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Oh, The Places We Have Been Group Show at Jonathan LeVine Gallery

Jeff Soto, Love Can Surpass All Obstacles
Jeff Soto, Love Can Surpass All Obstacles (All Photos by Gail)

Jonathan LeVine Gallery is currently hosting Oh, The Places We Have Been: Rediscovering the Past, a group exhibition at their 23rd Street space, featuring work by the following 33 artists who have helped shape the foundation of the gallery over the last ten years: AJ Fosik, Alex Gross, Amandine Urruty, Andrew Brandou, Andy Kehoe, Blek le Rat, Brett Amory, Dan Witz, Esao Andrews, Fabio D’Aroma, Gary Baseman, Gary Taxali, Jeff Soto, Jim Houser, Juan Francisco Casas, Kevin Cyr, Marc Giai-Miniet, Marco Mazzoni, Masakatsu Sashie, Mike Giant, Natalia Fabia, Nouar, Nychos, Olek, Paul Insect, Rafael Silveira, Sam Gibbons, Saner, Souther Salazar, Tara McPherson, Titi Freak, Victor Castillo, WK Interact.

Kevin Cyr and Esao Andrews
(Left) Kevin Cyr, Köpenicker (Right) Esao Andrews, The Guarded Fairground

Natalia Fabia, Kate is Great and Rainbow Cake
Natalia Fabia, Kate is Great and Rainbow Cake

Oh, The Places We Have Been: Rediscovering the Past is a continuation of the gallery’s tenth anniversary celebration and highlights a diverse group of artists who have been integral to our programming since our doors opened in 2005.

Masakatsu Sashie, Toadstool
Masakatsu Sashie, Toadstool

Jim Houser
Four Works by Jim Houser

We always get nostalgic at LeVine’s group shows, having discovered so much excellent art and had so much fun at their events over the years.

Marco Mazzoni, Olek, Sam Gibbons
Left to Right: Marco Mazzoni, Olek, Sam Gibbons

Victor Castillo, Point of Entry
Victor Castillo, Point of Entry

Over the last decade Jonathan LeVine Gallery has exhibited over 300 artists. This exhibition pays tribute to the new and familiar faces we have seen along the way and showcases some significant works from our archives. Oh, The Places We Have Been is a retrospective of JLG’s past with an eye toward the future.

Andrew Brandou, Black Swan
Andrew Brandou, Black Swan

Oh, The Places We Have Been: Rediscovering the Past Group Exhibition will be on View Through May 2nd, 2015, at Jonathan LeVine Gallery, Located at 557C West 23rd Street, in the Chelsea Gallery District.

Gary Taxali and Souther Salazar
(Left) Gary Taxali, Zoom (Right) Souther Salazar, It’s Like We’re in a Dream

Pink Thing of The Day: Pink Crocheted Mickey Mouse By Olek

Pink Crocheted Mickey Mouse
Photos by Gail

This Mickey Mouse Toy was covered in Pink yarn by crochet artist Olek for the Juxtapose Magazine 20th Anniversary group show at Jonathan LeVine Gallery in New York City.

Pink Mickey is actually just a small part of a much larger work — a sprawling cat habitat fully covered in crocheted, multi colored yarn. Check it out below!

Cat Habitat By Olek

Art Truancy: Celebrating 20 Years of Juxtapoz Magazine at Jonathan LeVine Gallery

LeVine 23rd Street Gallery Storefront
Jonathan LeVine 23rd Street Gallery Storefront Display Celebrates 20 Years of Juxtapoz Magazine (All Photos By Gail)

Hey NYC Art Lovers, if you are free this evening (Thursday, May 15th) why not pop over to the two Jonathan LeVine Gallery locations (they are just 3 blocks apart!) to have your mind blown at the opening night reception of Art Truancy, the coolest contemporary art group show, maybe ever!

Featuring the works of over 40 artists, Art Truancy celebrates the 20th Anniversary of Juxtapoz Magazine at a revered gallery space that has been around almost as long. Artists whose work you will see in this exhibit include Alex Gross, Alex Pardee, Andrew Schoultz, Brett Amory, Camille Rose Garcia, Chloe Early, Conor Harrington, Doze Green, Faile, Jeremy Fish, Jeff Soto, Marion Peck, Mark Ryden, Maya Hayuk, Miss Van, Neckface, Parra, Pushead, Robert Williams, Saner, Seonna Hong, Shepard Fairey, Swoon, Thomas Campbell, Todd James, Todd Schorr and others. I’m happy to be able to say that I was familiar with the work of so many of these great artists after having been introduced to their work at previous LeVine Gallery shows.
Last night I attended a press preview of the show and will now share with you some of my favorite pieces.

