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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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Jonathan LeVine Gallery Presents Aron Wiesenfeld’s Unwind the Winding Path

Night Grove
Night Grove By Aron Wiesenfeld (All Photos By Gail)

The most rewarding art viewing experiences are those that present a simple visual that provokes so many narrative possibilities that it encourages the breadth of imaginative extrapolation generally considered to be accessible only through the most wildly imaginative novels. That’s the experience  I had while perusing Unwind the Winding Path, a series of new works by California-based artist Aron Wiesenfeld, up now at Jonathan LeVine Gallery.

The River
The River

Looking at this series of seemingly mundane, yet subtly disquieting images — a girl standing on the edge of a forest, two people in a canoe, a picnic — I kept thinking, is it really just about what I’m seeing on the canvas, or is there something just below the surface that I should be paying attention to?

Canoe
Canoe

In this way, the paintings in Unwind the Winding Path (the exhibit’s title comes directly from the poem Byzantium by W.B. Yeats) reminded me of illustrations inspired by a collection of short ghost / horror stories that I read when I was a teenager, called Lonesome Places by August Derleth. Specifically, they gave me an uneasy feeling I associate with one story in particular, The Lonesome Place, which gives the collection its title. That tale is about two little boys who have such vivid imaginations with regard to a desolate area which they consider to be haunted, that they literally conjure a living monster from their fears alone. And when you think about it, isn’t the most visceral horror about what goes on in our minds? Whether or not this is Wiesenfeld’s intention, he is on to something that is both deeply unsettling and attractive simultaneously.

Bunker
Bunker

A painting entitled Bunker appeared to creep out the majority of fans attending the opening reception. In Bunker, we see a young woman or girl, barelegged and wearing a summer dress despite the implied chill of grey skies, laying back stoically in tall grass adjacent to what looks like an overgrown Bunker structure. Is she dead? Has her body been dumped there? Or is she just resting? What exactly is going on in this picture? I like that there is no clear answer.

The Handmaid
The Handmaid

The Off Season
The Off Season

Installation View

Daughter
Daughter

Aron Wiesenfeld was present at the opening, and I made a point to introduce myself and engage him in a conversation about his amazing art and its mysterious allure. I  asked him about the painting above, Daughter, and he said that the woman is “growing out of the forest.” I like it. Aron was super nice and so was his wife. I told him about The Lonesome Place, and I am sure he has forgotten about it, but if he reads this post, maybe he will look it up.

Martin and Jonathan
Artist Martin Wittfooth Chats with Gallery Owner Jonathan LeVine at the Opening Reception

Signage

Aron Wiesenfeld’s Unwind the Winding Path will be on Exhibit Through December 17th, 2016, at Jonathan LeVine Gallery, Located at 529 West 20th Street, 9th Floor, in the Chelsea Gallery District.

Installation View

Jonathan LeVine Gallery Presents: Alessandro Gallo, For Some Reason

Elevator
Elevator By Alessandro Gallo (All Photos By Gail)

If you are intrigued and delighted by the idea of perusing an exhibition made up of hyper-realist sculptures depicting Humans with Animal Heads, then you will love Italian artist Alessandro Gallo’s latest body of work, For Some Reason (the follow up to his 2014 show, Strani Incontri) up now at Jonathan LeVine Gallery.

Eagle Pose
A Parakeet Practices Her Eagle Pose

If these petite ceramic figures cause you to do a double take, it might be because Gallo bases each of his hybrid characters on real life models, and his attention to detail is meticulous.

Jonathan LeVine and Likeness
Gallery Owner Jonathan LeVine Poses with I Don’t Want to Grow Up, a Horny Toad-Headed Sculpture Based on his Likeness

Elevator Left Side

Easily the most popular piece in the show is this miniature glass Elevator, crowded with various breeds of anthropomorphic birds, along with a Buffalo, a Cat and a Deer, all eager to get to the their destination floor. Elevator is a private client commission that was loaned to the gallery for this exhibit. It is pretty sweet.

Elevator Right Side

Natura Morta

In Natura Morta, an artist with a bird head sketches on the floor of his studio. An animal skull model sits in the foreground.

Natura Morta with Crowd

Except for one figure flaunting an exposed, uncircumcised peen, the exhibit it totally family-friendly! Bring the kids but don’t expect to find an big bird cages, all these creatures are free range.

Follow
Follow

Even a Duck Woman can’t resit making the Duck Face!

Follow Photo Bomb

Here I am, photo-bombing her.

Alessandro Gallo

Artist, Alessandro Gallo (Spy Pic)!

Whatever

A Pink Track Suited Cockatiel checks her Instagram feed in Whatever. Why does she carry so many handbags? It’s a mystery.

Whatever

Social Activist Locust Swarm
Social Activist Locust Swarm

Jesse The Veteran
Jesse The Veteran

Jesse The Veteran

Ram Tough, as they say.

Signage

Alessandro Gallo’s For Some Reason will be on Exhibit Through December 17th, 2016, at Jonathan LeVine Gallery, Located at 529 West 20th Street, 9th Floor, In the Chelsea Gallery District.

