NEW YORK (January, 2007) — Jonathan LeVine Gallery and BrazilFoundation will host Ruas de São Paulo: A Benefit Art Auction on January 31, 2007 from 7pm to 10pm at The Newspace, located at 530 West 21st Street in Chelsea. The benefit is organized to raise funds for eight Brazilian street artists from São Paulo and Choque Cultural Gallery representatives to participate in a multi-tiered cultural immersion in New York City. Artists will raise awareness of Brazilian art and culture through community outreach and educational events. Projects include a public mural project, live painting demonstration and art exhibition, and Brazilian-themed celebrations. Proceeds from the event will go to BrazilFoundation and to support travel and lodging for the group of visiting Brazilian artists.
The open-invite fundraiser will feature an open bar with beer and mixed drinks from Sambazon and Beleza Pura, music, a silent auction and an “equal opportunity” art raffle including prints, books and original pieces from Jonathan LeVine Gallery artists. Jonathan LeVine Gallery artists are donating works exclusively for this auction event to support this international arts community.
Admission is $30* (minimum donation) and includes a personalized "BrazilFoundation friend card." Besides contributing towards a better Brazil, cardholders will benefit from special rewards offered by the friends of BrazilFoundation campaign partners, including restaurants and business in New York City and others across the country. All door proceeds to benefit the BrazilFoundation.
Capacity for this event is limited and pre-registration online via credit card is strongly encouraged to guarantee admittance. Admission at the door is cash only and will be on a space-available basis. Pre-register via the Friend of Brazil link on: http://brazilfoundation.org.
Inspired by a trip to Brazil in April of 2006, Jonathan LeVine began orchestrating the project. This cultural exchange will provide opportunities for Brazilian mural painters to interact with other artists in the community,” commented Jonathan LeVine, “And for the public to learn more about Brazilian street art and culture.”
From our offices in New York and Rio de Janeiro, BrazilFoundation accomplishes its mission through direct fundraising, educational events and project development. The foundation offers tax advantages to donors in the U.S. according to Section 501 (c) (3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code, which permits donations for charitable ends to be deducted from personal and corporate income taxes.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
AJ Fosik was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. In 2003, he received a BFA in Illustration from Parsons School of Design in New York City. He is currently based in Portland, Oregon. Fosik’s work has been exhibited in galleries across the country including New York, Philadelphia, Miami and San Francisco. He has been featured in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The Brooklyn Rail and Tokion. In 2011, Fosik was commissioned by Mastodon to create artwork for the cover of their album, The Hunter. The band’s music video featured the artist working in his studio on the piece.
Adam Wallacavage was born in 1969. He currently lives and works in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He attended the University of the Arts in Philadelphia where he received a BFA in Photography in 1995. In 2001, Wallacavage taught himself the art of ornamental plastering and began making octopus shaped chandeliers. His chandeliers have been exhibited in galleries in São Paulo, Rome, London, Miami, Los Angeles, Vienna and New York. In 2012, Wallacavage had a solo exhibition at the Philadelphia Art Alliance titled Shiny Monsters. His chandeliers have been featured in publications such as The New York Times, New York Times Magazine, New York Magazine and TIME Magazine. Beyond making sculptural works, Wallacavage is also an accomplished photographer. In 2006, Gingko Press published Monster Size Monsters, a book documenting fifteen years of his photography.
Alex Gross was born in 1968 in Roslyn Heights, New York and is currently based in Los Angeles, California. In 1990, he received a BFA with honors from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. In 2007, Gross’ work was the subject of a solo exhibition at the Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana, California. Gross is a recipient of the prestigious Artist’s Fellowship from the Japan Foundation, and several faculty grants from Art Center College of Design. In 2007, Chronicle Books published his first monograph, The Art of Alex Gross. Gingko published his second monograph, Discrepancies, in 2010 and a collection of his cabinet card series in 2012, called Now and Then: The Cabinet Card Paintings of Alex Gross.
