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Fulvio di Piazza on ARTINFO

Fulvio di Piazza’s ‘Entangled’ at Jonathan LeVine Gallery, New York

“Entangled,” an exhibition featuring the works of Italian-artist Fulvio di Piazza (b. 1969) will run from January 7 through January 28, 2017 at Jonathan LeVine Gallery, New York.

The selection of works on display depicts solitary faces and levitating animals in the centre of the canvas. At first glance, it may look that the subject matter is abstract in nature but on closer inspection, we realize that they are delicate environments comprising mountains, lakes, forests, stars and debris that ultimately gives rise to an entire form. Di Piazza’s meticulous attention to details in his paintings represents contemporary models of communication where the background noise becomes the message, which can be difficult to discern due to sensory overload. This is his second solo exhibition with the gallery.

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Originally featured on ARTINFO

Dan Witz x Dior Homme

Brooklyn-based artist Dan Witz recently collaborated with Dior Homme for their Winter 2017 line, which made its debut during Paris Fashion Week on January 21st, 2017. Featuring dramatic outerwear pieces printed with the artists iconic mosh-pit imagery, Dior describes the collection as follows:

A ‘Dior’ attitude that is pure and raw.
A ‘hardcore’ energy reminiscent of the « mosh pits » captured by artist Dan Witz :
The birth of a HarDior style.

A new vision for tailoring with a double-edged silhouette:
When « sartorial » meets « street ».
A renewed, youthful interpretation of luxury.

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Dan Witz with his wife, Tiffaney McCannon, and son, Mack

 

Sam Gibbons featured on Hi-Fructose

Sam Gibbons Offers New Vibrant, Symmetrical Cartoons

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Sam Gibbons, an Ohio native currently based in Baltimore, paints vibrant cartoons that take strange, often dark turns. These works are often crafted on wood or MDF panels, with edges specifically cut for his creations. Gibbons was the cover artists for Hi-Fructose Vol. 9, and he is also part of the exhibit “Turn the Page: The First Ten Years of Hi-Fructose,” a collaboration between the magazine and Virginia MOCA. Here, his recent work shows the artist’s evolution in developing his engrossing, humorous displays.

Gibbons was recently involved with two exhibitions at Jonathan Levine Gallery. August 2016’s “Cluster: A Group Show of Groupings” featured a massive work from the artist that involved several individual components. Each of these parts, on MDF, is worthy of inspection. In the upcoming “The Shape of Things to Come,” the gallery’s annual winter invitational, Gibbons offers some of his latest, symmetrically minded work. This is the last group show for the space before it moves from New York City to Jersey City in February.

In a 2011 studio visit with Hi-Fructose, Gibbons elaborated on the darker aspects of his work: “When I first started working with cartoons I was interested in the idea of subverting their inherent innocence,” he said. “By incorporating them in scenes with overt themes of violence or sexuality this innocence becomes compromised. I think the juxtaposition of the two gives a feel of uneasiness to the work. The darker aspects undermine the colorful cartooniness.I think aspects of our culture as well as personal experience influence this darker side of the work”

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Cluster: A Group Show of Groupings at Jonathan LeVine Gallery (2016)
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Originally featured on Hi-Fructose

JLG Relocating to Jersey City

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Jonathan LeVine Gallery is pleased to announce its forthcoming relocation to Mana Contemporary in Jersey City, New Jersey.

After twelve years of operating in the Chelsea art district of New York City, gallerist Jonathan LeVine will return to his Jersey roots, bringing his cutting edge aesthetic and ethos along with him. With a newfound focus on community and collaboration, the newly named Jonathan LeVine Projects will be an essential venue within the up and coming arts community of Jersey City and an integral part of its cultivation towards becoming a thriving creative center.

Jonathan LeVine Projects will be located at Mana Contemporary, a leading arts destination dedicated to celebrating the creative process. Founded in 2011, the organization unites artist studios, exhibition spaces and ancillary services in a single location. Jonathan LeVine Gallery began working with the Mana Urban Arts Project in 2014 and have since collaborated on an array of public art initiatives, including murals by Shepard Fairey, How & Nosm and Nychos, as well as The Juxtapoz Clubhouse presented at Mana Wynwood during Art Basel Miami 2016.

This dynamic partnership with Mana Contemporary will continue to allow Jonathan LeVine Projects the ability to further develop engaging and unique programming, such as pop-up shows and museum quality exhibitions with the possibility of travelling to satellite Mana locations in Chicago and Miami.

LeVine elaborates, “Moving out to Mana in Jersey City is like moving to Chelsea in the mid-90s’. My aim is to pioneer new territory, rethink the changing nature of the brick and mortar gallery and collaborate with artists on new ideas. A partnership with Mana comes with multiple resources, endless space and the possibility of reinvention in new and exciting ways.”

