Opening Night: Tara McPherson, Masakatsu Sashie and Adam Wallacavage at Jonathan LeVine Gallery

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Tara McPherson with her work

This past Saturday, Jonathan Levine Gallery in NYC hosted a packed reception for three concurrent solo shows, Tara McPherson’s “Wandering Luminations”, Masakatsu Sashie’s “Coacervate”, and Adam Wallacavage’s “Magic Mountain”. If you missed the opening, you can still view the artwork, which will remain on display until November 16.

In the main gallery, Tara McPherson presented an exhibit of her distinctively-styled, high-contrast oil paintings created with flowing lines and pristine gradients. In these new works, eerily incandescent female figures and wild animals are set against dark, barren backdrops as they explore the realms of outer space and the deep sea.

Within the adjacent space, Masakatsu Sashie expands upon themes of mankind in relation to the natural world, with earth-toned oil paintings based on Alexander Oparin’s origin of life hypotheses. The series focuses on lipid cell structures called “coacervates,” depicted with discarded trash, tarnished metal, aged machinery and suspended amid vast outdoor spaces, obscuring the distinctions between biological organisms and material waste.

Meanwhile, Adam Wallacavage illuminated the project room with a new series of chandelier sculptures. Like furnishings from a fantasy land, his exaggerated shapes and bold color pairings form surreal, yet functional objects that draw upon design elements of the past, ranging from Baroque ornamentation to 1950s kitsch decor.

Enjoy Hi-Fructose’s exclusive event photos courtesy of Kevin Wilson.

Tara McPherson talks to gallery guests

Masakatsu Sashie with his work

Masakatsu Sashie speaks with gallery guests

Megan Massacre and Adam Wallacavage

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