December 01, 2012

Joe Sorren, DALeast, Vinz @ Jonathan Levine Gallery (12.1)

Joe Sorren, DALeast, Vinz @ Jonathan Levine Gallery (12.1)


Jonathan LeVine Gallery is pleased to announce three solo exhibitions opening together on Saturday, December 1st. 

Everything’s Alright Sweetie, Please Get Some Sleep, a series of new paintings by Joe Sorren, in what will be his first solo exhibition in New York. Sorren creates odd, dreamlike portraits and atmospheres through thick Impressionist-inspired brushstrokes, soft textures and a superb use of light. His surreal subjects are quietly expressive, conveying contrasting qualities of vulnerability and strength. 

This exhibition focuses on themes of mayhem, fragility of life and the blind audaciousness we sometimes develop subconsciously in order to make better sense of our own realities.

Joe Sorren, DALeast, Vinz @ Jonathan Levine Gallery (12.1)

Powder of Light, a series of new works on canvas by Chinese-born, South Africa-based artist DALeast, in what will be his first solo exhibition in the United States. Works in Powder of Light combine acrylic, ink and spray paint on a background texture of tea-stained canvas. DALeast paints animal figures in his signature style using a swirling vortex of organic black lines with white highlights. He creates a ribbon-like effect to form sinuous creatures that vibrate with kinetic energy. Horses, eagles, camels and rams leap off the picture plane, their shadows trailing behind them. Some appear to unravel while others merge together or attack one other. 

Joe Sorren, DALeast, Vinz @ Jonathan Levine Gallery (12.1)

Batalla, a series of new works by Valencia-based artist Vinz, in what will be his debut solo exhibition in the United States. 

Batalla features a series of mixed media collage works, paintings and sculptures. The central theme is a rebellion against governmental, corporate or religious impositions placed upon society to establish social order at the expense of personal freedom. Vinz uses a multi-step process to create his unique imagery. He first photographs nude models, either isolated or orchestrated in small groups. He then paints animal heads onto large-scale prints of the human figures, creating hybrid subjects with a system of symbols attached to various species—birds signify freedom and fish represent consumerism while frogs and lizards convey authority.

Opening reception for all three exhibits is Saturday, December 1st from 7 - 9 PM.

Jonathan Levine Gallery
529 West 20th Street
New York, NY 10011
212.243.3822
www.jonathanlevinegallery.com