Cocktail for Two
Cocktail for Two

Jonathan LeVine Presents: Masakatsu Sashie, External Effect

Corner Pocket
Corner Pocket By Masakatsu Sashie (All Photos By Gail)

Jonathan LeVine Gallery is currently hosting External Effect, a series of new works by Japanese artist Masakatsu Sashie. This is Sashie’s second solo exhibition at the gallery, and I somehow neglected to write about his first show, so I didn’t want to fail twice at sharing a series of artworks that is really special.

Installation View

In a body if work that will surely appeal to fans of dystopian sci-fi. Sashie’s hyperreal 0il paintings and sketches depict a post-apocalyptic world, or series of worlds. The bleak visions of a future that is also trapped in the past analyze the influence of technology on the circle of life. The level of detail in these paintings is extraordinary.

Invisible Rule
Invisible Rule

Modeled after Kanazawa, the town he was born and continues to reside in, Sashie’s landscapes resemble landfills – capsized by burning vehicles, antiquated technology and an overwhelming amount of man-made debris. Massive orb-shaped amalgams of industrially manufactured products are the focal point of every piece, hovering over desolate cityscapes, drawing attention to the paradox of the vastness of the universe yet the finite amount of space mankind has to exist.

Smoggy Memory
Smoggy Memory

Kanazawa is a small city in Japan that the artist describes as a miniature garden in which the obsolete and contemporary are fused due to its distance from an urban center.

Zero Sum (1 of 2)
Zero Sum (1 of 2)

Zero Sum (Detail)
Zero Sum (Detail)

Growing up within this isolation nurtured Sashie’s fascination with the notion of “the balanced aquarium,” a concept described by Nobel Prize winner Konrad Lorenz in his book King Solomon’s Ring: New Light on Animal Ways (1949).

Corner Pocket Detail
Corner Pocket (Detail)

Lorenz describes an aquarium as a self-sustaining environment depending solely on the natural interactions between plants and other living organisms for survival. Once outside involvement occurs, balance is lost and disintegration immediately begins.

Oasis
Oasis

The artist considers Lorenz’s biological phenomenon as the epitome of the world we live in; struggling to maintain stability among the complexities and demands of modern living. Revolving around themes of consumerism, globalism and environmentalism, Masakatsu Sashie’s self-contained environments are an archive of the past and a prediction of our future.

Installation View

Masakatsu Sashie’s External Effect will be on Exhibit Through November 12th, 2016 at Jonathan LeVine Gallery, Located at 529 East 20th Street, 9th Floor, in the Chelsea Gallery District.

Melt Into The Air Cool, Melt Into The Air Hot
Left: Melt Into The Air Cool, Tight: Melt Into The Air Hot

Glenn Barr’s Invisible World at Jonathan LeVine Gallery

Eveningwear
Eveningwear By Glenn Barr (All Photos By Gail)

Jonathan LeVine Gallery is currently hosting Invisible World, a series of new works by Detroit-based artist Glenn Barr. Althoug his work has appeared previously in group shows, this is Barr’s debut solo exhibition at the gallery. It was worth waiting for.

Eye Witness, Hunger Cabin
Left: Eye Witness, Right: Hunger Cabin

In compositions on paper and wood Barr gives life to surreal creatures, specters and lonesome characters that live in a stark world, drenched in the grit and haze of a post-apocalyptic urban dreamscape. Drawing inspiration from pop and counterculture sources, such as pulp art and cartoons, he presents alternate yet interconnected realities that invite viewers to examine otherworldly narratives.

Tomorrows Child
Tomorrow’s Child

For Invisible World, Barr presents a universe of private intrigue where pink-haired waifs and haunted astronauts are suited up for the unknown.

Ransom, Monday Remembered
Left: Ransom, Right: Monday Remembered

He also brings us back to earth and into private moments where anti-heroines are trapped in telephone conversations filled with either rage, horror or quiet despair.

Premonition
Premonition

The artist elaborates, “Fiction; written on the page or visualized on celluloid, there has always been a narrative that exists parallel to our own. A counter culture. An invisible world. In keeping with this aesthetic, I’m exploiting voyeuristically a vision of life’s emotionally charged moments or its banality. I want to illuminate the problematic cracks in the human condition reflected in fringe urban settings or even in outer space.

The Spell, Wrecked
Left: The Spell, Right: Wrecked

“These paintings to me have a subtle emotional punch that reference the lonely solitude of life’s cruel existence and yet their plots seem unknown and open ended. But no matter what the underlying cryptic woes, I will sometimes just revel in the simple beauty and emotion of the human face.”

Installation View

Glenn Barr’s Invisible World will be on Exhibit Through November 12th, 2016 at Jonathan LeVine Gallery, Located at 529 East 20th Street, 9th Floor, in the Chelsea Gallery District.

