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Must See Art: Martin Wittfooth, Offering at Jonathan LeVine Gallery

Mother's Milk
Mother’s Milk By Martin Wittfooth (All Photos By Gail)

Putting a surrealist, almost sci-fi spin on the paintings of American ornithologist John Audubon, and recalling his contemporary Josh Keyes‘ “after man” images of animals running amok in a modern society that is strangely absent of all human life, artist Martin Wittfooth delivers Offering, his first solo exhibition at the Jonathan LeVine Gallery. After being fascinated by Martin’s work for years as part of group shows in galleries like Stephen Romano and RH Gallery, as well as many shows at LeVine, it was amazing to see so many of his captivating canvases gathered in one exhibit — at a gallery that definitely knows how to best serve this artist’s work.

Dawn
Dawn

In Dawn, a painting that takes up one entire wall of the main gallery space, a whale glides through an underwater cityscape that, judging from glowing lights visible in distant, scattered windows, likely still has inhabitants of some kind.

Witness
Witness

In Witness, a close examination reveals that the knots on a lone, nearly desiccated tree reveals that the tree actually has eyes. Heavy.

Witness Detail

Martin explains that the works in Offering explore the theme of shamanism and its current revitalization around the world. These paintings delve into the notion that the rediscovery of shamanistic practices, such as reaching an altered state of consciousness, is peeling away our egos and materialistic obsessions and encouraging a connection with nature and to each other.

Gathering
Gathering

“The great challenges of our time primarily stem from the repression, predetermined delineation of consciousness and the myriad of other ways by which our materialistic culture has lost its connection with the natural world,” he continues. “The reemergence of shamanism appears to be having a great impact on consciousness around the globe by severing individuals’ attachments to the ego-driven, ideology-based, monotheistic modality that has shaped so much of the human enterprise over the past millennia.”

Nectar
Nectar

Wittfooth Sketches

Sketch Studies for the all of the paintings in the exhibit are also on display and available to own.

Cycle
Cycle

Bloom
Bloom

Marosa
Marosa

I love this painting of an Elephant/Octopus hybrid. It reminds me of This Painting by Robert Deyber, an artist Martin said he was unfamiliar with. The paintings aren’t that similar, but it was just an observation. Be sure to check out Offering while you can!

Martin Wittfooth’s Offering will be on Exhibit Through November 14th, 2015 at Jonathan LeVine Gallery, Located at 529 West 2oth Street, 9th Floor, in the Chelsea Gallery District.

Rainsong
Rainsong

Martin Wittfooth Signage

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Lost Mitten Society Annual Winter Salon Show at Jonathan LeVine Gallery

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All mittens were present and accounted for as art fans braved15 degree NYC weather for Jonathan LeVine’s annual Winter group show. It was definitely worth leaving the house for.

Adam Wallacavage Octopus Chandeliers
Octopus Chandeliers by Adam Wallacavage

As the show’s cheeky press release explains, “The Lost Mitten Society presents a visually diverse mix of emerging and established artists, all suffering from the loss of a mitten. Despite their frozen appendages, this group of over twenty artists have created small to medium sized, multi-disciplinary works, including a strong selection of drawing, painting and sculpture. In the name of solidarity, The Lost Mitten Society [is]displayed salon-style in the gallery to showcase the group’s goal of reuniting lost pairs of mittens everywhere.

Here are some of our favorite pieces from the show!

Chicks (Egg Triptych Part III)
Chicks (Egg Triptych Part III) By Amandine Urruty

Chicks (Egg Triptych Part III) By Amandine Urruty
Detail from the Above Work, Featuring Slimer from Ghost Busters and Possibly Cousin It?

Marco Mazzoni
Two Works by Marco Mazzoni

Troy Brooks Hunters and Thieves
Troy Brook’s Hunters and Thieves

Te Escondo a Verdade By FINOK
Te Escondo a Verdade By FINOK

James Marshall (Dalek), Untitled 2
James Marshall (Dalek), Untitled 2

We love the Op Art effect of this one!

Here For the Ride By Taylor McKimens
Here For the Ride By Taylor McKimens

Two Works By Josh Keyes
Two Works By Josh Keyes

Hamelyn By Doubleparlour
Hamelyn By Doubleparlour

This one looks like the personification of an Ice Cream Cone.

