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Video Clip of The Week: Cyclone Static, “Company Man”


In this barren musical wasteland of conveyor-belt acts that is all but completely devoid of anything even resembling Rock ‘n’ Roll, I’ve become so uninterested in what the pop charts have to offer that I never even considered the wildly nostalgic potential pull of a band that is willing to revisit the grunge rock era. And then I heard this week’s video clip, which is “Company Man” from New Jersey power-rock trio, Cyclone Static. And this was a reminder to me to never, ever underestimate the pure joy that comes from music that does not sound like it came from a can. Cyclone Static are not magical Wizards. They are not from Outer Space. They are simply three guys who love music, and it shows.

Cyclone Static manage to make it look easy as they harness the grunge rock power of both Alice in Chains, owing to vocalist/guitarist James Salerno’s ability to channel the late, great Layne Staley, and Nirvana. “Company Man” shows off this band’s melodic-punk prowess in a song armed with sharp power-pop hooks galore, anchored by Salerno’s buzzsaw guitar, bassist Danny Patierno fiercely holding down the bottom end, and hard-hitting drummer Jonathan LeVine who is, as they say, ‘in the pocket’ at all times. Rock Lives!

Visually, “Company Man” delivers vibrant, clip-art based animation informed by today’s street art sensibitlies with a deep bow to surrealism and comic book art. Perhaps LeVine’s background as a respected NYC Gallerist had something to do with that. “Company Man” can be found on Cyclone Static’s upcoming debut album, From Scratch, due out on February 8th, 2019 via 400 Mint Records. You can order your copy now at This Link! Enjoy!

Cyclone Static Band

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SHAG’s All My Bones at Jonathan LeVine Gallery

The Most Beautiful Daughters (after Balthus)
The Most Beautiful Daughters (after Balthus) By SHAG (All Photos By Gail, Click on Any Image to Enlarge for Detail)

Do you enjoy the artwork of Josh Agle — AKA SHAG? I sure do. In fact, the very high point of last week’s art crawl was the opening reception of SHAG’s latest exhibit, All My Bones at Jonathan LeVine Gallery’s 23rd Street space. Nicole and I enjoyed looking at the paintings and pretending they depicted favorite scenes from episodes of Mad Men. When you look at the photos in this post, I think you will understand why.

The Endless Staircase
The Endless Staircase

With a distinct style influenced by mid-century modern design, Agle paints with a keen attention to figure and form. Depicting stylized subjects in affluent settings he invites viewers into a playful yet satirical world, confronting themes of fame, youth, revelry and excess. With a paradoxical central narrative influenced by Biblical stories, All My Bones epitomizes the artist’s retro aesthetic and expands upon his sophisticated iconography.

The Queen of Sheba
The Queen of Sheba, featuring Don Draper, Megan Draper and Roger Sterling!

Shag at LeVine Reception
Spy Pic of SHAG (second from far left) taken by me at the Opening Reception. He was very nice!

The Golden Calf
The Golden Calf

Rendered with vividly saturated colors, crisp shapes and fluid line work, Agle’s works sardonically look at consumption and consumerism. His extravagant subjects are surrounded by lavish architecture, fashion and furnishings but are apathetic toward their opulence, predominately portrayed as expressionless and emotionally detached.

Macaah and Absalom
Macaah and Absalom

The pieces in All My Bones were inspired by a book of Old Testament stories Agle had as a child. He recalls, “What seemed like straightforward morality plays told in simple language and pictures meant for children turned out to be complex, grotesque and ethically confusing stories when I read them in the Bible as I got older.”

The Most Virtuous Family
The Most Virtuous Family (Note: Possibly the First Depiction of a “Selfie” in an SHAG Paining!)

In this series demonic characters, blazing flames and kingly lions are placed within the hedonistic atmosphere of a SHAG painting with the goal of reinterpreting these fables in such a way that will keep the imagery as morally ambiguous as the source material.

Ahab's Wife, Woman with False Idol III, Ethbaal's Daughter
Installation View Left to Right: Ahab’s Wife, Woman with False Idol III, Ethbaal’s Daughter

The detail in these paintings is just fantastic and photos cannot even do them justice, so if you are intrigued you need to check out this show in person.

Dagon's Pad
Dagon’s Pad (Note: SHAG Autograph Procured at the Opening)

All My Bones by SHAG will be on Exhibit Through June 13th, 2015 at Jonathan LeVine Gallery, Located at
557C West 23rd Street, in the Chelsea Gallery District.

All My Bones Signage

Dan Witz Presents NY Hardcore at Jonathan LeVine Gallery

Mosh Pit Green Hair
All Photos By Gail

Artist and Former Musician Dan Witz, whom I’m just going to go ahead and label the Norman Rockwell of Hardcore, is back at Jonathan LeVine Gallery with an outstanding collection of his hyper-realist style paintings and portraits of Hardcore music fans captured in their natural habitat: The Pit. NY Hardcore is Witz’ second solo exhibit at LeVine, following Mosh Pits, Human and Otherwise in July of 2011. The current show features select paintings previously exhibited in 2011.

Witz Large Mosh Pit

It’s hard to believe that these are paintings and not photographs. They look so real, I can almost smell them.

Mosh Fists

I like this one a lot.

Dan Witz at Reception

Artist Dan Witz at the opening reception chatting with fans. He is very nice.

NY Hardcore includes both crowd scenes – captured from various vantage points – and individual portraits.

We All Know This Guy

Everybody knows this dude, right? I think I used to see him at the Fleetwood (Redondo Beach, CA) back in the early ’80s.