Andy Kehoe was born in 1978 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he currently lives and works. In 2003, he received a BFA in Illustration from Parsons School of Design in New York. His paintings have been exhibited in galleries and museums across the country including Los Angeles, Seattle, New York, Chicago and Portland.
Camille Rose Garcia
Camille Rose Garcia was born in 1970 in Los Angeles, California. She grew up in the generic suburbs of Orange County, visiting Disneyland and going to punk shows with the other disenchanted youth of that era. Her paintings of creepy cartoon children living in wasteland fairy tales are critical commentaries on the failures of capitalist utopias, blending nostalgic pop references with a satirical slant on modern society. Creative influences include Phillip K. Dick, William Burroughs, Henry Darger, and Walt Disney. In 2007, her work was the subject of a mid-career survey at the San Jose Museum of Art. The retrospective, entitled Tragic Kingdom: The Art of Camille Rose Garcia, was the artist’s first solo museum exhibition. She has pieces in the permanent collection there, as well as in the Los Angeles Museum of Art. The artist currently lives and works in the Pacific Northwest.
1979-83 Ontario College of Art, A.O.C.A.
2006 Dust of Oblivion, Jonathan LeVine Gallery, New York, NY
The Voice Mansion (Yammerhead’s return), solo, Art Galleryof Peel, Ontario
Robert Berman Gallery, Los Angeles, Calif., Oct.
Richard Goodhall Gallery, Manchester, UK, group
2005 Kidnapped, Edward Day Gallery,Toronto, ON., solo, November
2004 Foreverland, C-Pop Gallery, Detroit, Michigan, solo
That Obscure Object Of Desire, Cambridge Gallery, Cambridge, ON., group
2003 Factory Broken Melody, Sable-Castelli Gallery, Toronto, ON., solo
Brilliant Disguise, Monte Clark Gallery, Vancouver, B.C, solo
2002 The Dark Side Of Happy, Stratford Gallery, group,
Shack of Deals, Cambridge Gallery, Cambridge, ON, solo
2001 Harvest, Sable-Castelli Gallery, Toronto, ON., solo
2000 Widescreen, Sable-Castelli Gallery,Toronto, ON., solo
Intermission, Monte Clark Gallery, Vancouver, B.C, solo
Caught, Niagara Artists Company (N.A.C.), 2 person show,
St. Catherines, ON.
Anti-Aging, Dan Kennedy and Homer Watson , Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery
1999 Phantom Empire , Perpetual Crisis: New art for the end of the century,
Hamilton Artists Inc., solo, catalogue essay - John Massier
1998 Deluxe, Lonsdale Gallery, group, Tor., ON.
1997 White Water Gallery, group, North Bay, Ont.
1994 In a Language of Distance (Whispering Pines Motor Inn),
White Water Gallery, North Bay, ON., solo,
1993 Departure and Passage (The indeterminancies of mobility),
The Gallery, University of Toronto, solo
AWARDS AND RECOGNITION
Ontario Arts Council Grant 2005,2003,1997,1993,1989
Toronto Arts Council Grant 2001,1999,1996
Canada Council B Grant 2004,1998,1996
Canada Council, Project Grant 1995,1994,1991
Governor General Medal, O.C.A 1983
Peter Goddard, Outspoken Images, The Star, Nov.23, 2005
Betty Ann Jordan,”Kidnapped”, Toronto Life, Nov., 2005
M. Ola, On the wall, Detroit News, Nov. 2004
R. Simpson, “Foreverland”,The South End, Nov. 8, 2004
Catherine Osborne, "Occupying The Vacuum", Dan Kennedy, National Post, Oct. 4, 2003
"Dan Kennedy", Bits Magazine, Sept. 17, 2003
Adriana Barton, “Pop persuasion”, Where Vancouver, Jan./Feb. 2003
Amanda Aikman, What’s On, The Other Press, Vancouver, Feb. 2003
Gordon Hatt, “Shack of Deals”, Cambridge Gallery ,catalogue essay, 2002
Ryan Bigge, “Everything falls apart”, Broken Pencil, Winter 2002
Corrinna Ghaznavi, Canadian Art magazine, review, March 2002
Annie Tucker, “Commercial Unconscious”, Juxtapoz magazine, feature article, Jan. 2001
Bethany Green, “Caught traps viewers”, Brock Press, Oct.2, 2001