The Bug Walker By Doubleparlour
The Bug Walker By Doubleparlour

Top: Kris Lewis Autumn Sky
Top: Kris Lewis, Autumn Sky
Center: John Brophy, Ascension
Lower: Christian Rex Van Minnen, Selfie Protest/Protest Selfie

Martin Wittfooth Shaman II
Martin Wittfooth Shaman II

The Lost Mitten Society Annual Winter Salon Show will be on exhibit through February 7th, 2015, at Jonathan LeVine Gallery, Located at 529 West 20th Street, 9th floor, in the Chelsea Gallery District.

Lost Mitten Society Signage

Adam Wallacavage Green Octopus Chandelier
Adam Wallacavage Green Octopus Chandelier

Jonathan Levine Gallery Presents Josh Keyes’ Migration


Stampede By Josh Keyes

One of last night’s hot-ticket gallery openings was the debut of Portland-based artist Josh Keyes’ new show, Migration, at Jonathan Levine in Chelsea. Migration features a series of paintings on panel, study drawings on paper and a ten-foot canvas entitled Stampede (See above), which is the artist’s largest painting to date.

On the subject of his show title, Keyes offers, “Migration and displacement were ideas that continued to surface in my mind while I was painting these images. I was thinking about the effects of climate change and the way some ecosystems that thrive in a specific range of temperatures — like polar or tropical climates —are experiencing a shrinking of their boundaries. Ecosystems that were separate are now slowly merging and overlapping one another, causing disruptions in the food web and increased competition for food and space among species. Some become displaced and are forced to migrate, in order to survive.”

Levine’s exhibit Press Release continues that: Keyes’ imagery in this exhibition pushes the potential consequences of ecosystem clashing to a climax that wavers on the surreal. A bright orange tiger rests contently on top of a graffiti covered dumpster, staring intensely at a pack of wolves, scavenging whitetail deer scraps from the tiger’s morning hunt. Below the smooth floodwater surface, glides a great white shark. A pair of giant pandas, marooned on a submerged jeep, watch with curiosity as the shark’s fin circles by. Deer, elk, wolves and other animals form a stampeding herd, charging through a city street, leaving upturned cars and ruptured pavement in their frenzied wake.


The Artist with His Work

I liked the way Keyes’ paintings encourage imaginative extrapolation in the viewer while combining visual beauty with a sense of foreboding and dread. The story they hint at reminded me a bit of a film I saw not too long ago called The Last Winter, which I highly recommend adding to your Netflix queue. Something I had not seen before at a gallery opening was a formal, organized line of fans waiting to meet Josh, that snaked through Levine’s rear gallery – a line which I waited in for 20 minutes just so I could say Hi to Josh and get him to sign one of his cards. Josh was super nice and took the time to meet and sign stuff for everyone who was waiting – very cool! Also spotted in the packed gallery were notable local artists Michael Fumero, Beau Stanton and Dima Drjuchin, all of whom appeared to be really digging the show. You can read more about Josh Keyes and see additional pictures from the exhibit at This Link.

Josh Keyes’ Migration Runs through November 19, 2011 at the Jonathan Levine Gallery, located at 529 West 20th Street, 9th Floor (West of 10th Avenue) in New York. Gallery Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 AM to 6 PM.

Joshua Liner Gallery To Host Silent Art Auction to Benefit Tim Strazza!


“Defiant Youth” By Shepard Fairey

On Thursday July 28, 2011, The Joshua Liner Gallery will hold a silent art auction / fund raiser, the proceeds of which will benefit its Assistant Director, Tim Strazza, who was recently diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. To help with Tim’s medical bills, many gallery artists and friends of the gallery have donated artworks, including Shawn Barber, Jeremy Fish, Tat Ito, Chris Mendoza, Ron English, Jim Houser, Swoon, Josh Keyes, Swoon, Sylvia Ji, Oliver Vernon, Sheppard Fairey and many others! The event will take place at the gallery from 7 to 10 PM  and will include music, food and drinks. Available artworks can be previewed at This Link.This is a great opportunity for art fans to own pieces by some of the Liner Gallery’s amazing artists at what could well be bargain prices, and to also help out a nice guy in a tough situation. For more information on the event, including absentee bidding, please contact the gallery at 212-244-7415. You can also make a donation by following this link: http://strazzafamily.blogs​pot.com/. No amount is too small – all donations will help and are greatly appreciated.

The Joshua Liner Gallery is Located at 548 W. 28th Street – 3rd Floor, New York, NY.

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