Powder of Light
December 1, 2012
through December 29, 2012
NEW YORK, NY (November 6, 2012) — Jonathan LeVine Gallery in association with Sara & Marc Schiller of Wooster Collective are pleased to present 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. The artist draws inspiration from dichotomies such as the material and spiritual world, human emotion and animal nature.
The existential concept behind the show title Powder of Light relates to both science and spirituality. Powder refers to the way every particle of physical matter in the universe is connected and related on a sub-atomic, molecular level. Light refers to the energy from which everything is created and the life force of all living beings. The constant movement and development of matter into infinite forms of life ensures unique perception and identity as individuals within the greater shared collective experience.
“Combining the sensibilities of two diverse cultures, DALeast represents the future of contemporary art: a mixture of brutality and grace: harsh lines of spray paint creating beautiful beasts in motion.” — Sara & Marc Schiller of Wooster Collective
ABOUT THE ARTIST
DALeast was born in 1984 in China and is currently based in Cape Town, South Africa. He studied sculpture at the Institute of Fine Arts and began making art in public spaces in 2004. His murals can be found in cities around the world. In January of 2012, DALeast’s work was included in Hybrid Thinking, a group exhibition curated by Sara & Marc Schiller of Wooster Collective at Jonathan LeVine Gallery.