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Interesni Kazki’s Sacred Gravitation at Jonathan LeVine Gallery

Temple of the Time (AEC)
Temple of the Time, By AEC of Interesni Kazki (All Photos By Gail)

You have just one more week to see the amazing paintings of Interesni Kazki in the exhibit Sacred Gravitation, up now at Jonathan Levine on West 20th Street.

The Last Day of the Babylon
The Last Day of the Babylon

Interesni Kazki is a duo currently based in Kiev who also go by their respective aliases AEC and Waone, as noted on some of my photo captions. Painting together for over 15 years, they are pioneers of the graffiti movement in Eastern Europe.

The Last Day of the Babylon Detail
The Last Day of the Babylon, Detail

With an aesthetic that has evolved from traditional graffiti writing to allegorical and figurative compositions, their work invites viewers to consider the spiritual side of the universe.

The Great Colonizer
The Great Colonizer

When translated to English, their name means Interesting Fairytale. Renowned for their imaginative imagery – inspired by science, religion, mythology, folklore and history – each piece is created in an attempt to look beyond the bounds of what is visible and present a new perception of the world. The new body of work presented in Sacred Gravitation comprises intricately detailed paintings and drawings that merge physical and spiritual elements reflecting on the nature of existence.

Spark of Life (WAONE)
Spark of Life (WAONE), and Detail Below

Spark of Life (WAONE) Detail

Anthropologist and curator Dr. Rafael Schacter articulately describes, “The celestial, allegorical paintings of Interesni Kakzi attempt to bring both the spiritual and the mystical into the everyday. Intertwining folk-history and religious imagery with science fiction and fantasy, they present the viewer with a profusion of mysterious narratives and visual fables, which they must attempt to enter into and disentangle.

Trick (WAONE)
Trick (WAONE)

Inspired as much by artists such as Dali and Moebius as they are by the Ukrainian muralist tradition and native fairy tales, Interesni Kazki have thus formed a style of contemporary muralism with a transcendental, emotive aesthetic at its core, a popular, ethereal form of public art.”

Trick (WAONE) Detail
Trick (WAONE) Detail, Above and Below

Trick (WAONE) Detail

Interesni Kazki’s Sacred Gravitation will be on Exhibit Through February 6th, 2016 at Jonathan LeVine Gallery, Located at 529 West 20th Street, 9th Floor, in the Chelsea Gallery District.

Interesni Kazki Signage

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Opera Gallery Presents Streets of the World

Streets Of The World Invite

From LA to London and beyond, so many cities around the world embrace a thriving and vibrant Street Art scene. Leave it to Opera Gallery (with its global presence) to realize that it just makes sense to curate  a group show representing the artists of the world who never stop creating in innovative ways in an effort make sure that you never stop thinking about why things are the way they are. Because when you really get it, you know that Street Art isn’t just about creating a distraction, or making something that’s nice to look at; it’s about conveying a message.

Faile Fortune
Faile / Fortune (Click on any Image to Enlarge for Detail)

Streets of the World collects the work of 40 global contemporary  artists that have emerged from the Street Art Movement. A number of the participating artists, such as Banksy, Kenny Scharf and Os Gemeos, represent International Household Names of Street Artists. Others, including Ron English, Logan Hicks, and collectives The London Police and Trustocorp, exhibit regularly at Opera, so we were already familiar with, and fans of, their work. But many others were exciting  discoveries. Overwhelming new favorites are selected works by How and Nosm (from Germany), Interesni Kazki (Ukraine) and Spain’s Sixeart. There is so much to see at this exhibit, and Opera has accented every wall — including the stairwell and the entire basement space — with exciting paintings, sculptures and collage.

Ron English Star Skull Street
Ron English

Trustocorp Grocery Case
Trustocorp (One of 4 Featured Works by this Collective in the Show)

In fact, we took so many cool pictures at last Thursday’s opening, it was hard to select just a few for this post. Please hit the jump below to see more work from this Do Not Miss Exhibit!

Streets of the World will be on exhibit at the Opera Gallery, Located at 115 Spring Street in New York through May 30th, 2012.

See Tons more Photos, along with a Full list of Participating Artists and their Represented Regions, After the Jump!

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