For "Desperate, Rejected and Angry", Dalek formulates shapes found in the natural and mechanical world to create a continuous, abstract narrative. Mars-1 invites the viewer to use their own imagination to develop storylines from his paintings.
Dalek / Mars-1
Jonathan LeVine Gallery, is proud to announce Desperate, Rejected, & Angry, a solo exhibition of new paintings by Dalek and Aerodynamics for Psychonauts, Mars-1’s first solo exhibition at Jonathan LeVine Gallery. Jonathan LeVine Gallery’s 16th Annual Swap Meet brings together thirteen represented and emerging artists in a group show in the Project Room. The roster of talent includes: Xiaoqing Ding, Ron English, Catalina Estrada, Erik Foss, Andrew Foster, Gibby Haynes, Foi Jimenez, Josh Keyes, Jack Long, Tara McPherson, Nouar, Daniel Peacock, Mark Dean Veca, and Damian Weinkrantz. The exhibitions will be on view from March 31st through April 28, 2007. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, March 31st from 7pm - 9pm.
For Desperate, Rejected & Angry, Dalek formulates shapes found in the natural and mechanical world to create a continuous, abstract narrative. Drawing on wood panel and then painting in a dramatic color scheme, Dalek’s familiar characters form a subtle dialogue juxtaposed with darker backgrounds. For his new works, Dalek achieves a delicate balance of form amidst a hostile, violent and bleeding world. Each painting becomes an excerpt for an ambiguous story, unfolding notions of human survival.
Mars-1 invites the viewer to use their own imagination to develop storylines from his paintings in Aerodynamics for Psychonauts. Creating nearly a dozen new, large-scale works in acrylic and gouache, Mars-1 focuses on bringing intangible realms into forms of existence. He explores what he describes as “ the sixth sense, or extra-sensory perception and levels of reality,” filtered out by the mind in modern society. He grasps these abstract qualities of existence through his ethereal landscapes. “With so much that we don’t understand, it’s easy to put blinders on and have a narrow view of what we perceive instead of keeping the mind open.”
Expressing these thoughts onto his wood panel surface, Mars-1 creates a mysterious, multi-dimensional realm with both familiar and unfamiliar spaces to explore. To heighten this awareness for the viewer, Mars-1 creates a wall mural and sculptural installation. His sculpture, made of resin has a shell of approximately an inch and a half, painted with an organic pattern of dark to light gradients.
Opening reception - Saturday, March 31st, 7pm-9pm
Jonathan LeVine Gallery
529 W. 20th Street - New York