The inaugural exhibition at Jonathan LeVine Projects,  Welcome to New Jersey, will open on February 18th and feature the following artists: Adam Wallacavage, AJ Fosik, Alessandro Gallo, Alexis Diaz, Andy Kehoe, Ashley Wood, Augustine Kofie, Beth Cavener, Camille Rose Garcia, Carlos Ramirez, Chloe Early, Cryptik, Dan Witz, Diego Gravinese, Eloy Morales, Erik Jones, EVOL, Gary Taxali, Haroshi, Hush, Jeff Soto, Jim Houser, Joel Rea, John Jacobsmeyer, Jorg Heikhaus/Alex Diamond, Josh Agle (Shag), Kazuki Takamatsu, Mab Graves, Martin Wittfooth, Mary Iverson, Matt Leines, Matthew Grabelsky, Michael Reeder, Miss Van, Nick Walker, Nychos, Phil Hale, Ron English, Shepard Fairey, Tara McPherson and Tristan Eaton.

Jason deCaires Taylor’s Underwater Museum Inauguration

Europe’s first underwater museum opens off Lanzarote

Almost three years in the making, Museo Atlántico, off the south coast of Lanzarote, in the Bahía de Las Coloradas, officially ‘opens’ on 10 January. The project consists of 12 installations and more than 300 life-size human figures, created by British sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor, 12 to 14 metres under water. This work, called Portal, forms part of an underwater botanical garden. The mirror reflects the moving surface of the ocean and is elevated on a series of supports which contain small compartments and “living stations” designed to attract octopus, sea urchins and juvenile fish.

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The collection of sculptures is designed to provoke environmental awareness and social change, with each piece creating an artificial reef that will promote marine life, and can be ‘toured’ by scuba divers, with a start and an end. It can be accessed by scuba divers (€12pp) and snorkellers (€8pp) with departures from the Marina Rubicón port located in the south of the island. See cactlanzarote.com for details

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The new installations include 35 figures walking towards a gateway in a 30-metre-long, 100-tonne wall. The work, called Crossing the Rubicon, is ‘intended to be a monument to absurdity, a dysfunctional barrier in the middle of a vast fluid, three-dimensional space, which can be bypassed in any direction,’ says deCaires Taylor. The work “aims to mark 2017 as a pivotal moment, a line in the sand and reminder that our world’s oceans and climate are changing and we need to take urgent action before its too late.”

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Particularly poignant in the current political climate the artist says the wall sculpture emphasises that ‘notions of ownership and territories are irrelevant to the natural world. In times of increasing patriotism and protectionism the wall aims to remind us that we cannot segregate our oceans, air, climate or wildlife as we do our land and possessions. We forget we are all an integral part of a living system at our peril.’

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A local fisherman was cast to create the figure in this work, the Immortal Pyre, which depicts a funeral pyre. While the sculpture represents the departure of life, the concrete sticks that make up the firewood have been designed as a habitat for marine life.

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Creating the underwater artworks was a monumental task, involving a team of scuba divers. Local residents and visitors were also involved in its creation, by modelling for life casts.

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Deregulated is a work that features a children’s playground being enjoyed by men in suits. The see-saw references an oil pump, a commentary on the arrogance of the corporate world in relation to the natural one. A swing and play dolphin are part of the work.

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Designed to create a large-scale artificial reef, the first works installed in February 2016 have already seen an increase of over 200% in marine biomass and are now frequented by rare angel sharks, schools of barracudas and sardines, octopus, marine sponges and the occasional butterfly ray. It is hoped that the project will be a boost for the local economy, creating revenue for diving and boat operators.

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The Human Gyre is the final installation in the tour, a vast circle of over 200 life-size figurative works consisting of various models of all ages and from all walks of life.

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Originally featured on The Guardian

 

Anton Vill on Hi-Fructose

Anton Vill’s Surreal, Baby-Infested Drawings

By Andy Smith

Anton Vill, an Estonia-based artist, crafts intricate, surreal drawings of wild scenes and characters. Though Vill’s background was in concept art, working in pre-production in films like “Mad Max: Fury Road,” Vill pivoted toward illustration in recent years. The result is a world overrun by hordes of babies and unsettling creatures. Vill was last featured on HiFructose.com here.

As described by Jonathan Levine Gallery: “In his intricate, grotesque works, we discover the anatomy of the mind, full of haunting experiences and curious emotions,” the gallery says. “Characters are sectioned, decomposed or distorted, always seeming helpless in their bizarre condition with a hypnotic and empty gaze.”

