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Souther Salazar’s Souvenirs at Jonathan LeVine Gallery

JLG Souther Salazar Souvenirs
All Photos By Gail

I’m a little bit late to the party writing about this very cool exhibit, due to being busy doing other equally cool things. That said, you have until June 15th to make it to the Jonathan LeVine Gallery to see the Souvenirs solo exhibit from Portland-based artist Souther Salazar.

Souvenirs includes a series of new paintings, drawings, sculptures and installations, and it is very fun and totally family friendly. His art reminds me a bit of artist Jim Houser, whose work I also saw at LeVine very recently; in May of this year.

JLG Salazar Painting

Here’s a little bit of backstory on the inspiration for Souvenirs:

Works in Souvenirs were inspired by The Trading Tortoise, Salazar’s recent collaboration with his wife, Monica Choy. In 2012, the pair created an interactive art installation in the form of a tortoise-shaped trading post, which they took on tour, bartering unique objects and stories at locations in over 30 different cities across the country.

JLG Salazar Tent

During their travels, the artists explored America, exchanging tiny treasures and sharing adventures along the way. This unique community-oriented experience, which connected a diverse group of people through a network of trades, is documented on Trading Tortoise Dot Com.

During Trading Tortoise, Salazar explored the connection between personal memories and collected objects, items that serve as tangible reminders of places, people and events. Organizing his memories of the project into imaginary collections, Salazar created artworks to represent his own visual souvenirs, referencing some of the experiences.

JLG Salazar Truck Drawings

Drawings of trucks, gas pumps and power lines take on anthropomorphic qualities while a series of small sculptures constructed from found objects are presented in curio-like shadow boxes—one contains a series of miniature water towers in varying shapes and sizes, and the other features a group of figures representing some of the people Salazar met, the things they traded and their relationships to those objects.

JLG Salazar Cabinet Close Up 2
Tiny Water Towers Made from Found Objects

JLG Salazar Cabinet Close Up

Souvenirs By Souther Salazar will be on Exhibit Only through June 15th, 2013 at Jonathan LeVine Gallery, Located at 529 West 20th Street, 9th Floor, in the Chelsea Gallery District.

JLG Salazar Cabinet 1

A Benefit For Injured NYC DJ Jonathan Toubin, January 12, 2012!

Jonathan Toubin Benefit Poster

On Thursday, January 12th, Music Hall of Williamsburg will host a benefit for Jonathan Toubin, DJ and conductor of New York Night Train, who is still hospitalized in Portland, Oregon after becoming the victim of a freak accident on December 8th, in which a taxi crashed into his hotel room and landed on top of him while he slept.  Toubin remains in critical condition in the hospital’s ICU, but is currently stable and has made significant strides in his recovery in the last several days.

Offering an update on Jonathan’s current condition, a post at I Heart JT Dot Com is very encouraging, as follows:

[Jonathan’s] bone fractures are beginning to heal, and his other injuries are improving. The wounds from the broken glass are also starting to heal. He shows no signs of any infection other than in his lungs, and that is better.  He is sedated against the pain and has periods of consciousness during which he is able to move his head and limbs and can communicate with gestures and his eyes–even made a joke!  He is getting foot massages to help with circulation and swelling, and has begun some hand therapy. Today he had the endotracheal tube removed and replaced with a tracheotomy for the ventilator to assist with his breathing. All this is good and reassuring news that Jonathan is slowly on the road to recovery. He will remain in the ICU for a while yet before being moved to a room in another unit in the same hospital. Jonathan continues to need your love and positive energy for his recovery. Please keep him in your thoughts.

The Janaury 12th benefit will feature musical performances by Chain and the Gang, 5 Dollar Priest, Eleanor Friedberger, Nicole Atkins, Dorit Chrysler and Theremin, Shilpa Ray, An American Dream, and Two Tears as well DJs JG Thirlwell (Foetus/Manorexia), Jim Sclavunos (Bad Seeds/Grinderman/Silver Alert), and Mick Collins (Dirtbombs).

Raffle tickets will also be on sale at the event for a chance to win cool  prizes from Peter Luger, Ma Peche, Momofuku, Mikeys Hookup, Bar Centrale and Fox and Fawn.

Doors at 6.30 PM, Show starts at 7.30 PM sharp. Tickets are just $20 in advance or $25 at the door, or they can be purchased on line now at Musichallofwilliamsburg.com or Ticketmaster.com.

This will be a really fun evening and it is for such a good cause. You should come out, even if its freezing. If you can’t attend the show you can still help Jonathan by making a donation to his recovery fund at Paypal. Please direct your donaton to ihearttoubin [at] gmail [dot] com.