Barbera cartoons — The Flinstones and The Jetsons being two of my favorites — and even had my first crush on animated boy adventurer, Johnny Quest. The picture below represents many of Hanna-Barbera’s most popular and enduring/iconic characters. That really takes me back. Maybe it’s cheaper to make all cartoons in Asia these days, but you sure don’t see the same quality as you did back in the day.