Michael Scott “Intermission”, Vancouver Sun, , July 25, 2000
Seven Days,“Intermission”, Vancouver Sun, July 6, 2000
Bryne Mclauglin, Intermission, Fast Forward Canadian Art Magazine, Spring, 2000
Robert Enright, “Master of the Overload”, Border Crossings, winter, 2000
Robert Reid, Anti-Aging, The Record, Review, March 30,2000
Clint Roenisch, Anti-Aging, Dan Kennedy & Homer Watson, Kitchener-Waterloo gallery, March 2000
John Massier,The Unreal Thing, Dan Kennedy, Catalogue Essay-Perpetual Crisis:New art for the end of the
century, Hamilton Artists Inc., July 1999
Anya Wassenberg, Anti-aging , Dan Kennedy & Homer Watson, Lola Magazine, winter 2000
Mixlist,Dan Kennedy, Phantom Empire, MIX Magazine , spring 1999
Upcoming , Fugitive Lodge, Dan Kennedy, Parallelogram, Jan. 1993
Dave Cooper was born in 1967 in a small fishing village in Nova Scotia, Canada. He is currently based in Ottawa, with his wife and two children. Cooper is a self-taught artist, inspired by artistic mentors in his youth. He enjoyed a successful career in the American underground comic scene of the late 1990’s as the author/illustrator of award-winning graphic novels and as a designer, producer, and creator in the field of animation. In 2003, the artist decided to focus his energies on oil painting and refining his fine art. In the years since, his artwork has been exhibited at galleries in New York, Los Angeles and Paris. He has released two books featuring his oil paintings and a third is on the way, with introductions written by Hollywood celebrity collectors including comedic actor David Cross, as well as filmmakers David Cronenberg and the Oscar-nominated writer/director of Pan's Labyrinth,
Guillermo del Toro.
David Choe was born in 1976, raised in Los Angeles and is of Korean descent. He is one of the most diverse and prolific artists working today. Choe’s art, photos, and writing have been featured in Giant Robot, and Vice magazine among numerous other publications. His extensive client list includes Marvel Comics, Levi’s, IBM, and Nike. Choe’s three self-published, comic/journal/novellas: Bruised Fruit, Cursiv & Slow Jams have received awards and are sold out editions. David Choe’s works have been exhibited in galleries internationally. He is also one of the youngest artists ever to have a solo show at MOCA. A trailer of the new documentary “Dirty Hands: The Art and Life of David Choe”, is available on view at www.dirtyhandsmovie.com.
Doze Green was born in 1964 in New York City. In 1976, he began painting subway cars and became one of the original b-boy members of the Rock Steady Crew. Soon after, he transitioned from graffiti to studio work and mural commissions. In 2010, audio of an interview with Green discussing his work along with a slideshow of his images was featured in The New York Times. Recent projects include a large-scale mural during São Paulo fashion week in Brazil, as well as Crossroads of Humanity, a public mural located at CityCenter in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Eric White was born in 1968 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He received a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design in 1990. White currently lives and works in New York City. He has served as adjunct professor at The School of Visual Arts since 2006. In 2010, White received a Painting Fellowship from The New York Foundation for the Arts. White’s work has been featured in exhibitions in museums including the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art in New York, the Laguna Art Museum in California and MACRO Museum in Italy. His work has also been exhibited extensively in galleries around the world including Copenhagen, Brussels, New York, Miami, Hamburg, Los Angeles and Paris.
