Known for his design-oriented paintings of voluptuous bird women, Amsterdam-based artist Parra will present a new series of work for his January 8 solo show at Jonathan LeVine Gallery in New York, “Yer So Bad.” Named after a Tom Petty song about a femme fatale who can’t seem to settle down, the exhibition features new Pop Art-inspired paintings filled with sex and intrigue. We first featured Parra in Hi-Fructose Vol. 25. Check out a preview of “Yer So Bad” below to see what he has been up to.
On November 22nd, London artists Kai and Sunny celebrated the opening of “Lots of Bits of Star” at Jonathan Levine Gallery (previewed here). A simple theme ornately executed, their exhibition takes an up close and personal look at the dramatic life stars. As if looking through the lens of a super-telescope, the duo have created inspired images that take the shape of familiar motifs; wild, flowering petals, a flock of birds, to surreal geometric patterns.
Tomorrow, California based graffiti artist Doze Green will celebrate his fifth solo at Jonathan LeVine Gallery, “Out of Knowhere”. On the show’s concept, Green shares, “This is my interpretation of the soul’s journey. Leaving behind illusion, ego and material to connect with the self and converge with the source of life.” A recent video takes viewers behind the scenes, where pieces from Green’s rural life are mirrored in his paintings. Among his inspirations are the seasons, reincarnation and the natural cycles of human, plant and animal life.
Kai & Sunny are a London based creative duo that are especially attentive to detail. Together, they create intricate, nature inspired screen prints on a variety of media. The images below show their scrupulous process- taking us behind the scenes of their hand drawn sketches to the final, hand pulled screen prints. For their upcoming show at Jonathan Levine gallery, “Lots of Bits of Star”, Kai & Sunny will debut new prints with unreal geometrical patterns exposing our misconceptions of the world around us.
Jonathan LeVine Gallery recently brought Olek, DalEast, Dan Witz, Saner, Nychos and Jeff Soto to Berlin for their takeover of Project M, Urban Nation’s ever-evolving outdoor art gallery. In addition to murals and public installations by the above-mentioned artists, LeVine curated a pop-up exhibition titled “Greetings from New York City” with works by Kevin Cyr, Tara McPherson, Gary Baseman, Faile and Evol as well as studio works from the artists who did the street art portion of the show. Photographer Henrik Haven captured the artists in action as they left their mark on Berlin’s cityscape.
Painter Fabio D’Aroma’s characters perpetually march westward, though it’s unclear to what end. His nude men and women with protruding bellies and knobby limbs appear to be part of an endless procession. D’Aroma adorns them with anachronistic accouterments such as 19th-century bayonets, animal pelts and punk rock mohawks, making it impossible to determine the continuity between the various works in the series. His highly stylized paintings are currently on view at New York’s Jonathan LeVine Gallery through November 8 for his solo show, “West of Ovest.” The artist says that our culture’s crippling obsession with social media — and the resulting social awkwardness — was the inspiration behind his ungainly figures.