Invisible World Signage

Channel 31
Channel 31

Jeff Soto, The Sotofish Society, at Jonathan LeVine Gallery

The Magic Message
The Magic Message By Jeff Soto (All Photos By Gail)

Can you believe it’s been four years since Jeff Soto’s previous exhibit at Jonathan Levine Gallery? You know who reminded me of that fact? Jeff Soto! So crazy! I had engaged Jeff at the reception for The Sotofish Society, which opened September 10th, to say Hey and tell him how much I loved his Oreo Cookie Subway Ad (praise which he graciously received), and comment on my excitement that he has continued to incorporate favorite identifying motifs from Decay and Overgrowth in this new body of work, and he was like, “That was four years ago.” Point: it seemed much more recent to me. Anyway, Jeff is a super nice guy who will take the time to have a personal conversation with fans at his shows, and his wife Jennifer is also very nice. Jeff Soto!

Guanajuato Mask
Guanajuato Mask

White Ghost
White Ghost

Winter Nights
Winter Nights

This new exhibit, The Sotofish Society does, in fact, include paintings and drawings that reinterpret elements of Soto’s work. Viewing the series as a rebirth, the artist continues to transplant viewers to an alternate universe, while going back to his roots and evolving iconic characters, such as yetis, reapers, robots and the Sotofish. As Jeff explains, “I always feel like an artist’s entire body of work should be fair game to use. My cast of characters and the worlds I create are The Sotofish Society.”

The Phoenix
The Phoenix

Beware Beautiful Night
Beware Beautiful Night

Soto depicts friendly creatures and personifications of earth’s forces that thrive in a dystopian environment plagued by the complexities of modern living. These otherworldly creatures roam the surreal landscape and are surrounded by overgrown greenery, deteriorating technology and overall societal decay. However, Soto’s use of vibrant colors and organic shapes evoke a sense of hope and effort to revitalize, communicating themes of family, nature, life, and death.

Jeff Soto Installation View
Installation View

For this exhibition the artist focused on creating work based on instinct and emotion, resulting in dynamic paintings with many layers, silhouettes and design elements.

Jeff Soto Installation View
Installation View

Watercolors Installation
Watercolors

Along with acrylic compositions on wood and paper, The Sotofish Society includes a selection of watercolors, which are rarely exhibited, as well as limited edition relief prints. By merging a refined selection of graffiti and mixed media techniques, Jeff Soto continues to bridge the gap between street art and pop surrealism.

Jeff Soto Crowd

Night Garden
Night Garden

Jeff Soto’s The Sotofish Society will be on Exhibit Through October 8th, 2016 at Jonathan LeVine Gallery, Located 529 West 20th Street, 9th Flor, in the Chelsea Gallery District.

Jeff Soto Signage

Nightfish 2 and 1
Nightfish 2 and 1 Nightfish

The Builder
The Builder

Cluster: A Group Show of Groupings at Jonathan LeVine Gallery

Art By Dylan Egon
Art By Dylan Egon (All Photos By Gail)

Jonathan LeVine Gallery’s Summer Group Show, Cluster, features work by established artists who have previously shown at the gallery, alongside emerging talent making their JLG debut. Each has been allocated space to display clusters of work, a concept that can be approached in many unique ways, and which grants each artist the opportunity to show the full range of their aesthetic.

Art by Ron English
Art by Ron English

While some have chosen to display groupings of work that are similar or create one large piece surrounded by smaller works, others interpreted the idea of “cluster” and used it as source of inspiration.

Art By Gary Taxali
Art By Gary Taxali

Similar to an art fair, in which pieces of varying mediums and styles are shown beside each other, Cluster includes sculptures, drawings and paintings by fifteen artists who might not typically be exhibited together, including Amandine Urruty, Anton Vill, Ben Tolman, Charlie Immer, Drew Leshko, Dylan Egon, Gary Mellon, Gary Taxali, Luke O’Sullivan, Marco Mazzoni, Nicomi Nix Turner, Ron English, Sam Gibbons, Smithe One, Tran Nguyen and Troy Coulterman. Let’s check out more photos from the opening reception!

Art By Luke O'Sullivan
Art By Luke O’Sullivan

Art By Luke O'Sullivan Detail
Luke O’Sullivan Sculpture Detail

Art By Nikomi Nix Turner
Art By Nikomi Nix Turner

The Brotherhood By Nikomi Nix Turner
The Brotherhood By Nikomi Nix Turner

Spongebob Grin by Ron English
Spongebob Grin by Ron English

Snake By Amandine Urruty
Snake By Amandine Urruty

The complex, surrealist drawings of Amandine Urruty are new to me. I really love the retro-creepiness of her style.

Smile By Amandine Urruty
Smile By Amandine Urruty

Carrot By Amandine Urruty
Carrot By Amandine Urruty

Floating Bell by Troy Coulterman
Floating Bell (Edition of 7) by Troy Coulterman

The Couple by Troy Coulterman
The Couple by Troy Coulterman

Charlie Immer Cluster
Art by Charlie Immer

Charlie Immer Coiled
Coiled by Charlie Immer

Skulls + Cuteness = A Perfect Match!

Art By Smithe One
Art By Smithe One

DBF By Smithe One
DBF By Smithe One

This piece reminds me of the cover of This Classic Album.

Cluster: A Group Show of Groupings will be on exhibit only through August 20th, 2016 at Jonathan LeVine Gallery, Located at 529 West 20th Street. in the Chelsea Gallery District.

Cluster Exhibit Signage

Jonathan LeVine Signage