Though you’ll find his work within the pages of sketchbooks, Vill’s talent for detail and immersive texturing extend beyond the page. Recent works feature vibrant colors integrated into Vill’s psychedelic world. Rendered in colored pencil, these works maintain the hyper-detailed linework for which Vill has become known.

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The Shape of Things to Come featured on WideWalls

THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME – WINTER EXHIBITION AT JONATHAN LEVINE GALLERY

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Founded in 1995, Jonathan LeVine Gallery is committed to new and cutting edge art. The gallery will present its annual winter exhibition featuring work by emerging artists who will exhibit for the first time in the gallery alongside established artists who have previously been shown at the venue. Titled The Shape of Things to Come, the exhibition will be a final one in New York City before relocating to Jersey City in February 2017. After twelve years of exhibiting avant-garde work in the Chelsea venue, the gallery will bring the same cutting edge aesthetic and ethos to the new one. Serving as a retrospective of the gallery’s evolution and a preview of its future, it will feature works by Armando Veve, Ben VenomChris Berens, Jaime Brett Treadwell, Jasmine Becket-GriffithJeffrey Gillette, Lee Chen-Dao, Nigel Cox, Sam Gibbons, Paolo Del Toro and Peter Ferguson.

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The work of Massachusetts-born and Philadelphia-based illustrator Armando Veve creates highly tactile realms in his work. Focusing on quilting, the textile artist Ben Venom juxtaposed traditional handmade crafts with extreme elements found on the fringes of society. Using ink on photo paper, Chris Berens creates compellingly executed, enigmatic, and emotionally resonant paintings that feature a fantastical mélange of exotic creatures and 18th-century imagery. The recent work of Jaime Brett Treadwell leans towards a series of invented forms, which employ optical deceptions, often bending the space between ambiguity and certainty. Jasmine Becket-Griffith paints strange beings from fantasy and gothic artwork including fairies, rainbows, skulls and pirates. She tells stories with familiar characters that awaken the feelings of deep connection to the viewer.

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Bosch Princess by Jasmine Becket-Griffith

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Gillette, Chen-Dao, Cox, Gibbons, Del Toro and Ferguson

Best known for his paintings that explore the aesthetic structures and visual patterns of human settlement, Jeffrey Gillette creates satirical narratives that suggest the high level of awareness of not purely political, rather of economic, social, geographical context. A figurative painter based out of Taipei, Taiwan, Lee Chen Dao creates oil on canvas pieces and describes himself as a modern day storyteller with an old soul. Inspired by ordinary people and their everyday lives, the Irish painter Nigel Cox paints in a minimalist manner to emphasize the realistic character of his artwork. The artist Sam Gibbons creates colorful painted cartoons that explore dark themes, subverting the notions of innocence and moral value in children’s entertainment. Combining realism with a grotesque cartoon aesthetics, felt sculptures of Paolo Del Toro depict bizarre, sometimes nightmarish faces and figures, yet still having a strangely inviting texture. Lastly, Canadian illustrator and painter Peter Ferguson creates work situated between fantasy, surrealism, and realism.

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Winter Exhibition at Jonathan LeVine Gallery

Having an eye towards honoring and connecting with the history and context of Post War art, Jonathan LeVine Gallery contributes to the dialogue by challenging the conventions of the canon – exploring the terrain of the high/low and everything in between. The exhibition The Shape of Things to Come will be on view from January 7th until January 28th, 2017. The opening reception will be held on Saturday, January 7th, from 6 to 8pm.

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Ben Venom on The Creators Project

F**k You, Grandma! There’s a New Quilter in Town

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Ben Venom with Don’t Tread On Me! 2015. All pieces are handmade with recycled fabric. Images courtesy of the artist

If ever you’ve sewn a patch on a jacket, you’ve done appliqué work. Quilting is a populist art form, requiring no more than fabric, thread, and a vision—but most punk sewers don’t take it any further than the odd swag or repair job. Ben Venom, on the other hand, is the guy who decided to take it all the way.

Venom’s quilts and fabric art mix punk and metal imagery with traditional quilting—a compelling juxtaposition. There’s something charming and exciting about seeing “DON’T TREAD ON ME” spelled out in colorful patchwork, or an eagle with wings of stitched Iron Maiden tees. It’s all familiar, but you’ve never seen it combined in this way before.

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“I have always been drawn to ideas and imagery that can be described as ‘over the top’ or ‘fringe’ [because] they simply go beyond traditional thought and reasoning,” Venom says. “Riding that razor’s edge between complete absurdity and pure genius is where I want my art to live.”

