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When Innocence & Sophistication Meet

January 20th, 2010 · No Comments

I’m loving Saelee Oh’s new paintings from her Infinite Roots Show at Jonathan Levine. One of the things I admire most about Saelee’s work is that it exudes a child-like innocence while also imbuing an alluring sophistication. I personally get turned off by work that feels juvenile, and Saelee’s beautiful, refined work certainly does not.

Admittedly these paintings are not what I would consider affordable to most, BUT I’m hoping Oh will release prints of some of these pieces after the show. At the moment Saelee carries prints of some of her older work through LPP and her own shop. I guess I will just have to TRY to be patient..

Opening: Jim Houser @ Jonathan LeVine *

October 24th, 2009 · 3 Comments

* UPDATED with video of Jim in his studio via Art In The Age

A Day In The Studio of Jim Houser from Art In The Age on Vimeo.

Jim Houser: Piles

Tonight is the opening for Jim Houser‘s awesome new show, Make Room For The Emptiness, at Jonathan LeVine Gallery in NYC through November 21st.

Houser is an imaginative self-taught artist whose work is born from his most personal experiences and thoughts which he meticulously translates for the viewer. To this effect the show includes a site-specific installation and music the artist composed just for the show. Houser’s work has a distinct typographic style as a result of his bold but limited color palette and use of words and repetitive shapes.

For more insight on the artist, check out Fecal Face’s in-depth interview by the artist’s friend, Adam Wallacavage.

Highbrow, lowbrow and now… NEW BROW!

October 22nd, 2009 · No Comments

Below is the trailer for New Brow: Contemporary Underground Art, a film by Humble Pictures, which documents the movement through the eyes of its artists, galleries and collectors.  Includes interviews with Robert Williams, Shepard Fairley, Juxtapoz Magazine and Jonathan LeVine Gallery.

Very excited about the documentary, but why so few women artists included?