Gary Baseman was born in 1960 in Los Angeles, California, where he currently resides. In 1982, he received a BA from UCLA in Los Angeles. He works in fine art, illustration, toy design and film/television. Hi works has been exhibited in New York, Los Angeles, Rome, Taipei, Bristol, Barcelona, Berlin and São Paulo. In 2013, his first museum survey, Gary Baseman: The Door is Always Open, was held at the Skirball Center in Los Angeles, a catalog of the exhibition was published by Rizzoli. He also recently had an installation at the Pasadena Museum of California Art, a two-man show at Laguna Art Museum and a performance at Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). He is the creator and executive producer of Teacher’s Pet, a critically acclaimed animated series and film, winner of multiple Emmy awards. Baseman’s work can be seen in The New Yorker, TIME Magazine, The New York Times, Rolling Stone, and on the best-selling board game Cranium.
Gary Taxali was born in Chandigarh, India and raised in Toronto, Canada. In 1991, Taxali graduated from Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCAD). Taxali is an award winning illustrator and his fine artwork has been exhibited in galleries in the United States and Europe as well as museums such as the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York and the Contemporary Art Museum in Rome. In 2011, two books of his work were released: Mono Taxali, published by 279 Editions, and I Love You, OK?, published by teNeues. In 2012, The Royal Canadian Mint released a special edition of six 25¢ coins which feature Taxali’s artwork and typography. In 2015, Gary Taxali: The Art of Whimsy, a short film documenting the artist in his studio, premiered at the Canadian Art Film Festival.
James Marshall (Dalek)
James Marshall is a painter who currently lives and works in North Carolina. He was raised in a military family who moved frequently along the East Coast throughout his childhood and later lived in Hawaii and Japan. In his youth, Marshall turned to punk rock, skateboarding and graffiti subcultures for inclusion and identity. His Space Monkey character was born out of graffiti, which he discovered in 1994 in the rail yards of California and later in Chicago. After an education in anthropology and sociology, followed by receiving a BFA from the Art Institute of Chicago in 1995, Marshall worked under the name Dalek to merge street art with influences from animation, Japanese pop, and the energy of the urban punk scene. In 2001, he reached a major turning point in his studio practice while working as an assistant/apprentice to the world-renowned artist Takashi Murakami. Marshall’s work has been shown in galleries and museums across North America, Europe and Japan.
Jeff Soto was born in 1975 in Fullerton, California. He currently lives and works in Riverside, California. In 2002, he graduated with distinction from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. In 2008, his work was the subject of a solo exhibition at the Riverside Art Museum titled Turning in Circles. His work has been exhibited in galleries throughout the United States and Europe. Soto has been featured in numerous publications and published two monographs: Potato Stamp Dreams in 2005 and Storm Clouds in 2008.
Jim Houser was born in 1973 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the city where he currently resides. He is a self-taught artist and an honorary member of the Philly-based artist collective Space1026. In 2005, Gingko Press released a monograph entitled Babel: Jim Houser. In 2010, Houser released a vinyl record of instrumental music composed to accompany his installations; the songs are currently available on iTunes. Houser’s collages, paintings and installations have been exhibited in institutions such as the Laguna Art Museum and the Philadelphia Museum of Art as well as galleries in Los Angeles, New York, Milan, Paris, Sydney and São Paulo. His work is included in the permanent collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Josh Agle (Shag)
Josh Agle, also known as Shag (a contraction of the last two letters of his first name and the first two letters of his last) was born in 1962. He is a painter, illustrator and designer, currently based in Los Angeles. Agle has had numerous gallery exhibitions in the United States, Europe, Japan and Australia. His work has been featured in museums such as the Laguna Art Museum in California, The Andy Warhol Museum in Pennsylvania and the Naples Museum of Contemporary Art in Italy. Agle’s exhibitions have been reviewed by The New York Times’ critics Ken Johnson and Roberta Smith. His artwork has been published in several books, been the subject of a documentary film, as well as a musical.