Growing up in the punk rock, metal and skate community, Venom was exposed from a young age to the imagery he still uses: tigers, skulls, pinup girls, chains, eagle wings. These are 20th century motifs with ancient roots. They suggest virility, power, wildness, masculinity. It’s hard to imagine anything more opposed to that, at least in American culture, than quilting. The contrast lands Venom firmly at the intersection of absurdity and brilliance—and the strangest thing is, it works.

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Venom does all his work with a Juki F-600 Quilt and Pro Special sewing machine, fabric scissors, seam ripper, recycled fabrics, and thread. He doesn’t have formal training in textiles or craftsmanship, either. “I consider myself a top-seeded amateur,” he says. “When I began sewing I had no idea what I was doing… simply a concept I wanted to create.” Self-taught, with a little guidance from more advanced quilters and sewers, he has always allowed the vision to drive his technique.

This includes incorporating secondhand materials: “People literally mail me boxes of their used clothing to use in my art. Occasionally, I will purchase items from the thrift store or eBay when I want a particular type of material, i.e., leather, white denim, etc.” Using secondhand fabrics is an integral part of quilting—some would say it’s the most important part of the process. Venom embraces this concept. From his artist statement: “Everyone’s unexplained stain, tear, or rip will be included and when displayed visitors will be able to see a piece of themselves woven into this larger history.”

Venom’s quilts range from wall-sized tapestries to smaller jackets. They’re exhibited internationally in fine-art galleries and museums. While the bigger pieces tend to be bought by art collectors, Venom makes his smaller work available and affordable to all types of art lovers.

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Ben Venom will be showing at Jonathan LeVine Gallery as part of group exhibition The Shape of Things To Come, January 7-28.

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Fulvio di Piazza on The Creators Project

Painter Constructs Human Faces From Natural Elements in His Surreal Landscapes

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A demonic dog made up of what looks like comet trails themselves stands atop of a lake amidst the cosmos in one of Italian artist Fulvio di Piazza’s new paintings on display at the Jonathan Levine Gallery beginning Jan 7. Piazza’s Entangled exhibition features a number of painstakingly detailed oil paintings where in the artist constructs animals and abstract human faces from different natural elements taken from the surrounding landscape. di Piazza pieces together a nose, mouth, and face from things like the side of a mountain, a cloud of fog, or a pit of lava.

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Despite his attention to detail, however, Piazza doesn’t withhold anything from the viewer; each one of his compositions has an obvious focal point or subject that sits suspended in the very center of the painting. There is something inexplicably frightening about these characters. Piazza works within a particularly dark color palette that gives each piece of work a rather haunting undertone. The faces of these anthropomorphized landscapes are warped and molded like shrunken heads and appear threatened and on guard. Nonetheless, Piazza creates a clear image of his surrealist universe through a combination of precision and whimsy. Check out some of our favorites from the show below:

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Entangled is up at the Jonathan Levine Gallery in New York from January 7th to the 28th. This is the last solo exhibition at the Jonathan Levine Gallery before they relocate to Jersey City. Check out more work by Fulvio di Piazza on his Facebook.

Originally featured on The Creators Project

 

New Mural Series by Faith47 in India

Lotus Blossoms by Faith47 Sprout on the Streets of Goa, India

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South African street artist Faith47 is attracted to the lotus flower because of its strength. It is a plant that must fight through mud and water before it can blossom on top of its high stalk. This ability to find clarity through the murkiness of its surroundings was the inspiration behind her latest series of murals titled Le Petit Mort which she recently finished in Goa, India. You can see footage from the making of the works in this video, as well as further work by Faith47 on her website.

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Dylan Egon on Hi-Fructose

Dylan Egon’s Collages Mix Symbols, Ideals of Western Culture

By Andy Smith

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Dylan Egon, a New York City-born artist raised by two fine artists, creates sculptures and assemblages that reflect American culture, whether through religious or monetary iconography. A New York Times review once referred to his work as “sites of cultural compression, fetishization and wonder.” Egon was last featured on HiFructose.com here.

Egon’s work often branches otherwise separate tokens and structures together, bridging concepts in holistic reflections of Western commercialism and other ideals. In this process, flat, screen-printed objects and three-dimensional pieces are also blended, offering engrossing points of entry. In a statement, Egon’s work is described as such: “His studies in anthropology, archeology, and film have proved valuable in communicating the themes his artwork often explores. Themes have included commercialism versus artistic integrity and the social implications of misplaced perceptions of value, with references to pop culture and iconology.”

Egon’s works have been commissioned by Dior, Rolex, Chanel, and several other high-end brands and fashion houses. Last year, NO TOFU Magazine ran a Chanel Beauty editorial that included objects created by Egon. The artist is currently based in Jersey City, New Jersey.

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