From the 23rd Street Space:

Robert Williams

Art by Robert Williams, perhaps most famous for his painting, Appetite for Destruction, which was used as the back cover artwork for the Guns ‘N’ Roses album of the same name.

Abe Lincoln by Mark Ryden
Abe Lincoln by Mark Ryden

Obey Records By Shepard Fairey
Obey Records By Shepard Fairey

Shoes Lamp By Grotesk
Sneakers Lamp By Grotesk

Clayton Brothers and Tim Biskup

Art By Clayton Brothers (left) and Tim Biskup (right).

I did arrive on 20th Street a few minutes before they were officially open, as the two venues staggered visitors so that people would show up first at 23rd Street and then at 20th Street an hour later (I am just too quick!) so I would like to thank the Jonathan LeVine Staff (especially Malena Seldin) for allowing me to shoot while they were actually still hanging the show!

Here’s a preview of what you’ll see at 20th Street:

Gary Baseman

Art By Gary Baseman

Jeremy Geddes

Art By Jeremy Geddes

Ron English

This Triptych Mural By Pop Surrealist Ron English was inspired by Picasso’s famous painting, Guernica.

Octopus Sculpture By Scott Musgrove

One of my favorite pieces in the show is this Octopus Sculpture By Scott Musgrove, which also holds tiny tea lights. I believe it might be a study for a large painting also on exhibit at 20th Street.

Alex Gross

Art by Alex Gross.

Andrew Schoultz Alex Pardee and Don Ed Hardy

Left to Right: Andrew Schoultz, Alex Pardee and Don Ed Hardy

Art By SHAG

Art By SHAG

Art By Jeremy Fish

Art By Jeremy Fish

Olek Faile How and Nosm

Center Gallery: Crocheted Cat Habitat wth Mickey Mouse By Olek. Left Rear: Faile. Right Rear: How and Nosm.

As you can see, this is a do-not-miss event!

Art Truancy opens Tonight (5/15!) with a Reception at 557C West 23rd Street from 6 – 8 PM and at 529 West 20th Street from 7 – 9 PM, and runs through June 14th, 2014! Regular Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 AM to 6 PM.

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

Crocheted London Taxi By Olek

Crocheted London Taxi By Olek
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Olek Crochets the Astor Square Cube!


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She’s at it again! On Monday October 3rd, Crochet artist Olek covered Alamo, the famous spinning Cube sculpture by Tony Rosenthal, located in Astor Square near the Big KMart, in her trademark neon camouflage yarn! Sadly Olek’s latest public work is already no more, the yarn having been removed early last evening, but you can read about it here.

Jonathan Levine Gallery Presents Olek’s The Bad Artists Imitate, The Great Artists Steal

 

Polish-born Crochet artist Olek (AKA Agata Oleksiak) is hot stuff on the New York art scene! After a year-long residency at the Christopher Henry Gallery, which featured a full studio apartment whose contents had been covered in a camouflage pattern of crocheted neon yarn, Olek reverts to black & white for her new exhibit at Jonathan Levine, entitled The Bad Artists Imitate, The Great Artists Steal.  The title taken from a quote by Pablo Picasso (later appropriated by British street artist Banksy) The Bad Artists Imitate, The Great Artists Steal features an installation tailored to the Levine gallery space with a new series of crochet sculptures and canvases.  

A prolific practitioner of performance and public art (both authorized and unauthorized), Olek has covered people and various objects with crochet — from bicycles and cars to Wall Street’s famous Charging Bull sculpture. One series is an homage to Banksy’s stenciled silhouette of a girl suspended in air, holding balloons which he placed on the West Bank barrier of the Israeli-Palestine border in 2005 (seen in context, the figure appears to be floating up in order to cross over to the other side). Covering the balloon girl with her signature camouflage-patterned crochet work in brightly-colored yarn, Olek placed her Banksy tribute series in locations around New York. The artist has created a new black & white version of the piece for her Levine exhibition.

Crocheted Living Room with Model

Following the inspiration/appropriation theme, additional works in the show play off images and words made famous by various celebrity icons, featuring a camouflage crochet pattern in grayscale, rather than the fluorescent palette typical of Olek’s previous work. A 1986 Keith Haring portrait by photographer Annie Leibovitz — in which the artist’s body and entire room surrounding him was painted white with black line work — is re-created in a three-dimensional installation. Other works pay homage to various iconic artists, from the legendary Louise Bourgeois and Marcel Duchamp to Space Invader. Very fun! You can preview items in the exhibit at This Link, but they aren’t nearly as powerful when taken out of context of the gallery space. I encourage you to visit the Jonathan Levine Gallery before the show closes in just over two weeks.