Mario Martinez (Mars-1)
Mario Martinez (Mars-1) was born in Boulder, Colorado in 1977. At the age of 13, he began writing graffiti in his hometown of Fresno. He later attended Academy of Art in San Francisco, where he currently lives and works; remaining heavily active in the city’s contemporary art scene. His unique imagery explores possibilities of otherworldly existence through highly developed, multi-layered landscapes. Often employing a fuzzy-logic aesthetic, Martinez’s artwork has a sentient appearance, like a tulpa—which in mysticism, is the concept of a materialized thought that manifests into physical form. His unique style has been described as urban-Gothic, sci-fi abstracted, quasi-organic form. Early inspirations include: graffiti, animation, comic book characters, UFOlogy, extraterrestrials, unexplored life, mysteries of the universe, alternate realities and the abstract quality of existence. The true meaning of Martinez’s imagery is ultimately left open to interpretation. The artist feels this brings his creations full-circle, encouraging his audience to decipher the messages he wishes to convey as well as to form ideas of their own.
Mark Dean Veca
Mark Dean Veca was born in 1963 in Shreveport, Louisiana, and received his BFA in Painting at Otis Art Institute in 1985. His work has been shown throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan at institutions such as PS1/MOMA, The Drawing Center, The Brooklyn Museum, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Reviews of Veca’s work have appeared in numerous publications including The New York Times, Juxtapoz, Artforum, Art in America, and Flash Art. He received fellowships from The New York Foundation for the Arts in 1998 and 2002, as well as a grant from The Pollock-Krasner Foundation in 2006.
Lives and works in New York, NY
1999-2001 Rhode Island School of Design
1996-1999 Disney Feature Animation
Summer 2000 Disney Feature Animation
2004-2005 Fox Animation
2005 Hand holders, hold on, Black Market Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2005 Fork in the Road, Jonathan LeVine Gallery, New York, NY
Winners, The HiFi Lab, Austin TX
The Tree show, Giant Robot, San Francisco, CA
2004 Artistic Utopia, La Luz de Jesus, Los Angeles, CA
Under the Influence, Junc Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Pressure Lines and Graceless Heirs, The Riviera Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Never Had a Treehouse, Timbrespace, Los Angeles, CA
Recent RISD Students, Art Access, Columbus, OH
Monon Street Power Collective, Meltdown Comics, Los Angeles, CA
Four Strong, Gallery 821, Los Angeles, CA
Incidental Contact, CPOP Gallery, Detroit, MI
Beyond the Rabbit Hole, Magpie Gallery, San Diego, CA
Luckydip, Nicola Donald Studio, Los Angeles, C
2003 Assembly, The Front Room, Brooklyn, NY
The Panoramic Project, The Front Room, Brooklyn, NY
SELECTED PRESS AND PUBLICATIONS
Murphy Design, Village Voice, Flavorpill, boingboing.com, ecnyc.org, Giant Robot San Fransisco, StrangeCO, inliquid.com L Magazine, Artcal, Flavorpill, Juxtapoz Magazine
Nouar graduated from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California in 2004. She has since lent her time as a traditional background painter for television animation. Recently, she finished working on the first season of Nickelodeon's "Catscratch". Nouar's work draws largely from early to mid-century animation, illustration, food and advertisement art. Van Bueren cartoons, the Illustrations of Enoch Bolles, Vernon Grant, as well as old cookbooks continually inspire her colorful, humorous, and sometimes dark pieces.
