Tomorrow, October 19, Jonathan LeVine Gallery in New York will open three side-by-side solo shows, Masakatsu Sashie’s “Coacervate,” Adam Wallacavage’s “Magic Mountain” and Tara McPherson’s “Wandering Luminations.” The three artists, though disparate in their techniques and subject matter, each strike a chord with contemporary preoccupations. Japanese artist Masakatsu Sashie (featured in HF Vol. 28) bases his work on the scientific concept of the coacervate, which is a droplet-like formation of molecules at the core of Alexander Oparin’s hypothesis of the origin of life. Sashie says that his work is an appreciation of the beauty in our surroundings, including he debris and decay, but his work takes an a less optimistic dimension when one examines the floating, toxic bubbles of waste floating through his apocalyptic landscapes.
Adam Wallacage presents a new series of chandelier sculptures and found objects. The self-taught artist’s interest in kitsch, as well as the European Baroque, manifests through his ornate, octopus-like chandeliers. Wallacavage’s works in “Magic Mountain” are echoed in the motifs of Tara McPherson’s “Wandering Luminations,” a series of paintings that explores the idea of the unknown. McPherson places her characters at the bottom of the ocean and in deep space, exploring these inaccessible crevices with her imagination. Take a look at a sneak peek of some of the work in the three solo shows below.