The Bad Artists Imitate, The Great Artists Steal, By Olek runs through August 27, 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.

Make Skateboards Pop Up Skate Shop at the I-20 Gallery

The scene inside I-20 Gallery was as hot as the temperature outside for last night’s opening of Make Skateboards, a group exhibition and pop-up skate shop that has to be one of the most fun and original exhibits I’ve seen all year. Conceived as a throwback to the days when art took precedence over branding and a welcoming vibe met you at the door, the show is a playful take on running a skateboard shop, transforming I-20 into a functional retail space. While open, the shop will be offering a custom line of artist-designed skateboards, skate-related ephemera and accessories, original artwork, vintage objects, custom furniture and clothing by up-and-coming New York designers. You gotta check this place out!

A true working skate shop, Make Skateboards offers decks that are fully skate-able yet designed to an artistic standard. Two types of boards will be available: affordable, limited-edition silk-screened skateboards; and one-of-a-kind decks altered and embellished by hand, including several conceptual takes on the idea of skateboarding itself.


Video Projection on Board (Left) Next to Curtis Kulig’s “Love Me” on the Right (Photo By Geoffrey Dicker)

Artists participating in the show include: Michael Alan, Michael Anderson, Hawkins Bolden, Tony Bones, Slater Bradley, Carlton DeWoody, Chris Dorland, David Ellis, Orly Genger, Debra Hampton, Drew Heitzler, Horse Cycles, Grant Huang, Andrew Huston, Timothy Hutchings, Junk Prints, Jacob Kassay, Marina Kappos, KCDC, Sarah Kurz, Curtis Kulig, Wes Lang, L.A.N.D., Robert Lazzarini, Cameron Martin, Moris (Israel Meza Moreno), Scott Ogden, Olek, Erik Parker, Parts + Labor Workshop, Joyce Pensato, Portia & Manny, RePOP, Prophet Royal Robertson, Jenn Ruff, Tom Sanford, Eduardo Sarabia, Peter Saul, Bill Saylor, Kenny Scharf, Ivory Serra, Shelter Serra, MiYoung Sohn, Vincent Szarek, WHIT Clothing, Wood & Faulk and Michael Zahn.


“Zombie Mao” Third from Left (Photo By Geoffrey Dicker, Click Image to Enlarge for Detail)

A few of my favorite boards are several by Curtis Kulig – famous for his ubiquitous “Love Me” tag that has now been integrated into functional design items and clothing – crochet artist Olek’s yarn-covered deck, Tom Sanford’s Zombie Mao Zedong deck (pictured above) and Kenny Scharfs’ colorful contribution, which features a replica of the design from his amazing mural that was up at Bowery and Houston until just recently.  

While contemporary art, skateboarding and other forms of street culture are at the forefront of current popular tastes, these worlds remain surprisingly inaccessible to much of the public. The creative interaction and welcoming feel of Make Skateboards will attempt to bridge this divide from a convenient location in the heart of the Chelsea art district, just a few short blocks from the Pier 62 Skate Park.

Make Skateboards’ inventory will change and grow throughout its two-month run, offering ever-changing aesthetics and variety to art patrons and skaters alike. Some of the pieces exhibited will result from collaborations with community groups such as the Brooklyn-based League Education & Treatment Center’s L.A.N.D. Gallery, a creative-outreach program for artists with disabilities. The shop will also join forces with KCDC, one of New York’s most established and respected skate shops. A string of weekly parties will celebrate new shop arrivals, book signings, album launches, and secret band nights. While most galleries close their doors for much of August, the Make Skateboards shop will stay open, serving as a refuge from the hot summer weather.

Make Skateboards will be on Exhibit Through September 17, 2011 at I-20 Gallery, located at  557 West 23rd Street, New York City. The show was conceived by artist and filmmaker Scott Ogden and organized in conjunction with Gallery Director, Jonathan Lavoie. Summer Hours are Tuesday – Sunday, Noon – 8 PM. For more information please contact: makeskateboards@i-20.com or call (212) 645-1100.

Olek Crochets The Wall Street Bull!

OLEK AND THE CHARGING BULL ON WALL STREET from olek on Vimeo.

I love this video! Ole!

Olek Crochets Everything!

NBC News at 5 from olek on Vimeo.

Here’s a pretty funny video on the art of crochet artist, Olek. The guy inside the Blue outfit is none other than friend to Worley Gig Dot Com, Geoffrey Dicker of According 2 G!! Enjoy!