Born Lowell, MA, 1969
Lives and works in Philadelphia, PA
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2006 Jonathan LeVine Gallery, New York, NY (confirmed)
2005 Richard Heller, Santa Monica, CA
2004 Spector, Philadelphia, PA
2004 Miller Block, Boston, MA
2004 Richard Heller, Santa Monica, CA
2003 Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2005 Seventh Annual Altoids Curiously Strong Collection (traveling exhibition)
Precious Little, Albany International Airport, Albany, NY
Micro Universe, The Lab Gallery, New York, NY
Can’t See the Forest, sixspace, Los Angeles, CA
2004 Great (re)Masters, Spector, Philadelphia, PA
Import Export, Art Works, Mito, Japan
Open Arcadia University Art Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Drawings, Plane Space, New York, NY
Drawing II (Selected ), g-module, Paris
2003 Drawing For It, Spector, Philadelphia, PA
Inside Out, Richard Heller, Santa Monica, CA
2002 Philly: People, Places and Things, Spector, Philadelphia, PA
SELECTED PRESS AND PUBLICATIONS
Arauz, Rachael, In Transition: The Civic Ideal in Randall Sellers' Drawing, October, 2003.
Philadelphia City Paper, D magazine, art.blogging.la, Philadelphia Weekly, The Seattle Times, Contemporary, Los Angeles Times, Big Red & Shiny, Artnet.com
Ray Caesar was born in 1958 in London. At an early age, his family moved to Toronto, Canada, where he currently resides. From 1977—80 he attended Ontario College of Art, followed by 17 years from 1980—96 working in the art & photography department of the Hospital For Sick Children in Toronto, documenting disturbing cases of child abuse, surgical reconstruction, psychology, and animal research. Coupled with inspiration from surrealists Kahlo and Dali, Caesar’s experiences at the hospital continue to influence his artwork. His haunting imagery is created digitally using 3D modeling software called Maya, mastered while working in digital animation for television and film industries from 1998—2001. In 1999, Caesar received a Primetime Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Special Effects in a series.
Scott Musgrove, born in 1966, currently lives and works in Seattle, Washington. He received a BFA from Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbus, Ohio. Musgrove works with wood, bronze, oil paint, watercolors, ink and pencil. The artist’s paintings and sculptures have been exhibited in galleries across the country including in New York, Philadelphia, Miami, Seattle and San Francisco. He has been featured in numerous publications such as The New York Times.
Shepard Fairey was born in 1970, in Charleston, South Carolina, and currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California. He received a BA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1991. In 1989, Fairey launched an ambitious campaign of stickers and posters featuring a stenciled image of the wrestler Andre the Giant. In the two decades since then, his artwork has been exhibited in numerous galleries and museums around the world. Fairey designed the iconic “Hope” graphic for Barack Obama used during the 2007-2008 presidential campaign. In January 2009, during inauguration week, the “Hope” image was acquired by the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, and became part of their permanent collection. In February of 2009, a mid-career survey of Fairey’s work over the past 20 years was the subject of his first major museum exhibition at The Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston. In 2010, the show traveled to The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, PA, and Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, OH. Fairey's work is included in the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; and the National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC.
Souther Salazar was born in 1978 in Hayward, California and is currently based in Portland, Oregon. In 2003, he received a BFA from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. He utilizes mixed media, found objects and collaged layers of assemblage in his paintings, drawings and sculptures. Salazar’s work transports the viewer into an imaginative world full of flying spacecrafts and lost cities inhabited by a variety of creatures. His whimsical installations encourage exploration and discovery. Salazar’s work has been exhibited in New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, Basel, Tokyo and São Paulo and included at exhibitions in institutions such as the Riverside Art Museum and the Japanese American National Museum, both in California.
Tara McPherson was born in San Francisco, California in 1976, and raised in Los Angeles, California and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. In 2001, she received her BFA from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA with honors in Illustration and a minor in Fine Art. McPherson’s artwork has been exhibited around the world and featured in numerous magazines and publications such as The New York Times. As an illustrator, McPherson has created comic art, covers, advertising and editorial illustrations for Warner Brothers, HarperCollins and NIKE among others. She has also produced numerous gig posters for prominent musical artists and bands. In 2006, Dark Horse published Lonely Heart, the first printed collection of her work. Her second monograph, Lost Constellations, was released in 2009 and her third, Bunny in the Moon, in 2012, both published by Dark Horse.