The current exhibition at the Jonathan LeVine Galley does a spectacular job of evoking cinematic illusions; voyaging through planes of existence; transiting through speeds of light with a romanticism for the past.
The exhibition features three artists with a compelling theme that ties both the human condition of longing with timeless qualities that characterizes all great art: paying homage to those who’ve influenced their work.
Take for example Doze Green‘s recent collection entitled “Luminosity in the Dark Rift.” The New York native (whose work has been compared to the legendary artist Basquiat) provides an ethereal landscape of geometric shapes and luminous intensity — embedding feelings of human emotion and familiarity. Heavily influenced by his Caribbean roots and a love for ancient tribal civilization, his recent work provides us a window of what it could’ve been like had we still been living in a pre-Columbian Mesoamerica.
Eric White‘s take on nostalgia is on a 3D cinematic scope of its own. His new collection entitled “Transmission” references movies set in New York (e.g. The Naked City, The French Connection, Rosemary’s Baby) giving all his pieces a nod to ‘Old Hollywood’ and the fine craftsmanship of automotive design. His photographic yet surreal compositions reference the metaphysical concepts of time and dimensional possibilities.
Lastly is Kevin Cyr‘s collection entitled “In Praise of Rust” – a series of vehicle portraits (primarily vans and commercial delivery trucks) covered in graffiti, rust, scratches and dents. These imperfections are celebrated through his extraordinary attention to detail. The focus of each portrait is not to simply accentuate the deterioration, but to serve as a testament to the times. These vans, once an essential staple of New York life, have now been replaced by sleek, box-like trucks rarely with dents — or personality.
In Cyr’s words, “painting them [the vans] is my way of of documenting a grit that is slowly disappearing from New York. In a culture where people are lured by the appeal of status-enhancing symbols, I find so much character in derelict vans. I have always been interested in painting vehicles that have defined the evolution of the American landscape.”
All three collections are currently on display at the Jonathan LeVine Gallery from now till June 16th, 2012.
– Roz Baron