Uncle Fester

I’m pretty sure that this guy is meant to be gallery owner Jonathan LeVine.

 

Witz 3 Paintings

Dan Witz: NY Hardcore runs through May 3rd, 2014 at the Jonathan LeVine Gallery, Located at 529 West 20th Street, 9th Floor, in the Chelsea Gallery District. Gallery Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 AM to 6 PM.

Nirvana Short

OK, Who wears a Nirvana shirt at a Hardcore show?

Paul Insect’s Baby Head Stickers

Paul Insects Baby Heads
Photo By Gail

The Baby Head is Back, Bitches! Artist Paul Insect has been rocking the iconic Baby Head since around 2008, and I spotted these two stickers — Eyeball Baby Head and Microchip Baby Head, respectively – displayed on a sidewalk Mail Box right outside Jonathan LeVine’s temporary Pop Up Space on West 22nd Street. I hope I can find more of them…

Must See Art: Ten Years of Wooster Collective

 Paul Insect Portraits
Art By Paul Insect (All Photos By Gail, Click on Any image to Enlarge for Detail)

The Jonathan LeVine Gallery is wrapping up the summer with a simply delightful group show that honors 10 Years of Wooster Collective – a website that helped to introduce Art from the Streets of the World into popular culture.

Liu Bolin in a Kenny Scharf
Liu Bolin Hiding in a Kenny Scharf Mural

Ron English Grin
Grin By Ron English

Many of the featured artists such as Dan Witz, Olek, How & Nosm, Judith Supine and D*Face exhibit regularly at LeVine, while others (Kenny Scharf, Liu Bolin, Ron English, TrustoCorp, Swoon) are WorleyGig favorites whose art has been covered many times on this blog.

Buff Monster
Buff Monster

Judith Supine
Judith Supine

Needless to say, but you can see I am about to, it was a huge treat to visit the exhibit this past weekend and see so many amazing works by favorite artists.

Olek Crocheted Skeleton
Crocheted Skeleton by Olek

Other participating artists not mentioned above include: ABOVE, AIKO, Anthony Lister, Bast, Ben Eine, Blek le Rat, Bo130, Buff Monster, C215, Chris Stain, Cope2, Crash, DALeast, Daniel Sparkes, Dark Cloud, Doze Green, ELBOW TOE, Eltono, Faile, Faith 47, Galo, Hyuro, Invader, Jace, Jordan Seiler, JR, Logan Hicks, Ludo, Mark Jenkins, Martha Cooper, Mcity, Michael De Feo, Microbo, Miss Van, Paul Insect, Skewville, Skullphone, Stikman, , The London Police, Vhils, Vinz, Will Barras, WK, xoooox and Zevs.

Trustocorp Collection
Various Signs By Trustocorp

Trustocorp Donuts
Trustocorp Detail

Dan Witz
Dan Witz

10 Years of Wooster Collective, expertly curated by Marc and Sara Schiller, is only up through Saturday, August 24th, 2013, so don’t miss it! For this exhibit only, the LeVine Gallery space has moved to a ground floor pop-up location at 525 West 22nd Street (West of 10th Avenue) in the Chelsea Gallery District.
Wooster Collective Signage
Doze Green
Doze Green

Jonathan LeVine Gallery Creates Pop Up Location for How & Nosm’s Late Confessions

How & Nosm Late Confessions
All Photos By Gail

While Late Confessions, the new exhibit by identical twin graffiti artists How & Nosm, opened over two weeks ago, it took that long for us to make it to the exhibit due to NYC’s recent streak of inclement weather and circumstances beyond our control. We must “confess,” however, that it was worth the wait, because this “must see” show is nothing short of fantastic!

How & Nosm Late Confessions

We have previously seen single works by How & Nosm (the pseudonyms of Raoul and Davide Perré) in group shows at venues such as Opera Gallery in Soho, or on the ever-rotating Houston Street at Bowery Mural, but this is our first exposure to a show of multiple works by these fabulously talented brothers. We admit we had no clue that they were capable of such depth and diversity, and this exhibit, which includes a few incidences of site-specific installation, had us oohing an aahing as we moved excitedly from room to room.

How & Nosm Late Confessions

Born in Germany and raised in Spain, the brothers reveal different parts of their past in the art that was produced for this exhibition. In addition to using their signature color palette of red, grey and black, the twins have pushed their own boundaries with massive canvases and installations that show how dynamic they can be.

How & Nosm Late Confessions

In a small shrine-like room close to the front of the gallery,  you’ll find a series of “art books” painted specifically for this show. This display brought on the show’s ‘Wow Factor’ immediately.

How & Nosm Late Confessions

How & Nosm Late Confessions

Down the hall and around another corner, you may feel like you’ve stumbled into Alice’s storybook Wonderland.

How & Nosm Late Confessions

How & Nosm Late Confessions

There is a new discovery every way you look.

How & Nosm Late Confessions

How & Nosm Late Confessions

The detail of these works is phenomenal.

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In yet another room of the gallery, you’ll find a massive sculpture of a Fish surrounded by suspended umbrellas and other whimsical details that help to further whatever narrative you are making up in your head.  How & Nosm Late Confessions

Although it is still very early in the year, How & Nosm’s Late Confessions will surely rank among our Top Ten Exhibits for 2013! See it while you can!

Late Confessions runs through February 23rd, 2013 at Jonathan LeVine’s Pop Up Space, located at 557 W 23rd Street, New York City.