Glenn Barr, devNgosha, and William Wray are three artists who share an affinity for 1960s cult film characters and subculture. Tomorrow, they join together at Merry Karnowsky in an exhibition of new works that elaborates on their inspirations. We first featured Glenn Barr’s nostalgic portraits in HF Vol. 10, which range in emotional appeal and design. His background in graphic novels has progressed into a unique style that combines cheesy glamour with scenes based in modern reality. With the concept of “communication” as a central theme for these new pieces, we find them talking on rotary telephones. Read more after the jump.
Recently commissioned to deck out the stairwell of a Downtown LA building, artist duo devNgosha (composed of Devin Liston and Gosha Levochkin) created a winding, multifaceted mural that responds to the building’s structure. The new piece infuses elements of portraiture with illustration and design. There are two fleshed-out figures that act as anchors to the visual flourishes of the whole work: a young man, in profile, and a hooded woman who appears like a deity in her blue cloak (the same shade of blue commonly used in depictions of the Virgen de Guadalupe).
Creative duo devNgosha (composed of Devin Liston and Gosha Levochkin) recently completed a mural at the offices of theAudience in Los Angeles titled “Connected.” Lovers of psychedelic, interwoven imagery, Liston and Levochkin recently became collaborators (We got a taste of their joint creative efforts with their collaborative paintings at C.A.V.E. Gallery’s December show.) and are now preparing for a solo show at Soze Gallery in L.A. opening March 1. This large mural, which spans several walls, seamlessly connects historical imagery with fantastical, abstract forms and portraiture. Photographer Carlos Gonzalez, aka theonepointeight, was there to capture the mural in progress. Take a look at his photos after the jump.
Gosha Levochkin’s fanciful, strange worlds, often rendered in watercolor and gouache, carry an undercurrent of autobiography for the artist. The artist says “these mediums gives me the freedom to work with mistakes. I love the transparent feel that watercolor gives me and I love the opacity that gouache provides, over all making my work look like animation.” He was last featured on HiFructose.com as a solo artist here.
Artist Devin Liston, perhaps best known as one half of the duo devNgosha, featured here, is recently aiming towards a singular voice. His new body of work, debuting at Los Angeles’ KP PROJECTS/MK gallery this weekend, represents a different direction for the artist who up to this point has mostly worked with collectives. Within the series, titled “Department of Water & Power”, Liston’s portraits of friends and more figurative characters merge detailed realism with expressive brushstrokes and dabs of vibrant color. We caught up with him recently in his Los Angeles studio as he was putting in the final touches.
Merry Karnowsky set the mood of the holiday season with their year-end exhibition, “Praeteritum Nunc Futurum” on Saturday. Outside, the weather was crisp and colored lights lit the window, while inside the gallery offered a preview of shows to come. Although wide open in theme, works by artists Craola, Travis Louie, Nicola Verlato, Andrew Hem, Lezley Saar, Todd Carpenter, devNgosha, and more compliment eachother nicely. Take a look at our photos from opening night after the jump!